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A Message from the Headmaster Dear Members of the Xavier Community,


o much has happened in the past few months.

The joy of the Advent and Christmas Season, the tragic death of our student, George McLean ’09, the accomplishments of many students, faculty and others of the Xavier community, the loss of Bishop Hart and many who were important to Xavier, generous gifts received from our benefactors and so much more has taken us on a roller coaster ride of thoughts and emotions. I find it helpful to reflect on some messages from the Christmas Season. Everyone at Xavier and all my relatives will tell you how important Christmas is to me. Recently I came across a card with the message “Wise men still seek Him.” As Christians we journey through life seeking the One who became flesh at Christmas, until, at the end of our earthly life, we are finally united with Him. Our faith tells us, however, that we encounter Him during our earthly journey every time we interact with one another. The question for us to ponder is whether we allow ourselves to recognize Christ in others. I think of the students who have brought God’s presence into my life; the veteran teacher who, with the wisdom of years, helps a new teacher learn to see Christ in a difficult student; or the new teacher who models Christ as he or she shows a veteran teacher new classroom uses for technology. “Wise men and women still seek Him.” I experience that seeking when I see our administration, faculty, and staff helping our students to grow in tolerance that includes the compassion and understanding of Jesus

while standing up for a value-centered and moral life. I have considered how wise men and women still seek Him when they come face-to-face with poverty, hunger, hopelessness, and lack of respect for human life. In Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools we teach our students that they will acquire wisdom by seeking Christ in the poor and the marginalized. Our goal is to teach our students how to become the hands of Christ. As we travel through Lent toward the promise of Easter we are challenged to help the lost, the broken and the hungry, to release and rebuild, to bring peace and to make music in the heart. We are challenged to be sensitive to the young men placed in our care; challenged to be supportive of the parents who struggle to raise young men who possess principles and moral values; challenged to encourage the spiritual and professional development of administrators, faculty and staff. We are constantly getting positive comments and feedback about Xavier. We really do have a good school.  And I think that is because of the collective dedication, commitment and hard work of the Xavier community.  So let us together rejoice in all the good that we do and make a fervent commitment to continue all that good work as a Catholic school. Sincerely,

Brother William, C.F.X. Headmaster

Xavier Today The Magazine for Xavier High School Winter 2008

John Guerin Editor, “Xavier Today” Director of Communications

Margaret Galeano Designer

OFFICE OF ADVANCEMENT Michael Tommasi ’67 Director

Joseph Lane ’95 Assistant Director

Karen Brown Administrative Assistant Xavier Today, the Xavier High School magazine, is published three times a year by Xavier High School. Editorial offices are located in: Xavier High School Office of Advancement 181 Randolph Road Middletown, CT 06457 (860) 347-6079 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Send to above address or by email to: or by fax: (860) 346-6859 PHOTO CREDITS: The “Don” yearbook staff John Guerin

Bishop Daniel Hart posed with every Xavier Principal at the reception following the October 5, 2003 “Ruby Mass” commemorating the 40th anniversary of Xavier’s opening. Seated (l-r): Br. Robert Sullivan (1st) and Br. John Kerr (2nd); standing (l-r): Mr. William Garrity (7th), Br. William (6th), Br. James Boyle (3rd), Br. James Kelly (4th) and Br. Lawrence Harvey (5th). (from The Don, 2003 – 2004)

Bishop Daniel Anthony Hart (1927 – 2008)


ishop Daniel A. Hart, D.D. Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Norwich, CT died in January. Bishop Hart was a strong supporter of the Xaverian Brothers during his years as Bishop, first as the auxiliary of Boston where he was close to the Brothers at Xaverian Brothers High School, then in Norwich where he showed great admiration and support of Xavier High School. Bishop Hart was also a generous contributor to the Xaverian Brothers’ mission work, especially in Haiti. In May of 1998, Bishop Hart and Brother Matthew Burke, Superior General of the Xaverian Brothers, gave final approval to an agreement whereby Xavier High School was formally recognized as a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School. Over his years as Bishop of Norwich, Bishop Hart frequently visited Xavier, celebrated special occasions here and offered his help and encouragement to the Xavier community.

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Rick Hartford (The Hartford Courant) Images Photography Kyle Jones ’09 Kathryn Lee Ted Milardo


Lucien Moore ’09

Featured Articles 1 RIP Bishop Hart 2 Hickey Remembered 3 Ryken Award to Ms. Vitale 4 Sullivan Remembered 6 NHS Ceremony 14 Compassion and Trust 19 Night of Swing

20 School Patron – A Lesson IBC* SFX Society * inside back cover

Faculty/Staff/School news Pages 5, 8, 10, 13, 16, 17, 22

Alumni news

Pages 5, 11, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28

Student news

Pages 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 18, 26 Xavier Today


Loyal Friend Remembered J. Paul Hickey, 77, husband of 51 years of Barbara, died December 7, 2007. Paul and his wife Barbara were inducted into the Hall of Honors last year as “Loyal Friends of Xavier.” The following is from the final edition of our Cross Roads newsletter.


r. J. Paul Hickey and Mrs. Barbara M. Hickey have been loyal friends of Xavier High School since their sons Jay ’7 and Charles ’83 were students here. As soon as they were Xavier parents, they became active in the Home and School Association. Of course they had to divide their time between the Xavier and Mercy High School Associations because their four daughters, Phyllis ’75, Maribeth ’77, Kathleen ’81 and Christine ’88

were at Mercy at the same time the boys were at Xavier. When the need for increased funding for both schools became apparent, Paul and Barbara were among the founders of the M.X. Corporation and took a leading role in the activities of that organization. Paul and Barbara have also played prominent roles in community activities and those of their parish, St. Pius X. Paul was a recipient of the Governor’s Outstanding Citizen Award and a YMCA Capital Campaign

Award. He has been a lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Pius and a lay representative for the Connecticut Conference of Catholic Bishops. Paul and Barbara have been married 50 years and, as has been mentioned, are the parents of six children, all of whom are Xavier or Mercy graduates. Christopher Fritz, X’88 is their son‑in‑law, and Kathy King Hickey, M’78 is their daughter‑in‑law. Their granddaughter Kelly Ann graduated from Mercy in

2005 and grandson Dan will graduate from Xavier in 2008. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he graduated from BC High School and Boston. Prior to his retirement, Paul was employed by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for 32 years, serving as district manager in Middletown and was also employed as a vice‑president by Society for Savings Bank in Middletown. He was a Certified Life Underwriter and a member of the American College of Life Underwriters. The family requested that memorial contributions be sent to the Mercy High School Athletic Department, 1740 Randolph Rd., Middletown, CT or the Xavier High School Athletic Department, 181 Randolph Rd., Middletown, CT 06457.

Stained Glass window


he freshman Stained Glass Window assignment is under way. The project is a collaboration of the Religion and Fine Arts Departments. Originally it began as “the Brother Harold Accelerated Curriculum Stained‑ Glass Window project” and now is extended to all freshmen. Students write an essay about the three most important things in their life, based on the beliefs they hold (Faith in God, Love for family, Trust in friends, Freedom through music, etc.). Then they come up with three symbols that best represent those beliefs (God = Cross, Sports = lacrosse stick, Music = CD or musical notes). Those three symbols together make one big symbol or form a sort of shield / picture / scene. After the students outline their creation on the plexi‑glass, they add color and the resulting individual windows are hung on the windows for display in the spring. If you are in the school take note of their handiwork. Students get to take Individual stained-glass windows combined to form a beautiful mural on the large windows of the gym lobby (from last year’s project). them home in May.


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Ms. Jayne Vitale receives Annual Ryken Award from Headmaster, Brother William, C.F.X. and Xavier Principal, William Garrity.

Jayne Vitale receives ryken Award


rother William, C.F.X announced that Faculty member Jayne Vitale has received the Annual Ryken Award. The award was presented at the conclusion of a special assembly for the entire Xavier community. School principal William Garrity introduced Ms. Vitale saying, “Each year the faculty, staff and administration are asked to nominate one of their peers to receive the Theodore James Ryken Award, which is presented annually on the Feast of St. Francis Xavier at all Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools. This award perpetuates the memory of Theodore James Ryken, the founder of the Xaverian Brothers. It is presented to a person who, in the opinion of the faculty, staff and administration, exemplifies in an outstanding way the values and qualities that ought to characterize all of us engaged in the mission of Xaverian education. The person chosen to receive the 2007 Ryken Award is Ms. Jayne Vitale. “Ms. Vitale received an Associate of Science Degree from Quinnipiac University, and both a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Arts Degree from Southern Connecticut State University. In addition she holds a Certificate of Advanced Study from Wesleyan University. She has spent numerous summers at workshops both in the United States and Europe furthering her professional development and perfecting her craft as an artist. “In 2004 Ms. Vitale was one of six educators from across the country honored by the National Catholic Education Association for contributions to American Catholic Secondary Education. In 2003 she was named Outstanding Secondary Art Educator for Connecticut by the Connecticut Art Association, Inc. “As a member of the faculty at Xavier she has taught courses in the visual arts and art history as well as courses in social studies, Spanish and business. As chairperson of the fine arts department, she serves on the academic council and oversees the staff,

…she has won the admiration of colleagues, students and parents for her dedication and her insistence that the best interests of the school and her students are realized by seeing to it that things are done right. curriculum, and program for art, music and drama. She is advisor to the National Honor Society and moderator of the Art Club and the Italian Club. In years gone by she was set designer and stage manager for the annual Mercy Xavier Musical and served for a time as yearbook advisor. She has participated in the retreat work of the Campus Ministry Department and has organized and coordinated numerous overseas trips for Xavier students, parents and teachers. “In each of these roles she has won the admiration of colleagues, students and parents for her dedication and her insistence that the best interests of the school and her students are realized by seeing to it that things are done right. Whether preparing a class, setting up for fine arts night, lining up national honor society ushers and greeters, Ms. Vitale insists on professionalism and attention to detail. With the eye of an artist she can spot a flaw a long way off and with the heart of a Catholic school educator she works to remedy the flaw with diligence and compassion. “Humility, trust, zeal, compassion and simplicity are values that should characterize those who minister as educators in Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools. We believe that day by day Ms. Jayne Vitale exemplifies these values to an uncommon degree and it is for this reason that she is the 2007 recipient of the Theodore James Ryken Award.” Xavier Today


Photos are from the 1977 Don, Xavier’s yearbook. 1977 Varsity Football Team – Tom is #60 in the second row.

Dr. Thomas J. Sullivan, D.M.D. ’77 Remembered


large contingent of students and staff represented Xavier on January 8th at the Church of St. Mary, Portland, CT for the funeral of Dr. Thomas J. Sullivan, D.M.D. ’77. Tom, 49, husband of Lisa, the father of Brandon ’10 and Michael, died suddenly on December 29, 2007 while vacationing with his family and friends in the Dominican Republic. His obituary contained the following: “Sully” was a good man, a generous man. He was so adventurous and full of life. He enjoyed many days and hours at the family cottage on Jobs Pond in Portland, and taking many cruises. He cherished his wife and sons and revered his mother and father. Tom was a lifelong resident of Portland, attending Portland schools and graduating from Xavier High School in Middletown. He received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Pharmacology from the University of Rhode Island and his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in Farmington,

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He gave back to the community and shared his zest for life by working with the youth of the town coaching … He was a kid at heart and his love of life showed in all he accomplished.

achieving the Award of Excellence in Endodontics. He completed his residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. In 1983, he married his college sweetheart Lisa, whom he met while they were in college in Rhode Island. He began his dental practice in his hometown of Portland in August of 1985. With his guidance and unparalleled skills, his practice quickly thrived in no time at all. He will surely be missed by all of his dedicated staff and faithful patients. He was always willing to go the extra mile to accommodate his patients. Tom’s achievements are numerous and far too many to list. He played Varsity Football and Baseball. While attending Xavier High School, he was

named to the National Honor Society. Tommy was a member of the 1974 Xavier Football team who went on to become State Champions coached by Larry McHugh. During his senior year at Xavier, Tom was named to the All Hartford County Conference Defensive Team and received Xavier’s Defensive Award. He was also listed in the “Who’s Who in National Athletics”. Upon graduation from Xavier, Tom received a full scholarship to the University of Rhode Island. Recently, Tom and his brother, John, were inducted into the Portland Sports Hall of Fame as well as the Middletown Hall of Fame. Tom was an avid sportsman. He was a great hunter and fisherman and proudly displayed his trophies

for all to see. ..He gave back to the community and shared his zest for life by working with the youth of the town coaching football and baseball. He was a kid at heart and his love of life showed in all he accomplished. The family requests that expressions of sympathy be sent in Dr. Tom’s honor to the Xavier High School Scholarship Fund, 181 Randolph Rd., Middletown, CT 06457, or to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492, or to the Church of Saint Mary, 51 Freestone Ave., Portland, Ct 06480.

1977 Varsity Baseball Team – Tom is in the second row, last player on the right standing next to the team manager.

Tom Abbate ’09 undefeated in regular season.

Abbate Having a Great Year


om Abbate, Jr. ’09 a member of the Xavier varsity wrestling team ended the regular season undefeated with a 30‑0 record. Tom captured first place in the 130 lb. weight class at both the SCC Tournament and the CIAC LL Tournament. Tom is also a great student. He achieved high honors in the first and second term this year. Tom is from East Hampton, CT. In addition to wrestling, he is a member of the Cultural Diversity Club. His role‑model is Cael Sanderson, current head wrestling coach at Iowa State and a 2004 Olympic champion who also went undefeated in four years of college wrestling (159‑0), including four consecutive NCAA titles (1999‑2002). Tom has only been wrestling for two years, which is highly unusual for the sport. Most of the state’s top wrestlers began at a very young age. Last year his record was 21‑18 and he finished in 3rd Place in the Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament. This year Tom finished in 1st Place at the Berlin Invitational and 1st Place at the Farmington Valley Tournament. In the off‑season he trains with the Spartan Wrestling Club. He also attended the J‑Robinson intensive 28 day wrestling camp in Minnesota this past summer. The camp is known nationally as one of the most intensive and challenging wrestling camps. When asked what he liked about wrestling he responded: “I like Wrestling because it is an individual sport in which you are in control of your own destiny.”

matt Sosnowski ’09

sang Winter Wonderland in a pre-concert performance provided by Vocal Students from The Hartt School Community Division in December. This special preconcert performance featured soloists performing holiday-related repertoire at the Connecticut Convention Center. Matt is a member of the Xavier chorus.

Xavier ents Collaborate in operating room tim o’Brien, md ’97 (pictured, left) an ENT resident in the University of Connecticut Program, shares this photo with Xavier Today Alumni News. Also pictured is Greg Bonaiuto, MD ’84, an Ear, Nose, & Throat Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) at Hartford Hospital. Greg is one of Tim’s clinical instructors and they often operate together. “It is unique to see a Xavier alum physician teaching another Xavier alum physician in the operating room!”

Brother Kelly Visits Xavier


rother James M. Kelly, C.F.X., President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Maryland, and the fourth Principal at Xavier returned in January to (L-r): Br. Kelly and Br. William react to lead the faculty and comment from English teacher Walter Benson. staff in a day focusing on “Mission” and “How We Live Out Mission at Xavier.” Brother Kelly both inspired and entertained the faculty and staff with stories of Xaverian Brothers and situations that challenge all in education today. Brother Kelly has been a Xaverian Brother for forty‑two years. He holds degrees from The Catholic University of America, Wesleyan University and Saint Joseph College. He began his teaching career at Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and served for seventeen years here at Xavier. He was Principal from 1982 until 1991. After a brief assignment as Director of Development for the Xaverian Brothers, he became the President of Saint Xavier High School, in Louisville, Kentucky, in June of 1993. He served in that position until he went to Mount Saint Joseph in 2001. Brother Kelly has been elected to the General Council of the Xaverian Brothers. Xavier Today


NHS Inducts New Members


n November, Xavier held a ceremony offically accepting the newest members of the National Honor Society. Miss Jayne Vitale, moderator of NHS, said “These men have been nominated and approved for membership by the faculty and administration of Xavier High School. They have been found worthy of the great honor and distinction of becoming members

These men … possess the necessary qualities of scholarship, character, leadership and service.

was instrumental in obtaining the land. Dying on March 23, 1963, he did not live to see Xavier a reality, but this scholarly priest would have rejoiced to know that after his death his own library became the nucleus of the library of the school that he longed to see built.” After all candidates recited the Honor Society Pledge, new officers were installed. • President: Peter J. Halibozek • 1st Vice President: Nicholas F. Cosenza • 2nd Vice President: Patrick M. Kokoszka • Secretary: Benjamin W. Lankton • Treasurer: Adam J. Tomasiello • Archivist: Sean V. Cahill, Brendon K Ouellette and James J. Remigino

of the National Honor Society. They possess the necessary qualities of scholarship, character, leadership and service.” The National Honor Society includes qualified Honor Society certificate recipients: sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Besides honoring Seniors: outstanding students, the main thrust of the local Michael H. Bouley, James H. Hallas, Nathan C. chapter is to give service to the school community. Kalista and Kevin J. O’Hara Members of the society are expected to tutor students and to assist at parent programs, the entrance Juniors: test, career night, Alumni Association events, and William A. Biestek, Ryan M. Duda, Dylan L. Heer, whenever called upon by any segment of the school Kyle E. Jones, Michael A. Kantrowitz, Connor P. Lucey, community. Justin A. Proto, Kyle P. Salka, David J. Sorrentino, Selection for membership is by a Faculty Council Christopher J. Turek and Ryan G. Tuttle and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, Sophomores: leadership, and service. Once selected, members Matthew T. Algiere, Kenneth C. Baldwin, Brian F. President Halibozek have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate Bascom, Erick D. Bilides, Andrew G. Brown, Daniel these qualities. Members who are seniors in good E. Calabro, Philip D. Corriveau, Zachary T. Cosgrove, Matthew B. standing are eligible to be nominated by their chapters to compete Criscuolo, Devin P. Crowl, Lino V. Cruz, Brian R. Cunningham, in the National Honor Society Scholarship Program. Devin W. D’Amato, Nicholas J. Darin, Patrick M. DeToro, Miss Vitale explained that “Our chapter of NHS is named after Christopher T. DiSalvo, Joseph W. Fazzino, Tavish M. Fitzpatrick, the Right Reverend Monsignor James J. Wilson, who was for 17 Nicholas E. Flynn, Brian T. Ford, Alexander L. Fredericks, Brian S. years the well loved pastor of Saint Francis Church in Middletown. Freeland, Richard N. Funaro, Bruce A. Funteral II, Mark P. Fusco, Monsignor Wilson, very much interested in the advancement of John S. Galer, Jonathan M. Geenty, Spencer T. Giorgio, Matthew Catholic education, was a leader in the drive to build Xavier and J. Gueble, Joshua Improta, Gerard J. Kerins, Dylan J. Kerr, Miguel J. Labrie, Nicholas J. Laggis, Kevin S. Landers, Tucker C. Landy, Nicholas C. Macor, David J. Mallick, Gregory G. Marino, Frank G. Maturo III, Ryan P. McConville, Daniel L. McCulley, Jason R. Menard, Mark R. Mondani, Matthew G. Morrone, Joshua T. Morse, Simon M. Mysliewiec, Tyler C. Naumann, Ryan J. Overturf, John R. Paine, Jr., Kyle K. Parilla, Kyle N. Pietruska, Alexander P. Plochocki, Patrick D. Reilly, Kevin C. Rizy, Nicholas A. Roberto, Quinn T. Rochford, Drew W. Sabia, Michael J. Samek, Marc J. Savino, Christopher M. Scamporino, Conor P. Smith, Scott J. Stewart, Casey R. Taillie, Scott W. Thompson, Nicholas J. Tomanelli, Christian D. Viola, Matthew J. Viola, Tomás J. Virgadula, Ian E. Walch, John J. Wilkinson, Gregory J. Witz, Evan N. Woodford and Andrew J. Yandow

Br. Celestine Awards

Language Department Chair Mrs. Patricia LaBella (left) and National Honor Society Moderator Ms. Jayne Vitale (right) at conclusion of the NHS ceremonies

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Brother William, C.F.X. then presented the prestigious Br. Celestine Awards to a select group of students (see back cover). The qualifications for this award are the completion of an academic year with an overall final average of an A and to have no final average grade less than an A‑ in the major subjects. A student

may receive this only one time during his four academic years at Xavier. The award is named after Br. Celestine Killigrew who, for just over a year taught history and religion at Xavier. He coached the freshman soccer team and also ran the school bookstore. He received his B.A. degree from Catholic University in May of 193 and joined the Xavier faculty the following September. Br. Celestine died from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident the day after Thanksgiving in 194. He was only 25 years of age. The final part of the afternoon was the induction of students into the three language Honor Societies. They were required to maintain an honor average, an A‑, in the study of French, Latin or Spanish for at least three semesters and maintain a B+ overall GPA to be eligible for membership in the Societies. Other requirements include character, leadership, seriousness of purpose, cooperation, honesty, service and commitment to others in the criteria for selection. They were:

SpAniSH: Thomas A. Abbate, Jr., Richard W. Adua III, William A. Biestek, Evan M. Bonney, John E. Connell III, Daniel D. Dreissen, Ryan M. Duda, Kyle A. Fitzgerald, Bradley D. Fletcher, Anthony J. Fontanella, Alex C. Gonzalez, Carl N. Josephson, Nicholas K. Kelly, Ryan R. Lee, Nicholas S. Malz, John D. McGrath, Mark J. O’Neil, Jr., Sohil Patel, Mark L. Piontkowski, Sean N. Reynolds, Kyle F. Russell, Kyle P. Salka, Dennis M. Scarpa, Jordan R. Szczygiel, Casey R. Taillie, Daniel P. Thompson, Adam J. Tomasiello, Christopher J. Turek, Matthew H. Vibberts, Andrew J. Yandow and Han G. Yoo

lAtin: Samuel E. Braun, Bryan M. Cross, Michael A. Magdzik, Nicholas J. Morse, Christopher M. O’Brien and James R. Remigino

FrenCH: Sean V. Cahill, Zachary T. Cosgrove, Dylan L. Heer, Brendan C. Nelson, Eric P. O’Brien, Christopher R. Shugrue and Matthew J. Viola

nHS Christmas drive


he National Honor Society once again sponsored a Christmas Drive to benefit those in need. The community was asked to think of the elderly persons as well as the young with gifts of toiletries, board games, stationary items and postage stamps and not think of this as a toy drive but rather an effort to try to meet the needs of those in healthcare facilities, special agencies and schools for troubled teens. Monetary donations were also needed and Santa’s elves collected donations before school and during lunch periods This year the drive raised over $5,000 and almost 800 gifts. Some recipients of their generosity were The Dominican Nuns, Catholic Relief Services, Mount St John School, Covenant House, Xaverian Brothers Missions, Highview Nursing Home, St. Vincent DePaul Place and CT Valley Hospital.

matthew Bruckerhoff Advances to Finalist


he National Merit Scholarship Program has now determined which of the 1,000 Semifinalists named in September have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. Senior Matthew C. Bruckerhoff has met those requirements. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in the next few months. Congratulations Matthew!

Honors Assemblies Held


avier had more than half of its 900 students receive either high honors or honors in both the first and second marking periods. The criteria for a student to qualify for “high honors” is having a grade point average of at least 3.5 and no grade lower than a B in his major subjects. To attain “honors” in a given marking period a student must have at least a 3.0 grade point average and no grade lower than a C in his major subjects. Each of the four classes has an honors assembly during which honor cards are distributed. The names of all honor roll recipients are distributed to local newspapers throughout the area. However, some do not publish these lists any longer or only publish the names of students who live in the communities serviced by the papers.

Principal William Garrity hands out honor cards during the sophomore honors assembly.

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Xavier Benefits From Ingersoll Bequest


n the Fall of 2007, Xavier was the beneficiary of $300,000 and appreciation for the work of our YMCA, and especially for from the estate of Loretta Ingersoll. While Mrs. Ingersoll all the great youth work that happens at camp. did not have any direct connection to Xavier, her generosity “Loretta was a very private person who gave from the heart, was directed to a number of Catholic and other charitable and had little desire for notoriety or accolades for the many organizations. She was particularly interested in organizations projects funded through her generosity. She derived her joy that assist children. In the spirit of her generosity, her gift has from giving and from simply seeing children actively at play been earmarked to a scholarship fund that will provide financial and engaged in the outdoors, during her annual visits to camp. aid to deserving students. Interest earned annually from this fund Loretta’s most recent donation to camp funded our great super will be awarded to deserving slide, which has provided a students, thus creating a source of fun and excitement Interest earned annually from this permanent memorial honoring for campers these past years. fund will be awarded to deserving her philanthropy. “Our YMCA and camp Loretta (Krauth) Ingersoll, community have benefited so students, thus creating a permanent 88, wife of the late J. Phelps much from Loretta’s kindness, memorial honoring her philanthropy. Ingersoll died January 28, and we are forever grateful for 2007. She was the youngest her friendship and support. Pictured is Loretta (Krauth) Ingersoll of four children and a lifelong We will always remember her resident of Middletown. She for her spirit, her earthiness, was a founding member of St. Pius X Church in Middletown and her candor, and for her continuance of the philanthropic works in the Rosary Altar Society. For years, she often was at the church begun by her beloved husband Phelps.” setting up floral arrangements and giving of her time and energy. Phelps and his first wife Mary Wilcox had one son. While Phelps She was a member of the Middletown Garden Club, the Literary and Loretta had no children of their own, they were generous Club, served on the board of the District Nurse Association and supporters of charities relating to children, Dana Farber, St. Jude, was also a member of the Fernleigh Lawn Bowling Club in West Newington Children’s hospital and a number of Native American Hartford. She was a supporter of many local charities, especially missions in the West. William Russell of the Chancery Office the Y.M.C.A. Camp Ingersoll, named in honor of her late husband. in Norwich, life‑long friend, had suggested Xavier & Mercy as The following information came from the YMCA. possible charitable recipients during their last combined capital “Our YMCA lost a dear friend and benefactor when Loretta campaign. Anyone wishing to give to student financial aid in Ingersoll passed away this past winter. Loretta and her husband memory of the Ingersolls may specify that the donation be applied Phelps Ingersoll shared a deep love for children, and a respect to the Ingersoll Scholarship Fund.

10 of the top ad sellers are pictured with Headmaster, Brother William, C.F.X. and Principal William Garrity. First row (l-r): Evan Cusson ’11, John Michael Tommasi ’11, Tyler Magaziner ’10 and Richard Afragola ’11. Second row (l-r): Daniel Lococo ’11, Jeffrey Brymer ’11, Marcus Zehnder ’09, Matthew Vibberts ’09, Dominic Uvino ’08 and Kyle Russell ’09.

Students top $100,000 Goal T hrough the combined efforts of the student body and led by the freshman class, this year’s Students Helping Students Ad Book campaign was a resounding success. The freshmen brought in more money than the junior and senior classes combined. But more importantly, this school‑wide student activity raised needed funds for student financial aid. Students either bring in funds through obtaining ads for the Ad Book or


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perform three hours of service for the school. In the book it explains, “One of Xavier High School’s guiding beliefs is rooted in the importance of creating community. One of the best ways for us to build the common bond required for community is to work for, and help, one another. This is what the Xavier Ad Book is all about, Xavier students helping other Xavier Students.”

west Side Story

Some of the main characters are: tHe JetS RIFF: Steve Humes ’08 TONY: Spencer Bazzano ’08 ACTION: Tomás Virgadula ’10 tHe SHArKS BERNARDO: Owen Costello ’09 MARIA: Ally Mazzarella ’08 ANITA: Elizabeth Santapaola ’08 CHINO: Kyle Rigali ’09 tHe AdultS DOC: Matthew Sosnowski ’09 SCHRANK: Sean Reynolds ’09 KRUPKE: Nathan Kalista ’08


s we brought this edition of Xavier Today to press, the annual Mercy/Xavier musical was in full rehearsal. This year the schools are presenting West Side Story the weekend of March 7, 8 and 9 at the Mercy High School auditorium. The combined cast and supporting crew for the musical is made up of students from both schools and approaches 120 in number. Matthew Campisi ’07 is musical director for this year’s production, working with director Mrs. McKenna and technical advisor, Mr. Thibeau. West Side Story was first presented by Robert E. Griffith and

Harold S. Prince, by arrangement with Roger L. Stevens, at the Winter Garden, New York City, in 1957. Leonard Bernstein took the musical to new heights of seriousness. West Side Story is based loosely on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Its true subject was the growing menace of gang warfare (or “juvenile delinquency” as it was known then) in the context of racial tensions created by clashes between whites and Puerto Rican immigrants. Consciousness of racism was very much on the rise in the U.S. of the late fifties; and Bernstein wanted to portray the issue in an uncompromising fashion.

Be A man…


n First Fridays of the month Xavier students are encouraged to bring non‑perishable foods to school. These items are gathered by members of the Ryken Service Society, sorted and prepared for distribution to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry serving those in need. The school received this note of appreciation. (Photo). The students have averaged over a thousand cans of food each month.

Students count and sort the items collected for Amazing Grace Food Pantry.

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Junior Class night


lass nights are a time for students to get together just for fun. Pictures here were taken at the junior class night. Students could play a variety of games in the gymnasium, play video games, ping‑pong or one of the other activities that were available to them. The Xavier Alumni Association also provided a “make your own” sundae table and soft drinks for students in attendance. The junior class night took place in November; the sophomore class night was in February, and the freshman class night is scheduled for March 19.

The Xaverian Brothers, a community in mission, falling in love with the service of God and inviting others to join in mission with them. For further information contact: Bro. Jim Connolly, CFX Vocation/Volunteer Minister Xaverian Brothers Generalate 4409 Frederick Avenue Baltimore, MD 21229 Email: Website:


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extraordinary ministers of the eucharist


en seniors were installed as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist at the Feast of All Saints Liturgy on November 1st. Shown above with Headmaster Brother William, C.F.X. and Principal William Garrity are (l‑r) front row: Joseph Biega IV and Jeffrey Criscuolo; 2nd row: James Russo, Alexander Robbins and Adam Wilkocki; back row: David Corigliano, Mark Gurga, Thomas McGee and John Scalzo; (not pictured: Andrew Quartararo). They were called before an assembly of the entire school and commissioned by Father Greg Galvin, Norwich Diocesan Vocation Director, who presided at the liturgy.

McGovern Finds Winning Strategy


McGovern graduated from Xavier High School in Middletown, evin McGovern ’89 recently joined the ranks of the St. Conn., before attending Northeastern, where he studied physical Francis Xavier Society (see information on the Inside Back therapy. He currently operates a physical therapy business at Cover). In March 2000, Kevin opened the first McGovern three Greater Boston sites, and last year, he served as the physical Physical Therapy Associates clinic in Revere, MA with one patient. therapist for the Nashua Pride of the independent Can‑Am After 8 years and thousands of patients MPTA is still going strong. League. “I am extremely proud of my staff. Their hard work and “I did that last year (with the Pride) but it was way too much of dedication have helped make this company a true success,” a time commitment,” he said. “I was probably at 120 games last says Kevin J. McGovern, PT, DPT, CSCS, president of McGovern year, and my wife (Elizabeth) Physical Therapy Associates. was ready to kill me. I miss “I started McGovern Physical the Pride, though. (Manager) Therapy after working with a “I’m 36 now and I have kids on the Butch Hobson is one of the few other outpatient physical team that are only 18 (years old). better human beings to work therapy companies. I believed It’s a pretty big age gap. It does with. I grew up in Connecticut in the philosophy of delivering and I hated Butch because personalized care to each make it fun. It lets me compete I’m a Yankees fan, but he later patient. I have been lucky to with kids who are still in college.” played a couple of years with find a group of people that the Yankees, so I gave him share these feelings, and absolution.” together we do just that.” McGovern has quite a pitching repertoire. He employs a two‑ Two additional clinics have opened in Malden and Beverly, MA. seam fastball, cut fastball, changeup, curve and slider. MPTA is a multi‑specialty provider of outpatient physical therapy And after enduring four knee operations and an ankle surgery, care and were voted “Best PT Practice 2004” by ADVANCE for his physical therapy experience comes in handy. Directors in Rehabilitation magazine. Kevin says, “Combining “I think it’s done with smoke and mirrors at my age,” he said. innovation, experience and excellence, our staff of clinicians, as “The first couple of steps out of the car are tough. I very rarely throw well as dedicated office personnel, works as a team to provide a four‑seam because I don’t get anybody out. My best pitch is the caring, convenient and professional service for total patient changeup because it might make my 50 mph fastball look great.” recovery.” Kevin’s secret to success may be that he is able to combine a little pleasure with work. The following is taken from an article by John Connolly in the sports section of the Boston Herald last May. If you’re starting up a new club, you’d be wise to make Kevin McGovern your ace. The 3‑year‑old right‑hander made history last week when he went the distance to earn the first victory for new Yawkey League entry the Malden Bulldogs. It came less than two years after McGovern pitched his former Kevin McGovern ’89 with club, the Chelsea Royals, to that Butch Hobson. franchise’s first win. “Yeah, don’t know if it’s ever been done before in the Yawkey League,” said McGovern, now in his 12th season and fourth team after also playing for the Brighton Black Sox and Savin Hill. CJ Carrozzella died on March 3, 2003, from injuries he received “I think when I started out in 1995 with (Brighton), it was a in a motor vehicle accident. At the time of his death he was 17 pretty good powerhouse that won back‑to‑back titles, and it was years old and a junior at Xavier.” a little tough to get playing time. It takes a while to break in. I was probably the 25th option on the bench. I didn’t come into the league tearing it up. I guess I’ve gotten better with age. I’m 3 now and I have kids on the team that are only 18 (years old). It’s a pretty big age gap. It does make it fun. It lets me compete with kids who are still in college.”

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Bruckerhoff works on Biodiesel Theresa Bruckerhoff, mother of Matthew ’08 and Michael ’09 sent the following to Headmaster, Brother William, C.F.X. The letter speaks for itself. Dear Brother William, First let me again thank you for all you have done to help my sons during their time at Xavier. You have no idea how much this has meant to us and how blessed we know that we are to have this opportunity for Matthew and Michael. Secondly, please do not feel that this needs to be published, but I did want to let you know that Michael was recognized at the American Chemical Society meeting in Michael Boston this summer Bruckerhoff ’09 for work he did at UCONN. Over the summer he volunteered in the biodiesel lab in the engineering department as a lab assistant, working with a team of professors, graduate students and other high school students to measure the kinetics of the transesterification reaction between triglycerides and methanol used to produce methyl ester biodiesel. Michael worked with the other high school students to measure the quality of biodiesel using a complex measurement technique known as gas chromatography (GC). This work was reported on by the professional team during the American Chemical Society meeting held in Boston on August 19, 2007 with each student being recognized for their contribution to the project. I believe that this research is also being submitted to various journals for publication. I just thought you would like to know what opportunities an education at Xavier affords your students outside of school. We know that Michael’s understanding of the concepts dealt with in the lab and his work ethic has been developed in part because of his experiences at Xavier. For that we are very grateful.


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Humes Named Volunteer of the Year


teven Humes ’08 of Kensington has been named the Xavier High School volunteer of the year in the 2008 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. In addition, Steven Gennuso ’08 of Middletown and Ryan Colligan ’08 of Cromwell received Certificates of Merit for their volunteer community service. Brother William, C.F.X., Headmaster said “Knowing Steven as well as I do, I am not surprised at his being chosen. He is a person who is other directed and spiritually grounded in helping his neighbor.” The awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognize outstanding community service by young Americans. Humes is now eligible for the Connecticut Youth Volunteer of the Year awards. Two state honorees, one middle level and one high school student will receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C., for recognition ceremonies in May. Other honorees will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence. At the Washington event, ten National Honorees will be named by a distinguished national selection committee, and each will receive an additional $5,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for his or her school or organization, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of his or her choice. “Young people who contribute their time and talents to their communities are role models for all of us,” said Arthur F. Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “We salute their dedication, their achievements and their spirit of community.” For three years Steven Humes has participated in a week‑long mission trip providing support to families in need. In the summer of 2007, he served in a deprived area of Honesdale, Pennsylvania. “I joined hundreds of ambitious teenagers from many other states in an effort to renovate and rebuild dozens of homes. From rebuilding a porch to brightening the home with a fresh coat of paint, I willingly served wherever I was needed. Looking back on my three summers of mission work, I realize how each experience has broadened my perspective. I have certainly gained a greater appreciation for how fortunate I am. There are many families in this country that live without basic needs,” said Humes. “These Honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate ‑ that volunteering within the community is an essential part of one’s life,” said NASSP Executive Director Gerald Tirozzi. Xavier Principal William Garrity praised Humes for his volunteer service. “Teaching students the value of community service is an important aspect in Catholic education. At Xavier, all the young men must complete numerous hours of community service as well as senior service as a requirement for graduation. Many students go above and beyond and truly embrace the Xaverian spirit of service to others. Steven Humes is one such student and I am pleased to see him honored with this award.” The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are supported by Girl Scouts of the USA, National 4‑H Council, American Red Cross, YMCA of the USA, the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network and many other national youth, service and education organizations.

The 10 Man Football lineup


ootball and other sports teams are sometimes criticized for focusing solely on winning. Occasionally a story comes up that shows how much more a team can be as part of a total community. Sean Marinan ’80, Xavier’s Head Football Coach explained a very special tribute that the team decided to pay their late teammate, Vincent Agu. They played their opening offensive series with a 10 man lineup, leaving a spot open where Vincent Agu would have been. The coach explained that “The captains came to me a couple of days before the game with the idea, which was originally proposed by Kyle St. George (English teacher and Assistant Football Coach) back in the summer. The captains said that the other players were in favor of this. I thought about it for a couple of days and consulted my assistant coaches. The day of the game, after I had figured out a way to run our offense with only 10 players I decided to do it. “I don’t think anyone noticed, with the exception of one of Branford’s assistant coaches. He sent us a very nice e‑mail by the way (see below). We had our longest offensive drive of the night (six plays), on

“The Xavier Football team’s decision to leave Vincent’s spot open on their opening Vincent Agu ’08 drive was so emotionally moving to me. I can only imagine what it meant to Vincent’s teammates, classmates and family.” NATe JAcoBSoN, ASSISTANT FooTBAll coAcH, BrANForD HS

that first drive. I had notified the officials about what we were doing so that they would not stop the game. I wanted to keep Branford in the dark as long as possible. It took them four plays to figure out what we were doing.”

Jacobson’s e-mail: “Coach Marinan, “Nate Jacobson, Assistant Football Coach from Branford HS, here. “I wanted to tell you how moved I was by Xavier HS playing the opening series with only 10 players on your opening drive (in honor of Vincent Agu) on Friday night (11/9). Unfortunately, I have gone through some of the same emotions of tragically

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losing a young man far before his time. I was an assistant coach at North Branford HS when an outstanding young man, Joe Stone (a Senior Football Captain), drowned in April of his senior year. I know how difficult a loss it is for teammates, classmates, and adults in the entire community. There still is, and always will be, a huge hole in the heart of everyone who knew Joe Stone and Vincent Agu. And you cannot even begin to imagine the emotions and grief of their families. “The Xavier Football team’s decision to leave Vincent’s spot open on their opening drive was so emotionally moving to me. I can only imagine what it meant to Vincent’s teammates, classmates and family.”

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Xavier Displays Values By John J. Guerin, Director of Communications


hen I took the picture of Brother Kelly delivering his message on Mission, “Take Care of the Boys”, I noticed that he was standing between the banners “Compassion” and “Trust”, two of the values of the Xaverian Charism. It seemed appropriate at the time, but never did any of us realize how serendipitous that really was. Only a few days later, the Xavier Community was stricken with the loss of a student in a tragic car accident. Headmaster Brother William, C.F.X. said “we don’t often think of how in an instant our entire lives can be changed” as he spoke at a prayer service held in the school gymnasium. It was reported that one student said “what helped me get through this was the structure that we have at school.” That is largely based on those two values of compassion and trust.

COMPASSION *∗ You were created by the God of love in God's image and according to God's likeness, to be an expression of that love. It is through you that God desires to manifest Love to the peoples of the world in these times. Fundamental Principles (Adapted Version)

Compassion, as exemplified in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, calls for the openness necessary to let oneself be touched by another’s life and the courage to reach out in loving service to others. Compassion is the eyes, ears and hands of Christian charity. It is the heart seeking action. Compassion impels those in a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School to look at life with the eyes of Christ, to suffer with those who suffer, to accompany them and to seek appropriate action to eliminate the sources of suffering. Compassion leads to a lifestyle rooted in mercy and forgiveness. Compassion was evident through prayers that were offered for George McLean ’09 and Tyler Priore, a student at Notre Dame in West Haven, and their families; for the recovery of David Cajas

Brother Kelly delivers the message “Take care of the boys.”


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’09 and prayerful support of his family. The Xavier Chapel, often described as the “heart of the school” was available to all members of the community as a place of quiet refuge and reflection. Father Bob Abbatiello, pastor of St. Pius X and one of our school chaplains was there throughout the day and offered the gospel, homily and prayers at the prayer service for the junior class, team members, friends, faculty and staff. In addition to Father Bob and Brother William, Principal William Garrity, Mrs. Andrea Hoisl, Mr. Andrew T. Gargano, Mr. Peter Langevin, Mr. Paul Kieda all contributed to the prayer service. The caring attitude for the students and all members of the community was evident throughout the school.

TRUST * At times you will discover that God’s ways are not your ways, and God’s thoughts are not your thoughts, When this happens, try to surrender yourself trustingly into the arms of your Father, who knows you, understands you and loves you. Fundamental Principles (Adapted Version)

Trust is the meeting place of mind and heart, faith and courage. Trust in God forged the Xaverian charism as the Brothers learned to respond in faith and courage to the enormous difficulties encountered in establishing their first schools. This trust is characteristic of the Xaverian charism: Omnia cum Deo, nihil sine Deo. (All with God, nothing without God.) It is the Spirit of the Lord who encourages, enlightens and inspires all believers especially those engaged in the demanding mission of evangelization and the ministry of educating and forming young people. A Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School is urged to provide the contemplative time and space needed for members of the school community to fix their gaze on the transcendent in order to grow in faith in spite of life’s difficulties. The atmosphere of Trust was demonstrated as faculty and staff gathered to support one another and worked to provide a safe and structured environment for students to be able to express themselves and cope with something so incomprehensible. The prayers, extra counseling, support and announcements all relied heavily on our trust in God. This was reinforced when the homilist at the funeral for George McLean repeated the theme “this is a graduation from this life into eternal life… do you believe this?” Trust can be a challenge, a comfort and a mystery. I felt that the values of Compassion and Trust were also shown in a letter to the faculty and staff from Principal William Garrity. “I want to say thank you to everyone for your attendance at the funeral mass, presence to our students, and care for our community. The funeral mass for a student is never easy, but our collective presence … speaks volumes about who we are as a community.  We do, however, need to keep our eyes and ears open to the boys and continue to lead them through this difficult time…  Lastly, please continue to pray for the McLean, Priore, and Cajas families.” * From “Mission • Vision • Values” Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools

music program Hits High note


enior Steve Humes of Kensington will represent Xavier High School in April for the CMEA All‑State Festival. Five Xavier students had made the cut to be in the top 30% of those who auditioned (state‑wide) during the recent CMEA southern regional festival. Ten Xavier students participated in the Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) Southern Region High School Festival in January at Maloney High School in Meriden. The students were chosen from the hundreds who auditioned and represented the school in Chorus, Concert Band or Jazz Band. In Chorus were seniors Spencer Bazzano of East Hampton and Steve Humes of Kensington, junior Trevor Kelly of Wallingford, sophomore Alex Fredericks of East Berlin, and freshmen Joe Rapuano of East Haven and Bryan Wills of East Lyme. In Concert Band were juniors Matt Jennett of Westbrook, Chris O’Brien of East Hampton and Han Yoo of Hamden. Selected for Jazz Band was senior Eric Troiano of Rockfall. CMEA is the federated state organization for MENC, The National Association for Music Education. The Association plays an important role through its encouragement and support of the highest musical standards in school programs. James Antonucci, Xavier’s Music Director, commended the students on their achievement and noted how the number of students who auditioned for the festival has grown tremendously over the past few years. “There used to be 5 or  who would audition and 1 or 2 selected compared to this year with over 30

Xavier’s Jazz Ensemble performed in St. Joseph’s Foyer at the 16th Annual Harvest Auction. auditioning and 10 selected as top performers in the region.” In February, the Xavier choir placed third in their division at the 40th annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival in Boston. “The boys wowed the judges as all the feedback we received was exemplary. They beat out a number of strong programs of select jazz choirs …remember, we are neither a select, nor simply a jazz choir” said Xavier Music Director James Antonucci. Placing third wins Xavier High School two 25% tuition scholarships to various Berklee summer programs. Senior Spencer Bazzano of East Hampton received a judges’ choice award for his solo and senior Jesse Ledeatte of Middletown was given an honorable mention for his solo. The jazz band also played well in their competition, though they did not place, and sophomore Peter Lamalfa III of Portland received a judges choice award for his solos. Berklee College of Music hosted its High School Jazz Festival at the Hynes

“The boys wowed the judges as all the feedback we received was exemplary.” JAMeS ANToNuccI, XAVIer’S MuSIc DIrecTor

Convention Center in Boston. Berklee’s annual event is the largest of its kind in the United States. Big bands, combos, and vocal jazz ensembles performed and competed. All ensembles were adjudicated by a panel of Berklee’s top faculty and will receive a written critique of their performance. Top‑ranked ensembles were awarded partial scholarships to Berklee’s Five Week Summer Performance Program. In April, Xavier will again present a “Night of Swing” featuring the Music departments two Jazz Ensembles and Chorus. (see page 19 for ticket information) Guest artist Arturo O’Farrill will perform with the Xavier students. Renowned music director and pianist, O’Farrill was the winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003. In 2002, he

and Wynton Marsalis created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center due in part to a large and very demanding body of substantial music in the genre of Latin and Afro Cuban Jazz that deserves to be much more widely appreciated and experienced by the general jazz audience. His debut album with the Orchestra “Una Noche Inolvidable” earned a GRAMMY award nomination in 200. Antonucci attributed the growth of the Music program at Xavier to the support of the administration coupled with the financial support of benefactors which stimulate the program to flourish. Donations to Xavier’s Annual Fund Drive can be earmarked specifically for the Music Program.

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eadmaster, Br. William, C.F.X., Louis Calamari ’72, president of the Alumni Association and Attorney James A. Killen ’78, president of the Home and School Association announced that the 1th Annual Auction held in November raised over $44,000 for the school. The two organizations sponsor the event to raise funds that will

benefit students and continue to enhance the quality of their Xavier education. In addition to live and silent auctions, the event planners featured “A Taste of Xavier”, a sampling of Connecticut’s finest restaurants. The committee is already enthusiastically looking forward to the 17th Annual Auction. The event is

traditionally held on the first Saturday of November. Anyone interested in assisting in the 2008 auction can contact Mr. Joe Lane ’95, Assistant Director of the Office of Advancement, by phone at (80)347‑079 or e‑mail advancement@

A propective bidder examines auction item s.

love and Support on Grandparents day


n December Xavier held “Grandparents’ Day” for freshmen. Grandparents gathered in the Galluzzo Media and Technology Center where they were greeted by Headmaster Br. William. Peter Halibozek, National Honor Society President, gave the opening prayer in which he said, “We especially thank You … for the communal aspect of Xavier High School, extending beyond students, faculty, and staff to the parents, grandparents, siblings, and other relatives of the students. It is this uniqueness that makes Xavier a truly great place to learn and to mature into finer students and young men. We pray that this community helps lead us to great successes in life, and that the values instilled


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in us by virtue of a Catholic education are forever present in everything we do.” Grandparents were escorted on a tour of the school and Fine Arts display by members of the National Honor Society. They were then brought to reserved

seating in the Arthur M. Koh’s Gymnasium for a Christmas Concert by the Xavier concert band, jazz ensemble and chorus. The day culminated in a hospitality tea when grandsons joined their grandparents in the Galluzzo Center.

Peter Halibozek gave the opening prayer.

classroom renovations continue


lans are well underway for the continued “Advance Technology Room” renovations of our first floor classrooms in 2008. As we send this issue of Xavier Today to press, three rooms have been completely paid for through the generosity of a number of individuals. Bruce and Linda‑Lea Andrews were the first to cover the cost of a room with their “Christmas Gift” to Xavier’s Annual Fund Drive earmarked to the Technology Room upgrades. A second room was also paid for by Mr. and Mrs. Brian Hetherington ’81 and a third through the combined gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Richard DelFavero and their son Jeff ’78. We are so grateful to these people and to all others who help in any way to enhance the quality of a Xavier education. The Office of Advancement the of e is working diligently to raise on its Matt Friel ’85 vis s oom ssr the additional funds necessary cla ed ipp technology equ t) (lef ’67 si to renovate the remaining ma with Michael Tom classrooms in the school. A list ht) (rig and Joe Lane ’95 of renovation costs for each room has been compiled. We feel it is critical to renovate these classrooms and provide the best available resources for Xavier students as they prepare for college and the world of opportunities beyond. If you would like to help with this goal, you may specify your Annual Fund Drive donation be applied toward the Advance Technology Rooms. Naming or memorial opportunities are available for the 13 remaining classrooms, whether from an individual, organization or a group (such as an alumni class, family, etc.)

Advance Technology room cost Breakdown: Asbestos Abatement (ceiling and floor tiles and mastic behind old chalkboards) ...............................$,000 XGA/LCD projector, mobile lectern, audio system, amplifier, new cable runs and installation ......................$5,000 New lights and electric work ............................................$3,000 New ceilings .......................................................................$2,000 New floor ............................................................................$1,500 New white boards ..............................................................$1,500 Wireless Mimeo whiteboard capture device ...................$1,000 Total renovation and upgrade costs per room.......... $20,000

Above: the Alumni Executive Board get a demonstration; below left Mr. Brian Hetherington with Br. William; below right Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Andrews with Br. William.

Technology in use: at top – Mr. Applegate’s science class, above – Mr. King’s social studies class

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Golfer Joe Serrantino named Jack Kelly Sportsmanship Award recipient


he Connecticut PGA Junior Golf Association announced that Xavier senior Joe Serrantino was named a 2007 Jack Kelly Sportsmanship Award recipient. Serrantino of Cromwell was named for the outstanding leadership, integrity, and sportsmanship exhibited during the season and at Pepsi PGA Junior Golf Tour tournaments. As a junior at Xavier, Serrantino served as captain of the school’s 200‑2007 golf team and was voted “Most Valuable Golfer.” He was also named to the Division I All‑State Golf Team. The Jack Kelly Junior Golf Sportsmanship Awards are presented annually to the boy and girl JGA Members who best exemplify the PGA and its standards. Andrea Daniels of North Franklin also received this year’s award. Serrantino were honored at the annual Connecticut Section PGA Special Awards Banquet in December, at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. Serrantino and other finalists were nominated by fellow JGA Members. All finalists were asked to submit a response as to what sportsmanship and leadership mean and how they demonstrate these traits. Serrantino was not only able to describe what those qualities mean but truly exemplified them throughout the 2007 season. The Connecticut PGA Junior Golf Association is a membership association of over 400 boys and girls, ages 10 to 17, and overseen by the Connecticut Section of The Professional Golfers’ Association of America.

Joe Serrantino receiving his award from Jack Kelly, Sr. father of the late Jack Kelly in whose memory the award is given.

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Artie Kohs with tournament MVP Shawn Holley


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hought we should let you know that Xavier won the 4th Annual Artie Kohs Christmas Basketball Classic. After winning the opening round vs. Ledyard, the team pulled together and took home the championship trophy with a lay‑up in the last 5 seconds of the game. The final score was Xavier 39 Glastonbury 38. Shawn Holley made the final basket and was named tournament MVP. The basketball team went on to have a winning season finishing with an overall record of 1 – 5 before the CIAC State LL Tournament in March. The Classic committee is already planning the 2008 tournament. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the Office of Advancement for details. Art Kohs, Xavier’s first Athletic Director, described the purpose of the tournament “…to raise funds for Xavier High School Students through the Arthur Kohs Scholarship Fund. The fund is based on need and goes to a current Xavier junior or senior student athlete.” Kohs was Athletic director at Xavier from 193 to 1997. He is a past president of the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors (1981–1982). The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association awarded him the CT Award of Merit in 1992. After Kohs’ retirement, Brother William C.F.X., Xavier’s Headmaster, announced the dedication of the school gym as the Arthur M. Kohs Gymnasium.

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St. Francis Xavier Remembered Game show — a fun way for contestants and audience to learn Xaverian history


t the December 3rd School Assembly and Prayer Service on the Feast of School Patron St. Francis Xavier, students presented a skit entitled “Legends of the Hidden Temple.” The skit was based on the award winning Nickelodeon game show that aired from 1992 – 1995. Four teams would compete: Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas. The teams described in the photos were made up of Xavier seniors. Senior Kevin O’Hara prepared a comprehensive history from which questions would be drawn to determine the game’s winners. It was delivered to all contestants and viewers by the voice of Olmec (a giant talking head). We thought we should make it available to all our readers just in case there was a test later. Today we are learning about St. Francis Xavier and Theodore James Ryken, the main figures in whose vision and leading by example created the Xaverian Brothers.

… St. Francis Xavier and Theodore James Ryken, the main figures in whose vision and leading by example created the Xaverian Brothers. St. Francis Xavier St. Francis Xavier is the patron of the foreign missions. Francis was born in the family castle of Xavier, near Pamplona in the Basque area of Spanish Navarre. He studied at the University of Paris and while studying there, met St. Ignatius of Loyola who Francis considered “the father of his soul” and always considered him a dear friend. It was with Ignatius that Francis founded the Society of Jesus at Montmartre in 1534. In 1540, Francis obediently responded to the call of Ignatius to travel to the Far East and serve as a missionary in that land. There he began preaching to the natives and attempted to reform his fellow Europeans, living among the natives and adopting their customs on his travels. During the next decade he converted tens of thousands to Christianity. In 1551,


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Red Jaguars: Theodore James Ryken (Adam Wilcocki) and St. Francis Xavier (Matt Hurtt) – given the theme of the day and the subject matter, we’ll let you guess which team won the competition. India and the East were set up as a separate Jesuit province and Ignatius made Francis its first provincial. In 1552 he set out for China, landed on the island of Sancian within sight of his goal, but died before he reached the mainland.

Theodore James Ryken Theodore James Ryken, the founder of the Xaverian Brothers, was born August 30, 1797 in the little village of Elshout, North Brabant, Holland, of middle class parents. Left an orphan by the early death of both father and mother, Theodore was reared by a saintly uncle who stamped deeply upon the boy’s character those qualities of faith, zeal for souls and devotion to duty that were prominently associated with his later life. As a young man, Mr. Ryken, although trained as a shoemaker, felt himself called to devote his life to the Christian education of youth, while having no inclination to the priesthood. At the age of thirty four, he went to America to offer his services as a catechist among the missionaries to the Native Americans. It was during the three years he spent in America that he conceived the idea of starting a congregation of brothers to work alongside the missionary priests. With this dream Blue Barracudas: The “Mario Brothers” (Kevin O’Hara and Chris Roy)

in mind, he went back to Europe and drew up a plan. to establish such a society in Belgium a country eminent for missionary zeal. Bishop Rosati of St. Louis encouraged him to found a religious congregation of laymen whose members would labor among all classes of American youth. Mr. Ryken returned to Belgium to begin his work, but his first care on reaching Europe was to journey to Rome to receive the permission and blessing of Pope Gregory XVI. The spirit of the Xaverian Brothers, on the other hand, can be traced to the influence of the Jesuit confessor and counselor of Mr. Ryken, Father Isidore Van de Kerckhove, who drew up the original rules. These were approved by Bishop Boussen in 1841, two years after the foundation of the infant society, known as the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier, or Xaverian Brothers. Finally in 1854, Ryken’s plan of sending brothers to America came true at the invitation of Bishop Martin John Spalding of Louisville, Kentucky. Ryken’s relationship with Spalding was filled with tension and misunderstanding, and it was several years before this first mission in America was up and running. In 180, a crisis arose at the mother house in Bruges, and Ryken was invited by the Bishop of Bruges, Jean Baptiste Malou to tender his resignation. Ryken willingly turned over his office to a younger man, and then spent the last eleven years of his life as a simple subject in the order he had established. Theodore James Ryken died on November 2, 1871 with nine well established communities working among the poor in the cities of Belgium, England and the United States.

Green Monkeys: Representing current students (James Russo and James Hallas) the team finished as runner-up, showing their knowledge of Xaverian history.

Orange Iguanas: St. Patrick (Tom McGee) and St. Ignatius of Loyola (Nick Cosenza)

2007 Graduates, Adam Vess (left) and Peter Shafer

Sports and Academics By Adam Vess ’07


s many of you know I am writing this letter, not as a student at Xavier, but as a freshman at Marist College. I was recruited in high school to take part in Division 1 Cross Country and Track, and it’s basically safe to say that sports is all that I concentrated on for the better part of my four year career at Xavier. While this tactic did bring me some athletic success my academics clearly suffered; just ask Mr. Mike about my physics grade last year. Although slacking in class last year didn’t seem like it was a big deal at the time, it has clearly hurt me. As a freshman at college it is a whole new world. If you don’t want to do homework then nobody cares. Why do you think that you pay for semesters in advance? So if you don’t participate you just fail out then someone else can put their money forward to take your spot quickly. Money is money to the colleges; they don’t care whose it is. That’s the cold truth. This has forced me to create study habits that were basically nonexistent in senior year. And trust me this starting from scratch isn’t easy. Throughout senior year I learned to procrastinate. And unlearning that is not an easy task. I am struggling just to keep my head above water. Now I know that all of you guys are incredibly sick of teachers and faculty saying, “Don’t Senior‑slide.” For your sake I hope you listen. I didn’t. And for those of you seniors and juniors who are starting this “slide” or underclassmen who plan to in years to come, I hope that my testimony can be enough to stop you. It is not worth it and it really just ends up coming back to bite you. Please, learn from my mistakes rather than make them yourself. You will be so much better off. I wish the best of luck to all of you and hope you all have a great year. Editorial note: Adam included this in an e-mail sent to English teacher Mr. John McGrath for publication in the school newspaper saying “with any luck it can do some of the seniors some good.” Last year in the Class LL championship, Adam won the 1600m event, setting a new state record (9:10:48). Adam was named to the SCC All-Conference team and to the Hartford Courant’s All-State Outdoor Track team.

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Dear Alumni and Friends: One of the things that I like best about working at Xavier is being able to interact with many of you in the Xavier community. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been so encouraged by the increased involvement from alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, students and friends of Xavier. Because of your generosity, many young men have achieved and will continue to achieve their goals of becoming Xavier graduates. In the Office of Advancement, we will continue to focus on meeting and talking with members of our community about Xavier’s growth and achievements. I encourage you to become a partner in advancing our mission of forming young men to be challenged academically, spiritually alive, physically sound and technologically aware, whether it is best for you to give of your time or contribute through our Annual Fund Drive. Your support strengthens our efforts to prepare Xavier students to meet today’s challenges and become tomorrow’s leaders. Get involved… Invest in Xavier’s Commitment to Excellence!!

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equests of any size leave an important legacy to Xavier. Should you desire information on estate planning, tax deductions, asset protection, wealth replacement or planned giving options, contact Michael Tommasi ’7, Director of Advancement, at (80) 347‑079 or email All contributions to Xavier High School are tax deductible to the amount limited by law. AnnuAl Fund driVe: The purpose of the AFD is to raise revenues to be used for the enhancement of academic, athletic, financial aid, spiritual and extracurricular programs that Xavier would not be able to afford under normal budgetary constraints. The drive is conducted to encourage present parents, parents of alumni, and friends of Xavier to make a contribution. Suggested giving levels are: Xaverian Founders’ Colleagues* ($100,000 and above); Xaverian Leadership Colleagues* ($50,000–$99,999); Ryken Heritage Council* ($25,000–$49,999); Headmaster’s Council* ($5,000–$24,999); Principal’s Circle* ($2,500–$4,999); Falcon Circle* ($1,000–$2,499); Xavier Associate ($500– $999); St. Joseph Associate ($250–$499); Kestrel Sponsor ($100–$249); Black and White Sponsor (less than $100). *Participants at these levels receive membership in the St. Francis Xavier Society. Pledge payments must be received by the last day of the fiscal year (June 30th) in order to have your name(s) appear in the Annual Report. Alumni AnnuAl Fund driVe: The purpose of this drive is to raise money that can be used as tuition assistance for deserving Xavier students. Graduates are solicited by direct mail and by phone. Pledges must be fulfilled by June 30 of the calendar year to have your name appear in the Annual Report. memoriAlS: A memorial card is sent to the family of the deceased acknowledging your thoughtfulness and generosity. A minimum contribution of $15.00 is suggested. The deceased and his/her family will be remembered in the prayers of the Xaverian Brothers and in special masses offered at Xavier during the year. The deceased and donor will also receive listing in the memorial section of the Annual Report. reStriCted endowment FundS: Numerous funds have been established to honor both living and deceased members of the Xavier community by their families and friends. Interest earned annually from each of these restricted funds is awarded to deserving students in the form of scholarships or financial

aid. Contributions to existing funds, or the establishment of new funds, are welcomed and appreciated. Scholarship Funds which presently exist include the following: Br. Andre Scholarship Bailey/Horn Scholarship Joseph Bordieri Scholarship Boyle Family Scholarship David Brandt Scholarship Brown/Lawton Scholarship C.J. Carrozzella Scholarship Bryan E. Chvisuk Memorial Scholarship Susan G. Ciganek Scholarship Thomas A. Cloutier, Jr. Scholarship Alex Colombo Memorial Scholarship Peter F. Dalton, Jr. Scholarship DesRosier Scholarship Richard Feitel Scholarship Eleanor and Victor Fontanella Scholarship Christian Furstenburg Scholarship Michael Golia Scholarship Harrington Scholarship Ronald Hary Scholarship Victor Ingellis Scholarship Br. Jeremiah Library Fund The Eric J. Kalber Scholarship Thomas Killen Scholarship Arthur Kohs Scholarship Mark C. Kojabash Scholarship Korey Lee Scholarship Rosemary Fuentes Loffredo Scholarship Brian Maguire Campus Ministry Endowment Robert Michalski Scholarship Michael Monea Scholarship William B. Ohmann Scholarship Joseph S. Pagano Scholarship Br. Harold Pray Scholarship John S. and Cecelia Ott Scholarship Mark Rondo Scholarship Mark Schaefer Memorial Scholarship Michael Schilke Scholarship Staff Sgt. Thomas Smith Scholarship Jamie Tillona Scholarship Todeschini Scholarship William E. Wrang Memorial Scholarship Xaverian Brothers Scholarship Xavier Alumni Association Scholarship

Gifts AdditionAl GiFtinG opportunitieS include the Xavier Bell Tower Fund and donations earmarked for the Technology Room Upgrades (see page 17).

Dering ’96 Stays Involved Since we wrote about Joe DeRing ’9 in our first issue of Xavier Today, he has been elected to the Xavier Alumni Association executive committee. Joe was recognized at the December Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast attended by about 900 business and community leaders and guest speaker Governor M. Jodi Rell. On November 13, 2007 The Hartford Courant ran an article by Melissa Pionzio that gave a comprehensive look at Joe and some of his activities. With permission of the Hartford Courant, we wanted to share that with you.

turning lessons of war into Gain At Home By MELISSA PIONZIO Courant Staff Writer November 13, 2007


t has been two months since Army Capt. Joseph DeRing returned home from a year in Afghanistan, and the 30‑year‑ old East Haddam resident is already brimming with plans on how to use his military skills to start a career. “My wife [Maureen] and I are working to launch a sports and leadership center in Middletown,” DeRing said of their vision for an indoor recreation arena. In addition to sports‑related activities, DeRing said he plans to offer youths and adults team‑building activities and other components to help boost confidence and self‑esteem. “It’s going to be a place where we can foster leadership,” he said, “where people can find out what they are made of, and do it in an action sports setting.” DeRing, a native of Portland, has plenty of leadership skills to share. After four years of active duty, which included a year in Iraq, he decided to volunteer with the Individual Ready Reserve, a category of the armed forces composed of former active duty or reserve personnel. “I had already been in active duty for four years, so I wasn’t looking to be deployed again,” said DeRing, who is required through his contract with the Army to serve eight years. “But then my unit got activated to Afghanistan.” His unit, the 41st Infantry Brigade, was given the task of training members of the Afghan army and police force a mission DeRing describes as a challenging but important part of the Afghans’ path to peace. “As my year over there progressed, we had to come to their aid much less. I saw signs of improvement in their ability to conduct combat operations against the Taliban,” he said. “The soldiers themselves, they were always up for a fight, but the civilians just want peace … so they are going to support whoever was going to provide that. “Whatever we did, we pushed the local Afghans and encouraged the people to go to them for help, not to us,” he said. “In some areas, the Taliban did that for us, by burning down a school or a medical center.” Thoughts of his military experiences are never far from his mind, like the soldiers who didn’t make it home, the drastic


Captain Joe DeRing ’96 with his wife Maureen. weather conditions and the varied culture and customs of the people he met and tried to help. But DeRing says he is not plagued by his memories. “There are things that people have seen that they wish they hadn’t, and everyone deals with that in their own way,” he said. “The [state Department of Veterans Affairs] does a wonderful job getting the word out to let people know what services are available. PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) is a big issue. At this point, I am not dealing with that, but that’s not to say that two years down the road it won’t come.” Since his return in September, DeRing has continued to utilize his military training and experience through his work with the National Guard in Niantic, where he trains officer candidates for duty. “It’s been great. I’ve been able to put a real‑world, current operation spin into the classes,” said DeRing, who will complete his commitment to the Army in 2008. “I can’t think of a better way to finish out my time.”

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’82, Peter Turecek ’87, Dave & Molly Lynch ’97, Pietro & Sarah Canetta ’97.


omecoming Weekend kicked off with an evening of Xavier Varsity Football at Palmer Field. All Xavier fans enjoyed an exciting game that was close until Xavier broke it open in the second half defeating Amity 55 to 34. Welcoming was the theme at the Alumni Hospitality Tent Sponsored by the Xavier Alumni Association. Following the football game, Alumni and friends gathered at our alumni‑ owned pubs on Main Street: La Boca (Gary Giannelli ’70), Nikita’s (William Longo ’9) and Hair of the Dog (Walter Stojak ’92) for a “Xavier Block Party.”

Saturday, october 27 Five Year Class Reunions featured celebrations for classes: ’7, ’72, ’77, ’82, ’87,

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’92, ’97, and ’02. Members of these five year anniversary classes came together to rekindle old friendships, swap stories and see how Xavier has grown. Only the classes of ’92 and ’02 were not represented. A small but spirited group enjoyed an evening with a casual atmosphere, buffet dinner, beer and wine in the

Galluzzo Media Center. Alums attending were: Michael Tommasi ’7, Frank Marsilli ’72, Lou Calamari ’72, Dick Augustine ’72, Mike Marino ’72, John Amato ’72, Peter La Malfa ’77, Stevan Hickox ’77, Joe Gilbert ’77, Michael Drysgula ’77, Carl Pitruzzello ’77, Gary Szewczyk ’77, William Landers ’77, John Gilbert ’77, Paul Bruni ’82, William Brewer ’82, Jim Krupke ’82, John Nann

To close the weekend, members of the Xavier community gathered to celebrate mass and remember our deceased alumni and all other members of the Xavier community. Prior to mass a memorial ceremony was held in honor of Thomas Maloney ’73. Many of his family and friends were present for a tree blessing. (See the related story on next page.) Father Greg Galvin, Diocesan Vocation Director and former school chaplain, presided over both the memorial service and Mass. After mass, all adjourned to St. Joseph Dining Hall for brunch sponsored by the Alumni Association.

A small but spirited group enjoyed an evening with a casual atmosphere…


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Calling the Classes of ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, and ’03 All members of the graduating classes with a year ending in 3’s and 8’s should save the date during next year’s Homecoming weekend october 17, 18 & 19, 2008 for your class reunion. We plan to schedule the reunions on the Saturday (10/18/08). If you would like to get involved in the planning stages for those reunions, please contact Joe Lane ’95, Assistant Director of Advancement, 860-347-6079 or advancement@xavierhighschool.or

A Sad Footnote to the Homecoming/ reunion Weekend


Mary Maloney with family and friends for tree dedication.

ary E. Maloney, 85, wife of the late Thomas J. Maloney, died Tuesday, October 30, 2007 in Meriden. She had resided in Meriden for the past 47 years. Many will remember her when she was employed by Mercy High School as a secretary. On Sunday the 28th, she had attended the dedication of a tree in memory of her son, Thomas M. Maloney ’73. The dedication had been spearheaded through the efforts and generosity of David Leone ’73. In a letter to David from Tom’s sister Peggy, she shared these thoughts: “David, thank you so much for the beautiful day we all shared on Sunday!! It was so good of all of you to do this for Tom and to be there with us. “…please know how grateful we are that Mom had such a special day on Sunday. …she really was at the top of her game on Sunday …she even stayed up and watched the entire Red Sox game on Sunday night. “Again, thanks for the special day she enjoyed on Sunday. It will be one of our best memories of her. We know she is in a better place.”

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Junior Career Night


n Thursday, February 7th, Xavier held its annual Junior Career Night. Based on the careers students suggested, Joe Lane ’95, Assistant Director of Advancement contacted alumni, former speakers and others who might be willing to make a presentation to them. Since this is Xavier’s 44th year of educating young men, we want to show our students how deep our roots go by giving them a wide selection of careers to choose from. This year, 20 careers were represented. National Honor Society members introduced each presenter at the start of their sessions.

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Special thanks to our speakers: Accounting Steven A. DeMartino ’87

Forensic Science Bob O’Brien

Architecture Brooks Fischer

Lawyer David Tycz ’94

Business Peter Mondani ’75

Military Craig Nowak ’87

Computer Science Joseph Guerra ’84

Pharmacist Joe Bordonaro ’76

Culinary Arts Luke Murphy

Physical Therapy Todd Roberts ’83

Doctor Greg Bonaiuto ’84 Tim O’Brien ’97

Police Local Michael Perruccio ’92

DEA Agent Mark Kaczynski Engineering Civil/Mechanical Kenneth Kells Guy Russo ’73 FBI Agent Claudia Mannix Financial Advisor/Stock Broker James M. Rapuano ’00


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Police State Michael Hassett ’88 Radio DJ/Communications Don DeCesare Sales & Marketing Michael D’Aquila ’83 Teacher Ryan Boothroyd ’00

shares the ma Steven A. DeMartino ’87 accounting field.

CAlendAr itemS Easter Sunday March 23

Spring Vacation April 21 – 25

Final Ad Book Holiday March 24

Spring Fine Arts Event May 8

Planned Giving Informational Meeting April 9 Night of Swing April 11 Arturo O’Farrill, “Night of Swing” Guest Pianist

Graduation May 18 Undergrad Exams End June 6

more Alumni news… 1970s Frederick Kroll ’73, has spent 27 years as a Electrical contractor that specialized in theatrical lighting, then went back to college and received a degree in Environmental Toxicology. Fred says, “I still didn’t feel I reached my full potential, so I went back to another college, Yale University as an undergraduate graduating with a BA in American studies along with a minor in African studies. From there I went back to school again and received my real estate license and now I am currently working for Coldwell Banker Coast & Country Real Estate in Guilford, CT. Wanted to let you know this because I wasn’t an “A” student at Xavier, but because I went to Xavier I did retain the skills needed to excel later in life.” Thanks Fred! …and continued success. Patrick Augeri ’74 was inducted into the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame on January 31 noting his accomplishments in track at Xavier and UConn. Nick Bordieri ’78 was inducted into the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame on January 31 noting his accomplishments in football at Xavier and Trinity. Lieutenant Commander Carl Manemeit ’78 was inadvertently listed in the “Xavier Remembers” section of the November Headmaster’s Newsletter. Carl resides in Virginia and says, “I am not gone yet, but my father (same name) passed in September 2001.” Carl is on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a Medical Service Corps Officer serving as a Hospital Administrator. His son Thomas was recently commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Engineering Officer.

1980s Matthew J. Aresco ’81 has a new job as Director of Nikuse Plantation, a 48,000 acre nature preserve in the Florida panhandle. He took this job after earning his PhD from Florida State University in Biological science in 2005. He is married to Margaret Gunzburger, also a FSU grad, and they are expecting their first child in March.

Jeff O’Sullivan ’81 was recently recruited by Morgan Stanley as part of the expansion of their global wealth management group. He will work in the firm’s Bangor, Maine, office. Joseph J. Barone, Jr. ’84 was inducted into the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame on January 31 noting his accomplishments in baseball and football at Xavier and baseball at El Reno JC in Oklahoma, Southern CT State and the Middletown American Legion. Steven T. Anderson R.Ph. ’85 and his wife, Katy, announce the birth of their first child, Isabella Grace, born July 23, 2007. 8 lbs 15 oz. Steven lives in Bellingham, MA and is still working for Walgreens (19 Years) as a Pharmacist. Dr. Christopher T. Yeaw ’86 is an Associate Professor & Senior Strategic Researcher at the U.S. Naval War College in RI. Major Douglas J. Bayley ’87 is Assistant Professor of Astronautics and Systems Division Chief, Department of Astronautics, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He also serves as Advisor in Charge of the Space Operations Major where, he is principally involved in the development of three new capstone courses for the Space Operations Major. He also serves as the Officer in Charge of the Falcon Satellite program ground station (FalconOPS). As Systems Division Chief, he leads 10 faculty members in developing and teaching 7 college-level courses in Astronautical Engineering. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Kelly and 4 children. They have been married since 1998. Interesting story from the mother of Kevin Behilo ’88 “…He went to UCONN, studied software engineering, works for a company from New York City, but is currently in China indefinitely! Meanwhile, his wife works for GE. She is currently in Japan. …A globe-trotting couple that started out in Middletown.” Sgt. Michael Hassett ’88 was promoted to his present rank with

What’s New? winter 2008 Have you moved, changed jobs, married, earned a degree, had a baby and not let us know? Well, we’d like to hear from you. Please take a minute to fill out the form below so that we may update our records and let your fellow alumni know how (and where) you are. Mail to: John Guerin, Xavier High School, 181 Randolph Rd., Middletown, CT. 06457. Email: Or call: (860) 347-6079 Name ___________________________________________ Class Year ______ Address __________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip _____________________________________________________ Phone # Home_________________________ Work _______________________ Email _____________________________________________________________ Employed by _______________________________________________________ Position___________________________________________________________ College/University attending _________________________________________ Major/Degree _____________________________________________________ NEWS ____________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Signature ____________________________________ Date________________

the CT State Police in October. He is stationed at Troop E in Montville and spent more than 7 years as resident state trooper in East Haddam. Todd Kretzschmar ’88, a pilot with AT&T, recently moved from Georgia to Texas with his wife, Michele, and their 4 year old son, Alex. William Savinelli ’88 is employed by Rushford Center, Middletown, CT as Director of Adult Addiction Services. He has worked at Rushford Center for 10 years and was promoted last May. He and his wife Amy were also blessed with the birth of their 3rd child Madelyn Rose Savinelli. Her brothers Will, 8, and Jake, 6, are very pleased with the addition to the family. Continued on page 28

Hey mom & dad! Are you still getting your son’s mail at home? We’ve had several people mention that they receive two or more copies of mailings (Xavier Today included). In most of those cases, we find that an alumnus has moved from home and has not updated his mailing address. If you prefer to receive his mail and give it to him (as when he is away temporarily at college etc.), that’s fine. But if he is out on his own, please help us to update his contact information by using the “What’s New” form above or giving us a call at 860-347-6079. If there appear to be other reasons for the duplicate copies, let us know and we’ll do our best to correct the matter. Thank you for your help.

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1990s Stephen Bayley ’93 recently finished his Master of Science degree in e-Commerce from University of Maryland. He is also the Director of Information Technology at St. Vincent College in Bridgeport, CT.  He lives in Cromwell with his wife of 2 years, Elki. Michael Dickman ’93 is an Army physician stationed at Fort Belvoir, VA, where he lives with his wife of 7 years, Tara, and their four children. Christopher Nocera ’95 is a Doctor of Pharmacy and currently working on a second Doctorate in Psychology at Yale. Army Captain Francis X. Sperl III ’97 is currently deployed to camp Victory, Bagdad, Iraq. Frank is commander of the HHC, 18th Military Police Brigade. This is his second deployment to Iraq. Frank is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. degree in Economics.

2000s Jon Eckels ’07 is at the University of Hartford. In a note to Miss Vitale, his mom says “Jon is just loving the art life at school. He’s in the honors college and doing excellent there… I just wanted you to know how well he’s doing and how happy he is there. And it is due in large part to you, and to Xavier.” David Giglio ’07 is in Pre-Law at the University of Scranton. In the first semester he attained Dean’s List with a 3.64 GPA.  David also earned a position as an infielder on the baseball team.


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Ms. Fayne Elizabeth Erickson, mother of Ryan Erickson-Kulas ’07, passed away January 25, 2008 unexpectedly, at Hartford Hospital. J. Paul Hickey, father of Jay Hickey ’76 and Charles Hickey ’82 and grandfather of Dan Hickey ’08. Helen Kmietek, 87, of Middletown, grandmother of Jeffrey Kmietek ’09, died February 2, 2008. Richard E. Krupke, 72, father of Jeffrey ’77, John ’77 and James ’82 died February 16, 2008 in Newport, RI. Mary E. Maloney, 85, mother of the late Thomas M. Maloney ’73 and wife of the late Thomas J. Maloney, died Oct. 30, 2007, in Meriden. C.J. “Larry” Marino, 99, father of Anthony Marino ’70 and grandfather of Colin Murray ’00, passed away February 3, 2008 at Middlesex Health Care Center in Middletown after a brief illness. Among his many community and religious awards, he was recipient of the St. Francis Xavier Award and was inducted into the Xavier High School Hall of Honors in 1991. Mr. Jack McCarthy, brother of Sr. Mary McCarthy, principal of Mercy High School, passed away in November.

George McLean ’90 Yearbook Photo

Andrew D. Romegialli Sr. ’69 Yearbook Photo

Dr. Thomas Sullivan ’77 Yearbook Photo

Mary Lou H. Murphy, 74, of Cromwell, wife of David Murphy, died on October 27, 2007. She was grandmother of John Wolak ’09 and David Wolak ’11. Her daughter Mary Wolak, Mercy ’78 is married to Frank Wolak ’78. Marjorie K. O’Connor, mother of alum William O’Connor ’76. Elizabeth O’Dair, aunt of Brother William, C.F.X. Mrs. Kathleen Patterson, mother of Matthew ’05 and Kristopher ’09, passed away January 28, 2008. Andrew D. Romegialli Sr. ’69, age 56, passed away Feb. 10, 2008. Thomas J. Shea, father of Thomas ’76, Michael ’77, and James ’84 died January 1, 2008 at Middlesex Hospital. Mr. David Skinner, father of Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Debbie Gargano, passed away on December 25, 2007. Dr. Thomas Sullivan ’77, father of Brandon Sullivan ’10, passed away suddenly December 29, 2007. Marie (Mary) Vinci, 90, grandmother of Michael J. Turner ’91 died Saturday, February 23, 2008.

George McLean ’09 of Wallingford, died in a automobile accident January 20, 2008.

Thomas J. Shea, father of Thomas ’76, Michael ’77, and James ’84 died January 1. He attended Texas A&M, the University of California, the University of Notre Dame, and Wesleyan University where he was awarded bachelors and masters degrees in engineering and liberal arts. He served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve flying with several carrier squadrons. After beginning his professional career at IBM with the development of the first large electronic computers, Tom joined Pratt & Whitney Aircraft where he was a project engineer in the nuclear engine, space power plants and fuel cell programs. He completed his career as a facility manager in the manufacturing division in 1993. The family requested that memorial contributions may be made to Xavier High School, 181 Randolph Rd., Middletown, CT 06457 or to Mercy High School, 1740 Randolph Rd., Middletown, CT 06457 or the Middlesex Hospital Weiss Hospice Unit, c/o Dept. of Philanthropy, 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457.

The New SFX Society is Underway As of February 22, 2008, the following have been recognized as members of the 2007 – 2008 St. Francis Xavier Society. Chesterfield Charitable Foundation Dr. Richard A. Rendich Educational Fund Mr. Scott Adams ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Scott G. Algiere Mr. and Mrs. R. Bruce Andrews Mr. and Mrs. Gene L. Brown Chief Ed Brymer and Attorney Geraldine A. Roberts Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Burke Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Byrne, ’80 Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Calamari ’72 Attorney and Mrs. Christopher Carrozzella Mr. and Mrs. John T. Coates ’69 Mr. and Mrs. James Cunningham Mr. John P. Custy ’70 Mr. Todd R. Darling ’85 Mrs. Phyllis E. Dawe Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. DelFavero Mr. Jeffrey R. DelFavero ’78 Mr. and Mrs. Anthony DeLucia Mr. and Mrs. Edwin DesRosiers Mr. Jeffrey A. Dooley ’81 Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Douglas J. Farrington Dr. and Mrs. Vincent J. Fazzino Mr. Robert B. Fitch III ’82 Dr. and Mrs. Edward P. Fitzpatrick Anonymous Dr. Robert A. Frank ’79 Mr. and Mrs. David R. Fusco Mr. and Mrs. Keith Garabedian Mr. and Mrs. William H. Garrity Mr. and Mrs. Jack W. Gastler ’74 Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gillies Mr. Robert D. Guere ’81 Lieutenant John W. Hannen, Jr. ’74 Mr. William J. Hannigan ’77 Mr. & Mrs. and Peter Harding Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell L. Heffernan Mr. and Mrs. Brian J. Hetherington, ’81 Brother J. Robert Houlihan C.F.X. Mr. and Mrs. Mark E. Hurtt Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Improta Estate of Loretta K. Ingersoll Mr. Robert G. Kalber ’74 Mrs. Sheri Kalber-Amato Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Kilpatrick Mr. and Mrs. Peter LaMalfa, Sr.

Mr. Peter W. LaVigne ’71 Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. David A. Leone ’73 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lion, Sr. Dr. Anthony J. Loffredo ’87 Dr. William A. Longo ’69 Mr. Timothy Loughlin ’84 Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas G. Macol Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Mahar Mr. and Mrs. Jay F. Malcynsky Attorney and Mrs. Joseph D. Marino ’73 Mr. Kevin McGovern ’89 Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence McHugh Mrs. Evelyn Z. Mondani Mr. and Mrs. Andrew R. Nardone ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Orsina Mr. and Mrs. John S. Ott Estate of Bernard and Virginia Pacholski Mr. James P. Parmelee ’84 Mr. Thomas M. Patton ’82 Mr. Michael Picard ’83 Dr. and Mrs. Richard Pugliese Mr. Raymond R. Quintin ’77 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Raffele, ’70 Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Ricciuti Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rondo Mr. and Mrs. Kevin F. Russell Mr. Everett J. Rutan ’70 Dr. Perry Sangalli Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth F. Sarpu ’79 Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Sczurek Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Serrano Mr. and Mrs. Chris Shane Mr. and Mrs. Robert Slattery Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Smith ’76 Mrs. Rosemary A. Strekel Mrs. Henrietta Suzio Mr. and Mrs. Guy J. Tommasi, Jr. ’75 Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Turner ’91 Mr. Edward P. Tynan ’67 Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wills Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Wrinn ’71 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Yandow Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Zadroga ’74

SFX Gifts of $1,000 or more per year (July 1 – June 30) to the Annual Fund Drive earn the donor membership in Xavier’s Saint Francis Xavier Society.


Pictured with Brother William and Principal William Garrity — First row (l-r): Matthew J. Gueble ’10, Nicholas A. Roberto ’10, Eric S. Troiano ’08, Matthew C. Bruckerhoff ’08, Andrew J. Yandow ’10, Tyler R. Magaziner ’10, Samuel E. Braun ’09, and Lutjon Celkupa ’09. Second row (l-r): Kyle L. Rigali ’09, Marc J. Savino ’10, Nicholas E. Flynn ’10, Tucker C. Landy ’10, Kevin S. Landers ’10, Michael J. Bellows ’08, Gregory J. Witz ’10 and Philip D. Corriveau ’10. (See the NHS story on page 6.)

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