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St. Augustine High School 3266 Nutmeg Street San Diego, CA 92104-5199 619-282-2184

Saints Scene

February 2012


90th Anniversary Series

Photo: Mr. Pat Healy.

Grandparents Day – The time honored tradition of Grandparents Day at St. Augustine High will be held February 17 at 10:45 am on campus. Saints Grandsons will meet grandparents or those who serve as grandparents at Keane Plaza (new main gate--see picture above from last year’s event).

Road Together…

Saints Celebrates its Generations with Grandparents Day


By Edwin Hearn, President St. Augustine High School

ppropriately educating a young man in 2012 is a complex proposition. It is truly a joint venture of the Augustinians, the Board of Directors, the administration, the faculty and

Unitas Veritas Caritas

Dear Parents and Friends

The Small School: Where Everybody Knows Your Name


merican culture has been shaped in many ways by the concept of big. We shop in super-stores and our meals have been super-sized. Sadly, we have lost our attachment to the beauty of smallness. The move to big has negatively affected many of our nation’s schools. Today it is not uncommon for high schools to enroll 2,000 or more students. Interestingly, educational research clearly Principal James Horne supports the merits of smaller schools. Kathleen Cotton’s research on School Size, School Climate and Student Performance, noted that small schools are superior to large schools in many measures. They have fewer discipline problems, better attendance rates, and fewer dropouts than larger schools. Small schools have a greater sense of community among students, higher levels of extracurricular participation, lower rates of teacher absenteeism, and higher levels of parent involvement. (Cotton, 1996) Although “small” has different definitions in educational circles, many researchers say the appropriate size for a secondary school should not exceed 800. Here on Nutmeg Street we’ve found these to be good parameters and our student body of 700 allows us to provide a very unique educational environment. St. Augustine High School values community and prides itself on being small. We aren’t big in size, but we are big on results. Our small school allows us to provide Saintsmen with an environment where they feel a personal connection; a place where someone knows your dreams and fears, a place where you are safe, a place where inquiry and curiosity are celebrated, and a place where everybody knows your name. Yours in the Spirit of Catholic Education,

James Horne Principal

Vol 32 no. 2

the family. All the contributors must be in-sync and trust the good intention of each partner. When the message is clear from both the family and the school, ambiguity is minimized and our students have a much better chance of becoming practicing Catholics and productive members of our community. On behalf of the entire community, we thank the grandparents of our young men for the very important role they play in the education of their grandsons. Grandparents often make the critical difference in their grandson’s life. From the Saints’ vantage point, it obvious that the love of both the parents and grandparents has created an environment that is shaping a bright future for our students and community. Friday, February 17, 2012, St. Augustine High School will celebrate the 24th annual Grandparents Day. The day will begin at 10:45 AM, with students meeting their grandparents in Keane Plaza where the Austin Parents Association will offer a light brunch of bagels, pastries, fruit and coffee. Grandsons may take their grandparents on a tour of the campus. Mass will begin at 11:30 AM, in Tolle Lege Patio, the Continued on page 7.

A Short History of St. Augustine High School, 1922-2012 By John D. Keller O.S.A., (’55)

Editor’s Note: First of a three-part series celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Augustinian Education in San Diego. Part One: 1920s to 1950s.


n 1922, Fr. Nicholas Vasey, OSA, provincial for the Augustinians in the United States approached Fr. Alphonse Martel, OSA, in his chemistry lab at Villanova College and Rev. John Keller OSA asked: “How would you like to go to California and start a high school for boys?” Martel without hesitation said, “Yes, I would.” Martel arrived at the Santa Fe Depot in San Diego September 2, 1922, and set himself to open St. Augustine School for Boys on September 18. And he did: 15 boys assembled at St. Vincent’s parish hall on that date and began St. Augustine High School. Preparation for the one-room Augustinian school house was the result of Archbishop John Cantwell’s initiative to found a school in the southernmost city of his sprawling California diocese. Negotiations with Vasey followed, and the appointment of Fr. Thomas Healy, OSA, as the pastor of the Mission Hills parish of St. Vincent provided the school’s base of operations. However the school was not to stay in Mission Hills for long. A ten-acre lot was purchased by October 4 in the developing North Park area of the city for $17,000, with Frank Mead and Richard Requa as architects, construction began on April 3, 1923, and the school opened its new Nutmeg Street campus on September 4, 1923 (constructed at a cost of $70,000) with an astonishingly increased Continued on page 6.


Grad Alvin Mansour (’00) makes prestigious Forbes Magazine honor roll.


very year, Forbes Magazine publishes a popular, national who’s who list of 30 people in real estate. In a recent issue of the venerable international business magazine, Alvin Mansour, a Saintsman from the Class of 2000 was among the 30 honored. Alvin is a business graduate of the University of San Diego and at 29, he is senior vice president/investments with the California based firm of Marcus & Millichap. Forbes recognized the fact that Alvin was his company’s top leading agent in 2010. He Alvin Mansour (‘00) closed more than $1 billion in transactions in the past eight years. Since 1971, Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services has been the premier provider of investment real estate brokerage services.



An Interview with Augustine, Part 6 By Fr. Bob Gavotto, O.S.A. (’55) Saints Chaplain

[Editor’s Note: This continues the ‘interview’ of Fr. Ted Tack with Augustine, in his book: A Man for Our Times.] Fr. Tack: Were you still sincerely searching for the truth all this time? And if so, how did this search affect your relationship with God? AUGUSTINE: By the time I left Carthage, I had become totally disillusioned with the Manichees. They promised things they could not do. Their chief bishop, Faustus, finally came to Carthage, but he was unable to resolve many of the doubts that had crept in to my mind about the teachings of the Manichees. In the providence of God, Faustus’ inability to help me became the means by which I was finally freed from following their teachings. I was still very friendly with many Manichees, but I gave up on their helping me find answers to the problem of evil, to God’s purely spiritual nature, and to a better understanding of the Scriptures. However, I did keep searching. I got involved with astrologers, with the philosophers known as the Academics or Skeptics, and thanks to Ambrose in Milan, I even began to believe that the Catholic faith might be able to offer me some good answers. But I really wasn’t ready to jump into some other faith after having been burned for so long by the Manichees. In fact, I was almost looking for mathematical proof of things that could not be seen with human eyes, but only with the eyes of faith in God. Q: What were some of the circumstances that made you start thinking about the Catholic Church once again?

A: Ambrose, who was bishop of Milan, was the most important link for me. He was a great speaker, and so I often went to church just to hear the wonderful way he preached. But you know, the strange thing was that, together with his fine style of speaking, the impact of what he was saying began to get inside my mind also. He showed me an entirely new way of looking at the Scriptures, especially the Hebrew Scriptures. He taught me about the spiritual and figurative meaning of many texts which had been a huge obstacle to me before, because I had tried to take them literally. There was second source that had a great influence on me also. I began to read some books of the Neo-Platonists, which were of tremendous help to me in understanding how God could really be of a purely spiritual nature, that is, without any material attachments, such as the Manichees had taught. The way the Manichees had put it, God was changeable. But I quickly realized that a god who is changeable is no god at all. And I cannot forget my dear mother, who came to join me in Milan. Through her prayers, tears, counsel, and example I was also helped in getting another view of things. But probably one of the most influential things that immediately affected me was a meeting with Simplicianus, an elderly priest of Milan, who had been Ambrose’s mentor. He told me about the great Roman rhetorician, Victorinus, whom I very much looked up to. Victorinus had converted to the faith at the height of his career, and because the law at that time forbade any Catholics from holding teaching positions in literature, he had had to resign his teaching chair at the university. He gladly gave up this position so that he might be faithful to Christ. Victorinus’ example made me ask over and over: Why can’t I do that?

Saintsmen in the Community

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You Are Invited To be our Guests! 24th Annual St. Augustine High School

Grandparents’ Day Celebration

February 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

ecently, Mr. Pat Healy’s block 6 Morality class went on a field trip to visit Emeritus Retirement Home in Clairemont. There the Juniors visited with the elderly and participated in their afternoon session of bingo. By visiting the elderly, the Saintsmen sought to turn their stated values into actions that would make us a witness to God’s love. “We try to exhibit a community that promotes virtue and is enthused by our practice of values,” said Ricky Franco. “The field trip to Emeritus was a very rewarding experience for all of us students involved,” said Pat Dixon, “When we arrived at the retirement home the residents were finishing their lunchtime, and none of them knew we were actually going to be with them that afternoon.” Saintsmen noticed the surprise seemed to be something they enjoyed, as the class saw many smiles show up as the seniors arrived for their bingo session Both Saints juniors and Clairemont seniors enjoyed the shared candy bingo prizes. “Overall I think the mission of visiting the elderly and witnessing God in them was a success, and at the same time I think we may have brightened the days of some of the residents,” said Ricky Franco. Learning once again that you can never prejudge a book by its cover, the class noticed one senior, who had not spoke much the entire time and wore a very apathetic look on her face during our visit. “But as we were leaving, she looked up at us, smiled, and told us that we should come back again,” said Pat Dixon.

Grandparents and those who serve as Grandparents may meet their Grandsons in Keane Plaza at 10:45 am Main Gate as you enter from Nutmeg Street or our Underground Parking Structure 3266 Nutmeg Street 10:45 AM Grandsons will take their Grandparents on a tour of the campus Followed by Mass at 11:30 on Tolle Lege Patio (Dress Warmly) We look forward to seeing you there!


Community Service—A group of Saintsmen from the Class of 2013 recently paid a visit to a Kearny Mesa retirement home, where they spent time with community seniors. Ricky Franco, left and Pat Dixon joined in a spirited Bingo game. A wise man named Andy Rooney (CBS/60 Minutes sage) said “that sometimes the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.”


Hispanic Scholars Named

aints Seniors Dominic Carusillo, Raul Pareyon, Derek Price, Gerard Shen, Andrew Vazquez have been named outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school scholars for 2011-2012 by the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). Stanley Tryka was named National Hispanic Honorable Mention This recognition comes to them through scoring well on the PSAT-NMSQT they took in the 11th grade. Their names become part of a national publication which is circulated to colleges and universities nationwide.The four residents of Chula Vista attend St. Augustine High School in San Diego’s North Park community. NHRP is an offshoot of The College Board, the independent academic organization responsible for the SAT and PSAT tests that most students take across the country to qualify for college admission. “We congratulate these four Chula Vista students for earning Honorable Mention Honors from among a pool of 200,000 students nationally, who participated in College Board testing in 2008,” said Diane Tsukamaki, Programs Director, NHRP.

Two Saints Eagle Scouts Continue Proud Scouting Tradition


Nicholas Morrell

Dominic Carusillo

Raul Pareyon

Derek Price

Gerard Shen

Stanley Tryka

Andrew Vazquez

The Honor Roll CORRECTION—Because of an error in the editing process of the January, 2012 issue of Saints Scene Christian Edward Franco (‘14) was omitted from the Honor Roll under Second Honors. The corrected version of First Quarter Honor Roll appears below.


Class of 2014 Principal’s List GPA of 4.0 or higher Jacob Burton Alvord Patrick William Anderson Kieran James Berton Kevin Christopher Bitar Nickolas Anthony Camarata Braulio Saul Castillo Nicholas Dhuyvetter Brian Patrick Duggan Iztac David Flores-Ortiz Jose Fernando Galan Enrico Antonio Garcia Julio Esteban Garcia-Granados Ryan A Goff Tyler Joseph Rex Hadzicki Patrick Martin Hagan Sean James Hicke Dillon Kelliher Keefe Ariel Delmundo Kenney Matthew James Kubasak Gabriel Alexander Lopez Michael Paul McRoskey Kyle Matthew Meneses Matthew Hayden Morton Matthew Joseph O’Connor Patrick Michael O’Connor Daniel Reid Pekin Christopher Jonas Rice Timothy Ryan Bautista Sacamay Timothy Joseph Liang-Yong Shen Edward Michael Simpkins William Gromer Smith Jamie Patrick Steckbeck Joshua Connor Wharry

Travis Buchanon Wilkie Steven Charles Yevchak First Honors GPA of 3.60 to 3.99 Santiago Alcala Gregory Thomas Barajas Roc Frank Beas Hector Gonzalo Castellanos Gonzalez Bernardo Edgar Cervantes Benjamin Carr Concannon Nathaniel John Fisher Davis Hall Glazener Matthew Kane Joseph Max Alexander Bondoc Lalangan Brendan Thomas McNamara Derek Anthony Navarro-Anderson Evan James Nichols Ulises Osuna German Padilla-Choy Philip Gordon Greub Park Nathaniel Soliman Nepomuceno Pascual Christian-Moreno Polak Joseph Fitzgerald Preimesberger Charles Christopher Rayner Jordan Spencer Richardson Christopher Aaron Shelton Lukas Byron Stauderman Sean Joseph Sullivan Justin Charles Toscano Connor Joseph Whalen Andrew McKenney Williams Konrad William Woestman Michael Joseph Young

Second Honors GPA of 3.20 to 3.59

Peter Erbes

t seems every school year St. Augustine High produces four or more Eagle Scouts, the highest rank an individual can attain in Scouting. This school year is off to a good start as two more Saintsmen—Peter Erbes and Nicholas Morrell--have earned Eagle Scout status. Both Saints Seniors are from Troop 53. One of the important requirements leading to Eagle Scout ranks is performing a significant community service project. Peter’s project was at a public parking lot in Imperial Beach, California. He installed a new split rail fence around the perimeter of the parking lot area. More than 40 scouts and parents from Troop 53 volunteered with the service project (138 hours). Nicholas’s project was at Marina Vista Community Center in Imperial Beach. It was a xeriscaping-planting project in the front entrance to the community center. He replaced the overgrown plants with drought tolerant plants. More than 36 scouts and parents from Troop 53 volunteered with the service project (144 hours). The following Saintsmen worked on one or both of these recent Eagle Scout projects: Jacob Fulton (‘12), Eammon Garland (‘15), Sam Howeth (‘10), Brendan Kellams (‘07), Ryan Lepis (‘12), Eric Lujan (‘15), Michael Lindgren (‘13), Trevor Manns (‘12), Kenny McClenahan (‘12), Ryan Morrell (‘10), Kyle Pocock (‘10), David Slayton (‘12) and Evan Suda (‘13).

Eduardo Luis Acosta Robert Sebastian Aguais Diego Alcocer Elliott Richard Allmann Gabriel Jose Amezcua Tomas Arellano Ricardo Astiazaran John Joseph Matthew Bacino Samuel Stephen Buse Mitch Douglas Cohen Paul Huy Doan John Charles Downey Ryan William Faupel Christian Edward Franco Javier Ignacio Haro-Lopez Connor Patrick Haupt Ivan Haley Herholz Trevor Newcomb Leweck Lawrence Liu Joseph Fitzgerald Mazzeo Adam Joseph McGrath Joshua Luis Morones Pablo Ortega Justin Daniel Page Aubrey Dean Palhegyi Esteban Geovanny Quesada Nicolas Jake Schiele Patrick Dougan Shinsky Anthony Giovanni Sylvester Tyler John Tanaka 3

Anthony Mansour at law offices,

Bobby Cayka (’12) at Kiwi Audio Visual

Blaine Safir at National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration lab.

Intersession 2012


EDUCATION S t. Augustine High School’s popular mid-year “third semester” was another success as more than 100 seniors participated in the program. Called Intersession, the school has created this month-long educational opportunity to immerse seniors in real-life studies. The most popular facet of Intersession is where the school places volunteer students into ongoing mentorships with businesses and organizations throughout San Diego County. On these pages you will see your Saintsmen “at work” in this creative internship program.

Gaetano Balistreri (’12) and Lars Leweck (’12) at Marcus & Millichap, a financial firm.

Catie Somers Photography

Catie Somers Photography

L-R: At San Diego Home/Garden magazine (left to right) Cole Christy (’12), Creative Director Tom Shess, Publisher Mark McKinnon and Anthony Tangredi (’12).

Andrew Vazquez (’12) at Bruce Hofbauer Insurance firm.

Senior Nick Sullivan at the U.S. Marshal’s Office target range.

Nick DiDonato (’12) at the studio of Mr. Kouta Shimazaki, Saints’ ceramics instructor.

Saints Seniors in the federal courtroom of U.S. Judge Thomas Whelan (’57): Ryan Garofalo , Josh Vidals, Nick Sullivan, Lorenzo Juarez, Michael Barr, Patrick Plein, Bernard Skomal, Oscar Brambila and Peter DeLuca.

Is Austin Diamond (’12) playing hooky? Nope. He’s part of Intersession Sportsfishing Class.

Intersession in Europe class with Mr. Matt Linville: With Eiffel Tower, Paris as a backdrop here are (L-R): Patrick Hagan (’14), Xavier Redondo (’13), Kenny McClenahan (’12), Gary Dutra (’12), Adrian Gutierrez (’12), Ronnie Zappardino (’12), Andrew Gaylord (’13), Jacob Thielemann (’12), and Mr. Matt Linville. Front row, L-R: Kurt Kerner (’12), Ryan Neck (’13), and Nicholas Munoz (’13).

Saints Seniors tour Petco Park during Intersession

MORE INTERSESSION: Saints Scene will continue Intersession coverage next month. Please send images of Saintsmen at their Intersession assignments to Mr. Horne:

and note “Saints Scene” in the subject box. Digital Photography Class atop Cowles Mt. looking for the perfect scenic.


Future Frosh Flag Football

ere’s the 2011 AllTournament team the last Eight-Grade Parochial Flag Football tournament held on the old sod at St. Augustine High. Next year the future frosh will be playing the annual Saints Alumni/ San Diego County Parochial Football Tourney on Saints new artificial turf field. Oceanside’s St. Mary’s Star of the Sea won team honors by besting La Jolla’s All Hallows Academy 24-8. Photo by David Knoll, Ivy League Photography. Can you believe how video technology has advanced? Now you can catch reruns of the championship game on demand at www.EYSports. com - DVD’s are also available e-mail sales@EYSports. com for more information.

2011 All-Tourney Team--[lower Row, left to right]: St. Rose of Lima - #22 Justin Woodley, #55 Andres De La Parra, #83 Alex Golembiewski, #12 Jaylen Hands / St. John of the Cross - #21 Salvador Aguilar, #1 Emilio Ballesteros, #00 Cesar Santana, #5 Elias Eribez [2nd Row, L-R]: Nazareth - #56 Chris Keane, #5 Tristan Hughes, #88 Armando Ochoa, #69 Tyler Sepulveda / All Hallows Academy - #36 Kevin Boermeester, #24 Trenton Fudge, #22 Kyle Delmore, #44 Michael Marshall [3rd Row, L-R]: Madeleine - #1 Michael Alves, #84 John Hickman, #17 Mike Jarvis, #13 Cyrus Fullen / St. Patrick Carlsbad - #80 Matthew Elliot, #84 Michael Munro, #32 Kyle Plotkin, #12 Conor McKenna [Top Row, L-R]: Our Lady of Grace - #15 Andy Ziber, #14 Kyle Ruiz, #17 Sam Dixon / St. Mary, Star of the Sea - #7 Chris Calabrese, #12 James Zadrozny, #28 Ronan Ivanovich, #2 Niko Mageo Not Shown: #12 Michael Wilson (Our Lady of Grace)

The Austin Parents Association Cordially invites you to

A Gift-Gathering Party

In support of the Saint’s Annual Auction Fundraiser to be held Saturday, May 5th, 2012

What is a Gift Gathering Party? Gift Gathering Parties are a series of informal cocktail parties hosted by Saints parents. At each party, guests are asked to donate an item or service to help support Saints 34rd Annual Auction Fundraiser.

Please join Saints President Ed Hearn for Cocktails and Refreshments at one or more of the following parties: St. Augustine High School’s AuctioN 2012

• February 25, 2012, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Hosts: Jill and Alex Dominquez at: 569 Hygeia Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024. Casual attire. Please RSVP by February 18th to Patricia Kiernan (619) 435-2365 or email: • March 10, 2012, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Hosts: Maria and John Roberts at: 610 Adella Lane, Coronado, CA 92118. Casual attire. Please RSVP by March 3rd to Patricia Kiernan (619) 435-2365 or email: • March 17, 2012, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Co-Hosts: Dave and Cathy Smith, and Janet and John Revels at: 1064 Rippey Street, El Cajon, CA 92020. Casual attire. Please RSVP by March 10th to Patricia Kiernan (619) 435-2365 or email: • March 31, 2012, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Hosts: St. Augustine High School and Ed Hearn at: St. Augustine High School Campus: 3266 Nutmeg Street, San Diego, CA 92104. Casual attire. Please RSVP by March 24th to Casey Callery (619) 764-5541 or email: ccallery@ Guests are asked to donate a basket or item for the auction. Suggested items include: airline gift certificates, travel/gift packages, gift certificates, tickets to a sporting event, My Favorite Thing, (like Oprah does; your favorite thing), vacation get-aways, sports memorabilia, spa treatments. In addition, all attendees are asked to bring a bottle of wine, valued at $20 or more. These bottles will form the “Wall of Wine”, and will be sold during the event. St. Augustine High School • 3266 Nutmeg St., San Diego, CA 92104 •


History of St. Augustine Continued from page 1.

student enrollment of 59! In the next year, four Augustinians were on the faculty, and by 1926 the school took on its familiar name of “Saints.” While Martel said at the school’s opening that St. Augustine’s “was a credit to the city,…a power for culture and perfect manhood, and a more upright citizenship,” he must have known, despite his rhetoric, that the school’s limitations would result in ongoing struggles to achieve these claims. There would be many beginnings. Saints’ second principal, Fr. George O’Meara, OSA, faced external threats, hostile, anti-Catholic feelings that were present in the San Diego of the times. The school received unsigned threats and even a cross-burning in front of the school property. The school endured further hardship in 1927 when a road paved down the center of the school property hindered future development. O’Meara fumed that not only had the school been “stabbed in the heart,” but was assessed $27,000 to pay for it! Internal challenges were reflected in the action of Saints’ third principal, Fr. James Hurley, OSA. Acknowledging that “the school had to admit anyone who could pay,” he judged that “St. Augustine School for Boys” was “too highfalutin” and he re-named the school “St. Augustine’s High School.” Indeed Saints struggled in the l930s with a student body of dubious academic quality wth its share of troubled boys, but this was to end by 1940. In this period, and a constant concern of the school, was the financial struggle to provide Catholic education. In the mid-30s the school, along with the entire nation, was in financial crisis. Few Catholic families could afford the tuition (about $100 per year) and many students were attending free of charge. When Fr. William Kelly, OSA, arrived as principal in 1932 only a dozen families were able to pay their bills in full. Financial support from the Augustinians and donors from the East Coast kept the school alive. Spurred on by the Augustinian provincial of the time, an economic reorganization of the school brought on a firm policy that “all students must pay full tuition.” Unpopular and painful as this was it was nonetheless effective and a 1942 report indicated that “for the past two years the school has been self-supporting.” The school survived this crisis and the hardships of World War II. By 1947 enrollment topped 350 students with nine Augustinians on the faculty. Four new classrooms (Sullivan Hall) were built in 1947, and in 1952 six additional classrooms (Sheehan Hall) and Dougherty Gymnasium were completed. In the fall of 1953, Fr. John R. Aherne, OSA, the school’s new principal, set out to accomplish a threefold task: to bring the school to greater academic excellence, to intensify the school’s role in the San Diego community, and to have Saints admitted into the public schools’ athletic program. By the time he completed his nine year tenure, he had succeeded in all three tasks. He prepared the platform and gave the profile of what St. Augustine High School was to be in the following years. By the mid-50s the school’s enrollment exceeded 850 students, its highest number ever.

From Student To Principal –By Robert Blodgett (Parent ’10 & ’12).

About the Author – St. Augustine is a school that has been developed and defined over the years by the work of many tremendously gifted individuals; Father John Keller is one them. Father Keller (’55) has served Saints as principal and as the first school president. He led the charge for the development of Mendel and Villanova halls and even has a library named after him at Saints’ sister school, Villanova Prep in Ojai, CA. “Father Keller is an incredibly talented and humble man. I’m amazed at his acumen for getting something done and his ability to act as a collaborative leader,” says Principal James Horne. “John is a master of inviting people to be part of the process.” “We accept boys and graduate young men. While here, we not only want them to be prepared for college, but to also have an experience,” says Father Keller. “This means the school is always ‘under construction.’”

Tour Augustinian Italy this Summer


s part of the ongoing 2012 Celebrating 90 years of St. Augustine High School, there will be a travel adventure to Europe this summer called “Augustinian Italy.” Led by Chaplain/Spiritual Director Fr. Gary Sanders, O.S.A., Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Augustine, the tour starts and ends in San Diego, from Sunday, July 8 through Thursday, July 19, 2012. For pricing and other trip details go to and click on the Augustinian Tour on the school’s webpage. The tour itinerary begins with Arrival in Rome (July 9) where begins a tour of the old city, Ostia Antica. July 10 includes a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Wednesday, July 11 there will be St. Peter’s a Papal Audience (depending on His Holiness’s schedule). Dinner features a restaurant with a three tenor show. Catacombs of Santa Domitilla and Mass at the Shrine of Our Mother of Good Counsel are set for Thursday, July 12. On Friday, it’s back to Imperial Rome to tour the Coliseum and the Roman Forum.

La Scala Opera House

We’re just getting warmed up. Saturday, July 14 will find the San Diego Pilgrims traveling from Rome with a stop in Cascia before arriving in Florence. Sunday, July 15 is devoted to visiting the Duomo, Baptisery of St. John and city center. After lunch a visit to see Michelangelo’s “David” is in order. Monday, July 16 sees the tour departing from Florence with stops at the Monastery of Lecceto to celebrate Mass. The Monastery has been at the center of Augustinian spirituality for more than 600 years. From Mass the tour heads into Siena then to San Gimignano before returning to Florence. Tuesday, July 17 is a travel day from Florence to Pavia. The tour continues in Milan. Basilica All in day in Milan on Wednesday, July 18. Here we visit the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli to visit Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper.” All good things come to an end. On Thursday, July 19, we pack up memories of Italy and fly home to San Diego from Milan. Check out the school’s website for the Augustinian Italy tour information.

Last Supper

Siena, Italy

Grandparents Day Continued from page 1.

area between Villanova and Mendel Halls. Father John Keller ’55, O.S.A., former Principal and President of Saints and currently the Director of Education for the Province is the Presider. Following Mass, the students are encouraged to enjoy an off-campus lunch with their grandparents. With many Saints’ families facing unsure financial situations, grandparents have been playing an increasing role in assisting with their grandson’s Saints education. Grandparents Day is one way Saints is able to say thank you to the grandparents for their role in their grandson’s upbringing, ensuring not just the academic education, but strengthening their grandson’s Catholic faith and passing along innumerable family traditions to the younger generation. The heart of the day is the celebration of the Mass, a special time allowing the grandparents to experience the Mass as their grandsons do each Wednesday morning of the school year. This is an extraordinary moment giving great hope to a generation of Catholics who years ago placed their faith at the center of their family life and now see this tradition secure in their grandson’s. Grandparents attending this event for the first time often remark that the day is a testament to the good work that goes on at St. Augustine High School every day. The reverence and respect Saintsmen have for Mass is very impressive. Just as our weekly school Mass is seen by the students as the most important aspect of the week, the Grandparents’ Day Mass holds the same respect. The Saints weekly Mass is a time for worshiping our Lord and to reflect on the week past and the week to come.


Saints Alum Creates Gourmet Food Truck

pair of twenty-somethings who felt it was time to make their mark in the world took the experience they gained in restaurant management to launch a rolling restaurant that’s revolutionizing catering truck cuisine. More than a year ago, best friends Saints grad Juan Miron (’98) and Kevin Ho informed their respective spouse and girlfriend that they had bought on Craigslist a very used 1984 Chevy truck (a.k.a. lunch wagon) and launch MIHO Gastrotruck. Outside of the long, long hours, they haven’t regretted the move. The concept is simple. They took the experience they gained while working at North Park’s The Linkery restaurant and applied the farm-to-table concept to their Gastrotruck. Both believed San Diegans would support them if they provided high-quality, healthy food at reasonable prices. They use social media to announce where MIHO Gastrotruck will be during the work week. Best locations so far are business complexes in mid- to North County, where access to restaurants is limited. “We won’t compromise on our ingredients,” says Juan. “ Everything is fresh and local,” adds Kevin. A favorite with customers is the all-natural focaccia with walnuts, cranberry orange relish, dijon aioli, gouda and local rosemary, at $7.95. 7

Huge roster of returning lettermen

Varsity Tennis Season Preview


By Tom Isaak, Varsity Basketball Coach

he 2012 Saints tennis team will enter the year in a much different fashion than what the 2011 team faced. Going into 2011, few returning varsity letterman would be leading the team, meaning that the team would see many new faces, with the ups and downs arising from the youthful inexperience. As we head into the 2012 season losing only two varsity players (co-captains Jake Gilbert and Michael Ebeling), the team’s returning 12 lettermen will be jockeying for playing time with other players from the junior varsity who have improved their games. Last year’s team ended up in 5th place in the Western League and had a 9-11 mark overall. Once again qualifying for San Diego Division 3 CIF playoffs, the team was the #7 seed and defeated High Tech High 14-4 in the 1st round of playoffs before being bounced from the playoffs by La Jolla Country Day. This year’s team will again be headlined by Saints two-time Player-of-the-Year, Junior Luis Miranda whose 2011 match record of 40-8 overall in singles, mostly in the highly competitive Western League, is unprecedented in over 15 years at Saints. Luis’ goals will be even higher this year as earning a top 5 seeding for Western League CIF and advancing deeply in San Diego CIF will be the target. Also striving for high goals will be the doubles team of seniors Andrew Vazquez and Connor Keefe. In 2011, Connor and Andrew regularly formed 2 of the 3 singles players for most matches but, after experiencing a high level of success in the final 3 weeks of the season as a doubles tandem in Western League playoffs as

well as team CIF, they have decided to be a team from the beginning of the year through the end with the goal of not only qualifying for CIF San Diego Individuals but advancing to the late rounds. With the #1 singles and #1 doubles positions in solid hands, making decisions about filling out the rest of the varsity spots will be difficult as many players received varsity experience or lots of JV match action as well. Expected to compete for the other two singles positions will be senior 2 time lettermen Raul Pareyon and Jason Yudiono, 1 year letterman Huy Ha (junior), and 1 year lettermen Dillon Keefe and Ricardo Astiazaran (sophomores). Other players may emerge based on improvement from last year as well, so it will be an interesting challenge for each player to establish himself in singles action. Rounding out the other 2 doubles positions behind the Keefe/Vazquez team will be the aforementioned players as well as returning senior lettermen Neil Rens, Jaxon Smith, Alex Miyai; and returning lettermen junior Michael Balourdas and sophomore Lawrence Liu. Pushing the returning lettermen will be a strong and large group of players from the JV squad of 2011, including senior Stephen Celestino, juniors Edrick Drachenberg, Eli Ashenafi, and sophomores Patrick Hagan, Jake Alvord and Tyler Hadzicki. While this list has many players on it, other players from last year’s JV may have also made significant process and push for varsity action. We also have an extremely large contingent of around 12-18 freshmen participating in off-season practices with returning coaches Ruben and Marcos Carriedo, both of whom are graduates of Saint Augustine High School’s own tennis program. The team will be coached again by Tom Isaak in his 10th year as varsity coach, Todd Igelman as the junior varsity coach

Saints 2012 Varsity Tennis Co-Captains: Andrew Vazquez (’12) and Neil Rens (’12).

in his 2nd season, and the Ruben (Saints 1961) and Marcos Carriedo (Saints 1960 and Athletic Hallof-Fame for tennis), now serving in their 4th year as year-around assistants to both the JV and varsity team. Matches are held at Morley Field and usually begin at 3pm – visitors are welcome at all matches. The season will begin with matches in early March and the schedule should be posted on-line by early January. With Co-Captains Neil Rens and Andrew Vazquez providing solid leadership, the team is excited for the upcoming season and we look forward to seeing you at a match or two!

Saints Varsity mentors Parochial students from Holy Family School

Saints Soccer Getting A Kick Start On The Season


By Robert Blodgett (Saints Parent ’12 & ’14)

ypical Saintsmen, it’s chemistry and hard work; the same kind you experience just by walking down campus is also found on the soccer field. Right out of the gate, the Saints soccer team finds itself in the envious position of continuing its winning ways, and many times in dramatic fashion. They ended 2011 boasting a first-place finish in the Westview tournament. The championship included a dramatic comefrom-behind bout against nationally top-ranked Poway High by coming back from a 0-2 game deficit to win 3-2 in overtime. Now, they’re already looking at a solid, winning record in-conference sitting at 3-1. So why the winning ways? The team says its chemistry. “We stick together. It’s very close and you can tell when you watch us on the field,” says junior Joe Saad. “We stick together.” And who can argue that handling the competition this way doesn’t help. Two times already this year the team’s been down by 2 and have come back to win. “It’s tough being down like that,” says senior Connor Keefe, “but we’ve been there before

and know what it takes to turn it around.” And while winning has a lot to do with the players’ efforts and the smarts of the coaching staff, one thing is for sure; nothing is done unless there is chemistry on the field. This season, Coach Brendan Johnston has been very pleased with his crew; “We’ve won games with our outstanding ability to attack, particularly from the back.” He too believes team chemistry contributes to their winning ways and player intangibles are a big part of that. These traits, which include leadership, assertiveness, proactivity, understanding the importance of one’s role on the team… all of this lends itself well to a winning team and are most certainly traits that exist on this year’s Saints team. Coach Johnston expects a great deal out of his boys, after all, they’d like to win it all. But to do so will take some hard work…chemistry…and faith. His expectations and wishes for his team are easily summed up in one of his favorite quotations: “God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails” – St. Augustine.

Headway—Connor Keefe (’12) outleaps a Cathedral Catholic soccer player for a header in recent football action.

Tourney Win—St. Augustine High’s varsity soccer team captured the North County Inland Invitational tournament held in late December by besting Poway High 3-2 held at Del Norte High. [Top Row (L t R)]: Mr. Arthur, Nick Allen, Ryan Stamper, Andre Garcia, Traeger Jarrad, Connor Keefe, Kostas Kotselas, Aaron Martinez, Daniel Johnston, Chad Fitzgerald, James Charles, Hector Gonzalez, Joe Saad, Coach Brendan “Chief” Johnston [Lower Row (L t R)]: Matthew Pappollatoc, Dominic Chavez, Garrett Blodgett, Anthony Tangredi, Johnny Costa, Cheyne Davis, Alexander Galan, Flavio Borquez. (Not Pictured: Asst. Coach William “Bill” Pollan)

Excellent Australian Boys Basketball Team

Tours U.S. Augustinian High Schools


uring winter break, San Diego’s St. Augustine High was host to a visiting boys basketball team from Sydney, Australia. The two “Saints” teams played a very competitive game before the visitors bested the North Parkers. Only in San Diego one day, the team and coaches from St. Augustine’s College were on a whirlwind Coach Brad Dalton 18-day tour of the United States playing other Augustinian high schools. A congregational Catholic school for boys in years (grades) 5-12, St. Augustine’s College has been educating boys in the Augustinian tradition since 1956. Thanks to the wonders of email we caught up with Coach Brad Dalton upon his return to Australia. Q: How did everyone like the grand tour? A: One thing is for sure: every player I have spoken to have passed on how much they enjoyed the tour and how well received we were and the generosity of all our hosts. Q: How many were in your touring party? A: We had 25 players from years 9 to 12. Three fulltime college staff Sports Master (Athletic Director) John Papahatzis, basketball staff: Emma and Kate Donnellan, plus myself. (John & myself bought our wives Lynne & Inge, plus two parents the MacLean’s attended. Q: What teams did you play? A: St. Augustine Prep in Richland, NJ; Malvern Prep, Malvern, PA; St. Rita’s Providence Catholic in Chicago; Brother Martin in Baton Rouge, LA and Central Private in New Orleans before coming to San Diego.

The visiting Saints fielded a tall team and made for a spirited game

Malvern Prep; JV split their games and freshman won their last two. There was improvement by all our players as they were playing teams of a higher standard/different style than we are accustomed. Q: How did you like San Diego? A: Absolutely loved San Diego! Unfortunately, it was only a one-day visit. We would have liked to spend more time here. Q: And, when are you coming back? A: This was our inaugural basketball tour. We are planning to make our visit Bi-Annual and have welcomed a visit to the land down under by our hosts. Q: What were some of the popular foods your players liked in the US? A: The boys really enjoyed the selection of Burgers available, different styles of hot dogs and the excellent Mexican food in San Diego, And, of course, they were also sampling the large variety of sweets and desserts everywhere we went. Q: Overall, what were some of the impressions your players had about US high school basketball and what surprises did the visit give in general? A: As a sport basketball is evolving in schools in Australia. It has gone from being a low key sport 20 years ago to one of the biggest sports in the schools currently, especially in the private schools in Sydney. Your facilities were most apparent: great basketball gyms, locker rooms and weights facilities, The officiating was great. Opposing coaches added flair and guidance. Your players played with high intensity and when you add the school band and cheer girls it presented a product we are aiming for but have a way to go.

Host Saints kept game pressure on until the end

Q: Was it all basketball? A: We took in a National Hockey League game in New York and NCAA basketball games (Villanova vs. Temple) and UCLA vs. UC Irvine, plus sightseeing in New York City, Los Angeles and Disneyland in Anaheim. Q: On your tour how was the level of competition? Was it hard fought or more like a soccer friendly? A: We found the matches hard fought. On several occasions the opposition coaches verbally blasted their teams when they fell behind. The contests were played in great spirit with plenty of passion. Q: What was your record vs. the U.S. teams? A: Our Varsity won six and only dropped one match to

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February 2012, Vol. 32, no. 2, St. Augustine High School, San Diego CA