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The Year of Mercy, established by Pope Francis, has been a marvelous experience for the Church at large to understand the love of God and the power of Jesus Christ to lead us and to protect us. There is so much conflict, loss of life, destruction in the world today because there is so little paternal love and mercy. At the beginning of his service as Pope, Pope Francis gave this metaphor for the Church and the world: He said, “The Church should be a field hospital in the midst of the world’s conflicts!” This means that we are there where people are hurting, where they have been abandoned, where they are lost. It is so tempting to stay within the confines of ecclesiastic safety in a calm social situation. However, the Gospel calls us to go where the pain is and to apply to others the mercy of Christ, a mercy that we ourselves have received. It is part of our Catholic educational philosophy that we want to initiate our students, who are entering the prime of life, to understand both

ends of the life cycle - children and young adults that do not enjoy the full opportunities that our students have, young people who are burdened with many types of physical or mental disabilities. To deal with them, to play with them, to realize their need for support is a very strong part of the Kellenberg mission. Likewise, it is important for them to understand our aging population. Our senior citizens also need care, concern, and love. In the course of the year, we visit a number of facilities to meet with the residents, to bring them the Eucharist, and to celebrate certain festivals with them, such as Halloween, Christmas, etc. Some of our students visit these facilities every week. The residents look forward to their coming, since many of them have very few visitors in the course of a week. A highlight of our year is the “Senior Prom” that we have with the residents of Our Lady Queen of Peace, run by the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Queens. At Thanksgiving, we generate a very large collection of health items for these residents in these homes. The Sisters come with one or two of the residents and speak to the student body at the Thanksgiving Mass. This year, the resident who came to the Freshman Mass to receive these gifts was Mrs. Audrey Gillen, mother of Brother Michael Gillen in our Community and a member of the Kellenberg staff. In my last newsletter, I indicated that we were getting very close to obtaining the lease for what we now call St. Charles Field, located on the southwest corner of Hempstead Turnpike and Glenn Curtiss Boulevard. We did hold to our schedule and closed on the lease in early December. The lease is for sixty-nine years and will serve as a very needed open field for athletic needs. Over the past

few months we have been renovating the southern part of the field and doing a good deal of landscaping for it. It allows us to have two full football/soccer fields, one on each side. We intend to also put a track around the perimeter that would be for football and soccer, as well as for our various forms of track. From our website, which continues to grow under the direction of Mr. Eric Harnisch, you were acquainted with the feverish end of the spring sports season. So many of our teams advanced to the finals. It was touch and go for many of them. The whole athletic program was one of happiness, competence, and success. This summer’s work will see the conclusion of redoing the last classrooms in vinyl sheet rock and wood, replacing the cement cinder block. This will end a five year period of classroom renovation. One of our major projects this summer will be the installation of the Way of the Cross on a piece of property behind our Cross, which we call “the valley.” It is in the final staging plans at the moment. As you know, we keep St. Martin de Porres Marianist School under our wing! They have been a very successful and happy school. Some of the first graduates are now in college and some have graduated from college. Last summer and through the school year, we have effected some major renovations for the school - a totally new heating installation for the whole school and a new heating/air conditioning installation for the Commons, the former auditorium/gymnasium. Our summer work is scheduled for the installation of a new fire alarm system. The existing system is as old as the building, namely, sixty-one years old, and must be updated according to the code. You also see from our website that continued on page 31

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President James McBrien ’89 Vice President Hilary (Cunningham) McDevitt ’93 Vice President Patricia Kearney ’97 Vice President Kelly (Agostinacchio) Forquignon ’99 Vice President John Scatamacchia ’00 EDITORIAL Editor in Chief Mr. Thomas Huggard Editorial Assistant Mrs. Beth Campbell Creative Director Amanda (Rances) Wang ’96

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GRADUATING CLASS OF 2016 The 29th Commencement Exercises of Kellenberg Memorial took place on Sunday, June 5th at Hofstra University. In their addresses to their classmates, Daniel Ruescher, recipient of the Brother Richard J. Hughes, S. M. Valedictorian Award, and Tara Noble, recipient of the Father Francis T. Keenan, S. M. Salutatorian Award, reminded them of all they have accomplished and encouraged them for all the challenges that lie ahead. This year’s class celebrated a total of 543 graduates with countless awards and scholarships. Congratulations to our newest alumni! Photo below: Kevin McCaffery and Maddie McCabe find the camera; bottom left: Father Philip presents James Hilepo and Christel Remy Kuck with the General Excellence Award.

YEARBOOK DEDICATION This year’s Blue & Gold yearbook was dedicated to Mr. Kevin A’Hearn (left). Mr. A’Hearn began his career as a teacher at Kellenberg Memorial during the 1989/90 school year. Along with the many other jobs he has undertaken during his tenure at KMHS, his greatest passion has always been for teaching American History. Congratulations Mr. A’Hearn!

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General Excellence Award James Matthew Hilepo & Cristel Remy Ongjoco Kuck

Edward J. Dunn Student Athlete Award & the Paul T. Zois Athletic Scholarship Robert Russell Weissheier & Katherine Margaret Calabro

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BACCALAUREATE MASS Before the Commencement Exercises, the graduating class gathered with family and friends as a community of faith for the Baccalaureate Mass. Father Philip was the principal celebrant where he offered words of wisdom to the seniors in his homily. At the end of the Mass, the seniors took part in a moving candle-lighting ceremony as they received a final blessing. From left to right: Michael Shumacher and Ryan Rodriguez; Father Philip leads the Eucharistic Prayer; Mia Dempsey and Jackie McKeon-Castañeda.

CARRYING ON THE TRADITION With another graduation complete, and a new batch of Kellenberg Alumni, we are proud of the dozens of students of the Class of 2016 who have siblings or parents that are also alumni of Kellenberg. Photos clockwise from upper left: Johnny Ryan with Cailey ’11 and Conall ’13; Jon Michael Connolly with his sisters Rachael ’11, Joanna ’12, and Shannon ’14; Peter Lawless with his father, Michael ’89; Kristen and Thomas Gensinger '14; Julia and Amanda Barroca '12; Eddie Cramsie celebrates with his sisters, Kara ’13 and Meghan ’12.

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SENIOR SEND-OFF One of the big highlights before graduation is the Senior Send-Off. For the last 10 years the Senior Class has spent an evening sailing around Manhattan aboard a cruise ship, enjoying a night of dinner, dancing, and spectacular views. The evening was filled with friends gathering to celebrate the four years they have had together and all the wonderful memories they have shared. Clockwise from top left: Alex Kideris, Kelly Labeck, Antonia Ciuffo, and Anna-Kate Flood; Jonathan Belen tears up the dance floor; Mr. Kevin Buckley with Ian Driscoll and Christopher Turner; Anika Samuels, Jesalyn Domenech, and Imani Ledgister.

SENIOR TRIP TO DISNEY From May 5th through May 8th the Senior Class enjoyed Disney in true Kellenberg style. A first night highlight was a private event at Typhoon Lagoon. Friday featured Epcot by day and a private event at Hollywood Studios at night. Saturday featured the Magic Kingdom during the day, but for many the best portion of the trip occurred that evening. It began with a class Mass, celebrated by Father Philip. After Mass, everyone was transported over to Universal Studios to enjoy Harry Potter World for a special exclusive evening - a first for any high school! Below: Mr. Michael Tahany enjoys Typhoon Lagoon with some of his students; Julie Scuderi and Erin Lyons enjoy some (non-alcoholic) butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.

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ONE HEART - ONE MIND BENEFIT OUTING On a beautiful sun-drenched Monday, June 6, 2016, KMHS celebrated its 25th Benefit Outing, under the direction of Mrs. Jill Mollitor and Mrs. Eileen Vogel. The day began with over 360 golfers teeing off on three of Long Island’s premiere courses - The Seawane Club, Rockaway Hunt Club, and Lawrence Yacht and Country Club. After golf, over 500 gathered back at The Seawane Club for cocktails and a lavish dinner on the outside patio overlooking the course. A record number of alumni turned out for this year’s event. During the dinner, spirited live and silent auctions helped to produce the most successful outing in school history!

Row 1: A record number of KMHS alumni supported this year’s Outing. Row 2: Walter Wright with his sons, Matthew ’02, Jonathan ’08, and Walter ’99; Brian Twomley ’96, Gio Castelli ’15, Chris Alfalla ’94, and Mr. Kevin A’Hearn; Patrick Healy ’10 and Kevin Hanifan. Row 3: Past Chairpersons are recognized for their past contributions; Joseph Fiore ’09, Nicholas Fiore ’11, Michael Brennan ’10 and Daniel Brennan ’09; 2016 Benefit Outing Chairs - Amy (Broghammer) Stabile ’97 and Daniel Szalai ’93.

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MAKING MUSIC IN D.C. Under the direction of Mr. Clark Blanton, Mr. Sean Vegas, and Mr. Robert Taffet members of the Chorus, Band, and Orchestra programs traveled to Washington D.C. and gave an outdoor concert at the Navy Memorial over Memorial Day weekend. The trip also included a day at Six Flags America amusement park in Maryland.

JUNIOR BLOOD DRIVE On May 25th, KMHS held its annual blood drive for the junior class under the direction of Mrs. Elizabeth Finn ’98 and Mr. Joseph Beyrouty ’92. A total of 177 people donated blood, many for the first time, saving 648 lives in the process. Photos left to right: Nasser Gonzalez ’17 refuels after donating; Juniors Patrick LaRosa, Maureen Pearson, A.J. Gallego, James Mahon, and Bridget Murphy are happy to give!

MAY CROWNING On May 31st, the student body gathered outside the front steps of the school for the annual May Crowning prayer service. This year, Mrs. Diane Page, an English teacher in the Latin School, had the honor of crowning the statue of Mary by the main entrance, with the help of Father Tom and the Floral Park Fire Department. Mrs. Page spoke to the students of her long devotion to our Blessed Mother.

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NEW EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS May 19th saw the commissioning of nearly 50 juniors as Eucharistic Ministers. In that capacity, they will serve at all school Masses. In addition, they will assist at the daily Mass each morning, participate in Eucharistic Adoration each Monday after school, and distribute Holy Communion to residents at nearby assisted living facilities. After their commissioning, the new Eucharistic Ministers were joined by their families in the Millennium Room for a light breakfast. Bottom photos from left: Chazz Rahynes ’17 celebrates with his family; Patrick Wilson ’17 receives congratulations from his brother and mother.

SQUIRE SEND-OFF The Squires celebrated the completion of their years together in the Brother Joseph C. Fox Latin School with a dinner-dance on June 14th. Photos below: Miss Victoria Pisciotta ’08, a Physical Science teacher in the Latin School, wishes her former students well; a few of the Squires enjoy dinner and a few laughs.

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BOYS BASKETBALL The Kellenberg Memorial High School Boys Basketball program was recently honored by International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) Long Island Board #41 with the James Greene Sportsmanship Award for the 2015-2016 season. This award is given each year to the Long Island high school basketball program that excels above and beyond expectations of sportsmanship, integrity, and honor in high school basketball. This is the fourth year in a row the school has won the award which represents the highest praise an official organization can give to a school’s basketball program. KMHS Athletic Director Mr. John Fechtmann with the entire Boys Basketball program.

SOFTBALL The Kellenberg Memorial Varsity Softball Team, under the direction of Mr. Kenneth Conrade, hosted its annual benefit softball game on Sunday, April 30th. This year the game was held at Bob Klein Field against Oceanside High School. The team raised over $5,300 from ticket sales, raffles, and merchandise that day to benefit Northwell Health’s Cohen Children’s Hospital.

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GIRLS GOLF The Kellenberg Golf Team, under the direction of Mr. Keith Doran, has come a long way over the past nine years. The team began with one girl back in 2007 and now is a team of champions. Kellenberg won its second consecutive regular season title and third in four years with a 4.5-0.5 win over St. Anthony’s. The team had four team members qualify for the CHSAA State Tournament at Silver Lake Golf Course on Staten Island.

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BOYS VOLLEYBALL BLUE & GOLD Under the direction of Head Coach Mr. John Heitner, the Kellenberg Boys Varsity Volleyball team won its third championship in five years. This time the team defeated top-seeded St. Anthony’s in the finals.

On Saturday, May 21st the 29th annual Blue and Gold Show amazed the audience at Hofstra Arena with the talents of so many students. “It’s a BLUEtiful Life” and “Rockin around the GOLDen Tree” came to life in a highly entertaining evening. Gold Team Captains Gabrielle Caracciolo and Rosemary Mulry celebrate a GTV!

VARSITY BASEBALL The Kellenberg Varsity Baseball Team took on No.2 St. Anthony’s this year for the championship in late May. Kellenberg swept the best of three game series by the scores of 4-0 and 5-4. Head Coach Christopher Alfalla ’94 was named the NSCHSAA Baseball Coach of the year.

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COMMUNION BREAKFASTS The students from 10th, 11th and 12th grade and their families joined together on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016 for their annual Communion Breakfast. Palm Sunday Mass was celebrated in a filled auditorium followed by a lovely breakfast in the cafeteria. Brother Kenneth introduced Kevin Becker and his parents as the guest speakers for the breakfast. Kevin suffered a major brain trauma and was in a coma for nine days. His parents were told by the doctors that he had a very small survival chance, and if he did survive, he would not be the same person as he was before the accident. The Becker Family told of the miracle they believed was delivered through the Novena to Blessed Pier Georgio Frassati that helped Kevin make a full recovery from the accident. Kevin said the greatest thing he learned from all this was to “never doubt the power of God.” Below: Brother Kenneth with the Becker Family; Eucharistic Minister Grace Kronenberg ’16 distributes palms at Mass.

On Sunday, March 13th the students in grade 6 through 9 and their families were invited to the annual Communion Breakfast. The morning began with a Mass celebrated in the auditorium, followed by the breakfast in the cafeteria. At the end of breakfast Brother Kenneth introduced the guest speaker, Ms. Victoria Ruvolo. Ms. Ruvolo was the victim of a horrific teenage prank. A group of teenage boys threw a 20 pound turkey through the windshield of Ms. Ruvolo’s car, causing life-threatening injuries. In the spirit of the Year of Mercy, Ms. Ruvolo spoke about her ability to forgive; she also explained how she asked the court to show “mercy” to the young man who was responsible. “Forgiving him helped me move on,” she explained. Above: Ms. Victoria Ruvolo shares her powerful story; the family of Sergio Arreaga ’19 with Brother Michael and Brother James enjoy the Communion Breakfast. 12

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LENTEN TRADITION Before the start of Lent with Ash Wednesday, Kellenberg gets into the spirit of “Fat Tuesday,” or Mardi Gras, with a huge celebration. During the lunch periods students dress up in traditional Mardi Gras costumes and hand out candy to all the students on their way to lunch. It is a fun Christian tradition of one “last hurrah” before the traditional fasting that takes place during Ash Wednesday and Lent.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season for all Catholics. The Kellenberg community throughout the day gathered in the Auditorium for a prayer service led by Father Thomas, and then received ashes. Ash Wednesday is a day for fasting beginning our preparation for Easter. We are reminded of the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert. Above: Brother Michael distributes ashes during the Lenten Prayer Service.

On Friday, March 11th, Kellenberg students in the Latin School were invited to a special evening to take time out during Lent to look at and grow closer in their relationship with God. The students started the evening with snacks, then watched videos and took part in skits about God and their relationships. Before sitting down to dinner in the cafeteria, they played games on the field with the teachers. After dinner the students were directed into the auditorium for Eucharistic Adoration. The XLT Band set the tone for the students as they entered and Father Thomas led the Adoration.

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20TH ANNIVERSARY OF KAPA On Sunday, April 17, 2016 the KMHS Alumni Parents Association celebrated its 20th year. KAPA provides a special opportunity for the parents of alumni of Kellenberg to maintain their connection with the school even after their sons or daughters have graduated. Since this is the 20th year of KAPA, a Mass and brunch were held in the Kellenberg cafeteria to mark the milestone. Right: The Mass to celebrate the special anniversary of KAPA was celebrated by Deacon John Ford, KAPA Moderator Father Albert Bertoni, and Father Philip Eichner.

WELCOME CLASS OF 2016 PARENTS While the Seniors were busy in Disney, on Saturday, May 7th their parents were invited to a Cocktail Social welcoming them to the Kellenberg Alumni Parents Association. As a special treat, the students and chaperones made a video with highlights from Disney and a special “Thank You” message for their parents. Left: Mary Lou and Robert Ruescher join Karen and Michael Simons for a wonderful night to celebrate their graduating seniors and the next phase in their relationship with Kellenberg; Kim and Russell Weissheier and Michael and Eileen Sapraicone take some time to recall all they have been part of at Kellenberg over the years.

KAPA NIGHT AT THE RACES The members of KAPA were joined by some residents of the Meadows to enjoy a Night at the Races on April 30th. The event was held in the school cafeteria and included a sports dinner, 10 video races, and dessert. Traditional hot dogs were also served between the races. It was an enjoyable evening shared by many with good friends and fun. This year also marks the end of Kathy and Tony Paternostro’s 10 year term, which included two years as Board Presidents, and eight years on the Past President’s Council. A huge “Thank You” to them for all their hard work and dedication over the years. Right: Marion Samson, Liz Boylan and Mildred Castaneda are decked out in their traditional Race Day hats, ready to sell some raffles. 14

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SENIOR TRANSITIONS PROGRAM This spring, the members of the Senior class participated in the Senior Transitions Program here at Kellenberg. Senior Transitions, a program developed a few years ago, allows the seniors to attend lectures about making informed choices in real world scenarios. The three sessions of the Senior Transitions program include talks about money and finances, their rights in the legal system, and the dangers of substance abuse. Below: Attorney Mr. Richard Kerins, Esq. with Kellenberg Memorial High School seniors.

JUNIOR CAREER NIGHT On May 3rd, the Junior Class took part in the annual Career Night. Each spring, Father Albert Bertoni invites numerous alumni and parents from different fields to provide the juniors with an overview about different careers and fields to pursue. The juniors have an opportunity to sit in on three different sessions, listen to the speaker and then ask questions. This year’s program featured different 37 speakers, of which 31 were KMHS alumni. Below: Kerry (Johnson) Cloughen ‘04 - Video Production; Stephanie (Pierce) Minero ’04 - Forensic Science; Stephen Higgins ’92 - Advertising; Major Vincent Duenas ’01 - United States Army

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THAT CANCELED THE PROM by Mr. Alex Basile

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November, I am invited to conduct a catechetical workshop for the Archdiocese of Newark at Paramus Catholic High School. Attendees at this conference are religious education teachers for grades 1 through 12. Without fail, at every workshop, one person will approach me and ask, “Aren’t you the teacher from the school that canceled its prom?” The conversation usually continues with praise on the importance of bringing stability to the lives of young people. Even more than ten years after the initial cancellation, there still is a buzz about “the school that took a stand against the culture.” When Kellenberg Memorial decided to cancel the prom, strong feelings were expressed on both sides of the issue. Of course, many students felt that an important rite (or maybe even better stated "right") of passage had been unfairly taken away. The 16

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popular cultural notion certainly existed that the prom was an essential element of the senior year experience. However, there was a multitude in favor of the prom’s cancellation. When the press grabbed hold of this countercultural announcement, it became national news. Letters poured in from around the country. Most of the correspondence was positive and praised the school’s administration for canceling an event that had morphed into something that contradicted the philosophy of the school and its Christian values. Since I taught seniors, there was (what seemed like) an endless dialogue in class about the matter. Many students pleaded their case and hoped that the school would reverse its decision. I related my own experience of the Kellenberg prom. Every year, my wife and I attended the prom at EAB Plaza (now Rexcorp). The prom was held in the beautiful atrium. The DJ was set up on the ground floor

and food was served on the second floor. We began to notice that after only a few hours into the prom, most of the students had left the prom. By 9 p.m., the exodus west for Manhattan or east for the Hamptons was fully underway. The actual prom became the secondary part of the event. As a teacher, I noticed several negatives to the prom event. First, it had become a major expense. Students were spending thousands of dollars on a night that they really did not enjoy. Second, the pressure of finding a date for the night was difficult for many students. One of the best characteristics of Kellenberg is the relationships between the males and females without the pressure of dating. Many boys and girls are truly friends with each other. Third, the students were putting more energy into post-prom parties. These after-hours activities were often contrary to Christian norms and morals. continued on page 31

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Kellenberg students along with their Queen of Peace friends. From top left: Brian Russell ’21, Victoria Primiano ’17 and Dana Livingston ’17, Juliet Popijakowska ’17, and Jack Russell ’19.

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one of the Queen of Peace residents thinks back to her high school prom, the first things she remembers are that she attended the prom with her future husband and that her friend inexplicably wore the same fluffy dress as she did. That was in 1954, the same year that Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio and "From Here to Eternity" won the Academy Award for Best Motion Picture. On the first Saturday of February, approximately 70 Queen of Peace residents had a second chance at enjoying a prom when a group of over 100 Kellenberg Memorial and Chaminade High School students helped organize a junior-senior prom, with a "Mardi Gras" theme, at the Queen of Peace Residence in Queens Village, New York. The residence is operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor. "I think this is fabulous that they did this, it's

a very nice time," said one resident, adding she noticed right away a difference between proms in 2016 and proms in the 1940's. "I noticed when I went to my prom that the guys didn't dance; you had to drag them up there. But these guys? They're dancing like mad!" One resident said he still remembers his prom, "I went with my girlfriend; it was a memorable night that I'll never forget.” He said attending this year's prom was special. He added, “The best part of this event is being with the young people, it's a great time. It is just fun!" From birth until death, “every stage of life is sacred,” noted Little Sister of the Poor Patrice. She serves at Queen of Peace Residence, where the Little Sisters dedicate their lives to the mission of caring for the needy elderly until the end of their lives. “Each man is made in the image and likeness of God,” agreed Sister Gabrielle, “however poor he is, however

degraded he is.” The Little Sisters were founded in 19th-century France by Sister Jeanne Jugan with the specific mission of dedicating their lives in service to the poor elderly. In addition to the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, they take a fourth vow of hospitality. In 2009, Pope Benedict declared Sister Jeanne a saint. The Queen of Peace Junior-Senior Prom was started in 1989. The schools decorate for the prom, create the corsages and take prom pictures. The music is provided by “The Irish Mist,” a live band featuring Kellenberg’s own, Alex Basile and Ronnie D’Addario. "Each year we pick a theme and then both schools get together to help organize and decorate the dance,” one Kellenberg Memorial student said. For many of the high school students, the event was a great opportunity to learn from, and show appreciation to, an older generation. continued on page 31

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ABOVE ALL, CHARITY Throughout the school year, the students of St. Martin de Porres Marianist School in Uniondale enjoyed many fun and educational events. The students had the opportunity to take part in so many opportunities that gave them a much richer learning experience beyond the classroom. Clockwise from top left: In March, the students put on a production of “The Lion King, Jr.” The evening was a huge success, and the talent and costumes were amazing. All 3rd graders learned how to play the violin as part of their music curriculum. Students in the younger grades, while dressed in the pajamas, came to school during the evening of February 26th for Reading Night. First, the students listened to stories as a group then went to read with their special people they brought with them that night. Early in March, the kindergarten students celebrated Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. The St. Martin’s Communion Class celebrated the sacrament of First Eucharist on Saturday, May 14th with Father Thomas as the celebrant. The students in 5th grade took part in a Biography Parade. After reading and learning about a famous person, the students dressed up in character and presented their information to the audience, which then had to try to figure out the famous person by the clues presented. 1st graders learned about Passover and celebrated with a Seder. To see more events and photos, please log on to the St. Martin de Porres School website: http://www.stmartinmarianist.org/.

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The “Tom Crotty Classic” is an annual basketball tournament held in honor of Tom Crotty, Maria Regina Class of 1977. Games are held yearly to commemorate and celebrate the life of Tom Crotty, who was tragically killed during the September 11th attacks. Tom Crotty’s biggest love was basketball, and he earned “All Long Island” status while playing for Maria Regina. Tom went on to play basketball for four years at Marist College (Class of 1981). Each year the tournament is held in his honor. Many of his teammates and other fellow Maria Regina alumni come to enjoy the games and catch up with one another. Following the tournament, the Maria Regina alumni, along with the Kellenberg Varsity Basketball Team and their families, are invited to a reception in the Millennium Room.

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Back row: Kenneth Harkins '77, Michael Scully '77, Carol (Ferris) Sullivan '77, Mar-

garet (Oak) Margiotta '77, Patrick Caffrey '77, Robert Brant '77, James Madelmayer '77, John Hastings '77. Front row: Martha (Thomas) Stegmaier '77, Mary Benner '77, Mary Jane O'Hare '77

Left, front row: William Kain '78, John Sullivan '78, Mr. Dick Flynn & Mrs. Carol Flynn; back row: Thomas Cox '78, Thomas Daum '78, and Mike Ward '80. Right: Greg DeVerna '77, Jim Crotty '79, and Mr. John McCutcheon '75.

NAPLES SOCIAL On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, Father Philip Eichner and Brother Kenneth Hoagland hosted an evening of Winter Cocktails at the home of Brian and Linda Talbot (KMHS Alumni Parents), for alumni and alumni parents from both Kellenberg Memorial High School and Maria Regina High School. Alumni from Maria Regina living in the Naples area had a chance to share stories and memories with Father Philip and Brother Kenneth. Future socials will also be planned, so please be sure to update the KMHS Alumni Office at Alumni@Kellenberg.org, with your current address so we don’t miss you! Right: Jeanne (Thomas) Whiting ’71, Mrs. Denise Miles, Martha (Thomas) Stegmaier ’77, and Patricia Thomas ’74.

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THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING Under the direction of Mrs. Denise Miles, Director of Advancement, on April 28th, KMHS held its first Day of Giving with great results. Thanks to the enormous generosity of the entire Kellenberg family — alumni, parents, KAPA, current students, faculty, and friends — we were able to far exceed our goal of $25,000 to raise over $75,000 for the Shepherd’s Fund, which supports the endowment of KMHS for major programs and initiatives. Highlights of the day included many creative videos (several of which starred Brother Kenneth's dog, Tobit), live streaming, and a large “Thank You” board which the students were able to sign during their lunch periods.

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School is totally dependent upon student tuition and donations for underwriting the cost of scholastic and activity programs for our students. We are not recipients of tuition subsidies from the State or from the Diocese. Dependent as we are on such a limited financial source, we are often pressed to supply financial aid to students who are undergoing familial financial difficulties. It has been our goal to establish a fund which would permit the apportionment of student aid for needy situations. We have put in place the Shepherd’s Fund, which acts as the general recipient of all donations. To increase this fund and thus to provide a greater support to students in need, we have instituted the financial opportunity of burses. This is a time-honored way of supporting scholars that goes back to the Middle Ages. The word “burse” comes from Latin, meaning a pocketbook or a purse. It has developed over the centuries to mean an amount of money that is apportioned for the financial welfare of students. The money in the burse remains as a capital investment, the interest of which is apportioned for student need. What is unique about the burse is that it can be an individual or family fund into which members of a family can continue to contribute over the years. Often a burse is established in memory of a family member or of a faculty member or of a student. A family or group of K E L L E N B E RG .O RG

friends can watch a burse grow over the years. Each year, they can see their generosity aid the generations of tomorrow. The burse can become a particular form of “Scholarship Contribution” which can be augmented each year. We currently have many burses that have been established at Kellenberg Memorial. We encourage the members of our Kellenberg family to seriously consider the establishment of a family burse which will represent their commitment to Catholic education above and beyond the years of their own child’s experience at Kellenberg Memorial. It is truly a commitment to the Church of the future. Two of our early Kellenberg Memorial parents, Chris and Angela Furlong, established a burse in 1998 which has enabled a Marianist education to be a part of several students’ lives. Their personal journey is as follows: When the Furlong family was in the process of settling my brother John and his wife Louise’s estate in 1998, the senior members of the family started to review the good times and bad times that we went through during the Depression. One of the main highlights of that review were the benefits received from the generosity of the Catholic community. The creation of a program to aid young men and woman in receiving a Catholic education in times of need was a possibility. This thought and generosity led our family to the idea that we should become stewards in John and Louise’s name for Catholic education.

After consulting with Fr. Philip, the Furlong Family Burse was established at Kellenberg in their memory. As additional family members passed away, we asked that in lieu of flowers a donation in the deceased’s name be made to the burse. In addition, other family members make donations to the burse throughout the year. Being a steward is not always easy or convenient; however, in our case, we sit down at Thanksgiving and give thanks for the blessings that we and our three children have received and believe have come from a Marianist education. Our youngest grandchild is a part of the Marianist family at St. Martin de Porres Marianist School and a future Firebird of the Class of 2026! We make an annual donation to say “thank you” for our blessings and the Marianists with the hope that other young men and women whose families experience hard times can meet some of the expenses of a Catholic education. If a lasting memory of a loved one is important and special, an establishment of a burse may be what your family is looking for. To Jesus though Mary, Angela and Chris Furlong For further information or to establish a burse, please contact Mrs. Denise Miles at: 516-292-0200 ext.245 MrsMiles@Kellenberg.org.

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JUNIPER BAR NYC On Tuesday, March 29th, the Alumni Association hosted a social for all alumni living or working in New York City. The event took place at the Juniper Bar located on 35th Street, just one block from Penn Station. Around 60 alumni stopped in to say “hello” and catch up with Brother Kenneth and Father Tom. They also had a chance to catch up with some faculty that came by, including Mr. Kevin A’Hearn, Mr. Matthew Bursig, Mr. Matthew Kirk ’04, Mrs. Mary Beth (Cotty) Farrell ’05, Mr. Brian Farrell, Mrs. Jeanne (Savarese) Ceasar '93, Mr. Doug Cioffi '97, Mrs. Margaret (Ranieri) York ’03 and Mr. Robert York ’01. A few coaches also came by to chat with alumni. It was another successful evening of bringing alumni together to share memories and laughter and to catch up with friends.

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A FEW MINUTES WITH THE DUGALS So let’s go back to the beginning. How did you end up teaching at Kellenberg? Mrs. Rosemary Dugal (RD): I was teaching at St. Agnes Cathedral High School for three years which was in this building when Maria Regina and St. Agnes merged. So, I was teaching science, primarily Earth Science and Biology. When the Marianists came in, we reapplied for our jobs, and I was fortunate enough to be hired. Mr. Kevin Dugal (KD): I was a senior at Hofstra, and I was an assistant moderator of the St. Agnes Drama Club, and the moderator was going to be retiring from St. Agnes and recommended me to Brother Mark Ormond, who was going to be taking over as principal for Kellenberg. I found myself in a very fortunate position as a graduating senior from college to have a job offered to me before I graduated. I felt from the outset that there was a special blessing on me as far as directing me towards Kellenberg. What do you remember about the early years of KMHS? RD: What I remember about the early years is we were looking for an identity. You had some kids who applied to Maria Regina who were then in St. Agnes and then graduated from Kellenberg. For a couple of years, there was a sense of “Who are we?” and trying to get the kids to understand the philosophy of the Marianists and Father Chaminade. So it was building an identity and a family — trying to get that family spirit. KD: I remember for myself, trying to learn what it meant to be a teacher, but more specifically, what it meant to be a Catholic teacher. I knew what it meant to be a Catholic student, being a product of Catholic education myself for most of my life, but learning how to incorporate my faith life into the classroom experience was a challenge that I feel like is ongoing — that I am still working on — but those early years, that’s where it began for me to try to learn how to define myself in that way. Those were challenging years for the school’s growth, just in terms of learning who we are, as Rosemary said, “our identity,” and learning really what it meant to be proud of being a Kellenberg faculty member and proud to be a Kellenberg student.

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What have you taught and moderated during your time here at Kellenberg? RD: I have been here for 30 years. I taught Earth Science and Biology (and Chemistry once or twice), but science for about 15 years, and then I was offered the opportunity to pick up a couple of religion classes, which I was very happy about. When Mrs. McNiff retired, I was offered to go teach the Morality course, and I’ve been doing that ever since. KD: I have taught English, 10th grade, 11th grade, and 12th grade, Honors, Academic I or Academic II over my 29 years. The only level I’ve never taught is freshman. I moderated the Drama Club for 15 years, was an assistant moderator for the yearbook, and a SMART moderator now. I’ve been a guidance counselor for the last 26 years, and a college counselor for the last, I think, 12 years. RD: It’s funny going to reunions because we’ve worn a lot of hats, especially in the beginning. I was a cheerleading coach for a number of years, worked with the Science Club for some years, Leaders Club for several years, Drama Club with Mr. Dugal for about 15 years, and now I also do SMART, and I do a lot of the apostolic activities, like CROSS. What has been the best part of teaching at Kellenberg? KD: I’m pausing because it’s not an easy question to answer because there are so many rewarding things here. As I said before, I think

when you see the students graduate, not just for what they have learned, but what kind of young people they have become is the most rewarding thing really for us. I say to some of my friends who ask, “How do you stay in one job?” because today people migrate a lot in their jobs, and “Why do you stay so long in one place?” The answer is always the same for me because I don’t know of any other environment where I get to pray at least eight times a day with young people, sharing my faith. I think as an English teacher, you know your curriculum, your syllabus, but to me it’s a vocation to be a Catholic teacher. As such, I think that the most rewarding thing is to see when alumni come back and they’re not only successful in their careers but they’re successful as people. To know that you had at least a small effect on that, a small contribution that you made to it, that’s the thing that makes me proudest and makes it feel that all the challenges, all the hard work, all the commitment is unquestionably worth it. RD: I am amazed that such a large facility can actually have a family spirit, a community spirit, that the kids here really seek relationship with their teachers and with their coaches, and that the kids really do want to learn and that they do want to try new things and have new opportunities. So, I think we are very fortunate to have such positive, caring students in our school. For a teacher, it’s a dream come true, that the kids really do want to learn and they do have, I think, tremendous respect for the teachers and the other personnel in the other school. What has it been like having your spouse work with you? KD: The nicest part of that is coming home from work and knowing that we can share our challenges, our difficulties, but also our great joys and our rewards, in a way that is so personal and so real. We’ve created a nice support system for each other, to talk about things, to understand things… It has strengthened our marriage, I think, working together. Some people don’t know how a married couple can work together, but I think if you love what you do, and you’re in a strong relationship, then it only strengthens that relationship more. RD: (Laughing) Confucius once said, “If you do what you love, you will never work a day in

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your life,” and I really do believe we both love what we do, and it gives us an opportunity to share a vocation, which I think a lot of couples don’t have…I think we do share the challenges, and I think our faith has grown tremendously as a couple. And it’s nice for the kids because we talk about the family atmosphere, and the students see that we mean it… When we got married, we actually talked about if one of us would maybe leave and the other stay, and neither of us wanted to leave. We both really love this place. It's more than just a job; it’s our life. Can you talk a little about your interaction with the alumni now? What’s that like, especially from people you taught so long ago? KD: It’s a very rewarding moment when we come to a reunion and see people that we haven’t touched base with in a long time. To kind of discuss with them what they have done since Kellenberg; it’s exhilarating. It’s really just a great sense of accomplishment to see what they have done and to know that they’ve come back with such an energy and enthusiasm, such a pure joy, I think, of seeing their alma mater again. Just to be around that gives us a great sense of joy and energy as well. RD: I love reunions. I love seeing what happens to people when they go through their life, and I really believe we’re all on a journey. And I think Kellenberg’s job is to help you on that journey and to give you opportunities and to help you to become who you can be, what God wants you to be. So when people come back and share their family stories, their professional stories, I’m so honored to know we have a part in that. And I believe that all the people in this building that go into teaching really go into education because you want to be able to lead people, to help people to see their potential. And when that is actualized, it’s just amazing. I just find their generosity of spirit, their kindness — it’s overwhelming sometimes. Do you have any advice for students or alumni who are facing obstacles in life? KD: Pray, always pray. God is always nearby, and be patient through your prayer. There’s a part of Scripture that stands out to me when I think of the message that I would hope people mostly would hold onto is that we are chosen by God, Scripture tells us. And I think that if we help people understand... why they were chosen, how they were chosen, and what it means to be chosen. What you give back and how you respond to that call, that selection by God. There’s nothing greater than that, and once you find that for yourself, and each K E L L E N B E RG .O RG

person might find it differently... if we can help them sort of realize that and live a faith-filled life in such a challenging world... If they can develop a faith life, and a realization of that idea of being a child of God, of being chosen by God... then I think that gives them the tools to navigate through a very challenging world that gives them a very different message often than what we remind them is the truth. RD: One of the nicest things about teaching junior religion is doing Man’s Search for Meaning, and everyone takes it in the building. So everyone is exposed to some of its concepts. When he [Viktor Frankl] quotes Nietzsche and says, “That which does not kill me makes me stronger.” When I first started teaching this course, I did not like that statement, and I think, sometimes the kids don’t like it. And I think you misinterpret it. I think, sometimes, when we’re broken, that’s the opportunity to grow. And you don’t grow without the struggle, and you don’t grow without

interconnected but in a way that helps lead us all back to Christ. If we can come to the ends of our lives as a Kellenberg family, as a human family, and say that we have done well as God’s creation, then I know that the Kellenberg family has had a great role in achieving that beautiful goal. RD: You’ve heard this before that you are born into a family. You have no choice biologically what family you’re in. But the family at Kellenberg we choose. We choose to be here as a student. Many of the students have chosen to come back and be faculty members. I come to work every morning; I get to see my husband, I see my friends, I see people that I taught many years ago. That’s a wonderful experience, and I also just have to say something about the parents. The parents here are phenomenal... going back to the parents the first year we were here who helped us make costumes, build sets, do everything themselves when we had very low financial resources.

“It is a journey, and this is a place and a family that creates bonds in a way that makes us interconnected but in a way that helps lead us all back to Christ.” the difficulties. You don’t grow without leaning on other people, and sometimes in life the difficulties are the events that give you a different perspective on who you are. And I find in my personal life, and even since we’ve been here, we’ve lost students who have died, we’ve had students with family issues, we’ve had students with health issues, and we’ve had opportunities to try and help them or share their burden with them. I would say to them, “Share the burden.” I’m a very private person and I don’t like to share things which are sometimes painful, but I think what I’ve learned being in this building with so much going on is that we need each other. John Donne says, “No man is an island,” and we need to be interconnected and interdependent. You can always come back here. The priests that are here, the brothers, the teachers, the coaches, your fellow classmates, there’s a support system that doesn’t leave the day you graduate. So what does the phrase, “Kellenberg Family,” mean to you? KD: Sharing great joys, sharing great sorrows, leaning on each other, growing together, supporting one another, knowing we all have a purpose, we have a mission in our lives. It is a journey, and this is a place and a family that creates bonds in a way that makes us

KD: We had very small budgets; my own father built sets for almost ten years. RD: Now we have a more stable environment; we have parents who are generous with their time, they are generous with their money, they are generous with their advice... When [one parent] found out I had cancer, she sent me this beautiful blanket. She did that out of love and concern. I taught her son when he was a junior but I never really spoke often to [her], and she just felt that she had to reach out to me, and we developed a nice relationship because of that. That’s what “family” is. KD: When Rosemary went through cancer, the outpouring of concern and prayer for both of us that came from current students, from alumni, from faculty and staff, and everyone who is part of that family, the Marianists of course, I know made a difference. There is no doubt in my heart that I know because I prayed on this a lot. Every day I say a prayer of gratitude for the Kellenberg family helping us get through one of the most difficult times in our lives.

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Rodnell Workman is currently Head of Business Development and Corporate Partnerships for the New York Cosmos. He is the father of two boys, Dashiel (8) and Darius (6). He currently resides in Hillsborough, NJ.

Maria Giglio-Smith has been married for over 13 years and has two children, Michael and Brianna. She is working for the Diocese of St. Petersburg in Florida and has her own cleaning business on the side. Claire Morro is happy to say her daughter will be attending Kellenberg as a freshman in September 2016. She notes that although the school has changed a great deal in the last 28 years since she graduated, it still feels like home. Joseph Giordano has been working 25 years for the City of New York and has been happily married for 15 years. He is a grandparent to a grandson and granddaughter.

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Brian Dunn has been married for 20 years. He retired in 2011 and now spends his time as a mentor & volunteer. Lisa (Healey) Hyland is married to John Hyland. She "retired" from a career on Wall Street to stay at home with her 4 sons. She founded, owns & operates "Four Boys Photography," based on Long Island.

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Peter Gentilini is a CPA for Barnes and Noble headquarters in Westbury. He is married and has 2 kids. Dwight Williams is a 2011 graduate of Georgia State University College of Law. He recently joined the law firm of Spooner & Associates, P.C. in Suwanee, Georgia. Dwight resides in Suwanee with his wife, Michelle, and two sons, Brandon and Nathan.

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perform at private affairs, weddings and corporate events. She has also been fronting an 18 piece big band, called “The New Millennium Jazz Band." She and her guitarist husband write, record and perform original music together too! Pamela also performs cabaret and was the recipient of the 2013 BroadwayWorld.com New York Cabaret Award for “Best Female Vocalist”; she is currently nominated for a MAC Award in the same category for her performance in her most recent show: ""New York State of Mind: The Songs of Billy Joel." Lygia (Penaflor) Szelwach is currently a young author and teacher to child actors on television and movie sets. Her debut novel, Unscripted Joss Byrd, is about a young actress struggling with her mother's expectations and her ambitious director's edgy script, that will be published late summer, 2016. Alicia (Domingo) Victoria has been living in Baldwin, NY for about 10 years. She is the Director of Bayada Home Health Care in Garden City. Alicia is also the Commissioner of Uniondale PAL Track, and President of the Uniondale Knights Youth Football League. Finally, she is the mother of two sons, Chris and Jonathan.

Donna (Douglas) Cunningham works as an Administrative Assistant at Knights of Columbus Insurance in Merrick. She is also a Eucharistic Minister and Catechist at Our Lady of Peace Church in Lynbrook, NY. She is a recording secretary at St. Mary's/Maris Stella Knights of Columbus in Lynbrook where she participates in charities. She has been married to her husband for 16 years. Richard Feminella and his wife, Jessica, welcomed the birth of their first child, Nathaniel Leo, on August 28, 2015. Michael King retired after 18 years as a currency trader and portfolio manager to become a teacher. In the fall of 2014, he began teaching history at Baruch College Campus H.S. in NYC. Michael credits Mr. Kevin Buckley for inspiring him to be a history teacher. Stephanie (Eschenauer) Makar has been the clinical project manager for the UCONN Health John Dempsey Hospital. Stephanie has also been chosen by two of her contractors to speak at a healthcare symposium in Orlando this coming September. Stephanie still lives in CT with her husband Joe and their rescued dog, Nova. She is looking forward to being captain again this year for "Kellenberg Families support team Matteo" at the 4th annual Nicholas Pedone 5K in Glen Cove, NY on September 4, 2016. All Kellenberg alumni and families are welcome. Please contact her for more information!

Michael Wallace resides in sunny New Smyrna Beach, Florida with his wife of 17 years, Lori Ann, their daughter, Kaitlin Rose (5) and their two dogs. He is currently the Senior Detective assigned to the Major Case Unit of the Criminal Investigations Division at the Port Orange Police Department in The City of Port Orange, Florida.

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John Durso, Jr. was named the Vice President of Community and Communications for NBC 4 New York/WNBC and Telemundo 47 New York/WNJU in February 2016. John will also oversee communications for COZI TV, the national multicast network launched by the NBC Owned Television Stations and LX.TV Productions. He and his family currently reside in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Elizabeth (Brass) Michaels is a first grade teacher in Queens, New York. She has been married to Daniel Michaels for almost 10 years. They live in Lynbrook, New York and have 2 boys, Aidan (7) and Jonah (2) . Chris Riordan and his wife have a 6 year old daughter and reside in Merrick. He is presently working as a lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department. John Walls recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Shaw University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations/International Business. John was named Food & Beverage Director for an Embassy Suites Hotel in Raleigh.

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Christine Beyrouty graduated from C.W. Post with a Master's degree in Childhood Education and Literacy. She is currently a 3rd grade special education teacher for District 12 in the South Bronx.

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Brian Lewis, Jr. lives in Malverne with his wife, JoAnn, and their 5 children — 4 girls and a boy. Brian operates a real estate investment company and works for the family business, Air Conditioning Services in Farmingdale. He is a volunteer board member of the Nassau Land Trust, which runs Crossroads Farm, a non-profit, certified organic, community farm in Malverne. Brian also is a 18 year volunteer of the Malverne Reserve Police and holds the rank of Deputy Inspector. He was recently recognized as a "Malverne/West

Tom Nicol graduated from St. John's University in 1999 with a BS in Computer Science. He has almost completed his 17th year at Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, currently as Executive Director of Application Infrastructure (IT). He and his wife, Jackie, have two boys (8 and 6) and a girl (3), and live in North Massapequa.

Hempstead Herald Person of the Year for 2015" for his work in the community.

tation for AmerisourceBergen, one of the largest global pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution services companies.

Katy (Roche) McCarthy is living in Little Silver, NJ, and working at a local hospital as a Physical Therapist. She has been married to Matt McCarthy for almost 10 years and they have 3 children: Caitlin (8), Colleen (6) and Thomas (17 months).

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Patti (Christie) Clarke is living in Portland, CT with her two children, ages 11 and 8. She works with children as an Occupational Therapist. Michelle (Marsala) Kyriakides, Ed.D. and her husband, Mike, welcomed their second child, Mariana Nicole, in November. Michelle serves as the Director of Experiential Learning and as an adjunct professor at St. John's University. Shannon (Aguece) Mangione married Matthew Mangione '92 in June 2011 in Disney World! Matthew is the owner of East Islip Physical Therapy. They have two children, Sarah (2 1/2) and Matthew (8 months). They reside in Rockville Centre, NY.

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Jolie Silva is working as a psychologist, in addition to raising her 1-yearold daughter. She has offices in both Rockville Centre and Manhattan, where she works with children, adolescents, and adults. She is thankful for the values Kellenberg has instilled in her and believes they have influenced her chosen profession. A member of Kellenberg's Alumni Committee, she continues to be involved in the school, and she speaks at Junior Career Night annually. N i cole (Barber) Vincent has been living in the Washington, D.C. area. She is married with 5 year old twins and a 1 year old baby. Nicole is working as a consultant in International Health Communications and Research.

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LaNina (Floyd) Cooke received her Doctorate degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2013. LaNina is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Farmingdale State College and a recent author of a book on the juvenile justice system and social ecology. She is married and has two children.

Catherine Feminella accepted a new position at Widener University as the Assistant Dean for Student Development and Engagement in September 2015. She is also working on her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership. In addition, she volunteers as a Commissioner for the Chester Housing Authority. Amanda (Rances) Wang and her husband, Michael, recently welcomed their baby, Quinton, into the world. She is currently working as a communications manager at Columbia University/New York Psychiatric Institute. She is also an advocate for mental health awareness, speaking at the National Institute of Mental Health and has been featured in Women's Health Magazine, AOL Build, and Scientific American Mind. Bohdan Pilczak is employed at the office of the Nassau County Fire Marshal where he has been assigned to the Response Bureau of Fire Investigations and Hazardous Materials. Bohdan is currently the Commanding Officer of HazMat Response.

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Deborah Gordon is now living in Georgia and working at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. She has a daughter, Makenzie, (2 1/2). Mirna Hughes finished her 10th year as an ENL teacher in the Levittown School District. Her son Dylan graduated high school this June and is attending Queens College on a full baseball scholarship. Teresa (Kurz) Rynkar married Christopher Rynkar (CHS '96) in May 2013. They welcomed their first child, Christopher Raymond, on April 28, 2014. Their baby girl Amelia Sue, was born on July 11,

2015. They live in Stewart Manor, NY. She has been a NYC teacher since 2005, currently teaching 5th grade. Kelly (Eaton) Wardlow and her husband, Kevin, will be traveling with their three children, ages 11, 8, and 2, to South Africa for 6 weeks to spend time with and bring home their newest addition to their family, a five year old boy, who is an answer to many years of prayers!

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Muenzen and John Muenzen '97 recently purchased a home in North Massapequa. She has been a stay at home mom for the past two years, and is looking to return to teaching in September. John is currently working on the Laguardia Airport Redevelopment. They have two children, Ryan (4) and Emily (2). George Reiber, along with his wife Jennifer and two year old son Christopher, relocated to Houston, TX for his career in chemical tanker chartering at Stolt-Nielsen. They purchased their new home in Kingwood (suburb of Houston), last August. In addition, they recently celebrated the birth of their second child, Matthew, on January 27th.

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Marianne (Maguire) Flanagan was married in 2013 and had a son in 2014 named William. She is currently working for a design firm in Manhattan called Effective UI as a Senior Lead Experience Architect, where she designs websites and mobile apps, features and interfaces. Regina Riedl is currently working as a Mortgage Loan Processor and living in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

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Roxann Remekie '00 Gregory Smith lives in Rockville Centre with his wife Lisa and 2 boys, Chase (5) & Everett (2). Greg is currently working as Finance Manager in the pharmaceutical industry while his wife, Lisa, owns Coquette in Garden City. Greg would like to take this time to thank Kellenberg! Anne-Mireille (Charles) Warner married Frantz Warner in 2010 and currently lives in Valley Stream with their 3 year old son. She is working as a LMSW in Brooklyn and as a psychiatric social worker for adolescents and children since 2008.

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Nicole (Jean-Jerome) Brennan and Joseph Brennan '00 were married in 2010. Nicole is a 1st grade teacher in Ozone Park and Joseph is an architect working for Populous in New York City. They have a 4 year old daughter, Natalie, and live in Rockville Centre. Roxann Remekie attended Syracuse University. After college she went on to work at Atlantic Records, NAMIC, Goldman Sachs and now owns her own production company, 37th Street Productions. She recently returned to Kellenberg to visit with members of the Choruses and speak with them about the importance of the Kellenberg foundation, in both the arts and life experiences.

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Patrick Bradley was named Brien McMahon's Cross Country and Girls Track and Field coach earlier this year. Pat was on his college track team at Sacred Heart University, where he threw the javelin. This past summer he returned to competition when he participated in the Nutmeg Games in New Britain, throwing javelin and discus. Thomas Stay just celebrated his four year anniversary as the Commissioner of Public Works for the Town of Babylon and is also Treasurer of the Suffolk County Highway Superintendents Association.

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Father Matthew MacDonald earned a Masters in Divinity and Master's of Arts in Theology from St. Joseph's Seminary as well as a Bachelor's in Sacred Theology magna cum laude from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome. Fr. MacDonald was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New York on May 24, 2014 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. He is currently assigned as a Parochial Vicar at the Church of Saint James the Apostle in Carmel, New York where he has been for about two years. He also is looking forward to presiding over the wedding of his sister, Colleen MacDonald '04, and Thomas Reilly at his parish on August 5, 2016.

Jennie (Clifford) McGuire is pursuing her MBA from University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and expects to graduate this October. She also works full time as a Customer Success Manager supporting the Marketing Cloud Suite for Adobe Systems, Inc. As Director of the Stephen Clifford Memorial Fund (in memory of her brother, Class of 2006), she performs in the annual "Songs for Stephen" benefit concert, which will be held this year in the Millennium Room at KMHS on September 17th & 18th. Jennie and her husband, Tommy, live in Merrick with their dogs. Patricia (Russell) Unhafer and her husband Corey welcomed their twin boys, William and Lukas, on January 4, 2016.

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Missy Iandiorio and Adam Heath '02 will be getting married this August. Father Thomas Cardone, S.M. will be performing the ceremony at St. Agnes in Rockville Centre. Missy is currently a Regional Director at Neuberger Berman, and Adam works for a private equity firm with a focus on energy. Missy will be running her 5th marathon in May. They reside in New York City. Kimberly (Scudiero) Shea has been teaching 1st grade for eight years in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Kimberly and her husband, Shawn, recently bought a house and reside in Seaford, NY.

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Sally Aratoon and Christopher Caley '04 are getting married this coming September and are currently living in Long Island City.

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Caitlin (Uehlinger) Rubin married Jarrett Rubin on December 31, 2015 at St. Ignatius Martyr Church in Long Beach, NY. Caitlin McCormack '05, Rosemary Knowles '06, and Caitlyn Chiofolo '05 were bridesmaids. Amanda (Laws) Sabato has been married for three years to her husband, Greg. They live on Long Island in Bellmore with their dog. She is currently working as a Travel Consultant at an agency in Uniondale, specializingin luxury travel. Ryan Sheehy is currently working for the National Shrine to the eighth American saint, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin. He is currently living in Indiana with his wife and their 2 year old daughter; they have another baby on the way.

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Kimberley (Blache) Bliss and Patrick (PJ) Bliss '06 were married on December 13, 2014 at Saint Anne's Church in Garden City, NY. Guests included Matt Geus '10, Ashlee Bobb '10, Kelly Geus '06, Nick Arroyo '09, Brian Barwill '06, Christine Caban '08, Dale Arroyo '06, Gillian Kane '06, Melissa Blache '11, and Brianna Devlin '11.

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Caitlin (Uehlinger) Rubin '05 Kim is a 6th grade English teacher and Library Coordinator at North Shore Hebrew Academy Middle School in Great Neck, NY. PJ is a Senior Manager of Accounting for the Brooklyn Nets. The couple now lives in Lynbrook, NY. Samantha Battline celebrated her 5 year anniversary at Macy's. She is currently the Digital Buyer for Men's Activewear. Melissa DeLury recently graduated with a Master's degree in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin in 2015. She previously worked at various international NGOs in NYC at the United Nations and in India. She is currently a Program Assistant at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, where she manages two graduate programs and coordinates grant programs, working to eradicate poverty and social injustice in NYC. Kasey (Agostinacchio) Grasso and her husband, Michael, welcomed their daughter, Calliope Mae, on January 16, 2016. Marisa (Mattson) Lombardo and her husband, Anthony, welcomed a baby girl, Liana Grace, on November 11, 2015. They live in Centereach, NY. Julia Schuble was promoted to the position of International Agricultural Program Specialist for USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. K E L L E N B E RG .O RG

Kimberley (Blache) Bliss '06 and Patrick (PJ) Bliss '06 She is a candidate for a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Janice Paton married Dominic Machado on April 2, 2016 in her hometown of Seaford, NY. Janice and Dominic met at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and now live in Providence, RI.

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Justine Ferst graduated from Adelphi University with a Master's Degree in Special & General Education, and has been happily teaching for 4 years. She is engaged to her fiancée, Chad, a member of the NYPD. Stephanie Schara is currently in graduate school and will be a Doctor of Physical Therapy in one year. She has been a licensed massage therapist and certified yoga instructor for 3 years. Her life is centered around health, fitness, and studying movement of the human body. She is a mom to 5 month old daughter whose godmother is her best friend from Kellenberg, Erin Philbin '07. Brittany Soto received a doctoral degree in Psychology. Andrew Stafutti began working this past January as an attorney at the Urban Justice Center in New York City, representing tenants in Housing Court.

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Criminal Justice and graduated from the New York City Police Academy this past April.

Josephine (Ferrantelli) Loughren is working as a second-year high school Chemistry

Cristina O'Neill passed away this year. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

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Rebecca Christel started her clinical year of Veterinary School at Texas A & M University this past May. She will graduate with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in May 2017. Christina (Samson) Langer married Etienne Langer (a French native) on October 10, 2015. The ceremony took place at St. Peter of Alcantara Church in Port Washington, N.Y. and was officiated in English and French by Father Philip Eichner, S.M. The couple met in 2011 when Etienne spent a semester studying abroad at Loyola University in Maryland. They live in Paris, France. AnnMarie Pagano is currently teaching math to grades 5 through 8, at The De La Salle School in Freeport. Meghan Schmidt is currently a mathematics teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Malverne. Victoria Marinelli Andrew Silversmith November 21, 2015.

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Dan Brandon graduated from Molloy College in May 2015 with a Master's of Science in

Michael Brodnansky is currently Captain at Glen Cove Volunteer EMS. He will be pursuing a medical degree at NYITCOM beginning in August, as part of a scholarship program under which he will be commissioned as an officer in the US Navy to serve as a medical doctor following his completion of medical school. Katelyn Connor graduated from Columbia University with a Master's of Science degree in Narrative Medicine this past May. She currently works for Penguin Random House. Lauren Crespo graduated the UConn School of Pharmacy this past May with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. She will be working as a pharmacist for Stop and Shop. Anna Green was accepted last year to the Franciscan University at Steubenville Master's Program in Catechetics and New Evangelization. She is currently working as an Assistant Director of the Religious Education program at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Lindenhurst, and is also a guest speaker and retreat leader.

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Kathryn LeMonda moved to Southern California where she accepted a job at a private practice, working as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist after earning her National Board Certification this past January. She plans to pursue her clinical doctorate, specializing in neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral disorders. David O'Connor is working at My Brother's Keeper in Dartmouth, MA, while pursuing a Master's Degree at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. He is currently a Board Member of the Greater Providence Area Habitat for Humanity and recently purchased a home in Providence, RI.

Alexander Jordan will be attending Tufts University School of Medicine. Kim Mackay graduated from Princeton University last spring with a degree in Psychology. She has since moved to the West Coast to attend the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for graduate school to obtain a Master's in Social Welfare (MSW). She is working toward becoming a certified licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and will practice as a psychotherapist. She is also competing for UCLA's track and field team this year.

Michelle Goss graduated from William & Mary this past May and will be working in Investment Banking at Barclays in New York City.

O'Connor just finished her first season playing basketball professionally overseas in Ireland. She had respectable rookie season, averaging, 19.6 points, 13.2 rebounds, 3.7 steals, 3.2 blocks and 2.4 assists per game. It looks promising that she will be returning for another season in September. JoAna Tusa graduated from Adelphi University, this past December with a B.S. in Nursing, and she is now a New York State Registered Nurse.

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James Corino graduated this semester from the United States Military Academy at West Point as Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. After graduation he will join the infantry.

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Joseph Amato is graduating as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army from Virginia Military Institute. He will then go on to join field artillery. Ryan Appel will be graduating from Penn State as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. After graduation he will join the infantry. Michael Intrabartola will join the infantry after graduation this semester from Loyola University Maryland as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Nicole LePetri graduated from Georgetown University in May. She is looking forward to returning to the New York area to work full-time at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Kristina Petrich will be attending the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in August Class of 2020.

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Sinclaire Smith is attending Clarkson University. For the past two years, she served as a Resident Advisor and will be a Resident Director in the fall. She was also elected to be chair of Clarkson Intercultural Ambassadors. She is also a member of Theta Phi Alpha and is starting to apply for veterinary school.

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Joseph Taglienti will be attending Cornell Law School in August as a member of the JD class of 2019.

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Stephanie Lipari graduated from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Class of 2016) with her Bachelor's of Science in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. With her degree, she plans on returning back to Long Island to pursue a career in Healthcare Administration. She plans to receive her MBA within the next 5 years and move to Manhattan.

Murray graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Ethan Penny '12 is graduating from The Citadel with a Bachelor's degree in International Politics and Military Affairs and a minor in Leadership Studies and will be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. The two, who met in their freshman year at Kellenberg, were married in Massapequa on July 1, 2016, Kellenberg Memorial's 29th Anniversary.  Kellie

Ailie Posillico is completing her fourth year at Fordham Rose Hill. Recently, she has been working at Mount Sinai Medical Center on research with a professor in the Psychology Department at Fordham. She has also been working with the South Bronx Education Foundation at a local center for girls that caters to both the academic and social-emotional needs of local girls, ages 8-18.

Alexandra Burdo won fourth place in the St. Francis College Alumni Scholarship contest with her essay: "The Importance of Adequate Early Education." The prizes included a $2,000 scholarship and she was recognized at the Undergraduate Award Ceremony on April 19th. Christie Catterson was inducted into the Marianist Lay Formation Initiative, this past March. This is a group that wants to deepen lay people's understanding and relationship with God in the Marianist tradition. Just like Father Chaminade who formed sodalities in France back in the 19th century, they are currently trying to do the same in our own communities. Caroline Fenton is attending Loyola University, New Orleans. Nicholas Palazzolo is currently a Sophomore at Loyola University pursing a double major in Accounting and Marketing. While being very active at school, he is focusing on Student Government. He has served as a Freshman Senator and sophomore Class President, and next year will serve as the Junior Class President. Next semester he will be studying in Madrid.

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Victoria Rizzuto just finished her sophomore year, double majoring in Biology and Psychology at Iona College. During her second semester of freshman year, she volunteered as a Research Associate at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT. Over the summer, she interned at Southside Hospital in Bayshore, NY in the Psychiatric Department. She has become CPR certified, and in December 2014, she voyaged to Panama to take part in a Global Medical Training Trip. She recently received an offer for a one-year fellowship at Oxford University through Iona College.

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Thomas Ferrall is a Political Science major who became involved in the world of politics in Ohio. He has interned for United States Senator Rob Portman's Senate Campaign, and Ohio Governor John Kasich's Presidential Campaign. He traveled to multiple states across the country campaigning for Governor Kasich. In addition, he was just elected as the President of University of Dayton College Republicans.

Patrick Fitzgerald will be going on a Mission Trip with FOCUS to Mexico City in July this summer. He was also appointed Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 1965 at Mount St. Mary University. Joseph Gasparini is attending St. John's and is a member of the St. John's Track Club. Sal Giorlando recently went on a mission trip with the Catholic University of America to Jamaica. This year he also received his fourth degree membership in the Knights of Columbus. Jaycee Reilly just finished her first year at UNC Chapel Hill. Jaycee also went to Dallas to the regional championships of Irish Dance, where she placed 5th. This achievement qualified her for the World Championships this spring in Glasgow, Scotland. Mikayla Zaccaria is currently attending Mount Saint Mary College. This past fall, as a member of the Tennis Team, she was named Rookie of the Week twice by the Skyline Conference and Knight of the Week for Mount Saint Mary College.

Continued from "The School That Canceled the Prom" on page 16: Students appealed to the administration for a community type event where the class could spend one more evening together. The Senior Sendoff was born. The faculty and students depart from Kellenberg Memorial for a memorable evening cruise around the southern part of Manhattan. It offers all involved the opportunity to gather, reflect, and simply enjoy the best part of Kellenberg: the relationships. It is easy to see why the Senior Send-off has become a Kellenberg favorite and the major reason that after ten years, few people ever ask about the former prom.

Continued from "Prom: Kellenberg Style" on page 16: "This event's really awesome because we basically get to mix together two different worlds, our high school students and the Queen of Peace residents. So it's kind of neat to see both of those worlds mix, have a great time and do it out on the dance floor," said Kellenberg freshman Tom Albig ’19. "I love getting to mingle and talk with the Queen of Peace elderly because they have so many stories to tell because they've had so many experiences throughout their lifetime." Many of the residents did not dance to every song; however, there were certain songs that packed the dance floor. "When some of the older songs start playing, you'll see that there's a spark. The people at the tables will get up to dance, and whenever a line dance comes on, they're right up at the front, teaching us what to do," said Kellenberg freshman Jack Russell ’19. "I love seeing all the residents all come together and just have a good time. They don’t even have to dance. Just spending the time together brings great joy. Even if they don’t dance, it is great to see a smile on their face.” One resident said she enjoyed spending the night dancing with the high school students and said she would give them one piece of advice as they head into the rest of their lives. "Just have fun," she said. "That's the secret."

Continued from "From the President's Desk" on page 2:

our Development Program is moving ahead. Our “Giving Day” on April 26th was quite an innovation and a very great success. Our alumni and parents are very loyal and supportive in these fundraising endeavors. The day after Graduation, June 6th, was our Benefit Outing (formerly the Golf Outing). We filled three golf courses and the attendance was very high. On this day, the day after Graduation, we give a “study day” for the student body to prepare for their ComprehenK E L L E N B E RG .O RG

sive Exams which begin shortly thereafter. Such an arrangement works out well for all concerned since the Graduation Program on Sunday is quite rigorous and requires the work of the full faculty the whole day. Also, a free day on that Monday allows our teachers to participate in the Golf Program. Next school year the Junior division will receive their iPads. The textbooks manufactured by our Junior teachers are almost complete. Both Freshman and

Sophomore years have been successful with the iPad. Also next year we will introduce the iPad to members of the Latin School. Our staff at the “Help Desk” have been invaluable in the installation and the upkeep of this system. Ultimately 2,700 students will be using iPads simultaneously. As I mentioned in my last letter to you, the Administration wanted my two Senior classes to have iPads. They did very well with them, and I am still trying to catch up

to them in the technology. Wish me well to accomplish that competence this summer. Best wishes to all of you and to your families.

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