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John Carroll Catholic High School Newsletter VOL XXV ISSUE II z

Thank you to those who have generously donated to the 2008-2009 Annual Giving Campaign.

Building a better tomorrow

John Carroll High School cordially invites you to its


John Carroll High School

Annual 300 Club Dinner, Dance, and Auction

Inside this Issue...

“An Evening in Tropical Paradise�

300 Club Invitation... Cover Letter from the President...2 Meet the Advisory Board...3 Updates from the Office of IA...4 Homecoming 2008...5 Alumni In Action...6 We Remember...7 Recognize Someone Special...8 Reunion Information...8 Baby Announcements...9 JCHS Sports Update...10-11 Alumni Udpate Form...12

Friday, February 6, 2009 6:30 p.m. The Pelican Yacht Club 1120 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce

The spectacular evening will feature Dinner, Dancing, Silent Auction, Live Auction, 50/50, and a $5,000 or Tuition give a way.

A donation of $200 admits two. Purchasing a ticket enters you in a drawing for 1st prize - $5,000 or tuition 2nd prize - $1,000 3rd prize - $100 Seating is limited and will be designated to those who RSVP with payment first. You need not be present to win. Kindly Rsvp before January 23, 2009.

Letter from the President Dear Alumni and Friends of John Carroll, As we look forward to Christmas, we give thanks to the Lord for all of the blessings that we have received as a school community during the past year! Hopefully we all take the time during the season of Advent to prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of Christ and for his continuing presence in our hearts and our minds. May the joy of the Christmas season be yours and may the New Year be a truly happy Congratulations to the John one for you and your family. On behalf of our entire faculty and staff, Carroll High School “Blue and Gold” I thank you for all that you do in support of John Carroll High School. recipients Danny Irizarry, Anna Scotto, Samantha Parrish, Katie Ritter, Kelly Trowbridge, Mark Daigle, Olivia Piazza Piazza,, and Sara Matulonis Matulonis.. These outstanding seniors were selected for their academic excellence, service to others, and displaying the qualities of a Christian student.

It is with great pride that I report on the latest school news! On November 13th Jane Plummer, and Frances Bigay and the John Carroll Anchor Club were recognized as recipients at the National Philanthropy Day awards ceremony. They were recipients of the prestigious national awards of Outstanding Youth and Youth Group in Philanthropy, respectively. The competition is held throughout the U.S. and is presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Thanks to Martha Cross, our art instructor, the John Carroll art students had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with the Cleveland Clinic on a special research and art project. Only three other schools in Florida participated in producing artwork from student research that was conducted through the eXpressions program in Ohio. A professional video team from the Cleveland Clinic flew to JCHS, filmed the students, and watched as they interpreted medical research in artwork that will be entered in a competition for judging by a panel of professionals from Cleveland’s art and science communities. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program recently announced its AP Scholar Award Winners and Scholars with Honors from 2008. Congratulations to the six JCHS students who have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams ((Brittani Brittani Blazak, Brynn Carlson, Mark Daigle, Lindsay Falkenberg, Danny Irizarry, and John Mauldin Mauldin)) and the three students who earned the distinction of AP Scholar with Honors ((Michael Michael Cicalese, Kyle Collins, Collins, and Lucie Enns). Enns). The Advanced Placement Program provides motivated and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still The Cleveland Clinic in high sch school, ool, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful videographer explained to John Carroll performance on the AP Exams. High School student Dean Helseth how the video interview process would occur. These recent accomplishments are a true testament to the exceptional students Dean was asked how JCHS students and John Carroll High School and its diversity. We are proud of their philanthropic work, incorporated scientific research and studies in the arts, and success in academics. May God continue to bless you, our students, visual art into the eXpressions project. faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Rev. Thomas E. Barrett, President

Contratulations to the John Carroll High School National Philanthropy Day winners: Frances Bigay Bigay, Mrs. Rebecca Dempsey Dempsey, and Jane Plummer Plummer. They were recipients of the prestigious National Awards of Outstanding Youth and Youth in Philanthropy, respectively.

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Meet the Advisory Board Stefan Matthes Stef has been a resident of St. Lucie County since 1982 and is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BS in Civil Engineering. He and his wife of 20 years, Tammy, have a son Wade, who is a junior at JCHS. Stef is a Professional Engineer registered in Florida and is the Senior Vice President of Culpepper & Terpening, Inc, a local Civil Engineering firm. He is a member of Governor Bush’s Committee for a Sustainable Treasure Coast, the FAU Treasure Coast Campus Advisory Board, First Peoples Bank, Ft. Pierce Advisory Board, past President of SLC Chamber of Commerce, past Chairman of SLC Planning & Zoning Board, and past President of the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society.

Matt McAlarnen

Bill Blazak Bill is a Senior Project Manager for Culpepper & Terpening Engineers, Inc. He and his wife Betty Ann have one child, Brittani, a 2008 graduate of JCHS. Brittani is a freshman at the Ohio State University majoring in Biological Engineering. The Blazak family has lived in St. Lucie County for 25 years and is active in community events, enjoy their friends, and the wonderful environment that our area provides.

Robbin Lynch Robbin has been married for 25 years to Richard and has two sons Rick Jr., a freshman at Auburn University, and Robert who is a junior at JCHS. After graduating from John Carroll is 1978, Robbin graduated from the University of Dayton with a BFA in Commercial Design. She is presently the Office Manager at Lynch, Johnson & Long, LLC and President of Four R Marine, Inc. Robbin is also a member of the Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation, Inc. and past member of the St. Lucie County Cultural Affairs Council – Board Member of Art in Public Places.

Matt received a BS in accounting from Kings College and was employed as a CPA in Delaware for six years before moving to Florida in 1977. He has worked in the citrus industry for 27 years, and is currently employed by Oslo Citrus Growers in Vero Beach. His wife of 21 years, Ginny, is Business Banking Officer with National City Bank. Daughter, Lindsey, a 2007 JCHS graduate and salutatorian, is a sophomore pre-med student at the University of Notre Dame. The McAlarnens enjoy supporting the Habitat Project at JCHS and Youth on a Mission summer work-camps for high (Standing) Stef Matthes, Bill Blazak, Matt McAlarnen, Dave Hankle, Rev. school and college-age students as well as Thomas E. Barrett, Ben Hopper, (sitting) Robbin Lynch, Marie Privuznak, other community and church activities.

Marie Privuznak

Marie graduated from Jersey City State Teachers College with a degree in education and is certified in both New Jersey and Florida in the following areas: Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Administration, Supervision, Curriculum, & Exceptional Student Education (K-12). She has worked for the Diocese of Palm Beach for almost Beverly Jones, (not pictured) Keith Ingram, Maureen Leu, David Recor, 35 years and spent 28 years at St. Joseph School Jeff Shultz, and Jennifer Trefelner. in Stuart, the last 18 years as Principal. For the past 7 years, Marie has worked as the Assistant Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese. Dave and his wife Diane live in Vero Beach with his youngest of three She has served as a member of the John Carroll Advisory Board daughters, Katherine, a sophomore at JCHS. He has two other daughters, since 1994 as a parent, feeder school principal, and now as a Diocesan Jennifer and Emily. Dave grew up in Pennsylvania, has a business degree from Penn representative. State University, and earned a Masters degree from Drexel University. He worked in banking for 35 years, the last 22 years as Senior Vice President at Harbor Federal Savings Bank in Ft. Pierce. Dave retired from banking in 2007 to return to school. He is currently completing his last year in a masters of theology degree program Beverly is a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, a Team at St. Vincent De Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach. Upon completion he looks Leader for the Altar Guild, Secretary for the St. Mary Ann’s Guild, volunteer forward to being ordained a deacon in the Diocese of Palm Beach to serve at St. for the PGA Historical Center, a Board Member of the Backus Museum, and Helen parish in Vero Beach. a member of the Royal Palms of St. Lucie. She is a native of New Jersey, attended Business School, was a court stenographer for several years, was a Secretary at Fort Monmouth, NJ, and is now a full time homemaker. Maureen graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Radiology in 1985. Her youngest daughter, Brittany, attends JCHS, and her husband She married Brad in 1989 and moved to the Northeast for several years before Thom is the St. Lucie County President for Seacoast National Bank. She has settling in Vero Beach in 1993. Their daughter Katherine is a sophomore at JCHS, two older children, Ericka and Gregory. Beverly also volunteers for the school and son Max is a 7th grader at St. Helen Catholic Grade School. Maureen works auction and dinner dance, golf tournament, and other activities. full time for Vero Radiology Associates as a patient service coordinator/Assistant

Dave Hankle

Beverly Jones

Maureen Leu

Director. She volunteers with the American Cancer Society, Youth on a Mission, Homeless Shelter, and the Special Olympics, is a Eucharist Minister, and on the St. Helen’s Harvest Festival Board.

Keith Ingram Keith and his wife of 23 years, Linda, have four children: Kyle, Eric, Brian and Jenna. The three boys are JCHS graduates, and Jenna is a sophomore. Dr. Ingram is a private practice physician of Anesthesiology and Pain Management. He has been a Treasure Coast resident since 1989. He is also an assisitant coach for the JCHS track team.

Jeff Shultz Jeff Shultz, a 1977 graduate of John Carroll, attended Valdosta State College, and is the Vice President Sales Manager at Bill Shultz Chevrolet in Fort Pierce. Jeff, his wife Renee, and daughter Morgan, a 2002 graduate, enjoy boating, helping with JCHS reunion events, and assisting local non-profit agencies. Jeff has been an instrumental part of John Carroll’s history, serving as the Golf Tournament Chairman for years and was the first recipient of the JCHS Distinguished Alumni Award.

David Recor

David is originally from Virginia but moved to Ft. Pierce in 2005. He has a BS degree from James Madison University and a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University. He has been a local government official for 20 years in Virginia, South Carolina, and Florida. Dave is currently City Manager for the City of Ft. Pierce. He and his wife Maria have four daughters, Ashley is a 2008 JCHS graduate, Laura is a senior at JCHS, and Erin and Shannon who currently attend St. Anastasia. David and his family are members of St. Anastasia Catholic Church and enjoy offshore fishing and diving.

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Updates from the...

Office of Institutional Advancement JENNIFER (MELVILLE) TREFELNER (1999) Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement

Help to Create a Legacy at John Carroll High School The 2008-2009 John Carroll High School Annual Giving Campaign is at its halfway point. Thank you to the generous donors who have already helped make the campaign a success! “John Carroll President’s Club” ($5,000): Anonymous Donor “Golden Rams Club” ($1,000 donors): Mike and Miriam Burns, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Carr, Terence Channon, Thomas and Carol Corr, Bill and Darlene Heim, Dr. Joseph R. Holahan, Holy Cross Church, Jalbert Charitable Trust, Bob and Karen Manning, the Schoonover Family, and Thomas A. Scott “Blue and Gold Club” ($500 donors): Anonymous Donor, Patrick and Melody Bly, the Johnson Family, James E. McDonnell, Hal and Claire Melville, Gordon and Deborah Poux, and Agustin and Carla Sanz “Boosters Club” ($250 donors): Anonymous Donor, John Brennan, Dr. Barbara Ash Bush, Bobby Gibbons, Joseph and Ann Guettler, Erin K. Grall, David and Diane Hankle, Rudolf J. Hehn, Patrick and Kay Leary, Paul and Karen Miret, Tom and Jackie Richmond, and Dr. and Mrs. James Strawn. Thank you also to the numerous “Friends of John Carroll” ($100 donors) and all the supportive donors who have given additional gifts. These generous benefactors have helped to shape the future of our school. We kindly ask you to keep John Carroll High School in mind as the year progresses. For further information on perks for each category, payment options, or tax-deductible information, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (772) 464-5200 or visit our website,

Special Events Update... John Carroll High School/ St. Anastasia Tree, Wreath, and Swag Sale The annual event was held December 4th-7th and was a huge success! The trees, wreaths, and swags were sold out by Saturday mid-day! 300 Club Dinner, Dance, and Auction Thank you to Barbara Allen, Bobbie Ritter, and Suzanne Davis for serving as Chairpeople this year! The event will be held on Friday, February 6th and will be nothing short of spectacular. Purchasing a ticket for $200 admits two people and automatically enters your name in a drawing for $5,000 or free tuition! Please RSVP today as seating is limited. 5K Run/Walk Join us for a 3.1 mile run or walk on Saturday, March 21st! We will also have a children’s “fun run,” tee shirts, goodie bags, hot breakfast buffet, and much more. Golf Tournament Golfers do not want to miss this annual event on Saturday, April 25th! The tournament has sold out early for the past few years, so please stay posted for the registration information.

Stay Connected As always, I encourage you to visit our website often. It is updated daily with the latest school news, sports information, newsletters, press releases, and more. If you have not signed up to receive our bi-monthly constant contact email service, please complete the form at the back of the newsletter. Thank you for your continued support and kindness. Best regards,

Jennifer M. Treflener (1999) JCHS Connections z Winter 2008 z Page 4

Homecoming 2008 Everyone enjoyed the Homecoming 2008 events! This year for the first time we established a Homecoming Committee with members including teachers, parents, students, and administration. Thank you to teacher and Student Government Sponsor, Ineitza Stromak Stromak,, for coordinating the school events. Numerous other activities were held during the week of fun and festivities! Homecoming is a time to celebrate the school’s history and for the students to enjoy a week of entertainment.

SPIRIT WEEK Students started getting into the homecoming spirit on Monday and were allowed a week to dress out of dress code. The “dress up” days included Sports Day, Nerd Day, Neon Day, Decade Day, and Ram Pride Day. Each day we had almost 100% participation from the student body. DECK THE HALLS

This traditional event was held on Thursday afternoon. Students and sponsors stayed for hours after school decorating a designated area. The hallways and cafeteria looked great!


The Anchor Club’s Annual Italian Dinner was also held on Thursday in the JCHS cafeteria and was a huge success, grossing over $2,000. The money will be used to support Anchor Club service projects throughout the year. Mr. Ron Baliton, a parent of a JCHS freshman, won the 50/50 raffle for $105 and graciously donated it all back to the Anchor Club.


A packed gymnasium enjoyed games, skits, cheerleading performances, drumline music, Frazer introduction of the football team and singing of the alma mater, a performance of the fight song by Evan Frazer, homecoming court, and recognition of all the seniors who participated in the fall sports and their parents. The SGA organized games with six different teams including one from each grade level, a parent/alumni team, and a faculty team. Congratulations to the Seniors for winning the spirit stick!


This year, the alumni enjoyed playing their own football game on campus prior to the high school game. Thank you to alumni Ryan Sapp (2000) and Joey Roberts (1993) who were the captains of the teams. We look forward to continuing this event and including more alumni players next year.

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Alumni and their families enjoyed visiting with one another while dining on an outstanding buffet dinner. They were also treated to numerous gifts, children’s toys, drinks, and dessert. It was the largest gathering of alumni at the homecoming football game in years!

HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME John Carroll’s team fought hard until the end, overcoming a 10 point deficit. All players were pushed to the limit and played their hearts out in the 20-17 game loss.


Congratulations to the Freshman Homecoming Court: Danielle Costello, Anthony Bompartito, Kendall Brennan, Santiago Abondano, Palmer Osteen Osteen, and Ryan Morgan. Morgan Congratulations to the Sophomore Homecoming Court: Kelci Guettler, Blake Dodson, Kristyn McClure, Sean Humphreys, Olivia Montejo, Montejo and Nick Decrescenzo. Decrescenzo Congratulations to the Junior Homecoming Court: Aubree Parker, Wade Matthes, Alanna Sanz, Mateo Abondano, Hayley Wonka Wonka, and Stephen MacKenzie-Smith. MacKenzie-Smith Congratulations to the Senior Homecoming Court: Daniela Brao, Vincent Palmeri, Rachel Dallaire, Jeremy Taylor, Taylor Eubank, Tyler Brennan, Jayne Johnson, Brenden Platts, Kirsten Kvies, Neal Chianese, Madison Roberts Roberts, and Brandon Lee. Lee This year’s homecoming queen and king were and Brenden Platts.


The students enjoyed getting dressed up, going out to dinner, and dancing at the party! The gym was decorated with this year’s theme “Lights Lights & Sounds Sounds.” The faculty helped chaperone, and snacks and drinks were provided.

ALUMNI HOMECOMING CELEBRATION PARTY The alumni were not left out on Saturday night! They enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and each other’s company at Cobb’s Landing. Thank you to the 70’s Reunion Committee for organizing the event!

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Alumni in Action 1957 Mary (Cairns) McAvoy’s youngest daughter, Tracey, married Justin Morabito on August 2, 2008, at Church of the Holy Spirit in Webster, NY. Justin proposed to Tracey on the boardwalk at Melbourne Beach and almost dropped the ring in the sand as they watched the sunrise on her birthday. Included as members of the wedding party were her sisters, Kelly Salamone and Mary Beth McAvoy; niece, Taylor Salamone; cousins, Kathy and Jeannie McAvoy; Justin’s daughter, Kieran and nephew Nicholas Salamone. The couple resides in Webster, NY, and is sure to be frequent visitors to Palm Bay. Friends are welcome to contact Mary at


Susan (Hodges) Ferrer has been married to her husband, Orlando Ferrer, for 28 years. They met at the University of Florida where Susan majored in Early Childhood Education. Susan has owned and operated Naples Preschool Academy for five years where 106 happy toddlers attend. Orlando retired from the oil industry after 22 years, as an Industrial and Systems Engineer, and the couple has since moved to Naples. They have a son, Orlando (18) who is a freshmen at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a member of the men’s tennis team. Susan and Orlando like to travel and recently celebrated Susan’s 50th birthday at the French Open in Paris. Susan says hi to all her friends from JCHS. Friends can email her at


Terry (Potenza) Fesler has started a new carreer with Treasure Coast Hospice, after working 24 wonderful years at Jackson Drugs. She and her husband John will celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary on April 13, 2009. Their son Gregory is 11 years old and is in the 6th grade at St. Anastasia. Friends wishing to contact Terry can email her at


Nick Rains and Erin (Glaser) Rains (1999) were married on March 9th, 2008 in New Orleans. Alumni in the wedding included Hyman Rains (2000), Audrey (Watkins) Wilmott (1999), and Brian Hoag (1998). They both recently graduated from the University of South Florida where Nick received a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and Erin received a B.A. in Criminology. They have recently moved back to the area and are planning to open an independent insurance agency in Vero Beach with Nick’s brother Hyman in mid-January. Friends can contact Nick and Erin at and

Alumni in College... Send us your college or university news, and we will submit it to your local newspaper to be published. We want to know what honor societies you are in, if you qualify for a scholarship, if you are playing any sports, and all accomplishments you have received! Please email Juliana Taylor (‘02) your news at

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We Remember... Warren Raymond Knowles,

61, died November 15, 2008, at the St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He was a 1965 alumni. Warren was born in Levittown, New York, and had been a resident of Port St. Lucie for over 35 years. He attended Indian River Community College and was a graduate of the University of Florida. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church and was a Vice President with Seacoast National Bank in Stuart where he was employed for more than 27 years. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Kathy; a son Michael; daughters Diana, Christy and Nicci; his mother Frances and three grandchildren, Colby, Maddie, and Clayton. He was preceded in death by his father, Warren Sr. and a brother, Raymond.

Donna Dickson, 46, died October 1, 2008.

Donna was a 1979 alumni. She was born in Fort Pierce and was a home health care nurse. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jefferson, Ga., and was a member of the Jubalheirs. Survivors include her husband, Richard; and half-brother, Paul Finger. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Mary Compton Finger.

Matthew “Matt” Croghan, died October 14, 2008, in Tallahassee, Florida. Matt was born in Queens, NY, in 1961. He was a graduate of Washburn University of Topeka and obtained his Masters in Public Administration in 1986 from Florida State. In 1993, he gained his second Masters in Civil Engineering. He pursued his love of public service through his work with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where he received numerous awards for excellence in safety awareness. Matt had a great love for outdoor activities with his family, especially kayaking, fishing, and going to the beach. Matt loved history and taking his family to historical sites on their family vacations. Matt will be missed by his wife of 19 years, Carol; a daughter, Madeline; a son, Sammy; his father and mother, Dr. Charles and Rosemary Croghan; his brother Luke and his wife Linda; his aunt Norma Clark; and his cousin Norman-Peter Sproch.

Epistimi “Eppy” Peperides Kiger, 56, died

November 8, 2008, at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. Eppy was born on March 3, 1952, in Detroit, MI. and moved to Vero Beach 13 years ago from Orlando, Fl. She was a graduate of the University of Florida, Class of ‘78 receiving a degree in Graphic Art. Mrs. Kiger had most recently been a Law Librarian at the St. Lucie County Courthouse. She was a parishoner of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Russell T. Kiger; son Russell T. Kiger, Jr., currently attending the University of Miami; daughter Gabrielle Kiger, currently attending Seton Hall University; her mother Dillie Peperides; sister and brother-in-law Angela and Mark Grones; and mother and father-in-law Betsey and Bob Lurie. She was preceded in death by her father Ernie Peperides.

Sister Rose Germaine Guettler, formerly known as Germaine Guettler, died on October 24, 2008, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 96 years of age and in the 80th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation. Sister Rose Germaine was born in Cologne, Minnesota, to Edward and Elizabeth (Ritten) Guettler. Sister graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in English from Barry College (University) and a Master of Education degree from the University of Florida. She spent 75 years ministering in education in Detroit, Michigan; Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, Miami Beach, Miami Shores, Ft. Pierce, Miami, and Vero Beach. She was principal of Blessed Sacrament School in Tallahassee from 1952 to 1958, and St. Helen School in Vero Beach from 1973 to 1980. Sister was Congregation School Supervisor for seven years, and Supervisor for the Archdiocese of Miami for three years. She was a Reading Consultant at St. Anastasia School in Ft. Pierce for two years, and a Special Reading teacher for 15 years at Trinity Catholic in Tallahassee. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2004. Sister Rose Germaine is survived by two sisters, Dolores Jacquin and Marie Hoeffner, both of Ft. Pierce; and 71 nieces and nephews. Two nieces are Adrian Dominican Sisters, Sister Dorothy Guettler and Sister Rose Bernadette Hoeffner.

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Nominations are now being accepted for the

John Carroll High School

alumni, volunteer, business partner, & coach of the year

Last year’s Alumni of the Year, Joey Miller and Volunteer of the Year, Betty Neill are shown here being congratulated with their spouses.

These adults may be nominated for their dedication to John Carroll High School, the betterment of the community, a positive attitude, strong work ethic, Christian values, and generosity with his or her time. Please complete the form below or email with your nomination today. Nominations are due by April 30th 30th.

Your Name: Your address: Your email: Your phone: Nominee’s Name: Nominee’s address: Nominee’s email: Nominee’s phone: Nominee’s Category (Alumni, Volunteer, Business Partner, or Athletic Coach of the Year):

Please explain why you feel that the person you are nominating is an excellent candidate for an award:

Reunion Information Updates ‘69


Any alumni interested in attending a 40-year-reunion, please contact the Liberta Scotto at 772-465-1724 or email her at

Save the date! Reunion events for the Class of 1979 will be June 12-14, 2009, in Fort Pierce. For more information please contact Dorothy O’Guin at and 772-4922002 or Sondra Quatraro at and 772971-8341.

‘89 The Class of 1989 will be having its 20-year reunion the weekend of July 17-19, 2009. There

will be a social at Cobb’s Landing on Friday evening, July 17th. On Saturday, there will be an alumni and family lunch, as well as a golf outing for the avid golfers in the group. On Saturday evening there will be a semiformal dinner and dance at Gator Trace Country Club from 6:30-11:30PM. The dinner will be buffet style, and there will be a DJ and a cash bar. On Sunday there will be a brunch at John Carroll High school, followed by a tour of the school. Be on the lookout for a mailing with specific details, event cost, and registration instructions. We would like to thank those of you who have already contacted us to find out how you can help! For those of you who are wondering how you can still help, please spread the word, encourage your classmates to attend, send us electronic copies of pictures from our high school years, and most importantly help us track down lost alumni. Justina Anuezewski has so graciously taken on the task of verifying contact infomration and finding lost alumni. So far she has confirmed contact info for 65 alumni, out of our graduation class of 138. If you have not confirmed your information or would like to help us out, please contact Justina Anuszewski at If you can’t make it to the reunion and would still like to make a monetary contribution, please contact Ershela Sims at or Kristen (Bancroft) Mills at regarding sponsorship. All sponsors will be recognized in the Class of ‘89 reunion newsletter that attendees will receive in their welcome packets. See you in July!

‘99 Plans are underway for the Class of 1999’s 10-year reunion! Tentative weekends for the festivities are July 1012th or July 17-19th. If you are interested in helping plan the events or attending the reunion, please contact Brooke (Fyler) Maynard at

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Alumni Baby Announcements 1991


Karen (Summerhays) Kennedy and her husband Rod are proud to announce the birth of their son Max, born on June 14th. He joins his sister Katie who is a third grader at St. Anastasia.



John Tsopanarias, Jr Jr. would like to announce the birth of his daughter Sarah Elizabeth, born on September 28th at 12:06pm. She weighed 8 pounds 7oz and was 20 inches long. “Both mommy and baby are doing great, and we have been enjoying every minute with her!”

Karen (Stromak) and Tony Vercillo welcomed Emma Ruth into their family on July 9, 2008. Karen is a teacher at JCHS and Tony is a commercial property appraiser at Calloway and Price. Emma joins the family with her big brother AnthonyFriends please email them at or a.vercillo@

Dawne (Noelke) and John D’Albora want to announce the birth of their first child, Isabel Catherine. She was born on March 21, 2008, at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. She weighed 6 pounds, 1.5 ounces and was 19 inches long.


J.P. Rankin and his wife Amber are proud to annouce the birth of their son, Pittman. He was born on November 7, 2008, and was 7 pounds 6 ounces and 20 inches long. “We are thrilled to have a son, and Sadie is in love with her ‘little tiny itty-bitty’ baby brother. We feel so blessed to be a family of four now.”



Nicole (Knapp) and John Weber had their second child, a baby girl named Iris Ann, on February 22, 2008. She was born at home and weighed 6 pounds 15 oz.


Anna (Ciufo) Haynes and her husband Craig are happy to announce the birth of their first child, Aidan Matthew. He graced them three weeks early and was born on September 18, 2008. He weighed 4 pounds 15 ounces and was 18 inches long. “He is a blessing and a joy to have.” The family resides in Port St. Lucie where Anna is an elementary teacher, and Craig works for the City of Port St. Lucie.

Ben and Nancy (Blakeslee) Hopper are proud to annouce the birth of Andrew Charles. He was born on September 24, 2008. He weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces and was 21 1/4 inches long.


Jessica (Blake) Rooney and her husband Jason are proud to announce the birth of their third son, Sawyer Michael. He was born on November 9, 2008, at 7:57 a.m. He was 5 pounds 14 ounces and 19 inches long.


Joanna (Guettler) Marazzi and her husband Tommy are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Clayton Edward. He was born on September 10, 2008, and weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce.

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John Carroll Sports Update Girls’ Varsity Soccer

Varsity Baseball State Championship Runners-Up

Boys’ Varsity Soccer


Girls’ varsity is coached this year by Kate (Cross) Rotinto (‘97) (‘97). She is working on the team’s chemistry and having a solid season as a new coach. Junior varsity also has new coaching staff this year, with head coach, James Taylor (‘05) and Assistant Coach, Juliana Taylor (‘02). (‘02) This is the brother/sister duo’s first year coaching and they have enjoyed getting to know the girls and are having a great season. The boys’ varsity team is coached by Brian Siringo as head coach and Mike Howard, Pat Howard (‘08), and Keith Ustinowich (‘07) as assistant coaches. The boys are enjoying winning more games already this year than the past three years! The junior varsity team is coached by head coach Jim Clark and the assistant coach and team chaplain is Joe Colarossi. Colarossi Jim Clark said, “Things look good, and we are looking forward to a great year.”


Last year’s varsity team went 24-6 with a runner-up finish in the State Championship 3A Tournament in Sarasota, Florida. JCHS lost five seniors from last year’s team but expects to be very competitive this year. Shane McCain will head a talented pitching staff, along with Dom LaPorte and Rick Teasley Teasley. David Hall and Trae Goodwyn are two other returnees who should bolster the team with strong talent for the upcoming year. Junior varsity looks forward to a fine season this year with a new pool of talent in our freshman class. Mike Cobb will be returning to the baseball coaching ranks after a brief absence. Coaches: Varsity - Head Coach, Mike Easom, Easom returning for his 3rd season; Assistant Coach, Charlie Brown (‘91), (‘91) returning for his 5th season; Assistant Coach, Andy Wells (‘00) (‘00), returning for his 3rd season. Junior Varsity - Head Coach, Mike Cobb, Cobb returning for his 11th season; Assistant Coach, Tommy Neiman, Neiman Sample returning for his 2nd season. returning for his 3rd season; Assistant Coach, Justin Sample,

Cross Country & Track

Cross Country District Champions

The Cross Country teams at John Carroll had an outstanding 2008 season. The hard work and dedication of the athletes along with the outstanding support from the parents helped make this a successful year. The boys’ team accomplished the ultimate by qualifying for the “ Big Dance” or the State Finals in the 1A division. The team had a season best average time and placed 22nd in the event. The team also won the runnerup trophy in the District 1A finals and took 6th place in the Regional championship meet. Danny Irizarry won individual honors at the St Lucie County Championships (5th) and the District 1A Championships (15th). Along with Danny Danny, the team also graduates Chancey Kelly, Kelly Mark Daigle, Daigle and Michael Nettina; Nettina their contributions to the success of the program will not be forgotten. The girls’ team also had a very successful season by placing 4th in the District championship and 9th in the Regional Championship meet. Along the season the team also took the runner-up trophy a the Shark Invitational and the JV team won first place at the Cobra JV Championship meet. Katherine Dove and Katherine Hankle took individual awards at both the St. Lucie Championships and the District 1A championships. The team has an excellent group of athletes and returns all seven varsity runners to next season’s team. Samantha Parrish is our lone graduate, and we wish her well for the future. The track and field team this year will be coached by Derek Gibson (‘89), Frank Irizarry, and Jim Elam Elam.

Volleyball Junior Varsity Volleyball District Champions

Congratulations to the freshman team which won the Freshman Treasure Lake Conference tournament and improved greatly over the season. The JV team had a very successful season winning the Nova J.V. Tournament and finishing strong in the Treasure Lake Conference. The varsity team finished with a record of 17-8, were district champs, finished third in the Treasure Lake Conference, and advanced to the regional semi-finals. They beat long time rivals Melbourne Central Catholic in three of the four meetings this year, finished second in the silver division at the Cardinal Gibbons Tournament, and won the Copper division at the Disney Classic. With a whole new team on the floor this year they were able to carry on John Carroll tradition and beat most teams on the Treasure Coast. Also as impressive, the team won 1st place in the grade point average classification for class 3A, with a team GPA average of 3.682. Coaches: Nancy Hopper (‘81), Head Coach; Kevin Pastore, Pastore, Asst. Coach; Dawn Jones (‘02) (‘02), Asst. Coach; Merritt Henderson (‘06) (‘06), J.V. Coach; Mike Cobb, Cobb Freshman Coach.


Head coach Maria Flynn said the cheerleading squad had a great turnout this year and have enjoyed cheering for football and basketball games.

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John Carroll Sports Update Varsity Football


The varsity was coached this season by Chris Rock as head coach, Derek Gibson, Andrew Bracken (‘04), George Petticrew, Chris Dent Dent, and Ray Williams as assistant coaches. Their games were close this year, and the boys were much more competitive in their play. Junior varsity head coach Kevin Wald, assistant coaches Ricky Dent, Chris Ciccarelli (‘07), Scott VanDuzer (‘07), (‘07), and Dave Perry and their team had a great season and their future looks very bright.

Swimming JCHS Swimming

For the first time in school history, the boys’ swim team, coached by Bill Francoeur, Francoeur, was District Champions. Barry Weimer, Weimer, 9th grade, was a State Qualifier in one event and finished with his personal best time at the state competition. The girls’ team was coached by Scott McMillen,, and his daughter Meleah, was a State Qualifier in two events, finishing 10th in 100 free and McMillen 15th in 100 breaststroke at state. Meleah was also named “Swimmer of the Year”, for Scripps.


Head coach Bruce Hopper and the JCHS girls’ golf team finished 5-4 this year for the best record in school history. With only one senior graduating, all players will return next year. “The girls had a lot of fun and played very well this year,” said Bruce. The boys’ golf team and head coach Brian Siringo were St. Lucie County Champions! The team finished 22-5 with Joey Storck qualifying for Regionals.

Girls’ Golf


The 2009 JCHS softball team will be head coached by Bob Rahal with Chrissy Jaholkowsi (‘03) and Edwin Camello as assistant coaches. Last year’s team finished as District 9-3A Champions. The coaches say the outlook for ‘09 is very good. They have 6 starters returning from last year as well as four outstanding freshmen.

Bowling Girls’ Softball

Head coach Charlie Brown (‘91) says the future looks bright with four girls returning for next year. “They all tried hard, and they were a blast to coach,” said Brown. On the boys’ team, Mitch Malinowski qualified for the State bowling tournament and was the only male bowler from St. Lucie County to qualify. “We will return with three starting freshmen including Pete DeRosa who bowled a 300 game this year, Mitch Malinowski Malinowski,, and Peter Jensen. Jensen. “These three bowlers are all capable of scores in the 200’s each game. I look forward for the chance to return next year and coach both the girls’ and the boys’ bowling teams,” said Brown.

Basketball Boys’ Basketball

This year, the varsity boys’ basketball team will be coached by Rick Slone as head coach with Jim Elam and Ray Williams as assistant coaches. The junior varsity team will be coached by Bud Roberts. Roberts. The girls’varsity team will be coached by Ed Parker, and the Junior Varsity team will be coached by Amber Parker. Parker.


This will be the first year JCHS has offered lacrosse as a sport. The girls’ team will be coached by Lisa Conway Conway.. Lisa is looking forward to working with all the girls and making it an enjoyable season. She has been coaching girls’ lacrosse in South Florida for 8 years, first with Martin County Varsity Club team and for the last four years with Martin County Pioneer Lacrosse.


Joanna Taylor (‘78) and Debbie Waters will both be returning for their sixth year to coach the Rams’ tennis teams. Joanna will be coaching the boys, while Debbie will work with the girls. Both teams look forward to a great season in the Spring.

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