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…we encourage our students to pray in earnest, asking God to reveal to them their particular mission in life, the mission that is assigned to them and to no one else.
At the first Family Mass of the 2019-2020 academic year, we introduced this year’s Marist theme: Living our Faith in Contemporary Society: Saying No to Greed, Power, and Pride and Yes to Inclusiveness and Hospitality. I want to call your attention to the dual nature of this theme because, together, the two parts underscore exactly what we are about at Marist School. Let’s start with the part of the theme where we espouse to reject the greed, power, and pride that is so prevalent in today’s society, and, instead, embrace the attributes of inclusiveness and hospitality. As we strive to fulfill our school’s mission each day, we encourage our students to pray in earnest, asking God to reveal to them their particular mission in life, the mission that is assigned to them and to no one else. I put it this way at the opening all-school Mass in August, “You don’t need to come to Marist to be prepared to do well in college and to have successful careers. Other high schools can do that. You do need to come to Marist if you are serious about asking the question, ‘What am I being called to do with my life?’ To answer that question, you must first say no to pride, for pride says, ‘It is my life, and I will do with it as I want’ whereas we Marists say, ‘Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.’ (1 Sam. 3: 8) Hear in those words an echo of the words that Mary, mother of Jesus and patroness of this school, said, ‘Let it be done to me according to your word.’ (Luke 1: 38) This is why, at its very heart, I see Marist as a vocational school first, a college-preparatory school second.” Focusing on the first part of the theme—Living our Faith in Contemporary Society—brings me to Strategic Plan 2025, the visionary plan that will guide our school in the coming years and the cover story. As you delve further into this issue, you will read about our five strategic priorities, those key areas we think are of vital importance to ensuring we stay true to the mission our school has embraced since 1901. Our world today can make it difficult to live our faith, which is why it is essential that we maintain and enhance the Marist School educational experience with its unique blend of academics, spirituality, arts, athletics, leadership development, and service. Our society needs young people ready to lead and serve as God has called them to do. The distinguishing blend of character and skills that our graduates possess sets them apart. We are educating leaders who will embody Marist values and live their faith as they work to make a positive difference in our world. In the name of Mary,
Rev. William F.Rowland, S.M. President
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VOL. XLIV • CONTENTS
SCENE AROUND MARIST Focus on foundations for 7th & 9th graders
STRATEGIC PLAN 2025 Five key priorities for Marist’s future
41 REUNION WEEKEND Rekindling friendships, reconnecting with Marist
27 CLASS OF 2019 Graduation highlights
49 WEDDINGS & BIRTHS Blushing brides and future War Eagles take center stage
4 MARIST IN BRIEF Latest happenings on campus
19 WAR EAGLE VIEWS Latest inductees to Blue & Gold Athletics Circle
54 LAST WORD Like a Mustard Seed
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PRESIDENT Rev. William F. Rowland, S.M. PRINCIPAL Kevin Mullally V.P. FOR INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT Angela H. Dorsey
MARIST’S DOOR ALWAYS OPEN FOR BISHOP KONZEN
EDITOR & DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Cristina Vásconez Herrera CONTRIBUTORS Katie Fowler Brown ’06 Molly Carlin Katie Crowe ’06 Maureen Davidson Kathryn Hawkins Shannon Juhan Rev. Mark Kenney, S.M. Lauren Kim ’20 Kevin Mullally Rev. William F. Rowland, S.M. Megan Citarella Stewart ’95 Leticia Valencia
Bishop Joel M. Konzen, S.M., Marist School’s former principal and the only Marist bishop in the United States, presided at Marist’s Mass of the Holy Spirit last fall and spoke at the opening meeting of the Marist Mothers Prayer Group in September.
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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.
Drew Dollar ’19 signed with
Marist School’s award-winning Speech & Debate Team
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory
DGR-Crosley’s driver development
competed this summer at the National Debate Coaches
celebrated Mass at Marist for
program and will compete full-time in
Association (NDCA) National Championship in Chicago,
St. Peter Chanel Day before
the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Illinois. The team of Sophie Verska ’20 and
being installed as the seventh
and select CARS Tour events.
Will Sjostrom ’20 finished third overall in the nation.
archbishop of Washington.
In Brief MARIST
POVERTY SIMULATION HELPS STUDENTS BUILD EMPATHY In May, theology students from the Peace and Justice, Christian Scriptures, and Christian Morality classes participated in a poverty simulation. Posing as people living in poverty, students simulated visits to a food bank, homeless shelter, hospital, utility company, and various social service agencies to experience the realities faced by the poor each day. The powerful, eyeopening experience, put on by North Fulton Community Charities with 20 Marist faculty and staff volunteers, was organized to help students develop empathy and learn about privilege.
Marist Evening Series Captivates Adult Learners The Marist Evening Series, three evenings of classes taught by Marist’s accomplished faculty and staff, offers alumni, parents, and other adults the opportunity to learn something new. The series melds popular Be on the courses like Wheel-Thrown Ceramics, History of lookout for 2 02 0 the Holocaust, and The Middle East with others registratio n in December. on topics such as mindfulness, college planning, spirituality, photography, history, and more.
AUCTION YIELDS RESULTS Marist School’s biennial auction, this year titled A Night in the Big Easy, raised a net total of $187,625 to benefit Marist Parents Club, Marist Booster Club, Marist Arts Guild, and the school’s endowment, all of which help enhance student programs and activities. Held on February 9, 2019, the auction featured New Orleans cuisine, refreshing libations, and live music as well as a silent and live auction.
Marist Theater Marist School’s partnership with the Disney Theatrical Licensing Pilot Program, launched with the 2018 production of Freaky Friday, continued with Disney granting Marist the opportunity to perform a new set of one-act plays focused on Marvel characters. Students also had the unique opportunity last school year to develop their own play. Youtopia, a play set in a dystopian world obsessed with online validation, was the successful outcome. Marist’s theater director, Mr. Eric McNaughton ’90, kept his own theatrical skills honed, spending a magical summer in Massachusetts performing Judge Turpin in Provincetown Theater’s production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
AP Art History class students
For 2018-2019, the Lady War Eagles were state
embarked on a trip to China to visit
champions in tennis and cross country, and the girls
globally renowned sites including
teams won the Georgia Athletic Directors Association
the Great Wall, Forbidden City,
Directors Cup. Marist also had state runner-up finishes
and Terracotta Warriors.
in both volleyball and boys cross country.
Earlier this year, Marist School’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved Strategic Plan 2025, a bold plan that will serve as a touchstone through 2025 to advance Marist School’s mission and build upon its tradition of excellence. Strategic Plan 2025 outlines five key priorities that will illuminate the trajectory for Marist School. Developed through extensive research, thoughtful consideration, and a collaborative process including faculty, staff, parents, students, and alumni, the plan will ensure that Marist School continues to thrive by building on our successes, while paving the way for a very bright future. Embracing the Marist spirit and values that are at the center of everything we do, Marist School will sustain its legacy in forming young people in the image of Christ and sending them forth with the strength of character and skills they need to make a difference in today’s complex world.
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Our Vision Guided by the Marist spirit and values, we will provide a world-class education that prepares students to lead and serve with compassion, integrity, and a sense of purpose.
Our Path to 2025 and Beyond
1 2 3 4 5
Be Unwaveringly Marist Excel in Academics Educate the Whole Child Form Global-Ready Servant Leaders Secure the Future
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STRATEGIC PRIORIT Y 1:
Be Unwaveringly Marist Confident in the transformational power of the Society of Mary, we remain steadfast in our Marist identity and mission and seek to advance and share our distinctive spirit.
Demonstrate fidelity to the spiritual tradition of the Marists by continually
providing the Marist School community with comprehensive information about the history and values of the Society of Mary.
Enhance and develop the Marist Way program, providing ongoing education
at levels that meet individual degrees of interest and commitment.
Foster and deepen relationships with Society of Mary schools worldwide, building upon the fruitful partnership for student experiences, exchanges, and visits.
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STRATEGIC PRIORIT Y 2:
Excel in Academics Continuing as a model for Catholic secondary education, Marist Schoolâ€™s experiential and interdisciplinary curriculum is taught by talented, mission-driven faculty and combines leading-edge innovation in pedagogy and technology with the intellectual heritage of Catholic education. Continue to support and grow an academic program of distinction, including innovative teaching techniques and meaningful assessments as a way to augment student learning and prepare students for college, work, and life in the 21st century. Explore means to further personalize our studentsâ€™ academic experiences by enhancing the flexibility of course scheduling; seeking partnerships with business, civic, and higher education institutions; and maximizing the potential of educational technology. Practice nationwide strategic recruitment to identify the best faculty and staff to participate in our communal commitment to the mission of the school. Build upon a commitment to faculty and staff excellence by investing in professional development, recognition, compensation, and benefits.
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STRATEGIC PRIORIT Y 3:
Educate the Whole Child The Marist educational experience is attentive to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of students as well as their academic needs. Students explore and learn through programs of excellence in athletics, arts, counseling, campus ministry, and other extracurricular activities. Enhance the spiritual practice of our students, promoting a meaningful prayer life as a way to be an integral part of a community of faith. Invest in experiential and perspective-broadening extra- and co-curricular activities and provide the spaces necessary to facilitate them. Ensure emotional, spiritual, academic, and social support and development for all Marist School students through best-in-class campus ministry and counseling offices and programs. Support and enhance our Foundations program (7th and 8th grades) to appropriately address these studentsâ€™ unique adolescent and developmental needs, while effectively preparing them for high school, in a nurturing environment that offers a full spectrum of age-appropriate activities and opportunities.
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STRATEGIC PRIORIT Y 4:
Form Global-Ready Servant Leaders Constructive dialogue, community outreach, and spiritual practice are the cornerstones of Christ-centered global readiness and are important focuses for Marist School. We prioritize educational experiences in which students are servant leaders, focusing on others and working collaboratively. Provide opportunities for students to practice and engage in constructive dialogue with people who are different from them.
Provide significant, coordinated, and comprehensive opportunities for service and leadership throughout the curriculum and student experience.
Leverage the international network of the Society of Mary by providing and supporting meaningful learning experiences (such as mission trips, student exchanges, and travel) in order to highlight and strengthen the shared mission and emphasis on community service among Marist students worldwide.
Challenge the entire Marist School community to discern a call from God to serve neighbors in need in the manner of Mary. MARIST MATTERS 10
STRATEGIC PRIORIT Y 5:
Secure Our Future Marist School practices sound financial management, is a good steward of resources, continually seeks to enhance philanthropic support, and engages in marketing initiatives to promote admissions. In continuing these practices, we advance our mission and deliver a stellar education experience. Ensure a Marist education is accessible to qualified students
by maintaining moderate and predictable tuition increases. Increase the amount of need-based financial assistance available to not only cover the cost of tuition, but also to enable
more Marist students to gain access to the full array of extra- and co-curricular offerings at Marist School. Prioritize funding for innovative extra- and co-curricular programs to stretch the potential of Marist students and help
ensure their global readiness. Attract and retain a talented and diverse faculty and staff by providing competitive compensation and benefits,
as well as expanded opportunities for professional and spiritual growth. Enhance and maintain the campus and grounds
to support current and future needs with an emphasis on campus safety and security. Grow the endowment to ensure a stable income
source that will enhance current programs and provide for the future.
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GROUNDBREAKING STEAM 2.0 FOCUSES ON BUILDING EMPATHY An early outcome of Strategic Plan 2025 is STEAM 2.0,
student exploration of STEAM subjects as they relate to
which allows Marist to explore the intersection between
cultivating empathy. The Center will provide a cooperative,
STEAM departments (Science, Technology, Engineering,
open space that brings together individual components of
Arts, and Mathematics) and Global and Humane Studies,
Marist’s STEAM program including Robotics, Engineering,
those areas of learning that focus on the world in which
3D Design and Printing, Virtual and Augmented Reality,
we live and how students can make a positive impact
Immersive Media and Media Studies, Podcasting, Broadcasting,
through service to others. The overarching goal of STEAM
Documentary Filmmaking, and Music Technology.
2.0 is to help students build empathy. In this way, STEAM
2.0 directly aligns with the new strategic plan, which calls
essential to the vision articulated in Strategic Plan 2025,” says
for Marist to build upon its legacy of excellence by providing
Marist School Principal Kevin Mullally. “STEAM 2.0 will enable
a world-class education that prepares students to lead and
us to focus on increasing students’ capacity for empathy by
serve with compassion, integrity, and a sense of purpose.
exploring and unlocking the immersive, experiential, creative,
“Cultivating empathy is at the heart of our mission and is
and relational potential of our curriculum and corresponding STEAM 2.0 HAS THREE MAJOR COMPONENTS: 1 An internal Global and Humane Studies Task Force whose members will refine and enhance the school’s STEAM-related programs by viewing them through the lens of the global and humane 2 An 8,000-square-foot Center for Immersive
educational technology. The Center for Immersive Experience and Design, which will open up possibilities for the development of new courses and student experiences, will become an important part of Marist’s approach to educating students to be the next generation of empathetic servant leaders.”
To make STEAM 2.0 a reality, Marist is partnering with
The Goizueta Foundation, which funded the school’s initial
Experience and Design to serve as a
STEAM initiative in 2014. The Goizueta Foundation recently
catalyst for STEAM 2.0 exploration
awarded Marist a $2 million grant for STEAM 2.0 to expand
3 Ongoing professional development for faculty and staff to nurture innovative teaching techniques, utilizing the most effective educational technologies
and deepen the exciting work already occurring in this area.
The renovations required to create the Center for
Immersive Experience and Design allow Marist the opportunity to further enhance Wooldridge Center by building an addition that will include a new admissions office as
The Center for Immersive Experience and Design is the
well as classrooms, collaborative spaces, and a student
centerpiece of STEAM 2.0 and will be located on the bottom
exhibit gallery. Construction on these spaces will begin
floor of the Wooldridge Center. It is a leading-edge concept
in spring 2020, while work on the Center for Immersive
that elevates and evolves what a makerspace has been in
Experience and Design will be done during the summer.
schools for the last decade and creates the standard for
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Foundations Program Prepares Students for High School Joining a new school can be a daunting prospect for many students. At Marist School, new seventh graders find themselves, for the first time, in a high school environment where they are the youngest in the school community. To put these middle schoolers at ease, Marist created the Foundations program back in 2003. For 16 years now, Foundations has helped ease students into life at Marist School, transforming nervous 12-year-olds into confident learners.
As the name implies, Foundations provides seventh graders a base from which they can successfully launch their Marist careers. Seventh and eighth graders are at a transitional moment in their lives cognitively, physically, and emotionally. As such, one of the main goals of Foundations is to help students build relationships, learn to balance academic and extracurricular obligations, and, thus, ready themselves for high school.
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Foundations is a community within a community designed specifically to support the needs of 7th and 8th graders. As a way to encourage a sense of belonging, Foundations students are placed into six houses (Cerdon, Lavalla, Huntershill, Wellington, Suva, and Lyon), all named after Marist missionary sites and foundational communities. Maristâ€™s middle school teachers, hired for their top-notch skills as well as their love of teaching these
Foundations students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of clubs as well as athletic and arts extracurriculars.
grade levels, serve as house leaders, helping students connect a nd serving as touchstones for students during their first two years at Marist. The Foundations program also hosts a range of extracurricular activities to promote student bonding, such as socials and the annual Winter Games event. Winter Games is a field-day style competition among the six houses and features events ranging from trivia to volleyball. The victorious house wins the House Cup, which they can proudly display in their homeroom for the remainder of the year. Lauren Kim ’20 describes the Foundations experience in this way, “I found the Foundations program to be a gentle push in the right direction. I vividly remember walking in Chanel Hall as a seventh grader, staring up at the seniors with both a sense of fear and curiosity. My Foundations house, Lyon, gave me a space to make new friends and a safe place to relax when school became overwhelming. Middle school can be an awkward time for many, and it is nice to have people to share and grow with as you continue on your journey toward high school.”
Through their involvement with their house and under the watchful eye of their house leaders, Foundations students experience a nurturing small community within the larger Marist community, which helps us instill in them the goals for a Marist graduate that pertain to character development. M R S . M O L LY C A R L I N D E A N O F FAC U LT Y & F O U N DAT I O N S D I R E C TO R
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Marist’s Future... It’s On Us Several Marist School faculty, staff, and parents had the opportunity in June to travel to Michigan for a Marist educators conference. Marist School English teacher Shannon Juhan shares her experience. Notre Dame Preparatory and Marist Academy (NDPMA) in Pontiac, Michigan hosted parents, faculty, and staff from four major Marist school communities. Attendees were from not only NDPMA and Marist School, but also from Escuela San Pedro Chanel in Guadalajara, Mexico; Seminaire des Peres Maristes in Quebec, Canada; and the Young Marists from FAT H E R J E A N - C L A U D E C O L I N , S O C I E T Y O F M A RY F O U N D E R New Zealand. The goal of the Conference of the Marist Fathers’ Schools of North America is to support and strengthen the presence of the Marist charism among the students, faculty, staff, and parents in Marist educational institutions and to develop bonds of cooperation among other schools. Father Jim Strasz, S.M., a religion teacher at NDPMA, opened the conference with an overview of the history of Marist founder Father Jean-Claude Colin, the creation of the Society of Mary, and the important Marist charism that, in Fr. Colin’s words, “the Society of Mary does not exist for itself…but to offer the gift of the Holy Spirit to others.” Continuing the idea, Fr. Colin put forth that “Marist doesn’t end with a diploma, [we] have a responsibility to offer help throughout their life as alumni.” The Young Marists, under the direction of Father Mark Walls, S.M., continued the discussion by conducting sessions to help us contemplate the following questions: where have we (Marists) come from, where are we now, and where do we see ourselves headed? The focus of the discussion centered upon what the future of being Marist will look like. With the very real likelihood that Marist schools will soon be without professed Marist priests within their halls, the mantle of responsibility will be placed upon the faculty, staff, parents, teachers, alumni, and laity to continue to uphold the mission. Reflecting on the history of the Society of Mary enlightens the fact that “the why of the mission doesn’t change…but the what and the how has to be continually assessed” (Farrington). We were then tasked, as a school, with determining exactly the what and how that we do, and can do in the future, to continue to embody the charism that Fr. Colin hopes for us. It was through reflection and conversation that many realized that much of what we do—the way we interact and treat others, how we approach our academics, extracurriculars, and athletics, and the standards we profess and expect—already demonstrates the four keys to being Marist: living a life of humility (humbleness), obedience (listening openly), charity (mutual love), and poverty (detachment). We left feeling charged with the task of being conscious, deliberate, and proactive in continually spreading and supporting those virtues.
..the Society of Mary does not exist for itself… but to offer the gift of the Holy Spirit to others.
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To learn more about being Marist, visit marist.com/maristway.
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2018–2019 MRS. ODILE BASARICH
Mrs. Odile Basarich joined the Marist School community in 1987 and has been an intrinsic part of the Modern and Classical Language Department (MCLD) since then. She began teaching French at Marist after previous experiences teaching English in France and night classes at Kennesaw State University. During her tenure at Marist, Mrs. Basarich taught French I, III, IV, and AP, dedicating herself to her students’ growth and development as they learned the beautiful French language. Additionally, she undertook numerous other roles including serving as MCLD department chair, a 10th-grade moderator, a mentor for new teachers, as well as moderator for the French Honor Society. Mrs. Basarich has received countless accolades from both teachers and students alike for her wholehearted commitment to education. Mrs. Collen Penn ’05, a former student of Mrs. Basarich and now a French teacher at Marist and MCLD department chair, hopes to be “half as amazing a teacher as she was.” Spanish teacher Mrs. Erica Buchanan describes Mrs. Basarich as a mom to many in the department and cannot imagine working at Marist without her. Numerous students have spoken of her caring approach to teaching, positing that
MS. MARY DOZIER
Ms. Mary Dozier began working at Marist in 1998 as a cashier in the cafeteria. During her Marist tenure, she has become a pillar of the school community, always seeing it as her top priority to make students, faculty, and staff feel cared for and loved. Ms. Mary will remember these daily interactions the most and already cherishes the 21 years she dedicated to the school. While she went out of her way to be kind to everyone she met, Ms. Mary shares a particularly strong bond with Sarah Todd Hammer ’20. The two met in 2014 when Sarah Todd bought lunch from her the first day of 7th grade, and their friendship only grew stronger over the years. “We both have a physical disability, so we could identify with and understand each other. I know she genuinely cares about me,” says Sarah
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she wants them to succeed and takes extra time to help them. In addition to spoken praise, Mrs. Basarich was recognized with the Star Teacher Award in 1999 and, in 2009, the Goizueta Award for Excellence. Both of her daughters, Amélie Basarich Mackie ’01 and Claire Basarich Hulley ’03, attended Marist. While she will not miss grading papers, Mrs. Basarich will miss socializing with her colleagues and being in the classroom with students. Her proudest moments were “when former students visited and told her how French has been part of their lives, either because they are using French in their jobs, have minored/majored in French, or have studied abroad in France during college.” In retirement, she hopes to live a more relaxed life spending time with her grandsons, visiting her daughter in England, and traveling off-season.
Todd. Most at Marist feel the same, so it is no surprise that Ms. Mary was the recipient of the Father Schmuhl Marist Service Award in 2018. In retirement, Ms. Mary hopes that God will heal her body and reveal the journey He has for her, but she will miss being surrounded by the Marist family. Her parting words, “I just want to thank everyone at Marist for the opportunity to be a part of their lives, and I will truly miss you all.”
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“When you touch someone’s life, it is a privilege… when you touch someone’s spirit, it is a miracle.”
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MS. CHRIS HELDRETH
Ms. Theta Sharp came to Marist in 1998 as receptionist. For 21 years, she has been the first person people encounter when they come to or call Marist. She excelled in her role, greeting and guiding people with her cheery voice and radiant smile. The Marist School community honored Ms. Sharp in 2014 when they selected her to receive the Father Schmuhl Marist Service Award, which recognizes a staff member who promotes a strong sense of community and lives Marist values. When asked what she will miss most about Marist, Ms. Sharp cited her breakfasts with Father Ralph Olek, S.M. as well as all the friends she has made during her Marist career. In particular, she became close to many of the Marist priests on campus with some of her favorite memories being with Father Richmond Egan, S.M., Marist’s president from 2001 to 2008. In retirement, Ms. Sharp looks forward to spending more time with her grandchildren, taking art classes, and traveling.
Ms. Christine Heldreth began her Marist career in 2012 serving as the payroll and benefits coordinator in the Business Office. This marks her second retirement as she previously spent 25 years as the director of radiation oncology and tumor registry at a cancer center in southwest Georgia. While she worked on many projects at Marist, she was instrumental during the school’s recent transition to a new payroll system. In addition to her work in the Business Office, Ms. Heldreth moderated an advisory comprised of members from the Class of 2017. She cites this as one of her fondest Marist memories. She will miss her one o’clock lunches with Mrs. Linda Harworth, Ms. Theta Sharp, Mrs. Karen Dessables, Mrs. Susan Mistretta, and her “sweet co-workers” in the Business Office, as well as all the faculty who took the time to visit and say hello to her throughout the day. However, she will not miss the hour and 20 minute commute from her home to Marist. Ms. Heldreth looks forward to spending more time with her grandsons and also plans to train a pet therapy dog for cancer treatment patients. She leaves the Marist community with the Bible verse that inspires her when life is on a rocky road, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
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War Eagle Views Blue & Gold Athletics Circle Inductees Marist School’s Blue & Gold Athletics Circle recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to the school’s athletic program. Members are selected based on personal excellence in athletics, academics, and service to Marist School and the community, and they are invited to be honored at Homecoming each year.
2018 Greg Appleton ’80
Andrea McGuirt ’07
Jon Coffman ’92
Hall McKinley ’06
Felicia Frazier ’05
Matt Miller ’97
Kathleen Hersey ’08
Bryan Steed ’03
Marvin Key ’78
Cooper Taylor ’08
Basketball, Track & Field
Football, Track & Field
SERVICE AWARD Terry Blish
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Marist Congratulates Sean McVay ’04 Head Coach, Los Angeles Rams It was a moment of great excitement for the Marist School community when Sean McVay ’04 headed to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII. As head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, McVay became the youngest head coach ever to coach in a Super Bowl game. McVay was a star quarterback while at Marist, so media outlets ranging from CBS and NBC Sports to
Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution were eager to speak with Marist Football Coach Alan Chadwick, who coached McVay while he was at Marist. The Marist
Mary Coffed Allman ’09
Zac Hurst ’97
Sara Gilli Ausburn ’01
Kristen Meier ’09
Soccer, Basketball, Softball
Derek Chang ’08
Laura Eddy Metzger ’09
Kyle Farmer ’09
Fraderica Miller-Smith ’08
Basketball, Track & Field
Alumni Association joined in on the flurry and celebration by hosting a gathering at Five Paces.
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Tiffany Davis House ’06 Basketball, Softball, Track & Field
SERVICE AWARD Eileen Bellingrath
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Society of Mary News
Planning the Future of Society of Mary Schools Society of Mary Founder Father Jean-Claude Colin looked upon education as a vital ministry that the Society could provide for the Church and the world.
During his pivotal leadership of a high school seminary in Belley, France, Father Colin penned instructions that have guided the Marists in their educational endeavors to this day. The rich educational tradition that Father Colin began in the 1830s exists in Marist schools across the world, including those in the United States. The Society’s U.S. Province is taking steps to ensure that this Marist spirit remains in their schools into the future. Besides Marist School, the Society of Mary sponsors three additional schools in the United States including Notre Dame Prep and Marist Academy in Pontiac, Michigan (NDPMA), Notre Dame des Victoires in San Francisco, California (NDV), and Notre Dame Academy (NDA) in Duluth, Georgia. To preserve and build upon the Society of Mary’s philosophy of education, Father Ted Keating, S.M., former provincial of the U.S. Province, and current provincial Father Paul Frechette, S.M. invited a 21 MARIST MATTERS
group of educators to come together to plan for the future of Marist education in the United States. At their first meeting, the committee developed a vision and mission. The committee, which will continue its work in subsequent meetings, chronicled their initial thoughts in a document entitled, “The Relationship Between Sponsored Schools and the Society of Mary.” For the laity working in Society of Mary schools, this document, which will serve as a blueprint for preserving Catholic and Marist belief and practice in the daily lives of students and staff, is a priority. Several Marist School administrators played a key role in this project thus far including Father Bill Rowland, S.M., president; Kevin Mullally, principal; and Mike Coveny ’81 , director of the Marist Way. Former Marist School president Father John Harhager, S.M. as well as former principal and current administrator of the Archdiocese of Atlanta Bishop Joel Konzen, S.M. also have been involved. This story was adapted from an article written by Father Joseph Hindelang, S.M. for the spring 2019 issue of Today’s Marists.
VISION To preserve and renew Jean-Claude Colin’s vision for Marist education and to advance that unique mission into the future.
MISSION To provide a framework that will help to preserve and deepen the fundamental characteristics of our Marist schools; To establish guidelines that govern what is to be expected from those involved with these communities of learning and faith; To create a common language and set of actions that can be used to measure to the larger mission of the Society of Mary; To share our common understanding within the Province and wider Society of Mary about the spirit that guides and the principles that animate the programs and progress of schools within our Marist mission and ministry.
Photo Caption: (left to right) Father Paul Frechette, S.M. (Society of Mary Provincial); Kevin Mullally (Marist School); Father Joe Hindelang, S.M. (NDPMA); Julie Pack (NDA); Mike Coveny ’81 (Marist School); Mary Ghisolfo (NDV); Father Jim Strasz, S.M. (NDPMA); Father Bill Rowland, S.M. (Marist School)
GIVING THE GIFT OF EDUCATION:
Centro Hispano Marista participates in #iGiveCatholic Since 2012, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been known as #GivingTuesday and is promoted through social media and elsewhere as a day to celebrate and encourage philanthropy. The past two years, Marist School has recognized #GivingTuesday by joining the #iGiveCatholic giving initiative, and, in 2018, Centro Hispano Marista began participating in #iGiveCatholic for the first time.
Centro Hispano Marista is a ministry of the Society of Mary
that provides affordable, bilingual, GED preparation classes for adults. Since its inception, Centro has helped over 265 individuals obtain their GED diplomas. Volunteers significantly offset many of the expenses of the GED program, but Centro Hispano Marista continually seeks support to cover essential operating costs and educational materials.
Centro Hispano Marista’s participation in #iGiveCatholic
made a significant impact on the organization. Centro surpassed its #iGiveCatholic goal and received over $7,000
Centro plans to participate in the 2019 #iGiveCatholic Giving Day so people can continue to give the gift of education to adults who need their secondary education to ensure a promising future.
from throughout its community, which includes Centro’s students, teachers, alumni, and families; Marist School faculty and staff; education supporters; and others. All donations help keep Centro’s program running so it can continue to serve the
Support Centro Hispano Marista at
hundreds of students who aspire for a brighter future for themselves and their families.
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Marist Values and Philanthropy Go Hand In Hand Marist values infuse every aspect of life at
someone, all the way to volunteering time with
Marist School and those values stay with
a major organization like Habitat for Humanity,
Marist graduates well beyond the time they
to just making a small $5 donation to the
leave campus. Students begin to embrace
Marist Annual Fund. The idea is that we all
values such as inclusiveness, hospitality, and
have our own unique ways to help others and
saying yes to serving others (among other Marist
these opportunities present themselves in
values) while on campus, and often they do not
many different flavors…our hard-earned Marist
know where those important values may lead. At
education gives us the tools needed to truly
Term 3 Schola Brevis last spring, Marist students
make a difference in this world…and it often
had the opportunity to hear a remarkable story
starts by simply saying yes to helping others.”
from Greg Benoit ’02, the 2019 recipient of Marist’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
While in 9th grade at Marist, Benoit was
asked by a family friend, Dr. Wells, to help
Greg Benoit ’02
coordinate his physicians’ schedules during his summer vacation. This project was proving so time-consuming that Dr. Wells was having to forego his annual medical mission trip. Admittedly, Benoit had other ideas as to how to spend his free time, yet he said yes to helping Dr. Wells because his family friend was in need. This yes was the beginning of many years throughout high school and college during which Benoit managed the nuances and complexities of those schedules. Eventually after college graduation, Benoit returned to Atlanta and developed software that helps physician groups to more easily manage their schedules. His simple yes to Dr. Wells while at Marist turned into a healthcare software company called QGenda with over 300 employees serving over 200,000 clinicians in more than 4,000 hospitals.
As he closed his presentation, Benoit
turned his story toward philanthropy, saying that helping others is at the heart of philanthropy. He shared, “The main takeaway from this personal story of mine is that opportunities to be philanthropic and help others surround us in our everyday lives. These opportunities come in all different shapes, sizes, and actions. It can be as easy as holding the door open for
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...our hard-earned Marist education gives us the tools needed to truly make a difference in this world...and it often starts by simply saying yes to helping others.” GREG BENOIT ’02
Every Gift Matters
St. Peter Chanel Society
Your steadfast support ensures Marist School provides a world-class education that prepares students to lead and serve with compassion, integrity, and a sense of purpose.
Pope Gregory XVI Guild ** $25,000 and up
ANNUAL FUND PRIORITIES
Fr. John Gunn Guild ** $10,000–$14,999
Fr. Jean-Claude Colin Guild ** $15,000–$24,999
priorities essential to the delivery of our can select the priority most meaningful to you.
Area of greatest need allows Marist the flexibility to use your gift for our most pressing needs
at these levels are invited to the President’s Circle Dinner.
Fr. Philip Dagneau Guild $7,500–$9,999
mission. When you give to the Annual Fund, you
Need-based tuition assistance provides aid for students with demonstrated financial need
Marist School has identified three key funding
Overall Marist experience supports academic, extracurricular, and spiritual programming as well as faculty salaries and professional development
Fr. Vincent Brennan Guild $5,000–$7,499 *
Fr. James Hartnett Guild $2,500–$4,999
Donors within the St. Peter Chanel Society are honored at an annual leadership dinner.
Friends of Marist The 1976 Club $1,500–$2,499
The 1962 Club $750–$1,499
The 1901 Club $250–$749
We are grateful for the educational and spiritual growth that Marist School has provided our children. Supporting the Annual Fund is an opportunity for us to say thank you to an institution that has given so much to our family. Angela and Paul Ilse, Parent Annual Fund Chairs parents of Ann Marie ’14, Morgan ’15, Will ’19, and Jack ’22
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Giving Opportunities at Marist
Learn more at marist.com/giving
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#iGiveCatholic Giving Day Marist School has continued its participation in the #iGiveCatholic Giving Day, a national initiative that rallies the Catholic community in support of the schools, parishes, and nonprofit ministries that are dear to them. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #iGiveCatholic provides an opportunity for the faithful to come together to share their gifts and give back. This year, Marist chose to raise funds to place a cross on Woodruff Auditorium, continuing the school’s pursuit to place crosses or crucifixes in all facilities and classrooms on campus. Marist’s generous school community rallied and donated $6,725. The cross was installed on Woodruff Auditorium at the first of the year and serves to remind all of God’s presence on Marist’s campus.
The 2019 #iGiveCatholic Giving Day will be on Tuesday, December 3.
Georgia SCHOL ARSHIP PROGRAM Use Your Tax Dollars to Support Marist Students Marist School partners with Georgia GOAL to provide tuition assistance for qualified students with demonstrated need. By redirecting a portion of your state tax liability to Marist, you can provide crucial financial aid for students who could not otherwise afford the cost of tuition.
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MARIST’S 118TH COMMENCEMENT
From the perspective of Dr. Monya Ruffin-Nash ’92, the achievements of Marist School’s Class of 2019 were made possible because, to put it simply, they “showed up.” in support of the Marist mission, and in support of your own As the 2019 recipient of Marist’s Distinguished Alumni parents who are your first and [most important] teachers. And Award, Ruffin-Nash gave the commencement address and that distinction, in matters of mind, body, and spirit, has remarked, “Showing up is the conscious act of being present. It endowed each of you with the knowledge, skills, wisdom, and is physically, and sometimes mentally, putting one foot in front strength to go forth into the world to continue the mission that of the other, even when the purpose or destination is uncertain.” Jesus spoke of when he began his own.” The graduates had no idea which way their path would turn when their parents set them on their Marist journey, and they certainly were unaware that they would carry Marist with them as they move onto college and beyond. “What we hope you have learned is that your creative ideas have power and that you have the power to make those a reality,” commented Marist School Principal Kevin Mullally in his opening remarks. “Be creators. Be innovators. Solve D R . M O N YA R U F F I N - N A S H ’ 9 2 , problems. And, because we’re Marist, we want 2 019 D I ST I N G U I S H E D A LU M N I AWA R D R E C I P I E N T you to do that in a certain way, in the manner of Mary.” In his Baccalaureate Mass homily, Father Salutatorian Natalie Selover ’19 focused on the good times David Musso, S.M. echoed the sentiments. “Throughout your the class had along their Marist journey. Evoking a favorite quote time at Marist, you have been taught by some of the best from Winnie the Pooh, she said, “We didn’t know we were teachers, trained by some of the best coaches, and guided by making memories. We just knew we were having fun.” Selover’s some of the best mentors you will ever meet. They are the best reflection underscored the theme of “showing up” while at not only because of their training and skills, but also because Marist as well. “I have learned how to commit myself fully to what they did for you, they did first for love, in support of faith, something, how to be a more authentic person, and how to be kind—just by watching the way all of you live your lives.” Valedictorian Isabella Hay ’19 is a proponent of “showing up” as well as witnessed in her speech. “I am certain that as long as we continue to pour our hearts into everything we do, our successes in the future will have no bounds. I hope we take advantage of the time we have been given because the best memories are not always the times we accomplish a goal or reach a certain milestone, but the ones we create simply by being present in each and every moment.” In her closing, Ruffin-Nash shared, “Showing up is doing and being our very best. It is stepping out in faith, knowing that our trust in and relationship with God will guide, protect, and support us. Show up in life. Show up in scholarship. Show up in service. Show up for yourself. Show up, War Eagles, and soar!”
Show up in life. Show up in scholarship. Show up in service. Show up for yourself. Show up, War Eagles, and soar!
Best wishes to the Class of 2019! Make sure you find your way back to Marist someday.
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CLASS OF 2019 DESTINATIONS THE CLASS OF 2019 ATTEND THE FOLLOWING COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES:
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA 26
COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS 1 COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY 1
COURTAULD INSTITUTE OF ART 1
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 11 GEORGIA COLLEGE
DEPAUW UNIVERSITY 1 DIABLO VALLEY COLLEGE 1
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY – MONTREAL 1
DUKE UNIVERSITY 1
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
ELON UNIVERSITY 1
CLEMSON UNIVERSITY 5
EMORY UNIVERSITY 1
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE 5
FURMAN UNIVERSITY 1
MIAMI UNIVERSITY, OXFORD 4 TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY 4 GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY 3 LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY 3 RHODES COLLEGE 3 UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI 3 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA 3 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA 3
GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY 1 HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY 1 IE UNIVERSITY – SEGOVIA 1 LEHIGH UNIVERSITY 1 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY 1 LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS 1 MERCER UNIVERSITY 1 PACE UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK CITY 1 PURDUE UNIVERSITY 1
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 3
SAINT MICHAEL’S COLLEGE 1
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA 3
SAMFORD UNIVERSITY 1
BOSTON COLLEGE 2
SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY 1
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 2
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY 1
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY 2
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY 1
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY 2
THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL 1
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY 2 HOWARD UNIVERSITY 2 KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY 2 LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO 2 SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY 2 THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA 2 UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN 2 WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY 2 YALE UNIVERSITY 2 BAYLOR UNIVERSITY 1 BERRY COLLEGE 1
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN 1
Students attending schools out-of-state
Students attending schools in Georgia
THE COLLEGE OF WOOSTER 1 UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO 1 UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI 1 UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER 1 UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 1 UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA 1 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON 1 UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY 1 VIRGINIA TECH 1 WOFFORD COLLEGE 1
BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN COLLEGE 1
Students attending public 4-year colleges
Students attending private 4-year colleges
BOSTON CONSERVATORY AT BERKLEE 1
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*by Census Region
MARISTâ€™S 118TH COMMENCEMENT
Matriculations by Region *
Sedes Sapientiae Award
John Michael McDevitt
Sedes Sapientiae is Marist School’s highest honor, conferred by the faculty upon the seniors who excel in scholarship, loyalty, and service and who best represent the values for which Marist School stands.
Isabella Capri Hay
The Atlanta JournalConstitution has sponsored the AJC Cup award since 1927 to honor a promising senior who excels in all areas of campus life. Students are nominated and selected by faculty members, and the winner is awarded a trophy and a scholarship to be applied to college expenses.
Teachers Writing the Most Recommendations
Dr. Michael Bieze Mrs. Erica Buchanan Mrs. Ashley DeGracia Dr. Shannon Hipp Ms. Carol Rivera
Archbishop’s Awards Presented to a senior boy and girl who have achieved excellence in the study of the Catholic faith and have given service to their school, parish, or community.
John Patrick Sexton and Lindsey Grace Reina
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Congratulations to the Class of 2019’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian Valedictorian: Isabella Capri Hay (right) Salutatorian: Natalie Morrissey Selover (left)
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Star Student & Star Teacher
Isabella Capri Hay and Mrs. Brittany Loudermilk
The 2018-2019 issue of the Guidon yearbook was dedicated to
Mrs. Libby Ayoob
National Merit Finalists
Isabella Hay, Natalie Selover, and Harrison Ford
2018 FACULTY & STAFF AWARD RECIPIENTS Archbishop’s Outstanding Service Award Mr. John Martin Social Studies
Father Schmuhl Marist Service Award Ms. Mary Dozier Dining Services
The Tracy Faber Arra STEM Grant, part of the FaberMcKinley-Stadler Award Ms. Sarah Conn Science
Loridans Academic Fellowship (2017-2020) Mr. Michael Burns
Frank P. Hagan Memorial Coach’s Award Mr. Matt Romano Social Studies
Goizueta Chair of Excellence Mr. Mark Craddock
MacGinnitie Award for Innovation Mr. Eric McNaughton Fine Arts
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Class of 2019
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Alumni Generations celebrates the legacy of alumni who currently have a child or grandchild enrolled at Marist School. At graduation in May, 36 members of the Class of 2019 gathered with their Marist alumni parents and/or grandparents to mark the special occasion.
1 Drew Beal with his mother Kelley Hughes Beal ’86
and father Andrew Beal ’74
20 Brooke McDonald with her father Bruce McDonald ’85 21 Patrick Miles with his mother Kelly Cambias Miles ’86
2 Luis Bowen with his mother Silvia Becerra Bowen ’82
22 Justin Morgan with his mother Chris Moeling Morgan ’88
3 Caroline Brown with her mother Amy McCrory Brown ’86
23 Kyla O’Brien with her mother Kristen E. O’Brien ’89
4 Sean Comerford and Patrick Comerford with their mother
24 Ryan O’Connor with his mother Maryann Connolly O’Connor ’87
Molly Murphy Comerford ’90 5 Reese Damm with her father Paul Damm ’86 6 Rory Doran with his mother Eileen O’Connor Doran ’87 7 Cage Dorrien with his father Brian Dorrien ’88 8 Maggie Dowlen with her father Jay Dowlen ’85 9 Tom Edwards with his father Scott Edwards ’92 10 Dylan Rose Elledge with her mother Angela Gentile Elledge ’88 11 Clara Farnsworth with her mother Lisa Breitbeil Farnsworth ’87
25 Caroline Pressley with her mother Elissa Faletti Pressley ’89 26 Morgan Quinn with her father Mark Quinn ’80 27 Ansley Reynolds with her father Rich Reynolds ’78
and grandfather Richard Reynolds ’52 28 Michael Rohan with his mother Amy Edwards Rohan ’93
and father Todd Rohan ’93 29 Caroline Ross with her father Del Ross ’86
and mother Jamie Hunter Ross ’86
12 George Fish with his mother Kerry Haddon Fish ’91
30 Olivia Shutley with her father Todd Shutley ’81
13 Tori Hardy with her mother Chin Gonzalez ’90
31 Charlie Whitehead with his father KC Whitehead ’83
14 Dylan Haggard with his father Reed Haggard ’77
32 Elizabeth Williamson with her father Scott Williamson ’89
15 Mac Harris with his father Greg Harris ’80 16 Franklin Holmes with his father Randy Holmes ’87
and mother Christy Taylor Holmes ’87
Not Pictured Annabelle Ewing and her mother Lisa Fry Ewing ’82
17 Hanna Hotz with her father Steve Hotz ’90
Ryan Mannelly and his father Bernard Mannelly ’88
18 Madelyn Jardina with her grandfather Phil Jardina ’52
Woo Wade and her mother Debra Lockwood Wade ’92
19 Michael McDevitt with his mother Marianne Ravry McDevitt ’89
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Meet the Alumni Office Marist Alumni Office
Keep in touch
email@example.com (770) 936-6491
We extend a hearty welcome to incoming Alumni Board President Megan Citarella Stewart ’95, and our sincere thanks to outgoing Alumni Board President Dee Lane Eades ’79 for her hours of tireless work on behalf of Marist alumni. Volunteers play an important role in engaging the alumni community. To get involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Marist Alumni Association exists to build, maintain, and strengthen relationships with the school’s 10,000 alumni as well as with the growing body of parents of alumni. Alumni events, awards, publications, and other alumni initiatives aim to foster connections between the school and its alumni, nurturing a sense of common purpose to advance the school’s mission. Katie Fowler Brown ’06 (Director of Alumni Engagement), Father Mark Kenney, S.M. (Alumni Chaplain), and Katie Crowe ’06 (Alumni Engagement Coordinator) are available to assist you with all of your alumni needs including prayer requests, directory login assistance, address and name changes, class notes, and more.
2019 ALUMNI AWARDS Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Monya A. Ruffin-Nash ’92 is a program director at the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, Va. in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources in the Division for Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings. In this role, she oversees a multi-milliondollar project portfolio of innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research and development initiatives at all levels—K-12, postsecondary, graduate, professional, and the general public.
Father Hartnett Service Award
Natalie Smith Childs ’86 has been actively engaged in the Marist Alumni Association, serving as its president from 1996 to 1997, 25th reunion chair for her class, Alumni Women’s Luncheon Committee member, and class representative for many years. Natalie also serves on Marist School’s Development Committee, was parent co-chair of The Way. The Hope. The Promise. The Campaign for Marist School., co-chair of the school’s Holiday Traditions arts and crafts show, and co-chair of the Auction and Gala.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Greg Benoit ’02 is the CEO of QGenda, a healthcare software company with over 300 employees specializing in automated workforce management, currently serving over 200,000 clinicians in more than 4,000 hospitals.
The Marist School Alumni Association honored three outstanding individuals as the 2019 Alumni Award recipients at a luncheon at the Capital City Club Brookhaven in April. These alumni are recognized for their exceptional service to Marist and the community.
Visit marist.com/alumni/awardrecipients for full details.
A L U M N I AW A R D N O M I N AT I O N S We are always seeking nominations for alumni to consider for the three awards given by the Marist Alumni Association each year. Nominations can be made year-round and are retained for five years.
The Distinguished Alumni Award honors individuals for achievements that demonstrate the qualities of the Marist mission present in their lives. The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes individuals, who graduated from Marist no more than 20 years ago, whose achievements in career and/or service to the community have demonstrated excellence. The Father Hartnett Service Award brings public recognition to alumni or friends of Marist School who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating exemplary service to the school. To nominate alumni who exemplify Marist’s mission in their lives and who strengthen the school and the community, visit marist.com/alumniawardnominations.
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Dear Fellow Alumni, As we begin a new school year, I am thrilled to be entering into the first year of my two-year term as your new Alumni Board president. As both a current parent to an 8th and 10th grader and an alumna of the school, this is a special role for me to accept. I would like to express my thanks to Dee Lane Eades ’79 for her work over the past two years as president and the guidance that she has provided to me as I prepared for this new role. I also would like to welcome our new Alumni Board members who will work to support the Alumni Association through events, service, and communications. With the support from our Alumni Representatives, who serve as board level committee members, it is our goal to engage all alumni from near and far. There are many ways in which we encourage our more than 10,000 alumni to get involved with Marist School. Whether that is attending an event like the Young Alumni Christmas Luncheon, Alumni Trivia Night, or Reunion Weekend, or participating in an affinity group like our Alumni Lawyers Association, there is something for everyone. Visit marist. com/ alumnievents to find details about all our events and be sure to connect with the Alumni Office and Marist School on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn for the latest updates. Another way to get involved is by giving back to Marist School. Marist has always had a strong legacy of giving, and as alumni we are doing our part to promote a culture of philanthropy throughout the entire Marist community. This effort aligns with our Marist Way theme of the year Living our Faith in Contemporary Society: Saying No to Greed, Power, and Pride and Yes to Inclusiveness and Hospitality. Our Alumni Board’s Annual Fund Committee encourages our alumni around the world to give back, while on campus, the senior class is being educated on the importance of giving back to their alma mater following graduation through a Senior Class Pledge Drive. This past spring our Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient, Greg Benoit ’02, spoke to the student body during third term Schola Brevis about his time at Marist and why he chooses to give back. You can read more about Greg’s presentation on page 23. I am looking forward to connecting with you over the next two years. 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,
Megan Citarella Stewart ’95 President, Marist Alumni Association P.S. If you do not currently receive communications from Marist School, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to update your contact information.
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IVY STREET NEWS
IVY STREET REUNION LUNCHEON The gentlemen who graduated from Marist when it was on its original downtown campus convened in early June at Marist School’s AshfordDunwoody campus for the annual Ivy Street Reunion Luncheon. The “Ivy Streeters,” as they affectionately call themselves, always enjoy the camaraderie of being together, sharing tales, and reminiscing about the Marist of another time. This year, however, the alumni had the opportunity to look into the future of Marist School. Marist School President Father Bill Rowland, S.M. and Principal Kevin Mullally gave the men a glimpse into Strategic Plan 2025, the recently unveiled plan that outlines the school’s priorities through 2025 and beyond.
Marist School President Father Bill Rowland, S.M. and Principal Kevin Mullally gave Ivy Streeters a glimpse into Strategic Plan 2025, the recently unveiled plan that outlines the school’s priorities through 2025 and beyond.
Call for Old Yearbooks and Memorabilia
MARIST ACHIVISTS :
Marist School’s archivists are trying to assemble a complete collection of Marist Dr. Michael Bieze yearbooks. The Marist Archives currently has email@example.com a number of years missing, though it is unclear Dr. Louisa Moffitt whether books were actually published during firstname.lastname@example.org these years, which include the following: any year prior to 1924, 1926-1940, and 1942. Please think to donate missing Marist yearbooks if you come across them in attics, basements, or yard sales. Marist Archives also gratefully accepts memorabilia from the first 50 years of the school’s history.
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Young Alumni Christmas Luncheon December 19, 2018
Alumni Awards Luncheon April 17, 2019
The Marist Alumni Association keeps alumni and parents of alumni engaged with the mission of Marist School. We encourage everyone to stay connected to Marist. K AT I E F OW L E R B R OW N ’0 6 , D I R E C TO R O F A LU M N I E N G AG E M E N T
Parents of Alumni Reception May 2, 2019
UPCOMING EVENTS Young Alumni Christmas Luncheon December 20, 2019
Alumni Trivia Night February 13, 2020
Alumni Women’s Luncheon March 18, 2020
Reunion Weekend April 24-27, 2020
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Generations Tailgate September 13, 2019
Alumni Trivia Night February 7, 2019
Alumni Womenâ€™s Luncheon March 20, 2019
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2019 2 0 19
WELCOME BACK BBQ
Reunion Weekend 2019 was May 3-7 and offered alumni an opportunity to rekindle old friendships and share some fun together during various festivities. The annual alumni golf tournament, reunion parties, a reception for parents of alumni, a welcome back barbecue, and Family Mass kept hundreds of alumni happy and engaged throughout the weekend.
PARENTS OF ALUMNI RECEPTION & STRATEGIC PLAN PRESENTATION
SAVE THE DATE
Reunion Weekend 2020 APRIL 24 â€“ 27, 2020
Class years ending in 0 and 5 will be celebrating their reunions. marist.com/reunionweekend Questions? email@example.com or (770) 936-6491
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CLASS REUNIONS ON CAMPUS
Classes of 1989, 2004, and 2009 held reunions off campus.
Class of 1969
Class of 1994
Celebrating their 50th reunion, the Class of 1969 was inducted into Marist Schoolâ€™s Half Century Club.
Class of 1999
Class of 1979
29 TH ANNUAL MARIST ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT
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Alumni Visit Campus
Alumni are always welcome back on Marist School’s campus, and often their visits benefit the current school community including students and parents. Here are just a few of the alumni visits from the 2018-2019 school year.
spoke to Mr. Marier’s Archaeology Class on October 3, 2018. She was also the featured speaker at the Alumni Women’s Luncheon on March 20, 2019. Abby Johnson ’12 also spoke to the Archeology class later in the year. Jessica Betz Abel ’04
Jessica Betz Abel ’04
Anne Keeton ’85 and Mark Galvin ’85 visited campus as part of the counseling department’s Parenting Conversations speaker series. In November, Keeton spoke about life transitions and those times across the lifespan that require letting go. In January, Galvin presented an enlightening session about managing children’s social media exposure. Dr. Sarah Carr Evans ’93, Grace Helmer ’08, and Dr. Lambda Msezane ’93 spoke on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Women’s History Month Career Panel hosted by the Mosaic Club and Marist’s Office for Inclusion & Diversity. Ken Smith ’88,
Ken Smith ’88
an engineer in NASA’s human space flight program, spoke to students on December 7, 2018 about his career trajectory and the latest NASA news. Georgia Attorney General
Chris Carr ’90 joined a panel
discussion at Marist on the topic of anti-human sex trafficking. Georgia Supreme Court Justice and Marist parent David Nahmias and Wellspring Living founder Mary Frances Bowley were on the panel as well. The event was organized by Lindsey Reina ’19 and Marist’s Stop the Madness HST Club, which works to fight and bring awareness to the issue of human sex trafficking in Atlanta.
Fr. Jack Butler, S.J. ’82 If you would like to visit campus, please contact the Alumni Office. 43 MARIST MATTERS
Father Jack Butler, S.J. ’82 , who is vice president of mission and ministry at Boston College, celebrated an all-school Mass on February 1, 2019 as part of Vocations Week. He reminded students to listen to God’s call. “What God has in store for you is great. Be open to it. Fulfill your dream and you fulfill God’s dream for you.”
Alum in the Spotlight
by Lauren Kim ’20
Kim Yahr Verska ’86 and Steve Verska ’86 have taken the
Marist had me head-and-shoulders above people at
Marist way ever since they left the halls of their high school.
Georgetown,” says Kim. She went on to law school after working
Kim graduated from Georgetown University, and Steve is a
in Washington, D.C. and now works as an influential leader at
graduate of Georgia’s very own Georgia Institute of Technology.
Culhane Meadows Law Firm. “Whether in college or in the
They have two daughters currently attending Marist,
professional world, Marist prepared me to handle a rigorous
Sophie ’20 and Cici ’22.
pace,” agreed Steve. He also has gone on to excel
professionally as the CIO of First Advantage.
During their time at school, the couple avidly participated in
the Marist Marching Band, and the couple cites the experience
MARIST SCHOOL IS SO CENTRAL TO OUR IDENTITIES IN LIFE...
as one of their best Marist memories. “The band was much larger back then,” says Kim. “It gave us a close group of friends that we could fall back on,” continued Steve. “As an alum, looking back on it, it is really important for students to have an activity that they enjoy,” says Steve.
Academically, Marist provided a foundation for the couple
In the summer of 2018, the Verska family led a fundraising
to build off of into professional excellence. “With regards to
initiative for the Father Joel M. Konzen, S.M. Scholarship, an
anything writing, learning something, expressing yourself:
endowed fund that provides financial aid for students. “The goal was to raise enough money to send a student to Marist who could not otherwise attend. We see great value in attending Marist,” says Steve. Their effort raised $21,490 and, honoring their pledge, Steve and Cici ascended Mount Kilimanjaro on July 29, 2018. “Father Konzen (now Bishop Konzen) was a great leader at Marist, and we wanted to contribute in his name,” says Kim.
“Marist School is so central to our identities in life,” says Kim. “It’s funny that at the time something that was difficult becomes a good memory,” follows Steve. “In ten years, you realize that by sticking with it, you grow from challenges,” he concludes.
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Class Notes 61
Nedom Haley ’61 , senior counsel at Baker Donelson, is the most recent recipient of the Business Commitment Award presented by the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Resource Center. The award honors the business pro bono contributions of an individual lawyer, corporate legal department, or law firm to the nonprofit community and community economic development sector in Georgia. Haley’s nomination recognizes his nine years of pro bono service to nonprofits that included complicated tax matters, all resolved through negotiation or court advocacy.
Marcus Shanahan ’86 owns R2 Total
Fitness, which recently topped the list in the Global Calorie Challenge, a facilityto-facility competition involving more than 1500 participants and 19 independent clubs. R2 Total Fitness is located in Woodstock, Georgia.
Mike Kane ’89, Steve Bransford ’91 , Matthew Chipman ’91 , Frank Cox ’91 ,
Mike MacLane ’91 , Greg Murray ’91 , Robert Venturi ’91 , and Drew Kane ’95
gathered together on Sunday, November 11, 2018 to participate in a fundraising walk on behalf of Kate’s Club. They walked in honor of John Kane ’91 (deceased). 2
A group of Marist School alumni and faculty members gathered together on January 19, 2019 at the home of David Trapani ’77. In attendance included Mark Bradley ’77, Chuck McCleskey ’77, Gus Morris ’77, Jeff Rummell ’77, Matt Walton ’77, Curt Young ’77, Jeff Knighton ’78, Richard Reynolds ’78, Kevin Schmidt ’78, Nelson Sexton ’78, Richard Wampler ’78, Taylor Trapani ’09, Reid Trapani ’11 , former faculty member Chas Sydney, and current faculty member and football coach Alan Chadwick. 1
Lee Thomas ’83 was named Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2019 Georgian of the Year for her role in “guiding, strengthening, and enhancing Georgia’s film industry.”
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Victor J. Borowsky ’96 was recognized as a Top National Financial Representative by Northwestern Mutual and was inducted into the 7 company’s elite membership, the 2018 Forum Group. This is Borowsky’s first time receiving the Forum honor. Justin Cotton ’98 published an article in the American Bar Association’s Landslide Magazine that features his intellectual property and blockchain law firm, The Patent Foundry. Sarah Morrow Cerniglia ’99 and Marist
faculty members Tim Perez and Mike Burns took a break from AP exam reading to watch a Kansas City Royals baseball game with Jack Snelling ’13.
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Matthew Hughes ’07 and Dave Connolly ’09 both graduated
in June 2018 with master’s degrees in business administration from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. 4
Carson Martens Evans ’09 received
a master of fine arts degree in graphic design from Rhode Island School of Design in June 2018.
Sarah Tadros ’15 is a speechwriter for the Mayor of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a position she was selected for during her senior year at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication. Kenneth Brinson ’15 was named
one of 13 finalists for the William V. Campbell Award, awarded annually by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to the American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance. A 2019 West Point graduate, Brinson also has been named a KnightHennessy Scholar at Stanford University where he will be studying medicine and pursuing a doctorate in materials science and engineering. 5
Cam Wiley ’15, a senior guard on the men’s basketball team at Swarthmore College, earned MVP honors in the Centennial Conference Tournament for the second time in his career. Wiley is one of two players in conference history to play in four consecutive men’s basketball championships. Wiley also earned All-American honors for the second time in his career by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and became the first player in the history of Swarthmore College men’s basketball to be named to the All-America First Team. 6 Kevin Jackson ’15 was one of
three graduating seniors from U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities selected to serve as a 2019-2020 Joseph A. O’Hare S.J. Postgraduate Media Fellow at America Media in New York City. In May 2019, Jackson graduated from Georgetown University and was the recipient of the university’s Loyola Medal presented each year to the graduating senior who best exemplifies Catholic and Jesuit ideals in his or her collegiate life.
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Mothers of Alumni Stay Close to Marist A group of former Marist School mothers, who have
as president of the Parents Club, two of them serving in
gathered together monthly since their children
that role twice. Lasting friendships were forged over
graduated 25 years ago, volunteered together at the
grade level luncheons, fundraisers, concerts, plays,
2018 Marist Holiday Traditions. Together, these women
athletic events, and more. There is no further proof
are mothers to 39 Marist alumni and grandmothers to
needed that you can take these moms out of Marist,
17 current or past Marist students. Six of them served
but you can never take the Marist out of these moms!
Matt Russell ’92, Beatrice Russell ’18, Sarah Russell ’21, Patrick Russell ’23, Thomas Russell ’24
John Bailey ’87, David Bailey ’89,
Michael Bailey ’92
Cliff McCrary ’86, Julie McCrary Rogers ’92
Scott Edwards ’92, Amy Edwards Rohan ’93, T.J. Edwards ’99, Tom Edwards ’19, Michael Rohan ’19, Anna Edwards ’20, Ashley Rohan ’21, Madeline Rohan ’23, Reed Edwards ’24
Susan Davis Harper ’89, Kim Davis Sellers ’92
John Marston ’90, Margaret Marston Ward ’92
Mary Ellen Harris
Jim Harris ’92, Casey Harris Riddle ’94, Kaitlin Harris Gallagher ’10, Kelly Harris King ’10, Jackson Riddle ’23
Anne Sumpter Lynn Varian
Judy Faletti Elissa Faletti Pressley ’89, Mandy Faletti Crock ’92, Paton Faletti ’95, Caroline Pressley ’19, Elizabeth Pressley ’21, Carter Crock ’22, Cameron Crock ’24
Rhea Sumpter ’93, Walter Sumpter ’95
Megan Carmody Peyton ’92
Rachel Christian Cain ’88, Molly Christian Crane ’92, Christian Cain ’22
Jason Berens ’88, Abigail Berens Greene ’92
Patty Malec Jason Malec ’89, Danny Malec ’92, Ryan Malec ’95, Andrew Malec ’99 Jane McCauley Trey Wesley ’82, Mark Wesley ’84, Marion McCauley ’90, Serena McCauley ’92, Miranda Wesley ’18 Sandie McLaughlin Sally Stillwagon
Cam McLaughlin ’90, Evan McLaughlin ’92
Erica Stillwagon Walajtys ’88,
Craig Stillwagon ’92
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Weddings M A R IST
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Molly Crane ’92 married Baxter Crawford Crane III of
Alix Rhett Jayne ’07, Adria Thorington Tapp ’07,
Athens, Georgia on June 9, 2018 at Naylor Hall in Roswell, Georgia. Evan McLaughlin ’92 officiated the wedding ceremony. Marist alumni in attendance included Rachel Christian Cain ’88, Liz Bush Bellenger ’92 , Mandy Faletti Crock ’92 , Chris Dorsey ’02 , Cate Callahan Dorr ’92 , Abby Berens Greene ’92 , Hunter C. Pierce ’92 , Ryan Murray Thompson ’92 , Christian Cain ’22 , and Jenna Woodward ’22. 1
Jimmy Tapp ’07, Erin Tapp ’12, John Tapp ’14 ,
Dr. Monya Ruffin-Nash ’92 and Dr. Milton H. Nash were joined in matrimony on May 4, 2018 at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia. The couple resides in Alexandria, Virginia. Marist alumni in attendance included Dr. April Ruffin Willis ’95 and Dr. Shomari Ruffin ’00. 2
Sam Bridges ’22, and Joey Tapp ’23.
Jamie Germano ’07 married Betsy Howard on September 2, 2018
at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California. Marist alumni in attendance included Lindsay Russell Thomas ’95, Kelley Germano ’97, Addison Kerr ’05, Baker Arena ’07, Matt Barnes ’07, Reaves Carrington ’07, Tyler Cole ’07, Will Davis ’07, Cassie Nelson Ebinger ’07, David Ebinger ’07, Mary Gray ’07, Chris Gutschenritter ’07, Jennings Hester ’07, Sam Kelly ’07, Andrew Kimball ’07, Preston Lyons ’07, Gary Marshall ’07, Mike Moore ’07, David Nort ’07, Seb Swain ’07, Sean Stargel ’07, and Libby Cordell Welborn ’07. 6
Hartford B. Campbell, Jr. ’03 married Samantha Cullen on
March 10, 2018 at Pointes West Army Resort in Augusta, Georgia. Marist alumni in attendance included Catherine Campbell ’02 , Casey Arundel ’03, Paul Davis ’03, Michael Schwartz ’03, and Harris Woody ’03. 3 Michael Mannino ’06 married Julia Anne Bork on September 29, 2018 at the Cathedral of Christ the King. A reception was held at Capital City Club. Marist alumni in attendance included Tara Mannino Henly ’89, Amy Mannino Henry ’92 , John Mannino ’98, Leslie Mannino McCullough ’00, Allison McKinley ’03, Christi Mannino VanFossan ’04, Gamble Cleveland ’06, Taylor Price Cleveland ’06, Harris Culley ’06, Brent Ducote ’06, Kyle Gilbert ’06, Hall McKinley ’06, Sam Stribling ’09, Jamison Henley ’21 , Cason Henry ’22 , and Faith Henley ’23. 4 Grace Thorington ’06 married Dougie Coffed ’04 on August 11, 2018 at Camp Merrie Woode in Sapphire, North Carolina. Marist School English teacher Mike Burns officiated the ceremony. Marist alumni in attendance included Andy Craine ’99, Andrew Miller ’99, Laura Gibbs Miller ’00, Carly Craine Elly‑Kelso ’03, Barrett Gibbs Gleason ’03, Patrick Gleason ’04, Daniel Husack ’04, Jeff Marino ’04 , Kevin Moore ’04, Neal Morgan ’04, Keith Resetar ’04, Chris Rondem ’04, Christian Nelson Snavely ’04, Tom Sprinkle ’04, Jeannie Hastings Walters ’04, Courtney Dwight Broun ’05, Andrew Costas ’05, Theresa Nelson Costas ’05, Molly Maloney Morgan ’05, Kelly Coffed Schill ’05, Gamble Cleveland ’06, Taylor Price Cleveland ’06, Maggie Barton DeBardeleben ’06, Marcie Opraseuth Kanavage ’06, Ansley Jones Kuppens ’06, Chris Markel ’06, Hall McKinley ’06, Matt Morrison ’06, Claire Papevies ’06, Taylor Rhett ’06, Brooke Truxillo Scarpelli ’06, Hailey Carroll Shovlin ’06, Teddy Williams ’06, Kevin Allman ’09, Mary Coffed Allman ’09, Egen Thorington Arnold ’09, Sean Arnold ’09, Caroline Dwight ’07,
Lindsey Warren ’09 married Jeff Stewart on September 8, 2018
at the Wimbish House in Atlanta, Georgia. Marist alumni in attendance included Melissa Burns ’09, Hannah Hall Burzumato ’09, Caroline Jordan Campbell ’09, Astrid Chater ’09, Katherine King ’09, Rachelle Medina ’09, Jackie Trujillo ’09, Kelly Winer ’09, and Katie Wood ’09. 7 Katie Athaide ’09 and Spencer Mitchell ’09 were married on June 23, 2018 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Atlanta, Georgia. A reception followed at King Plow Arts Center. Marist alumni in attendance included Samantha Mitchell ’08, Mary Coffed Allman ’09, Egen Thorington Arnold ’09, Sean Arnold ’09, Mack Bienn ’09, Daniel Diaz ’09, Whitney Hagan ’09, Jimbo Haneklau ’09, Claire Ittner ’09, George Marchman ’09, William Raffety ’09, Sarah Tapp Rice ’09, Cessie Ryder ’09, Trent Scrudder ’09, and Marie Athaide ’12. 8 Margaret Miller ’11 and Nathan Danko were married on June 2, 2018. Marist alumni in attendance included Bernie Boehnlein ’83, Matt Docherty ’06, Marie Miller ’06, Alyssa Boehnlein ’11 , Mary Claire Martin Guh ’11 , Brendan Hickey ’11 , Anna Lorys ’11 , Karen Ramirez ’11 , and Natalie Boehnlein ’14. 9 Teddy Sims ’12 married Maggie McNally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on
May 25, 2018. Marist alumni in attendance included David Sims ’01 , Stephanie Sims ’03, Quinn MacDougald ’12 , Samuel McDaniel ’12 , Connor Quirk ’12 , Marco Roca ’12 , and Will Rogers ’12. 10 Mary Claire Martin ’11 married Julian Guh on July 21, 2018. Marist alumni in attendance included Elizabeth Bertasi ’11 , Margaret Miller Danko ’11 , Trae Lewis ’11 , Brendan Nagle ’11 , Tory Lewis Nagle ’11 , and Tucker Lewis ’18. 11 MARIST MATTERS MATTERS 50 MARIST
Births M A R IST
L U K E 1 8 :16
1 Katie Caperton Joiner ’98 and
her husband Cade welcomed son Walker Michael on September 25, 2018. Walker joins big brother Cade, Jr. 2 Kelly Campanella McCaig ’98 and her
husband Jonathan welcomed their first child Madeline Elizabeth on June 29, 2018.
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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.”
3 B enjamin Stewart ’98 and his wife
Stephanie Stewart, along with big brother Maddox, welcomed Bailey Cora to the family on November 1, 2017. Both Bailey and Maddox love to laugh, snuggle, and play in the California sun!
5 Anne Bobel D’Anella ’00 and her husband
Adam welcomed their son Wilkes Bishop on August 23, 2018. Wilkes joins older siblings Taylor (10), Hart (7), and Scarlett (2). 6 Courtney Lundeen Harris ’00 and her
4 Ann Klindt Schumacher ’99 and her
husband Matt welcomed their daughter Emily Paumier on July 25, 2018. Emily joins big brother Andrew (3).
husband Andrew welcomed a daughter on December 11, 2018. Carver Elizabeth was 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and 18.75 inches.
7 Devon Morgan McKenna ’00 and her
husband Joe welcomed their first child Boston Joseph on December 18, 2018. 8 Kevin McKane ’01 and his wife Meg
welcomed their son Hughes Patrick on September 25, 2018. Hughes was 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and 20.5 inches. Hughes joins big sister Ridley (2). 9 Hugh Merkel ’02 and his wife Audrey
welcomed their daughter Adair James on January 7, 2019. Adair joins big sister Rowan (2).
10 C hristie Crawford Glenn ’03 and her
husband Jimmy, along with big sister Mary Howard Glenn (1), welcomed baby brother James “Crawford” Glenn on November 1, 2018.
13 L auren Stair Hughes ’06 and her
husband Patrick welcomed their first child Owen Jeffrey on December 28, 2018. 14 M att Morrison ’06 and his wife Norris
11 JonVieve Kloster Hill ’03 and her
husband Charles, along with big sister Genevieve DeVoy (1), welcomed their second daughter Jayne Marie “Jaynie” Mattingly on June 14, 2017. 12 T aylor Price Cleveland ’06 and
welcomed their first son Thomas “Tom” Roderick on March 8, 2019. 15 Adria Thorington Tapp ’07 and Jimmy Tapp ’07 welcomed daughter Mary Egen on September 27, 2018. Mary joins big sister Iler (3).
Gamble Cleveland ’06 welcomed their
daughter Lollie Price Cleveland on December 15, 2017. MARIST MATTERS 52
IN MEMORIAM Through May 31, 2019
Donald Azar ’49, brother of Gordon Azar ’52 and Kenny Azar ’62 and father of Fr. Nicholas Azar ’82 and Mable Azar Stadelmeier ’85 Paul Bieger ’49, brother of Don Bieger ’53 Jimmy Boulware ’58
Thomas Braatz, father of Thomas Braatz ’80 and Jonathan Braatz ’83 Rosie Brown ’10, sister of Megan Brown ’10 and Laura Brown ’10
Frederick Brunn, father of Matt Brunn ’89 Frank Butterfield, Jr. ’67
Linda Williams Cattanach, mother of
Fr. Paul Williams, Jr. ’84,
Andrea Williams DeKroon ’84,
and Matt Williams ’89
Rebecca DuVall, sister of
David Panter ’59 and Daniel Panter ’59
Cassie Edwards, mother of Jeff Edwards ’02
Hall McKinley Jr., father of Hall McKinley III ’74 Ricardo Mestre ’49
Walter Moeling IV, father of Chuck Moeling ’86 and
Gordon Fowler ’45
Chris Moeling Morgan ’88
Jeff Frantz, father of
Jim Newman, father of
Scotty Frantz ’15 and
Chris Newman ’90
Cole Frantz ’17
Ray Gansereit, father of Matthew Gansereit ’83, David Gansereit ’85, and Jonathan Gansereit ’87
Alyssa Geiger, wife of Jim Geiger, former member of the Marist School Board of Trustees, and mother of Garrett Geiger ’05 and Julia Geiger Koprivnik ’09 Barbara Hagan, mother of Christina Hagan ’04 and Patrick Hagan ’09
Ginny O’Haren, wife of Tom O’Haren (deceased), a Marist School Emeritus Trustee, and mother of Tim O’Haren ’77, Terry O’Haren ’79, Anne O’Haren Huckabee ’80, David O’Haren ’81 , and Mary O’Haren Delmer ’83
Bob Perez, father of Rob Perez ’88, and Marist School faculty members Dan Perez ’84 and Tim Perez Frank Redmond ’58
Jules Ciotta, father of Eric Kisala ’87 and
Cheryl Hogan, mother of Lauren Hogan ’10
Barbara Ann Reed, wife of Thomas Stobie ’82
Phil Hook, father of
Chappell Rhino ’49
Jennifer Kisala Kichler ’89
Shannon Hook Seyfried ’95
Lou Courchaine ’46
M.J. Kelly, mother of Charlotte Kelly ’11 and
Mary Jane Crawford, former Marist staff member, mother of Pat Crawford ’77, Bill Crawford ’80, and Tom Crawford ’81 John Crevis, Jr. ’60
Robin deAndrade, father of John deAndrade ’86,
Asha deAndrade Leonhardt ’87,
and Mark deAndrade ’90
Barbara Decherd, mother of Chris Decherd ’85, Nancine Decherd ’88,
Ellen Decherd Ballerence ’91 , and Anita Decherd Dubbs ’93
Dave Delmonte, father of David Delmonte ’85 and Marty Delmonte ’85
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Mary Helen Kelly ’15
Gil Kloster, father of
Kayla Kloster Ledyard ’00, JonVieve Kloster Hill ’03,
Allie Kloster Garofalo ’06 Ed Letts, Jr. ’62 , Ed Letts, Sr. ’41
son of (deceased)
Louis Loncaric, former Marist School Head Football Coach, and father of Tom Loncaric ’82 and Michael Loncaric ’84 Bob Lundsten, father of Caitlin Lundsten ’03,
Kirsten Lundsten Davis ’05,
and Kelsey Lundsten ’07
Mariette McDaniel, mother of McDee McDaniel ’85
Robert Roche, Jr., brother of Bridget Roche Snelling ’85, Sean Roche ’89, Tim Roche ’91 , and Meghan Roche Sessions ’93 Pete Rodrigue, father of George Rodrigue ’74, Max Rodrigue ’75, and former Marist School faculty member Catherine Rodrigue Kirby Rutherford ’63
Pauline Sherman, mother of Celine Sherman Stribling ’78
and Anne Sherman Lathan ’81 Steven Skinner, father of Sarah Skinner ’18 Thomas Skinner ’54,
brother of Ned Skinner ’53 (deceased)
Bob Smith, father of Kenneth Smith ’88 and Robyn Smith ’90 Caroline Smith ’17,
of Ryan Smith ’16
Jim Warren, father of Dan Warren ’80,
Beth Warren Kilguss ’81 , Anne Warren ’82 ,
Jim Warren ’85
Barbara Weaver, mother of Price Weaver ’94 Jim Weir, Jr. and Mary Weir, parents of James Weir III ’81 (deceased) and Alex Weir Taylor ’83 Alice Young, mother of Curt Young ’77 and Catherine Young Hall ’80
Mary Ann Zins, former faculty member and mother of Joseph Zins ’97 For detailed In Memoriam listings, please visit marist.com/alumni and go to Prayer Requests on the Alumni Chaplain page.
By Father Mark Kenney, S.M., Alumni Chaplain
Like a Mustard Seed On December 12, 2019, I returned to Marist School after an absence of 45 years. From 1973-1975, while still a seminarian, I taught eighth-grade science and sophomore biology. When I returned last year, I was astonished at the transformation that had taken place at Marist. In 1975, I left a campus composed of only five buildings: the rectory, the chapel, St. Peter Chanel Hall, the cafeteria, and the old Kuhrt Gym. I returned to a campus that many a high school would envy. Having studied and taught Scripture for the last 35 years, the image of the mustard seed came to mind. The mustard seed is a parable in the Gospel of St. Mark. It is short enough to quote in full. “The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.” Like the mustard seed, the present Marist began small with only St. Peter Chanel Hall built when it opened in 1962. As the branches of the mustard tree reach out to the world, so Marist has reached out to the world through its alumni and its community service. At the Alumni Awards Luncheon last April, I realized the impact that Marist School graduates have on society when the achievements of these three alumni were read out. Multiply these by the number of students that have graduated from Marist since its establishment in 1901 and we see the school’s influence stretching far beyond Atlanta, even beyond the United States, touching the world, and its branches continue to spread. The community service programs, especially the Society of Marysponsored Centro Hispano Marista and Reach for Excellence programs, have been of service to the immediate Atlanta area. The mustard tree in the parable is an image of the kingdom of God that Jesus established during his ministry. Granted,
Illustration by Jay Rogers
Marist School is not the kingdom of God, which will only be fully established when Jesus returns at the end time, but Marist School and its graduates have helped to witness to the world that the Kingdom of God is already present in the world. The tiny mustard seed has become the tree.
As the branches of the mustard tree reach out to the world, so Marist has reached out to the world through its alumni and its community service.
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