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Saint Mark’s High School

POSTMARK A Magazine for Alumni, Parents, and Friends

Spring/Summer 2018

Steve Hyde Donation Meet Joe Wright ‘04 Hearts for Heroes

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A Message from the Principal


Saint Mark’s Coeducational Advantage


Alumni Mixer 2018


Meet Joe Wright ‘04


Hearts for Heroes


Syrian Art Project


National Signings


Alumni Reunions 2018


Steve Hyde Donation


Current Student News


Alumni News


Retirees & Rememberances


Events Calendar

Has your contact information changed? Send your name, class year, and updated information to The Office of Advancement and Alumni at to connect with your Spartan Family. CONTENT CONTRIBUTORS: Richard A. Bayhan, Francis Corrigan, Guy Townsend ‘85, Peter V. Curcio, Danielle Bowen, Alissa McGrisken , Charles Rotenberry ‘97, and Elizabeth Rotenberry ‘97

Saint Mark’s High School 2501 Pike Creek Road • Wilmington, DE 19808 Phone: 302.738.3300


2017-2018 Administration


Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Richard A. Bayhan, Principal Francis Corrigan, Assistant Principal, Mission and Academics Guy Townsend ‘85, Assistant Principal, Student Affairs Peter Curcio, Director of Advancement & Alumni Danielle Bowen, Director of Marketing & Communications Alissa McGrisken, Director of Admissions

Meet Joe Wright ‘04

ADVIS0RY BOARD MEMBERS: Mrs. Mary Liz Biddle PNC BANK Mrs. Patricia M. Curtin White, MD ‘76 Christiana Care Health System Mr. Michael Freda EDiS The Reverend Glenn Evers ‘01 Diocese of Wilmington Mr. James Groff Brandywine Chrysler Jeep Car Dealership Mr. Stephen Hyde H.F.M. Investment Advisors


Mr. Jonathan Kolle Smithbridge Asset Management Mr. Stewart Lee First Mariner Bank

Hearts for Heroes

Mr. Christopher Locke, Esq. Lang Development Group Ms. Monica Moore, RN ‘86 Delcastle Technical High School Mr. Robert Mosch Retired CPA Mr. Brain Murray Brian T. Murray, P.A.

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Ms. Charisse Rodgers Independent Consultant Mr. Robert Teeven ‘82 Self Employed

Saint Mark’s, a college preparatory Catholic high school, inspires young men and women to create a better world, one more pleasing to God and more helpful to others, by modeling faith, excellence, humility and integrity.

Message from the Principal

Dear Alumni and Friends of Saint Mark’s, Welcome to the Spring 2018 issue of PostMark! This has been a very exciting year for the Spartan community and, without question, the major story is the $1.5 million dollar gift to the school from the Lawrence H. Hyde, Jr. Family Foundation and the Stephen L. Hyde Family. Presented on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, it represents the largest single gift in the history of the school. Additionally, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Hyde are matching all gifts to our Annual Fund that are made before the end of our fiscal year (June 30, 2018). If you have not yet made a donation to this year’s Annual Fund, this is a perfect time to do so as their family generosity literally doubles your gift! Saint Mark’s is also having a great student recruitment season as interest in and enthusiasm for your alma mater is growing among many in our community. As a result, the Class of 2022 is looking to be larger than we have seen in several years. Finally, our 50th Anniversary Celebration that will take place throughout the 2019 - 2020 school year is just around the corner. Plans have already begun to ensure that the Spartan community will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the great impact that Saint Mark’s has had on its students, families, and the greater Wilmington area. I invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy this issue of PostMark. As you read about the great things happening on campus now, I pray that it will refresh the great memories of your time at Saint Mark’s! Go Spartans! Sincerely in Christ,

Richard A. Bayhan Principal

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Saint Mark’s Coeducational Advantage Saint Mark’s High School, upon its inception, made a deliberate choice to be a coeducational institution of learning. Our mission is to promote and instill faith, excellence, humility, and integrity in our student body, so that our students create a world more pleasing to God. This educational calling could never be restricted to the confines of a single sex student body. There is no denying that an educational debate has always existed for coeducation(CE) versus single sex education (SS). Often the debate surrounds the implications on students’ academic and social development. In light of this, the US Department of Education was commissioned to conduct an analysis, which included studies from Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. These studies found “little overall difference between SS and CE on academic outcomes” (Halpern, Elliot, Bigler, et al.). This refutes many academic arguments that SS education caters to different brain chemistries, subject orientations, and learning styles of boys versus girls.

offers our student body the opportunity to learn to respect, work with, and socialize with their male and female counterparts at an earlier age, which is a critical component to their human development. Kayleigh Davis ‘18 emphasizes this very notion when talking about her Saint Mark’s education: “My family and I chose coeducation because we knew it would prepare me for a real world career. I have benefited greatly from my education at Saint Mark’s because I have developed social skills that have prepared me to work with both men and women.” At Saint Mark’s, we believe the coeducational experience we provide is a central component to holistically educating our student body, and they are prepared to step confidently into the next phase of their lives. Source: Halpern, D., Elliot, L., Bigler, R., et al., (2011). The Pseudoscience of Single-Sex Schooling. Science, Volume 333, pp. 1706-1707. Retrieved from www.sciencemag. org.

When social implications of SS education were examined, it was determined that it can lead to prejudicial views, stereotyping, and inequality (Halpern, et al.). Whereas in CE settings, both boys and girls are able to take on leadership roles, which offers all students the opportunity to experience different management styles and personalities;. These experiences aid in dispelling gender biases. Saint Mark’s Chief Financial Officer, Celeste Barr echoes this sentiment, stating, “Males and females often have a very different perspective on a similar situation. It is the sharing, listening, and understanding that can often make the difference and offer solutions that one homogeneous group would not provide.” In taking into account all of the scientific based evidence in favor of CE, it is easy to understand why a Saint Mark’s coeducational experience is one of undeniable value. Here at Saint Mark’s, we provide students with real world social, emotional, and academic experiences that reflect the overwhelming design of both higher education institutions and career places. A coeducation


Alumni Mixer 2018 On Friday February 9, 2018 Saint Mark’s hosted our Annual Alumni Mixer in the main lobby of the school before the boys’ basketball game against Sallies. The casual evening event included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a ticket to the game. Guests included Alumni Association Officers, classmates, and a special guest, Mr. Joe Wright ’04, Saint Mark’s new head football coach. Many were in attendance and had a fun time catching up before cheering at the game!


Meet Joe Wright ’04 SAINT MARK’S NEW HEAD FOOTBALL COACH Can you describe your progress from Saint Mark’s student to our new Head Football Coach?

What unique insights can you bring to your new role as a result of the other work you’ve done?

Throughout my athletic career, I always tried to absorb as much as I

I believe that any experience you have, whether good or bad, you can

could from the coaches and, playing quarterback, you have to be an

learn from. I played at Saint Mark’s and know the demands of being a

extension of the coaches on the field. Your job is to put your team in

student athlete and the rigors of the academic challenges it presents.

the best position to win. I took what I learned and tried to relay that

The student comes first for a reason. We will work with the student

to the rest of my team. I believe coaching was always a part of me.

athletes on both the academic and football side to make sure that

Whether it was trying to teach my younger brother and cousins how

they can get to the next level and play college football if that’s what

to play basketball or throw a baseball to

they desire. I have learned a lot about teaching,

working with the other quarterbacks when

coaching, game planning, etc., but the biggest thing

I was injured. I had always hoped I’d be able

I have learned over my coaching career is that high

to come back to Saint Mark’s to coach and

school football is so much fun to play and coach,

give back to the program that had taught me

but it is only a small part of a bigger picture. Our

so much, but I wasn’t sure it would ever be a

job as coaches is to help the players grow into

possibility. So this is very exciting for me and

young men and teach them about responsibility,

my family.

discipline, and adversity. Life is not always going to go your way and you have to be able to take your

Why did you decide to return to Saint Mark’s for your career?

hits and get back up.

After finishing up my playing career at West Chester University, I took some time

What was your best sports moment while at Saint Mark’s?

away from football and went back to school

There are so many great memories of the time I

to further my career in physical therapy.

spent playing sports at Saint Mark’s. It is hard to

Needless to say, it didn’t take too long for

pick one that sits atop the rest. I think the biggest

me to start missing the game. Fortunately,

take away from my athletic career at Saint Mark’s

through former contacts, I was able to

is the relationships I made with my coaches and

start coaching shortly after and couldn’t be

teammates. I probably would not have said that

happier that I chose to do so. After coaching

when I was in school, but looking back on it now

for two different schools, I always checked

and being able to reminisce with the same friends

in on Saint Mark’s and their coaches. This place was always in the back of my mind even though I was coaching

and teammates I did back then and still learning from the coaches who had taught me is priceless.

elsewhere. Once I heard that the position was open, it was a nobrainer.

What advice do you have for young athletes today?

Can you describe how it feels to return and coach for your old team?

Times change and so has the modern athlete. There are a lot more

It feels somewhat surreal to be back coaching at Saint Mark’s.

will educate our players how to deal with life situations and be the

Honestly, it likely won’t sink in until the first game when we are taking

best person they can. Everyone is going to make mistakes, but it is

the field. Saint Mark’s football was my family for four years and I don’t

how you handle them and take responsibility for them that will define

think that will ever go away. My three brothers, the majority of my


“eyes” on the athlete today than there were when I was a player. We

30+ cousins, as well as some of the staff went to school there as well. We are passionate about the strong football tradition at Saint Mark’s and want to do everything we can to make the school and alumni proud of us. 05

HEARTS FOR HEROES Walking Point for PTSD & TBI, Inc.


by Elizabeth Rotenberry ‘97 n March 29, 2011, Staff Sergeant Chuck

Rotenberry was on an early-morning mission in

alumni of Saint Mark’s High School, that we received an

It was with the kindness of long time school friends,

the Sangin Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan

outpouring of support and generosity. Ryan Zarzycki and

as the Chief Canine Trainer for the Marine Corps. Canine Marines lead the way for any platoon/patrol going off base and clear the path for them to proceed. During this particular mission, a Marine within 3 feet of Chuck stepped just one foot print off the path and triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) in excess of 20 lbs. Chuck was sent downhill about 15-20 feet, he received shrapnel to his neck and back, and he was knocked unconscious. Chuck and another Marine nearby immediately regained a sense of the situation, came to the aid and rescue of the Marine who just suffered catastrophic wounds, cleared the MEDEVAC landing zone, and saved the life of the Marine all while coming under heavy fire for the next 6 hours.

A few hours later, back

home on Camp Lejeune, NC, Chuck’s wife Elizabeth DavisRotenberry received a call from Headquarters Marine Corps explaining that her husband had been injured, but that he only “suffered minor physical injuries”.


Those minor physical

injuries would later prove to be more impactful than what

Megan Russell-Zarzycki and all of the Zarzycki family

the Marine Corps Headquarters had previously described.

stepped up to offer their services as Fuel3Sports to set up

Chuck suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) with severe

a fundraiser in support of Chuck in order to get him the life

post-traumatic stress (PTS). The two combined create the

changing treatments of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).

perfect storm for the most debilitating symptoms and loss of

On February 15, 2014, Fuel3Sports and Saint Mark’s HS

quality of life.

came together to host our very first Hearts for Heroes 5k,

with the hopes of raising enough funds to send Chuck to New

Services, Malvern Collision, GFP Cement Contractors, Qdoba,

Orleans, where he would begin the first of 40 HBOT treatments.

Chick-fil-a, Breakthru Beverage Group made the 5th Annual,

These treatments are very costly and for many veterans they

Hearts for Heroes 5k possible! Words are not enough to

are not covered under any insurance plan nor are they offered

express how grateful we are for the growth of our event and

at any military or veteran medical facility. Because of the many

the number of supporters who continue to come out and make

supporters on February 15, 2014, Chuck not only was able to

this event possible. We were so proud and honored to have all

afford the cost of the treatments, but we had raised more than

of our Delaware State Police, New Castle County Police, and

enough to fund another veteran’s treatment at the same time.

Hockessin and Mill Creek Fire Departments on hand to create

Chuck Rotenberry returned home the end of March 2014, after

the most patriotic 5k to date. It was a surprise and honor to

the 40 treatments, as the man he once was. He felt alive and felt

have Saint Mark’s alumnus, Gus Mercante, present to sing the National Anthem along with alumnus spouse Jack Fleetwood as the DJ (DJ J.R. Fleetwood) providing the motivating music to get through the rain! Despite the weather, (and this 5k has had everything now from snow, wind, rain, sunny and warm) everyone still came! Saint Mark’s has provided the ideal location and being back on their alma mater grounds, to be surrounded by their alumni friends and family, has made this event even more of a blessing.

Due to the success of the first Hearts

for Heroes 5k, Chuck and Elizabeth Rotenberry started the non-profit, Walking Point for PTSD & TBI, shortly after the first 5k back in 2014 as a way to pay it forward. Through their non-profit they have been able to share with so many around the nation more information about TBI’s and PTSD, and the effects of it not only on the military or veteran service member, but also on the family. Elizabeth also works for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, bringing awareness to the life and role of our nation’s hidden heroes, the military caregivers. They have both promised to continue doing what is necessary to see Hearts for Heroes events continue throughout the year, but especially through their 5k at Saint Mark’s HS every February! Due to their great achievements and the support of Saint Mark’s, their 5k has been nominated as a need to survive.

one of the 2017 Top 10 Best of Delaware Runs; raising to date

a little more than $100,000 and helping 10 veterans receive

On February 10, 2018, Saint Mark’s and Fuel3Sports and

dozens of alumni, along with many other generous sponsors

the beneficial and lifesaving alternative treatments like that of

like ARS Truck and Fleet Service, Timothy’s of Newark, Horizon

HBOT for our nation’s heroes suffering in silence.

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Syrian Art Project Saint Mark’s Art Students Participate in Memory Project

Saint Mark’s art students joined the Memory Project, a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as neglect, abuse, loss of parents, violence, and extreme poverty. Given that youth in such situations usually have few personal keepsakes, the purpose of the portraits is to provide them with meaningful mementos of their youth. The project also allows art students to practice kindness and global awareness while enhancing their portraiture skills. Saint Mark’s students received photos of Syrian refugee children and then worked in their art classroom to create the portraits. Our artistic students put their talent to use for a good cause: to gift each of the children with an original portrait, and to let them know that we care about them. Once finished, the Memory Project delivered the portraits to the children. In total, the students made portraits for twelve children in Syria. 08

Danielle Gedz (left) and Taylor Sparks

Tommy McCarty painting

Olivia Scalora and Jasmine Pasicolan

Mollie Russell

Kacey Tramont

Names of students per art class: Exploring Visual Arts - Caroline Detrick, Kelly Allen Art 1 - Jasmine Pasicolan, Mollie Russell, Taylor Sparks Honors Art 1 - Sarah Donaldson, Danielle Gedz, Maureen Kirk, Kacey Tramont Honors 2-D Studio - Olivia Scalora, Erica Bauernschmidt 2-D Studio - Tommy McCarty, Karma Taylor 09

National Signings This year, fourteen Saint Mark’s seniors celebrated signing on to play sports in college with their family, friends, and coaches to cheer them on.

Nick Leski: Susquhanna University, Basketball Maire Wilson: Rider University, Swimming Ian Noonan: University of Tampa, Lacrosse Matt Tynes: Yale University, Football Clare Estes: Shenandoah, Lacrosse Hannah Schepers: McDaniel College, Soccer Kendra Schweizer: University of Delaware, Lacrosse Paige Megargee: Messiah College, Lacrosse Kaylee Bonvetti: Mount Aloysius, Soccer Paige Thomas: Bloomsburg University, Softball Erin Derick: George Mason, Volleyball Jack Dubecq: University of Delaware, Baseball JT Tomovich: University of Delaware, Baseball Austin Warrington: Delaware State University, Baseball


Matt Tynes will be attending Yale University for football. Matt was heavily recruited by the Ivy League and gave his final decision to Yale.

JT Tomovich

Paige Megargee

Clare Estes

Ian Noonan

Kaylee Bonvetti

Kendra Schweizer

Nick Leski

Austin Warrington

Maire Wilson

Paige Thomas

Jack Dubecq

Hannah Schepers


Alumni Reunions Alumni Multi-Class Reunions On Saturday October 14, 2017 Spartan Alumni returned home to Saint Mark’s! The weekend kicked off with a tailgate before Spartan sports activities which included a football team win over Howard, field hockey defeating Saint Elizabeth’s, and the volleyball team ending the evening with a win over Charter. The tailgate featured the Alumni Jazz Band performing classic rock with featured singer Kat Pigliacampi. Saturday evening wrapped up Alumni Weekend with reunions from the classes of 1977, 1982, 1992, 2002, 2007, and 2012. Alumni danced the night away and old friends were excited to see each other.

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It’s a Family Thing! Mary Powell ‘77 with daughters Kelsey Powell ‘12 & Liz Powell ‘07



The Lawrence H. Hyde, Jr. Charitable Trust and Stephen Hyde Family On December 8, 2017, the Lawrence H. Hyde, Jr. Charitable Trust and the family of Stephen Hyde, president of HFM Investment Advisors, announced a gift of $1.5 million to Saint Mark’s High School, Wilmington, DE. The announcement was made at the conclusion of a school-wide Mass held in celebration of the Catholic Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The celebrant of the Mass was the Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.


The Lawrence H. Hyde, Jr. Charitable Trust, founded in 1993 by Stephen Hyde’s father, Lawrence, has a long history of support of Catholic schools and seminaries, mostly in third-world countries. Stephen Hyde is continuing the family tradition. “We are committed to Catholic education in general and to Saint Mark’s in particular,” stated Mr. Hyde, accompanied by his wife, Lisa, in announcing their gift. “We are inspired by the direction that Saint Mark’s is heading and we want to assist with the school’s mission and progress.”

y Give $1.5 Million Gift to Saint Mark’s High School The gift took Saint Mark’s principal, Richard Bayhan, by surprise. “Mr. Hyde is on our school advisory board and he has been very supportive of me and the school since I came to Saint Mark’s in July 2015. He has been very generous to us over the years, but when he called me to offer this gift, I was speechless – and delighted.”

efforts on behalf of Saint Mark’s over the years. We are blessed by their generosity and enthusiasm. The spirit, sense of community, unity, and Catholic identity at Saint Mark’s have never been better than it is today, and this donation will go a long way to assure that this optimism continues into the future.”

Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, stated, “It is important for alumni and friends to step up and support our schools. I am grateful for Steve and Lisa’s many 15

Student News

Will Hoffman ’18 Receives Michael DeLucia Award On December 21, 2017, before the winter pep rally, Saint Mark’s senior Will Hoffman was awarded the Michael DeLucia Award. The award is given to an outstanding Catholic football player each year, and it was presented by the entire DeLucia family. This is the 46th annual Michael DeLucia Memorial Sportsmanship Award, which was founded in memory of the DeLucia son who died of meningitis when he was only 18 months old. Every year this award recognizes the senior Catholic high school football player or players who best exemplify the qualities of outstanding performance, attitude, and character both on the field and in the classroom. Since the inception of this award in 1972, 68 players have received this honor. Will is the 15th outstanding athlete to hail from Saint Mark’s to receive this honor. He has exhibited the extraordinary character of a true Spartan leader both on and off of the football field and we congratulate him as this year’s co-recipient of the 2017 Michael DeLucia award.

Saint Mark’s Recipients of the Michael DeLucia Award Throughout the Years Include: 1973 Gov. John Carney 1974 Rom Gac 1975 Chuck Hunter 1979 Frank Cephous 1983 Roy David Thompson 1985 Mike Benefield 1989 Chris Iudica 1992 John Kasper 1996 Mike Watkins 1999 Louis Wright 2003 Joey Wright 2008 Corey Olsen 2009 Chaz Malewski 2014 John Dougherty 2017 Will Hoffman 16

Senator Christopher A. Coons Presents Robert Vadnais II ’18 with a Principal Nomination to USAFA On Monday, December 18, 2017, Senator Christopher A. Coons presented Saint Mark’s Robert Vadnais II ’18 with a principal nomination to the United States Air Force Academy. Robert comes from a military family, and he was speechless when presented with the honor. His parents were in attendance for the surprise. Robert spoke about them and his grandfather’s service when receiving the nomination. Before you can be considered for appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, you must obtain a nomination. One way is a special consideration extended to a student singled out as a congressional lawmaker’s top candidate. Congressmen can have no more than five students nominated to attend a military service academy at one time. Robert has received one of the three nominations this year. As the award letter states, “Obtaining a nomination to a service academy is one of our country’s highest honors for young people.” Robert is on his way to fulfilling his dream of service to our nation. Robert was later awarded the Congressional Silver Medal from Senator Coons.

Robert awarded the Congressional Silver Medal from Senator Coons

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Student News Bobby Rush Receives Widener University 2017 High School Leadership Award Saint Mark’s student Robert Rush IV (Bobby) received the Widener/NBC10 High School Leadership Award. To commemorate his achievement, Bobby’s name was added to a plaque with past winners. The plaque was presented by Mr. Ryan Mignone, Assistant Director of Admissions at Widener University. Mr. Wayne Smeigh and Mr. Bill Eichinger, Saint Mark’s employees and Widener alum, were also in attendance. The award identifies the region’s high school students who embody the university’s commitment to develop and inspire leaders who affect positive change. One current high school junior can be nominated by the school principal. The nominee must consistently demonstrate courage by standing up for what is right, find a way to address a wrong, or make a difference in a significant way at his or her school or in the community. The Widener/ NBC 10 High School Leadership Award comes with scholarship and leadership training opportunities. Winners were recognized at the National Constitution Center.

Lance Ralsten ‘19 Accepts Position on Youth Philanthropy Board Lance Ralsten ‘19 was nominated for and accepted a position on the Youth Philanthropy Board for New Castle County. The Delaware Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Boards are composed of students from public, independent, and diocesan high schools throughout the state. Each year these young board members study youth issues in their neighborhoods and schools and learn about community service and grant-making. This year’s grant focus is suicide awareness, prevention, and interaction (helping those affected by suicide). This topic was Lance’s idea originally and he “showed statistics of how suicide has increased and become sadly prevalent in high school students” to get the board to choose his idea.

Sydni Rambo ‘18 Wins Delaware State Shakespeare Competition As a result of Sydni Rambo’s outstanding performances on Saturday, February 3, 2018 once again a Spartan will represent the State of Delaware in the National ESU Shakespeare Competition in April in New York City. Sydni impressed the judges of the Delaware State Shakespeare Competition with her expressive portrayal of Rosalind from As You Like It and her outstanding recitation of Sonnet 29. After being chosen as one of three semi-finalists, Sydni clinched the win with her insightful cold reading of Sonnet 116. We know that Sydni will continue to make us proud and we wish her well as she prepares for the national contest!


Bishop’s 5K On Saturday November 18, 2017 Saint Mark’s participated in the Bishop’s 5K Run/Walk for the benefit of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Wilmington. The event took place at Bellevue State Park and brought the community together for a fun event that brings awareness of the Catholic Charities services and provides resources for Catholic Charities to expand its outreach efforts. Runners and walkers competed for the best time and were awarded prizes. After the race celebrations included a complimentary picnic and live music. Saint Mark’s had over 50 runners representing boys’ and girls’ cross country, parents, siblings, and friends of the running program and the bishop himself wore Saint Mark’s gear! Our girls placed 2,3,6,7, 10 overall and our boys placed 1,3,4,5,10 overall. Mike DiGennaro stated, “It was great to be a part of the running community and to raise money for Catholic Charities!”

Vincent “Vinny” Kempczynski ‘18 Completes Third Year as Assistant Football Coach Saint Mark’s Vincent “Vinny” Kempczynski ’18 completed his third year as an assistant football coach (ages 7-9) for the Upward Flag Football program at Bible Fellowship Church in Newark. The Upward league teaches kids not only the game of football, but also life lessons in faith by sharing prayer and Bible verses at each practice and at the games. Over the past three years, Vinny has shared many stories and faith based lessons that will hopefully stay with these kids. He has taught them about the game, sportsmanship, fellowship, character, and love for self and neighbor. He also helped them to have a 16 - 4 - 1 record over the last three years.

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Alumni News

Dr. Evaline Alessandrini ’80 Hired as New Chief Medical Officer for UC Health Saint Mark’s alumna Dr. Evaline Alessandrini ’80 has been hired as the new chief medical officer for UC Health, an integrated academic health system serving the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky region. She left her position as a vice president of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to assume the role on December 1. In this new role, Alessandrini is responsible for leading teams to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of clinical programs. Alessandrini completed a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her residency was completed at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She received her masters’ degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania and her undergraduate degree in biology from Marquette University. To read the full UC Health Media Room story:

Sally Prendergast ’84 Named in The News Journal’s “Making space for recovery” Article Saint Mark’s alumna Sally Prendergast ’84, was named in The News Journal’s “Making space for recovery” article. She was featured in the Sunday, October 22 issue that speaks about her past that inspired her to join Wilmington’s Limen House, one of America’s oldest sober living houses. Now chairman of Limen House’s board, she brings her work skills as Director of Corporate Services and Marketing at Pettinaro Residential to the organization that helped her. On November 18, Sally was presented with Limen House’s 4th annual Humanitarian Award. To read the full article from The News Journal: com/?selDate=20171022&editionStart=Wilmington+News+Journal&goTo=F01


Alumni News Dr. Arianne Missimer ’98 is Keynote Speaker at Entrepreneurial and Business Women’s Expo Saint Mark’s alumna Dr. Arianne Missimer ’98 was the Keynote Speaker for the 27th Annual Entrepreneurial and Business Women’s Expo. Missimer played basketball at Saint Mark’s and studied dietetics and fitness at the University of Delaware. She earned a doctorate in physical therapy at Neumann University. She became an expert in physical conditioning, opened her own fitness center, and has competed in the TV show American Ninja Warrior, in which competitors race across difficult man-made obstacle courses. As a cancer survivor, she is passionate about fighting for a cure and getting people moving and eating well. Learn more in The News Journal article:

Bonnie Mayfield ’76 Named Chair of International Association of Defense Counsel’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee & Interviewed About Diversity and Inclusion Bonnie Mayfield ’76 has been named Chair of International Association of Defense Counsel’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She was recently interviewed by the Detroit Legal News about diversity and inclusion and the IADC. As Bonnie stated, tangible results that expeditiously move diversity and inclusion forward keep her optimistic. “Those results include that women and/or minorities have moved into the highest leadership and/or ownership positions of top law firms. Judges have established individual rules encouraging in-the-courtroom speaking roles for women, younger (defined in terms of years of practice), and/or diverse attorneys. Clients, looking behind the numbers, are proactively partnering with outside counsel in staffing (and, hopefully, the next step of determining true compensatory credit for work actually performed by outside counsel); at least one General Counsel now requires tangible results or a forfeit of a percentage of fees. Majority bar associations have elected women and/or minorities to positions in their highest leadership ranks.” Bonnie went on to state, “No doubt, a confluence of these tangible results helps keep those involved in the legal arena on the pathway of concrete diversity and inclusion. In my part of the world, there is no room for pessimism, as optimistic, tangible results will ultimately prevail.” The full interview can be found at:


Alumni News

Matthew Branca ’17 Earns Eagle Scout Court of Honor On November 25, 2017 BSA Troop 18 of West Grove, PA held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Saint Mark’s alumnus Matthew Branca ‘17. Matt earned his Eagle last Spring, the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The designation “Eagle Scout” was founded over one hundred years ago and only 4% of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. To earn Eagle Scout, a boy scout must complete a series of rank advancements and requirements that take many years to acquire. Included in these requirements is earning the ranks of: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life Scout, as well as earning at least 21 merit badges. There are many backpacking, camping, skiing, state parks and sporting events (in Matt’s case: Navy football games) that a scout attends during his Scouting career as well. The Eagle Scout must also demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Matthew’s Eagle Scout project entailed refurbishing the Assumption BVM of West Grove’s rectory porch. He planned and organized the project and led several work days and 18 volunteers to complete the project, including Saint Mark’s Pat DePietro ‘17 and Emily Branca ‘20. Matt’s project entailed a total of 161.5 service hours and he raised $4,951.03 to be used towards the completion of his project. After completion he donated the extra money raised to ABVM Church. Matt joined the Scouts as a Tiger Cub in the first grade and never lost sight of his goal to become an Eagle. Saint Mark’s congratulates him on his achievement!

Hannah Zimmerman ’13 Returns to Saint Mark’s Former Saint Mark’s Psychology Club member Hannah Zimmerman ’13 is currently attending West Chester University and working on her Masters in Social Work (MSW). She spoke at the January Psychology Club meeting to current members who learned about the breadth of the field of social work as well as how much it overlaps with the field of psychology. As part of her MSW fieldwork, Hannah comes to SMHS two days a week and works with the guidance department. Her 1st semester was spent in meetings, classes, and groups. In the 2nd semester Hannah will have a case load and will establish an activity group.


Alumni News Karina Tramont ‘17 is DeSales University’s New Director of Special Olympics Events Saint Mark’s alumna Karina Tramont ’17 was named one of the directors of the Special Olympics at DeSales University for fall 2018. She will be the Director of Special Events for the upcoming event. DeSales University as a school is in charge of two events, the 2018 Eastern Bowling Sectional and the 2018 Eastern Fall Sectional. Karina is in charge of a committee that does the awards, opening ceremonies, Olympic town, and advocacy for both events. Karina was a member of Blue Gold all four years at Saint Mark’s, a buddy captain, and the Executive Chair her senior year. She stated, “Blue Gold meant and still means the world to me.” She is currently a freshman at DeSales University majoring in Early Childhood Education with the hopes of getting her Masters in Special Education because of the experience she had with Blue Gold. These experiences grew her interest in being part of Special Olympics. Special Olympics is an international competition, modeled like the Olympics, in which athletes who are mentally and/or physically challenged compete. Special Olympics focuses on what the athletes CAN do, not what they cannot. In other words, focusing on their abilities, not their disabilities. Karina stated, “I am very excited to see how everything turns out and I am blessed to have been given this opportunity to touch the lives of the athletes and their families.”

Nick Pautler ‘17 Wins Golden Circle Award Nick Pautler ‘17 stopped by to wish the Saint Mark’s faculty and staff members a Merry Christmas this year and received a special surprise from English teacher, Mrs. Eanes, who presented him with a Certificate of Merit from the Gold Circle Award competition sponsored by Columbia Scholastic Press. Nick’s photograph titled “Electric Evening” that appeared in the 2017 edition of Markings earned this award in the category of single artistic photograph. Congratulations to Nick for earning this national recognition for his skill in photography.

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Tom DeMatteis ‘80 Inducted into Cabrini University’s Athletic Hall of Fame Saint Mark’s teacher and alumnus Tom DeMatteis ‘80 was inducted into Cabrini University’s Athletic Hall of Fame on September 22, 2017. As a soccer player at Cabrini, Tom was the team’s leading scorer his first two years and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1980. In addition to soccer, Tom was on the editorial staffs of both the Loquitor (student newspaper) and Woodcrest (school yearbook), worked for the college’s radio station, was a Dean’s List student, and a member of Who’s Who Among College and University Students. Upon graduating from Cabrini in 1984, Tom returned to his alma mater Saint Mark’s High School, where he began what is now a 34-year career as a teacher. In addition, he coached the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams for a combined 40 seasons. As a coach, Tom met with extraordinary success. He went from scoring the first goal in Saint Mark’s soccer history to leading his team to the school’s first ever soccer championship in 1986. Overall his teams won numerous state championships, 11 for the boys and 4 for the girls, and they made state tournament appearances each year he coached. Tom was selected as Coach of the Year at the state, regional, and national levels. He was also highlighted in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd.” As the winningest coach in Delaware soccer history, Tom was inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Billy Phillips ’15 Featured in The Washington Post’s story “A hug on the mound put cancer survivor Billy Phillips at ease before his Maryland debut.” Saint Mark’s alumnus Billy Phillips ’15 was featured in The Washington Post’s story “A hug on the mound put cancer survivor Billy Phillips at ease before his Maryland debut.” Phillips was first team All-State while playing baseball for Saint Mark’s before committing to play in college. He made his Maryland debut as pitcher this week after making a recovery from leukemia and subsequent complications. His teammate and friend AJ Lee gave him a hug before the start of the game that let Phillips know everyone was behind him. Phillips struck out the first collegiate batter he faced and then rolled a double play. It was a great moment for him, with more games to come. Billy Phillips made his Maryland debut at Tennessee. (Courtesy Maryland Athletics)


Alumni News Former Spartan Harriers Have Success Collegiately Saint Mark’s alumni Mark Corrigan ‘14, Tara Langan ‘14, Coach Keith Jones ‘85, and Coach Pat Riley ‘99 had a successful Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship held at White Clay Creek State Park. Mark was the first overall finisher with a time of 26:39 over the challenging and tactical 8k course. Tara placed 65th overall with a time of 24:03 for the 5k course, helping her team place second overall. Both Mark’s and Tara’s leadership have helped their teams to a successful season. In addition to running, both athletes have excelled in the classroom earning a spot on the CACC All-Academic team. Coach Jones wraps up his 17th season as head coach at Wilmington University, and he was named Men’s Coach of the Year. Coach Riley entered his first year as assistant coach bringing many years of experience to the team. Jones and Riley ran under the legendary Coach Joe O’Neil, while Tara ran under Coach DiGennaro and Mark under Coach McCartan. All four individuals credit their passion for running to their Saint Mark’s experience.

Dianne Silanskas Garvis ’78 Founded The Good Neighbor Program, Inc. Saint Mark’s alumna Dianne Silanskas Garvis ’78 founded The Good Neighbor Program, Inc. in 1999. Since then The Good Neighbor Program, Inc. has selected a charity to highlight and honor for their heroic philanthropic work 365 days each year. This year they honored the Make-a-Wish foundation. To make dreams a reality they presented the Macy’s and Make-a-Wish foundation event “BELIEVE in the Spirit of Christmas,” a live musical production featuring The 34th Street Orchestra, Krystof Srebrakowski, Mrs. International Ambassador of Hope - Dianne Garvis, The Santa Project Players, and a special performance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Douglas Salter ‘83 Awarded Order of Merit Bishop Malooly presented Order of Merit awards to parishioners throughout the diocese on October 8 at St. Joseph Church in Middletown. Among those honored was Douglas Salter ‘83. Douglas was honored for his contributions to Saint Peter the Apostle Church in New Castle.

Salter pictured with Bishop Malooly and Rev. Timothy Nolan ‘84

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Alumni News

Andrew Maiura ‘13 Graduates from Delaware Police Academy Andrew Maiura, Class of 2013, graduated from the Delaware State Police Academy on August 11, 2017. He finished his 12-week field training after graduation and is now a police officer with the Newark Police Department. His graduation was attended by fellow alumni Brandon Kolle ‘13, sister Pauline Maiura ‘16, and brother and current student TJ Maiura ‘18, as well as his parents, friends, and other family members.

Josh Weldin ’15 Earns Eagles Internship Saint Mark’s alumnus Josh Weldin ’15 did his part to help the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings. Josh received an internship with the Eagles on the grounds crew. He started officially in May and worked through the football season, including helping with the playoffs.

Calvin Scott ’14 Named Blue Hens Baseball Captain Saint Mark’s alumnus Calvin Scott ’14 was announced as a Blue Hens baseball captain for the 2018 season. He is one of three captains for the team. One of the best hitters in the CAA, Scott was named a Third Team All-CAA selection. He hit .332 last season with an on-base percentage of .436, as well as 13 doubles and a pair of triples.


Alumni News Nicholas Alessandrini ‘13 Cohosts DIAA Brackets Nicholas Alessandrini ‘13 helped to cohost the first ever Basketball Selection Show presented by the DIAA. Named the “Reveal,” and produced by 302Sports, Nick announced the brackets for the state Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament.

Class of 2015 Honors

Emily Snyder Foster ’09 Performs the Nutcracker Ballet

Saint Mark’s Class of 2015 alum who have been members of the University of Delaware Honors Program were

Saint Mark’s Emily Snyder Foster ’09 performed the Nutcracker ballet

honored on November 5, 2017 at the General Honors

with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Emily was called two

Award Ceremony for fulfilling requirements in their first

hours before the show to play the English horn for the entire ballet. With

2 years at University of Delaware to ultimately receive

such short notice she was able to draw upon her experience playing the

an Honors Degree or Honors Degree with Distinction at

Nutcracker suite in Saint Mark’s Christmas concerts to help get her through


the most iconic movements of the ballet. She stated her experience while at Saint Mark’s gave her “the confidence to walk into a professional pit and

Christopher Blackwell

perform at the highest level.” She thanks Mr. Bookout for programming

Allan Carlsen

music from the Nutcracker during her four years in band and for preparing

Michael Gonzalez

her for a lifetime of musical success.

Kelly Kempski Andrea Ludman

Emily is currently in the USAF band stationed in Washington, D.C. where

Joshan Wang

she plays for the president and other dignitaries.

Elizabeth Zirkelbach ‘84 featured in National Geographic Article Saint Mark’s alumna Elizabeth (Brumbaugh) Zirkelbach ‘84 was featured in a National Geographic article. She helped save sea turtles with cutting-edge technology. To read more:

If you are a Saint Mark’s alum and have a life event or story to share or have a story about a Saint Mark’s alum, please send the name, graduation year, high quality photo, and story to: for consideration in future Postmark issues.

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2017 Saint Mark’s Retirees Congratulations and many thanks for your years of service at Saint Mark’s High School. You will be greatly missed. Happy Retirement and God Bless.

Angel Cartwright

31 Years at Saint Mark’s High School

Saint Mark’s Remembers Ian Hercus, Class of 1993

Deolinda Freitas

Maria Merritt’s mother

Adeana Copeland, Class of 1978

Mr. Lawrence Hyde

Christine White, Class of 2012

Stephen Hyde’s father

Jean Cates

Noreen (Burns) Shanahan, Class of 1974

Former Board Member

Raymond Natale Sr.

Theresa Barillo

Father of Raymond Natale Jr. ‘80

Bill Johnston’s mother-in-law

Catherine Natale

Doris V. Curcio

Mother of Raymond Natale Jr. ‘80

Pete Curcio’s mother

Benjamin Rivell, Class of 2007

Bernard J. Daney

First Saint Mark’s Chairman of the Board of Directors

Matthew Taylor, Class of 2010 Kimberly (O’Donnell) Zack, Class of 1989 Mark Dougherty, Class of 1979 Linda (Barrish) Prickett, Class of 1975 Helen J. Arthur

Bonnie Moore’s mother

Warren “Don” Valencia, Class of 1981 John J. Tussey, Class of 1976 Michael Drach, Class of 2010

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

If you know of a Saint Mark’s alum who has died, please send the name and graduation year to: 28

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