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Teach your children well E D U C AT I N G A N D B E I N G E D U C AT E D B Y R E G I S J E S U I T

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: • LARK’s 40th Anniversary • Alums Claim Grammy Gold • Construction on Performing Arts Center & Student Commons Begins • 2012-13 Year in Review

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Stephanie DePrez ’07 (left) with some of her students at Xavier College Prep in California.


Message from the President............................................................................ 3 LARK’s Ruby Anniversary ................................................................................. 4 Groundbreaking: Performing Arts Center & Student Commons ................ 6 iPad Program Launch ........................................................................................ 7 Mandarin Chinese Comes to Regis Jesuit ..................................................... 8 Institutional Examens: AdvancED and Province Sponsorship ................... 9 2012-13 Year-in-Review ................................................................................... 10 Class of 2013 Colleges and Universities ....................................................... 11 Winter and Spring Athletics & Activities Wrap Up .................................... 12


Regis Jesuit 101: Alumni in Education .......................................................... 15 Okee Dokee Brothers Claim Grammy Gold .................................................. 17 Living Legacy: Daughters of Regis Jesuit .................................................... 18 Class Notes ....................................................................................................... 20 Faculty & Staff Notes..... ................................................................................. 23 Fond Farewell: Pam Thomas Retires.... ........................................................ 24 Where Are They Now: Julie Shipman.... ..................................................... .25


Raider Journeys ............................................................................................... 26 In Memoriam..................................................................................................... 27 Upcoming Events ............................................................................ Back Cover The Raider and Alumni Raider are published by Regis Jesuit High School twice a year [summer and winter]. Your comments, opinions, inquiries about the magazine, Regis Jesuit High School, its programs or community members including alumni are welcome to Story ideas and submissions are welcome as well. Regis Jesuit High School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

President: Rev. Philip G. Steele, SJ ’66 Principals: Alan Carruthers – Boys Division Gretchen M. Kessler – Girls Division chief Financial Officer: Carol Mendlik Vice President of Operations: Rick Sullivan Vice President of Advancement: John Jackson director of communications: Charisse J. Broderick King contributors: Jim Broderick King ’87 Jose Chalit ’13 Adam Dawkins ’98 Danny Girard ’14 Sheila Gustafson Jeff Howard ’88 John Jackson Jon Kraus Ryan Maxfield ’16 Paul Miller ’04 Kathleen Morton Debbie O’Dwyer Mike Porazzo ’13 Kimberly Reynders Kateri Sheber Howard ’16 Yana Slabakov ’14 Hayden Smith ’16 Colin St. John ’01 Rev. Philip G. Steele, SJ ’66 design: TaCito Design, Inc. Printing: Unique Litho, Inc. Printed on environmentally-friendly paper using sustainable production methods.

Mission Statement Regis Jesuit High School, a Catholic educational community, affirms the uniqueness and dignity of individuals, inspires the pursuit of excellence, fosters faith and a commitment to service and justice, and strives to develop a connection to the world community.

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The raider

Message from the President


People are often surprised to learn that as his religious order took shape St. Ignatius had no intention of having the Jesuits run schools. His military background shaped his dreams of what the Society of Jesus would look like. I think he thought of us as sort of “shock troops” who could be sent at a moment’s notice to any place where there was a need—especially if the pope was the one identifying the need. This virtue of readiness was sometimes carried to a needless extreme; when I entered the Jesuits the list of Jesuit assignments for the year (the “status”) would be posted on Jesuit community bulletin boards precisely on the Feast of St. Ignatius, July 31. Some men found out then that they were due in another city in two weeks! (Imagine telling today’s principals that they have two weeks to find a job for a newly arriving Jesuit.) Although St. Ignatius’ initial vision did not include being tied down to institutions, within 14 years of the Jesuits’ founding in 1534 we were operating a school in Messina, Sicily. From there they spread like mushrooms. What happened? Interestingly, the beginning of that school was remarkably similar to the circumstances that led to the establishment of the Regis Jesuit Girls Division 455 years later. A group of townspeople in Messina noticed that the Jesuit seminary had some empty desks; they asked whether their children might fill those desks. Likewise, a group of parents of young girls approached the Jesuits and the RJ Trustees with the disturbing realization that there were 500 fewer desks for girls than boys in Catholic high schools in the metro Denver area. Fast-forward to today: suddenly we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Girls Division! The characteristics and traditions of Jesuit education have deep roots; but so does the Jesuit practice of discernment, which often leads to change. Ignatian spirituality challenges us to the magis: we continually ask “How can we do better what we do?” Some have described a five-phase cycle that can be applied to Jesuit decision-making: Context, Experience, Reflection, Action and Evaluation. If we are doing it right, we are constantly reflecting on our experience and then evaluating the actions that flow from that reflection. It might be more helpful to understand this “Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm” (sorry for the jargon!) not as a circle where one phase leads smoothly to the next, but as a journey that includes various moments, each of which has its time. For example, the iPad Pilot Program described in this issue of The Raider occurs in the Context of the dizzying revolution in technology which has made information that used to fill a library available on a cell phone. We simply must make these new educational tools available to our students and teachers. Before we take our next Action (likely a one-to-one iPad program in another year) we will Reflect on the Experience of those students and teachers who are part of the pilot this year and next. Once every teacher and student is wired 24/7, we will Evaluate our situation, knowing we will continue to need to find new ways to help our students negotiate a rapidly changing world. I believe it is precisely the guarantee that reflection and evaluation are built into every cycle of our decision-making that gives Jesuit education its sense of adventure—even fearlessness. “Let’s try it. If something doesn’t work, we’ll change it!” There is much that is working well these days at Regis Jesuit. But we will never stop trying to do it better. In Christ,

Rev. Philip G. Steele, SJ ’66




Rubies, Rhinestones & Rip Roarin’ Success

LARK celebrates 40 years of fun and fundraising Cowboy boots and bedazzled denim were popular attire choices at this year’s LARK, which marked the annual dinner-auction’s 40th anniversary. Held off-campus for the first time in the event’s history, the historic arena of the National Western Complex provided the perfect venue for more than 870 people to kick up their heels and celebrate all that makes Regis Jesuit such a special community, while setting a school record of raising more than half a million dollars for tuition assistance and operating expenses!

Frs. Steele ‘66, Sidney and Houlihan watching the bidding for the Three Presidents Scholarship appeal in hopeful excitement

Ellen and Mark Kiniry generously stepped up after a six-year hiatus to serve for the third time as LARK chairs.They were ably assisted by RJ Special Events Coordinator, Mary Dailey, and a cast of hundreds of volunteers. Nancy Yaron and Vicky Winterscheidt served as auction gurus leading up to and at the event, helping to ensure that our first venture away from campus came off smoothly. The amazing Therese Miller, Barb Anderson, Jane Huebner and Leslie Pera, this year calling themselves “Team Ruby,” came together again to bring sparkle and panache to the décor, transforming a place where cattle are known to tread into an elegant ballroom. The festive atmosphere was further enhanced by Kevin and Mary McNicholas’ Continental “Divine” Catering staff, which provided amazing food for the event. Guests nibbled on scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and imbibed on beverages sponsored by Brown-Forman, Coors Distributing and Classic Wines, while perusing scores of silent auction items and reminiscing with friends.



The incomparable duo of Jim Benemann of CBS4 and Gary Corbett returned as emcee and auctioneer respectively and partnered well to corral the lively crowd for the Live Auction. Bidding was spirited for items such as Fr. Dyer’s Christmas Eve Mass and the weekend getaway via private jet to Napa. In addition to numerous past leaders of LARK, including Joyce Goedeker who coordinated the event for more than a decade, former Regis Jesuit Presidents, Frs. Ralph Houlihan, SJ and Wally Sidney, SJ, also returned to celebrate LARK’s anniversary with current President, Fr. Phil Steele, SJ ’66. Fr. Houlihan served as President from 1979 to 1995 and oversaw the movement of the high school from the north campus to its current location. During his tenure from 1995 to 2006, Fr. Sidney was instrumental in the opening of the Girls Division. As Fr. Steele wrote in his blog the week after LARK ( “I proudly shared the stage with my two predecessors, Frs. Ralph Houlihan, SJ and Wally Sidney, SJ. Together, we have seen 35 of the 40 LARKs, and it was wonderful to have so many friends of the school representing so many decades assembled in one place.” To acknowledge the dedication of all three men to the school, this year’s special appeal during the Live Auction established a fund named the Three Presidents Scholarship in their honor. More than $170,000 was raised that night for this now fullyendowed scholarship that will provide tuition assistance to current and future Raiders for years to come. The spirit of those students who will benefit by such a scholarship was captured in a video produced by Jose Chalit ’13 and Tommy Reins ’13.

5 Bids were fast and furious for many items in the Live Auction

An ecstatic Kathy Geraci poses with LARK Chair, Ellen Kiniry, after winning the jewelry drawing

The evening was capped off with another video chronicling the history of LARK’s 40 years created by Shannon Harpham ’13 and Anastasia Thibodeau ’13. You can see both videos on our website at To bring all facets—parents (current and past), alumni, faculty, staff, Trustees, Regents and friends—together to raise more than a half million dollars on one lovely spring evening is an awesome testament to the generosity and commitment of the community of Regis Jesuit. All that we can really say in return is “Thanks y’all!” Look for the full fiscal report on LARK 2013 in the Annual Financial Report this fall, and be sure to mark your calendars for April 12, 2014 as we come together again for another amazing LARK!

“Team Ruby’s” cool welcome to this year’s LARK





Construction begins on the Performing Arts Center & Student Commons W IT H R E P O R T IN G BY YAN A SL ABAKOV ’ 1 4

A breezy but sunny day at the end of March provided the perfect backdrop for the groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited Performing Arts Center & Student Commons. Chair of the Board of Trustees and alumnus, John Sheridan ’76, served as emcee for the event, which took place at lunch on the hill between the two gyms where the new building will be constructed. Msgr. Ed Buelt of nearby Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church offered the invocation to begin the program, which featured remarks by Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, alumnus and Regent Mike Zoellner ’74, alumnus and Trustee Mike Reidy ’72 and Dolores Boyle, Regis Jesuit Theatre Arts Program Director.



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24-26, 201 More deta 4 ils as the date draw www.reg s closer: isjesuit.c om/grand opening

Preparations for the new structure began almost immediately, with the temporary buildings, including the “Music Mansion” being bulldozed and removed within a week of the groundbreaking. Construction itself began in early April. Although the building is a major project, the construction period is surprisingly quick and is expected to take only nine or ten months, though wet or unseasonably cold weather like that experienced this spring will impact the timeline. “The idea is that after summer most of the work will be inside, to finish off between when we come back to school [in August] and December,” Fr. Steele explained. Current projections have the building completed near the beginning of 2014.

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Members of both the boys and girls choirs joined together to sing Kinder, a song with lyrics that invoke the spirit of Regis Jesuit, before all the speakers, along with Bruce Larson from Larson-Incitti Architects and Byron and Mike Haselden of Haselden Construction, went up the hill for the ceremonial first turning of the dirt. RJ President, Fr. Phil Steele, SJ ’66 and divisional Student Council Presidents, Brendan Van Jacobs ’13 and Briana Labrie ’13, led the crowd in a blessing before the group dug into earth that was surprisingly hard despite recent snow. The crowd, which numbered several hundred and included students, parents, alumni, faculty, then dispersed, but not before enjoying a sweet treat of cookies.



The newest addition to Regis Jesuit includes a 490-seat theatre, instrumental, choral and ensemble music classrooms, scene shop, dressing rooms, Raider Shop, college counseling center, a student commons with cyber café and a communications and broadcasting center. Since the school’s performing arts and communications programs already operate collaboratively, the new building will offer a physical space for programs that are already working well together. “It’s the only building on campus that’s specifically designed for both Divisions,” said Fr. Steele. “I think that it’ll be a great space where kids can work on projects and...get ideas and inspiration from each other.” One of the aspects of the building that Fr. Steele is most excited about is something that has not yet appeared in the official sketches and plans for the new building. “I’m working on some art pieces,” he says. “And I’d like to have a big statue of St. John Francis Regis out in front of the building.” Plan on joining us to see how all of the plans, both those on paper and those still existing as concepts, come together at the Grand Opening Weekend, April 24-26, 2014.


RJ Launches iPad Pilot Program WI T H RE PO RT IN G B Y H AY D E N S MIT H ’ 16 AN D RYAN MAXF IEL D ’ 1 6

The first year of the iPad Pilot Program (IP3) concluded with the end of the 2012-13 school year, and provided a wealth of information about the possibilities and potential of bringing this technology into the classroom. It all began at LARK 2012, when the paddle-raiser created a fund that allowed us to purchase enough iPads for six faculty members and one section of students in each Division. During this past school year, every six weeks the students in one of these teacher’s classes had the use 24/7 of an iPad during that time. Together they explored the potential this tool has for enhancing the learning experience. At the end of each six-week period, the iPads were passed on to a new group of students. The IP3 is being coordinated by our two educational technology specialists, Brian Kosena in the Boys Division and Kathy Leister in the Girls Division. They work to ensure that each new set of teachers and students learns from those who have participated already. Faculty and students alike have been very excited by what they have learned so far. This tool has the potential to revolutionize education. It is much more than an updated platform for textbooks. But solid and thorough faculty training will be the key to the success of this technology in our school. “[Our] goal is to find the purpose of our instruction,” Kosena says. “We need to fundamentally discover how to operate with so much information accessible and learn how we can apply information after it is already at our fingertips.” Our training needs to involve not only technical proficiency but critical evaluation of both the potential and the dangers of putting this technology in the hands of every member of the RJ community.

As with all technology, the blessings of iPads are mixed with challenges. Matt Klassen ’98, Boys Division theology teacher, has expressed concern about how using such technology will impact our students’ ability to think critically and form relationships. There is a danger that with technology “our brains can begin to work similar to Google and only extract surface level connections,” Klassen said. Also it seems that “the student’s ability to socially interact is decreasing. They can think that texting or emailing is really a relationship or conversation, and that is not true.” However, the overall sense is that with proper training and education the benefits will far outweigh any downsides. Technology will continue to dominate our students’ lives; but we have the opportunity to model its appropriate and responsible use as part of our education of the “whole person.” Fellow Boys Division theology teacher and department chair Rick Wolf says, “I think the potential for iPads can be good; I also believe we, as an institution, owe it to [our students] to provide an opportunity to learn how to use technology as a college prep school because that’s the way of the future.” Another year of experimentation will allow us to gather more data, make adjustments to address concerns such as those expressed by Klassen and determine policies regarding use of tech devices at school. During the 2013-14 school year, rotating groups of faculty and students will continue the iPad experiment; but all faculty members will have an iPad, for which they will receive comprehensive training to prepare them for the full productive use of this tool the following year. If all goes well, every student would be required to have an iPad beginning in the 2014-15 school year.




Regis Jesuit to Offer Mandarin Chinese Next School Year

This article first appeared in the March 2013 issue of The RJ Voice, the Regis Jesuit student-produced newsmagazine. See the complete story including student comments at

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Mandarin Chinese is one of the most sought-after languages in business today, according to a study from Pew Research claiming the number of Chinese speakers will continue to rise in the next 15 to 20 years. Regis Jesuit keyed in on this trend and will offer Mandarin classes starting in 2013-14 in hopes of preparing students for the changing world of business and exposing them to a new culture. The project, spearheaded by Principals Alan Carruthers and Gretchen Kessler, was approved in the fall of 2012. “We want to develop a program of Mandarin that has some scope and sequence that we can build on.” Mr. Carruthers said, “We are not just trying to offer a one-off year of Mandarin.” Funding for the first two years of the program is being provided by Jim Davis, parent of graduates Matt ’94 and Tom ’96, former Trustee and current member of the Council of Regents, who has a passion for languages. “It is my hope that in taking Mandarin, the Regis Jesuit student could visit China and learn their culture – 57% of the world’s population is Asian and 29% is Chinese. It is a huge opportunity to interact with almost a third of the world!” said Davis of his decision to extend financial support. Sam Honeycutt ’13 is well versed in Mandarin. After living in Shanghai for three years, he adopted the language and the culture. “I may have the opportunity to go to China and be an engineer,” Honeycutt said. “Compared to other languages the school offers, it will be a good alternative,” he said. However, he says there is a lot of discipline needed. Honeycutt spends additional time studying outside the classroom and advises prospective Mandarin students to do the same. The class will also explore Chinese culture. With ties to Chinese New Year celebrations, Mandarin summer camps and the annual Dragon Boat Festival at Sloans Lake, the Mandarin experience will be fully realized.

Jake Ciafone ’14 has registered for the class next year, saying, “Mandarin will be a gateway not only to learning a Chinese language but also the Chinese culture.” Ciafone, who already speaks German and is studying Latin, wants to join the United States State Department one day. He knows Mandarin will give him an advantage, even though it won’t be easy. “It is a tonal language, unlike our own,” Ciafone says, “The sound can change the meaning.” Mandarin is also sought after by the U.S. Military and the national security sector. It gives students an advantage when applying for colleges, who look for important language skills. “It’s a critical language offering that helps people in a multitude of areas,” Mr. Carruthers said, “There are huge demands for it.” The class is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, with incoming freshmen needing to inquire about placement with the Academic Assistant Principal in their respective Division. The class will share two teachers from the Colorado International Institute, who are native Chinese speakers and have experience teaching in North America. “The economic trends that go on with Mandarin cannot be ignored,” Mr. Carruthers said, “It simply is the reality of the world.”

A study from Bloomberg Rankings called Mandarin Chinese one of the most important business languages, second only to English. Mandarin Chinese is spoken by 845 million people. The study, conducted in 2011, was based on the number of speakers, the nations where the language is official and their populations, financial power and education and literacy rates.



Prayerful Examen for the Regis Jesuit Community B Y J E F F H O WA R D ’ 8 8 A ND J IM B R O D E R ICK KIN G ’ 8 7


In the course of their typical day at Regis Jesuit High School, students, faculty, staff and anyone volunteering in the building stop and pray the Examen – that daily reflection during which we consider the courses our lives have taken, we give thanks to God for all the graces received, and we resolve how we will live in light of what we’ve gathered from the brief moments of silence. Anyone who has partaken in the Examen might well speak to its power. The school itself is lucky to have conducted and to be preparing to mount corporate and institutional Examens of who we are in our two most critical areas: how we challenge our students to grow intellectually and how we respond to the call of Ignatius to create a school centered on his spiritual principles and world view. During the 2012-13 school year, RJHS conducted – with the generous help of students, faculty, staff and parents – a selfstudy mandated by the AdvancED accreditation organization. It would not be inaccurate to call this an Examen. AdvancED, in various forms, has continuously accredited the school for almost 100 years. This year, the organization sent a Visiting Team that conducted hour-upon-hour of student observations, held interviews with key stakeholders in the institution, examined (there’s that word again!) the documents on which RJHS centers its mission and discussed the school – its future and its past – with administration. They came away from their study validating that Regis Jesuit is just what we say it is: a rigorous academic environment that assists in the religious and moral development of our student body. Aware that great schools are always eager to improve themselves, RJHS has embraced both the praise and the recommendations for continued growth the AdvancED Visiting Team left with us and moves excitedly forward. In the coming 2013-14 school year, in cooperation with the Missouri Province of the Jesuits, RJHS will dedicate a significant amount of our energy and prayer to conducting another Examen — a reflection on how we live out our Ignatian Identity. As we are sponsored by the Missouri Province, RJHS is asked, as are many Jesuit high schools nationwide, to consider what makes us a Jesuit school and how we animate that mission and vision in all we are and

in all that we do. In order to fully reflect on the scope of our sponsorship, the school will engage representatives from many areas of the institution and will prayerfully assess and evaluate our Ignatian identity. Since prayerful reflection is a natural strength of this community, we look forward to meditating on our charism and sharing those reflections with an outside panel in February 2014. The school owes a significant debt of gratitude to those members of the community who’ve already assisted in the AdvancED review. Please allow us to also thank all of those who will be asked to enter to conversation on Sponsorship Review. Without the help of the community, these important institutional Examens would not be possible.




Year in Review 2012-13

*We list only the names of Regis Jesuit students who receive nationallevel or full-ride scholarships. Annually, Regis Jesuit students receive numerous competitive monetary awards totaling tens of millions of dollars in academic scholarships. Every effort has been made to record accurately those who have been awarded scholarships or have signed to play sports in college. We sincerely regret any errors or omissions.

ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS* Appointment to the Air Force Academy Sydney Rohlwing Daniels Fund Scholars John Aya, Kahle Collins, Matthew Queen National Hispanic Scholar Peter Cal National Merit Finalists Amalia “Mollie” Coyle, Matthew Haney, Matthew Jotte, Frank Morton

Breanne Williams

Frank Morton

John Aya

Kahle Collins

Matthew Haney

Matthew Jotte

Matthew Queen

Molly Coyle

Peter Cal

Sydney Rohlwing

National Achievement Scholar Breanne Williams COLLEGE SIGNINGS Boys Division Erik Biernat – swimming, Xavier University Antonio Broadus – football, Indiana State University Cole Cunningham – golf, Grand Canyon University Nick DePuy – soccer, University of California, Santa Barbara Justin Finley – lacrosse, Dominican University Sebastian Harris – football, Benedictine College Blake Knobloch – lacrosse, Jacksonville University Cody Leis – golf, Loyola University New Orleans Ian Shelton – soccer, Claremont McKenna College Clark Smith – swimming, University of Texas Tim Smith – swimming, Denison University Zach Suter – swimming, Seton Hall University Connor Warren – football, University of Richmond Brian Wegner – lacrosse, University of Denver Brody Weiss – baseball, University of California, Santa Barbara Sean Whitley – football, Loras College Girls Division Courtney Baltizar – soccer, Shepherd University (West Virginia) Katherine Blumhardt – lacrosse, University of Oregon Abby Cutler – swimming, Butler University Missy Franklin – swimming, University of California, Berkeley Courtney Gielow – lacrosse, University of California, Berkeley Rory Graham – rowing, University of Tulsa Ana Holland – track, University of Virginia Shannon Harpham – soccer, Fort Lewis College Meghan Kilkenny – soccer, Colorado College Lindsay Kriz – swimming, Johns Hopkins University Maddy Krause – lacrosse, University of Colorado, Boulder Delaney Lanker – swimming, Northeastern University Erin Schilmoeller – lacrosse, University of Oregon Erin Sungelo – lacrosse, Yale University SUMMER 2013


2013 Graduates of Regis Jesuit High School plan on matriculating to the following colleges, universities or special programs: Arizona State University

Loyola University, Chicago

University of California at Santa Barbara

Augustana College

Loyola University, New Orleans

University of Colorado at Boulder

Baylor University

Luther College

University of Colorado

Benedictine College

Marquette University

Boston College

Mercyhurst University

University of Colorado at Denver

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Metropolitan State University of Denver

University of Dallas

Butler University

Miami University, Oxford

University of Denver

California Polytechnic State University

Montana State University, Bozeman

University of Iowa

Claremont McKenna College

Northeastern University

University of Kansas

Clemson University

Northern Arizona University

University of Mary

College of Saint Benedict

Ohio State University

University of Michigan

Colorado College

Pennsylvania State University, University Park

University of Missouri, Columbia

Colorado Mesa University

Philadelphia University

University of Montana, Missoula

Colorado School of Mines

Pitzer College

University of New Mexico

Colorado State University

Red Rocks Community College

University of North Alabama

Columbia College Chicago

Regis University

University of North Dakota

Cornell College

Rhode Island School of Design

University of Northern Colorado

Creighton University

Rochester Institute of Technology

University of Notre Dame

Denison University

Rockhurst University

University of Oregon

Dominican University of California

Rollins College

University of Pennsylvania

Duke University

Sacred Heart University

University of Portland

Duquesne University

Saint Louis University

University of Richmond

Eckerd College

Saint Michael’s College

University of Rochester

Fort Lewis College

Santa Clara University

University of San Diego

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Seattle University

University of South Carolina

Georgetown University

Seton Hall University

University of St. Andrews

Gonzaga University

Shepherd University

University of Texas, Austin

Grand Canyon University

Smith College

University of Texas, San Antonio

Hastings College

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

University of Tulsa

Hendrix College

Southern Methodist University

University of Virginia

Indiana State University

St. Edward’s University

University of Wyoming

Indiana University at Bloomington

Texas Christian University

Vanderbilt University

Iowa State University

Texas Tech University

Villanova University

Jacksonville University

The George Washington University

Washington University in St. Louis

Johns Hopkins University

United States Air Force Academy

Western State Colorado University

Kansas State University

United States Marine Corps

Whittier College

Lewis & Clark College

University of Alabama

Xavier University

Loras College

University of Arizona

Yale University

Louisiana State University

University of California at Berkeley

Loyola Marymount University

University of California at Los Angeles


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Athletics& ActivitiesWrapUp ATHLETICS


WINTER Basketball Led by four-star recruit Josh Perkins ’14, the Raiders won the Continental League and earned a #1 seed in the 5A state tournament. After handling Boulder and Grand Junction in the first two rounds, the Raiders fell to a pesky Rangeview team who went on to win the 5A Championship. Hockey The Raiders came out of the gate smokin’, winning 12 straight before their first loss. The senior-led squad was determined to get back to the state title game and repeat as both state and national champs. Alas their run came up a bit short as they fell in the state semi-finals to Monarch. They were able to bounce back at Nationals, making it to the championship game before falling in overtime. Under head coach Dan Woodley, the Raiders have built themselves into a force to be reckoned with on both state and national levels and there is no doubt that they’ll be right back in the thick of things next year.

SPRING Baseball After head coach Walt Weiss’ departure last year to manage the Colorado Rockies (!), Regis Jesuit was fortunate to find a quality replacement in former Nebraska head baseball coach, Mike Anderson. It didn’t take long for Coach Anderson to make an impact. After a slow start, the Raiders won their last 10 regular season games. Unfortunately, a tough fourth inning in the regional final bounced Regis Jesuit from the playoffs. The Raiders say goodbye to shortstop Brody Weiss ’13 who will be attending the University of California, Santa Barbara on a baseball scholarship. Next season, look for the Raiders to make a state title-run behind one of the state’s top pitchers in southpaw and University of Oregon signee, David Peterson ’14, and slugger, Max George ’14. Lacrosse The Raiders entered postseason play ranked third in the state. Blake Knobloch ’13 had himself a terrific senior campaign, which was highlighted by his last second, game-winning goal against rival Mullen in the state quarterfinals. The Raiders championship push ended in a tough loss to Arapahoe in the state semi-finals. Truett Davis ’14 and Matt Soran ’15 will look to lead the team next season.

Grant Neal ’14 celebrates his championship win

Wrestling Just four months after undergoing ankle surgery, Grant Neal ’14 gave Regis Jesuit its sixth overall state title in the past seven seasons. In thrilling fashion, Neal took down Fossil Ridge’s Payton Tapia 3-2 to win the 195 lb. title. If Neal repeats as a senior, he would become Regis Jesuit’s third two-time state champion, joining B.J. Sanchez ’94 and John Crowley ’12. Another wrestler to watch next season is Nick Elgin ’16 who, as a freshman, fell one victory shy of making the placing round at state.



Swim & Dive Regis Jesuit won its 18th championship in the past 19 seasons! Clark Smith ’13 capped off his senior year with a fourth consecutive 100-yard butterfly title. He also won the 200-yard freestyle and was part of two state record-setting relay teams (200 and 400 freestyle relays). Along with being a part of the winning 400 freestyle relay, Hennessey Stuart ’14 won his first career individual state crown in the 200 individual medley. Kyle Goodwin ’15 won his second diving title in as many seasons. Track & Field The young Raider boys team finished tied for 21st at state. Jordan Hatfield ’14 had a standout season winning the 5A state pole vault competition with a jump of 15 feet. Look for the Raiders to be more competitive in the coming season. Volleyball Boys volleyball team spiked their competition with ease winning their fourth consecutive state championship as a club team.

Athletics&ActivitiesWrapUp ATHLETICS



WINTER Basketball Having lost a number of starters from last year’s senior-heavy squad, many viewed this season as a rebuilding year. Yet, coach Carl Mattei proved once again that the Raiders don’t rebuild, they reload. Without a senior on the roster, the Raiders won their second 5A state championship in the Girls Division’s ten-year history. Diani Akigbogun ’14 was named the Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year, Continental League Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player of The Show all-star game. The Raiders will be the favorites heading into next season as the dynamic trio of Justine Hall ’14 (17.2 PPG), defensive prodigy Kelsi Lidge ’14 and Akigbogun ’14 all return for their senior campaign. Poms & Cheer Joy Barber ’14 and Molly Struna ’14 led a young Raiders cheer team to a successful season. Erin Loveland ’15 received the Raider Lady of the Year award. Best of luck to Hannah Boe ’13 who will be cheering at Saint Louis University next year! Swim & Dive What an emotional, attention-heavy, pressure-filled year these girls endured … and what better way to end it than all 50 girls hoisting the state championship trophy. Led by five-time Olympic medalist, Missy Franklin ’13, the Raiders won their second state championship in three seasons. In her final race, Franklin set a new high school national record of one minute, 56.85 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley. She also took down another state record in the 500 freestyle and anchored a pair of winning relays. Don’t expect the Raiders to take a step backward with the departure of Franklin. Lindsay Painton ’16 turned in a pair of top-five finishes and classmate McKensi Austin ’16 finished fourth overall in the diving competition. What a season for the girls swim and dive team!

SPRING Golf After winning its second consecutive 4A state championship last year, the Raiders were moved up to 5A competition this year. Coach George Miller’s team was not intimidated. Behind the leadership of seniors Sofia Vigil ’13 and Lauren Richardson ’13, the Raiders qualified for the 5A state tournament. Sydney Gillespie ’15 followed up her fifth-place finish at 4A state last year with a tie for seventh place at the 5A level. Lacrosse Year after year, head coach Billy Corbett’s lacrosse program has been making strides. Last year’s team advanced to the state quarterfinals, the furthest the program has ever gone. This year, it was time to make the elusive state championship push. Behind a 14-2 regular season record, the Raiders entered postseason play, having beaten two of the state’s top teams in Cherry Creek and Kent Denver. After an ugly first round win against a physical ThunderRidge team, the Raiders took down Arapahoe to advance to their first-ever state semifinal, where they were ousted by Centaurus. An incredible year for the girls who will look to take it one step further next season. Soccer Head coach Will Cropper’s ’98 squad fielded a lot of young talent that featured Kelsi Lidge ’14 and Lauren Lerew ’15. Showing flashes of success, the young Raiders look to make some serious noise in the coming years. Tennis Like golf, the Raiders were bumped up to the state’s 5A classification this season and again, were not fazed. In a stacked 5A field, the Raiders finished in third place at state. No. 2 singles player, Haley Chirico ’15 and the No. 2 doubles tandem of Catherine Nemechek ’15 and Jessica Butler ’15 had impressive showings, finishing in third place individually. Track & Field University of Virginia signee, Ana Holland ’13, had a season to remember. The sprint star pulled off a rare sweep of the 5A girls 100, 200 and 400 meter races, setting two U.S. records in the 100 (11.33 seconds) and 400 (52.49 seconds). She also holds the nation’s second-fastest 200. Kelsey Cunningham ’13 also proved her athletic prowess, winning the st state title in the triple jump. Overall, the girls track team found themsel themselves just one point shy of placing in the top three at the state meet this ye year.





Boys 5A Golf Boys 5A Swimming Boys Volleyball (club) Girls 5A Basketball Girls 5A Swimming

Speech & Debate state winners


5A Swim & Dive Erik Biernat ’13 – 200 freestyle relay; 400 freestyle relay Meggie Chase ’14 – 200 freestyle relay Missy Franklin ’13 – 200 individual medley; 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay; 400 freestyle relay Kyle Goodwin ’15 – diving Lindsay Kriz ’13 – 400 freestyle relay Amy Lenderink ’16 – 200 freestyle relay Lindsay Painton ’16 – 400 freestyle relay Clark Smith ’13 – 100 butterfly; 200 freestyle; 200 freestyle relay; 400 freestyle relay Hennessey Stuart ’14 – 200 individual medley; 400 freestyle relay Jesse Suchomel ’14 – 200 freestyle relay Zach Suter ’13 – 200 freestyle relay; 400 freestyle relay Taylor Wilson ’15 – 200 freestyle relay; 400 freestyle relay 5A Wrestling Grant Neal ’14 – 195 lbs. 5A Track & Field Kelsey Cunningham ’13 – triple jump Ana Holland ’13 – 100, 200 and 400 meters Jordan Hatfield ’14 – pole vault CoMPETITIVE CLuBS & ARTS WRAP uP

Classics Club The Upper Level Certamen team of the co-divisional Classics Club claimed the state title at the annual Colorado Junior Classical League Convention held in Estes Park.

The Mock Trial team with their mentors



Certamen Champs are classic

Fine Arts Colton Jones ’14 won Best in Show at the Continental League Arts Festival. Journalism - The RJ Voice Adam Dawkins ’98 has built one of the state’s top student journalism programs. At the Best of Colorado Newspaper Competition, the Raiders won first place in play-by-play sports and photo essay and alternative coverage treatment. They also won third place in sports reaction photography and lifestyle coverage, as well as an honorable mention in state of national news video broadcast, lifestyle news feature and critical review. Mock Trial Nearly 50 students participated in this year’s Mock Trial club. At the Arapahoe Regional competition, they were honored to receive the Most Professionalism Award, which is given to the team that displays exemplary and honorable conduct during the competition. Individual awards were given to Ramya Depa ’13 and Sophie Staerz ’14 who were selected for Best Attorney awards, and Abby Wist ’16, who was selected for a Best Witness award. The A Team fell just short of making the final round at state, yet with a lot of young talent, moderator Eve Dann is looking forward to advancing one step further next season. Model uN The Model UN team had another successful year with students placing in each of the five state-wide meets. Brendan “Skipper” Van Jacobs ’13 and Tito Limas-Dominguez ’14 led a group of 23 students to travel to Washington D.C. to compete at the North American Invitational Model United Nations competition. Performing Arts Under the direction of Bernie Sauer ’97, the Canta Belles scored three superior honors and first place — Outstanding Women’s Choir — in the 4A competition at the Colorado West Invitational Music Performance Festival held in April 2013. Speech & Debate Abigail Bodeau ’13 took first place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate at the Colorado State Championship, becoming the first Speech & Debate State Champion from Regis Jesuit since the late 70s, and the first female state champ in the school’s history. She debated seven rounds over two days and won a split decision (2-1) over a student from Kent Denver. Abigail went on to take first in the Rocky Mountain South District meet qualifying her to participate in the National Speech Tournament being held in Birmingham, Ala. in June. Additionally, the entire RJ Speech and Debate team received the National Forensic League Leading Chapter Award – one of 108 awards given to the 3000 NFL chapters! All told, the team won 204 awards in competition during the 2013-14 school year.

Alumni Raider SUMMER ISSUE

Alumni in Education

B Y CO L I N ST. J O H N ’ 01

When Pope Francis was elected in March, the entire Catholic world received a re-introduction to the Jesuit order and its emphasis on education. For graduates of Regis Jesuit, it was a lesson we’d all had before: St. Ignatius, IHS, ad maiorem Dei gloriam et al. And even if it was familiar, it was a proud moment. Here was the Catholic Church’s explicit acknowledgment of the importance of Jesuits and, therefore, education.

Of his Regis Jesuit experience, Rausch relates, “I didn’t know at the time but Regis Jesuit has had a profound impact on my life. Our mission of being Men and Women with and for Others is more than a nice slogan—it’s a calling and a profound responsibility. The men and women I engaged at Regis Jesuit (both as a student and as a teacher for a year) helped reinforce what it means to live a life of service, leadership and love.”

Becca Haas ’08 in the South Pacific

Here, you’ll find the stories of a handful of alums who have recognized the value of education in their lives and careers. And the importance of Regis Jesuit in it all. EQUITY INVESTMENT M. Karega Rausch ’95 has seen the educational gamut. After graduating from Regis Jesuit, Rausch headed to DePauw University where he majored in psychology. He returned to RJ in 1999 and taught sociology, as well as taking a place as Assistant Director of Admissions. While back at his alma mater, Rausch won the Teacher of the Year Award and increased applications from urban areas. In the Ph.D. program for educational psychology at Indiana University and as a research associate with the Equity Project there, Rausch has continued his pursuit of the processes of learning. Prior to joining the Equity Project, Karega was the founding Indianapolis Director of a national educational advocacy non-profit (Stand for Children), and served as the education director on the senior staff of two Indianapolis mayors (of different political parties).

CORPS CURRICULUM C Regis Jesuit grads in education aren’t bound by the borders of these United States. Becca Haas ’08 is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Samoa, teaching English literacy in a primary school in the rural country. “I am on a small island in the South Pacific working with and for the people in my village, and I know without a doubt that this is what I am supposed to be doing and where God has called me,” Haas says. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota and found that her time there—and at Regis Jesuit—led her to beginning a life of service. “When I think about my time at Regis Jesuit, the most important thing that I have carried with me is the idea to be a Woman with and for Others,” Haas relates. “When I walk through my village and hear people calling my name, I realize that I am a woman with others. When I see that ‘light bulb’ moment for just one of my students, I realize that I am a woman for others. Without my RJ background, I know that I would not be where I am today.”

Karega Rausch ’95




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OPEN TO GROWTH The path to finding one’s self in teaching isn’t always so direct. When Michael Massey ’99 graduated from RJHS, he went on to Stanford University. He thought he’d end up writing software for a living. Describing his change of heart, Massey says, “Several years in, I discovered that I was more passionate about my Japanese language and literature classes than I was about my programming projects, so I took the plunge and followed a path that I hadn’t even known was a possibility a few years before.” “The plunge,” as it were, took Massey to Yokosuka, Japan, where he taught at a municipal high school. It was there that he grew to love earth science.

Massey sees the qualities of Regis Jesuit’s Graduate at Graduation in his own experiences. “If I was not open to growth, I might not have taken the time to learn about the language, culture and literature of a place so different from my home. If I did not strive to be intellectually competent, I would not have tools such as scientific competency, linguistic proficiency or cultural literacy. If I did not consciously and intentionally commit myself to love, empathy, compassion and justice, I would not likely have the great opportunity now before me: to contribute to the advancement of human knowledge and understanding; and, most importantly, to have a positive impact on my local community through teaching and mentoring students in need. In the fourteen years since I graduated from Regis Jesuit High School, the echoes of my experiences in its hallways still reverberate in my life.” VOCAL LESSONS

Mike Massey ’99


After Japan, Massey pursued a master’s degree in soil science at Colorado State University, where he spent a lot of time on country roads and in the back of farm trucks. Still, he didn’t feel like he was completely finished with becoming a scientist and that he wanted to teach at the college level. “I had the good fortune to come back to Stanford for my doctoral studies, where I have been learning all about uranium contamination in soils and groundwater,” he explains. Massey is in the process of wrapping up his Ph.D. and has accepted a position as an assistant professor at California State University, East Bay, which begins the autumn of this year.


Stephanie DePrez ’07 [see cover for photo] also ended up following a circuitous path to education. She studied vocal performance, film production and television studies at the University of Notre Dame and was a member of the Folk Choir (which she joined to get her “Canta Belles fix”). As she tells it, “After my graduation, the Folk Choir went on tour to Southern California, where I planned to flaunt my degree in music and film production—as well as my unemployment— at every parish we visited.” She continues, “While in Palm Desert, we sang a benefit concert for Xavier College Prep, a six-year-old Jesuit high school with no actual Jesuits. I got to talking with the principal, Chris Alling, and after a spurof-the-moment interview, I began seriously contemplating abandoning my plans to move to Santa Monica—to pursue a job as a television writer—in order to move to the California desert and direct a high school choir.” And she did. DePrez has just signed up for her third year of teaching (which includes theology) and has no regrets about her choice. She ponders, “Perhaps the biggest gift Regis Jesuit gave me was Kairos, which I still consider the jumping-off point of my adult faith. Recently the first group of the students I have taught made their Kairos, and as I encountered them after their return, I reflected on my own experience on K5.” She continues, “After meeting with a group of them, I found myself standing alone in the middle of a church parking lot, thinking about Regis Jesuit and the unexpected path that led me to Xavier. I was filled with a sudden and overwhelming gratitude. I would have never anticipated at 16 that I would be a Jesuit educator at 24, and yet, it seems to be the only thing that makes sense to be doing.” And to a slew of graduates of Regis Jesuit—including several dozen who still pop quizzes and coach teams at the Aurora campus—it just makes sense. It’s the only thing to be doing.

Alumni Claim Grammy Gold Okee Dokee Brothers’ roots found in RJ education B Y J O SE CH A LIT ’ 13 A ND M IK E P O R A Z Z O ’ 1 3

This article first appeared in the March 2013 issue of The RJ Voice. See

Joe Mailander ’04 and Justin Lansing ’03 joined jazz band and select choir their junior and senior years at Regis Jesuit. They performed on stage with the theatre department and were taught by Ernie DeNapoli, Dolores Boyle and Syd Timme. Now, Mailander and Lansing have a Grammy. The folk/ bluegrass duo took home Best Children’s Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in February. “We definitely didn’t see a Grammy in the future, but we did know we wanted to be musicians and we were writing a lot of songs,” Mailander said, “What we tried to do was not concentrate on anything that was too fixed of a goal.” Whatever the goal, it all started at Regis Jesuit. “Those were great years for us because we were so involved with the productions there and we got to learn our instruments and get exposed to performing in front of live audiences,” Mailander said. “That was our first experience and it really did foster a lot of our music making at that time.” Their songwriting and passion for literature was also influenced by their high school experience. “Mrs. Timme was an awesome mentor to have in those years because not only was she musical, she influenced us when it came to the concept of literature and writing,” he said. “That’s a big part of what we do.” At RJ, the two friends learned more than just songwriting and musical skills. “Some of the themes that run throughout the album are about friendship and environmental stewardship,” Mailander said, “Regis was influential on how we see the world as a place to build community in as well as to respect our natural surroundings.”

Looking sharp for the Grammys

Nature has had a big impact on Mailander and Lansing. It inspires them to write songs and carry on their message. Their latest album, Can You Canoe?, was the result of a month-long canoe trip down the Mississippi River with their instruments and meager tools for survival. “I think being vulnerable is such an awesome lesson in life,” Mailander said. “Sometimes you’re wrong, sometimes you’re ill-prepared, sometimes you’re at the whim of something greater than yourself, and being outdoors in the elements reminds you about your humanity and your humility.” The trip was documented and turned into a film also entitled Can You Canoe?, which depicts their journey as they were exposed to new experiences and people. For them, it’s as much about the people they meet and the things they learn along the way as it is about the music and nature. “That kind of social justice learning happened at Regis — about caring about your work and the world and having a positive influence on the people around you - it’s all rooted in being a man for others,” Mailander said. The duo made a decision to play children’s music after the late-night bar scene and grind of the adult music industry left them feeling unfulfilled. Now, the Okee Dokee Brothers’ style of songwriting holds the values of their mission and helps inspire audiences of all ages. “Justin spends the winters teaching music classes for inner-city youth and we fly back and forth doing shows on the weekends,” Mailander said.

We knew them when…Mailander ’04 (first on the left in the middle row) and Lansing ’03 (left on the bottom row) with Syd Timme and the rest of the Select Choir from the 2003 yearbook

“We play for kids and families because that’s our experience together. We grew up together as kids and we like the positive messages we can share with that audience.” THE ALUMNI RAIDER



B Y K AT E R I S H E B E R H O WARD ’ 1 6

Desmond Tutu says it best, “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” In my case, God has gifted me with a wonderful, loving Regis Jesuit family. When I say Regis Jesuit family, I truly mean a family who lives and breathes Regis Jesuit High School. With a grandpa who graduated in 1959, many great uncles who attended the school, a father who was also a Raider and a brother proudly donning the iconic red and white now, I am connected in more ways than one to Regis Jesuit. I am a legacy daughter.

Generations of Raider Pride: Kateri Sheber Howard holding a photo of her late grandfather, Mike ’59, flanked by her father, Jeff ’88, and brother, Matthew ’14

To me, being called a “legacy daughter” simply means that my family has loved and valued Regis Jesuit for dozens of years, just as I do now. I was slightly worried that starting at Regis Jesuit this year would come with high expectations from my family — that I would feel a need somehow to measure up to their successes while still paving my own path. However, I received none of this pressure whatsoever and was given nothing but support by my family. They were excited for me to become part of the Raider tradition, and I was absolutely ecstatic. I have grown up hearing all about how great and special a school Regis Jesuit is. It was almost presented as something other-worldly. Walking through the doors for the first time as a student, my expectations for my experience were set very high. From the first day of my freshman year, I have really come to understand why my family has committed so much to this institution for so long. Attending Regis Jesuit now has far surpassed any bar my grandpa, dad or brother set for it.


It feels exciting and overwhelms me with pride to think of my family roaming (almost) the same halls I do now. I am proud to be a part of the same community, to share in the countless traditions and to connect on another level with my family—the Regis Jesuit level. I am honored to say that I am a part of a small, but growing group of female Raiders who have fathers and grandfathers who also attended Regis Jesuit High School. To date, there are more than 70 alumnae or current Girls Division students who have followed their fathers, grandfathers or both to the school. Nine are third generation legacies. [See chart on the next page.]


I am fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to speak with some of these young women about what it means to them to be legacy daughters of Regis Jesuit. Catherine Nemechek’s ’15 father and grandfather were also Raiders, as well as many other family members. She reflects on this special circumstance that, “It’s cool to be a Nemechek. All of the teachers recognize my name!” As I am sure Catherine and other legacy daughters would agree, being in this special sorority is a blessing. Our families are a gift from God. Regis Jesuit is a gift from God. And the fact that we have both all tied up in one makes for just about the greatest gift you could ever hope to receive.

Daughters of Regis Jesuit and their Forebears DAUGHTERS


Brooke Barlock ’14 Lauren Bell ’09 Madison Birchfield ’14 Kaeleigh Brady ’10 Emma Bunsness ’12 Margaret Bunsness ’15 Mary Burke ’14 Claire Campbell ’13 Jamie Campbell ’12 Sarah Cassinis ’08 Hannah Chase ’11 Margaret Chase ’14 Alexis Christopher ’15 Mary Coughlin ’14 Kellie Dawson ’13 Rachel Deits ’12 Brittney DeLine ’08 Giana DeVito ’15 Molly Donnegan ’15 Makenzie Driver ’10 Alexandra Elio ’16 Lillian Farrell ’14 Alyssa Finch ’11 Anna Finch ’13 Grace Freund ’12 Emily Fritz ’09 Amy Hegarty ’09 Jennifer Hegarty ’08 Sarah Henderson ’16 Leah Jiru ’07 Emily Kaiser ’13 Hallie Kaiser ’09 Shelbi Lenon ’11 Erin Loveland ’15 Alexandra Mahoney ’15 Rachel Malsam ’16 Maria Mancinelli ’09

Christian Barlock ’82

Eric Birchfield ’89 Kelan Brady ’81

Sean Burke ’86 James Campbell ’84 Richard Campbell ’81 Edward Cassinis ’67 Timothy Chase ’82 Timothy Chase ’82

Anthony DeVito ’85 James Driver ’75 Joseph Elio ’77 Lawrence Finch ’74 Lawrence Finch ’74 Joseph Freund ’84 William Fritz ’69 Michael Hegarty ’74 Michael Hegarty ’74 Thomas Henderson ’73 Christopher Kaiser ’89 Jon Kaiser ’75 Craig+ Lenon ’84 Lloyd Loveland ’89 Paul Malsam ’83 Christopher Mancinelli ’80


John Bell ’57

Vincent+ Schmitz ’44 Vincent+ Schmitz ’44 Richard Campbell ’54 Richard Campbell ’54

Michael Christopher ’57 James Coughlin ’53 Barry Dawson ’56 Frank+ Potestio ’43 William De Line ’53 Thomas+ Donnegan ’48 George Coughlin ’56

James+ Quinn ’43

John+ Mahoney, Jr. ’44




Megan McConaty ’10 Gianna McWilliams ’14 Alli Morroni ’11 Kathryn Murray ’13 Annemarie Naes ’09 Catherine Nemechek ’15 Nicole Nemechek ’12 Meghan Nemechek ’15 Erica Nemechek ’12 Rachel Oakes ’15 Hannah Payne ’08 Alena Payne ’12 Alexandra Piro ’15 Clare Quinn ’16 Catherine Reidy ’09 Molly Reidy ’11 Amy Robertson ’12 Amanda Rouse ’11 Halee Sanko ’13 Katherine Sawyer ’08 Sarah Schmid ’12 Kristin Schmid ’08 Kelly Schmitz ’07 Madison Schmitz ’13 Anna Schuster ’12 Amy Schuster ’07 Kateri Sheber Howard ’16 Kristen Sheridan ’09 Michaela Smith ’12 Taylor Smith ’16 Colleen Sullivan ’10 Mary Sullivan ’14 Alexandra Todd ’11 Elizabeth Trujillo ’07 Mary Walsh ’15 Ellen Zirkelbach ’10

James McConaty ’76 John McWilliams ’85

Joseph+ McConaty ’39

Michael Murray ’82 Eugene Naes, Jr. ’80 Andrew Nemechek ’82 Andrew Nemechek ’82 Jeffrey Nemechek ’80 Jeffrey Nemechek ’80 Lee Payne, Jr. ’78 Lee Payne, Jr. ’78 Daniel Piro ’74 Michael Quinn ’85 Michael Reidy ’72 Michael Reidy ’72 Stephen Robertson ’79 Richard Rouse ’76 David Sanko ’82 Joseph Schmid ’75 Joseph Schmid ’75 Martin Schmitz ’75 John Schuster ’79 John Schuster ’79 Jeffrey Howard ’88 John Sheridan ’76 Kevin Smith ’72 Kevin Smith ’72

Estevan Trujillo ’89 Richard Walsh III ’82 David Zirkelbach ’72

Richard Morroni ’45 Richard Nemechek ’54 Richard Nemechek ’54 Richard Nemechek ’54 Richard Nemechek ’54 Thomas Morroni ’58

Joseph+ Hovorka ’47 Vincent+ Schmitz ’44 Vincent+ Schmitz ’44 Michael+ Howard ’59

James McCabe III ’57 James McCabe III ’57 Leo+ Nelson ’39 + – deceased

Three Generations: The House of Nemechek

Jeffrey Nemechek ’80

Erica Nemechek ’12

Meghan Nemechek ’15

Andrew Nemechek ’82

Nicole Nemechek ’12

Catherine Nemechek ’15

Richard Nemechek ’54




Class Notes

Fr. Michael Pavlakovich, V.F.’78 is celebrating his silver jubilee anniversary this year, marking 25 years in the priesthood.

1950s Frank Sferra ’54 was honored for his 55 years of teaching service within the Archdiocese of Denver. Read more about this tremendous accomplishment at alumniinthenews. Richard “Dick” Campbell ’54 was presented with Arrupe Jesuit High School’s Magis Award at their annual Magis Night fundraiser on February 2, 2013. Rev. Bill Kottenstette ’59 is celebrating his 40th anniversary of priesthood this year. Fr. Bill joined the Society of Jesus in 1959, and is currently a priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Mo., where he is serving as the Chaplain of the Kirksville Newman Center.


Kottenstette ’59

Dr. Jim Loehr ’61 is a world-renowned performance psychologist and the co-founder of the Human Performance Institute. He is the author of 15 books including his latest, The Only Way to Win: How Building Character Drives Higher Achievement and Greater Fulfillment in Business and Life. In the copy of the book he gave to Fr. Phil Steele ’66, he wrote, “Regis helped me in so many ways to formulate the contents of this book. Character above all else!”

Michael Potter ’85 is the head golf professional at Merrill Golf Course. He likes turkey, spinach, walnuts and Coors Light. He is pictured with his wife, Jules.


Sam Dwyer ’91 (right) shakes hands with Chris Jewett ’04 after winning the final hand

Sam Dwyer ’91 won the fourth annual Alumni Poker Tournament on Friday, April 19. Dwyer took down 50 other Regis Jesuit alumni to capture the title. He joins Chuck Atler ’51, Jason Kazin ’97 and Mike Beatty ’98 as poker champs.

M. Karega Rausch ’95 is currently working on his dissertation at Indiana University, as well as acting as the Indianapolis Director for Stand for Children. See story on page 15. Loehr ’61

Ron Cattany ’71 was ordained a priest at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on May 18. Recently, Jim Harvey ’74 was diagnosed with brain cancer. If you would like to assist the Harveys with medical costs, donations can be made anonymously and otherwise to: The Harvey Family, Citywide Banks, 55 Madison St., Suite 100, Denver, CO 80206, Attn: Kim Oliver.

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Neil Hopkins ’95 is an American television and film actor. He plays a lead role in the new film Detour. Hopkins is best known for his recurring role on Lost, playing Liam, the heroin-addicted rock star brother of Charlie.



Michael ‘85 and Jules Potter

Conor Beatty ’96 and his wife, Katie, are expecting their fourth child this fall. Conor and Katie moved to Omaha, Neb. to raise their family: Ella (5 yrs), Luke (3 yrs) and Nicholas (18 months). Conor works for the Chicago-based pharmaceutical company, Astellas-US. Tim Gradoville ’98 was inducted into the Waterloo Bucks Hall of Fame. Listen to his speech at alumniinthenews. Class of 1974 Christmas Lunch

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Jeremy Bielski ’99 and his wife, Shannon, had their first baby, Emmett Scott, on November 19, 2012. He weighed 9 lbs 2 oz and was 20 ¾ inches long. The couple couldn’t be happier to have him!

2000s Tim Miller ’00 left his post as the Republican National Committee deputy communications director to join a new conservative opposition research group, America Rising. Mark Raleigh ’01 married Morgan Forrey on July 28, 2012 at University Lutheran Church in Seattle, Wash. Mark is finishing his doctorate in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Washington.

Roger Espinoza ’05 was granted a work permit to play soccer for Wigan Athletic. With the help of Espinoza, Wigan Athletic went on to win the FA Cup, one of the most prestigious soccer tournaments in the world. Read more about Roger at Lacey Henderson ’07 was named an athlete of the year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Jessica Rose ’07 received the marketing student of the year award at Metropolitan College of Denver. Kirstyn Dutton ’08 just completed her year as an Alum Service Corps volunteer at St. Louis University High. She taught freshmen biology and was active in the community service clubs. Becca Haas ’08 is teaching English Literacy in Samoa for the next two years. To follow Becca’s journey in the Peace Corps, check out See story on page 15. KD Misgen ’08 and David Nowicki ’08 were engaged on April 2 and are planning a summer 2014 wedding. KD just completed her year as an Alum Service Corps volunteer as a science teacher in the Boys Division and will be starting medical school at Loyola Chicago in the fall. David teaches science in the Boys Division as well.

Mark ‘01 and Morgan Raleigh

Bobby Deline ’03 produced his first feature film titled The Aviation Cocktail. Deline graduated from Denver University in 2007 with a filmmaking major and a business minor. For more information about his movie, check out Childhood friends, Justin Lansing ’03 and Joe Mailander ’04, won a Grammy for Best Children’s Album! Learn more about these two childhood friends at and listen to their acceptance speech at See story on page 17.

Kirstyn Dutton ’08 with SLUH students

Zachary Porter ’08 married Laura Anderson on June 9, 2012 at St. John’s Catholic Church on the Creighton University campus. Zach and Laura met at and are 2012 graduates of Creighton. They reside in Omaha, where Zach works in finance and Laura is a chemist in research and development. Becca Skinner ’08 was featured as National Geographic’s Explorer Moment of the Week. Read more about it

Chris Jewett ’04 was hired by Land Energy Inc. as a landman. Rok Kopp ’04 moved to Sydney, Australia where he started his new job as the director of international sales at Top Hat Monocle. Zach ’08 and Laura Porter with their wedding party at the Durham Museum The alumni raider


summer 2013

Class Notes

Zielinski ’08 in red t-shirt

Joshua Zielinski ’08 is living in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua teaching English and art to primary students at Colegio Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe as part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps until December 2014. He’ll be in community with four other volunteers, living a life centered in spirituality, simplicity, social justice and solidarity with the poor. Zach Anderson ’09, David McManus ’11, Michael Fischer ’09, Tommy Larson ’09 and Luke Young ’11 (pictured left) were spotted in Washington D.C. supporting RJ’s Model UN team during their national conference. Whitney Beery ’09 appeared on the CBS reality baking show, The American Baking Competition.

Liz Engle ’11 recently received an award for the highest GPA during her freshman year at Davidson College. This summer, she will be in New York City with the Financial Access Initiative to do economics research. Johnny Griffith ’11 is the first NJCAA baseball player to sign at the United State Military Academy at West Point. Griffith played for the Seward County Saints for the past two years. Kelsey Goodwin ’11 will compete in an opera singing program in Italy this summer.

Min-Joo Lee ’09 graduated from UCLA with a degree in sociology. She will be attending Yale University in the fall to pursue a master’s in public health in healthcare management and global health. She also is the chief operations officer of a nonprofit corporation.

Katrina Jackson ’11 just returned from the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Wisconsin.

Nolan Mynatt ’09 wed Rachel Hamilton ’09 on Saturday, April 28, 2013. Nolan has served in the army in Afghanistan for the past year.

While at Regis Jesuit, Jessica Lesser ’11 became a two-time World Champion Irish team dancer as well as a two-time All Ireland’s Champion and six-time National Campion. Currently, Lesser is raising funds so she can attend the Rose of Tralee Regionals in Ireland. In addition, Lesser is auditioning for a new television show called Heartbeat of Home.

Catherine Reidy ’09 was named a Clarendon Scholar. Read more about this tremendous accomplishment at www.regisjesuit. com/alumniinthenews. Charles Wheeler ’09 was selected as the outstanding Graduate for Academic Achievement by the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado. This award is given to the student who holds the highest undergraduate career GPA. Sammie Ziegler ’09 graduated from the College of Holy Cross where she majored in Biology. She received the Rev. John Flavin Award, which is given to a fourth-year biology major who has shown excellence in scientific achievement and humanitarian service. Ziegler has since been accepted into Yale University on scholarship into their doctoral biochemistry program.


RJ CoNNECTIoN To THE BoSToN BoMBINGS Brian Monahan ’11 qualified for the Boston Marathon by finishing in the Colorado Springs Marathon in August 2012 with a time of two hours and 52 minutes. Brian crossed the finish line almost two hours before the bomb exploded; however, he was only one block away when it happened because he had been resting and needed to gather his things from the bus. Although Brian did not see the devastation, he experienced the terror as the city quickly shut down and he was unable to get back to the Boston College campus or reach his family and friends until nightfall. Brian is still trying to process the whole day and what happened. His takeaway was that you never realize your inner strength until you are challenged in a difficult situation. He also realized that more people really care about you than you ever can imagine.

Michael Whitley ’10 received the Wyoming Army National Guard Soldier of the Year award. He competed in the Regional Soldier of the Year Competition in Oregon this past May.


This summer, Kaiti Kinshella ’11 will travel to Tanzania for an immersion trip.

Nicole orban ’11 will spend the summer in Burma on an immersion trip. Lizzie Raffa ’11 competed at an InterFaith Youth Core convention in Atlanta and won first place in the University Event Challenge. Having been greatly influenced by the five characteristics of the Graduate at Graduation, Evan Batten ’12 is heading to Costa Rica this summer to work with an organization called Operation Mobilization. Virginia Cavalier Tanner Scales ’12 was named ACC Men’s Lacrosse Freshman of the Year.

Lesser ’11 kicking up her heels

Faculty & Staff Notes

In this feature of The Raider, we list milestone occasions, awards or events for members of the faculty and staff.

April Evelyn

Hayden Lee

Tristan Renae

Luke Aloysius


Baby Boomlet

Honors and Awards

Head Groundskeeper, David Beasely, and his wife welcomed April Evelyn in mid-December 2012.

Marge Weideman and Bernie Sauer ’97 were both honored at a teacher appreciation banquet in late April sponsored by the youth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Madison Prach ’13 nominated them for the award.

Dana Bauer, Boys Division Counselor, and her husband, Brandon, welcomed a girl, Hayden Lee, on December 13, 2012. Ryan Taylor, Track and Field Coach and Boys Division P.E. Teacher, and his wife, Michelle, welcomed daughter, Tristan Renae, on February 13, 2013.

Christa Gordon, our Assistant Speech and Debate Coach, earned the distinction as a “first diamond coach” in the National Forensic League, meaning that under her instruction students have earned more than 15,000 credit points through presentations, competitions and service.

Lindsay Casas, Girls Division Athletic Trainer, and her husband, Armando, welcomed their first child, Sofia, on March 28, 2013. Boys Division Director of Admissions, Paul Muller and his wife, Kathy, welcomed their first child, Luke Aloysius on April 7, 2013, which is also Paul’s birthday. What a great gift!




Fond Farewell Pam Thomas Retires

Pam Thomas offered some of her final words of wisdom to the graduates of 2013 by giving the benediction at boys graduation. Earlier during the ceremony she was given the John Francis Regis Award for Outstanding Service for her 25 years of dedication to Regis Jesuit. Here is an excerpt from the words written in honor of Pam for the John Francis Regis Award: Pam Thomas has held a remarkable variety of positions [at Regis Jesuit], but her most enduring and influential role has been that of English teacher. She always set high standards in her classroom, both academic and behavioral. She had a special passion for writing, and her rigorous instruction formed generations of students who parlayed effective college application essays into a level of writing that has never failed to impress college professors. Pam embodies the magis, always expecting more from herself, her students and the school. She designed new courses, fought for the inclusion of more multicultural literature in the curriculum, explored team teaching, invited guest speakers into her classroom and organized field trips beyond school walls. Her ready availability to her students never diluted her dedication outside the classroom. As Regis Jesuit’s first Activities Director, Pam laid the foundation for an ever-expanding, student-centered program. Her work with RJ moderators as well as colleagues in the Continental League encouraged the values of involvement, creativity, sportsmanship and cooperation. Pam has a special passion for community service; for years she and Sandy Carson moderated the Arrupe Club, whose commitment grew from serving meals in a soup kitchen to weekly serving student-cooked meals to the guests of Ronald McDonald House. In all these years Pam has seldom said “No” to any request, whether it be to serve on one more committee, organize a project or a dance, sell tickets at a hockey game, or lead a trip to Greece or Jamaica. She is a model, Mrs. Thomas in the 2013 yearbook above and in 1990

a friend and an ideal example of what it means to be a Jesuit educator. Her love for her colleagues and her students will not soon be matched.” When asked what her educational philosophy is for the Catholic Schools Week issue of The Denver Catholic Register this past January, Pam wrote, “All students can be successful somewhere. All students have a story, and it is in that story that they will discover how special and unique they are.” Thank you for sharing your stories and unique gifts with us, Pam. We wish you the very best in your retirement!



Where Are They Now? Julie Shipman

And his mother hasn’t slowed down, either. She is a professional photographer, specializing in sports (she’s had about a dozen magazine covers including Ski Racing and SKI) and portraits. She loves to hike, ski and bike and will be moving to Park City in June. Of her time at Regis Jesuit, Shipman says, “I think the best years of my life may have been teaching those Regis Jesuit boys. I am in contact with about 50 or so through Facebook and it’s awesome to see what everyone’s up to. It was a meaningful time.” And it meant a lot to us, too. You can check out Julie Shipman’s photo work online here:

In her seven years at Regis Jesuit, Julie Shipman earned high praise and a devoted following from the student body. From 1994 until 2001, Shipman taught College Western Civilizations (now AP European History), Honors World History Seminar and geography. For dozens of grads, the self-professed Duke superfan will be remembered as kind and intelligent; and as someone who used Pink Floyd to teach history. In 2001, Shipman moved to Salt Lake City where her three sons—Peter, Hank and Jack—grew up (and were, ahem, robbed of a Regis Jesuit education). Peter is 22, a baseball pitcher for the University of Redlands, where he is a doublemajor in journalism and English. Hank is 18 and will be attending the University of Michigan to study medicine. And Jack is a 15-year-old student at East High School. The Shipmans dealt with a particularly harrowing set of circumstances when, in April of 2011, Hank was involved in a very serious car accident. Previously, Hank had been an extremely adept skier, ranked ninth in the nation for his age group in the Super G and in the top 20 nationally for Grand Slalom. He was told he would never walk again, but persevered through his rehab to manage a startling recovery. This past year he even started at second base on his high school baseball team and picked up golf.

Have a favorite teacher or staff member from your time at Regis Jesuit that you would like to know about? Send a ’Where Are They Now?’ request to the Alumni Office ( and we’ll do our best to track them down.




Raider Journeys

A recurring feature in The Raider, where we share photos from members of the globetrotting community of Regis Jesuit. Here are submissions since the last issue. In future issues, we want to fill this page and more. So get one of your countless RJ t-shirts out of the bottom drawer, grab your Raider red, pack your suitcases and start snapping!

Abby Gustafson ’12 in the Fargo Dome at North Dakota State University during a Bison football game

Outside the Cochrans’ balcony, there happened to be a tent set up with a hanging RJ on it

Drew Schmidt ’13 enjoys the beauty of Mount Rushmore in the snow over Christmas Break

Zach Collins ‘16 shows his chops and pride in being a Raider while skim boarding in Winter Color, Fla. last summer




The Cochran family—Nicole ’08, Courtney ’10, Jessica ’12, Ryan ’13— toasts the girls basketball championship win, which they watched via RJ Live while on vacation on Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas

To submit a photo for inclusion in Raider Journeys, send your picture(s) [resolution of 300 dpi or better – standard for most digital cameras and smart phones] to Learn more about the kinds of photos we are looking for at

In Memoriam ALUMNI

Listed in ascending order by year of graduation

The entire community of Regis Jesuit extends its sincere sympathy to the family and friends of loved ones who have died recently. The following are remembered in our prayers:

Nadine Hepp, mother of LaRae Onorato, Boys Division math teacher, and grandmother of Megan ’07, Mark ’10 and Katherine ’15 Onorato

William Bastien ’39, brother of Charles Bastien ’54

Bill Hollander, father of John Hollander ’82

Gurdon Smith ’41

Steve Jacques, son of Jean Jacques ’50

Donald L. Carlino ’47, brother of Harry Carleno ’45

Kenneth Libby, former faculty/staff member at Regis Jesuit

and father of Thomas Carlino ’81 Fr. Raymond A. Pease, S.J. ’55, brother of Robert Pease ’53 Peter Avila ’55

Lucretia “Lou” Ann Lorenzo, mother of Joseph Lorenzo ’86 Suzanne Lunn, mother of Chelsea ’08 and Austin ’10 Lunn-Rhue

John Dillon ’58, brother of Raymond ’49 and James ’54 Dillon

Suzanne Lynch, mother of Dan ’77 and John ’81 Lynch

Dave Henry ’63, brother of Donald Henry ’66

Lou Netzel, mother of Emma Netzel ’16

John “Jeb” Stuart ’70

Wilma Pence, mother of Rod Card ’61 and grandmother of

John Heckers ’74 Jeff Pfeifer ’76 Craig Lenon ’84, father of Shelbi Lenon ’11 Patrick Feeley ’87 Tim Burrell ’93

Kevin ’83 and David ’87 Card Maria Startseva, mother of Victor Startsev, RJ Maintenance Technician Marguerite “Moo” Steele, mother of Fr. Phil ’66, RJ President, and Steve ’72 Steele

Brian Farrell ’97

Garry Steinke, father of Aaron Steinke ’97

Raj Collins ’07

Mary Ann Tovrea, mother of Michael Tovrea ’70 Leslie Webberley, father of Ashton Webberley ’10


Listed alphabetically by last name Thomas App, father of Michael App ’84 Dottie Baker, sister of Judy Weaver, Administrative Assistant to the Boys Division Dean Jane Battaglia, mother of Thomas Battaglia ’84 Mary Ellen Burke, sister of Paul Foster ’59, mother of Brian ’84 and Sean ’86 Burke and grandmother of Marykate Burke ’14

We have also been informed recently of the deaths of the following alumni and extend our sympathies and prayers to their loved ones. William Horan ’43 Ray Dillon ’49, brother of James Dillon ’54 John Piccone ’66 Toby Potter ’69 Chris o’Grady ’71 Bryan Chomko ’87

Jeanne Carroll, mother of Marjie Berg, Director of Financial Aid, and grandmother of Ryan Berg ’96 Kathyrn DeCock, mother of Tom DeCock ’68 Richard “Dick” DeRose, father of Louis ’71, Richard ’78 and Vincent ’82 DeRose Frances Early, mother of Joseph ’00 and Philip ’03 Early Jamie Fitzpatrick, father of James ’08 and Hayden ’09 Fitzpatrick Julia Forster, mother of Peyton ’14 and Trent ’16 Forster Dylan Goedeker, son of Aaron Goedeker ’95 Brett Head, father of Elem Head ’14 Robert G. Healy, father of Kerry Healy ’94 Sean Healy, brother of Kerry Healy ’94 Robert V. Herink, father of Carol Mendlik, RJ Chief Financial Officer

The names recorded in this section represent those made known to us between October 25, 2012 and May 15, 2013. Any passings after that date will be listed in the winter 2013 issue. We make every effort to account accurately for the passing of any alumnus/a, student, faculty or staff member as well as that of any of their parents, spouses or siblings. If we are aware of other relationships the deceased had to members of our community, we do our best to list them as well. We also share news of the deaths of all members of our extended community on the In Memoriam page of our website ( sincerely regret any oversights or errors that may occur.




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The Raider - Summer 2013  

The summer 2013 issue of The Raider, the community magazine of Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado.