Marianapolis Magazine Spring 2013

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The magazine of Marianapolis Preparatory School

Spring 2013

During L.E.A.P. Week in March, students traveled throughout the United States and beyond for experiential learning opportunities. Cover: Marianapolis students watch the sunset from Jekyll Island, Georgia. Below: students and faculty pause after a hike through Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. For more images from L.E.A.P. Week, turn to page 16.

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In This Issue Board of Directors Dan Atwood, Chairman P’01, P’07 Joseph Adiletta ’72 Alyson Aleman ’89 Richard Androlewicz P’99, P’05 Charlie Baron P’93, P’95 Ron Coderre Dave Conrad William DuPont P’10, P’17 Ryan Ford P’13, P’15, P’16 Sherry Irwin P’09, P’10 Paul LaFramboise ’79, P’07, P’10, P’15 Keith O’Hara Raenato Patria ’56 Tammy Rawls P’10, P’12 Mark Russell ’67 Rob Werge ’84, P’11, P’13 Administration Head of School Assistant Head of School Chief Financial Officer Dean of Students and Residential Life Director of Admission Director of Athletics Director of Camp Stonewall Director of College Counseling Director of Development Director of Information Technology

Joseph Hanrahan Karen Tata Doug Daniels David DiCicco Daniel Harrop Eric Gustavson Emily Allen Edward Sembor Susan Andersen James Zientek

Advancement Contributors Alumni and Development Officer Mary Kalencik Coordinator of External Programming Robin Cassella



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Welcome from Head of School Joe Hanrahan


Gifts and Enhancements: the projects that have impacted campus life throughout the year


Marianapolis - A Strategic Vision: The strategic plan to secure the school for generations


Technology: iPads, portals, Tech Crew and more. Marianapolis students and faculty embrace cutting- edge classroom resources


L.E.A.P. Week: This year’s experiential learning program opened up a whole new world for students

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M Life: Athletics

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Class Notes


Summer Programs: Campus is alive with scholarship and athleticism throughout the summer months

Class of 2017: Cause to Celebrate A Year of Courage: A look at the accomplishments and celebrations of the class of 2013

M Life: Arts M Life: Around the World M Life: Student Life & Campus Ministry Alumni Weekend Recap: A look at the reunions, the games, and the future for Marianapolis alumni

Camp Stonewall: The sleepaway camp at Marianapolis for a new generation of knights

Principal photography: Cosmo Quercia, Emily Allen, Robin Cassella, Dylan-Ernst Schäfer, Jake Sumner, Justine Gendreau, Lisa Bodreau, Christopher Lundt ’16, and Juju Camizzi ’14. Thank you to all those who contributed. Printed at Lane Press in Burlington, Vermont. Marianapolis Golf Tournament artwork (back cover): Jimin Kim ’14

Welcome. I write this note having just presided over my second

graduation at Marianapolis. Each graduating class has its own cast of wonderful characters that have spent their years here laughing, learning, and facing the challenges of transitioning from adolescence to young adulthood. This graduation takes on a special meaning for my wife Jane and me, as our eldest son Jack is a member of the Class of 2013. We simply could not be more proud that he will forever carry the distinction of being a Marianapolis alumnus. I have had many conversations with alumni about their Marianapolis experience, most recently at this year’s Alumni Weekend in May. The members of the 50th class shared riveting stories of their time here on campus. A common theme in the dialogue among decades of graduates was the preparedness that each person felt transitioning to college life and beyond. The same academic rigor and faculty support remain cornerstones of the Marianapolis experience today. Our new graduates now look to the futures that lie before them. The students on our cover visited Jekyll Island, Georgia during L.E.A.P. Week; they, too, looked on towards a glowing horizon. And for all of us - explorers, innovators, dreamers - we consider the tremendous opportunities ahead for Marianapolis. The school’s future relies on three distinct constituencies, all working together on behalf of our students: a committed faculty and administration, our philanthropic alumni, parents and friends, and the new families willing to entrust their child’s college preparation to us. We are blessed that Marianapolis has momentum in all three areas, and we are confident that we can continue to work collaboratively to shape the school’s future. This magazine has a myriad of stories and updates to explore. I invite you to enjoy each of them, including the Strategic Vision article that highlights more of what’s ahead for Marianapolis. In the meantime, I wish the best of luck to our outgoing class of seniors and extend a warm welcome to the incoming Class of 2017. To all those whose lives have been touched by the family that is Marianapolis: enjoy the pages that follow. Warm regards,

Joseph C. Hanrahan Head of School 2





Class of 2017: Cause to Celebrate Each year, Marianapolis offers 4-year scholarships to

incoming freshmen. Scholarships are awarded to those students with academic excellence (as illustrated by classroom achievement), exemplary teacher recommendations, and a high entrance exam score. Extracurricular activities and an essay written by the student are also weighed in the decision.







Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2017, recipients of this years’ awards: Frances Adams - Woodstock Middle School, Woodstock, CT Dalton Bodreau - Oxford Middle School, Oxford, MA Jordan Buell - Oxford Middle School, Oxford, MA Samantha Depatie - St. Louis School, Oxford, MA Bruce Dexter - Pomfret Community School, Pomfret, CT Simone Fournier - St. Louis School, East Putnam, CT Erin Miller - St. Anne School, Webster, MA Sarah Uwazany - Woodstock Middle School, Woodstock, CT



When acceptance packets went out from the Admission Office at the start of the year, Marianapolis asked the newest members of the community to let us join in the excitement! Students sent us photos, videos, and artwork that shared how they celebrated the great news. Here’s just a taste: a wonderful illustration from incoming freshman Delia Hannon of Putnam, CT. The official winner of the contest was Matthew Kelly ’17 of Thompson, CT. He made a video to share his celebration with the entire Marianapolis community. To view the video, please visit To Matt, Delia, and all our incoming students - WELCOME! P





A Year of Courage

As is tradition, the 86th Marianapolis commencement began with

a procession - a moving sea of white dresses, blue blazers, maroon ties, and big smiles. Graduates approached the crowd of guests and stopped to ring the victory bell – a symbolic celebration of their many accomplishments. 4





The 82 members of the Class of 2013 represented five states

During the ceremony, the senior class officers also presented

(CT, MA, MD, NY, RI) and eight countries (Korea, Mexico,

a gift to Marianapolis: a new shot clock and scoreboard for

China, Russia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Taiwan, and the United

the Athletic Complex. Senior Class Treasurer Eric Bordua

States). Some students had attended Marianapolis for four

said that the scoreboard serves more than just its intended

years; others for just this one. Among the students were

purpose; to the Class of 2013, it represents both time and

athletes, artists, boarders, day students, and postgraduates.


Many students plan to attend colleges and universities in the U.S.; others are traveling abroad to study. Despite their diverse

“Just like this scoreboard, we want our class to be remembered

backgrounds, interests, and destinations, for that Sunday

and the memories of our class to be here forever,” Bordua said.

afternoon, the members of the Class of 2013 were united simply as golden knights.

As the ceremony continued, Head of School Joe Hanrahan revealed that he had collaborated with the seniors in order

Four-year student and salutatorian Cathleen Casillo of

to recognize a dear friend of the school. Mr. Brett Stuart

Auburn, Massachusetts addressed her peers about the

and his family had quietly visited Marianapolis on several

importance of living in the moment.

occasions over the past few years. They became generous – and anonymous – financial donors to the institution, intent

“Time has passed so quickly here, and I now realize it has been

on bolstering as many areas of campus life as they could. With

my only enemy,” she said. “I just wish that rather than fighting

Mr. Stuart’s help, Marianapolis was able to add classrooms to

time, I reminded myself to always enjoy it with the people

St. John’s, implement the iPad program, open the school store

that make me happy.” Casillo will be attending Duquesne

and student lounge, and expand athletic programs including

University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and is enrolled in the

baseball, crew, volleyball, and softball. Given the tremendous

nursing program.

impact of the family’s support, Mr. Hanrahan implored Mr. Stuart to allow the community to recognize their efforts, and

Valedictorian Emily Audet of Woodstock, Connecticut

Stuart – in typically quiet fashion – agreed. On Sunday, Mr.

reflected that while the Class of 2013 was parting ways to

Hanrahan announced that the seniors had extended to Mr.

begin the next journey in life, the “friend- and memorymaking is far from over.” “Next year,” she said, “we have to remember that our high school friends may be far away from us, but that they are never any farther than a phone call and that it is never too late to revive an old friendship.” Audet will attend Scripps College in Claremont, California.

The world needs each and every one of you to make a difference. Always, always be courageous.

Anna Werge looks on as the awarding of diplomas begins P





Stuart honorary membership in their graduating class; with that, their ranks of eighty-two became eighty-three. The morning continued with the commencement address, delivered by State Sen. Donald E. Williams Jr., President Pro Tempore. Senator Williams highlighted the extraordinary range of service commitments made by the graduating class, and challenged them to continue to impact their communities - even in the face of adversity. “Have the courage to do what is right,” he charged them, “not what is popular.” Claudina Furtado and Ben Wilson (faculty)

Senior class dean Joseph Parodi then called the name of each graduate, and a deafening roar of applause and cheers greeted students as they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. No longer seniors, the newest class of alumni stepped off the stage and exchanged high fives with fellow graduates. In closing the ceremony, Mr. Hanrahan shared an original song with which he used to serenade his eldest son Jack ’13 as a baby. To the crowd of graduates, he said, “It is time to write your own songs – a series of number one hits throughout your lifetime. Be proud to sing and rejoice in all the blessings that

Salutatorian Cathleen Casillo

Valedictorian Emily Audet (left) with Jamie Barrette and Kylie Beauregard

have been bestowed upon you.” He concluded the year just as he began it: with a spotlight on courage. “The world needs courageous people,” Hanrahan charged. “The world needs people with the courage to stand up to those who cause harm to others. The world needs people to help the sick and the poor. The world needs highly educated people to stare down discrimination at the root cause. The world needs each and every one of you to make a difference. Always, always be courageous.”

Mingdanyang Wu, Bill Benedict (faculty), Fan “Alex” Yang, and Zibo Wei

Have the courage to do what is right - not what is popular.


Honorary member of the Class of 2013 Brett Stuart P




Prizes & Awards 2013 Tom Perkins Art Award

Liangwei “Jerry” Huang Weiting “Wendy” Zhang


Emily Audet Jamie Barrette


Olivia Mandile


Olivia Mandile

Gertrude Salvas ESL Fr. Albin Gurklis Mathematics Music Physics Social Studies Spanish Theology Eric Gustavson U.S. History Dance Distinguished Leadership Award Marilyn S. Ebbitt Award Valedictorian Bowl Salutatorian Bowl Father Casimir Kuckell Memorial Award

Mingdanyang “Jerry” Wu Fan “Alex” Yang Jonathan Pascone

Ka Yan “Angel” Chu signs the Marianapolis rock

Tiancheng “Leo” Jiao Emily Audet Sydney Latour Cathleen Casillo Liam Adams Melissa Veshi Liam Adams Sabira Moradi Emily Audet Cathleen Casillo

Commencement speaker Donald Williams

Sydney Latour

Rebeca Zertuche Valdez, celebrating the receipt of her diploma

David Ford Father John Petrauskus Award John Kendratavich Memorial Award Dr. Louis Loffredo Award Marianapolis Alumni Merit Award Marianapolis Service Award Mother of Marianapolis Award Trinity Foundation Faculty Award

Jamie Barrette Liangwei “Jerry” Huang Mingdanyang “Jerry” Wu Liam Adams James Scheuritzel Liangwei “Jerry” Huang Dr. Edward Sembor

David Ford with grandmother Jean Scaccia and sister Julia ’15

Michelle Parker (faculty) and Liangwei “Jerry” Huang

Liam Adams ’13 (center), siblings Frances ’17 & Christian ’15 (right), and family P




Senior class dean Joseph Parodi


Year in Review: Gifts Marianapolis was blessed throughout the 2012-2013 school

“We felt that the elevator was a great asset to give to

year by the generosity of parents, alumni, and friends of the

Marianapolis,” noted Mr. Kunkel. “If it allows just one

school. Highlighted here are some of this year’s major gifts and

grandparent, parent, aunt, uncle, or friend access to the gym

enhancements that will impact the community for generations

to watch a loved one participate in a sporting event, it was well

to come.

worth the investment.”

Since 1941, statues depicting the Stations of the Cross have showcased the community’s unwavering Catholic faith. Each sculpture is ensconced in over 150 square feet of limestone and the aesthetic was designed with Lithuanian tradition in mind. Yet, more than seventy years of aging caused these iconic pieces to wear, crumble, and weather. Thanks to the generosity of the Stuart family, Marianapolis was empowered to return the statues to their original luster. The school began the restoration process in 2012, and as classes commenced, these stations served as a renewed reminder of Catholic values throughout the campus.

The elevator was put to good use already in the winter season, as the girls’ varsity basketball team seized the SENE championship and boys’ varsity basketball hosted the NEPSAC semifinal game before a crowd of 300 fans. Alumnus Jerry Beaudoin ’65 and wife Sun committed support to the growing Marianapolis Astronomy program in February of 2013. Their gift allows the school to invest in sophisticated astronomical equipment that will help generations of students to explore the galaxy. “The new equipment enables us to take true-color images and

In wishing to invite extended family to see Patrick ’13

false-color images of planets, galaxies, and nebulae in ways

and Justin ’15 compete at Marianapolis, the Kunkel family

we have never done before at Marianapolis,” explains science

recognized a shortcoming of the Athletic Complex: limited

faculty Elizabeth Snape. “We can take emission spectra for

gymnasium access for the handicapped. As a result, parents Jay and Naomi gave thoughtfully to the school, designating their contribution to the construction of a wheelchairaccessible elevator.

The Kunkel Family, donors to the Athletic Complex

Jerry Beaudoin ’65 and wife Sun, donors to the Astronomy program

Restoration of the Stations of the Cross statues






and Enhancements

The transformation of the new baseball field, completed in spring 2013

stars and other celestial bodies, which we can use to identify

with the unpredictable perils of its outfield terrain - the

the different elements that compose that body.”

program was ready to expand.

The gift not only enhances the Astronomy curriculum, but

Work on a new field commenced in fall 2012, as earth

also directly supports the Digital Photography program.

leveling prepped the area for springtime play. The late thaw

The Art Department can now include the study of

of 2013 delayed the installation of duggouts and backstop

astrophotography on the syllabus.

fencing, but Richard “Dickie” Androlewicz, owner of Rampco Construction Co Inc, spearheaded efforts to complete the

Digital Photography teacher Dylan-Ernst Schäfer explains,

project midseason. Grass grew in green under cleats, and the

“Students can use photography to see beyond the limitations

varsity team battled for home victories on their way to the

of what is registered by the human eye. This equipment allows

2013 SENE championship title.

students to capture low light and long exposures, opening their minds to the possibility that art can transcend both

For seniors, playing on the new field was the definitive way

nature and physics.”

to finish their Marianapolis careers. “We were given such awesome resources to improve the program as a whole; in

The Marianapolis baseball program began to assess space

turn, our attitudes, performance, and work ethic saw a huge

constraints in the spring of 2012, and the number of athletes

improvement,” explains captain Andrew Gemme ’13. For him,

interested in the sport compelled the Athletic Department to

and for all the graduating seniors, they “left the team at an

create a JV team. With only one field on which to play - and

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A Strategic Vision for






This past year, Marianapolis Preparatory School invited

Similarly, participants considered areas of institutional

members of its community to join in a strategic visioning

constraint, isolating the challenges that would need to be

conference. Over a two-day period, the Strategic Visioning

addressed in order for the school to continue on a trajectory of

Group (SVG) discussed and shared their perspectives on the

positive growth.

institution. The diversity of the group - which consisted of board members, faculty, staff, alumni, and current parents -

The culminating efforts of the SVG produced a series of eight

yielded insightful discourse and a variety of viewpoints.

targeted vision statements. These goals highlight the plan by which the institution will achieve measurable success, with

The SVG was charged with assessing three critical areas of

high levels of accountability for all campus constituents.

Marianapolis: its strengths, its obstacles to success, and its vision for the future. Attendees embraced the responsibility

“The vision statements clearly define a pathway for faculty,

to question whether they observed common institutional

alumni and parents to support the growth of the school in a

strengths and recognized the obstacles faced by the school.

meaningful way,” explained Head of School Joe Hanrahan.

Ultimately, participants helped to articulate the answer to a

“We know we must do everything in our power to secure

simple question: What future do you see for Marianapolis?

Marianapolis for generations. A clear vision, defined goals, and a campus plan provide us the necessary tools to reach

The group began by reviewing the language and message of

those new heights. We are limited only by our imaginations.”

the school’s mission statement, which is, in its simplest terms, an affirmation of “who we are.” Next, the SVG brainstormed to

The vision statements include:

produce a global vision statement that would assert the goals

• Our residential experience will prioritize quality of life for

for the future (in other words, “we will become...”). The SVG

faculty and students. The school will endeavor to build new

articulated this:

residential accommodations on par with standards set by St. Albert’s and Bayer House.

“Marianapolis Preparatory School will become a leader in the

• We will strengthen our Campus Ministry program and

Catholic educational community, committed to exploring and

community service outreach, becoming a reliable resource to

adopting innovative educational techniques while remaining

those in need and a leader in service-based education.

traditional in its approach to character development.”

• We will continue to reconnect with our broad networks of alumni, parents and friends, inviting them all to take an

From this point of mutual understanding, the SVG continued to assess the school’s values, devising statements that could

active role in securing the school.

express the significance of these values to Marianapolis.

• We will recruit and retain the very best teaching faculty. P





• In an effort to diversify our total population, we will secure

The process of developing a campus plan is well underway.

local, regional, and international residential matriculants.

This crucial collaborative endeavor will enhance the coherence

• We will empower our students to seek college placement

and impact of all physical plant resources. Meanwhile, the strategic vision document will continue to serve as a

opportunities on regional, national, and international

touchstone, guiding current and future constituencies to

scales; we will support them in seeking placement at highly

achieve a united vision for the school.

competitive institutions. • We will sustain our commitment to providing a superior secondary school education – one that is rich with the

Community Values

traditions of Marianapolis’ history and one that is informed by a Catholic perspective.

Before the future of Marianapolis could be discussed in

• To remain competitive in the global market, we must match

earnest, the SVG needed to establish a common language: an

our curricular and co-curricular focus with a commitment to

articulation of the community’s collective values. While the

ensuring that we have the facilities and resources to attract

school has numerous strengths, the statements below were

top-quality students.

agreed upon as values of Marianapolis that are historically significant as well as crucial to maintain throughout future

Without question, there is a critical interdependence among

institutional growth.

each of these goals for the future. Hanrahan noted “We will

recruit and retain the very best teaching faculty” as an

Marianapolis cultivates a lifelong commitment to engaged, responsible citizenship.

example. “We must have the best and brightest faculty in order to prepare the best and brightest students, “ he said, highlighting

The Marianapolis faculty imparts an intellectual, creative, and interpersonal education; graduates emerge as able contributors on the global frontier.

the connection to sustaining our commitment to providing a superior secondary school education. Improving the residential experience is equally integral: “Supporting our faculty with an outstanding quality of life on both professional and personal fronts will ultimately lead them to make teaching at

Marianapolis their career, not just a stop over.”

Marianapolis sustains its nurturing community environment with fidelity to tradition, integrity, and advancement.

The work of the SVG was compiled into a comprehensive strategic vision document, which will have a lasting impact on the school for years to come. Board of Directors Chair Dan Atwood noted, “I know firsthand the impact that

Fundamental Catholic values enrich all aspects of life at Marianapolis.

a Marianapolis education has had on our family. I have witnessed how the institution’s culture and continuing improvements provided our children who attended the school with an outstanding scholastic experience in their time here.

The Marianapolis population maintains not only international diversity, but also acceptance of all faiths, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

We are moving to a new phase of progress in the coming years, and it is critical that our advancement and innovation be informed by our traditions and values. This strategic vision, coupled with our campus plan, will help this community reach unprecedented heights.” 12





A Campus Connected

A fundamental component of a Marianapolis education is the understanding

of emerging technologies, both in the classroom and out. The faculty and administration understand that the future of global, occupational, and social growth will be driven by developments in technology. Successful graduates will be able to spearhead the pursuit of innovative strategies and dynamic collaboration, regardless of industry. As a result, Marianapolis continues to embrace all avenues that empower curious, skill-savvy students. P





State-of-the-Art Technology

helped him reinforce to students that learning is a personal responsibility and an opportunity for independent growth.

Marianapolis became an Apple iPad school at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. Immediately, the wireless

“The most exciting part about the iPad is the students’ access

infrastructure and security system of the school had to be

to information. When they ask a question, I am able to

assessed and updated in order to sustain the demands of over

demonstrate where and how to look up resources, thereby

400 iPads.

helping them become less reliant on lectures and more selfsufficient learners,” Mr. Sheridan said. This philosophy is

“We have tripled our wireless speed and capacity and

particularly critical within the ESL department, as students

quadrupled the allowance of devices connected,” explained

for whom English is not a native language must commit to

Jim Zientek, Director of Information Technology. “It’s a state-

extensive study outside of normal classroom hours.

of-the-art support system for this sophisticated equipment.” The uses for the iPad do not end in the classroom. Coaches Reinforcement has been a critical aspect of the IT Office’s

find countless ways to integrate film and statistical analysis

efforts this year. Wireless speed within the Main Academic

into their extra-curricular instruction. Applications allow

Building, the Athletic Complex, the Admission Office, and St.

instructors to give feedback to players by videotaping their

John’s Hall has increased by five times since September. The

movements and noting analysis right on the film. Programs

residential houses operate on a separate wireless system that

offer statistical breakdowns for teams and individuals, helping

provides comparable support to their small populations of 15-

pinpoint areas of strength and inconsistency.

25 residents. With students and faculty connecting multiple devices to the wireless system at any given time, IT helps

While the introduction of iPad technologies was new to the

manage over 800 connections every day.

Marianapolis community in 2012, the integration into campus life has been accomplished with unprecedented speed and

In addition, an extra layer of security has been added to

profound success. Both students and faculty will be integral to

protect both the school and users. Internet compliance

the continued growth of the program in years to come.

hardware allows the school to monitor what is being used on The Portal System: Maximizing Interconnection

a school iPad and aids in loss or theft recovery by enabling the track location feature. The future goals for the school’s technology growth include expanding the wireless range to all

In addition to the iPad initiative, 2012 also marked the launch

the athletic fields and incorporating all of the dorms into one

of the portal system: a password-protected online tool that


connects parents, students and teachers. On a portal, students can find homework assignments and virtual resources right

iPad: The Classroom and Beyond

at their fingertips. Parents are able to view their child’s grades and assignments as well as connect with teachers and advisors.

The iPad initiative has allowed students and faculty access to progressive technology to supplement classroom learning.

Communication is a vital element fostered by the portal

Since its implementation, teachers are finding unique ways to

system. Students can connect with teachers after-hours when

integrate the iPad in their lesson plans.

help is needed, and parents are able to access the day-to-day information that may otherwise be out of reach.

Scott Sheridan, Manager of Educational Technology and ESL faculty, has incorporated the iPad into all aspects of his

Lisa George, mother of Lauren ’14, said the portal has been

curriculum. Use of various language applications – as well as

an invaluable tool and has helped to ease her mind about her

operating daily lessons and assessments on the iPad – has

daughter’s academics. “It’s a one-stop tool for parents to see






Spotlight: The TechCrew

what our kids have going on,” Ms. George said. “I like looking ahead and seeing where I can provide support, and sure enough, the portal provides me with the feedback on how and

Much of the success of the iPad program is due to the TechCrew. The TechCrew is comprised of students who work to improve the implementation and infrastructure of the school’s technology resources.

when to offer help.” Students appreciate the structure and accountability that the portal creates – as well as the online community it promotes.

Tasked with the new challenge of supporting the iPad initiative, the TechCrew jumped into action. Junior Nick O’Brien is the head of the iPad department in TechCrew; he organized students into groups of ten and contacted them with specifics on where and when to get their iPad. Within one week, all students had their devices in-hand.

“I like the portal because it creates a place where student and teacher can connect in a unique way, different from any other form of communication. It creates a learning space that can be beneficial, not only to the student, but to the entire Marianapolis community,” Erin McDowell ’15 said. Just as they are engaging the resources of the iPad, teachers are

The TechCrew also serves as a resource to students for technological training and support. Their biggest project, however, is collaborating with other schools to create their own tech crews, using the model and resources implemented here at Marianapolis.

also taking advantage of the portal as an educational tool. Rev. Timothy Roth, M.I.C., chair of the theology department, uses the portal to post students’ assignments, due dates and test dates a month in advance. He also posts links to websites that further explain topics discussed in class on a particular day. A useful portion of the portal to Rev. Roth is the quizzes section,

O’Brien explains, “We’ve created a toolkit, so a school that wants to start a tech crew can download the dos and don’ts for different programs that we used to set ours up.”

where the grading is done automatically, and the students receive instant feedback. Ultimately, Rev. Roth believes the portal to be an effective forum for student interaction.

Common to all TechCrew participants is a passion for innovation, creativity, and problem solving.

“It provides an opportunity for students to be better prepared for class discussions and to follow along with the notes without being distracted by simply copying down information.

“I love technology,” shares Jeremiah Knipe ’14. “There’s a lot that you can do with it and there is a need for technology assistance in every school. Technology always acts up - and you’re always going to need someone to fix it.”

Most students are able to understand the material quicker and can move to the higher levels of thinking – analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating,” Rev. Roth said. While the Marianapolis portal currently serves students, parents, teachers, and board members, its uses are not yet exhausted. Future knights have full access in 2013-2014, as the prospective student portal offers unique Marianapolis insight to applicants in the admission process. Similar expansion to unite Marianapolis alumni online is underway as well. As the reach of technology expands within our daily lives, the Marianapolis curriculum adjusts to integrate innovation and creativity into instruction. Graduates of the school will continue to bring superior preparation and imagination to their college endeavors – and beyond. P









WEEK 2013

The Quest for the Holy Trail: Hiking 45 miles of the Appalachian Trail

This past March, L.E.A.P. Week (an acronym for Learn /

need from Lewiston, Maine to Lima, Peru, while “Mission: Marianapolis� built a low ropes course right here on campus.

Explore / Advance / Prepare) presented a unique opportunity for students to investigate ideas - and the globe. They became engaged in education through action, which served as a

Whether they were in Louisiana, Georgia, Colorado, or

curricular compliment to the traditional classroom approach.

Connecticut, students had a common L.E.A.P. Week outcome:

Put simply: they learned by doing. And collectively, they did

a greater understanding of their world through passionate,

a lot.

practical discovery. Some of the L.E.A.P. Week options will

Canine Community Service


From indoor skydiving to

recur in coming years, while

geocaching, from hiking in

new faculty and fresh ideas

the rain to watching sunsets

will open additional frontiers

on the beach, our students

in the months to come. And

accessed dynamic experiences

as always, Marianapolis is

well beyond any classroom.

indebted to Tara Kelly and

Service played an integral role

Karen Tata (faculty) for their

in many programs; our groups

efforts to make L.E.A.P. Week

supported communities in

unforgettable for all involved. P




Face the Challenge

Picture This: The - Students exploring the edge of Thunder Hole in Maine’s Acadia Maine Seacoast National Park. They captured over 1,000 photos in their weeklong adventure. Left: Students constructed platforms for a low ropes course during Mission: Marianapolis.

Lights, Camera, L.A. - Students journeyed to sunny Los Angeles, CA. They toured the L.A. Clippers training facility, learned the tricks of Hollywood makeup artists, and even took the stage themselves! The Psychology - Students partnered with First Steps Early Learning of Childhood Center in North Grosvenordale, CT to develop and implement their L.E.A.P. curriculum.

Bottom Left: During A Taste of Cleveland, students prepared Amish chicken and local bread croutons. Bottom Right: Elaborate masks and costumes were just part of A Cajun Adventure in the Big Easy.

Mission: Maine - The group pauses at the end of a day at the Good Shepherd Food bank; their week of service in Lewiston, ME also included working with children, animals, and community outreach programs. Artists and Alchemists - Working with an open flame, students melted glass and then shaped it into intricate beads.











Boys’ Lacrosse: The varsity lacrosse team finished the spring season 1-7. The team improved a great deal against talented opponents. The freshman class made a big impact while juniors Ian Waldron, Luke Jones, Paul Doherty, Jeff Peiczarka, Nick O’Brien and Frank Caputo led the team.

WINTER Boys’ Basketball: The boys’ basketball team achieved a 22-8 record with hard work and team focus. The team earned a #4 seed in the NEPSAC Class AA tournament and a home game in the playoffs for the first time in three years. Selected to the All-Class AA Second Team was Michael Mallory ’13 (SCSU); Greg Senat and Bobby Ahearn earned Honorable Mentions.

Girls’ Lacrosse: Thanks to captains Jamie Barrette ’13 and Anna Werge ’13, the girls’ lacrosse team remained unified and optimistic throughout a tough 1-1-12 season. Memorable games included a well-fought battle against Portsmouth Abbey and a tie against Wilbraham & Monson.

Girls’ Basketball: The lady knights clinched the 2013 SENE title. Their 19 season victories also qualified them for NEPSAC class “B” tournament play. Selected to the 2013 NEPSAC All-Star Team were Sydney Latour ’13, Jill Bodreau ’14, and Julia Ford ’15. Latour scored her 1000th point this season and become the all-time leading scorer in girls’ and boys’ basketball history at Marianapolis.

Softball: The softball team placed third in New England after the WNEPSGSA tournament semifinal. They closed the season 12-4 with wins against Loomis Chaffee, Pomfret School, and Wilbraham & Monson, among others. With only one senior departing, the squad will return poised for another strong season in 2014. Tennis: The co-ed tennis team finished the season 11-2, earning Ws against Rocky Hill and St. Andrew’s. They placed 2nd in the SENE. The girls’ varsity tennis team finished the season 10-4-1, earning the most wins in the program’s history. Among those victories were wins against Worcester Academy, Stoneleigh Burnham, and Brimmer & May.

Wrestling: The squad finished its season 6-7, with notable wins over Worcester Academy and Pomfret School. The team looks forward to another competitive season led by rising senior captains Brian Barrette, Nick O’Brien, and Yang “Joel” Liu. SPRING

Track & Field: The co-ed track & field program capped the season with second place and third place finishes in the SENE (girls and boys, respectively). The girls’ team also earned eighth place in the Division III New England championship meet in May - an historic success.

Baseball: The boys’ varsity team finished the season 12-4 overall and repeated as SENE Champions. The team swept series against rivals St. Thomas More and Williams, and mounted impressive victories against Chase Collegiate, Portsmouth Abbey, and Bancroft. They were led by captains Andrew Gemme ’13 & Henry Ellis ’13.

Ultimate Frisbee: The Ultimate team finished the season 22-12, earning notable wins against Chase Collegiate, Xavier, and Hotchkiss. The team placed 2nd overall in the state and 3rd overall in New England. Selected to the All-State First Team was Michael Rice ’13 and Pat Kunkel ’13 earned Second Team recognition.

Golf: The golf team finished the spring with a commendable 5-9 record in a re-building year, earning important wins against Rocky Hill, St. Thomas More, and St. Andrew’s. The team placed 4th in the SENE League Championship. 18





The Arts


Theatre: The Marianapolis Drama Club performed the comedy “Over the River and Through the Woods” this winter, and debuted a compilation of three one-act musicals, “The Apple Tree,” this spring. Above: scene from “The Apple Tree.”



and Ariana Wood singing David Guetta’s Titanium. Trash Fashion Show: In this favorite annual event, participants used recycled materials and remarkable ingenuity to design one-of-a-kind “trashion.” This year’s pieces included a light-up skirt, a robot costume, and formalwear. Left: Kaitlyn Panagiotou ’14 in a dress designed by Shannon Madden ’14.

Visual Art: April boasted the tenth annual Community Art Show, which featured four pieces earning honorable mentions in the Scholastic Art Competition. In May, artists from across the disciplines shared their work at the Spring Art Exposition. Above: “Morning Mishaps” by Shana Solomon ’13.

Dance: Dancers wowed a packed crowd in their culminating performance this May. The evening included a moving solo by Melissa Veshi ’13 and a trio featuring juniors Caitlyn Faucher Danielle Tata & Megan Johnston performing Airplanes, as well as an unforgettable group finale set to the Phillip Phillips song, Home. Right: juniors Faucher and Tata.

Music: During Students Performing at Marianapolis (S.P.A.M.), Isabella DiNoia ’16 and Steven Carlson ’15 showcased their vocals with the Beatles’ Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, while Liam Adams ’13 played a trumpet duet of Here’s That Rainy Day with Jake Smith (faculty). Our spring concert highlighted the prowess of the Freshman Chorus, the Schola Choir and the singular talents of Fan “Alex” Yang ’13 (piano), Yidi Chen ’15 (harp), and Weiwei “Summer” Wang ’15 (violin). Rounding out the season at the senior showcase were soloists Jonathan Pascone (guitar, above) and Giana Duncan (piano), along with vocalists Anna Werge

In February, the Jazz Ensemble held its first-annual “Knight of Jazz, serenading over 60 guests in attendance. There was also an open mic “jam” featuring faculty Kevin Farrell on vibraphone and Edward Sembor on guitar.





Garrett Downs ’15






Around the World


Students atop The Gap in Syndey, Australia

Over 90 students and faculty travelled abroad in March to explore cultures on three different continents. L.E.A.P. Week was just

the beginning for the service group that journeyed to Peru; they spent two weeks working in Lima, supporting small communities in need. In mid-March, additional trips deployed to New Zealand/Australia and to Italy. Featured below are a handful of images captured from South America, “down under” and vita in Italia. The Papal Altar at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

Sophomores Deanna Kondek and Phoebe Reagan handling a sea cucumber along the Great Barrier Reef

Julia Ford ’15 and Guohao “Gogo” Huang ’13 at Club Regattas in Lima, Peru

Seniors Patrick Kunkel, Samantha DiStefano and Rachel LeBel at the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Jiarong “Karen” Cai ’15 and Xindan “Wendy” Zhang ’15 at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

Students gather at La Cantuta in Lima, Peru

Learning the “haka,” a traditional Māori dance in Rotorua, New Zealand


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A Closer Look: Campus Ministry


A new addition this year to Marianapolis has been the Campus Ministry space. Located on the first floor near the Dining Room, the space is designed for a relaxing and reflective atmosphere. While most of the students who visit the area are a part of Campus Ministry, all students are welcome to join in on the many conversations that take place there.



Student Life This year’s prom was an unforgettable event held at the Mystic Marriott Hotel in Groton, CT. Thank you to Mr. Lowe, Mr. Parodi, Mrs. Parker, Mr. DiCicco and students Eric Bordua, Ryan Kelly, Olivia Mandile, Becky Stolz, and Mel Veshi for their exhaustive efforts in planning the night!

“Every day we have the space open during lunchtime and we get kids who stop in. We have a question of the day on the board – a big-picture life question that tries to spark discussion,” said Michelle Murphy, Director of Campus Ministry. “When they come into the space they know it’s a safe place to talk about their lives.” Within Campus Ministry are Spiritus Leaders who coordinate and plan events for the school, such as the class retreats and the new overnight “igKnight” retreat. Murphy, along with theology teacher Jake Smith, serve as the directors of Campus Ministry. Kayla Casavant, a junior and a Spiritus Leader said that she joined Campus Ministry as a way to serve the school community and to also learn more about herself.

Mrs. Patricia Guilbault, inductee Xing “Harry” Tong ’14, and Head of School Joe Hanrahan

“Campus Ministry is all about personal growth. At Campus Ministry, a person can be themselves and better themselves just by asking questions, voicing opinions, or listening to others,” she said.

Thirty students were inducted into the Marianapolis chapter of the National Honor Society on May 20, 2013. Inductees must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA and satisfy the National Honor Society’s criteria for character, leadership and service. The chapter has 45 current Marianapolis student members.

The Math Team won the Greater New London County league for the third consecutive year. The team scored a perfect 106 points in a meet this season – a feat never accomplished in over forty years of league history. The team placed second in both the state and New England competitions.

Mrs. Murphy adds, “It provides a space where a student can say ‘This is important to me.’ Through the context of a ministry space, they begin to further explore a faith that they’ve always had, but never really shared before.”

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Prom-goers Brook Cheney ’14 and Taylor Lovrien ’14

The 2012-2013 Math Team

The 2013 Marianapolis Sports Day included handball, volleyball, a 40’ inflatable obstacle course, kickball, dodgeball, a water relay, and more. Students competed by class alongside faculty advisors. Thanks to our referees - young alumni! To see more photos of the day, visit 21


Members of the Class of 2008

Alumni Weekend 2013 Over 150 Marianapolis alumni and guests returned to

“The event was a tremendous success,” shared Director of

campus on May 18-19 for the first-ever all-Alumni Weekend.

Development Sue Andersen. “The activity of alumni vs.

Guests came back to campus from fourteen U.S. states as

student games, alongside the joy of classmates reconnecting

well as from Merida, Mexico. During the weekend, visitors

during dinner, made this first-time event one to remember.”

enjoyed presentations about the history of Marianapolis, the newly-launched iPad program, and the benefits of red wine

One alumnus made a lasting impression on graduates

(hosted by Paul Lango ’68). Alumni dusted off their cleats

and faculty alike. Floyd Cole ’42, now 91, graduated from

to participate in games of lacrosse, dodgeball and ultimate

Marianapolis College (which the school was called from

Frisbee. The highlight of the weekend was the cocktail hour

1933-1946) with an associate’s degree. Thereafter, he served

and dinner, where alumni from eight different decades were

in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Cole and

able to socialize with each other.

his wife Jean had many interesting stories to share, including the history of Floyd’s gold watch. The piece was a gift from Marion Ream, who also attended their nuptials as a guest. Marion Ream was the daughter of Norman B. Ream, the financial titan whose mansion served as the original schoolhouse of Marianapolis before it burned down in 1964. The Coles still reside in northeastern Connecticut and enjoy visiting the

Jean Cole and Floyd Cole ’42


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Marianapolis campus from time to time.

See you next year! Save the date: May 17-18, 2014 Cory Pacheco ’16, Ryan Guertin ’09, and Barry Murphy ’81

Sam Stefanik ’09 Nearly fifty Marianapolis alumni took to the courts and fields for games of lacrosse, dodgeball, and ultimate Frisbee. On Saturday, lacrosse alumni put the Marianapolis student team to the test, ending the match with a decisive win. Sunday brought an allalumni game of dodgeball in the Athletic Complex - as well as a little pickup basketball. Later, graduates and current players gathered on Field 2 for an ultimate Frisbee showdown. Here, too, the alumni were triumphant, closing out the contest with a score of 15-8. Thank you to all of the players that made these games a success!

Bill Melanson ’85 and Ann Marie LaPalme Gustavson ’85

Eric Gustavson, Athletic Director, Jessica Santerre ’03, Tim Anderson

Meg Borowski ’05 and Nick Donahue

Mark Biros ’73 and Joann Biros

Members of the Class of 1963

Christopher Lach ’01, Jenna Androlewicz ’05, Joanna Chojnacki Musial ’93, Jowita Chojnacki Androlewicz ’99, Jonathan Androlewicz ’99

Members of the Classes of 1983 and 1984

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Head of School Joe Hanrahan with Class of ’63 Members of the Class of 1973

Marc d’Avignon ’63 and Karyn d’Avignon

Jowita Chojnacki Androlewicz ’99 and Karen Tata, Assistant Head of School

George Ivan Maertens Aramayo ’93 and Jessica Pereira

Andrew Teixeira ’08 and Meagan Nesman

Head of School Joe Hanrahan addresses our guests Members of the Class of 1965

Kristin Borodezt St. Germain ’88 and Stephen St. Germain ’83

Kathleen Murphy ’80 and Robert Randich Members of the Class of 2009 Members of the Class of 1968








Joseph Golden writes that he was a USMC naval aviator, retired 1974. He was also a high school chemistry, biology, and math teacher, an education coordinator for a county jail, a community college instructor, and a substance abuse counselor. He retired in 1995 and is now living in Murrieta, CA.

Stephen Doyle recently let us know that he will be blessed with his 3rd grandchild this summer.

1979 Alumni Board Member Peter Mousseau shared that he had the opportunity to travel to Thailand, Burma, and Bali over the Christmas holidays; he added that he “loved the culture and food.”

Tom Sheehan recently shared the following with us: “The June 2012 issue of Nazar Look, out of Crimea in the Ukraine, has my photo on the cover and contains a story and an interview. The D-Day issue of MGVersion2, in France, has a story of mine about World War II. Those go along with other work that has been published in Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Scotland, England, China, Turkey, etc.; going global in these late years. On one recent day, I wrote over 3,000 words on a story, which is now in Rope and Wire Magazine in Oregon, one of 330 of my stories on that site (and I’ve never been on a horse). Other recent activity includes Korean Echoes, 2011, nominated for a Distinguished Military Award and The Westering, 2012, nominated for a National Book Award. More work is in Rosebud (6th issue), The Linnet’s Wings (6th issue, out of Galway, Ireland), Ocean Magazine (8th issue), and many internet sites and print magazines/anthologies.” Tom added, “We have lost two Saugus teammates on the ’47 Marianapolis team, Dan Sharpe and Russ Babcock, but I have communicated with Greg Fulgione and his wife Eleanor.”


Suzanna Bell Slaughter stopped in recently with her daughter and her mother. Bell’s husband, who is a 5th grade teacher, has taken a teaching position in South Africa and they will be moving to Kenya to live for three years. She enjoyed showing her mom and daughter around.

1988 Congratulations to Lyman Green Jr. and Laura Ryzewski, who were married last fall. Lyman and Laura are now living in Webster, MA.

1990 Rev. Matthew Green is the parochial vicar of Holy Family Parish on Cape Ann in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

1992 Kathy Auger Patterson celebrates ten years as a family nurse practitioner this year. She owns her own solo family practice

1965 Atty. Richard Morrissey recently shared that during the Summer of 2012, he had a wonderful trip to East Africa. They started in Uganda where they white water rafted at the beginning of the Nile, visited the city of Zanzibar, went on Safari in Kenya, and then relaxed for a time on the coast of the Indian Ocean, having sundowners at Hemingways. Fidencio Guzman Sepulveda, who attended Marianapolis for one year, recently reconnected with us and relayed that he was a sophomore in 1962-63 and added: “I won’t forget Marianapolis, Thompson, Putnam, etc.”

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CLASS NOTES in rural North Carolina. Check out an article about her in the Duke Alumni magazine online here:

artist, Jodi has been involved with educating and choreographing at such establishments as Salve Regina University, the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company (HRMDC), and as a professional stage manager for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard University.

Christopher Quercia and Amy Cournoyer ’94 were married on the Marianapolis campus in September 2012. Presiding over the ceremony was faculty member Joseph Parodi.



Amy Cournoyer: See note under Christopher Quercia ’92.


Jodi Leigh Allen received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Shenandoah University and her M.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from The University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Her professional performing credits include Julie Taymor’s Die Zauberfote (The Magic Flute) and Romeo et Juliette at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. She has been a company member of Malashock Dance and Company in California and was privileged to study and perform the Tango with actor Robert Duvall. Jodi was a featured dancer in several revue shows at The Occidental Grand Resort in Aruba as well as danced aboard the Regent Seven Seas Voyager, sailing throughout the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas. After many years of performing, Jodi finds herself transitioning into an educator and choreographer. She is former Director of Dance for The Pomfret School and she reestablished the dance program at the Groton School in Massachusetts. She was on the faculty for a year at UMass Amherst as a sabbatical replacement and was an adjunct jazz instructor for two years at Keene State in New Hampshire. Currently, Jodi is the Movement Coordinator and Instructor at the A.R.T/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University and has served as a dance instructor and choreographer for Harvard University’s Dance Program for the last ten years. In the summer months, she is a lecturer for Harvard University’s Summer School programs. Continuing her work as a freelance

Christopher Plasse is currently attending Central Connecticut State University, working on his English Ph.D. He is teaching 8th grade English in Springfield, MA, and he published his first book, “The Secret Life of Alex Stone.” A copy was sent to Marianapolis last year.


Christopher Child and his wife Arlene had their first child, a daughter, Alice Olivia Child, born in Boston, MA, on September 25, 2012.

2003 Jennifer Scholwin Menon graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2007 with a B.S. and then from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in June 2012. She is starting a pediatrics residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Lisa Peloquin Conforti recently wrote that she was married

Lisa Peloquin Conforti ’03 and husband Bryan

Jodi Allen ’93


Christopher Plasse ’96





Christopher ’99, Arlene, and daughter Alice Olivia Child

CLASS NOTES to Bryan Conforti in Norwalk, CT, on October 27, 2012. She is currently working as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Yale New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael’s Campus.

University to complete his M.S. in applied finance. As of May, he was working at Warner Brothers Entertainment doing analytics for their marketing department while completing his fully-employed MBA program from Pepperdine University. He would love to get in contact with Marianapolis alumni in the Los Angeles area.

2004 2nd Lt. Scott Bogner finished pilot training in the spring of 2011 and was assigned as an instructor pilot at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. He is still stationed at Columbus, but is now serving as a Mission Commander on an MC-12W in Afghanistan for the rest of the year and is scheduled to be promoted to Captain on May 27, 2013. Scott is also engaged to a “beautiful Texan girl,” Jessica, and they will be getting married on May 24, 2014.

Christopher Wester shared that he is “currently working in administration at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, and pursuing graduate studies in Leadership and Healthcare Management at Northeastern University.”

2007 Tanya Mahon is working at Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. in Whitinsville, MA, supporting developmentally disabled individuals. She wrote, “I applied to work there because the agency has a strong sense of community, just like Marianapolis!” Emily Mackenzie was finishing up her Master’s Degree at Sacred Heart University. Amar Handzic is working at eMediaPatch, a digital media company and is working on online marketing of video games and movies.

Scott Bogner ’04, front left.

Michael Johnson graduated with a Master of Science degree in Taxation from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University in 2012. He was planning a move in September to Washington, DC to work for the accounting firm Argy, Wiltse & Robinson, P.C. as a Corporate Tax Associate.

Hyun-Kwan “Teddy” Noh graduated from Temple University in 2012, majoring in Architecture. Christopher Wilterdink started a new job in July 2012 working as a Project Manager at Mass General on initiatives to improve the patient experience. Chris will be getting married in July 2013 to Meaghan McSherry, whom he met while attending Holy Cross.



Cassandra “Cassie” Bent is working as a Communications Specialist with Bingham McCutchen LLP, a law firm in Boston.

Captain Timothy “T.J.” Bent stopped in the Alumni Office for a visit in November. He was just back from deployment in Afghanistan, where he piloted a C-17 military transport aircraft, working in Combat Airlift.

In November, Courtney Brown’s mom, Donna Brown, dropped us a note sharing that Courtney will be starting graduate school in a Physician’s Assistant program.


Anthony Raymond is working toward his Bachelors degree in Architecture in a seven year program at the Boston Architectural College, while working at International Builders

Fawaz Al-Sudairi completed his B.S. in finance from the University of Hartford and was accepted to Pepperdine P





CLASS NOTES in Copley Square, Boston.

services. She presented her honors thesis at the American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association’s national conference in the nation’s capital this March. Sembor also was able to secure a position as communications specialist with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter, before her graduation date. She now serves as editor-in-chief of the organization’s magazine, advisory committee member to the national campaign, and social media manager for the chapter.

2009 Christian Iamartino was recently awarded The LawtonPlimpton Award for Physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Established in honor of Professors William Elliot Lawton & Samuel James Plimpton, distinguished former faculty members of the WPI Department of Physics, the award is given to a senior physics student in recognition of steady and substantial improvement in physics scholarship, as evidenced by scholastic record and attained depth and understanding. Christian is a dual degree participant majoring in Astro-Physics and History. He has worked for the past three years as a part of a paid internship for The Research & Development Department of INCOM, Inc., the world’s largest supplier of rigid-fused fiber optics, located in Southbridge, Massachusetts.

2010 In November, Tyler Brown’s mom, Donna Brown, let us know Tyler is a junior in an Occupational Therapy program. Lauren Harper is finishing junior year at Simmons College and will graduate in 2014 with her Bachelors in Nursing. As of October, Alan Mackenzie was finishing up his Bachelor’s degree at Nichols College.

Nguyen Le stopped by last July on his way to Toronto to visit friends. He was a rising senior at SUNY, Binghamton, studying computer engineering. He plans to continue his love for photography on the side, starting a business with his girlfriend, Thuy, taking professional pictures at events such as weddings.

Malcolm McGannon stopped in to visit the Alumni & Development Office in June. He is currently attending UConn, majoring in Philosophy, and considering Law School.

Ryan Lehane studied at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, with a major in chemistry. He was the recipient of a special award as an outstanding junior with an interest in inorganic chemistry last year.

Lauren Harper ’10

2011 As of November, Alyssa McLaughlin was attending Eastern Connecticut State University and had declared a second major of Communications. She was a Teaching Assistant for Spring 2013.

Jacqueline Sembor graduated from The University of Scranton in December, 2012 after completing a degree in communications and a minor in counseling and human

In November, Navy Seaman Apprentice Zackary P. Morin reported for duty at the Navy and Marine Intelligence Training Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Courtesy: Norwich Bulletin.

We want to hear from you! To submit a class note, please email or visit Your submission will be included in the next Marianapolis magazine.

Jacqueline Sembor ’09






CLASS NOTES IN MEMORIAM Adolphe “Greg” Gregoire, Ph.D. ’46 passed away on January 26, 2012. He was living in Rockville, MD. Greg was the beloved husband of Charlotte, the father of Thomas (Carolann), Marc (Mary), Elaine Ratliff (Dan), Andrea Ford (Curtis) and the late Nancy. Adolphe is also survived by his 10 grandchildren.

beloved wife, Linda, daughters Elaine (Lee), Gail (Richard), and Patricia (Ron), as well as grandson Anthony. He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Elaine. Robert Foley ’57 died November 28, 2012. He was the loving husband of Janice and father of Robert, Kathleen, Tracey Ann and stepfather to Christine, Mark, and the late Jill. He was the cherished grandfather of Gregory, Christopher, Nicholas, Meghan and Shauna, and step-grandfather of William, Emily, Matthew, and Michael.

John Kripas ’47 passed away on December 7, 2012, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Angela Marie Giordano and is survived by his daughter Karyn Garside (David), son Kirk (Debbie), several grandchildren, and brother Michael (Bea) and their children.

Alberto Ortega Tamayo ’64 passed away on December 13, 2012. He leaves his wife Maria, children Raf (Carolina), Laura (Stuart), Jennifer (Dan), and Susie (Brian), and grandchildren Sofia, Valeria, Anderson, Griffin, Jillian, Avery and Colby.

James Leo Dougherty ’48 passed away on January 8, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois and his children Leslie (Mark), James (Beth), Joanne (Paul), and John. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, two brothers, three sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

David Davis ’73 died unexpectedly on March 2, 2013, at home. He leaves three siblings: Lynda (Bud), Karen (Doug), and Charles (Melinda) as well as several nieces and nephews.

Gerald Mark Dunn ’49 passed away on May 5, 2013. His beloved wife, Patricia Donahue Dunn, died in 1978. He is survived by his daughter Margaret (Ronald), his son Gerry (Ellie), and his daughter Kathryn. Mr. Dunn was blessed with six grandchildren: Patsy, Katie, Kevin, Erin, Sean and Brian.

David Marcoux ’74 died on August 13, 2012 with his loving wife of 37 years, Nancy, at his side. David is survived by daughters Deanna and Kelly as well as 4 grandchildren, his parents Harold and Sunshine, sister Linda Reid, brother Daniel, mother-in-law Pauline, as well as aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and friends.

Anthony “Tony” Kilik ’49 died peacefully in Hernando, FL, on June 10, 2012. He was the devoted husband of the late Cassie, son of the late Anton and Eleanor, and brother of Antoinette.

William O’Brien ’75 passed away on January 27, 2013. He is survived by his wife Eileen, his brothers Francis and Michael, his sisters Kathleen and Jean, eight nephews, and six nieces.

Lawrence Corcoran ’51 of Lancaster, PA died on February 10, 2013. He is survived by his wife Donna, four sons, one daughter, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

John Corso ’80, beloved son of Elizabeth and the late Philip, died on August 4, 2012. Besides his mother, he leaves his sister Mary, his aunt Gloria, his uncles Leonard and Tony, several loving cousins and his special Aunt Cathie.

Algirdas Keblinskas ’52 passed away on December 1, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Birute and the late Vida, loving father of Darius and Julius, dear grandfather of Anya, Arijus, Alex, Veronika and Julius, fond brother of Kestutis and Dalia. His wife Birute wrote, “He always spoke so well of his experience at Marianapolis and remembered it fondly.”

Wendy Spada ’87 passed away on January 22, 2013. Wendy was the sister of Marianapolis alums Michele ’81, Peter ’83, and Joele ’85.

William Mulhall ’55 passed away on February 1, 2012. William was the beloved husband of 51 years to Irene, loving father of Patricia, Irene, Diane, William, Daniel, Thomas, Constance, Catherine and the late Michael. He was also survived by 16 grandchildren. Richard “Dick” Mulligan ’55, the son of Ann and Charles, passed away on December 3, 2012. Dick is survived by his

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David Davis ’73







“I just wanted to say thank you,” wrote a mother in the

responsibility that comes with choice, and there is no better opportunity to experience both than at summer camp.” Popular activities from the summer of 2012 included duct tape art, piñata making, softball, biking, drama games, swimming, and “chicken” (a Spanish variation of dodgeball).

waning days of August 2012. “My daughter enjoyed herself immensely at camp. What an experience Camp Stonewall provided her…I can’t express what this meant to all of us.” Three months earlier, Marianapolis introduced a new summer initiative. A sleepaway camp for kids 8-15, Camp Stonewall was launched to provide activities in athletics, performing arts, and visual arts. In its opening summer, the program welcomed staff and campers from China, Czech Republic, Iceland, Ireland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and over twenty regional towns.

In the evenings, kids and staff came together for all-camp activities like carnivals, campfires, and dances. On the weekends, camp offered adventure travel (“S.W.A.T.”) trips. Perhaps most dynamic was the color wars program: its events spanned the summer, and all campers and staff became a crimson knight, a golden knight, or a white knight – for life. “I love color wars because it brings out camp spirit and team spirit,” explained Cody Kleinman, Boys’ Head Counselor and proud white knight. “Whether it’s cook-offs or relay races, everyone gets involved throughout the whole summer.”

The programming at Camp Stonewall is entirely choice-based. Director Emily Allen noted, “We want our kids to choose what they do every day. There is tremendous freedom and


If I had a time machine, I would go back to last summer. Those were the best days of my life. -Jocelyn

Even with its rich traditions and diversity, it took more to make this program uniquely Marianapolis. Camp Stonewall thrived in its first season due to contributions of past, current, and future students. Among the counselors at camp were six current students and an alumna. Simultaneously, 20% of Stonewall campers were incoming members of the class of 2016. This experience provided them vital access to campus resources and a jump start on their high school career. P




But not everyone knows if they’re ready for summer camp. For two years, mom Beth Madden had seen Marianapolis through the eyes of her daughter Shannon ’14. It was rigorous, challenging, and rewarding. When it came to her ten-year-old triplets, however, it was hard to say if this new camp program would be a good fit. “I love the idea,” explained Mrs. Madden in April 2012, “but they are adamant. My children do not want to go to a sleepover camp.” As last spring rolled on, Camp Stonewall featured an Open House series to showcase the program to prospective families. Behind the scenes, the triplets’ interest was piqued. Eventually, John, Lily, and Jocelyn Madden visited campus to see it for themselves – not as the younger siblings of a Marianapolis student, but maybe, just maybe, as potential campers. By August 2012, the Maddens became three of seven kids to stay at camp all five weeks. “I love camp,” shared Lily, now 11. “I was so scared at first, but it turned out to be the best thing ever. It made me feel independent and I just didn’t want to leave.” For the Maddens, and for many, sleepaway camp is transformative. “Camp lets kids be the best version of themselves,” explained Assistant Director Nicole Tingle. “Campers develop confidence, lifelong friendships and leadership skills - all while being mentored and supported by incredible role models. As a classroom teacher, I wish all of my students had a chance to attend camp. Its influence beyond the summer is profound.” Camp Stonewall begins its second summer on July 1, 2013. Sessions of 1-6 weeks are available (see the session calendar below). To learn more about registration, contact the director at


Monday July 1


Wednesday 3


Thursday 4

Friday 5

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Saturday 6







Summer Session On June 10, 2013, Marianapolis opened its doors for another Summer Session of courses and activities. For approximately 50 students who take advantage of the program each year, Summer Session has a wide variety of classes to choose from. Offerings include core classes – World History, ESL, Algebra – as well as engaging electives, such as Meteorology, Personal Finance, and Composition & Analysis.

Summer Session “Rangers” (aka: Summer Session Faculty)

Summer Session provides students an opportunity to

Tennis Camp

complete Marianapolis graduation requirements outside of the academic year. Recently, the program expanded to allow

This summer, Marianapolis hosts Advantage Tennis Camp, directed by local tennis pro and Advantage CEO & founder, Dena Cocozza O’Hara. Ms. Cocozza is a former D-1 #1 player at the University of Connecticut. This is the second year Marianapolis has hosted the Advantage Tennis program.

participants access to certain classes ahead of schedule, which creates time in the year for extra elective courses or a free period. Summer electives are equally appealing to students. Dr. Ed Sembor, Director of Summer Session since 2007, explains, “Taking a summer class for enrichment provides an

The tennis camp provides basic skills & conditioning for campers ages 4-15. All instruction is based upon the USTA QuickStart principles, where each level uses a different size/ color tennis ball. It is our mission to teach tennis so your camper may play & enjoy the game for a lifetime.

opportunity for students to explore an interest or develop a skill they might not otherwise have the time for. Our program allows a student to enhance, enrich and advance academically.” While the emphasis of Summer Session is largely academic,

Camp runs August 5-9, 2013. For details and registration, please visit

students are invited to enjoy New England in the summer months. One favorite Summer Session tradition is a weekly visit to Quaddick State Park for a delicious cookout and a

Pee Wee (4-6): $50/week, 8:30-9:00am Red Group (7-9): $100/week, 9:00-10:00am Yellow Group (10-12): $100/week, 10:00-11:00am Blue Group (13-15): $125/week, 11:00am-12:30pm

relaxing night on the beach. Campus also comes alive with pickup basketball, tennis, and Frisbee after classes have let out each day. And weekends provide the perfect opportunity for the group to visit New York City, Boston, Newport, and Providence. Since coursework begins soon after graduation, Marianapolis created “Jump Week,” a program that bridges the gap between the end of the academic year and the beginning of Summer Session. Students engaged in an intensive SAT preparation course or toured New England colleges. Among this year’s destinations were Northeastern University, Connecticut College, and Providence College.

Coach Cocozza with Advantage Tennis camper










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A gift to the Marianapolis Fund supports immediate,

programs and resources to its students. Today, the school

substantial enhancements to arts, athletics, student life,

enjoys an outstanding reputation as a competitive and

and technology. As our students prepare for a lifetime of

innovative independent Catholic institution. Marianapolis

global citizenship, we must continue to equip them with the

continues to flourish due to the generosity of our extended

resources necessary to excel in college and beyond. Please

community, which has helped to sustain the school for

consider supporting our students through the Marianapolis


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“This is a school that seems to be able to influence the lives of those young men and women who attend it - to provide them with an experience strong in its impact on what they are, what they think and say and do, and how they think and say and do it. It is a school that commands affection and loyalty and – at its best – is a lifelong inspiration to its graduates to seek to become something better than they are.” -Paul Lango ’68 Alumni Association Board President











Nonprofit Organization U.S. Postage Paid Marianapolis Preparatory School

MARIANAPOLIS PREPARATORY SCHOOL P.O. Box 304 26 Chase Road Thompson, CT 06277







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Proceeds from this event help Marianapolis provide scholarships to local families.

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