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Magazine of the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy | Lauralton Hall winter 2014


Lauralton Hallmarks Winter 2014 Volume 40, Number 2 President Antoinette Iadarola, Ph.D. Principal Ann Pratson Academic Dean Cynthia Gallant Director of Enrollment Management Kathleen O. Shine Executive Director of Development Lisa M. Hottin Director of Finance and Administration Vincent L. Vigliotti Alumnae Relations Director Kathleen Kearns Donahue ’80 Marketing Coordinator Jessica Auscavitch


President’s Letter


In The News


Faculty & Staff News


Recent Graduates Reflect

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Guiding Our Leaders


Freedom, Responsibilty, Leadership




Alumnae Profile


Class Notes


Remembering Sister Janice May


Dearly Departed

Through The Eyes of Our Students

Contributing Writers Jessica Auscavitch Beverly Catchpole Kathleen Kearns Donahue ’80 Karreem Mebane John Powers Photography Catherine Fiehn Lisa Gracia Robert Taylor Publisher Acara Partners Lauralton Hallmarks is published twice a year for alumnae, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the Lauralton community. © 2014 Lauralton Hall, Academy of Our Lady of Mercy. Please send address changes to Lauralton Hall, 200 High Street Milford, Connecticut 06460, Attention: Lauralton Hallmarks. Letters to the editor can be sent to the above address or by email to Alumnae are encouraged to submit articles, information and photographs to Kathleen Donahue ’80 to the above address or by email to

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Letter from the President Dear Friends, In the previous issue of Hallmarks we emphasized our core value, Concern for Women and Women’s Issues. We celebrated the wonderful achievements of our students as they participated in some of the most transforming and life changing initiatives our school offered. In this edition of Hallmarks we will carry on the tradition and focus on another important value. We will center our concentration on the freedoms and responsibilities that encompass student leadership. When speaking with students, alumnae and friends of our community, I am reminded that we must always be faithful to the idea of what responsible freedom and meaningful leadership entails. It was Eleanor Roosevelt who stated,“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.”

“Here at Lauralton, we are fostering leadership through a careful understanding of freedom and responsibility.”

Upon entering Lauralton Hall, our young women are free to engage in activities, both academic and co-curricular, which will assist her in finding her voice and in her journey toward self-discovery. Students are encouraged to express their ideas. Our faculty promotes deliberate decision-making opportunities, seek student input, and expect students to be accountable for their actions and words. Rooted in Mercy, this education promotes self and social accountability by empowering students to take on more responsibility for their actions and by teaching them to compassionately reach out to those in need. Here at Lauralton, we are fostering leadership through a careful understanding of freedom and responsibility. Our students are keeping a watchful eye on the nation’s leaders as we continue to traverse through some of our world’s most pressing issues. As we prepare tomorrow’s leaders, we encourage our students to set aside the stale arguments of the past, and, armed with an understanding of responsibility and freedom, offer fresh positive developments for our global community. It is in this light that I trust you will enjoy what follows. Come visit our campus! With warm regards,

Antoinette Iadarola, Ph.D. President 2014 HALLMARKS WINTER 3

In The News Welcome Class of 2017 Our 133 freshmen hail from 19 Catholic schools, 24 public schools and 4 private schools in 26 Connecticut towns. Several members of the Class of 2017 have long ties with Lauralton—25 are the sisters of current students or alumnae; 12 are the daughters of alumnae; and 8 are the granddaughters of alumnae.

This dynamic class is already forming strong bonds with the school and each other. They exude enthusiasm and have lots of ideas about making their four years at Lauralton very special. The entire Lauralton community is proud to welcome the members of the Class of 2017.

Matriculation Ceremony The Class of 2017 and transfer students were formally inducted into the Lauralton community at their matriculation ceremony on August 27. In keeping with this unique Lauralton tradition, the new students marched in to the ceremony accompanied by bagpipes and drums of the Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band; the same band that will accompany them as they leave the school after their commencement ceremony. Each incoming student shook hands with President Iadarola and Michael Amato, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and signed the Lauralton Hall registry book. They also signed a poster listing the Core Values of a Mercy Education. Kathleen Kearns Donahue ’80, Director of Alumnae Relations, presented the Class of 2017 with their class flag, symbolizing their connection to their alma mater and to Lauralton Hall’s more than 5,300 alumnae.


Juniors Receive their Rings Members of the Class of 2015 received their class rings during the long standing tradition of the Junior Ring Ceremony held on October 9. The rings were blessed by Dorothy Synkewecz, RSM and presented to the class by President Iadarola. Several legacy students were presented their rings by their mothers and grandmothers. The Junior Ring Ceremony celebration continued after the ceremony with a reception and the tradition of the “turning of the ring� by family members and friends. On October 18 the entire class celebrated once again at the annual Ring Dance.

Fall Science Olympics Lauralton hosted the 9th Annual Fall Science Olympics in September. This event is held twice a year in support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for girls. Students volunteered to help encourage and demonstrate to middle school students how science has empowered them and to peak a broader interest in the field. The Spring event is set for Saturday, May 10.


In The News National Honor Society Inductions The Lauralton Hall chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 59 new members comprised of 6 seniors and 53 juniors at a ceremony held in the Chapel on November 7. This year, along with Bible readings, Lindsey Meyers ’15 read from education activist Malala Yousafzai’s speech to the United Nations focusing on the need for education of women and women’s rights. At the end of her reading, Meyers challenged her fellow inductees to change the world. President Iadarola called on the students to uphold the four tenants of the National Honor Society: scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Connecticut Audubon Recognizes Campus On October 23, Connecticut Audubon recognized Lauralton Hall’s 30-acre campus as one of Audubon At Home’s (AAH) Healthy Habitats for Birds and Wildlife. The AAH reports that bird populations continue to decline worldwide with the main threat being loss of habitat. Spearheaded by members of the Environmental Club, Lauralton pursued efforts to build a school yard habitat and now meets the five principles of AAH that allow recognition: eliminate or reduce pesticide use; protect native species; remove exotic invasive plants; conserve water; and protect water quality.


Sports Recap

Congratulations to our fall sports teams on a great season! The field hockey team finished first in the Patriot Division of the SWC and became co-champions in the SWC Tournament and finished the season as runners up in the State Championship.

The soccer team made it to the State Tournament this year; they were defeated in the second game of the tournament. The swim team ended the season as runners up in the Class S State Open Championships.

Senior will Swim for Providence Lauralton Hall is pleased to announce that Megan Collins ’14 of Trumbull, signed her National Letter of Intent to swim for Providence College. Megan has been a four year member of the Lauralton swim team and has won All State honor during all four years. She is one of the team’s top swimmers in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Breast Stroke. “Megan’s enthusiasm, dedication, and loyalty to Lauralton swimming will be hard to replace as she moves on to swim at Providence College,” stated Head Swim Coach Fran Pfeiffer. Megan will be majoring in Political Science with a minor in International Relations.


New Faculty & Staff

Lauralton is proud to introduce and welcome a number of new staff and faculty members for the 2013–2014 school year. Each of these individuals brings a unique experience and expertise that is sure to provide Lauralton with even more ways to educate and empower our students for life. Judy Gallagher serves as Lauralton’s Interim Athletic Director. She comes to us with a rich background in education that includes teaching math at Cheshire High School and Quinnipiac University. She was an assistant principal, associate principal, and the principal of Cheshire High School until her retirement in 2009. In addition to her responsibilities at Lauralton, Judy supervises interns at the University of New Haven.

Mary Grenchus-Allen has joined our Religion Department. She received a master’s degree from the Boston College School of Theology and her undergraduate studies in human development were at Binghamton University.


Carly Hanson has been appointed Guidance Counselor. She received her B.S. in psychology at University of Massachusetts Amherst and a M.S. in sports psychology from Southern Connecticut. Mrs. Hanson  has also completed her sixth year program in school counseling at Southern. She comes to us from Horizons Enrichment Program of New Canaan Country School where she served as an academic coach for high school students. She also worked at SCSU Counseling Services as a graduate intern helping to develop two workshop series for the student body focusing on well-being and mental health.

Marnory Hawes has joined the World Languages department and teaches Spanish. She earned her B.S. in both Spanish and French from SCSU. Prior to Lauralton, Mrs. Hawes taught at Clinton Avenue School in New Haven and St. Vincent de Paul in East Haven.

Danielle Kratter is teaching math and science. She has her B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and went on to earn her M.S. in math education from Western Connecticut State University. Ms. Kratter comes to us from a student teaching position at Kennedy High School in Waterbury, CT.



Yvonne Fosse-Previs ’90 was appointed Director of the Center for Guidance and College Planning. She follows Connie Tallman who celebrated her retirement this past June. Ms. Fosse-Previs earned a B.A. from Manhattanville College and a M.S. in Education from Bank Street College of Education. She has been a guidance counselor at Lauralton since 1999.

Connie Tallman, Director of the Center for Guidance and College Planning, celebrated her retirement in June following 22 years of service. She arrived in 1991 and was appointed guidance counselor and in the spring of 2001 she was promoted to Director of Guidance. With the design and renovation for the new Center for Guidance and College Planning in 2011, Connie became its first Director. She introduced electronic college application submissions, which opened the door to digitalizing the college application process at Lauralton Hall. Along with heading the Center, Connie was also the founder and moderator of LH Cares, whose mission is to promote and celebrate diversity and multiculturalism. Connie was an active force in bringing diversity and multi-cultural experiences to campus. She was also a member of the President’s Centennial Committee and a constant presence at mixers, dances, and sporting events. Connie was a true fan and supporter of the Lauralton Athletic programs. Former and current teachers and staff came together on June 14 for a retirement party in her honor. Students and alumnae paid tribute to Connie in a video presentation sharing their memories and good wishes to Mrs. Tallman.  “There was never a day that I got in the car to drive to work and did not look forward to coming here and seeing the students” she stated to all her well-wishers at the event.

Meghan Piatak has been appointed Chair of the Religion Department. She earned a B.A. from University of Scranton and her Master of Theological Studies from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Ms. Piatak taught at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, MA prior to coming to Lauralton in 2011.


Recent Graduates Reflect on College and their Lauralton Hall Experience Jessica Kline ’10

It is during their tenure at Lauralton Hall that students begin to learn that their choices not only impact themselves and their cohorts, but also the world at large. Whether “Leaning In” or “Going from Good to Great,” in four short years our scholars will be prepared to meet life’s challenges and wonderful opportunities head on. Two recent graduates, Jessica Kline ’10 and Jessica Napolitano ’13, reflect on their Lauralton Hall experience.


s a senior at Bryant University, Jessica Kline ’10, maintains a high academic standing while taking on as many leadership roles as possible. While majoring in management, with a double minor in marketing and communications, Jessica holds many student leadership positions at Bryant. She is Vice President of the Bryant Marketing Association, a social media coordinator for The Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership, a social media assistant at the Amica Center for Career Education, a mentor at MyPath, and the editor-in-chief of the wildly popular Her Campus Bryant. While living up to the expectations she places upon herself, Jessica has become a driven leader with exceptional passions. My senior year has been the best year of college thus far. I am working hard to complete my leadership duties and final course work here on campus while also making the most of every day with my friends. The academic workload in college is very comparable to my junior year at Lauralton. I was very well prepared with essential time management skills and a drive to succeed. Lauralton’s


demanding academics have certainly matched Bryant’s. Thanks to the preparation at Lauralton Hall, I am able to successfully balance several leadership roles, maintain a high GPA, volunteer weekly, and still find time to enjoy college. Lauralton also trained me for life after college and prepared me to be confident in everything I do, especially in business. I believe our generation is going to change the face of business, but we first need to acquire confidence. Lauralton gave me the conviction to speak up in class, helped me to take on leadership roles, and taught me how to believe in each goal I have set. As an alumna, I look back on my time at Lauralton with great fondness. As Malala Yousafzai has made clear, education can change the world, and educating a girl is just the beginning!

W Jessica Napolitano ’13 A Lauralton student is given the essential resources that are needed to become successful during college, especially for her first year. As a freshman at Connecticut College, Jessica Napolitano ’13 recognizes the preparation Lauralton Hall gave as she matriculates through her initial year.

hen I first arrived on campus, I recognized the differences between life on a college campus and Lauralton Hall. During this first year at Connecticut College, while becoming acclimated to my new surroundings, I am reminded that I chose Connecticut College because it resembles Lauralton in size and community. I have noticed that as a freshman, it is imperative to ask for help, especially from a tutor or an advisor. Lauralton taught me that asking for help is not seen as a weakness, but rather shows that you are making a visible effort to become successful. There is so much that college has to offer and provide. Connecticut College has an Office of Volunteers for Community Service, which hosts a variety of different community service projects around New London. Not only are the projects fun to do with your friends, but we can also see how appreciative the Greater New London community is with our effort. I am grateful for the way Lauralton Hall shaped me as a woman. My time at Lauralton gave me the ability to find out who I am without having to worry about distractions such as my clothes or makeup. I remember the amazing teachers who taught me how to think critically and helped me to evolve and grow as a scholar. Throughout my time at Lauralton they were always there to help, not only with academics but also with life decisions. Lauralton has prepped me well for college and adulthood by teaching me invaluable life lessons. I am truly thankful for all of the people who played a role in my life and look forward to seeing the next group of graduates succeed in their own ventures.


Guiding Our Leaders


Yvonne Fosse-Previs ’90

In balancing the art of showing young women how to acquire the necessary academic and “soft skills” college admissions officers are seeking in applicants, Yvonne Fosse-Previs ’90, the newly appointed Director of the Center for Guidance and College Planning, is helping Lauralton Hall students become resilient leaders as they enter the first phase of their adult lives. For the past 15 years, Ms. Fosse-Previs has ably served the Lauralton community as a Guidance Counselor, partnering with students and faculty in assisting future leaders.


auralton Hall matches academic goals in an environment that replicates a true college experience. We ask students to assume the responsibility of independent decision-making which will serve them well during their years here at Lauralton and as they move ahead into their college years. Our department places a heavy emphasis on goal setting and decision-making, something that has been a hallmark of a Lauralton Hall education over the years. In recent years, the school has introduced some important changes in an effort to prepare students for life after Lauralton. Among the most noticeable change is the elimination of school bells, which once served as the signal for when a passing period began. This single measure of “freedom” reflects the school’s credo of student leadership and responsibility. It allows the student to experience what their school day will be like on a college campus. This and other stylistic changes, reminiscent of a college environment, give students the ability to see the big picture. Another improvement has been the renovated space to house the Center for Guidance and College Planning, which



•C  ultivate learning style awareness and career interest inventories

•D  evelop personal attributes and values that are appropriate

• F ind the balance between academic rigor and extra-curricular activities

We want our students  to understand that  it is important to select  a college that will put  them on a trajectory  to attain the career of  their dreams.

brings a fresh functionality and ensures an improved environment of confidentiality for each student. Now, each student or visitor to the Center is welcomed by our guidance assistant and directed to relax in the Center’s waiting room while our counselors meet with pre-scheduled students. The new surroundings meet the compliance standards set by the industry and also offer the added extra of an internet café and a newly furnished conference room to host visiting college admissions recruiters. From the first time a student steps foot on our campus, guidance counselors make sure the student understands that we are invested in them and will support them to be self-advocates and to grow as leaders. There are several steps the counselors follow to ensure that we have success when it comes to accomplishing this goal:

•H  elp the student discover their own personal strengths

•U  rge the student to challenge herself


The Center’s goal is to find the “right fit” for each student as they begin to choose the college most appropriate for them. We want our students to understand that it is important to select a college that will put them on a trajectory for success. We encourage them to have options that will allow them to achieve both their personal and professional goals. We want them to be prepared not just for today’s jobs, but for the jobs of tomorrow as well. To accomplish this, our guidance counselors meet with each junior and her parents to plan college visits, discuss initial plans for standardized tests and courses they should take senior year. By taking advantage of relevant technology, we are placing our students in the most advantageous position when they begin their college planning process. Our work does not end once the student determines an interest in certain colleges. We recognize our world is constantly evolving. The U.S. Secretary of Labor appointed a commission to determine the skills our young people need to succeed in the world of work. The Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills reported that 25% of workers are in a career that didn’t exist 10 or more years ago. We must prepare our students to enter a work force and high-performance economy that is characterized by high-skill, high-wage employment. Parents often ask why they should send their daughters to Lauralton Hall.

Students thrive here because they appreciate the academic standards that  are in place, know the important role Mercy values play in their lives, and enjoy the process of developing their spiritual selves. Lauralton Hall, is not only the “right fit”, it is unique and provides young girls with an exceptional education, grounded in the Mercy tradition. Students thrive here because they appreciate the rigorous academic standards that are in place, understand the important role that Mercy values play in their lives, and enjoy the process of developing their spiritual selves. In addition to our high academic standards, our students know that meaningful, contemplative prayer is available, welcomed and practiced by our entire community. We partner with faculty and administrators to ensure that our courses are thorough and relevant. The school’s leadership is always working with the faculty to make our school a better place for the students. Parents can feel confident knowing that we are

always working diligently on behalf of their daughters. Lauralton Hall has long embraced a tradition of developing strong and engaging girls to become confident and empowered young women. While the curriculum and the faces change from generation to generation, the academic and social investment we are providing to our students is everlasting. The resilience of our students and the work ethic of the faculty and staff continue to be the thread that binds each generation of our graduates. I have often heard President Iadarola sum up the Lauralton experience, “…they come to us as girls and leave as empowered young women ready to change the world.” I can’t think of a better way to describe what we do for our young women here.


Through the Eyes of Our Students Mary Spillane ’14 Mary had the privilege of tutoring special children at the Caroline House in Bridgeport.This education center teaches English as a second language, as well as basic computer and life skills to immigrant women and children.



any of us take for granted the freedoms we are given. As a Lauralton Hall student, I have a responsibility to help those individuals who come to our country in hopes of seeking refuge from the unstable environments they have fled. As an English and Math tutor at the Caroline House, I love seeing the spark in the eyes of the kids when they understand what we are teaching them. Through working at the Caroline House and being a Lauralton student, I know that helping others is a good thing, especially when helping those in need. It is rewarding to know we are accomplishing something important, especially because everyone deserves to have access to a quality education. In staying true to the service mission that Lauralton Hall has instilled in me, I believe my work as a tutor and summer camp counselor is holding true to the school’s core value of “freedom with responsibility.” I am so appreciative of my parent’s sacrifice so I can be here at Lauralton Hall. It is exciting to be part of such a welcoming community where everyone gets the same chance to succeed.

Jeanne-Claire “JC” Vincent ’14

A JC enjoys the feeling of empowerment that Lauralton Hall emphasizes. She realizes this feeling has a lot to do with the nurturing surroundings that an all-girls school provides.

t Lauralton Hall, we are empowered young women who are taught to know who we are. We become mature, articulate young women by being able to grow academically and personally in a comfortable setting. The environment at Lauralton Hall allows me to be successful as everyone is always pushing each other to do better. For example, I took AP physics last year and it was one of the most rigorous classes I have ever taken. Mrs. Napolitano and I would meet during common time to be sure that I understood the course content and could excel in the class. The amount of “one-on–one” time that Mrs. Nap offered to me is truly special. Also, having a choice between different honors levels gives us the chance to continually challenge ourselves. I am proud that my parents and I made the decision to enroll at Lauralton Hall. It is a great place where we all can bond. During my first year, I immediately felt a strong connection to my 124 sisters that were in the freshman class. If alumnae are willing to make a gift in support of the Lauralton Hall community, they should know that they’re definitely getting something back! This school has played a huge part in forming who I am today.



Brenna Oricoli ’14 Members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) pledge to end the senseless tragedies resulting from underage drinking, texting while driving, and other perilous decisions, so that no one experiences the pain of an avoidable tragedy. As an officer of SADD, Brenna recognizes the tension between wanting more freedom and accepting responsibility for one’s actions.


t Lauralton Hall, we appreciate the freedom we are given and use it to better ourselves and our peers. On a regular basis, I meet with club moderators so that we can plan agendas in advance and focus on specific issues that may occur in our upcoming meetings. SADD has brought in guest speakers for assemblies so that they may prepare us for the pitfalls that life sometimes presents. The speakers are very captivating and the whole school seizes on the important messages they are communicating to us. During this year’s prom, we are planning to orchestrate a campaign that is built around awareness so that each of us may make smart decisions. Thanks to organizations like SADD, participation in clubs and organizations builds confidence and awareness of critical life issues. Public speaking helps us develop strong presentation skills, enables us to freely express our views and builds self-


assurance. Since everyone is encouraged to grow as individuals, we have a strong sense of sisterhood, and everyone truly accepts the responsibility we have for each other. My parents and I chose Lauralton Hall because I was looking for a change. Right away I began enjoying the relationships I struck with my teachers in our small classroom environment. This atmosphere taught me how to serve as a student leader where I learned how to manage club meetings effectively. By becoming a student leader, I also learned how to delegate responsibilities to my peers who are looking to accomplish similar goals. These skills will serve me well in the future, and having the courage to run for an office seat has equipped me to take risks. At Lauralton, we get know our true selves. We find a sense of who we are as individuals and value the uniqueness each one of us brings.

L Megan Fickes ’14 Megan has served as the Environmental Club’s leading officer and worked with faculty and administration to install a new water filtration system and other environmental policies to support a “green” campus.

auralton Hall staff and faculty continually encourage us to be creative and to think for ourselves. For instance, students managed our annual fashion show, which has become a huge success for the community. Students took the lead in creating the agenda and appeal for this big event. As a result, we had 50 – 60 participants who either modeled or designed environment friendly themed fashions from recyclable and reusable materials. We made designs out of some very interesting materials and coordinated with local businesses like Village Vogue Boutique. It was clear in the designs that there was a lot of freedom exercised, while remembering ultimately what we were trying to accomplish. Outside of the fashion show, Environmental Club members continue to cultivate and build upon their relationships with our states’ key legislators. We have helped to shape key policies, which benefit our society. Not only are club members responsible for the recycling of paper, bottles and cans at Lauralton Hall, but each member also takes an active role to ensure that the school remains “green.” The Environmental Club, just like Lauralton Hall women, takes on responsibility, and works together for a greater purpose. Through building relationships with the teachers and my classmates, I have been able to find out who I am. These relationships are how we build that sense of community and family while at school. I couldn’t see myself anywhere else!



Megan Collins ’14 Megan has devoted nearly 100 hours of volunteer service to the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport. As co-captain of the varsity swim team, she knows the amount of time and effort it takes to win a 200-yard individual medley race. And as a scholar in the classroom, she knows the dedication needed to flourish in Mrs. Miller’s Global Studies class.



love the courses here at Lauralton Hall, especially Mrs. Miller’s class, because it makes us aware of what is going on around the world. She takes us on a journey that explains the history and culture of places in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The issues we discuss inspire me to want to know more about these regions. It is classes like this history course that remind me of why I chose to come to Lauralton. Every student takes their education very seriously and all the teachers invest time and effort to help each one of us succeed. The staff and faculty support has allowed me to build confidence in myself; they never give up on us. We are encouraged to leave our comfort zones, knowing we can accomplish many things if we try. When delivering a presentation in front of your classmates, everyone in that class wants you to succeed. The one-on-one instruction each student receives from their teacher, along with the group work we do within our clusters, helps to build our confidence. At Lauralton, everyone wants you to thrive and no one is left to fall behind. There is a great advantage to working in a class of no more than 20 students. Recently I signed my letter of intent to attend Providence College where I plan to study Political Science. At Lauralton, and as co-captain of the swim team, I learned necessary time management s skills and values that will always be a part of me. Completing class assignments, meeting with club moderators, and serving in a leadership role on the swim team has taught me how to balance my time effectively. I hope to have a positive impact on someone else at some point in my life. Lauralton Hall has taught me to be compassionate, p  ut others before me and to stay true to our community. I also appreciate the role women have in our society and I want to reach and strive for new challenges. We won’t just settle for second best, because we know we can do better. I am truly grateful for that and the many other lessons I have learned here at Lauralton Hall.

Maureen Connolly ’14 Maureen is the quintessential Crusader! As a senior class officer, a forward on the field hockey team, a guard on the basketball team and a shortstop on the softball team, Maureen is an example of how a trailblazer maneuvers both on and off the field of competition.


ere at Lauralton, students understand that it’s not all about them, it’s also about the LH community. The opportunities and freedom we are given makes each one of us want to become a leader. This all begins with making sure that we follow the Mercy core values, which encourage us to conduct ourselves in a professional manner. Lauralton gives us the courage to go out and try something that might inspire a new passion. The freedom to try something new not only puts us in positions of leadership, but also gives us a sense of compassion for one another. Ultimately, through leadership endeavors, we know how we can become successful and serve to the best of our abilities. In the realm of athletics, you enter as a freshman with the typical anxiety and nervousness. However, over the course of four short years, you develop into a better and more confident person. As a result of the examples set by older teammates, we are now determined leaders who perform at our highest potential. By understanding the strengths and weaknesses of our teammates, we strive to achieve the high standards set for us as a team. The achievements of our #1 ranked field hockey team and All-State soccer team show

the high energy and tenaciousness of our athletes. The atmosphere here at Lauralton is unbelievable and everyone is always looking out for each other. There are already so many well established sports teams and clubs to join. However, we are also given the freedom to start our own club if we accept the responsibility to lead with a faculty sponsor. As seniors, we know that it’s easy to take on leadership roles because of the many opportunities the school provides. As upperclassmen, we know that our younger peers are looking to see what we will accomplish next. Seniors accept extra responsibilities so that we may be positive role models for those students who follow in our footsteps. This message was reinforced by President Iadarola at our Junior Ring Cermony. We are very fortunate to have so many opportunities to prove ourselves and to make our mark on this campus, and I know we have managed to do this in very unique ways. Here at Lauralton, we understand there are core values that translate throughout all generations. We appreciate the emphasis the school places on our core values, from the start of our freshman year. Whether it is in the classroom or on the athletic field, everyone strives to live by these values. Anyone who visits Lauralton Hall will see these values in action. 2014 HALLMARKS WINTER 21

Freedom, Responsibilty, Leadership Peggy McGowan

Health & Physical Education Department Chair

Few members of the faculty are in a better position to know every single Lauralton Hall student than Peggy McGowan. As the Health & Physical Education Department Chair (who also serves simultaneously as a freshman advisor), she has become quite familiar with the 133 unique personalities which currently make up the freshman class. Due to her wealth of institutional knowledge as a teacher (17 years prior to joining Lauralton’s staff), Mrs. McGowan serves as both the first and last line of defense for many of the students.


s an instructor with an amazing amount of kinetic energy, Mrs. McGowan expects each of her students to become “proactive females.” This simply means that each student is asked to learn how to become more in tune with their body, mind, heart and soul. Her holistic approach to teaching provides students with an opportunity to become competent and confident young women.


In her 12 years as a teacher at Lauralton Hall, Mrs. McGowan has seen firsthand how these young women have become empowered. Students in her class are provided a forum to discuss what adolescents might not normally feel comfortable speaking about in other environments. This is due to the genuine sense of community that flows throughout the academic environment. In a recent health class, Mrs. McGowan explained the necessity of preventative care as it relates to breast cancer, explaining the important role a self-breast exam can have on their lives. “I inform each group of students that there is a great chance that someone in one of their classes will either be diagnosed with or know someone who will be stricken with breast cancer,” Mrs. McGowan stated. “While I emphasize the seriousness of this lesson, I also suggest that because of the academic abilities of Lauralton students, there is an equal probability that a classmate will develop a new testing standard or cure.”

Judy Gallagher Interim Athletics Director

As Interim Athletics Director, Judy Gallagher continues the outstanding tradition of empowering young women by merging their academics and athletic abilities with the core values set by the institution. It is through this engagement that studentathletes fulfill the mission that the Sisters of Mercy first established in 1905.


auralton Hall’s athletics program has a rich tradition of developing All-State athletes and successful varsity, junior varsity, and freshman teams. Our top scholar-athletes are recruited by Division I & II colleges for basketball, softball, crew, soccer, track, and other NCAA sanctioned sports. As soon as I arrived on campus, I learned that the school’s culture and its programs are the reasons behind this rich athletic history. By encouraging students to become compassionate and responsible athletes, we are able to foster a common goal of winning through teamwork. This is something quite amazing for a preparatory school. We are not only empowering young women for high-level athletic competition but also for their journeys into adulthood.

Students are genuinely concerned for their teammates’ success. Each team member is punctual, if not early, for practice so that they may be fully prepared for their games and matches. The students are constantly on the move and are serious about their purpose for being here. A work ethic like this makes the coaching experience even more rewarding since our athletes take ownership to motivate themselves. As ambassadors of Lauralton Hall, the students’ leadership and collaborative roles are extraordinary. We instituted a Captains Council so that each team leader understands the pivotal role they play. We know the Council will serve the school well as we begin our new affiliation with the Southern Connecticut Conference in 2014–2015. The important role athletics plays in our girls’ lives cannot be over emphasized. Athletics provide students with an opportunity to work together, communicate effectively, and do something they are passionate about. It allows them to work towards a common goal. Many of our students thrive in their studies when they fully participate in athletics or other extra-curricular activities. Lauralton Hall is a truly unique place with a diverse atmosphere. The students honestly care for each other and look out for their teammates and coaches. It is not unusual for the athlete to thank the coach after a well-run practice. That is just one example of how special Lauralton Hall is for us.




e are so proud of all of our graduates. They have been accepted at 160 colleges and universities and they have received over $16 million in merit based scholarships! We are also proud that they have used their Mercy education to formulate a vision of a just global society, demonstrating their compassion for others by performing more than 5,000 hours of service this year.

Our graduates have worked with autistic children at Camp Teepee; they helped build homes with Habitat for Humanity; they helped research early signs of autism at the Yale Child Study Center and several travelled to Guatemala to help build a three-classroom school. In short, they have learned well, the dictum of our foundress, Catherine McAuley, when she said: “the poor need help today...not next week!� 24 LAURALTON HALL


n Sunday, June 2nd, Lauralton Hall presented diplomas to 107 young women of the Class of 2013. President Antoinette Iadarola, Ph.D., gave the opening and closing remarks along with Chairman of the Board of Trustees Michael Amato and Principal Ann Pratson, who presented the graduates with their diplomas. Mr. Amato also presented the Catherine McAuley Award. The Catherine McAuley Award, Lauralton’s highest honor, is named for the Sisters of Mercy’s foundress and is given to a student for her commitment to Lauralton’s mission, her sound academic performance, her spirit of volunteerism and a value system that responds to others with compassion, courage, and genuine graciousness. This year the award went to Kathleen Sullivan of Milford.

The ceremony also included speeches from Valedictorian Jessica Napolitano, Salutatorians Rebecca Sherrick and Gabrielle Shkreli. These three young women, along with the McAuley Award recipient, Kathleen Sullivan, topped a list of accomplished and serviceminded graduates who will pursue higher education at some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the country, including Brown, Boston University, Vassar, Fordham, Connecticut College, Wesleyan, Purdue, Siena, and Villanova.


Alumnae Profile Kathleen Kelly-Brown ’82

Senior Vice President, Communications – NBCUniversal News Group


Leading The Way

auralton Hall has a distinguished tradition of producing great leaders. One notable member of the alumnae base, who epitomizes the true definition of leadership, is Kathleen Kelly-Brown ’82. She is currently the Senior Vice President of Communications for NBCUniversal News Group, where she is responsible for leading the development and execution of the communications strategy for one of the world’s most influential multimedia outlets. In her executive role, Kathy serves as the principal spokesperson for the NBCUniversal News Group. Her expertise in leadership was on full display at Lauralton’s Father-Daughter Brunch held in November where she addressed the capacity crowd and shared what her experience as a “Lauralton Lady” has meant. Kathy explained how Lauralton becomes a welcoming environment for all students who pass through the school’s doors. Despite the daunting exams, evolving friendships, and the typical trials and tribulations of high school, Kathy still relishes the many laughs, triumphs, and joyous memories she shares with her classmates and teachers. Along with the wonderful and warm memories she shared during the brunch, Kathy revealed four key insights, which can help students throughout their academic careers, professional pursuits, and personal lives:


The Value of Friendship When personal misfortunes occur, the friendships made at Lauralton Hall are everlasting and become the support system a young woman needs. The sisterhood and the meaningful rituals that are formed over the years together bring much peace and happiness. Don’t be Afraid to Get out of Your Comfort Zone. After initially coming to Lauralton kicking and screaming, I grew to love it— that’s my take-away. Sometimes when you shake things up a bit, good things come from it. The West Coast internship I took after college (3,000 miles out of my comfort zone!) turned into an opportunity to enter into the highly competitive NBC Page program. I will admit life on the West Coast was a tough adjustment. Just like Lauralton, I went into it not having any friends or really an idea of what it was going to be like, but it turned out to be the best decision I could’ve possibly made. It was how my career really began.

Speak Up! Use your individual voices effectively. I remember being encouraged by many of my teachers at Lauralton to contribute and offer an opinion on a particular topic we were studying. Teachers like Miss Ives, Mrs. Tyler and Mrs. Koehm encouraged us to “speak up”, instilling in us a sense of self-confidence and the ability to advocate for ourselves. You are, and always will be, a “Lauralton Lady!” Whether you’re a freshman just starting out at Lauralton, a senior nearing this journey’s end, or somewhere in between, I wish you much success, happiness and fun in the days ahead. You may not realize it now, but you are learning your own valuable lessons in these halls of Lauralton, beyond the day-to-day classwork, that you’ll carry with you long after you graduate. It is those lessons that are really at the heart of what being a “Lauralton Lady” is all about, and they will give you the unique foundation to achieve your dreams whatever they are and wherever life takes you.




 dna Waters Miller celebrated her 90th birthday with her family E and some of her close friends at Testos Restaurant, Bridgeport, on July 13, 2013. Edna has seven children, including Lauralton alums Johanna Hogan ’66, Cpt. Patricia Miller, USN, Ret., ’68,

Sister Mary J ane Card sends her best wishes to Lauralton and shares that she recently celebrated her 92nd birthday and her 75th anniversary as a Sister of Mercy.

Kathy Chimini ’71, Jane Laufer ’76, and Laura Casale’78, fourteen grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, including Lauralton alums Sarah Chimini Davis ’98, Kara Mandanici ’03, Sarah Hagen ’01, and Melissa Mandanici ’03. Edna continues to volunteer at the Mercy Learning Center, teaching women to read and at Bridgeport Hospital, as a professional cuddler in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Her granddaughter Kara notes that her grandmother brings love and laughter to everyone she meets!

’41 Millicent Friedberg Zolan was featured in the October issue of Fairfield Magazine’s Vibe/People section. She was noted as a “living legend keeping the past alive” in part due to her frequent visits and participation in lectures at at libraries and writers groups around the community. Millicent has read her memoirs aloud throughout Bridgeport and Fairfield sharing her recollections of the past including a peek inside Bridgeport’s early to mid-20th century grandeur when she says the “Park City” was a “bustling, rich, fun city.” She plans to compile a book of her memoirs so her children and grandchildren can have a record of life growing up in Bridgeport. Shown here in her favorite red “rag top”, you might catch Millicent as she is headed off to her favorite places to energize a new group of friends! 2014 HALLMARKS WINTER 27


Anne Marie M  cGovern Beal sends her greetings from Annapolis, Maryland. She is happy that she keeps in regular contact with classmates Dolores Liptak, RSM, and Mary Lou Loftus Trump.

Left to right, 1st row: Kathy O’Leary Banville, Dolores Krolicki Moore; 2nd row: Janet Bowen Turbert, Trudy McKeon Daly, Colleen Doyle, RSM; 3rd row: Barbara Cholko Schwitz, Betsy Van Arman Foye, Rosemarie Walko Halapin.


Kathy O’Leary Banville joined classmates for an outing in May to Hyde Park, NY. The excursion was organized by Barbara Cholko Schwitz who lives in the area. They visited Valkill cottage, the home of Eleanor Roosevelt and Wilderstein, a Victorian mansion on the Hudson, former home of Daisy Sulkly and her family. Lunch was enjoyed at St. Andrew’s Café at the Culinary Institute. The group will meet again at the Golden Girls Luncheon. ’57 Jeanne Cormier Thayer is proud to announce that she has two grandchildren, Emily Elliott and Ronald Abelli, Jr., who both graduated this past May from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, with degrees in business.


Carolyn Csom Riddle and her husband Jack recently relocated from the Overland Park area of Kansas to Parker, CO in order to be closer to their son, David, and his family. Carolyn notes, “This move puts us in the center of our three sons. Timothy and his family reside in Overland Park, KS and Brian resides in Pleasant Hills, CA. This makes for great trips going either east or west.”


’59 Roberta Gallagher Adams attended an August gathering of friends from the Class of 1959 at Pepe’s Pizza. The photo taken was just after the ladies raised their glasses and toasted deceased classmate Judi Pinto Holinko in memory of her birthday. Left to right, Helen Kisiel Scully, Lorraine Jarusinsky Conway, Barbara Candelora Hilinski, Sharon Thaler, Barbara Brady Chapin, Ellen Tristine Humphrey, Patricia Muratori Weil, Roberta Gallagher Adams, Fran DeLuca Carroll.



Rita Faulkner Temple, mother of Kimberly Temple Gruttadauria ’90, has retired to Florida with husband Tom of forty-two years. They have 4 grandchildren who all live in CT: Tyler, Kaily, Nora, and Tessa.


Liz Riveria P  helan and her reunion team volunteers spent countless hours organizing a very special reunion luncheon for their class during Homecoming Weekend 2013. Held in the foyer of the Lauralton Athletic Center, a jovial group of ladies came together to reminisce and reconnect for their 40th reunion celebration. Memorabilia, including a large collection of yearbooks, Highlights Magazines, apparel and photos brought back many memories for the group. A “Toasting Table” was also setup to honor the deceased members of the Class of 1973. Afterward, they enjoyed the liturgy and Homecoming reception in the Mansion. Pictured are just some of the participants who gathered to celebrate.


Teresa Money McLaughlin, DNP, APRN, AOCN, received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Sacred Heart University this past May. Teresa is now working for Genentech, a biotechnology company, as their Oncology Clinical Coordinator/Educator for New England.


’73 Rebecca Joy-Buck moved two years ago to Myrtle Beach, SC and writes that she has missed all of her Lauralton sisters terribly. Remarkably, she found one of her classmates living just two miles away and they reconnected. She notes, “We are inseparable and can’t believe 40 years have passed since we’ve seen each other. We were both unable to attend the class reunion so we had a little one right here. To top it all off another classmate will be visiting this week. We have a dinner planned and who knows what else. Can’t wait to see her and send Lauralton pictures. Thank you Lauralton for the best lifetime friends. This is what Lauralton is all about!”

Maura Kelly Lannan and husband Bob Lannan of Potomac, Maryland, are pleased to announce the birth of their son Richard Francis Lannan on July 2, 2012. Richard joins his sister, Margaret Mary (“Peggy”) Lannan, age 7, and his brother, Robert Woodrow (“Bobby”) Lannan IV, age 5. Richard is the grandson of Margaret Mary Healy Kelly ‘60, and Richard Francis Kelly of Trumbull, Connecticut.



Gillian Bowley and husband Brian Cavagnolo of San Francisco, CA welcomed their second child, Lucy Patricia, on May 6, 2013. Lucy joins two-year-old big sister Maia. Proud grandmother is Debbie Boyle Bowley ’62, Communications Coordinator at Lauralton.

’94 Jennifer Waterbury, a kindergarten teacher in Georgia, recently visited Lauralton Hall. Jennifer has been busy traveling and among her memorable trips are Italy, France, Germany, Greece, Turkey, and skiing in Switzerland. She is planning to travel to New Zealand and Australia the summer of 2014. She will be back in time for her 20th class reunion, September 20, 2014, and is excited to be part of the planning team. She encourages other classmates to join as well!

’94 Liz Lewis McCloskey announces the birth of her twin daughters Fallon Anne and Fiona Quinn, born April 3, 2013. The girls join siblings Peter, age 15, Mia, 11, Jude, 9, John, 8, and Maeve, 2 years old. Liz McClosky was a former faculty member at Lauralton and is still teaching high school English.


Rielle Giannino Illy and husband Bob welcomed their first child on April 11, 2013, Siena Katharina Illy. Rielle has been working with Pharmaceutical Product Development for eight years and was promoted to a Clinical Team Manager in August 2013 after her return from maternity leave. The Illy’s have been residing in Rochester, NY for the past three years.


’95 Tara Krissik Ferragamo and husband Chris welcomed their fourth child, a son Brady. Pictured is Brady with his siblings. Proud grandmother is Lauralton’s Registrar, Pat Krissik.

1st row: Michelle Grether Cummings, Cassandra Napoli Murphy, Lauralton faculty member Jill Waldron, Lindsay Garfield, Maureen Grether Kery 2nd row: Robyn Monk Bilotta, Amy Lindblom Andre, Kara Valentine Wiegand, Stacey (Salko) Cirillo


Kara Valentine Wiegand, a Threads Sales Consultant, held a Threads party/LH get-together at classmate Robyn Monk Bilotta’s house. Threads provides women in developing countries a channel to sell their jewelry and accessories into the US market. At Threads events, customers are able to peruse the product line while learning the powerful stories that accompany each piece. If you are interested in learning more about Threads Worldwide, please visit or contact


Sumner Menchero married Carlo Costino on October 19, 2013, in Washington, DC. Deirdre Walsh ’96 was maid of honor and fellow 96’ers Yaminah McKessey, Jennifer Smiga Babb, and Beth Humphrey Koperwhats journeyed to DC to join the celebration! Sumner is the Assistant Director, General Audience Programming for Public Broadcasting Service and resides in Virginia.


Anne Toman Sansone and her husband Kevin are proud to announce the birth of their son, Dylan Rocco Sansone, born September 4, 2013 in Middletown, CT. He joins 3 year old big sister Catherine Elizabeth.


 lizabeth Katherine E Molloy is engaged to Matthew Robert Kirkpatrick and is planning a November 2014 wedding in the Lauralton Hall Chapel. ’05 Sarah Zadrozny is engaged to William Carl Ebeling, V. Sarah recently received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

’99 Stefanie Stevens Seslar, President of the Alumnae Association Executive Board, was promoted to Director, Alumni Relations at Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT.



’06 Karrah Hurd is a nursing student in the accelerated bachelor of science nursing program at the University of Rochester where she maintains a blog for Karrah holds a B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College in Biological Foundations of Animal Behavior and Anthropology. At the University of Rochester she is involved in the Street Medicine volunteer program for the homeless and helped open the program to nursing students. She is helping form her school’s interprofessional chapter of Primary Care Progress. She plans to pursue a master’s degree to become a family nurse practitioner.

Left to right, pictured prior to the graduation soiree are Sabrina Clark ’07, Ryan, and guest Cameron Hitson ’06

’06 Ryan Donahue graduated in May 2013 from the John F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University with an MBA in Finance. Ryan was presented with the Dean’s Leadership Award and was selected to give the commencement congratulatory speech to all of the graduates receiving advanced degrees. As President of the Council of Graduate Students, Ryan was instrumental in planning the year-end soiree.


Heather Hawkes received recognition as a teaching assistant at Harvard. She was among twenty-three fellows and instructors supporting courses at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) who received Q-certificates acknowledging the excellence of their work with students and the strength of their commitment to teaching. The Q is a course evaluation system that provides important student feedback to faculty and section leaders. Certificates are awarded to instructors who received a Q score of 4.5 or higher for courses taught during the spring semester.

’09 Molly Yardley graduated from West Point May 2013. Friends from Lauralton were on hand for the commissioning ceremonies. Left to right, Carly ’05 and Abbey ’12 Guerino, Laura Discenza ’08, Molly, Colleen Clark ’08, and Mary Jennings ’09.

’09 Noelle Monk was recently published in Sacred Heart University’s Horizons Magazine, volume 38. The theme of the issue dealt with the chapters in our lives coming together to chronicle our milestones and journeys. Entitled “The Book Ends of Life”, Noelle contributed to the collection of stories, poems, and art by writing for the chapter on childhood, “Lou’s Yard” and the chapter on love, “How to Prepare for a College Date Night”. ’09 Nichole Proto announces the birth of her daughter, Liliana Lynn, born December 1, 2012.




Taylor Healey, a senior at Quinnipiac University, was named Most Valuable Player for the Women’s Soccer team 2012-2013 season. Taylor plays defense and has been a major force for the Quinnipiac Bobcats. ’10 Christina Nettleton Sekelsky and husband Mark have been very busy with two year old daughter Natalia Sophia. Christina enjoyed the Recent Alumnae Luncheon with her classmates last year.


Leila Dunn is a leader for Caroline House on the Fairfield University campus with campus ministry. Leila participated in a service trip to New Orleans through the Amazing Breaks program and campus ministry. ’11 Megan Meuser is enjoying her studies at the University of Vermont, where she recently declared a biochemistry major and math minor. She interns with a biochem research lab. ’11 Stephanie Simko is a junior honors Finance/Accounting student at University of Connecticut. She interned at Merrill Lynch’s Hartford office and is very involved with Delta Sigma Pi—a co-ed professional business fraternity.

Sister Janice May


Born August 4, 1925 Entered the Sisters of Mercy June 27, 1943 Born to New Life November 9, 2013

his fall our beloved Sister Janice May was called home to God. H  er impact on the Lauralton Hall community was indescribable. Sister Janice spent the past 35 years, her happiest, at Lauralton ministering as teacher, guidance counselor, and Admissions Director. Since her retirement in 2003, she continued service here as a volunteer staff assistant until her move to West Hartford a few months ago. In 1990 she was honored by Lauralton with the Mother Mary Augustine Claven Award. She walked the halls of Lauralton with a smile on her face and dedication in her heart. When news of her passing spread on social media, an outpour of memories, kind words, and prayers came from thousands who loved her. Sister Janice had an appreciation of all that surrounded her and a love of life that was contagious. She made everyone she came into contact with feel special. She would make an effort to talk to every single student, staff, parent, or faculty member and she never forgot a name, a face, or a hobby. On November 21, the entire Lauralton community joined together in prayer to celebrate the life of Sister Janice. She was celebrated with dedications, songs and prayer in a service attended by students, faculty, staff, alumnae, family and friends. She was described as intelligent, gracious, kind, considerate and happy. Her love for Lauralton was as great as Lauralton’s love for her. This remarkable woman will never be forgotten by those that loved her—our entire community. She made our world a better place.


Dearly Departed Alumnae

Friends and Family

’35 Katherine Casey Sekerak, great aunt of Erika Sekerak ’10 and Danielle Sekerak ’11, September 6, 2013.

George W. Beal, husband of Anne Marie McGovern Beal ’49, December 10, 2012.

’42 Harriet E. Reilly Kelley, mother of Kathleen A. Kelley ’68, June 21, 2013. ’52 Jacqueline Creighton Bradley, July 20, 2013. ’56 Patricia Brennan Gallagher, June 21, 2013. ’58 Marguerite “Marge” Kieran Munger, sister of Marylou Kieran Bohn ’63, May 23, 2013. ’62 Sharon E. Kopchik, July 25, 2013. ’72 Dr. Patricia O’Looney, former Chair of the Board of Trustees and 1990 Claven Recipient, February 16, 2013. ’73 Nancy Jean Pagliaro Dresel, February 16, 2013. ’73 Mary Elizabeth McDonnell Plyler, December 30, 2012, Lauralton faculty member 1977-1981, daughter of Barbara Shay McDonald ’54, December 30, 2012. ’82 Sharyl A. Linderfelt Garrity, August 22, 2013.

Mark Beers, brother of Allison Beers-Jacheo ’95, September 3, 2013. Robert Bisch, father of Lianne Bisch ’15, April 1, 2013. Mary Joan Cook, RSM, Ph.D., former Lauralton Dean of Studies and Trustee, February 13, 2013. Michelina Iadarola DeStefano, sister of Lauralton President, Dr. Toni Iadarola, July 28, 2013. Charles J. Esposito Jr, grandfather of Jessica’10 and Jaclyn Kline’13, March 2, 2013 The Honorable G. Sarsfield Ford, father of Tricia Ford Money ’79, Ann Ford Roach ’81, Jane Ford Shaw ’86, Mary Margaret Schiede ’98; brother-in-law of Susan Ryan Ford ’57, May 19, 2013. Mary Galgota, sister of Dr. Patricia Galgota Berger ’67, October 28, 2013. Michele Grillo, mother of Amanda Grillo ’14, June 16, 2013. Francis Peter (Pete) Halas, father of Mary Halas Scott ’68, Barbara Joan Halas ’77, and Elizabeth Halas Lenz ’81, March 25, 2013. Robert E. Huebner, husband of C. Patricia Harkins Huebner ’43, August 11. 2013. Shirley Spreyer Murray, mother of Jeanie Cedrone, Lauralton Business Office Assistant, May 15, 2013. Patrick Pallotto, 1990 McClean Award recipient and former Trustee, father of Patricia Schickler ’65, Carol Krieger ’68, and Nicola DiViesta ’75; grandfather of Brianne Schickler Bresky ’97 and Jillian DiViesta ’01, June 4, 2013. Edward Sheehy, First Selectman of Woodbridge, father of Mary Rose Sheehy ’05, April 22, 2013. Kathryn “Kate” Ventricelli, mother of Caroline Ventracelli ’08, and Hope Ventracelli ’11, September 16, 2013.


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inductees Alyce Merwin ’43 Jennifer Kelly Greene ’79 Jacqueline Catanese Klahold ’96

Chris Farren Healey ’67 Amy Lindblom Andre ’95 Colleen Lynch Furlow ’03

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Our Heritage


he Academy of Our Lady of Mercy is the first Catholic college preparatory high school for girls in Connecticut, and among the first established in the United States. Our mission and our philosophy are as unique as our founding, well over a century ago. A Lauralton Hall education empowers a young woman to excel in any endeavor, to find her own voice and to be a bearer of Mercy to those in need. We offer students not only a rigorous academic experience that develops the skills necessary for success in college and career, but also a supportive, caring and fun-filled environment that nurtures a young woman’s understanding of herself and others. Our dedicated faculty and staff are wise role models who help each of our girls become the person that God created her to be—


spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. It is virtually impossible to project an organization into the future without first examining its past, its roots and its birth. The heritage of the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall, is rich in history, tradition and the charism of Mercy. Truly, the present caliber and strength of Lauralton Hall began in its most genuine, albeit humble, beginnings. core values of a mercy education Compassion and Service Educational Excellence Concern for Women and Women’s Issues Global Vision and Responsibility Spiritual Growth and Development Collaboration

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