B&G Alumni Magazine ~ Spring 2020

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BISHOP VEROT ALUMNI MAGAZINE SPRING 2020

Alumnus of the Year Christ the Teacher Spring 2020 Athletic Guide


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LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

TABLE OF CONTENTS Bishop Verot Alumni Magazine editor

Patty Holmes patty.holmes@bvhs.org publisher

Connie Ramos-Williams CONRIC PR & Marketing creative director

April Bordeaux CONRIC PR & Marketing photography

Hoffman Fine Arts Portraits Mr. Craig Hildebrand principal

Suzie O'Grady suzie.ogrady@bvhs.org director of development

Jeff Brown ’80 jeff.brown@bvhs.org alumni association

Monica Hartman ’08 & Skyler Bauer ’08 alumniassociation@bvhs.org athletic director

Jason Baumgardner jason.baumgardner@bvhs.org sports editor

Ryan Murphy ’10 mtxemurphy@gmail.com advertising information

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Letter from the Editor Patty Holmes

Letter from the Director of Development Jeff Brown

Christ the Teacher 2020 Alumnus of the Year - Mr. Matt Roepstorff '03

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Taking the Verot Classsroom Virtual for Distance Learning Catholics in Action The Biomedical Sciences Medical Academy Staying Connected...BV Alumni Association Summer Camps 2020 Spring 2020 Athletic Guide Alumni Calendar Alumni News Alumni Sports School Notes

On the cover: Alumnus of the Year Matt Roepstorff '03 Photo Credit: Hoffman Fine Arts Portraits

MISSION STATEMENT Bishop Verot Catholic High School builds relationships centered on faith, learning, and leadership devoted to educating the whole person, utilizing innovative technologies, empowering students through collaborative experiences, and cultivating a spirit of service while grounded in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

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WE ARE VEROT...A LOOK INSIDE The more things change, the more they stay the same. Verot traditions are a big part of who we are and what we believe. The events surrounding the end of a school year, especially for our senior class, are very important. They have spent the last 3 ½ years (some even longer if they have older siblings) participating as spectators in anticipation of their turn. The last day of classes, signing of uniform shirts, attending Grad Bash and the Prom, having their academic accomplishments acknowledged at the Senior Awards Assembly, and Spellamania are important milestones leading up to the final walk across the stage. This year, preserving these traditions will be a challenge but one we intend to meet. After all, we are Verot! The final eight weeks of this school year are looking much different than originally planned. The transition from the traditional classroom to a virtual classroom, however, has been smooth. Verot teachers have been participating in technology training for years, constantly looking for ways to improve and engage today’s student. Little did they know they were also preparing for something like this! Read more about the Verot virtual classroom on page 10. Our teachers continue to work hard to fulfill the Verot mission and Mrs. Lysa Kennedy is no exception. Learn about Lysa and her special award on page 7. On page 14, read about the new Biomedical Sciences Program being offered at Verot. This exciting new program offers students a great opportunity to explore their interests in medicine and is another way we are preparing Verot students for future success. Celebrating Verot alumni and their accomplishments professionally and personally is one of the primary goals of the B&G. On page 8, we introduce Mr. Matthew Roepstorff ’03, this year’s Alumnus of the Year. Alumni News is shared on pages 43 – 45 and pictures from the Bishop Verot Alumni Association’s spring event can be found on page 16. The spring sports season was cut short, with most teams only making it part way into this season’s competitions. The Spring Athletic Guide begins on page 19 and features this year’s teams with the seniors highlighted. Even in these challenging times, Verot continues to meet the needs of its students, offering a high level of academics, even in a virtual setting. The Student Services Department continues to reach out, offering help to those who may be struggling or need additional support, just as they do when the campus is bustling. There is still space available for next school year in grades 9 – 11. If you know of someone who would benefit from a Verot education, please encourage them to reach out to the Admissions Office and schedule a tour soon. As always, I hope you enjoy this edition of your B&G Alumni Magazine!

Photo right: students utlilizing outdoor space for studying.

“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 4 B&G

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LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT We hope this issue of our magazine finds you and your family healthy and safe. Now more than ever we will find the support of our alumni most important. With the events of this past month, it has become necessary to close the school and implement virtual learning. As a 1:1 iPad and Apple Distinguished School, the teachers and students were well prepared for the transition to online learning. And although instruction has continued, many events and activities have been postponed or cancelled. The annual Career Day, originally scheduled for March, was cancelled. Over 35 professionals representing 33 career fields were expected, prepared to take time from their busy schedule to speak with our students about their professions. Many of the presenters were Bishop Verot graduates. The response from our alumni is always met without hesitation. We hope this year’s volunteers will embrace the opportunity to be back on campus in the role of a “teacher” helping to mold our students by sharing their experiences again next year. Another great opportunity for Verot alumni to be involved is the annual Gala & Auction. For the past seven years we have hosted the school’s largest fundraiser with great success. The 70’s Boogie Night themed event scheduled for the end of March has also been postponed. Many live and silent auction items have already been secured, including weekend get-aways, gift cards for a variety of services, and Coach Gill’s woodshop creations. Many of the donations as well as sponsorships come from both our existing family and alumni owned businesses. Thank you to our entire Verot community for the support of this event. We look forward to securing an alternate date in the near future. Throughout our long history, Bishop Verot has encountered many challenges. We are currently navigating unprecedented times, leaving virtually no one unaffected in some way. And as we move forward into recovery, the support of the Verot community will be necessary. May we all continue to gather strength from the prayers offered and encouraged by the Verot spirit of Non Excidet. As always, thank you for your continued support. Non Excidet,

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown '80 Director of Development

James Humpel ’21 and Olivia Humpel ’18 attend classes from home

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Christ the Teacher Introducing Lysa Kennedy “This is the greatest honor of my life, because I know it is you, the students, who have selected me. You cannot even imagine what that means to a teacher. I am humbled and grateful beyond words.”

Lysa Kennedy is only in her second year of teaching at Bishop Verot, but she has clearly made an impression on the Verot family in her short time as a Viking. Lysa joined the English Department in August of 2018 bringing with her an infectious smile, great humor, and 20 years of teaching experience. Sharing her positivity for life with a smile (always) and a helping hand are just a couple of the ways she lets her light shine through to others making a difference in the lives with whom she connects.

She shared one of the first things she thinks when she wakes up in the morning is, “Yes, I get to go

to work today at an amazing place like Verot, spend the day with this remarkable community of teachers, staff and administrators, and most importantly, with these extraordinary students.” And at the end of her day, “What an awesome life, what a gift from God.” Her spirit of gratitude makes it evident why she was chosen as this year’s Christ the Teacher recipient. The annual Christ the Teacher Award is given to the teacher who the students see as a living example of Christ, making the Verot family stronger, whose faith in God is evident, and who sacrifices their time and talent for the good of others. BV

Photo above: Lysa is joined by daughter, Nanette Popa (middle school religion teacher at St. Francis), son-in-law, Dustin Popa, husband, Bryan Schaffer, and daughter, Chelsea Kennedy.

Photo below: Students participate in a skype session with Ella Marshall of Dunning, Scotland to learn about differences and similarities in education.

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raditionally, the Alumnus of the Year is announced during the annual Gala & Auction in the spring. Having had to postpone the event and the uncertainty surrounding a reschedule date, this issue of the B&G seems the perfect opportunity to recognize this year’s recipient. Matthew Roepstorff graduated Bishop Verot in 2003. He attended Jacksonville University on a football scholarship before transferring to the University of Alabama. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. After serving with the State Attorney’s office in Ft. Myers, he moved to private practice with GrayRobinson, specializing in Business and Corporate Law.

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He has also spent a great amount of time serving Bishop Verot. He began volunteering his time and talents after accepting an invitation to join the Long Term Strategic Planning Committee in 2013. In 2015, he again was asked to serve, this time on the School Board, and accepted. As a member of the School Board, Matt also serves on the facilities committee. “Anytime there is an opportunity to fill a need, it is an easy yes.” His passion for Verot is not just demonstrated by his time given, but

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also by his continued involvement. He joins fellow alumni along the fence at football games, at the annual tailgate, the alumni table at the annual gala, and at the Bishop Verot Alumni Association events. Many of the people in his social circle are also graduates of Verot and he enjoys sharing memories of his time on the football field, in the weight room, or at the Live Jesus Retreat. In January of this year, Matt married Mairin McGinley, also a Verot


grad. Mairin graduated in 2008 and also practices law as Corporate Counsel for NeoGenomics. Although the couple met after college, they share a love for their alma mater. “Our family is very mission driven in having a Christian education. The intertwining of academics at a very high level of college preparedness and a Christian education, where we could pray and talk about our faith, is very important and what makes Verot so special.” Looking back at his time as a student, Matt fondly remembers teachers like Mrs. Shriner, Mrs, Knox, Mr. Redmond, Mrs. Elmeer, and Mrs. O’Grady. He credits his college success with the time management skills he learned

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balancing rigorous academics and a busy athletic schedule. The Verot family is grateful for the contributions Matt continues to offer and looks forward to the honor of delivering his award. Please watch for the 8th Annual Gala & Auction, 70’s Boogie Night, date announcement. BV BISHOP VEROT ALUMNI MAGAZINE

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Taking the Verot Classroom Virtual for Distance Learning

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his final quarter of the school year has been like no other. As the country adjusts to this temporary way of life, so has the Verot family. After an extended spring break hiatus, classes started back up with dining room tables and home offices becoming classrooms. Vikings were more prepared than many as technology integrated into instruction has been the Verot norm for many years. With textbooks, homework, and class notes already managed on Canvas accounts on their iPad, the transition has been smooth.

Mrs. Lynn Knox had this to say about the first day, “Today was our first day teaching virtual school to our students and it was so fun to see everyone again. Some looked dressed for school and some did not, but they all oozed with warmth and excitement to be part of something again.” And from a parent, “The smile on my son’s face while logged into class this morning talking to his teachers and friends was the highlight of my day.”

Photo clockwise: Mr. Westran at his desk, freshman Josh Comisar attending Mrs. Schlotterbeck's class, Sophia Albrecht checking in to Health class with Mr. Herting, sophomores Madison and Mackenzie Thomas attending class.

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Picture above: Junior Alonso Pagan attending Mrs. Dakin's class

Sophia, a freshman, shared, “This first week of online learning has actually gone extremely smoothly for me. Since Verot is an iPad school already, it wasn’t difficult to transition and I was provided with all the materials I needed from my teachers in advance. I miss seeing my friends a lot, but the teachers were all extremely positive and understanding.”

One of the biggest challenges of our physical separation is keeping the Verot family connected. Our SPRING 2020


Photo above:Viking Revival

Catholic faith is an integral part of the overall education of our students and keeping this at the forefront is very important. In an effort to encourage spiritual growth and connectedness, each virtual class session begins with prayer and intentions, just as it would if they were on campus. Father Casey, our school chaplain, has included the Verot family in his virtual celebration of Mass as well as hosted the Viking Revival Prayer Services during Holy Week. While this situation has been anything but ideal, it has some benefits. As one parent shared, “Distance Learning to me is really setting up the true college discipline

where you only meet with classes for a very short time a week and you do the work necessary for tests and exams, but teach yourself. You need to get organized and ask questions when needed, during special hours.” Teachers are missing their students, athletic teams are missing their time with fellow teammates and coaches, and students are missing their teachers and classmates. The cast of Beauty and the Beast is holding virtual rehearsals in hopes of still taking their show to the stage. The Dance Club held virtual tryouts for the coming school year. Senior leaders interacted during the Viking Revival, sharing their beliefs and experiences to encourage others. And, according

to one teacher, students are joining their class meetings early to catch up with one another – one group was even singing Karaoke. Some students have also remained in their meetings after the class time to help one another with work. The adjustment has gone quite well, however, everyone is looking forward to the opportunity to return to campus as a Verot family once again. Verot is a special place. If it was ever a doubt, times like these make it even more evident. BV

Photo above: Beauty and the Beast virtual rehearsal.

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he members of the Catholics in Action club have hit the road this winter, advocating for life. In January, over 40 students and chaperones traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in the 47th Annual March for Life Rally. The two day event included a Youth Rally, the celebration of Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and the procession up Constitution Avenue. The gathering was attended by a record number of men, women, and children from across the country celebrating each and every life. Also in January, students traveled to Tallahassee to participate, along with other members of the

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Diocese, in the annual Catholic Days at the Capitol. In March, students joined Bishop Dewane for the Prayer Walk for Life in Fort Myers. The event began with the celebration of Mass at the Church of the Resurrection of our Lord followed by the peaceful gathering at the Planned Parenthood facility. Verot students were honored with leading participants in the praying of the Rosary. BV

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Bishop Verot Catholic High School’s

8th Annual Gala & Auction

70’s Boogie Night

Post-poned - New date coming soon! Thank you to our Sponsors

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The Biomedical Sciences Medical Academy

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ishop Verot has partnered with Project Lead the Way to bring a transformative learning experience to our students. The basis of this exciting new program is to lay a foundation for success for students to conquer the global and local challenges surrounding us. To address these challenges, the biomedical program teaches students problemsolving strategies, how to think critically and creatively, to communicate and collaborate with others, and to persevere when something does not work the first time. The biomedical program empowers students with these skills relevant to any career path they follow. Students use the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs to engage in compelling, hands-on activities, and

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Photos this page Principles of Biomedical Science students learned to measure blood pressure and explore factors that might influence their blood pressure and the health of a person. Photos opposite page: Students used an EKG sensor to make a graphical recording of their heart's electricity. They then identified different components of the waveforms and used them to determine their heart rate.

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Beginning with this year's freshman class, students may elect to participate in the Medical Academy, taking one class per year to complete the program or choose any of the offered courses as electives. The year-long courses currently offered are Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and Biomedical Innovation. BV

work together to find solutions to problems. They also develop soft skills such as leadership, problemsolving, ability to work with a team, positive attitude, dependability, work ethic, and flexibility and adaptability.

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LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

STAYING CONNECTED...BV ALUMNI ASSOCIATION This spring alumni gathered at The Edison to catch up with one another. Alumni shared laughs with old friends on the back patio. New friends were made as well. We hope and pray all alumni are staying well and healthy. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Skyler Bauer ’08 If you’re interested in sponsoring or hosting the Alumni Association, please send us an email or message on Facebook. All future events may be found on our Facebook page, the Alumni page on bvhs. org and in the Black & Gold.

We look forward to meeting even more alumni at our future gatherings! BV

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Our �Issio� Bishop Verot Catholic High School builds relationships centered on faith, learning, and leadership devoted to educating the whole person, utilizing innovative technologies, empowering students through collaborative experiences, and cultivating a spirit of service while grounded in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Join the Verot Family Applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 school year for 9th, 10th and 11th grades. Limited Space Available. For more information please visit BVHS.org/admissions. Tours by appointment during campus closure. 239-274-6760 Patty Holmes, Director of Communications/Admissions

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Summer Camps 2020

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 bvhs.org/summer-camps for more information and to register. *Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some camp dates may change. Please visit bvhs. org/summer-camps for updated information. COACH MATT HERTING’S HOOPSCHOOL BASKETBALL CAMP June 8 - 11 for boys and girls entering grades 1 - 5 June 15 - 18 for boys and girls entering grades 6 - 9 June 22 - 25 for boys and girls entering grades 4 - 8 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with aftercare available. Please visit hoopsschool.org for more information and registration. VIKING CHEER CAMP Coach Amy Glasgow July 6 - 10 for boys and girls ages 4 - 12 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Performance will be held Friday, July 10th with a performance at 4:00 p.m. For more information please email cheerleading@bvhs.org. BASEBALL CAMP Coach Casey Scott June 8 - 11 for boys entering grades 6 - 9 July 6 - 9 for boys entering grades 1 - 5 July 13 - 16 for boys entering grades 4 - 9 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: $110 *pre-registered or $130 for walk-up registration. For more information please email baseball@bvhs.org.

BOYS LACROSSE CAMP Coach Tony VentiQuattro June 8 - 10 | 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. Cost: $175. For more information visit thegameofcrosses.org/shop or email tony.ventiquattro@ bvhs.org. JOHN MOHRING’S ALL AMERICAN FOOTBALL CAMP I Coach John Mohring June 22 - 26 for grades 1 - 8 | 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Cost: $150 For more information email john.mohring@bvhs.com. JOHN MOHRING’S ALL AMERICAN FOOTBALL CAMP II Coach John Mohring July 6 - 10 for grades 1 - 8 | 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Cost: $150. For more information email john.mohring@bvhs.com.

VOLLEYBALL CAMP Coach John Leonard June 1 - 4 for grades 5 - 8 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Cost: $80 For more information please email volleyball@bvhs.org. SOFTBALL SKILLS CAMP Coach Rick Hendrix June 8 - 11 for grades 1- 8 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Sam Fleishman Sports Complex Cost: $100 For more information please email softball@bvhs.org.

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BEGINNER LACROSSE CAMP Coach Tony VentiQuattro June 8 - 10 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Cost: $75. For more information visit thegameofcrosses. org/shop or email tony.ventiquattro@bvhs.org.

GIRLS SOCCER CAMP Coach Eric Lamboy July 13 - 17 for ages 9 - 14 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: $125. For more information please email girls.soccer@bvhs.org BOYS SOCCER CAMP I Coach Eddie Villarreal July 20 - 24 for grades 1 - 5 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: $120. For more information please email eddie.villarreal@bvhs.org. BOYS SOCCER CAMP II Coach Eddie Villarreal July 27 - 31 for grades 4 - 8 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: $120. For more information please email eddie.villarreal@bvhs.org.

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BAAEBALL SOFTBALL • LACROSSE • TENNIS • TRACK • BEACH VOLLEYBALL • WEIGHTLIFTING

2020 VARSITY BASEBALL TEAM

Back Row L to R: Assistant Coach Steve Cunningham, Alexander Maurer, Jack Welch, Austin Orme, Matthew Bevins, Joseph Bonadies, Carson Powers, Joseph Hobson, Head Coach Casey Scott, Assistant Coach Bryan Marotta. Front Row L to R: Dylan Peck, Josiah Velazquez, Preston Hall, Daniel Blitz, Andreas Mantz, Brayden Loughren, Kevin RisCassi, Preston Heben, Andrew Vieceli. Not pictured: Assistant Coaches Rich Nizza, Tyler Goguen, and Dave Peck.

HEAD COACH CASEY SCOTT

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Coach Casey Scott enters his first season at the helm of Bishop Verot’s Baseball program after completing 12 years of coaching at the collegiate level. Casey has also served as a member of the USA baseball task-force as a scout for the 15u and 17u National teams for the past five years. Coach Scott has served in every capacity at the college level, beginning as a volunteer, climbing to associate head coach and recruiting coordinator, and then head coach. For the past two seasons, he has served as the Associate Head Coach at SUNY Cortland. Scott has also coached at the College at Brockport and was the Head Coach at Ave Maria University for three seasons. In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Coach Scott was named the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) Coach of the Year after leading the Syracuse Jr. Chiefs to the league title. Casey resides in Fort Myers with his wife Nicole.

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BAAEBALL SOFTBALL • LACROSSE • TENNIS • TRACK • BEACH VOLLEYBALL • WEIGHTLIFTING

NOT PICTURED: ASST. COACH STEVE CUNNINGHAM

ASST. COACH BRYAN MAROTTA

Asst. Coach Rich Nizza Asst. Coach Tyler Goguen Asst. Coach Dave Peck

2020 Varsity Baseball Seniors Mason Bevins

Alexander Maurer

Daniel Blitz

Austin Orme

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Joseph Bonadies

Jack Welch

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2020 Varsity Baseball Roster Mason Bevins – Senior Daniel Blitz – Senior Joseph Bonadies – Senior Preston Hall Preston Heben Joseph Hobson Brayden Loughren Andreas Mantz Alexander Maurer – Senior Austin Orme – Senior Dylan Peck Carson Powers Kevin RisCassi Josiah Velazquez Jack Welch – Senior

2020 JV Baseball Roster Jason Bishop Joshua Corr Kolton Curtis Tanner Filla Preston Hall Andrew Hanlon Harrison Houlser Tyler Kelly Justin Layne Gavin Orme Tate Reilly Logan Schwartz Severin Vogt Trevor Welch

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BAAEBALL SOFTBALL • LACROSSE • TENNIS • TRACK • BEACH VOLLEYBALL • WEIGHTLIFTING

2019 JV BASEBALL TEAM

Back Row L to R: Head Coach Todd Goguen, Tate Reilly, Tanner Filla, Tyler Kelly, Gavin Orme, Severin Vogt, Trevor Welch. Front Row L to R: Justin Layne, Kolton Curtis, Logan Schwartz, Joshua Corr, Jason Bishop, Andrew Hanlon, Harrison Housler.

NOT PICTURED: JV HEAD COACH TODD GOGUEN

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Asst. Coach Tyler Goguen Asst. Coach Dave Peck

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2020 VARSITY SOFTBALL TEAM

Back Row L to R: Head Coach Rick Hendrix, Assistant Coach Vince Barraco, Audrey Mills, Laura Flannery, Sarah Belof, Assistant Coach Andy Takais, Assistant Coach David Zukin. Middle Row L to R: Alexis Wadding, Courtney Teeter, Isabelle Koll, Lindsey Stayoch, Alexis Hollinger, Loren Evers, Rae-Lee Stefanacci, Malia Hawley. Front Row L to R: Payton Teeter, Lillian Farrell, Hayden Leslie, Emma Hoines, Molly Farrell, Claire Kupsaw, Ashley Smallwood Not pictured: Trinity Babcock, Evangeline Bolgiano, Quinn Greer.

Coach Hendrix began his Verot coaching career as the JV Head Coach in 2007, taking over the varsity reins in 2008. Under his direction, the Lady Vikings amassed 6 District Titles, 3 Regional Titles and made 3 Final Four State Appearances. In 2016, Coach Hendrix served as an Assistant Coach for the Vikings - the first team in Lee County HEAD COACH RICK HENDRIX to win an FHSAA Softball State Title. Coach Hendrix has two children, Ricky and Jordan ’10 and one granddaughter, Hayden.

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ASST. COACH VINCE BARRACO

ASST. COACH ANDY TAKAIS

ASST. COACH DAVID ZUKIN

2020 Varsity Softball Roster Trinity Babcock Sarah Belof Evangeline Bolgiano Loren Evers Lillian Farrell Molly Farrell Laura Flannery Quinn Greer

Malia Hawley Emma Hoines Alexis Hollinger – Senior Isabelle Koll Claire Kupsaw Hayden Leslie Audrey Mills Sofia Miramontes

Ashley Smallwood Lindsey Stayoch – Senior Rae-Lee Stefanacci Payton Teeter Courtney Teeter Alexis Wadding – Senior

2020 Varsity Softball Seniors Alexis Hollinger

Lindsey Stayoch

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Alexis Wadding

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2020 BOYS LACROSSE TEAM

Back Row L to R: Dylan Healy, Brayden Tooley, Dylan Insolia, Maximillian Wallisch, Andres Seoane, Marc Taglieri, Arnold Sarlo, Jackson Sprecher, Bryce Peters, Carter Baxmann, Aiden Feeney, Team Manager Collin Bowers. Middle Row L to R: Grayson Tubbs, Kyle Palmer, Maxwell Murnane, Coleman Tubbs, Gabriel Valverde, Thomas Sciarrone, Austin Santoro, Joshua Comisar, Stephen Joslin, Zachary Brown. Front Row L to R: Quillan Welsh, Justin Spiezio, Daniel Adams, Hunter Stevens, Benjamin Delmont, Elijah Marzella, Edward Long, Maddox Freshwaters, Jack Cronin, Christopher Spiezio, Liam Murphy Not pictured: Maxwell Kopko, Hudson Stirner. Not pictured: Maxwell Kopko.

Tony Ventiquattro is in his second season as Head Coach for the Boys Lacrosse team. He has spent more than 15 years working in lacrosse of all levels. A high school All-American for Carthage (N.Y.) High School, he played collegiately at the University of Massachusetts and SUNY Cortland. He has developed and coached high school programs, club teams, and made his mark internationally as a catalyst for the Israeli National Team and the Philippines National Team. Most recently, HEAD COACH Tony served as Associate Head Coach for TONY VENTIQUATTRO the Philippines National Team at the 2018 FIL World Championships in Netanya, Israel. The nation won its first ever international game and ended the tournament with four wins over ranked teams and a No. 10 world ranking.

ASST. COACH KEITH INSOLIA Team Manager: Collin Bowers Not pictured: Asst. Coach Richard Gill Asst. Coach Kirk Ventiquattro

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2020 Senior Boys Lacrosse Players Carter Baxmann

Bryce Peters

Arnold Sarlo

Marc Taglieri

Elijah Marzella

Dylan Insolia

Andres Seoane

Coleman Tubbs

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Hunter Stevens

Gabriel Valverde

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2020 GIRLS LACROSSE TEAM

Back Row L to R: Coach John Nolan, Avery Comisar, Madelyn Dwyer, Kylie Junghans, Kara Sullivan, Coach Jeff Seltzer, Assistant Coach Jordan Yandle Middle Row L to R: Georgiana Malik, Elise Peters, Isabella Sullivan, Elizabeth Quimby, Gabriela Saccone, Burdilla Camron, Olivia Irion, Brooke Daniels Front Row L to R: Mary Castillo, Breanna Daley, Kamden Caccamise, Carley Gannon, Emily Romero, McKenzie Miller, Isabella Saccone, Jordan Bain Not pictured: Katherine Krutky.

HEAD COACH JEFF SELTZER

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Jeff Seltzer is in his 1st year as Head Coach of the Girls Lacrosse team. Jeff led the program to a 4 - 2 record during his shortened, first season. Jeff brings a total of eight seasons of girls lacrosse coaching experience, including two stints as an assistant coach with Verot in 2016 and 2018. In addition to his three seasons with Verot, Jeff coached has also at Riverdale High School and the Ballistic Lacrosse Club here in Lee County. Jeff resides in Fort Myers with his wife of 26 years, Tricia. Tricia and Jeff have two daughters, Bethany ’16 and Anna ’18.

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ASST. COACH JOHN NOLAN

ASST. COACH JORDAN YANDLE

2020 Senior Girls Lacrosse Players Mary Castillo

Burdilla Camron

Elizabeth Quimby

Gabriela Saccone

McKenzie Miller

Isabella Saccone

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2020 Boys Lacrosse Roster Daniel Adams Carter Baxmann – Senior Zachary Brown Joshua Comisar Jack Cronin Benjamin Delmont Aiden Feeney Maddox Freshwaters Dylan Healy Dylan Insolia – Senior Stephen Joslin Maxwell Kopko – Senior Edward Long Elijah Marzella – Senior Maxwell Murnane Liam Murphy Kyle Palmer

Bryce Peters – Senior Austin Santoro Arnold Sarlo – Senior Thomas Sciarrone Andres Seoane – Senior Christopher Spiezio Justin Spiezio Jackson Sprecher Hunter Stevens – Senior Hudson Stirner Marc Taglieri – Senior Brayden Tooley Coleman Tubbs – Senior Grayson Tubbs Gabriel Valverde – Senior Maximillian Wallisch Quillan Welsh

2020 Girls Lacrosse Roster Jordan Bain Kamden Caccamise Burdilla Camron - Senior Mary Castillo - Senior Avery Comisar Breanna Daley Brooke Daniels Madilyn Dwyer Carley Gannon Olivia Irion Kylie Junghans

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Katherine Krutky Georgiana Malik McKenzie Miller - Senior Elise Peters Elizabeth Quimby - Senior Emily Romero Isabella Saccone - Senior Gabriela Saccone - Senior Isabella Sullivan Kara Sullivan - Senior

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2020 BOYS TENNIS TEAM

Back Row L to R: Head Coach Mark Latell, Bryce Dean, Frederick Schaerf II, Christian Kearns, Matthew Drayer, Assistant Coach Amy Miramontes Front Row L to R: William Trottier, Alexander Smith, Andrew Takais, Ryan Witham. Not Pictured: Oliver Garramone

HEAD COACH MARK LATELL

Mark Latell is beginning his ninth year as the Varsity Boys Tennis Coach. Mark is a 1983 Verot alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. Mark joined the Verot staff 10 years ago as a Math and Engineering teacher. This year he was named Director of Student Life. Mark and his wife Deanna, also a Verot graduate, have five children, Danielle ’20, Anna ’22, David ’24, Matthew ’26, and Andrew ’28.

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

2020 Senior Boys Tennis Players Matthew Drayer

Christian Kearns

Not pictured: Oliver Garramone

2020 Boys Tennis Roster Bryce Dean Matthew Drayer - Senior Oliver Garramone - Senior Christian Kearns - Senior Frederick Schaerf II Alexander Smith Andrew Takais - Senior William Trottier Ryan Witham

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

2020 GIRLS TENNIS TEAM

Back Row L to R: Head Coach Mary Gibson, Cornelia Ovren, Arianna Addis, Kerry Dowdle, Athena Addis, Mackenzie Housler, Danielle Latell, Assistant Coach Amy Miramontes. Front Row L to R: Elizabeth Manibo, Olivia Tedesco, Madison VanDress, Isabella Zastrow, Lauren Juda, Raquel Uliani, Brittany Martinez.

Mary Gibson is in her 14th season as the Varsity Girls Tennis Coach. During the past 12 years, the Vikings have won eight district and two regional titles. The team repeated as Regional Champions, allowing for backto-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 All-Star Team for Region 7. Gibson teamed HEAD COACH with Naples High Coach Tony Kamens and MARY GIBSON brought the first All-Star title to our area. Mary has been married to husband, Gil, for 30 years and has three sons, all Vikings – Zakary ’09, Gunnar ’12, and Cooper ’16. BISHOP VEROT ALUMNI MAGAZINE

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

2020 Girls Tennis Seniors Arianna Addis

Danielle Latell

Madison VanDress

2020 Girls Tennis Roster Arianna Addis – Senior Athenna Addis Kerry Dowdle Mackenzie Housler Lauren Juda Danielle Latell – Senior Elizabeth Manibo Brittany Martinez Cornelia Ovren Olivia Tedesco Raquel Uliani Madison VanDress – Senior Isabella Zastrow

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2020 BOYS TRACK & FIELD TEAM

Back Row L to R: Brady McDonald, Christopher Olivera, Chase Hill, Georg Becher, Assistant Coach Jeff Rehm, Zachary Avery, Carsen Volz, Wyatt Whalen, Nathan Mertz. Middle Row L to R: Ethan Bruehl, Malik Curtis, Owen Garton, Mateo DeVito, Michael Cooper, Matthew Korista Jacob, Tyree Cherry,Victor Kateregga. Front Row L to R: Jason Algeo, Tyler Contorno, Anthony Racioppi, David Rue, Tequon Chatman, Jack Wilson, Cooper Banks, Antonio Portes, Jacob Roberts. Not pictured: Guillermo Hernandez, Jr., Anthony Lee.

2020 GIRLS TRACK & FIELD TEAM

Back Row L to R: Ella Sarnac, Mackenzie Cerniglia, Geraldine Herrera, Assistant Coach Jeff Rehm, Nicole Gulati,Victoria Salzone, Kendall Luthringer. Middle Row L to R: Savannah Nippa, Analise Lewis, Maren Pfleger, Hailey Albrecht, Sarah Porter, Lauren Mills, Kylie Thomas, Madison Thomas. Front Row L to R: Mackenzie Thomas,Yoselyn Cardenas, Elena Ausset, Mia Cross, Angela Hopkinson, Casey Hendra, Jasmine Simpson. Not pictured: Laura Bamgardner, Jessica Bedoya, Camila Gonzalez, Maci Hart, Tatyana LaCourse, Cassidy Marino, Megan O’Grady, Olivia Regan, Juliana Taglieri, McKenna Wherry.

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BASEBALL • SOFTBALL • LACROSSE • TENNIS • BEACH VOLLEYBALL • WEIGHTLIFTING

HEAD COACH JORGE FLEITAS

Coach Jorge Fleitas is in his third season as Head Coach of the Track & Field team. Coach Fleitas leads the Bishop Verot Cross Country program and serves as Dean of Students. 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 15 years at Florida’s highest level of competition. In his 17 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.

ASST. COACH JEFF REHM

Not pictured: Asst. Coach Harvey Simpson

2020 Boys Track & Field Roster Jason Algeo - Senior Zachary Avery Cooper Banks Georg Becher Ethan Bruehl Tequon Chatman - Senior Tyree Cherry Tyler Contorno Michael Cooper

Malik Curtis Mateo Devito - Senior Owen Garton - Senior Guillermo Hernandez, Jr. Chase Hill Victor Kateregga Matthew Korista Jacob Anthony Lee Brady McDonald

Christopher Olivera Antonio Portes Anthony Racioppi Jacob Roberts David Rue Carsen Volz - Senior Wyatt Whalen

2020 Girls Track & Field Roster Hailey Albrecht Elena Ausset - Senior Laura Baumgardner Jessica Bedoya Yoselyn Cardenas Mackenzie Cerniglia Mia Cross Camila Gonzalez Nicole Gulati Maci Hart Casey Hendra

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2020 Track & Field Seniors Elena Ausset

Jason Algeo

Mateo Devito

Savannah Nippa

Owen Garton

Tequon Chatman

Analise Lewis

Megan O’Grady

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beach volleyball BASEBALL • SOFTBALL • LACROSSE • TENNIS • TRACK • WEIGHTLIFTING

2020 VARSITY BEACH VOLLEYBALL TEAM

Back Row L to R: Kelsey Hoolihan, Jessica Hawkins, Morgan Crawford, Erin Brauch, Rae-Lee Stefanacci, Grace Gerlach, Head Coach Kelly Corr. Front Row L to R:Victoria Wentworth-Buchanan, Caroline O’Halloran, Sophia LaRosa, Kalani Yap, Malia Leonard, Ava Hemann.

2020 Beach Volleyball Roster Erin Brauch - Senior Morgan Crawford Grace Gerlach Jessica Hawkins - Senior Ava Hemann Kelsey Hoolihan Sophia LaRosa Malia Leonard Caroline O’Halloran Rae-Lee Stefanacci Victoria Wentworth-Buchanan Kalani Yap - Senior

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HEAD COACH KELLY CORR

Kelly Corr begins her third 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 has four children; JT (16), Jacob (14), Kasey (12), and Kyley (10).

ASST. COACH JOHN LEONARD

Not pictured: Asst. Coach Allie Gerlach

2020 Varsity Beach Volleyball Seniors Erin Brauch

Jessica Hawkins

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2020 BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING TEAM

Back Row L to R: Assistant Coach Brett Barry, Ronin Parker, Tyree Cherry, Keon Anderson, Peter Simmons, David Portu, Jon Wedding, Jaelin Willis, Head Coach John Mohring. First Row L to R: Wyatt Green, Jack Wilson, Anthony Bethune, Jr., Brock Gee,Vincent Gargano, Tequon Chatman, Ty Whiteman, David Nee, Ethan Bruehl. Not Pictured: Xavier Gerardo

HEAD COACH JOHN MOHRING

John Mohring is in his second year as coach of the 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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WEIIhttIFtINN BASEBALL • SOFTBALL • LACROSSE • TENNIS • TRACK • BEACH VOLLEYBALL

2020 Weightlifting Seniors Anthony Bethune, Jr.

Vincent Gargano

Brock Gee

Elijah Marzella

2020 Weightlifting Roster Keon Anderson Anthony Bethune, Jr. - Senior Ethan Bruehl Tyree Cherry Vincent Gargano - Senior Brock Gee - Senior

Xavier Gerardo Wyatt Green Elijah Marzella - Senior David Nee Ronin Parker David Portu

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ALUMNI CALENDAR Reunions Class of 1980

Members of the class of 1980 are planning their 40th reunion. Please contact Mike Vigil for information at mtvigil40@comcast.net or by phone at (239) 677-7486. Please also join the BVHS Class of 1980 Facebook page.

Class of 2000

Members of the class of 2000 are planning their 20th reunion. Please contact Lindsay Albrecht at lindsayalbrecht@me.com for more information.

Announcing the new Verot Legal Society

All alumni currently in the legal profession are invited and encouraged to join. For more information please contact Mr. Carlos Cavenago at 239.334.0300 | carlos@parveyfrankel.com or Jeff Brown at 239.274.6730 | jeff.brown@bvhs.org.

Please check the Verot Alumni page of the website for alumni event and reunion updates at bvhs.org/alumni. Please send any upcoming reunion information to patty.holmes@bvhs.org for future B&G publications. Thank you!

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ALUMNI NEWS Clayton Atkins ’05 Clayton and his wife Alyssa are pleased to announce the birth of their little girl, Sydney Michelle Atkins. Sydney was born on Saturday, March 7 at 4:07 a.m., was 7 lbs. 13 oz., and 19 inches long. Her parents are overjoyed and blessed to have the love and support of friends and family during the quarantine.

April Moreau ’08 April has been accepted into the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, Class of 2021. This prestigious program admits only 8 filmmakers per year, each of whom directs their own film over the course of the program. Prior to acceptance, April had recently completed another film, Ride in Progress, which is having its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. She credits her time at Verot, specifically working on the Viking News Network, as one of the early sparks of inspiration toward a career in film and television.

Jackie Calicchio ’10 Jackie and Adam Haligas were engaged in February 2020. Jackie is an Assistant Attorney General with the Air Quality Unit of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and Adam is a residential and commercial real estate broker. They live and work in Denver, CO with their one year old Corgi, Ted. They are excited to begin planning their wedding in 2021.

Bridgette Ward ’12 Bridgette and Brent Theriault are excited to announce their wedding held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Our Lady of Light Community with a reception following at Sanibel Harbour Resort. Brent is an athletic trainer for Naples High School and Bridgette works as an ecologist for Passarella & Associates, Inc. The couple resides in Naples.

Cian Cranfield ’17 Cian was the recipient of the Florida State University College of Medicine Undergraduate Humanitarian of the Year Award. Cian has worked with Camp Boggy Creek, serving children experiencing severe pediatric illness, served as a mentor for elementary students from under-served communities, and been involved with the Hang Tough Organization. Cian is a junior at FSU majoring in interdisciplinary medical sciences with a focus in pre-clinical professions. Cian hopes to attend medical school to pursue a career in pediatrics.

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ALUMNI SPORTS Lauren Lockard ʼ16

Selina Pfuner ʼ18

SAINT ANSELM LACROSSE

TAMPA BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Lockard was able to play the final four matches of her season in Florida, helping St. Anselm to a 4-0 record in the Sunshine State. The midfielder was a starter in all four matches, and was responsible for ten ground balls and five caused turnovers. She also won two draw controls. The Hawks, who were ranked No. 20 in the nation, started the season with a 13-3 win over Saint Leo, who was ranked 16th.

Pfuner completed her second season at the University of Tampa with eight victories on the beach volleyball court. The sophomore was a mainstay in the Spartans’ lineup, playing at the number five position. Pfuner and her partner won five of their eight matches in straight sets, and lost only one match to a team not ranked in the top 25 in the nation. Pfuner and the Spartans held a 9-5 record at the conclusion of the season.

Nicole Rodriguez ʼ17

Tayli Filla ʼ18

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USF SOFTBALL

The junior made four appearances for the Gamecocks as a pitcher, including a pair of starts. Rodriguez had her best outing of the season against Texas San Antonio, pitching into the seventh inning while striking out nine hitters in a 4-3 win. She struck out more than one batter per inning for Jacksonville State, who ended the season with a 12-9 record.

Filla played in eleven games for the Bulls, who were off to a 16-9 start before the cancellation of the remainder of the schedule. The sophomore, who produced against some of the best teams in the nation, clubbed doubles in back-toback appearances against No. 16 Oklahoma State and No. 9 Alabama, and drove in a run against No. 12 Tennessee. Filla was a starter in all three of those games, playing at multiple infield positions.

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ALUMNI SPORTS Erika Baumgardner ʼ18

Matt Cedarburg ‘18

SAINT LEO SWIMMING

COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA BASEBALL

In her second season at Saint Leo, Baumgardner was a key member of the Lion lineup. At the Sunshine State Conference Championships, the sophomore swam in four individual meets, competing in the 1650 yard freestyle and the 50, 100, and 200 yard butterfly races. Her times in the 50 and 100 butterfly at the conference championship meets marked her best efforts of the season.

As a redshirt freshman, Cedarburg was excellent for the Patriots, whose season came to an end with a 21-7 record. Cedarburg led CCF with 36 hits, which included eleven doubles and two home runs. He posted a slash line of .367/.438/.541, scoring 19 runs and driving in 15. The 2018 Verot alum ended the season on a eight-game hitting streak, and had two or more hits in seven of those games.

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SCHOOL NOTES Academic Excellence Two seniors were recently recognized as finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Kate Kupsaw and Connor Shovlin have advanced to Finalist standing, representing approximately 15,000 of the 1.6 million students in the nation who achieved this honor by scoring in the top 1% on the PSAT. They were presented with a Certificate of Merit and are also eligible to compete for a Merit Scholar award.

Athletic Signing Day Four senior athletes were honored during the winter Athletic Signing Day. These athletes have committed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. They were joined by family members, coaches, fellow teammates, and classmates in celebration as they signed their Letter of Commitment. Alexander Maurer will play baseball for Anderson University, Tequon Chatman will play football for The University of Findlay, Ohio, Alexis Hollinger will play softball for Polk State College, and Christian Kearns will join the Eckerd College tennis team. Art Students Hat Project Students in Mrs. Elmeer’s Art classes worked on a project for patients at Golisanos Children’s Hospital. The Skull Project was designed to offer the gift of empowerment, encouragement, and confidence by creating caps for patients to wear providing support, comfort and purpose. Students creatively decorated hats with uplifting designs, encouraging words, and messages for boys and girls. The hats were delivered on Valentine’s Day.

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SCHOOL NOTES American Sign Language Students in Mrs. Timson’s American Sign Language classes take their skills out in public to provide the opportunity to sign outside of class. Joined by students from other area schools, they are able to put what they have learned into action as they communicate only through signing with other students and hearing impaired persons in the community. Most recently, our students, along with students from Oasis and Ida Baker High Schools, met at IHOP and Panera. Senior Surprise In celebration of the Class of 2020, faculty and staff delivered congratulatory yard signs along with caps and gowns to each of the seniors. The final weeks of high school are traditionally filled with many Verot traditions including Grad Bash, Prom, Senior Luncheon, Senior Awards Assembly, Spellamania and the last day of classes, including the shirt signing. While it is our hope we can still hold some of these events this summer, this was a great way to show our love and appreciation for the Class of 2020.

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