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SionToday A publication of Notre Dame de Sion School

Volume III • 2011-2012


Inside This Issue Welcome


Annual Fund Drive



Graduation Traditions



Gala Auction in our 100th Year!

Alum News


Updates and Events

Chris Crippin Kerns ’78 and Christine Crippin in front of 100 years of memorabilia. Below: Alice Munnighoff and Angela Fasci.

Anniversary Luncheon Celebrates 100 Years of Sion


he Women of Sion 100th Anniversary Luncheon was held on April 21, 2012 at the Hilton President in Downtown Kansas City. Event Co-Chairs, Christine Crippin and her daughter Chris Crippin Kerns ’78, welcomed two hundred guests to a beautiful luncheon. Highlights of the day included Angela Fasci’s presentation of Sion’s history through the years and musical performances by both grade school and high school students. Guests included current students, current parents, alum parents and nearly 100 alums from as far away as California, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, to St. Louis and the Kansas City metropolitan area. Each guest received a sterling silver Miraculous Medal from France.

The Miraculous Medal has special significance to Sion. Alphonse Ratisbonne, one of the Congregation of Notre Dame de Sion founders, was wearing a Miraculous Medal when he received his life-changing vision of our Lady in the Church of San Andrea della fratte. Alphonse’s vision of Mary was the inspiration for the naming of the Congregation of Notre Dame de Sion.

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From the Head of School


his year has been an amazing one at Sion. Our students have continued to excel in the classrooms, serve their community in the true spirit of the Sion mission and represent us on the playing fields and the stage in extra curricular activities. Through all of this, Sion students demonstrated a commitment to excellence and have modeled the mission of our founding order ----to create a world of justice, peace and love. Throughout this issue of Sion Today, the accomplishments and blessing of the 2011-12 school year are recorded. Among the most memorable events, of course, are those that celebrate the 100th anniversary of our school’s founding in Kansas City. From the Mass at the Locust Campus for all students from Montessori to senior year, to the Gala Auction to the Women of Sion luncheon, we celebrated the gift that Sion is in our lives, in the lives of the students and alums and in the life of the Kansas City community. Thank you for being part of this great legacy! On a personal note, please accept my heartfelt thanks for all the joy you have brought into my life and to my family over the last 33 years. Bill, Eric, Mark and I are forever “rooted in Sion,” and we are exceedingly grateful for the blessing that Sion has been to us. May God guide and bless Notre Dame de Sion School in Kansas City in the days ahead and may she continue to grow, improve and flourish in the next 100 years! Vive Sion! Alice J. Munninghoff

Notre Dame de Sion Board of Trustees Chair Pat Hardin Vice Chair Joe Duffy Treasurer Michael O’Neill Secretary Pascal Mascaux Millie Brown Pat Burbach, KCSJ Diocesan Representative David Cimpl Robert Fitzgerald, Jr. Tracy McFerrin Foster Jennifer Goeke Angela Latorre Alum Rep - Ex-Officio Ken Mellard Alice Munninghoff, Ex-Officio William Orscheln Mary Owens Shanahan ’76 Susan Stanton’66 Anna Molle Stasi ’81 Ann Uryasz Kay Walkup, Designated by the Provincial Superior of Our Lady of Sion, Canada-U.S.A.

Fond Farewells: Students and faculty honored our Head of School Alice Munninghoff and the Grade School Principal, Catherine Butel for their many years of service and great passion for Sion through various events. Mrs. Munnnghoff enjoys the many memories of the faculty and staff at celebrations in her honor. Mrs. Butel receives a special blessing from Father Luke Byrne, S.J. and farewells from students at our end of the year Mass .

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A n n u a l Fund Dri v e


uring this 100th Anniversary Year, Sion’s volunteer parent and alumnae representatives have taken the Annual Fund Drive to new heights. School family participation is at an all time high of 93% with two classes, 2nd grade and the junior class, reaching 100%. $270,000 has been donated in gifts and pledges. Sion alums are only 55 donors away from reaching their goal of 14% participation. What an achievement! Before the close of the 2011-2012 Annual Fund Drive can we reach higher? Can we stretch the goal to $300,000? Will you be "The One" to take us there? Every dollar makes Sion stronger, providing a solid financial base to help meet the educational needs of every student and teacher.

Will You Be "The One"?

It’s easy to be "The One" Have You... made your Annual Fund Drive gift? There is still time for your donation to “make a difference!” made a gift for the year and want to do more? Additional donations of any amount are greatly appreciated or check to see if you can double your donation through your employer’s matching gift program. fulfilled your Annual Fund Drive pledge? Ensure Sion’s success by fulfilling your commitment before June 30th, the close of our fiscal year. JUNE


Each gift, no matter the size, is appreciated! Gifts and pledge payments to the Annual Fund Drive can be made at









Annual Fund Drive

You have until June 30 to be "The One!"

High School Junior Ring Ceremony


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Graduation: A Continuing Tradition ion’s High School graduating class continued its tradition of 100 percent college acceptance. This year marked the 43rd consecutive year that Sion students have received National Merit Recognition. One of the graduates was selected for the 2012 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that recognizes 100 top academic students. To date this class has been offered over $6,473,665 in scholarship awards and the graduates will be attending 40 different colleges and universities. The members of the Class of 2012 have completed over 5,700 hours of service this past year. Most of these hours were spent working on their Senior Service Projects. Each Sion senior identifies a cause or organization for which she has a personal passion and devotes at least 25 hours of leadership and service in that area. Projects are as varied as the students and involve local, national and international work. In total, these senior women, over the course of their four years, have contributed more than 17,000 hours of service to help improve our world. This diverse class of women has demonstrated leadership in extra-curricular activities including peer ministry teams, sports, theatre and music, fine arts, debate and school leadership. The dance team won the state championship with the soccer, basketball, cross country and golf teams achieving district champions. Seven students have signed letters of intent to play sports in college. Sion’s news magazine, yearbook and online literary magazine won national awards for excellence.


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Notre Dame de SIon High School Class of 2012 Angela Nicole Accurso Lydia Colleen Akers Caitlin Elizabeth Allen Emily Marie Ancona Sarah Rose Andrews Grace Elaine Angrisano Jennifer Busch Anwander Emmi JoAnn Apel Sarah Kay Arnoldi Brianna Janae Baker Jessica June Bauer * Jessica Kay Benninghoff cs Regina Michele Bledsoe * Kimberly Jane Bolton Mary Lynn Boos * Sarah Sutton Brill Amanda Kaye Brown Kelsey Elizabeth Brown Caitlin McKenna Busch Sf * Laura Elizabeth Camarata * Alyssa Rose Carrubba Zenib Arshad Chaudhri V * Anna Lee Cheek Denise Chimei Chiao * Riley Jean Clause Candra Jo Cosentino Cassandra Anne Cosentino Madison Klein Cowherd

^* Mary Kathryn Crowe Emily Helen DeCoursey Jessica Ruffy Diaz Kiley Marie Fetters Donaldson * Mary Frances Donnelly Gabrielle Marie Ervie * Taylor Elizabeth Escher ^ Rachel McCoy Fenimore * Rebecca Ann Flournoy Tanema Adalena Foster Bridget Anne Fowler * Margaret Frame * Catherine Anne Gates Alexandria Bailey Gibson Lilliana Josephia Glorioso Megan Lynn Govea * Hannah Elizabeth Griffith Mary Teresa Hamilton Kaitlin Elise Heaphy Emma Lee Heiman Anna Lee Hendrix Laura Sandra Hense Megan Kathleen Heydon Sophie Elainy Hoag Emma Catherine Hogg * Carlene Ann Hummel Ellen Elizabeth Ismert Zoe Cades Johannsen

* Abbey Elizabeth Jones Lainey Frances Jungden Jennifer Diane Jury cs * Halimatu Sedia Kamara * Elizabeth Olson King * Sabrina Marie Kowalik Addison Kay Kryger Beth Anna Laches Paige Barclay Larsen Anne Marie Lobb Katherine Marie Mahoney * Claire Kathryn Martin * Elizabeth Anne Mavec * Jane Anne McCormack * Abby Lauren McDowell Broghan Lee McEnerney * Kelly Ann McGurren Mierra Danielle Morrisette * Sarah Kathryn Murphy Maria Elena Nicolosi Jasmine Yasaman Noory * Margaret Helen Nulton Fallon Karan Marie O'Reilly * Chinyere Ngozi Obi Aubrey Danielle Okenfuss * Sarah Elizabeth Pennington Anna Gabrielle Rebottaro Emilie Jaye Redmond

* Anna Michelle Reintjes Michelle Suzanne Rush Kathryn D. Schultz * Marikate Elizabeth Sears Caroline Elizabeth Shay Elizabeth Remington Smith * Alexandra Halle Swee cs * Devon Lee Stewart Sweeting Mary Margaret Tutera * Lauren Elizabeth Tyson * Meryl Ann Vannoy cs * Daisy Charlotte Weems Tricia Ellen White * Sarah Ann Whittaker Craigin Elizabeth Wilson

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High School

Graduation Memories...

Grade School

raduation is a special G time of year for our Montessori, eighth grade

and high school seniors. Students received accolades, gathered for Masses and bid Sion fond farewells. Memories of this centennial year graduation will form lifetime memories for our graduates, faculty and staff.


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An Affair to Reme

Top (left to right): Coeur de Sion; Dana and Sam Hoeper, with Alice Munninghoff; Matt and Pam Bowen Middle (left to right): Mike and Jennifer O’Neil; Carolyn Reintjes, Nancy Mellard, Sr. Audrey Doetzel, NDS, and Mary Owens Shanahan ’76 Bottom (left to right): Honorary Chairs Marny and John Sherman, Mike and Mary Owens Shanahan ’76 with Alice Munninghoff; Auction Chairs Matt and Lori Keenan, Becky and Chris Herring, Kathy Kelly O’Connor ’74 and Ned O’Connor; Suzy and John Holt, Auction MC and Lori and Matt Keenan


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ala Auction 2012: An Affair to Remember raised over $474,000! Over 435 guests attended the March 5th event, including 35 Past Gala Auction Chairs. The successful and fun evening included dinner catered by PB&J and wine donated by Ralph and Andrea Bondon, Berbiglia. The Live Auction was conducted by the Nigro Brothers along with Master of Ceremonies John Holt from Fox 4 News. The car raffle, made possible by Molle Toyota, raised over $74,000 with Jeannette Reintjes as the lucky winner of the 2012 Rav4. Chris & Becky Herring, Matt & Lori Keenan, and Ned & Kathy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor served as Auction Co-Chairs. Mike & Mary Shanahan and John & Marny Sherman were generous sponsors and Honorary Auction Co-Chairs. In celebration of the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s centennial year, Gala Auction 2012 was truly an affair to remember!




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Chapel Chair Challenge


elebrate Sionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100th Birthday by sponsoring a Chapel Chair in the beautiful Chapel of Our Lady of Sion! To date 33 of the 120 Chapel Chairs have been sponsored, many in the names of alums, parents of alums, family members and friends of the Sion Community. Add the name of your child, significant teacher, parent, grandparent, or anyone who has had an impact on you or your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life to the Chapel Chair Donor Wall. With your commitment of $10,000, you may sponsor a Chapel chair in the Chapel of Our Lady of Sion at the High School. This gift commitment may be made over 5 years in installments of $2,000 a year. If you would like more information about the Chapel Chair Challenge, please contact Celeste Greenlee at 816-942-3282 ext. 1129 or

The Locust Campus Chapel Improvement


early all of the Locust Campus spaces are air-conditioned either with window units or as a result of new construction projects, with the exception of the chapel until now. With a generous gift from a Sion family, the Chapel is the last large space to be air-conditioned. Great care has been taken to maintain the integrity of the historic architecture and beauty of this space. Small floor units have been installed near the existing radiators and provided a welcome relief to the heat; especially during the 8th Grade Graduation Exercises that were held in the Chapel in May.


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Chapel of Our Lady of Sion Stained Glass Windows


his spring the finishing touch, a beautiful stained glass window, was installed in the Chapel of Our Lady of Sion. The window was designed by local Kansas City artist, Kathy Barnard. Kathy met with a group of faculty and staff to learn about our mission and find inspiration for the design in our history. Kathy used the phrase “Rooted in Sion” as a starting point when she chose the form of a tree with its spreading branches and leaves. The roots of the tree show stability and strength as it is rooted in the rocks and soil. Theodore and Alphonse Ratisbonne, founders of the Sisters of Sion, are illustrated in the form of two individually strong trees sprouting from one. As the trees and branches extend up, subtle shifts of texture and color convey a sense of journey and transformation. The leaves on the trees are a special diachroic glass which change colors depending on the angle of light coming through the window. As the leaves change color, it symbolizes the change from childhood to adulthood and the education and transformation of the mind and soul of our students. The leaves are more abundant as they flow into the top panel. The birds, which are not apparent upon first entering the Chapel, provide a sense of discovery as you walk closer to the Altar. The birds swooping through the sky symbolize our students’ journey through education and their graduation. They have indeed emerged from Sion to go forth into the world. Frank and Ann Uryasz generously sponsored the stained glass window. The window was blessed at the weekly morning Mass on Friday, May 11th. Please stop by the High School to see this beautiful new addition to the Chapel of Our Lady of Sion.

Ann and Frank Uryasz, Justine Uryasz '05


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Anninversary Year Memories; Part 1

Images (left to right, top to bottom): Feast Day celebration at the High School, End of year Fine Arts Concert, Spring production of 101 Dalmatians, Montessori Olympics, Margaret Wettach Watkins '34 and Sadie Goeke at the 100th Anniversary Luncheon, 8th Grade Service Awards, Strawberry picking in the garden, High School Awards Assembly, Middle School Maison Challenge Day, 6th Grade Radical Challenge Leadership Series, High School Spring Break Service Trip


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Alum News andUpdates 1960’s:


•Edna Perez-Koury ’64 welcomed her first grandchild in January 2011. John William Koury was born in North Carolina and his parents are now living in the Kansas City area where she is able to see him often. Her family feels truly blessed to have "Jack" as their newest family member.

•Cara Bohon ’00 accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and will be moving to the Bay Area in June 2012.

1980’s: •Elizabeth Humphrey Graham ’84 married to James J. Graham, now lives in Houston, Texas. She is the Director of the Texas Right to Life Program and lobbies in Austin and Washington D.C. Elizabeth received her first degree from Rockhurst University and her Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas.

1990’s: • Joey Eastman ’96 bought a new home last year in San Elijo Hills, a suburb of San Diego, California. Joey and her husband Christian welcomed a new addition to the family, Phenix William Erling Klockare, on May 24, 2011. Their daughter Freya is an excellent big sister! • Kelly Hirt Barikmo ’97and Kristoffer Barikmo, faculty member from 2003-2009, welcomed their daughter Kiley Anne Barikmo into the world on February 10, 2012, joining big brother Kaleb in the family. • Jennifer Katcher ’98 married Eddie Delaney on February 25, 2012.

•Katie Przybylski Knapp ’00 and JC welcomed their first child, James Curtis Knapp III (Trey), on March 5, 2012. Trey weighed 6 lb 3 oz and was 17 3/4 inches long. • Margaret Mahoney ’01 was appointed to the position of County Attorney in Logan County, Kansas, when the elected official was appointed District Court Judge. In July 2011, she was made a named Partner in the Law Firm Hirsch & Mahoney, LLP, of Oberlin, Kansas. Margaret works as the City Attorney in Oakley, Kansas, and the Assistant County Attorney in Decatur County, Kansas. • Emily Love Achberger ’02 would like to announce the birth of her daughter, Addison Love Achberger, born on November 3, 2011, in San Jose, California. • Sally Roberts ’02 graduated from the University of Kansas in 2006 with her B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communications. She went on to work at Sprenger McCullough & Co. ad agency, owned by fellow alumnae Stacy Sprenger McCullough, then spent two years as the development director for The ALS Association Keith Worthington Chapter. In August 2010, she moved to Florence, Italy where she found work as a food and wine tour

guide. She launched Slice of Tuscany, a trip/tour planning agency for Italy (, shortly after and continues to organize and guide Italian vacations from her current home in Rome • Lauren Gyllenborg Golden ’04 and her husband Justin welcomed their first child, Daphne Elise Golden, on April 2, 2012. • Laura Sellers ’04 will complete her MA in Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt in May 2012 and will be starting a PhD in Political Science at Vanderbilt in the fall. • Sara Laubinger Davis ’05 and husband Tyler welcomed baby Nicholas Reid on October 18, 2011. • Melissa Gleason ’05 married Michael Wirtz, a 2005 Rockhurst High School graduate, at Cure of Ars on November 5, 2011. They currently live in St. Louis, Missouri. • Jennifer Thompson ’05 married David Eyler on March 24, 2012. • Andrea Shelton ’07 graduated Cum Laude from the University of Illinois Chicago Honors College with her B.A. in Sociology. She is a premed student who was selected as the alternate for the Fulbright Scholar Program of International Education and Cultural Exchange for which she may be heading to Sri Lanka at the end of the summer.


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Alum News andUpdates In Memoriam:

• Melissa Pacheco ’08 completed her 4-year collegiate soccer career at NCAA Division I University of Richmond (Virginia) by setting several school records as the starting goalkeeper for the Spiders Women’s Soccer Program, including best goals against average in program history for a single season and for a career.

• William Cuni, father of Sharon Cuni Burson ’80 and Alison Cuni Clark ’83, passed away on April 21, 2012.

• Callie Wyrsch ’11 recently received a training job with KMOS-TV in Warrensburg as an On-Air Operations trainee. This fall she will be an official operator monitoring the master control room during air-time.

• Michael Maloney, father of Kathleen Maloney ’11, passed away on February 11, 2012.

• Helen Laing, mother of Susan Laing Nesslein ’80 and grandmother of freshman Stephanie Nesslein, passed away April 6, 2012. • Georgalee Landers, mother of high school teacher Casey McCabe and grandmother of Kindergartner Georgia, passed away on March 27, 2012

• Jennie J. Mendolia, grandmother of Laura Mendolia ’99 and Amy Mendolia ’02, passed away on February 5, 2012. • James Miller, father of grade school teacher Susan Krusemark and grandfather of Abigail Krusemark ’10, passed away April 13, 2012. • Michael Miller, father of Cristina Miller Johnson ’93 and Maria Elena Miller ’02, passed away on January 27, 2012. • Helena Miller Norquist, former grade school student, mother of Anne Norquist Patterson and sister-in-law of Dr. Patricia Cleary Miller ’57, passed away on February 15, 2012. • Barbara Paradise, grandmother of Barbara Morris Mazzanti ’91, Katie Morris Henninger ’98 and Rachel Paradise ’03, passed away on March 3, 2012. • William Nelson "Bill" Sessions, father of grade school administrative supporter Julie Martucci, passed away March 6, 2012.

Peggy Stockley Cox '68, Susan Stanton ’69 and Anne McLiney Cox ‘68

• Jerry Swords, Board of Governors’ member and father of Margi Swords ’79, Martha Swords Birkins ’81 and Missy Swords Boyer ’82, passed away February 26, 2012.

If you have some exciting Alum news to share or an update about a marriage, birth, academic or work recognition/ promotion, please email your exciting news, announcement or update to Lauren Gyllenborg Golden (’04) at lgolden@ndsion. edu. Also, let us know if an alum or loved one of an alum has passed away.



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Upcoming Alumni Events: Book Club Launch

The Alumnae(i) Association is launching a Sion Book Club this month. Participate in discussions at happy hours, become a “virtual member” if you live out of town or just read along for fun. Interested? Let us know by e-mailing and we'll keep you in the loop!

October 12 & October 13, 2012 Class Reunions celebrating the classes of: 1937, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2002

Invitation to Follow Are you Linked In? Join the Notre Dame de Sion Alumnae(i) group to connect with fellow Sion alumni & build your professional network! Did you recently move? Update your contact information with us by e-mailing

Not getting the scoop on Sion Alumni events? Update your e-mail with us by contacting sionalums@ and don’t forget to join the Notre Dame de Sion Alumnae(i) page on Facebook for the latest details. Find us on Facebook: Back row: Maggie McShane ’02, Carrie Moreland Reid ’01, JoAnna Van Draska ’99, Annie Barbieri Spohn ’73, Christine Hall ’01. Front row: Megan Thum Paone ’99, Angela Latorre ’98

100 Year Anniversary Book

A coffee table book will be published in Fall 2012 to document Sion’s invaluable one hundred year history. Order your copy of “Vive Sion: The 100th Anniversary of Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City.” The commemorative book includes a history of the school, major events in Kansas City and around the world, historical photos and quotes submitted by alumnae(i) and friends of the Sion community. 

Proceeds from the book sales benefit the Alice J Munninghoff Scholarship.

Visit to pre-order your copy today!



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Grade School Campus 3823 Locust Street Kansas City, MO 64109

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-Fr. Theodore Ratisbonne

Founder, Congregation of Notre Dame de Sion

Save the Date Opening School Year Mass and Celebration Welcoming the new Head of School, Chris Broderick, and new Sion Families, as well as coming together as a community from both campuses to celebrate the opening of a new school year.

Sunday, August 12th 3:00 p.m. Visitation Church 5141 Main Street Kansas City, Missouri

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