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Academy of the Holy Names




VOL. 12


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20 OUR MISSION The Academy of the Holy Names empowers students to be authentic individuals who engage in independent thought, are inspired by creativity, and lead culturally aware, spiritually rich lives.





Erin Rouse Krukar (A’99) President

Lance Zingale Chair

Maureen O’Brien (A’84) President-Elect

Nina McGucken Alvarez (A’01) Vice Chair

Jennifer Griffin Bush (A’00) Secretary/Historian

David Jones Treasurer

Victor DiMaio (B’68) Treasurer


Greta Dupuy (A’97) Secretary

Angela Lubrano Pottinger (A’85) Parliamentarian

Sr. Virginia Bonan, SNJM At-Large

Michele Diaz Avila (A’82)

MEMBERS Harold Astorquiza Liana Baldor Schezy Barbas Sr. Pat Corbey, SNJM Sr. Carmella T. DeCosty, SNJM Stephanie Smith Leuthauser (A’00) Ernie Marquart Aileen Martino


Vivien Oliva (A’63)


Ty Trayner



Diana Olmo Sullivan (A’72) Paola Schifino Raulniña Uzzle-Harris (A’82) Chip Yodzis

Angie Garcia Ammon (A’76) Donna Caruso Baccarella (S’60) Melissa Fernandez Bunch (A’97) Maureen Sanborn Cottom (A’02) Allison Daigle (A’10) Regina Gonzalez (A’73) Kate Vasquez Herrera (A’06) Ana Riveron Ibanez (A’93) Gina D’Avanza Kelly (A’75) Jessica Lopez (A’04) Sandra Pena Pardue (A’96) Sr. Mary Patricia Plumb, SNJM (A’55) Linda Cimino Prado (S’65) Beth Quigley Reid (A’77) Jodi Rivera (A’85) Candice Reda Rodriguez (A’01) Kasey Sherrick Siegel (A’05) Kimberly Wilmath (A’05) Jason Woodside (A’01)





PRESIDENT Arthur Raimo CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER John Donohoe DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT Debbie Gavalas DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS Patty P. Bohannan (A’77) DIRECTOR OF ANNUAL FUND AND SPECIAL EVENTS JoAnne Linkner DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS Emily Wise CREDITS DESIGN: Allen Harris Design St. Petersburg, Florida PHOTOS: Echoes Yearbook Staff Kat Kelly Marissa Moss Emily Pantelis (A’07) Kim Savoy Wiley (A’82) Emily Wise


Academy Ascending


Master Plan Update


Coding Comes to Life


Mission to Mars


Engineering a New Future


BMR Pilgrimage


P.O.W.E.R. Club Fosters Change


More than Music

AHN welcomes qualified students without regard to race, religion or ethnic origin. Accord is published twice a year by the Academy of the Holy Names. 3319 Bayshore Boulevard Tampa, Florida 33629 (813) 839-5371 phone (813) 839-1486 fax The editor of Accord invites submissions and opinions. Please address news and information to the Advancement Office. STANDARD OF ACCURACY The Academy of the Holy Names is committed to providing the most accurate and up-to-date information in all its publications. However, as with any human undertaking, unintentional errors may appear. Please contact the Academy of the Holy Names at (813) 839-5371 in the event that there are any factual errors. The Academy will correct these errors in the next publication. We truly appreciate the interests and concerns of our readership and welcome any assistance toward achieving our goal.


Letter from the President






Alumni Spotlight


Alumni Dinner


Alumnus of the Year


Young Alumni Gatherings


Class Notes



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FROM THE PRESIDENT Dear Friends, I can understand why Lincoln felt the way he did about the future, mired as he was for the vast majority of his presidency in a terrible civil war. The temptation to look far off into the future probably was tempting, but being the realist he was, he understood the need to be tethered to the here and now. The day in, day out decisions he was required to make required him to be firmly rooted in the present. Few of us are faced with the types of decisions Lincoln was. Nevertheless, his words ring true for anyone in a leadership position, whether the head of corporation, school or household. Trying to make decisions today for a future that is largely unknown is a tricky business indeed, and the potential impact should not be taken lightly. When we do plan, it must be done thoughtfully and with input from a cross section of the community’s stakeholders. Several years ago, we laid out a bold vision for the future of the Academy. We created a facilities master plan that would renovate and update existing spaces while creating new ones to meet the needs of students in the 21st century. Out of necessity, the plan was divided into phases to make it more manageable, because it truly was ambitious. With the support of our many benefactors, we have made great progress during the past few years. Now, we are preparing to embark on a truly exciting part of the plan.


This summer, we will turn our attention to the historic 1929 Bayshore building and begin the muchneeded updating of some of the building’s infrastructure. Electrical service will be upgraded and moved from the basement to the first floor, and we will restore the lobby to its original grandeur. While the exterior of the building will remain unchanged, beginning in the summer of 2019, the building interior will be transformed into a 21st century learning environment, complete with new learning studios, common spaces for teacher-student and student-student interactions, a newly renovated science wing including a STEM lab, and of course, a brand new senior lounge. The infrastructure upgrade will continue with new plumbing, electrical, HVAC and fire sprinkler systems, and the roof on each of the two wings will be replaced. In addition, as ductwork and cabling are rerouted, many of the ceilings will be restored to their original height, adding to a greater sense of space and openness. During the fourth-floor renovation, the new skylights will be uncovered and will flood a newly designed student commons area with natural light. So, while we are modernizing the interior spaces to bring them up to today’s standards, we are restoring many areas of the building to their original beauty and grandeur.

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. – Abraham Lincoln



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An original blueprint of the school depicts the fourth-floor skylights, which will be restored as part of the high school renovation. The original portico, which originally included Corinthian columns, was adjusted to create the simpler facade the school knows today.

The Academy’s Buildings and Grounds Committee is working with the architect to determine the phasing schedule. As with all historic buildings, once demolition begins there is no telling exactly what will be found behind 90-year-old walls. If all goes as planned, the high school renovation should be complete by mid-August 2020. From the very start, the renovations and additions have been completed in such a way as to be respectful of our history. I assure you the restoration of the Bayshore building will be undertaken with the same care and affection. Sincerely,

Arthur Raimo President


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WITH HELP OF CAPITAL CAMPAIGN In October, Academy of the Holy Names President Art Raimo announced the public phase of the Academy Ascending capital campaign at the annual Blessed Marie Rose dinner. The overall campaign goal is $12 million, of which $9 million was raised in the “silent phase” of the campaign. Since October’s announcement, more than $1 million in additional gifts has been contributed for bricks-and-mortar projects. According to Academy President Art Raimo, the campaign is about leading change, not responding to it. Already the school has completed the new middle school, Bailey Family Center for the Arts, Holy Names Heritage Center, two pilot Innovation Labs, two tennis courts, two exterior basketball courts and a parking garage. Additionally, 22 people have joined the Holy Names Legacy Society by naming the Academy in their estate plans, with future gifts totaling more than $2 million. As Raimo mentioned in his letter on page 2, the remaining phase of the campaign will focus on updating and upgrading the Bayshore building, which has been in operation since 1929. Plans include modernizing the building infrastructure, incorporating STEAM- and STEM-focused studios and labs, and creating 21st century learning spaces in both the elementary and high schools. Construction is expected over the next three to four summers.



“Our students need skills to be competitive in tomorrow’s world,” Raimo said. “How we engage them is of greatest importance, and state-of-the-art technology and academic spaces provide tools for achieving success. Our goal is to create an environment that makes our students excited and happy to come to school.” For generations, the Academy has produced leaders and productive citizens from throughout Tampa and beyond. The Academy Ascending campaign will ensure that tradition lives on. While the interior of the building may have a new look, the fundamental goal of educating and nurturing the whole child will remain as important as ever. “We have a great school and we need [all those] out there who feel the same way that I do to support Academy Ascending so we can finish this master plan and we can have, without question, with no debate, the best school—Catholic, private or otherwise—the best school in Tampa Bay,” Raimo said. For additional information on Academy Ascending, including naming opportunities, visit President Art Raimo also welcomes the opportunity to speak with any interested party about a financial partnership in the campaign. Multiyear payment plans are available.

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Comfortable theatre-style seating provides a space for teachers to have minilessons before dispersing students to work independently or in small groups.

In August, Academy 5th- through 8th-graders began the year in the Prince Family Middle School Center. Construction of the new facility, which replaced the former art and media center building, took place from April through August. The 30,000-square-foot learning center spans two floors, with 5th and 6th grade sharing the first floor and 7th and 8th grade on the second. With its sleek design and bright colors, the building brings 21st century education to life. Technology is abundant. Included throughout are 26 Epson short-throw interactive projectors, 17 50” LED web TVs, 43 Apple TVs, 2 MakerBot 3-D printers—there are six throughout school—a 3-D scanner, and 20 Lightspeed Flexmike audio mics for the learning studios. What is a learning studio? That is the 21st century equivalent of a classroom. Complete with flexible furniture, teachers can quickly adapt the spaces to fit the needs of a day’s lesson.

she expressed. “I like the comfortable seating. It feels like we’re at home even though we are at school learning. We can spread out, so we have more room to work. I love how we can communicate with people in different classes because we’re all in the same [common] areas.” Chris Kumka, who teaches 8th-grade social studies and religion, appreciates the addition of common space. “The common areas give us the flexibility to utilize different teaching strategies,” he said. “I can send students out to work in small groups, but then easily bring them back to a learning studio for direct instruction. The kids have proven that they not only enjoy the new environment but they can handle the autonomy it offers them.”

According to 5th-grade Spanish and religion teacher Tricia Price, the flexibility and central space is a benefit to teachers and students. “I’m able to see my colleagues and communicate with them more efficiently,” she said. “It has given the middle school a bigger sense of community between the students and teachers. The kids don’t want to leave at the end of the day.”

While the new building took some getting used to for both students and teachers, it now seems like it has always been part of the Academy. Franco Capitano, an 8th-grader, wasn’t sure about the space at first. “Initially, I was a bit shaky, but now I like it a lot. I feel more focused in class,” he said. After nine years of learning in a traditional classroom, Capitano was not used to all the flexible furnishings and new classroom arrangements. “Everything looked and felt different, the classroom was set up different, we didn’t have our backpacks. Once I got used to everything, I really understood it. It feels normal now.”

Madison Ratchford, a 6th-grader, also feels that sense of community in the space. “It’s a wonderful learning environment,”

To preview the new middle school in video, visit MiddleSchool.



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While his class works in small groups in the first-floor STEAM commons, Alex Romero can easily monitor students in the learning studio, small group room and popular booths.

Students work in the east commons. The arch window is familiar to all those who visited the lower school library on a regular basis.

With sliding glass doors, learning studios can close off or open for cross-curricular learning.

When the building opened, it had not yet been named. After learning about the space and the benefits it offers Academy students, Brian Prince was inspired to make a pacesetter gift to the Academy Ascending campaign and name the building in honor of his children, Julia (A’17), Angelina (A’21) and Jonathan (A’20). According to Prince, “the Prince family is proud to be associated with the Academy of the Holy Names, and we all value highly the Academy’s holistic approach to education. As an individual with a math and science background, I am particularly convinced of the importance of STEM education to future success in a world of rapid technological change, and believe it is vital to build a foundation in those areas early in a child’s academic career. The Prince family is thus proud to support the advancement of learning and this middle school center of excellence at the Academy of the Holy Names.” Photography by Marissa Moss.

A robotics room within the STEAM lab also houses the 3-D printers and scanner.

This modular furniture piece allows for small-group work that is more insular.


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With technology use by young children on the rise—it is not uncommon for a one-year-old to know her way around an iPhone— it is important to teach students how technology works, not just how to properly use it. A new kindergarten through 8th grade curriculum objective at the Academy is integrating coding into students’ math and science units, strengthening STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education. Starting with Osmo in kindergarten and advancing to MIT’s Scratch in the middle school, the long-term objective is for students to be able to write code by the end of the 8th grade. According to Elementary School Instructional Technology Specialist Lisa Cohen, understanding the ins and outs of technology will play a role in tomorrow’s jobs. Knowing how technology works will be an advantage for Academy students. “We’re giving them the skills they need to be successful in the future,” said Cohen. In the second grade, Cohen integrated coding into the classes’ light and sound unit. Using a Lego WeDo Construction Set, students built a Morse code key, connected it to an iPad via bluetooth and then programmed it to make DIT and DAH sounds using the WeDo app. Students then attempted to spell their names using the code key and iPad. According to 2nd-grade teacher Annalise Fincher, “The activity provided the students the opportunity to learn about sequencing and debugging. They used basic steps in algorithmic problem-

solving to design and implement solutions using block-based visual programming language.” Students learned about debugging when the code key did not function properly, and they experienced an extension of programming code when they realized changing the code sequence could change the DIT-DAH sounds to something that is more fun, such as dolphins or sirens. Though it seemed the kids were off task as they were programming their iPads to make new sounds, Cohen felt it was a bonus to witness the discovery learning of students changing the code sequence. Coding is an “if-then” statement, she explained. Unbeknownst to them, the students were testing if-then statements via code. “We want to put it in terms they understand,” she said. The 2nd-grade teachers enjoyed watching their students learn code with Lego blocks. According to teacher Denise Pantelis, “building robots with Lego was a fun and engaging way to make an abstract concept such as coding come to life. It was amazing to me to see how quickly, naturally and easily the kids were able to use the technology to create their robots.” Around the elementary school, students will have the opportunity to program Dash robots to navigate a maze, build more robots with the WeDo kit, and test out the Scratch Jr. and Tynker apps. Not only is the experiential learning fun and engaging but it is showing Academy students how to learn by doing, one code at a time.


A.L.E.X. Box Island Daisy the Dinosaur FunCode LightBot ScratchJr The Foos Tynker


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M I S S I O N With the introduction of new STEM spaces in the middle school, classes have been able to further launch into the world of engineering and technology. But who ever said that world had to be on Earth? Some 33.9 million miles away sits a planet that remained relatively unexplored until the late 1990s. Now, entirely mapped by rovers and satellites, Mars continues to elicit a variety of questions within the scientific community. The planet, only one-sixth the size of Earth, provides below-freezing conditions and rocky, uneven surfaces, making the possibility of viable human communities seem like a lifetime away … but perhaps not for some AHN middle school explorers. This trimester, 6th-grade science teacher Erin Lee posed an out-ofthis-world challenge for her students: research and design a biome that would allow humans to live on Mars. Lee’s class quickly dove into the investigative world of space suit design, radiation prevention, sustainable food, travel, and of course, methods of creating enough containable oxygen for humans to not only survive but thrive in such a foreign environment. The 6th-graders were tasked with navigating the program CoSpaces, a platform that allows users to explore basic coding in order to create and share virtual reality spaces. After researching the conditions of Mars, the students began to build immersive 3-D models and virtual exhibitions. They learned how to code a number of things: rockets to launch when activated, human settlers that walk and talk, and buildings that could stand up to the harsh conditions of the planet.



One of Lee’s new students, Maisi Sigler, found a passion for the coding language, saying, “I just fell in love with it, the way that you can communicate with the computer through the arranging of numbers and letters. When you look at it, it doesn’t seem to create words, yet you’re building something amazing!” In the world of technology, coding is regarded as a language, and like any language, it is best learned at a young age. No longer limited to pen and paper, students are learning to utilize computers to physically build whatever they can dream up. From a teaching-and-learning point of view, CoSpaces and other coding platforms provide a canvas to become whatever is needed in the classroom and allow students such as Sigler to bring their creativity to life. According to Lee, “Maisi went above and beyond the assignment to create an impressive project. She spent her whole Thanksgiving break working on the biomes. She was only asked to create one Mars scene, but she developed multiple scenes with biomes in each.” While a successful manned mission to Mars may still be decades away, integrating these types of hands-on technologies into the curriculum allows students to think critically about these questions at a younger age. And whether AHN is helping launch it’s students into careers in computer programming or launching them to Mars, students are having a lot of fun along the way.

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“I just fell in love with coding, the way that you can communicate with the computer through the arranging of numbers and letters. When you look at it, it doesn’t seem to create words, yet you’re building something amazing!”


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As part of its effort to enhance its STEM initiatives this year, the High School added an engineering program. After thoughtful research, the school launched Project Lead the Way in the fall with two courses: Introduction to Engineering Design and Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles. Project Lead the Way is a nonprofit organization that provides an engaging curriculum that “empowers students to develop and apply in-demand, transportable skills by exploring real-world challenges.” Students who participate in the program are eligible to receive an additional designation on their diplomas. According to Anne Mikos Wynn (A’10), who is teaching 34 students in two sections, her students have responded favorably to the engineering class. Some of her students already know they want to be engineers and are trying to figure out an area in which to focus. However, the students who did not know much about



engineering are also benefiting. “The class offers exposure for kids who have never considered engineering and are now taking to it and realizing it’s fun and manageable,” said Wynn. Part of the fun of the class may be attributed to the format. Not only is the class conducted in the new Maker Lab in the Bailey Family Center for the Arts but it is also mostly hands-on. Students are engaged in learning because they are working collaboratively to find creative solutions to each assigned exercise. So far, they have worked on activities ranging from manufacturing an apparatus designed to clean an oil spill to building bridges and designing toy cars on a computer. For sophomore Megan Corrigan, the design challenges have been the most beneficial. “The most rewarding part of the class is being

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able to see results and knowing that you built something. Building helps us retain concepts.”

gives our girls more confidence to succeed in an engineering realm that is currently male-dominated,” she said.

While the challenges may seem complex or even intimidating, students are enjoying the critical thinking that comes with each assignment. For the oil spill activity, the materials list did not include machinery or technology, but rather tongue depressors, cotton balls and rice, among other typical items found around the house. With MacGyver-like skills, each group had only 35 minutes to design and build a device, system or process to “clean up” an oil spill.

In fact, next year, the Academy is deepening the program to include an additional STEM diploma designation through the Academy. Students who wish to do so will have more STEM electives in which they may enroll, as well as internship opportunities with local engineers. The hope is that the internships will involve local alumni in the field. The overarching goal of the program is to expose girls to more science and math careers and to see what working in these fields is really all about.

Wynn, who majored in engineering and math, is excited with the positive response to the class and that more girls are interested in joining the program next year. “I hope, first and foremost, the class


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A statue of Blessed Marie Rose with two children is depicted outside the Cathedral of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue, where Blessed Marie Rose is entombed. Many of the churches around Longueuil and Montreal pay homage to her.



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Kim Savoy Wiley (A’82), Megan Dubee, Erin Lee, and Jennifer Reina Epps (A’84) at the Congregational House in Longueuil.

Over the summer, four Academy faculty members traveled to Montreal and Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, to visit the historic sites that mark the roots of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, bringing to life the more than 137 years of history and tradition of the Academy. Representing the lower, middle and high school divisions of the Academy, teachers Jennifer Reina Epps (A’84), Megan Dubee, Erin Lee and Kim Savoy Wiley (A’82) joined more than 20 other representatives from varying Holy Names schools around the country to walk in the footsteps of the foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Names, Blessed Marie Rose Durocher. The goal of the trip was to develop relationships among the faculty and staff of the SNJM schools, promote a deeper understanding of the charism of the sisters, and foster an overall deeper connection to the life and mission of Blessed Marie Rose. “The trip helped me to see where I personally fit into the mission here at Academy and how I can better live out the charism. Even though I am not Catholic, the trip helped me realize that it’s really all about being kind and hospitable to everyone you come in contact with,” said Lee. Having the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history surrounding the Holy Names Sisters, the pilgrims took time to travel around Longueuil, located across the Saint Lawrence River from Montreal. They visited the birthplace of Blessed Marie Rose along with her baptism site and resting place in the Cathedral of Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue. Highlights of the trip included a visit to the Congregational House that currently serves as the international headquarters of the SNJM sisters, viewing the museum and archives, and seeing the Foundation House where Blessed Marie Rose and her two companions started the congregation.

Epps studies Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa, archives at the Congregational House.

Assistant campus minister and religion teacher Kim Wiley reflected on her time spent along the Richelieu River, where Blessed Marie resided. “I never realized how rustic and remote the area was where Marie Rose lived. It wasn’t until I was there that I recognized the amount of determination and will she must have had in her heart to continue to travel around and help those in need, especially at such a young age,” she said. One of Blessed Marie Rose’s favorite bible passages reads, “I have come to cast fire upon the Earth, and wish that it were already kindled” (Luke 12:49). This pilgrimage helped spark a fire within the faculty members, a passion for spreading the mission of the Sisters within the Academy community.


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NEW CLUB PROMOTES DIVERSITY, ENCOURAGES RESPECT The Academy High School launched four new clubs this year, including the P.O.W.E.R. Programming Board. Founded by Takkari Mungin (A’19) and Tabitha Rucker (A’18), P.O.W.E.R. stands for Powerful, Outstanding Women Encouraging Respect. The mission of the club is to foster a greater appreciation of diversity at the Academy by creating events that “inform, appreciate and inspire.”

Wanting to involve the entire AHN community in their mission, the four conference attendees, along with other members of the P.O.W.E.R. Club, presented at a recent faculty meeting. Utilizing the skills brought back from the conference, they led a group spectrum activity which allowed the students and high school teachers to have an open dialogue about diversity at the Academy.

Last year, Mungin attended Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), which sparked her passion for spreading the spirit of inclusivity at the Academy. SDLC is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of student leaders from across the U.S. that focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies and building community.

As both a former student and current high school personal counselor, Emily Pantelis (A’07) was able to reflect on the activity from a different perspective than most. “We are trying to encourage a community of openness and a place where dialogue and discourse can flow freely between all stakeholders. The spectrum activity was just the beginning. After the meeting, both faculty and students came to a better and deeper understanding of one another. Teachers felt that they began to understand student pressures more. Students recognized that their teachers are more than just the women or men that stand before them in the context of a classroom setting. By starting to look at the whole person, rather than just as ‘student’ or ‘teacher,’ we can improve the environment around us, and in doing so, improve the overall education and success of our students.”

This year, four high school students including Rucker, Chanita Belcher (A’19), Caroline Lamoureux (A’20) and Casey Martin (A’20) attended the conference. The girls worked to better understand the nature of effective strategies for social justice, practiced expression through the arts and learned networking principles and strategies. Rucker reflected on her time at the conference, saying, “We learned about individuality and finding yourself. Once you really accept yourself, you start accepting other people. It was a very loving environment, very free and comfortable.” This same feeling of comfort and acceptance is what the P.O.W.E.R. Club hopes to foster through its events. Promoting inclusivity was at the forefront of the club’s mission from its inception. “When it came to forming the structure of the club, we held an open forum that all students were welcome to attend. We wanted to hear their ideas and get a better understanding of what they wanted to see happen this school year,” says Rucker. Along with hosting events that celebrate different cultures, guiding students into respectful cross-cultural communication is another goal. “We wanted students to have a safe space where they could open up about topics that are often hard to discuss, whether it be things in the news or issues we are seeing in our own community. We want them to have discussions as their authentic selves,” Rucker went on to say. Hoping to collaborate with other Academy clubs, the board has planned group discussions on pressing issues in the media, a spoken-word event and a Black History Month assembly in February.



And while there is always work to be done on both the part of the students and the faculty, the P.O.W.E.R. Club is continuing to learn about the tools needed for effective teaching, listening and coaching to help foster a truly diverse school environment.

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More than Music This year, 10 freshmen are part of the AHN Quarter Notes, a number that has been steadily increasing since the arrival of director Vivian Kimbler. The freshmen are now the largest class within the choir, which boasts 32 total members. “We’ve seen increasing growth each year, and this year, we’ve added more freshmen than ever. We’re seeing much more consistency now, where the girls are able to come through at the entry level and work their way to honors,” Kimbler said. Whether through academic tutoring in the iLab, or a friendly face to talk to in the halls, peer-to-peer mentorship plays a role in the increasing success of the AHN underclassmen and boosted camaraderie between grade levels. These mentorship opportunities



sit at the top of a list of many reasons why having freshmen in the choir is a positive attribute of the Quarter Notes. “It’s healthy. There is a lot of mentoring that goes on from students that have been with me for four years,” Kimbler went on to say. Senior Quarter Note Christina Suarez-Solar reflected on her last year in the group, grateful for the opportunities she had to spread a little wisdom. “Being a mentor gives me the opportunity to give my advice and suggestions to the freshmen as they continue to flourish in the arts program and their next four years at Academy.” Beyond improving skills in the arts, 9th-grader Emma Elder says the mentorship gave her a sense of community early on, something

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she wants to continue to spread. “I think getting involved at AHN so early was a good idea because I made friends very fast. The Quarter Notes became a family to me.” But this sense of community the girls have gained isn’t something they keep within the yellow brick walls of the Academy. In fact, this year, the group has focused its singing events more around community outreach, with trips to perform at Busch Gardens, military gatherings and children’s homes. Members have come to rely on each other and are radiating that love within the Tampa Bay community.

And while it will be sad to say goodbye to the eight senior Quarter Notes graduating this year, Suarez-Solar says she can be confident that with the guidance and friendship they’ve received, the freshmen, along with all other members of the choir, are sure to rise to the occasion and continue the tradition of excellence both within our AHN community and beyond. “I realize how thankful I am to have the opportunities given to me and look forward to coming back and seeing what my mentees have done at AHN.”



GOLF Head Coach – Chris Kumka

A strong group of seven golfers earned the title of 1A-District 13 runner-up and advanced to the 1A-Region 5 tournament as a team for the first time in four years. Haley Angel (A’20), Georgia Ruffolo (A’20), Riley Schindler (A’20) and Macie McConnie (A’18) represented AHN in State Series competition. Photo courtesy of Annmarie Collins (A’18)

VOLLEYBALL JV Head Coach - Tabitha Nejman

Record – 9-1 Varsity Head Coach - Laura Praetorius Assistant Coach – Kim Hildreth

Record – 6-4 With each match, the varsity team battled on the court and found ways to win multiple matches through sheer desire and teamwork. The highlight of the season was a locally televised match against district rival Tampa Catholic. The Jaguars earned a heart-pumping, four-set victory, showcasing their talents for the Bay Area. Katherine Pickard (A’18) was named Tampa Bay Times All-Hillsborough second team and All-Tampa Bay honorable mention, while Hannah Smallwood (A’19) and Brianna Benito (A’19) received All-Hillsborough honorable mention.

CROSS COUNTRY Head Coach – Ray Rodriguez

Each runner in this year’s team stepped up to combat a season filled with illness and injury. Through obstacles, the team still earned 2A-District 10 and 2A-Region 3 runner-up titles. Megan Hughes (A’20) was district champion and region runner-up. The heart of the Jaguars showed at the state meet, where Maddie Rodriguez (A’21), Alexa Fredericks (A’20), Hughes, Brooke Jennings (A’19), Katie Jones (A’19) and Emma Zazzero (A’18) finished 13th overall in the state. Photo courtesy of Gabby Hogan (A’18)




SWIMMING AND DIVING Head Coach – Bill Shaffer Assistant Coaches – Chuck Hahn, Kathie McNeil, Nathan Stibrich

With a roster of 59 young women, the AHN swimming and diving program continued to rewrite AHN history books and remained #CailinStrong through it all. The team won its 10th consecutive 2A-District 9 title, eighth consecutive 2A-Region 3 title, and for the second consecutive season earned the title of 2A state runner-up. The team, led by Katie Taulbee (A’19) and Bella Kirkpatrick (A’18), had eight top-eight finishes at the state meet. Earning District titles were Gabby Delp (A’18), Lauren Sellers (A’18), Sydney Wills (A’20), and Kirkpatrick (400 free relay), Sydney Wills (50 free), Megan Devaney (A’19) (diving), Sophia Hasara (A’21) (500 free) and Kirkpatrick (100 fly). Earning both district and region titles were Kirkpatrick (100 back), Sierra Wills (A’18) (100 breast) and Taulbee (200 IM). The 200 medley relay team of Taulbee, Sierra Wills, Sydney Wills and Kirkpatrick won districts, regions and earned a 4th-place finish in the 2A State Final. The 400 free relay team of Sellers, Delp, Taulbee and Kirkpatrick earned a silver medal in the 2A State Final. The 400 free relay team of Taulbee, Sellers, Delp and Kirkpatrick was named Tampa Bay Times All-Tampa Bay third team, and the following received honorable mention: 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, Hasara (200 free, 500 free), Taulbee (200 IM, 100 free), Cassidy Neely (A’21) (200 IM, 500 free), Delp (200 IM, 100 free), Sydney Wills (50 free), Devaney (diving), Kara Petitt (A’20) (diving), Kirkpatrick (100 fly, 100 back), Sellers (500 free) and Sierra Wills (100 breast).

SPIKE AND SPLASH FOR THE CAUSE The AHN volleyball team, along with the AHN and Jesuit swim teams, joined together for the 11th anniversary of this fundraiser. Held annually in memory of late swim coach, Mara Schultz, more than $11,000 was raised for Moffitt Cancer Center for continued research in the fight against breast cancer. In the past seven years alone, this fundraiser has raised more than $72,000.








Martha Kapitz and Chris Growcock met in college at Indiana University. After many years in sales and marketing for larger corporations, Chris decided to follow his lifelong dream of running his own business and purchased a local fishing apparel company, Get Reel...Get Fish. Martha is a physician partner with Bay Area OB/GYN, a division of Women’s Care Florida, where she has been in private practice for 10 years. Together, they have been Parent Annual Fund committee members since their daughter Emmie, currently in 7th grade, started kindergarten in 2010. Maddie, in 4th grade, joined her sister at the Academy in 2012. The Kapitz-Growcock family has supported the Ascending Together campaign by contributing to both the Academy Ascending capital campaign and the Parent Annual Fund. To date, 50 percent of parents have participated in the Parent Annual Fund.

Why is giving back important to your family?

drama performances and art shows to some of our favorites—Black and White By The Bay auction and Community Service Day. We feel there is no better way to show support than to stay involved and participate in Academy activities!

Are you involved in organizations outside of the Academy? Outside of the Academy, I [Martha] volunteer my physician services at The Judeo-Christian Clinic, a community clinic for the uninsured and indigent populations of Tampa. Chris loves to share his passion with fishing by taking veterans on fishing excursions with Healing Waters.

What do you want parents to know about supporting the Parent Annual Fund and Academy Ascending capital campaign?

We both became passionate about philanthropy during our college years, when we were both involved with the Indiana University Student Foundation. It was during this time our opportunities and experiences shaped us, and we realized just how important giving back is. We want everyone to have the amazing opportunities and experiences that we did, and this would not have been possible without additional community and alumni support ensuring continued growth.

Not many parents are aware that the tuition we pay does not fully cover the costs of education. Our philosophy is that there is no better investment than that of our children and future generations. Anything above and beyond tuition that each family can contribute will have a phenomenal impact on your children and the overall community.

What have you liked best about being a part of the Academy community?

Our personal goal is to continue to contribute to the PAF. Over the years, we have loved watching the growth at the Academy. We have seen the direct impact of the growth, especially most recently with the new middle school. It is an exciting time, and we are proud to be part of both campaigns!

The Academy is much more than just a building where our daughters attend school. The sense of community and the loving and encouraging nature of our teachers and staff is unparalleled in the community. We could not be happier with our decision for our children to attend the Academy.

Other than the PAF, in what ways are you involved at AHN?

What is your personal goal for Ascending Together?

What would you like to see for the remainder of the year for PAF? One-hundred percent participation, of course!

We try to attend as many events as possible, from spelling bees, cross country meets, wind ensemble,



HOLY NAMES LEGACY SOCIETY GROWS TO 34 MEMBERS Encouraging new planned gifts as a means to build the school endowment was a focus of the first phase of the Academy Ascending capital campaign. The campaign goal of securing 20 new planned gifts was exceeded with 22 new commitments, bringing the current total to 34 members. In December, the Academy hosted a luncheon to thank those who have made a commitment to the school in their estate plans. At the luncheon, Michael Valdes (B’77) spoke about why he and his wife, Candace, joined the Society. Not only did Valdes graduate from the Academy but so did his four daughters: Alexandra (A’09), Amanda (A’11), Victoria (A’14) and Olivia (A’17). After matriculating to Jesuit, Valdes went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in New Orleans. As the founder and senior advisor of the Valdes Group, he has provided wealth management services and strategies to ultrahigh net worth individuals since 1985, when he joined Merrill Lynch. A recognized leader in wealth management, Valdes has earned national recognition as a financial advisor. In 2016 and 2017, Forbes named him to its list of America’s Top Wealth Advisors. In 2015 and 2016, “Wealth Management Magazine” honored Valdes as one of the Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors. Outside of work, he is involved in a number of community philanthropies, including The V Foundation for Cancer Research, The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Jesuit High School.



For Valdes, contributing to the school that helped him raise strong daughters who are responsible, compassionate and empathetic is more than just a financial gift. “This is an investment in the future of our community; it’s an investment in making the world a better place. This torch has passed to us. It’s our responsibility to carry that torch, spread the word and try to make a difference,” he said. According to Valdes, the Academy is more than just a private school. For him, to ensure the school continues to thrive for generations to come, people must invest in its future today. Though his youngest daughter graduated in the spring, Valdes continues to help with the AHN softball team. It’s through his daughters and the girls on the team that he sees the values the school instills in its students. He and Candace were compelled to join the Holy Names Legacy Society because they believe there is nothing as important as education. Of his potential benefactors he said, “We may never see the result of it, but at the end of the day … we may have an impact on someone who can change the world. A gift today can go a long way exponentially in the future. I know that we’re not going to live forever, but I think we can help build something that will.”


HOLY NAMES LEGACY SOCIETY MEMBERS Anonymous Diana and Harold Astorquiza Schezy and Steve Barbas Patricia Power Bohannan (A’77) Beverly Bush (A’55) Irma Jean Simpson Doke (S’52) Edmund J. Foody Richard Gonzmart (B’67) Kimberly Valenti Grandoff (A’77)* Angela Ferrante Guagliardo-Rettig (A’59) Jane Hardin Kay Culbreath Heller Patricia Miller Herrmann (A’55) Theresa and David Jones Debbie and Sam Lazzara* Dr. Gregory Lieb and Stephanie Crane Lieb (A’99) Debra S. Lubrano Linda Danco MacGregor (A’79) Sheryl and George W. Martz Jr. Angela Spicola Morgan (A’67)* Terri Costantini Naylor (A’68) Dorothy Corfield Norton (A’60) Vivien A. Oliva (A’63) Hadley and Hector Rivera (A’92)* Jan and Anthony Scicchitano Barbara and Anthony Scarpo* Patricia Torres (A’68) Terre Tulsiak Raulniña Uzzle-Harris (A’82) Candace and Michael J. Valdes (B’77) Mattie Tison Vega (A’59) Sharon and Robert West Isabelle Williams (A’48)* Christopher Winiarz (A’97) *Newest Members

The Holy Names Legacy Society was established to benefit the AHN Endowment and future needs of the school by providing financial assistance for students, professional development for faculty and staff, or maintenance of facilities. To learn how you may join the Holy Names Legacy Society, please contact Debbie Gavalas at (813) 835-3522.


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The Cygnus cargo spacecraft Decker worked on at Orbital flies over Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba.

At age 10, Jaclyn Cichon Decker (A’01) decided she wanted to be an aerospace engineer. Before she came to the Academy for middle school, Decker participated in a technology-focused program that had a unit on outer space. She was hooked. When she arrived at AHN, she worked toward her dream by taking classes such as advanced physics and AP calculus. Her studies paid off. After graduating as salutatorian of her class, Decker enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she studied aeronautics and astronautics. That’s right, she is a rocket scientist. Just one of a handful of women in her program, Decker relied on the confidence and assertiveness she learned at the Academy to stay on an even playing field with her male classmates. While at MIT, Decker received the 2005 Thomas B. Sheridan Award for improvement in human-machine integration. She also had the opportunity to intern for Boeing, where she worked on the design of a national security satellite, and for Systems Planning & Analysis (SPA) in the national security affairs group. Following her SPA internship, Decker enrolled at the University of Florida where she earned a Master of Science in nuclear engineering. Working in the UF nuclear space lab, Decker studied and wrote her thesis on nuclear power and propulsion for advanced interplanetary travel. Wanting to round out her education with a focus on international relations, Decker also received a Master of Arts in security studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Decker started her professional career back at Boeing working as a missile defense systems analyst. There, she received the Rising Star award for her analysis of potential ground radar

sites in Eastern Europe proposed during the George W. Bush administration. Because she wanted to shift focus to satellite hardware development, Decker next took a systems engineering position at Orbital Sciences Corporation (now Orbital ATK). In this role, she was able to work in various capacities that covered the full life cycle of a satellite, from design and testing through launch and mission operations. Decker appreciated working at a small satellite company that let her assume many responsibilities, even as a junior engineer. This included traveling to Paris to conduct a hardware review for a star tracker to be launched on Orbital’s first spacecraft designed to bring cargo to the International Space Station. Today, Decker lives in Alexandria, Va. with her husband, Kit, whom she met at Boeing, and their four-year-old son, Porter. She has worked as an analyst for the federal government for the past four years. When asked what advice she would have for Academy high school girls pursuing a STEM-related career, Decker suggested students research and apply to the best schools for their specific discipline. While grades are important to getting your first job in a STEM field, she heavily relied on her alumni network to get a foot in the door and secure interviews. She also again stresses the importance of confidence. “The millennial generation, especially women, are increasingly more confident in the workplace. They expect more from their employers and won’t settle for work where they aren’t being both challenged and rewarded for their skills. This younger generation of female engineers has already taught me something … which is that we owe it to ourselves to ask for more, whether that includes more responsibilities, more pay or more respect for the value we add to the workplace.”





On Thursday, Nov. 9, the Holy Names Alumni Association hosted its annual Alumni Dinner at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club. The ballroom was filled with alumni celebrating with classmates from their Holy Names alma maters. As always, a plethora of exciting auction items was up for grabs with more than $8,100 raised to benefit the Sister Irene Marie Brunelle Alumni Scholarship. This year’s scholarship recipient, Lauren Pieper (A’18), daughter of Sandy Meyer Pieper (A’78), thanked the crowd for its support of her family as well as an Academy education.

AHN Class of 1968 celebrating its 50th Anniversary. STANDING: Mary Ann Morgan Walton, Sue Johnston Bunch, Margaret Van Balen Prosser, Kathleen Lynch Gulley, Mary Jo Campbell, Pat Torres, Colleen Cuervo and Gilda Alvarez Gurley. SEATED: Terri Costantini Naylor, Gail Gwaltney, Dee Dee Flynn Domeier and Michelle Camp Noto.

Alumnus of the Year, Therese Cullen Seal (A’60), celebrating with her classmates. STANDING: Dianne Garcia Rivera, Kathy Hawkins Favata and Rosalie Alessi LoCicero. SEATED: Cheryl Cuellar Lodato, (A’61), Shirley Gifford Rivera, Mary Ann Martinez Lewis, Therese Cullen Seal and Josie Alessi Leece.

Victor DiMaio (B’68) and James Castano (B’83).



Sisters of the Holy Names. STANDING: Sr. Anne Celine Turner, Sr. Mariellen Blaser, Sr. Dolores Wehle (S’58) and Sr. Ann Regan. SEATED: Sr. Mary Glavin, Sr. Mary Patricia Plumb (A’55) and Sr. Mary Haskins (S’54).


The Quarter Notes perform the SHA and AHN alma maters for an adoring crowd!

Rosemary Spoto Priede (A’48) celebrated her 70th anniversary.

Class of 1993 celebrating its 25th anniversary. STANDING: Kerry Fogarty McGucken, Ana Riveron Ibanez, Krissy Eddings Carson and Linda Tindale Plunkett. SEATED: Amy Sheridan Globenfelt, Angela Nidasio Ritchie, LauraElizabeth Ware Wash and Kristine Cansdale Bennett.

Dania Diaz Brooks (A’75), Jenny Quaely Roberts (A’75), Susan Miskolczi Forns (A’75), Mabel Alcolado Burns (A’75) and Mary Lu Tagliarini Kiley (A’63).

Members of the Class of 2006: Danielle Reyes, Lizzy Socias Swanson, Kayleigh Kertcher Acosta and Kate Vasquez Herrera.

SHA girls! Linda Cimino Prado (S’65), Adriana Fitzgerald Mallo (S’68), Rita Arencibia Zvada (S’68), Jennifer Hodges Smith (S’68), Elaine Fernandez (S’65) and Gail Menendez Lorca (S’65).

SHA Class of 1968 celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Jennifer Hodges Smith, Renee Lafountain Roos, Rita Arencibia Zvada, Adriana Fitzgerald Mallo and Fran Jacoby Provenzano.



Alumnus of the Year

THERESE CULLEN SEAL (A’60) Therese Cullen Seal (A’60) was named Alumnus of the Year at the Annual Alumni Dinner in November. Seal, who perhaps is best known as the founder of Seal Swim School, is also a loyal Academy alumna, remaining involved as a former member of the Alumni Board and as an inductee of the AHN Athletic Hall of Fame. Two of her granddaughters, Samantha Seal (A’11) and Franchesca Beatty (A’13), also graduated from the Academy. As a boarder at the Academy, Seal was not keen to stay at the school when she first arrived. Though they did not get along at first, the Sisters made sure Seal found her place at the school. By her graduation, she was a varsity athlete, a writer for “Achona,” a member of National Forensic League, president of the Sodality and star of the senior play. Swimming was a part of Seal’s life from the time she was four years old. She started giving lessons at age 9, and while the Academy did not have a swim team during her tenure, Seal worked with her siblings at Wall Springs, a natural swim park that her family owned and operated.

After the Academy, Seal earned her degree from the University of South Florida and had five children. While raising her children, she started teaching swimming in her backyard in the late 1970s. She went on to establish the first of several Bay Area Seal Swim Schools in 1980. Seal took her passion for swim safety to the next level by developing and promoting an acclaimed educational watersafety program for children. She co-authored “Swim Safe, Little Seals,” an illustrated instruction book with a series of educational posters. Seal is recognized throughout the country as a leader and innovator in swim instruction, evidenced by her 2007 induction into the U.S. Swim School Association Hall of Fame. According to her nominator, Seal “exemplifies the AHN motto, ‘Esse Quam Videri.’ She is a role model in her family, in her profession and in our AHN community. We admire her exceptional contributions to the swim school profession and the untold number of children helped by her expertise. Therese Cullen Seal has spent her life being passionate about swimming and about teaching swimming and swimming safety for all children.”

THERESE, SEATED CENTER, WITH HER CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. STANDING: Joe Flach, Shannon Seal Flach, Catherine Seal, Rob Seal, Erin Seal Grande, Mike Grande, Christy Seal, Jarrett Seal and Micha Seal Beatty. SEATED: Samantha Seal (A’11), Therese and Franchesca Beatty (A’13).




Young Alumni

HOLIDAY GATHERING There was a record number of alumni at Harbour Island’s new hot spot, American Social, for the annual Young Alumni Holiday Mixer. Each year, Academy alumni between the ages of 21 and 35 are invited to mingle with each other. Everyone enjoyed kicking off the holiday season together!

Amanda Damico (A’12), Olivia Obregon (A’12), Jane Lazzara (A’13), Victoria Litschgi (A’13) and Erin Przedpelski (A’13).

Carmen Mendez (A’14), Gabriela Mendez (A’14), Gini Barreda (A’14), Colleen McInerney (A’14), Megan Glogowski (A’14) and Emily Dever (A’14).

Cari Ellison (A’05), Amber McCarthy Dorsch (A’05) and Leia Almendares (A’05).

Mallory Weatherly Winter (A’08), Kelsey Bohannan (A’08), Megan Cardillo Lopez (A’08), Ben Lopez (A’04) and Derek Winter.

Christopher Arnold (A’98) and Jason Woodside (A’01).

Jean-Claude Guidi (A’07), Alex Sierra (A’07), Alexa Parisey (A’11), Margaret Young (A’11) and Victoria Sierra (A’12).

Cassidy Gourley (A’14), Sarah Elliott (A’14), Kimberly Huber (A’14), Mariah Diaz (A’14), Miranda Lopez (A’14) and Argie Cabalan (A’14).

Kelly Quackenbush (A’10), Meagan Kelly (A’09), Shelby Frantz (A’10), Rosie Posada Muratides (A’10), Francesca Jones (A’11), Irene Garcia (A’11), Sara Ku (A’10), Mary Castillo (A’09), Ali Daigle (A’10) and Olivia Martinez (A’10).




Christmas Lunch

Each year before Christmas break, the class that graduated the previous May comes back for lunch with the current seniors. Always popular conversations include sorority rush, college calculus versus Academy calculus and how prepared Academy girls are for college. It is always nice to welcome our alumni home!

Megan Dubee, Naomi Youakim, Anne Mikos Wynn (A’10), Katherine Quackenbush and Carly Fisher.

Kate Scanlan, Megan Przedpelski, Danielle Gutierrez, Camille Opp, Alexis Diez and Elizabeth Benjamin.

Alessandra Nies, Alejandra Pazzi, Abigail Morris and Anne Marie Yatsula.

Sarah Ercia, Allison Wehle and Mary Kate Urbanski.

Alexis Miniet, Beth Chase, Tessa Vaughn, Emily Orama and Brittany Bramwell.

Vanessa Alvarez, Addison Diaz and Jessica Zakhary.

Sr. Lisa Perkowski, Anna Padron, Sophia Bahr and Haley Palumbo (A’18).

Kim Savoy Wiley (A’82) and Jenna Wiley.



ALUMNI UPDATES 1953-1971 Class Correspondent Renunion Coordiator

1953 Edith Cockcroft Jordan


1966 Claudia Rowley Ward

S 1968 Fran Jacoby Provenzano

A 1968

 Joy Carter shared a very special visit with Sister Theresa Cecelia in Albany, N.Y. Sister Theresa looked after Joy and her classmates during their boarding school years and taught them several subjects.

Pat Torres Terri Costantini Naylor Members of the Classes of 1968 and 1969 enjoyed a reunion dinner together this past summer.

S 1958

Jo Ann Nuccio


Rosemarie Pollock Neville

Nolan Power Kimball

1961 In September, alumnae from the Class of 1961 enjoyed an informal luncheon at the Floridan Hotel in Tampa. Unfortunately, the aftermath of Hurricane Irma prevented the attendance of some classmates. After the luncheon, a Mass in memory of their eight departed classmates was celebrated at the Chapel of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, along with a tour of the Holy Names Heritage Center. The next gathering will be in 2018.


1976 STANDING: Joan Willette DuChene (A’69), Joanne Martino (A’69), Gail Gwaltney Stanley (A’68), Debbie Flora Traina (A’69), Nieves Gonzalez (A’69), Joan Flynn (A’69) and Margaret “Punkie” Curtis Clardy (A’69). SEATED: Karen Greenwood Goodrich (A’69), Terri Costantini Naylor (A’68), Pat Torres (A’68) and Janet Taylor Brooks (A’69).

Angie Garcia Ammon

1971 Karen Cuervo Rocha Maggie Donaghy Bailey

Celeste Alvarez Donohue, Sandra Hall Rupp, June Martin Wojteczko, Catherine Pacyna Rogers, Katherine Paskert Seoane, Linda Barcena Watts, Lena Chansing Hohenadel, Marilyn Smith Stallard, Audrey Gros Smith, Bridget Bane, Marie Boyle McGillivray and Sara Maddux.

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ALUMNI UPDATES 1972-2007 1977 Stephanie Agliano Susan Glickman was recently featured in “Florida Trend.” Glickman is a longtime Tallahassee lobbyist who represents environmental interests and helped steer a bill through the legislature that led to a new commission for addressing climate change and energy issues. She is the Florida leader for Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, a nonprofit that promotes renewable energy throughout the Southeast.



Kim Savoy Wiley

Jennifer Fernandez Dabbs



Mary Alice Fernandez Lopez

Lisa Griffin Hodgdon



Paula Castellano Golson

Meg O’Connor Seoane



Jodi Rivera

Dina Busciglio Sheridan



Suzette Lemrow

Lisa Sanabria Scanio


1978 Sandy Meyer Pieper

Dana Leon Nazaretian


1981 Terry Boynton Clevenger

Mary Quigley Brooker

Krissy Eddings Carson Angela Nidasio Ritchie

1994 Casey Hurley Kiser

1995 Shannon Ratliff Corless

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Michelle Gorecki Robinson

Victoria Pardo Booth



Melissa Fernandez Bunch

Terin Barbas Cremer

Greta Dupuy was recently featured in an article in Lakeland’s “The Ledger,” detailing her life and work of service through Publix. In her position, Dupuy handles employee training, service recognition awards and community outreach, which includes the company’s very successful United Way campaign. Dupuy is board chair-elect for the United Way board of directors, an organization in which she has been involved since 2012. She also serves as secretary of the Academy’s board of trustees.

1998 Crystal Martinez Lynch

1999 Courtney Blakeman Lambert

2000 Kalinda Campbell

2001 Amber Schonbrun McDonnell

2004 Claire Donovan

2005 Jessica Cruze

2006 Kelly Carey Brittany Fisher works with Boston Children’s Hospital as a clinical research specialist in the Neurosurgery Department. She recently became a certified clinical research professional (CCRP), an international certification developed by the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA). This certification recognizes individuals who have achieved internationally accepted standards of knowledge, education and experience.

2007 Emily Pantelis


Class Reunion CLASSES TO CELEBRATE IN 2018: 1968 (50 years) 1978 (40 years) 1988 (30 years) 1993 (25 years) 1998 (20 years) 2008 (10 years) 2013 (5 years)

Gatherings for the classes will take place on Friday, June 8, and/ or Saturday, June 9, 2018. The anniversary classes were honored by the Holy Names Alumni Association at the Annual Alumni Dinner in November, and they will be honored again at the Alumni Homecoming Mass and Brunch on Sunday, June 10. Don’t miss a chance to tour the Holy Names Heritage Center! Class reunion coordinators are listed by year—their enthusiasm is contagious! Contact your class coordinator and get involved.



2009 Shannon McCarthy

2010 Olivia Martinez

2008 Meggie Willis Kelsey Bohannan Megan Cardillo Lopez Mallory Weatherly Winter

 Megan Lopez Cardillo, Mallory Weatherly Winter and Alissa Simon Sieben recently took a trip to Iceland with their husbands. Adventures included hiking, soaking in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and an ATV tour along the black sand beaches.

 Gabriella Perez is in her last semester of law school at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla., and plans to graduate in May. This fall, she spoke to Mrs. Nazaratian’s law class about her studies and about volunteering at Teen Court. Teen Court is a juvenile diverse program at the 13th Circuit Courthouse. Mrs. Nazaratian and Gabriella have been working together to bring Teen Court back to AHN and successfully have girls volunteering in the program.

2011 Meredith Zingale Lindsey Backman, a current graduate student at MIT, has been selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to be one of 39 Gilliam Fellows of 2017. Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study are awarded to exceptional doctoral students who have the potential to

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be leaders in their fields and desire to advance diversity and inclusion in the sciences. Students who are awarded Gilliam Fellowships are supported for up to three years of dissertation research. As a Gilliam Fellow, Backman will be able to meet and network with other Gilliam Fellows and professors at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), connecting with a diverse community of graduate students who share a passion for solving important questions in science and promoting inclusion within STEM fields. This group of students, who are anticipated to become the next generation of influential scientists, will offer members an invaluable support network throughout graduate school. Kelsea Fowler found her passion in writing, wellness and teaching mindfulness meditation/yoga to professors and children in Hillsborough County. After college in 2014, she started guiding meditations for kids and teachers in Hillsborough County to foster self-love and bring better focus and self-awareness to classrooms through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. After completing her 200-hour yoga and meditation teacher training from Bella Prana Yoga in South Tampa, she became the studio manager and founded the Kids Mindfulness Program there. Fowler is also the chief content creator and writer at international wellness company Wholesome Goods. She continues to go into county and private schools to help teachers and students develop playful and positive attitudes. She is living her dream! Abigail Lopez graduated from Emory University School of Medicine with a Masters of Medical Science degree in anesthesia. She is a practicing anesthetist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. Hannah McNamara graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in human ecology and leadership studies. She then packed her bags and spent time in Europe before starting a career in hospitality management in Tampa. After

two years of working in the hospitality industry, she decided to earn her teaching certificate in social studies. She now teaches both 6th- and 7th-grade social studies at SLAM! (Sports Leadership and Management) Academy in Citrus Park, Fla. SLAM! is a new charter school with an emphasis on sports management, sports medicine and broadcasting. She is pursuing her Masters in Educational Leadership with the hope of a career in educational administration. McNamara’s passion for education stemmed from her Academy experience, and she strives to pay that passion forward. Samantha Seal graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in psychology in the spring of 2015. She is currently residing in Atlantic Beach, Fla., where she was recently hired in the human resources department at one of Remington’s luxury hotels in the area.

2012 Reena Martinez

2013 Cailin Dunne Madison Allen graduated from Florida State University in May, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities with a minor in recreation, tourism and events. She secured a full-time position with Grand Events of Florida as the new account manager. Located in Hyde Park, Allen works alongside of Academy alumna Gabby Nickerson (A’12). She has a passion for event design and management and is looking forward to producing exceptional events in the Tampa Bay Area. Marisa Infante taught yoga at Kodawari Studios until moving to University of Oxford in the fall for graduate school. Both Kodawari Studios and Oxford allow her to

explore the passions that she discovered while in high school. While taking AP art history at AHN, she realized she wants to study classical archaeology of Hellenistic Greece. As she looks back on her time in high school, and even AHN middle school, Infante realizes how much she learned while at the Academy. She hopes that everyone, from incoming freshmen to soon-to-be graduating seniors, at AHN is truly appreciating the time they have at AHN, because she is proof of how these four high school years can shape futures.

2014 Hannah McCarthy

2015 Mica Wiley Amber Orosco is a junior at Bowdoin College. She recently declared a major in visual art and art history with the possibility of adding a dual major in chemistry. This summer she was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Humanities Fellowship to do research at Bowdoin. Her project consists of working with a collection of medals the college was gifted in 1966. She has been researching their historical contexts and iconography as well as testing their metallurgical contents using a scanning electron microscope.

2016 Caroline Lamoutte







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for unto us a Nicole Sinardi Reynolds (A’03) and husband, Ryan, welcomed their daughter, Haven Hope, on Sept. 1. Haven weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20½ inches long. Haven joins big brother, Poe.

Jennifer Griffin Bush (A’00) and husband, Jay, welcomed their son Jack Griffin on Aug. 7. Jack weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Jack joins big brother J.W.



John Yodzis (A’99) and wife, Sasha, welcomed their son, Beckham James, on Aug. 31. Beckham weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 20¾ inches long.

Marie King Colbert (A’04) and husband, Patton, welcomed their son, Hal Patton IV, on Oct. 24. Hal weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

child is born Lena Cabrera McCrory (A’03) and husband, Dylan, welcomed their son, Davis Reed, on Aug. 25. Davis weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Virginia “Jeannie” Hurley Mooney (A’06) and husband, Matthew, welcomed their daughter Margaret “Maggie” Clare on May 25. Maggie weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20¼ inches long. Maggie joins big brother, Patrick, and big sister, Annie. Caroline Meyer Layton (A’04) and husband, Robert, welcomed their son, James Robert, on Sept. 7. James weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 19½ inches long.



Weddings Valerie Martinez (A’05) married Kris Bartkiewicz on Dec. 16. in the Chapel of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher. Kelly Carey (A’06) married Stephen Bagge on May 27 in Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church in New Orleans. Fr. Donald Saunders performed the ceremony. Fr. Saunders was principal of Jesuit Tampa when Stephen was a student and now he works at Jesuit New Orleans.

Valerie and Kris wed Dec. 16.

Andrea Castillo (A’07) married Patrick O’Sullivan on Sept. 10, 2016, in Tampa’s St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Danielle Duet (A’09) married Jeff Rother on Aug. 4 in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Vermillion, Minn. The couple celebrated their vows with a traditional Latin Mass. Alyssa Duet (A’12) was maid of honor. The couple lives in Hastings, Minn.

Kelly and Stephen wed May 27.

Danielle and Jeff wed Aug. 4.

Anne and Matthew wed Dec. 1.

Andrea and Patrick wed Sept. 10, 2016.

Rosie and Spencer wed Nov. 3.

Kim and Chris wed Dec. 16.

Anne Mikos (A’10) married Matthew Wynn on Dec. 1 in the Chapel of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher. Elizabeth Barrett (A’10) was a member of the wedding party. The couple lives in Tampa, where Anne is a high school engineering and math teacher at the Academy. Kim Wilmath (A’05) married Chris Hill on Dec. 16 in Tampa. Alumni members of the wedding party included Elizabeth Leva Clark (A’05), Sarah Zarate (A’05), Brittany Silva (A’05), Erin Hill (A’05) and Sydney Schaefer (A’15). The couple lives in Tampa where Kim is the director of communications at ReliaQuest, a national IT security firm, and Chris is the chief operating officer at Florida Eye Specialists. Irene “Rosie” Posada (A’10) married Spencer Muratides (A’06) on Nov. 3 in the Chapel of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher. Alumni members of the wedding party included Jacqueline Posada (A’12), Mary Polo (A’10), Gina Barbato (A’10), Drew Cappello (A’06) and Nick Iacovella (A’06). Rosie and Spencer live in Tampa where Spencer works for Aliant Partners and Rosie is in her third year of medical school completing her clinical rotations.




With Sincere Sympathy Maude Aardse-Mudder, mother of Ingeborg von Straalen Schildkamp (A’68). Norman Abbott, grandfather of Courtney Hurley Castellano (A’92) and Casey Hurley Kiser (A’94). Jimmy Ampalathumkal Alex (A’03), brother of Giji Ampalathumkal Alex (A’05). Mary Teresa Fuentes Batty (A’43), daughter of Alla Solomon Fuentes (deceased, A’1902), and sister of Ramona Fuentes Etheredge (deceased, A’36), Arabella Fuentes Taylor (deceased, A’37) and Mary Alla Fuentes (deceased, A’39). Joyce Moore Briggs (S’56). Margaret Sigmund Canniff (S’52), mother of Grace Canniff Fultz (A’79), Theresa Canniff Merriam (A’81) and Catherine “Cathy” Canniff Stahl (A’83), and sister of Mary Sigmund Jackson (deceased, S’49), Carroll Sigmund Stevens (S’51) and Patty Sigmund Wehling (S’58). James Frank “Jimmy” Caravella Jr., son of Beverly Ann Scolaro Caravella (deceased, A’52), and brother of Sharon Caravella Austin (A’74). Olga Perez Castellano (S’47), sister of Mary Perez Castro (deceased, S’40) and Alice Perez Puglisi (deceased, S’43). Colonel Gary E. Cox, father of Theresa Cox Anderson (deceased, A’80). Daniel P. Diaz, husband of Peggy Giglio Diaz (A’60), father of Trina Diaz Doussan (A’89) and Anthony Joseph Diaz (B’88), and grandfather of John Doussan (A’17) and current Academy student Sophia Doussan.

Rita Ramentol Diaz (S’49). Larry D. Gadson-Yarbrough, husband of Delia DeCaprio Gadson-Yarbrough (A’92). Howard Green Jr., father of former Academy employee Amy Warnock, and grandfather of Dr. Henderson “Trey” Warnock III (A’05) and current Academy student Madison Warnock. Joann Torretta Guagliardo (A’49), mother of Paul Guyardo (B’75), and mother-in-law of Mark Pichowski (B’87). Edward Hane, life partner of Pat Pfeiffer (A’43). Edward J. “Eddie” Herrmann, husband of Patricia “Patsy” Miller Herrmann (A’55). Hal Scarlett Holtsinger, husband of Alma Florez Holtsiner (deceased, A’44), father of Clay Holtsinger (B’68), Cecilia Holtsinger Martin (A’75) and Mary Holtsinger Howell (A’75), grandfather of Mary “Allie” Howell Kessler (A’06), son-in-law of Eva Corral Fowler (deceased, A’22), and brother-in-law of Flavia Florez Preston (deceased, A’46) and Carol Florez Blank (deceased, A’50). Robert Ernest “Bob” Hoskinson, fatherin-law of Maria Ceballos Hoskinson (S’71), and grandfather of Ryan Hoskinson (A’08). Kevin Livingston (B’89) and wife Michelle Livingston, brother and sisterin-law of Cristina Smith Livingston (A’86), and uncle and aunt of Sophia Livingston (A’13). Brittney McBath (A’08), sister of

Brooke McBath (A’07), niece of Bettye Duncan Southerland (A’49), and cousin of Ashley Campbell (A’03), Erica Campbell (A’05) and Amber McCarthy Dorsch (A’05). Ivan Paul Mullins, father of Jack Mullins (B’81), Michele Mullins Platt (A’88), Shannon Mullins Kaminski (A’91) and Heather Mullins Graham (A’96), and grandfather of current Academy students Jackson Graham, Lena Graham, Garrett Graham and Michael Graham. Norma Fleming Murray (A’69). David Richard Nicoletti, son of June Valenti Simpson (A’66) and nephew of Linda Valenti Geller (A’69). Hermanda deRoos O’Connor, mother of Erin O’Connor Lobato (A’83), Marijke O’Connor Woodruff (A’87) and Meeghan O’Connor Seoane (A’91). Martha Allen McHale Paleveda (S’42), sister of Helen McHale (S’45), and sister-in-law of Anna Mary Paleveda Engle (S’47), Magdalen Paleveda Sultenfuss (S’48), Marie Relihan Paleveda (S’48) and Ethel Paleveda Cushen (S’55). Vivian Guagliardo Palori, mother of Vincent S. Palori (B’67), and motherin-law of Karen Ficarrotta Palori (A’78). Roberta “Bobbie” Beckman Pioli (A’49). Jane Milliken Roberts (A’55). Thomas Joseph Sheehan Jr., father of Sally Sheehan Smith (A’78). Carmen Garcia Sink (A’72), sister-inlaw of Geraldine “Gerry” Ferlita Garcia (S’61).

Prudencio S. “Prudy” Diaz, husband of



With Sincere Sympathy Iris Viola Manning Songy (S’47). Mary Agnes Scott Sultenfuss (S’37), mother of Judy Sultenfuss Archer (A’75) and Richard Sultenfuss (B’69), grandmother of Andrea Sultenfuss Canada (A’96), and mother-in-law of Mary Jo Corral Sultenfuss (deceased, A’68). Roger E. Wilk, father of Britta Wilk McKenna (A’79). Dr. Harold Williamson, father of Kay Williamson Saari (A’73) and Judy Williamson Maugeri (A’77). Kathryn Williamson, mother of Kay Williamson Saari (A’73) and Judy Williamson Maugeri (A’77). Rena Winn, mother of Renee Winn Campbell (A’76) and Marysue Winn Mathews (A’78), and grandmother of Caitlin Campbell (A’08) and Danielle Campbell Feraro (A’08). James Zell, brother of Patricia “Trish” Klosinski Wagner (A’77), and uncle of Bethany Wagner (A’06).



Dr. Harry Purpur, who served as the interim president at the Academy from July 2009 through June 2011, passed away in October after a valiant battle with cancer. Dr. Purpur devoted his lifetime in service to others through Catholic education, including schools in Washington, Florida and California. Though only at the Academy for a short time, he held a special place in his heart for AHN and the Sisters of the Holy Names. He will be remembered by many for his love of history, love of family, and his own Catholic faith.

Sister Alice Veronica Cummings, SNJM, a Sister of the Holy Names for more than 70 years, died January 16 in Albany, N.Y., at age 94. Sister Alice Veronica served as high school principal for many years. According to her obituary, Sister Alice Veronica’s intellectual acumen, pedagogical skills and amazing versatility made her extremely effective in the Holy Names mission to educate the whole person. But her students, colleagues, and other Sisters especially praise the style and character of her “being” and serving: a model of modesty, she lived and worked with a positive, selfless and focused devotion to her charges and to her responsibilities.



In September, Academy 8th-grader Cailin Cannella passed away after a valiant battle with osteosarcoma. Cailin’s strength and perseverance during her yearlong treatment touched everyone in the Academy community in a different way. Her swim teammates coined the hashtag #CailinStrong, because through all of her pain and illness, she wanted to keep going, to keep swimming, to keep fighting for another day. Cassidy Neely (A’21), a friend and teammate, spoke at Cailin’s funeral service: “To Cailin, you are one of the most amazing people I’ll ever get the chance of meeting in my life. Thank you for your inspiration, and I will try my hardest to live by the phrase ‘Cailin Strong.’” Cailin’s math teacher, Kim Fulton, worked with her during her time out of school. He was impressed with her attitude and determination to continue learning. After meeting with her through the year, he said, “In each of these situations, Cailin could have said enough is enough but she never quit. She just kept fighting, and because of this, Cailin is my hero and role model. I am honored to have taught her as a student and even more importantly to have known her as a person. Cailin lived my favorite quote from St. Paul, ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’” Though she has finished her race here, Cailin will not soon be forgotten. Inspired by their friend, classmates Laura Caroline Jung and Chloe Mintz organized the Chain Reaction fundraiser in the fall to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Collectively, the day raised a staggering $10,240. At the end of the event, a rainbow appeared. One of Cailin’s favorite quotes by Maya Angelou was “God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us – in the dreariest and most dreaded moments – can see a possibility of hope.” Cailin’s spirit started a chain reaction here at the Academy and around all those who knew her. Whether a fellow swimmer, a classmate, a teacher or someone who heard about her fierce determination, we have all been blessed to know her story. Her hope and her faith will live on in her memory and for those who choose to live #CailinStrong.


Photos taken from the 1946, 1947 and 1949 “Mira Mar” yearbooks.

Remember When? The Beaker Breakers’ Club met twice a month to supplement lab and classroom work and “enjoy discussions relative to scientific topics of interest to us.” According to the 1946 yearbook, “The war placed unusual emphasis on science, and the recent controversies on the atomic bomb, on the possibilities of communication with the moon, on the use of radar, television, and like inventions have added further emphasis to scientific experimentation.”



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