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BISHOP VEROT ALUMNI MAGAZINE SPRING 2015

Alumni of the Year ~ Lt. Brian Kyle Dr. Matthew Walsh 路 Athletic Guide


Members

The Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane Msgn. Stephen E. McNamara Dr. Volodymyr Smeryk Directors

John Petracco, President Maria De Santo, Vice President Peter McPartland, Treasurer Denise Da Silveira, Secretary Vito Manone ~ Janet Beach ~ Michele Tromble George Browning, Esq. ~ Dave Ryan ~ Barbara Caldwell

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Letter from the Principal Denny Denison

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Alumni of the Year

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March for Life

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Letter from the Director of Advancement ~ Gina Lombardo

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Mardi Gras Remembered

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Alumni Dr. Walsh

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Christ the Teacher Award

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Spring Athletic Guide

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Alumni Notes

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Alumni Sports

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School Notes

PUBLISHED BY Photos (from top down): (1) Freshman Retreat candle light prayer service, (2) Mrs. O’Grady, Mrs. Larrea, and Mrs. Elmeer at the Mardi Gras Ball (3) Live Jesus Retreat (4) Model UN in Boston.

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LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

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PATTY HOLMES patty.holmes@bvhs.org pubisher

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C. SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY csmithphotography@comcast.net principal

DENNY DENISON denny.denison@bvhs.org director of development

GINA LOMBARDO gina.lombardo@bvhs.org alumni director

MIKE GILL ‘68 mike.gill@bvhs.org athletic director

JOHN GULLEY john.gulley@bvhs.org sports editor

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As I was attending Mass with our students one unassuming day, I found myself in quiet reflection during communion. Typically I use this time for prayer and introspection, but as I kneeled, my eyes were instead drawn to the line of students waiting patiently for their turn to accept the Body of Christ. As I watched them process forward I began thinking about all the blessings God has bestowed on each of them. I watched boys who have a skill and a grace with a baseball that I could only describe as poetic. I saw swimmers who can glide through the water with effortless speed and emerge at the end breathing only slightly faster than usual, but with huge grins on their faces. I saw football players and volleyball players who were almost indistinguishable from their peers while standing in that line, yet on the field or the court, they are in a league of their own. I saw students who can turn a small area of a sidewalk into an artistic masterpiece with just some chalk and their infinite imaginations. Students who already have the engineering capacity to take a few pieces of material and turn them into boats powered solely by the sun. Young men and women who have the natural ability to succeed beyond the rigors of Verot’s high standards and excel in the distinguished Scholars Academy. I watched students who give up their personal time to be a part of our Mission Club and do acts of charity, simply because they have the inner sense to share the grace of God with others. I noticed students who are dedicated to furthering their education so they can serve as doctors and lawyers and counselors for those less privileged. I also saw students who have faced heart wrenching struggles and come out stronger than most adults. Children faced with adversity I could not fathom, and yet they rise above and stand tall. The faces of pain who have become the faces of strength. As I glanced around the room watching so many gifted and talented students coming together with the common goal of sharing in Christ, my eyes broadened and I saw them as a whole. Rather than looking at individual students and their personal strengths and attributes, their singular abilities and their endless stories of grace and serenity, I saw them as a group and was humbled to be a part of such an amazing gathering. Not everyone is blessed with a gift which can be easily observed. Some talents shine bright and receive accolades and applause. Some are subtle and personal and are felt only in the depths of our souls. But what I realized, on that quiet ordinary day, was God is in each of us and he recognizes us as individuals. He knows our minds and our potential and he brings us to places such as Verot where we can become a group who will make a difference in the world. We will each do it in our own way and in our own place and time, but it was undeniable…He has brought us together for a reason, and His power, which is manifested in each of us, will be the positive change in the lives of many. His Blessings,

Denny Denison Denny Denison MISSION STATEMENT

Bishop Verot Catholic High School, building on more than 50 years of tradition and excellence in Catholic education, is a community of faith and learning dedicated to service and centered on Christ. An educational ministry of the Diocese of Venice, Florida, Bishop Verot serves students from Southwest Florida, as well as international students, in a co-educational college preparatory environment. Bishop Verot provides students with opportunities for lifelong learning and leadership, teaching skills for college and values for life.

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2015 Alumni of the Year Lt. Brian Kyle

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t. Brian Kyle, with the Lee County Sheriff ’s Department for 25 years, graduated from Bishop Verot in 1984. The oldest of the five Kyle siblings, all Verot alumni, Brian’s dedication to service began during his days at Verot. At graduation, Brian was awarded the School Service Award and Library Service Award. His passion for helping continued as he studied Criminology at St. Leo University, chose public service as his career, and continued to volunteer his time helping others by spending summers at Good Counsel Catholic Camp. Lt. Kyle was chosen as this year’s recipient of the Alumni of the Year award because of his continued dedication and support of Bishop Verot. In the recent issue of the Black & Gold magazine featuring First Responder Alumni, Brian was instrumental in organizing participants and equipment for the photo shoot, making the issue a great success. Brian is one of those people you can always count on, responding positively whenever needed, his love for Bishop Verot evident. The Class of 1984 is a close-knit class of 93 students, with some still gathering together for monthly dinners, always supporting one another through long-lasting friendships. The values and morals instilled in him so long ago are what he credits his successes in life with. “Not being selfish and remembering your values and morals, it’s just what you do.” BV

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Top right photo: Kathryn Kelly - Alumni of the Year for 2014 who recognized this year’s alumni of the year - Brian Kyle. Bottom left photo: Gina Lombardo presenting Brian Kyle with the Alumni of the Year Award. Bottom right photo: Brian Kyle addresses the audience at Mardi Gras.

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March for Life 2015

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n January, the Bishop Verot Mission Club made their first ever pilgrimage to participate in the 41st Annual March for Life and Rally in Washington D.C. This annual peaceful demonstration first began on January 22, 1974, the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Roe V. Wade, and has grown into the largest pro-life movement in the world. Mr. Matt Burbach, Director of Campus Ministry, parent chaperone, Maura Otzko, and twelve students packed their winter attire and headed off to our nation’s capitol to stand with Pro-Life supporters from around the nation in a show of support for the Pro-Life platform. As the only Catholic high school from the Diocese of Venice in attendance, the students had an opportunity to spend time with Bishop Dewane and others from around the Diocese. On January 21st, thousands of Catholics gathered in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to celebrate Mass. Bryce Glasgow and Melissa Becker, sophomores, both described this experience as their most memorable moment. They both were very impressed with the beauty of the church, and were amazed with the number of fellow Catholics packed into the National Shrine, praying the

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Rosary and celebrating the Mass. Before a packed audience in the Verizon Center, a young blind, autistic boy played “Open the Eyes of my Heart” on the piano, adding to the combination of prayer, song and celebration in preparation of the March. Joining together with so many youth from around the country for the Pro-Life cause was very impactful according to senior, Thomas Gargano, “Knowing that I am not the only one standing against the issue of abortion, with over 500,000 people here to March for Life.” The Rally concluded with a blessing from Pope Francis, read by Archbishop Vigano, and the celebration of Mass. Kerry Lambert, sophomore, said, “I think it was amazing to see all the priests and bishops processing into the Mass, the number of priests taking part in the Mass was truly inspiring.” As the group of students made their way to the National Mall for the March for Life procession, they were joined by Bishop Dewane and other diocesan supporters. Our students weathered the chilly temperatures with their Diocese of Venice scarves and carried signs reading various pro-life statements including “I am a voice for the voiceless” and “Defend Life”. Two of our students, Bryce Glasgow and Thomas Gargano, carried the Diocese of Venice banner leading the March to

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the Supreme Court building. The students have all shared how much it meant to them to take part in this event, and to see so many people with shared beliefs and an understanding that every life is precious and is to be treated as the blessing that it is. Danielle Rieselman, sophomore, shared “This event really opened my eyes to abortion and strengthened my faith.” This experience was something these twelve students will remember for life, and will continue to share with those around them. As

they returned to campus at the start of the Catholic Schools Week festivities, what an awesome way to share the blessing of Catholic education and the opportunities it has to offer. BV

Photo opposite page: BVHS group at the march. Left photo this page: BVHS March for Life group experiencing a snow day. Right photo this page: BVHS students in Washington DC.

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A LETTER A LETTER FROM FROM THETHE DIRECTOR DIRECTOR OF OF DEVELOPMENT DEVELOPMENT My Fellow Vikings, Oh what a year it has been! Our students have been out and about making all of us so very proud. In the last three months, our Model United Nations club members travelled to competitions in Cape Coral, Boston, and Estero, our art students took first place in the Chalk Block competition at ArtFest, our STEM Team won awards for the Algenol Solar Powerboat competition and prepared for a fun and challenging race in the FGCU Solar Kart competition, our theater department brought back high school musicals with Bye-Bye Birdie, and our National Honor Society inducted sixty-six new students. In addition to student accomplishments, our teachers participated in a technology in-service, learning and mastering iPad APPS for effective student engagement. These are just a few of our most recent school highlights. The support of all of you - our alumni, parents, and friends - make these opportunities possible. Your continued support also helped us to celebrate the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Ball & Auction on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Parents, businesses, teachers, faculty, and staff donated items for the Live and Silent Auction, attended the auction, bid on items, and donated time, talent, and treasure for our cause. This year, Dr. Denison made a “Call from the Heart” during the Live Auction. He spoke passionately about the future of our school and how Bishop Verot is continuing to transform itself with cutting edge technological advancements. This summer the Smith Library will be renovated to become a state of the art media center. This will allow for a collaborative learning environment for our students and faculty. These renovations and improvements would not be possible without the many donors who generously responded to our “Call from the Heart.” Even with this remarkable school year coming to a close, the energy and enthusiasm is only building for the future of Bishop Verot Catholic High School. Thank you for your constant support through prayers and gifts.Your dedication to our school humbles me. Together, with your help, we will continue to improve our school as we work to build tomorrow’s leaders. Non Excidet,

Gina Lombardo Director of Development

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Bishop Verot held its 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Ball & Auction on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Paragon Flight Hangar at Page Field. A big thanks to all who attended and donated their time and/or auction items. The evening featured the induction of Brian Kyle ’84 as our 3rd Alumni of the Year. Kathryn Kelly ’73, last year’s Alumni of the Year, had the honor of welcoming Brian into this group. The night included a Silent and Live Auction, dinner and dancing to CTO High Voltage. Some of the items auctioned were: Park like the Principal, Viking Stadium SkyBox, Coach Gill’s custom made tool bench outfitted with tools, and a personal golf tournament for 48 of your closest friends. Through the generosity of our attendees we were successful in raising much needed funds for Bishop Verot! The event was hosted by the Krewe of Victor, which included: Honorary Event Chair: Marie Mengle ‘96 Decorations Chair: Dr. Aymee Martinez Krewe Members: Jessica Cole, Patty and Mark Holmes, Tara Johnson, Lynn Knox, Gina Lombardo, James Cudahy ’11, Kim Murphy, Megan Murphy ’13, Suzanne DeLeon, Shannon Larrea, Jacque Owens, Marsha Sullivan, Claudia Sciulla, Lisa Boron, Patty Magnant, Diana Metzger, Donny Overholser, Jessica Nolan, Patti Baxmann, Esther Kiesel, Holly and Curtis Atkins, and Sarah Whitaker ’01. If you are interested in joining our Krewe, please contact Gina Lombardo at gina.lombardo@ bvhs.org. BV

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r. Matthew Walsh, a Class of 2002 Bishop Verot graduate, is one of less than 500 Optometrists in the world that have earned the distinction of Fellow by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. After attending Bishop Verot, Dr. Walsh graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Cell Science. From there he attended the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, where he received his Doctorate of Optometry. Dr. Walsh realized his passion for helping children with their frequently misdiagnosed vision issues and thus completed a residency in vision therapy and rehabilitation at the SUNY State College of Optometry. His practice, Center for Vision & Learning, newly opened in 2014, treats children and adults in learning how to correct vision problems, through extensive therapy. Some patients begin to recognize drastic changes in the way they see after a few sessions, making a life changing impact on them. We were able to sit down with Matthew and ask him about his time here at Verot, and how that has impacted his life today…. Q. What made you choose this career and this specialty?

A. I got my first pair of glasses in the 5th grade. I will always remember that moment when the doctor held lenses in front of my face and I went from not being able to see across the street to being able to see everything. That moment really stuck with me. After shadowing an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist, I listened to an Optometrist talk about vision therapy and how they work with athletes and I was hooked. The profession kind of chose me. Q. How did your time at Verot prepare you?

A. I wasn’t really set on the medical field in High School, which I think is a good thing. You need to go in to college with your eyes wide open, taking lots of different classes to see where your

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interests are. As far as preparation, honestly, I think I worked harder here at Verot to manage my time than at college, and I went to UF which isn’t an easy college. The balance of sports, school work, community service, clubs, and everything just prepares you so much. When I only had to juggle school, work, and intramurals in college, it was less stressful. Q. Was there a particular teacher or class that made an impact on you?

A. Coach Gill, as Freshman Football Coach, taught us about football, but he really taught about life. I had Mrs. Elmeer for AP English, Mr. Androsko for AP Biology, Mr. Hamann for AP History, and Mr. Boulton for Spanish. They pushed me to maximize my abilities. Those are the teachers who really stand out. Q. What advice do you have for our current students?

A. Cherish your time here, the four years just fly by. And my closest friends are all from Verot. You form lifelong relationships here, they can be your pillars of strengths in times of need. Of course, do your best in school and sports and all that, but it is really about relationships. Q. How has your faith, rooted in your education here at Verot and in your life, helped you in your success?

A. Well, as a Catholic, I went to Catholic school starting in 1st grade at St. Andrew and then here at Verot. I think that you have to trust that God has good things planned for you. You do the best you can with the talents that He’s given you, and you hope that when opportunity knocks, you recognize it. God has blessed me with a lot, with good family and good friends to support me. It hasn’t always been easy, a lot of studying BISHOP VEROT ALUMNI MAGAZINE


and sacrifice. Going from a stable full time job to starting something from scratch with opening my own practice from nothing takes a lot of faith, but I know that I can follow my dream and that He will help me through the hard times and tough times, because it’s not easy. Q. What is your fondest memory of your time at Verot?

A. I can’t think of just one. Football Fridays were memorable with the games and the pep rallies. My senior year of Football we were 6th in the state. The Spellamanias were always hilarious. I was Homecoming King my senior year, with Noelle Casagrande as Queen, and we had been in school together since 1st grade at St. Andrew. I remember volunteering at the City of Palms with Donny Overholser. Senior year, Ms. Meyers was my religion teacher for Marriage and Family, and we had to pair up (husband and wife) and take care of an egg baby. You could tell her how many eggs you wanted to take care of but, in the end she made the final decision. My partner and I had said we wanted two, but she said, “Nope it’s going to be three.” We took good care of them and didn’t crack a single one. The best memories sometimes are just eating lunch with your friends, telling stories, and hanging out. Q. Can you explain Vision Therapy and who is a candidate?

Optometric Vision Therapy is like physical therapy for the eyes and brain, working on the whole eye-brain connection. Everyone can benefit from vision therapy, but not everyone needs it. In early childhood development, vision becomes the dominant sense around 5 years old, correlating with classroom learning and visual information processing. There are 17 different visual skills necessary for learning and in 20-25% of children, something impedes their visual development. Optometric Vision Therapy addresses these skills to improve their entire view of themselves and the world around them. The bulk of my practice is school-aged children that have vision problems that interfere with learning and reading, in which glasses, contacts,

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or surgery does not address or fix. That’s where the interactive activities of Optometric Vision Therapy, that follow the typical developmental hierarchy of how we grow and develop, can address those issues. Optometric Vision Therapy can also be a non-surgical solution to eye turns. In addition to children, we also treat athletes looking to enhance their visual skills in order to gain a competitive advantage. Additionally, we treat vision problems resulting from head trauma, usually as the result of an accident, a sports injury, or military trauma. With children, they can’t always express what they see, but with adults they know how their vision has changed as the result of the injury. The frustration these patients feel in their inability to function in daily life is immense and any help we are able to give can be life-changing. Q. The work you do must be so rewarding. Is there a specific story that stands out?

A. There are countless. I worked with one young lady who hated reading and struggled in school. After 8 months of therapy, she graduated from our program, loved to read, and made the honor roll for the first time (and every time since). She was reading the third Harry Potter book the last time I checked up with her. I have another young lady whose mother brought her to me to evaluate for her academic struggles and a constant, frequent blinking that the medical community could not explain. She had a common condition that caused her to see double at near and she was blinking very often as a solution to the problem. Within a few sessions training her eye-brain pathways, the mother said to me, “The blinking has stopped!” Parents need to know that common behaviors such as rubbing the eyes, laying the head down while reading, fidgeting, or avoiding reading may be evidence of a vision problem – a vision problem that can mimic itself as fatigue, hyperactivity, or laziness. In fact, about 80% of the behavioral symptoms used by psychologists to diagnosis ADD/ADHD are the same symptoms of a vision problem. This warrants further evaluation for an eye teaming problem that is completely curable, preventing a misdiagnosis that leads to treatment through medications that will not solve the vision problem. When I was in my residency, I knew this was what I wanted to do, but the nail in the coffin for me was when I was working with this little girl. She was about 6 years old, and she and her mom would travel for an hour on the subway to come to therapy. At one of her appointments, she handed me this handwritten card that said, “Thank you, Dr. Walsh, for helping my eyes.” Her mother looked at me and said she had asked for markers on the train ride in, but she didn’t know what for. It still amazes me that a 6 year old took it upon herself to thank me for working with her. According to Dr. Walsh, these types of vision issues for young children is like taking five lanes of kids running a race, and in one lane you place a hurdle every few feet. How can you expect them to win the race? But if you can remove the hurdles, you can change a life. That’s what it is all about, changing lives. BV Spring 2015 | BLACK & GOLD

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Presenting Christ the Teacher 2015... Mr. Michael Reese

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atholic Schools Week began this year, as it does every year, with the celebration of Mass. At the conclusion of our celebration, one teacher is recognized as the 2015 Christ the Teacher Award winner. This very special award was first established in 2005 by former principal Father Chris Beretta, OSFS, and recognizes the teacher who demonstrates Christ-like qualities in the pursuit of academic excellence. Students are invited to nominate teachers who they feel exemplify these qualities, with the Student Government Association voting for the finalist. The recipient of the 2015 Christ the Teacher Award was Mr. Michael Reese. Mr. Reese has been teaching Religion at Bishop Verot for six years, and is the Religion Department Head. Mr. Reese also serves as the Senior class moderator, as he has for the last four years. While most of his interaction is with the Senior class, Mr. Reese enjoys being in the classroom and helping students grow as thinkers. He challenges his students to think for themselves, rather than tell them what to believe. His inspiration comes from his students as well as his work environment, where working with smart, compassionate, supportive teachers makes all the difference. When asked to share a story, Mr. Reese told of advice given to upcoming Seniors from the current Senior class. The Seniors, as part of their English class, were asked to write advice for the Juniors as they were about to become the next Senior class, and a stand out piece of advice was “to listen in Mr. Reese’s class because you will learn a lot about God and even more about life.” BV

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ATHLETIC GUIDE


BASEBALL • SOFTBALL • BOYS LACROSSE • GIRLS LACROSSE • BOYS TENNIS • GIRLS TENNIS • TRACK

2015 Varsity Baseball Team Back Row L to R: Coach Rich Nizza, Coach Chuck Alexander, Connor Malt, Blaze Alexander, Patrick Banick, Thaddeus Ward, CJ Alexander, Devyn White, Daulton LaGrave, Coach Fred Burson, Coach David Nelson. Middle Row L to R: Charlie Houghton, Richie Nizza, Michael Lemmerman, Carson Smith, Michael Green, Anthony Tejeda. Front Row L to R: Drew Dwyer, Cory Castellano, Michael Richey, Trevor Cramer. Not Pictured: Coach Adam Davis.

David Nelson is in his 4th year as head coach for the Bishop Verot baseball program. Before landing his role as head coach, Nelson served as assistant coach under Tom LoSauro from 2007-2011 and as head coach at Lehigh Senior High during the 2006 season. Nelson has his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and was a member of the school’s Division III baseball program. Nelson is in his 4th year teaching at Verot, and serves as Dean of Students. David and his wife, Monica, a 1998 Bishop Verot graduate, have a five year old son, Brayden and a 6 month old daughter, Grayce.

VARSITY HEAD COACH DAVID NELSON

VARSITY COACH CHUCK ALEXANDER

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VARSITY COACH FRED BURSON

VARSITY COACH RICH NIZZA

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CJ ALEXANDER

2015 varsity baseball senior

CORY CASTELLANO 2015 varsity baseball senior

RICHIE NIZZA

2015 varsity baseball senior

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PATRICK BANICK

2015 varsity baseball senior

DAULTON LAGRAVE 2015 varsity baseball senior

AUSTIN SAUNDERS 2015 varsity baseball senior

CONNOR MALT

2015 varsity baseball senior

ANTHONY TEJEDA

2015 varsity baseball senior

THADDEUS WARD

2015 varsity baseball senior

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2015 JV Baseball Team Back Row L to R: Austin Peck, Coach Chris Chappell, Coach Steve Cunningham, Coach Mike Pohlman, Damian Bishop. Middle Row L to R: Cam Hoines, Bryce Glasgow, Team Manager Michael Mayers, Tyler Goguen, Thomas Rizzo. Front Row L to R: Matt Bevins, Kobe Gee, Alex Irwin. Not Pictured: Trevor Glasgow, Matt Medovich, Jack Archambault.

JV COACH CHRIS CHAPPELL

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JV COACH STEVE CUNNINGHAM

JV COACH MIKE POHLMAN

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2015 Developmental Baseball Team Back Row L to R: Coach TJ O’Connol, Jacob Molitor, Kameron Theisen,Trevor Moore, Anthony Moore, Chris Bine, Coach DJ Judge. Front Row L to R: Ryan Williamson, Logan Hodges, Brett Kyle, Branden Raber, Evan McKenna. Not Pictured: Cade Middleton.

DEVELOPMENTAL BASEBALL COACH DJ JUDGE

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DEVELOPMENTAL BASEBALL COACH TJ O’CONNOL

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2015 Varsity Softball Team Back Row L to R: Head Coach Pablo Plaza, Jessy McLean,Tayli Filla, Jamie DeCarlo, Madison Clinger, Jordan Breadmore, Erin Kyle, Dana Wherry, Coach Andy Takais. Middle Row L to R: Mallory Volz, Gillian Takais, Emma Heald, Deanne Goodlunis, Jennie Boisvert. Front Row L to R: Amanda Higgins, Madison Soto, Nicole Fortner-Rodriguez.

SOFTBALL VARSITY HEAD COACH PABLO PLAZA

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Coach Plaza took helm of the Lady Vikings Softball team this year after serving as an assistant coach since 2011. During his tenure as assistant, Coach Plaza aided the Lady Vikings in making two FHSAA State Final Four appearances. Coach Plaza came to Verot with extensive experience in baseball and softball, both as a player and a coach, along with an impressive run in travel ball as head coach of The Chaos, an elite travel team. Coach Plaza is also the father to BVHS alum, Amber Plaza ‘13, who is currently the starting catcher for the Miami-Dade College Sharks.

MADISON SOTO

2015 varsity softball senior

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2015 JV Softball Team Back Row L to R: Dana Wherry, Sammie Massaro, Coach Mario Lopez, Jamie DeCarlo, Emma Heald. Front Row L to R: Nathalie Lorenzo, Courtney Maw, Caitlin Gibilisco, Deanne Goodlunis, Rebekka Fila. Not Pictured: Anna Langermann, Julia Flynn, Coach Anthony Krolczyk.

JV SOFTBALL HEAD COACH MARIO LOPEZ

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2015 Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team Back Row L to R: Anthony Cecere, Aiden Maribona, Billy McMahon, Greg Moyer, Jacob Bowlin, Luke Lanman, Alec Suarez, Jake Comisar, Conor Crep, Joey Cerniglia. Middle Row L to R: Nick Brasacchio, Jaryd Brady, Nick Vinci, Connor Linden, Head Coach Gary Neese, Coach Shaun Leddy, Coach Ken Suarez, Coach Dan Krispinsky, Griffin DeCarli, Cooper Gibson, Kyle Leddy, Olin Peck. Front Row L to R: Scott Duffy, Jack Healy, Spencer Nowell, Zach Liberto, Morgan Armitage, Griffin Reitz, Kyle Dos Santos, Miles Duca, Kyle McKenna, Kenneth Leddy. Not pictured: Coach Chris Murphy

Coach Gary Neese is currently in his 2nd year as head coach of the Boys Lacrosse team. Gary Neese played at the college level, as a member of the University of Delaware’s Division I team. Neese continued his lacrosse at State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport and, in his junior season, was 3rd in scoring in Division III. Following college, Neese took an assistant coaching position at the University of Albany. The following year, Neese pursued a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at Ithaca College, where he served as graduate assistant coach. Neese moved to Fort Myers in 1999.

VARSITY LACROSSE HEAD COACH GARY NEESE

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JARYD BRADY

CONOR CREP

2015 varsity lacrosse senior

GRIFFIN DECARLI

2015 varsity lacrosse senior

CONNOR LINDEN

2015 varsity lacrosse senior

SPENCER NOWELL

2015 varsity lacrosse senior

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SCOTT DUFFY

2015 varsity lacrosse senior

ALEX SUAREZ

2015 varsity lacrosse senior

KYLE MCKENNA

GREG MOYER

2015 varsity lacrosse senior

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2015 varsity lacrosse senior

NICK VINCI

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2015 Boys JV Lacrosse Team Back Row L to R: Nick Colavito, CJ Trunkett, Jaxson Grant, Maclane Keohane, Robby Meyers, Duane Keohane, Justin Feeney, Jacob Meijer, Garrett White Middle Row L to R: Coach Paul Liberto, Matt Trottier, Richard Maly, Johnny Kerekes, Michael Collier, Ben Pisaris, Connor Lee, Jack Trathen, Bryce Haytac, Coach Owen Feeney. Front Row L to R: Kenneth Leddy, Codey Liberto, Miles Duca, Moses Melloh, Greysen Brown.

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2015 Girls Lacrosse Team Back Row L to R: Coach Morgan Engels, Natalie Acosta, Lauren Puleo, Brooke Palmer, Hannah Marzella, Sara Hannon, Mirella Hurst, Kinzie Frey, Coach Dominic Engels. Middle Row L to R: Angela Leddy, Olivia Horton, Siobhan Brennan, Manager Madison Jozsa , Maggie Nolan, Anna Seltzer, Olivia Curcione Front Row L to R: Kamerynn Gannon, Lauren Lockard, Bailey Owens, Tassia Tuhovak, Jen Krutky, Casey Owens, Brigette Linden.

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A 2003 graduate of BVHS, Morgan played Varsity soccer all 4 years, and attended Jacksonville University on a soccer scholarship. After graduation, Morgan taught English at Riverdale High School for 6 years where she also coached the Boys’ Varsity Soccer team for 3 years. While her first love is soccer, Morgan says she definitely would have played lacrosse if it was an official sport when she was at Verot. It is such an intense, fast-paced game, and feels it is a privilege to coach, alongside her husband, such a talented group of girls. Her first year at Verot has been such a blessing, but to be offered a job coaching at her alma mater is truly the icing on the cake!

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KINZIE FREY

MIRELLA HURST

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BAILEY OWENS

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2015 varsity lacrosse senior

BROOKE PALMER

2015 varsity lacrosse senior

TASSIA TUHOVAK

2015 varsity lacrosse senior

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2015 Boys Tennis Team Back Row L to R: Coach Mark Latell, Justin Ecelbarger, Eric Poland, Ryan Cooper,Thomas Kearns, Cole Connor, Alex Simon. Middle Row L to R: Alex Mantz, Austin Olbekson, Ricardo Martinez, Nick Lambros, Nils Schneider, Jacob Williams, Nick Mantz. Front Row L to R: Brady Castellano, Thomas Arcentales, Michael Lee, Matthew Palmon, Christopher Lee.

BOYS TENNIS COACH MARK LATELL

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Mark Latell is beginning his 4th year as the Varsity Boys Tennis coach. Mark is a 1983 Verot alumni with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. Mark moved back to his hometown of Ft. Myers five years ago and is now teaching math at Verot. Mark and his wife Deanna, also a Verot graduate, have five children, Danielle, Anna, David, Matthew, and Andrew.

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RYAN COOPER

JUSTIN ECELBARGER 2015 boys tennis senior

2015 boys tennis senior

ALEX MANTZ

RICARDO MARTINEZ

AUSTIN OLBEKSON

JENNIFER BERTRAND

MADISON PERGAKIS

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NICK LAMBROS

2015 boys tennis senior

MICHAEL LEE

2015 boys tennis senior

ERIC POLAND

2015 boys tennis senior

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2015 Girls Tennis Team Back Row L to R: Nicollette Cervone, Jenn Dickey, Coach Mary Gibson, Gabrielle Magnant, Jenn Bertrand. Front Row L to R: Madison Pergakis, Yvonne Wojtas, Ally Shaerf. Not Pictured: Alessandra Ausset, Gianna Drayer.

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Mary Gibson is entering her 8th season as the Varsity Girls Tennis coach. During the past eight years, the Vikings have won four district titles, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013, and district runner up in 2014.The team repeated as Regional Champions, allowing for back to back State appearances in 2009 and 2010. Gibson has been named News-Press Coach of the Year two times during her tenure. In 2012, she was asked by the Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association to coach the Inaugural State of Florida High School Allstar team for Region 7. Gibson teamed with Naples High coach Tony Kamens and brought the first AllStar title to our area. Mary has been married to husband, Gil, for 24 years and has three sons, all of whom are Vikings – Zachary ’09, Gunnar ’12, and Cooper ’16.

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2015 Track & Field Team Back Row L to R: Coach Kevin Jordan, Haley Cerretani, Megan Danehy, Ombretta Lubin, Olivia Cerretani, Samantha Dombkowski, Caroline Pesch, Danielle Dickey, Leah Bombassaro, Julia Signorelli, Jessica Kemp, Coach Justin Klein. 4th Row L to R: Isabella Rodriguez, Robert Voorhees, Luke Kane, Lorenz Thomas, Tommy Dean, Alex Avery, Brian Voorhees, John Martin, Tyler Marshall, Lee Bowman. 3rd Row L to R: Elena Quinonez, Anthony Bonacolta, Keeshaurn McCaulley, Andrew Krutky, Nick Liccini, David Thompson, Charlie Mitchell, Olivia Miller, Lauren Proce. 2nd Row L to R: Matthew Signorelli, Matthew Thompson, Connor Gregory, John Janiak, Andrew Vellela, Philipp Seibert, Jose Martinez, Joe Rossi. Front Row L to R: Samantha Kane, Gabriela DePalma, Hannah Arcentales, Jessica Altier. Not pictured: Coach John Nolan and Coach Bill Shields.

First Year Head Coach Justin Klein is a former NCAA Division I and Division II Track & Field athlete and a National Junior Olympic competitor with experience coaching track and field athletes at both the high school and collegiate level. His experience has helped athletes to reach multiple personal records including regional and state berths and placements in various events and disciplines. Coach Klein earned his Master’s of Education degree in Exercise Science from Ashland University and holds certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) and through USA Track & Field as a Certified Coach. TRACK & FIELD HEAD COACH JUSTIN KLEIN

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HANNAH ARCENTALES 2015 track & field senior

CONNOR GREGORY 2015 track & field senior

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ANTHONY BONACOLTA 2015 track & field senior

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DANIELLE DICKEY

TOMMY DEAN

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TYLER MARSHALL

CHARLIE MITCHELL

LAUREN PROCE

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JULIA SIGNORELLI 2015 track & field senior

MATTHEW SIGNORELLI 2015 track & field senior

MATTHEW THOMPSON 2015 track & field senior

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Class Reunions Class of 1966 Reunion

Date and Time TBD Please contact Gary Ricciardi ‘66 for more information or to help with the reunion at penguin.ysu@att.net

Class of 1985 Reunion

The weekend of July 10, 2015 Family cookout at Bishop Verot, Friday, 7/10/15, time TBD. RSVP number of people for Friday night to Jackie Gelardi at gelardijm@aol.com or text/call 239-691-1677 or Facebook email. Reunion Hotel: Lighthouse Resort Inn and Suites, 1051 Fifth Ave, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, (239) 463-9392 lighthouseislandresort.com Mention reunion for group rate.

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1970s Reunion Weekend

Weekend of April 18, 2015 Please contact Joe O’ Connor ’75 for more information at jwoconnor@yahoo.com Or visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/bvhs1970s/

Class of 1995 Reunion

Date and Time TBD Please contact Molly ‘Stalter’ Konieczny for more information or to help with the reunion at MollyKonieczny@livenation.com

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Bill Stejskal ’71 and Candi Wang Stejskal ‘71

Barrett Stejskal ’98

Kate (Stejskal) Hamstra ’03

Bill and Candi will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary in June of 2015. Candi is a Registered Nurse with Fawcett Regional Hospital in Port Charlotte. Bill is the Assistant Principal for Administration at Bishop Verot High School.

Barrett and his wife Christina celebrated their 9th wedding anniversary in January. They have two children,Trenton (’25) and Magnussen (’27). Barrett currently has his own Environmental Consulting Business, Bearpaws Environmental Consulting.

Kate and her husband, AJ, celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary in March. The couple has a one son, Gavin (’31) and Kate is a teacher at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School.

Breanna Clay ‘06

Paul Bennett, PhD, MSF, CFP ’84 Jennifer Schomer Rogers ‘99

Paul, a Verot alumn, went on to obtain his BA from UF, MS in Finance from Indiana University and PhD in Economics from SMC University. Paul has recently published his second book, Easy Essays in Economics: Concise Coverage of Complex Concepts. It can be found on Amazon( ISBN - 10 is 1612332692 / ISBN - 13 is 978-1612332697) BISHOP VEROT ALUMNI MAGAZINE

Breanna and Matthew Hiller were engaged in July of 2014. Breanna is an account manager for ASO Jessica Rose Rogers, daughter of Corporation, selling private label Jennifer and Daniel Rogers, was wound care products to large baptized on December 27, 2014 at retailers across the nation. Matt is St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church the Program Coordinator for Player by Fr. Anthony. The Godparents are Development at Impact Basketball, Florida division. The couple is Jason, ’04, and Becky Schomer. planning an October 3rd, 2015 wedding in Sarasota.

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ALUMNI Kelly Richards ’08

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FGCU in May of 2015 with his Bachelor’s in Business Management. Deanna is now working as a dental hygienist after graduating Edison State College with her Associates in science. The two families will come together to celebrate a traditional Italian wedding. Ryan and Deanna are excited to join in holy matrimony and are ready to embrace what the future holds.

Katie Mosher ’10 After graduating from Florida State University, Kelly returned to Fort Myers to open Belle Fille (pronounced Bell Fee) with her stepmother (Belle Fille means beautiful girl/stepdaughter). Belle Fille, opened in February of 2014 in downtown Fort Myers, is a cute old house that has been transformed into a beautiful boutique that specializes in unique gifts for any special occasion.

Ryan Day ‘10 and Deanna DeCesare ’10

Ryan and Deanna were engaged in June of 2014. The two met their freshman year at Bishop Verot and plan to marry in June of 2015 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Cape Coral. Ryan currently manages a hotel in Fort Myers and will be graduating

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total of 2,123 digs in her 4 years as the starting libero for Florida State. She also holds the # 1 and #2 as well as #5 and #6 Single Season Digs records while wearing the Garnett and Gold. She is the only player in school history to have each of her 4 years in the Top 10 record books. Katie graduated from FSU in Dec. as a member of the All ACC Academic team as well. She currently is enrolled in graduate school at FSU and will pursue her graduate degree in Sports Management. She also accepted a volunteer Assistant Coaching Position with the Volleyball team and will start her coaching career with this Top 10 ranked team. Congratulations Katie!

Robert Butler ’13

2010 Verot Grad, Katie Mosher completed her collegiate career with the Florida State Volleyball Team this past December. She left a legacy of winning, leadership and teamwork as one of the most decorated players of all times at Florida State. Katie finished her senior season as a 3rd year captain. She was also named an AVCA All American, 1st team ALL ACC and All East Region Team in Dec. 2014, as well as leaving the program with the most wins by any senior class in school history with a record of 112-22 wins. She also was named as a finalist for the national Senior CLASS award where she garnered 2nd Team ALL AMERICAN Honors. Katie also broke the All Time Career Digs record at Florida State in 2014, finishing with a compiled

Robert Butler, sophomore at Notre Dame University in Indiana, has made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 Semester. Robert is studying Accounting and will be working for GE this summer in Notre Dame’s Controllership Development Program.

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ALUMNI Hugo Delapenha Miami football

The redshirt senior completed his final season with the Hurricanes in perfect fashion, as Delapenha scored a touchdown on a blocked punt against Virginia. It was his first and only collegiate touchdown. Delapenha played in nine of the 13 games, and recorded three solo tackles.

Daniel Vogelbach

Chicago Cubs organization Prior to his third full season of professional baseball, Vogelbach was named as the eighth best firstbase prospect in baseball by www. MLB.com. Vogelbach will play for the double-A Tennessee Smokies to begin the 2015 season.

Mitch Fundingsland

Emory Oxford basketball Fundingsland has made nine starts for Oxford College, playing just under 20 minutes per game as of February 13. He sits third on the team with 8.6 points per game, and adds over three rebounds and two assists per game. Fundingsland also records roughly one assist per game.

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SPORTS Chase Marinell professional golf

Marinell recorded a professional victory in a West Florida Golf Tour event in January, shooting a four-under par 68 at an event at Laurel Oak Country Club. Marinell plans to play on the Canadian Tour beginning in May and play in a Tour qualifier in Canada in April.

Mark Wagner

LaGrange basketball The junior sharpshooter averages over 12 points a game for LaGrange, and is the team’s second leading scorer. He plays over 30 minutes over a game, one of only two Panthers to do so. His Panthers had a winning record as of press time after qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in 2014.

Ricky Doyle

Michigan basketball Doyle has quickly become a fan favorite in Ann Arbor, assuming the role of starting center as a true freshman. Doyle scores 6.4 points per game and pulls down roughly three rebounds a contest. As of February 13, his career high came in a win over Coppin State, when he scored 16 points. His ten-point performance in Brooklyn, NY against Oregon caused the Michigan fans in attendance to chant his name.

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Santiago Corredor earns State Title in Swimming Santiago Corredor, sophomore, won the state title in the 500 freestyle at the FHSAA Class 1A state swimming and diving meet, with a time of 4:29.64. Santi was also a NewsPress “Swimmer of the Year” nominee. In January, he was presented with his State Championship ring in front of a standing crowd of Viking fans.

Bishop Verot STEM team sweeps the Algenol Solar Boat Competition Members of the Bishop Verot STEM team captured 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place at Algenol’s solar boat competition. The STEM team, under the direction of Mr. Kurt Prey, has placed before, but this is the first time they have taken all three top honors. The students have been working on their boats for more than a month, building a test track and helping each other with construction and design. 3rd Place went to the team of Geraghty Anne Ellis and Junco Nelson. This team also won a” judges pick” award for their design. 2nd Place went to the team of Connor Gregory, Alec Rose, Anthony Bonacolta, and Travis Miley. This team also won a “best design” award for their innovations. 1st Place was won by the team of Colin Maw and Jacob Williams. Their boat also won for the overall fastest boat.

Bishop Verot’s Model UN Club In January, the BVHS Model UN Club under the leadership of Mr. James Scott and Mrs. Lynn Knox, attended the Annual Cape Coral High School Model UN Conference. Twenty Model UN Club members participated, representing nine countries. Each group of students sat on specific committees. This years’ conference focused on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The group also traveled to Boston in February to compete in the annual Boston University Model UN Conference. Students prepare to represent a particular country based on a specific international issue by sitting on a model United Nations Committee. Through compromise, debate and understanding, students seek to compose resolutions to real world international issues plaguing troubled regions across the world.

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Mock Trial Competition Students participated in the Twenty-Second Annual Lee County High School Mock Trial Competition at Lee County Justice Center. The Mock Trial Competition is a simulation of a judicial proceeding, either civil or criminal. The student participants experience first-hand the inter-workings of our legal system. Education is the primary goal of the Mock Trial Competition as students experience many different aspects of the legal process, with the goal of increasing their understanding of the American legal system, and improving their reasoning and communication skills. Pictured L-R: Renate Ferrante, Taylor Lukasik, Joe Rossi, Bryce Glasgow, Bryce Haytac, and Griffin Reitz.

Art Students win First Place at the Fort Myers Artfest’s Chalk Block Congratulations to our Bishop Verot artists for their First Place chalk block during the Fort Myers Artfest’s Chalk Block competition in downtown Fort Myers. Candace Getgen and Sam Cook earned a First Place ribbon for their excellent work. Andres Johnson, Arden Whiteside and Ariel Jiang created a beautiful block as well. Art student’s from area high schools spent hours creating fabulous blocks of art for all to see while walking the Artfest. Pictured: Chalk drawing by Verot artists, Candace Getgen and Sam Cook

Jared Horowitz On Wednesday, February 4th in the senior courtyard of Bishop Verot High School, Viking Football player, Jared Horowitz, signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career at Jacksonville University. Horowitz, a three year letter winner, and Viking “Iron Man Award” recipient, is a 6’4” 285 pound offensive tackle for the Bishop Verot Vikings.

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Charles “CJ” Alexander

Summer Camps

Bishop Verot senior standout, Charles “CJ” Alexander, signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. CJ, a two year letter winner and starting shortstop, also notched a 370 batting average for the 2014 Regional Champion, Bishop Verot Vikings.

Bishop Verot wins State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive Grant

Bishop Verot Athletics offers many opportunities for Vikings in training to participate in a sport specific summer camp. Each camp is run by our High School coaches for their prospective sport, with its own schedule and age requirements. The camps currently offered are listed below. Please visit www. BVHS.org/summercamps for more information and to register. Bishop Verot Summer Baseball Camp Coach David Nelson Sessions are from 8:00-12:00 a.m. June 8-11th for ages 7-11 June 15-18th for ages 12-14 Camp will include training in bunting/catching, pitching mechanics, hitting instruction, infield/outfield, drill work and games/contests. HoopSchool Basketball Camp Coach Matt Herting All camps are for Boys and Girls June 1-4 for grades 2-6 June 8-11 for grades 7-9 June 12-13 for grades K-2 June 15-18 for grades 5-6 June 22 for grades 2-4 Please visit www.hoopschool.org for more information and registration. Volleyball Middle School Camp Coach Jeremy Ridgeo July 13-16th 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Bishop Verot is pleased to announce that State Farm has awarded us a $25,000 Celebrate My Drive Grant. This grant is the result of the overwhelming response to our request for voting this past October during the Celebrate My Drive Campaign. Thank you to all our students, staff, parents and alumni who participated in the voting, making this grant possible!

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Softball Camp Coach Pablo Plaza June 8-11th for grades 1-8 8:30 – 12:00 at Sam Fleishman Park Drumline Camp Dates to TBD.

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