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The Magazine of St. Paul VI Catholic High School • Spring/Summer 2022

Tradition & Transformation Ginny Colwell Retires as Head of School after 29 years at PVI.


SCHOOL NEWS

“I’ve always had the family feel about this place since the first day I walked in.”

“Paul VI has a strong sense of community and commitment to Catholic education and service.”

“Every moment at PVI has cultivated the beautiful things in my life, providing an environment for me to grow.”

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“Success is not always what you expect it to be.”

“Learning from other people’s success and failure is not weakness; it is wisdom.”

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The Class of 2022 celebrates their graduation on the stadium field on Wednesday, June 1. As a class, these seniors sent out over 1,500 college applications, were offered over 16 million dollars in scholarships, and performed over 21,000 hours of service to the community.

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IN THIS ISSUE Tradition & Transformation

Panther Tracks Magazine St. Paul VI Catholic High School 42341 Braddock Road Chantilly, VA 20152 703-352-0925 • paulvi.net

Ginny Colwell Retires as Head of School

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A D M I N I S T R AT I O N Mrs. Laura Swenson Head of School Dr. Tom Opfer ’96 Principal Fr. Stephen Schultz Chaplain Mrs. Elba Campagna P ’16, ’18, ’19, ’21 Assistant Principal, Dean of Academics

The Next Chapter

Mrs. Eileen Hanley P ’00 Assistant Principal for Admissions and Student Life

Laura Swenson Named Next Head of School

Mrs. Cindi Harkes Assistant Principal, Dean of Instruction Mr. Patrick McGroarty P ’09, ’10 Assistant Principal, Dean of Students Mrs. Michelle Pochick Chief Financial Officer OFFICE OF ADVANCEMENT Ms. Kate Grimm Andreottola ’94, ’25 Director of Advancement Mrs. Mary Ashooh Hamrick ’86, P ’19, ’20, ’22 Associate Director, Constituent Relations Mrs. Kiersten Caputy Annual Fund Manager Ms. Christine Moan Advancement Services Coordinator

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Student Profiles Seniors Exemplify PVI Mission

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O F F I C E O F C O M M U N I C AT I O N S Mrs. Irene Zaso Director of Communications and Marketing Mrs. Eileen Kiley Curren ’98 Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing; Creative and Editorial Content Manager PVI SCHOOL BOARD President: Angela Wilson P ’21, ’23

Class of 2022 Graduation & Class Stats

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Vice President: Rev. Donald Heet, OSFS Secretary: Marianne Moore P ’19, ’20, ’25 Don Bohn P ’19, ’21

Alumni Today

George Eastment P ’05

Alumni Make Their Mark

Jennifer Bell Keating ’92, P ’22

Mark Graham ’90, P ’22 Gene Hubbard Kathy Lyons P ’08, ’10, ’11 Ann Orem Zigo ’00

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Kate Shanley P ’21 Andy Zaso P ’18, ’21 Cover: Retiring Head of School Ginny Colwell poses behind the main building on the newly named Ginny & Bill Colwell Patio. The Colwells share the incredible gift of being able to bring people together. As the location of many school events, its new name will commemorate the iv PANTHER TRACKS hospitality that Ginny and Spring/Summer Bill personified 2022 during their time at PVI.

EVERY ISSUE Alumni Updates......................................................50 In Memoriam ..........................................................58


T H A N K YO U & FA R E W EL L L E T T ER

Ginny Colwell, Head of School 2016-2022 Dear PVI Friends, It’s so hard to believe that this is my last Head of School letter in Panther Tracks. I have been honored to serve St. Paul VI Catholic High School and the Diocese of Arlington for nearly 30 years and play several leadership roles at PVI. It was a bittersweet time for me as we closed out the school year and I completed my final school year at PVI. I am looking forward to enjoying retirement with my husband Bill and being able to spend more time with our three sons and our “grandloves.” However, I will find it difficult to step away from the school that has been such a major part of our lives. PVI has been my career for three decades. PVI has been the place I have met and cultivated so many friendships. PVI has been the team we have cheered for each season. PVI has been the school that shaped my three sons to become who they are today. In this issue, you will find several student and alumni spotlights. I am always so proud to see how much our current students flourish and embody the PVI mission statement in their successes, as well as what our alumni have gone on to accomplish. I am so blessed to have been a part of the greater team of faculty at PVI who have helped shape so many lives. We are also featuring the latest happenings on campus in this issue, from fine arts, athletics, the return of the Black & Gold Gala, and more. I am grateful that my final year as Head of School was a much more typical year than the previous two. The halls (and my evenings) were busy – and noisy – full of energy, excitement, and school spirit…just as they should be! Mrs. Laura Swenson has been named the next Head of School by Bishop Burbidge (see page 10) and I am confident she will lead PVI successfully into our next chapter. While I have retired from this role, I will always have PVI and this community in my heart and in my prayers. I look forward to volunteering within the Diocese and continuing to support our beloved school in whatever ways I can. Thank you for putting your trust in me as Head of School. My time at PVI has been the journey and honor of a lifetime. I will continue to trust in the Lord.

Virginia Colwell ST. PAUL VI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

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GINNY COLWELL PVI 1993-2022

Teacher. Advisor. Academic Dean. Assistant Principal. Principal. Head of School. You have led our school with faith, dedication, compassion and a sense of humor. Thank you, for all you have done for our school and community — and for what you have built. Your legacy will live on in all that we do at PVI.

Congratulations on your well-earned retirement. ST. PAUL VI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

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TR ADITION & TR ANSFORMATION: Ginny Colwell Retires as Head of School

Starting as an English teacher in 1993, Ginny became principal in 2006 and Head of School in 2016. Since her time in leadership, Ginny has overseen many changes, led PVI through challenges, and done so with grace, and most importantly, a sense of humor.

Ginny Colwell Retires as Head of School Article by Natalie Askin ’22

This summer, Mrs. Ginny Colwell, Head of School, retired after 29 years at Paul VI, including sixteen years in leadership. Students knew Mrs. Colwell as the administrator who sat in during classes, the kind face in the hall, or merely someone in charge, but Mrs. Colwell was so much more than that. As Head of School, Colwell acted as a CEO, managing finance, budgets, strategic planning, athletics, and much more. Whatever the role, she was loved and respected by teachers, students, staff and parents. “PVI is both business and family combined,” Colwell said. Because her husband Bill was in the military, Colwell had moved to a lot of different places before settling in Virginia. “I loved everywhere we lived…it wasn’t just the place, it was where we were gathered as a family.” In 1989, they were transferred to Northern Virginia, Ginny’s first yearbook photo from the 1994 yearbook is juxtaposed next to her photo in and Colwell had the 2022 yearbook. She joined the PVI a few long-term faculty in 1983 as an English teacher and went on to serve in the positions of Dean of substitute teaching Academics, Assistant Principal and Principal, jobs in Fairfax before assuming the position of Head of County. In 1993, she School in 2016. applied to Paul VI as an English teacher and was hired by then principal Fr. Mulligan. “I’ve always had the family feel about this place since the first day I walked in. When I was teaching, I had a great support staff with my 4

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department chair.” Not only did her teaching experiences help her become the Head of School, but it also helped her have great relationships with the teachers. She states, “I think my relationships with teachers are good because I was one of them. When I went into administration, I knew what was being asked of everyone.” Colwell worked hard for the PVI community. She helped the school move from Fairfax to the new Chantilly campus in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. “I couldn’t have done it without the teachers; they really stepped up,” she shared. She then navigated the school through getting settled in a new space, hybrid-learning, and Covid protocols. Whether watching PVI athletic events, taking time to smile and talk to students, or going the extra mile to make the school the best it can be, Mrs. Colwell’s love and dedication has helped PVI succeed as “both a business and a family.” With all of the time and love she has brought to the PVI family, she now needs to spend time with her family at home in retirement. “It’s just my time now; I just want to be a Nana,” Colwell says with a smile. She speaks very fondly of her “grandloves,” as she calls them. “Jane, Rose, and Beau live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Ben lives in Los Angeles. They are my hearts!” she exclaims. Colwell has been the heart of PVI for a long time, and it is now the point for her to retire. She has placed in PVI’s hands a strong legacy, a model of great faith, and a lasting impact. The community will forever be grateful for all she has done. Her legacy will remain as PVI continues to “grow in grace and wisdom.”


PVI THEN & NOW SQUARE FOOTAGE: 2006:

2022:

16 ACRES

68 ACRES

ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS 2006-2007:

2021-2022

$0

$712,412

FINANCIAL AID AND MERIT AWARDED 2006-2007:

$768,388

2021-2022:

$2,998,253

Ginny delivers her annual “By the Numbers” speech in 2008 at Baccalaureate held at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Chantilly.

“Ginny has been an amazing model of our Catholic faith. Her spirit and heart that she shares with the students, staff and school always brings such peace to any situation. This unconditional love is going to be missed by us all Ginny speaks at the Ribbon Cutting for PVI’s new campus on August 27, 2020.

here at Paul VI.” —Mrs. Debbie Bozik, Registrar

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“It’s been the work of her life to help students learn, to grow in grace and wisdom, to help them to be who they are in the light of God’s love. That really shines forth in all of the work that she has done here.” —Fr. Stephen Schultz, Chaplain Ginny poses with students in the Options program in 2014.

4,790

THANK YOU LETTERS SIGNED

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CHRISTMAS CARDS SIGNED

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PERSONAL THANK YOU CALLS MADE 6

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“You can trace the path of any school and juxtapose that to who is the school leader. You’ll be able to tell the success or the failure of that particular school. When you look at Paul VI’s path over the last decade or so, and you look at the success that they’ve enjoyed, all roads lead to Ginny’s office. She was not a good hire; she was a great hire.” — Dr. Tim McNiff, former Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Arlington

Ginny and her mother Mrs. Laura Dailey are pictured at their favorite pub in Ireland. Ginny shares that her parents were a major influence on her life and describes them as “my heroes.”


$460,000

Ginny poses with the Panther on Day of Giving 2022.

ANNUALIFUND

SINCE GINNY BECAME HEAD OF SCHOOL IN 2016, THE PAUL VI ANNUAL FUND HAS INCREASED FROM $228,277 AND 325 DONORS TO OVER $460,000 AND 1,000+

$1,000 DONORS

Ginny speaks at PVI’s new campus groundbreaking on February 16, 2018.

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Ginny is pictured with her husband Bill, her sons Ryan ’97, Jack ’99 and Dan ’05, their wives, and her grandchildren. During her retirement, Ginny plans to spend more time with her family, especially her grandchildren, who she calls her “grand-loves.”

Ginny locks up at PVI Fairfax one last time on June 19, 2020 with Dr. Tom Opfer, current principal, and Father Don Heet, OSFS, PVI’s founding principal.

“Thank you for being a wonderful leader. You are always wise and calm, no matter how difficult the situation is. You truly live and lead by example.” —Mrs. Ana Aldana, World Languages

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D I P L O M A S AWA R D E D

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Ginny poses with then Superintendent Sister Bernadette McManigal, B.V.M., in 2012 at the Chancery, to highlight the launch of PVI’s One-to-One Laptop program.


$4.8M C A M PA I G N

UNDER HER LEADERSHIP, PAUL VI HAS RAISED OVER $4.8M THROUGH THE BUILDING ON EXTRAORDINARY CAMPAIGN, SECURING FOUR OF THE LARGEST GIFTS IN SCHOOL HISTORY. Ginny congratulates a student during Junior Ring Mass in 2016.

“Faith and community are two of the important

“Here’s a little shout out to one of Ginny’s favorite

aspects that Ginny truly believes in at Paul

poets, William Butler Gates. One of his images is

VI. She’s helped us all to grow in our faith.

that of the rock. The stone and the water streams

She’s helped us all to remember that first and

around it, but the stone is a constant. Ginny has

foremost, we’re a Catholic community and we

been a rock and embodies perseverance. She does

take care of each other.”

not give up.”

—Dr. Tom Opfer, Principal

—Dr. Mary Sullivan, English teacher ST. PAUL VI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

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SCHOOL NEWS

Bishop Burbidge appoints Laura Swenson as new Head of School ollowing an extensive national search and the

and builds on the school’s

recommendation of a search committee, Bishop

many successes. I am

Michael F. Burbidge has appointed Laura Swenson

praying for Mrs. Swenson

as the new Head of School for Paul VI. Mrs. Swenson

and her family during this

assumed the position on July 1, 2022.

time of transition.” Bishop

“I am confident that Laura Swenson is the ideal person

Burbidge added, "To the

to step into this critical role as Head of School at Paul VI,”

members of the search

said Bishop Burbidge. “I believe God will use her gifts

committee, I express my

and talents to allow St. Paul VI Catholic High School

appreciation for your hard

to continue to flourish as a premier Catholic high

work and diligence in

school. Paul VI offers exceptional instruction rooted in

helping me identify the

our Catholic faith and meets the highest standards of

most appropriate candidate for this key role."

excellence, offering an experience that allows students to

Mrs. Swenson began her career as an intelligence analyst

thrive spiritually, intellectually and socially. The members

before moving into the education field 26 years ago.

of this community, in turn, will be a great blessing to

She has served in a variety of roles in Connecticut and

Mrs. Swenson as she embarks on this important work

Tennessee over the course of her career, including as a teacher, consultant, instructional coach and advisor, and school administrator. Most recently she has served as academic dean, then principal at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she helped guide the school community through the challenges presented by the COVID pandemic. Swenson earned a Master of Arts in Education from the University of St. Joseph, and a professional educator

Caption: Laura poses with her husband Steve and sons David and Matthew on a family vacation in Hilton Head.

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Favorite Quotes “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” — Booker T. Washington license in elementary and secondary history and political science. Additionally, she holds a certificate in school

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” — Albert Einstein

management and leadership from Harvard University. “I am delighted to join the Paul VI community and

Favorite Saint

look forward to building upon the school’s tradition of

Francis de Sales is one of my favorite saints. Years ago, I received a book from a dear friend titled Set Your Heart Free: The Practical Spirituality of Francis de Sales. I have read it many times because it is a 30-day guide that reminds me to simplify my life and be mindful of God in all things.

excellence to grow its mission as a service-oriented, faithfilled Catholic institution,” Mrs. Swenson said. “I have been warmly welcomed by all, and feel blessed to join the Diocese of Arlington, a dynamic and supportive diocese that is committed to Catholic education.” “Laura Swenson is grounded in faith and brings creative, collaborative and forward-thinking leadership skills to the Paul VI community,” said Dr. Joseph Vorbach III, Superintendent of Schools. “We’re delighted she will be joining us.” “We are so grateful for Ginny Colwell’s years of dedicated commitment and service to St. Paul VI Catholic High School. We pray that she receives many blessings in this next chapter of her life,” said Dr. Vorbach. Stay tuned to the next issue of Panther Tracks and watch our social media accounts @paulvicatholic to learn more about Mrs. Swenson.

“I am delighted to join the Paul VI community and look forward to building upon the school’s tradition of excellence to grow its mission as a service-oriented, faith-filled

“VI Fun Facts” about Mrs. Swenson • Laura is a diehard Boston sports fan, and a Bucs fan, as long as Tom Brady is playing. • Laura has broken her nose twice thinking she can play basketball with her much taller husband and sons. • Laura ate breakfast with former President Bush’s dog, Millie, sitting on her lap, and he suggested she send her dry cleaning bill to the First Lady. • Laura performed in a dance group in the Rose Garden when she was in high school. • Laura got lost commuting on her first day of work to Paul VI, and it is only a 1.5 mile drive! • Laura is happy to be at Paul VI, and hasn’t gotten lost in the building...yet!

Catholic institution.” — Laura Swenson ST. PAUL VI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

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SCHOOL NEWS

Pictured left to right: Peg Weimer, Robert Fisher, Ginny Colwell, Christine Casey, and Eileen Johnson pose with a pen and ink sketch of St. Paul VI drawn by art teacher Ms. Cindy Ali ’96 to commemorate Ginny’s retirement.

Faculty and Staff Retirements We are grateful for the years of dedicated service by the following faculty and staff members who retired at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Mrs. Eileen Johnson retired after 32 years at PVI. Mrs. Johnson taught all levels of math and served as a Department Chair and Advisor. She was also the cocoordinator of the new teacher mentoring program. Over her 24 years, Madame Christine Casey taught French, was an Advisor, moderated the French Club and French Honor Society and organized several student trips to France. Mrs. Roberta Fisher retired after 14 years in the Finance Office. In addition to her Accounts Payable responsibilities, she has been an Advisor and a friendly face helping out in the lunch line.

Dr. Peg Weimer retired after 23 years. During her time at PVI, Peg wore many hats. She taught computer classes, and was an Advisor and department chair. For many years, Dr. Weimer served as Instructional Technologist and, most recently, Dean of Instruction. She was pivotal in the implementation of the one-to-one laptop program. She is also the mother of three PVI alumni. St. Francis de Sales, wrote, “Great occasions for serving God come seldom, but little ones surround us daily.” Mrs. Johnson, Madame Casey, Mrs. Fisher and Dr. Weimer, that you for all the big and small ways you have helped our students, faculty and staff grow in grace and wisdom. For more staff updates, visit www.paulvi.net/staffupdates.

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SCHOOL NEWS

School Board Update Paul VI is excited to introduce the three newest members of the School Board.

Don Bohn

Kathy Lyons

Andy Zaso

Don Bohn earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Villanova University. He has served on the boards for the Alliance for Aging Research and the Healthcare Institute of New Jersey. Don enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, golf, and reading.

Kathy Lyons grew up overseas and eventually returned to Vienna, Virginia. She has a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from George Mason and a Master’s in Computer Science from George Washington. She worked for the CIA for 35 years and is now a cybersecurity consultant. She enjoys playing golf and pickleball, hiking, reading, and hanging out with her children and grandchildren.

Andy Zaso holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Boston University and MBA from George Washington University. He had a long career in Federal Information Technology for the Federal Government, including time with the Secret Service, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Courts. After retiring from the Federal Government, he joined Raytheon Technologies in the area of cybersecurity.

“Being on the board gives me the chance to give back to the wonderful, faith-filled PVI community that has given so much to my family,” shares Kathy.

Andy’s hobbies include volunteering at Our Lady of Good Counsel and PVI, running Boy Scout Camporees, golf, traveling, and visiting with friends.

“Being on the board allows me the opportunity to give back to a special school that has had a great impact on our family. Paul VI has a strong sense of community and commitment to Catholic education and service,” shares Don.

“Being on the board is important to me because PVI has been so important to my family. The foundation the school provided my daughters has shaped them into the wonderful people they are today,” shares Andy. ST. PAUL VI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Mission Possible

Seniors exemplify school mission in growth and accomplishments The first sentence of PVI’s mission statement is, “The mission of St. Paul VI Catholic High School is to provide an excellent Catholic education to young men and women by affording them the means to achieve spiritual, intellectual, personal, social, and physical development according to the teachings of the Gospel and St. Francis de Sales.” More than just words, a mission statement outlines the goals, objectives and priorities of a school. Members of the graduating Class of 2022 reflected on how their diverse experiences at PVI helped them grow and develop into the people they are today.

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I NTELL E C T U A L LY Anastasia Leffas ’22 Activities: Pink and White Club, Panthers for Life, Campus Ministry Leadership Team, Philosophy Club, Theater Favorite PVI memory: “During the spring of every year, when everything starts winding down and the weather is beautiful, I really recognize what a gift PVI is. This is when it really hits me how truly grateful I am for the year that’s passing. It’s during that time that my friends and I study (or to be honest, cram) for finals together, hit up Panera right after school a bit too often, and laugh and chat after school with our favorite teachers from that year: all things that wrap up a whole year at PVI with a few beautiful little moments.” “PVI has pushed me to discover just who God is calling me to be. Whether it’s intellectually, through my fabulous teachers; spiritually, through Campus Ministry; or socially, through service projects, leadership, and extremely fun events, every moment at PVI has cultivated the beautiful things in my life, providing an environment for me to grow. I am grateful for how PVI has helped me grow in my faith. I have been provided with so many opportunities to dive deeper into the Catholic faith, and learn how to take ownership and grow in leadership in my faith in the current culture.” Anastasia will be attending Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas on a full tuition scholarship and hopes to study History and Journalism.

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PHYSICALLY

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Dug McDaniel ’22 Activities: Basketball and Football Favorite Memory: “My favorite PVI experience was winning the WCAC Championship in basketball this past year. We had been to the championship game when I was a sophomore, but didn’t get “the W” that year.” “PVI has helped me develop socially. I’m more comfortable approaching people and becoming friends with other people who aren’t necessarily like me. Physically, my experience at PVI have taught me that hard work and dedication pays off.” What’s next for Dug? “Next year, I will be playing basketball and furthering my education at the University of Michigan. But once a Panther always a Panther.”

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Taylor Virusky ’22 Activities: Photography Club, National Honor Society, Peer Mentoring, Stage Crew, Asian Culture Club Favorite PVI Memory: “Throughout my time at PVI I have gotten to experience so many amazing things and I have so many different memories, but I would have to say one of my favorite memories would have to be junior prom. It was one of the first gatherings our whole class could do during the pandemic. It was super exciting to dress up and go with my group of friends to the Country Club. It was reassuring to experience a feeling of normality after a year of unfamiliar mandatory separation.” “PVI has helped me develop intellectually. The challenging courses and very rigorous curriculum pushes you to work hard. Thanks to PVI, I have developed a strong worth ethic and a momentum to push myself harder. I have also developed socially. PVI encourages everyone to be involved and I have taken that to heart. The support and comfort felt from the PVI community has helped me grow more comfortable to be myself and reach more personal goals.” Taylor will be attending James Madison University and plans to major in International Affairs.

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Ethan Lee ’22 Activities: Football, Wresting, Altar Server, Band, Nobilis Christi (Gentlemen of Christ). Favorite PVI Memory: “My favorite memory was football senior night. Being able to walk onto the field with the brothers I found in the past four years and the parents who supported me for eighteen is a feeling I will never forget. Paul VI has given me a family that has supported and loved me for years and will continue to support and love me for many more.” “PVI has turned me into the person I am today. Whether it is as a son, brother, or friend, I thrive to be the best person I can be. Paul VI has helped me find my spiritual life and has helped me in my physical development. Many of the people I have met here have done nothing but uplift and help turn me into the person I am today.” Next year, Ethan plans to study Computer Engineering at Christopher Newport University.

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I NTEL L E C T U A L Sophia Lama ’22 Activities: Chess Club, It’s Academic, Philosophy Club, Gaming Club, shot put for Indoor Track & Field. Favorite PVI memory: “My favorite PVI memory is my first day of junior year. It was my first day being an upperclassman, being in the new building, and being back in-person after sophomore year came to an abrupt halt. That day was the start of an amazing year for me.” “I’ve been able to grow tremendously on an intellectual and personal level due to my teachers. I can tell that they’re all incredibly passionate about their subjects, and that inspires me to do the best I can in their classes. The impactful Theology classes I’ve taken at PVI have also allowed me to grow a lot spiritually. I now take a much more active role in my faith, and I look forward to continuing my spiritual growth after graduation.” Sophia will attend the University of Notre Dame and study Engineering.

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Kevin Kirk ’22 Activities: Orchestra, Computer Club, playing piano at Mass In addition to his musical activities at PVI, Kevin also participated in competitions and festivals hosted by the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association. He shares that in particular, he enjoyed playing popular songs from the 50s and 60s for local nursing homes. Favorite PVI experience: “I’ve always loved participating in the instrumental concerts. It’s fun being able to get on stage with other instrumentalists to share our music with an audience.” “PVI has helped me develop as a musician by giving me a friendly environment in which I could interact with other musicians. PVI has helped me develop intellectually by letting me attend classes taught by great teachers who really know their stuff. PVI has helped me develop socially by setting me in a great environment with other kids. And PVI has helped me develop spiritually by giving me opportunities to participate in activities like school Masses.” Next year, Kevin will attend Virginia Tech and plans to study Computer Science.

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IN T E L L E C T U A L LY

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT


Our seniors have grown in grace and wisdom during their four years at Paul VI and will go on to excel in colleges across the country…and beyond. The Class of 2022 will attend the following colleges: Auburn University

High Point University

Purdue University

University of Arizona

Ave Maria University

Howard University

Radford University

University of Dayton

Baylor University

James Madison University

Saint Joseph’s University

University of Delaware

Belmont University

Kenyon College

San Diego State University

University of Florida

Benedictine College

Keystone College

University of Georgia

Boston College

Lehigh University

Savannah College of Art & Design

Boston University

Lincoln Technical Institute

Seattle University

Christopher Newport University

Longwood University

Seton Hill University

University of Mary Washington

Spelman College

University of Maryland

Clemson University

Manhattan College

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

University of Michigan

Stetson University

University of South Carolina

SUNY Korea

University of South Florida

Susquehanna University

University of the Pacific

Syracuse University

University of Vermont

New York University

The Catholic University of America

University of Virginia

North Carolina State University

The University of Alabama

College of Charleston College of William & Mary Colorado State University Elon University Emory University Florida Atlantic University Fordham University Franciscan University of Steubenville George Mason University

Loyola University Maryland Marymount University Miami University, Oxford Monmouth University Montana State University Mount St. Mary’s University

Northern Virginia Community College

George Washington University

Ohio State University

Georgetown University

Pennsylvania State University

Hampden-Sydney College

Orange Coast College

University of Lynchburg

University of Notre Dame

Villanova University

The University of TennesseeKnoxville Tri-County Technical College United States Military Academy United States Military Academy Preparatory School

Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Military Institute Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Wake Forest University West Virginia University Xavier University

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SCHOOL NEWS

Congratulations Class of 2022! The Class of 2022 graduated on June 1 in a beautiful ceremony held on the stadium field. In his remarks, Bishop Burbidge encouraged the 209 graduates to remember, rejoice and renew. Sophia Lama, Valedictorian, and Jessica Serres, Salutatorian, also addressed their classmates and we have shared an excerpt from each of their speeches here.

“I want to encourage you to include God in every day of the rest of your lives. I promise it will change your life for the better. Live every day like it’s a Water Main Exploding Day. The world may be crumbling all around you, but don’t let it bring you down. As we journey into adulthood, the final frontier, we should try to find joy in everything we do.” — Sophia Lama, Valedictorian

Pictured right to left: Sophia Lama, Valedictorian and Jessica Serres, Salutatorian

“Success is not always what you expect it to be…The journey to get here is so much more important than what we have accomplished. In fact, our accomplishments are further exalted by the struggles we have faced…So as you receive your diploma today, remember everything you struggled through and worked through to get here and know that your accomplishment does not stop there. Your accomplishment is in the work you put in.” — Jessica Serres, Salutatorian

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CLASS OF 2022 BY THE

NUMBERS

16

MILLION DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED

3

NATIONAL MERI T

FINA LISTS

8

NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED

STUDE NTS

22

AP SCHOLARS

6

SETS OF

TWINS

29 ATHLETES MOVING ON TO COLLEGE LEVEL

13

SENIORS WHOSE PARENTS ATTENDED PVI

497

SPORTS TEAMS

2,124

ACADEMIC CLUB ACTIVITIES

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PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB SPOTLIGHT

In Our Natural Habitats Members of the Photography Club took their talents around campus, to the woods, and even Guatemala. Spotlighted here is photography by Patrick Matthews ’23, Anderson Torres-Rivas ’22, and Gianna Maynard ’25. 24

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Patrick Matthews ’23


Anderson Torres-Rivas ’22

Gianna Maynard ’25

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ART SPOTLIGHT

Ziiwan by Brie Ferrufino ’23

Shore by Amelia Kim ’22 Rescued by Julia Thomas ’22

Student Art Spotlight On May 24, PVI hosted its annual Art Show with the theme of “Channeling Ideas.” According to Art teacher Ms. Cindi Ali ’96, “This year, the students felt relieved from a dark period of Covid and felt like they were back on track sorting out their ideas.” We are featuring a sampling of their art here and congratulate all our talented student artists.

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Icarus by Lauren Mangilit ’22

Beatrix by Stella Dermody ’23

Ruminations by Melissa Vinh ’23

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SCHOOL NEWS

Students Learn Business Lessons in the

SHARK TANK Article by Natalie Askin ’22

t PVI, students are lucky to be offered an

“I’ve learned so much useful information in this

Entrepreneurship class, where they learn how

class, and I feel prepared if I were to create my own

to start and run businesses, work without the

business plan one day,” said junior Lia Pugsley. Senior

guidance of a boss, and create new ideas themselves. Mrs. Mary Gillman teaches the Business electives

Brennan Colby agreed, “With each class, we grew closer and closer to the information that we gained.”

at Paul VI, including the Entrepreneurship class.

With the help of Mrs. Christina Desmarais, Director

She has worked on developing and improving

of Community Engagement, Gillman secured

the class for the past few years. Gillman teaches

real world mentors who were experienced in

entrepreneurship fundamentals, such as creating

their fields and willing to help in the class. They

business plans and presenting pitches, while also

even assembled a few Paul VI alumni and current

preparing students for their own “Shark Tank.”

parents, who were especially happy to participate.

Instead of merely watching the show, students in the

For example, Mr. Lorenzo D’Agostino is a PVI

class were able to experience the show “Shark Tank”

alumnus and owns multiple Tony’s NY Pizza

hands-on, coming up with a new product idea and

restaurants, a chain started by his family.

building a pitch. While they complete each step of the process, Gillman breaks down each step. She also brings in outside mentors to teach and aid even more.

Another example is Mr. Joseph F. Terpenning, who has a daughter in the entrepreneurship class. Terpenning is a Clinical Orthotist and owner of

“It is vital to remember that it is normal to not have all the answers. A successful entrepreneur and business owner needs to be true to themselves and know when to seek the advice and expertise of fellow experts.” — JOSEPH F. TERPENNING OWNER, INFINITE TECHNOLOGIES ORTHOTICS AND PROSTHETICS 28

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Infinite Technologies Orthotics & Prosthetics, Infinite Life Therapy, Infinite Equity, and The Terpenning Group.


SCHOOL NEWS

Above: Patti Duckworth Kwong ’99 (EthnSynPro), Joe Terpenning P ’21, ’23 (Infinite Technologies Orthotics and Prosthetics) and Mark Brogley P ’17, ’19 (Ripeta) serve as Sharks and listen to students pitch their ideas during Entrepreneurship class in January 2022. Bottom Left: Ray Pugsley P ’23, ’26, Owner of Potomac River Run & Walk, listens to Mick Torrey ’22 discuss his group’s business plan. Bottom Right: Brennan Colby ’22 and Jameson Glynn ’22 pitch their product idea.

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He gave great advice, noting: “It is vital to remember that it is normal to not have all the answers. A successful entrepreneur and business owner needs to be true to themselves and know when to seek

“No matter what business you go into, do it with passion to be the best you can be. Never do anything for the money. If you are passionate and always give 100% you will be rewarded.”

the advice and expertise of fellow experts. The knowledge is already

— TONY STAFFORD OWNER, FORD’S FISH SHACK

out there and many things have been tried. Learning from other people’s success and failure is not weakness, it is wisdom.”

of visits to provide additional support and less time between sessions. Hopefully I helped the students look at the bigger picture and view their business from the perspective of the customers that they

Mentors who came throughout the semester were

want to serve,” he said.

happy to see the

“What I think was really special was having the opportunities to meet with so many

students’ plans from start to finish. Mentor Kevin Sturm, who runs a coaching business

The students valued being able to meet with the mentors. “What I think was really special was having the opportunities to meet with so many different mentors who came into the class. They really helped me narrow down my vision for my idea, and ultimately made it better,” Colby said.

different mentors who

called FocalPoint

came into the class.

Coaching, said, “I

Mr. Anthony (Tony) Stafford, who owns three

They really helped

enjoyed seeing

restaurants in Loudoun County called Ford’s Fish

me narrow down my

the progress that

Shack, has been in business for over 11 years. He

vision for my idea,

was being made

visited the class three times and was impressed with

and ultimately made

and thought that

the students’ engagement and growth. “They were

it better.”

it might be fun to

very bright and smart young men and women who

increase the number

are already on track to become great small business

— Brennan Colby ’22

owners,” Stafford said.

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Students pitched their business plans in the Shark Tank at the end of the semester, and according to mentors, the presentations went well. Bridgit Phelps, who works in nonprofit development, said, “The students did a great job, particularly those who found out their partner was out sick and they had to present by themselves with almost no notice. I could see the amount of work each group put into their product concepts and presentations.” Mrs. Gillman expressed pride in her students, saying, “The students just stepped up. That’s a lot for a high schooler to do, and they did so well.”

REAL WORLD PERSPECTIVES

Career Reps in the Classroom We appreciate the following individuals and companies who helped in our Entrepreneurship course this past school year, either as mentors, sharks or guest speakers: • Brendan Armstrong ’04, Patrick Armstrong ’08, Liam Armstrong ’12; Trinity Wiring Solutions • Chris Bourassa and Laila Victorie; The Ballpark Loudoun • Mark Brogley P ’17, ’19, Ripeta

While students may forget specific information they

• Lorenzo D’Agostino ’09; Tony’s NY Pizza

learned about the processes an Entrepreneur goes

• Bruce Gemmil, GAM Graphics and Marketing

through, they will always remember that whatever

• Carolyn Gullion, VIRAGE Creative

they do, no matter the area, they should do it

• Scott Hamberger, Integrus Holdings, Inc.

with passion.

• Jason Kangarloo, The Fitness Equation • Patti Duckworth Kwong ’99, EthnSynPro

Stafford states, “No matter what business you

• Angela Mitchel, ARM Consulting LLC

go into, do it with passion to be the best you

• Bridgit Phelps, ALS.Org

can be. Never do anything for the money. If

• Mary Pociask, Schooley Mitchell

you are passionate and always give 100% you

• Ray Pugsley P ’23, ’26, Potomac River Run & Walk

will be rewarded.”

• Chris Ricci, NVA Career Coaching • Tony Stafford P ’23, Ford’s Fish Shack

The mentors’ advice and information learned

• Kevin Sturm, GAME ON Coaching

in Entrepreneurship class will help PVI students

• Greg Switaj, C12 Group of NoVa

immensely in the future, no matter the path they

• Joe Terpenning P ’21, ’23, Infinite Technologies Orthotics and Prosthetics

follow or create themselves.

• Andrea Winey, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce • Kyle Winey, HACKiversity

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Girls and Boys Basketball Win VISAA Championship It was quite the year for PVI Basketball as both teams won the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division 1 Championship on Saturday, March 5. The girls team won their 15th straight VISAA title with a 60-48 victory over St. Anne’sBelfield, Charlottesville, VA. The boys team won their second straight and 6th overall VISAA title with a 56-52 win over St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes, Alexandria, VA. Additionally, on February 28, the boys won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) championship by defeating Bishop McNamara, Forestville, MD, on a last-second shot that put them up 43-42 with .7 secs left on the clock.

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SCHOOL NEWS

ADVANCING TO THE NEXT LEVEL Congratulations to the Class of 2022 College Bound Athletes Front row, pictured left to right: Jake Frye (Monmouth

lacrosse), Owen Mead (Marymount baseball), Dug

football), Kevin Adamson (Keystone baseball), Alex

McDaniel (Michigan basketball), Sophie Weeks (Dayton

Hebenstreit (Harford baseball), Brendan Cecka (St.

soccer), Caroline Graham (Villanova soccer).

Mary’s, Maryland baseball), Carlos Irizarry (Penn

Top row, pictured left to right: Jessica Serres (Michigan

State baseball), Marco Signorello (Maryland lacrosse),

dance), Caroline Mitchell (Elon cheer), Madison

Isabella Henson-Vendrell (Villanova lacrosse), Erin

Garcia (Mount St. Mary’s track), Alyssa Costigan

Irlan (South Florida track), Gabriella Henson-Vendrell

(Manhattan basketball), Fiona Hastick (West Point

(Villanova lacrosse).

basketball), Ashley Vandergrift (Lynchburg basketball),

Middle row, pictured left to right: Grant Catello (Mount

Maya Koebke (Mary Washington lacrosse), Jaelyn

St. Mary’s lacrosse), Jaden Mullins (Mount St. Mary’s

Talley (Stetson basketball), Pierre Westoff (Ave Maria

lacrosse), Carson Boyle (Vermont lacrosse), Johnny

golf), Corinne Eisner (Seton Hill basketball). Not

Kidd (Lehigh lacrosse), Jacob Fowler (Mary Washington

pictured: Stephen Payne (Ave Maria football).

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SPORTS NEWS

The athletic program at Paul VI is an extension of our school’s mission and in turn, the mission of the Church. Through athletics, students learn the value of teamwork, competition, and hard work, as well as how to deal with failure and adversity. These lessons build up young men and women in faith, who are then prepared for the world, with their faith as their guide. As college students and professionals, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, and members of their communities, students will rely on this foundation in the next roles they take on after PVI.

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DUAL MATCHES: COACH MIKE EASTMAN (WRESTLING)

WINS: COACH GLENN FARELLO (BOYS BASKETBALL)

Part of our Culture: • More than 60% of the PVI student body plays at least one sport. • More than 30% of the student body plays two or more sports.

Achieving in the Classroom: • Nearly 65% of all PVI studentathletes received the scholarathlete award for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher during their season this past school year. • Over 50% of the Honor Roll or Principal’s Honor Roll was comprised of student-athletes.

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Coaches of the Year Within the last ten years, the following PVI coaches have been named Coach of the Year: Scott Allen, Girls Basketball Meg Ashley, Girls Soccer Billy Emerson, Baseball Glenn Farello, Basketball Sam Farrar, Girls Volleyball

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Michael Grandizio, Football WINS: COACH SCOTT ALLEN (GIRLS BASKETBALL), COACH SAM FARRAR (VOLLEYBALL)

Rich Hayden, Girls Lacrosse Matt Leiva, Boys Soccer Bob Waters, Boys Lacrosse Kevin White, Golf

Tradition of Excellence: Since 2010, the Panthers have played in 69 conference or state finals and won 44 WCAC or VISAA Championships.

National Recognition:

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WINS: COACH BILLY EMERSON (BASEBALL)

Numerous PVI teams have been nationally ranked in the last five years. The following teams were most recently ranked in the year noted below: Girls Soccer 2017 Baseball 2018 Girls Basketball 2021 Boys Basketball 2022 Boys Lacrosse 2022 Girls Lacrosse 2022

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SCHOOL NEWS

Cocktail Hour in Bel Alton Commons

Thank you, Ginny! Thank you, PVI!

Gala Raises Funds and Honors Ginny Colwell fter two years without an in-person event, the Black & Gold Gala made a big return this spring. Held April 30 on campus, over 475 people were in attendance to honor Ginny

Colwell and raise important funds for PVI. The gala raised over $265,000, which included over $125,000 in support of professional development in honor of Ginny Colwell. Thank you to our co-chairs Lisa Furgal and Elisa Johnson, our Gala committee, and all the volunteers, sponsors, donors, attendees, those who bid from home, and the PVI community who truly made this a night to remember. VIP Reception

Raising the paddle to fund professional development

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Scan to view the evening’s video tribute to Ginny Colwell.

Scan to view the hilarious and heartfelt speech delivered by Ryan Colwell ’97 about his mom, Ginny.


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Dan Colwell ’05, Anna Colwell, Ryan Colwell ’97, Bill Colwell, Ginny Colwell, Jack Colwell ’99, Alexis Colwell

Matthew Menezes, Therese Menezes, Tom Horan, Kate Horan

Luis Diaz, Brooke Diaz, Kelly Nighland, Steve Koelber

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Thank you, volunteers!


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Thank You to our Black & Gold Gala Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsors

Lisa Bradford, Realtor

Anita’s “New Mexico Style” Mexican Foods

BMW of Fairfax

Chantilly Shell

Carroll & Nuttall, PC

Computerware

MORIARTY

Chris and Carl Desmarais

Northern Virginia Orthodontics

FlynnO’Hara Uniforms

Partners in Mission

HOPE FASTER

Diocese of Arlington – Office of Catholic Schools

Tony’s NY Pizza

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Support PVI and Leave a Lasting o wrap up our $5M Building on Extraordinary Campaign, the goal is to have as many PVI families as possible on our donor wall. Gifts

POPUL AR RECOGNITION OPPORTUNITIES

and pledges of $2,500 or more will have recognition on the donor wall in the Fr. Heet Lobby in perpetuity. Many families have chosen to make a $500 a year gift for five years to make this possible. Naming and recognition opportunities throughout the campus are also a great way to leave your legacy at PVI. A few recognition opportunities, such as a painting in the chapel or a Station of the Cross, are pictured on this page. You can also reach out to Kate Andreottola, Director of Advancement, at 703-352-0925 x1110 to

Gift of $25,000 | Chapel Paintings

discuss your interest. There are several giving options, which include making a one-time donation or making a pledge that can be paid over a period of up to three to five years. SAMPLE GIVING OP TIONS - 5 YE AR PLE DGES

TOTAL GIFT

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Gift of $10,000 | Stations of the Cross located in the Chapel or Exterior Walkway

To learn more about naming and recognition opportunities at PVI, visit www.buildingonextraordinary.net and click on “Ways To Give.” Gift of $5,000 | Wink Wall

Wink walls are dry erase walls in the classrooms

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$114,515 Total Raised

Gifts from 23 States and 2 Countries

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Total Donors

Social Media Engagement

Video Views

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Day of Giving Helps PVI Students

DREAM BIG

Thank you to all those who made a gift on our Day of Giving in March. By contributing to the success of Paul VI, you are investing in our future and providing our students with even more opportunities to Dream Big. Your generous commitment to the mission of Paul VI continues to make a difference in the lives of past, present, and future Panthers, and for that we are extremely grateful.

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Reunion 2022

Tim Brown ’87, Ken Myers ’87, Dennis Hutson, Pete Raphael ’87

We had a blast on Saturday, June 11, 2022 as we welcomed our classes ending with 2’s and 7’s back to PVI. Reunion took place on campus with opportunities to tour the school, visit with former teachers, and catch up with classmates and other alumni.

Chris Grauert ’92, Bayo Oduolowu ’92, Brian Leary ’92, Dan Bennett ’92, Brian Murray ’92, Tom Hoffman ’92, Margy Johnston Dunn ’92, Michael Lukacs ’92, Kerry Sheehan Birch ’92, Kerry Mannion Drummond ’92

Jennifer Peek, Eileen Johnson, Anthony Peek ’02

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Mari Lantin Roquiz ’02, Marie Walsh Pius ’02, Mike Pius ’02 Vicki Henderson ’86, Laurie Cooke Combs ’86, Bernice Clark Gillespie ’86, Maura McMahon Rickman ’86, Allison Cibroski Hamilton ’86


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Members of the first two classes of PVI 1986 and 1987 - with Coach Ed and Monica Grimm; Jack Kirby, former Athletic Director; and Coach Dennis Hutson

Marcy Dausch ’86, Chris White ’86, Mark Woodfine ’86, Scott Cassidy ’86

Mercedes Castro ’87, Erik Falls, Darby Switzer Falls ’87, Alanna Lynch Almeda ’87, John Anzalone ’87

Irene Veltri Hall ’87, Elise Hall ’17 Jon Dunn, Margy Johnston Dunn ’92, Chris Grauert ’92, Joanna Maggard

Robert Gibbs ’12, Chukwudozie Enweze ’12, Sean May ’12, Andrew Balmaceda ’12

Katrina Alino Purtell ’97, Patrick Purtell

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A Good Run Drew Shea ’16 Represents U.S.A in Paralympics ith a few zigs and zags along the way, Drew Shea ’16 went from competing on the soccer field at Paul VI to a career representing the United States on the ski slopes. Drew competed in the Paralympics this winter in Beijing, China, on the U.S. Para Nordic Skiing Team. After PVI, Drew attended the University of South Carolina, graduating magna cum laude in 2020 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Hospitality Management and Business Administration. “Paul VI set me up well for college from an academic standpoint,” he reflects. During college, Drew participated in an international business study abroad program in New Zealand and received the Academic Excellence Award as the top senior in his major. After an accident, Drew took up Para Nordic skiing as a way to recover, and the sport soon became a year-round activity for him. After graduating college, he moved to the West Coast to work for a tech company and train for ski racing. Drew made his first World Cup in Slovenia in 2021. “I was thrilled to be on the team for those races.” After a solid start to the 2022 season, Drew was named to the Team USA Paralympic Team.

This year Drew traveled to Lake Placid, Utah,

“Making the Paralympic team was the goal I was

Montana, Canada, and Oregon for training and

chasing. I was more than excited to represent

competitions. “On a game year, you hope to be

Team USA at the Winter Games,” shares Drew.

named to the Paralympic Team, and your season

During the offseason, the team spends six days

finishes at the Winter Games.”

a week training. The race season starts around

In the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games,

December and runs until the beginning of April.

Drew competed in both the biathlon and

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“PVI laid the groundwork for my professional athletic career.” — DREW SHEA ’ 16

freestyle skiing disciplines. He placed 14th in the

Matt Leiva and the entire soccer program fueled

Men’s Sprint Standing in his Paralympic debut.

my passion for competitive sports throughout

He says that his first biathlon race in China was

high school. PVI laid the groundwork for my

a personal highlight, as well as a Top 10 finish on

professional athletic career.”

the relay team. “I have a lot of good memories of playing for the PVI Soccer program for four years. Coach

Drew Shea ’16 celebrates after the Para middle-distance cross-country ski competition at the Paralympic Winter Games in March 2022 in Beijing. Photo courtesy of USOPC/Mark Reis.

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“I have to give credit to Mrs. Collier and her AP Stats class as the catalyst for me realizing my interest in statistics and applied math.” — JOSH RUFFIN ’ 10


It’s a Numbers Game

Josh Ruffin ’10

Combining his love of baseball with his talent in math and statistics, Josh Ruffin ’10 has landed a dream job in professional sports. Josh is the Player Development Research Manager for the Minnesota Twins. In this role, he helps direct the team’s efforts to use data to turn their Minor Leaguers into Major Leaguers. “I have to give credit to Ms. Collier and her AP Stats class as the catalyst for me realizing my interest in statistics and applied math. It’s been amazing to be able to apply my academic interest in a field that I also find entertaining.” At PVI, Josh was on the Varsity Baseball team. “Learning the game of baseball under Coach Billy Emerson and Coach Jeff Nolan was professionally beneficial,” he reflects. “I also loved sitting on the bench on the basketball team,” he jokes. “Additionally, I loved volunteering with the Options program and paying it forward with fellow students. I had the chance to be exposed to a lot of experiences during my four years at PVI, and I imagine the current students are enjoying it all the same.” After PVI, Josh attended Duke University and majored in Statistical Science. He was also pitcher on Duke’s Varsity Baseball team. “As soon as I stepped on Duke’s campus, I knew there was a pretty small chance that I would ever play professional baseball. So I wanted to find a way to be able to work in the game, and my interest in statistics happened to coincide with the explosion of information collected in today’s game.” After graduating from Duke, Josh worked as a Data Analyst for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and USDA as a contractor before securing his dream of working for Major League Baseball. “I completed two different internships, one at Sports Info Solutions and the other with the Detroit Tigers, before landing with the Minnesota Twins.”

Being able to achieve the dream he had set for himself has been very rewarding for Josh. It has also motivated him to help others achieve their full potential, whether in the game of baseball or life in general. “I really appreciate being able to claim that I reached a dream of mine. Sports can be an incredibly difficult industry to break into. I’ve been blessed to have the chance to see the inner workings.” “I’m in a position where I can make the information useful for the player, not just the team. My role allows me to use data to help players reach their ultimate potential, benefiting both individual players and the club.” Josh puts priority on taking full advantage of the opportunity with which he’s been blessed. “A lot of people who look like me don’t have access to the same doors that I do. I think it’s important to use my strengths to try and extend that opportunity to others who might go overlooked.” “Knowing that the education I received at PVI was a major stepping stone in getting to where I am today motivates me to help make sure that any and everybody can have a chance at a quality education.”

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ALUMNI UPDATES

The Paul VI Athletic Hall of Fame honors student athletes, coaches, athletic staff members, and community stars. Those inducted into the Hall of Fame are recognized not only for outstanding performance in their sport, but also for exemplifying the core values of PVI—both on and off the field. St. Paul VI Catholic High School is honored by the legacy of our Hall of Fame members, who continue to make a difference in their communities long after they have left our halls.

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Mark Your Calendars! Join us as we recognize all members of the Hall of Fame at our home basketball game on Friday, February 10, 2023. This year’s inductees will be celebrated on Saturday, February 11, 2023. All are welcome!

Hall of Fame members are recognized at a basketball game in February 2020.

Want to nominate someone to the Paul VI Athletic Hall of Fame? Scan the QR code to learn more and access the form.

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What’s New? 1986 Father Chris Beretta, OSFS ’86 visited PVI in early April. Father Chris is currently the principal of Salesianum School in Wilmington, Delaware. He is pictured with two other familiar faces from PVI’s early days: founding principal Fr. Don Heet, OSFS and Mr. Dennis Hutson, science teacher and coach.

1988 Sean McGlone ’88 was honored at the 44th Annual Fairfax County Valor Awards on March 31, 2022. This event celebrates and recognizes Fairfax County’s first responders in recognition of actions above and beyond the call of duty. A Master Police Officer in the Fairfax County Police Department, Sean was awarded a gold award, as well as a certificate of valor.

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Tell us your latest accomplishments and milestones by submitting your news to Class Notes. Email alumni@paulvi.net to be included in our next issue. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Marc Tinaz ’88 and Sonya McCarthy ’88, 1988 classmates, were wed in a private ceremony, which according to Marc is “proof that life is unpredictable and miracles do happen.” They reside in Temecula, California.

1991 Cara Ciatti Hardin ’91 traveled to Palm Beach, Florida in April to meet up with college friends. During the trip, she had the opportunity to have brunch with Barbara Rannazzisi (PVI staff 1983-1999) and Deena Rannazzisi-Dick ’89.


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1992 Marymai Hanlon Quaglia ’92 and her husband Michael welcomed a baby boy, Holden Robert Quaglia, in August 2020. Holden was officially adopted in October 2020.

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Patrick Kiechlin ’97 and wife Ashley welcomed a baby boy on February 4, 2022. They named their son Edward (Edju) Francis after both of their fathers. Edju was baptized at St. Veronica Catholic Church in Chantilly by Fr. Stephen Schultz, PVI Chaplain. “As the son of two PVI math teachers, it will be interesting to see how much of a math brain Edju inherits from his parents,” shares Ashley.

Kate Reidenbaugh Heasly ’02 and Chris Heasly ’02 welcomed their daughter Amelia on February 13, 2022. Amelia is the fourth child for Kate and Chris.

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2003 Alli Opfer Ramirez ’03 and her husband Dan welcomed Camila Luna Ramirez to their family on November 18, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. Big sisters Sienna and Scarlett love giving her hugs and making her laugh!

Clint Branam ’99 and his wife Mary concluded a decade in the Foreign Service with USAID for Clint to become COO of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Venice, Florida. The couple’s small business also recently launched a best-selling product: Holy Playing Cards, premium playing cards featuring the saints. They also have a young and growing family: Vera (2) and Conrad, born in December 2021.

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2004

2006

Tom Wonder ’04 and Colleen Kiley ’04 welcomed a baby girl, Grace, in December 2021.

Dana Robinson O’Neill ’06 and her husband Peter welcomed daughter Victoria Janet Rae on February 23, 2022. Victoria weighed 8 lbs 5 oz, was 21 ¾ inches long, and has brown hair and brown/grey eyes. She joins older brothers Benjamin Arthur James O’Neill and Michael Robert Joseph.

2005 Bonnie Burnheimer ’05 and Luke Luallin were married on October 23, 2021. Bonnie had a ’first look’ with her triplet brothers, Ben (left) and Bryant (right), also ’05. Other alumni in attendance, pictured left to right, were Mary Sheridan Giuffre ’05, Bryant Burnheimer ’05, Sarah Burnheimer ’08, Amy Altenburger Luik ’98, Emily Campbell Dudley ’05, Bonnie Burnheimer ’05, Erica Hopper ’06, Lauren Depont ’05, and Benjamin Burnheimer ’05.

2007 Alex Martinez ’07 and Kelsey Nieves ’07 welcomed their first child, Miles David, on February 16, 2022. Mom, dad, and Miles’ fur siblings love him like crazy.

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ALUMNI UPDATES

2008 Ryan Costello Quigg ’08 and her husband Jake welcomed their daughter Kennedy on February 9, 2022. She joins big brothers and sister Colton, Nolan, and Bryah. Kennedy was baptized at Corpus Christi in Aldie, Virginia on April 2, 2022 in the presence of her godparents Dillon ’17 and Erin ’18 Costello.

2012 WCAC Championship Team Honored On the 10th anniversary of their championship season, alumni from the Class of 2012 baseball team were honored at the Panthers’ home game on April 12, 2022. Pictured left to right: Paul Battaglia, Andy Page, Mark Gunst, Blake Banet, Josh Bitto, Mitch Freeborne, Thomas Beauchamp, Billy Ellis, Jack Maestri, and Patrick Keane.

Drew Shaw ’08, his wife Becca, and son Hunter welcomed Brynn Olivia Shaw to the family on November 23, 2021. Brynn was born at Fairfax Hospital and weighed 7 lbs, 9 oz. The family is grateful for this beautiful baby girl who completes their family.

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Meagan Astorino Gregg ’11 and her husband Alex welcomed son Lochlan Alexander Gregg on December 6, 2021. “He arrived just six days shy of his big sister Kinsleigh’s second birthday. Lochlan was baptized into the Catholic Church on December 18, while all of the immediate family was still in town. Everyone is doing great, and we couldn’t be happier to be a family of four!” shares Meagan.

Annie Huvane Beauchamp ’12 and Thomas Beauchamp ’12 welcomed their second son, Cillian Joseph, on June 2, 2021. He joins big brother Finbarr.

Alumni Working Together

Feels Like Home Homeside Financial is a PVI Family affair! Gun Anderson ’10, Nick Molthen ’10, Jake Molthen ’11 and Zach Molthen ’07 all work together in Homeside’s Fairfax office and Kyle Kohler ’11 works with the team remotely from North Carolina. Gus shares, “From meeting freshman year at PVI to attending the same college, we’re fortunate to still be close friends and now colleagues in the mortgage industry. Soon after college, Nick and I began working together and soon started a branch with Nick’s father, Rob Molthen, called the DMV Mortgage Group in Fairfax. We grew our branch with fellow PVI alumni, including Jake, Zach, Kyle, and Mollie Chrisinger and have helped countless PVI families with the financing of their home. Homeownership is a big step in one’s life and we’re blessed to provide honest, trustworthy service in the area we all grew up in. It’s a pleasure assisting fellow ’Panthers’

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Pictured: Rob Molthen P ’07, ’10, ’11, Gus Anderson ’10, Jake Molthen ’11, Mollie Chrisinger (wife of Kevin Chrisinger ’10), Zach Molthen ’07. Not pictured: Kyle Kohler ’11, Nick Molthen ’10 achieve homeownership and we’re excited to continue growing within the local community.” Are you in business with other PVI alumni? Let us know: alumni@paulvi.net


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Antonella Henson-Vendrell ’18 graduated from Monmouth University summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biology/Molecular Cell Physiology and a minor in Health Sciences. She was awarded an academic achievement award in Molecular Cell Physiology and the Biology Honor Society Chi Eta Excellence Award. She was also named to the Metro Atlantic Athletics Conference Women’s Lacrosse All-Academic team 20182022. She played on the DI Monmouth Women’s lacrosse team, was treasurer of the Pre-Med club, and was a member of four honor societies: Phi Eta Sigma, Beta Beta Beta, Alpha Epsilon Delta, and Chi Alpha Sigma. Antonella hopes to enter medical school in Fall 2023. In the next year, she will be applying to medical schools, working as a medical scribe and traveling to Europe.

Riley Hayden ’19, a rising senior at Virginia Tech, was presented with a “Top 6 for Service” award in May 2022. Each year, the Virginia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosts “The Gobblers” - an ESPYs-style award show which recognizes the members of the Virginia Tech athletic department’s achievements on and off the field. A member of the women’s lacrosse team, Riley was recognized for her service to those facing food insecurity in the Blacksburg Community and her work supporting “Morgan’s Message” in the area of mental health. Riley has taken the values instilled at PVI and combined them with Virginia Tech’s motto to serve others. Riley has balanced being a Division I student-athlete with her studies as a Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise major. Her goal is to continue her post-graduate studies to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT).

Raphaella Henson-Vendrell ’18 graduated from Hood College with a B.A. in Law and Criminal Justice, a major in Law, a minor in Political Sciences, and an advanced certificate in Spanish. She received the SGA Student Leader of the Year Award and the Spanish Academic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi Award. At Hood, she ran cross country and track for four years and played lacrosse for one year. She was both the SAAC President and the MAC NCAA Division 3 SAAC Vice President from 2021-2022. She was named to the MAC Cross Country Academic Honor Roll 2021-2022 and awareded Rookie of The Year for the 2018-2019 season. In addition, Raphaella volunteered and worked at the Boys and Girls Club in Frederick, Maryland. Post-college, she will be a University of Virginia Advising Corps and AmeriCorp high school pre-college counselor at Kettle Run High School in Fauquier County. She hope to take the LSAT and attend law school in the future.

2020 Zachary Namiotka ’20 of Woodbridge, Virginia graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on March 18, 2022. Private First Class Namiotka successfully completed thirteen weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD Parris Island as one of approximately 45 recruits in Training Platoon 2022. While in recruit training, PFC Namiotka earned the Expert Marksmanship qualification badge. Following ten days being home on leave, he reported to Camp Geiger, NC for one month at Military Combat Training and then he will proceed to Military Occupation Specialty school afterwards. PFC Namiotka’s final Permanent Duty Station (PDS) will be determined following the completion of his specialized training.

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IN MEMORY This past school year, four very special members of the PVI faculty and staff passed away. We will miss them all dearly, and know their positive impact and legacy will live on at PVI.

Coach Tony Conques Coach Tony Conques (“Pops”) was a member of the PVI Girls Basketball coaching staff for 21 years. He served as the freshman girls coach and a varsity assistant coach. In his last season coaching freshman, the team was undefeated 19-0. In addition to his dedication and impact as a coach, Coach Conques was the father of five PVI alumni (Tony ’97, Carrie ’99, Leanne ’01, Kristin ’03 and Billy ’05). Coach Conques is a member of the PVI Athletic Hall of Fame. He attended Fairfax High School, when it was located in the former PVI Fairfax location. Varsity Girls Coach Scott Allen shared, “Tony was by my side for 20 years as my freshman coach, varsity assistant, and most importantly like a second father to me. I moved to Northern VA in August of 2002 and Pops was my first hire. I didn’t know one single person in Fairfax VA and he took me in like I was one of his family.”

Mrs. Anne Henry-Gross Mrs. Anne Henry-Gross joined the PVI faculty in 1995. She had been a graphic artist, spent a Canonical Year of Novitiate with the Carmelite Sisters of Charity, served as a Director of Religious Education, ran a foster home and taught at several other schools before arriving at PVI. Mrs. HG taught a variety of courses, including developing senior electives on Death and Dying and Salesian Spirituality, as well as other courses in the Theology and History departments. She loved teaching and helping people of all ages. While at Paul VI, she put that love into the clubs she moderated included Key Club, Salesian Leadership Club, SADD, PVI Service Corps, working with a pilot program for teen participation in a hospice program, and more. Her daughter Caroline graduated from PVI in 1998. For many years, she coordinated the faculty rosary and spiritual bouquets for those needing prayer. Mrs. HG served as PVI’s St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal scholar and her enthusiasm for Catholic education and Salesian Spirituality were models for others.

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Mrs. Denny Kline Mrs. Kline was PVI’s long-time Campus Minister and Pastoral Counselor. She was one of PVI’s first staff members, hired in 1983 by founding principal Father Don Heet, OSFS. She embraced Salesian Spirituality and modeled how we should all Live Jesus every day. Mrs. Kline helped start the ECHO (Encountering Christ in Others) retreat program, helped begin the Teen STAR program, began the service requirement for all classes, and served as Campus Minister from 1983-2007. She transitioned to a new position as PVI’s Pastoral Counselor in 2007. In this role, she founded FISH, a group of peer counselors. After 36 years, Denny retired from Paul VI at the end of the 20182019 school year. She was the mother of three PVI alumni: Kimber ’86, Courtney ’88 and Sean ’97. From the start, Denny viewed her role as Campus Minister as one who was to serve and help build the faith community. She encouraged ALL to become the best they could be and follow St. Francis de Sales’ teaching “do ordinary things extraordinarily well.” According to Fr. Heet, “Denny’s name is synonymous with all that is good at PVI…She made the school motto, ’grow in grace and wisdom’ a reality.”

Mr. Lou Pharao After a career as a New York City police office, Mr. Pharao enjoyed a career with the DEA. After retirement, he studied education at George Mason University before joining the PVI faculty in 2005. Mr. Pharao loved teaching and his passion was evident every time you interacted with him. Mr. Pharao taught U.S. History, U.S. Government, and Practical Law classes. He retired from full-time teaching in 2014 but remained a part-time teacher until May 2021. Mr. Pharao was a well-respected teacher, advisor, and friend. Many students interacted with Mr. Pharao while he drove the PVI bus to many athletic events and practices. As a native New Yorker, Mr. Pharao was a graduate of Cardinal Hayes Catholic High School in the Bronx. He lived the motto of his high school, “A Hayesman is always a gentleman,” through his positive gentleman qualities and his love of our Catholic faith. He is the proud father of three PVI graduates: Kelleigh ’98, Erin ’00 and Diana ’03. Deborah Pollard, mother to Aidan ’21, shared, “To students, Lou meant being seen, heard and valued in the classroom. It meant learning about the values of duty, commitment, and faithfulness.”

“Truly it is a blessed thing to love on earth as we hope to love in Heaven, and to begin that friendship here which is to endure forever there.” ~St. Francis de Sales ST. PAUL VI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

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IN MEMORIAM The Paul VI community extends its prayers and condolences to the relatives of faculty, staff, alumni, students, parents and friends of the school who have passed away recently. Bill Siegfried | husband of Jan Siegfried, Instrumental Music teacher Oliver Kyte | father of Cindie ’88 and Jamie ’92; grandfather of Thomas ’18 and Robert ’20 Monica V. McGonigle | mother of Katie ’02, Stephen ’06, and Vincent ’13; aunt of James Gaughan ’08 Michael P. McGonigle | uncle of Katie ’02, Stephen ’06, and Vincent ’13 and James Gaughan ’08 John H. “Jack” Rust, Jr. | father of John ’90 Janice Mastriano | mother-in-law of Rosalila Mastriano, World Language teacher Richard DiBrango | uncle of Meghan O’Connor, Theology teacher Jim Hutchison | grandfather of Kenny ’22 and Mackenzie (Myers) ’22 Barbara Marie Flynn | grandmother of Kelly Karas, Health teacher; great-grandmother of Avery Karas ’24 William Adams | father of Jeni ’87 and Joy ’93 Alice McGroarty | mother of Patrick McGroarty, Dean of Students; grandmother of Daniel ’09 and Matthew ’10 Joseph Kane | father of Loretta Madelmayer, Admissions staff; grandfather of Robert ’04, Sean ’06 and Lauren ’09 Luis "Sonny" J Lagdameo | grandfather of Paolo ’17 and Franco ’20 Michael Rodgers | father of Michael ’91, Daniel ’92 and Brendan ’95 Mary Kotarski | mother of Christopher ’25 and Nicholas ’24 Dylan Paul Kirby ’20 Michael Sheehan | husband of Elizabeth Cooch Sheehan ’89; father of Joe ’25 Stacey Talbot ’91 John Peter "JP" Feldmann | father of John ’08 Quantez Wright | father of Giovanni Wright ’18 Jung Ja An | grandmother of Alyssa An ’22 Lola Emerson | mother of Billy Emerson, Director of Athletics; grandmother of Amanda ’17, Haley ’19 and Will IV ’25 Roger Ashooh | father of Mary Ashooh Hamrick ’86, Associate Director, Constituent Relations; grandfather of Jake ’19, Katherine ’20, James ’22, and Emily ’23 (Hamrick) Denny Kline | longtime PVI Campus Minister and Pastoral Counselor; mother of Kimber ’86, Courtney ’88 and Sean ’97 Tony Conques | father of Tony ’97, Carrie ’99, Leanne ’01, Kristin ’03 and Billy ’05; long-time member of the Girls Basketball coaching staff; member of PVI Athletic Hall of Fame. Frances Trahan | mother of Michelle Boyle, Options teacher; grandmother of Lia ’24, Therese ’22, and Michael ’23 Rev. John O’Neill, OSFS | PVI Academic Dean from 1990-1992 Wallace Prince | grandfather of Sara Prince, PVI Choir teacher, and Abigail Prince Hartwick ’11

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“Thank you for all your support over the years, the kindness extended, and the prayers through both trying and happy times. Anne Morrow Lindbergh says “Sayonara, literally translated, ’Since it must be so,’ of all the good-byes I have heard is the most beautiful. It says neither too much nor too little. It is a simple acceptance of fact. All understanding of life lies in its limits. All emotion, smoldering, is banked up behind it. But it says nothing. It is really the unspoken good-by, the pressure of a hand, Sayonara.” Again, once an English teacher, always an English teacher. In the words of William Butler Yeats, “Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.” So my friends, Sayonara. Continue to trust in the Lord, — Ginny


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