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Marist School celebrated its 115th anniversary in October, and the school’s mission continues to thrive.
Our Marist theme for this school year is “Doing the Work of Mary”. As the year has progressed, we have tried to demonstrate to our students through words and actions just exactly what the Marists mean by that phrase. Derived from the story of the wedding feast at Cana, the phrase reflects the missionary spirit of Mary as she carried Jesus’ mission out into the world. As she says at the feast, “Do whatever He tells you.” Like Mary, we are called to serve our neighbors near and far and to share Jesus’ message of love and acceptance with all whom we encounter. In today’s tumultuous world full of strident, disharmonious voices, we find that message increasingly more relevant. We made it a priority this fall to teach students how to converse in a way that shows respect for the diversity of opinions that individuals have. Our Informed Discourse Day, which you can read more about in this issue, modeled the type of dialogue, discussion, and debate that can help bring people together in service of those less fortunate. Also in this issue, we cover a new summer course aimed at fostering servant leadership among our students. In other stories, you’ll see the great success the Marist-sponsored programs Reach for Excellence and Centro Hispano Marista have had in pursuing their educational missions. In so many ways, Marist School and the larger Marist community are doing the work of Mary every day. We are so blessed at Marist School to do our work of forming young people in the image of Christ. We provide our students with the academic foundation to succeed in their future endeavors, but, importantly, we educate them to serve and lead in whatever community they find themselves. Marist School celebrated its 115th anniversary in October, and the school’s mission continues to thrive. It is gratifying to see so many members of the Marist community—students, alumni, parents, parents of alumni, grandparents, and friends—being servant leaders and doing the work of Mary by accepting Jesus’ call to serve those in need. I pray that this community continues to serve in this way the next 115 years and beyond. In the name of Mary,
Rev. John H. Harhager, S.M. President
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VOL. XLII • CONTENTS
MARIST IN BRIEF Your guide to campus news
INFORMED DISCOURSE DAY A day of dialogue, discussion, and debate COVER STORY
21 MARIST SCHOOL’S HIGHEST HONOR Timothy J. Cambias, Sr. receives the St. Peter Chanel Award
17 SOCIETY OF MARY NEWS Reach for Excellence celebrates 15 years
WEDDINGS & BIRTHS Blushing brides and future War Eagles take center stage
9 BUILDING TEEN LEADERS New program inspires servant leaders
38 29 CLASS NOTES Keep up the with the accomplishments of your fellow alumni
LAST WORD Philanthropy is an expression of God’s love
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PRESIDENT Rev. John H. Harhager, S.M.
PRINCIPAL Rev. Joel M. Konzen, S.M.
Many Marist students marked a milestone when they voted for the first time in the recent presidential election.
V.P. FOR INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Angela H. Dorsey EDITOR & DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Cristina Vásconez Herrera CONTRIBUTORS Sarah Burgher Maureen Davidson Angela H. Dorsey Rev. John H. Harhager, S.M. Cristina V. Herrera Rev. Joel M. Konzen, S.M. Jaclyn McNeil Gigi Meyers Jerry Novac James B. Roberts ’99 Bolling Sewell ’18 Mary Stagmaier Leticia Valencia GRAPHIC DESIGN Helmet Studio Jayro Design & Illustration PHOTOGRAPHERS Brian Collier Photosynthesis Studio Jeff Roffman Staff and Parents For questions or comments regarding Marist Matters’ editorial content, please contact Cristina Herrera at email@example.com. To submit class notes, weddings, and birth announcements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of Marist School is to form the whole person in the image of Christ through instruction grounded in religious values, the teachings of the Catholic Church, and the spirit of the Society of Mary. This mission is advanced through communal pursuit of excellence in academic, religious, extracurricular, leadership, and service programs.
Adam Howarth (shown here with partner Margi Teasdale)
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received a 2016 Suzi
A Catholic Charities representative along with an AmeriCorps volunteer from Refugee
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Resettlement visited Ms. Jenni Justus’
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Biblical Studies Class to discuss the issues and problems facing refugee families.
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A PUBLISHED AUTHOR EVEN BEFORE GRADUATION Senior Catherine Jackson ’17, with former Marist English Teacher Naitnaphit Limlamai, published Stories of Gilgal, a compilation of personal narratives from women whose lives were changed through Gilgal Inc.’s Christ-centered recovery program. Catherine became involved with Gilgal Inc. through Marist’s community service program and was inspired to go above and beyond to help the organization share its successes.
COMMUNITY SERVICE HONORS FOR MARIST For its dedication to community service, Marist School was named the 2016 School Partner of the Year by the Child Development Association, and the school was awarded Caminar Latino’s Journey Award for the hours of service Marist students volunteer each year to help families in their journey to healthier lives.
MARIST SCORES INTERNS AT CRISTO REY DRAFT DAY For the third year, Marist School is hosting interns from Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, which educates young people of limited economic means through a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum integrated with relevant work experience. The four interns, who were selected during Cristo Rey’s annual “Draft Day,” gain real-world experience working in Marist’s Early Learning Center, Advancement Office, Campus Ministry department, and at the Maristsponsored Sophia Academy.
STUDENTS JOURNEY TO MEXICO
A trip to Mexico City over fall break offered art history and Spanish students abundant exposure to art, religion, history, and culture. Besides seeing Mexico City’s famed National Museum of Anthropology, Frida Kahlo’s Blue House, and the Chapultepec Castle, students visited Colegio Franco-Inglés, a Marist school outside of Mexico City, on their way to the sites of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tepeyac and the Teotihuacan pyramids.
Senior quarterback Jack Dinges ’17
Marist’s faculty and staff
All 45 student council members
was named the Region 7-AAAA
participated in the Atlanta
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Player of the Year as voted by the
Bike Challenge earning third
Leadership Academy, a national
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place for organizations with
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focused on impact through action.
A Day of Dialogue, Discussion, and Debate
ast spring, knowing a contentious presidential election was likely in the works for the fall of 2016, Marist School’s Assembly Committee began making plans to offer students an experience that could help them see the value in agreeing to disagree. The goal was to model the art of civil discourse and provide students with essential tools they will need in the future to navigate in today’s often discordant world. The committee recommended dedicating an entire day to civil discourse and how it can be applied to a real-world social justice situation, and they made it a priority
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to involve students in every step of the planning. The result was Informed Discourse Day: A Day of Dialogue, Discussion, and Debate. It was a day unlike any other previously held at Marist School. Jeffrey Miller, one of the coaches of Marist’s nationally ranked speech and debate program, conceived of the idea for Informed Discourse Day and proposed it to the committee. “Rather than just bringing in a speaker to present to students, we wanted to create something that changes the way we typically see assemblies at Marist,” said Miller. “For six months, we enlisted more than 100 students to help us develop Informed Discourse Day from scratch. Never before has a day at Marist been turned over so wholly to student involvement and planning.”
The Social Justice Issue
There’s an App for That
To engage in discourse, civilly or not, there must be a topic of discussion. So, as planning began in the spring of 2016, Miller enlisted that year’s senior class to choose the social justice issue upon which Informed Discourse Day would focus. Overwhelmingly, the students selected human trafficking after also considering the issues of clean water and environmental management. Human trafficking is both a local and a global issue. More than 20 million people worldwide are affected by human trafficking each year, and Atlanta is a major transportation hub for human trafficking. So pressing is the problem in Georgia that on last November’s ballot, Georgia voters passed the Safe Harbor Act, a constitutional amendment to create a permanent fund to restore and rescue children who are victims of human trafficking. The amendment was supported by the Georgia Catholic Conference, which, in turn, was following the lead of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which sponsors an Anti-Trafficking Program to educate on the scourge of human trafficking as an offense against the fundamental dignity of the human person, to advocate for an end to modern day slavery, and to provide training and technical assistance on the issue.
The in-person proceedings that occurred during Informed Discourse Day were complemented by mobile technology developed just for that day. Twelve students from Marist faculty member Christopher Michaud’s mobile app development class worked with the civil discourse team to design, develop, implement, test, and deliver an interactive mobile application that was used throughout the day. The class divided into teams to work on separate elements of the app, including user interface design, content management, interaction, and graphic design. Once live on Informed Discourse Day, the app provided users with an interactive schedule, information about the speakers and programs, and a live system for recording and displaying the vote tallies.
Assembly of Awareness Held on October 13, 2016, Informed Discourse Day was experienced by all of Marist’s 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. The day began with an Assembly of Awareness to provide students with an overview of the human trafficking issue. To open the session, the Marist Broadcasting Club debuted a video detailing the concerning statistics of human trafficking globally. Then the issue was brought closer to home with a presentation about BeLoved Atlanta, a two-year restoration house for adult women in the Atlanta area who have survived prostitution, trafficking, and addiction.
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From Awareness to Advocacy Much of Informed Discourse Day intentionally emulated the political process. Just as political candidates debate issues, so did the students. In a mock debate moderated by Jeffrey Miller and Marist’s second debate coach Abby Schirmer, members of Marist’s speech and debate program presented two different proposals for how Marist students and Marist School as an institution could help address the human trafficking issue. Later in the day, the students would have the opportunity to select the winning proposal and determine what step Marist would take toward supporting the victims of human trafficking. PROPOSAL #1
LOOSE CHANGE TO LOOSEN CHAINS
This first proposal asserted that students as individuals could make a difference in the global issue of human trafficking by taking up a student collection and donating the proceeds to the International Justice Mission, an organization that is addressing all aspects of human trafficking worldwide. The essence of this proposal embraced individual action and international impact.
Proposal number two promoted collective action on a local level. In this proposal, Marist School as an institution would make a difference for trafficking in Atlanta by purchasing all the items on BeLoved Atlanta’s wish list, including many day-to-day necessities the residents need to accomplish their educational and employment goals. The fundamental idea of this proposal was that, together, the entire school could make a larger impact than they could singly.
Representatives from BeLoved Atlanta spent time at Marist educating students about the human trafficking issue. Pictured l-r: BeLoved Atlanta intern Madeline Klemm; BeLoved Founder and President Amelia Quinn; BeLoved Program Director Michelle Hoeft; Principal Father Joel Konzen; Debate Coaches Abby Schirmer and Jeffrey Miller; and Director of Sustainability Amelia Luke.
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From Advocacy to Action THE CIVIL DISCOURSE TEAM SPEECH AND DEBATE STUDENTS served as presenters, debaters, and civil discourse leaders. MOSAIC (DIVERSITY) CLUB MEMBERS participated as civil discourse leaders. LIFE, DIGNITY, & JUSTICE CLUB STUDENTS helped organize the visits by community service organizations devoted to ending human trafficking.
The afternoon was spent on two primary activities. First, students had the opportunity to visit with several organizations who attempt to deal with the human trafficking issue on a daily basis, including Georgia Cares, Atlanta Dream Center, Wellspring Living, Habitat for Humanity’s BeLoved Build, and Safe Harbor Yes. Second, students spent time on an activity targeted at amplifying the advocacy efforts to end human trafficking. Broken up into their advisories (homerooms), the students were tasked with developing and filming public service announcements about human trafficking.
Assemble to Action
The final component of the day was the vote to decide on the winning proposal to determine the stance for Marist to take against human trafficking. As at political conventions, the students would vote in roll-call fashion. Each advisory had a different number of votes depending on the community service hours the students of that group had completed. Additionally, each group, as in primary caucuses, had to decide how to designate their votes, whether the winning proposal would take all or whether the votes would be distributed proportionally. At the end of the day after the ballots were heard, the Romans 1:7 proposal won, calling for Marist to purchase all the items off the BeLoved wish list. However, in the weeks following Informed Discourse Day, the students were inspired to do more. They organized a schoolwide collection and raised an additional $1,025 for BeLoved, which Marist matched. These funds will go toward purchasing mattresses for the new house BeLoved is building and will help victims of human trafficking move their lives forward.
The MARIST BROADCASTING CLUB made a video providing an overview of the human trafficking problem. Students in the MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT CLASS developed an app that was used throughout the day.
Conclusion Besides teaching students to communicate in a productive, yet courteous manner, Informed Discourse Day fit into the Marist educational experience in other ways. The day was interdisciplinary and collaborative, incorporating input from students active in a wide variety of clubs and classes at Marist. It also was authentic and creatively modeled on real-world events to give students tools to carry with them in the future. Importantly, the issue
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — M A R G A R E T M E A D
tackled, human trafficking, was one in which Marist School and its students could make a visible impact on those less fortunate, demonstrating an essential and distinctive Marist value that the school encourages on a daily basis. When all was said and done, the goal of the day was to show students, through the lens of Informed Discourse Day, how they can do the work of Mary today and in the future.
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Building Teen Leaders Marist School advances its mission to form the whole person in the image of Christ through the communal pursuit of excellence in academic, religious, extracurricular, leadership, and service programs. In considering the latter two pursuits, how exactly does Marist impart leadership skills and instill a love for service in its students? Often, it is by combining the two, focusing on servant leadership, where Marist finds the most success in forming the leaders of tomorrow. This past summer, Marist School partnered with Catholic Charities of Atlanta (CCA) to create the Leadership Fellows Program, which was offered to rising juniors and seniors. The program was modeled on the leadership class that CCA offers young and midmanagement professionals to enhance their leadership skills and integrate their Catholic faith in the workplace. For one week in June, 27 Marist students were immersed in all aspects of leadership, learning about community service and nonprofit business fundamentals, and having the opportunity for one-on-one mentorship with Atlanta business leaders. The students came away from the program with a leadership certificate, one full term’s elective credit, the fulfillment of their annual community service requirement, and a growing knowledge of how they can embrace servant leadership today and in the future. At the end of the week, Jack Pantlin ’18 summed up his take-away from the program with this promise, “I will build on what I learned by striving to serve others and be a leader in all facets of my life.” The high-school leadership program was conceived of by three people who are part of the Marist community and also serve on the board of Catholic Charities Atlanta. 9 MARIST MATTERS
Barry McCarthy, father of current Marist students Will ’17, Matt ’20, and Katie ’21 , along with Marist alumnus Brian Fitzgerald ’98, and Maura McKenna, mother of Emily ’04, Claire ’09, and Becky ’12 , brought the idea to Marist School Principal Father Joel Konzen, who teaches Marist’s popular biennial “Leadership and Society” class and is always open to opportunities for Marist students to learn about and experience leadership. “The concept they proposed offered a unique opportunity for students to gain valuable leadership training, to enhance the service dimension of their lives, and to prepare to lead others in the same,” said Father Konzen. “The program turned out even better than we had anticipated, and we hope that more Marist students can experience it in future summers.” The agenda for the eight-day program was filled with speakers, community service, and a bit of fun. After a Sunday evening Mass and dinner, the students then proceeded Monday morning to Emory University’s Aquinas Center of Theology where they began their instruction in servant leadership. They heard from Aquinas Center Executive Director Dr. Phil Thomson and Pat Falotico, CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, both of whom spoke on servant leadership, how it relates to the Catholic faith, and how it can fit into the workplace. For Emily Claire Kibbe ’17, hearing the speakers was her favorite part of the course. “I really appreciated the variety of professionals we got to meet who shared their lives and experiences with us. The most memorable thing
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that the speakers said was that while balancing family, Christ, and work was not always easy, it was possible and key to their success.” Day two focused on servant leadership at home and abroad. The students spent a full day at Catholic Charities Atlanta in Tucker learning how two nonprofits advance their missions through servant leadership. Vanessa Russell, CEO of Catholic Charities Atlanta, discussed nonprofit servant leadership from the perspective of her organization while Catholic Relief Services’ Communications Relationship Manager Michael Trujillo provided perspective on nonprofit servant leadership on an international scale. During the day, students also had the opportunity to shadow in different program areas at Catholic Charities. Mid-week the students worked with Julie Wilborn, the founder and director of finance at St. John Bosco Academy, on an assessment and discussion of temperaments. The afternoon was dedicated to service. “The most memorable experience from the week was definitely when we spent the afternoon with Reach for Excellence kids,” said Katie Peters ’18. “We ate lunch and did activities at Marist with them and then went to Turner Field for a Braves game, which was great fun!” For the remainder of the week, students explored more of the fundamentals of nonprofits and servant leadership. At the Archdiocese of Atlanta Chancery, the
“Developing young servant leaders is essential to helping Catholic Charities, and all of us, fulfill our Gospel mission to serve the least among us.” BARRY MCCARTHY, FATHER OF CURRENT MARIST STUDENTS WILL ’17, MATT ’20, AND KATIE ’21 AND FOUNDER OF THE CCA-MARIST YOUTH LEADERSHIP FELLOWS PROGRAM
students focused on leadership strengths and skills-building with Executive Coach Patty Keenan. Next, hosted by Barry McCarthy, they spent a day at First Data Corporation learning about corporate leadership. Through various speakers, they covered principles of management, human resources, strategic planning, and business finance. “The most memorable experience for me was visiting First Data with Mr. McCarthy,” said Anna Battaglia ’18. “I could definitely see myself in a workplace like that. We got to have a tour of their very cool facilities and heard many speakers who were active in the workplace, doing jobs that I might want to do in the future.” The program culminated back at Marist on Saturday. Marist alumnus Max Hilsman ’92 started the day with an overview of marketing and development, titled “The Art of Making the Ask”. Then, the students had to pool their recently acquired knowledge to develop and present a Shark Tank-style project pitch
for a new or enhanced program. For Jack Pantlin ’18, the best was saved for last. “My most memorable experience from the program was the final day, in which we worked in small groups to formulate an idea for a large-scale service project and gave a presentation to everyone involved with the program.” All in all, the week served its purpose, as the students came away with a deeper understanding of servant leadership. “To be honest, I didn’t really know what servant leadership was. After the first day, I understood. Servant leaders make decisions for others, not for themselves. They lead with everyone in mind,” said Anna. Jack added, “I learned that being a servant leader does not just mean using a position of leadership to serve others. Instead, it means putting the needs of others before your own in all parts of your life and striving to lead in everything you do.”
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NEW ACADEMIC CENTER KEEPS STUDENTS ON TRACK Sometimes students need a little extra support to succeed academically. The new Marist Academic Center (MAC) is a place students can go to in order to get a helping hand. Summer renovations to a third floor space in Wooldridge Center brought the MAC online for the 2016-2017 academic year. A bright, comfortable space, the MAC features two group study rooms with whiteboard walls, a bank of individual study carrels, a small soft seating area, and a classroom. It is intended to be a space where students can stop by during the school day or afterward, either on their own or with a small group, to access support in math, English, and other academic areas or to hone their study, organizational, note-taking, and time management skills.
“In the few months we have been open, hundreds of students have made use of the space, and that number continues to grow each day,” says Kathleen Bukowski, who directs the Marist Academic Center along with Associate Director Libby Ayoob. Bukowski and Ayoob teach the Skills
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and Strategies for Success classes, and they are joined in the MAC at various points during the week by other Marist faculty, including math teachers Pamela Kinzly, Jim Campbell, and Isaac Gitonga, Shannon Hipp ’94 from the English department, and Adna Muliawan ’05, who provides support in math and science. Students have quickly learned that the MAC offers many resources that can help them succeed in school. “Whether it’s preparing for a test or writing a paper for English, the MAC has teachers and resources to help with everything,” commented Melak Alemu ’20. “The best thing about the MAC is its reliability. I know that no matter what day it is, I can always go there and one of the teachers can help me. The teachers are very determined to make sure that kids like me are able to get the help we need academically.” “The MAC has helped me to organize all of my work and prioritize everything I need to get done,” said Annie Oates ’19.
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“The new space enhances our ability to provide the tools and support kids need to stay on track academically.” K AT H L E E N B U KO W K S I D I R E C TO R , M A R I ST AC A D E M I C C E N T E R
“I love the whiteboard walls to work on memorizing history and German vocabulary. I also love to go to the MAC during activity period because it is a quiet place to work, and there is always someone there to answer questions.” Chase Krouskos ’17 and Emily Davis ’19 use the MAC to stay motivated. “As a senior, there is the temptation to slack off, but the teachers in the MAC have helped me to keep working hard throughout the year,” he said. Emily added, “The MAC has helped me tremendously this year. Specifically, it has helped me to focus and work harder than I would on my own.” Whether it is providing collaborative space to enhance interactive learning, offering specific academic support, or helping to sharpen study and organizational skills, the cornerstone of the MAC is to provide resources to help all Marist students become accomplished learners.
“The best thing about the MAC is the plethora of different places to study,” says Bolling Sewell ’18. “The use of space is amazing! There is always a place to study based on the kind of work I’m doing, and Mrs. Bukowski and Mrs. Ayoob are always there to help me with anything I need. The MAC has been pivotal to the success in my junior year. It’s my favorite place on campus!”
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Father Konzen Visits the Holy Land In 2016, Father John Walls, the New Zealand Marist priest who was stationed at Marist School in the early 1980s and again from 2008 to 2013, and Marist School Principal Father Joel Konzen were given the chance to accompany a small group of Marist School-related pilgrims to the Holy Land. What follows is a condensed log of Father Konzen’s commentary and impressions.
Arriving in Tel Aviv, we meet our guide, a young Palestinian Christian named Gabriel. Our driver is a Palestinian Muslim named Osama, who, if travel restrictions for him would ever be lifted, could put his skills to use as a NASCAR driver. Gabriel’s fiancée is studying dentistry in the United States, and he voices a hope that, after marriage, they will remain in their native land rather than emigrate to the States. In Tel Aviv and in Haifa, beautiful coastal cities, we encounter the paradox of following a route that is all about Christian holy sites in the officially Jewish nation of Israel. Almost from the beginning, it is a challenge to remember that we are in a Jewish state, but that will change when we get to checkpoints and also to Jerusalem. From Haifa we move east to the Galilee region in northern Israel. We are staying near the shore of the Sea of Galilee, a lake that is maybe 14 miles top to bottom and about seven or eight miles wide. The areas that are recognizable from the New Testament hug the northern shoreline: Capernaum and surrounding locales, where the multiplication of loaves and fishes took place, also the Sermon on the Mount, the miraculous draught of fishes, and other key Gospel events. I begin to dispel perhaps my greatest fear in visiting the Holy Land—that nothing will seem as it was in Jesus’ day and what is there now is large church after large church. In fact, that is the case, but I find that I like the churches—a great variety of them, mostly overseen by Franciscan Friars. There is always a hallowed “spot” that is purportedly the place where the event recalled took place. Those sites are treated with great reverence, often with groups of pilgrims praying, singing, celebrating Mass, or listening to preaching there.
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At Cana, there are vendors tucked up against the wedding feast location selling “Cana wedding wine.” For the most part, though, garish take-offs on biblical holy places are few. Souvenir shops abound, especially in Bethlehem and Nazareth, but one can take as much or as little of that as is desired. Sometimes there are adjacent churches in both the Roman and Orthodox traditions. English is the language everywhere we go. Road signs are also in Hebrew and Arabic, and information signs are often in four to 10 languages. When we cross into the Palestinian State, the single word “Americans” seems to satisfy the security personnel. At the baptismal bank of the Jordan River, armed Israeli guards are there to prevent anyone from crossing into or out of Jordan, separated by just a few yards from Israel. Jerusalem is a world unto itself, a great mix of the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian traditions, sometimes in tense proximity. Coming into the city, one can see the controversial West Bank settlements and new homes being constructed there. The Palestinian villages, including Bethlehem, seem dusty and forlorn compared to the verdant, California-like Israeli landscapes of citrus groves, vineyards, and truck farms. The Old City of Jerusalem is a gem that requires repeated visits in order to see and understand the interconnectedness of the Quarters loosely aligned with the great religious traditions. Within and outside the Old City walls, Catholic churches abound—so many that, with the wandering cats, the pleasant atmosphere, great museums, sleek tram, and abundant shrines, I get something of the feel of Rome, albeit with less traffic and bustle. This may be heightened, too, by the fact that we are celebrating Mass every day at a
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remarkable church. In the evenings, young Orthodox Jewish couples push baby carriages through the streets; Jewish men in black fedoras and coats are everywhere. This view of Israel seems prosperous and promising. The connection to the story of Jesus’ life is altered dramatically in Jerusalem. Here it is nearly all about the events surrounding his passion and death, not about his ministry and miracles. The Via Dolorosa is embedded so completely in the cobbled walks of the Old City that it is hard to make the Stations of the Cross, but we do, hardly able to keep our focus for all of the commercial and tourist activity around us. We use a version of the stations that marks the path to Calvary from the perspective of Mary’s own faith and anguish. At the Western (Wailing) Wall, we see a sizable entourage surrounding a venerable-seeming elder rabbi in the area not far from where pilgrims and fervent Jews pray continuously beside the wall. More so than in Rome, I am taken with the realization that this is a city dominated by religion in uncommon variety. We also tour the modern Holocaust Museum, a moving experience that reminds me of my visit to Nicaragua where everyone I met had relatives who perished in the civil conflict of the 1980s. In Jerusalem, one is never far from a reminder that the Jewish people carry a sober and personal recollection day after day of the horrors recorded in the museum. R E V. J O E L M . There is some attention one day to the killing of an American graduate student by a Palestinian extremist in the Jaffa Port section of Tel Aviv. Even so, the volume of pilgrims in Israel is mind-boggling. Tour buses are on every street in the city and on every road outside Jerusalem. A challenge for these lands is to hang onto their Christian population, a number that has been thinning for decades. Christians now, for instance, make up only one percent of the Palestinian town of Jericho. Americans and others assist Palestinian Christians with college expenses, hoping to prevent them from studying elsewhere, never to return to their homeland. Other visits during our days in Israel include a kibbutz, the ancient mountaintop city of Masada, the
Dead Sea, the Golan Heights, the Upper Room, Nazareth, Bethany, and Mount Tabor. The food is universally good, plentiful, and tasty, very similar to that served in Middle Eastern restaurants in the United States. On the final evening, Gabriel and Osama tell us more about their lives. Gabriel’s father taught (Christian) theology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Osama proudly shows us photos on his phone, beaming as he tells of his wife and his children. They are expert at what they do, and they speak more with resignation than with any hope that the future will be absent the sharp divisions that delineate so much of life in Israel. I am sorry that we have not been able to speak to someone representing the Jewish tradition or
The Scriptures are enlivened distinctively as one takes in the history as well as the spiritual reality of the setting.” KO N Z E N , S . M . P R I N C I PA L
civil reality. It would have rounded out the experience by supplying another—the majority—viewpoint. And perhaps we could have honored more of the Old Testament sites as we made our way through Israel. Travel inspires and instructs. Being able to celebrate Mass at each destination was a singular blessing, as was stopping for periods of silent recollection in the gardens and courtyards of these most holy places. The Scriptures are enlivened distinctively as one takes in the history as well as the spiritual reality of the setting. We leave Israel with an intensified appreciation for the foundations of our Christian faith and for the acts of Jesus at the heart of that tradition. MARIST MATTERS 14
War Eagle Views
Last fall, Marist School’s football team played its first-ever game outside the United States when the team and cheerleaders traveled to Dublin, Ireland to participate in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic. They joined five other U.S. high schools to play exhibition games on the day prior to the Atlanta Coast Conference match-up between Georgia Tech and Boston College. Marist’s War Eagles handily beat Miami, Florida’s Belén Jesuit 27-0 in
Donnybrook Stadium, and then it was on to enjoy the college game, which was of particular interest to the team, cheerleaders, and Marist fans who crossed the pond. Marist alumnus Myles Willis ’13 played running back for Boston College and the Georgia Tech roster included Chase Martenson ’14 and Chet Lagod ’16. It was a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience for all involved, and the itinerary was a busy one.
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Wednesday, August 31
Wednesday & Friday mornings,
Football practice was held at a hurling club field. After practice, local hurlers instructed the War Eagles on the unfamiliar Irish game, and the War Eagles shared American football techniques. This type of cultural exchange was what the trip was all about.
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The group barely had time to adjust to the five-hour time change, when they were off sightseeing. Their visits included Malahide Castle, which dates back to the 12th century and is surrounded by 260 acres of parkland and gardens. Since the team was preparing for battle on the football field, it was only fitting that they also traveled to the city of Drogheda on the east coast of Ireland to visit the site of the Battle of the Boyne, one of the best-known battles in the history of the British Isles. 15 MARIST MATTERS
School Visits Thursday, September 1
The travelers visited three Marist high schools in and around Dublin—Catholic University School, Chanel College, and St. Mary’s College. It was a great opportunity for the students to experience firsthand the worldwide connection the Marists have in education and to see the Marist mission in action in a different, yet similar setting.
Pep Rally & Parade Thursday, September 1
“The parade was the highlight of the trip for me!” said Jack Dinges ’17, Marist’s quarterback. “Walking through Dublin and watching the people get excited about seeing us was a thrill.” The parade ended with a traditional high school pep rally at Trinity College. Since pep rallies are not common in Ireland, the Irish citizens and athletes were just as excited and involved as the visitors from the six American high schools.
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“Authentic Irish hospitality was the order of the day wherever we went. Local officials welcomed us at our hotel; tour guides taught everyone to sing ‘Molly Malone’; and we established relationships with our Irish sister schools that will deepen in the future.” Rev. Joel Konzen, S.M., Marist School Principal
Twelve members of the Marist community were inducted into the Marist School Blue & Gold Athletics Circle at halftime of the Homecoming football game on November 1, 2016. Established in 2003, the Blue & Gold Athletics Circle honors those who have made outstanding contributions to Marist School Athletics. Members are selected based on personal excellence in athletics, academics, and service to Marist School and the community.
Jeff Blount ’89
Basketball, Baseball Amanda McDowell ’06
Tennis Thomas Jacobson ’73
Bartley Miller ’02
Friday, September 2
Since Marist was up against Belén Jesuit, a Catholic school in Miami, the teams had the opportunity to pray together before the game. Despite the travel, new surroundings, and unfamiliar environment, Marist dominated Belén Jesuit’s Wolverines, allowing only 55-yards rushing. Drew Geeslin ’17 intercepted two passes, and Jack Dinges ’17 threw two touchdown passes in the game. The victory made the trip that much sweeter.
GA Tech vs. Boston College Saturday, September 3
Saturday everyone got to relax and enjoy the Georgia Tech-Boston College game, which opened the seasons for both teams. In rainy conditions, Georgia Tech defeated Boston College 17-14 in an exciting game.
A Grateful Farewell All six high schools that traveled to Ireland gathered for the Awards Banquet to celebrate not only the games, but also the unique trip experience itself. Each team presented a Most Valuable Traveler Award, and for the Marist team, the award went to Jack O’Keefe ’17. Marist players, cheerleaders, coaches, and parents enjoyed Mass together on the final evening, praying for their safe return home and saying thanks for the many blessings they received during their time in Ireland.
Brett Lange ’04
Golf Dan McMahon ’06
Swimming Danny Marshall ’00
Soccer, Football Kelley Rhino ’99
Football, Basketball, Baseball Ryan McDermond ’00
Baseball, Football, Basketball Anderson Russell ’05
Football, Baseball SERVICE AWARD
Dr. Bronier “Stormy” Costas
17 Years of Service Rev. Frank Kissel, S.M.
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Reach Celebrates 15 Years Reach for Excellence has come a long way in its 15 years of existence. Launched by the Society of Mary during Marist Schoolâ€™s Centennial celebration, Reach for Excellence has been inspiring middle school students since 2001.
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Society of Mary News
Centro Hispano Marista Celebrates Largest Graduating Class
On December 13, 2016, Centro Hispano Marista held its third commencement ceremony for 63 graduates, its largest graduating class to date. Launched at Marist School in 2012 by the Society of Mary, Centro Hispano Marista offers young, Hispanic adults educational preparation to obtain their GED® certification so they can pursue higher education, obtain better jobs, and secure a better future for themselves and their families.
Father John Harhager, president of Marist School, gave the welcoming address at the commencement. “All the hard work, the sacrifices, and your commitment and dedication to your studies has finally paid off,” said Father Harhager. “While you may not notice an immediate change in your lives as a result of your graduation, the diplomas you receive today represent a turning point for you. Take advantage of what your graduation signifies and the opportunities presented to you.” Sandra Ferreras, a previous Centro graduate who joined the Centro faculty this fall as an assistant teacher, was the keynote speaker.
“A lot of doors have opened since I got my GED. Today I am a certified substitute teacher, and I am studying to finish the next level. I am here, with my fellow graduates, to tell all the Centro students that you are next to join us. You, too, can have more opportunities,” said Ferreras. Dr. Leticia Valencia, program director of Centro Hispano Marista, also addressed the many admiring family and friends at the graduation. “Our graduates have learned the perfect recipe of success through this journey, the recipe to achieve anything they put their minds to. We are very proud and excited because we know what this achievement means to their future.” Centro Hispano Marista is always seeking new students as well as Spanish-speaking volunteers who have a passion for teaching.
“God, thank you always for everything I have achieved! To all who work at the Centro, thank you for being part of my success, for your time, your dedication towards all of us, for your motivation not to quit, and for all you do for our community. I wholeheartedly thank you and God. May God bless you always.” Ana Gabriela Arriaga, 2016 Centro Hispano Marista graduate
To volunteer, register, or support the Centro, visit centrohispanomarista.org.
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A DEFINING Moment for Marist School The Way. The Hope. The Promise. The Campaign for Marist School. can be
long-term financial well-being. Campaign projects, which completed
heralded as the most ambitious campaign in Marist School’s history.
the first phase of the Campus Master Plan, touched many facets of the
Aimed at a goal of $35 million, the campaign surpassed it, raising over
school, allowing Marist to remain a model for Catholic secondary
$37.2 million, allowing for a dramatic campus transformation that has
education. As a result, Marist’s mission to form young people in the
enhanced the educational experience for today’s and tomorrow’s
image of Christ will endure, creating the next generation of leaders
students and bolstered the endowment to help ensure Marist’s
who will go forth under the name of Mary.
*donors are represented by their primary affiliation with Marist School and are not double-counted
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Bill ’75 & Margaret Young Gym Dedicated On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the gym in Centennial Center was dedicated, blessed, and named in honor of William “Bill” Young Jr. ’75 and Margaret Young, in recognition of the Young family’s generous support of Marist School and The Way. The Hope. The Promise. capital campaign.
The Young family has been devoted to Marist School for many years, and athletics was an important part of the family’s Marist experience. Bill ’75 played football and basketball while a student at Marist. The Youngs’ sons, William “Bill” Young III ’11 and Brandon Young ’13, also participated in War Eagle sports, both playing football and basketball as well. Margaret was an active volunteer on many fronts while their children attended Marist, and Bill ’75 served on the school’s Board of Trustees from 2007-2015. Like father like sons, all three Young men attended the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia (UGA) after graduating from Marist, and Margaret is a UGA graduate as well. The elder Bill is partner of General Wholesale Company, a family-owned beverage distributing company, where his son, Bill, works alongside him. Brandon is currently a student at Terry College and is a senior member of UGA’s basketball team. Marist is incredibly grateful for the dedication of the Young family and is pleased to recognize their commitment to the school by naming Centennial Center’s gym in their honor.
Inspired by Mary’s nurturing spirit and selfless actions, the Heritage Circle provides a legacy of financial strength and continued excellence by recognizing those who have included Marist School in their estate plans.
Marist School provided our children with a solid spiritual, academic, and athletic foundation. We want that opportunity to be available to as many people as possible. Once we knew our retirement and legacy gifts to our children were taken care of, we wanted to continue to help Marist into the future.” —
Jaime and Mary Anne Lanier, parents of Jay ’01, John ’04, and Patrick ’10
Marist School influences its students and their families in remarkable ways. Show gratitude for your Marist educational experience by considering Marist School in your estate planning. Contact us today to discuss ways to give.
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TIMOTHY J. CAMBIAS, SR. HONORED WITH MARIST SCHOOL’S ST. PE TER CHANEL AWARD One of Marist School’s most faithful community members, Timothy J. Cambias, Sr., was presented with the school’s highest honor, the St. Peter Chanel Award, on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The award, named for the Marist saint who sacrificed his life to his missionary work, is given annually in recognition of individuals whose selflessness, exceptional support, and enthusiastic leadership have advanced the mission of Marist School in a profound and fundamental way.
Since 1995, Cambias has shared his business acumen and time with Marist School as a member of the Board of Trustees, where he has served on the Advancement, Endowment, Strategic Planning, and Capital Campaign Committees. He also served for many years on the Board of Directors of Reach for Excellence, a Marist-sponsored organization hosted on Marist School’s campus that provides tuition-free academic and
The real award goes to the Marist priests, staff, and most importantly, the teachers. They all play a most prominent role in our children’s and grandchildren’s lives. I humbly accept this award in all of their names. TIMOTHY J. CAMBIAS, SR.
leadership enrichment to underserved middle school students. In 2006, the Marist Alumni Association honored Cambias with the Father Hartnett Service Award. “It is our pleasure to name Tim Cambias the recipient of the 2016 St. Peter Chanel Award,” said Marist School President Father John Harhager. “Tim’s devotion to Marist School for more than 37 years has helped us tremendously in furthering our mission of forming young people in the image of Christ. His keen business sense, utmost dedication to the Marist mission, and wonderful wit add so much to our Marist community. We are grateful for his commitment to our school.” Throughout his life, Cambias has been an active community volunteer, serving in leadership roles on the boards of Cathedral of Christ the King, Downtown Atlanta Rotary, Mercy Care Foundation, Ignatius House, Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, and Ansley Golf Club. Cambias is retired from a long and successful career in the food manufacturing industry. Cambias, with his former wife, Jane, who died of Parkinson’s disease in 2015, is the father of Kelly Cambias Miles ’86 and Kathryn Cambias Morgan ’94 and is the grandfather of Charles Miles ’22, Patrick Miles ’19, and Sarah Miles ’16. His son, Timothy Cambias, Jr. graduated from Woodward Academy. Since 2014, Cambias has been enjoying retirement with his wife, Kimberly Paulson Cambias. “Being presented the St. Peter Chanel Award means mountains to me personally, especially when I review the list of its past recipients,” said Cambias. “The real award goes to the Marist priests, staff, and most importantly, the teachers. They all play a most prominent role in our children’s and grandchildren’s lives. I humbly accept this award in all of their names.” 21 MARIST MATTERS
No matter the size, your Annual Fund gift shows your support for Marist School and directly impacts the daily lives of our students by providing tuition assistance and crucial operating funds.
To make a gift or to fulfill your pledge, visit marist.com/onlinegiving.
Marist has been a central part of our family’s life for more than 15 years and a part of Silvia’s life even longer. It’s easy to give back to a community that has given so much to us.” Bruce Bowen and Silvia Becerra Bowen ’82, parents of Emily ’10, Sarah ’12, Luis ’19, and Carli ’21.
Alumni News Dear Fellow Alumni,
We have many exciting activities ahead of us, and I welcome you to reconnect with Marist in whatever way you can.
As I reflect upon the past year, I would like to express my thanks to the volunteers and alumni board members who supported the Marist Alumni Association. I would also like to thank the many Marist alumni who attended our annual alumni events, served as internship hosts through Career Connections, participated in service and spirituality programs, and supported the Alumni Annual Fund for Tuition Assistance. Your commitment and involvement helps strengthen the Marist connection and further the school’s mission to form the whole person in the image of Christ. I always enjoy hearing how our alumni are contributing their time, talent, and treasure to their respective communities. Save the Date for the 2017 It’s amazing to see the positive Welcome Back Fiesta on Friday, impact Marist graduates make May 5, 2017. All alumni and a across the world. I encourage guest are invited to join us for you to keep Marist informed of significant personal this free event! milestones, career successes, or your contributions to the community by regularly submitting class notes to the Alumni Office. You can submit class notes and learn the latest news on fellow alumni at marist.com/alumninews. We have many exciting activities ahead of us, and I welcome you to reconnect with Marist in whatever way you can. Stay tuned for details on new events for young alumni and special interest groups, regional events, and more. You can also stay virtually connected by joining the Marist Alumni Facebook group and keeping your profile up to date on the Alumni Directory accessible at marist.com/alumni. The Alumni Directory allows you to search alumni by class year, city, state, and company. I wish you and yours a blessed 2017. If you have any questions about our alumni events or ways to get involved, please contact the Alumni Office at (770) 936-6491 or email@example.com. Warmest Regards,
James B. Roberts ’99 President, Marist Alumni Association
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IVY STREET NEWS
New Half Century Club Honors Alumni Marist School has long been known as a school that embraces tradition, so, in conjunction with Homecoming, Marist instituted a new tradition, which honors the legacy of alumni who graduated from Marist 50 or more years ago. In a ceremony on Friday, November 4, 2016, 44 alumni were inducted into Marist’s new Half Century Club. The Half Century Club was created, with the help of Alumni Board Members and Ivy Street Chairmen Bob Klingensmith ’60 and Dick White ’52, to honor Marist’s longest-standing alumni and provide them with an opportunity to gather together each year at Homecoming. All alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago are considered to be a part of the Half Century Club. The induction ceremony featured opening remarks from Marist Alumni Association President James Roberts ’99, a blessing of pins by Marist School President Father John Harhager, and then a formal induction in which each new Half Century Club member was asked to
Marist Remembers Coach Combs The Marist School community remembers basketball coach Ralph “Pete” Combs who passed away on July 10, 2016 after a brave fight against cancer. Born in Hazelgreen, Kentucky, Coach Combs came to what was then called Marist College in downtown Atlanta in 1959 after serving in the U.S. Army and graduating from The University of Georgia. He briefly played professional baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates before completing his education and turning to coaching. Combs was Marist’s basketball coach when the school moved from its original downtown campus to the current campus on Ashford Dunwoody Road and changed its name to Marist School. Many say that, because his innovative coaching techniques led to many a tournament-winning team, he built the foundation for Marist’s successful basketball program. Coach Combs and his beloved wife, Caroline, were frequent attendees at Marist reunions, and his players remember him with great fondness. To read Umpy Brown’s entire tribute to Coach Combs, visit marist.com/coachcombs
stand before receiving a pin. In a particularly poignant moment, the names of alumni who had already celebrated their 50th reunion but passed away in the last year were read aloud, and they were posthumously inducted into the Half Century Club. Going forward, all Half Century Club members will be invited to welcome the new class of inductees each year at Homecoming.
Coach has a special place in my heart. I will always be thankful he was a part of my life. I was privileged to be LEFT TO RIGHT: one of the eulogists at his Coach Pete Combs, Neal Morgan ’63, funeral. Marist has lost a and Umpy Brown ’62 great supporter. We have lost the initial legacy of Marist basketball. May we celebrate his life. Those of us whom he touched are better men for that.” T. A R M S T E A D “ U M P Y ” B R O W N ’ 6 2
1961–1962 Marist Basketball Team
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MING 2016 On November 4, 2016, hundreds of Marist School alumni and their families returned to campus for a Homecoming celebration. Early in the evening, Marist alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago celebrated the inaugural Half Century Club induction ceremony (see page 24). A Homecoming BBQ before the football game drew crowds to Centennial Center. Wally the War Eagle, the Marist cheerleaders, and the marching band were all on hand to spread War Eagle Fever. Even Marist School Athletic Director Tommy Marshall was caught up in the spirit of the evening and joined the cheerleaders for several enthusiastic cheers! Halftime included the Blue & Gold Athletics Circle induction, which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to Marist School Athletics (see page 16), and the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and her court. Queen Marielle Quinn ’17 was dressed in a red floral dress to celebrate the student “Roll Out the Red Carpet” theme. Homecoming 2016 ended on a high note for the War Eagles who defeated the White County Warriors 35-0. MARIST MATTERS 26
Alumni Events Fall/Winter 2016-2017
Alumni Women’s Luncheon March 22, 2017 Alumni Awards Luncheon April 12, 2017 Parents of Alumni Wine & Cheese Reception May 4, 2017
Young Alumni Happy Hour September 14, 2016
27th Annual Golf Tournament May 5, 2017 Welcome Back Fiesta May 5, 2017 Reunion Weekend May 5-7, 2017 Senior Send-Off May 12, 2017
Generations at Eagle’s Nest
Career Connections Lunch
September 9, 2016
September 7, 2016
Young Alumni Christmas Luncheon December 16, 2016
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Half Century Club Induction November 4, 2016
Ivy Street Reunion Luncheon June 7, 2017
Alumnus in the Spotlight
by Bolling Sewell ’18
On October 12, 2016, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed Chris Carr ’90 the 48th attorney general of Georgia. Carr is a Marist graduate from the Class of 1990 and a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and Lumpkin School of Law. Before becoming attorney general, Carr was head of Georgia’s Department of Economic Development, where he passionately worked to recruit companies to Georgia to help the state grow and make it a livable place. He also oversaw Georgia’s tourism industry.
“MARIST SCHOOL HAS A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. I AM HONORED TO BE AFFILIATED WITH THE SCHOOL.” CHRIS CARR ’90
A state attorney general is the chief legal advisor for the state government, and so Carr supervises 300 staff members. As attorney general, he has two main goals. “I want to make sure that we have an environment that attracts companies, and I want to keep our citizens safe, especially those who are most vulnerable. Each day I have something to look forward to and something to be excited about,” says Carr.
The lessons Carr learned at Marist aid him in his career “in more ways than one could imagine.” The rigorous academic foundation and the expectation for excellence within the Marist community prepared him for “tackling big issues and expecting more” from himself. Most of all, being a part of the Marist theater program gave him the confidence to be in front of an audience, which he claims has been critical to his success. Carr became interested in law while attending The University of Georgia. He attended law school not knowing exactly what he wanted to do, but knowing that law would be a good foundation for whatever he ended up doing. Carr was appointed attorney general in 2016 to fill a vacancy left when the previous attorney general, Sam Olens, was named president of Kennesaw State University. Carr is looking forward to running for re-election in 2018. When asked if he is overwhelmed by the great responsibilities of his new position, Carr quickly replied with a confident “no”. Rather, he is “humbled and honored” with the opportunity and promises to “work to do the job to the best of his ability” in order to represent Marist in the best way possible. “Marist School has a special place in my heart,” says Carr, “I am honored to be affiliated with the school. However my office or I can be of assistance to Marist, we want to do it.” MARIST MATTERS 28
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The Atlanta Realtors Association (ARA) recently approved the nomination of Bill Murray ’65 to be the 2017 president-elect. ARA is the largest real estate association in the state of Georgia and has an estimated 8,000 members.
Dr. Michael Echemendia ’67
currently resides in Atlanta with his wife, Carynn, and he is a second generation obstetrician and gynecologist.
As president and CEO of Nashville and Atlanta-based The Art of the Game, Doug Fraser ’79 has created marketing and event programs for some of the highest profile corporate groups and major sporting events in the United States. Some of his company’s clients include The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, NBC Sports, the National Football League, Churchill Downs, the Southeastern Conference, the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His major event portfolio includes eight NFL Super Bowls and five Kentucky Derbys and Oaks.
David Smither ’80, Mike Graham ’80, Jim Brewster ’80, Fred
Muller ’80, and James Sego ’80 pose
for a graduation photo near St. Peter Chanel Hall. 1 Twenty-six years later Eric Lee ’16, Jack Uber ’16, Will Kingsfield ’16, Jimmy Brewster ’16, Sam Collier ’16, and Connor Hale ’16 stand in the very same location during their graduation. 2
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Tricia Millner Holder ’82 , representing
the United Way, visited Marist School’s campus for Informed Discourse Day on October 13, 2016 to educate students, faculty, and staff on the Safe Harbor Amendment. (see page 5) 3
Members from the Class of 1986 enjoyed the Generations Welcome Back Tailgate on Friday, September 9, 2016. 4
and Matt attended the Change of Command ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia, for Capt. Mark S. Leavitt ’89, U.S. Navy, who was appointed Commander Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic. 5 Robert Pasersky ’89
Governor Nathan Deal appointed Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr ’90 as attorney general on October 12, 2016 (see page 28). Lt. Col. Matt Russell ’91 and Capt. Ken Taylor ’06 prepare for
their flight in an Air Force T-38 Talon at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. Lt. Col. Russell is an Air Force Reserve Instructor Pilot, and Capt. Taylor is an Air Force Flight Surgeon. 6
Suzanne Brown Daly ’93 received a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing in May 2016. Suzanne received the Pauline W. Brown Diversity Award from the School of Nursing for her dissertation titled “Racial differences in the quality of home health care: What are the contributing factors?”. The whole family celebrated her graduation Mother’s Day weekend in Chapel Hill. Pictured are: Joe Daly, Amanda Brown ’91 , Suzanne Brown Daly ’93, Liam (5), Catherine (2), and Aidan (8) Daly. Suzanne and Amanda are the daughters of Mike Brown (Jackie) ’59. Suzanne, her husband, and their three children live in Durham, North Carolina. 7 Dr. Rhea Sumpter, Jr. ’93, an assistant
professor of internal medicine and infectious disease specialist at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas was published in the medical journal Cell on May 3, 2016.
The Withers family, including Catherine Withers, Tracy Rhodes Withers, Frances Withers, Knox Withers ’96, Susannah Withers, Henry Withers, Jack Withers, Matt Withers ’99, Nona Withers, and Chris Withers ’67, attended a tailgate on September 23, 2016 prior to the Marist football game against Chamblee High School. 8
Erik Zalenski ’97, general partner for Croft & Bender Capital, was selected one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Forty Under Forty.
Kelly Tallman Garrison ’98, partner
for Frazier & Deeter, LLC, and Marist Alumni Board Member participated as a guest lecturer for a Marist accounting class on October 21, 2016. Michael P. Echemendia ’98, Ph.D., works
for the department of defense in England. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three sons: Michael Bodey (4), Ian (2), and Gabe (1).
Siblings Nathaniel Cates ’00, Andrew
Cates ’02 , and Caroline Cates Ivie ’05,
along with their parents and spouses, have created The Wine RayZyn Company, which produces specially dried Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Merlot wine grapes as a superfood 1 snack and gourmet food. The Wine RayZyn Company has been featured on QVC and in a variety of popular magazines as a “favorite food trend of 2016.” You can find all flavors in the produce section of Atlanta’s Buford Highway Farmers Market.
The Salmagundi Club of New York selected River Girl, by Catherine E. Campbell ’02 , for inclusion in the annual Non-Members’ Photography and Graphics Exhibition, which was held August 1-12, 2016. Mark Richardson ’02 and Christian Capozzoli ’02 joined Catherine in New York City to celebrate her exhibition. 9 Dr. Nicholas G. Echemendia ’02
practices internal medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. He and his wife, Monica, have three daughters: Sofia Marie (6), Ana Christina (3), and Olivia Nicole (8 months).
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Sean McVay ’04 was recently hired as head
coach of the Los Angeles Rams, making him the youngest head coach in NFL history.
Dougie Coffed ’04 won the 2015 Brasstown Bald Buster 5K, which he ran with numerous other Marist alumni, students, and staff including Myriam Alvarez ’16, Rachel Callahan ’16, Emma Burns ’16, Frank Pittman ’16 and his father, Keith Resetar ’04, Jeff Marino ’04, Charlie Daniel ’16, Knox Pittman ’18, Lila Crump ’18, Josie Wirtz ’18, Ellie Pittman ’21 , Brian Faust ’17, Kendall Nelson ’17, Quinn Burden ’17, Leif Anderson ’19, former Marist cross country community coach Mo Himedan, and Marist faculty members Mike Burns and Rand Wise. 10
Oscar Clark ’07, pro-cyclist and member of the Holowesko Citadel Cycling Team, competed in the Tour of California May 15–22, 2016. 11 Derek Chang ’08 qualified for the 2016 U.S. Open
after shooting seven under at Lakeside Country Club in Houston, Texas. Derek, who played the 2015 season of the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, was the only player to card both rounds in the 60s.
Jennifer Niedzwiecki ’08 (Capital One Bank)
was awarded CREW DC’s 2016 Rising Star Award at an annual awards event held on October 6, 2016 in Washington, D.C. CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) is a membership organization founded in 1979 to promote professional opportunities and business relationships for women in the commercial real estate industry. CREW DC is one of CREW’s largest chapters in the country with over 500 members. Jennifer has also been elected treasurer of the 2017 CREW DC Board.
Katie Athaide ’09, Egen Thorington Arnold ’09,
and Spencer Mitchell ’09 organized a team again this year to participate in the Wills Way 5K, which supports suicide prevention on January 28, 2017. The team, “Hurrying Harry’s”, participated to support the family of Harrison Willingham ’09. 12
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Peter Melampy ’09 received law degree from the University of Chicago Law School on June 11, 2016. Peter was a member of the University of Chicago Legal Forum. After taking the New York bar exam, Peter will join Willkie Farr and Gallagher in New York City to practice corporate law.
Shannon Melampy ’10 graduated on
May 8, 2016 from Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University with a master’s degree in human resources management. Shannon is working in human resources at the corporate headquarters of Victoria’s Secret in Columbus, Ohio.
Porter Douglas Harrast ’12 graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine on May 28, 2016 with a bachelor of science degree in neuroscience. Madeline Hawkins ’12 was recently
featured in The University of Georgia Magazine for her internship experiences. Madeline graduated from UGA in May 2016, and she is now the program assistant for the Luce Foundation Center, which is part of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum in Washington D.C. 13 David Malcher ’12 was selected as a
finalist for the 2016 Student of the Year Award by Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia. During his last year at UGA he was the president of the Student Managed Investment Fund and during his term of office was instrumental in building up the fund from $360,000 to $1,200,000. He is currently working as an analyst at Citibank on Wall Street. Teddy Sims ’12 was awarded the
Truman Scholarship and received $30,000 for his graduate studies. Sims, who is majoring in international and
area studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., plans to serve as an active-duty military intelligence officer immediately following graduation and pursue an advanced degree in public policy at a later date. Jillian B. Tancil ’12 graduated summa
cum laude from the University of Miami with a major in public relations and sports administration and a minor in business law. She worked this summer at a prestigious law firm in New York City, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP, as an SEO law intern. She is currently a first year law student at Harvard Law School. 14
Mock Convention, which was attended by Former Vice President Dick Cheney, Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, best-selling author Ann Coulter, pro-life activist Lila Rose, and singer Lee Greenwood. 16
Dominique Oden ’16 was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for her outstanding three-game stretch on Purdue’s women’s basketball team.
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Myles Willis ’13, the senior running back and kick returner for Boston College, was selected for the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. 15
Christopher Bowman ’14 was
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Lili Byce ’15 received an Air Force
ROTC scholarship at a contracting ceremony in November. She is due to graduate from Catholic University of America and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 2019.
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Ian Gipson ’15 achieved a perfect 4.0 in
his second term while playing football at Washington and Lee University, earning him a second Scholar-Athlete Award. Additionally, Ian was the Pi Kappa Phi pledge class treasurer and one of a handful of students selected to be on the security detail for the Washington and Lee
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“Grant that … they may share with each other the gifts of your love and become one in heart and mind …”
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Courtney Lundeen ’00 married Andrew Harris on May 21, 2016.
Caroline Jordan ’09 married Michael Campbell on July 6, 2016 in
Marist alumni in attendance included Kathryn McKie Zimmerman ’00, Brandon Russell ’00, Ashley Schrenk Nalley ’00, Amy Baly ’00, and Michael Trapani ’01 . Courtney and Andrew live in Atlanta with their pup, Maggie. Courtney works for Pace Academy as the director of alumni relations and annual giving and Andrew is director of sales for the Southeast at Suture Express. 1
Gougane Barra, Ireland. Marist alumni in attendance included Thomas Jordan ’13, Lindsey Warren ’09, Astrid Chater ’09, Katie Wood ’09, and Bob McGowan ’78. Current student Jenny Jordan ’19 was also in attendance. 7
Devon Morgan ’00 married Joseph McKenna on September 5, 2015, at Turntide Estate in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Marist alumni in attendance included Ryan Morgan Williams ’00, Tom Rittle ’00, Mike Rittle ’00, and Patrick McShane ’00. 2 Emmarie Huetteman ’05 married Christopher Trepky on
February 29, 2016 in a brief ceremony with their families on the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. Marist alumna and sister of the bride, Justine Huetteman ’11 , was in attendance. 3 Katie Fowler ’06 married Steve Brown on August 27, 2016 in
Atlanta, Georgia. The wedding was concelebrated by Monsignor Henry Gracz, Father Joel Konzen, Father David Musso, and Father Bill Rowland at the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; a reception followed at Druid Hills Golf Club. 4 Matt Morrison ’06 married Norris Clay on March 12, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. 5 Caelyn Brady ’07 married Stephen Pyles on July 11, 2015 in
Paige Seymour ’09 married Santo Ruiz on November 26, 2016 in
Chinandega, Nicaragua. Marist alumni in attendance included Katie Isaf ’10, Tesia Davis ’09, Rob Seymour ’06, Brittany Longosz ’09, Jenna MacLean ’09, Laura Myers ’11 , and Ali MacKay Ennis ’10. 8 Claire Elizabeth Shurley ’09 married Andrew Jordan Parrish on June
13, 2015 at Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia. A reception followed at the Savannah Yacht Club. Marist alumni in attendance included Graham Shurley ’04, Preston Shurley ’07, Parker DeFreese ’14, Sarah Anne DeFreese ’17, Allyson Nichols Miller ’02 , Bartley Miller ’02 , Kate Newquist ’09, Katie Athaide ’09, Egen Thorington Arnold ’09, Sean Arnold ’09, Cessie Ryder ’09, Kelsey Sharp ’09, Becca Tynes ’09, and Mitch Hogan ’09. 9 Emma Torpy ’09 married Will Stamper ’09 on March 21, 2015 at St.
Thomas More Church with Father Joel Konzen as the celebrant. Marist alumni and students in attendance included Adriana del Valle ’09, Katherine King ’09, Stephanie Villarreal ’09, Camila Rodriguez ’09, Julie Zamer ’09, Jill Morsberger ’09, Michelle Thompson ’09, Fred Torpy ’15, Michael Torpy ’17, Liam Torpy ’15, Emily Fawcett ’09, Peter Melampy ’09, Lauren Word ’09, Lauren Plowman ’09, Hunter Anderson ’09, Joseph Baiocco ’09, Andrew Heekin ’09, David Connolly ’09, Clayton Stout ’09, and Karl Staber ’09. 10
Kim Herald ’07 married Matt Moore on April 9, 2016. The marriage
was celebrated by Father David Musso at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, followed by a reception at Villa Christina. Christina Herald ’05, Kelly Stevens Boring ’07, and Jeff Herald ’04 were in the wedding party.
Steven Vickery ’09 married Natalie Turbiville on July 23, 2016 at the
Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. A reception followed at the Wimbish House. Annie Scoles ’11 and Christian Antos ’11 were married on
Kaiti Kelly ’08 and Bryan Eddy ’08 were married on September 26, 2015 at Lake Oconee, Georgia. Marist alumni in the wedding party included Michael Eddy ’70, Jessi Kelly ’10, and Brittany MacKay Rogers ’08. Kevin Allman ’09 and Mary Coffed ’09 were married
on September 10, 2016 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Sun Valley, Idaho. 6
May 7, 2016, at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta. They were honored to have Father Joel Konzen officiate. A reception followed at the Estate on Piedmont where they celebrated with Marist graduates including Danielle Antos ’15, Patrick Antos ’07, Hunter Bailey ’11 , Charlie Bradford ’72 , Trey Cotney ’10, Cole Fontaine ’11 , Andrew Harmeier ’11 , Andrew Kimball ’07, Zac Litwack ’06, Tyler Cotney Litwack ’07, Trey Nordone ’10, John Sommers Jr ’82 , John Sommers III ’11 , Mary Grace Tadros ’11 , Clare Williams ’11 , and Cody Sommers ’14. 11
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Births M A R IST
1 L auren Ringle Fussell ’95 and her husband
Ryan welcomed their second child, Sydney Claire Fussell, on March 8, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. 2 Andrea Meyer Stinson ’97 and her husband
Morgan welcomed their son, Owen Walker Stinson, on August 23, 2016. Owen weighed 9 pounds 13 ounces and was 22 inches long. Siblings Madeline (4), Nora (4), and Andrew (8) are in love with their baby brother!
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and her husband Brett welcomed their son Alexander “Xander” Adair Rose on March 6, 2016.
3 Caroline McGreaham Rose ’00
4 Brandon Holcomb ’01 and his wife
Sarah welcomed their son, Henry Allen Holcomb, on February 20, 2016.
5 Kevin McKane ’01 and his wife Meghann
welcomed their daughter, Virginia Ridley McKane, on June 3, 2016. 6 L auren Morrison Short ’01 and her husband
Will welcomed their son, Harrison Short, on July 28, 2016.
But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” L U K E 1 8 :16
7 Meredith Nelson Pierson ’03 and her
husband Geordie welcomed their son, George “Ward” Woodward Pierson III on March 9, 2016. 8 Mary Pat Jones Rodriguez ’05 and her
husband Isaac joyfully welcomed their daughter, Reese Isabella Rodriguez, on October 18, 2015. Reese joins older brothers Marshall and Patrick.
9 Adria Thorington Tapp ’07 and her
husband Jimmy Tapp ’07 welcomed their first daughter, Iler Elizabeth, on April 26, 2016. and her husband Ryan Sullivan ’03 welcomed their first daughter, Saylor James Sullivan, on April 23, 2016 at 8:08 p.m. at Northside Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.
10 Kristina Lambis Sullivan ’07
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Martha Ahearn, mother of Maureen Ahearn Cully ’86 and Bob Ahearn ’87, and grandmother of Katherine Cully ’18 and Michael Cully ’20 D. Robert Autrey, Jr. ’54, brother of Bill Autrey ’64 Charles A. Azar ’70, brother of James Azar ’68 (deceased) Todd C. Barry ’84, brother of Alisa Barry ’82 , Pat Barry ’86, and Brett Barry ’88
Darlene Baugus, mother of John Baugus ’82 , Kathryn Baugus Kopp ’83, and Jim Baugus ’84 Robert G. Bellingrath, husband of Marist School staff member Eileen Bellingrath and father of Sarah Bellingrath Watkins ’93 and Bob Bellingrath ’97
Tomzie G. Berkshire, former Marist School English, drama, and speech teacher, and mother of Brad Berkshire ’90 Anita B. Bieger, wife of Jerry Bieger ’49 and sisterin-law of Don Bieger ’53 Genevieve S. Blume, grandmother of Brent Thomas ’98 and Ashley Thomas ’07
Elizabeth P. Brock, mother of Lisa Elliott Ballard ’81 William R. Bruce ’76 Robert R. Bryan ’86 James B. Burns, Jr. ’81
Farish C. Chandler, Jr., father of Ricky Chandler ’78 and Marist School mathematics teacher Heather Nichols; and grandfather of Jim Nichols ’95, Paul Nichols ’99, Allyson Nichols Miller ’02 , Carter Chandler ’13, and Will Chandler ’16
Coach Pete Combs, former Marist School coach Anthony M. Cumberworth ’59 Daniel W. Daily ’57 Richard U. Deiters ’45
Eugene A. Fallon, fatherin-law of Coach Alan Chadwick and grandfather of Kelsey Chadwick ’10 and Kendall Chadwick ’14
Silvia Fallon, mother-in-law of Coach Alan Chadwick and grandmother of Kelsey Chadwick ’10 and Kendall Chadwick ’14
C. Walker Ingraham, father of Meg Ingraham ’02 and Chase Ingraham ’07 William L. Kreps ’51 Charles J. Lynch III ’51
Michael B. Seale ’65, brother of Chris Seale ’68
Anthony G. Maloof ’52
Robert H. Shulman ’62
Thomas J. McCloskey ’70, brother of Joe McCloskey ’64 and Frank McCloskey ’68 Frank S. McGaughey III ’66, brother of Richard McGaughey ’68, Michael McGaughey ’70, and Douglas McGaughey ’75
Nancy Freeman, mother of Barry Freeman ’96, Katie Freeman Perkins ’98, and
Robert McKinnon, fatherin-law of Tom O’Donnell ’72 and grandfather of Rebecca O’Donnell Nels ’03 and
Amelia Freeman Thompson ’01
Nick O’Donnell ’08
Anne R. Garrity, mother of Michael Garrity ’76
Sherry Murphy, wife of Jim Murphy ’66 and mother of Jessica Murphy Broome ’96 and Meredith Murphy Stanton ’99
Thomas G. Gilligan, father of Sean Gilligan ’98 and Jennifer Gilligan Morris ’01
Alfred Grindon, father of former Marist Theology Department Chair Al Grindon and Katie Grindon ’99 Carlos R. Haas ’57
Patricia M. Hack, mother of Brian Hack ’92 and Carren Hack Jenkins ’94
Thomas J. O’Haren, Marist School Trustee Emeritus; father of Tim O’Haren ’77, Terry O’Haren ’79, Anne O’Haren Huckabee ’80, Dave O’Haren ’81 , Mary O’Haren Delmer ’83; father-in-law of Michelle White O’Haren ’79; and grandfather of Kallie O’Haren ’10, Koble Delmer ’12, Kasey Anne O’Haren ’12 , Wellie Delmer ’14, Tommy
Michael T. Hammen, father of Greg Hammen ’82 and Patrick Hammen ’84, and grandfather of Victoria Hammen ’15
O’Haren ’14, Cecilia Delmer ’16, and Renny O’Haren ’20
Allen E. Hauck, Jr. ’61 , brother of Christie Hauck ’66
Michael L. Russo ’59
Clinton S. Herrick III ’54, brother of Ross Herrick ’56 John B. Holland ’81 , son of Les Holland ’54, brother of Harry Holland ’78, and cousin of Bo Holland ’63
Jane C. Schweers, mother of Ted Schweers ’81 , Charles Schweers ’84, and Janie Schweers ’87
Crawford M. Sites ’44
Robert D. Stewart, father of Chloe Stewart ’06 and Kensley Stewart ’10
Sheila P. Stubbs, sister of Steve Piper ’81 , David Piper ’80, Tracy Piper Engle ’87, and Mike Piper ’94; and aunt of Sarah Piper ’13 and Teo Piper ’18 Mark S. Tigh ’66 M. Wolfgang Trapp ’88, brother of Matt Trapp ’97 and son of Marist School Trustee Emeritus Michael Trapp Mark L. Vignault ’82
Sue White, wife of Wayne White ’63
Herman W. Wolter, former Marist School staff David N. Word, father of Lauren Word ’09 and Stephanie Word ’10, and uncle to Nikolai Ferguson ’12 and Michael Ferguson ’17 Suzanne L. Yaeger ’83, sister
of Lisa Yaeger ’83 (deceased)
Richard H. Owens ’53
Michael B. Schaaf ’02 William Schemmel ’57, brother of Leo Schemmel Jr. ’53 (deceased) and Paul Schemmel ’62
Through December 31, 2016
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By Angela Dorsey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Through Giving We Receive When my 4-year-old daughter handed me the Christmas present she had made for me at school, she was elated. All smiles and bubbling over with excitement, her joy as the giver simply could not be contained. As the recipient of her gift, my heart was filled with love for her. At a fundamental level, this reciprocal exchange of love and joy is how I view philanthropy. Originating from the Greek, the word philanthropy means “love of humankind”. It is giving from a place of love to benefit another. From my experience, giving to others often nourishes the giver as much as, if not more than, the receiver, just as my daughter and I experienced on Christmas morning. My faith has had a strong impact on my view of philanthropy. Growing up, my family was very active in our church, and the importance of following Jesus’ call to help those in need was instilled in me at a young age. My parents were role models of compassion, inclusiveness, and service, and I saw countless examples of selfless giving by them and others in our church. I myself was the beneficiary of such generosity when I received a college scholarship from a member of my church, which opened new doors and possibilities for me. To this day, I continue to be humbled by the donor’s generosity, the joy it gave him, and the lasting impact it has had on my life. Inspired by this generous gift as well as by my upbringing, serving others became a priority for me. During college and graduate school, I became involved in various initiatives focused on social justice, which ultimately led me to a career in the nonprofit sector. While I have worked in different types of organizations, I found I could have the greatest impact by working in the field of education. Those who work in education are in unique positions to nurture the hearts and minds of young people who will become the future leaders of our communities. Directly or indirectly, they can help students discover their God-given purposes and encourage them to use their talents and knowledge to serve others and inspire positive change in the world. When I came to Marist School in 2009, I found an institution that lives out its mission more deeply than any other place in which I have worked or been involved. The notion of service to
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others is central to the Marist mission, underscoring everything we do and teach here. Campus Ministry is a core part of the Marist experience, and each year our students spend thousands of hours engaged in community service. Knowing that I am part of an institution that places such a strong focus on service and on forming the whole person in the image of Christ makes my work especially fulfilling. On a daily basis, I am encouraged by the many Marist alumni, parents, and friends who give generously of their time, talent, and resources to help advance the school’s ever-important mission. Some give out of gratitude for the school, the priests, and the faculty who helped shape them while they were students; some give as a way to invest in their children’s or grandchildren’s lives; and some give from a desire to ensure that Marist School continues to be a model for Catholic secondary education and a bright light in our community and in the broader world. This philanthropy not only helps in very real and tangible ways, but I believe it is also a profound expression of God’s love for us and our love for the humanity He created. It brings us closer to God because we are heeding Jesus’ call to love and care for others. And, as with childlike wonder, the joy we experience when we give, or receive, with a heart filled with love is truly amazing.
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