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4 Patty Holmes from the Principal 5 Letter Dr. Denny Denison from the Director of Development 7 Letter Gina Lombardo 8 Fr. Casey’s Corner 9 Christ the Teacher 10 Alumni of the Year The All-New Bishop Verot Alumni 12 Association 14 The 45th Annual March for Life National Honor Society’s LEAD 16 Conference 17 Spring 2018 Athletic Guide 46 Summer Camps 2018 47 Alumni Sports 48 Alumni Notes 50 School Notes

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Photos top to bottom: NHS working the St. John XXIII Fashion Show, Catholic Schools Week Generations Day dress out, NHS working with Special Populations, A Night at the Theater Cast Photo.

ON THE COVER 2018 Alumni of the Year: Bill Stejskal ‘71, Barrett Stejskal ‘98, Candace Stejskal ‘71, and Kate (Stejskal) Hamstra ‘03. Photo Credit: Hoffman Fine Arts Photography

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We Are Verot... A Look Inside A lot has happened on campus since the B&G winter edition. The first STREAM Days were held, with Verot hosting 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders from St. Andrew, St. Charles Borromeo, and St. Francis for a fun day of learning. The winter sports season came to a close, with our girls Soccer team making it to the final four in the state competition. Many of our Vikings took to the sky, with Model UN traveling to Boston to compete at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Model United Nations Conference, National Honor Society members traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the LEAD Conference (page 16) and several members of Catholics in Action also traveled to D.C. for the 45th Annual March for Life (read more on page 14). The 1st Annual All Area Catholic Schools 5K Fun Run kicked off Catholic Schools Week in January, and we were happy to welcome future Vikings from our partner schools as well as a number of alumni to the campus to run in the event. At the 6th Annual Gala & Auction, Denim & Diamonds, our 2018 Alumni of the Year were announced. The Stejskal family, with their Bishop Verot roots firmly planted, was named this year’s Alumni of the Year. Bill, Candi, Kate, and Barrett all returned to campus to take the picture for our cover and talk about how being involved with Verot has impacted them and their entire family. Read more about the family and how their Viking life began on page 10.

long after graduation. I see pictures of weddings looking more like a Verot reunion, of family vacations with lifelong Verot friends, and business relationships formed because of the Verot connection. It is from one of those lifelong friendships the new Bishop Verot Alumni Association has been revived. Check out how two special graduates have made it their mission to keep our alumni connected (page 12). As always, you will find information about upcoming reunions and news about your fellow alumni beginning on page 47. Everyone enjoys reading the Alumni News section to catch up with fellow Vikings so please be sure to send updates for inclusion in the next edition. With spring break behind us, and the school year three quarters of the way done, focus has turned to the Class of 2018 and making their final days at Verot memorable. The junior / senior Prom will be held this month and the traditional trip to Orlando’s Universal Studios for Grad Bash is planned. Registrations for the 2018 -2019 school year is in full swing so if you know someone who would make a great Viking, please encourage them to check us out. Jill Rhone ’03, Director of Admissions, would be happy to show them around. Enjoy this edition of the B&G!

Patty Holmes Editor, Director of Communications

Often I am told stories of how our alumni stay connected

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“As a member of the Verot family, we will always support our fellow Vikings, defend our traditions, honor our legacy, and bleed black and gold.” ~ The Viking Creed

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Letter from the Principal Bishop Verot Alumni Magazine editor

Patty Holmes patty.holmes@bvhs.org pubisher

Connie Ramos-Williams CONRIC PR & Marketing creative director

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Denny Denison denny.denison@bvhs.org director of development

Gina Lombardo gina.lombardo@bvhs.org alumni director

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Customarily, this page is reserved for my personal letter to you. This issue, though, I think a letter I received in response to the winter edition’s story about the campus and its many changes through our history is worth sharing. Being a part of the Verot family, whether recently or 50 years ago, is certainly special. Thank you, Gary, for sharing.

Dr. Denison, I really enjoyed reading about your first days at Bishop Verot and the changes you have seen. I too remember my first days at Bishop Verot. I remember walking into Bishop Verot in the spring of 1963. It was a beautiful new building. I and my fellow classmates took all of this in. The classrooms had no desks, just boxes. We got to work opening the boxes that contained our desks and started putting them together. We then distributed desks to each classroom. We then opened the boxes that held our books and distributed them to the class rooms. We only needed to use two classrooms because there were only the ninth (my grade) and tenth grades. There was no air-conditioning and no water fountains. We had water coolers with five gallon jugs sitting in the hallway. There was no cafeteria, we brought sack lunches. We had no sports teams the first year and no facilities. We started sports in the 19631964 school year. We played basketball, baseball and track and field. We had no gym. We got basketball hoops on the asphalt parking lot and that is where we practiced. Baseball was no different; we did not have a field to practice on. There was plenty of land and the students and parents got together and cleared an area, removing heavy weeds and scrub palms. We also did not have a track for track and field. Another school gave us some starting blocks and hurdles. We ran down the street for sprint and hurdle races and through the neighborhood for distance practices. We used the area cleared for baseball practice for the high jump, broad jump and pole vault. In October of 2016 I came back for the 50th Class Reunion of the Class of 1966 and took in all the changes. There were many more buildings. The classrooms were airconditioned and the students were working with their laptops. There is a football stadium with a track, a baseball field, a gymnasium and an auditorium. There was also a large library and a shop area. What was missing were the Nuns and school uniforms. The girls wore a tan uniform blouse and brown skirts. The boys had to wear slacks, dress shirts and ties. The tie style back then was narrow ties but being the rebel that I was, I wore my dad’s 1940’s era wide hand painted ties and the Nuns did not like that. Yes, we did not have all of the amenities the students have today. But the one thing that has not changed is the outstanding education that we could not have gotten in any other school in Fort Myers. Gary Ricciardi – Class of 1966

Many of the changes are a result of the financial support of those who believe in a Catholic education. If not for our families - parents, grandparents, and alumni – many of these advancements would not have been possible. Thank you for your continued support of Bishop Verot Catholic High School. Feel free to stop by anytime, we would love to show you around. Dr. Denny Denison MISSION STATEMENT

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Letter from the Director of Development “Let us thank all those who teach in Catholic schools. Educating is an act of love; it is like giving life.” ~Pope Francis My Fellow Vikings, Many of my letters in this magazine have spoken to family, the Bishop Verot Catholic High School family. We all seek to find a community where we feel included and supported. This is Bishop Verot! From the first moment you step on campus you feel the sense of belonging, alumni, students, parents, and friends are always welcome. When we look back, we see a vibrant history of the Verot family legacy. This legacy was built on the many who have spent their time on this campus. A prime example of this is our 2018 Alumni of the Year – the Stejskal family, Bill, Candi, Barrett, and Kate. Not only are they former Vikings, they continue to make Verot a central focus of their lives and careers. This family has been dedicated to Bishop Verot since Bill and Candi attended classes here in the 70’s. They have over these decades given of their Time, Talent, and Treasure, and are preparing a new generation to continue their legacy. All of us have made an imprint on the life of Bishop Verot and I hope we will continue to make our school a charitable priority with our Time, Talent, and Treasure. Non Excidet,

Gina Lombardo Director of Development

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t’s difficult to believe spring is here and we will soon be looking at another academic year closing. With three quarters of the school year gone by, it should be no surprise to hear students begin to speak of end of year traditions such as Valhalla, Spellamania and the like, as well as witnessing the signs of anxiety settle in about the next phase in life, whether it be college or service for our seniors, or the next step for underclassmen. Certainly as spring, the season of new life, arrives with the celebration of Easter so do our thoughts turn toward the next phase. This year, like any other, has had its challenges. Hurricane Irma turned our world upside down a bit, causing our lives to hault and suffer serious difficulty, while thanking God for the blessings we have. Certainly the events of this past Valentine’s Day in Parkland move our hearts to ponder the root causes of such senseless violence and ask difficult questions about how to make tomorrow more secure. Of course, all of this local and national tragedy and trauma mingles with the drama of everyday life in the hearts of our students. It all can seem so overwhelming. It is in difficult times like this I am most thankful for our Verot family. Family is the word I truly feel sets Verot apart. A song has become somewhat of an anthem at Verot over the past few years declaring: “We are a family whose hearts are blazing.” It is an inspiration every day to see our students take their place in our family, and helping others find their place. Whether it is seeing them pray with other students, reach out to those of our community in need, or edify each other in the classroom, on the field, or in the gym, it is evident we are a family. It never ceases to uplift me when I’m out in our community and come across a member of our family, be it an alumnus, former parent, former faculty, or staff member, everyone notes the same feature - Verot is a family.  St. Paul reminds all Christians: “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” (Romans 12:9-10) Verot has always excelled in showing sincere familial love. It is always our prayer at Verot students learn firsthand the love of Christ, which is a flaming torch which can then be used to set the world ablaze. As St. Catherine of Siena once penned “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”  We are a family, ignited by the love of Jesus Christ. Let us set the world ablaze. Be excellent to one another. BV

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Mr. Mark Latell Named Christ the Teacher As Mr. Mark Latell’s name was announced as this year’s Christ the Teacher, the students rose to their feet in congratulations, applauding and cheering. It was obvious he has made quite a positive impression on this student body. As part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration, students cast their votes for the teacher they feel best exemplifies the qualities of Christ the Teacher. Students are invited to nominate a teacher, including in their nominations examples of how the teacher’s faith in God is evident, how they make the Verot community stronger, closer, and more unified, and how they demonstrate the servant mentality, sacrificing time and talent for the good of others. Mr. Latell was joined by his family as he addressed the school following the announcement. There is no doubt his love for Bishop Verot rivals his love for God. “I have been a part of the Bishop Verot family for most of my life along with my wife whom I met here and my children who are now Vikings themselves.” Mark graduated Verot in 1983 and after college worked as a Civil Engineer on many projects throughout the country before returning to Ft.

Myers and Bishop Verot to teach in the Math Department. He also leads the Boys Tennis team, is the moderator of the Chess Club, and this year has taken over leadership of Catholics in Action. The importance of including his faith in all he does is unmistakable, “My favorite thing about Verot is how all teachers allow and encourage God to be in the classroom.” BV

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Alumni of the Year

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n the fall of 1969, Bill Stejskal walked on to the Bishop Verot campus for the very first time. He was a tall, blond-haired boy from Iowa who, along with his family, packed up everything and moved across the country in search of warmer weather and a new start. Being the new kid is always hard but Bill, a junior, was up for the challenge. Eager to make new friends, he scanned the student list as he entered a class, and found one name, Candace Wang, and so it began…. After graduation both Candi and Bill went off to college; first to Edison College, and then Bill to Florida State and Candi to University of Florida. Having endured both distance and the college rivalry, Bill and Candi were married in 1975. As Bill began teaching at Verot and Candi started her nursing career, they also started their family, welcoming a son, Barrett, and a daughter, Kate. Bishop Verot has always been part of the Stejskal family life. Not only was it where Dad worked, it became home to the kids as well – exploring the campus, attending sports functions, and cheering for the Vikings. After St. Francis, both Barrett ’98 and Kate ’03 spent their high school years walking the same halls as their parents. Barrett headed to the track after school where he perfected his shotput skills. Kate preferred the basketball court with her dad as coach and her mom hosting the team’s pre-game meals. Barrett would bring along his friends to cheer on his sister and the entire Viking basketball team, even in his college years. For the Stejskals, as it is for so many, Verot was home. After Barrett and Kate had graduated, Bill continued to spend his days at Bishop Verot. He has worked in almost every office on campus – classroom teacher, Director of Mission and Charism, Director of Guidance, Dean of Students, and Assistant Principal for Administration. His passion for Bishop Verot extended beyond the typical work day as he spent many a weekend, night, and even summer break on campus doing whatever needed done, from tending to the landscaping, sanding and painting chipped floors, even reroofing the old storage shed. He has shared his faith by example, working hard to keep traditions alive and encouraging new ones, like a weekly prayer service for teachers and staff. And now in retirement, Bill leads the Strategic Plan Committee planning for the future of Verot. It was as the family arrived at school to have their photo taken for the B&G cover they quietly proved just how much

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their family is a part of Verot. They greeted students in the hallways by name, asking about their classes and sports. Teachers and staff stopped to say hello. They seemed to know everyone and everyone knew them. The Stejskals have and will continue to be a true example of alumni bleeding black and gold. What are your greatest memories of Verot growing up? “Verot has always been like a second home to me. I can remember spending summers here, playing school in the computer lab, while my dad worked. I was so excited to sit on the bench along with the Girls JV Basketball team as they competed, cheering for the Vikings. One of my most treasured possessions was a signed baseball from the 1994 State Champion Baseball team my dad brought home when I was about nine years old. I looked up to the high schoolers and could not wait to be a student here myself. To be able to work at Verot is a dream come true.” – Kate (Stejskal) Hamstra What did being a Viking mean to you? “I just love Bishop Verot. If I could go back to any point in my life it would, without a doubt, be the time spent here. My closest friends are still my friends from high school.” – Barrett Stejskal What do you remember most about being a student here? “I remember members of the Key Club standing guard during sporting events to be sure no one tried to prank the campus. Our small class of 46 students was very protective of our campus and took great pride in the school. Some of our closest friends today are the same friends we grew up with going to St. Francis and then Verot. It was never a question for our kids as to where they would attend high school, just as we know our grandchildren will be here also.” – Candi (Wang) Stejskal

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What has being a part of Verot for most of your life meant to you? “Where can anyone say this about a place that was such a special part of his life for over 40 years... Verot provided a welcoming oasis for a very homesick young man in his mid-teens, introduced him to his future wife (soon to be 43 years!), forged relationships with friends still held dear to this day, enabled him to witness his children experiencing some of the most wonderful Verot times of their lives, and has allowed the anticipation of watching his grandchildren experience the same, and... Professionally, enabled him to work with such incredible professionals - teachers and administrators - who became mentors, role models and friends; avenues to meet such awesome families; the opportunity to work with so many unbelievably talented, caring, intelligent and inspirational kids and... Knowing that God truly led you down this path.” – Bill Stejskal The Stejskal legacy, spanning five decades, continues with Kate joining the Verot administrative team as the Assistant Principal for Curriculum. It is the third generation of the family now cheering at basketball games preparing for their days as Vikings. Kate and AJ have two children, three year old Gavin and eight month old Ally. Barrett and Christina’s two sons are students at St. Francis Xavier, Trenton in 5th grade and Magnusson in 3rd grade. The Stejskal legacy will continue as the grandchildren begin their high school years as Vikings beginning in 2022, with their parents and grandparents cheering on their successes and continuing the traditions. It is with great pride we announce the Stejskal family as our 2018 Alumni of the Year. BV

Photos top to bottom: Kate ’03, AJ, Gavin (3), and Ally (8 months). Barrett ’98, Christina, Trenton (11), and Magnusson (8). Bill ’71 and Candi ’71.

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The All-New Bishop Verot A L U M N I A S S O C AT I O N

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hen our students are asked what they like most about Bishop Verot, one of the top answers is always the feeling of family and community. For a majority of our alumni the bonds of friendship last long after they cross the stage to receive their diploma. With the goal of helping our alumni reconnect with old classmates and network with fellow Vikings, Monica (Gargano) Hartman and Skyler Bauer, Class of 2008, have taken charge of the Bishop Verot Alumni Association. Adding to the annual Alumni Tailgate coinciding with the fall Homecoming football game, Monica and Skyler have already hosted three alumni gatherings with more being planned.

friendships and memories. Bishop Verot gave me lasting ot and can honestly say the I am grateful for my time at Ver de me a better person. I am friendships and memories ma on will reunite old friends, hopeful this Alumni Associati ke more memories for its create new friendships and ma current students.” – Skyler alumni, while giving back to the Bauer ’08

“Bishop Verot had such a positive impact on me in some of the most formative years of my life. It was here where I established lifelong friendships, learned the value of a strong work ethic, took personal ownership of my spiritual growth, and gained skills needed to succeed in life after high schoo l. Forming this Alumni Association is incredibly exciting as it allows our connection to the school community to exten d beyond just the four years as a student.” – Monica (Gargano) Hartman ’08

Alumni Association Leaders Monica (Gargano) Hartman and Skyler Bauer.

Be sure to like and share the new Bishop Verot Alumni Association Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ BishopVerotAlumniAssociation) to learn more about future Alumni Gatherings. For more information or to get involved, please email Monica and Skyler at AlumniAssociation@bvhs.org. BV

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The peaceful gathering on the National Mall took place on Friday, January 19th. Catholics in Action Club members, accompanied by club moderators Mr. Mark Latell and Mrs. Kelly Metevia, traveled to Washington D.C. to take part in this annual event. On the eve of the march, students joined other participants from the Diocese of Venice for a celebration of the Mass. Bishop Dewane was the celebrant and four of our students were honored to bring the gifts to the Altar. Many of the students came home professing a stronger faith and stronger conviction to the Pro-Life Movement. They were amazed at the number of people participating and especially the number of young people like themselves, joined together for a single purpose. “It was a very eye opening experience. If you are a person who isn’t sure exactly what Pro-Life stands for, I promise the March for Life shows you the meaning of life and that love saves lives.” – Nicole Pagan ’19 “It was amazing to see so many youth at the March for Life, it was encouraging to know that so many young people cared and wanted a change as much as I did.” – Bernadette Niehaus ’18

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“Before the trip I thought all we were doing was marching which was the main purpose, but there was so much more including exploring DC and getting to know people who shared the same values and beliefs as me.” – Nicholas Otzko ’19 “The March for Life was an amazing experience strengthening both my faith and my relationships. Seeing so many people from so many walks of life marching for the same cause, pro-life, was amazing!” – Hannah Marzella ’18

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l March for Life Mrs. Kelly Metevia’s video interviews and scenes from the March can be seen on YouTube (BVHS March for Life 2018). Scan the QR code to watch the video. BV

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ational Honor Society members attended the Leadership, Experience, and Development (LEAD) Conference in Washington, D.C. this winter. Working together with NHS leaders from across the country, students participated in activities focused on developing their leadership skills and learning ways to improve their school and community. The trip included tours of the White House and several National Monuments, including Arlington Cemetery. Three participants were happy to share their experience. “When you are standing next to your closest friends, staring out at rows of white tombstones, the full magnitude of what your nation stands for and what your nation has endured becomes clairvoyantly clear. As I stood near the graves of the Kennedy family or in The Great Hall of the Lincoln Memorial, the words engraved in stone reveal the true power of words. I will never forget the things I saw in D.C., not only because of the incredible people I was able to spend it with, but because I now realize I’ve called myself an American my entire life and I’ve only just realized the absolute awesomeness that comes with that responsibility. I was able to live history. The whole city had an aura of majesty. I felt it was my responsibility to take in everything because this was my nation’s history. I often received strange looks from my friends because when we would walk by monuments or memorials I would run my hand across the engravings in the stone. I may not be able to smell, taste, or hear the names written on the Vietnam Memorial or Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, but I can hear and feel the words. This trip is without a doubt one of my best memories from my time at Verot. The people who accompanied me were fantastic, the places we saw were incredible, and the trip was planned beautifully. I cannot express my gratitude enough at being given the opportunity to have this experience.” – John Olivia ’18

more in the four days in D.C. like touring the White House, viewing the Changing of the Guard at Arlington Cemetery, and seeing the DaVinci painting. This trip gave all of us many funny and amazing memories, as well as introducing us to other people who share similar and different values. During the Lead Conference, I was able to get out of my comfort zone and really understand problems other schools go through each year. I also learned new things we can incorporate into our school. I met people from all over and the different speakers taught us a lot about being a good leader and networking.” – Alexandra Sullivan ’19 “The opportunity to go to DC was an amazing experience I will carry with me forever. The Lead Conference strengthened my leadership skills and gave me new ideas to be a better leader in the future. It was amazing to be able to meet so many new people in just one weekend. I formed bonds and connections with people who were complete strangers to me. Along with forming bonds with strangers, I was able to connect and become closer to some of the seniors who were on this trip with me. We all became better leaders and stronger friends. I learned more on how our government operates and how the leaders of our government work as well. Along with the leadership conference and educational tours, we were able to go to many other sites in DC. The museums taught me more about our history and the memorials were breathtaking.” – Bernadette Niehaus ’19. BV

“The trip to Washington D.C. was a great experience and created so many wonderful memories with my friends and new people I met. We were able to participate in different activities many people could never imagine doing. For example, getting the opportunity sit and walk around on the floor of House of Representatives was something many people do not get a chance to do. Also, seeing where the Rules Committee worked was amazing due to the fact nobody ever gets that experience. We also saw so much

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NHS members touring the White House and national monuments in Washington, D.C.


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Back Row L to R: Kelle Grau, Assistant Coach Hank Cassi, Assistant Coach Michael Chappell, Head Coach Austin Flores, Assistant Coach David Zukin, Assistant Coach Brock Graber, Evan Ames. Middle Row L to R: Cade Middleton, Matthew Powell, Matthew Cedarburg, Cam Hoines, Evan McKenna, Sam Archambault, Dalton Claus, Fletcher Reynolds. Front Row L to R: Thomas Rizzo, Carson Smith, Matthew Bevins, Andrew Vieceli, Daniel Blitz, Zachary Thomas, Andrew Pflieger. Not pictured: Matthew Johnston, Thomas Lemmerman.

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Coach Flores is in his second season as Varsity Baseball Head Coach. After graduating from Bishop Verot in 2008, Coach Flores played college baseball for two years at St. John’s River Community College and finished his playing career at Division I Nicholls State University. Coach Flores began his coaching career at Mariner High School where he coached baseball in 2012. He later returned to Nicholls State University as an assistant, coaching infielders and assisting with hitters for three years. Flores’ infield finished the season with the most double plays at the DI level nationally. Flores also spent two summers coaching the Mankato Moondogs, serving as the hitting and third base coach for the Moondogs, a member of the prestigious Northwoods Collegiate Baseball League in the Midwest. In the summer of 2016, Flores was named Head Coach of the Acadiana Cane Cutters, a member of the Texas Collegiate League, where his team ended the season as runner up in the Texas Collegiate League Championship and ranked #17 in the country. Austin and his fiancé, Leandra Maly, will be married in December.

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2018 Boys Varsity Baseball Schedule Date 2/13/18 2/15/18 2/20/18 2/21/18 2/23/18 2/28/18 3/02/18 3/08/18 3/09/18 3/14/18 3/16/18 3/20/18 3/21/18 3/22/18 3/28/18 4/10/18 4/12/18 4/16/18 4/18/18 4/19/18 4/20/18 4/25/18 4/27/18

Time 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 4:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:30 PM

Name Ida Baker High School Mariner High School at Barron Collier High School Imagine School at Imagine School Charlotte High School at Jesuit High School at Cardinal Mooney High School Cardinal Mooney High School at American Heritage High School Archbishop McCarthy High School Ida Baker High School at Naples High School Mariner High School Fort Myers High School Oasis High School at Oasis High School Gateway Charter High School at Gateway Charter High School Gulf Coast High School at Florida Christian School Seacrest Country Day School at George Jenkins High School

Venue Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Barron Collier High School Bishop Verot High School Imagine School Bishop Verot High School Jesuit High School Cardinal Mooney High School Bishop Verot High School American Heritage High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Naples High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Oasis High School Bishop Verot High School Gateway Charter High School Bishop Verot High School Florida Christian School Bishop Verot High School George Jenkins High School

2018 Boys Varsity Baseball Roster Evan Ames Sam Archambault Matthew Bevins – Senior Daniel Blitz Matthew Cedarburg – Senior Dalton Claus Kelle Grau

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Cam Hoines – Senior Matthew Johnston Thomas Lemmerman Evan McKenna – Senior Cade Middleton – Senior Andrew Pflieger Matthew Powell

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2018 BOYS JV BASEBALL TEAM

Back Row L to R: Assistant Coach Steve Cunningham, Hayden Gerdt, Micah Wilkerwicz, Sam Goguen, Alexander Mauer, Joseph Hobson, Jack Welch, Head Coach Chris Chappell. Middle Row L to R: Austin Orme, Sean Middleton, Joseph Bonadies, Mason Bevins, Andreas Mantz, Beau Reynolds, William Galloway. Front Row L to R: Brayden Loughren, Nate Farnsworth, Jack Delaney, Cameron Lofgren, Alonso Pagan, Jack Paluck, Riley Bickel.

HEAD COACH CHRIS CHAPPELL

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2018 Boys JV Baseball Schedule Date 2/21/18 2/26/18 2/28/18 3/01/18 3/06/18 3/07/18 3/08/18 3/13/18 3/20/18 3/21/18 3/22/18 3/27/18 3/28/18 3/29/18 4/14/18 4/14/18

Time 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 4:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 AM 1:30 PM

Name at Charlotte High School Barron Collier High School Riverdale High School Gulf Coast High School Charlotte High School Canterbury School Estero High School at Riverdale High School Ida Baker High School at Naples High School Mariner High School at Gulf Coast High School Fort Myers High School Island Coast High School Jesuit High School Jesuit High School

Venue Charlotte High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Riverdale High School Bishop Verot High School Naples High School Bishop Verot High School Gulf Coast High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School

2018 Boys JV Baseball Roster Mason Bevins Riley Bickel Joseph Bonadies Jack Delaney Nate Farnsworth William Galloway Hayden Gerdt

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Samuel Goguen Joseph Hobson Cameron Lofgren Brayden Loughren Andreas Mantz Alexander Maurer Sean Middleton

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Austin Orme Alonso Pagan Jack Paluck Beau Reynolds Jack Welch Micah Wilkerwicz


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2018 GIRLS VARSITY SOFTBALL TEAM

Back Row L to R: Assistant Coach Rick Hendrix, Madison Clinger, Jordan Breadmore, Dana Wherry, MacKenzie Woods, Head Coach Pablo Plaza, Assistant Coach Mario Lopez. Middle Row L to R: Malia Hawley, Mallory Volz, Tayla Filla, Alexis Hollinger, Samantha Massaro, Audrey Mills. Front Row L to R: Rae-Lee Stefanacci, Brianna Dutschke, Rebekka Fila, Jade Soto, Courtney Maw, Ashley Smallwood, Trinity Vallee.

Coach Plaza enters his 4th season as Head Coach of the Lady Vikings, after earning the first FHSAA State Championship Title for Bishop Verot and Lee county. During his tenure as assistant coach, Coach Plaza also aided the Lady Vikings in making two FHSAA 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 Verot alum, Amber Plaza ’13, who went on to play for FGCU.

HEAD COACH PABLO PLAZA

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2018 Girls Varsity Softball Schedule Date 2/13/18 2/16/18 2/20/18 2/22/18 2/23/18 3/02/18 3/06/18 3/08/18 3/10/18 3/13/18 3/15/18 3/23/18 3/27/18 4/10/18 4/12/18 4/20/18

Time 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 12:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM

Name Barron Collier High School Gulf Coast High School at Lely High School North Fort Myers High School at Tampa Catholic High School at Gulf Coast High School Oasis High School at Gateway Charter High School Miami Palmetto High School Estero High School at American Heritage High School at Barron Collier High School Fort Myers High School at Estero High School Naples High School Riverdale High School

Venue Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Lely High School Bishop Verot High School Tampa Catholic High School Gulf Coast High School Bishop Verot High School Gateway Charter High School Bishop Verot High School Sam Fleishman Sports Complex American Heritage High School Barron Collier High School Bishop Verot High School Estero High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School

2018 Girls Varsity Softball Roster Jordan Breadmore – Senior Madison Clinger – Senior Brianna Dutschke Rebekka Fila – Senior Tayli Filla – Senior Malia Hawley

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Alexis Hollinger Samantha Massaro – Senior Courtney Maw – Senior Audrey Mills Ashley Smallwood Jade Soto

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2018 Girls Varsity Softball Seniors Jordan Breadmore

Madison Clinger

Rebekka Fila

Tayli Filla

Samantha Massaro

Courtney Maw

Mallory Volz

Dana Wherry

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2018 GIRLS JV SOFTBALL TEAM

Back Row L to R: Assistant Coach Bill Woods, Mary Cossentino, Audrey Mills, Rae-Lee Stefanacci, Malia Hawley, Head Coach Mario Lopez. Front Row L to R: Lindsey Stayoch, Nicole Pagan, Kelsie Blanco, Ashley Smallwood, Shavonne Schrickel. Not Pictured: Gabriela Perez.

HEAD COACH MARIO LOPEZ

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COACH BILL WOODS

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2018 Girls JV Softball Schedule Date 2/16/18 2/20/18 2/22/18 3/02/18 3/06/18 3/08/18 3/13/18 3/27/18 4/10/18 4/12/18

Time 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM

Name Gulf Coast High School at Lely High School North Fort Myers High School at Gulf Coast High School Oasis High School at Gateway Charter High School Estero High School Fort Myers High School at Estero High School Naples High School

Venue Bishop Verot High School Lely High School Bishop Verot High School Gulf Coast High School Bishop Verot High School Gateway Charter High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Estero High School Bishop Verot High School

2018 Girls JV Softball Roster Kelsie Blanco Mary Cossentino Malia Hawley Audrey Mills Nicole Pagan

Gabriela Perez Shavonne Schrickel Ashley Smallwood Lindsey Stayoch Rae-Lee Stefanacci

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2018 BOYS VARSITY LACROSSE TEAM

Back Row L to R: Assistant Coach Keith Insolia, AJ Sarlo, Grant Barron, Austin Dopman, Nicholas Brasacchio, Kyle DosSantos, Garrett White, Ryan Healy, Justin Feeney, Head Coach Chip Dopman. Middle Row L to R: Coleman Tubbs, Jacob Stirns, Cody Liberto, Brett Kyle, Marc Taglieri, Duane Keohane, Carter Baxmann, Dylan Insolia. Front Row L to R: Gabriel Valverde, Kevin Casanova, Hunter Stevens, Eli Marzella, Greysen Brown, Miles Duca, Kenneth Leddy, Carlos Pantoja-Malaga. Not pictured: Michael Collier, Matthew Cooper, Ronan Haggerty.

Chip Dopman is in his 2nd season as Head Coach of the Boys Lacrosse team. He attended Randolph-Macon University and Towson University, earning his degree in Political Science. Coach Dopman has more than 15 years experience coaching Lacrosse for LTRC and Kelly Post Lacrosse in Baltimore, Maryland and locally for the Ft. Myers Sharks and Ft. Myers High School. He and his wife, Marci, have two sons; Austin ’20 and Spencer ’22. HEAD COACH CHIP DOPMAN

COACH KEITH INSOLIA Not pictured: Assistant Coach Logan Frost, Assistant Coach Marc Taglieri, Assistant Coach Anthony Ventiquattro.

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2018 SENIOR LACROSSE PLAYERS Nicholas Brasacchio

Miles Duca

Greysen Brown

Micheal Collier

Kyle DosSantos

Justin Feeney

Duane Keohane

Kenneth Leddy

Codey Liberto

Garrett White

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2018 Boys Varsity Lacrosse Schedule Date 2/23/18 2/27/18 3/02/18 3/06/18 3/08/18 3/12/18 3/13/18 3/15/18 3/20/18 3/22/18 3/23/18 3/27/18 4/12/18

Time 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 5:00 PM

Name at Cypress Lake High School at Riverdale High School at Gulf Coast High School at Port Charlotte High School Cardinal Mooney High School Friends School of Baltimore Community School of Naples Estero High School at Canterbury School Port Charlotte High School at Naples High School Fort Myers High School St. Stephens High School

Venue Cypress Lake High School Riverdale High School Gulf Coast High School Port Charlotte High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School Canterbury School Bishop Verot High School Naples High School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School

2018 Boys Varsity Lacrosse Roster Grant Barron Carter Baxmann Nicholas Brasacchio – Senior Greysen Brown – Senior Kevin Casanova Michael Collier – Senior Matthew Cooper Austin Dopman Kyle DosSantos – Senior

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Miles Duca – Senior Justin Feeney – Senior Ronan Haggerty Ryan Healy Dylan Insolia Duane Keohane – Senior Brett Kyle – Senior Kenneth Leddy – Senior Codey Liberto – Senior

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2018 BOYS JV LACROSSE TEAM

Back Row L to R: Coach Chip Dopman, Carter Baxmann, Coleman Tubbs, Brett Kyle, Carlos Pantoja-Malaga, Coach Keith Insolia. Front Row L to R: AJ Sarlo, Jonathan MacDougall, Hunter Stevens, Kevin Casanova, Eli Marzella. Not pictured: Matthew Drayer, Ryan Murphy, Andres Seoane, Blake Smith, Justin Spiezio, Jackson Sprecher, Matteo Trunkett.

2018 Boys JV Lacrosse Roster Carter Baxmann Kevin Casanova Matthew Drayer Brett Kyle Jonathan MacDougall Elijah Marzella Ryan Murphy Carlos Pantoja-Malaga

Andres Seoane Blake Smith Justin Spiezio Jackson Sprecher Hunter Stevens Matteo Trunkett Coleman Tubbs

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2018 GIRLS VARSITY LACROSSE TEAM

Back Row L to R: Head Coach John Nolan, Madison Vellela, Allison Traiger, Ana Beach, Cecelia RisCassi, Gabriela Saccone, Karoline Tyrrell, Elizabeth Dinsmore, Anna Seltzer, Assistant Coach Jeff Seltzer, Assistant Coach Al Chailosky. Middle Row L to R: Christiana Hellenbrand, Claire Woolam, Kaitlin Kantaris, Charlotte Terry, Nicole Holdgrafer, Shayla Merrigan, Margaret Nolan, Arianna Paisan, Kara Sullivan. Front Row L to R: Angela Leddy, Burdilla Camron, Rachel Howard, Elizabeth Quimby, Brigette Linden, Taylor Grabovic, Isabella Wilkerwicz, Elizabeth Chailosky, Mary Castillo, McKenzie Miller. Not pictured: Sarah Collins, Hannah Marzella, Isabella Saccone, Meghan Senes, Kaia Toscano.

John Nolan is in his first season as Head Coach of the Girls Lacrosse team after having served as Assistant Coach for the past two years, and has been a member of the coaching team for the Football program for the past four years. Coach Nolan, a Verot grad, is a teacher in the Social Studies Department and Dean of Students for the freshman and sophomore classes. John, and his wife Jessica, have two children, Margaret ’18 and Jack ’20.

HEAD COACH JOHN NOLAN

COACH AL CHAILOSKY

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2018 Girls Varsity Lacrosse Schedule Date 2/23/18 2/27/18 3/01/18 3/06/18 3/09/18 3/13/18 3/15/18 3/20/18 3/27/18 4/12/18

Time 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM 7:00 PM

Name at Cypress Lake High School at Riverdale High School Canterbury School at Port Charlotte High School at Out-of-Door Academy at Cape Coral High School Estero High School at Canterbury School Fort Myers High School Cape Coral High School

Venue Cypress Lake High School Riverdale High School Bishop Verot High School Port Charlotte High School Out-of-Door Academy Cape Coral High School Bishop Verot High School Canterbury School Bishop Verot High School Bishop Verot High School

2018 Girls Varsity Lacrosse Roster Ana Beach Burdilla Camron Mary Castillo Elizabeth Chailosky – Senior Sarah Collins Elizabeth Dinsmore – Senior Taylor Grabovic Christiana Hellenbrand Nicole Holdgrafer – Senior Rachel Howard Kaitlin Kantaris

Angela Leddy – Senior Brigette Linden – Senior Hannah Marzella – Senior Shayla Merrigan – Senior McKenzie Miller Margaret Nolan – Senior Arianna Paisan Elizabeth Quimby Cecelia RisCassi Gabriela Saccone Isabella Saccone

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2018 GIRLS LACROSSE SENIORS Elizabeth Chailosky

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Elizabeth Dinsmore

Nicole Holdgrafer

Angela Leddy

Brigette Linden

Hannah Marzella

Shayla Merrigan

Margaret Nolan

Anna Seltzer

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2018 BOYS TENNIS TEAM

Back Row L to R: Frederick Schaerf II, Christian Kearns, Coach Mark Latell, Anthony Pohner, Michael Hafele. Front Row L to R: Ryan Witham, Andrew Takais, Samuel Bejarano, Dylan Lavis. Not Pictured: Brian Voorhees.

Mark Latell is beginning his 7th 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 six years ago and is 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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2018 Boys Tennis Schedule Date

Time

2/15/18 3:30 PM 2/21/18 4:00 PM 2/22/18 3:30 PM 3/01/18 3:15 PM 3/07/18 3:00 PM 3/09/18 3:30 PM 3/14/18 3:30 PM 3/20/18 3:30 PM 3/27/18 3:30 PM 4/10/18 3:30 PM 4/12/18 3:30 PM

Name at Cypress Lake High School at Oasis High School Gateway Charter High School at Venice High School at Cypress Lake High School at Estero High School at Cape Coral High School at Naples High School Lely High School at Fort Myers High School at Mariner High School

Venue Rutenberg Park Mariner High School Bishop Verot High School Venice High School Cypress Lake High School Estero High School Cape Coral High School Naples High School Bishop Verot High School Fort Myers High School Mariner High School

2018 Boys Tennis Roster Samuel Bejarano Michael Hafele – Senior Christian Kearns

Dylan Lavis Anthony Pohner – Senior Frederick Schaerf II

Andrew Takais Brian Voorhees – Senior Ryan Witham

2018 Boys Tennis Seniors Michael Hafele

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2018 GIRLS TENNIS TEAM

Back Row L to R: Danielle Latell, Gabrielle Magnant, Lauren Juda, Marina Lombardo, Isabella Zastrow, Coach Mary Gibson. Middle Row L to R: Kerry Dowdle, Mackenzie Housler, Alexandra Schaerf, Athenna Addis, Samantha Romero. Front Row L to R: Raquel Uliani, Olivia Tedesco, Nicole Abraham, Brittany Martinez, Kaitlyn Cathie, Gabriella Martinez. Not pictured: Arianna Addis.

Mary Gibson is in her 12th season as the Varsity Girls Tennis Coach. During the past 11 years, the Vikings have won eight district and two regional titles. 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 three times during her tenure. In 2012, she was selected 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 All-Star title to our area. Mary has been married to husband, Gil, for 28 years and has three sons, all Vikings – Zakary ’09, Gunnar ’12, and Cooper ’16.

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2018 Girls Tennis Seniors Kaitlyn Cathie

Gabrielle Magnant

Alexandra Schaerf

2018 Girls Tennis Schedule Date

Time

2/13/18 3:30 PM 2/15/18 3:30 PM 2/21/18 4:00 PM 2/24/18 8:00 AM 2/27/18 3:30 PM 3/01/18 3:15 PM 3/07/18 3:30 PM 3/09/18 3:30 PM 3/14/18 3:30 PM 3/20/18 3:45 PM 3/27/18 3:30 PM 4/10/18 3:00 PM 4/12/18 3:30 PM

Name at Gulf Coast High School at Cypress Lake High School at Oasis High School at Cambridge Christian High School at Gateway High School at Venice High School at Cypress Lake High School at Estero High School at Cape Coral High School at Naples High School at Lely High School Fort Myers High School at Mariner High School

Nicole Abraham Athenna Addis Arianna Addis Kaitlyn Cathie – Senior Kerry Dowdle Mackenzie Housler

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Venue Fort Myers Racquet Club Rutenberg Park Mariner High School USTA National Campus Fort Myers Racquet Club Venice High School Cypress Lake High School Estero High School Cape Coral High School Cambier Park Tennis Center Lely High School Bishop Verot High School Mariner High School

2018 Girls Tennis Roster Lauren Juda Danielle Latell Marina Lombardo Gabrielle Magnant – Senior Brittany Martinez Gabriella Martinez BISHOP VEROT ALUMNI MAGAZINE

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2018 TRACK & FIELD TEAM

Back Row L to R: Assistant Coach Jeff Rehm, Head Coach Jorge Fleitas, Carsen Volz, Gavin Golba, Cevian Williams, Alex Crouch, Alvin Lalanne, Jordan Funk, Bryce Peters, Assistant Coach Ron DelaCuesta, Assistant Coach Don Thompson. Fourth Row L to R: Kyle Palmer, Kevin Reynolds, McKenna Wherry, Jessica Gedra, Natalie Rehm, Addison Nugent, Sophia Shahriari, George Kacoyanis, Chase Hill. Third Row L to R: Ewald Stephens, David Thompson, Hailey Albrecht, Amanda Maly, Ella Sarnac, Savannah Nippa, Natalie Ogden, Madilyn Dwyer, Mateo Devito. Second Row L to R: Raymond Kateregga, Nicoy Jacas, Mia Cross, Bailey Veloz, Sarah Porter, Daytan Gibson, Dinara Smith, Ellise Holmes, Nicholas Otzko. Front Row L to R: Tequon Chatman, Analise Lewis, Megan O’Grady, Angela Hopkinson, Tracey Smith, Sam Mueller, Elena Ausset, Laura Baumgardner, Lauren Mills, Laderick Rugama. Not pictured: Grace Canzano, Brock Gee, Ombretta Lubin, Cassidy Marino, Nate Mertz, Daniel Ogden, Olivia Rose, Joel Webb.

Coach Jorge Fleitas is in his second season as Head Coach of the Track & Field team. Coach Fleitas leads the Bishop Verot Cross Country program and is the Dean of Students for juniors and seniors. He graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor degree in Psychology and earned his Masters in Psychology degree from Carlos Albizu University. Jorge has coached for over 14 years at Florida’s highest level of competition. Most recently he coached Dr. Phillips High School to a Track and Field 4A Team State Title in 2015. He also coached at his alma mater, Columbus High School, to a Cross Country Team State Title in the 08, 2009, and 2010 seasons. In his 14 years of coaching Cross Country and Track, his teams have finished in the top two spots eight times. Jorge and his wife Angela, a teacher at St. Francis, have two young children Jorge Jr. and Nico.

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COACH RON DELACUESTA

COACH JEFF REHM

COACH DON THOMPSON

Not pictured: Assistant Coach Bruce Waddell

2018 Track & Field Schedule Date

Time

2/16/18 3:30 PM 2/23/18 3:30 PM 3/03/18 8:00 AM 3/09/18 3:30 PM 3/15/18 3:30 PM 3/23/18 3:30 PM 3/29/18 3:30 PM 4/12/18 3:30 PM

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Name Venice Relays North Port Invitational Eagles Invitational Port Charlotte Invitational Venice Invitational Tarpon Invitational Wally Keller Invitational District Meet

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Venue Venice High School North Port High School Naples High School Port Charlotte High School Venice High School Port Charlotte High School Port Charlotte High School Immokalee High School


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2018 Track & Field Seniors Jessica Gedra

Addison Nugent

David Thompson

Kevin Reynolds

Cevian Williams

Not pictured: Ombretta Lubin, Joel Webb

2018 Track & Field Roster Hailey Albrecht Elena Ausset Laura Baumgardner Grace Canzano Tequon Chatman Mia Cross Alexander Crouch Mateo Devito Madilyn Dwyer Jordan Funk Owen Garton Jessica Gedra – Senior Brock Gee Daytan Gibson

Gavin Golba Chase Hill Ellise Holmes Angela Hopkinson Nicoy Jacas George Kacoyanis Raymond Kateregga Tatyana LaCourse Analise Lewis Ombretta Lubin – Senior Amanda Maly Cassidy Marino John Mertz Lauren Mills

Sam Mueller Savannah Nippa Addison Nugent – Senior Natalie Ogden Daniel Ogden Megan O’Grady Nicholas Otzko Kyle Palmer Bryce Peters Sarah Porter Natalie Rehm Kevin Reynolds – Senior Olivia Rose Laderick Rugama

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2018 BEACH VOLLEYBALL TEAM

Back Row L to R: Assistant Coach John Leonard, Alyssa Collins, Selina Pfuner, Lily Mahan, Erin Brauch, Jessica Hawkins, Head Coach Kelly Corr. Front Row L to R: Alexis DosSantos, Kenzie Leonard, Grace Gerlach, Lynzi Baxter, Kalani Yap, Abigail Clinger.

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Kelly Corr begins her first season as the Beach Volleyball Head Coach. Coach Corr teaches physical education at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School and is the middle school volleyball coach. Her passion and dedication to the sport has included her playing at the collegiate level and coaching for over 18 years. Kelly, and her husband Josh, have four children; JT (14), Jacob (12), Kasey (10), and Kyley (8). Coach Corr hopes to have a successful first year on the sand. Go Vikings!

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BASEBALL • SOFTBALL • BOYS LACROSSE • GIRLS LACROSSE • BOYS TENNIS • GIRLS TENNIS TRACK • BEACH VOLLEYBALL • WEIGHTLIFTING

2018 Beach Volleyball Seniors Lynzi Baxter

Alyssa Collins

Selina Pfuner

2018 Beach Volleyball Roster Lynzi Baxter – Senior Erin Brauch Abigail Clinger Alyssa Collins – Senior Alexa DosSantos Grace Gerlach

Jessica Hawkins Kenzie Leonard Lily Mahan Selina Pfuner – Senior Kalani Yap

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BOYS SOCCER • GIRLS SOCCER • BOYS BASKETBALL GIRLS BASKETBALL • WEIGHTLIFTING • CHEER

2018 WEIGHTLIFTING TEAM

Back Row L to R: Derrick Doyscher, Brayden Cook, Garrett White, Head Coach John Mohring, Assistant Coach Brett Barry, Dalen Himschoot, Brock Gee. First Row L to R: Tequon Chatman, Mulon Missick, Korey Besse, Keith Messery, Kainoa Page, Thomas Sciarrone, Dawson Graves, Derrick Erickson, Vincent Gargano. Not Pictured: Anthony Bethune, Joseph Mera, Brandon Peck, Blake Smith, Joel Webb, Ty Whiteman, Jacob Whittington.

HEAD COACH JOHN MOHRING

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John Mohring is in his first year as coach of the newly formed Boys Weightlifting team. Coach Mohring has a Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern and a Master’s degree in Sports Administration from the University of Arkansas. After earning All American Team Honors in 2005 and 2006 for football at Georgia Southern, Coach Mohring signed and played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coach Mohring has joined the Bishop Verot staff as a teacher in the Athletic Department as well as Defensive Coordinator for the Varsity Football team and Head Coach of the Weightlifting teams.

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BOYS SOCCER • GIRLS SOCCER • BOYS BASKETBALL GIRLS BASKETBALL • WEIGHTLIFTING • CHEER

2018 Weightlifting Schedule Date

Time

2/17/18 7:00 AM 2/21/18 4:00 PM 3/03/18 10:00 AM 3/07/18 4:00 PM 3/09/18 12:00 PM

Name

Venue

at Lemon Bay High School LaBelle High School at LaBelle High School at Fort Myers High School at Lemon Bay High School

Lemon Bay High School Bishop Verot High School LaBelle High School Fort Myers High School Lemon Bay High School

2018 Weightlifting Seniors Korey Besse

Brayden Cook

Keith Messery

Garrett White

Not pictured: Joseph Mera, Joel Webb.

2018 Weightlifting Roster Korey Besse – Senior Anthony Bethune, Jr. Tequon Chatman Brayden Cook – Senior Derrick Doyscher

Vincent Gargano Brock Gee Dawson Graves Joseph Mera – Senior Keith Messery – Senior

Mulon Missick Kainoa Page Brandon Peck Thomas Sciarrone Blake Smith

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Camps 2018 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/summer-camps for more information and to register. Bishop Verot Summer Baseball Camp Coach Austin Flores June 11 – 14 for ages 6-11 June 4 – 7 for ages 12-14 Camp will include training in bunting/catching, pitching mechanics, hitting instruction, infield/outfield, drill work, and games/contests. Coach Matt Herting’s HoopSchool Basketball Camp June 4 – 7 for boys grades 2 – 4 June 11 – 14 for boys and girls grades 7 – 9 June 18 – 21 for boys and girls grades 4 – 6 June 25 – 28 for boys and girls grades 5 – 9 Camps will run from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with aftercare available. Please visit www.hoopschool.org for more information and registration. Viking Cheer Camp Coach Amy Glasgow July 9 – 12 for boys and girls ages 4 – 7 (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) July 9 – 12 for boys and girls ages 8 – 13 (12:00 – 4:00 p.m.) Both groups will meet all day Friday, July 13th with a performance at 4:00 p.m. For more information and to register please email cheerleading@bvhs.org. Non-Athletic Eco-Adventure Camp June 11 - 15 for ages 10-12. For more information or to register, please contact Joelle (Bergau) Howe at joelle. bergau@bvhs.org.

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ALUMNI

SPORTS

Santiago Corredor ’17

Richie Nizza ’15

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA SWIMMING

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY BASEBALL

In his first season at Florida, Corredor swam consistently for one of the nation’s top programs. In his first-ever SEC Championship, the freshman swam the best times in his collegiate career in the 500 free (4:18.57) and the 1,650 free (15:19.74). He also posted B-cut qualifying times for the NCAA Championships in the 200 free, 500 free, 200 back and 400 IM at the Last Chance Meet held at UF at the conclusion of the season.

Nizza began his first season of Division I baseball with the Owls, and made four starts in the team’s first 12 games. The redshirt sophomore drove in the first run of his FAU career in the Owls’ victory over George Washington on February 17. The infielder earned a pair of starts in FAU’s first trip away from the Sunshine State, a four-game series against the University of Oregon.

Stas Van Genderen ’17

CJ Alexander ’15

DARTSMOUTH COLLEGE SWIMMING

STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA BASEBALL

Van Genderen completed his first season at Dartmouth as a long distance swimmer for the Big Green. The freshman competed in both the 1000 and 1,650 yard freestyle events at the Ivy League Championships, and finished as Dartmouth’s top scorer in the 1,650 yard race.Van Genderen finished in first place in the 500 yard freestyle in his first collegiate event in November against Boston College.

Jessy McLean ’16

Alexander continued his stellar play from the summer into the spring season at SCF. In his first 26 games, the sophomore hit seven home runs and recorded 34 RBIs, both team highs. He posted a career game against PascoHernando State College on February 26, hitting three home runs and driving in eight in a 17-6 victory for the Manatees. As of March 8, Alexander was in the top ten in all of Division I junior college baseball in home runs, and was in the top five in runs batted in.

Eric Poland ’15

EMORY UNIVERSITY SWIMMING

McLean began her sophomore season at Emory as a starter, and helped the Eagles to six wins in the first eight games of the year. In her first eight games, McLean hit .300 with two doubles and two runs batted in. The third baseman had a pair of multi-hit games in the first month of the season, and was a critical part of Emory being ranked in the top 25 at the NCAA Division III level.

WAGNER COLLEGE TENNIS

As a junior, Poland was a mainstay in the Wagner lineup in the opening matches of the spring season. He earned wins playing at number five singles over Lafayette and Queens College in February, and picked up wins in doubles play over Lafayette and Temple. He teamed with partner Dylan Walters to comprise Wagner’s number two doubles team, who won two matches on the road to begin the spring season.

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Kevin Mosher ‘12 and Julie Delauriers ‘12 Luca Imponenti ’08 Kevin Mosher and Julie Delauries are happy to announce their engagement. Truly high school sweethearts, they have been together since freshman year homecoming at Verot. Julie is a UCF graduate and is currently in her 2nd year of Veterinary School at Purdue. Kevin is an FSU graduate and is currently a Senior Analyst, Commercial Real Estate for Merchants Bank at their Corporate Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. They are planning a June ‘18 wedding in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Luca graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2013. After graduation he returned to Fort Myers and worked in a local engineering firm. One year later Luca moved to Golden, Colorado to persue his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He will graduate in August 2018. As seen in the picture, he also enjoys hiking in the Colorado mountains.

Carolyn Kiesel Sheppard ’75 and Andy Sheppard ’76 Carolyn and Andy Sheppard recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Andy and Carolyn met at Bishop Verot in 1974. Their first date was the Sweetheart Dance, held in the Courtyard of the Main Building, in March of 1974. Andy and Carolyn have three wonderful children, four grandchildren and will welcome two more grandchildren this year.

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ALUMNI CALENDAR Class of 2008 Reunion Class members are currently in the planning process for a 10 year reunion. If you are interested in helping with the event organization, please contact Eva Dupay at evadupay@yahoo.com. Class of 1998 Reunion Class members are currently in the planning process for a 20 year reunion. More information can be found on the Bishop Verot Class of 1998 Facebook page or by contacting Raemi Eagle-Glenn at raemi@eagleglennlaw.com. Class of 1978 Reunion Class members are currently in the planning process for a 40 year reunion. For more information please contact Joanne (Povisil) Pike at deadeye17@comcast.net.

Alumni, please help our organizers by sharing this information with your contacts. Please send any upcoming reunion information to patty.holmes@bvhs.org for future B&G publications. Visit www.facebook.com/BishopVerotAlumniAssociation for alumni updates and to share information. Thank you!

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Model UN Competition Bishop Verot Model UN students competed against 135 students from 9 high schools from around the state. The conference focused on agricultural and social issues affecting our world. Students were required to write papers and participate in debates lasting over two days. Our school won eight awards, the most in school history at any competition. Congratulations to Isabella Rodriguez, Graham Kupsaw, Olivia Cerretani, Bradley Cook, Cassidy Marino, Taylor Grabovic, Claire Sattler, and Noah Snider.

STREAM Team Members of the Bishop Verot STREAM team swept the AWWA Model Water Tower Competition. The objective of the competition was to make participants aware of the importance of reliable drinking water and the rewarding opportunities available in the water profession. The models are judged on performance and design. First place was won by the team of Claire Sattler, Julian Perez and Rachel Orr. Their design was based on the Wall-e Robot. Second place went to the team of Ian Cole-Carlo, Jimmy Miller, and Hannah Zingel. Their design was a large flower complete with a bee. Third place and Most Creative award went to the team of Savannah Parker, Connor Shovlin, and Josh Zingel with their old fashion water tower design.

Chalk Art Competition The Bishop Verot art team of Caroline Pesch, Nicole Holdgrafer, and Chufan Shi earned 1st place in Ft. Myers Artfest’s Chalk Art Competition. The Chalk Art walkway spotlights the work of 40 teams of artists from Lee County schools and is sponsored by the Golisano Children’s Hospital.

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Model UN Hosts Holocaust Presentation For the past few years Mr. Steen Metz, a Holocaust survivor and speaker, has told his story to students. Mr. Metz and his family were taken from their native Denmark when he was just three years old. His story of loss and survival is very impactful for our students to hear. Mr. Metz understands in a few years there will no longer be survivors to share this important part of history and he is very passionate about sharing his story. “Listening to him share his story of pain and suffering was very difficult. I did not realize he was not Jewish. It had not dawned on me until he mentioned it. The Nazis imprisoned people who were not of the Jewish faith also.” - Dylan Heitmann ’19 “Our generation will be the last to receive a firsthand account of what it was like to experience and survive the Holocaust.” - Joshua Rowe ’19 In appreciation of his time and to share in the commitment to keep this piece of history alive, Model UN members presented Mr. Metz and the Mr. Sam Parish of the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida a $1000 check at the end of the program. Model UN has worked concessions and other fundraisers this year to raise the money to make this donation in support of Holocaust education.

Spanish National Honor Society This semester seven students were inducted into the Bishop Verot Spanish National Honor Society, Las Palmas. The Socíedad Honraría Hispánica, with over 1,800 chapters in high schools across America, is a national honor society for students who are interested in and excel in the study of the Spanish language. The purpose of the society is to recognize high achievement of high school students and to promote a continuing interest in Hispanic studies. Here at the Bishop Verot chapter, the members hone their speaking skills at meetings and through a variety of outings, from dining at authentic Hispanic restaurants to learning traditional dances such as the tango and the salsa.

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