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160 Years of Academic Excellence in the Catholic Tradition 1852 • 2012

Mount de Sales Academy Board of Trustees Executive Committee Nora Coakley Reiter, CPA '70 P'08 President Sister Mary Thomas Huffman, O.P. Principal Joseph Geier P'08 '12 Vice President Mary Jo Warthen P'87 Secretary Christopher Giermek P'14 Treasurer General Board Carol N. Abromaitis, Ph.D. Richard Arnold P'11 Chris Brown, J.D. P’04 '08 Monsignor Carl F. Cummings Keith Dalton P'10 Ronald C. Diegelman P'00 Frank H. Falter, Jr. P'84 '86 GP'15 Barry Fitzpatrick Elizabeth Gibbons Jennings '80 P’12 Sharon McCormack, M.D. '77 Reverend Michael J.P. Roach John L. Voigt, Jr. P'03 Alumnae Association Board Position Available President Kay McElgunn Everett '85 P'13 Vice President Jeanne Schaible Langeluttig '84 Treasurer Position Available Secretary Comments, contributions or corrections? Please contact: Karen von Lange P'09 '16 Director of Communications Mount de Sales Academy 700 Academy Road Catonsville, Maryland 21228 e: p: 410.744.8498 ext. 140

From the Principal Dear Families and Friends, Hail to you, dear Mount de Sales, home where peace of God prevails! The sound of our Sailors singing these words rings fondly in my ears as I prepare to bid farewell to the school that has become my home over the last three years. As Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, we pledge our lives to serving Christ by preaching the Gospel, however and wherever that may take us. For me personally, living out the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience has been an adventure in faith, and if there is one thing I am learning, it is that the Lord is a God of surprises! While I had every indication that I would return to Mount de Sales next year, this past June I was unexpectedly elected to the General Council, which is an advisory group of four sisters who assist Mother Ann Marie. Because I will need to be available to her and to the community on a regular basis, I am moving back to Nashville and will also serve as principal of St. Cecilia Academy next year. Replacing me at Mount de Sales will be Sister Mary Thomas. Sister Mary Thomas has been serving for the last seven years as principal of St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville, our congregation-owned girls’ high school, and before that she was, among other things, a teacher of high school Religion, Math, and Science for more than eight years. I am thrilled that you will be able to work with Sister Mary Thomas, who is an experienced, hard-working, and prudent principal, plus a great sister and a good friend and mentor to me. She is delighted by the prospect of coming to Mount de Sales and brings with her a wide range of talents and background that will be a gift to the Academy at this moment in its history. Of course, I am indeed sad to leave this wonderful school. Over the past three years Mount de Sales has become my home and each one of you a part of my spiritual family. When I was first assigned here, I received a colorful package of notes and cards from our students welcoming me to this school that they assured me wasn’t like any other place. After seeing my fair share of Big Sister/Little Sister events, Twisted Tunes, May processions, and Graduations, as well as the daily happenings of life on this hill, I would have to agree. There is a special blend of faith and tradition, of gentleness and freedom that permeates the walls of this 1852 building. Is it the spirit of St. Francis de Sales, is it the charism of the Visitation Sisters, is it the weight of years of history? It is all of these things and something more, something intangible that is also deeply Catholic. As Catholics we see the world sacramentally. Christ didn’t just come to save us generically; He came as a man, at a certain moment in history, to a certain place on the map. So, too, for us, our school is not just a Catholic school in a generic sense. Rather, Christ reveals His presence here in a very unique way, one that is deeply respectful of the individual gifts and talents of each person and also absolutely appealing to the feminine heart. Any amount of time spent at Mount de Sales tends to leave an imprint on one’s mind and heart, and I know in my own case it definitely has done both. Thank you for allowing me to serve you over these past three years as together we have fostered the mission of an institution that is far greater than any one of us. I am grateful for your goodness and your example. Please be assured of my continued prayers for you, especially at Mass where we are all truly joined together in the Heart of Christ. God bless you abundantly,

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Volume 28 Issue 2 2 From the Principal 3 Capital Campaign 4 On Campus 8 Scholarship Awards 14 Academic Awards 18 Athletic Awards 20 Alumnae News

Capital Campaign

PHASE II - A BANNER SUMMER! We are now entering the third quarter of our fundraising initiatives for Phase II - join us! The construction of the artificial turf field with hillside stadium seating is progressing well and soon our Sailors will be reaping the benefits of this long awaited capital project. But don’t be deceived, the field may be nearing completion but we are only in the third quarter of our fund raising. Phase II of the Anchored in Excellence Charting our Future Capital Campaign for Mount de Sales Academy that provides for the artificial turf field, hillside stadium seating, and other related amenities is a $1.5 million endeavor. As of August 1, we are at 62% of our goal. In consideration of the best interests of our students, the Board of Trustees made the ambitious decision to go forward with the aggressive construction time table and establish a line of credit that will be drawn upon while multi-year pledges are paid and fundraising is completed. The basis for the decision was two-fold: renovation of the field was critically necessary and construction during the summer minimized disruption of campus life.

Building on the momentum of Phase I and in an effort to meet the needs of our students, we immediately delved into Phase II. The most obvious impact of the field is the benefit for our student athletes. But keep in mind, all students will benefit from the field as it will be used for Physical Education classes and school-wide activities. Additionally, when the Phase II goal is met, all attention will be focused on Phase III, the performing arts building, for which a small portion of the funds have already been raised. We need your help to bring home the win! For more information on how you can get involved or to direct us to someone who might be interested in learning about how to make a difference for the benefit of the Mount de Sales Academy students, please contact Sister Philip Joseph, O.P. at 443.636.2060 or Or, you can make a gift right away on our website at

Go Sailors!


Phase II of the Capital Campaign provides a few unique opportunities to recognize the support of donors who contribute and wish to be publicly recognized.* Named recognition is a rare honor on the Mount de Sales Academy campus. Donors may wish to be personally named or recognize another individual such as a family member, influential coach, or possibly a patron saint to whom you have a devotion. These naming opportunities are also available for corporate recognition.

Artificial Turf Field: $1 million Main/Center Plaza: $250,000 Center Circle Plaza: $100,000 (2) Goal Line: $50,000 (2) Team Benches: $25,000 (2) Field Hockey Goal: $20,000 (2) Lacrosse Goal: $20,000 (2) Soccer Goal: $20,000 (2) Softball Home Plate: $20,000 Softball Bases: $10,000 each Gates on the Field: $5,000 (4) Individual Seats: $1,000 (175) Please contact Sister Philip Joseph,O.P. at or 443.636.2060 to learn more about this special opportunity to make a significant impact on the success of the Mount de Sales Academy artificial turf field and hillside stadium seating. *Please note, this is a complete list of opportunities, some of which may have already been taken.

Mr. Jeff Mann, Project Manager, and Mr. Mark Cohagan, Director of Operations, survey the field plans.


On Campus

SAILORS FOR SOLDIERS 5K On April 28, 2012 over 200 participants gathered at the Hilton area of the Patapsco State Park to participate in the first-ever Sailors for Soldiers 5K, sponsored by the MDSA Support the Troops Club. The Sailors for Soldiers 5K race was inspired by Mr. Adam Widner's words to the MDSA student body during his February 16 campus visit when he said, “The doctors in Germany saved my life, but the Wounded Warrior Project saved my soul.” Following the speaking event, Sr. Patrick Stephen suggested hosting the race, and the dedicated members of Support the Troops Club brought the plan to fruition. Support the Troops Club raised over $6,000 in sponsorship dollars to help defer the cost of the race. Event sponsors, coupled with registration fees, enabled MDSA to make a $10,000 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The school's donation marked one of the largest high school metro-area contributions to the WWP. Support the Troops Club works throughout the school year to raise support for military members and their families. The Club launched at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year after Club Sponsor, Mrs.


Eileen Clements, noted the vast number of students and teachers at Mount de Sales who had a personal connection with the military. Over 80 students attended the Club's first meeting last fall and throughout the school year members worked hard to provide the student body with opportunities to show support and gratitude for our military servicemen and women. Such events included: •

9/11 Memorial Ceremony on campus.

Two Operation Welcome Home events at BWI, one in October and one in February.

Operation Kid Comfort - the Textile students created photo quilts for loved ones of deployed servicemen through the Armed Forces YMCA.

Veterans Day Bake Sale - the largest bake sale in MDSA history, raising over $400 during break and lunch!

Hosted Wounded Warrior Speaker, Mr. Adam Widner on February 16 for a school-wide assembly. Adam spoke about his injuries and subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder after being severely wounded in Afghanistan.

Sister Anne Catherine, Mrs. Eileen Clements, and members of the Support the Troops Club presented the Wounded Warrior Project with a $10,000 donation following the Sailors for Soldiers 5K fundraiser. WWP artwork (above right) by Emily Simms '13.

On Campus Support the Troops Club members are extremely grateful for the outpouring of community support and involvement during this year's 5K. Club members would like to thank the race sponsors, volunteers, and runners. Special thanks to the servicemen and women from Ft. Meade who participated in the race! Support the Troops Club would like to invite you to keep an eye out for the 2013 Sailors for Soldiers 5K event! If you would like more information about the Club or would like to offer a sponsorship for next year's 5K, please contact Mrs. Clements at


Sailors' Summer Service: BOOM

by Shannon Collyer, MDSA Campus Minister

In June, nearly forty teens from Mount de Sales Academy and Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) parish, located in Ellicott City, participated in BOOM, the Baltimore Ongoing Outreach Mission. The purpose of this local mission was so that these teens could be stirred to see the needs of their own community. Throughout the week the students worked with many different non-profit organizations. The activities throughout the week included building homes with Habitat for Humanity, visiting the elderly at Shangri La nursing home, sorting food at the Maryland Food Bank, cleaning Leon Day Park, and serving meals at Our Daily Bread, the Franciscan Center, and My Brother’s Keeper. Students also worked at organizations for women, such as My Sister’s Place and The Samaritan Woman. In addition to hands-on service projects, the students could be seen praying outside the Hillcrest Abortion clinic on Route 40. Students started off each day with Mass at OLPH. After Mass they split into smaller groups and went to various mission sites throughout Baltimore. After the day of service, the teens would return from their various sites to Our Lady of Perpetual Help to grow as a community in prayer, in sharing, and in fellowship. During the week, students met and prayed with fellow Catholic teens from Belize who were visiting, toured the Basilica, and heard speakers on various mission-related topics. Approximately 250 lunches were made at OLPH for men who are homeless in the Baltimore area. Simply put, the students were inspiring during the week long BOOM experience and I was honored to be a part of the week. It was truly a week of immersion, where, in our own backyard, students were able to see Christ in the face of those impoverished.


You can read more about the experience at The Sailor Source, the Sailor blog found at

3 Sailors for Soldiers 5K participants: 1. Mr. Garland Payne P'14 and Alyssa Payne ’14 2. Cross Country Team with Mrs. Gers, Guidance Counselor and Assistant Coach. 3. Kathryn McCauslin ‘14 and Hailey Buller '14.

Students working hard during the week long BOOM service mission, from left: Meredith Miller '13, Emily Hornton ('12 NDP), and Annie Babcock '13.


On Campus

How is your Annual Giving support making a difference? Tuition covers the direct expenses related to a student's Mount de Sales Academy education. Other sources of income, however, are needed for the supporting elements of a student’s experience at Mount de Sales Academy. These include but are not limited to facilities maintenance, new program development, and technology upgrades to name just a few. Thank you for your support of the 2011-2012 Annual Giving campaign. Your annual participation is appreciated and vital to our ability to provide the best learning environment possible for our students.

The Arts at Mount de Sales Academy by Eileen Clements, Department Chair

The Fine Arts Department is proud to provide the MDSA students with an approachable, collaborative environment where students experience a wonderful atmosphere of creative energy! Students have a number of visual and performing arts courses from which to choose.

Honors Paper & Fiber: Explores the myriad of

only Studio but also gives them a thorough understanding of the Elements & Principles of art as well. This is the cornerstone of our Art program and is what sets us apart from other schools.

explore further areas of paper experimentation.

possibilities of paper and fiber manipulation. Projects include altered journals, printing, experimental paper techniques, papermaking and bookmaking.

Advanced Paper & Fiber: Allows students to Line and Color: Exposes students to not design their own Paper Fiber projects and 3-D Art: Explores the world of sculpture and

ceramics. Students learn the history of three dimensional art as well as work in clay and other mediums. Some of the techniques Honors Portfolio: Focuses on improving explored are hand building and wheel work. drawing skills and becoming a better visual Jewelry: Explores the history of jewelry and artist. Also provides the basis for establishing exposes students to some basic jewelry making a portfolio for students who may wish to techniques such as beadwork, Polymer clay, pursue art in college. PMC, and wire work. Advanced Portfolio: Students pursue themes, Photojournalism: Students are the eyes and ears

Annual Giving support makes projects a variety of media, and interests of their of MDSA by maintaining a news blog, “The own choice. It helps to broaden a student’s Sailor Source.” The blog includes photos like the following possible:

• Creation of the Sacred Heart Program Center

• New computer lab construction and outfitting (B111)

• Upgraded computer lab (B211) • Stairwell refurbishment (A-side middle) and reinforcement (B-side end of building)

• Library outfitted for class sessions • Roof repairs necessitated by 2011 earthquake and storms

• Carpeting in the St. Francis de Sales Chapel and A-side hallway

• Cupola repairs • Exterior and interior door upgrades • Music Hall floor refinishing

portfolio and develops them into high-level and feature stories by students highlighting visual problem solvers. classroom activities, promoting events, and Honors Textiles: Students learn to sew on a spotlighting classmates. sewing machine, read a pattern, and use Speech & Drama: Explores public speaking, experimental techniques to design fabric. oral interpretation, and acting. Students have Course covers batik, quilting, appliqué, the opportunity to experience theatre both printing on fabric, beading, embroidery, and backstage and in the spotlight. other techniques. Theatre: Delves into stagecraft, costume and Advanced Textiles: Allows students to design makeup design, as well as traces the history their own textile projects and explore further of theatre. areas of textile experimentation.

Recent Alumnae in the Arts Jess Oros ’08: graduated from McDaniel College with double major in Studio Art and English. Jess will join the MDSA Fine Arts department as a faculty member this fall! Kirsten Dahlberg ’08: graduated from High Point College, NC where she studied Art education. Jen Doty ’09: beginning her fourth year of a five year Architecture program at Illinois Institute of Technology. Has gone from the basics of design to surviving “the Brick Project” where she created a brick structure of over 2,000 handmade ¼”x ½”x 1” bricks to interning for a Chicago based architecture firm this summer.

Music Hall floor restoration in progress, Summer 2012. The refurbished floor is ready for Dance Classes this Fall!


Jessica Taylor '09: working as a stage manager while studying technical theatre at Jacksonville University.

Meave Jopson ’09: is a Senior at Rhode Island School of Design where she is an industrial design major. Meave participated in the NASA Moon Buggy Races and is interning this summer at Firmenche Perfume Co. in New York City as a packaging designer. Ali Quinn '09: studying in Spain and directed Rent at UMBC. Abbey Parrish ’10: is a rising junior at MICA where she is a double major in Art History & Painting. Abbey interned at the Walters Art gallery last year and is doing an independent study/internship in London this summer. Jordan Lombardi '10: dances with the "Bad Boys of Dance" Company and has toured the world extensively since graduation. Helen Kirby '10: studying at UMBC while majoring in Music.

2011-2012 Fine Arts Activities September:

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First gallery displays of summer Portfolio assignments Freshman Flash Mob

October & November

• • • Mrs. James demonstrates with pastels for her students.

Dance I: Introduces students to classical ballet,

Concert Choir: Develops the finer skills of modern, and jazz dance. After exploring the performance, musical expression, and technique elements of dance, technique, history, and through the study of music in the chamber composition are covered in each dance form. and concert traditions. Regular performance Dance IIa and IIb: Students further explore the opportunities are available through the school, technique of ballet, modern, and jazz dance in Church, and local communities.

addition to researching cultural dance forms and historical figures in dance. A more defined aesthetic is developed as students learn to create and evaluate movement.

Symphonic Orchestra: All experience levels are

Dance III: Students refine technique in a variety


welcome as this course focuses on building the fundamental skills needed to successfully perform in small and large ensemble settings.

of dance forms and experience a deeper understanding of dance culture and composition. Dancers work independently and as a group to explore the possibilities of movement, creating, and evaluating full dance pieces.

Orchestra: Focuses on the more advanced aspects of performance, musical expression, and technique. This orchestra concentrates on studying more challenging literature while taking a closer look at the history and theory behind the music.

Chorus: Focuses on the fundamentals of healthy

New Fine Arts Courses for 2012 - 2013:

tone production, vocal mechanics, and ensemble performance. Students develop the tools needed to effectively read and analyze music.

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Danielle Cook '10: is a Dance major at Towson University and a member of the Towson Dance Company. Emily Targonski '10: is a Music major studying at Elizabethtown. Gina Keller ’11: is a rising Sophomore at Savannah College of Art and Design. Alexa Welch '11: was one of about twenty students featured in the Fall 2011 Glee Wall-to-Wall concert. Alexa was Production Assistant and Assistant Stage Managed the Off-Broadway workshop of the new musical Last Kiss under the direction of Pat Birch, Paul Jacobs, and Louis St. Louis. Alexa also had the opportunities to sing in Broadway veteran Jane Seaman's Singing Audition Workshop at Pearl Studios last March and to sing a duet in the Marymount Manhattan College Freshman Showcase in May.

AP Art History Honors Advanced Drama

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Carmella Pombeuna ’12: awarded the Linham Arts Scholarship at UMBC.

NAHS creates MDSA scenes for calendar to sell at Christmas Bazaar. We raised $500 for the Sisters Academy’s Art program! NAHS - gingerbread cookie decorating at the Sisters Academy Advent Ceremonies, provided music Junior Ring Mass, provided music Nativity program during the Christmas Bazaar Christmas Concert Choir featured on ABC2 News


MDSA Musical Bye, Bye Birdie at Mount St. Joseph High School


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Amy Fly ’11: is majoring in Art at Dickinson College.

NAHS created gingerbread house for the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees Sailor Blog created on our website by Photojournalism class Drama field trip to the Hippodrome Theatre Living Rosary, provided music Black & White Dinner, provided music Open House: all disciplines performed

American Crafts Council field trip to Baltimore Convention Center (3-D Arts and Jewelry classes) NAHS - Valentine jewelry making demo at the Sisters Academy Fine Arts Assembly - all disciplines


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John Archer Service Trip - performed for special education needs children Virginia Beach Music Competition

Angelica Sorauf ’12: attending Savannah College of Art and Design.


Veronica Zoeckler ’12: attending Rochester Institute of Technology to pursue a major in Medical Illustration.


Rachel Baldwin ’12: attending UMBC to pursue a major in Graphic Design. Nicole Teodosio ’12: attending Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. Ann Lipscombe ’12: attending Catholic University and plans to study Art.

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Spring Concert Dance Recital One Act Plays May Procession/ Mother Daughter Tea, provided music Senior Art Show Coffee House Baccalaureate Mass, provided music


New York City Field trip sponsored by the Drama Department

All year long the Choir and Chorus lead the music for school Masses.


Scholarship Awards

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Mount St. Mary’s University Jessica Auburger University of Alabama* Rachel Baldwin University of Dayton


Julie Betta The Catholic University of America Towson University* York College of Pennsylvania Laura Bochenek Case Western Reserve Ithaca College Loyola University Maryland The Catholic University of America University of Rochester*


Natalie Boegel Fordham University* Mercyhurst College Spring Hill College University of Maryland College Park Washington College Bridget Boland Ave Maria University Franciscan University of Steubenville St. John’s University The Catholic University of America* University of Dallas University of Maryland Baltimore County University of Maryland College Park


Kaitlyn Bolesta Franciscan University of Steubenville* Geneva College James Madison University Kings College Messiah College Mount St. Mary’s University Saint Joseph’s University Maureen Cashen Mount St. Mary’s University* Washington College



Victoria Chester Stevenson University Alexandra Clasing Mount St. Mary’s University

Colleen Crawford Gettysburg College* High Point University

Hunter Cynkar Duquesne University* University of Pittsburgh West Virginia University Molly D’Elia Lynchburg College Randolph-Macon College Roanoke College* Virginia Wesleyan College Cara Dawson Mount St. Mary’s University Salisbury University* The University of Scranton York College of Pennsylvania Elizabeth Desel Mount St. Mary’s University Shepherd University* York College of Pennsylvania Brooke Dignan Duquesne University Saint Joseph’s University University of Mary Washington Virginia Polytechnic Institute Nicole Dowling Marymount University* Grace Duffy Bridgewater College Drexel University University of Delaware* Branan Durbin Providence College* The Catholic University of America The University of Scranton Washington College Clara Ehrman La Salle University Marywood University* Amanda Gates McDaniel College Mount St. Mary’s University Stevenson University

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Meghan Lawrence Campbell University Mount St. Mary’s University Saint Joseph’s University Stevenson University The Catholic University of America


Christine Leimkuhler Mount St. Mary’s University Stevenson University Towson University Nicole Leo Assumption College* DeSales University Emmanuel College Hood College Mount St. Mary’s University Saint Francis University Saint Vincent College The Catholic University of America Washington College


Ann Lipscombe St. John’s University Stevenson University Lindsay Manser Mount St. Mary’s University*


Claire Marcus Manhattan College Marist College* Paige McGinty Marymount University Mount St. Mary’s University Lesley Nalley Mount St. Mary’s University* Emily O’Brocki Arcadia University Mount St. Mary’s University* Stevenson University Caroline O’Ferrall University of Miami*



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Meghan Ross Hood College Mount St. Mary’s University Notre Dame of Maryland University Rouse Scholars Program*

Emily Ordakowski Gettysburg College* Loyola University Maryland St. Mary’s College of Maryland Washington College

Caitlin Phoebus York College of Pennsylvania Carmella Pombuena Fordham University Maryland Institute College of Art Stevenson University Towson University University of Maryland Baltimore County Jennifer Pumphrey Hood College Maryland State Scholarship Mount St. Mary’s University Notre Dame of Maryland University Stevenson University



Cierra O’Keefe James Madison University University of Delaware

Kelly Phelan Saint Joseph’s University*


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Ashley Robertson Belmont Abbey College Marymount University

Alexandra Palting The Catholic University of America University of Delaware*



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Jessica O’Ferrall Mount St. Mary’s University York College of Pennsylvania

Caitlin O’Neel Butler University Mercyhurst College* Rider University


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Molly Ritmiller Fordham University New York University* Northeastern University Pratt Institute

Gina Salacki Albright College Jodi Schneider Colorado School of Mines* Allison Schuessler Mount St. Mary’s University* Megan Sedney Valparaiso University* York College of Pennsylvania Elizabeth Sheffer Eckerd College Old Dominion University The University of Maine University of New Haven Rosalyn Sherron Mount St. Mary’s University Caitlin Shoemaker Boston University Drexel University Mount St. Mary’s University Saint Francis University Towson University University of Delaware University of Pittsburgh* Emily Sipes Delaware Valley College Karly Sites Mount St. Mary’s University* Lauren Smith Albright College


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Margaret Smith Elizabethtown College Loyola University Maryland Mount St. Mary’s University Notre Dame of Maryland University Towson University The University of Scranton Angelica Sorauf Savannah College of Art and Design* Kayla Spaar DeSales University Franciscan University of Steubenville* Mount St. Mary’s University Saint Vincent College Clare Stavely Marymount University* York College of Pennsylvania Lucia Thomas Mount St. Mary’s University Saint Michael’s College* The College of Saint Rose Megan Thomas Saint Joseph’s University Shelbi Timmons Duquesne University* Mount St. Mary’s University Saint Joseph’s University Stevenson University University of Delaware York College of Pennsylvania Taylor Tornatore Lynchburg College

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Frances Tufts The Catholic University of America Gabriella Voso Franciscan University of Steubenville Alexandra Walker Duquesne University* Shepherd University Sarah Walther DeSales University* Franciscan University of Steubenville The Catholic University of America University of Maryland College Park University of Pittsburgh The University of Scranton York College of Pennsylvania Mary Wheltle La Salle University Marymount University Mount St. Mary’s University* Rosemont College Audrey Wilkinson Mount St. Mary’s University Mollie Williams Virginia Wesleyan College Emily Zalucki Marymount University Mount St. Mary’s University Washington College* Veronica Zoeckler Cleveland Institute of Art Rochester Institute of Technology* University of Maryland Baltimore County

Graduate photos: 1. Carmella Pombuena, Alexandra Palting, and Angelica Sorauf. 2. Veronica Zoeckler, Mollie Williams, Molly Wheltle, and Alexandra Walker. 3. Lizzie Sheffer and Emily Kerstetter. 4. Rebecca Gregory, Courtney Geier, Kaitlin Fletcher, Clara Ehrman, and Grace Duffy. 5. Kaitlin Fletcher, Beth Desel, Caitlyn O'Neel, Courtney Fair, Jennifer Pumphrey, and Meg Blodgett. 6. Clare Stavely, Jessica Ladd, and Kara Hand. 7. Brooke Dignan, Bridget Boland, Branan Durbin, Kaitlyn Bolesta, and Jodi Schneider. 8. Kelly Phelan and Julie Ratcliffe. 9. Jordan Leishear and Jennifer Snell. 10. Clare Jennings, Breinna Hulede, Helene Hauf, and Alexandra Harrison. 11. Allison Schuessler, Gina Salacki, Meghan Ross, and Ashley Robertson. 12. Victoria Chester, Emily O'Brocki, and Kourtni McClain.

*Graduate has accepted this scholarship award.

The Class of 2012 is attending the following Colleges and Universities: University of Alabama Anne Arundel Community College Assumption College Belmont Abbey College California Polytechnic State University Carroll Community College Catholic University of America Christendom College Colorado School of Mines Community College of Baltimore County University of Connecticut Culinary Institute of America University of Delaware DeSales University Dominican Sisters (Aquinas College) Duquesne University Flagler College Florida Southern College Fordham University Franciscan University of Steubenville Geneva College Georgia Southern University Gettysburg College Grove City College High Point University Hood College Howard Community College Loyola University of Maryland Loyola University-New Orleans Marist College Marshall University UMBC University of Maryland of College Park Marymount University Marywood University Mercyhurst College University of Miami Mount St. Mary’s University Neumann University New York University UNC-Wilmington Old Dominion University Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Penn State University University of Pittsburgh Providence College Roanoke College University of Rochester Rochester Institute of Technology Saint John’s University-Queens Saint Joseph’s University Saint Michael’s College Salisbury University Savannah College of Art and Design Shepherd University Shippensburg University SUNY-Albany Stevenson University Towson University Valparaiso University Virginia Commonwealth University University of Virginia Washington College West Chester U of PA West Virginia University Widener University


The Class of 2012 Randi Nicole Amoss Catherine Steuart Amy Kaitlyn Brooke Anderson Jessica Catherine Auburger Rachel Marie Baldwin Patricia Kathleen Basil Taylor Anne Beaumont Julie Caroline Betta Meghan Lynn Blodgett Laura Elizabeth Bochenek Natalie Anne Boegel Bridget Mary Boland Kaitlyn Kristine Brady Bolesta Amanda Paige Bonnet Caroline Suzanne Butler Meagan Anne Campbell Maureen Elizabeth Cashen Victoria Corey Chester


Alexandra Emma Clasing Colleen Maria Crawford Hunter Anne Cynkar Nichole Noel Dantoni Cara Ann Dawson Molly Lawrence D’Elia Elizabeth Barbara Desel Brooke Elizabeth Dignan Nicole Elizabeth Dowling Grace Frances Duffy Branan Dakota Durbin Clara Elizabeth Ehrman Courtney Elizabeth Fair Kaitlin Marie Fletcher Amanda Elizabeth Gates Courtney Ann Geier Julie Marie Gillis Rebecca Mary Gregory

Zoey Elisa Gross Kara Marie Hand Emily Anne Harrigan Alexandra Suzanne Harrison Madelyn Kay Harrison Helene Elizabeth Hauf Sarah Christine Huber Breianna Diana Hulede Chantel Armani Hunter Clare Elizabeth Jennings Kayley Shane Jones Mary Corinne Kavanagh Julie Elizabeth Kearney Emily Patrice Kerstetter Kelsey Louise Kirby Jessica Nicole Ladd Bridgette Anne Lappe Meghan Cathleen Lawrence Christine Nicole Leimkuhler Jordan Lee Leishear Rebecca Marie Leisher Nicole Marie Leo

Ann Catherine Lipscombe Lindsay Marie Manser Claire Elise Marcus Kourtni Taylor McClain Erin Morgan McCloskey Paige Katherine McGinty Megan Clare McGrain Sarah Elizabeth McKinnon Lesley Ambrose Nalley Emily Lynn O’Brocki Caroline Leigh O’Ferrall Jessica Marie O’Ferrall Cierra Marie O’Keefe Mikia Sharay Omar Caitlyn Anne O’Neel Emily Rose Ordakowski Alexandra Maria Giorla Palting Kelly Lynn Phelan Caitlin Louise Phoebus Julia Elizabeth Plants Carmella Theresa Pombuena Jennifer Ann Pumphrey

Mary Theresa Quinn Julia Anne Ratcliffe Molly Eileen Ritmiller Ashley Marie Robertson Megan Eleanor Rodahaver Meghan Leigh Ross Kathleen Kelsey Ruch Gina Louisa Salacki Jodi Lynn Schneider Allison Elizabeth Schuessler Megan Michele Sedney Elizabeth Cory Sheffer Rosalyn Kirwan Sherron Angela Patricia Shipley Caitlin Ann Shoemaker Emily Anne Sipes Karly Elizabeth Sites Melissa Skopek Lauren Marie Smith Margaret Mary Smith Jennifer Karen Snell Emily Rose Sonni

Angelica Marie Sorauf Kayla Elizabeth Spaar Clare Elizabeth Stavely Sara Kathryn Stupi Emma Korwin Talbot Nicole Justice Teodosio Megan Marie Thomas Lucia Martina-DeSapio Thomas Shelbi Ann Timmons Taylor Anne Tornatore Sophia Diana Trapani Frances Margaret Tufts Gabriella Ruth Voso Alexandra Lea Walker Sarah Alice Walther Mary Rose Wheltle Audrey Manning Wilkinson Mollie Anne Williams Emily Michelle Zalucki Veronica Maria Zoeckler ♥ In Memoriam: Caroline Grace Herrmann ♥


Academic Awards

Valedictorian Sarah Walther

We have been given some incredible gifts and through our education at Mount de Sales, the opportunity to see them grow and flourish. With a solid foundation in our faith and morals to guide us throughout life, we have been transformed into faithful, strong young women, ready to bring Christ to a world searching for truth... Do not be afraid to use everything you have learned here at Mount de Sales and the tremendous love and passion in your hearts to be the beautiful, powerful, faith-filled young women you are because, as St. Catherine of Siena said, “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire.”

Salutatorian Natalie Boegel

Mount de Sales Girl Bridget Boland







I believe we all inevitably realize that the goal of Mount de Sales Academy is to nurture us so that we may become our best selves. We are so fortunate to have gone to a school that cares about each of us so much. During our junior year, we are transformed from young girls into young women. Fortunately, at Mount de Sales, this transformation occurs in a supportive environment, which still allows us to enjoy our childhood as we slowly accept the responsibilities of adulthood. We are all prepared to take the next step in our journey. And we will do so confidently, knowing we have the support of our one hundred and twenty-one sisters.

In the past four years, we have grown to be the messengers of love the Pope called us to be. We developed our characters, and learned so much – academically, socially, and spiritually. We not only learned right from wrong, but why right is right and wrong is wrong and why choosing the good is so good. While we have learned that it is impossible to do everything, we know that we can do the best we can with the time we have for the glory of God. We have learned that following God is not always easy – or popular. We learned what it means to be a virtuous woman, although sometimes we fall short.


BUILDING THE KINGDOM AWARD In memory of Tara Howard '05

Veronica Rittie RELIGION DEPARTMENT Senior Religion: Margaret Smith Junior Religion: Claire Martineau Sophomore Religion: Rebecca Huber Freshmen Religion: Alaina Keller Apologetics: Corinne Kavanagh Catholic Social Teachings: Margaret LaCourse ENGLISH DEPARTMENT Freshman English: Jordan Lloyd Honors Freshman English: Alaina Keller Sophomore English: Erin Dignan Honors Sophomore English: Emily Spaar Honors Junior English: Claire Martineau American Literature: Andrea Miller AP English Language: Mary Connolly British Literature: Lindsay Manser Honors Senior English: Margaret Smith AP English Literature: Julia Plants Study of the Holocaust: Sarah Huber Humanities Study: Sarah Huber SOCIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT Western Civilization: Alyssa Berdan Honors Western Civilization: Alaina Keller US History: Hannah Walter AP US History: Meghan Brown Honors US History: Rebecca Huber Modern US History: Andrea Miller AP European History: Julie Gillis US Government: Erin Dignan AP US Government & Politics: Clare Jennings Honors US Government: Claire Welzant Psychology: Jessica O'Ferrall AP Psychology: Margaret Smith

Academic Awards SCIENCE DEPARTMENT Biology: Julia Stafford Concepts of Biology: Keri Amrhein Honors Biology: Alaina Keller AP Biology: Caitlyn Shoemaker Anatomy: Julia Plants Marine Ecology: Andrea Miller Honors Marine Ecology: Alyson Schmid Chemistry: Elisabeth Lemmon Honors Chemistry: Rebecca Huber Concepts of Chemistry: Amanda Bowen AP Chemistry: Haley Jones Physics: Helen Rogers Honors Physics: Mary Connelly Forensic Science: Maureen Cashen Life in the Chesapeake Bay: Laura Bochenek MATH DEPARTMENT Algebra I: Sarah Miller Algebra I, Part II: Grace Smoot Algebra Concepts: Morgan Winterbottom Algebra II: Rachel Blackert Algebra II Concepts: Margaret Furletti Honors Algebra II: Rebecca Huber Geometry: Taylor Swenski Honors Geometry: Alaina Keller Geometry Concepts: Allison Buhr Data & Statistics: Megan Sedney AP Statistics: Meghan Brown Precalculus: Ashley Robertson Honors Precalculus: Mary Connolly AP Calculus: Margaret Smith Personal Finance: Amanda Gates Integrated Math: Julia Plants In addition to these achievements, students in Integrated Math and Personal Finance completed the National Finance Capability Challenge, sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The following students scored in the top 20% of students nationwide:

Nichole Dantoni Beth Desel Nicole Dowling Amanda Gates Helene Hauf Sarah McKinnon Julia Plants Meghan Ross Kathleen Ruch Gina Salacki Rosalyn Sherron Emily Simms Angelica Sorauf Taylor Tornatore

FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT Line & Color: Sarah Muldoon 3-D Arts: Meghan Blodgett Textile Design: Rebecca Huber Advanced Textile: Jennifer Parker Paper & Fiber Arts: Caitlyn Shoemaker Advanced Paper & Fiber Arts: Ann Lipscombe Honors Portfolio: Kaitlyn Gamboa Honors Advanced Portfolio: Carmella Pombuena Introduction To Jewelry: Sara Stupi Dance I: Celia Thomas Dance II a: Keelan Scharbach Dance II b: Ally Berdan Chorus: Helen Van Natta Concert Choir: Emily Spaar Symphony Orchestra: Hailey Buller Advanced Orchestra: Leah Henry and

Madison Maguire

Speech & Performance: Meghan Ross Theater Arts: Lindsay Peace Photojournalism: Julie Ratcliffe and

Allison Schuessler


This spring, 87 Mount de Sales Academy students participated in the National Latin Exam, a worldwide assessment annually given to 148,000 students. Mount de Sales students excelled on this year’s exam as 68 of our students received awards and recognition for scoring above the national test average.

LATIN I EXAM Gold Medal/Summa Cum Laude Hanley Allen Sydney Jupitz Danielle Andrews Alexandria Klohr Jacqueline Arnold Margaret LaCourse Ann Babcock Christine Leimkuhler Mollie Babcock Nicole Leo Merry Baronas Ayla Montague Alexandra Clasing Sarah Newberg Marina Congedo Mary O’Donnell Ashton Flater Christina Sarver Kaitlin Fletcher Sarah Schneider Julia Giermek Elizabeth Thompson Mary Halligan Victoria Tully Jessica Harris Diana Weyandt Sydney Hunter Katherine Witt

Four Perfect Score Certificates PHYSICAL & HEALTH EDUCATION Jacqueline Arnold Mary Halligan Health & Physical Education: Madeline Nilan Ashton Flater Jessica Harris Lifetime Fitness: Branan Durbin Silver Medal/Maxima Cum Laude FOREIGN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT Brianna Celestina Diane Miller Honors French I: Kristen Stark Nichole Dantoni Faith Reed Honors French II: Hannah Walter Lauren Hiltz Alexandra Rittie Honors French III: Madison Maguire Sarah Huber Emily Saia AP French: Cierra O'Keefe Sarah Hughes Lucy Scrivener Spanish I: Alaina Keller Corinne Kavanagh Sarah Turgeon Honors Spanish I: Madeline Nilan Nora Marcus Katelyn Young Spanish II: Taylor Swenski Magna Cum Laude Certificate Honors Spanish II: Alyson Schmid Lacy Cole Bayley Taylor Spanish III: Maria Isabel Banegas Jaclyn Gates Jordan Tornatore Honors Spanish III: Meredith Miller Riley Gentner Kelly Wright Honors Spanish IV: Laura Bochenek Cassandra George Caroline Walsh AP Spanish: Margaret Smith Gina Salacki Abby Zalucki Honors Latin I: Marina Congedo Honors Latin II: Meredith Miller Cum Laude Certificate ARCHDIOCESE OF BALTIMORE DISTINCTIVE SCHOLARS

Natalie Boegel Sarah Huber Sarah Walther STATE OF MARYLAND GOVERNOR’S AWARD

Natalie Boegel Caitlin Shoemaker Alexandra Harrison Margaret Smith Sarah Huber Sarah Walther

Regan Beck Anna Minnick Abigail Moran Taylor Price

Christina Topper Meredith Schorr Sarah Strehl

LATIN II EXAM Gold Summa Cum Laude Callie Gahagan Meredith Miller Catherine Jordan Mary Skora Silver Maxima Cum Laude Amanda Ignacio Magna Cum Laude Meghan Blodgett Kayla Spaar

Taylor Tornatore


Academic Awards

Mount de Sales Mock Trial Team Makes their Mark by Mr. John Seeberger P'08 '10, Team Co-coach

THE CASE: Kendall Kneifer, a 17 year old soccer player, collapsed in the extreme August heat while running suicide sprints at the end of her high school soccer tryouts. Unconscious and non-responsive, with a body temperature of 45.5°C, she was whisked away by ambulance to the ER. She sustained permanent injury and was diagnosed with heat stroke and dysarthria, a condition affecting her speech. Three other players also collapsed, all with varying but lesser injuries. Long-time Coach Drew Hunter, known as one of the best soccer coaches in the State, one whom demands excellence, hard work and dedication from his players, now stands trial, charged with multiple counts of reckless endangerment and child abuse. How could this have happened? How could the beloved Coach Hunter be charged with such crimes? The Coach provided players with water and breaks; players were to be in shape and prepared; they knew what to expect at practice; August is always hot; practice was even shortened that day. However, certain County heat restrictions and guidelines were not followed. Coach Hunter failed to stop practice at the first sign of heat exhaustion. Earlier treatment could have allayed Kendall’s injuries. The Coach took a win-at-all-cost approach, even if the cost was the well-being of a young 17-year-old player. Was this a crime, or was it an unfortunate accident? Members of the Mount de Sales Mock Trial Club, met twice a week after school, during break, and sometimes on weekends, to study the above scenario and many other detailed facts, statutes and case law that made up the 2011-2012 Maryland State Bar Association’s Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition. Students prepared a prosecution case to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Coach Hunter was guilty of reckless endangerment and child abuse, as well as a defense case to show that Coach Hunter was innocent on all charges. (No wonder they say “attorneys speak out of both sides of their mouth!”) Team members not only studied the many facts of this case and detailed witness accounts, but also the substantive law of reckless endangerment and child abuse, and the many rules of evidence that could arise throughout the trial. The team learned and honed their skills at witness preparation and presentation, persuasive argument, court room presence, the examination of expert witnesses, and the art of cross-examination.


Each side of the case requires three attorneys and three witnesses, totaling twelve roles. Some of our first year members “learned the ropes,” by assisting the attorney teams, and acting as alternates for witnesses as they prepared for other roles in the future. The case was tried before a real Baltimore County judge, with seasoned attorneys conducting the competition scoring. In this regard, we went 4-1, with wins against Loch Raven High School, St. Paul's School for Girls, Hereford High and Calvert Hall, and our only loss in the regional semi-finals to a very accomplished team from Owings Mills High School. There is a great opportunity for you to become part of the club for the 2012-2013 season. For more information about Mock Trial, contact Mrs. Maggie Schorr, team moderator and co-coach, at or talk to the girls from this year’s team.

Mock Trial All-Stars Emily Barbour Allison Farmer Mary Kate Halligan Claire Halligan Sarah Maclean Claire Martineau

Mary McKernan Jenny Protzman Bayley Taylor Lucia Thomas Lauren Wilhelm

Back up support: Emily Jordan, Caroline Hanlon, Lauren Hiltz, Caroline Lorenzo, and Nabila Moubarak

PRESIDENTIAL EDUCATION AWARD The Presidential Education Award is given to SENIORS in recognition of Outstanding Academic Achievement, including a 93 average and 1650 or above in standardized testing.

Rachel Baldwin Julie Betta Laura Bochenek Natalie Boegel Bridget Boland Kaitlyn Bolesta Brooke Dignan Grace Duffy Branan Durbin Clara Ehrman Kaitlin Fletcher Julie Gillis Kara Hand Alexandra Harrison Sarah Huber Clare Jennings Corinne Kavanagh Jessica Ladd Christine Leimkuhler Rebecca Leisher Nicole Leo Lindsay Manser Caitlyn O’Neel Emily Ordakowski Julia Plants Molly Ritmiller Ashley Robertson Jodi Schneider Caitlin Shoemaker Margaret Smith Emily Sonni Megan Thomas Gabriella Voso Sarah Walther Veronica Zoeckler


Bridget Boland Jodi Schneider Alexandra Clasing Elizabeth Sheffer Julie Gillis Margaret Smith Clare Jennings Sarah Walther PRESIDENTIAL EDUCATION FITNESS The Presidential Education Fitness award is given to sophomores, juniors and seniors in recognition of outstanding Educational Improvement. Seniors

Catherine Amy Amanda Bonnet Elizabeth Desel Ann Lipscombe Paige McGinty Mikia Omar Alexandra Walker Juniors

Brenna Becker Emma Callahan Anatasia Countiss Margaret Furletti Elizabeth Galka Keri Holt Angela Koerner Elena Salas Christa Walsh Sophomores

Alexis Becker Allison Buhr Caroline Evans Karida Harris Elizabeth Thompson THE EAGLE OF THE CROSS AWARD




Corrine Kavanagh

PRINCIPAL’S LEADERSHIP & ERIC T. MUNSON MEMORIAL AWARD The Principal’s Leadership & Eric T. Munson Memorial Award is given for Academic Excellence and Exemplary Leadership to the Student Council President.

Patricia Basil PRINCIPAL’S CHOICE ART AWARD The Principal’s Choice Award goes to an outstanding art piece that is recognized by the principal and that will be hung permanently in the school.


Meghan Brown HELEN KIRWAN MAISEL '30 LEADERSHIP AWARD Rosalyn Sherron '12 presented this year's Helen Kirwan Maisel Leadership Award. This award is named after Rosalyn’s greatgrandmother, Helen Kirwan Maisel, who while a student at Mount de Sales Academy served as class president all four years. The award honors a student-leader who serves with virtue and character.



Sarah Maclean Meghan Ross Teresa Majerowicz Lucia Thomas Mikia Omar Grace Woo Courtney Nellies ST. FRANCIS DE SALES SPIRIT AWARDS Every year the St. Francis de Sales Spirit Award is given to one student from each class who exemplifies strong school spirit and the ability to evoke that same spirit and love for Mount de Sales in others. The award also recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates great love for Mount de Sales and ability to build community. Freshman: Megan McDermott Sophomore: Kristen Vargas Junior: Aaliyah Cuthrell Senior: Cara Dawson Teacher: Mrs. Eileen Clements

2011 - 2012 Teacher of the Year

Sister Amelia, O.P.

Sister Amelia, O.P., Apologetics and Spanish teacher, is known for her everpresent smile and enthusiasm. Her effervescent spirit fills her classroom and inspires her students on a daily basis. After just two short years at Mount de Sales, Sister Amelia has touched the lives of the entire student body. Sister Amelia's way of teaching includes passion, a desire for everyone to understand, and interactive activities to involve students. She uses her gifts and abilities to engage students both in the classroom and around campus. Sister learned to love Spanish and Catholicism on an exchange trip to Chile as a junior in high school. Sister serves as the Moderator for Teens for Catholic Action, plus she organized Café Cecilia, a student group that gathers to discuss religious writings and enjoy coffee together! Sister Amelia, with the help of student leaders, launched the popular iPray event on campus last year. Bridget Boland '12 says, "Sr. Amelia made a tremendous impact on my life. Her care and concern for her students and those around her has been a great example of Christ's love. She has helped me grow closer to God by encouraging me to do His Will whole-heartedly and trusting that He will provide. Her reliance on God has led me to Him and I can't thank her enough for the example of her faith.” During college, Sister was on a Division-I rowing team. Because of her love of athletics and understanding of the demands placed on athletes, Sister accepted the role of Sailors' Athletic Chaplain. Sister Amelia served as a spiritual mentor for all of our athletes and lovingly provided the Sailors with opportunities for prayer and fellowship. After college, Sister Amelia became a Catholic. Her love of teaching she inherited from her parents, both of whom are teachers.


Athletic Awards Sailor Athlete of the Year

MDSA Athletic Achievement

William Held Leadership

Margaret Williams Anchor

Jessica Harris '14

Jodi Schneider '12

Caroline O'Ferrall '12

Julie Gillis '12

Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track & Field


Field Hockey and Lacrosse

Basketball, and Lacrosse

Fall Sports Awards TRIPLE THREAT

The Athletic Department would like to recognize those athletes who participated in three Varsity sports during the 2011-2012 Academic year:

Gabby Cha '13

Tennis, Basketball, and Lacrosse

Jackie Clauser '14 Soccer, Indoor Track, and Track & Field

Anastasia Countiss '13 Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Track & Field

Samantha Gillis '14 Soccer, Basketball, and Lacrosse

Jessica Harris '14 Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Track & Field

Bridgette Lappe '12 Cross Country, Swimming, and Track & Field

Rebecca Leisher '12

Cross Country MVP: Jessica Harris Unsung Hero: Anastasia White Unsung Hero: Rebecca Leisher Most Improved: Sara McKissick Varsity Field Hockey MVP: Julianna Shearer MVP: Courtney Geier Unsung Hero: Caroline Butler Unsung Hero: Caroline O’Ferrall

Varsity Soccer MVP: Kara Hand Unsung Hero: Kayli Burns Unsung Hero: Jessica Ladd Most Improved: Stephanie Arnold JV Soccer: MVP: Kathleen Malcotti Unsung Hero: Madison Fields Most Improved: Clare Lipscombe Most Improved: Morgan Tibbo

JV Tennis Most Valuable Player: Maria Binette Unsung Hero: Elizabeth Galka Unsung Hero: Carly Williams Most Improved: Brigid Klein Varsity Volleyball MVP: Jodi Schneider Unsung Hero: Chelsea Owensby Unsung Hero: Megan Sedney Most Improved: Clara Ehrman

JV Field Hockey MVP: Amanda Donovan Unsung Hero: Riley Gentner Unsung Hero: Madison Diehlmann Most Improved: Jen Walls

Varsity Tennis MVP: Brooke Dignan Unsung Hero: Gabby Cha Unsung Hero: Sarah MacLean Most Improved: Carrie Naylor

JV Volleyball MVP: Lynn Walsh MVP: Megan Hren Unsung Hero: Lori Sena Most Improved: Taylor Swenski

Sideline Cheer Squad MVP: Megan Lowcher Unsung Hero: Regan Beck Most Improved: Lindsey Nalley

Varsity Indoor Track & Field MVP: Jessica Harris Unsung Hero: Erin McCloskey Most Improved: Jackie Clauser Most Improved: Ana White

Winter Sports Awards Varsity Basketball MVP: Gabby Cha Unsung Hero: Kara Hand Most Improved: Samantha Gillis Most Improved: Elena Salas JV Basketball MVP: Annie Tavera Unsung Hero: Kristen Stark Most Improved: Amanda Seidl

Varsity Swimming MVP: Cassie Jordan MVP: Kristen Vargas Unsung Hero: Katie Nevin Unsung Hero: Anna Minnick

Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Track & Field

Eve Lukoswki '14 Field Hockey, Basketball, and Lacrosse

Christina Sarver '13 Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Track & Field

Sarah Schneider '14 Soccer, Indoor Track, and Track & Field

Julianna Shearer '13 Field Hockey, Indoor Track, and Lacrosse

Hannah Walter '14

Spring Sports Awards Varsity Golf MVP: Madison Maguire Most Improved: Emily Kallmyer Most Improved: Courtney VanWie Most Improved: Jackie Thompson Varsity Lacrosse MVP-Offense: Gabby Cha MVP-Defense: Kelly Phelan Unsung Hero: Kayley Jones Most Improved: Katie Sauter

Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Track & Field

Sarah Walther '12 Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Track & Field

Ana White '13 Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Track & Field


JV Indoor Track & Field MVP: Christina Sarver MVP: Sarah Schneider Most Improved: Leah Mohler Most Improved: Stephanie Culotta

Nov 10

JV Lacrosse MVP: Margaret Leppert Most Improved: Susan Kelly Most Improved: Katelyn Young Varsity Softball MVP: Jessica Jurney Most Improved: Lauren Munter Unsung Hero: Sarah Hughes JV Softball MVP: Chelsie Marsh Unsung Hero: Connelly Magin Unsung Hero: Christine McQuay Most Improved: Katelyn Celestina

Track & Field: Track events MVP: Jessica Harris Unsung Hero: Grace Duffy Unsung Hero: Erin McCloskey Most Improved: Bridgette Lappe Track & Field: Field events MVP: Anastasia Countiss Unsung Hero: Sarah Schneider Unsung Hero: Jackie Clauser Most Improved: Rachel Maher

Hall of Fame Induction Save-the-Date Mark your calendar and join us for the third MDSA Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony! Stay tuned to the Mount de Sales website for event details and ticket information. Questions? Contact Clare Audy, Asst. AD at

Athletic Awards C. Markland Kelly

MDSA Scholar Athlete

Sister Mary Leonard Award

Team Awards 2011 - 2012

Kelly Phelan '12

Sarah Walther '12

Bridgette Lappe '12

Cross Country

Field Hockey and Lacrosse

Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track & Field

Cross Country, Swimming, and Outdoor Track & Field

Cross Country won its second consecutive IAAM B-Conference Championship!

Field Hockey Field Hockey won MDSA’s first-ever IAAM B-Conference championship!

College Athletes

Congratulations to the nine Sailor Athletes from the Class of 2012 who intend to participate in athletics at the collegiate level. Go Sailors!!

Not pictured: Erin McClosky - Track & Field University of Delaware

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Sarah Walther

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Julie Gillis

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Kaley Jones

Lacrosse UMBC

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Becky Leisher

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2011 - 2012 IAAM All-Stars

Rebecca Leisher ’12 Cross Country Jessica Harris ’14 Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Track & Field Anastasia White ‘13 Cross Country Courtney Geier ’12 Field Hockey Julianna Shearer ’13 Field Hockey

Amanda Ignacio ‘14 Field Hockey Kara Hand ‘12 Soccer Brooke Dignan ‘12 Tennis Jodi Schneider ’12 Volleyball Chelsea Owensby ‘13 Volleyball Gabby Cha ‘13 Basketball

Kelly Phelan ‘12 Lacrosse Jessica Jurney ’14 Softball Ronnie Rittie ’13 Softball Ashley Lesniewski '13 Softball Erin McClosky ‘12 Track & Field Grace Duffy ‘12 Track & Field


The Class of 1962

Class of 1962 Golden Reunion Graduation day for the Class of 2012 was especially memorable for the Class of 1962. Mount de Sales was honored to have seven graduates from the 23-member Class of 1962 join us for the 160th Commencement Ceremony. Gathering together for their very first reunion, the Class of 1962 celebrated 50 years since their own walk through the Music Hall windows.

Members of the Class of 1962 gathered for the 160th Commencement on May 26, 2012 (from left): Faye Provenza Kuehnl, Kathleen Costello Sarkarati, Mary Jo Bopp Cress, Paula Megna Heckel, Mary Alice “Dede” McComas Kautz, Mary Clare Gilley Knight, and Kathy Cavey Christian.


The day was filled with sharing memories, catchingup on each other’s lives, and sharing photos of children and grandchildren, as the honored guests walked through their beloved hallways of Mount de Sales. We are so grateful for the opportunity to share this unique day with seven special ladies. A special thank you is extended to each of them! We sincerely hope you stay connected to each other and to Mount de Sales throughout the future years.

Class of 2012 Legacies

A total of ten proud Class of 2012 graduates share the experience of walking through the Music Hall windows with their mothers and/or grandmothers. The traditions of Mount de Sales Academy are the essence of our energetic spirit. Every tradition is a bond between the current students and the Mount de Sales Academy Alumnae, encouraging the continued legacy of Mount de Sales Academy. We are most grateful to our Alumnae for entrusting their daughters to us during these precious high school years! 2012 Legacies seated from left: Tess Quinn '12, Amanda Bonnett '12, Emily Zalucki '12, Molly D’Elia '12, Courtney Geier '12, Clare Jennings '12, Kayley Jones '12, Rosalyn Sherron '12*, Grace Duffy '12, Nicole Teodosio '12. Standing from left: Betty Dukehart Quinn '41, Mary Hall Bonnett '86, Michelle Cascio Zalucki '84, Jean Biser Wain '39, Katherine Jane Peters Geier '48, Elizabeth Gibbons Jennings '80, Betty Dorsey Gentner '58, Mary Maisel Sherron '79, Sister Frederick Mary Maisel, SSND '53, Lita Parr Maisel '55, Mary Clare Walsh Duffy '80, and Linda Justice Teodosio '79. *Special note: Rosalyn Sherron is the 4th generation of her family to graduate from Mount de Sales! We are grateful that Sister Frederick Mary '53, Rosalyn's godmother and great-aunt, was able to be with us for the 160th Commencement!

Class of 1962 photo above seated from left: Donna Zephir Lancelotta, Melanie Reese Killian, Kathy Cavey Christian, Ann Owens Tolbert, Faye Provenza Kuehnl, Theresa Wachter McCarthy, Mary Claire Gilley Knight, Mary Green Bacon, Kathleen Feeney Miller, Stephanie Gathwright Garber, and Judith Rowe. Standing from left: Mary Alice "Dede" McComas Kautz, Paula Megna Heckel, Margaret Walsh Groot, Kathleen Costello Sarkarati, Mary Jo Bopp Cress, Elizabeth Janney Allen, Colleen Gulley, Joyce Ulrich, Sandra Engers Shumway, and Michelle Van Horn.


Alumnae News

Sailor Sister by Sister Amelia, O.P.

The grace of a religious vocation blesses not only the individual but also the community and family that has prepared and prayed for the one being called. It is with great joy that Mount de Sales Academy acknowledges our own latest blessing as recent graduate Margaret Smith '12 heads to the convent this August. Maggie follows in the footsteps of five other recent MDSA graduates who are currently members of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia: Sister Mary Caroline Ames, O.P. '83 Sister Maria Goretti Baker, O.P. '90 Sister Mary Madeline Todd, O.P. '90 Sister Mary Monica Bankard, O.P. '96 Sister Grace Dominic Hargadon, O.P. '01 Though the Dominican Sisters serve in many schools across the country, including Mount de Sales Academy, Nashville, TN is home to the community’s Motherhouse. Maggie will join the convent along with more than a dozen other young women on August 15, 2012. Upon entrance each young woman will assume the title “Sister” along with her baptismal name and don the black and white uniform of a “postulant,” or, first year sister. Maggie's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Smith said, "We are so proud of Maggie. It will not be easy for any of us, but we know that she is following God's will."

MDSA Graduation Day 2012. (From top) Sister Anne Catherine, Sister Amelia, Sister Patrick Stephen, Sister Peter Marie, Sister Philip Joseph, Sister Mary Celeste, Kerry Smith '10, and Maggie Smith '12.

Maggie, soon to be Sister Margaret, will spend her first four years studying the teachings and documents of the Catholic Church, the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and begin work on her undergraduate degree at Aquinas College. Maggie remarks, "Although I know that religious life requires many sacrifices, God has captured my heart with His love in such a way that only He can capture. His infinite love overflows the boundaries of my human heart, but by becoming a Dominican I can give that overflowing love to others through the teaching apostolate." Mount de Sales is grateful for the blessing of Maggie’s vocation, for the formation from her family that has nourished her calling, and for the joyful “yes” that Sister Margaret is giving to the Lord. Our Mount de Sales patron St. Francis de Sales said, “Be who you are and be that well.” May Sister Margaret flourish in her vocation and be assured of the prayers of her sailor family as she begins this bold step in becoming Christ’s bride. Letters of congratulations or prayers can be addressed to Maggie at: Sr. Margaret Smith St. Cecilia Novitiate 801 Dominican Drive Nashville, TN 37228

The Smith Family: (Back row from left) Danny, Maggie, Brendan, Kerry, and Mr. Mark Smith. (Front row from left) Mrs. Anne Smith, Maureen, Terry, Tommy, and Patrick.


For more information about the Nashville Dominicans of St. Cecilia Congregation, visit

Alumnae News

80s........................... Maria C. Schaefer Nauman '86 and her husband, Christopher, welcomed their sixth child, Luke, in 2011. He joins Nicholas (whom they adopted from Ukraine as an infant in 2000 when Maria was Director of Development at MDSA), Grace, John Paul, Anna, and Benjamin. After working nearly 20 years in fundraising and public relations, Maria now lives in Mount Airy, MD where she homeschools their children and hand-makes rosary wrap bracelets for her website,

00s........................... Stacy Green '00 was recently named the Head of Marketing and Communications at Mashable. One of her recent projects was Rio+Social - a one day summit on how technology and social media can be used to solve the world's sustainability challenges. Pictured left, is Stacy interviewing Kandeh Yumkella, Chairman of UN-Energy. Megan Hampe '04 and Christopher Hagner were married on September 24, 2011 at the St. Francis de Sales Chapel at Mount de Sales Academy. Victoria Tully '14 and Stephanie Lamont '04 served as bridesmaids. A reception followed at Martin's West. The newlyweds visited Jamaica for their honeymoon and currently reside in Parkville. Francesca McCrary '08 received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish on May 5, 2012 from The Citadel Military College. She is the first MDSA graduate to attend and graduate from the Citadel. Francesca was one of 60 female cadets in a class of more than 750 males to graduate from this formally all-male military college. She achieved the rank of second Lieutenant in charge of Tango company’s Human Affairs, a position she maintained throughout junior year as well. Francesca served as the Captain of the D-I Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field teams. Currently, she received the competitive Pentagon Fellowship Internship and is stationed at the Office of the Naval Secretary in the Pentagon in Arlington Virginia. Future plans include graduate school in the fall of 2012 to complete a Master's degree in Sports Psychology and Public Health. Mary Linz '09 welcomed the birth of her son, Caeden Wyatt Atkins, born on May 1, 2012. Annual Report revision: We apologize, Mrs. Janice Kearn Collins '52 was not listed under the Class of 1952.

In Memoriam Please pray for the following people who have entered eternal life: Evelyn Blackert (Mother of Jean McMahon ’63 and grandmother of Megan Blackert ’09 and Rachel Blackert ’13) Richard Blake (Grandfather of Jennifer Blake ’15) Ezra Lee Countiss (Grandfather of Staj Countiss ’13) Betty Friedel (Mother of Beth Friedel Shaver ’73 and grandmother of Courtney Giulioni Gahagan '00) Sister Mary Clarita Gibson, R.S.M. ’49 Bernard Goldberg (Father of Margaret Whiteford ’67, Virginia Donnelly ’70, Elizabeth Gunther ’70, and Mary Huntt ’79) Elizabeth Ann Nitsch Hare ’52 (Mother of Sister Marie Elizabeth, SCA ’73 and Mary Hare '76) Patricia Claire Hitselberger ’41 Edwin William Jeffries (Father of Jennifer Jeffries ’10) Cotton Lloyd (Friend of Mount de Sales Academy) Rosanna Lupinek ’45 Theresa Benzing Myers (Daughter of Katherine Dukehart Benzing ’60 and aunt of Nicole Benzing ’10) George Parker (Father of Msgr. Adam J. Parker) Robert Rittie (Great grandfather of Veronia Rittie ’13 and Alexandra Rittie ’15) Carol Sauter (Mother of Kathryn Sauter ’13 and Megan Sauter ’14) Melissa Jones Selckmann ’87 Sam Kaelon Sheets (Son of Gina White Sheets ’05) Brandon Simms (Brother of Brayaira Simms ’13) Ann Nitsch (Aunt of Sister Marie Elizabeth, SCA ’73 and Mary Hare '76)

Alumnae Save-the-Dates

Mark your calendar and join us for an upcoming on-campus event! Check out for more information, including RSVP dates.

Oct 6

Homecoming Day from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Join us for this celebration of athletics and the dedication ceremony for Phase II, our artificial turf field!

Oct 13

4th Annual MDSA Crab Feast Sponsored by the Alumnae Association and newly catered by Monaghan’s Pub.

Nov 18

Alumnae Memorial Mass 11 a.m. Chapel of St. Francis de Sales

Dec 11

Alumnae Wine & Cheese and Christmas Concert 5:45 p.m. beginning in Alumnae Hall

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Recent graduates: Mikia Omar, Kathleen Ruch, Emily Ordakowski, and Julia Plants

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Mount de Sales Academy's 2012 Graduation edition of the Cupola.