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The Official Magazine of Bishop Montgomery High School





FEATURES 5 Rosemary Libbon Retires We celebrate a wonderful and blessed 21 years with Rosemary Libbon as our principal.

8 Our Phenomenal Women Alumnae reflect on their careers and their passions, and provide advice to those who might follow in their footsteps one day.

18 Graduation 2018 The Class of 2018 proves itself to be a group of students who excel both in and out of the classroom.

30 Let’s Hear It For The Boys The male members of the alumni community are doing great things as well.



20 Academics 22 Spirituality 24 The Arts 26 Athletics 28 Around Campus

4 From the Principal 32 Class Notes 37 In Loving Memory 38 Be Connected •

Dione Dierks

The Latin word Veritas is defined as “truth.” In Roman mythology, Veritas was the goddess of truth, a daughter of Saturn and the mother of Virtue. Veritas is also the name given to the Roman virtue of truthfulness, which was considered one of the many virtues any good Roman should have possessed. “Veritas” is included in many university mottos as well, including Yale University’s Lux et Veritas (Light and Truth). Veritas is also the motto of Harvard University, and the Dominican Order of the Roman Catholic Church. The BMHS motto is “justice, truth, honor” and the case can be made that all pursuits, if they are valid, must first be rooted in truth. We, as a school community, certainly strive to achieve that goal. Principal: Rosemary Libbon Director of Development: Andy Marafino Director of Outreach & Public Relations: Dione Dierks Events & Communications Coordinator: Amy Traxler Publications Director: John Hong Editors: Andy Marafino, Dione Dierks, Amy Traxler, John Hong Photographers: Brandon Bibbins ‘09, Dione Dierks, John Hong, Andy Marafino, Lifetouch, BMHS Yearbook Staff. Cover Photo: Brandon Bibbins ‘09 Cover Design: John Hong, Andy Marafino Printer: Shanahan Printing & Graphics, Inc.

Published by Bishop Montgomery High School for alumni, students, faculty, parents, and friends of BMHS. © 2018 Bishop Montgomery High School For more information, address corrections or to send comments or suggestions, please contact: Andy Marafino, Director of Development Bishop Montgomery High School 5430 Torrance Boulevard Torrance, California 90503 310.540.2021 x 246 •


Dear Friends of Bishop Montgomery,


s many of you know, I’ve been principal of Bishop Montgomery for 21 years. I came to Bishop Montgomery in the summer of 1997; my first graduating class was the Class of 1998. Needless to say, I’ve been principal for a long time, 21 of the school’s 60 years. I’ve prayed every day of these 21 years to be enough for the faculty and staff, the parents, and for you, but especially for our students. I hope that I have been enough, with the help of God’s grace, in spite of all of my imperfections. I can tell you that Bishop Montgomery, all of our wonderful students, have been more than enough for me—and that is why it was so hard to make this decision. I am finding it so hard to leave—every “last time” is so hard-- but I’ll be 70 in December and after much thought and prayer, I believe it’s the right time to retire. In May, the students and faculty gave me the gift of a beautiful assembly that was so filled with love that it couldn’t be contained. At the end, I told them that I will continue to pray as I have every day that they understand that they are each made in God’s image, that they come to know who they are in all of their fullness, not just what they can do, but really who they are, persons with a rich spiritual life, ready to welcome the many surprises God will send them. I will continue to pray as I have every day that they each find their own voice and use it for good; that they come to know that they each have a right to be where they want to be in the world and to pursue whatever dreams they have. I pray above all else that they always remember who they are—God’s glorious creation—His chosen. I pray that if they remember nothing else about me or what I’ve said to them, that they remember what I’ve told them over and over again, especially when life is difficult—that they are each amazing grace, that they are each a precious jewel, that they are each special, each miraculous and each absolutely unrepeatable. I want them each to always remember who they are. The Class of 2018 will be my last graduating class and June 30, 2018 will be my last day at Bishop Montgomery. It has been my joy to serve here, to be with such wonderful faculty and staff, and to have such amazing students who are my heart and my great love. Know that I thank you for all of your support and your love. Thank you for loving me, for after all, in the end there is only the love. You will be in my prayers. I hope that you will remember to pray for me. My heart will always be here at Bishop Montgomery. With thanks and love,

Rosemary Libbon

Rosemary Libbon Queen of Angels Fund In 2012, Ms. Libbon created the Queen of Angels Fund in order to provide need-based financial aid to curent BMHS students. As a way to honor Ms. Libbon for her 21 years as our school’s leader, the Queen of Angels Fund will now be known as the Rosemary Libbon Queen of Angels Fund. Gifts to the fund will continue to help our current students and will be listed “in honor of Rosemary Libbon.” To make a gift to this fund, visit

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“Now you understand Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing, It ought to make you proud. I say, It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need for my care. ’Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.” Maya Angelou, from Phenomenal Woman



NE is a phenomenal number. It is 50 years educating young men and women, and tens of thousands of lives touched. It is 21 years as principal of Bishop Montgomery. It is 5,647 students graduating from Bishop since 1998 and a staggering 98.6% matriculating to college. It is 17 CIF team titles, 10 state titles, 12 All-Americans and an Olympian. ONE is a woman who dedicated her career to Catholic education, served as a mentor to hundreds of teachers, and made the lives of the students under her care richer - and, who told every one of them that they were loved. ONE is a teacher who impacted many. ONE is Rosemary Libbon, a woman whose presence radiates kindness, love, humility, integrity, and courage.

A hallmark of Ms. Libbon’s leadership was that whenever she addressed the students at a school Mass, awards ceremony, class assembly or pep rally, she would tell them that they were made in the image and likeness of God -- that they were “unrepeatable.” Upon her retirement, it is our turn to tell Ms. Libbon of her impact, a legacy that will resonate among Bishop Montgomery students, parents, alumni, teachers, coaches, and administrators for years to come. Ms. Libbon dedicated her career to improving the lives of others, and through her words and actions embodied the most important message she could ever share with the Bishop community -- that we are here on earth to care for each other and love each other. It is our duty to carry on her message. Now, it is our turn to tell her that she is “unrepeatable,” that she is ONE-of-a-kind, that she is phenomenal. • 5


. . . s n o i t c Refle

“As a student and as a teacher, the on ly Bishop Montgom ever known is Ms. ery I’ve Libbon’s Bishop M ontgomery. And th be my Bishop Mon at will always tgomery... the Bis hop Montgomery always--our awkw that sees us, ardness, our trium phs, our affectation our brokenness, ou s, our hopes, r determination, ou r pettiness, our be loves us so fiercely auty… and and so openly that we are infinitely be tter for it. What power. That’s Ms. Libbon’s legacy. That’s the Bishop Montgomery that she’s built. That’s the world sh e’s taught us to cr eate. So what do you sa y when you get to talk to your hero? Rosemary, thank you. I love you. I’ll work to make yo u proud.”

Melissa Rhoades-Rudder ‘01 English Teacher

“If I could compare Ms. Libbon to anyone in the world, my answer would fall along the lines of Mother Teresa, or Oprah, or maybe my mom — someone overwhelmingly kind, loving and respected. However I’m not sure Ms. Libbon would be okay with me saying this; not because I’m wrong, but because she’s so humble. Everyone within the Bishop community notices Ms. Libbon’s greatness, but I sometimes worry this greatness goes unnoticed within herself. Ms. Libbon touches hearts in ways I’m not sure any other authority figure can. Her presence was commanding, but also affable and empathetic and fragile. Students and teachers alike respected her as much as they loved her. My teachers often bragged about how much they “love their boss,” while students voluntarily visited the “principal’s office.” For four years, I listened to Ms. Libbon’s speeches at mass and over the PA. Her voice always sounded as soothing and warm as the actual words she shared. Her speeches at mass often brought my mom to tears; not because they were overly emotional, but because they were overtly genuine. But this genuine nature didn’t stop with her words; her actions were repeatedly thoughtful and kind. Nearly every day she’d greet me with a hug and ask how I was doing — and not because it was common courtesy, but because she actually cared to hear my answers. She remembered my grandpa’s name, my coffee order, my favorite song by Fleetwood Mac. Her sincerity throughout our conversations left a mark on me. Simply by being her compassionate self, Ms. Libbon taught me the importance of kindness and making others feel valued. She’s a big part of why I will always define Bishop as home. Ms. Libbon gave me a journal at the end of my senior year that I took with me to college. The journal is not only a reminder of where I came from, but of Ms. Libbon’s constant love and support. As this year comes to a close, I hope the farewell words and hugs people share with Ms. Libbon serve as her “journal.” I hope she feels the impact she made on our small school. I hope she understands how much love and light she spread throughout campus. Ms. Libbon spent the entirety of her career telling students they were “precious gems, amazing graces, special and unrepeatable” and I hope now, more than ever before, the entire Bishop community is returning that sentiment — and that Ms. Libbon believes it.” Emilie Bero ‘17

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“Ms. Libbon has been my leader, my friend, my me ntor, my confidant and at times, even an assistant coach for the past 21 years. Her influence on our school has been imm ense in a multitude of areas. But I believe her greatest leg acy wil l be her creation of an environm ent that allows her che rish ed stu dents to feel safe and cared for . She has established a culture that celebrates diversity and truly recognizes the val ue of each and every student. As a basketball coach one thi ng I try to cultivate in my teams is mental and physical tou gh ness. My definition of toughness is greatly defined by ho w an individual handles the obstacles and adversity life can hold. I kno w this may embarrass her, bu t one of the toughest peo ple I kno w is our kind, petite and gen tle principal. She has wil lingly sacrificed so much of hersel f to always, and I do me an always, be there for her school, her teachers and her studen ts. Mother Teresa once said ‘I alone cannot change the world , but I can cast stone across the wa ters to create many ripple s’. If this is true, the stone that Ms . Libbon cast is a huge bo uld er and the ripples she created are waves that will continu e to imp act our school, our community and our students for ma ny years.” Doug Mitchell Guidance Counse lo Head Boys’ Bask r etball Coach

time utiful occasions, has taken the “Rosemary, on so many bea t tha m the ind rem iate them – to to notice people – to apprec cely fier be to ans me s us what it they are important. She teache the For ld. cou we t n we though kind and how to love more tha shared her faith with Bishop has she rs, past twenty-one yea , her faith in giving, and most Montgomery – her faith in God nity of ple. She’s fostered a commu significantly, her faith in peo each other.” individuals that show up for Sierra Evans ‘10 English Teacher

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COVERSTORY “Every day before class es would st announce art, I used ments ove to help giv r the PA fr ASB mem e the morn om the fro bers that w ing n t o ffi ce. Our littl as lucky en also blesse e group of o u g h d with the to sp e a k each morn kindness o facilitate th ing was f BMHS fa e announc culty and st ements. M from our m a ff w s ho helped . L ib bon’s offic orning me eting place e, right do haven and wn the ha , was like a the daily h ll true oasis; ome of the Knowing th it was a sa loving and at Bishop’s fe b o ld head of ou literal QUE me stand r campus. EN was rig up straigh ht down th t and want body, to le e hall mad to do the b ad fearless e est I could ly and insp hug each m for the stu ired. Ms. L dent orning cou ib b o n ’s warm an ld make th demeanor d gentle e worst of and endless days bette compassio and will alw r. Her posi n for peop ays contin tive le in any si ue to be, a experience tuation wa hugely imp . I’m so gra s, actful forc teful for th and been e in the stu e opportun inspired by dent it y to so have work meone so at BMHS. ed with elegant an I consider d kind duri myself luc school exp ng my tim ky to have erience, sh e had such a aped and n impactfu Libbon. M molded by s. Libbon, l h ig h leaders lik Bishop Mo as our fea e Ms. Rose ntgomery rless leade mary was privile r for so ma ged to have ny years!” you Madison

Miller ‘14

“Having taught at BMHS for 42 years, I have had many pleasant and fond memories. The last 21 years of that time have been among the most memorable. The reason for that being Rosemary Libbon’s tenure as principal. She epitomized the things that a great principal should be - a very personable, genuine individual with students, parents, alumni and school staff. She has always had their best interest at heart and did her utmost to secure a good reputation for BMHS. Rosemary is a very gracious lady and the best principal I ever had. Best wishes and love.” Dietmar, Barbara, Cristian, and Karin Farkas

“When we first met Rosemary Libbon, it was at the Freshman Parents’ Welcome reception the first day of our first son’s freshman year. Since Danny is a BMHS Alumnus and thoroughly enjoyed his experience, it was a foregone conclusion we would send our sons there, so we never really thought to meet with the principal beforehand. She and the school had a fantastic reputation, and we were content. In fact, we purchased our house specifically with the hope that it would one day be the “hangout” for our sons and their friends and teammates since it is within walking distance of the school. As the first day of school dawned, we were filled with such excitement. We spotted Ms. Libbon chatting with a group of fellow freshman parents and waited for our turn to introduce ourselves. For me it was if I was coming face-to-face with my favorite athlete/actor/musician/author all rolled into one. I was excited and nervous, since we had heard such wonderful things about the principal and how much of an impact she had on the identity of the school. We soon discovered it was more like meeting with someone who perfectly embodies love. Ms. Libbon not only exudes love, she IS love. It is palpable. When I tentatively reached out my hand that first day to introduce myself as “Jack (and Joey) Murphy’s Mom,” she replied with a warm smile on her face and a twinkle in her eyes, “I know who you are,” and enveloped me in a giant hug. I knew right then that Danny and I had chosen the right school for our boys. As the years flew by that special “Ms. Libbon love” was ever-present: in the hallway, at awards ceremonies, via email, and in her very personal, very special hand-written notes to us. Having someone so faith-filled, and so loving in our everyday lives helped nurture that same quality in our sons. Because of the power of her faith and love we have seen our sons grow into faith-filled, loving, mature, focused, confident, young men, willing to take on the challenges that life has to offer. We will be forever grateful for the influence Ms. Libbon has had in all of our lives, and will keep her in our prayers as she embarks on a well-deserved retirement and the next chapter in her very profound life. As Ms. Libbon is known to do, I will end with a quote from one of our favorite authors: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss” The Murphy Family (Cee-Cee, Danny ’87, Jack ’19, & Joey ’20) • 7

OUR PHENOME WOMEN “I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees. I say, It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.” Maya Angelou, from Phenomenal Woman

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n Phenomenal Woman, poet Maya Angelou conveys to women that empowerment comes from being confident in your own female skin. Being ‘phenomenal’ means having the self-belief to be true to yourself and having the self-confidence to take on any challenge. Since the first graduating class in 1961, thousands of young women have graduated from Bishop Montgomery, taken the skills and values that were nurtured in these halls, and used them to be amazing members of society. To celebrate the phenomenal women of Bishop Montgomery, we asked some alumnae to let us into their world - to tell us about their careers, their passions, their challenges, their accomplishments. They may not readily admit that they are great role models, but, as you will see, they are exceptional in that regard. They are just a few examples of the type of woman that graduates from Bishop Montgomery. We are proud of them - and all Bishop Montgomery alumnae who are not featured in this issue. They are all phenomenal. You are all phenomenal. • 9

BEPHENOMENAL What are some challenges you faced in your career? How did you overcome these challenges? The television industry is not an easy place to work or hold a long-standing job. The biggest challenges were breaking into the industry and then finding my next job while on current projects. Coming off of a school & work schedule where I had no time to think, it wasn’t easy or the most encouraging first couple of months post-graduation. By using my contacts, through alumni, friends and internships, I was able to break into the industry by working day jobs, 2-3 days a week. That summer I worked Yankees and NYCFC games for the YES Network and MTV2 Uncommon Sense before officially landing more permanent weekly gigs with MTV. It took a lot of putting myself out there and introducing myself to people who had much bigger titles than I had to get my next job. I learned very quickly that I was going to be the only person that was going to get me there, and if I wanted a job, I had to go get it. After becoming more comfortable with the process, I was able to jump from job to job by word of mouth or by recommendation, which is how I landed my position at GMFB just one year after graduation. How do you see yourself as a mentor for young women who want to ursue a career as a producer? Though I am young and still have a lot to learn, I know I’ve gained valuable experiences the last seven years in the television industry to help support the growth and development of young women who want to be in this field. Being a mentor is about seeing yourself as a mentor and being willing to be a great source of wisdom, guidance and support. I see myself as someone who is willing to listen and take the time out of my day to help others strive for their goal. It has always been a natural habit for me, which stems from how I was raised and where I chose to go to school - BMHS & Seton Hall. Supporting young women in the TV industry, especially in sports, is something that I am passionate about and am always willing to help those who reach out. Seeing the struggles first-hand, it’s not always easy to find a helping hand in the industry you desire to work in, so I want to make it my mission while still on my journey to help anyone who wants to become a producer.

Lauren O’Connor ‘11 Segment/Associate Producer Good Morning Football / NFL Network

What advice would you give to young women? My advice is ‘you are what you do, not what you say you’ll do’. I’m also terribly guilty of this, but our days are filled with ‘I’m gonna do this’ or ‘I’ve decided my new goal is this…’ with no action to follow. So whether it’s about school, life, your career or potential career path, stop with the unfulfilling words and fulfill your words with action. And even if you are unsure of what is right now, test out new things and try to figure out whatever it is you are looking for. I told myself in high school that I wanted to be a TV producer and I had absolutely no idea how to get there, but I accomplished that goal and set higher goals for myself to succeed in the future. What are some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? Unfortunately at the time, BMHS didn’t have a tv production class or an AV club, so I made do with what could help me in my future. Senior year I joined a graphics design class which taught me how to use photoshop, illustrator and other adobe systems which helped advance my knowledge for editing and graphics, which I still use today. The biggest experience I took away was joining Drama Lab senior year. All my friends were part of the club since freshman year and they finally convinced me to join and help out with the plays. Not only did I crew some productions, but I was given the opportunity to stage manage The Twits. This is where I really fell in love with wanting to be in the industry. I think the biggest take away was being in an environment where I could thrive academically; it was also a place where I was able to test areas that piqued my interest in design & theater. Bishop was the first place that made me think about what I wanted to do with my future and I don’t think I would have thought about applying to tv/film schools close to New York if it wasn’t for Bishop and their wonderful advisors.

Sïonan Barrett ‘12

Reporter, Anchor, Producer KDRV NewsWatch 12, Medford, Oregon What are some challenges you faced getting to where you are in your career? How did you overcome these challenges? The biggest challenge is moving away from home after BMHS to go to college 3,000 miles away. I had to learn quickly to take care of myself and take full ownership of my responsibilities. Thriving in an environment so far away from the friends and family I grew up with gave me the confidence to take my first job in another city back on the West Coast. I overcame any home sickness or insecurities by investing and integrating deeply into new friends and a new community. How do you see yourself as a mentor for young women who want to pursue a career in broadcast journalism? I’m new to the industry myself, but I’d love to talk with young women who see a future in this career. It’s a demanding, exciting, and changing industry. Connect with me on social media and let’s talk about how you can get started in the right direction. (Follow her on Twitter @SionanNW12) What advice would you give to young women? You are capable of doing anything you want, and you are the only one responsible for putting in the work to make it happen. Find a mentor, make connections, ask for help, and take chances. What are some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? During my senior year, I was elected to [ASB] as Publicity Chair. Every morning I made announcements to my classmates across campus with the news of the day. I took that passion with me into college to get a degree in journalism, and eventually into my career as a working journalist in Oregon.

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Mary Delsol ‘75 Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeon / Chief of Surgery Long Beach VA Medical Center After 22 years in private practice in Dana Point, Mary recently accepted the position of Chief of the Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Section at the Long Beach VA Medical Center. The above picture was taken during a mission trip to a remote island in Fiji.

What are some challenges you faced in your career? How did you overcome these challenges? Oral/maxillofacial surgery is a specialty of dentistry that has long been a male-dominated field. It requires an additional 4 – 7 years after dental school in residency at a major medical center and involves intense training in anesthesia, general surgery, oral surgery and facial trauma. I saw these issues as challenges rather than roadblocks, probably due to my competitive nature developed through athletics. My goal was to have a fair opportunity to compete for a position and to be evaluated for my abilities, not my gender. I believe that this attitude was a major factor in my acceptance into the specialty. How do you see yourself as a mentor for young women who want to pursue a career in medicine? I hope that by my presence in oral/maxillofacial surgery, young women contemplating careers in traditionally male-dominated professions or intensely competitive fields of study are encouraged to follow their aspirations. I have often had female students shadow me in my practice; I strive to give them a realistic perspective of possible hurdles, but also of the rewards. I stress to get as much practical experience in the field as possible to determine if the field is compatible with your professional and personal goals. What advice would you give to young women? I can’t stress enough that academics open the door to your chosen path. I encourage women to look past negative attitudes and maintain your focus and determination. Keep your passion alive – you must love what you do or it’s not worth doing. Success in career, family, and your emotional well-being is all about compromise and setting priorities. There’s no way around it. Some days you make a choice to put your family before your career or your career before your personal needs. As a result, one of these things will suffer at least temporarily. In my mind, this is the most difficult thing to navigate as a woman in a demanding profession. What are some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? Looking back at my four years at Bishop Montgomery, I am grateful to my teachers and coaches for giving me a strong foundation in education, self-confidence, and in my Catholic faith. Without all three of these elements, my journey would have been much more difficult. A specific experience that ignited my interest in the medical field was a class I enrolled in my senior year that was taught by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary. Upon completion of the class I was certified as a Registered Nurse’s Assistant and was hired to work in the hospital environment. This exposure to the various aspects of medicine was a tremendous influence in my choice of specialty. Not only did it clarify my interests, it helped me eliminate areas of study that were not appealing.

Griselda Gutierrez ‘85 Gynecologic Surgeon / Medical Director Outpatient Services Harbor-UCLA Medical Center “In my role, I provide care to predominantly poor, minority women across Los Angeles County while teaching medical students and residents in training. Each patient is a reminder of why I went into medicine in the first place - to take care of the patients who need it the most. What I enjoy most about my work is that everyday it lets me achieve my goal of using my education in the service of others.”

What are some challenges you faced in your career? How did you overcome these challenges? My challenges primarily stemmed from being a part of a group historically underrepresented in medicine. At the time I graduated from medical school, only 1.4% of U.S. physicians were Latinas. Twenty years later, we still comprise only 1.8% of the U.S. physician workforce! The number significantly shrinks when it comes to leadership positions in medicine. This meant I faced a great deal of bias - implicit and explicit - on my journey to become a physician. I never cared though. Surrounding me was a critical mass of family and friends who supported me. I focused on them and did not let the others deter me. No matter what the challenge, we control how we respond and my response was always to move forward. How do you see yourself as a mentor for young women who want to pursue a career in medicine? One of the best examples I can offer as a mentor for young women is how to pursue a goal on your own terms. All along the way I made the decision that was right for me in my life. This included getting married before starting medical school, having a child in medical school and another during residency training. Many tried to make my choices obstacles and I only viewed those choices as helping me become a better doctor. As a mentor I would tell young women not to allow anyone to make their life choices into obstacles. What advice would you give to young women? First is follow your passion. This includes studying what you love in college. I studied psychology and philosophy because that is what I was interested in even though those are not necessarily fields one would associate with medicine. Don’t be deterred by those who say or think you cannot accomplish your goal. Second is to always evolve and do not fear reinventing yourself. What you think you will be when you are five or fifteen is not necessarily what you will be when you are 30. Let yourself dwell in possibility - this will leave you open to opportunities you never thought were an option. What are some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? I definitely learned a sense of social responsibility from BMHS. I learned to look at everyone with an open heart, particularly those less fortunate. I had many volunteer opportunities which imprinted in me that we have a responsibility to act to lift others up. This carries with me through to today. When I decided to become a doctor, I had no idea what I would specialize in, but I did know that I wanted to work with an underserved, poor population. I am grateful that the seed planted at BMHS to commit to social justice now has deep roots. • 11


Linda Wittman Green ‘79 Airline Pilot, 1st Officer Boeing 787, International Flying American Airlines What are some challenges you faced in your career? How did you overcome these challenges? I started off in the military. My goal was to become a pilot, and I didn’t know anything about the military. I applied for a nomination to the United States Air Force Academy through my Congressman my senior year. Since I didn’t know of this sooner, I missed the process for a nomination as a junior. I was highly motivated to do whatever it took to be a pilot, so I enlisted in the Air Force for another opportunity to get a Military Nomination to the Air Force Academy. I received both a Congressional Nomination and a Military Nomination and I attended the Academy, graduated in 1984, and attended pilot training in 1985. After participating in Desert Storm and Desert Shield in 1991, I left the Air Force and was hired by American Airlines in January 1992 and have been working there since then. The whole process was a series of risks, but the reward outweighed the risk. The Academy was a very different education. Aside from the strenuous academic schedule, we were responsible for our military obligations and training 24/7. It was a program that pushed you to your limits, physically and mentally, but the camaraderie got one through it. Pilot training was unbelievable - a very tasking, high stress environment during training - but being able to fly multi-million dollar jets is beyond compare. Getting hired by a major airline in the U.S. is feat itself; the interview process is different for all companies and what they are looking for varies, but flying experience is a top priority. The only way to overcome is to persevere. It was something that I wanted badly enough and I did what it took along the way. How do you see yourself as a mentor for young women who want to pursue a career in the military or as an airline pilot? The military is the best experience that I have had, not easy, but worth every minute. The flying opportunities are beyond compare, especially since all the doors are opened to women, for example, being able to fly fighter aircraft. As a mentor, I would suggest that whether you enter the military as an active duty person or a guardsmen or reservist, the rewards will be great. There is a big pilot shortage that will open many doors. Aside from flying, the fields of intelligence, research, and many more provide a gambit of interests. What advice would you give to young women? Get involved, whether it be in school programs, like student government, or the community. Volunteer in your church, be a lector, stand up and don’t be afraid to talk in front of people. Help the less fortunate, take the time to understand people. Be trustworthy and a person of your word. If you have done your best, that’s all anyone can ask. God gave us all talents and spiritual gifts and we are required to use them. Not everyone is the best at everything, but the heart you put into things counts. What are some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? I was actively involved in student government, sports and other activities. I took pride in my school work. My grandfather always said, ‘No one can take away what’s in here’ (pointing to his head). I was passionate about things and tried to give the best in whatever I did. I didn’t shy away from leadership opportunities when asked, whether it was as a team captain or team player. 12 • Veritas

Laurie Wittman Dickson ‘82 Commander, 513th Air Control Group / US Air Force Reserves Airborne Warning Control System / Tinker AFB, Oklahoma My career field in the Air Force is Air Battle Manager. As an ABM, I am qualified as a Mission Crew Commander on the E-3 AWACS. The MCC is responsible for the execution of the operational mission of the AWACS. I am also married to Bryan Dickson (retired USAF LtCol) for 25 years and have two wonderful daughters, Hannah, 20, and Halley, 18. What are some challenges you faced in your career? How did you overcome these challenges? When I graduated from UCSB in June 1986, I was selected to attend Officer Training School in the Air Force. In September 1986 I began my 10 weeks of training in San Antonio. OTS was rigorous academic, physical and mental training that I wish I would have been better prepared for. It was a challenge that was difficult on many levels, but I succeeded, graduated and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the US Air Force in December 1986. I spent five years active duty, but when I met my husband, Bryan, we both left Active Duty Air Force and joined the Connecticut Air National Guard for the next five years and joined the Air Force Reserves in 1996 and have served in the reserves ever since. After we were married and wanted to start a family, I decided to be a stay-at-home mom. That was an additional challenge. In 1998, I was working full-time for the Air Force Reserves and couldn’t see how to make it work. But not long after I got pregnant with Hannah (who is now 20) we made some belt tightening and personal sacrifices and I was able to stay on as a traditional reservist and still stay at home. I did my one weekend a month and two weeks a year for my reserve job and still got to be a mom and very involved in my girls’ upbringing. Bryan was also in the reserves and traveled a lot with his civilian job, but we were very lucky to be living in Texas where my mom and dad had relocated from California, and were living only two houses away. They were able to watch the girls whenever we needed. It was a Godsend! My current challenge has been as a result of my recent promotion in the reserves. I came back full-time in the reserves in Fort Worth in 2013 working for the 10th Air Force. I worked hard and was promoted to Colonel. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay in the current position in Fort Worth and ended up taking a position at Langley AFB in Virginia. [We] were not wanting to uproot the family while they were both in high school so I went on my own to Virginia. In the Air Force we call that “geo-bacheloring” (geographically living apart from your family). I commuted home on the weekends whenever I could. How I overcame this challenge was by looking back at the last 15 years and realizing how blessed I was to be able to be a part of my girls’ lives during their formative years. I was able to be a stay-at-home mom yet still stay engaged in my military career. In 2013, I was able to “hop back on the career train” and trade places with Bryan. The timing and everything just worked out awesome. I am still geo-bacheloring from Tinker AFB Oklahoma, but now am only a 2-hour drive from home. There is also a retirement light at the end of the tunnel in less than two years. How do you see yourself as a mentor for young women who want to pursue a career in the military? I am always mentoring and encouraging young women and young men about the advantages of a career in the U.S. Air Force. The flexibility with the Active, Reserve and Guard allows you flexibility with children and family. In fact, the active Air Force is making it even easier than I’ve experienced. They are allowing members to take a “sabbatical” for families and then come back in right where they left off. But what is important, and what I always remind people, is that if and when the call comes, you have an obligation to serve your country during war. You should never let that fall off your radar. Finally, I guess I must have been a pretty decent role model for my daughters since they both are working towards becoming Air Force pilots. I am extremely proud of them both! What advice would you give to young women? Make good choices, stay diligent in getting good grades, choose your friends wisely, practice humility and make God and prayer a priority every day. I also am a big fan of the core values of the Air Force (“Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All You Do”) and I try to incorporate them into my every day activities. I am not perfect at living them, but I work at it every day. What are some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? No doubt, being a student at BMHS helped lay the groundwork for who I am today. I made a few tactical mistakes along the way, but I believe my foundation was solid when I left BMHS at 18. I was very involved in student government. I believe that the skills I learned in being a student leader formed me into the Air Force leader I am today.

BEPHENOMENAL Jill Massey Martinez ‘92 • Metropolitan Court Judge • State of New Mexico What are some challenges you faced in your career? How did you overcome these challenges? Everyone faces challenges--big and small. These challenges become part of your life experience and help shape the adult you become. The important life lesson lies in HOW you deal with those challenges--how you address each ‘life hiccup’, how you conquer them, and how you move on. One challenge I had was college and choosing a major. Even as a small child, I had a passion for marine life, especially sharks. At BMHS, I focused on math and science courses, laying the foundation for a career in Marine Biology. Upon graduation, I went to college in Hawaii and majored in Marine Biology. After a C- in biology and vomiting overboard every Tuesday afternoon during Oceanography Lab, I was confronted with the fact I was NOT going to be a marine biologist afterall. At the time, I felt lost and unsure of God’s plan. You will face challenges in life--I guarantee it. When this happens, you too may feel lost and saddened, but know this is all part of your plan. Keep your head up, keep your faith and keep going. A second challenge occurred while I was campaigning for Judge and I encountered a lot of negativity while in Court. Many male attorneys were dismissive, or worse, made misogynistic comments repeatedly. One attorney went so far as to offer me a clerical position when I lost my election! What I came to realize is those dozen (or so) pessimistic attorneys were the minority regarding my abilities and my campaign. I did not allow THEIR opinion of me shape MY opinion of me. I had tremendous support from family, friends, peers and the community, which gave me the confidence to disregard the naysayers and appreciate my supporters. Ultimately the voters agreed that I was the best candidate for the position, where I continue to serve to this day. The point being: Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality. How do you see yourself as a mentor for young women who want to pursue a career in law or as a judge? Women have far more opportunities in law than ever before, but we still face challenges. Despite law school attendance being 50/50 male-to-female ratio, we lag behind upon graduation. The American Bar Association found a 5:1 male/female ratio for private practice law firm partners What are some challenges you faced in your career? How did you overcome these challenges? I would have to say that the greatest challenge I’ve had has been to practice patience with the “system” we have in place today for urban development. It has been difficult to create change within the communities who need it most working within bureaucratic systems that are sometimes archaic and prevent change. It has been helpful to engage in action-oriented dialogue and create partnerships with other community-based organizations and agencies to advocate for more thoughtful, responsive community-engaged solutions. I’ve had to be persistent and resilient along with the communities I work with in order to continue to fight to create equitable and thriving communities. How do you see yourself as a mentor for young women who want to pursue a career in philanthropy? I love collaborating with young women interested in working towards a greater good. I’m proof that you can have a passion-driven career AND make a living. There is a widely-accepted notion in the nonprofit world that means you have to sacrifice a well-paying job in order to do good. I say you can and need to have both in order to really commit to your specific cause in a way that sustains you personally and professionally. What advice would you give to young women? Be persistent. Allow yourself to fall several times and get up just as many times. Be kind to yourself in your journey. Collaborate as much as you can. Stand tall even when you are sitting. Ask for help when you need it. Do not be afraid to speak up for what you believe is right and just. More importantly, stand up for social injustices. No matter where you are in your career, whether it’s entry level assistant or the CEO, never stop reading, researching, and learning; never.

in 2017. That’s shameful. A 2016 study by the National Association of Women Judges found there were 5,596 women State Court Judges -- about 31%. The disparity is greater when looking at Federal Court Judges, where women account for only 20% of Judges. Don’t let these numbers dissuade you from a legal career; let them motivate you. Reach out to a female law partner or a female Judge. Ask about their experiences, challenges and advice. I am a very determined and tenacious woman. That would be my advice to young women today: never give up. It may sound cliche, but perseverance and tenacity prevail. If you are knocked down--get up, dust yourself off and keep going. Have courage and patience. No matter your pursuit, it will be hard at times, you will struggle and your “dream” won’t occur overnight. There is a great line in A League of Their Own, where Tom Hanks says: ‘It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.’ Take comfort that God will equip you with everything you need to do His will and it’s going to be GREAT. What advice would you give to young women? Life is about balance. Again, it’s cliche but true. Your priority right now is school. However, you are more than a student. Take care of those around you, including your friends, family, and community. Make time for yourself and practice selfcare. Work hard, but make time to enjoy the things and people around you. No one’s tombstone has ever read: I wish I would have worked more overtime. What are some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? I wouldn’t be where I am today without the people I met at BMHS. As an athlete at Bishop, I formed friendships with teammates that have lasted my lifetime. Missy Mallett Manlove ‘93 and I are still as close today as we were 28 years ago! An uncle of my friends James Yanes ‘91 and Jeanine Yanes ‘93 exposed me to the law and inspired me to become an attorney and eventually a judge. Being active in school--whether sports, band, cheer, dance, or student government--teaches you many helpful life skills. Balancing school and activities teaches time management skills, working with others as a team, and people skills, which will carry with you to college and beyond.

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What are some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? Being in Ms. St. James’ Social Justice class opened my eyes to global injustices and that you can take steps to create change in the world. There was also a prayer/meditative group I remember being a part of at Bishop. This was a beautiful, non-judgmental space that cultivated love, acceptance and kindness for us as teenagers. I talk about that beautiful space and how it impacted me to this day. It was the first time I engaged in meditative, thoughtful self-reflection, which is a practice I’ve continued and deepened over the last two decades. Learning how to allow myself time for meditation, self-care and reflection has given me the strength needed to continue fighting for change. • 13

COVERSTORY BEPHENOMENAL What are some challenges you faced getting to where you are in your career? How did you overcome these challenges? I was often one of (if not the only) female in my engineering classes. Similarly now while working in the aerospace industry, I am usually one of the few females at meetings. Though the ratio of male to female is low, I never let this deter me from working hard. I participate in discussions, ask questions and I am always willing to learn. How do you see yourself as a mentor for young women who want to pursue a career in engineering? With women being the minority in engineering, it’s really important to encourage females who are interested in the field. I participated in Northrop Grumman’s Women in Leadership Cohort in Washington, D.C. where I got to meet several women in the industry. I’m able to take experiences such as the cohort to share with young women interested in engineering. I’m able to provide firsthand insight on what it’s like to be a female engineer.

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What advice would you give to young women who want to pursue a career in engineering? Stay positive and just keep going when there are challenges. Nothing is impossible if you work hard and know that each person on the team can bring a unique perspective. There will be hard days, but it’s all about continuing on and knowing you will get through it. You should be confident in yourself and your abilities. What are some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? BMHS played a key role in getting to where I am today. From my teachers and classes at Bishop, I learned about the importance of working hard. From my BMHS counselor, Mrs. Fournier, I learned about reaching for my dreams. Most of all from classmates, I learned about teamwork and friendship. The core values of integrity, discipline and respect all were molded at BMHS. These are things I apply every day in my job.

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BEPHENOMENAL COVERSTORY What are some challenges you faced in your career? How did you overcome these challenges? I have to admit, I’ve truly been blessed on my journey. In high school, I faced the challenge of balancing a rigorous academic schedule while being a two-sport athlete. In college, balancing academics and athletics was tough, but I also battled a knee injury my sophomore year. I was away from the game for a while, which was extremely difficult. I felt heartbroken. Within that trying time, I realized a lot of things. One, I can’t ever take basketball for granted. Something I love so much can be taken away so fast. So it’s important to respect it, and give it my best at all times. Second, the most important lesson, is basketball does not define who I am, but merely what I do. It’s easy to get caught up in wins and losses and achievements. I had to go through that injury to understand that I had to stop basing my self worth on my performance. Once I started to understand my value and see myself as God sees me, it became liberating. I had to learn (and am still learning) that the multifaceted layers I have make me unique. Learning to embrace my value as more than just a basketball player has really transformed my thinking to this very day. Also, having a close knit group of family, friends, and supporters helped me overcome these challenges. How do you see yourself as a mentor for young women who want to pursue a career in athletics? As a young girl, I watched the LA Sparks play at the Forum and Staples Center. I watched the impact Lisa Leslie had on the court, as well as the effect she had on young girls, parents, and fans who would wait for her after the game. She would always take time to sign autographs, take pictures, or even throw her shoes, shirts, towels into the crowd. That amazed me! I didn’t quite understand it then, but I do now. Professional athletes have a unique platform. Spending countless hours perfecting our craft and performing in front of huge crowds is just a portion of it. We have a responsibility to be positive role models. Maybe we did not ask for it, but it comes with the territory. I try to carry myself as if there’s a young girl in the stands watching me, just as I was watching Lisa. I eventually became teammates with Lisa. I picked her brain about things, observed her habits, and tried to incorporate them into my every day life as a professional athlete. I now have the ability to be that mentor to someone else. As a player, I share the knowledge I received with the younger players in hopes that they will pass it along. As a coach, I make sure I offer more than just a basketball experience. It’s important to speak life into the young ladies and encourage them in any way I can.

Noelle Quinn ‘03 WNBA Player / Seattle Storm Head Girls’ Basketball Coach / BMHS

What advice would you give to young women? I truly believe God has a tailor-made purpose for everyone. When you consistently dream about the same thing, when you wake up thinking about that very thing, when that specific thing moves you in a way that nothing else does, that’s when you’ve discovered what you’re passionate about. There will come a time in life where you will question... ‘Why am I here?’ I’d encourage young women to seek out what it is they are passionate about. Because when you find your passion, you will find your purpose. You will discover exactly what you are supposed to be doing with your life. Since each of us has a customized purpose, I would also encourage young women to stay focused on their path, not looking to the left or right, in front or behind, concentrating on or comparing your path to others. Wondering why someone else is successful in a shorter amount of time. Wondering why another person can put in half of your effort and receive what you don’t receive. It’s important to understand the path to success, or the path to living our purpose is not the same as anyone else. That should be freeing because it allows us to work through our mistakes, to bask in the good times, and to really enjoy OUR tailor-made journey. What were some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? Irene Fernando ’03 always shares a funny story. During the first ‘get to know you’ day of our freshman Honors English class, I shyly told her I wanted to be a professional basketball player. She laughed! Not in a mean, cynical way. More so in a ‘are you sure?’ way. To make matters worse, I didn’t show up to basketball conditioning (because I was playing volleyball). So I’m pretty sure she questioned my dedication to pursue this dream. BUT when basketball season finally rolled around, she got to see my passion. That timid freshmen she shared class with was not the same as the outgoing personality on the court. And, well, the rest is history. Irene and I have been friends ever since that day! That epitomizes my BMHS experience. A community made up of awesome individuals who embrace each others’ differences. Being a student-athlete was challenging, but the immeasurable support from the students, faculty, and staff allowed me to excel. I had no choice but to cultivate a work ethic and a drive to be the very best version of me that I could be. So many valuable lessons that I learned in high school will forever be ingrained into my DNA.

“What is a County Commissioner? County Commissioners are important leaders in our community, who make decisions that impact our everyday lives. They affect public transit, affordable housing & homelessness, environment & natural resources, transportation infrastructure, jobs and economic development, healthcare, child welfare, and criminal justice. Hennepin County is the most populated county in Minnesota and the Commission oversees a $2.4 billion budget to deliver these important services.” • visit or follow on FB, Twitter & Instagram @irenekfernando • What are some challenges you faced in your career? How did you overcome these challenges? Much of my career has included creating path where there is none. My primary challenges have been overcoming people’s bias around my age, race, and gender. While navigating these dimensions can be exhausting or frustrating at times, this also has allowed me to exercise muscles of reflection, strategy, and resilience. How do you see yourself as a mentor for young women who want to pursue a career in politics? The first and probably most obvious answer is visibility. Representation is important for many reasons, including decreasing the gap between marginalized communities and the services they need, but also having young people, women or otherwise see themselves in the office. Secondarily, how I lead is a huge part of how I mentor. I believe in direct, high feedback in order to improve. I am very expressive around all things, not just feedback, so that includes prioritizing personal values and being congruent in everything I do. I also prioritize in-person time, showing up when I say I will and making myself available for those conversations. People remember patterns, so setting and then demonstrating consistency is a requirement for me personally.

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What advice would you give to young women? It isn’t easy, especially when you are at the ages where society values conformity over originality, to get really comfortable with what you value. Everything I do operates from a value-driven center and that has not always been easy. However, when I look back, I believe my reputation and success is directly tied to living that way. I also think it is important to pursue bold questions. Really investigate the things that keep you up at night or those topics that keep knocking around in your brain. Pay attention, something or someone is trying to tell you something, and again when that happens it usually is directly tied to your values. Lastly, invest in relationships authentically because personal connections are one of the most powerful things we can cultivate. Find the people you believe in and who believe in you and invest. The fruit those relationships bear will change your life.

What were some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? Bishop provided an environment that gave me the tools to lay a really solid foundation, especially in regards to leadership. I learned how to serve, live, and lead. As I reflect on my time at Bishop, I am also struck by the incredible diversity across several dimensions. Bishop showed me that there are countless ways to live, which allowed me to expand what I saw as possible in the world, all in a challenging and nurturing environment. I am grateful for the lessons and friendships I have made there. Go Knights! • 15 13

BEPHENOMENAL Jeri Lu Kusar ‘71

CEO • Kusar Court Reporters & Legal Services, Inc. “Kusar Court Reporters & Legal Services is a litigation support firm in Long Beach. Established in 1983, this year marks 35 years in business. I received my California CSR and National RPR licenses in my early 20s. I reported trials and cases on the local front and high profile matters such as the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. After a few years, the opportunity to open up my own business popped its head and at the encouragement of a few attorney clients I decided to take the risk and open up my own business... To my delight, I was recognized in 2015 by the NAPW as VIP Woman of the Year receiving an award for Outstanding Excellence and Dedication to My Profession and the Achievement of Women.”

What are some challenges you faced in your career? How did you overcome these challenges? There were many challenges along the way, from juggling a family and a business, to staying up-to-date with technology and hiring the right help, and the natural fear that makes you wonder if you are making the right decisions. When it comes to making a living, being a court reporter has been the best decision I have made and being a business owner even tops that off. I get to make a difference in people’s lives. Being a business owner comes with lots of responsibility to your family, employees and clients. It isn’t about you anymore. I had to learn early on to rely on my intuition and was blessed that my personality was one of embracing risks. The Lord truly has blessed me and lives in me and my spirit is one of optimism; and when I skinned my knees, I didn’t complain. I fell to my knees and prayed, dusted myself off and got up. How do you see yourself as a mentor for young women who want to pursue a career in business? Over the years I dedicated myself to growing and empowering young women and girls. I started that by mentoring young court reporters who had just entered the work force. Not only did I teach them about producing a quality transcript and that your work product is a reflection of yourself, but I encouraged their ambition, their self-esteem and value. My mom is the inspiration for me to become a court reporter. Growing up I would watch her writing on the stenotype machine in front of the television. It was her dream to be a reporter, but sadly women of her time sometimes didn’t have the

opportunity. She always told me I could accomplish anything I wanted in this world. So I lived her dream. Along my journey, I have passed that on, encouraging young women, and men, by example, that they can have anything they desire if they believe in themselves and never give up, even in the most difficult of times. What advice would you give to young women? When we support the growth and empowerment of women and girls, we raise the quality of life. Make a difference in others’ lives and it will come back tenfold. Every facet of your life will be enriched. Regarding a career, court reporting will never go away. It is an amazing skill and comes with a field of opportunity. If you aren’t sure of your career path, you may find the answers in court reporting. What are some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? The summer before11th grade, my parents transferred me to Bishop Montgomery. I was a little feisty and uncooperative being transferred in the middle of my high school years. But Sister Lorraine saw things differently and accepted me without even taking an entrance exam. She told my mom that I had “spunk,” that I had “it.” Back then kids didn’t have as many choices as they do today, so I became a student. It was hard for me. I found myself in freshman classes as a junior in order to have the credits to graduate. I was humbled and persevered. I found myself open to learning and regularly met with Sister Lorraine. She encouraged me, told me I could do better, and I grew to love her. I guess you could say she mentored me and passed on the love to me.

Joelle Balthazar ‘12 Master’s Degree Candidate Harvard University Graduate School of Education What are some challenges you faced in your career? How did you overcome these challenges? My biggest challenge is overcoming my own self-doubt. (Editor’s note: In May, Joelle completed her degree and received her Ed.M. in Higher Education. She hopes to work in the field of student affairs so that she can directly impact the lives of students.) It’s easy to compare yourself to others, especially when you’re a woman of color at Harvard. I’ve had classmates who have much more experience than me and who have worked in very elite spaces, which I initially found very intimidating. However, I’ve surrounded myself with friends and classmates who are supportive of me. They affirm that my experiences and opinions are just as valid and valuable to conversations inside and outside of the classroom. Finding friends who are supportive and encouraging has been a huge part of my success. How do you see yourself as a mentor for young women who want to pursue a career in education? I’m an avid supporter of young women who want careers in education. I think it’s important for students to look at their own schools and how they utilize their own power and privilege on campus, or alternatively, their lack of power and privilege and how they are marginalized on campus. I encourage girls to first look at how they can make change at their own schools and then how they can affect change in their broader communities. Organizing and mobilizing are huge parts to the change-making process in the field of education and I hope that young women see me as a resource and an advocate who can help them accomplish these tasks. What advice would you give to young women? Take care of yourselves! Mentally, physically, and emotionally. I think that young women feel this huge pressure to do everything and to do it all at once. It’s so important for them to carve time for themselves, and to say “no.” You don’t have to do every extracurricular activity, or camp, or leadership opportunity. This is something that I didn’t learn until graduate school, and I wish I knew in my undergrad years because burnout is tough. Also, it’s okay not to have all the answers or know what you want to do for the rest of your life. I’m technically an “adult” and my career path changes almost every six months, and I’ve learned to accept that. The career you want now may be entirely different in the next few years, and this is okay. Learn to live life in the moment and not stress about where you’ll be in 5 or 10 years. Don’t let life pass you by as you stress out about the future. What are some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? One of my best experiences was being a Bishop Ambassador! I was an ambassador for three years and Mr. Fitz (our advisor) taught me a lot about how to speak, how to carry myself in public spaces. I also consider it one of the reasons I desire to work in education. The role taught me a lot about how I could serve a school that I was proud to attend.

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BEPHENOMENAL Carmen Jaime Escobedo ‘86

Restauranteur / Humanitarian EL POLLO INKA • Inka WASi • Pollo Inka Express • Inka Franchise Corp.

@elpolloinkarestaurant What are some challenges you faced in your career? How did you overcome these challenges? Change. After 26 years at El Pollo Inka in Torrance, change has been a constant... dealing with people of all sorts... it is challenging and fun to navigate. Getting to know what makes each person happy is a huge motivation for me. From the customers, to the employees and the vendors. Everyone has a story that inspires them, and hence that realization makes them better humans. I like to explore that in all humans. Somewhere down this path, I realized that I was also part of this equation. And when I turned 40, I had a seemingly happy life, but inside I felt empty. And then I began to ask myself these questions... Who am I? Where did I come from? What is my purpose? I realize now that I was on a brink of what society calls a “midlife crisis.” I like to call it “the day I began the journey to self love.” How? I found myself aligning with what my soul yearned. I enrolled in a different type of masters degree in spiritual psychology. A game changer. What did I learn? I can be vulnerable and breathe and continue to flow with the change. I can pause, stopping only temporarily for a moment of reflecting and allowing the space for creativity and inspiration to enter. In this space, I awakened and rediscovered my love for children, especially orphans. So I found myself traveling to Swaziland, India, Peru, Guatemala and Mexico to follow my heart’s desire of loving orphaned children. I realized that my journey to love these orphans was a journey to love that child in me who somehow felt abandoned. It was a full circle moment for me. My path became and continues to be “a journey to love.” So when you ask, how did I overcome challenges? My answer is love. To love myself and other humans, even the ones whom I may not like. Simply to be loving, reside in the loving (no matter what). How do you see yourself as a mentor for young women who want to pursue a career as a business owner/restauranteur? I could not do anything that would not enhance humanity, especially women... particularly orphaned teens. I believe that anyone who crosses my path is meant to for a reason beyond my conscious knowledge in the moment, yet trusting that this knowledge unfolds over time. It is like finally

@elpolloinka listening and hearing the angels’ whispers. It is synchronistic. What advice would you give to young women? Don’t forget your dream. That dream you had as a little girl who thought she could do anything to heal the world. Mine was remembering that as an eight year old, my heart longed to love the hungry children in Africa. Remembering your childhood that space, lies your passion. Never give that dream up. Never settle. Embrace your wisdom and you’ll find your truth, your meaning and purpose on this earth...the reason why you were born! It may mean that you might break away from all you have known up to this point. It’s all good. Be courageous. Embrace the change. Flow with it in grace. Angels will come. Ask yourself: What do you as a human being most care about? What gets you excited? What do you most dream about? These questions are windows into your soul. Set intentions. Do vision boards. Be vulnerable. (It’s ok to be vulnerable). Smile a lot. Have fun in the journey. What are some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? I remember taking a religion class and I was required to do some community service. I volunteered at a convalescent home. This experience changed me. My heart opened in an inexplicable way. Being extremely shy, I began to feel that my smile mattered. I knew I was there to make [the residents] smile, but in actuality, they made me smile. It filled my heart. Remembering this makes my skin tingle. I know now that when my skin tingles, it is something I must do. So I continue on this journey to love. Google El Pollo Inka to find the restaurant nearest you! El Pollo Inka Torrance Hermosa Beach Lawndale Gardena Rolling Hills Estates

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THE CLASS OF 2018 IS READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD May 25 marked the end of a wonderful four years for the Class of 2018. As a class, they accomplished so much both in and out of the classroom. Of the 236 graduates, 235 will attend college in the fall and one will join the workforce. In all, 208 members of the class applied to a 4-year university and a remarkable 98% were accepted to a 4-year school. What is also remarkable is that through their work in the classroom, on the fields and courts, and in computer labs, art and music studios, and on stages, members of the class earned over $6.7 million in merit scholarships for college. The Class of 2018 certainly lived up to the high expectations that come with being a student at Bishop. Graduation day, however, was not an end for the class, but a beginning. They are now members of the Bishop Montgomery alumni community and with that comes, perhaps, even higher expectations. The Class of 2018 will now be expected to take what they learned and go out and help make the world a better place. “The Class of 2018 will soon find out that being a member of the alumni community means that they will be held to the highest of standards,” says Andy Marafino, BMHS Director of Development. “In my role, I have come to see first-hand that our alumni are doing incredible things in the communities in which they live and work. It is a powerful thing to be a graduate of Bishop and this class is ready.” In his Salutatory Speech, Markus Raad ‘18 provided some guidance to help his classmates as they enter the world as BMHS graduates. “How can we take what we learned at Bishop Montgomery into the real world?” Raad asked. “We must start with overcoming the fear of the unknown. Mr. Fitzsimons explained in a lecture that without fear, we cannot have courage. Without fear for what the future holds we cannot have the courage to conquer each step of our life journey, such as college, pursuing our careers, starting a family, and serving God every day.” The impressive young men and women of the Class of 2018 are ready to conquer all that is in front of them. They are ready because they are now Bishop Mongomery alumni. And, they will always be family.


236 235 (99%) 186 (79%) 49 (21%) 208 (88%) 203 (98%) 42 (18%) 47 (20%) 27 (11%) 71 (30%) $6,746,038

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Number of Class of 2018 graduates Seniors attending college/university Seniors attending a 4-year college/university Seniors attending a 2-year college/vocational school Seniors who applied to 4-year college/university Seniors who applied & accepted to 4-year college/university Seniors attending Cal State System Seniors attending UC System Seniors attending Private, In-State Seniors attending 4-year, Out-of-State Amount earned in merit scholarships for college


Class of 2018 Matriculation Members of the Class of 2018 were accepted to the following schools: Academy of Art University *American University Arcadia University Arizona State University Art Center College of Design Azusa Pacific University *Baylor University Belmont University *Binghamton University Biola University Boise State University *Boston College *Boston University Bradley University California Baptist University California College of the Arts (San Francisco) California Lutheran University California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo California State Polytechnic University - Pomona California State University, Bakersfield California State University, Channel Islands California State University, Chico California State University, Dominguez Hills California State University, East Bay California State University, Fresno California State University, Fullerton California State University, Long Beach California State University, Monterey Bay California State University, Northridge California State University, Sacramento California State University, San Bernardino California State University, San Marcos California State University, Stanislaus *Case Western Reserve University Cerritos College Claremont McKenna College Clark Atlanta University *Clemson University Coe College Collin County Community College District *Colorado School of Mines Colorado State University Columbia College Chicago Columbia College Hollywood Concordia University - Irvine Concordia University - Portland Creighton University DePaul University Dillard University El Camino College Elon University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott Emerson College *Emory University Fairleigh Dickinson University Fisk University Florida Memorial University *Fordham University Franklin Pierce University George Fox University *George Washington University *Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia State University Gonzaga University Grand Canyon University Grove City College Hampton University Hawaii Pacific University Hofstra University Holy Names University Howard University Humboldt State University Huston-Tillotson University

*Indiana University at Bloomington Iowa State University Ithaca College Kent State University La Sierra University Langara College Langston University Lewis & Clark College Liberty University Long Beach City College Los Angeles Harbor College Louisiana State University Loyola Marymount University Loyola University Chicago Loyola University New Orleans Mannes College of Music Marymount California University Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Merrimack College *Michigan State University Michigan Technological University Middle Tennessee State University Mills College Milwaukee School of Engineering Modesto Junior College Monmouth University Montana State University, Bozeman Mount Saint Mary’s University Mt. San Antonio College *New York University NewSchool of Architecture & Design North Carolina Central University *North Carolina State University Northern Arizona University Northwestern State University of Louisiana Nova Southeastern University Occidental College Oregon State University Otis College of Art and Design Ottawa University Pace University, New York City Pasadena City College *Pennsylvania State University *Pepperdine University Portland State University Pratt Institute *Purdue University Regis University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology *Rutgers University Saint Martin’s University Saint Mary’s College of California San Diego State University San Francisco State University San Jose State University Santa Clara University Santa Monica College Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah State University School of the Art Institute of Chicago School of Visual Arts Seattle University Seton Hall University Shaw University Sonoma State University Southern California Institute of Architecture Southern Utah University St. John’s University *Stony Brook University Syracuse University

Texas Southern University The Catholic University of America The New School, All Divisions *The Ohio State University United States Air Force Academy United States Naval Academy University of Alabama University of Arizona University of Alaska, Anchorage University of Alaska, Fairbanks University of Alaska, Southeast *University of California, Berkeley *University of California, Davis *University of California, Irvine *University of California, Los Angeles University of California, Merced University of California, Riverside *University of California, San Diego *University of California, Santa Barbara *University of California, Santa Cruz University of Cincinnati *University of Colorado, Boulder University of Colorado, Colorado Springs University of Colorado, Denver *University of Connecticut *University of Delaware *University of Denver University of East London *University of Georgia University of Hartford University of Hawaii at Hilo University of Hawaii at Manoa *University of Illinois, Urbana-Champiagn University of La Verne *University of Maryland, College Park *University of Massachusetts, Amherst *University of Miami *University of Minnesota, Twin Cities University of Montana, Missoula University of Nebraska University of Nevada, Las Vegas University of New Hampshire at Durham University of New Haven University of New Mexico *University of Notre Dame University of Oregon *University of Pittsburgh University of Portland University of Puget Sound University of Redlands *University of Rochester *University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of Scranton University of South Carolina *University of Southern California University of Tennessee, Knoxville *University of Texas, Austin University of the Pacific University of Utah *University of Vermont *University of Washington *University of Wisconsin, Madison University of Wyoming Vanguard University of Southern California *Villanova University Washington State University West Chester University of Pennsylvania Western New England University Wiley College Xavier University of Louisiana

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When a 3D printer was donated to BMHS last year, the ideas swirling inside the head of Brian Adams, the school’s Educational Technology Coordinator and AP Computer Science teacher intensified. Looking for ways to use the printer for good outside of BMHS, Adams found Dr. Chris Craft and his Prosthetic Kids Hand Challenge. Through this program, Adams used the printer to make a prosthetic hand that will be given to a child in need. “My goal is to re-imagine our technology program so that it is beneficial to the entire community, inside and outside the walls of the school,” says Adams. For more on what BMHS is using its 3D printer for, visit


Getting accepted to college has, over the years, become increasingly more difficult and competitive as the number of applicants rises. In order to get into the best universities in the country, students must not only prove themselves in the classroom, but they must have a diverse ‘portfolio’ of activities, club, sports, service, and on and on. Gaining acceptance into one of the United States’ prestigious military academies requires even more of a student. The Air Force Academy, Naval Academy, and West Point not only require students to pass rigorous physical tests, perform well in interviews, and show a willingness to go above and beyond what is expected of them outside of the classroom, these academies require nothing short of an Ivy League-quality student in the classroom. Two members of the Class of 2018 took on the challenge and received congressional appointments to attend their dream schools. On February 26, Joseph Capicoy ‘18 was summoned to the office of his guidance counselor, Doug Mitchell, but was not told why he was there. At 2:00pm, the phone rang in Mitchell’s office and on the other end was U.S. Congresswoman Nanette Barragan, representing California’s 44th District, which includes Capicoy’s hometown of Carson. After a few questions, Barragan delivered the news that Capicoy was officially being offered an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Fighting back tears, Capicoy graciously thanked Barragan and came to the realization that he was headed to Annapolis and his dream school. “I was surprised that I was accepted because it is just so difficult to get in [to the Naval Academy],” says Capicoy. “It was all so surreal because I was not even expected to hear the academy’s decision on me for a few months.” Capicoy plans on majoring in either chemistry or engineering. A few weeks after Capicoy received his news, classmate Andrew Choi ‘18 opened his email upon waking up in the morning before school to see the news that he had been accepted to the Air Force Academy. Although Choi’s receiving of the news was not as dramatic as Capicoy’s, it was, nonetheless, just as exciting for the senior from Torrance. “It is truly an honor to receive an appointment to the Air Force Academy,” he says. “I am excited about furthering my education at such an outstanding university and I am honored to serve my country.” Choi plans to major in aeronautical engineering.

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Sophie Shapiro ‘18 represented BMHS at Pepperdine University’s 2017 Youth Citizenship Seminar. The five-day program is designed to provide leadership development to young men and women. Students have the opportunity to work with and learn from world reknowned speakers and leaders from all walks of life. Shapiro was named Outstanding Female Representative and was chosen to be the featured speaker at the seminar’s Parent Banquet. Shapiro spoke about how the seminar instilled in her the selfrecognition that she can do anything in life. “I have always wanted to pursue a career in the arts,” says Shapiro, “but I was always discouraged by people telling me that I was ‘too smart’ to be wasting my time [in the arts]. The seminar taught me that I should have the courage to pursue my dreams, whatever they may be.”



In April, Bishop Montgomery made a purchase that will forever change the way students at the school study biology, anaotmy & physiology, and sports medicine. The Anatomage Table is the most technologically advanced dissection table for anatomy education. These tables are used in many colleges and medical schools, and now Bishop is excited to own one. The Anatomage Table takes real anatomy and restores it digitally so that students can study and digitally dissect real cadavers without any chemicals, ventilation systems, clean-up, or other materials needed in traditional dissections. The table comes already equipped with multiple life-size human cadavers as well as the cadavers of many types of animals. There are also curriculum and labs for classroom use already built in, or our teachers can create their own lectures and labs. Students who are interested in becoming doctors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, chiropractors, veterinarians, pharmacists, radiologists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, or any other career in the medical field will have an incredible educational advantage heading to college.


Junior Matthew Craig ‘19 recorded a perfect score of 1600 on his SAT he took in December. Of the approximately 1.7 million students who take the test each year, only about 300 record a perfect score. A truly impressive accomplishment.

In February, students had the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime STEM experience courtesy of UCI Health’s Department of Urology. Thirteen juniors and seniors spent a day on the UC Irvine campus and got a glimpse into the world of medicine, specifically urology and surgery. After an engaging lecture about medicine, technology, and innovation by Dr. Ralph Clayman, a professor at UCI’s medical school (pictured above), the students headed to the lab for hands-on learning. At the endoscopy station the students performed simulated endoscopies, inserting scopes into bell peppers and, with a retrieval basket tool, extracting “kidney stones” (pepper seeds). At two of the stations, resident doctors and lab staff taught the students how to tie common knots that surgeons use to seal off blood vessels. Each student had his/her own hospital-grade equipment to practice tying and suturing. The fourth station gave the students a chance to try laparoscopic surgery, using instruments to guide suture thread through small loops, while checking their progress on a laparoscope. At the last station, each student was given time to try a simulated robotic surgery using one of the UCI’s world-renowned da Vinci robots. Seated at a monitor with a high-def 3D vision system with hands grasping the controls, the students guided robotic arms through a simulated surgery on an operating table 10 feet away. This amazing field trip is just one of many real-world experiences that Bishop provides students for hands-on, real world learning outside of the classroom.

THREE JUNIORS TOUR CHICAGO AND DETROIT In April, Jordan Malbrew ‘19, Matthew Norambuena ‘19, and Matthew Wilson ‘19 were chosen by the Asomugha Foundation for the Asomugha College Tours for Scholars (ACTS) to Chicago and Detroit. Each year, former NFL standout (and BMHS student) Nnamdi Asomugha takes students to cities to visit colleges as part of the program. The 24 students are chosen from Los Angeles, Oakland, and Philadelphia (Asomugha is from Los Angeles and he played with the Raiders and Eagles). This year, the students toured Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Loyola (Chicago) and the University of Chicago. The group also enjoyed a number of activities, including a Cubs’ game and a Kevin Hart concert. Malbrew, who plans to major in a filmrelated field, was most impressed with Northwestern and their Arts majors (l to r): Matthew Norambuena ‘19, and enjoyed the time with his newfound friends. “One of the best parts of Matthew Wilson ‘19, Jordan Malbrew the trip was meeting so many great people and becoming friends,” says ‘19 and Nnamdi Asomugha at Loyola Malbrew. Norambuena also fell in love with Northwestern and its welcomUniversity of Chicago. ing atmosphere. “Everyone we met was so nice,” says Norambuena. “The best part was being with 23 other students who are motivated and have the same passion to go to a great college and be successful.” Wilson, who plans to be a pre-med major, was impressed with the University of Chicago. “It was a nice atmosphere and their medical buildings and facilities were impressive,” says Wilson. “I think I speak for everyone in saying that Nnamdi was so generous and made it the trip of a lifetime.” • 21





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Each year at the Christian Service Awards Mass, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles recognizes high school seniors who demonstrate a commitment to helping those in their communities. This year, BMHS was represented by two seniors, An Nguyen ‘18 and Markus Raad ‘18, who have volunteered their time to helping others both on the BMHS campus and in their communities. Along with seniors from the 50 other Catholic schools in the diocese, Nguyen and Raad received their medals on March 20 from Archbishop Jose Gomez at the Mass held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. For both Nguyen and Raad the day was made even more special as they were accompanied by BMHS Principal Rosemary Libbon. Nguyen, who plans to major in biology at Arizona, has been committed to serving for many years. This year, she served her classmates as a Kairos leader and has volunteered at Homeboy Industries helping former gang members and incarcerated men and women become contributing members of thier communities. Nguyen also continues to serve at St. Catherine Laboure, where she is confirmation facilitator and a tutor. One of her favorite ways to serve was last summer through the Eve & Gene Black Summer Medical Internship at Harbor-UCLA. For two weeks, Nguyen shadowed different doctors and was able to help patients in a number of the hospital’s departments. Like Nguyen, Raad has served extensively both on and off campus. He was a Kairos leader this year and has served as a BMHS Ambassador for most of his high school years. “Being an ambassador has been one of my favorite things at BMHS,” says Raad. “I enjoy representing the school both on and off campus and being someone who is there to help students, adults, and alumni.” In addition to these activities, Raad, who will major in Applied Math at UCLA, has served as a confirmation leader at St. James Church, tutored 7th grade students in math, and coached U10 soccer teams in AYSO Region 34. We congratulate An and Markus on being outstanding representatives of Bishop Montgomery both on campus and in their local communities.

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Each year, one of the most popular ways that students serve is through the bi-monthly “Denim Days.” On these days, students who donate $2 can wear denim in support of a charitable need. Through Campus Ministry class, students are empowered to recommend causes to support and make the decisions as well. Most of the denim day collections directly affect a person or a family on campus. During the 2017-18 school year, BMHS students contributed $7,163 of their own money on Denim Days. Among the causes to which students dedicated denim days this year were assisting victims of the hurricanes in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico; helping with the medical costs of a BMHS senior who became seriously ill in the fall; and raising funds to help the family of a 1999 alumnus who has an infant child with cancer. “I think I can speak for most students when I say that knowing that we are helping those in need in our own community and communities around the nation is uplifting,” says senior Campus Ministry student Nicole Marafino ‘18.

STUDENTS COLLABORATE WITH FORMER BMHS TEACHER TO HELP KIDS IN LONG BEACH One of the things that makes BMHS so special is the fact that even after students graduate or staff members move on to another job or retirement, they will always be part of a wonderful community. A new service project came about from longtime former teacher, coach and administrator, Carolyn Quijano, who now volunteers some of her retirement time at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. Once a week, Quijano cuddles babies in the NICU and they are always in need of baby clothes. With the help of Concordia Club and freshmen in Mrs. Judy Kline’s Health class, students donated almost 70 new new sleepers and complete outfits for the NICU at Miller’s. “I am so proud of my students for being so generous,” says Kline. “I told them that through their generosity, they have put smiles on many faces and have made it possible for the sweet newborns to have cozy clothes.”


ELOISE BELANDRES ‘19 RECEIVES KEY CLUB POST In April, Eloise Belandres '19 traveled to Reno to be installed as a Lt. Governor for California-Nevada-Hawaii (CNH) Key Club. Belandres will serve Division 19 South, which consists of over 900 students across 13 schools in the South Bay (Eloise is pictured front row, right). In her role, she will serve as a liaison between CNH Key Club and the clubs within the division and will be responsible for organizing club and region Officer Training Conferences and hosting monthly Division Council Meetings. Division 19 South has a number of events that Belandres is excited about for the upcoming year. “Each year, we volunteer at AIDS Walk LA and we also volunteer to help decorate the rose floats for the Rose Float Parade,” says Belandres. “We also plan on hosting a booth at the Manhattan Beach Hometown fair where we will sell lemonade to raise money for The Eliminate Project, one of Key Club’s preferred charities. We also plan on hosting division-wide fundraisers such as an ice skating fundraisers at the Toyota Center to raise money for The Pediatric Trauma Program.” As Lt. Governor, Belandres has a goal to raise $7,000 for charities and complete a total of 15,000 service hours by the end of her term at the 2019 district convention.

In preparation for Christmas, many members of the junior class formed a partnership with the Torrance Fire Department’s Toys 4 Tots program. During November and the first week of December, juniors in the Sacraments as Encounters with Jesus Christ classes collected toys and gift cards for the program. On the morning of December 11, students from one of Ms. Amy Meehan’s classes loaded up a Torrance Fire Truck with boxes of toys. They also presented the fire department representative with gift cards. “I am always amazed at the kindness, generosity, and caring of our students on a daily basis,” says Meehan, who is also a 1989 BMHS alumna. “We asked some students if they would be willing to provide a few $25 and $50 gifts cards; instead, our students donated almost $1,000 in gift cards.” Junior Quinn Henry ‘19 found great satisfaction knowing that he and his classmates were making a difference in the lives of kids. “When we were loading boxes on the truck, the fire fighter was telling us that what we were providing was going to make a lot of kids happy at Christmas,” says Henry. “That was the best part for me – doing something good for kids in our own area who may not have much.”

ALUMNI RECEIVE AWARDS FOR HEROICS In May, BMHS Dean of Men Lee Flores ‘84 (left) and Torrance Police Officer AJ Kissinger ‘10 (center) were recognized at the Torrance Fire Department’s 3rd Annual Appreciation and Awards Luncheon. In July, Flores helped administer CPR and first aid to a passerby who suffered a heart attack in front of BMHS’ campus. Flores received a Community Award for his heroics. Kissinger received an Award of Merit for his heroics. Kissinger performed CPR on someone who suffered a heart attack while driving. Kissinger administered CPR until paramedics arrived and were able to transport the patient to the hospital. Also pictured with Flores and Kissinger is fellow alumnus, and Torrance Fire Captain, Bob Millea ‘86 (r). We are proud of these alumni who took prompt action to help save the lives of those in our community.

The last time Division 19 South had a Lt. Governor from Bishop was in 2013-2014 when Abraham Garalde ‘14 held the post. For information about Key Club’s CNH chapter, visit

CONCORDIA CONTINUES TO HAVE IMPACT Each year, Concordia Club students are involved with projects that help those in need. A project the club has been involved in for over 50 years is making fleece blankets and delivering them to hospitals and organizations. In December, students delivered hand-made blankets to the 1736 Family Crisis Center in L.A. and pediatric and burn units at Little Company of Mary Hospital and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. At Christmas, the club “adopted” 70 children from the Casa Hogar de Niñas orphanage in Sonora, Mexico and provided them with shoes, socks, pajamas, a sweatshirt, and personal toiletries, which were delivered by Sr. Margaret of Covenant House. Students bundled the items so that each child could open their own Christmas gifts. “I love when we hear back from Sr. Margaret about how the children react when they open their gifts,” says club officer Alexandria Fifer ‘18. “We are blessed to have families and gifts at Christmas. The children at the orphanage, and all children, deserve to have a wonderful Christmas.” • 23


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BEWORLDLY Easter break is always a special time for students. It is a chance to spend this sacred holiday with family and gives students time to re-charge for the remainder of the school year. It is also a time for traveling, and that is just what some members of the BMHS Band did. Each year, band director Eric Hankey provides his students the opportunity to travel the world not only to perform, but to experience other countries and cultures. This spring they traveled to Japan for a week the students will never forget. Proving that BMHS is such a wonderful, tight-knit community, they even ran into some alumni while on their journey. One of the primary purposes of the trip was to spend some time in Kashiwa, the sister city of Torrance. The first day was spent at Kashiwa Municipal High School where the BMHS contingent performed for students and faculty and were given a guided tour by BMHS Class of 2011 alumna Alison Abraham ‘11 (below right), who is an English teacher at Kashiwa. In addition to an unforgettable educational experience, BMHS students came home with some priceless items: a book of 4-panel manga-style comics drawn and written by 11th grade students at Kashiwa MHS and recordings of the Kashiwa MHS Brass Band, which Mr. Hankey campares to “hearing the New York Philharmonic perform.” On the second day of the trip, students toured the Toyota Museum & Robotic Factory. Day three of the trip was, without question, an emotional day for everyone from BMHS, as they spent the day at the Hiroshima International Peace Park & Kyoto Golden Palace. While at the Peace Park, students were part of a special session in which poems and first-hand accounts from survivors of Hiroshima were read to them. “It was very intense and emotional,” says Hankey. The final three days of the trip were spent touring and sightseeing such places as the Tsukiji Fish Market; Kabuki Theater; The Imperial Palace; Akihabara “Electronics Village”; Meiji Jingu Shinto shrine; Yoyogi Park; Harajuku Shopping District; and Tokyo Dome Ferris Wheel. While shopping in the Harajuku district, the students ran into two Class of 2009 alumni, Matt Geber ‘09 and Steven Ueda ‘09, who recognized the BMHS swaetshirts (they are pictured below, left). In all, the students experienced eight bus rides, four 2-hour bullet train trips, two electric tram rides, 13 subway rides, 37+ miles of walking, and countless stops at convenience stores, restaurants, kiosks, and vending machines!

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BMHS Senior-to-be Matthew Mack ‘19 has been accepted into the prestigious Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music Program at New York University. Mack will be in New York from July 8 - August 4. During the program, Mack will become an “entrepreneur-in-training by studying how music is recorded, produced, and distributed to consumers.” Mack will also have an opportunity to learn from some of the top professionals in the music industry, including recording artists, producers and others in the business. Mack, an aspiring music producer, is also an all-league offensive lineman for the BMHS football team and he is looking forward to the entire trip to New York. “I am looking forward to learning about both music production and the business side of the industry from top professionals,” says Mack. “I am also looking forward to staying on NYU’s campus and living in the dorms for a month.” Mack was among 38 students that were accepted after a competitive application process from a pool of over 4,800 applicants worldwide.


In the fall semester, the Thunder By Knight (TBK) Alumni Scholarship was established to provide tuition assistance to current BMHS students who are involved in band, drumline, or flags. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends, the scholarship will provide $1,000 in tuition assistance to a current sophomore or junior band, drumline, tall flags or short flags member. Complete scholarship criteria and an application available at www.

THEARTS ALLISON IRVINE ‘18 COMPETES AT WORLD IRISH DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS It was not your ordinary spring break for Allison Irvine ‘18. While her classmates were spending time at the beach, relaxing with their friends, getting some extra sleep, or working, Irvine traveled to Glasgow. Scotland where she competed in the World Irish Dance Championships. Irvine, who has been dancing for a little over ten years, competed in both the U19 solo competition and the team competition with the Claddagh School of Irish Dance based out of El Segundo. To reach the world championships, Irvine and her team won their orieachtas (or regional) for the western United States. “It was an unbelievable experience to be able to compete both as a solo dancer and as part of my team,” says Irvine. Her team finished 10th in the world. As a solo dancer, Irvine finished 88th (out of 116) in the world. She plans to continue dancing as a hobby as she heads to Azusa Pacific University to study nursing.

STUDENTS DISPLAY TALENT AT ANNUAL ARTS FEST Each Spring, the Art Department celebrates our talented students during its Annual Arts Fest Week. The week is filled with art displays and music performances, poetry readings, original monologues, student films, and a Student Art Show and Jazz Night on the final evening. Winners in photography and art categories are pictured below. Winners were also announced in the following: Music Composition: Adam Schmieder ‘18; Music Performance: Amy King ‘18 and Thomas Li’19; Poetry: Kaila Hines ‘19, Jordan Malbrew ‘19, and Genea’Vi Brent ‘18; Monologue: Clare Houston ‘20 and Lauren Delany ‘21; Film: Archer Defterios ‘18 for “South Bay Summer and Greece.” We congratulate every student who submitted work to the Arts Fest. Their courage to put themselves and their work on display is admirable. Special thank you to Pat Carmody ‘81 at 2-for1 Frame Store in Redondo Beach for providing the framing for the art. 3D Art: “Dragonfly” Drake Velasco ‘18

2D Art: “Dreamy Galaxy” Selina Hu ‘20

Religious Art: “Madonna & Child” Juliana Zovak ‘19

Photography: “The Vast Beyond” Thomas Van Schoor ‘19

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Each year, Drama Lab produces outstanding plays and performances. This year, a new idea was created - a production led completely by the students. In November, Drama Lab produced “Shuddersome,’ a compilation of tales from Edgar Allen Poe that included The Masque of the Red Death, The Raven, Lionizing, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Bells, and a staged version of the poem Annabel Lee. Led by Drama Lab’s student officers Matt Alcedo ‘18, Jacen Castillo ‘18, Gio Garcia ‘18, Julia Garunkstis ‘18, Angelina Herrera ‘19, Colin Sevely-Ortiz ‘18, and Sophie Shapiro ‘18, ‘Shuddersome’ was completely organized by the students. Junior Sonia Kortenkamp ‘19 served as the narrator for the entire production. The students made their own schedules as well as casting, costuming, blocking, make-up, and lighting decisions and designs. “The students really took ownership and did an incredible job,” says Megan Ashby Moreau ‘01, one of the faculty moderators. “We wanted to create another opportunity for students to be on stage and get involved,” says Moreau. “They were challenged in a totally different and creative way and they took charge. It started as an experiment for this year, but we will continue with it for sure.” • 25



BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY Boys’ Cross Country won their 2nd consecutive Camino Real League title under head coach Brian Haynes ‘89. Five runners were named 1st Team All-Camino Real League for their efforts: Connor Bevan ‘20, Matthew Craig ‘19, Brandon Kallenback ‘18, Mauricio Rosales ‘20 & Alexander Lehr ‘21.

FOOTBALL A young Knights’ football team (2-8) battled their way to a 2nd place finish in the South Catholic League, but failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in 8 years under head coach Ed Hodgkiss. Six players were named 1st Team All-South Catholic League: Ahmad Bealey ‘18, Anthony Cicchini ‘18, Quentin Darby ‘18, Nick Laufenberg ‘19, Kyle Moten ‘19, Matthew Origel ‘19, & Ethan Roberts ‘18. Three players earned 2nd Team All-South Catholic League honors: Alex Cabrera ‘19, Brenton Hewitt ‘20 & Matthew Mack ‘19.

The 2017 season was a record-breaking year for the Girls’ Tennis team (12-2-1) under head coach Angel Quimson. They won the program’s 12th straight league championship, a new school record for most consecutive league titles in any sport in school history. They previously were tied for the longest league title streak (11) with the softball teams from 1962 - 1972. During their 12-year league championship streak, the program has produced seven league singles champions and five doubles champions. Additionally, during this time, BMHS has produced four players who have gone on to compete at the Division I level in college (Danielle Butler ‘10 - Hampton University, Melanie Scott ‘11 - Hampton University, Samantha Judan ‘12 - Cal State Northridge, and Nnena Nadozie ‘17 - San Diego State). A hallmark of the program is that after the seniors graduate, newcomers step in and continue the impressive legacy of a program that has had tremendous success dating back to the 1970’s. The 2017 squad went undefeated in Del Rey League play and advanced to the CIF playoffs, where they lost in the 1st round to North Torrance. During their run to the league title, the team was tested only once, by La Salle. In a hard-fought match, the teams were tied 9-9 in matches, but the Lady Knights prevailed on points to earn the vicotry. Overall, the Lady Knights outscored their opponents 170-46 in league matches. Individually, several players turned in impressive seasons. Sophomore Cameron Banks ‘20 and freshman Samara Guillory ‘21 teamed up to win the Del Rey League doubles title. For Banks, it was her 2nd doubles title in a row, having won it in 2016 with Adela Henry ‘17. Banks and Guillory were joined on the All-Del Rey League 1st Team by Nicole Baigorrotegui ‘20 and Emma Tiedemann ‘21. Freshman Samantha Guillory ‘21, twin sister of Samara, was named 2nd Team All-Del Rey League. Samantha was headed for a potential league singles title, but had to concede her semi-final match due to an injury. “I am so proud of all the girls,” says Quimson. “It is rewarding to see all their hard work pay off. They competed every day.” Pictured at right: (l to r) Samara Guillory ‘21, Cameron Banks ‘20 & Head Coach Angel Quimson.

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GIRLS’ GOLF For the 2nd season in a row, Kaitlyn Bali ‘19 was the top golfer for the Lady Knights under head coach Pat McOsker ‘78. For her efforts, she was named 2nd Team All-Del Rey League.

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL Girls’ Volleyball (12-13) qualified fo the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs under head coach Keegan Felix. The Lady Knights lost in the first round to Palos Verdes. Two Lady Knights were named 1st Team All-Del Rey League: Joselle Costa ‘19 & Carolyn Vaimoso ‘18. Two members of the team were named 2nd Team All-Del Rey League: Brenna Starkey ‘18 & Lauren Turner ‘19. Turner, who also plays on the BMHS Girls’ Sand Volleyball team, has made a verbal commitment to play Sand Volleyball at TCU.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL It was truly another incredible season for the boys’ basketball team (28-2) under head coach Doug Mitchell. BMHS played much of the beginning of the season without junior standouts Will Crawford ‘19 and Gianni Hunt’ 19 due to injury. Despite that, the Knights finished the regular season with a perfect 25-0 record heading into the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs, where they suffered a doubel-overtime loss in the semi-finals to Sierra Canyon. The Knights then advanced to the State Open Division playoffs, defeating Mission Bay before falling to Sierra Canyon again, this time in overtime. Despite falling short of their goals, the team had an outstadning season. David Singleton ‘18, who is headed to UCLA, became the 5th player in program history to score more than 2,000


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points. He was named Del Rey League MVP, Gatorade State Player of the Year, 1st Team All-CIF and Daily Breeze Player of the Year. He was joined on the All-Del Rey League 1st Team by Fletcher Tynen ‘18 (1st Team All-CIF and headed to Boston University) and Josh Vazquez ‘19. BMHS had a trio of players named to the All-Del Rey League 2nd Team: Oscar Lopez ‘19, Nick Schrader ‘19 & Jalen Washington ‘19.

Erin Atkinson ‘18 Pedro Pirate Cup and did not allow a goal in the tournament. 1st Team All-Del Rey League and 1st Team All-CIF pick Erin Atkinson ‘18 led the team in scoring with 13 goals. Nicole Marafino ‘18 was named Del Rey League Goalkeeper of the Year and 1st Team All-SCA. Alyssa Taylor ‘18 & Leilani Wagner ‘19 were named 1st Team All-Del Rey League. Four players earned 2nd Team All-Del Rey League: Kacey Alejandre ‘21, Shelby Bach ‘20, Shannon Blood ‘18 & Camille Petroni ‘18.

David Singleton ‘18

BOYS’ SOCCER Boys’ Soccer (10-9-2) had an exciting season under head coach Clive Hulbert. The Knights battled through a tough league to qualify for the playoffs, where they lost in the first round to Upland, 2-1. The team was led in scoring by 1st Team All-CIF pick Markus Raad ‘18 with 20 goals. Raad, along with Steve Montoya ‘18 and Paul Welch ‘18, was named 1st Team All-Del Rey League. Several Knights, all juniors, were named 2nd Team All-Del Rey League: Neal Draves ‘19, Kenny Lee ‘19, Joey Raad ‘19, & Thomas Van Schoor ‘19.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL 2017-18 was another outstanding season for the Lady Knights (21-10) under Head Coach Noelle Quinn ‘03. The team captured the Del Rey League title and earned a spot in the CIFSS Open Division playoffs. Despite dropping a tough game to eventual champion Windward, the Lady Knights won the consolation bracket in the division before moving on the the Division 1 state playoffs. Kayla Padilla ‘19, who was the Del Rey League MVP and a 1st Team All-CIF pick, led the way with 19.6 ppg and became the 20th player in program history to score 1,000 points. She was joined on the All-Del Rey League 1st Team by Sophia Carroll ‘18, Sami Isozaki ‘18 & Kayla Williams ‘19. Nicole Hayase ‘20 & Autumn Kirby ‘20 were 2nd Team All-Del Rey League picks.

GIRLS’ SOCCER Girls’ soccer had an excellent season under Head Coach Brian Haynes ‘89, finishing the season 16-4-3 and advancing to the 2nd round of the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs. The Lady Knights beat South Bay powers West, South (twice) and Palos Verdes and captured the San

BASEBALL The baseball team finished 11-15 and qualified for the playoffs for the 4th straight year under Head Coach Eric Fuller ‘94. The Knights were led by 1st Team All-Camino Real League selection Corey Caldwell ‘18 both on the mound and at the plate. Caldwell won 4 games and had an ERA of 1.71. At the plate, he hit .378 with 1 HR and 11 RBI. Other All-League selections were George Eaves ‘18 (1st), Ethan Roberts ‘18 (1st), Kevin Caldwell ‘20 (2nd), Nick DeRusha ‘18 (2nd) & Elijah Tolsma ‘20 (2nd).

BOYS’ GOLF The Knights finished 10-4 overall and 5-1 in league under head coach Patrick McOsker ‘78. Jonah Rodriguez ‘19 was the top golfer for the Knights. He finished 5th a league finals and was named 1st team all-league. Joshua Lorenzo ‘21 & Robbie Vezzuto ‘20 were 2nd team picks.


the Knights was certainly exciting. In round one, BMHS beat Valley Christian 9-9, advancing on games won. The next two matches were also close, with BMHS winning both 10-8. In the CIF semi-finals, the Knights lost a tough match to Milken 9-9, losing in games 74-67. Other BMHS all-league selections were Yuta Yamada ‘21 (1st Team), Scott Moore ‘21 (2nd) & Joe Takeuchi ‘20 (2nd).

BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD The boys’ track team was led by Jordan Baylis ‘18, who won the league title in the high jump for the 2nd consecutive year. Baylis finished 4th at the CIF-SS Division 4 finals with a jump of 6’4”. Cory Ricketts ‘18 finished 2nd in league in the 800m and qualified for CIF-SS finals where he finished 4th with a PR of 1:59.55. Several other athletes qualified for CIF-SS Prelims. The 4x100 team of Daniel House ‘18, Nick Laufenberg ‘19, Kaleel Lino ‘18 & Julian Moran, Jr. ‘18 placed 3rd in league. Moran also placed 3rd in the long jump and Nick Leeds ‘19 placed 2nd in league in the high jump.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL Boys’ Volleyball won the Del Rey League title for the 2nd consecutive year under head coach Kevin Norman. The Knights moved up to CIF-SS Division 2 this year where they lost in the 2nd round to San Juan Hills. Leading the way for BMHS was senior Daniel Matheney ‘18. In addition to being named league MVP, Matheney was also named to USA Volleyball’s Jr. National team. He was joined on the All-League 1st Team by Josh Crocker ‘19, Jack Felix ‘18 & Jack Kane ‘21. BMHS 2nd Team selections were Quentin Darby ‘19 & David Hugo ‘18.

BOYS’ SWIMMING Freshman Patrick Melia ‘21 turned in an outstanding season for the Knights. Melia qualified for the CIF-SS D4 finals in the 100 Backstroke, where he finished 17th.


L to R: Andrew Choi ‘18, Jinta Sasamori ‘20,

& Liam King ‘18 The Knights had an outstanding season, finishing 13-4 overall, winning the Camino Real League title, and advancing to the CIF-SS semifinals under the guidance of head coach Angel Quimson. The Knights were led by sophomore Jinta Sasamori ‘20, who won the league singles title for the 2nd straight year, and the league-champion doubles team of Andrew Choi ‘18 and Liam King ‘18. The playoff run for

Several girls qualified for CIF-SS Prelims for BMHS. The 4x100 team of Simone Jackson ‘21, Sienna James ‘18, Lauren Joseph ‘19, Amalya Mahloch ‘20 & Violet Walters ‘21 placed 3rd in league. Mahloch placed 3rd in league in the 100m hurdles.

SOFTBALL The Lady Knights finished 9-10 on the season under head coach Gary Ferrin. The team was led by1st team all-league selection Madison Jacobus ‘19, who hit .589 (3rd in school history) with 7 triples (tied for school record). Jacobus was joined on the All-Camino Real League team by Alexandria Fifer ‘18 (1st Team), Jamie Garvey ‘18 (2nd), Kat Hummer ‘19 (2nd) & Kori Liu ‘19 (2nd). • 27



Homecoming 2017 was particularly exciting this year for so many reasons. Not only was there the usual spirit on campus during the entire week, but it was a special because of the return of so many alumni to campus to help celebrate 60 years of Bishop Montgomery. Prior to the football game, Mike Stetson ‘62, a member of the 1960 football team, served as honorary captain for the Knights (below right). He walked out to midfield with the current football captains wearing his original letterman’s sweater. At halftime, BMHS was honored to recognize Arlene Rodgers Svilich ‘62 along with court members from last year, Peter Rocca ‘17 and Queen Nora Ward ‘17 (above) to help with the announcement of the 2018 Homecoming Court. Arlene was a member of the very first Homecoming Court in 1961. Following the crowning of this year’s Queen and King, the crowd was treated to a performance by the BMHS Band. What made the performance even more special was the return of alumni precision dancers and alumni short flag performers from TBK (below left). They were awesome, as expected. “It was so great to have so many alumni back to share in all the festivities,” said Andy Marafino, BMHS Development Director. “We plan on having even more alumni back to be part of the events every year from now on.”


This school year, three staff members celebrated special milestones in their careers. Mrs. Judy Kline, above left, celebrated her 40th year as a teacher at BMHS, making her the longest-tenured employee at the school. Since she arrived in1977, Mrs. Kline has taught a wide variety of courses including cooking, sewing, typing, shorthand, consumer issues, geography, New Testament, peer counseling, English I, and Computer Applications. She is also the mother of three BMHS graduates, Jennifer ‘91, Amanda ‘94 and Katie ‘96. She continues to inspire students today and she has an uncanny ability to remember very specific stories about students from 40 years ago. This year, BMHS Chaplain Fr. Ken Deasy, above center, celebrated the 30th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. In September, Fr. Ken’s charitable foundation, Fr. Ken’s Vineyard, held a Mass at St. Bede’s Church in La CanadaFlintridge and a dinner at his alma mater, St. Francis High School, to honor him and to raise funds for the foundation, which helps those in need all over Los Angeles and the world. St. Bede’s is Fr. Ken’s home parish and is the location of his very first Mass. 2017-18 also marked the 25th year at BMHS for Vice Principal Yvette Vigon-Morffi ‘87, above right. After graduating from BMHS, she received her degree from UCLA and soon made her way back to campus as a Spanish teacher. She then served for many years as the Girls’ Dean before moving into her current role as Vice Principal, where she oversees the faculty and all things related to the academic curriculum. We thank Judy, Fr. Ken, and Yvette for their commitment to Bishop Montgomery, Catholic education, and the Catholic Church.



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For the second time in 15 years, Bishop’s library has gone through significant upgrades and renovations. This time, the changes in design, layout, and infrastructure also include a new name for the facility: The Frank & Kathy Dieter Learning Commons. The facility is named in memory of the past BMHS parents (Deborah ’80, John ’84, & Diane ’88) who served BMHS and the community for many years. Frank served as a deacon at St. Lawrence Martyr and Kathy was the BMHS bookstore manager for over 25 years. Gone from the space are many of the stacks of books, the old Dewey Decimal card catalog, and the magazine racks. The new layout includes more computers, docking stations for student Chromebooks, and seating for studying and collaboration. The learning commons also features a completely new AV system, including speakers, a big screen television, a projector, and a retractable screen. Another prominent change is the installation of double glass doors, which provides the finishing touches to the space. “The learning commons is now equipped so that our students can more easily collaborate and take advantage of all that technology has to offer them,” says BMHS Principal Rosemary Libbon.

Four members of the Bishop Montgomery staff retired at the end of the school year, serving BMHS for a combined 57 years. Maggie Wilbanks

served the school as the attendance and health clerk for 33 years. When she first arrived on campus, Maggie worked as a volunteer while her children were attending BMHS – three of her six children are graduates (Dennis ’88, Danny ’88 and Stacy ’90). “Magge was always there—to laugh, to gently scold, to listen, to encourage, to help, to love,” says Rosemary Libbon. Elizabeth Dippel began her relationship with BMHS when she volunteered in the snack bar while her kids, Chris ‘07 and Elizabeth ’09 were students. In 2006, she was hired to be the Xerox Coordinator, where “she was that person who could be counted on to do the job and to do it well,” says Libbon. Joanne Svarda arrived at BMHS in 2008 and taught art and religion for 10 years. Prior to coming to BMHS, Joanne served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as either a teacher or principal for 24 years. “Joanne’s 34 years of service to Catholic education is a blessing to so many people,” says Libbon. Although Fr. Ken Deasy was only at BMHS for two years, he made a huge impact on the school and the students as our Chaplain. In September, Fr. Ken celebrated the 30th anniversary of his ordination (see previous page). “We are so grateful for Father Ken,” says Libbon. “Though he officially will be “retired,” I am confident that his ministry will continue in ways that will surprise him—because that’s what God does.”

The eighth class of Athletic Hall of Fame members, five individuals and one team, will be inducted in a ceremony on campus on October 19, 2018. Dennis Blackburn ‘64 was a 3-sport standout, competing in football, basketball, and baseball. He was a captain and all-league pick in football and baseball. Steve Trelease ‘81 is the first track athlete to win an individual CIF title and holds the school record in the 800m. Doug Pfaff ‘85 was a 3-sport star in football, soccer and baseball. He is the career leader in goals scored in boys’ soccer. Mike Hall ‘91 was a 4-sport athlete in football, baseball, track and golf. He went on to play football at Stanford. Celeste Adams ‘94 was a 3-sport star in volleyball, soccer and softball. She won CIF titles in volleyball and soccer and was the CIF Goalkeeper of the Year in 1994. The 1977 BMHS Girls’ Tennis team went undefeated and is the first girls’ team in BMHS history to win a CIF championship. Complete bios at


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Vince Price ‘75 Named President of Duke University On October 5, 2017, alumnus Vince Price ‘75 was inaugurated as the 10th President of Duke University. In addition to serving in the top role on campus, Price is also Walter Hines Page Professor of Public Policy and Political Science in the Sanford School of Public Policy and Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. Price, who was the Valedictorian of his class at BMHS, has spent his entire professional life in academics. After graduation, he earned his BA in English from Santa Clara University; his MA in Communication from Stanford; and his Ph.D in Communication, also at Stanford. Prior to being named President of Duke, Price served as Provost of the University of Pennsylvania and was the Chair of the Department of Communication Studies and a Faculty Associate of the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan. Price is widely regarded as a leading global expert on public opinion, social influence, and political communication. His Public Opinion has been published in six languages and taught in courses around the world. The inauguration definitely had a “Bishop Montgomery” feel to it. In an email to BMHS, Price wrote: “... Bishop Montgomery was quite well represented at the inauguration on Duke’s campus... In addition to five of my ’75 classmates -- Dan McClain ‘75 and Felicia Anderson McClain ‘75, Mark Forney ‘75 and Bridget Wirth-Forney ‘75, and Greg Kato ‘75 -- we were also joined by Pat Concannon ‘74 (who represented the University of Florida in the procession), and my seven brothers and sisters, BMHS graduates all: Steve Price ‘64, Margaret Price-Carmody ‘65, Cathy Price-Larson ‘67, Mike Price ‘71, Dave Price ‘73, John Price ‘78 and Tim Price ‘85. More Blue Devils than Knights in attendance, to be sure; but a pretty good showing for the Gold and Black.” For more on Price and his inauguration, visit

Daniel Peña ‘87 Wins Beachbody Challenge in Inspiring Fashion After graduating from BMHS, Daniel Peña ‘87 joined the Army Reserves where he learned electronics and troubleshooting. After nine months of training, he returned home, got a job at Canon, and expanded his knowledge of electronics, critical thinking and leadership while still serving our country. This April, he and his wife, Iris, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters. Their oldest, Dani, graduated from Cal State East Bay with a degree in Health Science. Their youngest, Gabi, is married and serving in the Army. Since 2005, he has worked leading a dynamic cybersecurity team at Bank of America. At his heaviest, Peña weighed over 350 pounds. At that point, he decided to take control of his health. In 20 months, he lost over 180 pounds and now weighs 175 pounds. He didn’t lose the weight in order to win any contests (that was a bonus). He lost the weight for the simplest, yet most important reason -- his family. His story is truly inspiring. What motivated you to lose the weight? I started to stress eat when we were expecting our oldest daughter and my weight kept increasing year after year. I worked out less and ate more -- a combination to get me to be morbidly obese. I made the decision to lose the weight when our youngest was going to graduate high school in 2013. I wanted to see them grow into young women and be here for my wife. At the rate I was gaining weight, I didn’t see myself alive when my daughters turned 30 years old. That scared me... enough to decide to change. My reliance on God and my Lord Jesus Christ kept me going. What made you decide to do the Beachbody Challenge and what were some emotions when you won? Beachbody is part of my fitness journey. P90X, P90X3, Insanity and T25 are programs I used during my weight loss journey... of course [I] changed my eating habits, which is THE most important. A fitness mentor of mine, Eric Selvian, who owns Hyperion Fitness HQ in Simi Valley, taught me that a person can eat to lose weight. I am forever grateful to him. I wasn’t even going to submit my story to Beachbody. I’m not one to say ‘look at me’ but friends and family encouraged me if for no other reason [than] to inspire others that the seemingly impossible is possible. I believe the formula of me losing more weight than I currently weigh in 20 months and keeping it off for over two years (at the time of the challenge) is what helped me win the Beachbody Challenge. I couldn’t believe I was announced the Beachbody Challenge winner. I thought I had a good story but the other three male finalists had great fitness stories and I would have been okay if any of them won. I was humbled at winning the challenge. What keeps you motivated to eat healthier and exercise regularly? First is my family. I want to be around as long as I can for them and also show my daughters that hard things can be done with hard work. Second is I want to inspire as many people as I can to become an active participant in their fitness journey. We’re all on a fitness journey whether we participate or not. This is why I am a Beachbody coach today. What advice would you give to people who might be struggling with their weight or with their motivation to lose weight? Have a ‘why’ you want to lose weight and get healthier. My ‘why’ was my wife and daughters. That was strong enough to keep me going even when I felt like not getting up to workout or when I wanted to eat Doritos. Start with small, sustainable things... [and] find a workout program you can commit to. Beachbody has some great ones ranging from 30 to 60 minutes. Eat better making small tweaks. If you drink 3 sodas per day, drink 2, then 1, then stop drinking soda altogether. Once you see results you’ll be motivated to continue to eat better and workout more. Have realistic goals. I didn’t start with a goal to lose over 180 pounds. That would have been unrealistic. My first goal was to lose 10 pounds, then 10 more, then to get to 299, then 275 [and so on]. My success snowballed which kept me going... The only thing that surprised me during the weight loss stage of my journey was that it only took 20 months to lose the weight. Last is DON’T QUIT. Quitting will only delay your end goal. If I would have quit after losing 100 pounds I would have had a great story to tell, but I have an even better one to tell because I didn’t quit. Most people aren’t in a situation where they have 180 pounds to lose. If I can lose 180 you can lose the 10, 20 or the 50 you need to. No one can make the decision or force you to take control of YOUR health. Only you can and until you do, it will not happen. You may not be looking to win the Beachbody Challenge, but you don’t know who you’ll inspire.

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Solomon Hughes ‘97: Not Your Average Ph.D When Solomon Hughes ‘97 arrived at Bishop Montgomery, he stood out for a number of reasons. Yes, he stands 6’11” and was an all-league and All-CIF basketball player for the Knights. But he also made his mark in the classroom. His teachers recall a extemely bright and inquisitive student who always looked to explore literature, science, history, philosophy and all his subjects for deeper meanings. After graduating from BMHS, Hughes matriculated to UC Berkeley where he continued to shine on the basketball court (he is 5th in career blocks at Cal with 122) and in the classroom. He received his B.A. in Sociology and his M.A. in Education from Cal before completing his Ph.D in Higher Education from the University of Georgia. In a twist of fate, Hughes now works at Stanford, the school he competed against while at Cal. We recently caught up with Hughes to learn more about his life in education. What was the major focus of your studies? The moment I stepped on to Berkeley’s campus as a first-year student I was in awe of how such a large institution could function the way it did. I knew I wanted to dig deeper. My research focused on the college choice process. Broadly, how colleges and universities in the United States market themselves to, and recruit, potential students, and how students consider and weigh the different characteristics of a college or university when deciding where to attend. Do you have a main philosophy about education that inspires you? How critical it is that we make sure our students feel like they belong in the learning environments we create for them. Students pick up signals from their school environment and their peers, and how they perceive whether or not they belong in that environment and among those peers can affect their academic success. It highlights how external factors play an important role in student success. Letting people know that they belong empowers them to accomplish great things. Explain your role at Stanford and what do you see as your greatest impact? I help direct Stanford’s EDGE PhD Fellowship program. EDGE stands for Enhancing Diversity (broadly defined) in Graduate Education. Our program aims to recruit and retain outstanding doctoral students who have the potential to contribute to the diversity of their academic fields and departments, and, to utilize our resources (grants, mentorship, curriculum) to support their doctoral studies. I have also served as a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education. What was your motivation to continue your education after earning your B.A.? Primarily, it was a result of the fact that I’ve always loved learning. Going to college while playing college basketball felt like I had two full-time jobs. In addition to the physical labor there is, the intellectual labor of trying to balance everything, balancing all of my courses and athletic responsibilities, sometimes felt like my life was in a blender. Having the opportunity to pursue a masters and a PhD without having to balance the responsibility of a major college sport was something I was very excited about. What were some experiences at BMHS that helped you discover your passion? After I graduated from UC Berkeley and was in the midst of pursuing a professional basketball career, I had the opportunity to come back and serve as a substitute teacher at Bishop. Rosemary Libbon was the [then] new principal and I was really moved by how welcoming she was. I distinctly remember sitting in her office and having these deeply reflective and philosophical conversations about life as I was trying to figure out my next steps. The care she extended to me as an alum is something that I will never forget.

Adam Joosten ‘09 Shows an Entrepreneurial Spirit Adam Joosten ‘09 recently launched his newest venture, StarVizn, a fully interactive app and website that features classes in fitness, athletics, entertainment and entrepreneurship. With StarVizn, you can train and learn from professionals in their fields using their online platform. In addition to creating audio and video “classes,” with stars such as Jerry Rice, Steve Nash and Kevin Harrington, Joosten is also in talks with Long Beach State’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to use some of his content in the program’s curriculum.

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1960s Fr. Victor (Paul) Abegg, ‘62, was elected Minister Provincial of the Conventual Franciscan Province of St. Joseph of Cupertino on April 11 at the 11th Ordinary Chapter of the Conventual Franciscans of California. He is currently serving as pastor of St. Paul’s Church, Pismo Beach. The Class of 1963 will hold their 55th Reunion on September 22, 2018 at the Blue Water Grill in Redondo Beach. For information and to register, visit The California chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates named its first judicial achievement award after Justice Bill Bedsworth ‘65 of the California Court of Appeal, and presented it to him at their annual Hawaii conference. Future recipients will receive an award named after a man who was co-captain of the baseball team and sports editor of Knight Life at Bishop Montgomery, but never could hit a curve ball. Chuck Desiderio ‘68 works with the Green Lake Crew rowing program in Seattle. The program consists of approximately 900 high-school aged and adult rowers. The Class of 1968 will hold their 50th Reunion on October 6, 2018 at the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach. For information, contact Mike Stark ‘68 at 805-660-4299 or email Mike at St. James Church celebrated their 100-Year Anniversary in January and several St. James and BMHS alumni were in attendence, including several from the BMHS class of 1968: David Moseley ‘68, Elaine Dedeaux ‘68, Jan Mozingo ‘68, Rita Safady ‘68, Donna Beard Gilchrist ‘68, Dave White ‘68 & Bob Jamison ‘68. BMHS: It’s a Small World”

Mary Shannon ‘67 and Olga Favilli-Stavro ‘79 met in February while on a long training run with the LA Roadrunners for the Los Angeles Marathon. It was during the run while chatting about high school that they realized they went to Bishop. Talk about a small world. It was Mary’s 3rd marathon and Olga’s 10th marathon. Go Knights!

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The Class of 1969 will hold their “Almost 50th Reunion” on September 22, 2018 in the BMHS Schneider Retreat Center. For information, contact Linda (Morris) Berens ‘69 at

1970s Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Pat McElroy ‘71 was recognized as the 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Downtown Organization of Santa Barbara, Inc. for his dedication, support and outstanding leadership provided throughout the community. McElroy retired from the fire department in March after 36 years of service. The Class of 1973 is holding their 45th Reunion on August 25, 2018 from 4 - 9pm at Chevron Park in El Segundo. For information, contact the reunion committee at Mike Abram ‘75 is founder of TGA Productions (The Golf Agency). His company provides marketing, advertising, media buying and production services. Mike produces, writes, and directs advertising campaigns for a variety of clients, including SkyCaddie.

The Class of 1983 will hold their 35th Reunion on August 11, 2018. It will be an 80’s Themed Summer Pool Bash. B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Bathing suit). Please RSVP to Kris Barr Colin ‘83 at to receive details. On January 20, 2018, the 3rd Annual Destry Bell ‘83 Memorial Scholarship dinner was held on campus. Classmates, teammates, and other alumni, along with many family and friends of Destry, gathered in the Schneider Retreat Center to celebrate Destry’s life. Members of Destry’s family, including his sister, Africa Bell ‘89, came from out-of-state to be part of the celebration. For more information about Destry’s scholarship, visit The Class of 1987 will hold their 30th (+1) Reunion on September 22, 2018 from 6:0011:30pm at The West End in Torrance. For more information and to register please go to: http:// or contact Robyn RollinsMiller ‘87 at The Class of 1988 will hold their 30th Reunion on August 18, 2018 at BMHS. For more information, contact Cheryl Graham ‘88 at cheryl.

Alex Gibson ‘75 won an Academy Award for Sound Editing for Dunkirk. It was the first Oscar for Gibson. More about Gibson at www.bmhs-la. org/alumni/

In January, Mark Velez ’89 was named Police Chief of Palos Verdes Estates. He has been part of the agency since right after graduating from BMHS.

David Keith ‘76 retired in 2011 after a 30-year career in law enforcement (Oxnard PD and Ventura County DA’s Office). He has written three successful crime novels since retiring. The first, Icy Betrayal, was a top rated and recommended read on Amazon. His second novel, Hard Landing, was also a top rated book on Amazon; his third book, Equal Time, was released in November. David and his wife, classmate Giselle Palazzo-Keith ‘76 have three grown children - all products of a Catholic School upbringing in Ventura County. They are 36-year residents of Ventura County, currently residing in Camarillo.


The Class of 1978 will hold their 40th Reunion on July 28, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Redondo Beach Marina. The cost is $100 per person and includes drinks, dinner, music and festivities. Payment via Venmo @Kathlyn-Ignacio. Paypal at Checks can be mailed to Kathlyn Ignacio, 13526 Kibbings Road, San Diego, CA 92130. On July 27 the class will gather for Happy Hour at the hotel bar. On July 29, a brunch will be at a location TBD. Contact: Kathlyn Ignacio '78 at Kathlyn.Ignacio@

1980s Tim McOsker ‘80 is the new CEO of AltaSea. McOsker will lead the San Pedro-based company into a new phase focused on land deals, partnerships and program building.

BMHS and Thunder By Knight alumni Jonathan Bartilad ‘92, Arlene Pablo-Kidakarn ‘94, Jovelyn Bartilad-Garcia ‘93, and Gina Cabotaje ‘91 participated in the Spartan Super Race in Chino Hills on January 27. Jennifer Winarski ’92 has started a new position as Regional Manager of Clinical Operations for BrightStar Care. Rob Bilbao ’94 retired in October from the United States Air Force after 21 years of service. Melvin White ‘96, an airline pilot, has been hired by American Airlines on the Boeing 737 at LAX. White previously flew for American Eagle Airlines, JetSuite, and Alaska Airlines. Danielle Stronks-Todesco ‘97 and Marco Todesco were married on April 2, 2016. Danielle’s cousins, alumnae Gina Scachetti ‘00 and Renee Scachetti ‘02, were in the wedding party. Jennifer Guhit ‘98 received Northrop Grumman’s 2017 President’s Award, the Aerospace Systems Sector’s most prestigious honor for excellence. Class of 1998 will hold their 20th reunion on September 29 at the Blue Water Grill. Visit their Facebook page: Bishop Montgomery Class of 1998 or email

BEINFORMED 1. David Keith ‘76 and Giselle Palazzo-Keith ‘76. 2. Andy Garcia ‘93 married Lisa Dracup at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa on April 14, 2018. They honeymooned in Europe.

3. Alex Gibson ‘75, right, accepts the Academy Award for Sound Editing for his work on Dunkirk.

4. Alumni & friends joined Vince Price ‘75 at his Duke inauguration (p.30). L to R: Felicia Anderson-McClain ‘75, Dan McClain ‘75, n/a, Kathy Concannon, Bridget Wirth-Forney ‘75, Mark Forney ‘75, & Greg Kato ‘75.




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7 5. Robert Bilbao ‘94 retired from the U.S. Air Force after 21 years of service. 6. Danielle Stronks-Todesco ‘97 with husband, Marco, and their son, Francesco.

7. Dave Moseley ‘68, Elaine Dedeaux ‘68, Jan Mozingo ‘68, Rita Safady ‘68, Donna Beard Gilchrist ‘68, Dave White ‘68 & Bob Jamison ‘68.

8. Palos Verdes Estates Police Chief Mark Velez ‘89. 9. Pat McElroy ‘71 is named Santa Barbara Citizen of the Year. • 33

BEINFORMED 10. Photo taken in Turkey by Kevin Foley ‘05. The photo was a finalist in an Los Angeles Times photo contest.

12. (l to r): Jonathan Bartilad ‘92, Arlene PabloKidakarn ‘94, Jovelyn Bartilad-Garcia ‘93, & Gina Cabotaje ‘91 at the Spartan Super Race in January.

11. Janis Monjaras-Martinez ‘00 and her husband, Manuel, welcomed twins Camila Simone & Mia Celeste.

13. Africa Bell ‘89 acknowledges the attendees of the Destry Bell ‘83 Scholarship dinner. Africa flew in from Chicago to help celebrate the life of her brother. 14. Sunny Boyce, the newest addition to the family of Lauren Holman’Muller’00 and husband Keith.


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18 15. Gerryn Moran-Claxton ‘04 and Stuart Claxton wed on August 12, 2017.

17. American Airlines Pilot Melvin White ‘96.

16. Aaron Grove ‘10 and Paige Corbett-Grove ‘10 wed on September 16, 2017.

18. Evelyn Jay to Ryan Rosso ‘03 & wife, Annie.

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19 19. Jennifer Story ‘99, right, is about to out-cook her competition on the Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen. She appeared in the episode titled “Do You Really Wonton Hurt Me?” which she won!

2000s Jessica Lyle-Bertucci ’04 works in sales and event production for Reed Exhibitions (the company that puts on ComicCon) in their fashion portfolio, producing such events as ComplexCon and the Agenda Trade Show and Festival. Agenda Trade Show has been in business 15 years and launched it’s festival in July 2017 with headliners Tyler the Creater, Cam’ron, and Ludacris. They just completed the second edition of ComplexCon, which attracted over 50,000 attendees and included performances and appearances from Pharrell and N.E.R.D, MIA, G-eazy, DJ Khaled, Kobe Bryant, Kendrick Lamar and booth installations from brands like Off White, Nike, Adidas, Puma, Fear of God and others. Jessica managed Brand Partnerships for the women’s businesses at both events. Tanya Nguyen ’04 has accepted a position as Assistant Professor, Clinical Neuropsychologist at UC San Diego’s School of Medicine. She is the Program Director of the Senior Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program. She graduated in 2008 from USC and attained her Ph.D from UC San Diego/San Diego State in 2015 and recently completed her Post Doctoral Fellowship. Megan Rooks ’04 has authored two novels, Mother of Shadows and Reign of Ash, as part of a series entitled The Chosen under her pen name, Meg Anne. Her novels can be purchased at Kevin Foley ‘05 was a finalist in a Los Angeles Times photo contest (photo on previous page). Foley rose before dawn on July 26 and boarded a hot air balloon with about 10 other thrill-seekers in Turkey. Soon they were dangling over Cappadocia, which looked like “another planet.” There were dozens of other balloons in the sky too, but Foley turned his Canon M5 Mirrorless camera away from most of the others and toward the sun. The ride lasted about an hour and cost about $100. “And then they broke open some Champagne for us,” said Foley. “It wasn’t bad to do that all before 6:30 in the morning.” Foley’s parents, Mike Foley ‘74 and Denise Mascola-Foley ‘75, his twin brother Matt Foley ‘05 and sister Nicole Foley ‘07, are all BMHS alumni as well. Victor Hill ‘07 is a 2nd Lt in the United States Army. He works as a platoon leader in counterintelligence. He graduated from Officer Candidate School at Ft. Benning, GA in July 2017. Andrew Forney ‘08 is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Loyola Marymount University. The Class of 2008 will hold their 10th Reunion on June 23, 2018. Join the Bishop Montgomery High School Class of 2008 Facebook page for details or contact Jamie Gutierrez at

Engagements Brandon Villalpando ‘10 & Sara Tobias ‘10

Marriages Andy Garcia ‘93 & Lisa Dracup-Garcia (4/15/18) Aaron Grove ‘10 & Paige Corbett-Grove ‘10 (9/16/17) Gerryn Moran-Claxton ‘04 & Stuart Claxton (8/12/17) Aram Schotts ‘04 & Stephanie Sferrino-Schotts ‘04 (5/27/18) Mike Zuanich ‘04 & Jaimelee Wolf (5/18/18)

Births Kayla Rose to Derek Taylor ‘85 & wife, Alison (2/20/18) Zara Grace to Fabian Fierro ‘95 & wife, Lauren (12/30/17) Francesco Piergiorgio to Danielle Stronks-Todesco ‘97 & husband, Marco (7/15/17) Samson (Sunny) Boyce to Lauren Holman-Muller ‘00 & husband, Keith (1/1/18) Camila Simone & Mia Celeste to Janis Monjaras-Martinez ‘00 & husband, Manuel (4/26/17) Alina Rose to Danny Charbel ‘01 & wife, Priscilla (12/13/17) Karinne to Kim Manalansan-Frost ‘01 & husband, Scott (2/4/17) Rae Isolde to Kevin McGoldrick ‘01 & wife, Kimberly (3/23/18) Evelyn Jay to Ryan Rosso ‘03 & wife, Annie (2/11/18) Elijah Sebastian to Sebastain Salceda ‘04 & wife, Jessica (11/14/17) Noah Alexander to Drake Munoz ‘07 & Lauren Hernandez-Munoz ‘07 (1/14/18) Easton & Mackenzie to Jimmy Blee ‘08 & wife, Jenna (1/24/18)

Expecting Jamie Kamiya-Haagsma ‘00 & her husband, Brett, are expecting their second child in August. Matthew Akiyama ‘08 & his wife, Joanna, are expecting their second child in September. Eric Debelak ‘08 & Vanessa Vasquez-Debelak ‘08 are expecting their first child in September. Submit your class notes and photos for publication in Veritas: 1. Submit news online through the alumni portal at 2. Email the Development/Alumni Office at 3. Message us on Facebook on the Bishop Montgomery High School page 4. Call us at 310-540-2021 ext. 246 5. Mail news to Development Office, 5430 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503

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BEINFORMED 19. Fifteen alums helped Scott Brower ‘10 (center) celebrate his wedding last October!

21. Caroline Glymph ‘14 (right) and Kaelyn Jefferson ‘17 (left) performing at a Fresno State football game.

20. Angela Francis ‘14 (r) and her BMHS art teacher, John Hong, at her photo exhibit at LMU in October.

22. Austin Cole ‘15, California Lutheran University.


23. Justin Bibbins ‘14, University of Utah. 24. Christine Delapina ‘15, Cal State Los Angeles.

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26 25. Courtney Keaton ‘14, Cal State Monterey Bay. 26. Stephen Thompson, Jr. ‘15, Oregon State.

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27. Christian Oshita ‘15, UC San Diego. 27. Joelle Balthazar ‘13 (l) and Nicole Powell ‘12 (r)

29. Addison Ector ‘10, Complexions Contemporary Balley Company, New York City.

2010s Addison Ector ’10 of the Complexions Contemporary Ballet company, performed in April at Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The performance was a tribute to David Bowie along with works from Bach & electronica/hip hop music. Joelle Balthazar ‘13 & Nicole Powell ‘12 both graduated from Harvard University on May 24, 2018. Joelle received a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education (more on Joelle on page 16). Nicole received a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies with a concentration in African American Religious Studies. Angela Francis ‘14, a photography student at Loyola Marymount University, had her first solo exhibition in October on LMU’s campus. The exhibit was titled “Looking for Zora: A Dialogue.” “My intention is to open up a space for conversation about black womanhood and our intricacies,” says Francis. “I’ve worked with nearly 30 young women in Boston and Los Angeles to make this happen. It is not only a portrait series, but also a lens into the histories we are each creating.” Two BMHS alumnae, Caroline Glymph ‘14 and Kaelyn Jefferson ‘17, represented Fresno State during the season opener of their Mountain West football game in California’s Central Valley. While at BMHS Caroline was the Feature Twirler in the marching band and Kaelyn was Captain of the Song Team. Justin Bibbins ‘14, a senior at Utah, was named 1st Team All-Pac-12. He was also named National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 20 2nd Team. Courtney Keaton ‘14, a senior at Cal State Monterey Bay, set a new single-season school record for rebounds with 271. Austin Cole ‘15, a junior at California Lutheran, was named 2nd Team All-SCIAC. Christine Delapina ‘15, a junior at Cal State Los Angeles, was named 2nd Team All-CCAA. In March, Cameron Olsen ‘15 and his band, Weathers, released their new EP Kids In The Night Part 1. Their music can be found on Spotify, Pandora, Facebook and many other places. Christian Oshita ‘15, a junior at UC San Diego, was named 1st Team All-CCAA. He was also named 2nd Team D2CCA All-West Region. Stephen Thompson, Jr. ‘15, a junior at Oregon State, was named Pac-12 All-Academic 1st Team and Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Jayden Davis ‘17 was named a Torero Ambassador at the University of San Diego and this semester she has joined the Cheerleading Team.

In Loving Memory Alumni Charles Muensterman ‘61 (8/26/17)

William Schroeder ‘70 (5/2017)

Steve Pipkin-Murphy ‘61 (2/2017)

Wayne Cambra ‘72 (2/22/17)

Cheryl Moore-Torquato ’64 (2018)

Ruth Olsen-Smith ‘72 (3/25/18)

John Creasey ’66 (1/25/18)

Gloria Deery-Duckett ‘75 (7/15/17)

David Erlandsen ’67 (2018)

Stephen Abram ’80 (12/14/17)

Ray Beeman ’69 (6/11/17)

Debbie Hudak-Peltier ‘83 (3/6/18)

Scott Rankin ‘70 (11/4/17)

Nicole Matthews ’84 (2/2018)

Parents • Carmen Arias, mother of Christine Arias-Avalos ’76, Michelle Arias-Schlack ’77, Nick Arias III ’80, Carmen Arias ’81 & Andrea Arias ‘88. (1/2018). •Leonardo Bertucci, father of Alex Bertucci ’04, Andrew Bertucci ‘08, Austin Bertucci ‘10 & Annabelle Bertucci ’14; father-in-law of Jessica Lyle-Bertucci ’04 (4/4/18). •Irene Cobo, mother of Rick Cobo ‘68 & Mike Cobo ‘74 (1/30/18). •Helen Gartland, mother of Christi Gartland ‘79 & Erin Gartland ‘81 (4/4/18). •Rosalie Giacalone, mother of former teacher Matt Giacalone; grandmother of Gregory Gaussa ’93 & Deanna Gaussa ‘97 (10/25/17). • Myrna Hadinoto, mother of Greg Hadinoto ‘93 & Francis Hadinoto ‘95 (4/10/18). • Benjamin Hlastala, father of Nancy Hlastala-Bridi ‘72, father-in-law of David Bridi ‘72, grandfather of Julia Bridi ’92 (1/24/18). •Mary Kaighan, mother of Christina Kaighan-Broderick ’85, Kym Kaighan-Livesay ’88 & Mike Kaighan ’90 (3/27/18). •Irene Judge, mother of Jacqueline Judge Cadieux ’70, Thomas Judge ’73 & Marianna Judge Donner ’81 (6/6/16). •Joan Maude, mother of Chris Maude ‘72 & Robert Maude ‘74 (2018). •Rita Mayo, mother of Rayne Mayo ‘91 (4/18). •Patricia Meehan, mother of Meg Meehan ’81, Mike Meehan ’82, Mollie Meehan-Baumer ’86, Kerry Meehan-McOsker ‘88, Amy Meehan ‘89 & James Meehan ‘95; grandmother of Bella Pilon ‘18 & Olivia Pilon ‘19 (7/15/17). • Lilly Montenegro, mother of Mark Montenegro ‘79 & Eric Montenegro ‘81 (1/15/17). •Norman Nielsen, father of Kimberly Nielsen ‘93 & Kristina Nielsen ‘95 (7/8/17). •Kathy Peterson, mother of Terry Peterson ’95 (1/31/18) •Leo Peterson, father of Kristian Peterson ‘95 (12/16/17). •Gerald Saiz, father of Shauna Saiz ‘92 (4/15/18). • Rodney Simonson, father of Vicki Simonson ’71, Steve Simonson ’72, John Simonson ’74 & Mike Simonson ‘78 (10/28/17). •Lee Vollmer, father of Eric Vollmer ’69 & John Vollmer ’80; father-in-law of Sandra Zabel-Vollmer ’80; grandfather of Daniel Vollmer ’09 (12/24/17). •Edward White, father of Lynnette White-McMahon ‘74 (2/2/18). •Jennie Williams (1/31/17) & Carl Williams (5/15/18), parents of Veronica Williams-Davidson ’73, Michelle Williams-Goodlett ’75, Carl Williams, Jr. ’76, Nadine Williams-Winn ’77, Carla Williams-McOsker ‘79 & Michael Williams ’80; grandparents of Emmett McOsker ’07, Ian Goodlett ’09 & Emily Goodlett ‘12.

Barbara Pudewa, BMHS Business Manager for 42 years from 1974-2016, and mother of Patti Pudewa-Korte ’72, Paul Pudewa ’76 & James Pudewa ’82 passed away on May 6, 2018 with her family at her side. She loved Bishop Montgomery High School with a passion and considered it her other family where she established a huge number of friendships that she maintained until the day she left us. Along with Dietmar Farkas, Barbara is the longest tenured employee in BMHS history. • 37


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DR. JAMES GARZA NAMED NEW BMHS PRINCIPAL Bishop Montgomery is excited to announce that Dr. James Garza has been appointed the school’s 13th principal after a comprehensive search process conducted by The Department of Catholic Schools. He will begin his duties on July 1, 2018. We would like to thank Kevin Baxter, Ed.D., Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dan O’Connell, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent of High Schools, and the entire search committee for their support and guidance throughout the search process. Dr. Garza most recently served as the Director of Secondary Education for the Conejo Valley Unified School District. He is, however, very familiar with the South Bay, being a long-time resident of El Segundo. Dr. Garza spent the last 21 years in school administration, 18 of which have been with the El Segundo Unified School District where he served as principal of El Segundo High School from 2005 to 2013. During his tenure at El Segundo High School, the school was recognized as a three-time “California Distinguished School,” a first for the school. He also designed and implemented the Career Pathways for both engineering and biomedical sciences. Dr. Garza earned a B.A. in History from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Education with an emphasis in Counseling, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he holds a Single Subject Credential, a Multiple Subject Credential, a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, a Language Development Specialist Certificate, and an Administrative Services Credential. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Garza to the Bishop Montgomery community.

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