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Table of contents Letter from John A. Cavell, Jr kathryn kelly ‘73 Founder/President and CEO of The Heights Foundation By Dan Jackman, ‘01

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The Launch of the 1:1 iPad Program This Fall By Dan Jackman, ‘01

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Christ the teacher By Dan Jackman, ‘01

Spring athletic media guide school notes and summer camps Letter from Randy Zavada ‘77 alumni notes 2013 Athletic hall of fame alumni calendar Published by

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Letter from the Principal Bishop Verot Catholic High School enjoys a rich history of legacy and tradition. From our earliest days as a school community, we have always challenged ourselves to nurture leadership, challenge independence, and promote character. We continue to foster those attributes while continually searching for growth and improvement. As members of the Verot family, we will always: Support our fellow Vikings, Defend our traditions, Honor our legacy, and bleed black and gold. We are Verot! Our school creed defines who we are, exemplifying the qualities that make us unique. When you join our family, you bleed black and gold. As a family, we support one another in reaching our goals. Over 99% of Bishop Verot students are accepted to college and immediately pursue four year degrees from great universities around the country: University of Miami, University of Florida, University of Alabama, Notre Dame, Boston College, St. Mary’s College, Assumption College, Ave Maria University, the Citadel and MIT. The class of 2012 (156 students) earned over $7.6 million in scholarships last year. While these statistics are exceptional, we continue to look for new initiatives that will firmly root our school in the 21st century technology. In the fall, we will launch our 1:1 iPad initiative. Every incoming freshman will be issued and educated on the operation of his/her own iPad. The iPads will be used throughout the curriculum as a first step in meeting the needs of students in a rapidly changing world. This initiative will transition the traditional classroom into a new digital learning environment. Defend our traditions… At the heart of our mission lies our Catholic identity. Catholic Schools, like Bishop Verot, have a history of maintaining strong values and rich traditions. Our Catholic identity is one of the many missions that have led to Verot being named one of the Top 50 Catholic high schools in the nation. Honor our Legacy… The legacy of Verot begins with academia and competition, while focusing on character. Our ACT/SAT scores are the highest in our school’s history. Our Advanced Placement passage rate is an outstanding 89%, more than triple that of the Lee County public schools. This has become an expectation of the Bishop Verot AP program. In fact, we require all students taking AP courses to take the exam. Additionally, over the past 15 years Bishop Verot has graduated 93 National Merit Scholars. These students make up the top one percent of graduating seniors in the nation. Next year marks the launch of our new Scholar’s Academy at Bishop Verot. The Scholar’s Academy will be a highly selective program dedicated to exceptional academics, civic engagement, and distinguished leadership. During their four years of study at Bishop Verot, students chosen for this program will be given the opportunity to demonstrate mastery in college-level courses, enhance research and writing skills, and earn college credit through Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment classes. Bleed Black & Gold… Members of the Verot family are passionate. As a Catholic high school, we embrace the values and lessons of all activities as vital to the success of our students. Whether it be winning the State Championship baseball game, attending the Ivy League Model UN conference in Philadelphia, or bringing home the trophy in the STEM solar boat race at Algenol, our students represent the Verot family, both past and present. We are VEROT… And so we end, where we began… Family. Whenever you visit Bishop Verot Catholic High School, you will experience the Verot Creed in the faces of our faculty, smiles of our students, and pride of our alumni. As Erin Fortier ’11 wrote, “Bishop Verot is a family of the most outstanding, dedicated students, learning every day the essence of being a Viking, through strength, unity, spirituality, service, and devotion, living through Christ. Where the Viking is more than a mascot. It is an embodiment of the spirit of a family living in the essence of excellence.” Non Excidet,

John A. Cavell, Jr.

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DAN JACKMAN

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RYAN MURPHY ’10 ryan.murphy@bvhs.org PRINCIPAL

JOHN A. CAVELL, JR. john.cavell@bvhs.org

DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT

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mike gill ‘68

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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Bishop Verot Catholic High School is to build a community of faith and learning in the Salesian tradition, devoted to educating minds and hearts, dedicated to service, and centered on Christ.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Every effort is made to keep our database up to date and accurate. If you are a parent receiving this magazine at home in the name of your child, please contact us so we may update our database. All address updates should be made by emailing Dan Jackman, Director of Communications, at dan.jackman@bvhs.org.

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MEMORIES OF BISHOP VEROT’S 1st annual

LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER! LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! Bishop Verot held its very first Mardi Gras Ball at the Paragon Flight Hangar at Page Field on Saturday, February 9th. The maximum capacity crowd present for the official launch for the schools’ iPad technology initiative enjoyed the purple and gold themed room while feasting on Crab Cakes, Jambalaya, Chicken Ettoufee, and King Cake. The evening featured guest speaker Richard Jean, Principal at Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches; one of Florida’s first all iPad schools, who spoke about the incredible benefits of converting to iPads in his school.

The event was hosted by the Krewe of Victor, which included: Co-Chair: Caroline Keys Co-Chair: Diana Metzger Alumni President: Marie Mengle ‘96 Krewe Member: Randy Zavada ‘77 Krewe Member: Gina Lombardo Krewe Member: Dan Jackman ‘01

If you are interested in joining the Krewe of Victor of the Mardi Gras Ball 2014, contact Caroline Keys at cangekeys@aol.com.

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As we kicked off our very first Mardi Gras Ball, we also kicked off a new tradition of crowning a Mardi Gras King and an Alumnus of the Year. We are proud to announce our very first Mardi Gras King is David Malt ’75. David is currently serving as Chairman of Bishop Verot’s 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.  Our alumnus of the Year is Adam Hall ’94. Adam is in his second year as a School Board member. Adam has an active career in the educational technology industry serving most recently as the President of SkillsTutor, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HHM). Adam co-founded Impact Education in 2000 that was acquired by HHM 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 (4), Charlotte Rose (Charlee) (2), and Cooper Fox (just born, October 10, 2012).

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Alumni of the Year By Dan Jackman ‘01

The textbook has been the foundation of the 20th century classroom and Bishop Verot alumnus Adam Hall ’94 is about to flip that idea on its head. The hefty textbooks with their often heftier price tags have met their match with the former Houghton Mifflin Harcourt executive who has challenged his alma mater to jump onboard the digital age and embrace the notion of a school where every student, teacher, and administrator has his or her very own Apple iPad. As a member of Bishop Verot’s School Board, academic affairs team, and the strategic planning committee, the 36 year old Hall has been along for the ride as a voice for change as the Catholic school mapped out its future during the strategic planning process. Carefully crafted phrases like “meeting the needs of students in a rapidly changing world,” have found their way into the school’s vision and Hall’s background in educational technology helped point the school in a direction towards progress. The notion that the iPad would become a passing fad has subsided as more and more research has pointed to the success of 1:1 initiatives in the classroom, making it an easier sell as administrators aim for the buy-in from the teaching community. In early January, the first of such digital innovations peeked through as Hall made a unique proposal to the Bishop Verot faculty to flip their classrooms. The flipped classroom is a complete paradigm shift to the foundation of many lecture centric lesson plans with a teacher planted in the front of his or her students. With a flipped classroom a teacher posts his or her lecture online as a video for homework and the student then comes in the next day for discussion and activities in a blended learning environment, in which students spend part of their time in class face-toface with the teacher and part of their time pursuing online learning experiences with the assistance of online applications. Recent studies show that teachers in a 1:1 classroom spend more time on individual and small group instruction, allowing students to take on increased responsibility unique to their own needs.

We recently caught up with Hall, whose impetus was one of the driving forces behind Bishop Verot’s ability to move towards the 1:1 program and why Verot’s Alumni Committee named him the Alumni of the Year at Bishop Verot’s Mardi Gras Ball in February.

How would you describe your time at Verot? I was fortunate to have the ideal high school experience. I say that because over the years I’ve met so many people who found their high school experiences to be mediocre at best, and many who found them down right miserable. At the time, I didn’t realize how special those four years would end up being, but I sure do now. Verot offered a safe, warm, loving environment to learn and grow.

What were some of the highlights? I could talk about the pep rally and bonfire for the 1990 Football State Championship, or playing pranks on one another back stage during musical rehearsals (I still don’t know how Miss Springston kept her sanity), but I suppose if I had to pick

one highlight it would be Spellamania 1992. My friends and I held a mock “faculty meeting” where we parodied our favorite teachers. I happened to choose Fr. John Fisher, my Latin teacher, as my character. We had so much fun rehearsing for it, and the skit had the entire student body in tears. Fortunately, Fr. Fisher took it all in stride and he must adhere to the old adage that “imitation (no matter how abusive) is the sincerest form of flattery,” because he remains a dear friend to this day.

As a high school student, did you ever envision yourself where you are today? Not really. Ironically, when I was 18 I was fixated on 1) moving to NYC, 2) getting a degree in Economics and 3) conquering Wall Street … only to find that when I accomplished #1 and #2,

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College or University: Columbia University • Major: B.A. in Economics Career History: Adam co-founded Impact Education in 2000 that was acquired by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2010 and worked at JP Morgan Chase on Wall Street prior to the creation of Impact Education. Wife: Angie • Kids: Chloe Grace (4), Charlotte Rose (Charlee) (2), and Cooper Fox (just born, October 10, 2012) spring 2013

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I became really disenchanted with #3 once I started working in investment banking. I remember sitting across the table from the “client” thinking… “I would rather be on his side of the table…the entrepreneur’s side”. With that said, if you had asked me when I was 20 years old if I would ever be an entrepreneur in the education technology industry I would have asked you “education what?” I am pretty much the farthest thing from “tech savvy”…and yet, I love this industry mainly because of the wonderful people in it and for the promise that technology holds to have a true, lasting and profound impact on how we learn and grow. It’s a lot of fun, but no, I did not envision myself doing what I do…exactly.

What do you see as your greatest achievement? Hands down, convincing my wife to marry me (she had her reasons not to).

You have served on Bishop Verot’s school board for a number of years, served on the strategic planning committee, and coached freshman football. You have remained a loyal supporter and advocate for Catholic education, specifically Bishop Verot. Why should someone remain connected to their alma mater after graduation? I think this is a personal choice. Not all alma maters are created equal. For example, I will always remain much more committed to Verot than I am to my higher ed alma mater based entirely on the fact that I cherished my experience at Verot… whereas my experience at Columbia, while memorable and fantastic in many ways, was a far less formative experience. I would say that if you find Verot has offered you many blessings, advantages, fond memories, a sense of belonging and a solid community… and if you recognize value in all of those… then it only makes sense that you should want to give back…. Be it financially, as a volunteer, or whatever. The legacy of the school is only as strong as the alumni who define it.

Your career has centered on the development of technology to enhance education. With the recent announcement of the 1:1 iPad program at Bishop Verot, what type of paradigm shift do you envision as we move away from an educational model currently focused on textbooks and lectures? This is REALLY exciting. The iPad initiative has the potential to differentiate Verot from its competition in powerful ways, while at the same time offering students a learning environment and pedagogical approach that is more aligned with the realities they experience outside of school hours. We’re dealing with digital natives here. Technology is woven into the fabric of their generation. It’s intuitive for them and engrained in them. They are the “immediate gratification” generation because they can be. Between Google and Amazon alone, kids can basically get what they want, when they want it...be it information, media, consumer goods, etc. Why shouldn’t that same accessibility and mass customization extend to learning? Honestly, I don’t see much of a paradigm shift happening with the kids, but rather with the teachers. Most will embrace it. Some won’t. But I’m confident that with enough high quality and sustained professional development wrapped around this initiative, you will see a profound difference in how Verot defines itself academically. It will be the same rigorous, world-class, collegeprep, “held to a higher standard” academia that has grounded the school for decades, but just on steroids. Join Adam and the many alumni who give of their time, treasure, and talent to ensure the success of their alma mater, Bishop Verot Catholic High School. Learn more about how you can support the launch of our 1:1 iPad initiative by calling Gina Lombardo in our Advancement Office at (239) 274-6730 or email her at gina.lombardo@bvhs.org. To learn more about how to join our Alumni Association, contact Marie Mengle ’96 at mtmengle@comcast.net.

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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.

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together . . . By Dan Jackman

“Bishop Verot will launch its 1:1 iPad program this fall. Every freshman will have an iPad in their hands in August. Big changes ahead!”

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The words posted to Bishop Verot’s Facebook and Twitter accounts were short and concise and with the click of a mouse the announcement was public and there would be no going back - Bishop Verot would be moving ahead with its plans to become a 1:1 iPad school. Classrooms at Bishop Verot will begin to look and feel a bit different as the school embarks on its technology initiative, one that will revolutionize the educational experience for both students and teachers. The change is a paradigm shift from a form of education we have all become accustomed to with a teacher planted in front of a classroom, lecturing using tools like dry erase boards, overhead projectors, or SmartBoards while students follow along in expensive textbooks. “The possibilities are endless,” said Gina Lombardo, Director of Development. “With the MDM solutions installed on each iPad a teacher can instantly share a file with his or her entire classroom, release a test or quiz that will be graded automatically and recorded in the grade book, and access millions of educational apps designed specifically for their subject matter.” Beginning this fall, each freshman student will be equipped with Apple iPads. The program will launch as a mandatory item for the incoming freshman class, while

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verot moves forward upperclassmen will have the option of participating in the program during the first year. The iPads will be used throughout the curriculum as a first step in meeting the needs of students in a rapidly changing world. “The Apple iPad is an incredible tool that is available to our students and teachers here and now and we are excited to be able to take advantage of these resources,” said John Cavell, Principal of Bishop Verot. This spring, the school will begin overhauling its wireless network adding in new servers and fiber optic lines to provide students and teachers with a reliable and fast moving connection. Each faculty member will receive an iPad in March and will begin intensive professional development with instructors from Apple’s education division that will enable teachers to effectively transition their classrooms to digital learning environments. In addition to the technology in the hands of students and teachers, over the next few years classrooms at Bishop Verot will be equipped with flat screen televisions connected to Apple TV systems. “The televisions will liberate teachers from the center of the classroom while providing an all encompassing learning experience to students with visual, auditory, verbal and participatory cues,” said Cavell. The iPad is inspiring learning and creativity in schools around the country and Bishop Verot is proud to offer such a program in Southwest Florida. The initial gift for the iPad program was made by Mary Eller, a longtime support of Bishop Verot Catholic High School.

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Christ The Teacher In 2005, the Christ the Teacher Award was established by Father Chris Beretta, OSFS to recognize a classroom teacher who demonstrates Christ-like qualities in the pursuit of academic excellence. The student body nominates teachers while the Student Government Association narrows down the nominees and votes on the recipient. This year, our three finalists included two alumni teachers – Denise Bevillard York ’82 and Mark Latell ’83 along with a relative new comer, Mike Reese.

Mrs. Denise York Class of ‘82

2013 Christ the Teacher Award Winner

“I was a teacher by destiny,” joked Bishop Verot alumna Denise York ’82, “I used to teach my younger brother, when I was in second grade my teacher let me lead the class, and my grandmother was a teacher.” The New Jersey native found herself transplanted to Fort Myers in the midst of her high school career and nearly 33 year later Denise has worn many hats here at Bishop Verot from a student to alumni, current parent to former parent, teacher to coach, and school board member to academic advisor. Denise joined the Bishop Verot staff as a history teacher in the fall of 2008 following a career in the Lee County School District as an elementary school teacher where she was awarded the Lee County Golden Apple Teacher Award in 1992. “It was a challenge to come and teach high school, I was an elementary school teacher and I was a middle school teacher, but I wasn’t quite sure that I was cut out for high school,” said York as she reflected on her transition to Bishop Verot four years ago. This past school year, Denise moved out of the classroom and into a new role as an academic advisor working to provide a personalized learning environment for a wide range of students. The role relies on Denise’s ability to connect with students on a deeper level to be proactive in developing support systems to enhance the learning experience for those who may experience academic difficulty. “I’ve taught in public school and not being able to discuss faith with kids was disenchanting. I am blessed to be here to share my faith, to show the struggles I go through and show how I rely on God. I think these are life skills and what we are all here to do.”

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Reflecting on her time in the classroom, as a coach, and as an academic advisor, Denise said, “just interacting with kids every day, they truly keep you young and purpose filled. I really couldn’t ask for more in a job.”

Mr. Mark Latell class of ‘83

2013 Christ the Teacher Finalist

After many years as a civil engineer, Mark moved back to Fort Myers with his wife and five children three years ago to be closer to his family. It was during that move that Mark found himself in the classroom as a math teacher at Bishop Verot. Mark has become an active member of the Bishop Verot community as a full-time math teacher, tennis coach, and moderator of both the paddle boarding and chess clubs. “Everything I’m doing at the moment is stuff that I like. I’m having fun and I’m doing what I love. I’ve only been teaching for three years and hopefully I’ll be at it for a long time.” said Mark.

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Demonstrates Christ-like Qualities in the Pursuit of Academic Excellence So how do you connect your spirituality to your math classes? “You would think that as a math teacher it would be hard to bring your spirituality to the classroom, but I don’t think so,” said Latell, “I always enjoy the opportunity to talk about my faith and Catholicism. I enjoy hearing the kids talk about their theology classes and occasionally a discussion from their theology class will spill over to my class and it’s at that point that we have a better understanding of ourselves and one another.”

Mr. Mike Reese

2013 Christ the Teacher Finalist

Mike Reese started teaching after leaving the Catholic seminary, eventually becoming principal at a large Catholic high school in Pennsylvania. Upon retiring four years ago, Mike and his wife moved to Fort Myers where he ended up right back in the classroom as a theology teacher at Bishop Verot. As a theology teacher, Mike tries to bring spirituality in the simplest terms that are relatable to the challenges and important decisions seniors are making at this juncture in their lives. “As a teacher and as a Christian, it is my responsibility to help students clear their way through the many distractions and understand what is it that God wants us to be and how can we best use the gifts and talents at the service of others,” said Reese. “We are on a journey seeking truth, love and acceptance. Those are a basic human drive that we have. I try to demonstrate my kids that my spirituality is no different from theirs or from a saint or a sinner.”

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About head coach david nelson

David Nelson is in his 2nd year as head coach for the storied Bishop Verot baseball program. Before landing in the role as head coach, Nelson served as assistant coach under Tom LoSauro from 20072011 and as head coach at Lehigh Senior High during the 2006 season.

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Nelson has his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Carthage College in Kenosh, Wisconsin and was a member of the school’s Division III baseball program. Nelson is in his first year teaching at Bishop Verot. David and his wife, Monica, a 1998 Bishop Verot alumna, have a three year old son, Brayden.

Honors - 1994 State Champions, 2011 3A State Champions, 2010/2011 District Champions, 2012 3A STATE RUNNERS UP

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About head coach rick hendrix

Coach Rick Hendrix is in his 6th season as head coach of the Lady Vikings Softball team. In his six years, Hendrix has amassed a 72 – 40 record with three district championships and two regional championships that brought the girls to two State Final Four appearances. Outside of Bishop Verot softball, Rick has 11 years of experience coaching softball at various travel and recreational programs. Rick has two children – Ricky, 30, and Jordan, a 2010 Bishop Verot alumna.

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Coach Dan Krispinsky enters into his 7th season as head coach of the Vikings Lacrosse program and his 8th season coaching as a member of the Lacrosse coaching staff. Coach Krispinsky holds an overall record of 73 wins and 14 losses. As head coach of the Vikings, Krispinsky has lead the Vikings to District Championship game each season. In 2010, the team won the Regional Championship and played in the State Finals for the first time in the programs young history. Krispinsky has a BA degree in Communications from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is married to his wife, Sharon, and has two sons, Dan and Marc. Dan, a 2010 Verot alumni, currently attends Florida Southern College as a scholarship Lacrosse player and his son, Marc, is a Senior Lacrosse and Football player and member of the Chess Club at Verot. Marc plans on joining his brother at Florida Southern College as a scholarship Lacrosse player next year.

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Jesse Mitchell

James Montgomery

Austin Suarez

Robert Thornley

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Alexis Parks

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Coach Latell is beginning his second year as the Varsity boy’s tennis coach. Last year the team won the District Title, the Regional Championship and made it to the State play-offs. Latell is a 1983 Verot alumni with a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. Mark moved back to his hometown of Fort Myers three years ago and is now teaching math at Verot. Mark and his wife Deanna, also a Verot alumni, have five children, Danielle, Anna, David, Matthew and Andrew.

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Coach Gibson is entering her sixth season as the Varsity girls tennis coach. During the past five years the Vikings have won three consecutive district titles, 2009, 2010, 2011. The team has repeated as Regional Champions allowing for back to back State appearances, 2009, 2010. Gibson has been named News-Press Coach of the year two times during her tenure, 2010, 2011. Last year she was asked by the Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association to coach the Inaugural State of Florida High School All-Star team for Region 7. Gibson teamed with Naples High coach Tony Kamens and brought the first All-Star title to our area. Mary has been married to husband, Gil, for 23 years and has three sons all of whom are Vikings, Zakary ‘09, Gunnar ‘12 and Cooper ‘16.

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Coach Thomas is in his ninth season as head coach of Bishop Verot’s track program. Thomas is a 1992 graduate of Bishop Verot and attributes most of his coaching successes to the late Fathers John and Joe Beattie, OSFS with whom he had an opportunity to have as coaches and coach with. After graduating from high school, Thomas played football at the collegiate level at both Virginia Tech and the University of West Alabama.

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Thomas resides in Fort Myers, and has a son Lorenz Thomas who will be a freshman at Bishop Verot in 2014.

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Jacob Hart

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All-State High School Honors Band

National Merit Finalists

Four Bishop Verot seniors have been named National Merit Finalists. Joseph Sedlak, Delia Brennan, Jacob Hart, and Austin Benacquisto are among the top one percent of students nationally who qualify for this distinction. The four students are now eligible for over $32 million in college scholarships and grants. Eddie Heyer ‘13 was invited to participate in the All-State High School Honors Band program in Tampa in January. To become a participant Eddie auditioned and was selected among thousands of students from across the state of Florida.

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Bishop Verot senior Josh Bevillard signed his letter of intent on Friday afternoon to play Division I Football at Stony Brook University this Fall. Josh was a 6’2 235 lb Defensive End for the Vikings.

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Model United Nations

Bishop Verot’s Model UN students had the unique opportunity to participate in the 29th session of the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference presented by the University of Pennsylvania. Fourteen Bishop Verot students travelled to Philadelphia for the four day conference to act as Delegates for Serbia, discussing solutions to global poverty, disease, and homelessness, while developing new ways to foster understanding of international affairs. The students had the opportunity to meet Bishop Verot alumnus, Alex Flack ’01, who is the Director of Revenue Management for the Embassy Suites City Center where the group stayed during the conference. bishop verot’s alumni magazine

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Bishop Verot’s STEM Team Brings Home Top Prize in Algenol Solar Boat Race

Bishop Verot’s STEM team brought home 1st place in the Algenol Solar Boat Race in the high school division and won the Grand Racing Champion Title for the fastest boat in all divisions. This is Bishop Verot’s first time competing in the Algenol STEM Challenge. Algenol has spent the last three years creating a multi-faceted program that promotes the development of skills in problem solving, discovery and exploratory learning. The company spearheaded the annual series of innovative challenges where local area students compete along with Algenol scientists and engineers in STEM related projects in an effort to encourage students to work towards careers in the STEM fields.

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Coach Herting now holds the record for most postseason wins in basketball in Southwest Florida. Herting was previously tied with Don Stewart (retired) of Lely with 14 wins. Coach Herting recently completed his 14th season with the Vikings and is the winningest basketball coach in Verot history, leading the Vikings to 9 consecutive district titles, 6 appearances in the Elite 8, and a trip to the Final 4. Herting has been named Southwest Florida Coach of the Year on five separate occasions.

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< Over 50 Bishop Verot students represented the Bishop Verot Vikings in the 2013 Edison Festival of Light Grande Parade and Junior Parade in Fort Myers. This years’ entry was a 14 foot tall Viking helmet with Bishop Verot’s mascot, Victor the Viking sticking out from the top. This is the second year the Vikings have been back in the parade in full force with a float, the drum line, cheerleaders, student leaders, and Victor the Viking.

On February 14th, Bishop Verot students helped promote the Grand Parade by appearing on WINK News This Morning with reporter Vanessa Ruffes and Edison Festial of Light organizer Ted Fitzgeorge. spring 2013

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2013 athletic summer camps Visit Our website at www.bvhs.org/camps for forms and additional information

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Coach David Nelson Elementary – High School

Coach Phil Dorn Elementary – Middle School

June 3-6 8am-12pm Ages 7-11 June 10-13 8am-12pm Ages 12-14

June 17-20 8:30am-3pm Grades 7-9 June 24-26 8:30am-3pm Grades 3-6

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Coach Wynn DePasquale Elementary – High School

June 3-7 8:30am-12pm Grades 1-8

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July 8-11 9:30am-11:30am Grades 1-8 July 8-11 1pm-4pm Grades 9-12

June 3-6 9am-4pm Boys and Girls Grades 7-9 June 7-8 9am-12pm Boys and Girls Grades K-2 June 10-13 9am-4pm Boys and Girls Grades 5-6 June 17-20 9am-4pm Boys and Girls Grades 3-4 June 24-27 9am-4pm Boys and Girls Grades 7-9

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music camps middle school jazz band June 10-14 • 8:30am-4pm

drum line camp June 15-19 • 8:30am-4pm

high school flute choir June 17-21 • 8:30am-4pm

Chess Camp and Technology Camp Visit www.bvhs.org/camps for dates and times. spring 2013


From the Desk of the Director of Institutional Advancement After an eighteen month Strategic Planning process, Bishop Verot is poised to embrace the future with goals set forth by all stakeholders. These goals look to assure our continued leadership in academics, co-curricular activities and community involvement, centered on the teachings of Christ. We have dedicated ourselves to invest in our teachers and students through the upgrade and use of technology in our classrooms.

Starting in the fall of this year all incoming freshman students will be issued their own Apple iPad, which will replace many of the traditional tools of learning that we are accustomed to. This cutting edge educational technology has come with a substantial financial commitment to upgrade our campus infrastructure and our faculty’s instructional preparedness. To financially meet these goals, Bishop Verot has pledged its efforts to raise $250,000 over the next two years to cover the initial costs. We are proud to announce that through the very generous donation of $100,000 by Mrs. Mary Eller, we are well on our way. Mrs. Eller, a long time supporter of Bishop Verot High School, was excited to take the lead on the integration of the 1:1 iPad initiative into our classrooms because of her passion and shared vision for the Vikings of today and tomorrow. The Advancement department has been tasked with raising the remaining funds in a very short time. Our efforts were kicked off with the inaugural Mardi Gras Ball held on February 9th at the Paragon Flight Hangar in Fort Myers. The black tie optional event with dinner and dancing drew 160 supporters of Bishop Verot and raised well over $12,000. Moving forward, our Annual Fund will help support our technology initiative, as well as our Adopt-a-Student program.

Finally it is hard not to notice in this issue we are celebrating our 2nd annual Vikingfest on campus March 14-17. Come celebrate St. Patty’s day, the Viking way, with a Texas Hold’em Tournament and bike night on Friday, then a wide varsity of events from our BBQ to Brew, to carnival rides and a classic car show. This year’s contestants include the reigning BBQ National Champion and we will have a first ever professional “Throw Down” competition on Saturday. If that wasn’t enough, the Backyard BBQers will be back on Sunday and starting Thursday night through Sunday night we will have carnival rides in the area behind the Nevins gym. It promises to far exceed last years tremendously successful Vikingfest, and this year there is no entry fee! Go Vikes!

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Having a wedding? Inviting your Verot family? Help fill in the blanks on our class notes section by having your wedding group shot as the headline picture. Add the Verot alumni group photo to the checklist for your wedding photographer and share with us. Email your group wedding photo to Dan Jackman at dan.jackman@bvhs.org.

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We are saddened to announce the passing of Steven John Neumayer, 49 years old of Robert, Louisiana. Steve was in a car accident on Thursday, January 17, 2013. Steve was CAD operator who loved making things, drawing, fishing and spending time in nature. He will be missed by his mom, fiancé Renee Rosetti, brother & sister-in-law, Mark and Theresa Neumayer and nephew Taliesin, “seester” and brother-in-law Kristi and Jim Jenkins and nephew Kaden, Uncle Bob and Aunt Jeanne Ronda and family, and many friends.

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Garret Copeland and his wife, Jessica, welcomed Gavin Caleb to the family on January 2, 2013 at 5lbs. 12oz. Gavin joins older sister Maddie.

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Greenwell graduated from the University of Florida. He managed a larger agency in Bonita Springs before deciding to go out on his own. “When you put everything you have into your work and love what you do, at some point you decide that it makes sense to do it for yourself and your family, “ said Greenwell.

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Kevin Greenwell (right) opened a new insurance agency in Southwest Florida with his business partner Jeff East. East & Greenwell Insurance offers Homeowners, Auto, Business, Life, Financial Services, and just about any other type of personal insurance product. Kevin and Jeff have been friends, neighbors and co-workers for years. Kevin

Mellany Marquez-Kelly and her husband, Chris, welcomed Jacob Kelly to the family on December 19th. Jacob joins older siblings Carly 7, Nate 3, and Gabriel 19 months. Mellany is an attorney

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with Lusk, Drasites, & Tolisano, P.A. and Chris Kelly is the Learning Resource Coordinator at Bishop Verot.

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will marry at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers in June. Kristen is the Practice Administrator for Dr. Stephen Laquis, an Ophthalmic Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist and Corey owns Suncoast Identification Solutions.

lbs, which is expected since he’s a Krieg. Kevin and his family reside in Brunswick, Georgia where he is a Financial Advisor with New England Financial.

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Tracey M. Hansen became engaged in July to her longtime love, Logan B. Frazier. The couple lives in Cape Coral with their three dogs and will wed on April 6th in front of family and friends in Fort Myers, Florida. Tracey is a sales manager for her family business, Hansen Homes of South Florida.

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Chris DiTomaso married his college sweetheart, Elizabeth Scicluna, on November 17, 2012. They now reside in Havre de Grace, MD where Liz serves as a military aviation technical writer for the Department of Defense and Chris works as a regional clinical consultant pharmacist for a national hospice organization.

Shannon Moore Stecz and husband Justin welcomed a healthy baby boy, Jackson Lee Stecz, to the family on November 11, 2012 at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH where the couple currently resides. Shannon is the Senior Manager of Enrollment and Care Coordination at Dovetail Health. Ryan Wade was recently hired on by the Cape Coral Fire Department. He and his wife, Mandi, are expecting their first child in August.

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Matt Bur ‘02 married Jessica Graci ‘04 on December 2, 2012.

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Memorial Hospital in Dallas. In July, Liz will become Chief Resident and will specialize in Pulmonary/Critical Care.

English teacher at Riverdale High School.

The couple met in Baltimore, MD in 2010 and currently live in Pittsburgh, Pa. The ceremony was officiated by Fr. Chris Beretta. Attendents included fellow Verot grads, Michele Eddie ‘02, Peter Fair ‘05, and Edward Fair ‘10. The ceremony singers were also Verot grads Elizabeth Ivy ‘10 and Morgan Ivy ‘12. Meldin Graziani-Califano married Christopher on June 16, 2012. Chris and Meldin live in Orlando where Meldin is currently working on her PhD in Public Affairs.

Liz Merkle Hankollari and her husband, Lulian, welcomed Leona Elizabeth to the family in January at 6lb 13oz 19 inches. Liz is finishing her third and final year of residency in internal medicine at Parkland

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Jamie Seravello married Tim Velasco, Jr. on October 20, 2012 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Cape Coral. The ceremony was officiated by Father Hugh McGuigan. The couple met in 2009 in Fort Myers where they currently reside.

Meghan Bradley and Matt Burbach married on November 30th. The couple resides in Cape Coral. Meghan received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University and is a Pediatric Physical Therapist at Children’s Rehabilitation Center at Healthpark. Matt is Bishop Verot’s Director of Campus Ministry.

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Holly Kalemeris will graduate with her MBA in May from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt. Holly signed with Gallo Wine in California to be a Senior Financial Analyst following graduation. Morgan Marinell is engaged to Dominic Engels. The couple resides in Fort Myers and will marry in June. Morgan is an Advanced Placement

Megan Corbett Mickuleit ‘05 and Ben Mickuleit ‘03 welcomed their first child, Madelyn Nicole, to the family on December 31, 2012. Ben graduated from Edison State College with BS in Public Safety Administration and AS in Fire Science and works at Matlacha-Pine Island Fire Department. Megan graduated from FGCU with BA in Elementary Education and is a sub for Lee County School District. The family currently resides in Cape Coral.

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Zach Ward currently resides in Shuangjing District of Beijing China where he teaches for Best Learning, an English immersion school. Zach teaches four levels of Pre-K classes using basic english vocabulary and concepts.

“It is pretty impressive some of my students can almost speak as much English as they can Chinese. Initially when I moved here it was pretty tough to assimilate into the culture and get around without being able to speak the language, but when you immerse yourself in a culture you adapt very quickly. Even though I don’t speak the language well, I can communicate well enough to get around the city and get the things I need. So far I have been able to go visit Temple of Heaven, Long Temple, Confucian Temple, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and several different interesting cultural areas around town. Currently, its Chinese New Year and there have been festivals and fireworks the past two weeks. Other than travelling and sightseeing around Beijing, I had the chance to visit Boracay Island in the Philippines. Seeing the different standards of living both in Beijing and Boracay has made me really appreciative of the gifts I’ve been given growing up. I do have to be honest as much as I have loved living here and enjoyed almost every second of it, there are several things that I do miss about living back home like coaching basketball at Verot, watching college sports whenever possible, and seeing my family and friends. It has been a great 6 months and I can’t wait to see how the next 6 go! Should you want to get in touch or have questions of your own feel free to email me anytime at zackward.fl@gmail.com and be sure you check out my blog online www.zackwinchina.blogspot.com and my picture site http://zackwinchina.shutterfly.com spring 2013

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2005

Shannon York recently began working as a traveling event manager for the Washington Speakers Bureau. Traveling to both domestic and international events, Shannon manages the logistics, briefings, speech content and security of a high profile speaker. Previously, Shannon traveled for the Romney-Ryan campaign as an advance lead for Mrs. Romney. “I love that this new opportunity allows me to live in DC yet continue to travel and be a part of the political speaking circuit,” Shannon said reflecting on her new role.

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Jessica DeMattia received her degree in Communications and a minor in Journalism from Florida Gulf Coast University. Michael DeMattia currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska at Elmendorf AFB where he is stationed and works on C-17’s.

2008

Robert DeMattia is serving in the United States Navy and completed his first tour of duty in Afghanistan in September. Following his service in Afghanistan, Robert received the Air Force Commendation Medal for outstanding achievement in his work, specifically during the Koran burning crisis. It was the first time his Commanding Officer gave out such an award in his career

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as Robert worked with both the US Navy and the US Air Force. Robert will finish his three years in Hawaii and will return to Florida in September to Tampa at Macdill Air Force Base working for CentCom. Katie Rizzo graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with a degree in Microbiology and Immunology. Katie will attend Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) beginning this summer.

2009

Andrew Grinsell will graduate from Florida State Unviersity and will attend Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine in the Fall. Blake Krell is attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy and is a member of the swim team. The USMMA men’s swimming and diving team finished third overall and second among D-III teams at the 2013 Metropolitan Championships. The Mariners 800 freestyle relay team of which Blake is a member, was crowned METS champions after a 6:50.74 swim, which also improved on their record time from earlier in February. Sean Minor is also attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy and is a member of the swim team. Sean was part of relay team that shattered an Academy record in the 400 freestyle relay

at 3:03.14 to finish third in their February event and broke the previous USMMA record by over two seconds.

2010

John Edwards began interning this spring for State Representative Jared Moskowitz of District 97. John is a junior at Florida State University double majoring in Political Science and Criminology.

2011

Emma Clinger has been invited to attend the sixth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative at Washington University this year. The Initiative was created to engage the next generation of the United States’ leaders for social change. The convention brings together student leaders, NGO representatives, topic experts, and celebrities to brainstorm ideas, share best practices, and develop their action plans for the months ahead. Emma was selected because of her commitment to create a social business entitled 4Girls. The mission of 4Girls is to provide the universal framework to empower young women in impoverished cities worldwide, to raise their social standards and bolster a lifetime of confidence. Emma have worked with colleagues, administrators, and professors at Rollins College to create a solution to women’s rights issues in impoverished countries worldwide.

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2012 Career Day (Pictured above) Over 30 professionals joined the Bishop Verot community to share their experiences in their respective fields on Friday, February 8th. Ten of the individuals in attendance were Bishop Verot alumni - Denise York ‘82, Marie Mengle ‘96, Dr. Billy Truax ‘00, Noelle Casagrande ‘02, Angie Sorenson ‘98, Vanessa Farano ‘01, Katrina Gamez ‘95, Tom Pino ‘96, Josh Kirley ‘96, and Michael Knox ‘01.

2011

Deidre Rogan performed “Memoria,” an original piece choreographed by Alvin Ailey, with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. The show was performed at New York City Center in New York City, a theatre seating 2,750 people. Deidra is a sophomore majoring in dance with a minor in business in the Fordham/Ailey BFA program at Fordham University.

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Alyssa Collier is attending University of North Florida where she is majoring in Athletic Training with the hopes of practicing physical therapy. Alyssa just received her first internship at Florida Premier Physical Therapy in Jacksonville. spring 2013

Bishop Verot alumni met up in Montevallo, Alabma where Chander Rose ‘00 is now the head baseball coach at the University of Montevallo and Ryan York ‘08 is a student coaching assistant. Bishop Verot alumni and former baseball coach Tom LoSauro ‘79 caught up with the two grads.

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ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES 2013 Join the Bishop Verot Athletic Hall of Fame Committee on Friday, April 12th as Dawn Delo-O’Reilly ’99, Reggie Battle ’85, and Bo Kagan M.D. are inducted into Bishop Verot’s Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Our alumni, classmates, family, and friends are invited to the induction ceremony. Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase on our website at www.BVHS.org/HOF. If you have any questions, contact Mike Gill ’68 at (239) 274-6745 or by email at mike.gill@bvhs.org.

dawn delo-o’reilly Class of 1999

A State Champion Pole Vaulter, Cross Country and Soccer

reggie battle Class of 1985 State Rushing leader and News-Press Athlete of the Year ‘85 as a member of Bishop Verots Football Team

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thursday, march 14th, 2013 to sunday, march 17th, 2013 BISHOP VEROT’S

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Thursday 6pm-10pm • Friday 6pm-11pm • Saturday 11am-11pm • Sunday 11am-6pm friday, march 22nd

friday, april 12th

Bishop Verot’s Theatre Production “Working” Anderson Theatre 7:30 pm

Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Nevins Gym 6 pm-9:30 pm

saturday, march 23rd Bishop Verot’s Theatre Production “Working” Anderson Theatre 2:30pm • 7:30 pm

sunday, march 24th Bishop Verot’s Theatre Production “Working” Anderson Theatre 2:00 pm

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friday, april 30th Spring Musical Invitational Concert Anderson Theatre 7:00 pm

You can find out more information about all of these events at: www.BVHS.org/Calendar

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