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COACH MIKE GILL Life's About the Journey IN THIS ISSUE:

Hope, Homes, and Lollipops • Winter Athletics


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

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

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Letter from the Principal John A. Cavell, Jr


School Board


Coach Gill


By Jim Redmond

Introducing Father Michael Goodyear


Letter from the Director of Development


Giving Guide


Providing for Tomorrow


Hope, Homes, and Lollipops


Alumni Spotlight on Justine Gamez By Chris Scanlan

Winter Athletic Guide


Little Bit of Spirit


Alumni President’s Letter


School Notes


Alumni Notes






LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL Being smart can take you places in life, but it may not take you where you want to go. Ted Kaczynski (aka: the Unabomber) had a doctorate in mathematics. Bernie Madoff was a genius but he will die in prison and be remembered as the World’s Biggest Thief! The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is now known as the guy who betrayed his best friend for a billion dollars. What is intelligence without virtue? That is the great thing about Bishop Verot - the focus is not simply on academics or being “smart”. Verot is not the manufactured version of school. In a time when secondary education looks more like corporate training, Bishop Verot serves as a microcosm of life. When students operate within this microcosm, they feel a part of something. They get involved. School becomes social, but in a positive way, and engagement in coursework then becomes the foundation of that small society. Students feel a need to be involved in the community here. You can tell people genuinely care about one another. As a vibrant Catholic high school, we insist our students be more. Verot’s active Christian service policy holds students responsible for their role in changing society. They must complete a minimum of sixty Christian service points centered on direct experience with those in need. Our hope is that students will have a life-changing experience at Verot – one that drives them to continue to serve the greater community long after they graduate from BV. This talk about a different approach to education is not meant to divert attention from academics. The truth is BV students outperform other students – on the SAT and ACT locally, in the state, and in the nation. Last year, Verot student test scores on the AP exams were double that of students in Lee County. The problems facing teenagers these days are different than they were when we were their age. In fact, I would argue that one of the biggest Seniors Sarah Norton (left), Chrstine Mulles issues facing teenagers today is lack of perspective. (center), and Emily Hudson (right) pose Students have a tendency to compare themselves with Mr. Cavell following a surprise pep with their peers, so much so that focusing on rally this fall, where Mr. Cavell surprised achievement becomes an end in itself. Bishop the student body by taking on the role of Verot’s entire approach to education takes pains to Victor the Viking avoid that mentality. Our approach comes down to redefining what it means to achieve - to be “successful”. We can see the test scores, but we cannot see the dignity of a young person not being afraid to follow his or her dream. We cannot see the compassion they have for the least of our brothers. We cannot see their quiet intention to live a life of service. The things we cannot see are the things parents seek when they send their children to Bishop Verot. Non Excidet,

John A. Cavell, Jr.




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Mike Gill stands atop a lookout in the Rocky Mountains on a recent trip. photo credit: Mike



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David Malt ’75 is currently serving in his fifth year as a member of the School Board. David is President, Owner and Managing Partner of numerous real estate companies. He has been actively engaged in real estate development, acquisition, construction, management, leasing and sales in Florida for nearly 30 years. David is a 1979 graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Business Administration. David and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Chase ’11 and Connor ’15.


Robert Puls ’78 is in his fifth year serving on the Bishop Verot School Board and chairs the finance committee. Robert is a Certified Pension Consultant and is the President and Owner of Progressive Pension Administrators, Inc., with more than 25 years of experience. Robert is a graduate of Florida State University. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children - Ryan ’05, Danielle ’08, and Taylor ’11.

Vicki Parks, Ed. D. is in her fifth year on the Bishop Verot School Board and currently serves as Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee. Vicki received both her undergraduate and Master’s degree from the University of Akron and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Miami. Vicki is a Principal for the Lee County Schools and prior to that was an elementary and middle school teacher. Vicki and her husband, Norman, have one grown daughter and daughter, Alexis ’13.

Mary Vlasak Snell is in her second year as a School Board member at Bishop Verot, and is a partner in the Pavese Law Firm in Fort Myers and has been a member of the firm since 1987. Her law practice concentrates in the area of Estate Planning, and Trust and Probate Administration, with a secondary concentration on Taxation and Corporate Law. Mary is the product of Catholic schools as a graduate of St. Joseph Academy in St. Augustine, the oldest Catholic high school in Florida. Mary and her husband, Reginald, have two daughters, Emily ’13 and Caroline ’17. Ken Kavanagh is in his third year as a School Board member at Bishop Verot. Ken is now in his fifth year as Director of Athletics at Florida Gulf Coast University. Prior to FGCU, Kavanagh served as Athletic Director at Bradley University for 13 years and rising from assistant athletic director to senior associate athletic director during his nine years at Bowling Green State University. He also worked at Yale University for three years, as well as two years at the University of Notre Dame where he earned his MBA. He received his bachelors in finance from Boston College. Ken and his wife, Mary, have five children, the late Megan, Rose, Mitchell ’11, and twins Jack ’15 and Quinn ’15. Scott Gregory is in his third year as a School Board member at Bishop Verot. Scott graduated from Marist College and entered active service with the Army serving in various overseas and stateside locations over a nine year period. In 1995, Scott received a Masters of Arts Degree in Management from Webster University. Scott relocated to Southwest Florida in 1995 and joined BB&T - Oswald Trippe and Company, specializing in commercial insurance. Scott and his wife, Brenda, have three children, Tyler ‘11, Lindsey ‘13, and Connor ‘15.




BISHOP VEROT SCHOOL BOARD Robert Graettinger is in his fifth year as a School Board member at Bishop Verot, and chairs the development committee. A Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Advisors, Robert has been assisting clients as a Financial Advisor the past 19 years. A graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in Business Administration, Robert and his wife, Robyn, have one daughter, Reanna’13, and two grown step-sons.

Constantine Mantz, MD is serving in his second year as a member of the School Board. Constantine graduated from the University Of Chicago School Of Medicine in 1995, completing a residency in radiation oncology in 2000, and currently is Chief Medical Officer for 21st Century Oncology. Constantine and his wife, Christina, have three boys, Alex ’15, Nicholas ’18, and Andreas ’21.

Brett Shannon, MD is in his second year as a School Board member at Bishop Verot. Brett and his family moved to Fort Myers 20 years ago to create a pediatric orthopedic medical practice in the newly established Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida . He and his wife of 32 years, Toni Shannon, have 3 children, all of whom are BVHS graduates – Keely ’03, Brett ’06, Jimmy ’10.

Adam Hall ’94 is in his third year as a School Board member. Adam has had an active career in the educational technology industry serving most recently as President of SkillsTutor, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). Adam co-founded Impact Education in 2000 that was acquired by HMH in 2010. Adam received his B.A. in Economics from Columbia University in New York City, and worked at JP Morgan Chase on Wall Street prior to the creation of Impact Education. Adam and his wife, Angie, have three children: Chloe Grace (5), Charlotte Rose (Charlee) (3), and Cooper Fox (1). Anthony Gargano, PA is serving his second year as a member of the School Board. For nearly three decades, Anthony J. Gargano has assisted many of Southwest Florida’s most successful real estate lenders, developers, brokers, and investors as a real estate attorney and trusted advisor. Anthony J. Gargano earned his BA in English from the University of Florida, graduating with high honors and Phi Beta Kappa; and earned his Juris Doctorate from the prestigious Notre Dame Law School. Mr. Gargano is married and the father of eight children and is actively involved in his church and the community. Steve Niehaus is in his third year as a School Board member at Bishop Verot. Steve is the General Manager of GE Corporate Payables Solutions operation. His shared services organization supports the GE Business units across various global financial services, including Buy-to-Pay, Freight Audit and Payment, and Trade Payables. Steve graduated from the University of Kentucky and earned an MBA from Arizona State University. Steve and his wife, Sharon, have seven children - Amanda, Greg, Brett, Mary ‘11, Paul ‘14, Teresa ‘16, and Bernadette, and two grandchildren. BISHOP VEROT



“Life is about the Journey”

By Jim Redmond I don’t know why I struggled finding the right words for the opening paragraph in writing this article about Coach Mike Gill. Mike is arguably the most significant person in the history of Bishop Verot Catholic High School. As any student of writing knows, you want to grab your reader’s attention in that first sentence, the first paragraph. I tried various approaches, such as listing his contributions to Bishop Verot, but it just wasn’t doing what I was after. And that was to capture who and what this beloved Bishop Verot icon was all about. Then it happened. I was in line at my local Burger King-I hope my cardiologist doesn’t read this- when I heard someone call from behind the counter, “Hi Mr. Redmond. You probably don’t know me, my name is Katherine and I was in a class that you subbed last week.” I said “Hi Katherine, thanks for talking to me.” And I continued the conversation mentioning that I’m writing an article about Coach Gill. Then Katherine gave me exactly what I was looking for. “Mr. Redmond, I am in Coach Gill’s 7th period woods class and I absolutely love him.” I asked, “Katherine, why do you love him?” She replied, “Because he is so kind and has so much to give.” That is what I was looking for. Right from the start, Mike set himself apart. According to sister, Patty, Mike has always loved good adventure. After moving to Fort Myers in 1959, Mike did odd jobs at the airplane hangar at Page Field earning money for flying lessons. He flew his first plane when he was fourteen. He was flying over 100 MPH before he could even drive a car. Mike even spent one memorable summer during high school working on a shrimp boat. Former classmate, Larry Newman, reflected on the shrimping adventure that he and Mike experienced in the summer between their junior and senior years at Bishop Verot. “We were possibly the two worst shrimpers in the history of the Fort Myers Beach fishing fleet. We were desperately homesick and even more desperately



seasick in our short lived shrimping career. Mike loved boats and the seas, but I would not recommend standing between him and the railing if you’re ever out in rough weather. Commercial fishing's loss has definitely been Catholic education’s gain. In the classroom, on the athletic field, and through his personal example, Mike has inspired generations of Verot students.” Mike’s parents, Jack and Margaret Gill, may have had something to do with it. Jack Gill served as a medical corpsman in World War II. He spent three years in Germany and Poland and was one of the first groups to liberate concentration camps. Margaret Gill was also making a difference. Mike describes her as a true warrior. “She was the disciplinarian in our house. She ruled with a wooden spoon. I still have the welts to prove it.” Mike tells the story that his mother lived in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 1945, and is part of the story that tells how women of Oak Ridge worked in a factory that enriched uranium for the atom bomb in WWII. Now Mike Gill graduated from Bishop Verot in 1968 and from the University of Tampa in 1972 with a degree in Education and Industrial Arts. His teaching career began at Bishop Verot High School in August of 1972. Mike has said that the two biggest influences on him in high school were Ed Korzep and Dick Stahl, two legendary figures in the annals of Bishop Verot Catholic High School. Mike said, “When I entered high school, I loved flying and I wanted to be a pilot. That dream seemed to fade into the background when Ed Korzep and Dick Stahl entered my life. They took an interest in me and truly cared for me as a person. They taught me discipline, social skills, and values that are still such a big part of my life today.” Ed Korzep started the football program at Bishop Verot in 1966 with the help of good friend Carl Kistel. Mike Gill was on


the first football team. Ed said, “We had some excellent potential with students like Dan Kistel, a fullback, Homer Sosa, a huge 300 pound lineman, and Mike Gill, one of the best to ever play for the Black and Gold. I had only one other coach at the time Dick Stahl, who was a great asset to Bishop Verot. Dick was a huge likeable man who taught at Saint Francis Elementary School. He loved football so I didn’t have much trouble convincing him to come to Verot.” “Mike Gill stood out in the beginning in ’68, especially after practice when the team ran laps. He became faster and quicker on the line and was one of the best linemen we ever had. We used to match Mike up against 300 pound Homer Sosa in oneon-one drills and Mike usually won. Mike played both sides of the line and his chief attribute was his quickness. He led the team in sacks. We didn’t have a lot of trophies and awards back then, but Mike Gill would have had plenty. Ed Korzep related, “During the 70’s. Mike was a boating editor of the Fort Myers New-Press. He was an excellent writer. Mike was always a busy guy, teaching all day, coaching after school, and writing at night.” Dick Stahl and Mike Gill did an excellent job of coaching the line, offensively and defensively. Their greatest assets was that teams looked up to them, and not just as coaches, but great human beings and leaders. I was blessed to have two great guys by my side all those years. We were a team, the three of us, for a long time. Dick is deceased and Mike has done more for Verot than anyone in its history. My only regret is I failed to tell them how much I appreciated them. There are so many memories and stories about the legendary Mike Gill, especially related to football. The following may be his most memorable as told by Conan, “Boomer” Ward. “Chronicling Coach Gill’s illustrious career is certainly a worthwhile effort. The story that jumped to my mind involved Robert Maher’s dislocated elbow in October of 1984. Robert dislocated it at football practice in the “chutes” and there was no denying it was truly serious. The human arm is not meant to bend that way. Coach Gill, as the line coach, was tasked with running him over to the emergency room. Rob was laid out on one of those gurney surrounded by the blue-grey privacy screens. Coach Gill, ever the understanding and comforting font of empathy, was by Rob’s bedside. The doctor and nurse turned up and proceeded to start working Rob’s arm back into place. Apparently, the process looked more like rough carpentry than anything else contained in a medical journal with the doctor jumping on his arm while the nurse had him in a wrestling hold. All of this horror was too much for our man Coach Gill who turned stark white and swooned. His large fall being obstructed by the privacy screen, gravity, and his ample figure forced the issue. The screen went flying, buckets flew, and the medical staff was forced to attend to the newest casualty while a valium fueled Robert Maher laughed at the whole episode.” Robert Maher, the victim in the above story, wrote the following about the episode, “At my class’ twenty-five reunion in 2010, Coach Gill and I reminisced about this incident. He reminded me that from his vantage point, the procedure reminded him of pulling apart a chicken’s leg at the joint. It sent him over the edge. What made it worse he shared, was that when he arrived

home that night for dinner, the meal included…you guessed it… chicken.” Robert Maher is presently an attorney in New York and had this to say about Coach Mike Gill: “The humorous episode speaks volumes about Mike Gill. That I write about it today is evidence of his more than forty years of devotion to the students of Bishop Verot High School specifically, and to education generally. I feel fortunate to have had Coach Gill as a coach and appreciate all the work he and the coaching staff put into making us the team we were. Mike was the offensive line coach for that 1984 season. We did not have the biggest, strongest, or fastest players in the division that year, but we were the best coached, and Mike Gill was the epitome of a great coach. I weighed 155 pounds that year and played offensive guard. I had no idea that the 280 pound linebackers and tackles of Immokalee, Glades Day, and other larger, stronger defensive linemen should have been able to run over me. It was because Coach Gill, Coach Pugh, and our other coaches instilled in us the belief that we could beat any team if we worked hard enough. They also taught us that if we played our hardest on every play and lost, it didn’t matter because there was nothing else we could do. As a result, I believed we were good enough to play with any team and win. I tell my own kids that today. What’s more, Mike Gill was even willing to assist in a medical procedure for one of his players! What more can you ask for? Thanks Mike and best wishes.” Josh Vogelbach graduated from Verot in 2004 and went on to become one of the school’s most successful quarterbacks on the college level. Josh attended Guilford College in North Carolina and set 19 NCAA records in Division III football. Josh is arguably the best quarterback in Bishop Verot history. It all started in the year 2000 when Josh went on to the football field to play freshman football under the tutelage of Coach Mike Gill. “When I came to Bishop Verot, I knew I wanted sports to be a big part of my high school career. I didn’t realize that the sport that would change my life would be football. It all started with my freshmen football season. Coach Gill instilled in his players values and discipline. He taught us not only to be great football players, but great men. Because of these principles and a little talent, our freshmen team would go undefeated. My buddies and I still sit and talk about that season and Coach Gill. A lot of us went to play in college and still admit that the freshmen football season was the highlight of their football in high school. We owe this to Coach Gill. I can truly say that Coach Gill helped instill in me the values I needed to be successful, not only in football, but in life.” That team was so exciting to watch and the crowds grew with each win. Vogelbach to Ross Lane, maybe Verot’s best receiver who went on to excel at Northwestern University, became our

"I can truly say that Coach Gill helped instill in me the values I needed to be successful, not only in football, but in life.”- Josh Vogelbach '04




mantra. I used to kid Mike Gill that his only play that year with Vogelbach at quarterback was, “everybody go long!” Well it was obviously something more than that as the players on that team will testify. That experience with Coach Mike Gill is something they will have every day for the rest of their lives. Lori Shriner, Math person extraordinary, tells this story about her son. “C.J. came to Verot not knowing a single student in his class. He was miffed that I was “making” him attend Verot, his mom’s school as he called it. He did not want to be there. CJ decided to join the freshmen football team and it was probably the most positive experience of his entire high school career. CJ adored Coach Gill and truly looked to Mike as a role model. By the time the freshmen season was over, Verot was no longer CJ’s mom’s school, it was his school and he was ‘Proud to be a Viking.’ Thank you Coach Gill for being a positive influence in my son’s life.” Former Verot graduate and long time faculty member and guidance counselor, Bill Stejskal offered the following about Mike; "Hospitality and Mike Gill are synonymous. Walk into his office; be you alumni, parent, or student, he has a way of making you feel like there is no one he would rather be seeing at that moment than you. Coach Gill can do the simplest things for you which can make a meaningful difference in your day. Craft a desk name plate out of wood; build a book case, simply saying ‘it is great seeing you!’ You know his act of kindness is right from the heart." Charlie Gillis, Verot’s day time security guard, puts it directly, “The man is a genius. After being around Mike for 10 years, I am constantly amazed by his achievements. From the designing and building of boats of all kinds, to building stage sets for the drama department, to floats for the Festival of Light parades. This guy is truly amazing!” Charlie continues, “His wood shop classes are popular as ever. Students have been attending his classes for decades. They produce everything from guitars made from cigar boxes that actually play. Over the years, some students have even made canoes and kayaks with Mike’s monitoring. As a teacher, he has no peers. Mike Gill is without a doubt the most respected man on our campus by students, staff, and faculty." No story about Mike Gill is ever complete with talking about his “Bushwhackers” Mike describes them this way, “a few years ago I had an idea that has become one of the most rewarding efforts in my 39 years of coaching high school in Florida. What do you do with ‘little Johnny’, a freshman, when he shows up to play high school football. He doesn’t run well, never played sports, weighs about 100 pounds, and doesn’t particularly like contact. My idea was to put together a group of ‘little Johnnys’ give them an identity, and develop an esprit de corps within the team. The Bushwhackers are the masterful freshmen football onside kick team. To be a Bishop Verot Bushwhacker, you should not be a starter. You must be capable of joining a brotherhood, much like an elite military force. Every day we work on mastering a few skills and responsibilities that are easy for anyone to learn. However, a Bushwhacker must be focused at all times and ply hard for a six second burst, yea, 6 seconds. If I can get these kids to buy into this, it may work. It did. Now everyone wants to be



a Bushwhacker. Sorry. If you are a starter, or play in games a lot, you are not what it takes to be a Bushwhacker." I talked to graduating senior Joe Sedlak, and he told me his experience as one of Coach Gill’s “Bushwhackers.” “I was a tiny kid that weighed 110 pounds who never played a contact sport before. I was placed on a certain unit known as the Bushwhackers made of the most diminutive and inexperienced players on the team. The ‘Bushwhackers’ were Coach Gill’s onside Kick-off team, and as such, functioned as Coach Gill’s Kamikaze unit. Our objective was to take off on the Kick-off, hit someone who was usually bigger than you were, and hope you didn’t die. While this may have seemed like cruel and unusual punishment at the time, there was nothing that could equal the satisfaction of recovering that kick. The whole experience taught me that with hard work and effort, anything is possible.” Mike is famous for his quotes used in his woods class as well as at football practice. One used commonly on the field directed at one of his players was, “What the heck was that, you cotton pickin’ Elmo?!” Verot graduate and football player, Mike Knox, said, “If I heard that once, I heard it a thousand times. Coach Gill was, is, and will forever be an icon of Bishop Verot Football. I still call him coach to this day and I treasure every moment I got to spend with him on that overgrown practice field and underneath those lights on Thursday nights. I believe we were the second to last team to have the ‘pleasure’ of occupying the old Santini Center locker rooms. The smell of the mildew and sweat was strong enough to dissolve whatever paint still stuck to the walls, but we loved it. We were all high school football players.” “It all started with the vans that picked us up at the Saint Francis in the spring of our 8th grade year. Coach Gill instilled in us a sense of pride that extended beyond the fields, beyond the classroom and into our lives! We learned teamwork, commitment, and of course Pride, Pride, Pride! We won a few games that year and lost a few, but we learned so much about ourselves and what it meant to be a Viking, and proudly display the Black and Gold.” Mike concludes with the following: “I think I can speak for everyone on my team and everyone that has played for coach Gill when I say it is truly an honor to have played for him” Denise York, a Verot teacher and former student at BV, as well as a Golden Apple Award winner in Lee County, remembers this about Mike Gill: “Coach Gill was a funny, entertaining and informative teacher. I can’t remember the name of the class I had with him; however, he taught us a lot of practical things like how to fix a toilet. The most important thing I learned from Coach Gill is that relationships are valuable. He always takes the time to ask how you are doing. My son, Ryan, was fortunate enough to have Coach Gill as his freshman football coach. It was such a positive experience for Ryan and all the boys who played on that team. Now I have the privilege of being a colleague of Coach Gill. He continues to be a positive influence on the Verot community and on me. He is ‘Mr. Verot’. We couldn’t ask for a better ambassador.” Verot alumnus Lisa Puls, recalls one of Coach Gills famous lines when he taught household skills in a senior seminar class


after teaching how to fix a toilet, “That toilet is so clean now you can cook hot dogs in it!” Thanks Lisa, that’s one we will all remember! Eric Fallon, a Verot graduate, recalls his favorite time with Coach Gill. “The best story I can think about Coach Gill starts my senior year at Verot. I had him for both drafting and woodshop. Like everyone else in his wood shop class, he marveled at my lack of precision and craftsmanship, and he never missed an opportunity to needle me whenever he could. For my final project, I built a bookcase. When it was done, he looked at it with pride in his eyes and said, ‘Son, you could probably get some money for that, you did a great job.’ Of course, as an 18 year old snot nosed kid, that compliment meant everything to me.” Verot English teacher, Mary Kistel, adds this about her colleague: “As an English teacher, I’d have to say that my favorite aspect of Mike is that he is a natural story-teller and his tales do more than entertain, they build tradition and tradition is the foundation for the future. Mike has so much respect for the past, he honors it with a reverence that brings people together and makes us proud of our bonds. The Kistels had four boys who went to Verot over a span of fourteen years, and fourteen years in the big scheme of things is not very long. There eventually came a time when most people didn’t know who the Kistels were, and let’s be honest, didn’t much care. There were new students, new teachers, new ways of doing things-the sort of cycle that will continue through time. However Mike felt it was important for tradition and the future to recognize the past and honor the good things. Not everything that happens is good, but Mike has the capacity to see the good in most situations and brings out the best. Through Mike’s eyes, we see the capacity to see our best selves. What a valuable storyteller! What a gift Verot has been given with the Athletic Hall of Fame and the Alumni Association-a gift that keeps generating good memories and good works. When Mike narrated his “Story” in the spring musical “Working.” The flood of memories of all he has done made me cry! This master craftsman builds a future with memories of the past. For Mike, the past is not restrictive, and it’s a springboard for growth. We are free to grow and change, because we stand on solid ground.” Mike has two sons, Zach and Patrick. Zach is a trial lawyer in Fort Myers, and Patrick just became a doctor, a medical internist. Zach tells this of his father: “My father is a very hands-on and encouraging dad. He values the experiences of life and works hard to make sure Patrick and I had valuable life experience. Growing up, each weekend brought a new adventure with my dad. It is that hands-on approach and the encouragement that I try and emulate with my son. To me, my father is the ultimate role model. Throughout these experiences dad emphasized, and still does, the importance of hard work, a positive attitude, and respect for people. Dad taught me that hard work is at the core of success. With Hard work you can overcome any challenge or deficiency in ability. A positive attitude provides the fuel for work and happiness. Finally, and most importantly, my dad taught Patrick and me, that every person, no matter how unpleasant, deserves to be treated with kindness and respect. My parents are at the root of both Patrick’s and my successes in life, both personally and professionally.”

Former assistant principal and science teacher at Verot, Ron Davis, made this comment about Mike: “Consider all the challenges the school has faced in the years of Mike’s tenure; societal changes, political changes, technological innovations, economic prosperity or decline. All can have an effect on the school. What has Mike done in those years? If there was a need to coach, he coached. Need an athletic director? Mike did it. A teacher? Mike would do it, and he could be called to take care of those responsibilities as well as many others. Mike has helped direct the energy brought to the school by the parents and their families to make Bishop Verot a better place. Mike’s sister, Patty, says this about her brother, “He can build and fix anything. From as far back as I can remember his bedroom smelled like epoxy because he was always building things. The traditional airplane models led to hand-built remote control airplanes, full size boats and hovercrafts, and I believed there was even a restored Model T in there somewhere.” “He loves a good prank! One Christmas Eve, my husband and I returned home from Mass to find he had left a dozen live chickens in our garage!” “I am in awe of this man, my brother! He is amazingly creative and talented, highly respected, and deeply loved by so many, and yet remains so humble.” I asked Mike where his humility comes from, he answered it this way: “I was always taught growing up that your character was your most important asset. This was taught not only by my parents, but by my teachers at Saint Francis and Verot, and even more so by my coaches at Verot, especially Ed Korzep and Dick Stahl. Your character is what makes you who you are. It’s that innate ability to know and choose right from wrong. If you do that, people will look up to you. You can be the biggest, fastest,

Mike Gill's 1968 senior portrait




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or the smartest, but it’s your character that defines you. It’s what I have tried to ingrain in my sons, Zach and Patrick, as well as my students. Without character and values, life becomes difficult.” I asked, “What role has Pat, your wife of thirty-four years, played in your life?” “Pat has been my universe! She has kept me grounded. We enjoy common interest, especially those that have included our sons. Pat loves the outdoors. We bike, we hike! I don’t know how many times she has dragged me up and down the Rocky Mountains. Pat’s a hiker, I’m a plodder. She means everything to me.” I asked Mike, “What’s your teaching philosophy?” You have to have a passion for anything that you do in order to do it well. The moment you begin to go through the motions, it’s time to do something else. You need to be excited about the day ahead. I have enjoyed having our Chinese students and other exchange students in class because they are so on task. Kids know when you are interested in their work and care for them as people.” I ask Mike, “When you look on your life and your career at Bishop Verot, what are you most proud of?” “From my personal life, I am most proud of my sons and what they have become. Zach is a lawyer and Patrick is now a doctor. They have taken advantage of the opportunities provided them. From my teaching career, I enjoy seeing students being proud of their work, showing parents what they made in woodshop. As far as coaching is concerned, it's seeing young men working hard in practice, and seeing the results of that hard work and what can be accomplished. We liked to think that when the other team saw us step on the field, we looked like ‘choir boys.’ That would all change after the kickoff. They knew we were coming after them.” I asked Mike, “Do you ever think of retiring? I know you just had a birthday and are a young 63, but when the time comes, what do you think you’ll do in retirement? “I don’t like the idea of retirement. I always have to be doing something, keep moving. Maybe I’ll go work at Home Depot. Maybe I’ll do some writing. I have always liked the people aspect of writing.” I talked to many of Mike’s present students that he has in his woods and computer drafting class including Nicholas Wnukowski ’15 who had this to say about Coach Mike Gill: “Coach Gill is a man that devotes every waking moment to the singular cause of bettering young individuals and Bishop Verot as a whole. On the football field, he never gives up on you, and in wood shop, he always gives each student the most personal attention as if they were his only student. He made his class a memorable experience, almost an art form. Coach Gill encompasses everything Verot stands for, and he is truly a living legend.” On the wall in Mike Gill’s office is a cross-stitch framed embroidery, a gift made for him by his wife, Pat, which simply states, “Life Is About The Journey.” When you really think about it, it’s not the end result that gives you the most joy; it’s the road to it that enriches our lives. For Mike Gill, it is all about his journey, and on a day to day basis, he enriches all of us. By the way, you are right Katherine; Coach Gill has so much to give, and does so. Thank you. BV


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Introducing: Father Michael Goodyear By Chris Scanlan

Every now and then, you meet someone that changes how you view the world around you. For the Verot community, Father Michael Goodyear is that person. He was assigned by Bishop Frank J. Dewane as chaplain for Bishop Verot early this school year and to say he had a major impact on the school would be an understatement. It’s not just his words, or his actions, or the work he does around campus, it’s the whole person. He represents that constant reminder to work for something greater, to keep Christ at the center of our lives, and to live out those beliefs in service to each other. Father Michael Goodyear is always working toward one goal, to bring Christ to the Bishop Verot campus. He does this in all sorts of ways including saying Mass at ECHO for the faculty/ staff service day, leading the football team in prayer before each game, and even teaching the students about theological issues via a video series. He is even leading the Faculty Morning Prayer that has started this semester. Every day is an opportunity to relate to the students and an opportunity to lead by example. With almost 20 years of experience as a priest, Fr. Goodyear draws on those experiences to provide guidance and spiritual direction to many of the students at Bishop Verot. In his past,



Fr. Michael has worked as chaplain at another Catholic high school in Arizona, and has ministered to the students at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida. Fr. Michael has always had a devotion to helping young men and women in their discovery of God and we at Bishop Verot are blessed to have him with us today and are proud to call him our chaplain. BV

Father Michael Goodyear with the football team



This issue of the Black and Gold Alumni Magazine includes many of the ways you can help Bishop Verot Catholic High School. This past November we embarked on our 2013-2014 Annual Fund Campaign. As a donor you can designate where your funds can help the most; technology advancements, tuition assistance, and/or professional development for our teachers. Funds raised from the Annual Fund have supported projects such as our 1:1 iPad’s for the freshmen, upgrades to our technology infrastructure, and professional development for our staff. None of this could have happened without you. Last year, we re-launched our popular Adopt-a-Student program. This program allows members of the Verot community to assist students and their families who desire the benefits of an outstanding Catholic education, but are in need of financial assistance to make that dream a reality. As a school, Bishop Verot awarded more than $1 million dollars in financial aid last school year, funds that were used by approximately 40% of our families. The dollars awarded through the financial aid program are not reimbursed by any entity outside the school, but fully funded through the support of individuals like you, who believe wholeheartedly in our mission. Our Legacy program includes gifts to the school through endowments and planned giving. While you may consider it out of reach, the varied options of planned giving allow for flexible terms that can meet your needs while supporting the students at Bishop Verot for years to come. Our Planned Giving article in this month’s issue provides more detail on leaving a legacy. Thank you to all those who have supported Bishop Verot over the past year, your generosity and prayers have been inspiring and have allowed us to offer the very best education to the future leaders of the Southwest Florida community. We are truly blessed to have such generous benefactors.

Gina Lombardo Director of Development




The Giving Guide

Today’s Bishop Verot student measures among the brightest in the nation, with SAT, ACT, and Advanced Placement scores well above the national average. Our students are indeed prepared to meet the challenges of a competitive university environment and have the drive and discipline to become the next generation of leaders in the Southwest Florida community. The cost of educating our students has risen as technology and other factors have dramatically altered the educational landscape. Bishop Verot has strived to limit tuition increases, especially in the last few years, to ensure that financial challenges do not become an obstacle for our families. The single most effective way that you can ensure that all deserving students can attend Bishop Verot is through your financial support. There are many ways to support Bishop Verot; your gift of a Catholic education is one that impacts students for the rest of their lives.

earnings are paid out, while the principal is retained for future growth. As a result, it is imperative that the endowment grow its investment assets sufficient to support an annual spending stream of the endowment in perpetuity. The two key ingredients that are required for the endowment to grow its assets are: 1) new gifts and 2) investment performance. Bishop Verot currently has nine endowed scholarship funds valued at over $1.16 million, which provide over $62,000 in scholarships each year.

Jacob Alderman Memorial Scholarship Fund

Endowed Scholarships

The purpose of an endowment is to provide ongoing support for the current and future activities of Bishop Verot and its students. It is, therefore, a perpetual, self-sustaining source of permanent funding. Each year, a portion of the endowment’s

Established 2005 A full scholarship awarded to a worthy student

Established 2004 A partial scholarship awarded for a minority student with strong academics

John & Mimi Hotchkiss Scholarship Fund

Adopt A Student

In today’s difficult financial times we have seen up to 40% of our families requesting need-based tuition assistance, with around $1,000,000 distributed to students. This assistance is not covered by any outside group and must be attained through Bishop Verot’s fundraising efforts. Contributing to the Adopt-A-Student program will allow you to make the greatest impact in the lives of our students by ensuring a solid education in a faith-filled environment. Tuition for 2013-2014 school year is $10,900.00, which is inclusive of all fees. Consider your contribution in terms of the school year: Pay for the Quarter: $2750 Pay of the Semester: $5,500 Pay for the School Year: $10,900 Whatever the amount, your gift has an immediate impact on the life of a student.

Established 2003 A need-based award given to a deserving student

Joseph Grabsch Scholarship Fund

Annual Fund

The Bishop Verot Annual Fund is the foundation of community support for Bishop Verot, supporting such initiatives as technology enhancements, tuition assistance, and campus upkeep. The campaign asks for support from our Catholic community, alumni, current and former parents; and friends. Whether your gift is $5, $50, $500, or $5,000, rest assured that every dollar donated to Bishop Verot is directly supporting our mission to build a community of faith and learning.

Carl Kistel Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established 2000 A need-based award given to a deserving student

Established 2000 A need-based award given to a deserving student

Established 2010 A partial scholarship awarded to a deserving student

Established 2008 A need-based award given to a student from St. Francis Xavier School

Rob Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund

Edward & Esther Kuss Memorial Scholarship Fund

Dick Stahl Memorial Scholarship Fund

Spirit of 74/Jay Sheppard Scholarship Fund

Established 2011 A need-based based award for a well rounded, high performing student

The Bishop Verot High School Foundation Scholarship


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Providing For Tomorrow For those who grew up in Catholic schools, it goes without saying that the budgetary needs of Catholic schools have dramatically changed in the last 50 years. Prior to Vatican II, a Catholic education was, for all intent and purposes, free. This was only possible due to the overwhelming abundance of priests and sisters teaching in our schools and the strong support of the Catholic community. An ever decreasing number of religious available to work in Catholic schools has shifted the landscape of the school community, now entirely made up of dedicated lay teachers. The shift from religious to lay faculty and staff also brought on the associated cost of salaries and benefits. Throughout the years, Bishop Verot has relied on tuition to meet the financial needs of the school community. Today, with the economy beginning to recover, still nearly 40% of Bishop Verot families require some form of need-based financial assistance. Bishop Verot Catholic High School is Southwest Florida’s premiere educational institution and thanks to the financial support of the generous Verot community, the school is able to remain committed to serving a diverse and dynamic student body. The graduates of Bishop Verot bring the tradition of excellence with them to the Southwest Florida region as they serve as doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, business leaders, and social workers. The school’s ability to surmount challenges and realize opportunities cannot rest solely on its tradition or the strength of its existing resources. The task of ensuring Bishop Verot’s



future rests with those who invest in the school with a vision for tomorrow. As we look to embark on this exciting journey, the school must look for new ways to continue our mission into the future. This means, supporting tuition assistance, securing competitive faculty and staff salaries, benefits and professional growth; and overhauling our educational technology opportunities on campus. The Advancement Department has taken positive steps to gain momentum in our Endowment and Planned Giving programs. What is “planned giving”? “Planned giving” or legacy giving is the integration of your personal, financial and estate planning goals with lifetime or testamentary charitable giving. Bishop Verot provides many opportunities to give back, whether you are an alumnus, student, faculty/staff, parent, past parent, grandparent, foundation, or friend. There are many vehicles to make a planned gift, all of which provide their own opportunities and advantages for you and Bishop Verot. As you consider year-end tax and estate planning, please consider the impact you can make for the students, staff, and the future of Bishop Verot Catholic High School. Please contact the Advancement Office to coordinate efforts with your financial professionals regarding potential income and tax benefits of giving alternatives. * The information in this publication is not intended as legal advice. For legal advice, please consult an attorney.


So Many Ways to Give Bequest You can establish one or more trusts in your will to benefit your spouse, children, or others. Your will sets forth the trust terms and supplies funding from your estate. You can provide for the long-term financial needs of your beneficiaries through professional investment management while a provision in your will/trust provides a testamentary gift to Bishop Verot. Beneficiary Designations A beneficiary designation on a qualified plan (IRA’s, 401K, 403(b), Keogh, etc.) describes how your assets will be distributed upon your death. This can include your Life Insurance and Annuity Proceeds. Charitable Gift Annuity This is a way for you to make a gift to Bishop Verot and still receive an income for yourself or others for life. The charitable gift amount is made immediately to Bishop Verot and invested in the Bishop Verot Endowment Fund. In return, Bishop Verot agrees to pay a high fixed rate of return for life for you and possibly another person. At the end of the agreement, the funds are used by Bishop Verot according to your instructions. Gifts that provide Income By transferring a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds or real estate you can retain the income from these financial vehicles for a specified term or in some cases, your life and/ or the life of your beneficiaries. Charitable Remainder Unitrust A charitable remainder unitrust is like a combination of a gift and an investment plan. You place assets in a trust, and you (and/ or another beneficiary) receive income from them - for life or a term of years - then Bishop Verot receives the remainder. These trusts can be funded with cash, securities, and even real estate. Charitable Lead Trust The Charitable Lead Trust allows you to reduce taxes upon your estate by transferring your assets to a trust that then pays a fixed percentage of the assets to the Bishop Verot Endowment

Fund for either a set number of years or the lifetime of the donor. Once the estate taxes are reduced, the remainder of the estate is transferred to the beneficiaries. Gift of Personal Residence with Life Estate Retained With the gift of a personal residence, you would irrevocably transfer the title of your personal residence while maintaining exclusive use of the property for life. Although the property needs to be a personal residence, it does not need to be your primary residence. You are responsible for maintenance, upkeep, insurance, and property taxes, and are entitled to any income the property produces. Your immediate tax deduction equals the value of the remainder interest while bypassing the capital gains tax and lowering your estate taxes. Q&A I’d like to increase my income, but I’m also considering a donation to my favorite charitable organization. Is there a trust I can create that will satisfy both of these desires? YES! The charitable remainder trust will pay you an income for life - with the trust remainder then going to the charitable organization of your choice. This is the most bountiful trust of all. You’ll not only enjoy personal financial benefits, but you’ll enable countless others to reap future benefits from your generous gift. And, if you fund the trust with appreciated stock, you’ll reap even greater tax benefits. Consider the following example. Marc, 70, owns stock worth $100,000 that pays a dividend of only $2,000 a year. Worried about the market, he transfers the shares to a charitable remainder unitrust and elects to receive $6,000 a year as long as he lives. Though his cost basis for the shares is $60,000, neither he nor the trust owes any capital gains tax on the $40,000 appreciated. Now look at Marc’s remarkable benefit: He’s unloaded his risky stock and tripled his income. By not selling the stock, he’s avoided a tax of $8,000 on the gains. Not only that, but he’s entitled to an income tax charitable deduction of $47,168 that will cut his taxes for several years. And best of all, Marc enjoys the heartwarming satisfaction of his benevolent contribution. BV





Hope, Homes, and Lollipops By Chris Scanlan

Justine Gamez On November 7th, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the eastern coast of the Philippines with winds gusting at 196mph, making Haiyan the most powerful tropical storm ever to hit landfall. The result was as devastating as you can imagine. Millions were left homeless, in need of basics such as food, water and shelter. Over 11 million were affected by this typhoon. Days after the storm in the Philippines, Los Angeles based Verot alumni Justine Gamez ‘04 jumped into action by traveling to the Philippines to help directly with the relief effort. Motivated by her family ties to the Philippines, Justine and her family were instrumental in organizing a local relief effort organization called “Adopt-a-Bahay” to provide basic needs and rebuild homes for Filipinos living in Bantayan Island near Cebu. She also spent time working in Tacloban, where in the Filipino government called the area “a state of national calamity” due to the widespread devastation



caused by the storm. As an International Film Publicist in Worldwide Marketing at Warner Bros. in Hollywood, she personally took time off from her hectic schedule to spend a few weeks in some of the most remote and hardest hit areas of the Philippines immediately after the storm hit. We recently got a chance to speak with Justine regarding her experience working with the victims of Typhoon Haiyan and listen to her story. What motivated you to go to the Philippines and help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan? The Philippines is my motherland. Most of my family is from the Philippines and many still live there. I am the first to be born in the United States and although I was raised in the US, I have always maintained my Filipino connections and have been proud of my background. I go back to visit family in the Philippines a couple times a year. Family has always been a top priority to me, in fact it’s really helped me stay grounded and realize what is truly important during my time spent in Los Angeles. When the storm hit, it was hard for me knowing that my loved ones were going through this catastrophic event. Although there were areas that Typhoon Haiyan hit harder than others, the entire country was affected. I felt like it would


ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT be more impactful to go to the Philippines to see firsthand and help directly those who were affected. Watching the initial international media coverage of the storm was torturous and I could not just sit and watch. I wanted to be there. I wanted to help. I believe any single person can make a difference in someone’s life, whether on a small scale or large.

How were you able to help? Our purpose in the Philippines was two-fold. The first week I was in Bantayan Island just off Cebu with my family and the program we organized called Adopt-A-Bahay. The second week, I was in Tacloban with the Land Rover Club of the Philippines where by my uncle and this group committed time and resources through carefully executed strategies and organization for relief transfers to the affected villages. Through Adopt-a-Bahay on Bantayan Island, my family and I provided monetary donations and set up operations to an area of the Philippines that was not receiving as much attention. “Bahay” is Filipino for “home” so our primary

Adopt-A-Bahay working with villagers of Bantayan Island to provide temporary roofing solutions

focus was long-term to rebuild houses and shelter in order to get people back inside the home with their families. We teamed with the Major Superior of Rogationist Fathers to continue to locally implement our plans on Bantayan Island even after we left. In the immediate days after the storm, we were able to raise thousands of US dollars from family and friends that had massive effects for the rebuilding plans on Bantayan Island. The first week I was there, we visited several barangays (Filipino for villages) to provide food through relief distributions and to donate temporary roofing solutions. We also analyzed different villages that would be the focus for rebuilding homes through the Adopt-A-Bahay project. I was in Tacloban the second week with the Land Rover Club of the Philippines, wherein we mobilized a convoy of Land Rover Defenders to assist the transfers for relief food distributions, international aid, medical attention, and electric generator installations, among other missions. Tacloban was hit very badly by the storm. There was debris that stretched for miles and miles along the coast of Leyte, so these Land Rover vehicles, aside from military trucks, tanks, helicopters, etc. were able to brave the rough road conditions to transfer the goods that the people needed most. Through our small group of 30 people at LRCP, we helped clear roads, distributed hundreds of relief food packs to families, teamed with Malaysian doctors to provide medical assistance, installed solar generators to power up a community of 200 people, transferred donated goods from UK’s Oxfam international organization. It was an incredible experience to be a part of. What was it like being over there? It was hard – very hard. We didn’t have electricity or running water, but that was the least of my challenges. There was a citywide curfew at dark in Tacloban. There Food relief distribution in Tacloban




ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT were constant sights and sounds of military tanks, trucks, helicopters, etc. I was one female of 30 men in the group at Tacloban, and I would be lying if I said that I didn’t feel scared. However, I put those fears aside because my problems were nothing compared to those who were in the midst of Typhoon Haiyan. What was hardest was not only to see the physical destruction, but the loss and pain of the people. Entire communities were leveled. The city of Tacloban looked like an atom bomb had dropped in the city. There were such distinct smells and sights that I will remember them for the rest of my life. Everyone had a story of how someone they knew was injured or died in the storm. Many children lost their parents in the storm, and I wanted badly to bring a little joy back in their lives. I started taking bags of lollipops to give to the children in villages after our food relief distributions. To some of these kids, this small gesture was as thrilling as the standard relief foods on which they had been surviving consisted only of rice, canned goods, bottled water and other basics.

Smiles from a child in Tacloban with her lollipop.

Even though they were going through so much loss, these children loved when we came by and were thankful for every little thing. And it wasn’t just the children; the entire community would be appreciative. Many wanted to do something for us in return. To me, this showed the strength of the Filipino people – their respect for one another, their



willingness to help those who were trying to help them. One of my most inspiring moments happened in Barangay Dulag in Tacloban. After distributing food packs to 200 families and lollipops to the children, the kids said in Filipino how happy they were that we were there. They wanted to show me “the most beautiful part of their village.” This confused me because when you looked around at their village – every house was completely destroyed. The children grabbed my hand and led me to a beautiful beach on the coast. We looked out over the ocean and put our feet in the water - an incredibly profound moment because this was the very same ocean that caused so much of their destruction. There were boys that grabbed pieces of plywood from their destructed homes and were using them as skim boards. It was an amazing sight. They had lost nearly everything, yet were so happy to be alive.

It’s been over 2 months since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. What are the conditions like now? Thanks to a great response from private citizens, international organizations and government assistance from all over the world, the Philippines is on its way to recovery. One of the main objectives of Adopt-a-Bahay was to build shelter because it is hard to go back to work and build a better life for your family if you don’t have a home or have a roof over your family’s head. I am happy to report that we have raised over $30,000 these past 8 weeks. As of Christmas day, we were able to rebuild an entire village on Bantayan Island and another two villages are in the rebuilding process. Even though there has been improvement, there is still so much work to be done. My aunt, uncle and cousins – including current Verot junior AJ Francisco returned to the Philippines to check the process for Adopt-A-Bahay. The feedback was incredible as these village homes are well on their way to recovery on Bantayan Island. How can we help? Aside from our Adopt-A-Bahay localized effort, I saw firsthand the presence of Great Britain’s Oxfam, UNICEF and the UN’s World Food Programme during my relief work in Tacloban. There are hundreds of islands with so much work still left to be done, but every dollar counts and each donation means so much to the Filipino people. My family taught me that if you have the ability to help people, then there is no reason not to. I’m glad I was able to help. I left feeling empowered because these people were so strong. I’ve found the benefits of helping others far outweigh the sacrifices that come along with a life of service. So to answer the question, I encourage everyone to do what he or she can. Know that it will be greatly appreciated. BV



















































Front Row- Landon Howell, Matthew Honc, Nathan Holmes, Elias Eisenkeck, Gage Burrow Middle Row- Alex Hinton, William Saccone, Andrew Krutky, Adam Day, Joe Rossi Back Row- Coach Rafael Gelin, Mark Singer, Connor Linden, David Whittaker, JP D’Alessandro, Logan Youmans, Coach Adam Leicht

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Gateway Charter High School at Gulf Coast High School LaBelle High School at St. Petersburg Catholic High School North Port High School Estero High School Cape Coral High School


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Front Row- Peter Routsis, Justin Holmes, Mark Richards, Weston Cole, Zachary Cloutier, Cullen Duquette Middle Row- Coach Steve Duquette, Connor Linden, Thomas Rizzo, James Dwyer, Adrian Urquiola, Cole Hempfling, Coach Artur Ben Back Row- Coach Adam Leicht, Nicholas Cento, Eric McLeod, Tyler Yergens, Quentin Powers, Ricardo Martinez, Dillon Nemeth, Brandon Doyle, Coach Rafael Gelin


Raphael Gelin is currently in his first year as Head Coach of the Bishop Verot Vikings. Raphael has been a student of soccer both as a player (playing semipro in France ) and as a coach for the last 15 years. He spent some time at Mary Holmes College and Lee University and has an associate degree in physical education and a bachelor degree in fitness wellness.











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at Dunbar High School Gateway Charter High School at Gulf Coast High School at Oasis High School Clewiston High School LaBelle High School at Evangelical Christian School at St. Petersburg Catholic High School North Port High School Estero High School Cape Coral High School Evangelical Christian School


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1st Row- Marissa Manno, Amanda Maliva, Danielle Cambareri, Taylor Lukasik, Kinzie Frey (goalie), Mikayla Otzko, Kelsey Veasy, Samantha Dombkowski, Julia Flynn 2nd Row- Gianna Gagliardi (goalie), Natassia Tuhovak, Alexis Verwoert, Kelly Reynolds, Lucia Spinelli, Katie Sullivan, Rebecca Abernathy, Madison Brod, Samantha Webb-Martin, Lauren Lockard, Yvonne Wojtas 3rd Row- Coach Christine Mastandrea, Samantha Kane, Taylor Gannon, Jennifer Krutky, Lauren McCann, Victoria Allison, Gabriella Swennes, Renee Cyr, Elena Quinonez, Hailey Look, Jessica Kemp 4th Row- Coach Mackenzie Crawford, Madeline Sarnac, Lauren Lukasik, Kelsey Bromwell, Grace Danehy, Reilly McAloose, Erika Maribona, Allison Oliva, Gabrielle Jacobelli, Kerry Waldron, Coach Matt Burbach, Coach Randy Zavada


Randy Zavada ’77 and all five of his children (’01 – ’10) are graduates of Bishop Verot. Zavada is beginning his 32nd year of coaching, his 17th at Verot and 10th year as the Head Girls Soccer Coach. Over the past 9 years he has brought home 7 district titles and has led the Vikings to two State Elite 8 appearances. Randy and his wife, Lora, are graduates of Loyola University of New Orleans. BISHOP VEROT










WINTER 2014 GIRLS JUNIOR VARSITY SOCCER SCHEDULE 12/06/2013 12/11/2013 12/12/2013 01/08/2014 01/10/2014

Gulf Coast High School at Gulf Coast High School at LaBelle High School Fort Myers High School South Fort Myers High School

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at Dunbar High School 6:00 PM Gateway Charter High School 6:00 PM Gulf Coast High School 7:30 PM at Oasis High School 6:00 PM at Gulf Coast High School 7:00 PM at LaBelle High School 7:00 PM at Triton Invitational 1:30 PM • at Riverdale High School 2:30 PM • at Ida S. Baker High School 5:30 PM • at Mariner High School               10:00 AM • at Island Coast High School 1:00 PM Fort Myers High School 7:30 PM South Fort Myers High School 7:00 PM BISHOP VEROT



Front Row- Robert Meyer, Ciro Martinez, Alex Irwin, Noah Jacobs, Nick Hamilton Back Row- Peyton Staas, Coach Kevin Jordan, Christian Miguez, CJ Trunkett, Nicholaus Trigleth, Mark Evans, Colin Thompson, Kyle Glynn, Bryce Faubel, Harry Kitner, Coach Kelly Jordan


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Fort Myers High School 4:30 PM at Island Coast High School 5:00 PM Island Coast High School 5:00 PM at Panther Freshman Holiday Invitational 9:00 AM at Holiday Tournament                 10:30 AM at Holiday Tournament TBA at Holiday Tournament TBA at Island Coast High School 5:00 PM at Gulf Coast High School 4:00 PM Ida S. Baker High School 4:30 PM Barron G. Collier High School 4:00 PM at Southwest Florida Christian Academy 5:00 PM at JV/9th Boys Basketball Shootout 8:00 AM Southwest Florida Christian Academy 5:00 PM at Fort Myers High School 4:30 PM BISHOP VEROT





Front Row- Luke Kane, Patrick Gillies, Dante Curcione, Cooper Swanson, Andrew Vellela Back Row- Coach Gus Simmons, David Mahan, Patrick Alicante, Ben FullenKamp, Ben Pasterz, Luke Lanman, Coach Leland Clifford











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at Saint John Neumann Catholic High School First Baptist Academy Island Coast High School LaBelle High School at Holiday Tournament at Holiday Tournament at Holiday Tournament at Gateway Charter High School at Gulf Coast High School Ida S. Baker High School Oasis High School Barron G. Collier High School at Community School of Naples at Community School of Naples at Dunbar High School at JV/9th Boys Basketball Shootout at Charlotte High School at Fort Myers High School BISHOP VEROT

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Front Row- Hunter Hand, Austin Mosbach, Stephan Wagner, Evan Williams, Dakota Herting Back Row- Coach Leo Miller, John Kavanagh, Quinn Kavanagh, Richard Doyle, Quinn Farrell, Nicholas Homolka, Thaddeus Ward, Coach Matt Herting




Matt Herting is entering his 15th season at Verot. Coach Herting’s hard work and success have made him the winningest basketball coach in Verot history. He has led the Vikings to 9 consecutive district titles including 6 appearances in the Elite 8, and a trip to the Final 4. Herting has been named SW Florida Coach of the Year on five separate occasions (NewsPress ’01, ‘09, ’11 and SFABC ’06 and ’09). He has a BA from University of Sioux Falls (SD), and a MS from Mississippi State University. BISHOP VEROT




WINTER 2014 BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 12/03/2013 12/05/2013 12/06/2013 12/10/2013 01/07/2014 01/10/2014 01/11/2014 01/13/2014 01/14/2014 01/15/2014 01/17/2014 01/18/2014 01/22/2014 01/24/2014 01/27/2014 01/31/2014

at Saint John Neumann Catholic High School Lely High School First Baptist Academy LaBelle High School at Gateway Charter High School at Gulf Coast High School at FL vs. SWFL Challenge Ida S. Baker High School Oasis High School Barron G. Collier High School at Wally KellerClassic • Suwannee High School at Community School of Naples at Dunbar High School at Charlotte High School at Fort Myers High School BISHOP VEROT

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Front Row- Olivia Woolam, Caroline Snell, Abigail Nave, Ashley Carlton, Sarah Williams Back Row- Melissa Rainbow, Jessica Weeks, Bailey Russell, Kirstin Jacobs, Annick Runyon, Sarah Springer, Coach Taylor Kramer

WINTER 2014 GIRLS JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 12/03/2013 12/05/2013 12/09/2013 12/10/2013 12/12/2013 01/07/2014 01/08/2014 01/14/2014 01/21/2014 01/24/2014



Dunbar High School at Charlotte High School at Naples High School at LaBelle High School First Baptist Academy Gateway Charter High School at Saint John Neumann Catholic High School at Oasis High School North Fort Myers High School Naples High School BISHOP VEROT

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Front- Christine Mulles, Caroline Hannon, Elle Thomas, Cassidy Kramer, Kathryn Crowley, Jessica Kramer Back- Coach Scott Woolam, Jillian Carioggia, Ashley Holleran, Lauren Tuffo, Annalea Williams, Rachel Walsh, China Haisley (Manager), Coach Mark Kramer


Mark Kramer is in his third season as the Varsity Head Coach for the Bishop Verot Lady Vikings Basketball team. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. The Lady Vikings went 1710 last season and repeated as the District 3A-12 champions and reached the FHSAA State Tournament Regional Semifinals. Coach Kramer resides in Fort Myers with his wife Denise and their five children; Taylor, Jessica, Cassidy, Mackenzie and Payton. BISHOP VEROT









WINTER 2014 GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 12/03/2013 12/05/2013 12/06/2013 12/09/2013 12/10/2013 12/12/2013 12/27/2013 12/28/2013 12/30/2013 01/03/2014 01/04/2014 01/07/2014 01/08/2014 01/14/2014 01/17/2014 01/21/2014 01/24/2014



Dunbar High School 7:30 PM EST at Charlotte High School 7:00 PM EST at Seacrest Country Day School 6:00 PM EST at Naples High School 7:00 PM EST at LaBelle High School 7:30 PM EST First Baptist Academy 7:00 PM EST at Queen of Palms Basketball Classic 5:00 PM EST at Queen of Palms Basketball Classic TBA at Queen of Palms Basketball Classic TBA at Academy of the Holy Names 3:00 PM at St. Petersburg Catholic High School           10:00 AM Gateway Charter High School 6:00 PM at Saint John Neumann Catholic High School 7:00 PM at Oasis High School 7:30 PM at The Canterbury School 6:00 PM North Fort Myers High School 7:30 PM Naples High School 7:30 PM BISHOP VEROT

Little Bit of Spirt! For 29 years the BVHS “Little Bit of Spirit” clinic has been a Bishop Verot Tradition providing a fun and exciting atmosphere for those who want to learn more about cheerleading or already enjoy this great sport! Each participant receives a T-Shirt and pompom and performs during half-time at the BVHS Varsity Football game!! If you have any questions, email: or call 910-297-1067

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Then another step. -C.S. Lewis

May the journey of your life be built on the foundation of Catholic Education. We proudly support the mission & students of Bishop Verot High School.





I have always believed that there is strength in numbers. And, that a community is only as strong as the people that support it. As usual, this holds true with good old Viking pride. Over the past few years, the awareness of the alumni association has grown by leaps and bounds and I couldn’t be happier. Alumni volunteers have proven to be a driving force behind the successful planning and execution of class reunions and alumni events. Numerous class reunions that took place over the summer have brought together old and new friends alike. And recently, the fifth annual Homecoming Tailgate went off without a hitch. More than 250 alumni gathered for food and drinks in the Senior Courtyard. Everyone had a blast and we will definitely need to plan for extra food and drinks next year! With this recent success we are putting together our Second Annual Mardi Gras Ball & Auction. This event will take place on Saturday, February 22nd, with proceeds supporting need-based tuition assistance. Traditionally one of the key elements of a Mardi Gras Ball is the crowning of a King, so in Verot fashion, we will crown our second Viking “Alumni of the Year”. A list of criteria has been established for the selection process and your input will go a long way in the decision making process. The decisive factors will include the following: Eligibility • The nominee will be a graduate of Bishop Verot. Criteria in one or more of the following areas • Distinction in professional life • Exemplary community service • Support of Bishop Verot through volunteer time, skills and /or resources • Commitment to the mission of Bishop Verot which is “to build a community of faith and learning in the Salesian tradition, devoted to educating minds and hearts, dedicated to service, and centered in Christ” • Serves as an outstanding role model for the Bishop Verot students of today, exemplifying the school motto “Non Excidet” Nominees • The Alumni Committee is currently in the evaluation process of eligible nominees. Thank you for all who have participated in making the alumni association a great success. You truly are the backbone of helping to contribute to the finest possible education for the future generations of Bishop Verot alumni. Looking forward to hearing back from all of you. Non Excidet,

Marie Mengle

Marie Mengle Alumni Association President





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Junior Elle Thomas scores over 1000 points in high school basketball career Elle Thomas has put together an amazing junior year so far! In only 3 short years, Elle has reached the 1000 point bench mark. We can’t wait to see what she does next year!

30th Annual Golf Tournament This past October we held our 30th Annual Golf Tournament at the lovely Sanibel Island Gold Club on Sanibel Island. The proceeds from the golf outting go to the athletic Booster Club which benefits all the sports teams that Bishop Verot High School has to offer. We would like to say a big thank you to all the sponsers of the tournament and all participants. It’s through your generosity that events such as this do well and are a success.

Ricky Doyle sets school record for most points scored in a single game All of Ricky’s hard work, determination, and perseverance paid off when he set the school record at 41 points in a single game. Having committed to the University of Michigan, Ricky is looking forward to impressing a lot of folks in the Big Ten Conference. Keep up the hard work Ricky and good luck on the rest of your senior year!

Pierce LaPrey named an MVP of the John Carrigan All-Star Game

Pierce has impressed us all season long with his fierce competitive drive and toughness. Those attributes were certainly highlighted during the All-Star game where Pierce recovered 3 fumbles, returning one for a touchdown. What a great way to end the 2013 season for the senior!

Seahorse Showcase

A big thank you and congrats to the Bishop Verot art students, Kathleen Smith and Candace Getgen, who painted the 2 ceramic seahorses to Our fall production was a major success! Starring a help with a silent auction for the small cast of highly talented individuals, our students Golisano Children’s Hospital. The brought to life Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the seahorses were a big hit! They sold gang. Without your support of the Fine Arts, shows of this for the maximum price and helped raise nearly $1400! caliber wouldn’t be possible!

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown fall production





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Class of 1995 & 1998

Class of 2007

Abigail (Geslani) Dobbins and Ellie (Duplass) Tsikalas both graduated from Bishop Verot in 1995 and 1998 respectively. Both women attended the University of Florida for their Bachelor's Degrees and became life-long Gator fans. Abby went on to earn her Master's of Science in Health and Human Performance from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Ellie completed her Master's of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner track) from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Abby and her husband relocated to Madison, Alabama in 2003; Ellie and her husband arrived to the area in 2008. Both spouses work in engineering and government contracting. The families attend the same local Catholic Church, St. John the Baptist; and they enjoy getting their kids together for birthday parties and other activities. This fall Alex Dobbins (Kindergarten, right) and Simon Tsikalas (First grade, left) are attending the church's Catholic school together, just as their moms did almost 20 years ago!

Chris Scanlan (’07) got engaged to Ann Moran on Christmas day this past holiday season. After a 4 ½ year relationship, this happy couple is one step closer to the altar. Scanlan recently moved back to Fort Myers and is currently working for Bishop Verot as the Director of Communications, while Moran is working as a Financial Operations Specialist in northern Virginia. While a date has not been set, they do expect the marriage to take place in early 2015.

Class of 2000

Matthew Creach (’00) is proud to announce he and his wife, Alexandria are now expecting their 2nd child. Along with that good news, Matt has also recently expanded his restaurant, Fancy’s Southern Café. Now doubled in space, Fancy’s includes a bar, lounge and waiting area. He has impressed so many people with his restaurant that he even has been asked to help design another restaurant in Naples! If you haven’t been to Fancy’s in a while or ever, it may be time to stop in and check it out!




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