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2019- 2020

Annual Report

Our Mission: To pursue excellence in the Catholic Tradition.

Our Vision: Father Lopez Catholic High School is a Christ-centered community of learners. We believe that spiritual formation in the Catholic tradition and academic rigor create a positive culture where all students are free to discover their full human potential through scholarly pursuits, athletics and service leadership. Therefore, we will: 

Help our students recognize that they are created in the image and likeness of God. As such, they are good and responsible for building the Kingdom of God in our community through service and prayer.

Demonstrate our respect for one another and our school through kindness, honesty, professionalism, goodsportsmanship and school spirit.

Engage our students in authentic learning experiences while developing their problem-solving abilities across the curriculum.

Challenge our students to explore the world and realize their potential by increasing their participation in elective courses and extra-curricular activities.

Develop reflective educators who will facilitate student learning through research-based teaching practices.

Empower our entire Father Lopez community to participate in the work of our school.

3………...From our Principal

7………...Hearts of Service

4…………Father Lopez at a Glance

7………...Our Faculty

6………...Notable Achievements

Father Lopez Catholic High School is fully accredited by Cognia and The Florida Catholic Conference. The school has been fully accredited 8…………Financial Overview since its founding in 1959. 9………...Thankful for You


11……..Ways to Give

5………...Class of 2020



From Our PRINCIPAL Dear Father Lopez Stakeholders, For the better part of the 2019-2020 school year, we went about our business making plans, naive to the changes that were about to take place at the end of the year. Even in the early weeks of March, we proceeded in disbelief that the school would actually close its doors. When the stay-at-home order was issued, we pivoted quickly. Teachers and students adapted to online learning, we continued to offer quality instruction, and we maintained the integrity of course work by finding creative ways to administer assessments and collect and grade student work. A high point of the 2019-20 school year was our celebration of graduation, which took place in the parking lot of the municipal stadium, on the originally scheduled date, with all 99 of our graduates present. It is hard to talk with any sense of normalcy about the 2019-20 school year even though most of it was quite typical until March. This is because the pandemic changed our lives profoundly. As a result, we have grown and changed to meet new challenges. Our students and teachers have expanded their concept of a traditional “classroom”. Father Lopez preserved and prevailed as a family through the onset of the pandemic. Our benefactors offered generous support to us. Our teachers adapted lessons and assessments, became educational technology experts, and converted their homes to virtual classrooms. Our students rose to the challenge, learned, and completed lessons from home. In their spare time, they even crafted inspirational messages of hope and resilience to be shared with the community. Despite the reality that they missed out on many milestones, including prom, sporting events, and other celebrations, they remained positive and gave everyone a reason to stay strong. In addition to the stakeholders, teachers, staff, and students, we must give all the glory to God for the successful culmination of the 2019-20 school year. By God’s divine hand we were able to accomplish so much under such strange circumstances. It is my daily prayer that we continue to work and thrive with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, with a new awareness that we can navigate any path before us with strength and purpose. Peace be with you,

Leigh Svajko, Principal/President Father Lopez Catholic High School

Board of Directors Most Rev. John Noonan (ex officio)

Rev. Thomas Barrett, Co-Chairperson

Mr. Kevin Bowler, Co-Chairperson Mr. Charles Coleman Mr. M. Brady Lessard Mr. Frank Lombardo Mr. John S. Olivari

Ms. MaryEllen Osterndorf ’83 Mr. Eric Peburn ’87 Mrs. Lori Tolland Mr. John Ufheil Mrs. Carol Brinati (ex officio) Mr. Henry P. Fortier (ex officio) Mrs. Leigh Svajko (ex officio) Mrs. Debbie Ridgeway

Administration Mrs. Leigh Svajko

Mrs. Katelyn Fisher ’05


Director of Curriculum

Mr. Scott Drabczyk

Mrs. Katherine Foster

Assistant Principal

Mrs. Marie Gallo-Lethcoe Assistant Principal

Mr. Anthony Detente

Enrollment Coordinator/ Student Activities

Ms. Melissa Rura

Director of Guidance & College Planning

Mrs. Jamie Wade Director of Admissions

Ms. Megan Meneough ’08 Mr. Gordon White ’99 Campus Counselor

Athletic Director

Transportation Coordinator

(ex officio)




Take a VIRTUAL TOUR of our school!

It’s a Small World Father Lopez welcomed students from around the world in the 2019-20 school year. Some came to improve their English, others to experience the American way of life. It was particularly exciting to have 12 students from 11 different countries join our community during the school year: Yissel Aybar (Dominican Republic), Vitas Bergenser (Denmark), Giulia Colombo (Italy), Sauli Delgado (Dominican Republic), Alexander Dueren (Germany), Khadija Faye (Senegal), Mercedes Fernandez de Mesa Berral (Spain), Gen Mizushi (Japan), Maximilian Seybal (Austria), Jihye Shon (South Korea), Harry Yang (China), and Woo Song Chung (Malaysia).


Our 2019-20 international students and International Student Ambassadors toured Flagler College. The highlight of the day was visiting the Shrine and site where Fr. Lopez celebrated the first Mass in the United States.



9th: 80

11th: 95

Catholic: 65%

10th: 83

12th: 100

Non-Catholic: 33%

DE Courses: 6

Unknown: 2%

Honors Level Courses: 23

AP Courses: 19 (141 students took 266 tests. The average AP score was 3.0.)

(527 students were enrolled in Honors Level Courses.)

13:1 Student to Teacher Ratio 4


CLASS OF 2020 Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our 61st Commencement Exercises were held outdoors with social distancing in place. While we may have been six feet apart from each other, in true Green Wave spirit, we remained emotionally and spiritually connected.



graduates headed to college; two joined the military; and two went to trade school!

graduates earned a Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Cum Laude diploma!



graduates received the Crest of the Wave Award for displaying the core characteristics of the mission and values of FLCHS.


Amount of money our graduates received in scholarship dollars

graduates received the Principal’s Award!

100% of our seniors graduated!




graduates signed to colleges/universities on athletic scholarships!

Our graduates join a notable group of alumni!

5 graduates are second generation Green Wave alumni!

Thank you for your service! to Alexis Faith Dawson, Class of 2020 Valedictorian, and Abigail Marie Melvin, Class of 2020 Salutatorian!

Irma Puerto-Nataren, is serving in the U.S. Navy, while Ryan Waddell, has joined the U.S. Coast Guard.

Their journey continues...

Join in the celebration! Please enjoy these highlights and the commencement ceremony from the Class of 2020’s special day.

The Class of 2020 had 243 acceptances to 88 universities and colleges around the world. Here is where they continued their educations: Carroll University Clemson University College of Southern Nevada Daytona State College DME Sports Academy Elon University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Flagler College Florida Atlantic University Florida Gulf Coast University Florida State University George Mason University High Point University Johnson and Wales University

Norwich University Quinnipiac University Rollins College Santa Fe College Seminole State College St. Francis College Stetson University Texas Tech University The Catholic University of America The George Washington University Trade Schools United States Coast Guard Academy Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

University of Alabama University of California, Davis University of Central Florida University of Miami University of Mississippi University of Missouri, Mizzou University of North Carolina School of the Arts University of North Florida University of San Diego University of South Carolina University of Tampa University of Texas- Austin Valencia College





Notable ACHIEVEMENTS Here is a look at a few of our students’ achievements throughout the year. Congratulations! Senior Gabriella Peburn earned the Girl Scouts of America’s highest honor, the Gold Award, after presenting her final project at GSA’s Citrus Council. She saw the lack of oral health care while on mission with Lopez in the Dominican Republic last year, and was inspired to create a teaching unit for this year’s mission team. Gabby created a bilingual activity book, secured a print sponsor, and initiated a

toothpaste and toothbrush drive at Lopez. The collected items were meant to be delivered with the personal healthcare unit to be a focus of teaching for the entire week of the DR mission trip which was scheduled in March 2020. The trip had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the items collected were shipped to their intended destination.

Six Art Students Recognized in 2020 NE Florida Scholastic Art Awards In a regional competition with nearly 3,200 entries, six Lopez students earned recognition in the 2020 NE Florida Scholastic Art Awards: Emily Haws (Gold Key), Kimberly Nicks (Silver Key & Honorable Mention), Alana Rosenblum (Silver Key & Honorable Mention), Pranav Sharma (Honorable Mention), Ashley Sutherland (Honorable Mention), and Gabrielle Watson (Silver Key).

Members of the Spanish National Honor Society led Prayer at the Cross on September 18. Señor Hazlewood wrote a letter to Pope Francis and received a response over the summer. Our students read the original and translated responses.

National Honor Society Inductions Four Father Lopez Honor Societies inducted new members on Tuesday, November 19, 2019: National Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, Societe Honoraire de Français, and Mu Alpha Theta. Click here for the program.


Junior Flynn Baliton was selected as a member of the 2019-20 FHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In this role, she helped to identify topics, issues, and concerns facing studentathletes in Florida. She is one of four students representing Section Two which comprises schools from 11 counties.

Father Lopez Student-Athletes Go the Distance Senior Green Wave medaled. Several members of the boys swimmer, Tyler Long, had team set new personal records at the state a fantastic season. After meet. setting a new school Senior Green Wave golfer, record in the 100 Butterfly Lisa Colee, qualified for her at the Region 1-1A Boys fourth FHSAA State Girls Swimming Championship; he went on to Golf Tournament where she finish 21st in the 50 Freestyle and 24th in finished 8th overall. This was Lisa’s second straight top ten the 100 Butterfly at the FHSAA State finish at the state golf Championship! championship, and she was named the Both the Lopez boys’ and girls’ cross Daytona Beach News-Journal Girls Golf country teams attended the FHSAA State Player of the Year. Coach Tom Blawn was Championships for the 7th year in a row! named the News-Journal Girls Golf Coach The girls finished 6th and the boys finished of the Year. 12th overall. Seniors Samantha Gayton Dancing Green Wave won first place in the (11th) and Claire McDonnell (14th) both Star Spirit Virtual Nationals!

Graduates competing at the college level:

Khadija Faye ‘20 was selected as the Daytona Beach NewsJournal Girls Basketball Player of the Year and the Florida Association of basketball coaches 3A All-State First Team.

George Washington University), Taneja Robinson (track, St. Francis University), Parker Savas (lacrosse, Flagler College), Ryan Waddell Lisa Colee (golf, Stetson), Khadija Faye (basketball,Texas Tech), (football, Coast Guard Academy), Madeline White (volleyball, College of Samantha Gayton (cross country/track, Flagler College), Thomas ‘Gunnar’ Southern Nevada), and Tiera White (basketball, Quinnipiac). Harrison (baseball, Embry-Riddle), Claire McDonnell (cross country/track,


HEARTS of Service Our faith-centered environment sets us apart from other high schools in Volusia county. Every year, our students embrace their call to use their God-given gifts and talents in service to others. It is by sharing our gifts that we truly show gratitude to God. These are the highlights of our students’ service projects for 2019-2020:

Service: A Catholic Schools Week tradition Catholic Schools Week kicked off per Lopez tradition - students braved the cold to sleep in the school courtyard armed with nothing more than a shirt, pants, and a cardboard to keep them warm at the 12th Annual Homeless Lock-Out. They were able to “rent” items to use for the night. Afterward the 72 blankets, 68 sweatshirts, and 49 sleeping bags were donated to the Hope Place Family Shelter. The event, which was the largest Homeless LockOut in Lopez history, raised $11,823. These funds will be used to provide for people suffering from food insecurity. In addition, students and staff participated in a service day and completed a variety of campus-wide service projects.

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Student Service Stars. They were honored during Catholic Schools Week for leading their classes in the number of hours served.

Father Lopez Catholic High School students completed 16,320 service hours* throughout the year! * Please note that service opportunities were discontinued in March because of COVID-19.

Our FACULTY 30 Number of faculty

53% Hold advanced degrees

30% are Catholic school graduates. Six faculty members are alumni of Father Lopez!

In recognition for her years of outstanding service and dedication, Math teacher, Mrs. Mollie Bentley, received the 2019-2020 Distinguished Educator for Father Lopez Catholic High School! Mrs. Bentley goes above and beyond the call of duty to inspire her students. We are grateful for her professionalism and the ministry she brings to our students and school!



FINANCIAL Overview Revenue

Operating Expenses


$4,616,805 4%

1% 3%


23% 68%







◼ Tuition & Fees, net ◼ Development ◼ Student Activities & Athletics ◼ Resale Activities ◼ Support & Other Income

◼ Salaries & Benefits ◼ Instructional ◼ Facilities ◼ Resale Services ◼ Student Activities &Athletics ◼ Development ◼ Administration



THANKFUL for You The 2019-2020 Lopez Fund was a success thanks to generous contributions from Father Lopez Families and Friends, including parents, grandparents, alumni and members of our local community. The support received financially impacts every student, every day here on campus. We truly appreciate the ongoing assistance we receive and thank those who have supported the 2019-2020 Lopez Fund.

A 3 Day Appraisal, Inc./Mr. James Sweeney A+ Tutoring Mr. and Mrs. Jack Acebal Mr. and Mrs. B. Scott Albury '75 Mr. Norm "N. J." Anderson Ms. Alison Arlotta Atlantic Orthodontics Bahama House Mrs. Mary C. Bartimoccia Beach Front Grille Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Benza '81 Blue Ox Enterprises, LLC Bob's Bike Shop Boltz Legal Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Bowler Mrs. Cynthia Brennan Brown & Brown, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Hyatt Brown Mr. Christopher M. Brown Mr. Richard and Mrs. Anne (Goldkamp '63) Brown Mr. Robert Brown '77

BRP Ryan Insurance, LLC Bursari.com LLC GC Contractor Services, LLC/Glenn Canfiel d Mr. Robert and Mrs. Colleen (Cavanaugh '85) Carrozza Catholic Youth League, Inc. Chinelli Design Build LLC Christina & Dino, Inc. DBA Mardi Gras Fun Center Coastal Ear, Nose & Throat, PA Mr. Steven Greathouse Mr. and Mrs. Karl Davis Mr. and Mrs. Brian Dawson Daytona Beverages, LLC Daytona Net Works, Inc. Deja Blue Salon Mr. William and Mrs. Rosemary (Bonin '66) Denton DLP Positive Returns Foundation Mr. John and Mrs. Claudia (Cosio '84) Downey Dr. Jason Iannarelli P.A. dba Dr. Eye Dr. Jean Chang-Lowe, DDS, LLC

Thank you, Halifax Health Foundation for your continued support.

Donna-Dale Freedom Foundation, Inc./Mr. Robert Svoboda Mr. Scott Drabczyk Sam and Cheryl Dunn East Coast Refrigeration, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Eckert Edgewater Medical Group, LLC Estate of June Eannelli Family KIA of St. Augustine Mrs. Tina Farbolin Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Farmer '82 Father John Washington Post #1944 Father Lopez Foundation Inc. Fidelity Wepay Mr. and Mrs. James France Ms. Betty Freeman Dr. Brent ('91) and Mrs. Erin (Normand '90) Fulton Mrs. Marie Gallo-Lethcoe Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Gorman Grams Family Trust Mr. and Mrs. John Gray Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Habermehl Mrs. Joy Hafner Halifax Health Halifax Health Foundation Halifax River Yacht Club, Inc. Ms. Patricia Harris Mr. Jeffrey Hawk '83 Dr. and Mrs. G. Fredrick Herdel III Houligan's Irish Sports Pub Mr. and Mrs. William Hunter Mrs. Dorothy Hyland Indigo Dental, Inc./Dr. David Lloyd ’79 K M Hobbs Electric, Inc. Mr. Gary Kathman '70 Col. Skip Keating Dr. and Mrs. Sohit Khanna Mr. and Mrs. Charles King Mr. Tasso Kiriakes '72 Knights of Columbus, West Volusia Council 6274 Mr. Stanley J. Krawczuk Ms. Michelle Kress (Drake) L. W. & Elinor Warzecha Charitable Fund c/o Mrs. Carol (Warzecha '79) Murray 2019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT


We appreciate the support we receive from our families and alumni. Thank you, Whitney Shoemaker (center, left photo) and Mark and Heidi Nash (right photo) for your generosity! Lacey Family Charitable Foundation Ladies Professional Golf Association Mr. and Mrs. Brady Lessard Mr. Frank Lombardo David W. Lowe DDS MS PA Dr. David Lowe '87 and Dr. Jean Chang-Lowe Manne & Borer Endodontics and Micro Surgery, PL Mr. and Mrs. Philip Maroney '79 Mr. Robert G. and Paula (Purser '61) McEniry Mr. Matthew McGrane '77 Mr. and Mrs. Timothy McMahon Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Muldoon '76 Rev. and Mrs. Mark Nash '78 Dr. and Mrs. Dwight Newsome Mr. and Mrs. Michael O'Connell '76 Olivari & Associates, PA Ormond Beach Coffee Company, Inc. Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church Outback Plumbing, Inc. Overhead Door Company of Daytona Beach/ Jeff Hawk ’83 The Paspalakis Family Mr. Eric '88 and Mrs. Janet (Cataudella '89) Peburn

Dr. Rebecca Peck Ms. Trudy S. Pegg Mr. James '94 and Mrs. Monica (Baez '94) Perry Perryman Family Foundation Prestige Carpet of Daytona Inc. Mr. Stephen Michael Prugh '66 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pyle '70 Ravenwood Veterinary Clinic, P.A. Mr. Steve Rawlins '67 Realty Pros Assured LLC Reno Investments, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John Restuccia '74 Mrs. Deborah L. Ridgeway Mr. and Mrs. Steve Riley '81 Mr. and Mrs. Preston Root Ms. Stephanie Roth Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sadowniczak Mrs. Stephanie Schwarz Mr. and Mrs. Brian Schwed SeaGate Homes, LLC Sean T. McDonnell Pediatric Dentistry, Inc. Mrs. Greta (Jahnke '89) Sharp Dr. Whitney Shoemaker '91 Mr. and Mrs. Victor Silva Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Simmons ‘77

Mrs. Janet L. Skeels Mr. and Mrs. J. Gregory Smith Ms. Julie K. Song St. Brendan Catholic Church St. Peter Catholic Church Steano and Lambros, Inc. DBA Pizza King Ms. Sheila Sullivan Sun Viking Enterprises, LLC dba Sun Viking Lodge/Gary Brown ’66 Superwash Express IV, Inc. The O'Quinn Agency Dr. and Mrs. Tim Tolland Tomoka Orthodontics LLC Tomoka Property Management, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Tucker Mrs. Jamie Wade Walsh Consulting Group, Inc. Whitney Shoemaker, DO, LLC Mr. Jonathan Wiley '97 Mrs. Elizabeth (Kotas '95) Wolgemuth Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Yackel Mr. Steven Zelenty

Every effort has been made to publish an accurate list of donors to the 2019-2020 Lopez Fund. If your name was inadvertently omitted or printed incorrectly, please contact us at WeAreLopez@fatherlopez.org.


WAYS to give An Investment in our students Several endowment funds have been established for the purpose of providing tuition assistance for Father Lopez students. Seven separate endowment accounts have been invested with The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, Inc. Each year, only a percentage of investment growth may be withdrawn and distributed for tuition assistance as specified in the original endowment agreement. By making only partial withdrawals, the corpus of each fund can continue to grow. This helps ensure that scholarship aid will be available for future students in need of financial assistance. We greatly appreciate the generosity and thoughtfulness of families and friends who have made these endowments possible. Collectively, these funds have grown to more than $1.3 million as of June 30, 2020. If you would like to contribute to any of these funds, or if you would like to discuss the possibility of establishing an endowment fund for the purpose of your choice, please contact School Principal Leigh Svajko at (386) 951-4344 or lsvajko@fatherlopez.org.


BEQUESTS By including Father Lopez Catholic High School in your will, you can be a part of the education of future generations. You can bequeath a percentage of your estate, a fixed dollar amount or specified personal property to Father Lopez Catholic High School.

(In addition to these funds, a separate endowment also provides tuition assistance for Lopez students. The Father Lopez Foundation, Inc. awarded $153,807 in assistance for the 2019-20 school year. Mrs. Mary O’Neill-Clement serves as the Board of Trustees Chair for this endowment fund.)

MATCHING GIFTS More than 1,000 employers will match gifts to Father Lopez Catholic High School. Visit the Giving tab on our website, www.fatherlopez.org, to see if your employer will match your gift.

PERSONAL PROPERTY Art, antiques, jewelry and rare books are examples of gifts of personal CASH & COMMITMENTS Cash gifts are immediately available for use by Father Lopez. Cash gifts property that are deductible for income tax purposes at their fair market may be unrestricted or restricted to special projects here on campus. value. Commitments enable donors to show support immediately and pay REAL ESTATE when convenient. Gifts of real estate usually allow the avoidance of the capital gains tax and provide a charitable deduction. Lifetime occupancy of a donated DEFERRED GIFTS Our tax advisor can discuss various trusts and other forms of deferred residence may be retained. contributions that can benefit Father Lopez Catholic High School and SECURITIES provide life income for you or your loved one. Appreciated stocks or bonds can be donated to Father Lopez and may be deducted for income tax purposes at full, fair market value on the IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER Individuals age 70½ years and older can make direct transfers from date of transfer with no significant capital gains liability. traditional and Roth IRAs to Father Lopez in amounts up to $100,000. Such gifts are free from federal taxation and income taxes under the laws of states that follow federal guidelines for determination of Adjusted For more information on how you can Gross Income (AGI). give to Father Lopez Catholic High LIFE INSURANCE A gift of life insurance is a wonderful way to make a significant gift to Father Lopez Catholic High School. An existing policy may be donated or a new policy purchased. Father Lopez should be named as the beneficiary and premiums are tax deductible.

School, please contact: Principal Leigh Svajko at (386) 951-4344 or lsvajko@fatherlopez.org



Father Lopez Catholic High School is a Christ-centered community of learners. We believe that spiritual formation in the Catholic Tradition and academic rigor create a positive culture where all students are free to discover their full human potential through scholarly pursuits, athletics and service leadership.


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