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COLORS: HOW THE NWC COMMUNITY ALWAYS COMES THROUGH

ALSO INSIDE: • Diary of the Greece Trip Via Facebook, Brendan Lemp ’10 invited NWC students to wear pink on the day of his mother’s breast cancer surgery in January 2010. Hundreds of classmates responded.

(and other travelers’ tales)

• Fall and Winter Sports • Alumni News Galore


L E T TER FROM THE PRINCIPAL/CHIEF ADM I N I S T R ATO R

Dear Friends, Life is a journey, and in this issue of Logos, you will get a glimpse of some of the individual journeys upon which our students have embarked. The journey theme is often used as a metaphor for life, for growing up and to describe our spiritual development. I am sure that some of you reading this can recall a certain sophomore English course during which you may have studied The Odyssey and/or The Catcher in the Rye. We are constantly experiencing life through the journey. The opportunities available to young people today to travel during high school and certainly during the college years are far more extensive and even exotic than many of us experienced. As you read this issue, I think you will also see that the “almost adult” filter through which our young people view the world is shaped by their concerns for others and their fledgling understanding of how connected we all are in today’s global society. I dare to hope that the world will truly become a better place because more young people have this type of life experience. You will also see a great deal of news about Northwest Catholic, and when you begin to catalogue all the great things that accumulate during a year it gives one pause to consider the reasons behind all that we do. Christ is the reason for our school, and in that fundamental truth lies all of what results. From the successes in the classroom to the music and fine arts achievements to the outstanding records of our athletic teams – it would mean nothing if it were not for the tenets of our faith and the caring of one another in the school community. As I attend the various events and speak with people, I am struck by the sincere appreciation of the wonder of the journey that we watch the young people take. The ACTS student who helps mold the faith of freshmen, the student with the major role in a play, or the athlete who perseveres and succeeds beyond his or her wildest dreams – and all are grateful for the gifts and talents to do so – that is what is so wonderful to see. The anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of NWC is beginning to build (see back cover for a hint about what lies ahead). We have big plans to celebrate for a whole year something very special that began with the Dominican Sisters on Wampanoag Drive in 1961. So, enjoy reading about what is happening today and know that the anchor that guided your life is doing great and is ready for the next 50 years! Sincerely,

Margaret Williamson Principal/Chief Administrator

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THEIR TRUE COLORS:

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NWC HISTORY TRIPS:

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GREECE FROM A STUDENT PERSPECTIVE

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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CONTINUES WITH JUNIOR YEAR ABROAD

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How the NWC Community Always Comes Through

TEACHING MORE THAN JUST HISTORY

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Brendan Lemp ‘10

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Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. – James 2-3; The Message

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t’s been this way for nearly 50 years. In a world in which the term is thrown around all too casually, Northwest Catholic is a community in the truest sense of the word. NWC people are there for one another, in good times and in bad; they demonstrate with their presence that “community” really means “family.” If someone needs something, no explanations are needed, no coaxing is required. For big games, home and away, bleachers are filled with fans. During times of loss, receiving lines are crowded with NWC faces, as people wait to pay their respects and enfold the bereaved in a collective hug. And, when they can’t be there in person,

they are there for one another in spirit, thanks to Facebook, e-mail, and other electronic tools. The school colors may be green and white, but Northwest Catholic’s “true colors” are loyalty and love. This was particularly clear during the 2009-10 school year, when NWC people – current students and alums, parents and grandparents, faculty, staff, and administrators alike – rose to the occasion again and again, celebrating milestones and victories, consoling each other in grief, galvanizing support for special projects. Here are a few examples.

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Cheering… Sports are a huge part of the Northwest Catholic culture, and many folks who began following the Indians in 1961 are still in the stands today – even if they don’t personally know any current players. In Fall 2009, diehard fans were rewarded with a remarkably exciting sports season, as two teams – Girls’ Soccer and Football – advanced farther in State playoffs than any of their predecessors. The girls brought home a banner, the boys fell just short of one – and the NWC community was there right up to the end. On Nov. 21, a gorgeous and unseasonably warm Saturday, the stands at Middletown High School were packed with greenand-white-painted faces eager to see the Girls’ Soccer State Championship game against Suffield High School, a Class M powerhouse. “Can I Get a North …” reverberated off the bleachers as noisy NWC fans virtually willed their girls to victory in the hard-fought game against the #1 seed. In the end, both teams prevailed, playing to a 0-0 tie after two overtimes. (CIAC rules precluded using penalty kicks to break the tie.) The Girls’ Soccer team had won its first State Championship, ending the season with an 18-2-1 record.

and sad – were there for that, too, propping their boys up in defeat.

It was a lot colder just 10 days later, when the NWC Football team faced Ansonia in the Class S semifinal at home under the lights at Brewer Field on Tuesday, Dec. 1. But no matter: Hundreds of students, families, and alumni braved the frigid weather and screamed the Indians on to an incredible 24-0 shutout of the perennial Naugatuck Valley foe, which holds a record 16 State Championships. That night, the NWC football team officially became the best in school history. But a Football banner was not to be, as the Indians lost the State final 21-0 to Hyde Leadership four days later, on an ugly-cold and snowy day at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury. The fans – soggy

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And those who couldn’t attend games in person could still root the Indians on this year – by clicking, instead of cheering, and by urging their friends to click, too, via Facebook and e-mail. Computerbased competitions for WFSB’s “Athlete of the Week” and NBC30’s “Game of the Week” brought NWC fans out in force. WFSB said it was inundated with votes for NWC quarterback Jack Murphy ’10, whom the station picked as one of three candidates for “Athlete of the Week” after the Sep. 18 opening-game win over Platt High School. He became the first NWC athlete ever to win this title – thanks to all those clicks. And although the Oct. 30 NWC/Rocky Hill game came in second in NBC30’s “Game of the Week” contest (an eleventh-hour flurry of votes put the Cheshire/North Haven game over the top), the on-line chatter about the voting helped to reinforce a sense of community and build momentum for the game – which NWC did win.

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Donating… In person and through cyberspace, NWC people opened their hearts and their wallets to support two special causes that hit close to home this year – one in West Hartford, and the other in another part of the world. Rev. Rick Frechette ’71 was a familiar face in Haiti even before the calamitous earthquake struck the island in January 2010; in the weeks following the disaster, he was a compelling presence in the worldwide media, graphically describing the unfathomable damage and the desperate need for financial assistance. Fr. Rick was featured several times on NBC-TV and in countless print and electronic articles, including an exhaustive piece about his life and work that appeared in The Weekly Standard (www.weeklystandard.com/articles/loveamong-ruins). In the days following the disaster, NWC people wanted to know how they could help, describing in e-mails to the school how they were moved by the enormity of the tragedy and by the astonishing depth and breadth of Fr. Rick’s mission in Haiti (chronicled in the Fall 2007 issue of Logos). A story on the NWC web site and an e-mail sent to the NWC database included links to the media coverage, as well as to the U.S.based organizations (the Passionist Missionaries and the St. Paul Benevolent Society) that are collecting and forwarding donations for Fr. Rick’s efforts. Tracking data show that these links were clicked many times, although NWC is not privy to the total amount donated through these channels.

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Meanwhile, right here in town, the same electronic tools were used to spread the word about a casual fundraiser being held on Mar. 26 at The Prospect Café, owned by Nick Faenza ’74, to benefit the fledgling Nora E. O’Brien ’82 Memorial Scholarship Fund (see article on p. 25). Details about the party spread quickly via e-mail and Facebook, and on the night of the party, The Prospect buzzed with the happy sounds of old friends reuniting for a good cause, their joy about being together tempered somewhat by the reason for the gathering. By the end of the night, nearly $14,000 was raised, fully endowing the scholarship and enveloping the O’Brien family and their friends in a blanket of goodwill.

Family and friends of Nora O’Brien ‘82 celebrated her memory at a scholarship fundraiser at the Prospect Cafe in March 2010. T H E M AG A Z I N E O F N O R T H W E S T C AT H O L I C

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Brendan Callahan ‘95

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Chris Bruff ‘03 Luke Granato ‘03

Celebrating… John Mirabello, the beloved Head Coach of the NWC Boys’ Basketball team for the past 23 years, achieved a huge milestone on Jan. 2, 2010: his 400th career victory, in a 70-66 win against Bulkeley High School. In addition to holding the record for most Boys’ Basketball wins at Northwest Catholic, Coach Mirabello counts four State Championships, ten Northwest Conference regular-season titles, one Connecticut Central Conference title, and ten seasons with 20 wins or more among his accomplishments – and countless fans and players among his admirers. In celebration of these achievements, the NWC Athletic Department sold “Mirabello’s Magic” T-shirts throughout the winter, with profits going to Fr. Rick Frechette’s relief work in Haiti. The popular t-shirts were spotted not only on Wampanoag Drive, but also in much more remote locations, thanks to alumni basketball players who proudly wore their shirts in a gesture of congratulations for their former coach.

Remembering… The NWC community lost two beloved figures this past year: Rev. Bradford Colton, NWC’s first principal, and Paul Reardon, an English teacher who brought literature vividly to life for NWC students for 36 years (see tributes on p. 40 and 42, respectively). Once again, modern tools like Facebook and e-mail helped spread the word quickly about the passing of these men, enabling many to attend their funerals and allowing others to offer condolences through links to on-line guest books, located on www.legacy.com. The memories shared about Fr. Colton and Mr. Reardon in dozens of on-line postings served not only as a source of comfort to those mourning the deaths, but also as an opportunity for classmates to reminisce and reconnect with one another, as well.

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Pink was everywhere on January

Perhaps the most moving example of the NWC sense of community came early in 2010, when green and white were replaced with a sea of pink. The sea actually began as a ripple, when Brendan Lemp ’10 and a few friends – including his cousin Madeleine Livingston ’10 and Jei Cho ’10, the international student living with him – decided to wear pink to school on Tuesday, Jan. 5, in solidarity with his mom, Suzanne, who was having surgery that day for early stage breast cancer. They talked about it on Facebook. Other kids signed on to the idea. And when the doors opened that morning, hundreds of students in pink tights, pink shoes, pink shirts and ties, and pink sweaters poured in, their outfits a quiet statement of support for their classmate and his family – and perhaps a testimony to the impact cancer has had on their own.

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Gretchen Kelly ‘10, Meghan Kelly ‘12, and their mother, Anne Kelly, cut up yards of thin pink ribbon for the girls to distribute along with little safety pins. A boy who’d forgotten his pink improvised with four pink stickies on his navy blue tie, vertically spelling out “PINK.” And right after homeroom, the pink army assembled on the gym bleachers for an enormous photo, capped off by a loud group cheer: “Go Mrs. Lemp!” NBC30 got wind of it all and sent a news crew to campus before dismissal. By 6pm, when the “Sea of Pink” story aired, Suzanne Lemp was back in her West Hartford home resting comfortably, buoyed by her surgeon’s excellent prognosis and the simple yet overwhelming beauty of the students’ gesture at school that day. A week later, the kids were treated to pink-frosted sheet cakes during lunch in the Navin Cafeteria, the Lemps’ gesture of thanks to the community that wrapped its arms around them when they needed it most.

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Editor’s Note: For the seventh year in a row, NWC teachers and students traveled overseas during the February break. This year’s destination was Greece. Social Studies Department Chair Paul Fitzpatrick organized the trip, and the chaperones were NWC Director of Information Technology Beth Casey Boyle ’96, Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair Beth Lynch Oates ’94, NWC History teachers Nita Beeman, Cory Carlson, and Jennifer Puskarz, and former NWC Social Studies Department Chair Chris Garr, who now lives and works in Cleveland.

Students do not have to be a certain age or to have completed a particular History course to participate in the trip; this year’s group included 41 students from all four grades – the most ever, according to Mr. Fitzpatrick. For a firsthand account of the adventure, we asked two students to keep a travel diary while they were in Greece, and we asked Mr. Fitzpatrick to offer an overview of the experience, addressing the question: Why go on the History trip if you’re not a history buff and you don’t know anything about the country to which you’re traveling? Here are their responses.

NWC History Trips: Teaching More Than Just History By Paul Fitzpatrick Chair, NWC Social Studies Department Some parents and students may ask: why should we invest in the school history trip? By experiencing foreign cities, iconic monuments, and distant cultures firsthand, students connect with academic studies and the world at large in a whole new way. After standing beside the Parthenon, running along the track in ancient Olympia like athletes of old, or taking in the view of the Aegean Sea from the top deck of a passenger boat, students can’t help but see new possibility in the world, in their abilities, and in their futures. Students grow up quite a bit as they navigate new cities, figure out how to read maps, or simply order lunch in a foreign language. In addition to gaining greater cultural sensitivity and an international perspective, students return feeling altogether more confident and independent – qualities that stay with them throughout their academic, personal, and professional lives. Our sojourn to Greece represented the seventh consecutive year that the History Department has organized an international educational trip. Over the years, students and parents have shared with me how much stronger the travelers’ decision-making skills became. This is a direct result of the

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fact that in order for many students to participate they must contribute a portion of the cost, which requires them to make mature choices about their fiscal priorities and how to best achieve them. For most students, the trip represents their first experience with budgeting money toward a particular goal. The trip also provides students with a preview of what some aspects of college life will be like, as they must live with each other in close quarters for a week, persevere on little sleep, and respect the feelings and privacy of their fellow travelers. Inspired by this experience, many former participants on the NWC trips have gone on to spend a semester or a year studying abroad in college (see accompanying article on page 13). The single most important reason, however, why the NWC trips are worth students’ and parents’ investment is simply this: Travel abroad makes the world a bit smaller, and this experience allows our students to move outside their comfort zones, and, in a relatively short time, learn a tremendous amount about the citizens of other lands – as well as themselves.

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Greece From a Student Perspective Bridget Daly ‘10, of West Hartford, and Alexander Filomeno ‘10, of Rocky Hill, agreed to jot down notes for Logos during their trip to Greece. Here are some of their day-by-day observations. Day 1: Travel day (bus from NWC to Newark, flights to Rome and then Athens) Bridget: The plane ride was roughly eight hours, but seemed even longer – and the plane food was very interesting, to say the least.

Alex: Gyros were absolutely the most amazing thing I ate. Bridget: The gyros don’t even compare to anything in America. Day 3: Day Cruise to Hydra

Alex: Breakfast was bread with melted cheese and a hard tomato inside it.

Bridget: The color of the Aegean Sea is truly indescribable and the brightest blue you could ever imagine. Pictures can’t do it justice; you just need to see it yourself!

Alex: The coolest thing that day was looking at the snow-covered mountains from the plane.

Alex: The water was so clear; it was breathtaking.

Bridget: The feeling of ‘we finally made it!’ was just awesome! Day 2: Parthenon, Plaka (oldest section in Athens) Alex: It’s really cool to see how people were able to build such great designs and buildings thousands of years ago. Bridget: It was incredible to be at a place with such a vast history and to think of all the people who have walked in the same spot.

Bridget: I tried fried octopus – a true delicacy on the islands – that was actually better than it sounds, and I was surprised at how much I liked it. Alex: Fried octopus has a really unique flavor that I can’t even explain. Day 4: Oracle at Delphi Alex: This is where very expensive gifts to the gods were kept.

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Bridget: We saw a wall that was older than the Parthenon and was still in perfect condition. It still amazes me. Day 5: Mount Olympus Alex: Seeing the actual track where the first Olympics took place was very cool. Bridget: Once our group saw the track, we couldn’t stop running around on it! Just thinking about all the people who have run on the same dirt track is wild. Day 6: Mycenae, Opera Stadium, Traditional Greek Dinner Bridget: The view from the town of Mycenae was just truly beautiful – you could see fields for miles. Alex: The ancient Greek theater was so perfectly built and so well preserved, and the location was unbelievable. Bridget: They actually say “oompa” – the phrase made popular by the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding – a lot in Greece. We yelled it all night at the traditional Greek dinner while we were dancing. It’s important to realize that when you say it you have to throw up your hands and act excited. It was really funny to see Mr. Fitzpatrick dancing at the dinner ! Day 7: Poseidon’s Temple, Shopping in Athens Alex: The Temple was on a high cliff facing the ocean – so cool. Bridget: The view from Poseidon’s Temple was just beautiful – all you could see was endless water. Everyone just loved Dionysus, our tour guide for this day.

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* Because the school calendar is changing this year and there will be no February vacation, the trip will be from Apr. 15-23; students will return home on Holy Saturday, in time to spend Easter with their families. The itinerary includes Venice, Florence, Assisi, Siena, Rome, and the ruins of Pompeii. Students may sign up for the trip until January. The cost is $2,400, which includes airfare, hotel, breakfast and dinner, admission to all attractions, coach bus travel throughout the country, a full-time tour guide, and professional guides at each site. Contact Mr. Fitzpatrick (pfitzpatrick@nwcath.org) for more information.

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International Education Continues with Junior Year Abroad It’s quite common for college students to spend time studying abroad, and many NWC alums who’ve gone abroad say they were bitten by the travel bug when they took the History trip in high school. Several Class of ’07 alums went overseas during the past school year – some to very unusual places. Here are snippets of their experiences. Kara Boucher ‘07 U.S. College and Major: Stonehill College, Easton, MA; English and Secondary Education International School: Foundation for International Education (FIE), with internship at the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, London, England Dates of Study: Spring 2010 Other Cities/Countries and/or NWC Alums Visited: Dublin; Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice); Budapest; Paris; Berlin; I visited Meghan Kiley ’07 in Budapest and we also met up in Berlin. Biggest surprise: I was most surprised by how easy it was to feel welcome and at home in the different cities I visited, especially London since I was there the longest. I now understand why people talk so much about their experiences abroad long after they have returned to the States. There is something really special about being in a foreign place that gradually became my home and made the whole four-month-long experience something I will always think back on as one of the best times of my life. Best thing: I learned to be truly independent. Before going abroad I had never booked my own train or plane ticket. I also travelled a bit on my own, so I really learned how to use my common sense to navigate and stay safe in the different cities I explored. Worst thing: I really didn’t have a worst part. But the expense of London was definitely a negative and at the end of my four months abroad my bank account was severely lower.

Liz Conway ‘07

Elizabeth Conway ‘07 U.S. College and Major: The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; Psychology International School: IES Abroad, Barcelona, Spain Dates of Study: Spring 2010 Other Cities/Countries and/or NWC Alums Visited: Madrid, Tarragona, Costa Brava, Rome, Venice, Florence, Sorrento, and Mallorca; I connected with Sarah Schwartz ‘07 when we visited friends in Rome during Holy Week. Biggest surprise: How late everything starts! The typical day in Spain does not begin until 10am nor end until after 3am. Best thing: The best lesson that I’ll take back to senior year is to take more time to truly appreciate the history and culture around me. Worst thing: The only negative aspects of my experience were attempting to find an English-speaking doctor when I was sick -- and returning home after spending four amazing months abroad! Liam Cronin ‘07 U.S. College and Major: Loyola University Maryland; Economics major, with minor in Mathematics International School: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium Dates of Study: Junior Year, 2009-10 Other Cities/Countries and/or NWC Alums Visited: France, Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, and Denmark. I connected with Molly McCormack ‘07 in Belgium, and Siobhan Danahey ’07 came to visit, I also connected with my sister, Madeline Cronin ‘05, and Katherine Dyson ‘05 in Belgium. Biggest surprise: The difference in the educational systems was shocking, but also people’s willingness to learn about other cultures in so many ways outside of the classroom.

Meghan Kiley ’07 (left), a Connecticut College student who spent the Spring 2009 semester in Budapest, Hungar y, met up with Kara Boucher ’07 in Germany

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Other Cities/Countries and/or NWC Alums Visited: Paris, France; Budapest, Hungary; Thessaloniki, Greece; plus Ephesus and Cappadocia in Turkey. I spent the weekend in Paris with Sarah Schwartz ’07, while Margaret Molloy ’07 visited me in Istanbul. Biggest surprise: I was surprised at how much I felt like a foreigner and an outsider, and also how huge and amazing Istanbul is. It really is the literal and figurative bridge between East and West. Best thing: I now understand and appreciate was how lucky we are as Americans to have such a diverse country; it’s really one of our greatest strengths. Being a “yabanci” in Turkey gave me a sense of how hard it is to be looked at as an outsider, and how challenging it is to be judged because you don’t look like you belong. Worst thing: The language barrier. Classes were taught in English at the university, but it was very isolating not to be able to have conversations with local people with whom I would interact every day. Jen Horn ‘07 U.S. College and Major: Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT; International Studies, African Studies International School: University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana (West Africa) Dates of Study: Fall 2009 Liam Cronin ‘07 and Madeline Cronin ‘05

know all sorts of people, and to be more proactive and extroverted in my friendships. Worst thing: Being away from my family on holidays and missing out on other gatherings. Erin Deneen ‘07 U.S. College and Major: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA; English International School: Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey

Biggest surprise: The gender inequities. In Ghana, a woman’s worth is determined by her fertility. Women run the markets and appear to be the backbone of the economy, yet their access to banking and investments is minimal; also, woman are denigrated by the practice of polygamy, witchcraft (voodoo), laws of inheritance, and the emphasis on educating males vs. females. Best thing: I have never been more aware of my race, nationality, social background, and ethnocentric tendencies than when I was in Ghana. Daily challenges included washing laundry by hand; no internet, TV, or electricity; the fear of contracting malaria; and constant water outages. I gained a real appreciation for how fortunate we as Americans are, and how much we take things for granted. I also realize more than ever before that education is the only sustainable way to achieve growth and change.

Dates of Study: Spring 2010

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Other Cities/Countries and/or NWC Alums Visited: I was unable to visit him, but Lukas Walsh ’08 was in Ghana during the same time I was, volunteering at God’s Eye Orphanage in Nkwanta. Travel in Ghana is quite difficult… but I was able to travel extensively throughout the country.

Worst thing: I grew immensely even from the most difficult situations I faced. Perhaps the most eye-opening experience was when I went to Accra to visit a friend who was hospitalized with malaria. Ghana lacks basic and adequate medical equipment, Jen Horn ‘07

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facilities, and medical personnel. When a doctor hands a patient a piece of newspaper to wipe off blood after a blood test, you know there’s a problem. Molly McCormack ‘07 U.S. College and Major: Fordham University, Bronx, NY; International Political Economy (Global Business Track), with minors in Business Administration and Spanish International School: l’Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (part of Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Barcelona, Spain Dates of Study: Fall 2009 Other Cities/Countries and/or NWC Alums Visited: Mallorca, Munich, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Brussels, and throughout Catalunya; I met with Liam Cronin ’07 in Leuven, Belgium Biggest surprise: That I could become so emotionally involved in FC Barca so quickly. Best thing: My experience really taught me to be aware of every experience, to acknowledge it, and to be grateful for it. Worst thing: I got really sick for a couple of weeks, and had to take the metro to go to the doctor. On my way back, I passed out. When I woke up, the people around me were speaking in Catalan, which I don’t understand. Fortunately, the next stop was mine; a friend met me and walked me home. It was difficult for me (and for my mom!) for me to be so sick so far away.

Katherine Molloy ‘11

Margaret Molloy ‘07 U.S. College and Major: College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA; English International School: Mansfield College, Oxford University, Oxford, England Dates of Study: Junior Year, 2009-10 Other Cities/Countries and/or NWC Alums Visited: Sweden, Salzburg, Vienna, Bratislava, Prague, Munich, France, Istanbul; within the UK: Salisbury, Bournemouth, London; I stayed with Erin Deneen ‘07 in Istanbul and with Sarah Schwartz ‘07 in Dijon, France. Biggest Surprise: I did not realize before how strongly political history affects contemporary ideas and social structures. In the UK, traces of the old class system still influence the social climate and what citizens expect of their government. I now have a better appreciation of how the absence of a formalized aristocracy in U.S. history has positively influenced contemporary American attitudes toward class and social mobility. Best thing: Studying abroad taught me that there is plenty to do in your own backyard. During my senior year, I hope to leave Worcester more than in the past and explore more of the Northeast. There’s so much to see in the world – but it’s not all in Europe! Worst thing: Too much to do and see! I wish I had traveled more in the UK beyond Oxford and London. I am already planning a return trip. But Oxford offered so much (on top of a ton of schoolwork) that I never felt the need to leave during term time. I guess the worst part was one of the best.

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NEWS FROM 29 WAMP New England Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Includes Four from NWC The Northwest Catholic community was well-represented at the prestigious New England Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Mohegan Sun in October 2009. Stephen Balkun ’74, principal of St. Timothy Middle School, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding basketball career at Northwest Catholic. A member of NWC’s 1973 State Championship team, Balkun played for legendary coach Charlie Larson and still holds the school record of 44 points and 33 rebounds in a single game. He went on to a stellar basketball career at Fairfield University, and was inducted into that school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. In March 2010, he was also inducted into NWC’s Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame (see inside back cover). He lives in West Hartford with his wife, Anita, and their three sons: Mark Balkun ’03, Stephen Balkun ’05, and Nicholas Balkun ’08.

time religion faculty and also works as a part-time NWC Advancement officer. He and his wife Cathleen Fox Laffi n ’77 have three sons: Michael Laffi n ’11, Matthew Laffi n ’13, and Stephen Laffi n, a student at St. Timothy Middle School. Jack Phelan ’72, the Director of Athletics at Farmington High School, was inducted in recognition of his achievements at St. Thomas More School, which he attended after NWC. A graduate of St. Francis College, he was the men’s basketball coach at the University of Hartford from 1981-92. Phelan is a member of the fi rst class of athletes ever inducted into NWC’s Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame. He lives in West Hartford with his wife, Patricia, and their three sons.

Harlan H. “Bud” Beckerman, the late grandfather of Mary Beckerman ’10 and Haleigh Beckerman ’12, was honored posthumously as Outstanding Fan, in honor of his lifelong devotion to the UConn Huskies Men’s Basketball Program. Fran Laffi n, longtime NWC religion teacher, was inducted in recognition of his remarkable D2 playing career at St. Michael’s College in VT, where he enrolled after graduating from South Catholic High School in 1970. As St. Mike’s all-time leading scorer (2,005 points), Laffi n is the only player in school history to score more than 2,000 points. His tremendous accomplishments garnered him numerous collegiate athletic awards and a spot in St. Michael’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988. His jersey, #45, has been retired. After earning a B.A. in History, Laffi n moved to Holland, where he played professional basketball from 1974-76. He became a part-time religion teacher at NWC in 1987, while working as Director of Residential Services for Catholic Charities. He also earned his Master’s in Pastoral Ministry from Saint Joseph College. After retiring from Catholic Charities in 2009, Laffi n joined NWC’s full-

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NWC Students Win Local Oratorical Contests Three Northwest Catholic students – Joel Adifon ’10, Jonathon Osman ’12, and Luke Pelton ’10 – distinguished themselves in two different oratorical contests this past Winter. Joel came in fi rst and Jonathon came in third in the Sixth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Young People’s Oratorical Contest sponsored by Beta Sigma Lambda, the Hartford-area chapter of the international Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. The boys had to complete public speaking workshops, mentoring sessions, and preliminary qualifying rounds to become eligible for the fi nal round of the contest, which was held

Luke Pelton ’10 on Jan. 9, 2010. The theme of the speeches was “Faith’s Role in the Life of Today’s Youth.” Joel won a $3,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a trophy, while Jonathon earned a $1,000 bond. Later that week, on Jan. 13, Luke Pelton was named the runner-up in the American Legion’s Constitutional Speech Contest. He delivered two speeches that evening, one on the Second Amendment and the other on the topic of amending the Constitution. Luke won a $300 U.S. Savings Bond and an American Legion Certificate of Appreciation.

Jonathon Osman ’12 (left) and Joel Adifon ‘10

Former Faculty Luncheon It’s become a beloved Northwest Catholic tradition: Each Winter, former NWC faculty and staff members are treated to a reunion lunch in the Navin Room, and the sounds of conversation and laughter rival those coming from students down the hall in the Navin Cafeteria! The guests at this year’s luncheon, held on Jan. 14, 2010, were (seated from left) Lori Fuller, Barbara Keenan, Pat Lynch, Lorraine Florio-Olson, Mary Louise Roland, and Janice Maluccio, and (standing from left) Ruth Wolfson, Mitzi Conlon, Lee Callahan, Ron Ferri, Ed Noonan, John Shukie, Dan Carney, Kathleen O’Neill Reilly, and Joan Kane.

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NWC Musicians Win Highest Award in School History at Berklee Jazz Festival Northwest Catholic musicians made school history at the prestigious Berklee Jazz Festival in Boston, MA on Mar. 13, by bringing home the highest award ever won by a NWC jazz ensemble. Guided by Band Director Ray Sinclair, the Thursday Night Jazz Band placed third in Division V, which featured schools from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Los Angeles, CA. (In 2008, this group had received honorable mention.)

Band director Ray Sinclair (far left) poses with the members of NWC’s award-winning Thursday Night Jazz Band after the Berklee Jazz Festival competition in Boston, MA.

In addition, Dillon Bowen ‘11, John Fitzpatrick ‘11, and Jordan Greenberg ’11 earned Judges’ Choice soloist awards. Greenberg was also recognized individually during the Festival’s fi nal awards ceremony as an outstanding soloist on acoustic

bass in the Thursday Night Jazz Band. A bonus of the third-place fi nish is that three NWC students received partial scholarships to the Berklee Summer Jazz Camp.

Guess Who Came to Lunch? Hartford Priests Return to High School – for a Day

By Lenora Sumsky The Catholic Transcript Reprinted with permission from The Catholic Transcript

It had been quite a while since Rev. John P. McHugh attended a high school algebra class. But he and several other priests went back to school on Monday, Feb. 8, as part of an annual event hosted by Northwest Catholic. For decades, the school has hosted an annual luncheon for the Archbishop and the priests from its students’ parishes. This year–which Pope Benedict XVI has dedicated to priests– they decided to try something new. In addition to the traditional luncheon, the school invited the priests to come early and accompany one of their parishioners to class before lunch. “We thought it would be nice to do something a little different because it’s the Year for Priests,” said Principal/Chief Administrator Margaret Williamson. “[Our goal was] to help engage them a little bit more with the school and the students.” “I hadn’t been to a high school class since I was [actually] in high school,” said the 69-year-old Fr. McHugh, Pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Collinsville. For other priests, it hadn’t been quite that long ago. Rev. James Leary, Pastor of St. Peter Claver Parish in West Hartford, and Rev.

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Mary Frailey ’10 shares a book with her pastor, Rev. James Leary of St. Peter Claver Church in West Hartford, when he sat in on the HILL class during his visit to NWC.

Lawrence Bock, Pastor of Holy Spirit Church in Newington, previously taught at Northwest Catholic. Fr. Leary joined parishioner Mary Frailey ’10 in her HILL class. Fr. Bock and Msgr. Douglas Clancy, Pastor of St. Brigid Parish in West Hartford, sat in on a calculus class. “It was a lot of fun,” said Joel Adifon ‘10, who sat near the priests. “[Monsignor Clancy] was cracking jokes the whole time. He’s a very funny guy.” T H E M AG A Z I N E O F N O R T H W E S T C AT H O L I C

Between class and lunch, the priests gathered with their student parishioners in the gym for group discussions. “Fr. John McHugh from St. Ann Church in Avon had a circle of [about a] dozen students. He was talking to them and trying to educate them on the support parishes contribute to schools. He was trying to share the kind of information that helps them understand that the Church supports Catholic education. It’s not separate,” said Mrs. Williamson.


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“Ash Girl” – Cinderella With a Twist Kerri Alexander ’10 (left) was the wicked stepmother, and Kate Molloy ’11 (center) and Darci Hughes ’11 the evil stepsisters in “Ash Girl,” a modern interpretation of the childhood classic, “Cinderella,” staged by the NWC Dramateurs in the Mortensen Theater from Dec. 4-6, 2009. The play, written by Timberlake Wertenbaker and produced and directed by NWC Director of Theater Sara Avery, chronicled Ash Girl’s struggle against the seven deadly sins, depicted by the despicable woodland creatures Slothworm, Angerbird, Envysnake, Gluttontoad, Pridefly, Greedmonkey, and Lust. In the title role, Kristin Tomaiuolo ’10 found the confidence she needed to make her own “happily ever after” with Prince Amir, played by Andrew Hull ’10. The character of Sadness, who tempted Ash Girl to despair and suicide, was movingly portrayed by Rosa Park ’11.

Dramateurs’ costumer Teresa Allen, mother of Lauren Allen ’04, Megan Allen ’06, and Shannon Allen ‘11, worked her magic once again, artfully melding literal and figurative aspects of each character into the outfits she created. The sets – made of industrial metals and ethereal fabrics, thanks to Technical Director Rorie Fitzsimons and Jerry Gillespie, father of Sarah Gillespie ’13 and husband of NWC Director of Campus Ministry Kristi Gillespie – transported the audience to a forest that was at once enchanted and haunted.

Urged by Student Council, NWC Responds to Need for Blood Did you know that: • Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. • Only 8% of Americans who could give blood actually do so. • One person can donate up to six times per year. • Only 30% of the people who give blood once will ever give it again. To cultivate a new (and consistent) generation of blood donors, Northwest Catholic’s Student Council joined forces with the American Red Cross and sponsored two successful on-campus blood drives during the 2009-10 school year. This was the second year in a row that NWC held two drives.

up their sleeves and give blood. Students who are 17 years old and meet other Red Cross criteria are permitted to donate. Those who could not give blood gave of themselves in other ways – baking and donating snacks and beverages, organizing and escorting donors, and generally promoting the blood drives.

Led by Mary Beckerman ’10, Bridget Daly ’10, Patrick Graham ’11, Patrick Kearney ’10, and Amanda Tronchin ’11, the NWC Student Council persuaded faculty, staff, parents, and friends to roll

A total of 104 pints of blood was collected at the November 2009 and March 2010 blood drives at NWC – enough to save 312 lives!

Don’t miss it! This year’s SNL will be on Sat., Nov. 20, 6:30pm-midnight. E-mail jleary@nwcath.org for tickets, information, or to become a sponsor, patron, or Silent Auction donor.

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Unexpected Bequest Enriches Shugrue Scholarship Fund When Anne F. Satriano, RN, passed away in February 2008, she left a remarkable legacy: a gift of nearly $100,000 to the Rev. John T. and Mary G. Shugrue Scholarship Fund at Northwest Catholic. Born in Hartford in 1930, Ms. Satriano graduated from Bulkeley High School and the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing. A resident of West Hartford since 1947, she was one of the founding members of St. Peter Claver Parish, where she became devoted to Fr. Shugrue, who was its founding pastor and served there for 22 years. Ms. Satriano was a member of NWC’s Heritage Society, which means that she had made a bequest to Northwest Catholic in her will (although this was not known to NWC until after her death). She wished for her gift to be allocated to the Rev. John T. and Mary G. Shugrue Scholarship, established at NWC in 1988 by St. Peter Claver parishioners to honor Fr. Shugrue’s commitment to education. (In 2006, after a bequest from the estate of Fr. Shugrue’s sister, Mary, the scholarship was renamed in honor of the siblings.) Predeceased by her parents, Fred and Mary Kilray Satriano, Anne Satriano is survived by an aunt, Fran Satriano, many cousins, and her dear friends Elaine Cashman and Richard, Marilyn, and Cynthia Duncan.

Northwest Catholic Heritage Society The NWC Heritage Society comprises those people who have made, or intend to make, a gift to Northwest Catholic through a will bequest or other estate planning vehicle.They have agreed to let us publish their names for the benefit of the Society. We would be pleased to know of others who have made this provision, or who would like to discuss planned giving opportunities; please contact Advancement Officer Colby Thresher (860-236-4221, x156 or cthresher@nwcath.org). Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bourret (AP) † Maureen Dennehy (Former Faculty) Rev. Henry C. Frascadore (Former President) Susan and Frank Genovese ‘65 John and Barbara Ginnetti (AP, GP) † Martha Johnson (Friend) Philip F. Kelly (AP, GP) Jean Lam (Friend) Jay Luby ‘69 Katherine and William Murphy ‘67 † Anne F. Satriano (Friend) Dennis P. Sullivan (AP) Colby and Anita Thresher (AP) † Deceased :: AP Alumni Parent :: GP Grandparent

KUDOS TO... • The Class of ’12, which collected over $1,900 in the annual Sophomore Class Turkey Drive for families in need. This year’s drive brought in nearly $600 more than last year’s. • Maggie Clapis ’10, Shannon Crawford ’11, and Darci Hughes ’11, who were invited by the Canton Artists’ Guild to exhibit their artwork at the Gallery on the Green in Canton, CT – part of the Guild’s celebration of emerging talent in area high schools. • Spencer Young ’10, who was accepted to the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security. Spencer joined other young leaders from around the country in Washington, D.C. over five days in February 2010 at this year’s forum, entitled “Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense.” • Savannah Gaston ’13 and Rosa Park ’11, who had the highest scores at NWC on the American Math Contest Exam 10 and 12, respectively. NWC has participated in this exam for over 20 years, and this February, 179 honors math students took the test. • Maggie Clapis ’10, Abby Johnson ’11, Nate Lombard Poirot ’10, and Luisantonio Rosado ’11, who contributed artwork to the Collaborative Center for Justice’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration. Inspired by the theme “Seeking the Common Good,” the students produced artwork that was displayed as part of the celebration.

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• Global Awareness Club members Gabrielle Foster-Bey ’13 and Simone Foster-Bey ’11, who traveled with Moderator Claudia Hart to West Haven, CT, in September 2009 to clean a portion of the beach near Sandy Point. In conjunction with the group Save the Sound, participants record and keep statistics about the trash they pick up; the NWC group collected more than 2,000 pieces of trash. • NWC Faculty and Staff members with at least 15 years of service to NWC, who were honored at the NWC Christmas party in December 2009. Receiving pins (and gratitude) were Marilyn Adamo, Sue Brimmer, and Joan Keating-McKeon (15 years), Nancy Scully Bannon ’73, Kristi Gillespie, and Barbara Fanning Iorillo ’69 (20 years); and Scott Fletcher and Dave Woodford (25 years). • Athletic Director Josh Reese ‘95, who is a member of the Quest Class of 2010, a program offered by Leadership Greater Hartford. This leadership development program brings together promising leaders from the Greater Hartford area. The 11-month program consists of workshops and team projects that address pressing community needs. • Kayla Maciejewski ‘10, who appeared as a backup dancer in “The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience” at Mohegan Sun in December 2009. The live action, pyrotechnical, laser-light spectacular was performed to a packed house. T H E M AG A Z I N E O F N O R T H W E S T C AT H O L I C

• NWC Faculty who were honored for at least 10 years of service in the Archdiocese of Hartford, at the Catholic Educator’s Conference in October 2009; the honorees were Allison Donnelly, Paul Fitzpatrick, Mary Jo Foran, and Yvonne Ellis-Rousseau (10 years); Timothy Crowley and Betsy Quinn (15 years); Rev. Edward Moran (30 years); and Jim Shugrue (40 years). • Danté Jeanfelix ’11 and Darci Hughes ’11, who were the winner and runner-up, respectively, of NWC’s Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. Dante went on to compete in the state competition on Mar. 16, 2010. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the competition encourages students to learn about poetry through performance and recitation. • The 63 students (57 juniors and 6 seniors) who were inducted into NWC’s Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society. To be invited to membership in NHS, students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.33 or better, demonstrate character and leadership, and give of themselves in service to their school, parish, or town community. For a complete list of this year’s inductees, visit www.northwestcatholic. org/academics/recognitionof honorsstudents. “The National Honor Society is about so much more than just grades,” said Principal/Chief Administrator Margaret Williamson. “It is a way to help educate the whole student and reinforce the importance of making a difference in the world.”


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Kelly Gilhooly ’10 was named one of the 2010 “Stars for Kids” by the West Hartford Kiwanis Club and Kiwanis Foundation, in recognition of the countless hours she has volunteered in the service of children. The daughter of Justin and Ellen Shea Gilhooly ’84 of Bloomfield, Kelly said she “was really surprised and really excited”

when she learned she would be one of nine people honored at the ceremony in January 2010. “I’ve never won something like this before.” In addition to volunteering as an assistant coach for the St. Timothy Middle School Cross Country and Boys’ Basketball teams, she has also volunteered at a 4H camp.

Veterans’ Day Panel In honor of Veterans’ Day 2009, Principal/Chief Administrator Margaret Williamson and Social Studies Chairman Paul Fitzpatrick (right) invited a panel of distinguished veterans to share their insights and experiences with NWC students in a schoolwide assembly in the Rice Auditorium. The panelists were (from left) Captain Michael Critz ’71, U.S. Navy (Retired), a helicopter pilot with 30 years of experience on ships, as the commander of a helicopter squadron, as the commander of the Naval ROTC program at the University of Arizona, and as a professor at the Naval War College in Newport, where he still teaches following retirement from active duty; John Mastro ’68, who served with the National Security Agency in Thailand and in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, earning the Air Medal and the Bronze Medal with the “V” device for valor following four years of active and nine years of Army reserve duty; and Senior Master Sergeant Scott Pearsall, a 33-year veteran of Special Operations Service from Vietnam to Iraq.The father of Jacob Pearsall ’08, he was also awarded the Bronze Medal with the “V” device for valor and now works for the Connecticut Air National Guard at Bradley International Airport.

Emily Desmarais ’12 was the model for this stunning sculpture, “Moment of Grace,” created by Andrew DeVries, who owns an art gallery in the Berkshires. DeVries has been drawing and sculpting dancers for more than 30 years, and this piece was commissioned by a couple from Florida who had admired a similar one. Through a mutual friend, Emily – a long time ballerina – was chosen to pose for this artwork, which was unveiled in December 2009. It now resides in a private collection in Florida.

Moment of Grace © 2009, sculptor: Andrew DeVries

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First Honors Every Time

It’s no mean feat to earn First Honors at Northwest Catholic – it requires a gradepoint average of at least 3.67. It’s especially hard to earn an invite to NWC’s twiceannual Honors Breakfasts, which are open only to students who make First Honors for an entire semester (that is, the grades from two quarters plus exams). Each Spring,

administrators recognize that elite group of students who attended every Honors Breakfast possible during their NWC years; these 23 students from the Class of ’10 are pictured above. They are (from left) Alexander Picciano, Devon Soucier, William Reed, Ryan Thompson, Meghan McGuire, Kelsey Marakovits, Madeleine Livingston, Luke

Pelton, Nathaniel Lombard Poirot, Merideth Lathrop, James Italia, Joseph McAndrews, Mary Frailey, John Healey, Meghan Feeney, Faith Gilbert, Joel Adifon, Caroline Garger, Michael Freund, Caileen Christina, Michael Deneen, Jei Cho, and Nicholas Calitri.

NWC Student Helps to Foster Ties Between U.S. and African Communities You could say that Colleen Fitzgerald ’10 spent Christmas 2009 a long way from her home in Granby, CT: She and her parents, Michael and Bendu Quenah Fitzgerald, were in Liberia, West Africa, from Dec. 15, 2009 through Jan. 7, 2010. Then again, you could also say that Colleen had gone “home” for the first time since she was four years old – that is, home to the continent where her mother grew up and where her grandmother and many other relatives still live. The Fitzgeralds’ trip was for more than just a family reunion, though. They were in Liberia to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the brand-new Sumo Layporlor School in rural Juwei, which was Mrs. Fitzgerald’s village. More than 400 people from nearby villages, as well as Liberian government and education officials, attended the ceremony. Construction is being funded by the Sumo Layporlor Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charity based in the U.S. that is working to construct and equip new schools, improve access to education, and facilitate cross-cultural exchanges between American and African students. The Fitzgeralds are an integral part of the Foundation, and Colleen is the Youth Leader for the group. At Northwest, she has organized fundraising efforts to buy supplies

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Colleen Fitzgerald ’10 plays a Liberian instrument during a groundbreaking ceremony in December 2009 for a school in rural Juwei, Liberia.

for the Liberian students, and she plans to remain actively involved in the Foundation even after she enrolls at Bates College in the Fall.

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ADVANCEMENT NEWS Ana Barrett, NWC Benefactors Honored at Founders’ Circle Dinner “Education is about much more than what goes on in the classroom,” said Principal/Chief Administrator Margaret Williamson at the Founders’ Circle Dinner on Oct. 7, 2009, as she prepared to announce the winner of the Dr. Michael S. Griffin Teaching Chair Award. “In her 39 years at Northwest Catholic, this year’s honoree has inspired thousands of young people to be the best that they can be,” she smiled, as she invited World Languages Department Chair Ana Barrett to the podium to receive her award. Named for the former President of Northwest Catholic, the Dr. Griffin Teaching Chair Award has been given just once before, to NWC History Teacher Ron Swanson in 2007. The recipient is chosen by the NWC faculty, who are asked to nominate a peer who best

Principal/Chief Administrator Margaret Williamson and former NWC President Dr. Michael Griffin congratulate veteran NWC Spanish teacher Ana Barrett, the recipient of the Dr. Michael S. Griffin Teaching Chair Award.

exemplifies Dr. Griffin’s extraordinary contributions to NWC as well as his or her own unique contributions to the school’s mission, values, and ideals. In addition to honoring an excellent educator, the Founders’ Circle Dinner is also an occasion for celebrating Northwest Catholic’s most generous Advancement Officer Colby benefactors – namely, those Thresher (right) thanks longtime who gave $1,000 or more to NWC benefactor William S. Fenothe Northwest Catholic Fund glio, the retired Chief Executive Officer of The Barnes Group, for during the prior fiscal year. his many years of support. This year’s event included a very special guest: William Fenoglio, the retired Chief Executive Officer of The Barnes Group, who has become one of NWC’s most devoted friends. A graduate of a Catholic high school in his native Indiana, Fenoglio “adopted” Northwest Catholic after his own alma mater closed. Believing in the value of Catholic education and wishing to help make it more accessible, he contributed tens of thousands of dollars to NWC over the past 12 years, establishing and funding scholarships for students who would otherwise not be able to attend. He also served two three-year terms on the NWC School Board. Fenoglio has returned to his home state in his retirement, but accepted the invitation to come East for the 2009 Founders’ Circle Dinner, so his years of service and support to NWC could be recognized.

Saturday Night Live Is Another Smash Hit

The 26th annual Saturday Night Live–held on Sat., Nov. 21, 2009– was another smashing success! Organized by repeat Co-Chairs Gail Riley and Carol Ciotto, dozens of parent and alumni volunteers worked their magic once again, transforming the halls of Northwest Catholic into an entertainment center par excellence. In addition to perennial favorites like the Sports Bar, the Starlight Café, and the Silent Auction, this year’s event included newcomers like Little Italy and Blower Ball. Net profits totaled $31,582. Mark your calendars: The 27th annual Saturday Night Live is scheduled for Saturday, November 20, 2010. T H E M AG A Z I N E O F N O R T H W E S T C AT H O L I C

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Generous Donations Help Give Music Room a Facelift Flanked by current parent Bill Hardy (left) and Ryan Attianese ’92, Principal/Chief Administrator Margaret Williamson cut the ribbon on Northwest Catholic’s new and improved Music Room, which was unveiled and blessed by school chaplain Rev. Joseph Crowley on Nov. 3, 2009. NWC musicians provided the entertainment (and parent volunteers provided the refreshments) at a reception following the dedication. The renovation – which included new risers, paint, carpet, air conditioning, and spacious new instrument storage lockers – was made possible thanks to generous donations from Hardy’s company, FIP Construction, as well as Attianese’s family’s company, Commercial Flooring Concepts, and Acoustics, Inc., of which School Board member and current and alumni parent Dan Filomeno is president.

Patricia Walsh is Named New Director of Advancement Patricia Walsh, a longtime executive in the retail industry as well as a Northwest Catholic alumni parent, became NWC’s new Director of Advancement on Jan. 4, 2010.

cepted this position,” said Principal/Chief Administrator Margaret Williamson. “She is very familiar with the school, and her talents are particularly suited to our needs at this time.”

Walsh, a resident of West Simsbury, has more than 30 years of experience in marketing and retail management, including 18 years as a Vice President and Store Manager for Macy’s and Filene’s/G. Fox. She and her husband, Bill, have two sons: Devin Walsh ’06 and Lukas Walsh ’08.

An honors graduate of Rutgers University, Walsh grew up in New Jersey. She and her family belong to St. Catherine of Siena Parish in West Simsbury.

She manages the Advancement team that coordinates fundraising, reunions, and other special events, with a particular focus on shepherding the school through the 50th anniversary celebration in 2011-12. “We are very pleased that Mrs. Walsh has ac-

Freshman Toy Drive Helped the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Posing with some of the “loot” they were about to transport to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, class officers (from left) Sadie Martinez, Isabella Post, Amanda Waltman, and Dan Lusardi beam with pleasure at the success of the Freshman Class Toy Drive. Moderator Beth Casey Boyle ’96 estimates that more than 300 students, faculty, and staff made contributions to the drive, filling an SUV and another car to the gills. “We practically restocked the sorting warehouse (at the hospital), where we dropped them off,” Mrs. Boyle said. “Given the economy, I thought we did pretty well!”

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“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the Northwest Catholic community as its Director of Advancement,” Walsh said. “I am privileged to be working with our exceptional Advancement team to achieve the Northwest Catholic Fund goals and superbly execute our many events, ensuring that NWC maintains its fine reputation as an institution where students excel in the classroom, on the playing fields, in the arts, and in service to others.”


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Family, Friends Rally to Endow Nora O’Brien ’82 Memorial Scholarship In the days following Nora O’Brien’s sudden death in April 2009, her friends and family decided that although her earthly life ended way too soon, her spirit would live on. Just six months later, to coincide with her Oct. 2 birthday, they launched the Nora E. O’Brien ’82 Memorial Scholarship Fund at Northwest Catholic, with the intention of offering fi nancial assistance to “a deserving junior or senior with fi nancial need who embodies the creative, athletic, and personal attributes of Nora O’Brien” (see accompanying fl ier). The scholarship committee – spearheaded by Kip Parker ’82, Kath Stovall Jordan ’82, Teresa Mobilio Toomey ’82, and Liz Dougherty Davis ’82 – set an ambitious goal: to raise $25,000 (the amount required to endow a scholarship) by June 1, 2010. As is often the case, donations came in steadily at fi rst, but when they began to taper off, the committee decided a jump-start was needed to push the fund over the $25,000 mark. So they planned a party – just the kind of party that Nora herself would have loved, they agreed. Held at The Prospect Café in West Hartford on Friday, Mar. 26, 2010, the event was a casual evening with light appetizers, a cash bar, and lots of fundraising options, including a silent auction, raffles, and a 50/50. Committee members said they were overwhelmed by the tremendous generosity of all those who donated items, purchased tickets, bid in the auction, and made outright contributions. It was a true celebration of all things Nora from those who loved her.

About 150 people squeezed their way into the party, talking and laughing and reminiscing; by the end of the night, nearly $14,000 had been raised – easily pushing the scholarship fund over its $25,000 goal. In a thank you note to those who supported the effort, the scholarship committee shared the following thoughts: “Overwhelming gratitude fi lls our hearts as we write this letter today. On March 26, the Nora O’Brien Scholarship surpassed the $25,000 mark, endowing this fund for Northwest Catholic. Nora continues to bring out the best in people. The generosity and kindness we have witnessed over the past six months is incredible. So many people gave their time, their talents and their resources to build this tribute to Nora. It is an awesome compliment to our friend. All of us knew great things were in store for our friend Nora. She was intelligent, compassionate, friendly to everyone, loved to have a good time, was a fierce competitor, had a strong moral compass, was a gifted athlete, and recognized the importance of giving back. Many of these qualities were cultivated during our days at Northwest Catholic High School, and for this, we are honored to establish a scholarship fund to celebrate Nora. This scholarship will ensure that future students have the same opportunities we did: access to an exceptional Catholic education and the chance to form lasting friendships.”

Contributions to the Nora E. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship Fund may still be made by sending a check to Patricia Walsh, NWC Director of Advancement, NWC, 29 Wampanoag Drive, West Hartford, CT 06117, or on-line at www.northwestcatholic.org (click on Give to NWC button on home page, and note that the gift is for the Nora O’Brien Scholarship Fund). T H E M AG A Z I N E O F N O R T H W E S T C AT H O L I C

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BY JOSHUA REESE, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

FROM THE DESK OF

JOSHUA REESE ’95 Fall 2009 Sometimes, it’s just your time! And so it was for Northwest Catholic in the Fall of 2009 – a season that truly will go down in school history.

Winter 2010 First it was the Hartford County Conference. Then the Northwest Conference. Now, it’s the Central Connecticut Conference. No matter where we play, or against whom, Northwest Catholic athletes bring a proud tradition of excellence to the court, the pool, the track, or the ice every time they play. In the historic Winter 2010 sports season, our perennial powerhouses maintained their stature – but they were joined by some of the “newer kids on the block,” as well.

SOCCER The clock never struck midnight on this year’s Cinderella story, the Girls’ Soccer team. In his third year at the helm, Head Coach Todd Sadler (CCC West Coach of the Year) led a talented squad to an 18-2-1 record and NWC’s first Class M State Championship. Records fell like dominos with the remarkable play of Alex Iovine ’10 (MVP, All-State, AllConference, School Records for Single-Season Assists, Single-Season Points, and Career Assists), Anne Higgins ’13 (2nd Team AllConference, Freshman Goal Record), and goalie Rebecca Sierejko ’12 (12 shutouts). Captain Mary Beckerman ’10, Colleen Fitzgerald ‘10, Captain Mary Frailey ’10, Captain Chelsea Mencio ’10, Grace Quinn ‘10, Captain Devon Soucier ’10 (1st Team All-Conference) were the backbone of the most successful team in school history. Returning stars Regan Bosnyak ‘11, Julia Mansolillo ‘11, Elizabeth Olszewski ’11, Caroline Carew ‘12, Madeline Domingo ‘12, Lindsay Koss ‘12, Morgan Mencio ‘12, Emma Kate Mortillaro ‘12, Colleen Riley ‘12, Jessica Fontaine ’13 (1st Team All-Conference), Catherine Higgins ‘13, and Emily Kearney ‘13 will help to make NWC a formidable power in the CCC West next year.

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The 2009 Girls’ Soccer Team – State Champs!

Head Coach Terry Phillip’s Boys’ Soccer team battled bravely against schools two and three times our size in the newly reconfigured CCC. The boys left their hearts on the field every time, dropping several contests by one goal late in the game. Finishing with an overall record of 4-11-1, the Indians were led by Captain Zack Boorman ’10, Connor Deneen ’10 (Coaches Award), James Italia ’10, Captain Patrick Kearney ’10 (MVP), Ryan McCue ‘10, Ben Paine ’10, Alex Picciano ‘10, James Sands ‘10, Captain Ryan Siegel ’10 (All-State, All-Conference), and Tony Whalen ‘10. The battle-tested underclassmen – including Jordan Daniel ‘11,

Michal Kucharz ‘11, Cory Christina ‘12, Jack Ferrell ‘12, Nicholas Italia ‘12, Alex Mortillaro ‘12, Ryan Strid ’12, Evan Fox ‘13, and Alejandro Tobon ’13 – will be making some noise next year in the CCC West.

FOOTB ALL The Fall 2009 Football season may be remembered as the best ever for Northwest Catholic: The team made it farther than any team before, trouncing perennial powerhouse Ansonia High School 24-0 in the CIAC State Semifinal game in a packed Brewer Field, before eventually losing to Hyde Leadership in the State Championship game. Head Coach Mike

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Tyler ’73 and his talented squad – which included Nick Calitri ’10 (Captain, All-Conference, MVP), Yun Jei Cho ‘10, Alex Filomeno’10 (AllConference), James Hallinan ‘10, Jack Hayes ’10 (Captain, All-State, All-Conference), John Healey ‘10, Christopher Knight ‘10, Captain Jack Murphy ’10, Kevin O’Toole ‘10 (All-Conference), Gershawn Richam-Odoi ’10 (All-State, AllConference), Justin Strid ’10 (Captain, All-State, All-Conference), Ted Terrion ‘10 (All-Conference, Coaches Award), Lucas Tyler ’10 (All-Conference), Ben Van Schaack ’10, Matthew Visintainer ‘10, and Timothy Waltman ‘10 – finished the year with an overall record of 10-2. A strong returning core of veterans, including Ras Morgan ‘11, Tyler Calitri ‘12, Maleek Riley ‘12, and Nicholas Gaynor ’13, should create a formidable power in the Division III section of the CCC.

Charles ‘10, Morgan Green ‘10, Haley Heslin ‘10, and Uju Nwankwo ’10. Coach Douglas remains excited about the future, knowing that standouts Katherine Beaule ‘12, Mary Deneen ‘12, Grace Hallinan ‘12, and Taylor Selig ’12 will be returning to the squad.

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Brian Poirier ‘12 (left) and Dan Huehner ‘10

‘10, Dan Huehner ‘10, Alden Jasper ‘10, Ryan Juliano ‘10, Captain Eric Kennedy ’10, Ryan Kirk ’10, Captain Luke Pelton ’10, and Spencer Young ’10 helped a very young squad to an overall record of 3-8 in the powerful CCC West Division. On the Girls’ side, Head Coach Scott Fletcher pushed a determined squad to a record of 3-7, assisted by superstar Christine Smith ’10 (MVP), Lauren Rosano ’10 (Coaches Award), and Captain Caroline Garger ’10. Coaches Fletcher and Rich Luddy are very excited about the talent of returning runners Jack Peterson ’12, Brian Poirier ’12, Katie Vignati ’11, and Kelly Yorio ’11, among others.

Moe Mitsch ‘10

FIELD HOCKEY Head Coach Bill Mullady ’66 took the reins of the Field Hockey team from his daughter Jill Mullady, who became Head Girls’ Lacrosse Coach at Post University. The young and talented group finished with an overall record of 2-12 in the highly competitive CCC. Captain Erika Duenas ’10, Gabriela Marandino ‘10, Meghan McGuire ‘10, and Captain Maureen Mitsch ’10 set a great example for the younger players. Kathleen O’Hara ’11 (MVP), Shannon Crawford ’11 (Coaches Award), Kathleen McCormack ’12, and Cathleen Collins ’12 (All-Conference) are among the strong returning players who promise to be extremely competitive next year.

Head Coach Christine Michaud ’97 and Assistant Coach Tina Flannery Scoppetta ’04 dedicated long hours to nurture the skills of a group of gifted young ladies – and they, in turn, provided unconditional (and loud) support for the Football program throughout its historic run into the State playoffs. Captain Virginia Brown ’10, Allison Davis ‘10, Captain Kathryn Hagen ’10 (MVP), Captain Chelsea Morelli ‘10, Gabriella Pabon ‘10, Kaydria Pownall ‘10, and Tiara Tyner ’10 (Coaches Award) led this group that made the NWC community proud all season long.

BOYS’ B ASKETB ALL The magic of legendary Head Coach John Mirabello continued this Winter. In addition to posting his own 400th win (a school record), he also extended the Boys’ Basketball State Tournament qualification streak to 20 straight years – another record. The team was led by the dynamic duo of Captain Julian Harris ’10 (1,000 points, All-State, Academic All-State, All-Conference) and Captain Jordan Lewis ’10 (MVP, All-Time Steals and Assist Leader, All-State 2nd team) combined with Kuran Iverson ’13 (All-State 2nd team, All-Conference). Key contributors to the season record of 22-5 (which locked in a CCC West League Championship) were JC Carr ’11, Tyler Huffman ’12, Captain Tom Bourdon ’10 (Coaches Award), and Taylor Ramos ’10. The returning players will be joined by Tony Seldon ’11 and Zach Lewis ’12, promising a very bright future for Boys’ Basketball.

Logan Lawson ‘12 (#27) and Morgan Green ‘10

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A highlight of the Boys’ Cross Country season was the outstanding performance of a runner who’s known at NWC by one name: Nico! Captain Nico Greco ’10 (MVP, All-State, All-Conference) shattered school records and had one of the best Cross Country seasons in NWC history. Ryan Buckley ‘10, Michael Deneen ‘10, Gus Haflin

Head Coach Pat Douglas ’97 was tremendously optimistic as he stormed into the CCC West this year. Unfortunately, a leg injury to all-purpose star and Captain Meghan Feeney ’10 (2nd Team All-State, All-Conference) contributed to the team’s 5-13 record, despite the determination and leadership of Kaitlyn Cannone ‘10, Camille T H E M AG A Z I N E O F N O R T H W E S T C AT H O L I C

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GIRLS’ B ASKETB ALL Head Coach Karl Herbert’s squad made headlines all season – but especially when they became the first NWC team in school history to be ranked #1 in the state during the regular season. The team was led by starting seniors Captain Jenniqua Bailey ’10 (1,000 points, MVP, New Haven Register 1st Team All-State, All-Conference), Captain Ally Mullings ’10 (AllState, Coaches Award, All-Conference), Captain Uju Nwankwo ’10 (All-Conference), Captain Faith Gilbert ’10 (Academic All-State), and threesport standout Mary Frailey ’10 (Academic AllState). Herbert’s squad tied the school record of 25 wins and locked up the CCC regular and postseason championships before falling to eventual Class L Champion Hillhouse in the Quarterfinals. Herbert said a strong returning group – led by standout Alyssa Reaves ’13 – will surely be a presence in the highly competitive CCC.

ICE HOCKEY Head Coach Don Melanson ’84 and his staff have long memories – and often point out that only three seasons ago, the ice hockey team was 2-18. Now, it’s a different story. The team made

its second consecutive trip to the CIAC Division III Semifinals this year, led by two seniors who destroyed NWC Hockey records along the way. Matt Rode ’10 (Hockey Barn’s CT Player of the Year, MVP, All-State, All-Conference, All-Time Leader for Goals and Points – season and career; 167 career points) Boys 4x200 Relay team members show off their bronze medals at and Zack Boorman ’10 the New England Championship. (From left): Eric Kennedy ‘10, Ryan Siegel ‘10, Trenton Jackson ‘10, and Alden Jasper ‘10 (All-State – 2nd team, All-Conference, Coaches Trenton Jackson ’10 (4x200, All-State, AllAward, career leader in assists, 139 career points) Conference), Alden Jasper ’10 (4x200, All-State, were the catalysts for this phenomenal run. Taylor All-Conference), and Ryan Siegel ’10 (4x200, AllWaybright ’11 (All-Conference, season leader in State, All-Conference, Coaches Award); in addition assists, 103 career points), Captain and goalie to being State Champs, they broke the school Tim Waltman ’10, plus the hard-hitting trio of record in the Sprint Medley Relay, advanced to the Francisco Yao ’10, Phil Kennedy ’10, and Jim New England Championships, and qualified for Fellinger ’10, together completed a fantastic the Nike National Championships for the second career that shattered team records in goals, points, year in a row. Seniors James Benanti ’10, Dan and assists. The team finished 15-4-3 and should Huehner ’10, Brendan Jordan ’10, Chris Jordan be a force to contend with next year in the D-III ’10, Ryan Juliano ’10, Chris Knight ’10, Keelan Tournament.

INDOOR TRACK Head Coach Jeff Przech ’92 had one of the best Indoor Track teams in NWC history this year. Headline-makers included Captain Eric Kennedy ’10 (300M, recordbreaking 4x200 Relay, All-State 4x200, AllConference, MVP), Gus Haflin ’10 (600M), and the record-breaking 4x800 team of Brian Poirier ‘12, Jack Peterson ‘12, Ryan Geelan ’11, and Nico Greco ’10. Greco was also a Captain, holds the record for the 2-Mile, was All-State and All-Conference, and competed in the 3000M and 3200M. The most accomplished sprinting core of NWC athletes included Kennedy, Captain

Some members of the Girls’ Indoor Track team

Ledwidge ’10, Zach McCulloch ’10, Guleid Mohamood ’10, Ben Paine ’10, and Terry Ye ’10 contributed significantly to the team, according to Przech. The Girls’ team had similar success, led by Christine Smith ’10 (300M, 4x400 Record Holder), State Champion Sarah Gillespie ’13 (1000 Record Holder, All-State), and Smith’s 4x400 teammates Megan Baker ’12, Elizabeth Allen ’12, and Jenna Jordano ’13. Camille Charles ’10 (All-Conference) and Captain Kelsey Marakovits ’10 (All-Conference) continued in the footsteps of the fine female NWC throwers who went before them. Captain Nia Harris ’10, Gracie Quinn ’10, and Katie Giblin ’10 also helped to unify and motivate the team.

The Hockey team celebrates its double-overtime victory over Newington-Berlin in the State Quarterfinals

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Swim Team Co-Captains (from left): Ryan Thompson ‘10, Kelsey Sumple ‘10, Taylor FuscoRuiz ‘10, and Michael Deneen ‘10

transition into the NWC athletic program, leading the Swimming and Diving team to a 6-6 record. The Girls placed 2nd in the Splash Classic and 7th in the CIAC State Meets. Records were broken by Robby Kunkel ’11 (50M, 100M Record Holder, All-State, All-Conference, MVP) and the 200 Medley Relay team of Kunkel, Captain Ryan Thompson ’10 (Coaches Award), Captain Michael Deneen ’10, and Gracie Kunkel ’13. Captain Kelsey Sumple ’10, Captain Taylor Fusco-Ruiz ’10, Kaitlyn Cannone ’10, Prayag Faldu ‘10, Meghan Feeney ’10, Kelly Gilhooly ’10, Nathaniel Lombard Poirot ’10, Casey Lynch ’10, Sarah Merkel ’10, Alex Picciano ’10, and Sarah Wizner ’10 made up a strong senior core on the team. With Sam Hug ’12 (All-Conference) and several key swimmers returning next season, the future looks very bright for the NWC program.

WINTER CHEERLEADING Head Coach Christine Michaud ’97 and Assistant Tina Flannery Scoppetta ’04 had their girls prepped and ready not only for the basketball season, but also for a number of cheerleading competitions throughout Connecticut, as well. Captain Virginia Brown ’10 (MVP, All-Conference), Captain Chelsea Morelli ’10 (Coaches Award, All-Conference), Captain Kathryn Hagen ’10, Allison Davis ’10, Gabriella Pabon ’10, Sequoya Patterson ’10, Kaydria Pownall ‘10, and Tiara Tyner ’10 provided great leadership to the younger girls on the squad. With a strong sub-varsity program led by JV Captain Gabrielle Babcock ’13, Captain Victoria Grappone ’11, and Taylor Combs ’11 (All-Conference), NWC’s Cheerleading future is quite promising.

Here we spotlight some Northwest Catholic alums who have gone on to play varsity sports at all levels in college (and beyond); we’d love to know about others, as well! Please send athletic updates (including photos and links to college web sites) to Athletic Director Josh Reese ’95 (jreese@nwcath.org). Brooks Sales ’98 is continuing his professional basketball career in Israel, where he is playing for Ironi Askelton. He’s played in 18 games this season, nearly averaging a “double-double” – 10 points and 8 rebounds per contest. Aaron Jackson ’04 plays for Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye, a professional basketball team in Turkey. Through the first 24 games of the 2010 season, he was averaging 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. Ashley Dibella ’05 had a fantastic career running cross country for Saint Joseph College in West Hartford. In Fall ’09, she was named All-Conference in the Greater Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). Justin Jarvis ’05 played in all 13 of Boston College’s football games last Fall – and started in 12 of them. A wide receiver, he was third on the team in yards (229) and fourth in receptions (18). He had three catches for 47 yards against USC in the Emerald Bowl. Jarvis prepped for a year at Avon Old Farms before enrolling at BC. Robert Dornfried ’07, a kicker for the Holy Cross Crusaders, made seven out of nine field goals and 36 of 37 extrapoint attempts during the 2009 football season. He was the team’s leading scorer (57 points). Dornfried also saw action at punter early in the season, averaging 40.8 yards on 13 punts. An outstanding student, he was named to the Patriot League’s AllAcademic team for the Fall ’09 semester. Jerome Stewart ’07, or “Big Breakfast” as he was affectionately known at NWC, played in 23 games for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute basketball team, which finished 20-7 and qualified for its 5th straight NCAA DIII National Tournament.

NWC’s exuberant Cheerleading squad

Kristina Ciotto ’08 is a standout on the Manhattanville College Women’s Soccer team, which finished the 2009 season with a record of 17-2-1. She was T H E M AG A Z I N E O F N O R T H W E S T C AT H O L I C

named All-Conference (second team) in the Freedom Conference. Kevin Eagan ’08 had an outstanding sophomore season on the Endicott College football team. In addition to earning ECAC Northeast All-Star honors, he was also an All-New England Division III selection, as well as a New England Football Conference All-League selection. Kristina Krupa ’08 is making her mark on the Indoor Track team at Loyola University/Maryland. At the Ursinus Winter Invitational in December 2009, she was part of a 4x200m Relay team that finished in 1:49.89 – a new Loyola record. Competing against the Naval Academy in February 2010, Krupa ran a 400m leg of a Sprint Medley relay in 59.8 seconds, contributing to a team record time of 4:17, which was 7 seconds less than the prior record. Chris Prescott ’08 played in 30 of 32 basketball games for the Hawks of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, sinking 24 three-point field goals during the 200910 season. Paul Vignati ’08 is swimming – and breaking records–for the Royals at the University of Scranton. At the Landmark Conference Championships held at the Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point, NY, in February 2010, Vignati set a school record for the 100 Free with a time of 48.22 seconds. He was also part of the 400 Free Relay that set a new Scranton record of 3:14.32 – a second-place finish at the meet. John Hug ’09, who owns most of NWC‘s Swimming career records, completed a stellar freshman season on Brown University’s Men’s Swim team. In the Ivy League championships, he finished 15th in the 1650 Free finals, with a time of 16:19.08. Ann Ragan Kearns ’09 has competed in every one of the Nittany Lions’ swim meets last year as a member of Penn State’s Swim team. At St. Bonaventure University in October 2009, she finished 2nd in the 200m Butterfly. Chloe Scobee ’09 has joined fellow NWC alum Paul Vignati on the University of Scranton’s Swim team. In the Landmark Conference Championships in February, she finished 2nd in the 400IM. SPRING/SUMMER 2010

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Alumni Athlete Spotlight: Chris Thorner ‘02 Brings Home the (Football) Gold There could be little doubt, when Chris Thorner ‘02 was playing football for the NWC Indians, that his talents would become known far beyond Wampanoag Drive. But who could have guessed that he would become an international gridiron star? Under Coach Mike Tyler ’73, Thorner did it all: A powerhouse on both sides of the ball, he earned All-Conference and All-State honors for his offensive line work as a junior, and All-Conference and AllState honors for both offense and defense as a senior, when he also served as captain. He won a full scholarship to Syracuse University, and although red-shirted for one year, was named starting defensive nose tackle for the 2004 season. He continued to improve and excel in college, on the field and off: With a 3.6 GPA, he was named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. Nearing graduation, Thorner was invited to try out for the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, and Kansas City Chiefs. He accepted only the Lions’ invitation, and arrived at the team’s rookie mini-training camp at 6’4” and 303 pounds. But he’d also caught the eye of NFL Head Coach John Mackovic, who had just been named Head Coach of Team USA for

Chris Thorner ‘02 (left) celebrated with USA Teammates after beating the Japanese team.

the 2007 World Cup American Football Tournament. Mackovic offered Thorner a spot on Team USA for the summer of 2007 International World Cup. After an intense, two-week training session in San Diego, Team USA headed for its first game in the 3rd International Federation of American Football World Championship in Kawasaki, Japan. This global tournament, like the Olympics, is held every fourth year and consists of six national teams.

Team USA won its first game against Korea by a wide margin and next dominated Germany. In the finals against Japan, Thorner def lected a three-point field goal kick to win the game! He had secured the title of international champion for himself, his team and his country. Today, Chris Thorner–who grew up in Suffield, CT–is the assistant strength and conditioning coach at The Citadel in South Carolina, from which he just earned an MBA.

Justin Strid ’10 of Avon is congratulated by Principal/ Chief Administrator Margaret Williamson on being named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete for 2010. They are flanked by NFF officers Larry Olsen (left) and Paul Cosgrove (right). Strid is one of 14 Scholar-Athletes from throughout the Northern Connecticut Chapter of the Foundation, which represents 60 high schools.

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Teammates Reunite to Remember and Celebrate Xavier Victory All Over Again

Coaches and many players from the 1984 football team took to Brewer Field once again in November 2009, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Indians’ unexpected win over Xavier.

With “The Eye of the Tiger” blaring over the public address system, two dozen members of NWC’s 1984 football team ran out onto Brewer Field once again last Fall – a little slower, perhaps, than when they played for Northwest Catholic, but no less enthusiastic. This time, they were there to celebrate the 25th anniversary of a game that has become legendary in NWC football lore: The Indians’ 24-0 shutout of powerhouse Xavier High School on Oct. 19, 1984 in Middletown – a game that no one expected them to win, and certainly not so handily. Corralled by retired Coach and Athletic Director John Shukie and Captain Mike Sisk ’85, players traveled from across the country to reminisce and relive the memory of that golden night. Introduced to the crowd at halftime of the NWC-Wethersfield game on Nov. 7, 2009, the players, their families, and coaches later convened in the Navin Cafeteria for dinner and a special treat –fuzzy (but fun) video footage of the game, dug up by Coach Shukie and reproduced on DVD for each player to take home as a memento of the evening–and of that magical moment in time.

Captain Mike Sisk ’85 can still fit into his varsity jacket.

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In addition to a lot of laughs, the evening included dinner, a custom cake, and vintage photos and video footage.

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The 1,000-Point Club Adds Two New Members Jenniqua Bailey ’10 and Julian Harris ’10 are the two newest members of NWC’s 1,000-Point Club, hitting their milestones just a week apart from one another in February 2010. Jei Cho ’10, a member of NWC’s International Students program who hails from South Korea, hand-painted the commemorative basketballs. Jenniqua has 1,110 career points, while Julian finished his NWC career with 1,186. There are 18 other players in NWC’s 1,000-point club , bringing the totals to 13 boys and 7 girls.

Jei Cho ‘10

Jenniqua Bailey ’10 and Julian Harris ’10

Six NWC Athletes Commit to Division I College Sports

The six athletes are: • Jenniqua Bailey – basketball Bryant University, Smithfield, RI.

As of March 2010, six members of the Class of ’10 had formalized plans to participate in athletics at Division I or Ivy League colleges or universities. They announced their commitments at signing ceremonies held at Northwest Catholic in November 2009 and February 2010.

• Thomas Bourdon – baseball Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. • Alexandra Iovine – soccer Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY.

Girls’ Basketball Coach Karl Herbert congratulates Uju Nwankwo ‘10 (left) and Ally Mullings ‘10 at their signing ceremony in November 2009.

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• Allison Mullings – basketball Siena College, Loudonville, NY. • Uju Nwankwo – basketball The N.J. Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ. • Justin Strid – football Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Principal/Chief Administrator Margaret Williamson celebrates with four D1-bound student-athletes at a February 2010 press conference: (from left) Justin Strid ‘10, Tom Bourdon ‘10, Jenniqua Bailey ‘10, and Alex Iovine ‘10.

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ALUMNI NEWS Alexander Pratt, 3, of Washington, D.C. actually enjoyed all the snow the city got this past Winter, according to his mom, Gillian Pratt ’86. Gillian earned a Bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Howard University and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Trinity University (D.C.) and is now an assistant principal at a public charter elementary school in Northwest Washington. Previously, she was principal of Immaculate Conception School, one of seven Archdiocese of Washington schools that were closed and whose buildings are now being used by charter schools.

When Shannon Stock Herzfeld ‘70 attended the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, she met with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe – “one of the most thoughtful and courageous persons I have ever met,” she said. Shannon is in charge of global government relations for the Archer Daniels Midland Company. A graduate of Connecticut College, she also earned an MA in International Affairs and an MALD in International Economics, both from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, as well as an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has two daughters, Rose and Rachel Shuman; she and her husband, Charles Herzfeld, live in Silver Spring, MD.

and worked in Venezuela, Mexico, and India. He is completing an MS in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University.

John Shukie ’95 was recently promoted to Director of Academic and Membership Affairs for the NCAA, where he will oversee the administration of Academic Performance Program data, the High School Review committee, and will work closely with the high school review team at the Eligibility Center. A graduate of Bowdoin College, John earned a Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and a law degree from the University of Chicago. He and his wife, Cela, live in Indianapolis with their daughter Marisol, 3. He has worked for the NCAA since January 2006.

For his senior capstone research project at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks, Patrick Lord ’95 developed an on-campus native wetland ecosystem that is now part of the school’s wetland sciences curriculum. Since 2005, Pat has been an Environmental Scientist for Apex Companies LLC in South Windsor, CT, working on a variety of site investigations and remediation projects. He lives with his wife, Amy, and their two-year-old son Hunter in Willington, CT.

Ted Boland ’84 and his daughter, Anna, 11, pet a “roo” at an animal park near Perth, Australia. The Boland family – which includes Patrick, 10, and Ted’s wife Susy – moved to Perth earlier this year when Ted became a senior project expediter on an alumina refi nery project for Bechtel Corporation. A graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in International Relations, Ted has lived

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A L U MNI NEWS One of his proudest moments was walking his daughter down the aisle at St. Mary’s College/University of Notre Dame when she got married in June 2008. Jim sends his best wishes to all in the Class of ’71.

His loyalty fi nally paid off. After 35 years of attending Butler Bulldog basketball games, Jim Malone ‘71 was rewarded this year by seeing his team make it to the NCAA Final Four – in person! Jim graduated from Butler University in 1977, after a stint in the U.S. Navy, and began a career as a diabetes specialist – a passion he developed from his childhood friendship with Don Graziadei ‘71, who succumbed to complications of the disease while in his 20s. Jim joined Eli Lilly & Company in 1997, where he is a Senior Medical Director in Diabetes and Endocrinology. He and his wife Jeanne, who live in Indianapolis, have three children: Julie, 25; Jimmy, 22; and John-Thomas, 14.

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Sandy Murray Hayes ’85 (left) and Marian Kindstrom ’85 had an impromptu but delightful reunion in March 2010, when Marian (who lives in Sweden) dropped into NWC for a tour and ran into Sandy (who lives in Simsbury and works part-time in the NWC library). Marian has resided in Sweden for 25 years, but was in West Hartford this Spring to visit her parents, who still live in town.

Coming Full Circle: NWC World Languages teacher Barbara Fanning Iorillo ’69 is accustomed to teaching members of the same family in her Spanish classes over the years. But this year, there was a unique twist: She found herself teaching Ryan Geelan ’11, the great-nephew of former NWC Vice Principal Sr. Mary Faith Geelan–who had in turn taught Mrs. Iorillo back in the 1960s!

NWC Alums Run (a Long Way) for Good Causes Three members of the Class of ’04 completed their first marathons in the Fall of 2009 – and all three ran on behalf of charitable organizations. Mike Reilly ’04 and Kyle Richards ’04 ran in the Chicago Marathon in October 2009, finishing among the top 25% of registered runners – and raising $2,100 for the American Cancer Society in the process. Their training was “long distance” in the truest sense of the word, since at the time Mike lived in Chicago, while Kyle lives in West Hartford, where he specializes in real estate and investment leasing for Keller Williams Commercial. Mike has since moved to Marlton, NJ. Anthony Donatelli ’04 chose the Pat Tillman Foundation (www. pattillmanfoundation.com) as the recipient of donations made in support of his participation in the New York City Marathon in November 2009. (Tillman was a professional football player who joined the Army Rangers after 9/11 and was killed by friendly fire.) “Pat put others first and lived life with a passion that is very rare,” Anthony said. “He exemplified the way I would like to live my life.” He completed the race in 3:33:05, coming in 5,955 out of 44,177 runners, and raised $4,200 for the Tillman Foundation. Although he has relocated to Australia, Anthony plans to

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Class of ‘69 Reunion

Their smiles tell the story! Several dozen members of the Class of ’69 gathered at Wampanoag Country Club on Nov. 27, 2009, to celebrate their 40th reunion. Spearheaded by Mary Scott ’69, the group started “reuniting” weeks before the party via an on-line discussion board where people exchanged contact info, helped find

“lost” classmates, and swapped stories about their days at NWC. According to Mary, the postings about magazine drive theme songs generated the most activity ��� and several people told her they’d decided to attend the actual reunion because of the memories stirred up by the discussion board.

From NWC... … to Ph.D.

so appreciate their approach to education,” O’Leary said.

This August, 15 years after her f irst day as a freshman at Northwest Catholic, Niamh O’Leary, Ph.D. ’99 became an assistant professor in the English Department at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.

It was a long–and busy–road from her days as a high school student to her incipient career as a college professor. After NWC, O’Leary earned a Bachelor’s degree from UConn in May 2003. That August, she enrolled in the doctoral program at Penn State University, from which she earned a Ph.D. in English in December 2009.

In January 2010, she became a Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio State University, where she taught in the honors program and served as a faculty affiliate for the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. A Renaissance scholar, O’Leary has a special focus on drama; her dissertation was called Acting in Concert: Female Camaraderie in Early Modern Drama. During her years at Penn State, O’Leary was President of the graduate student organization, ran a reading group for English majors, mentored new graduate students, and played three seasons of intramural sports (softball, flag football, and volleyball). She also won a grant to spend a year studying at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. The end of this long journey is really just the beginning of the rest of her life. “I am very excited to work at a Jesuit institution, since I

Meanwhile, two other Northwest Catholic alums will be just starting down the doctoral path this August. Megan Bonney ’04 will enter M.I.T. to begin a Ph.D. in molecular biology, with a focus on cancer biology. Since graduating from Haverford College in 2008, she’s been living in Philadelphia doing breast cancer research at the University of Pennsylvania. Madeline Cronin ’05 will begin a Ph.D. in political theory at the University of Notre Dame. A 2009 Niamh O’Leary ‘99 graduate of Loyola University/ Maryland, Cronin became interested in a doctorate after attending the prestigious Erasmus Institute, a summer seminar at Notre Dame designed for scholars interested in Catholic intellectual traditions. “That seminar was a really great experience, especially as a capstone to 10 years of Catholic education,” she said. “It’s actually part of what convinced me to pursue my Ph.D. I’m quite excited, and I plan to continue to be involved in Catholic education, hopefully as a Professor.”

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Weddings Liz Joseph ’99 and Matthew Ulford, a police officer, were married on Oct. 10, 2009; Courtney Jason Driesch ‘99 was a bridesmaid, and Kathleen Kennelly Breitenwischer ‘99 and Alaine ZuWallack ‘99 were there to celebrate, as well. A graduate of Colby-Sawyer College with a BS in Nursing, Liz has been working as a Labor & Delivery/Newborn nurse at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, for seven years. Liz and Matt bought a home in White River Junction, VT, where they live with their dog and cat.

Keelan & Casey Lefebvre working at NWC as an Assistant Girls’ Soccer Coach, Keelan is working in insurance while completing a Master’s in Special Education, and her husband works at Travelers. They live in East Windsor.

Sherri & Andrew MacPhail Andrew MacPhail ‘98 and Sherri Arpin tied the knot on Dec. 11, 2009, at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Baltic, CT, where they now live. Sherri coordinates Relay for Life events for the American Cancer Society in Southeast Connecticut, while Andrew oversees the photo team at the Hartford Job Corps Academy. He is completing a Master’s of Science in management at Minot State University in North Dakota.

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Liz & Matthew Ulford When Keelan Wentworth ’02 married Casey Lefebvre on Oct. 10, 2009 in St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford, the event was a real Northwest Catholic family affair. The guests included 17 NWC alumni – not including the bride’s parents, Ned Wentworth ’65 and Kathleen Collagan Wentworth ’65, nor several of the members of her wedding party: Gavin Wentworth ‘00, Meghan Wentworth ‘87, Kate Potter ‘02, Kate Johnson ‘02, Maggie Zweiben ‘02, and Taylor Wanggaard ‘02. In addition to

Tina & Andrew Scoppetta Tina Flannery ’04 and Andrew Scoppetta were married on Sept. 5, 2009, at the Seamen’s Inne in Mystic, CT. The couple works at O’Rourke’s Diner in Middletown, CT – Tina is the bookkeeper and marketing coordinator, and Andrew is the operations manager. He graduated from the New England Culinary Institute with a Bachelor’s degree in Food and Beverage Management, while Tina graduated from Central CT State University with a B.A. in Marketing, magna cum laude. She has been NWC’s assistant cheerleading coach since she graduated, and her wedding guests included Head Coach Christine Michaud ’97 and several current cheerleaders. Marangelys Badillo ’04 was a bridesmaid. Tina and Andrew live in Rocky Hill with their two dogs.

Jessica DeLeon ’03 and Allen Diamond became engaged on New Year’s Day 2010; a wedding is planned for sometime in 2012. Jessica lives in West Hartford and works as a research analyst at RJ Health Systems in Wethersfield, while Allen is currently serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Jessica DeLeon & Allen Diamond

Dog Rescue Puts NWC Alum in Worldwide Headlines

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Randy Gurchin ’73 may have flown intelligence missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it was the rescue of his pet back home in Nebraska that put him on the world map. It all began when Randy’s bulldog puppy, Lucy, ventured onto a half-frozen lake near the family’s home in Omaha in March 2007. The ice cracked, Lucy slipped under water, and Randy watched with horror from the shore. Responding instinctively, he splayed himself out on the ice and hauled the 50-pound dog to safety – but he was afraid it was too late. Lucy’s paws and face were blue. Randy pumped on her chest and then breathed into her nose, reviving her. Though he credits the vet with saving Lucy’s life, it was the fact that he gave the dog CPR that caught the attention of the media. First, a local paper did a story, then a local TV station: http://www.ketv.com/family/11213607/detail.html. Before long, it was picked up by the Associated Press and Reuters – and then all bets were off. More than 400,000 stories appeared worldwide, and Randy declined offers to appear on several TV shows, including Jay Leno and Good Morning America. He did agree to tell the story to The Today Show, which sent a tractor trailer laden with generators and other equipment to his home for a live feed early one Sunday morning. “I just thought it was a good idea to talk about it to help educate people that CPR can be done on pets,” he said.

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Lucy, an English bulldog, loves to accompany his owner, retired Lt. Col. Randy Gurchin ’73, on boat rides on a lake near their Nebraska home.

Today, Lucy, Randy, and the rest of his family – his wife Kelley, their three sons, and their male bulldog, Dozer – still live in Omaha, although Randy still spends much of his time in the desert in Iraq and Afghanistan. After retiring from the Air Force in 2005, he decided he wasn’t ready to stop working, so is now a civilian contractor with Boeing’s ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program in Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance efforts. Randy says he would love to hear from fellow NWC alums; e-mail him at rc135pilot@cox.net.

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Isabella Virginia Ferrer is the beautiful new daughter of Amy Delligan Ferrer ’99 and her husband, Safhe Ferrer, and the goddaughter of Melissa Delligan Bambery ‘01. She was born on Feb. 5, 2010, weighing 8lbs., 9oz. The family lives in Bristol.

Caiden Jeffrey Reese was “on his way to Northwest Catholic” from just about the minute he was born on Feb. 11, 2010! He will follow in the footsteps of doting big brother Brody, 4, and his parents Amanda Miser Reese ’02 and NWC Athletic Director Josh Reese ’95. The family lives in East Hartford, and Amanda is a 5th-grade teacher at Noah Webster School in Hartford.

Isabella Ferrer

Oliver James Branconnier was born on Aug. 21, 2009, to Elizabeth Sgueglia Branconnier ’89 and her husband Matthew. The family lives in North Providence, RI.

Caiden and Brody Reese

Oliver Branconnier Olivia Ann Casso, first child of Amber Orvis Casso ’01 and her husband Jim, will have to trade her pretty dress and hat in for a uniform someday, if (as her mom hopes) she enrolls at Northwest Catholic! Amber is a social worker for the Department of Children and Families, while her husband recently received his license in clinical social work and is a mental health therapist at a local hospital. The family lives in Newington.

Mary Elizabeth McHugh, the new daughter of Lauren Shukie McHugh ’91 and her husband Tom, was born on July 28, 2009, and was welcomed home by big brother TJ, age 5 – as well as her grandpa, retired NWC Athletic Director and Coach John Shukie. Baby Mary Beth and her family live in Forest Hill, MD, where Lauren is a Reading Specialist for Harford County Public Schools. Mary Beth McHugh

To look at him now, you would never know that Miles Stefan Oprica started his life with a brief stay in the NICU, after arriving six weeks early and weighing 4lbs 3oz. Miles is the first child of Marie and George Oprica ’96, who live in Worcester, MA.

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Mary, Kristin, Ted, and Teddy Reilly Ted Reilly ’00 and his wife Kristin Greenwood Reilly live in Chicago with their two children, Mary Francis Reilly and Edward Anthony “Teddy” Reilly IV, who was born Jan. 21, 2010. Ted graduated from Notre Dame in 2004 and works in the Chicago office of Goldman Sachs.

Henry Alden Thresher, born on Feb. 4, 2010, is the third child for Carolyn and Byron Thresher ’94 – and the tenth grandchild for longtime NWC Advancement Officer Colby Thresher. Henry joins Abigail, 5, and Michael, 4. The family lives in New Boston, NH.

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IN MEMORIAM Northwest Catholic extends its sympathy and prayers to the families of the members of our community who passed away as of February 2010.

ALUMNI Arthur F. Chaves ‘78 passed away on Nov. 22, 2009, after a lifelong battle with hemophilia. He was 50. The son of Arthur A. and Joan Chaves of Avon, Artie had lived in Windsor most of his life. A graduate of St. Gabriel Elementary School, he attended Annhurst College and Central CT State University after graduating from Northwest Catholic. He worked for many years as a credit manager with Konica. An avid outdoorsman, he was a member of the Bloomfield Sportsman Association, the Windsor Rod & Gun Club, and the N.R.A. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother John M. Chaves and his wife Margaret of Simsbury; four sisters, Carol Chaves and her companion Richard Green of Nantucket, MA, Mary Garofalo and her husband Anthony of Avon, Jo Ann Chaves Cotter ’76 of New Hartford, and Margaret L. Chaves of Woodbury; ten adoring nieces and nephews; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; as well as his Jack Russell terrier, Molly. He was predeceased by his brother Peter J. Chaves ’78 and his sister Janet M. Chaves Rogan. Lynda Warfel Green ’65 died at her home in Shapleigh, ME, on Feb. 24, 2010. She was born on Nov. 7, 1947, in Lancaster, PA, to William K. and Elizabeth Warfel. After earning her Master’s in Education, Lynda worked as the Director of Curriculum in Rocky Hill, CT, and as Assistant Superintendent in East Hartford, CT. In Maine, she served as a School Superintendent. In her spare time, Lynda was a creative and accomplished quilter. She is survived by her children, Jonathan and Courtney Green; her mother, Elizabeth Warfel; three brothers, Scott, Donald Warfel ’69, and Michael Warfel; her sister, MaryBeth Warfel Carbine ‘71; and a niece and two nephews. Linda Rose Occhineri Lucca ’69 passed away on Dec. 27, 2009, at her home in Weston, FL, at age 58. After graduating from NWC, Linda earned a BA in Sociology at Southern CT State University. Over the years, she worked at Hartford Federal Savings in Hartford; Thompson and McKenna brokerage firm in Santa Barbara, CA; and, for the past 20-plus years, for the IRS in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Her love of travel took her all across the USA and Canada. She is survived by her husband, Frank; her children, Lea Costello and her husband Steve of South Carolina, Scott Lucca of New Haven, and Frank Lucca and his wife Wendy of Rocky Hill; and five grandchildren. She is also survived by her parents, Marion and Angelo Occhineri, Jr. of West Hartford; her siblings, Nancy Occhineri Harrison ’66 of Columbia, Peter Occhineri and his wife Marita of West Hartford, Marie Occhineri

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Koepke ’76 and her husband Timothy of Fraser, CO, and Mark Occhineri of South Windsor; plus numerous aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, and cousins. Jacqueline Ann Miller ’79 of West Simsbury passed away on Jan. 4, 2010. She was 48. The daughter of Gladys Ellis and the late James Hardaway, she joined the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from NWC. An employee of ING in Windsor, she also enjoyed interior decorating and fellowship at Valley Brook Community Church in Granby. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her daughter, Jessica Miller-Khalil of West Simsbury; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and a host of friends. She was predeceased by her brother, Kalvin. Maureen Melly Sobus ’81 passed away on Feb. 2, 2010, at the age of 46. The daughter of Anne Murphy Melly and the late John G. Melly, Maureen was a native of West Hartford and a graduate of the Cathedral School and St. Brigid School, Northwest Catholic, and Saint Joseph College, from which she earned a B.S. degree in General Studies. She worked at Travelers Insurance Co. for 10 years and at the Morton House in Niantic for 12 years. She and her husband, Gary, lived in Colchester and Old Saybrook, CT; Saratoga, NY; Westfield, IN; Keller, TX, and, most recently, San Antonio, TX. In addition to her husband and mother, Maureen is survived by four children: Ashlie, Gary, Luke, and John. She is also survived by her brothers – Michael Melly ‘76, Mark Melly ‘76, Dennis Melly ‘77, and John Melly ’83 and his wife, Nancy – and her sisters, Elynor Melly Carey ’79 and Mary Melly Barone ’78 and her husband, James. Maureen’s other survivors include her husband’s family; 11 nieces and nephews; and many cousins, aunts, and uncles, including Rev. Arthur Murphy, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford. Barbara “BJ” Wells ’69 of West Hartford passed away on Feb. 14, 2010. She was 58. Born, raised and educated in Connecticut, she was an accomplished stage and commercial actress, an innovative and inspirational educator, an unabashed liberal and feminist, a social, political, and environmental activist, an intrepid world traveler, and an extraordinary and loving daughter, sister, and friend. BJ is survived by her parents, Viola Carnelli Wells and John T. Wells of West Hartford; her sister and brother-in-law, Don and Carol Wells Andreotta ’66 of West Hartford; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, and countless friends around the world. She was predeceased by her brother, John Wells.

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CURRENT FAMILIES

Connie Genovese, mother of Frank Genovese ‘65 William R. Gilbert, father of Kate Foley ‘71

Peter H. Adanti, grandfather of Mark Adanti ‘13 Rev. Joseph W. Brown, Sr., grandfather of Will Brown ‘13 Ena Sybil Edwards, great-grandmother of Destinee Webster ‘13 Joan Shea Fitzgerald, grandmother of Brendan McCormick ’11 and NWC Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach Maureen Christ Mary (DeFranco) Filomeno, great-grandmother of Mark Filomeno ’04, Joe Filomeno ’06, Chris Filomeno ’08, Nick Filomeno ’08, Madelyn Filomeno ’09, and Alex Filomeno ’10 Gloria Jean Herron, grandmother of Evan Herron ‘11 Robert McBurney, grandfather of Hannah Kelly ’11 William Gilbert McKenzie, grandfather of Alexandra McKenzie ’11 and Nathan McKenzie ‘12 Alfred Melanson, father of NWC Hockey Coach Donald Melanson ’84, Charline Melanson Poirier ’76, Denise Melanson McDonald ’77, Marc Melanson ’78, Robert Melanson ’79, Charles Melanson ’81, Donald Melanson ’84, Andrea Melanson Wlochowski ’85, Paul Melanson ’87, and Daniel Melanson ’93, and grandfather of Susan Poirier Zybert ‘99, Christopher Poirier ‘01, Michael Poirier ‘03, Michelle Poirier ‘05, Nicole Poirier ’11, and Patrick Melanson ‘13 Terry O’Brien, sister-in-law of Jim O’Toole ’78 and aunt of Kevin O’Toole ‘10 Floyd C. “Bud” Stegeman, grandfather of Ryan Thompson ’10 and Brendan Thompson ‘13

ALUMNI FAMILIES Charles G. Andrew, Sr., father of Chuck Andrew ’80 and Maribeth Andrew Canning ’81 and father-in-law of Linda Rusconi Andrew ‘81 Clair Parkhill Babcock, father-in-law of Mary O’Toole Babcock ‘75 Thomas E. Burns, uncle of Meredith Pariano ‘08 James E. Byrne, Sr., father of James Byrne ‘73, Josephine Byrne Quintana ‘75, Mary Patricia Byrne ’77, and John Byrne ‘82

Albert L. Greno, grandfather of Caitlin Henzler ’05 and Lauren Henzler ‘07 Stephen Bernard Hudak, Jr., father of Mark Hudak ’71, the late Ruth Hudak Marzano ’74, Craig Hudak ’79, and Jim Hudak ’81 Mary Lou Hunter-Kelleher, grandmother of Megan Hunter ’05 and Nathan Hunter ‘09 Rocco J. Massaro, Jr., husband of Kathleen Moriarty Massaro ‘65 Jerome Joseph McGill, father of James McGill ’65, Mary Ellen McGill Augustine ’66, Monica McGill ’67, and Kathy McGill Alexander ‘69 Thomas E. Murray, brother of Neil Murray ’77, George Murray ’81, and Kelly Murray ‘83 Lisa Anderson Musumeci, wife of Joseph Musumeci ’70 and sister-in-law of the late Rosario Musumeci ‘65 Louis V. Sanzaro Jr., grandfather of Michael Sanzaro ‘92 Claire H. Scapellati, mother of Joanne Scapellati Protasewich ’73, Daniel Scapellati ’75, and Lisa Scapellati ‘77 Francis P. Schierberl, father of Francis Schierberl ’68, Alice Schierberl ’69, and Jerome Schierberl ‘72 Robert C. Scott, grandfather of Keegan Shepardson ‘07 Margaret T. Skahill, mother-in-law of Margaret Linehan Skahill ’66 and grandmother of Matthew Skahill ’97and Patrick Skahill ’02 Mary Tyrrell, mother of David Tyrrell ’75, Mary Tyrrell Burdett ’76, Thomas Tyrrell ’78, and Betsy Tyrrell Krueger ‘80 Sen. Alfred Francis Wechsler, grandfather of Lindsay Stewart Bertellotti ’03, Katie Stewart ’05, and Treb Stewart ‘07

ADMINISTR ATION, FACULTY, & STAFF Irene (Vaillancourt) Gendreau, grandmother of NWC History teacher Jennifer Puskarz Joseph R. Puskarz, cousin of NWC Director of Finance Richard Puskarz

Doris O. Davis, mother of Carolyn Davis ’75 and Alyce Davis Knapp ’83

Eva “Nana” Ralston Johnson, mother of NWC custodian Luke Ralston

Phillip Samuel Davis, Jr., son of Phillip Davis ‘71

Nancy Soccio, mother of NWC Music teacher Dr. Robert Nasta

Andrew C. DeVito, father of Terry DeVito St.Gelais ’69, Frances DeVito Ciotto ’71, and Michael DeVito ‘75

Ann T. Podhajski Sztaba, mother-in-law of NWC Director of Finance Richard Puskarz

William Doran, father of Bill Doran ‘78

FRIENDS

Virginia A. Floryan, mother of Lawrence Floryan ’67, Catharine Floryan ’68, and Michael Floryan ’70 Geraldine Grisel Frechette, mother of Terri Frechette-Brainerd ’70 and Rev. Rick Frechette ‘71 Michael F. Fusick, grandfather of Jeffrey Fusick ’03 and Kevin Fusick ‘05

Becky S. Fenoglio, wife of longtime NWC benefactor and former School Board member William Fenoglio Sister Marie JoAnn Lewko, CSSF, Principal of St. Bernard’s School, Enfield

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In Tribute: Paul A. Reardon, 1941-2009 Legendary English Teacher; “He was Northwest Catholic”

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aul A. Reardon, a legendary English teacher and fixture in the Northwest Catholic community even after he retired, passed away suddenly on Oct. 17, 2009, raking leaves on a picture-perfect Autumn day outside his beloved home in Granby. He was 68. A Hartford native, Reardon was the son of the late Paul and Grace Mary (Murtha) Reardon. A graduate of Weaver High School, he earned a Bachelor’s degree from Providence College in 1963 and a Master’s from Northeastern University in 1966. He came to work in the Northwest Catholic English department in 1967 and stayed for 36 years, serving for some time as department chair. But by every account, the thing he did best was bring classics like Beowulf and Shakespeare to life and invite students, by dint of his own passion, to relish the utter beauty of the English language. “I was one of the hundreds of teenagers who passed though Mr. Reardon’s English class,” wrote Edward Francoeur ‘82 of North Andover, MA. “His love of words infected me with my own life-long love of words. I recall his easy style and his penchant for seizing every opportunity to drill a new vocabulary word into our heads. He would hear a good word, halt his lecture, scribble it up on the board and say ‘good word, gooood word! So who can give me a definition?’ We all thought he was so cool; I think it was the respect that he afforded us so willingly. Twenty-seven years later I remember his influence like yesterday.” After retiring in 2003, Reardon enjoyed books, the Red Sox, and time at the Cape, and remained active in the NWC community: He faithfully attended former faculty gatherings, NWC reunions, regional alumni receptions, and of course, the annual golf tournament, where he was a fixture under the cooling shade of the expansive tree between the 9th and 10th holes at Wampanoag Country Club.

“The golf tournament will never be the same for me,” wrote Matt Morgan ‘77 of Providence, RI, himself a fixture at the event. “Coming off the 9th green and heading to the 10th tee, you passed by Paul and other faculty members -- Paul was the first one with a handshake, a hug, and a hearty hello. It usually took 10-15 minutes to catch up, have a laugh, and refresh our liquids. What a great teacher … a great friend … a great man!” Farmington, CT, resident Mike Daly ‘75, another regular at the golf tournament, recalled what happened when Reardon was introduced at the golf dinner after he’d retired. “He was greeted by a thunderous, extended standing ovation by generations of his former students,” Daly wrote. “I recall how humbled and surprised he appeared to be. I wondered to myself could he possibly be unaware of how he had connected in such a positive way with each one of us, and made us all feel important and an integral part of the Northwest community? It struck me that he had just been his true self over all the years, and weren’t we lucky to know such a humble, humorous, learned man.” Fittingly, Reardon’s service of remembrance was held in NWC’s Rice Auditorium on Oct. 22, followed by a lively reception and dinner in the Navin Cafeteria. Hundreds of former students and colleagues, as well as family and other friends, gathered to reminisce about the impact he’d had on their lives. Several of those who spoke shared a poem in his honor. Reardon is survived by his wife, Jane; their daughters Elizabeth Reardon ’92 of Cambridge, MA, and Emily Reardon ’96 of Brooklyn, NY; his sister Martha Clarke, her husband Ronald, and their children Julie, Andrew, and Ronald, along with great nieces and nephews, dear neighbors, and friends beyond counting, from Northwest Catholic and around the world. “Some people collect treasures,” his obituary said. “Paul collected friends and never lost them.” In his memory, his family has established the Paul A. Reardon Memorial Scholarship Fund at NWC. Although dozens of donations were made in the weeks after his death, the fund is still shy of the $25,000 needed to endow it and begin disbursements. Contributions may be sent to Patricia Walsh, Director of Advancement, Northwest Catholic High School, 29 Wampanoag Drive, West Hartford, CT 06117 (please note that the gift is for the Paul A. Reardon Memorial Scholarship Fund) or on-line at www.northwestcatholic.org.

Paul Reardon reconnected with Nicole Velez Roark ’93 and Shaun Roark ’96 at an alumni reception in Boston in 2007.

Reardon was a fixture at the NWC Golf Tournament; in 2008, he shared a laugh with Mark Murnane ’88.

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Members of the Class of ’83 – led by Bob Moreau, Pam Stears Lerario, Claudia Barbieri, and Mary Kate Haley Farrington – visited with Jane Reardon shortly after Christmas 2009 to present this personalized throw in memory of her husband. “He had an awesome view on life, and was more than just a teacher to us,” Moreau said.

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Dozens Offer Condolences to Reardon Family Via On-Line Guest Book

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ord of Paul Reardon’s sudden death spread quickly throughout the Northwest Catholic community; within 24 hours of his passing, former students were sharing memories of their beloved teacher on the NWC Alumni page on Facebook. During the ensuing weeks, many others offered condolences to Jane, Elizabeth, and Emily Reardon (and to one another) in notes left in an on-line guest book at legacy.com. Here are some excerpts: About two years ago, I met Mr. Reardon at the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame dinner, where my brother-in-law, Michael Cobb ‘77, was being inducted. It had been over 30 years since I had seen him, but I knew him instantly by his stance, the way he motioned with hands, and the outline of his aging, but still handsome, Irish face. I no sooner said my maiden name than his eyes opened as wide as dinner plates, ready to revisit a longago day when I pained him because I was not fully prepared for a class in Shakespeare. We laughed so hard after reminiscing that we practically disrupted the keynote speaker! It was quite in character for Mr. Reardon to remember this incident after 30 years, but I sensed the pain had eased a bit at seeing an old, familiar face, and all was forgiven. I feel so blessed I had a chance to talk with Mr. Reardon that night. –Mary Quinn Londergan ‘77 • Marshfield, MA Paul Reardon touched my life in a positive way through his passion for English, his zest for life and his wonderful sense of humor. I remember how he would shoot hoops in the gym sometimes with several of us on the 1972 team after practice. I also recall his enthusiasm at meeting my wife in 1995 as we visited Northwest for the first time as a couple. Mr. Reardon had a distinct style that left a positive impression on all who came to know him. I am privileged to have been a student of his during my formative years at NWC. –Len McIntee ‘72 • Bloomfield Hills, MI He was simply the best. I was fortunate to have had him twice as a teacher. Many of us who passed through those doors owe much of our take on politics, human foibles and and their frequent intersection, from sitting with him. He made reading literature a thrill, and discussing and arguing about it as fine a pastime as any. –Pat Courtney Strong ‘73 • Woodstock, NY Oh, how I loved having Mr. Reardon as my English teacher! We all thought he was just so cool without even trying. I will always remember him, wearing the same tweed jacket with suede elbow patches, in khaki pants, sporting a beard and clutching it when he was deep in thought. He would drive up in his VW bug, taking a quick turn as he entered the NWC parking lot. He always had a smile on his face, a twinkle in his eye, a walk that all teenage boys tried to imitate but couldn’t, and a soothing, yet exciting presence in the classroom. He was patient, gentle, kind, funny, sweet and respectful. His obituary portrayed him best – he was an Irish poet at heart. He loved the English language, the way it was applied in so many written forms, and had a passion to communicate this to his students. He wanted everyone to experience the same delight that came to him when he read a novel, or a poem or an essay. He made such a positive impression on me as a student and a human being. I will really miss him. –Gail Davis Cardwell ‘73 • Falls Church, VA Techncially, Mr. Reardon “taught English”. What he really taught us was that it didn’t matter what you wore (rumpled was occasionally the order of the day) or what car you drove (the black Vee-Dub perennially on its last legs) or any of the outward things. What mattered was the strength of your character, the ideas in your head, the creativity in your work, and your devotion to your craft. Always challenging, always creative, always

dedicated to the essential path he knew his students could walk. –John Pellino ‘76 • East Hampton, CT What a wonderful legacy to have touched the lives of so many students who now stretch far and wide across the world. He was one of several NWC teachers who inspired me to go on to earn my advanced degree, and taught me to learn the value in loving knowledge. It is a skill I continue to hold dearly in my heart nearly 30 years later. He was a true inspiration. –Judith Czaja McCaff rey, MD ‘83 • Tampa, FL For the last 22 years, even thinking about Mr. Reardon has brought a smile to my face. Now it brings tears to my eyes. I largely credit him for my decision to become a high school English teacher and it gave me great pleasure (and I am sure he did not even know) that I would pass him every morning for years on my commute to Granby HS from my home in West Hartford. In my heart, I would give him and his VW bug a little shout out and wish him a good day. I will miss knowing he is in the world. –Karen Kudish-McManus ’86 • Windsor Locks, CT Until Mr. Reardon’s class I never really understood the attraction to Shakespeare. But under his guidance I saw the Bard as the great poet he was. What a great gift to have received, I am blessed to have known him. Every student should have a teacher like Mr. Reardon. –Pamela Jones ’91 • Houston, TX I remember praying to get into Mr. Reardon’s Creative Writing class. Everyone wanted in. When I was made aware I was accepted, I took in every word he said. He was alive in the classroom. He made learning fun and exciting. I have never had any other teacher like him. He will be missed and never forgotten. –Jennifer Boudreau Djang ‘96 • Cheshire, CT Mr. Reardon was a GREAT teacher. He had the ability to connect with any student regardless of their background. He was loved by so many because he was just so down to earth, he was like one of the guys from your neighborhood. But he was far from average; he was an extraordinary man. I have never met another person who had the passion he had. I doubt I ever will. –Alisa Forgetta Collins ‘96 • Boston, MA Mr. Reardon is the reason I became a teacher. His spirit and love of life was contagious. I was privileged to know him. –Eamon McGee ‘98 • Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Reardon WAS Northwest Catholic! He was the teacher that everyone loved and looked up to. When I think back to my years at NWC he is always the person that comes to mind. He loved what he did, and he made all his students love what he taught. I loved arguing with him and laughing all at the same time. –Nectaria Diakomanolis ‘00 • Greece Mr. Reardon was that kind of epic figure from your high school experience that looms large in your imagination. I can’t tell you how many of my friends spoke fondly about him for years after we graduated. He was the best, and we’ll all miss him so much. –Heather Flanagan ‘03 • Brooklyn, NY It goes without saying that Mr. Reardon was a great teacher. But more importantly, he was an amazing person. Fun, funny and charismatic. Smart, dedicated and passionate. Open-minded, quirky, and original … complete with a bellowing voice, boyish grin, and a hint of mischievousness. Mr. Reardon IS as real as it gets. I find it truly inspiring that one man could touch so many lives so deeply. For me, his legacy is that of an old soul, comfortable in his own skin, following his bliss, a kindred spirit to all who crossed his path, all the while careful not to take himself too seriously. I am blessed to have known him. –Stacy Lynn Smith ’00 • New York, NY

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In Tribute:

Rev. Bradford Colton, 1918-2009 First Principal of Northwest Catholic High School Rev. Bradford Colton, who served as principal of Northwest Catholic from its founding in 1961 until 1968, passed away on Oct. 5, 2009, at the age of 91. The son of the late Harold B. and Kathryn Dowling Colton, Fr. Colton grew up in New York and graduated in 1939 from Trinity College in Hartford, where he was founder and first president of the Newman Club for Catholic students. He studied for the priesthood at St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, MD, and at the Theological College of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He was ordained on May 22, 1945, at St. Thomas Seminary by the Most Rev. Henry J. O’Brien, Bishop of Hartford. After serving at Sacred Heart Parish in Waterbury and at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, Fr. Colton was tapped in 1961 to take the helm at Northwest Catholic, one of the three high schools that opened that year in the Hartford Archdiocese. By all accounts, he was a brilliant administrator and a strict but fair taskmaster with twinkling eyes and a love of music; indeed, he wrote NWC’s school song. “He was my grammar school principal and then my high school principal – he was a constant in my life, a calming, steadying influence, which made a big impression on me because I came from an unstable home,” said Laura Connelly Allen ’65, who donated $100,000 in 2004 to endow a NWC scholarship in Fr. Colton’s name. “He was one of those people who is kind of woven into the fabric of our lives, and I really wished to honor him (with my gift).” After leaving NWC in 1968, Fr. Colton became Pastor of St. Augustine Parish in Seymour. In 1987,

he became an assistant at Corpus Christi Parish in Wethersfield, while continuing his work with the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal. In 2004, he moved to Mercyknoll and St. Mary Home in West Hartford and in 2007 to the Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin Residence for Retired Priests at the Seminary. He remained engaged and fairly active until the last several months of his life. He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, plus two nieces and a nephew and their families. He is also survived by colleagues, friends, and alums from his NWC family, who reunited both in person and in spirit when he died. “He was a teacher and a mentor to me,” said Rich Lamb ’67, a WCBS Newsradio reporter who came from NJ for Fr. Colton’s funeral at St. Thomas Seminary on Oct. 10. “His crisp diction and unfailingly correct use of the English language were examples to all of us. His boundless enthusiasm for learning, combined with his brilliance of mind, provided traits we could only seek to imitate. His sprightly step, flashes of wit and wordplay, and that twinkle in his eyes were reflections of an indomitable spirit.” Many who couldn’t pay their respects to Fr. Colton in person instead shared their memories in his on-line guest book (www.legacy.com). “I will always remember Fr. Colton visiting me at Saint Clare’s hospital in NYC when I was still a freshman; I will always remember his kindness towards me and his unwavering love and support for my mom while doctors were helping me with eye issues that lasted for the four years I attended NWC,” wrote Rich Satin ’67 of South Windsor. “I will always remember the grace, joy and understanding that Fr. Colton gave me.” “’Bouncing Brad’ was the affectionate name

Rev. Bradford Colton we had for him because of his springy step as he bounced down the aisle of the church and around the halls of the school,” said Peggy O’Connor ’69 of Dallas, TX. “I’ll always remember Fr. Colton with affection, admiration, and a smile because of his great good humor.” Katie Freeman ’67 of San Francisco wrote: “I remember Fr. Colton as a man who enjoyed his job, smiled often, was easy to talk to, and was well-respected. May God comfort his family and friends in their loss, and may we all have the joy of knowing the God has taken Fr. Colton home to spend eternity with Him.” And Deacon Gary Bockweg ’65, a lawyer and computer scientist who serves as a permanent Deacon in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. wrote: “’Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone…” Fr. Colton, during high school, I didn’t truly appreciate all that you and the teachers at Northwest gave to me. But I’ve thought of you often over the years since I left. Having now been a parent of high schoolers, and now that I work with many of the teachers and students from your alma maters (Catholic U and the Theological College), I have a deep appreciation for all you did. And I thank you.”

“He was my grammar school principal and then my high school principal – he was a constant in my life, a calming, steadying influence, which made a big impression on me...” said Laura Connelly Allen ’65, who donated $100,000 in 2004 to endow a NWC scholarship in Fr. Colton’s name. “He was one of those people who is kind of woven into the fabric of our lives, and I really wished to honor him (with my gift).”

Laura Connelly Allen ‘65 and Rev. Colton

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Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Welcomes Five More Members The sixth Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame class was inducted on Sat., Mar. 27, 2010, during a lovely dinner and ceremony in the Johnson Gymnasium. The 1981 Softball team, which won the only Softball State Championship in school history, was also honored during the evening. The new inductees, chosen for their tremendous athletic achievements, as well as their integrity, sportsmanship, and character, are: • Steve Balkun ‘74: A member of the 1973 Boys’ Basketball State Championship team, Balkun holds a school record for 44 points and 33 rebounds in one game. He went on to have an outstanding basketball career at Fairfield University, and was inducted into that school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. He was also inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in October 2009 (see related story on p. 16).

The members of the sixth Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame class are (from left): Jonathan Reed ’94, Colleen Brewer Moore ’80, Stephen Balkun ’74, Hope Kelley ’83, and Ed Connors ’83.

• Colleen Brewer Moore ‘80: An excellent track and basketball star, Moore was on NWC’s Hartford County Conference (HCC) Championship team that went 20-3 in 1980. She won a four-year basketball scholarship to the University of Hartford, where she was team captain as a junior and senior. She also played professionally in Ireland for a year after college.

• Hope Kelley ‘83: One of NWC’s best female athletes, Kelley led the Girls’ Basketball team to a 10-0 record and the HCC Championship in 1983. She was also the only girl on the NWC golf team. She went on to play basketball, soccer, and golf for the University of Hartford, where she was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.

• Ed Connors ‘83: An excellent left-handed pitcher, Connors holds NWC’s record for innings pitched (87 2/3), complete games (9), and shutouts (2). An injury curtailed his athletic career at the college level. He is a graduate of the University of Hartford. • Jonathan Reed ‘94: One of the best wide receivers in NWC football history, Reed was captain in three NWC sports (Football, Basketball, and Track). He went on to play football at Marist College, where he ranks among the top five best players in receiving touchdowns, receptions (game, season, career), and receiving yards. To be eligible for the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame, candidates must have graduated from Northwest Catholic at least 15 years before they are nominated. The Nominating Committee will select inductees based on their playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contribution to the team or teams on which they played, as well as on their contributions to NWC in general. Nominations are now being accepted for the seventh NWC Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame class, to be inducted on Sat., Mar. 26, 2011. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, candidates must have graduated in 1997 or earlier. The Nominating Committee will select inductees based on their playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contribution to the team or teams on which they played, as well as on their contributions to NWC in general.

Holding framed photo collages from “that championship season,” members of the 1981 State Champion Softball team are (from left): Erin O’Brien Earley, Karen Rodgers Miller, Carey O’Brien McGlynn, Kath Stovall Jordan, Jeanne Murray Van Schaack, Meg Grady McCrudden, Hope Kelley, and Susan Rodgers Chernovetz.

Visit www.northwestcatholic.org/athletics to submit an on-line nomination; the deadline is Dec. 1, 2010.

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orthwest Catholic is approaching the half-century mark – and this auspicious milestone will be celebrated in style! Many plans are in the works, but we’re still collecting ideas, NWC photos, clippings, and other memorabilia. To contribute, please contact Director of Advancement Patricia Walsh (pwalsh@nwcath.org, or 860-236-4221, x138). NWC is working on a new Alumni Directory, to be published in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary. Research for the book, which will be conducted by PCI, will begin in late Fall. Details to follow, but be on the lookout for requests for data verification from PCI.

Founding of Northwest Catholic - September 24, 1961

Mark your calendars now, and please plan to celebrate with us! Saturday, September 24, 2011 – 50th Anniversary Opening Liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Mansell at NWC; this is exactly 50 years to the day that the school was dedicated. (Chair: NWC Campus Ministry Director and teacher Kristi Gillespie, kgillespie@nwcath.org) Saturday, November 19, 2011 – Saturday Night Live with a special 50th Anniversary twist (Coordinator: NWC Director of Constituent Relations Jane Leary, jleary@nwcath.org) Saturday, March 31, 2012 – 50th Anniversary Gala (all are invited), The Aqua Turf, Southington (Co-Chairs: NWC Current Parents Mary Butler and Kara Cunningham Langan ’81) Monday, June 4, 2012 – NWC Golf Tournament, 50th Anniversary Style (Coordinator: Patricia Walsh, pwalsh@nwcath.org)


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