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CARONDELETTER CARONDELET HIGH SCHOOL • Concord, CA • www.carondelet.net • 925.686.5353

Summer 2012

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What Is a “Carondelet Woman”? In this issue of the Carondeletter, we celebrate the graduating class of 2012 and many other members of our Community who are living examples of what it means to be Carondelet Women. But, as Sister Eleanor and I prepared this issue, we pondered what it means to be a “Carondelet Woman,” and we’ve been surprised at how hard it is to define that. Though I have been a Carondelet Woman myself for more than 35 years, I am hard pressed to put the significance of this into words. Still, I suspect that thousands of Carondelet alumnae—as well as faculty members and Sisters of St. Joseph who have ministered here—have a strong sense of it, as much as Sister Eleanor and I do. Somehow, we are changed by our four years as students at Carondelet. Somehow, as women, we are different people than we would have been if we had attended some other high school. If we arrive at Carondelet as 13-yearold girls and leave four years later as women, we grow up during our high school years. As we made new friends and our world grew, we became more independent of our parents and matured under the influence of teachers who model

Carondeletter is published for the alumnae, parents and friends of Carondelet High School. President Jennifer Martin Principal Nancy Kelley Libby '76 Director of Development Patricia Larsen Director of Special Events Kathleen Russell Administrative Assistant Terri Meehan Special Events Assistant Marybeth Anicich Director of Alumnae Relations Mary Goebel Frevele '75 Editor, Alumnae Advisor Sister Eleanor Eagan, CSJ Assistant Editor Katie Clark Vecchio '76 2

respect. I think respect is at the core of what changes us here. Of course, at CHS, we learn to respect others—to listen to their points of view, to be considerate and helpful, to serve the needy while we also learn to understand and respect our “dear neighbors” as human beings who are precious before God. In turn, we also learn that we are deserving of respect. I think that Carondelet women have a strong sense of self-worth, of their own value as independent persons. I think that we come through our CHS years with the sure knowledge that we are important, that we have gifts to give and something of value to leave with others. While we all hopefully feel that we are precious to our families, I think that our sense of value grows at CHS as our experience shows us that we are precious in the eyes of our teachers, our friends, our classmates and in the eyes of God. By the time we are graduated and go off to continue our lives elsewhere, we have come to really know how valuable we are, and to translate that knowledge into the awareness that we have a place of value in the world. As a result, we Carondelet women become people who make a difference, who go to work in the Peace Corps, go to rebuild Haiti, go to change America in Washington DC, go to cheer up the old folks at the senior center. Much of this ambition must come from the sponsorship, ministry, and influence of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who nurture Carondelet’s students in so many ways. We students know—deeply know—that the CSJs who watch over us truly care about each one of us, and that they look on us with unconditional love and concern, as if we are their daughters. At the same time, they model so much for us—strength, goodness, charity, honor, modesty, creativity, and more. This sense of being valued and respected—of being precious to someone other than our families—empowers us to share that notion with others. As we grow up, I think that CHS gives us permission to be free thinkers, to arrive at our own conclusions, rather than fit to a cookiecutter mold. Then, it’s as if we leave CHS knowing that we matter, and that we therefore are called to do something worthwhile with that knowledge, to go out and make a difference because that’s what

Rest in Peace Millie Laudie CHS Home Economics Teacher 1978 — 1984

In Memoriam We commend to your prayerful remembrance: Herminia Andersen, mother of Maria ’72 and Helga ’75; grandmother of Katlin Freeman ’05. Daniel Boatwright, CHS benefactor. Fred Donnelly, father of Anne ’70 and Maureen ’71; grandfather of Allison Humann ’03. Oliver Martin Gensler, infant son of Rachel Libby ’05; grandson of Nancy Kelley Libby ’76, CHS Principal. Audrey Gille, sister of Dr. Michael Weiskopf, former CHS staff. Donald Hernandez, father of Jennifer ’77 and Vanessa ’83. Marilyn O’Connor, mother of Clare ’76; grandmother of Kathryn Pease ’04, Jessica Pease ’06 and Megan Pease ’08. Patricia Pighin, mother of Liza ’73 and Patricia ’82. Bruce Stephens, brother of Gleam Green, CHS Director of Athletics. Marie (Eloise) Uribe, sister of Pauline Ruiz, former CHS faculty.

These loved ones are enrolled in the Carondelet Academic Foundation and remembered each month at Mass celebrated in honor of St. Joseph.

we are meant to do. Mixed up in this is our sense of independence and strength, the confidence to be ourselves and to stand up for what we believe is right. Having honored and nurtured our individuality, the School graduates us, sends us out to go and do something important. We respond by becoming Carondelet Women, each in our own way. —Katie Clark Vecchio '76 Assistant Editor


On the Cover O Mrs. Meta Pasternak addresses the faculty at her retirement luncheon, covered on page 6. O The anonymous graduate represents the Carondelet Woman as celebrated in the editorial and throughout this issue. O Hannah Huffman's accomplishments on and off the basketball court are listed on page 23. In the cover photo, Hannah outjumps her Monte Vista opponent. O Amanda Sechrest '11 received her new heart and liver one year after graduation. Amanda's winning smile captures the essence of her faith and optimism throughout her journey.

A Mother's Words (Excerpts from CaringBridge entries) BY LISA MORGAN

Amanda's glorious 20 years have graced the lives of family and friends with her beautiful spirit. Every day Amanda is out there making a difference as well as doing random acts of kindness. Our children are our best teachers. . . . It has been a long day and journey since the daunting days of May 2011 . . . The strength and courage I heard in Amanda’s voice when she received the organ offer has helped her family to this moment . . . The heart of Jesus is one of respect, compassion, forgiveness and generosity. Amanda’s tired heart was the same. We are ever mindful of the donor and her family for the gifts of a new heart and liver. We ask for prayers for this family in their time of sorrow . . . This is the fourth heart-liver transplant here at this hospital, and the fiftieth in the entire world. Wow. . . . We are thrilled to announce that Amanda came home to

Mission Statement Carondelet High School, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, provides quality Catholic education in a caring environment. Carondelet educates, challenges and enables young women to integrate gospel values, to intelligently apply these values to their lives and to reflect these values through leadership and service to the greater community.

Vision Statement Carondelet High School, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, will serve those seeking to become “all of which woman is capable” through a curriculum that integrates intellectual, moral, physical, psychological, social and spiritual development.

At her June press conference, Amanda Sechrest and her transplant cardiologist, Dr. Dan Bernstein, discuss when she will be ready to go dancing.

our temporary location in Palo Alto on June 10 . . . She has fought a great fight the last five weeks . . . . Next week, Amanda and I begin the busy work of outpatient clinics with liver and heart teams, endocrinology check-ins, physical therapy and definitely a few stops at Starbucks (for me) and Jamba Juice for Amanda.

Carondelet High School will model collaboration among students, faculty, parents, alumnae, Board, and the greater community. Integrating a counter-cultural stance based on gospel values, the School will nurture an environment of risk-taking that enables each person to assume roles of leadership and service to the dear neighbor. Graduates of Carondelet High School will know their responsibility to reflect the CSJ charism of unity and reconciliation in their personal and professional lives. (In March 2000, the high schools sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph met to share a common vision based on the Congregation’s charism, history and mission. The Vision Statement was formulated at that time.)

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Farewell from Sister Kathy

Sister Kathy joined some of the 2012 graduates, including Salutatorian Caroline Saca (at left) and Valedictorian Claire Logan. "We believe in their personal hopes and dreams," said Sister in her Graduation prayer. "We believe in their future as women of leadership and service."

Dear Friends of Carondelet, As I look through the last 26 years of files and folders and decide what can be discarded and what must be saved, many memories fill my mind. So many of these memories are accompanied by feelings of gratitude. Our wonderful students, past and present, give all of us cause for pride and gratitude. For me to have walked with these young women, especially at Urban Plunge and Kairos, has been inspiring as they experienced and practiced what it means to serve the dear neighbor. When our alumnae return for visits, write for the Carondeletter, or use email to keep in touch, it is with pride that we learn that so many are engaged in leadership and service to the greater community. CHS administration, faculty/staff and coaches are both qualified and dedicated as they firmly but respectfully guide our young women in academics, retreats and religious events, service projects, activities, student government and athletics. I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to interact with true professionals and to enjoy conversations with them. I am especially grateful to our selfsacrificing parents who place such value on their daughters’ educational and faith formation. PIP hours notwithstanding, our parents are the most generous in the world, supporting liturgies, crab feeds, Visions of Christmas and Golf 4

Tournaments, and spending countless hours driving teams to athletic events. Looking to the future, I am most grateful to Mrs. Jennifer Martin who assumes the office of President on July 1. Jennifer is a dedicated and respected educator and administrator who continues to say "Yes!" to new opportunities and challenges. I feel certain that Carondelet will continue to grow under her leadership. Finally, Carondelet’s Board of Directors deserves special gratitude. Much of what has been accomplished with our Master Plan would not have been possible without the consistent support and professional expertise of these talented, courageous and trusting men and women who have served generously and gratis! It has been my privilege to work with them on behalf of Carondelet High School. I am grateful to my religious community, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, who have afforded me the opportunity to minister at this remarkable institution for 34 years, and for the 90 Sisters who have served this institution since its founding in 1965. As many of you also know, I have been given a year’s sabbatical for travel, study and spiritual renewal. I am grateful also for this gift of time and will use it well. Please know that you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely yours, Sister Kathleen Lang, CSJ

CHS Welcomes New President, Jennifer Martin The Board of Directors of Carondelet High School announced in April that the Provincial Council of the Sisters of St. Joseph affirmed the appointment of Jennifer Martin as the new President of Carondelet, effective July 1, 2012. Mrs. Martin follows the footsteps of Sr. Kathleen Lang, CSJ, who has been President of Carondelet for 12 years. Jennifer Martin comes to Carondelet from St. Lucy's School in Campbell, where she served as Principal for seven years. She brings 22 years of experience in education as a Dean of Students, Academic Dean, and Secondary Schools Commissioner of the Diocese of San Jose. Mrs. Martin is dedicated to Catholic education and the opportunity that Catholic schools present to each student to pursue one's individual capacity for good. A graduate of Humboldt State University, she has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and an MA in Educational Administration (Catholic School Leadership Program) from Santa Clara University. In recommending Mrs. Martin's appointment, the search committee and Board of Directors found her to be extremely competent, articulate, enthusiastic, and collaborative in her approach to Catholic institutional leadership. As the President of the School, Mrs. Martin is the chief executive officer of Carondelet, responsible for the mission of the school along with its spiritual, philosophical, and financial management.

“I hope to and need to very quickly become a familiar part of this community. Carondelet High School is a family rich in history and tradition, and I need to learn and steep myself in this tradition.” —Jennifer Martin


Interview with Jennifer Martin When I arrived at St. Lucy’s School for my scheduled meeting with Principal Jennifer Martin, the administration area was abuzz with conversation and activity! My first screening was a cordial, “Is she expecting you?” and I knew instinctively that my self-imposed limit of a 60 Minutes interview would be informative and focused. By way of introduction, I learned that the staff had just completed exit interviews with the graduating students. All faculty were involved in the process, which would include follow-up meetings, results analysis, evaluation, and planning. Yes, I also knew that I was in an environment where dedicated professionals knew that students come first. My interview questions easily followed: How did you come to apply for (or be drafted for) the president’s position at Carondelet? A friend and classmate, an assistant principal at a local Catholic high school, was contacted by Morris and Berger, the executive search firm contracted by Carondelet. She recommended me to the firm and my first discussion about the job was a long, wonderful phone call with the search director. I spent much time in reflection, in prayer, because this would be a very difficult move for me! Why? Because I am so happy here! At this same time, my two mentors, whom I met during my 12 years’ ministry in a Catholic allgirls high school, encouraged me very persuasively. These wise women who know me so very well have brought me to this conclusion: “Every step we take is derivative of the step before.” This now is the core of my process. What gifts/strengths do you bring to this new ministry? Let’s see...I have a good listening ear. My Counseling Psychology degrees from Humboldt have certainly helped in this area. I learned to listen not to what’s being said but to the meaning behind the words, the totality of the situation. My years at Woodside Priory gave me the gift of Benedictine spirituality: “Listen carefully, with the ear of your heart.” In overseeing my school I engage in a back and forth movement, seeing the big picture, and then the program, and

BY SISTER ELEANOR EAGAN, CSJ then the person, and back to the big picture. For instance in fundraising, there is the importance of adjusting the lens, of truly seeing the persons involved, those affected by the project. I value my Santa Clara U experience, which combined educational administration with its emphasis on Catholic School Leadership. Another strength is that I adore people! I have a broad appreciation for all of creation and therefore for human beings,

for all persons walking with me. My own early education in a small Southern California school district included the best of the 70s by way of creativity and innovation. Humboldt and Santa Clara built on that early education by way of maturity. A gift is that I have confidence in my own leadership, in staying level. Can you share your insights or conviction about single-gender education? Well, I am the proof of my conviction. Personally I did not have such opportunity, but I want it for my own children. My son attends an all-boys high school; my older daughter begins her all-girls high school education in September. I see an added advantage for Carondelet with co-ed opportunities so close by. The opportunity for growth at different maturity levels, without unnecessary and distracting social pressures, is of great value.

Catholic Identity seems to be the buzz word today. Can you comment? This answer is simple for me. Catholic Identity means making sure that you are what you intend to be as a truly Catholic school and all that that entails. What do you expect will be your greatest challenge? Oh, I have several! Raising money in this economy—that’s the wild card! My second challenge will be to keep the charism, the mission, present and strong, especially by connecting with students, connecting with parents. I will be a support person to those I serve under and to those who serve under me. I hope to and need to very quickly become a familiar part of this community. Carondelet High School is a family rich in history and tradition and I need to learn and steep myself in this tradition. You recently participated in the Convocation of the CSJ Sponsored Institutions. What was your experience? It was a very positive first-step experience for me. This is a vibrant, healthy, living community. The CSJ Sisters and their lay colleagues are alive with the charism. The energy and passion was so present all weekend. Anything else? About leaders and leadership, I want to say that the role of the leader is this: to help define where are the gifts, where are the talents and to enable in their development. I welcome the opportunity and challenge to do just this at Carondelet. With just a few minutes left of my 60 Minutes interview time, I inquired about the long commute ahead. “It’s 50 minutes and I love to drive. I’ll have two hours to myself for thinking, planning and simply being. And I’ve already bonded with my new Prius.” I left St. Lucy’s with notebook in hand, and with the conviction that Carondelet High School will continue under the leadership of a dedicated professional who knows that students come first.

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“I loved teaching at Carondelet. I loved the students and Meta Pasternak what I learned from them. I loved the faculty room—the Retires after 18 Years wonderful intelligent discussions and the laughter. When At a celebratory luncheon in June, the faculty and staff honored I look back on my teaching here and at other schools, I Carondelet longtime teacher Meta Pasternak, who realize that it was an honor to teach. I hope that, when retired from Carondelet at the end of the school year. An English teacher each of you retires, you also feel that it was an honor to 2011-12 and faculty mentor, Mrs. Pasternak teach.” initiated "Writing Across the Curriculum." —Meta Pasternak, at her Retirement Luncheon

She has moved to San Francisco to spend more time with her children and grandchildren.

Other Faculty Members Moving On... Dr. Laura Canciamilla was a long-term substitute English teacher at Carondelet for the past two years. Dr. Maria Hetherton, a CHS Religious Studies teacher for four years, is taking a sabbatical, which will include returning to school and doing some writing. Ms. Morgan Malone '94, Learning Center Assistant, has left to start her own business in health, wellness and fitness. A faculty member for 18 years, Dr. Michael Murphy taught Religious Studies and English, served as the English Department Chair, and moderated the Fontbonne Forum. As the Director of Catholic Studies at Loyola University in Chicago, Dr. Murphy will teach Theology and Literature. Mrs. Marjorie Murphy, a Carondelet Spanish teacher for 10 years and Spanish Department Chair, is leaving for Chicago with her husband and children. After settling daughters Caroline and Elaina in their new Catholic school, Marjorie will continue her own career in Catholic education. Assistant to the Registrar, Mrs. Mary Weeks is leaving after nine years. The Career Fair Committee will especially miss her outstanding organizational skills.

Members of the faculty and staff raise their hands in blessing over Dr. and Mrs. Murphy, who are moving to Chicago.

Honey O'Leary Receives Jefferson Award, Retires Again Carondelet's Community Service Coordinator was honored to receive a special Jefferson Award for "Outstanding Community Service" on the eve of her retirement from Carondelet. In April, Jodie Russi, Barbara Hirst, and the CHS Jefferson Award team presented the award to Honey O'Leary, who is retiring again at the end of 2012. According to Jodie Russi, Mrs. O'Leary's "name, actions, and moral character are the epitome of what the Jefferson Awards stands for in terms of genuine service to others." Mrs. O'Leary first retired in 2001 after 25 of years as a Religious Studies teacher. She returned in 2009 to coordinate students' community service. According to Mrs. Russi: "This woman 6

. . . constantly thinks of how she can make a difference for the better in the lives of others around her. Whether she is facilitiating the service of hundreds of senior students or modeling the gospel value of service to others through her own actions, Honey O'Leary serves as an example to us all. She has been of service to others her entire life as a teacher at Carondelet and as a volunteer in countless community activities. . . . quietly working behind the scenes to get things done!" The Carondelet Community congratulates Mrs. O'Leary on the award and on her retirement after giving so many years of dedicated service to the School.


Senior Synthesis Evaluates Catholic Identity at CHS In the fall of each school year, members of the senior class begin a year-long service project called “Senior Synthesis,” an analytical survey to evaluate implementation of aspects of the School’s Mission Statement. Under the guidance of Religious Studies teacher Dr. Marcy Fox, the students decide on a topic and determine how to approach it, and then they meet monthly to complete the survey. In the 2011-12 school year, Senior Synthesis members focused on Catholic Identity at Carondelet. They started with the seven characteristics of Catholic identity described by Thomas Groome, professor of Theology at Boston College. The students composed an introductory script and specific questions to assess each identified quality, and then they questioned a random sample of the student body. The seniors surveyed two classes—about 60 students—from each grade. After completing the survey and compiling their results, the Senior Synthesis members presented their findings in a PowerPoint presentation to the faculty in early May; the information will be used to help refine the School’s approach to implementing its Mission throughout the student experience at Carondelet. Below is information about this Senior Synthesis project.

Above left is a photo from the PowerPoint presentation, showing some Senior Synthesis students posed to depict the "Relationship & Community" component of Catholic identity. At right, students presented their results to the faculty and staff.

Relationship & Community 97% of students surveyed said that their teachers do reflect the caring presence of God. O 97% also said they feel a sense of community in most of their CHS classes. O 63% said that, if they have a problem with a student or teacher, members of the CHS Community encourage them to take steps to reconcile their differences. History & Tradition 29% said that, outside of religion classes, teachers refer to the history and legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph. O 79% said that they had learned about the influence of women in the sciences, culture, language, history, and the arts. O 82% said they had been encouraged to follow their informed conscience in all matters of faith and morals. Spirituality 87% said that all classes begin with prayer or silent meditation time. O 87% said that teachers support their participation in School retreats and service programs. O 97% said they sense that CHS is a place where spirituality/God is valued. Work for Justice 77% said their teachers encouraged them to offer service to the “dear neighbor.” O 26% said that classes, other than the Gospels in Action class, do create projects that serve others in need. O 89% said that their teachers show compassion toward students who are struggling. Choose Hospitality over Exclusion 90% said they found most classrooms comfortable and inviting

places to learn. O 96% said they were helpful when a classmate came to them in need of academic assistance. O 89% said that their teachers try to include all the students in the class in discussion and activities. Optimistic View 76% said that teachers spend time pointing out positive examples of student work. O 77% said that CHS students are comfortable complimenting one another on academic success. O 85% said that positive events in history, religion, science, culture, and the arts are acknowledged throughout the curriculum. Sacramentality of Life 67% said that they find God (holiness) in the ordinary activities of each day. O 67% also said that their teachers acknowledge the presence of God in a subject being taught (other than Religious Studies classes). O 73% said that they are encouraged at CHS to support environmental sustainability. Senior Synthesis students in 2011-12 were: Corinne Abele, Nadia Bellafronte, Maddie Benavidez, Arianna Bradley, Maddie Bray, Sam Burke, Liliana Carrara, Alexa Cavallo, Morgan Cortez, Jessica Crosby, Olivia Fernandes, Monica Fiedler-Ross, Meghan Fisher, Sam Francisco, Haley Harmon, Elin Henningsson, Sophie Ipsen, Claire Kozel, Kaelani Loo, Liz Morley, Lauren Murphy, Taylor Miron, Cassidy Nicks, Jesenia Padilla, Brittany Parent, Sarah Piombo, Chelsea Pratte, Sarah Reiser, Kelsey Rondini, Samantha Rose, Kelly Rostratter, Caroline Saca, Kristen Sant, Emily Setoudeh, Katie VanderKlugt, and Kelly Wisniewski. 7


CHS Honors Alumna of the Year BY MARY FREVELE, DIRECTOR OF ALUMNAE RELATIONS Our 2012 Alumna of the Year is a woman in need and thinks nothing of going of heart, a woman of faith, and a woman above and beyond to put a smile on the of courage. Her life of service to others is face of a friend. She cherishes her many evident and inspiring. She is generous and friendships, some of which began here on thoughtful and has remained dedicated to Winton Drive more than 30 years ago. Carondelet since she graduated in 1979. Char has been an active member Our Alumna of the of the Carondelet Year is one of five Community, working sisters who grew up on class reunions, knowing that family attending School and and faith go handalumnae functions in-hand. She is a and alerting us devoted daughter, if a graduate sister and aunt to 19 needs prayers or very lucky nieces congratulations. and nephews. Her She’s a frequent faith carries her campus visitor through life’s many (sometimes with challenges and Starbucks cup in sustains her as she hand) celebrating lovingly cares for each new school her mother each day. year and offering Char brought her mother to the Senior She always has, and Assembly when Char received the honor as encouragement to always will, make Carondelet's Alumna of the Year. her many friends and her family her first former teachers. Most priority. She is passionate about her career in physical education. Our Alumna of the Year has taught PE at Martinez Junior High School for over 20 years. The students love her and look forward to her ever-inspiring teaching methods. According to her principal, she goes the extra mile to make sure each student is successful. This extra mile includes adapting requirements in her programs for physically, mentally and emotionally challenged students. Our Alumna of the Year does not hesitate to share her passion with other educators. She has been instrumental as a speaker and mentor to her colleagues. In 2010 she was the Director of the California Physical Education Workshop. She has been the President of the Teacher’s Union recently, she has served on the Alumnae for the Martinez Unified School District Executive Board as Vice President, and was nominated for their “Teacher of dedicating many hours to connect alums the Year” award. with the current students. But our Alumna of the Year is much Char Teutschel, Class of 1979, our more. Her classmates say that Char 2012 Alumna of the Year, embraces Teutschel is one of the most dedicated Carondelet’s mission to lead a life of friends anyone could ever ask for. She is service to others. We are proud of her—a always first to come to the aid of someone true woman of heart, faith and courage.

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Reunions Will Bring Old Friends Together JULY 28 Class of 2007: 5-Year Reunion* Pyramid Alehouse AUGUST 11 Class of 2002: 10-Year Reunion* Pyramid Alehouse AUGUST 25 Class of 1997: 15-Year Reunion* Pyramid Alehouse Class of 1992: 20-Year Reunion* Renaissance ClubSport SEPTEMBER 15 Class of 1987: 25-Year Reunion* Pyramid Alehouse Class of 1982: 30-Year Reunion* Renaissance ClubSport SEPTEMBER 22 Class of 1977: 35-Year ReunionO Pyramid Alehouse Class of 1972: 40-Year ReunionO CHS Inner Court (Ladies-only Luncheon) & Renaissance ClubSport (Dinner with Spouses & DLS) Alumnae may make reservations for these reunions and find information about hotel group rates through the Carondelet High School website at carondelet.net. (Click the "Reunions & Events" link under the ALUMNAE tab.) * RSVP online. RSVP with reply card.

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Alumnae Association Enjoyed a Busy Year of “Forever Plaid” BY MARY GOEBEL FREVELE '75, DIRECTOR OF ALUMNAE RELATIONS

The Carondelet Alumnae Association decided on the theme “Forever Plaid” for the 2011-12 school year to further the group’s express goal of becoming more visible to the current student body. From their first event in the fall to a spring Luau for graduating seniors, the Association had a busy and productive year. Kicking off the school year, the Alumnae Association hosted the Welcome/Welcome Back Luncheon to greet incoming Legacy daughters and their alumnae moms. Alumnae from the faculty and staff joined the Alumnae Board members hosting the event. The freshmen received Legacy tote bags and enjoyed the opportunity to meet a few classmates at their new school. Legacy daughters from all classes were encouraged to join their alumnae mothers at the annual “Letters to the Troops” evening in October. This event gathered Carondelet women to write letters of support to currently-serving female soldiers. The group wrote more than 100 letters that evening. In another writing project, Carondelet alumnae took on a new project this year–“Sister Act”–recognizing and honoring the retired Sisters of St. Joseph who live at the Carondelet Center in Los Angeles. Notes were written expressing gratitude to the Sisters for their service and dedication. The letters were sent (some delivered by Southern California alums) throughout the year. The Sisters receiving the letters have sent their thanks to the Alumnae for sharing their kind thoughts and words. Alumnae Association volunteers also played a major role—as usual—behind the scenes in Visions of Christmas. The Community Open House, a free event when guests can preview the raffle trees, shop at the Holiday Boutique, and enjoy refreshments, is hosted by the Alumnae Association. Alums were found at all seven Visions events staffing the registration table. For the Breakfast with Santa, alumnae volunteers decorated 20 edible gingerbread houses that were used as centerpieces. In January, Carondelet and De La Salle alums came together for the second annual Joint Business Mixer and Social at Pyramid Alehouse in Walnut Creek. Graduates from both sides of Winton Drive came to reconnect, network, and enjoy the festivities.

At the Visions of Christmas Community Open House (a free event), the Alumnae Association presented attending alums with "Plaid Tidings" Christmas ornaments. Hosted by the Alumnae Association, the Open House is a preview evening, open to the entire Carondelet Community.

The Alumnae Association hosted the annual Valentine’s Day Tea Party at Concord Royale senior retirement living facility. This two-hour party was a great success, as the residents enjoyed themselves and the special, considerate touches by the alumnae. Delighting in homemade desserts and enjoying musical entertainment, the residents talked oneon-one with Carondelet Legacy students and their alumnae mothers. For Lent, Carondelet’s “Souper Alums” performed a special service project for the Carondelet faculty, providing them with a soup luncheon. The faculty and

staff members made donations for the soups. The Souper Alums provided eight different kinds of soup along with the recipes for the teachers to take home. It was a big hit! More than 50 Carondelet graduates blessed the current students with their knowledge, expertise and stories at the biannual Carondelet Career Fair in March. Representatives included doctors and dentists, engineers and firefighters. The students were able to gather valuable information from the alums. After the Fair, the participants were treated to a brunch and enjoyed campus tours. The Alumnae Association finished the school year by bestowing the title of “Carondelet alumna” on a new group of women. After the Senior Assembly in May, the graduating seniors were treated to a “Senior Luau,” which welcomed them into the Alumnae Association. Several alumnae were on hand to greet the soon-to-be graduates with leis and to help with the event. The seniors were congratulated and presented with a Carondelet Alumnae mug. The Alumnae Association welcomes all graduates to participate in activities. The group meets five times each year on the second Thursday of the month, September through May. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 PM in the Garaventa Center. For more information, contact Mary Goebel Frevele ’75, Director of Alumnae Relations, at mfrevele@carondeleths.org.

Alumnae Association welcomes newest alums at Senior Luau.

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Scholarship Evening: Scholarship Recipients Meet Benefactors Many benefactors of Carondelet High School choose to designate their financial gifts in honor of or in memory of a loved one by enrolling them in the Academic Foundation or establishing a scholarship characteristic of the person honored or remembered. Carondelet's Annual Scholarship Evening provides a unique opportunity to bring together these benefactors and the students and families who benefit directly from their generosity. This event helps our donors to establish personal relationships with the recipients, and it provides each student the chance to personally thank the family who provided her scholarship and to learn about the person whom the scholarship memorializes or honors. As we continue to direct all our fundraising and annual appeal revenues to tuition assistance, we are especially grateful to those who honor and remember loved ones through scholarship awards. Olivas Family Scholarship Awarded to: Sophia Alvarado Alan Pasternak Memorial Award Awarded to: Gianna Carpenello Jeannette "GiGi" Pochini Memorial Award Awarded to: Madison Peters Carondelet Academic Foundation Scholarship Awarded to: Meira Elkhoury Alumnae Association Scholarship Awarded to Melissa Hartman, whose mother, Amy McKinnon Hartman, is a member of the Class of '85 Lucy Nido Cervone Memorial Award Awarded to: Kaelani Loo Silvio E. Garaventa, Sr. Scholarship Awarded to: Sarah D'Souza Patricia "Tricia" Gunning Memorial Award Awarded to: Erin Hassett Legacy Scholarship Awarded to: Teresa Halsey, whose mother, Monique Mammola Halsey, is a member of the Class of '87 Negherbon Family Scholarship Awarded to: Laura Abono Dorothy O'Brien CSJ Memorial Scholarship Awarded to: Laura Abono Ariana Burgos Marie Byars Danielle Sanchez Sophie Vecchio Taylor Williams

“We are grateful to our many benefactors and friends who make it possible to help these very deserving young women.” —Sister Kathleen Lang, CSJ 10

The President's Scholarship Awarded to: Sophie Alvarado Ariana Campbell Rosemary Cook Angeline De Los Reyes Keiana Dolojan Abigail Johnston Madeline Lopez Emily Neelon Charmaine Santos Tiffany Tang Britney Tiscareno Madison White Daniela Rodriquez-Heredia Donna R. Sabatte Scholarship Awarded to: Ashley Christenson Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Scholarship Awarded to Chelsea Chenault Erin Hassett Faculty/Staff Scholarship Awarded to: Kayleigh Eidson Mary Rose Tancredy Memorial Scholarship Awarded to: Molly Bonney Tellez Family Award Awarded to: Madeline Lopez


Student Expresses Gratitude for CHS Scholarship Program BY MOLLY BONNEY, CLASS OF 2013 Good evening families and friends, faculty and staff, and esteemed guests. My name is Molly Bonney, I am a junior here at Carondelet, and I have the pleasure of being a member of the scholarship program. Ever since I was old enough to start thinking about high school, Carondelet was always on the top of my list. Somehow, without ever actually visiting it, I knew that there was no other place quite like it. When my sister was applying in 2006, I got my first real taste of what being a CHS cougar could be like. On her interview day, I walked into the School and was surprised to see so many students there on a Saturday. And what was the most shocking to me was how genuinely happy they looked to be giving their time and service to complete strangers. And that’s when it hit me. Not only did I want to go here for its amazing educational opportunities, but I really wanted to join Carondelet because of its powerful sense of community and its willingness to give back. Community has always been very important to me. I find value and comfort in being surrounded by caring individuals that show concern for others. The teachers here at Carondelet exemplify these great assets. Last month, I had pneumonia. Due to my illness, I missed about a month of school, and naturally, I was panicked about all the work I had to make up. However, after meeting with my teachers, I felt so much better. They were all incredibly understanding and with relief I realized that they truly wanted to help me so I could succeed.

A few even called my house to see if I was feeling better. I don’t think I’ve ever been so touched. Knowing that my teachers had a genuine concern for my well-being was comforting. And soon I realized that this treatment, this concern, this understanding, was something I could only get from the Carondelet Community. Carondelet is d i ff e r e n t i a t e d from public school because of the emphasis placed on living Gospel Values. It is a relief to be able to talk openly about living the faith— all day long— that I have been raised with. And that is what is so important about the Carondelet Community. Service has always been an important part of my life and Carondelet is wonderful in supporting the local and global community. It encourages the students to actively participate and provides opportunities to get involved. I have been involved with the JF Kapnek Trust since the fourth grade. I was fortunate enough to be sent to Zimbabwe two summers ago to work with the pediatric AIDS orphans at the Mother of Peace Orphanage. I was able to put into action, on a global scale, the Gospel Value of loving my brothers and sisters. And in doing so, I learned that “global” really isn’t that big. Carondelet helps us students explore community at our own school, in our own backyards, and equips us to help across the globe. Without the scholarship program, I would not have been able to experience the Carondelet difference and to “become all that woman is capable.” I am forever grateful.

Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Tuition Assistance Carondelet's 22nd Annual Golf Tournament, benefitting tuition assistance, was held on a beautiful day, April 30, at the Diablo Country Club. Sixteen women—more women golfers than ever before—were among the 103 Tournament participants. "We hope that even more women will join in the fun next year!" said Kathleen Russell, Carondelet's Director of Special Events. Mrs. Russell went on to thank the event sponsors. "We appreciate all of our sponsors," she said. "Every dollar at every level of support makes a difference." Garaventa Enterprises, the Hamill Family, and John Sabatte and Family were major sponsors of the Golf Tournament, in addition to corporate sponsors Tom and Norine Seeno. Other sponsorships include: Birdie Sponsors: CSDA Architects, Kristen and Clayton Headley, Sequoia Landscape Specialties Inc., and Frances and Bill Vaculin. Hole-in-one Sponsors: Walnut Creek Ford and Michael Stead Cadillac, donors of the prized Carondelet-red Cadillac.

TOURNAMENT WINNERS First Place: Mike Porfido, Len Ialeggio, Ken Haruta, Casie Cathera. Second Place: Mike Barry, Steve Hall, Gary Torreta. Third Place: Corby Stead (hole-in-one sponsor Michael Stead Cadillac), Tom Johansen, Matt Clay, Dan Clay. Grand Prize of $5000 Pebble Beach Resorts Gift Card: Jacqueline Paul. Second Prize of foursome for Ruby Hills Golf Club: Dominic Stull. Third Prize of two-night stay at the beautiful Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco and two tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon: Matt Clay. 11


Baccalaureate Message: Called to Be Salt of the Earth, Light of the World BY HALEY HARMON The Gospel reading today is extracted of those around us and role models for in the Highest. Jesus saw the disciples from the famous “Sermon on the Mount,” a a new generation. Let us be the salt that as being an extension of Himself, able talk Jesus used to teach his disciples. Jesus allows God’s love to be preserved and to spread the Word of God throughout begins this sermon with the Beatitudes. keeps people from running out of the the world, illuminating mankind with Following the Beatitudes, Jesus warns kindness we all need. Strengthened in the light of God. We are all sent to fulfill them that their life on Earth is about to faith, let us continue to spread God’s love this calling. get very difficult as they face certain that has been harvested on the foundation At the beginning of our Carondelet persecution due to their association with that Carondelet, and the Sisters of St. journey, one of the first things we were Him. He implores them to remain strong, Joseph, have provided. We have been taught is the simple phrase: “St. Joseph, and He chose two important metaphors, taught about God’s love over the past pray for us, God is my light.” For the salt and light, to instill His message. He is four years and now it is our time to follow past four years we have ended every inviting them to prayer with this spread His Word petition to St. and continue J o s e p h . N o w, the work that as we prepare Jesus Himself to venture started. beyond the First, He calls columned halls the disciples of Carondelet “the salt of the High School, earth.” During it is our time to the time of transition from Jesus, salt was trying to see the considered light to actually one of the becoming the most precious light. Through commodities our thoughts available. and actions, People died each of us can Haley's parents, Mechell and Harold, pray the Baccalaureate blessing over their daughter. fighting for salt. make a positive Humans and livestock were traded for in the disciples’ examples and become difference in the world and become this salt. Soldiers were even paid in salt—thus advocates of God’s love in the world and fundamental entity. Each of us in our own the term “salary” we use today. To say keep his wonderful message alive. way can bring light to the world—light to the disciples “you are like salt for The second metaphor that Jesus uses that represents peace, understanding, and mankind,” Jesus was conveying the compares the disciples to “the light of forgiveness. We can channel the gifts of significance of the disciples’ lives and the world.” Light is something many of knowledge, hope, and friendship and the impact that they will have on the us take for granted today, but during the use it towards the greater good. Together entire world. The disciples were Jesus’ time of Jesus, light was extremely valued. we can create an ever-glowing force of chosen people, selected to preserve the Light was a vital source of productivity. God’s love. Starting today we can make a Word of God long after Jesus ascended Work and chores that needed to be difference; we will make a difference. into heaven. It was the disciples’ calling completed all required light. If one was In Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount,” He is to spread the Word of God. In doing this, fortunate enough to have light, one would sending each of us a personal invitation to they were like salt that has a tremendous share it with those around to give them join Him on a journey that will span our influence on the course of history. The the opportunity to use this wonderful entire lifetime. This journey will allow disciples chose to remain strong, and resource. One’s light is not to be hidden, each of us to live up to our potential and continued to influence the world in a rather used alongside other people as a become the precious salt of the earth positive way; they were like seasoning for source of inspiration and guidance. As and the ever-vital light of the world. We food—enhancing it and preserving it. Jesus’ popularity rose throughout the are given the opportunity to utilize the Just as salt was incredibly precious Promised Land, He and the disciples gifts that Carondelet has allowed us to during Jesus’ time, our lives on Earth could no longer hide in the darkness of discover. Now the only question is “How today are that much more important. despair and uncertainty. Like a bonfire on will you respond to God’s incredible Let us take what He has given us, and a mountaintop, they were in plain view invitation?” use it to bring honor and glory to Him of everyone. The disciples needed to be St. Joseph, pray for us, God is my through our words and actions. Let us an example for others to see and follow, light. be the seasoning that spices up the lives a beacon of light that would glorify God 12


Before Tomorrow, Contemplate Today BY CAROLINE SACA, SALUTATORIAN On behalf of my fellow seniors, I welcome you to our graduation ceremony put forth to celebrate our past four years spent within the cherished halls of Carondelet High School. As this morning progresses, we will be flooded with memories of our time here: making witty t-shirts with our friends for the Welcome Back Dance, counting out quarters to buy one of Mrs. Aliotti’s infamous cookies,

and getting way too excited when Noah’s rolled out pumpkin bagels every fall, to name a few essentials of our Carondelet experience. While these will always be integral parts of our stint at Carondelet, it is important to recognize and remember our growth as citizens, scholars, and young ladies who have achieved all of which woman is capable. Basically, this morning we will look back on our yesterday, but right now it is important to pause, observe, and reflect on our today, in order to settle our bubbling nerves and excitement that have resulted from months of countdowns and anticipation. Observe our family, friends, and fellow seniors who have guided us throughout our high school careers, and reflect on our present, on how blessed we all have been to receive an extraordinary education here on Winton Drive. Reflect on the immense meaning of this morning; savor this moment as long as you possibly can.

We Find Happiness in Simple Blessings BY CLAIRE LOGAN, VALEDICTORIAN When I first Google-searched “how you approach your future with a spirit to write a valedictorian speech,” one of openness, the key to learning and the of the first things that came up was a gateway to scholarly discovery. video of the self-proclaimed “greatest Number 2: "Free your mind from valedictorian speech ever,” in which the worries." Thankfully, I am not giving valedictorian rapped his speech. Although this speech in the height of college apps I considered it for a in mid-November, while, I decided I’ll when I might have a save that talent for different spin on this some other time. It rule. Often, we have may not be quite as been overwhelmed cool, but here we and stressed; but, go... ultimately, we have When I returned prevailed—the from the Kairos proof is that we are retreat—one of many gathered here today. amazing experiences Other triumphs at Carondelet—my along the way may parents gave me a have included an paperweight. On it A on an Okey test is engraved the “Five or winning a Sister Simple Rules for Happiness” and I am Mary Button, a Mole dollar, or a Power going to share those with you today. Puff game. Savor such joyful moments. Number 1: "Free your heart from We will certainly face challenges in the hatred." Often times we fear the unknown, future—but never forget to relax and but if we take that chance and open think of the greatness that can emerge up our hearts, we will be exposed to from challenges. Keep life in perspective; new and great experiences. There are in the end, it will work out. a lot of awesome people in this room; Number 3: "Live simply." I find that and although we may have had our when you are doing what you love and differences along the way, here, today, are surrounded by people whom you love, we stand together, united. I hope that you have all that you need. I hope that you

While our past and present are incredibly important elements of this ceremony, we need to remember our tomorrow, our future. Eventually, this instant, this moment, this tiny slice of time will itself be a memory. When we look back on this day sometime in our distant lives, we won’t remember the shoes we wore, or how many chords we sported around our neck, but we will capitalize on the smiles shared, hugs exchanged, and photos snapped to document this event celebrating the plethora of achievements each one of us has accomplished up to today. As entertaining as it is to take a leisurely stroll down memory lane, recalling the gems from our yesterday, it is possibly more exhilarating to think about what tomorrow holds in store. We have paused. We have observed. We have reflected. But before we can progress towards the unknown tomorrow, we need to appreciate today. Today is truly unique. Today is the ending of an era. Today is the turning of a page. Today, our lives begin. find your passion and surround yourself with such people. The key to happiness is to simply love, and if Jesus teaches us anything in the gospel, it is this. Number 4: "Give more." Carondelet is probably the most inspiring place when it comes to community outreach. Whether on a small or large scale, I hope you always continue to serve the dear neighbor. Follow in Christ’s footsteps, and be light to others. One of the happiest feelings is knowing that you have made a difference in another person's life. And Number 5: "Expect less." Once we give, and give more, we grow to expect less in return for, as the prayer of St. Francis says, “It is in giving that we receive.” We also take this rule as a lesson in humility and gratitude. We have been blessed with the opportunity to attend this amazing high school, which would not be possible without the love of our parents and families. We thank you. Also, let us not forget the faculty and staff of Carondelet, who have done so much to ensure our success. Thank you. And my fellow classmates, my sisters, I thank you. It has been quite the journey and I am happy and grateful that we got to take it together. We entered this school as girls, but we leave now as women—women of faith, heart, and courage. Congratulations, class of 2012! We did it! 13


Class of 2012—Special Honors

Haley Harmon

Claire Logan

Alyse Cronin

The Carondelet Award

The Principal's Award

The Medaille Award for Spirituality and Service

From the first graduating class in 1969, the Carondelet Award is the highest honor bestowed, recognizing our School ideals of academics, leadership, service, character, and loyalty.

For outstanding service to Carondelet High School.

Honors the spirit of Jean Pierre Medaille SJ, who challenged six women—the first Sisters of St. Joseph—in 1650, to “divide the city, identify the needs of the time, and to do all of which woman is capable in service to the dear neighbor.”

Monica Fiedler-Ross The Fontbonne Award Recognizes the spirituality of Mother Saint Jeanne Fontbonne, a woman of faith, courage and heart, who refounded the Sisters of St. Joseph after the French Revolution. This award recognizes the graduate who personifies the CSJ tradition of “eyes open, ears attentive, spirits alert... sleeves rolled up for ministry.”

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Kaitlyn Regan & Samantha Rose The Senior Athlete of the Year Award For a student athlete who participates in four years of interscholastic sports while maintaining high academic standards and representing the values of CHS and a Catholic education.


Class of 2012—Honors and Awards Corinne Abele California Scholarship Federation President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award University of Colorado at Boulder Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship Kathleen Akeson Carondelet Parents' Association Scholarship Elisa Aliano President's Volunteer Service Award Dorsa Ansari California Scholarship Federation Coca-Cola Scholars Program Semifinalist Diablo Valley Alumnae Panhellenic Award National Honor Society National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student North Coast Section Foundation Scholarship President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award University of California, Los Angeles Grants University of California, Los Angeles Scholarship Recognition Award Giselle Avina Arizona State University California Scholarship Arizona State University Dean's Award Arizona State University New American University Scholar Carondelet Parents' Association Scholarship Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service Italian Catholic Federation First Year Scholarship Branch 14 President's Volunteer Service Award Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Christina Baird Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service President's Volunteer Service Award Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Emily Balczewski AP Scholar California Scholarship Federation Chevron International REACH Scholarship National Honor Society National Merit Scholarship Program

Commended Student President's Award for Educational Excellence Valedictorian Candidate Nadia Bellafronte California Scholarship Federation Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service President's Award for Educational Achievement President's Volunteer Service Award Saint Mary's College of California Gael Scholars Award Saint Mary's College of California Scholarship Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award

Madeleine Bray ABC 7 Top Scholars Nominee California Scholarship Federation Carondelet Parents' Association Scholarship National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence Valedictorian Candidate Bryce Brinser California Scholarship Federation Caitlin Bryski California Scholarship Federation National Honor Society National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award University of Notre Dame Grant Valedictorian Candidate Emily Buyer California Scholarship Federation President's Award for Educational Excellence Miranda Carpenello California Scholarship Federation Carondelet Parents' Association Scholarship President's Volunteer Service Award

Madeline Benavidez President's Volunteer Service Award Shannon Boling California State University, Chico Athletic Scholarship Arianna Bradley Arizona State University Barrett, The Honors College Arizona State University New American University Scholar Arizona State University President's Award California Scholarship Federation National Achievement Scholarship Program Outstanding Participant National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence Meghan Brasiel Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service President's Volunteer Service Award Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award

Giuliana Carranza California Scholarship Federation Saint Mary's College of California Scholarship Liliana Carrara California Scholarship Federation Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service President's Award for Educational Excellence Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award University of North Carolina Wilmington Grant University of North Carolina Wilmington Honors College Christiana Castello California Scholarship Federation Carondelet Parents' Association Scholarship Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service President's Volunteer Service Award Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award University of California, Davis Athletic Scholarship

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The Class of 2012—Honors and Awards Allison Castro Colombo Club and Colombo Club Auxiliary Scholarship Italian Catholic Federation Mary and Bill Segale Memorial Scholarship President's Volunteer Service Award University of San Francisco Grants University of San Francisco Tuition Grant Alexa Cavallo Bentley University President's Scholar California Scholarship Federation President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Jennifer Chan California Scholarship Federation Dominican University of California Dean's Scholarship President's Volunteer Service Award Ana-Maria Chaney Benedictine College Scholarship President's Award for Educational Achievement Aryanna Rei Chavez California Scholarship Federation President's Volunteer Service Award Christina Cortez Kent State University Oscar Ritchie Memorial Scholarship Kent State University President's Scholarship Kent State University Trustee Scholarship Kent State University Award Morgan Cortez California Scholarship Federation National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar President's Award for Educational Excellence University of Arizona Honors College University of Arizona National Merit Hispanic Scholar University of Arizona National Scholar Scholarship University of Arizona Study Abroad Award Margaret Cremin California Scholarship Federation President's Award for Educational Excellence Alyse Cronin California Scholarship Federation Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service KSBW Jefferson Award for Public Service Medaille Award 16

National Honor Society National Jefferson Awards Honoree Olympic Club Foundation Brian Ohleyer Memorial Award Nominee President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Lifetime Volunteer Service Award Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Jessica Crosby California Scholarship Federation Carondelet Parents' Association Scholarship Italian Catholic Federation Louis DeTomasi Memorial Scholarship President's Award for Educational Achievement President's Volunteer Service Award Kristen Cunnie President's Award for Educational Achievement President's Volunteer Service Award Regis College Catholic High School Award Regis University Board of Trustees' Scholar Regis University Board of Trustees' Scholar Award

Julia Czarnecki California Scholarship Federation George Mason University Athletic Scholarship Allison Davis Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Lindsay DeCosta President's Award for Educational Excellence Ashley DeDomenico California Scholarship Federation Italian Catholic Federation Alice Providenza Bottino Memorial Scholarship North Coast Section Foundation Scholarship President's Volunteer Service Award Sofia DeMeo-Jackson California Scholarship Federation Italian Catholic Federation First Year Scholarship Branch 72 University of San Diego Grant Micaela Dougherty Baylor University Deans' Gold Scholarship President's Volunteer Service Award Alexa Engelhart California Scholarship Federation Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Stephanie Erwin President's Volunteer Service Award Jenna Fabrique Gonzaga University Achievement Scholarship President's Volunteer Service Award Taylor Fair President's Volunteer Service Award Ximena Farfan California Scholarship Federation Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service

A Carondelet student is a Gospel-centered woman who experiences and reects on the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic tradition, lives out Christian moral values, and develops her personal spirituality and an active faith life.


President's Award for Educational Achievement President's Lifetime Volunteer Service Award Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award University of California, Santa Barbara Grants University of California, Santa Barbara New Freshman Scholarship Olivia Fernandes ABC 7 Top Scholars Nominee California Scholarship Federation National Honor Society National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student President's Award for Educational Excellence Valedictorian Candidate Monica Fiedler-Ross California Scholarship Federation Coca-Cola Scholars Program Semifinalist Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Nominee Diablo Valley Alumnae Panhellenic Award Fontbonne Award National Honor Society National Honor Society Scholarship Nominee President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Meghan Fisher California Scholarship Federation Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Anabella Fosbery Velis California Scholarship Federation President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award University of California, Santa Barbara Grants University of California, Santa Barbara New Freshman Scholarship

Samantha Francisco California Scholarship Federation President's Volunteer Service Award Kaitlynn Funderburk California Scholarship Federation President's Volunteer Service Award Marika Geron President's Volunteer Service Award University of San Francisco Grants University of San Francisco Tuition Grant Kristina Gilmore California Scholarship Federation Loyola Marymount University Achievement Award President's Volunteer Service Award Andrea Gonzalez Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service President's Award for Educational Achievement

Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Elizabeth Goodyear President's Volunteer Service Award Regis College Catholic High School Award Alexis Gutierrez President's Volunteer Service Award Haley Harmon California Scholarship Federation Carondelet Award John Muir Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship NASSP and Herff Jones Principal's Leadership Award Nominee National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Salutatorian Candidate Santa Clara University SCU Incentive Grants Elin Henningsson California Scholarship Federation Loyola Marymount University Achievement Award President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Nicole Hohenstein Bio-Rad Laboratories Scholarship California Scholarship Federation Chevron Corporation Percy Abram Jr. Scholarship Chevron International REACH Scholarship Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service Hampshire College Bell Ringer Scholarship

Kate Fountain President's Volunteer Service Award Melissa Fox University of Arizona Excellence Award Valerie Francis California Scholarship Federation President's Volunteer Service Award University of California, San Diego Athletic Scholarship

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The Class of 2012—Honors and Awards John Muir Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship National Honor Society Positive Coaching Alliance TripleImpact Competitor Scholarship Finalist President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Lifetime Volunteer Service Award Professional Business Women of California Scholarship Scholar-Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Semi-Finalist Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Violet Richardson Award Soroptimist International of the Americas District II Violet Richardson Award Hannah Huffman President's Award for Educational Achievement Salutatorian Candidate University of Notre Dame Athletic Scholarship Gianna Inzerillo University of Arizona Excellence Award Sophia Ipsen California Scholarship Federation Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service Contra Costa County Student Humanitarian of the Year Nominee National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award University of Southern California Grants University of Southern California University Grant Julie Johnson Oklahoma City University Talent-Based Scholarship Oklahoma City University Tuition Award President's Volunteer Service Award Mary Johnson California Scholarship Federation Seattle University Bellarmine Scholarship Mary Joskowitz President's Award for Educational Excellence

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Jaclyn Kavanaugh California Interscholastic Federation Scholar-Athlete of the Year Candidate California Scholarship Federation Italian Catholic Federation First Year Scholarship Branch 214 North Coast Section Foundation Scholarship President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Santa Clara University Dean's Scholarship Santa Clara University Grant Santa Clara University SCU Grants Mary Kennon Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service

A Carondelet student is a comprehensive learner who engages actively in learning; challenges herself to think critically, respond creatively and solve problems collaboratively; communicates clearly and demonstrates technological and informational literacy; seeks connections among subjects and between the classroom and the surrounding world; and prepares herself for her academic and professional future. President's Volunteer Service Award Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Yasmin Khodayari President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Haley King Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service Howard University Athletic Scholarship Howard University Legacy Scholarship President's Award for Educational Achievement Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Sydney Knudson University of Idaho Alumni Association Scholarship

Erin Konstantino Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award St. John's University Catholic High School Scholarship Claire Kozel Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service President's Award for Educational Excellence Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Victoria Laughton California Scholarship Federation President's Volunteer Service Award University of Portland Holy Cross Scholarship


Margaret Lefanowicz California Scholarship Federation National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Lisa Liles Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award

A Carondelet student is a respectful woman who recognizes her self-worth as a creation of God, honors and protects the dignity of each individual, considers others’ feelings, cultures and diverse viewpoints.

Claire Logan California Scholarship Federation National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence Principal's Award University of Southern California Deans Scholar University of Southern California Deans Scholarship Valedictorian Kaelani Loo Lucy Nido Cervone Memorial Scholarship President's Award for Educational Excellence Salutatorian Candidate University of Hawaii at Manoa Centennial Scholarship University of Hawaii at Manoa Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship Isabel Look California Scholarship Federation President's Volunteer Service Award University of Nevada, Reno Pack Pride Level Scholarship University of Nevada, Reno Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship Nicole Ludwig California Scholarship Federation President's Award for Educational Excellence Katherine Luther California Scholarship Federation Links, Inc., Celebration of Excellence Scholarship National Achievement Scholarship Program Outstanding Participant President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Santa Clara University SCU Incentive Grants Margaret Malone President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Purdue University Presidential Scholar Purdue University Presidential Scholarship

Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship USAA Employee Dependent Collegiate Scholarship Katherine Maloney California Scholarship Federation Giovana Meza California Scholarship Federation National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence Rachel Moeller California Scholarship Federation Elizabeth Morley California Scholarship Federation President's Award for Educational Excellence Carolyn Morrice California Scholarship Federation National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Stanford University Athletic Scholarship Valedictorian Candidate

Lauren Murphy California Scholarship Federation Colombo Club and Colombo Club Auxiliary Scholarship Italian Catholic Federation John Regalia Memorial Scholarship President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Natalie Muzzini University of Hawaii at Manoa Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship Casey Nelson California Scholarship Federation Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Anna Nguyen California Scholarship Federation Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service President's Lifetime Volunteer Service Award Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award 19


The Class of 2012—Honors and Awards Dorothy Nguyen California Scholarship Federation Cassidy Nicks California Scholarship Federation Christermon Foundation Beverage Industry College Scholarship Loyola Marymount University Achievement Award Loyola Marymount University Athletic Scholarship President's Volunteer Service Award Petra Nicolas California Scholarship Federation President's Award for Educational Achievement President's Volunteer Service Award University of California, Davis Campus Grant University of California, Davis Entering Undergraduate Scholarship University of California, Davis Grants

Brittany Parent California Scholarship Federation President's Award for Educational Excellence Alyssa Pato Cabrillo Civic Clubs of California Scholarship California Scholarship Federation Carondelet Parents' Association Scholarship President's Volunteer Service Award University of Arizona Excellence Award Olivia Pena President's Volunteer Service Award Gabriella Perko California Scholarship Federation Gonzaga University Achievement Scholarship

A Carondelet student is a responsible steward of life who seeks God’s presence in creation and responds with respect and compassion and promotes fair use of individual, local, and global resources. President's Award for Educational Achievement President's Volunteer Service Award Jacqueline Peterson President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award

Brooke Osborn President's Volunteer Service Award San Diego State University Athletic Scholarship Christina Ottesen California Scholarship Federation Jesenia Padilla California State University, East Bay Grants Nicole Palmer University of Tampa Spartan Scholarship Aleesa Panis California Scholarship Federation University of San Francisco Provost's Merit Award 20

Sarah Piombo ABC 7 Top Scholars Nominee California Scholarship Federation National Honor Society National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student President's Award for Educational Excellence Santa Clara University SCU Incentive Grants Valedictorian Candidate Bianca Pires San Diego State University Grants Alessandra Porfido California Scholarship Federation President's Volunteer Service Award Chelsea Pratte Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service President's Volunteer Service Award Saint Mary's College of California Grants


Saint Mary's College of California Scholarship Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Kendra Prutton Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Mariel Ramos Azusa Pacific University APU Grant Azusa Pacific University Grant Christina Ray California Scholarship Federation Columbia University Grant National Honor Society Positive Coaching Alliance TripleImpact Competitor Scholarship Finalist Positive Coaching Alliance TripleImpact Competitor Scholarship Recipient President's Award for Educational Excellence Cecily Reagan President's Award for Educational Achievement Kaitlyn Regan California Scholarship Federation President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Senior Athlete Award Sarah Reiser California Scholarship Federation National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence Santa Clara University Grant Santa Clara University SCU Grants Alexa Reuling California Scholarship Federation Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service Loyola Marymount University Achievement Award President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Anna Robert President's Award for Educational Excellence Kelsey Rondini ABC 7 Top Scholars Nominee California Scholarship Federation National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence

A Carondelet student is a practitioner of healthy lifestyles who understands the beneďŹ ts of lifelong health and fitness, develops positive social relationships, makes healthy lifestyle decisions and strives for personal well-being. President's Volunteer Service Award Santa Clara University Dean's Scholarship Santa Clara University Grant Santa Clara University SCU Grants Valedictorian Candidate

Melissa Russi California Scholarship Federation National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Achievement President's Volunteer Service Award

Samantha Rose California Scholarship Federation President's Award for Educational Achievement President's Volunteer Service Award Salutatorian Candidate Senior Athlete Award University of California, Santa Barbara Grants University of California, Santa Barbara New Freshman Scholarship

Caroline Saca National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Salutatorian

Kelly Rostratter Carroll College Founders Award President's Volunteer Service Award Simone Rudolf-Dib California Scholarship Federation National Honor Society National Honor Society Scholarship Nominee National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student President's Award for Educational Excellence Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship University of California, Berkeley Grant University of California, Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship Valedictorian Candidate

Emily Saccullo President's Volunteer Service Award Kristen Sant President's Volunteer Service Award University of Nevada, Reno Undergraduate State Grant Alison Scheibley California Scholarship Federation Emily Setoudeh California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Grants California Scholarship Federation President's Award for Educational Excellence Valedictorian Candidate Emily Siemons Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award

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The Class of 2012—Honors and Awards

Kaitlin VanderKlugt California Scholarship Federation Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Achievement President's Lifetime Volunteer Service Award Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award Nikole Vendl California Scholarship Federation Loyola Marymount University Achievement Award Loyola Marymount University Grant President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Hannah Villano President's Volunteer Service Award

A Carondelet student is a woman of creativity, leadership and service who discovers her talents and develops her ideas, works to make a positive difference in the world, responds to others’ needs and serves the “dear neighbor.” Juliana Simpson University of Portland Holy Cross Scholarship Jacqueline Stager President's Volunteer Service Award University of Delaware Scholar University of Delaware Scholarship Stephanie Steinbrecher Burger King Scholars Award California Scholarship Federation Chevron International REACH Scholarship National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Katarina Sterzinger California Scholarship Federation President's Volunteer Service Award University of Denver Educational Grant Cassidy Szeredy Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service North Dakota State University Athletic Scholarship Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award 22

Kimberly Tafoya President's Volunteer Service Award Saint Mary's College of California Gael Scholars Award Mallory Thomas President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Michelle Tomsic California Scholarship Federation President's Volunteer Service Award Gabriella Tracy California Scholarship Federation Carondelet Parents' Association Scholarship Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service President's Lifetime Volunteer Service Award Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award University of Nevada, Reno Undergraduate State Grant Chloe Traynor Seattle University Arrupe Scholarship Seattle University Grants

Rebecca Villegas Arizona State University Award Arizona State University California Scholarship Arizona State University Grant Arizona State University New American University Scholar California Scholarship Federation Nicholla Justine Viloria California Scholarship Federation President's Volunteer Service Award Ashley Waite California Scholarship Federation Italian Catholic Federation First Year Scholarship Branch 154 President's Award for Educational Excellence President's Volunteer Service Award Santa Clara University SCU Incentive Grants Katherine Williams University of Portland Holy Cross Scholarship Erin Wright California Scholarship Federation National Honor Society President's Award for Educational Excellence Cassandra Myra Ysip California Scholarship Federation Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Service President's Award for Educational Achievement President's Lifetime Volunteer Service Award Saint Mary's College of California Scholarship Soroptimist International of Diablo Vista Community Service Award


CHS Athletes Hit New Heights Contra Costa Times Names Athletes of the Year

CHELSEA MAKES NATIONAL SPLASH GISELLE AVINA SETS NEW RECORD At a May home meet against San Ramon's California High School, Arizona State-bound Giselle Avina '12 cleared a jump of 10'4.5'', breaking the CHS pole vault record of 10'3" set by Becky Stone in 2002. A pole vaulter for four years, Giselle has been coached by her father, CHS jumps coach Ron Avina.

The Contra Costa Times called Chelsea Chenault "one of the country's top middle distance freestyle specialists" after the East Bay Girls Swimmer of the Year dominated in the pool locally, with times that rank her among the best in the nation.

Accolades for Hannah Huffman on Court and Off Notre Dame-bound Hannah Huffman (on the cover) made news as a basketball force, helping the Cougars achieve a 112-20 record and claim two Northern California and three North Coast Section crowns. In the 2011-12 season alone, Hannah recieved the following all-American, all-state, and all-conference honors: McDonald’s All-American Honorable Mention National Women’s Basketaball Coaches Association All-American Honorable Mention Sporting News All-American Honorable Mention Cal-Hi Sports/ESPN Rise California Open Division All-State – First Team Cal-Hi Sports/ESPN Rise California Division 2 California Player of the Year Cal-Hi Sports/ESPN Rise California Senior Class All-State – First Team NorCal Preps Northern California All Divisions Player of the Year NorCal Preps/Rivals.com All Nor-Cal First Team MaxPreps California Overall All-State Second Team MaxPreps California Divison 1 All-State Second Team

San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro Player of the Year San Francisco Chronicle Contra Costa/TriValley Player of the Year Contra Costa Times All-East Bay First Team EBAL All Conference First Team and MVP

Hannah's record includes these impressive additional achievements: She scored over 650 points in senior year totaling 1698 points in her Carondelet career to go along with 647 rebounds, 444 assists, and 332 steals. She led the team to 2011 State Division 1 (largest schools) semi-finals and overall record of 29-4 with team highs in points, assists, steals, overall shooting pct, and 3-pt shooting pct; second on team in rebounds and blocks. She scored 93 points in last 3 games of 2011 state tourney including 30 in Nor-Cal Championship game. She started in 2 state championship games, 3 NorCal championship games, and 4 NorCal semi-final games. She and her teammates won 2 NorCal Championships and 3 NCS Championships. She maintained a GPA over 4.0 and graduated with Highest Honors.

Swimming: Chelsea Chenault & Madison White Soccer: Cassidy Nicks Basketball: Hannah Huffman Lacrosse: Erin Jeffery Lacrosse Coach of the Year: Richard Jeffery (Erin's father)

Collegiate Athletes SWIMMING Madeline Benavidez—UC Davis Nicole Palmer—University of Tampa Kendra Prutto—Florida Atlantic Univ. Christina Ray—Columbia University (Recruited for swimming, though the Ivy League does not give or allow athletic scholarships.)

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING Carolyn Morrice*—Stanford Univ. VOLLEYBALL Shannon Boling*—CSU Chico Gabriella Tracy Univ. of Nevada, Reno (Possible Walk-On)

SOFTBALL Christiana Castello*—UC Davis Julia Czarnecki* George Mason University Cassidy Szeredy* North Dakota State University SOCCER Meghan Fisher—UC Santa Barbara Cassidy Nicks* Loyola Marymount University TRACK AND FIELD Valerie Francis*—UC San Diego BASKETBALL Hannah Huffman* University of Notre Dame Melissa Russi—UC Berkeley (Possible Walk-On)

LACROSSE Haley King*—Howard University DIVING Brooke Osborn* San Diego State University Coached by Richard Jeffery, Carondelet's Lacrosse team earns NCS triumph.

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Class of 2012 College Choices 68 students (37% of the class) will attend four-year, out-of-state colleges in 24 states and the District of Columbia:

ALABAMA The University of Alabama ARIZONA Arizona State University The University of Arizona COLORADO Regis University University of Colorado at Boulder University of Denver DELAWARE University of Delaware FLORIDA Florida Atlantic University The University of Tampa HAWAII University of Hawaii at Manoa IDAHO University of Idaho INDIANA Purdue University University of Notre Dame KANSAS Benedictine College MASSACHUSETTS Bentley University Hampshire College MICHIGAN University of Michigan MINNESOTA Carleton College MONTANA Carroll College NEVADA University of Nevada, Reno 24

NEW YORK Columbia University St. John’s University—Queens NORTH CAROLINA University of North Carolina at Wilmington NORTH DAKOTA North Dakota State University OHIO Kent State University The Ohio State University OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City University Oklahoma State University OREGON Portland State University University of Oregon University of Portland PENNSYLVANIA Villanova University TEXAS Baylor University VIRGINIA George Mason University WASHINGTON Gonzaga University Seattle University University of Washington WASHINGTON, D.C. American University Howard University 16 students (9%) will attend University of California campuses:

UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Los Angeles

UC Merced UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz

35 students (19%) will attend California State Universities:

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo CSU, Chico CSU, Dominguez Hills CSU, East Bay CSU, Fresno CSU, Sacramento San Diego State University San Francisco State University San Jose State University Sonoma State University 41 students (23%) will attend four-year independent colleges and universities in California:

Academy of Art University Azusa Pacific University Chapman University Dominican University of California Loyola Marymount University Pepperdine University Point Loma Nazarene University Saint Mary’s College of California Santa Clara University Scripps College Stanford University University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of Southern California University of the Pacific 21 students (12%) will attend 2-year colleges:

Cabrillo College Chabot College Diablo Valley College Los Medanos College Santa Barbara City College


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