The Round Table Spring 2010
The Magazine of John Bapst Memorial High School
In This Issue John Bapstâ€™s Rainforest Researcher A Class Act Underdogs and Champions: A History of Crusader Football John Bapst Through the Generations Alumni Giving
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Table of Contents
John Bapst’s Rainforest Researcher Meg Crofoot ’97 shares stories about her life and work in the tropical forests of Panama.
Underdogs and Champions: A History of Crusader Football Hunter Umphrey ’05 brings back memories new and old in his report on the ups and downs of John Bapst’s football program.
In Every Issue
A Class Act Student Profile: Anna Carmack ’10 is a remarkable student whose intellectual prowess is surpassed only by her strength of character.
John Bapst Through the Generations Current families trace their ties to the school back to its earliest days.
Alumni Giving Thanks to class chairs and increased alumni participation, alumni giving comprises nearly half of all private gifts to the school. Two classes have risen to the top.
From the Head of School
Supporting John Bapst
On the cover: Meg Crofoot ’97, photo: Christian Ziegler
Board of Trustees
Clare Payne Chair
Melville MacKay Head of School
Shaun Dowd ’59 Vice-Chair
David Armistead Academic Dean
Kevin Carr Treasurer
Thom Cosgrove Associate Director of Technology
Elizabeth Hannigan Lander ’82 Secretary
Lynn Doughty Director of Development
Mary Devoe-Pratt ’72 Guidance Counselor
Mary Ellen Sheehan Darling ’59 Colleen Grover Dean of Students
Marcia Diamond Patrick Gaetani
Evangeline Hussey Assistant to the Head of School
Ernie Kilbride Beth Husson Faculty/Staff Representative
Lisa Leonard Rod Libby ’76
Al McIntyre Fine Arts Director
Daniel McKay William Meier Director of Finance and Operations
Tricia Gosselin Quirk ’83 James Settele
Kamille Morgan Director of Testing
Matthew Skaves ’99 Michael Murphy Associate Director of Technology
Robert Strong Karl Ward
Rick Sinclair Athletic Director
Mary Warner Elizabeth Wood Dean of Student Affairs
Earle Hannigan Trustee Emeritus
John Bapst Memorial High School is an academically challenging, independent, college-preparatory day school fostering in students a respect for learning, for themselves, and for others.
From the Head of School The John Bapst Spirit Dear Friends of John Bapst, If there were only one thing about John Bapst Memorial High School that I could shout from the proverbial mountaintop, I might shout something about the wonderful atmosphere of this school. As great an academic institution as John Bapst is, the air here is full of the sounds of busy, constructive kids. Students pour in between about 6:45 and 8 in the morning and fill the halls with talk about Spanish and biology, Student Senate and the afternoon’s athletic schedule. During the day, classrooms are dynamic and full of discussion. On winter afternoons music pours out of the auditorium (last month it was Hello, Dolly!) and the Music Wing. When longtime physical education teacher Dick Soucy ’64 announces it’s time for the annual ritual over which he presides, boys and girls come out of the woodwork to form teams, pick a name, and design t-shirts—all of this school spirit for intramural basketball. Perhaps the friendliness, spirit, and focus that pervade the school today have spilled over into these pages as well. Inside this issue you’ll read about John Bapst’s long tradition of supporting our football teams through thick and thin; an accomplished alumna who spends her days researching monkeys in the Panamanian forest; families who have sent generations to study at 100 Broadway; and a very special current student. Yours in the John Bapst Spirit,
Mel MacKay Head of School
photo: Christian Ziegler
John Bapst’s Rainforest Researcher By Lynn Doughty “In retrospect, I don’t know how I managed to get up at five o’clock every morning,” Meg Crofoot mused during an interview late last summer about her high school commute from Northport to Bangor. Nor could she have predicted how that early morning experience thirteen years ago might help prepare her for her current career 2,500 miles away from Bangor. “I continue waking up very early,” said Crofoot. “Monkeys get up at dawn.”
The system Crofoot is using is called a “macroscope”—an automated radio telemetry system that continuously monitors vast movements of multiple animal species. This system represents a major step forward in terms of what researchers can track. As Crofoot explains, “The old research tools were binoculars and notebooks, but traditional research methods can’t get at those activities which are rare and cryptic and may happen at night.”
Crofoot, a 1997 John Bapst graduate, spends most of her days studying monkeys—specifically white-faced capuchin monkeys (sometimes referred to as organ grinder monkeys), along with other animal species in the tropical Panamanian forest. She splits her time between Panama City, Panama, where she lives, and Barro Colorado Island, the site of the research station where she works.
Crofoot is passionate not only about the object of her research but also the methods she and other researchers employ in order to get answers to the questions they pose on a daily basis. “There are usually four or five of us who dart monkeys. Once you dart a monkey they get groggy, and you have to catch them in a hammock when they fall down from the tree in which they’re sitting. We take basic length measurements, take blood samples, and put on collars. What’s really exciting is that I work on a system which lets me track these monkeys 24/7. Data flows live into a lab. In theory, I could log onto my computer and show you monkeys moving around on the island right now. It’s exciting because it’s the first time we’ve been able to do this.”
photo: Marcos Guerra
That work is focused on tracking primates and studying the relationships they have with each other and their environment. “I’m interested in primate behavior and ecology. Specifically, what I’m interested in is why primates live in social groups. What are the benefits and costs of permanent social ties? I’m interested in how these social groups evolve.”
“Agoutis l ike to h ide seeds for later,” explained Crofoot. “They are the primary seed dispersers of palm tree seeds. The only problem is that they remember where they hide them.” The jaguar, which used to be plentiful but whose numbers have dwindled significantly, used to prey on the agouti. Without a natural predator, the rodents populate the forest more or less unchecked. In that case, after they distribute and bury the seeds, they return and dig up the seeds for food, slowing the forest’s regeneration. Researchers like Crofoot are interested in the smaller cat-like ocelots because they believe they have taken over the predator role once played by jaguars. This is critical. If an agouti is hunted before it can return to the seeds it has buried, those seeds will have the opportunity to replenish the forest. Remarkably, scientists have adorned the seeds with motion sensors to monitor their whereabouts as agoutis gather the seeds and store them throughout the forest. As researchers learn more about the animal’s seed-foraging habits, they will be better able to assess the proper balance between ocelots and agoutis. This precarious balance alone could mean the difference between a thriving forest and one that slowly withers. Without a lush habitat, none of the species who live there now will have a home.
“In theory, I could log onto my computer and show you monkeys moving around on the island right now. It’s exciting because it’s the first time we’ve been able to do this.”
This is just one research project that benefits from the use of the telemetry system, but not the one Crofoot is most invested in. “My project is to look at how white-faced capuchins fight with each other over mates, food, and resources. My work shows that certain groups have dominance. These groups can turn that dominance into a real advantage regarding how much food and space they can get.”
When asked for examples, Crofoot talks not about capuchin monkeys but about a leopardlike animal called an ocelot and a six-pound rodent called an agouti. The relationship between these species affects not only the individual animals but also the ecology of the forest. In fact, the seed-burying agouti is thought to hold the key to the forest’s future.
Crofoot’s research over the years has evolved as answers to one scientific question give birth to a host of new and ever-changing ones. Regardless of the particular goals of her research, the working environment suits her. “I get to spend big chunks of time in the tropics. I have a great schedule and the work is neverendingly challenging.” 7
Meg Crofoot, center, was an active member of the John Bapst Math Team, shown here in a 1997 yearbook picture.
Her passion for the outdoors began a long way from Panama, in her hometown of Northport, Maine, where she spent summers enjoying the ocean. Her love for learning was encouraged at John Bapst by “spectacularly good teachers like Mr. Cowan, Mr. Schaab, and Mr. Emerson.”
doctorate from Harvard. She is now completing the first year of a five-year post-doctoral fellowship co-funded by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Max Planck Institute. She is also working as a lecturer for Princeton University, which has a semester in Panama program focused on ecology, teaching tropical vertebrate ecology.
After high school Crofoot attended Stanford and went on to earn her master’s and
You have to get up pretty early in the morning to keep pace with Meg Crofoot.
photo: Christian Ziegler
“I think [ John Bapst] prepared me well for college. The focus on writing – and writing
a lot – was key to that preparation. I appreciated being in a school where everyone wanted to be there. Overall, the student body was a group of smart, fun people who were really into academics and extracurriculars,” said Crofoot. “Bapst pushed everyone further. Even the smartest kids in my class were being challenged.”
Crofoot identifying some of the many varities of fruit on the island
John Bapst Teacher Changes the Way We View the European Neolithic By Megan K. Stewart ’08
“An original interpretation
of the Neolithic “ceremonial macehead,” the cup and ring stone carvings, and other aspects of Neolithic art, architecture, and astronomy. This study reviews much of the recent scholarship in Neolithic studies and is a radical revision of current dogma. Along with maps, glossary, and bibliography, there are over 150 photographs and charts of the monuments and artifacts.” from lulu.com
In the competitive world of archaeology, new ideas are often hard to come by, even from archaeologists who spend a lifetime examining ancient cultures. In his new book Chasing the Sun: A Journey in Neolithic Speculation, John Bapst Memorial High School English teacher Dr. Fred Jones not only introduces one of those elusive new ideas that could change how future archaeologists will view early Neolithic Europe, but he does so as a selfdescribed “layman in the field.” Chasing the Sun presents original ideas concerning how Neolithic maceheads, bedstead markings, cup and ring marks—so-called funerary art—may have been used by the
early European Neolithic peoples. For generations, archaeologists have looked at the cylindrical-like macehead as simply what it has been named, the head piece of a mace, which would have been carried around as a symbol of power and authority. Applying his knowledge of the Neolithic period, Jones concludes that it might not be so simple. He suggests that these objects were created not as works of art but as tools for recording the angles of important sunrises and sunsets, as well as moonrises and moonsets. As a student who participated in Jones’s fourth Scotland tour, I saw for myself that the maceheads work perfectly in measuring astronomical alignment and that the cup and ring mark radial cut orientations match up with major moon and sun rises and sets. Archaeologist Dr. Donald Dickson agrees. “The book is a very thoughtful and new way to look at the physical evidence left behind by the early European Neolithic,” says Dickson. “It is a new idea that gives the early people a little more credit for the amazing technological advances of their time.” “It truly shows that ideas can come from anywhere,” said Dr. Shelley Wachsmann concerning the book. “You do not have to be a professional archaeologist in order to begin to change the way future historians look at a culture. The book presents a very interesting idea.” The book is a testament to Jones’s dedication and love of the time period and contains a variety of collected data, together with beautiful photographs collected and taken by Jones. The book is definitely worth adding to any collection and can be purchased via lulu.com.
Student Profile A Class Act | Anna Carmack ’10 By Jennifer Huerth When John Bapst senior Anna Carmack was in fourth grade, she had a math teacher whom she describes as “amazing.” “She inspired me,” said Carmack in a recent interview, “so much so that she ended up being my personal math tutor for three years.” Carmack credits that teacher for helping her to discover her passion and natural affinity for working with numbers. “There’s something about it that has always been easy for me,” she said.
Carmack is not the sort to rest on past accomplishments, however, and is moving ahead full-steam through her last year of high school. She is currently enrolled in six Advanced Placement classes. “I’m taking five in school and one online in my own time,” she said. She enjoys each of them for different reasons, even though physics and statistics have been challenging. “I am constantly checking in with my statistics teacher,” she said, “so it’s great that he is always available and willing to help.” Carmack finished all of her required high school coursework as a junior and has been able to take classes this year she may not have had the opportunity to participate in otherwise. “This year I’ve been able to branch out quite a bit and take courses like sociology and economics,” she said. “The variety of 10
photo: Jennifer Stone
Carmack has sustained that passion for math and her drive toward excellence, both of which have helped her to collect an impressive array of awards. A high honor student at John Bapst, Carmack has won several awards in AP and honors courses. She is the recipient of the 2010 MPA Principal’s Award, the 2009 Princeton Book Award of Maine, the University of Maine Society of Women Engineers Award, the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, and the U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award. She has been recognized as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Earlier this year, Carmack was named one of two Maine recipients of the Siemens/College Board AP Award. She is also a candidate for the Presidential Scholars Award.
classes and opportunities is one of things I love about Bapst.” She also enjoys staying involved in extracurricular activities. Each year, Carmack joins as many as ten groups or teams. Currently, she is the president of the Key Club, a member of the National Honor Society, a homeroom representative for the Student Senate, captain of the Math Team, a member of the prom committee, and the stage manager for the spring musical. In the past, she has also played varsity soccer, basketball, and softball. “I love being busy,” she said. “It’s a lot sometimes, but I enjoy the challenge.” Brendan Murphy, who teaches a variety of AP and other classes in the Math Department, appreciates Carmack’s obvious talent
for the subject. “Anna is a wonderful student to have in class,” said Murphy. “She has an ability to ‘see’ the mathematics easily. She asks probing and thoughtful questions, and she has been an integral ’mathlete’ for John Bapst over the last four years.” Another challenge Carmack has taken on is that of volunteer two days a week at Eastern Maine Medical Center during the summer. “For the first two years, I worked on the floors and had a lot of interaction with the patients,” she said. “And for the last two years, I’ve been a volunteer manager, which involves a lot of paperwork and scheduling.” This year, Carmack also organized a round table discussion for student volunteers who are interested in entering the medical field. “It was for students to learn more about
Sunset sledding in Sweden: Chaperone Mark Tasker, Kody Allcroft '10, Anna Carmack '10, Andrew Babbitt '10
Maryland. “I went to four different schools from first to fourth grade,” she said. “But it was good for me because I learned to be more outgoing and to make friends easily.” During spring break in 2009, Carmack went with a group of students to Spain, and most recently, she participated in an eight-day excurt hn B a ps o J w sion to Sweden, o ll . 10 fe n ds an d st Februa ry, 20 ie r f where she lived r e pa hh Anna wit in Sw eden this with a host family. s student “It was a great opportunity to take in the culture and see how they different jobs in the hospital,” she said. really live,” she said. “It was so interesting “Doctors, nurses, and other medical profes- to compare the similarities and differences sionals all participated in the discussion between their lives and ours.” and the question-and-answer sessions. It Following her trip, she got right back into was really exciting.” the swing of things, including spending time Traveling is something Carmack finds par- with her five brothers and sisters. “I take my ticularly inspiring. Because her father was in sisters and brothers to practices and other the military while Carmack was growing up, activities when I can,” she said. “It’s nice to her family has had the opportunity to live in stay involved in their lives as well since we many states, including Texas, Michigan, and are all pretty close.” She enjoys attending
school with two of her sisters, Adrienne and Mary. “They are both doing very well here at Bapst. They have a lot of friends and they both stay involved with cross-country and track—which they are both incredibly good at. The team spirit here is good for them.” As the end of the year approaches, Carmack is thinking about where she wants to attend college. So far she has been accepted at four schools and is waiting for responses from two others. She plans to double-major in biology and math in preparation for medical school one day. Colleen Grover, John Bapst Dean of Students, is confident that Carmack will succeed at any school she chooses, citing her “innate intelligence and killer work ethic.” But although Grover is impressed by her intellectual firepower, she believes it is Carmack’s character that sets her apart. “She is confident without a trace of arrogance,” said Grover. “Anna possesses genuine goodness and caring about those she knows and those she doesn’t.” The Carmack Family: top from left: Adrienne, Anna '10, David, Mary '12, and Adrienne '13 ; bottom from left: David, Tommy, and Allie
Underdogs and Champions: A History of Crusader Football By Hunter Umphrey ’05
Above: The 1964 Crusaders after beating Brewer in the state championship game Not long ago, John Bapst’s football program was hapless. Victories were so rare that fouryear-lettermen graduated without having won a game. Even when the team improved by some measures, the statistics suggested that the situation was as gloomy as ever; for example, although the 2002 Crusaders lost two fewer games than their predecessors, that improvement left them with a final record of 0-7 instead of the previous year’s record of 0-9. That era is over for John Bapst football now. The Crusaders appended an emphatic coda to it in Portland two years ago when they rushed for 259 yards to beat Winthrop 21-14 and win the Class C state championship. With a consistently athletic roster, the team now contends for the playoffs annually.
“They have some pretty creative playmakers,” Ernie Clark of the Bangor Daily News, who has been covering local high school football since 2002, said. “They use different athletes at the quarterback position to generate the offense and create an offense that is tough for teams to scout and prepare for.” John Bapst’s marked improvement has coincided with the tenure of head coach Dan O’Connell, who has overseen a renaissance of the football program since 2003. O’Connell was honored as Maine’s coach of the year in 2008 by the Maine chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, and he was chosen to serve as the head coach of the eastern squad at the 2009 Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic. During his seven seasons as head coach, the Crusaders have evolved from sad sacks to
contenders—from losers of 41 consecutive games to state champions. They have newfound confidence. “If you could have been there in ’03,” longtime assistant coach Lou Ortiz said, “it was more like the kids hoped they were going to win. Now when you’re around the kids, they believe they’re going to win.” In 2010, Ortiz said, the players believe they can win another state championship, which would be their second Class C title in three seasons. Having observed each step of the team’s metamorphosis, he said that it is important to remind the players of how far they have come. “You have to almost take them back and describe to them how the program nearly 13
The 1947 Crusaders playing against Old Town
went under,” Ortiz said. “Let them reflect on that and let them realize that, yeah, you might think you’re pretty good, but just a few years ago you would have been on the other side of that field.” Terri Desmond does not have to be reminded about the Friday and Saturday nights during the 41-game-long losing streak when the Crusaders were on the other side of the field. She still remembers them clearly. “We sat there game after game after game,” Desmond said. “Those poor boys poured their hearts out.” Two of Desmond’s sons have played football for John Bapst. While Chris Desmond ’11 has experienced the Crusaders’ recent success, Alex Desmond ’04 toiled for the team during its long losing streak. Desmond remembers watching Alex and his teammates snap that streak in Readfield in 2003 with a win over Maranacook in O’Connell’s second game as head coach. “I’ll never forget the bus ride home,” Mike Tardiff, a 2005 Bapst graduate who played in that game, said. “Some of the seniors who’d never won a game knew kids who’d gone four years and never won a game. I was lucky; it was my second game ever.”
Dan Leighton ’04 was one of those seniors, and the win was special for him. He and his teammates had been working for years to break the losing streak. They had expected to win at least one game as juniors, when they broke training camp in phenomenal physical condition, but “we just didn’t come together,” he said. Throughout the losing streak, they remembered that football had not always been so treacherous for the Crusaders.
Founding principal and current faculty member Joe Sekera still fondly recalls those Crusader squads. He graduated from Bapst in 1962, but he watched his brother Robert play as a lineman for the 1964 championship team. One particular memory stands out to Sekera nearly a half-century later.
“In history, going way back, Bapst was really good,” Leighton said.
That year, according to Sekera, the Crusaders went into halftime of their game against Brewer trailing by a touchdown. Perrone had a surprise in store, though, and the Crusaders went on to win handily.
Indeed, throughout the bleak seasons, its sterling history was the one source of pride John Bapst football retained. The Crusaders had been champions generations earlier, in the days when, according to the local newspapers, football players were “gridders” and the John Bapst Crusaders were simply “the Irish.” Led by players like brawny guard Tom Geaghan, who was named to the Wigwam Wisemen All-American football team and other lists of all-star players, the Crusaders completed their first undefeated season in 1946. By 1965, Bapst was a two-time defending Class B state champion that routinely bullied larger schools.
“Ken Perrone was the coach, and our nemesis was Brewer High School,” Sekera said, setting the scene.
“They came out of halftime not wearing their John Bapst jerseys but all green jerseys with gold lettering that said ’Fighting Irish.’ It had the potential of backfiring, but it didn’t. Ken Perrone figured the players needed some extra incentive. When they came out sporting those green jerseys, Brewer fans were thinking, ’What the dickens are these guys trying to do?’ Bapst fans loved it, of course.” Green jerseys aside, the Crusaders of the 1960s beat teams with their speed, according to Robert Sekera. With players as light as Sekera (165 pounds) playing on the lines, the team had no other choice.
The 1977 Crusaders finished the season gaining the co-championship of the state Class C crown, Little Ten Conference Championship & Penobscot Valley Conference Championship.
Ken Perrone, Captain Rod Paulette, Captain Bob Dionne, Coach Bob Brennan of the 1976 Crusader team
“We weren’t as large as the other teams we played as far as size and weight, but we were fast,” Sekera said. “We were just a quickreacting team. You knew we couldn’t powerhouse our way through, but we could sure open holes, and our timing was good. As a group of young men playing together, we were all on the same sheet of music at the same time.” Bapst’s football teams experienced even more success in the 1970s under coach Bob Brennan, who revived the program after a brief downturn. Brennan had played for some of the first tough Crusader squads before serving in World War II, and he helped the team recapture its championship swagger. “We’ve got back our attitude and school spirit,” Brennan told the Bangor Daily News in 1971, adding that “it’s the type of spirit, attitude, and pride the team shows that counts.” By 1976, the Crusaders were champions again, having added the Class C state title to their growing collection of trophies. Led by players like Greg Veilleux ’77 and Dennis Whitney ’77, the ’76 Crusaders completed an undefeated romp through the Little Ten Conference by beating Stearns 35-0, limiting the Minutemen to 32 measly yards of offense. During the first nine seasons of Brennan’s
The 2008 Crusaders after beating Winthrop and winning the Class C state championship
run, from 1970 through 1978, the Crusaders compiled a 76-28 record. Despite this winning tradition replete with undefeated seasons, state championships, and all-star players, John Bapst’s football program spent much of the next three decades lying fallow. “Up until this new era, other than a couple years in the ’90s, there hadn’t been much success in a while,” State Senator Joe Perry, a 1984 Bapst graduate, said. Perry played center for Crusader teams that were perennial underdogs. In his freshman year, the team lost every game it played, and his senior year featured only one victory. The Crusaders competed for a spot in the playoffs only once during his career, so Perry has been impressed with the change O’Connell has engineered at Bapst over the past several seasons. “It’s a total turnaround. It’s quite miraculous,” Perry said. “The coach—I give him a lot of credit—has really instilled a new attitude and turned things around. There’s a real culture of excellence there, and I think they’ll be able to sustain it.” The sea change has been so forceful that some current Crusaders have never experienced
a dismal football season. Head of School Mel MacKay has “heard the stories” but wasn’t “here for the old days.” He arrived at John Bapst in 2007 and only knows it as a school that starts each new school year rooting for another successful edition of O’Connell’s Crusaders. “I’ve been struck since my first football game by the big crowds. We definitely have some real spirit in the stands,” MacKay said. “It’s not unusual on a cold, rainy September or October night—a bad night, in other words—to have 300 or 400 people in the stands. On a good night, a nice and crisp football night, the stands on our side at Cameron Stadium are packed. We’ll have 800 or 1,000 people there.” Such intense fan interest is not new to football at John Bapst. Joe Sekera remembers heated games between the Crusaders and Old Town in the 1970s when the stands along the sidelines would be full and “there would be a ring of people three or four deep all the way around the field, even behind the goal posts.” Historically, the Crusaders have been one of eastern Maine’s best football teams. Today, under Coach O’Connell, they have reclaimed that cherished position.
John Bapst Through the Generations By Jennifer Huerth
The Sheehan family circa 1989 at Francis and Eleanor Sheehan’s 50th wedding anniversary: Back row, left to right: Robert Sheehan ’67, Francie Sheehan Brady ’65, Ann Sheehan Sheresh ’62, Mary Ellen Sheehan Darling ’59, Thomas Sheehan; Front row: Francis Sheehan ’35, Eleanor Sheehan ’34 With a history that spans 81 years, John Bapst has seen generations of students pass through its hallways. Although the school now attracts students from more than 40 towns within a 100-mile radius of Bangor, it is still home to the children, grandchildren and, in some cases, the great-grandchildren of those who were among the earliest graduates. Families who began their affiliation with John Bapst in the Catholic tradition have come to trust and depend on the quality of the school’s outstanding academic, arts, athletic, and extracurricular programs. 16
The Sheehan/Darling family is one with a history at John Bapst that spans four generations. Eleanor Sheehan ’34 and Francis Sheehan ’35 sent four of their five children to the school: Mary Ellen Darling ’59 (who married Ed Darling ’59), Ann Sheresh ’62, Francie Brady ’65, and Robert Sheehan ’67. “My parents didn’t talk a great deal about their years at Bapst, but I know they both enjoyed it—we all did,” said Mary Ellen Darling in a recent interview. “What I remember most is that it was such a great time to be
growing up. It was the beginning of the rock and roll era, and kids were encouraged to be good and do well in school.” Darling recalled the division between girls and boys when she was at John Bapst. “We only passed the boys in the hallways or in the library. The girls’ side of the building was on the east and the boys’ side was on the west. To this day I feel a little uncomfortable crossing over to what used to be the boys’ side. Of course, that changed years ago and I think for the better.”
Joe Perry ’84 and Susan Perry Burke ’81 tailgating at the Alumni Association tent before the John Bapst Homecoming game against Mt. View in October ’09
One of the things that has remained consistent at the school is the encouragement and support students receive. “It’s okay to be smart and talented and to be good at whatever it is you do well,” said Darling. “And it has always been that way. It’s one of the most important reasons my family attended Bapst. It’s so important for so many kids.” Mary Ellen and Ed Darling’s daughter, Mary Frances “Francie” Kelly, graduated from Bapst in 1988. “Francie wanted to be in a smaller school, where there was more individualized attention,” said Darling. “Her teachers and coaches were all so encouraging. It meant a lot to her as it did to so many others.”
Perry ’78, Timothy Perry ’80, Senator Joe Perry ’84 (who married Jane Rowe ’87), William Perry ’82, and Susan Burke ’81. The most recent grads and current Bapst students from the family are Susan’s children John E. Burke, III ’07, Jacqueline E. Burke ’08, Joseph E. Burke, ’10 and Jill Burke ’13, and Leadbetter’s children, Chelsea Leadbetter ’07 and Adam Leadbetter ’10. “We have a very long family history at Bapst,” said Kelly Leadbetter. “And it seemed like a lot of others did as well. Everyone seemed to know each other back in the day.”
Darling’s granddaughter, Kendra Kelly, currently attends Bapst, and will graduate with the class of 2013. “She loves the school,” Darling said. “She does well academically, and she was able to play soccer and basketball this year.”
Another family that has a lengthy history with the school is the Woodcock/Perry/ Leadbetter/Burke family, with three generations of Bapst graduates.
Their three children are also Bapst grads: Paul Woodcock ’70, Alice O’Donnell ’79, and Kelly Leadbetter ’87. But their family ties to John Bapst don’t stop there. Marie Woodcock’s brother, Byron “Joe” Perry was in the class of 1943. He married Mary Perry ’46, and they had four children who all attended John Bapst: Patrick
Another thing that has changed is the variety of courses offered. “From just the 80s until now, the curriculum has changed so much,” she said. “I am actually jealous of the things they are taking today, like sociology, anthropology and the history of the 70s. The diversity of classes has kids really enjoying school. They are expanding their minds and starting to think outside the box.” Her family members all agree that the sense of community is one thing that has remained consistent throughout the years. “Even when I was there, it was okay to be in band, art, and drama,” said Leadbetter. “No one blinked an eye. People didn’t feel selfconscious about exploring different parts of their personalities.” In fact, some of the teachers made sure that students branched out and tried new things. “I remember that Mrs. Ewing built a band from nothing,” Leadbetter recalled. “She would grab people in the hall and tell them that she wanted them to try it. Now the band is huge, all because she made people feel like they could do it.”
Darling remains involved with the school as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Development Committee. “Bapst is a special place,” she said. “It’s part of my history, my daughter’s history, and my granddaughter’s history. Maybe someday, a great grandchild’s as well.”
Wallace Woodcock graduated in 1942, followed by Marie (Perry) Woodcock in 1945. Wallace was valedictorian of his class and a member of the first Bapst hockey team.
Bapst, often reflecting on what has changed or stayed the same over the years. “The dress code has always been a big thing,” she said. “It went from suit coats and dress shirts in my parents’ day to us pushing the limits in the 80s trying to wear jeans. There is still a standard of dress that is expected, but it’s changed a lot even since I was there.”
Adam Leadbetter ’10 and his grandmother, Marie Woodcock ’45, at the “Senior” prom held this past February at Sunbury Village in Bangor.
“My kids both love Bapst,” said Leadbetter. “For activities, they were mostly into sports, but academically they both took a variety of classes and had the opportunity to learn about so many different things.” Leadbetter said that when the family gets together, they talk about the old days at John
Most of the family shared similar relationships with their teachers—past and present. “The teachers are wonderful and are constantly trying to improve and make things better.” Leadbetter says that her experience couldn’t have been much more positive, and she is thankful for some of the friendships she made back then that are still going strong today. “At Bapst, you feel like you can do anything,” she said. “You can be whoever you want to be, and you find yourself being friends with people you never would have known. Today, those friends are like my family.” 17
Alumni Association Update: Five Years of Renewing Friendships and Supporting John Bapst By Doug Dunbar ’85
As the old saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. That expression certainly rings true for the dedicated volunteers who established the John Bapst Alumni Association in 2005 and have worked ever since to organize a variety of events that give graduates an opportunity to reconnect with classmates and to renew their ties with John Bapst. The Alumni Association will celebrate its fifth anniversary this summer as it once again hosts the Annual Alumni Gathering. Mark your calendar for August 27, 2010, at the Sea Dog’s Conference Center and plan to share updates and memories with fellow graduates, meet former and current teachers, and socialize with other long-time friends of John Bapst. Held annually on the Friday evening of the American Folk Festival, this casual event has grown in size and reputation. Each year, literally hundreds of alums stop by to renew friendships, swap stories about their high school experiences, and strengthen a unique bond that connects so many of us. In addition to the Annual Gathering, the Alumni Association offers graduates a chance to reconnect at Homecoming each October. For those who haven’t experienced the pre-game tailgating festivities in recent years, you’re missing out on a very good time. Upwards of a dozen school organizations stake out territory behind Garland Street Field to share food and laughs. The Alumni Association provides a hospitality tent, refreshments, and a place for grads to meet.
oug Dunbar ’85, 5 B en Pratt ’9 7 , D Ritchie Crowe ’6 d an , 7 ’8 r te et Kelly Leadb Courier alumni at the Whig & r 200 9 event in Decembe
To build upon these two annual events—the Annual Gathering and Homecoming—the Association has been exploring other ways to reconnect alumni with one another and with the school. An informal reception was held in December at the Whig & Courier. Similar events will be considered in the future. Looking to the future, the Alumni Association hopes to grow its numbers—both the number of activities it organizes and the number of people who take part. Additionally, the Association hopes to serve increasingly as a resource for alums who wish to organize class reunions. To learn more about upcoming reunions, or to offer your assistance in organizing one, contact Lynn Doughty in the school’s Development Office at email@example.com or 947-0313. The past five years have flown by. The next five promise to be a time of even more renewed friendships and a chance for the Alumni Association to take its next steps. To make that possible, you’re encouraged to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information or by filling out the form on the next page. You can also follow John Bapst Alumni on Facebook.
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Classes of 1946 and 1959 First (So Far!) in Participation and Total Giving In the fall of 2009, some of John Bapst’s staunchest alumni supporters took fundraising for their alma mater into their own capable hands. They volunteered to serve as class chairs for the 2009-2010 Annual Fund, and to date they have achieved tremendous success. So far the number of gifts to the annual fund from alumni is up 79% over last year at this time. The total donated by alumni is $43,224, or 43% of total dollars given to the school from private sources. Many alumni have recently made a first-time gift or made a gift for the first time in many years. This higher participation rate has contributed to the overall boost in giving to the school so far this year, up 21% over total giving to date last year.
How Your Support Benefits John Bapst John Bapst remains one of the best high schools in New England, in part because we have the support of generous alumni who want to foster excellence in education. Thanks to that support, last year John Bapst students exceeded the state average score on the 2400-point SAT by 270 points. At a time when state funding has decreased, today’s John Bapst students depend on those who themselves once navigated the halls of 100 Broadway.
Participation Rate Participation means the percentage of alumni who give to the school. The Class of 1946 has achieved an impressive 31% participation rate – an enviable percentage by any independent school standard.
How You Can Help This fiscal year does not end until June 30, 2010, so there is plenty of time to help catapult your class toward the top of the list and to give back to your school. If you’d like to serve as a class chair or want to learn about giving opportunities, contact Lynn Doughty at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 207947-0313 extension 104.
Top Ten Classes by Participation: 1. 2. 3. 4.
1946 1944 1935 1955 1964 1959 1943 1976 1947 1940 1973 1960 1974 1965 1985 1962 1949 1979
31% 27% 25% 24% 20% 20% 20% 20% 19% 18% 18% 18% 17% 17% 17% 16% 15% 15%
2009 – 2010 Class Chairs On behalf of the students who benefit from their work, John Bapst thanks the following John Bapst Class Chairs. If you are interested in representing your class or in contacting your class chair, please call the development office at 207-947-0313.
Year of Graduation | Class Chair 1942
Corinne Kelley Caron ’42
Kathleen McManus ’48
William “Terry” Trainer ’49
Anne Marie Vickers Quin ’53
Jacquelyn Perry ’55
Bette Perry Crane ’56
Michael Baker ’58
Mary Jane McClay Travers ’60, Martyn Vickers ’60
Joe Sekera ’62
Michael Lacadie ’63
Dick Soucy ’64
Richie Crowe ’65
Raymond Thomas ’72
Dan Wellington ’73
Bob Welch ’74
JoAnn Fernald Wicks ’75
Theresa McCarthy ’80
Beth Hannigan Lander ’82
The top ten classes by dollar amount:
Tricia Gosselin Quirk ’83
Patrick Culumovic ’85
Kelly Woodcock Leadbetter ’87
Paul Messer ’94
Michele Deschaine ’97
Matt Skaves ’99
Julia Payne Bailin ’00
Rebecca Deschaine ’01
8. 9. 10.
Participation Rates Between 14% & 6%*
1957, 1963, 1958, 1968, 1941, 1971, 1945, 1954, 1981, 1952, 1984, 1987, 1953, 1966, 1999, 1982, 1950, 1972 Participation Rates Between 5% & 1%*
1967, 1978, 1975, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1951, 1961, 1994, 1995, 1970, 1977, 1990, 1989, 1988, 2002, 2005, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, * in descending order 2006
1959 1976 1965 1962 1960 1944 1983 1949 1987 1973
$17,925 $3,065 $3,020 $1,475 $1,270 $1,120 $1,000 $894 $850 $820
Send Us Your Nominations for the John Bapst Athletic Hall of Fame! The John Bapst Alumni Association seeks nominations for eligible and deserving former Crusader athletes and coaches for induction into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The John Bapst Athletic Hall of Fame was launched in the ’70s with the induction of one athlete from each decade of the school’s existence. The John Bapst Alumni Association is accepting nominations to restart this effort and hopes to induct new members. Consideration will be given to outstanding athletes who participated in at least two
years of varsity competition while attending John Bapst and graduated a minimum of five years ago. Select non-athletes are also eligible for consideration based upon their success as coaches, athletic administrators, or supporters of John Bapst athletics. The Hall of Fame induction event will be held during halftime of the John Bapst Homecoming football game on October 2, 2010. The nomination form is located on page 22. At right: John Bapst 1976 Hall of Fame inductees James “Shimmy” Rittal (1930s), Ed Black (1940s), Tom Tilley (1950s), and Bud Farwell (1960s)
Members of the John Bapst Hall of Fame 1930s
John “Dunc” MacDonald John Carl Person Michael Casper James E. Rittal Daniel Mooney James Crowley Albert Dougherty
John “Blockey” Hickson Joseph Cushing Thomas Geaghan Edward A. Black Collin “Bonnie” McKenna John McCann Edgar Lamb
Kenneth Harvey Leo Trainer Robert McAllister Thomas A. Tilley Thomas Jordan Gerry Thorne Edward P. Gallant
James C. Baker James “Biggy” Dionne Thomas Burbon Edward F. Farwell Kenneth Zueh Charles Greer Grover Coffin
Mark A. Higgins Mark Williams Dennis L. Whitney Gregory J. Veilleux Edward J. Hughes III Julie Brennan Cheryl H. Higgins Robert S. Quirk
Toni M Farrenkoph Tammy J. Stone Harold R. “Robbie” Stone Patrick J. Culumovic Karen E. Smith Heather L. Hews
John Bapst Athletic Hall of Fame Nomination Form Please include all possible qualifying information on behalf of your nominee. Nominee’s name during enrollment at John Bapst: Current name if different:
John Bapst Class of:
Contact information for nominee:
John Bapst Athletic Participation & Achievements: First Varsity Sport
Second Varsity Sport Records/Honors:
Third Varsity Sport Records/Honors:
Additional Involvement — Academic/Athletic Awards/Special Recognition:
Nominator’s Name: Current name if different: Hm Ph: E-mail:
John Bapst Class of: Wk Ph:
I would like to participate as a member of the newly forming John Bapst Hall of Fame Selection Committee. (Please include/attach additional applicable comments/information as needed.) Send nominations to: Lynn Doughty, Director of Development 100 Broadway, Bangor, ME 04401 email@example.com
Tim Samway ’59 plays Santa this past Christmas
1937 Madelyn Cyr Rogers celebrated her 90th birthday in August
Mitchell Paradis is now fully retired and living in
at a surprise party given to her by her six children and twelve (of eighteen) grandchildren.
Joanne Quigg Thomas had a wonderful visit with Ralph and Nancy Cummings Carr in October 2009. They were able to have a mini-reunion while they were visiting. The mini-reunion was hosted by Nancy Cummings Carr and attended by Theresa Condon Tracy, Priscilla Coney Quinn, Beth Largay Dunning, Joan McNally Wilson, and Mary Kelly.
1941 Theodora Cormier Rico has fifteen great-grandchildren, ages four to twenty-two. Feels so blessed!
1953 Joann Talbot Lumino retired from Bangor City Hall Finance Department after twelve years. Her health, four children, and eleven grandchildren are all fine.
1957 Sylvia Mason Hagerthy had a great trip to Utah in July to visit her sister Kay and husband Gordie. They hiked in Arches National Park.
Vernon St. Armand is “still kicking!” 1955
1959 Jacquelyn Perry was just re-elected to Scarborough Board of Education. She is still very active with Kiwanis and works two days a week.
Robert “Veno” Vreeland wonders if anyone knows what happened to the 1957, Bapst 13 - Bangor 0, black and white 16mm football game film. He would like to make CD copies to send to team members… Still mostly retired in Nalcrest, Florida.
1956 Jean Aldrich helps as a hospice volunteer for the elderly and
sickly. She sits with their loved ones and cares for them while their family takes a break to shop, take in a movie or dinner, etc. It is very fulfilling work for her.
Joy Eleanor Ryder Cameron became the secretary at St. Paul’s Catholic School in Leesburg, Florida, in August 2009. She didn’t stray far from her roots! Daniel McGrath is busy traveling the world since retiring ten years ago. Still snow skiing, his next trips are planned to Colorado and the Alps, and he is looking for a new boat. He hopes to see everyone at the Class of 1960 50th reunion on August 28, 2010.
Stewart Whittemore has published his second book, But Who Do You Say That I Am? which is available from amazon.com. He is also looking forward to his 50th reunion. 1962 Patty Kinney Knowles has retired from the federal govern-
John Bapst High School’s 1960 one-act play was The Devil and Daniel Webster. Cast members were (from left) Robert Russell, Donald Hayden, Robert Rogers, James Rogan, John Dougherty, Martyn A. Vickers Jr., Gerald LeBlanc, and Robert Barrett Jr. (Bangor Daily News File Photo by Carroll Hall)
ment and moved to Plantation Golf & CC in Venice, Florida. She would love to see any alumni in the Venice area. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Julia Richard has been retired for ten years but continues working on-call as a test administrator for the government and enjoys every minute. 23
Alumni News 1963
Robert Frazier is working hard to walk again, “after coming back from the dead.” His son Kevin (13) has taken up tennis and scuba-diving.
Judith Moeller Nealley lives in Monroe with her husband of twenty-nine years, Keith. She is the Deputy Register for Probate at Waldo County Probate Court.
Richard Tozier is looking forward to the 50th reunion in 1981 2013. Life is good!
Craig Florey has just moved back into the area after living in Italy for 14 years. He hopes to meet and see as many former classmates as possible.
1964 Laurie Hoffer Chavira continues to stay very busy being retired—with Red Cross and several church ministries. She worked the Kentucky ice storm of 2009 and one tornado in addition to several fires with the Red Cross. She and her husband Oscar still manage to get a few trips in every year. Life is good for them.
1984 Patricia Collins Gauthier is currently an RNC at Eastern Maine Medical Center, charge nurse on OB/GYN, and clinical instructor for the University of Maine. Both of her children graduated in 2009 from Old Town High School, her daughter Megan a year early.
Cheryl Toole Stetson is now retired from the USDA. She travels frequently to Arizona to visit her daughter and six grandkids. Another daughter from Wyoming brought her family to Arizona, and they were able to “have a lovely Thanksgiving together.”
John Bapst Reunions 2010
Tim Marcoulier retired in 2004 as a physical education/
August 28, 2010 Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway
Project adventure teacher and football coach, from Salem High School, where he coached with former John Bapst football coach Ken Perrone.
Contact Donna Dinsmore Courtney at email@example.com
Classes of 1964, 1965, 1966
Alicia Loring Black is enjoying being a grandmother to Jack, age 4, and twins Alex and Ellie, 5 months. She and her husband are having lots of fun. Susan Ainaire Lahti retired from teaching in 2005 to work as a state coordinator for the Maine Geographic Alliance, which is housed at the University of Maine in Farmington. The Alliance organizes teacher conferences and family geography days.
1970 Monica Weymouth Kimel with her husband, Dave, celebrated becoming grandparents at the birth of their granddaughter, Maya Beatrice, who lives in North Carolina with their daughter and son in-law.
1973 Michael Lamson has spent the past eight years working for King Pharmaceuticals in North Carolina. Aside from work, he enjoys playing golf, raising his kids, and coaching fastpitch softball for his daughter’s team.
Class of 1960
The weekend of September 10, 11, and 12, 2010 The Saturday night dinner and dance will be held at the Spectacular Events Center in Bangor Class of 1964 | Gloria Owens firstname.lastname@example.org Class of 1965 | Jim Cochrane email@example.com Class of 1966 | Anne Dougherty Thomson firstname.lastname@example.org or, for more information go to http://w w w.Reunion456.com.
Class of 1985
Plans are being made for a summer reunion. Contact Doug Dunbar at email@example.com
Class of 2000
Tentatively scheduled for August 21, 2010 John Bapst Auditorium Contact Anne Tinkham Kenneson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumni News 1985
Lisa Bourbon McKenney hopes the Class of 1985 can get a twenty-five year reunion together.
Cody Andrews is the head of research and development for a geo-engineering company, XpertSea, in Quebec, Canada. He was also honored as the male 2008-2009 Athlete of the Year at Maine Maritime Academy for his prowess on the football field.
1991 Nikitas Brountas has been in South Korea since 1998. He currently teaches at a local college in the mornings and then anchors an evening news program.
Kelsey Haddix was named to the dean’s list at Husson University for the fall semester.
1992 Jason Jordan has just received his master’s degree.
Kyle Lad recently got a job as a software developer in Boston, at Memento, Inc., a company that offers a software solution to prevent fraud in banking and healthcare. He just started in November 2009 after graduating from Dartmouth College last spring.
Scott Tremble was married in June 2009 to Kylie Kimball.
Hunter Umphrey is married to Rachel Yorzinski ’05 and
They reside in Topsham, Maine.
currently attends Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. His article on John Bapst’s football heritage is in this edition of The Round Table.
1999 Jill Hebert Ellis graduated from Veterinary Medical School
in May 2009 and is currently practicing small animal medicine at Norway Veterinary Hospital in Norway, Maine. She and her husband Larry have been married for five years and are expecting their first child in May 2010.
Adrienne Tauses took a leave of absence from her job and hiked the Appalachian Trail. She started at Springer Mountain, Georgia, in April 2009 and finished at Mt. Katahdin in October 2009. Stephanie Philbrick True has been married to Jared True
Sara Lammert was named to the dean’s list for the first semester of the 2009-2010 academic year at the College of the Holy Cross, where she is a senior biology student.
Rachel Stearns was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the College of the Holy Cross, where she is studying biology. 2007 Kelsie Anderson was named to the dean’s list at Husson
for five years. They have two sons, Alexander Jared, 3 years, and Nathan Paul, 1 year. She is employed at ELCO Electric in Bangor.
University for the fall semester.
Kathryn M. Hamilton was named a writing center coach for the fall and spring semester at Saint Michael’s College. She was recommended by a professor and had to pass an entry test to get into a writing center internship course. She was also named to the dean’s list for the fall semester.
Adams has launched a new website: www.margaret-adams.com. At the site, you can follow her column, hear about other recent publications, and read excerpts of her writing. Sign up to receive news as she hopes to add things on a regular basis.
Juna Cornforth is a self-employed professional photographer in Connecticut. She is planning her wedding for October 2010. Cody Holyoke is a television news reporter and anchor and is planning his wedding.
Jesse Lynch is working as an art director/graphic designer for Target Corporation in Minneapolis. His primary focus is on the Sunday circular.
Amy Johndro was named to the dean’s list at Husson University for the fall semester.
2008 Michael Armstrong was named to the dean’s list at Thomas College for the fall semester.
Lauren Fish was named to the dean’s list at Thomas College for the fall semester.
Sarah Frick was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at University College in Bangor. Alessandra Gormley was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at University College in Bangor. 25
In Memorium ALUMNI
Jamie LaPierre was named to the president’s list for the fall
E. Frances Cahill Baumann ’32
semester at Western New England College, where she is studying social work.
Claire Howard Meagher ’33
Molly Soneson was named to the dean’s list at Husson Uni-
Mary Elizabeth Rice Osborn ’41
versity for the fall semester.
Neal LaFrance is a sophomore at Colby College. To help pay for his tuition he is starting his own painting business this summer in the greater Bangor-Brewer area. He will be doing interiors, exteriors and decks. Call him at 207-669-2442 for a free estimate.
Catherine Mooney Reilly ’40 Mary Soucy Gilgan ’42 Elizabeth MacNeil Lentini ’45 John R. Hickson ’47 John Francis Lynch, D.D.S. ’48 Mary Leen Soucy ’48 James K. Gallagher ’49
2009 Andrew Casey was named to the dean’s list at Husson University for the fall semester.
Taylor Dube was named to the dean’s list at Husson University for the fall semester.
John Frankland was selected to be a member of the college orchestra at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.
Nancy Sanborn Dean ’53 Clifford I. Worcester, Sr. ’53 Mary Cameron DeRoche ’56 Chadwick R. Sage ’95
FRIENDS & FAMILY Virginia A. Andrews
Alex Gale was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester
Addie Lou Bergeron
at the University of Connecticut.
Pearl Rose Bergeron
Ashley Gale was named to the dean’s list for the fall semes-
ter at the University of Connecticut.
Michael Lalime was named to the dean’s list for the fall semes-
Mary G. Brennan
ter at Saint Anselm College, where he is an English major.
Kalgari Shorey earned the Founder Scholarship at Elmira College in New York, where she is studying nursing.
Paul Cyr Christine DiPompo Clarence Dyer Dennis Dyleski Norma E. Graffam Russell Sprague Hewett Shirley Hurd Dorothy Hundley Magee Philip D. McGinley Beatrice L. McGrath Patrick Raymond Murphy Henry S. O’Shea
On March 19 and 20, 2010, the John Bapst Memorial High School Players presented “Hello, Dolly!” in the John Bapst auditorium. Shown: Angela Frankland ’11, Savannah Szumilas ’12, Chris Desmond ’11, and Andrew Babbitt ’11. 26
Koster Kenneth Peters Mary C. Powell Sheldon Raymond Mary M. Smith Donald M. Wellington
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