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Salpointe Today SUMMER 2019

The Newsmagazine for the Salpointe Catholic High School Community

| Excellence in the Arts | Lancer Pride Around the World | Midland Rocks Salpointe

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Class of 2019!

Salpointe Today is a newsmagazine published by the Advancement Office for Salpointe alumni, parents, students and friends. If you feel you are receiving this publication in error, please contact Jennifer Harris at 520-547-1952. Editor In Chief: Scott Coleman; Copy Credits: Kasey Barghout ’11, Scott Coleman, Jennifer Harris, Carissa Luebbering Krautscheid ’11, Kay Sullivan, Sr. Helen Timothy, IBVM; Design Credit: Jodie Lewers Chertudi ’97; Photo Credits: Advancement, Rob Chinnock (cover photo), Scott Coleman, Amy Haskell, Carissa Luebbering Krautscheid ’11, Rembrandt Photography.

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What’s Inside Vision 5 5 6

Salpointe WCEA Accreditation


Farewell to Br. Kevin and Br. Mike Welcome Fr. Manu Franco-Gomez


Carmelite Inspiration in Peru Aspire Capital Campaign

Laudato Si’ Efforts on Campus

Leadership 11 12

Midland Rocks Salpointe


Salpointe Makes an Impact on the Southern Arizona Community

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Salpointe’s Drama Program


Spirituality Through Softball


Athletes in College

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Student Recognition


Salpointe Celebrates Donor Generosity


2019 Volunteer of the Year


Celebrating Scholarship Donors and Everyday Heroes


Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation (SCEF)

Class of 2019 Graduation

Ginny Clements speaking at the Aspire Groundbreaking Ceremony on January 9, 2019.

2018-19 Sports Wrap-Up

Humanities Program Salpointe Guide to Giving STEM Program Arts at Salpointe Salpointe Parent Association (SPA)

Salpointe’s solar-powered go kart at the Racing The Sun Competition on April 27, 2019.


Pictured above Class of 2019 graduates: Kiara Begay, Grecia Anaya, Matt Prevatt, Niyibitanga Inosa, Annie Kosinski, Katie Kelly, Henry Glaesser, Luc Rosenblatt.


Lancer Homecoming 2018


Lancer Legacy Breakfast


Farewell to Longtime Salpointe Employees

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Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Lancer Pride Around the World

Charlie Leon ’19, Vinny Luciano ’19 and Sam Scherer ’19 selling tickets during Homecoming on October 19, 2018.

John Salpointe’s Journal Lancer Family Album

Pictured on the Cover: This year’s cover features the Salpointe marching band and color guard. Salpointe is proud of the many Lancers who performed in the Fine Arts program this year.

2018-2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mr. Michael Slania Chairman Mr. Pat P. Lopez III Chair Elect Dr. Elliott Cheu Mr. Christopher Clements Rev. Quinn Conners, O.Carm. Ms. Tracy Cracchiolo Dr. Dynse Crunkleton Mr. Mark DeBenedetti ’96 Rev. Paul Henson, O.Carm. Mr. Joe Higgins ’87 Ms. Amy Huether SCEF President Mr. David Hutchens Dr. Phil Lacovara Rev. Carl Markelz, O.Carm. Mr. Larry McDonough Legal Counsel Mr. Omar Mireles Rev. Ron Oakham, O.Carm. Ms. Kimberly Romo ’99 Mr. David Smallhouse Mr. Patrick Sniezek Ms. Kay Sullivan SCHS President Ms. Patricia Taylor ’53 Sr. Helen Timothy, IBVM SCHS Principal Mr. Tom Toole ’80

SALPOINTE ADMINISTRATION Ms. Kay Sullivan President Sr. Helen Timothy, IBVM Principal Mr. Ernie Duarte Chief Operations and Financial Officer Mr. Keith Gibalski Assistant Principal for Faculty Development and Supervision Mr. Patrick Hayes ’73 Assistant Principal for Student Services Ms. Lisa Astrouski Director of Campus Ministry Ms. Jessikah Eller ’01 Director of Service Learning Mr. Scott Evans Director of Counseling Mr. Michael Fisher Director of Admissions Mr. Phil Gruensfelder Director of Athletics Ms. Jennifer Harris Director of Advancement Clare Lechuga ’00 Director of Student Activities Ms. Lee Mathias Director of Human Resources Ms. Melissa Sitzmann Director of Finance

ADVANCEMENT TEAM Ms. Jennifer Harris Director of Advancement Ms. Kasey Barghout ’11 Manager of Alumni, Parent Relations, Special Events Ms. Denise Brice Database Coordinator Mr. Scott Coleman Marketing and Communications Manager Ms. Linda Kirkpatrick Executive Assistant to the President and Gift Processor Ms. Carissa Krautscheid ’11 Advancement and Communications Coordinator

A Letter from the President Dear Salpointe Lancers, Salpointe Catholic is proud to be a Carmelite school and we celebrate this tradition by giving honor to Salpointe’s vision (future), leadership (present) and legacy (past). We treasure the people and programs that breathe life into our sacred mission. On behalf of the Carmelites, the Board of Directors and Salpointe’s leadership, we salute Michael Slania for successfully completing six years of extraordinary service as Chairman of the Board. Mike has given selflessly, shared a strong sense of pragmatic vision and consistently supported Salpointe’s leadership with balance and enthusiasm. Mike and his wife Jody have two Lancer sons, Dan ’10 and Matt ’13. We welcome the incoming Chairman of the Board, Pat P. Lopez, III ’74. Pat and his wife Marilou ’74 have three Lancer daughters, Katie ’03, Melissa ’05 and Mary Elise ’07. Pat’s parents are Pat P. Lopez, Jr. ’53 (RIP) and Barbara Pattison Hodges ’53, making the Lopez clan a three generation Lancer family! Salpointe’s vision for the future is bright as we move forward with the “Aspire: Arts Academics Athletics” campaign. Very Reverend William J. Harry, O.Carm., Prior Provincial of the Order of the Carmelites, notes, “The Aspire campaign’s focus on the arts reflects the important role of the arts in our faith. Music, painting, sculpture and drama are all celebrations of God’s creative role which our Church has promoted through the centuries. The Aspire campaign is Salpointe’s commitment to enable our students to experience this aspect of our faith.” Salpointe continues to lead as a high school of distinction. Congratulations are in order for so many, starting with the Class of 2019. This group of 281 seniors wowed us with their talent, energy and commitment to Lancer values. We are proud of their accomplishments and know that they will excel at the next level. During this school year, Salpointe’s Campus Ministry team organized Kairos retreats for senior/junior students ending with Kairos #266. These God-centered, four-day retreats focus on spirituality and selflessness while stressing the importance of a meaningful encounter with Christ. Service Director Jessikah Eller organized IMPACT with freshmen focused on poverty and hunger, sophomores on environmental justice, juniors on vulnerability and seniors on justice. Asked to comment on Salpointe’s year long commitment to serve our community, Eller humbly responded, “We are Lancers, Carmelites and Catholics. This is what we do.” In the area of performing arts, our music program boasts jazz, marching, symphonic and concert bands as well as drumline. In dance and theater, Salpointe produced “Footloose,” “Bang Bang You’re Dead,” “Dia de los Muertos,” “Faith County Fair,” “Murder, Music and Mayhem” dinner theatre, and partnered with “Stories that Soar.” For the 21st year, Salpointe was named a Gold Honor Troupe by the Arizona Thespian Society and, for the ninth year, Lancers will compete in the International Thespian Festival in June. And to wrap up the year in the arts, our fabulous choir traveled to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall. The athletic department offered 24 sports and 42 teams (FR, JV, V) for Lancer participation. Six Lancer teams earned state championships: women’s soccer, men’s soccer, women’s cross country, baseball, softball and beach volleyball pairs. Four teams claimed state runners up trophies: football, women’s volleyball, cheer and men’s swim and dive. Ten of our 24 sports competed in state championship games! And congratulations to 25 Lancers who have who made the commitment to participate in sports at the collegiate level. We extend gratitude to the Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation for once again supporting the Lancers. In 2018-2019, the SCEF pledged $500,000 in support of the Aspire campaign over five years. Salpointe is grateful to president Amy Huether and the SCEF Board of Directors for their vision and support. Salpointe also congratulates the gala committee for a swinging gala, “A Swanky Affair,” which raised over $60,000. Congratulations to chair Jennifer Barner, vice chair Kristin Tomlinson and the gala committee! We invite you to join in our pride! You, our Lancer family, are an integral part of Salpointe’s past, present and future. And thanks to your loyalty and support, Salpointe celebrates our yesterday, embraces our today and creates our tomorrow. Gratefully,

Kay Sullivan, President

Salpointe Accreditation Renewed

Kay Sullivan Honored

Salpointe recently completed its six-year national accreditation renewal with the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA). The 15-month self-study and WCEA review included participation by students, alumni, parents, board members, administration and faculty. The self-study report was verified during a three-day visit by a WCEA evaluation team in March 2019, during which time these educators met with constituent groups, visited classrooms and studied the results of our work. The WCEA evaluation team then made their recommendations to the accrediting body and Salpointe received renewed accreditation in May 2019.

for Community Leadership

Salpointe will concentrate efforts in the following areas during the next six years:

“We wanted to honor these members of our community because they do so much to support and strengthen families.”

1. AUTHENTIC CATHOLIC IDENTITY Build upon the Kairos retreat opportunity by developing a freshman, sophomore and junior Christ-centered retreat program based on Salpointe Catholic’s integral student outcomes.

2. ORGANIZATIONAL EFFICACY Design and implement a consistent and effective faculty professional development program that focuses on pedagogy, increases teacher efficacy and maximizes student learning.

“I am happy to report that after we finished, and the visiting team made their report, we reached the highest rating in every category.” — SR. HELEN TIMOTHY, SALPOINTE PRINCIPAL

3. EXCELLENCE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING Develop a schoolwide standard for reporting department and course curricular objectives, course competencies and student outcomes.

4. STUDENT SUPPORT Create a plan to educate students as to the services offered by the Student Services Department. Create a tool to assess the effectiveness of the services provided.

Catholic Community Services (CCS) honored Salpointe President Kay Sullivan at their annual Family Matters Gala in November.


As president of Salpointe Catholic High School, Kay Sullivan has had a tremendous impact on thousands of families across Southern Arizona. “I am big on teamwork, and my colleagues in leadership, as well as our faculty and staff at Salpointe, work well as a team. At Salpointe, just as at CCS, our mission guides us every day to honor the dignity of every person, regardless of his or her vulnerability or strength,” Sullivan said.

Carmelite Inspiration in Peru

Sr. Helen Timothy, Kay Sullivan and Spanish teacher Jeanette Apaez attend the Carmelite Secondary Schools Commission The opportunity to visit the colonial heart of the capital city of Peru was an inspiring adventure! Our daily travels around Lima offered panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean surrounded by historic neighborhoods of Spanish architecture that dated back to the 4th century A.D. While the purpose of our trip was to participate in an educational conference with all member schools from North and South America, we did experience the “soul” of Lima daily. The conference was hosted by Carmelitas in Miraflores. This thriving Pre-K – 12 school is in central Lima and is considered one of the finest schools in South America. All of our academic meetings and presentations were held on the campus. The hospitality of Carmelitas was remarkable. The new friendships will last a lifetime. Our four days allowed for visits to other Carmelite facilities. Barranco is a parish school that opened in 2005. The school is at capacity and creatively uses every inch of floor space for education. Their commitment to Carmelite values permeates all of their activities. We left the lush central city and ventured out to the desert region of Jose Galvez. The hour-long drive allowed us to witness the abject poverty of this area of Lima. Rising from the desert sand was Colegio Nuestra Salvador, the Carmelite K-12 school, including a program for children

with developmental disabilities. This campus of 30 classrooms, computer lab, large library and football field is truly the “heart” of the Jose Galvez community. The school instituted creative culture of family involvement based on the symbols in the Carmelite shield. All 1200 students and their families welcomed us with a beautiful cultural show. The conference allowed all of the eight member schools to share the details of our mission and commitment to the Carmelite charism of prayer, community and service. We were inspired by the happiness of the children we met and the dedication of their teachers and administrators. The Carmelite Order is 820 years old and thriving today around the world … from Tucson to Lima, 3,790 miles!

Spanish teacher Jeanette Apaez, Sr. Helen Timothy and Kay Sullivan in Peru.

— Sr. Helen Timothy, IBVM Vision


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Salpointe can never rest. We must stay ever present in our mission, while setting our sights on the future we are called to create. Our standards are high, but our aspirations are higher. We aspire to round out the student holistic experience by creating a transformative, synergistic Salpointe Center for the Arts, with new or renovated learning spaces for Drama, Band, Choir, Dance, 2D and 3D Art as well as a theater lobby/art gallery; by renovating the wrestling room and expanding the weight room, air conditioning the gym and lighting the baseball, softball and track fields; and by creating six new classrooms and expanding the STEM patio. Work on this exciting project has already begun! The baseball, softball and track fields are lit and the air conditioning in Kalil Family Gymnasium, expanded weight room, remodeled classrooms and extended Cracchiolo STEM Center will be ready for students when they return to campus in August. The Stearns Center for the Arts will be completed and dedicated in May 2020.

We’ve raised over $7M thanks to the generosity of the Salpointe community, but we still need to raise $3M to meet our $10M goal and fund this exciting project. Please help us build for Salpointe’s future! Call Kay Sullivan at 520-547-1956 or Jen Harris at 520-547-1952.

Aspire Groundbreaking Donors, alumni, students, friends, faculty and staff celebrated Salpointe’s future at the Aspire Groundbreaking on January 10, 2019. Guests were treated to a lovely reception, donors shared their passion for Salpointe and Catholic education and the site of the new Stearns Center for the Arts was blessed by Fr. Paul Henson, O.Carm., and Fr. Manu FrancoGomez, O.Carm., After a rainy day and just as the blessing concluded, the sky cleared and the sun shone down on Salpointe. Kay Sullivan offered a toast to Salpointe’s bright future with: “Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pray for us! Go, Lancers!” Sharon Sayre Stevens ’80 hugs Kay Sullivan during the Aspire Groundbreaking in January.

Thank You to Our Aspire Leadership Donors ($100K+) Brian and Sandy Stearns George Kalil ’56 Jeff and Sharon Sayre ’80 Stevens Virginia L. Clements Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation Pocono Charitable Foundation Anonymous Kevin and Cindy Boesen Carmelite Order of the Most Pure Heart of Mary William and Mary Ross Foundation Harold and Debbie Davison ’66 Ashton Patrick Sniezek ’82 Pictured (right): Board President Mike Slania, Sandy Stearns, Brian Stearns, Sharon Sayre ’80 Stevens, Ginny Clements, Chief Operations and Financial Officer Ernie Duarte, President Kay Sullivan, Principal Sr. Helen Timothy, IBVM, Fr. Paul Henson, O.Carm., Advancement Director Jennifer Harris and Student Body President Jacob Hardy ’19


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The Master Plan




Building site for the new Stearns Center for the Arts

Kalil Family Gymnasium Dedication

The Kalil family, with its proud multi-generational Lancer legacy, along with dozens of friends, celebrated George Kalil’s generous donation of $1M to Salpointe’s Aspire campaign on January 18, 2019. Guests enjoyed a reception in Foundation Hall filled with laughter, appreciation and a reading of the names of the many Kalil family members honored by George’s thoughtful gift to the Lancers. Kay Sullivan, Salpointe’s president, and Frank Kalil, George’s brother, delivered heartfelt tributes honoring George, dubbed “King for a Day.” In gratitude for this leadership gift, Salpointe’s gym will forever be named the “Kalil Family Gymnasium” and the basketball/volleyball court will be named “Kalil Court.” This incredible donation is just the latest in a history of devotion and generosity shown by George to Salpointe. The Lancers are deeply grateful for his long-time support and for this transformative gift! Thank you, George!

George Kalil and family and friends celebrate the gymnasium dedication.


Aspire Sneak Peek Friday, October 18, 2019 4pm Mini-Dedication 4:30-6:30pm Campus Tours Don’t miss this special opportunity to see the renovated Wrestling Room and expanded Weight Room; visit the improved Fr. Tom Butler, O.Carm., and Br. Tom Conlon, O.Carm., Concessions area in the newly air conditioned Kalil Family Gymnasium; explore the enlarged Ashton STEM Outdoor Workshop; and tour the renovated classrooms in the 400 Wing. Please contact Jennifer Harris, Director of Advancement, at 520-547-1952 or jharris@salpointe.org for more information.


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President Kay Sullivan, Chief Operations and Financial Officer Ernie Duarte and Principal Sr. Helen Timothy, IBVM in the 400 wing.

Farewell to Br. Kevin and Br. Mike This summer, we offer a fond goodbye to two Carmelite interns, Brothers Kevin Keller and Michael Joyce, and reflect on their two years at Salpointe. Both brothers will be pursuing Masters of Divinity degrees at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Looking back, Br. Kevin Keller’s fondest memories of Salpointe are relationships formed with students in his theology classes, the laughter at his unending supply of jokes and the heartfelt welcome he found at Salpointe. One day in class, four students on the women’s lacrosse team asked Br. Kevin, “Can you Br. Mike Joyce and Br. Kevin Keller renew their Carmelite vows care for us?” He pondered their meaning and replied, “I think you’re looking for a team chaplain.” Br. Kevin supported their team at every women’s lacrosse game and attended many of their practices. He prayed with the athletes, encouraged them after their games and even made

them hot chocolate on cold nights. Br. Kevin deeply enjoyed his time with Salpointe’s Carmelite community. “There are almost 400 years of experience in this community alone,” he said. The intellectual, religious, athletic and ethnic diversity at Salpointe is one of the areas Br. Kevin appreciates most. “Salpointe is the full package of a quality education plus all the accessories of community, athletics and arts,” he noted. Br. Michael Joyce’s favorite memories of Salpointe came from the little moments: in the classroom, coaching the basketball teams and sharing laughs with colleagues. He loved witnessing the students and players progress and become better versions of themselves. He became very involved throughout campus, teaching theology, working in Campus Ministry and supporting the efforts of the Advancement Department. Outside the classroom, Br. Mike coached men’s basketball and moderated the new Lancer Legion spirit club. Off-campus, Br. Mike enjoyed many miles of hiking and even biked in El Tour de Tucson. In his two years, Br. Mike appreciated the intergenerational fraternity of the Carmelite community as well, experiencing a wealth of wisdom and taking care of the older brothers. Salpointe will miss Br. Kevin and Br. Mike and wish them every success.

Welcome Fr. Manu Franco-Gomez When he was little, the one thing Fr. Emanuel “Manu” Franco-Gomez, O.Carm., knew he wanted to do was art. Born and raised in Jalisco, Mexico, he knew that he did not want to become a religious brother. In high school, Fr. Manu’s interest in the Church flourished because his parish was offering free guitar lessons. When he sang with the Carmelite sisters in the choir, he saw first-hand the beauty of the Carmelites and became interested in becoming a Carmelite priest. He now has the best job he could ask for as the chaplain of a Catholic high school. Previously a teacher, Fr. Manu loves being back at a school and working with teens. Being able to communicate in a second language and in a different culture has not turned out to be a challenge for Fr. Manu. He is finding ways to connect with many students through the Kairos retreats, leading the Confirmation program and visiting theology, Spanish and art classes. As the chaplain at Salpointe, Fr. Manu walks with students and employees on their faith journeys, gives testimony through his preaching and actions that faith does matter, and tries to inspire the community to keep its connection with God and the

Church. “It is interesting to do ministry in an age that puts a lot of question marks on God and the Church. I listen to those questions and see if I can explain them in a way that might help students find the answers they need.” Fr. Manu finds creative ways to speak to teens using topics they relate to including art, science or technology. He makes an effort to get to know the students and also attends sporting activities to encourage students to bring their faith into all areas of their lives.

Fr. Manu with the student leaders of Kairos 262

Living out his childhood dreams, Fr. Manu is indeed an artist. He began collecting his art when he was five years old. Primarily self-taught, Fr. Manu focuses on religious

art and liturgical art. He was commissioned to illustrate the first Spanish-language Roman Missal in the United States. Such a book is used by every Catholic church in the U.S. that has a Spanish Mass. “Artistically, I think in terms of projects or series of pieces, such as painting all the Carmelite saints. Now, I am working on painting a series of the Prophet Elijah, highlighting elements from his story that are part of the Carmelite spirituality.” Fr. Manu is also a musician and a writer, having published three books. Fr. Manu sums up his first year at Salpointe with one word: lifegiving. The Salpointe community welcomes Fr. Manu.



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Laudato Si’ Efforts on Campus As part of Salpointe’s Carmelite tradition, the school has adopted Pope Francis’s message of Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home. Fr. Eduardo Scarel, O.Carm., nicknamed The Pope’s Climatologist, visited Salpointe in February and discussed his ongoing efforts with Laudato Si’ with students, faculty and staff. This was his second visit to Salpointe, with the other visit in 2017. “We’ve been sharing the progress that Pope Francis has made after the writing of Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home to reshape a new relationship between humans and nature,” Fr. Eduardo said. Fr. Eduardo presented the scientific aspects of climate change during his visit. He also discussed the spiritual roots of the ecological crisis, the ecological and personal healing path, and proposed some practical steps by which we can protect our planet. Fr. Eduardo challenged the Salpointe staff as educators of youth, to embrace the role we have in caring for the future of the planet.

Fr. Eduardo Scarel, O.Carm., speaking with students.

“I appreciate what Salpointe has been doing on Laudato Si’,” Fr. Eduardo said, “because I know the school has taken on its message in daily life. You see it in the sensitivity that the students have for these issues. They understand and make connections all the time; they’re looking for links and are very sensitive to the poor and the care for creation. I am proud of that.” Dr. Katie Hirschboeck, a professor emerita of Climatology at the University of Arizona and a member of the Salpointe STEM Advisory Committee, is also impressed with the way Salpointe has embraced Laudato Si’s message. “It is exciting to see how Salpointe has collaborated with the Carmelite International NGO to develop an extraordinary cross-disciplinary curriculum on environmental issues and the care of creation,” Dr. Hirschboeck said. She continued, “Today’s high school students are facing a world that is changing rapidly. Too often, however, the ethical, spiritual and moral framework needed to deal with these changes is not being nurtured at an equal pace. In line with its vision and values, Salpointe is fulfilling this need in exactly the way Pope Francis has called for in his encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.” As Fr. Eduardo said his goodbyes to students and staff, he had glowing reviews of his trip to Salpointe. Mrs. Gossler’s Physics class designed and built solar-powered houses to go along with this year’s theme of Laudato Si’ and the call to sustainable living.

“The students made a great impression on me,” Fr. Eduardo said. “I am truly touched by the kindness of the youth and of the staff, and I’m very proud that we, as Carmelites, have an institution like this.”

‘Environmental education should facilitate making the leap towards the transcendent which gives ecological ethics its deepest meaning. It needs educators capable of developing an ethics of ecology, and helping people, through effective pedagogy, to grow in solidarity, responsibility and compassionate care.’ [Laudato Si’ 210]” — POPE FRANCIS

SALPOINTE CONFIRMATION MASS “Preparing over 120 students to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation was definitely a challenge, but a rewarding one, for sure!” said Michelle Benzenhoefer, Campus Minister. The Confirmation Team, made up of Campus Ministry and Theology Department faculty, worked together to present an engaging and meaningful process of preparation for students along with their families and sponsors. One of the most creative and fun projects for the teens during preparation was to produce a video commercial titled “Why Be Catholic?” On January 29, 2019, Monsignor Raul Trevizo, Episcopal Vicar of the Tucson Diocese, presided at the Confirmation Mass and Fr. Manu Franco-Gomez, O.Carm., was granted faculties by Bishop Weisenburger to assist in the sacrament.


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Mark Wystrach ’98, Country Band Midland

Rock Salpointe Mark Wystrach, a Salpointe Catholic graduate from the Class of 1998, and his Grammy-nominated band, Midland, performed an exclusive concert for Lancer students and staff in the Salpointe gymnasium on October 24, 2018. “It’s amazing to come back here and see the same teachers and coaches who have been here for 30 or 40 years,” Wystrach said. “It’s a testament to the community here and to what a great institution it is. It’s the best education I ever received.”

“It’s a testament to the community here and to what a great institution it is. It’s the best education I ever received.” — MARK WYSTRACH ’98

Salpointe’s Student Council and Administration worked closely with Midland to make the once-in-a-lifetime concert happen. After the concert, President Kay Sullivan inducted Wystrach into Salpointe’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, the highest individual honor Salpointe Catholic can give to an alumnus.

Following his induction, Wystrach spoke to the students and encouraged them to always follow their dreams and take pride in their community. “Have a dream, and as my parents taught me, if you’re going to do something, do it right,” Wystrach said. “Once you have fi gured out your dream, life is like a garden and your circle of influence are like the plants that grow in your garden, so choose your friends wisely. Always choose people who elevate you, encourage you and lift you up.” Prior to the concert, Wystrach and his band members, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson, visited with students for a meet and greet. Wystrach was accompanied by his parents, sister and other family members as he returned home to Southern Arizona for a few days. Mark is the brother of Andrea Wystrach Dourlein ’86, Audrey Wystrach ’86, Alexandra Wystrach Flanagan ’89, Amie Wystrach Allen ’93 and Michael Wystrach ’98. Their parents are Michael and Grace Wystrach. Midland is currently working on a second studio album. The band has released numerous chart-topping hits since 2013, including Drinking Problem, Make a Little and Burn Out. Their most recent single, Mr. Lonely, quickly rose up the country charts.

“Mark’s return to Salpointe is a refl ection of his caring character and the lifelong bond our alumni share with the school,” President Sullivan said. The entire Salpointe student body attended the show, dancing and singing along to Midland’s chart-topping hits for nearly an hour. The Lancers were incredibly thankful that Midland would take time out of a hectic schedule to perform at Wystrach’s alma mater. “For Mark to come back after all this time is amazing,” said Sam Scherer ’19. “It was an incredible show and something we will always remember when looking back on our time as students at Salpointe.”

Sam Scherer ’19 with the members of Midland



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Congrats, Lancer grads! CLASS OF 2019 GRADUATION Salpointe Catholic High School is proud to announce that the 281 members of the Class of 2019 were accepted to 165 of the finest colleges, universities and military academies. Twenty-eight Lancers graduated as Salpointe Scholars with GPAs of 4.0 or higher, and 25 will participate in athletics at the college level.

“The Class of 2019 is dynamic. I had a front row seat to many of your triumphs.” — FACULTY GRADUATION SPEAKER TONY GERRETTIE

“Salpointe continues to be a high school of distinction due to the high achievement of our Lancer students in the classroom, on the court and in the field and the Southern Arizona community,” said Principal Sr. Helen Timothy, IBVM. Salpointe’s Baccalaureate Mass was held May 18 at St. Augustine Cathedral, followed by a commencement ceremony at the Tucson Convention Center. Graduation speakers were seniors Joseph Kennedy, who will attend the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Honors College, and Preston Valles, who will attend Boise State University. “Fellow graduates, our differences foster understanding,” Kennedy said during his graduation speech. “Salpointe promotes acceptance through its diversity, to which every member of this Class of 2019 has contributed. Looking out into this sea of people I have come to know, I see talent, I see brilliance, I see faith, I see passion and I see character. Salpointe has provided us with an intangible skill: human interaction. Four years ago, I walked through those Foundation Hall doors alone, and yesterday I walked out a part of something larger. We are so much more than a group of individuals.”

Class of 2019

Class Gift

The Class of 2019 proudly raised more than $18,000 for their senior class gift, which will allow them to name a bench in Salpointe’s new Center for the Arts Plaza.

In addition, the following awards were presented to the Class of 2019: • Carmelite Medal Awards – Benjamin Hall, attending Arizona State University and Carmen Rivero, attending the University of Arizona. • John Hughes Spirit Award – Miranda Quiroz attending the University of Arizona. • Outstanding Male Athlete – Majok Deng attending Pepperdine University. • Outstanding Female Athlete – Annie Kosinski attending the University of Arizona. • Gary Gillette Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year Memorial Award – Grace Kaufman-Fuller attending Boise State University. • Outstanding Fine Artist, Performance – Benjamin Pitot attending the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. • Outstanding Fine Artist, Visual – Sophia Smith attending Skidmore College. Salpointe commends the Class of 2019 for their achievements and wishes them all the best as they take what has been learned at Salpointe on to college and beyond. “We are proud of their accomplishments at Salpointe and know that they will embrace the challenge to excel at the next level,” said President Kay Sullivan. Faculty member Tony Gerrettie was chosen to speak at graduation and reflected on the class of 2019’s growth as young men and women. “The Class of 2019 is dynamic. I had a front row seat to many of your triumphs,” Gerrettie said. “There were multiple State Championships, grandiose awards and over $20 million earned in merit-based scholarships, but what truly stood out was the way you connected with people on campus throughout your four years. Every problem in humanity stems from a failure to connect with people different from ourselves. We are counting on you to continue connecting every step of the way.”


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Salpointe College Fair Welcomes 112 Universities and Military Branches to Campus Salpointe hosted colleges and military branches from all over the country at our annual College Fair in October. More than 900 students explored the Kalil Family Gymnasium and Alumni Hall to learn more about their many options once they graduate from Salpointe.

Salpointe Makes an IMPACT on the Southern Arizona Community “That would have taken us two weeks!” said Jay from st. Francis shelter, in response to the work that 25 students completed in two days. Lancers accomplished in 14 hours of IMPACT, Salpointe’s service learning program, what would have taken one person 10 years to complete. “That is the power of our solidarity,” said Jessikah Moreno Eller ’01, Director of Service Learning. “We are strong, because we stand together. Our leadership at Salpointe often reminds us that things don’t just happen at Salpointe; instead we plan, form our intention and do the necessary work.” Twelve hundred students and 141 employees completed 18,774 hours of service in two days at 104 work sites. This community service was theme-oriented, with freshmen working on poverty and hunger, sophomores on environmental justice, juniors on vulnerability and seniors on justice.

Students visit Benedictine Monastery Salpointe partnered with Casa Alitas at the former Benedictine Monastery to aid thousands of asylumseeking families as part of Salpointe’s service learning program. Two-thirds of our students shared God’s grace through spiritual and corporal works of mercy during the spring of 2019. When Salpointe first started serving, many of the spaces at the monastery were undeveloped. With these spaces as their first priority, students designed and implemented a community closet at the shelter, coordinated a playroom for children and organized a system for donations.

It is through our IMPACT program that the Salpointe community installed hundreds of smoke detectors in vulnerable homes with the Red Cross, provided two full field days for Tully Elementary, served hundreds of meals, built bicycles from scratch to be donated and so much more. “The willingness and grace by which our students participated in their service work is humbling,” said Jessikah. “Not only was the work completed, but it was completed with joy and grace. Salpointe is built on the Carmelite values of prayer, community and service, and IMPACT hallmarks a commitment to these values. More importantly, Salpointe extends these values into a daily routine through many overlooked acts of mercy and, from there, comes the joy we experience in being part of this community. We are Lancers, Carmelites and Catholics; this is what we do.”

Did you know? In addition to serving on IMPACT, each Lancer student is required to do 15 hours of service work within the Southern Arizona community every year. This year, students completed 23,257 service hours, which was 23% more than what was required. Junior Morality students partnered with Primavera Men’s Shelter, Beads of Courage, Kino Border Initiative, TMC Foundation, St. Luke’s Elder Home, St Francis Men’s Shelter and The Fountains. Theology and Spanish students volunteered at the St. Pius Shelter in the fall and Casa Alitas in the spring.

Christmas Adopt-A-Family Salpointe students, staff and faculty gathered gifts for 28 families in need during the Christmas season as part of our annual Adopt-A-Family program in partnership with Pio Decimo. The families were elated to receive the presents, which included toys, games, pajamas, gift cards and toiletries. “It’s so important to give back to our community,” said Majok Deng ’19. “Even a small gift can go a long way in brightening someone’s holiday.” Director of Student Activities Clare Sullivan Lechuga ’00 teaches her students, “You never know where life will take you. You can have it all one day and lose it all the next. Some of our families have experienced homelessness and poverty for many years; others just need some support while trying to get back on their feet after losing a job due to a long term illness. Many of these people never expected to be in the situation they are in. It is important for our students to understand the value of giving back to the community.”



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Bang Bang You’re Dead In the midst of ongoing school shootings nationwide, Salpointe’s drama program used their art as a medium to explore challenging issues. Bang Bang You’re Dead is a one-act play by William Mastrosimone that was written to address gun violence and mental health issues in schools. They play was written in collaboration with survivors of a school shooting at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon. “Salpointe is working hard to raise awareness that we each need to become vocal advocates for one another,” said Dana Milne, Salpointe’s Artistic Director. “We want to help our students see that they have power.” Salpointe participates in the nationwide campaign, See Something, Say Something, facilitating conversations about random acts of violence and encouraging students to speak up if they hear something concerning.

Footloose Performance Brings Alumni Together Audiences two-stepped in their seats to the rhythms of Footloose, performed in December as the last performance before Corcoran Theater temporarily went dark for renovations as part of the Aspire capital campaign. At a special performance of Footloose, the Salpointe Alumni Council hosted a festive reception for fellow Lancer alumni, family and friends. The event successfully brought alums and community members back to our Salpointe campus to highlight our own Lancer talent!

Thespians Thrive at Annual Competitions Salpointe’s drama program is consistently recognized for student and faculty creativity, hard work and performance success. Lancer thespians participated in the Southern Arizona Theatre Festival competition in January and achieved high marks across the board. Fourteen students qualified to compete at the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska, many of them qualifying in up to four events. “Mrs. Ericka Quintero has made a tremendous effort to get our students prepared to compete at the highest level,” said Dana Milne, “and it has made a huge impact in their lives. They have a new appreciation for hard work, craft and confidence. Our biggest gains were in the Technical Theater categories. Ericka has encouraged our students to use their gifts in a new and highly marketable way. It is another wonderful day to be a Lancer. The future looks bright even without lighting effects!” Student winners included three seniors, six juniors, one sophomore and four freshmen. They excelled in diverse areas including Duo Scene, Solo Musical, Costume Design, Group Musical, Scenic Design, Monologue and Lighting Design in the Southern Arizona region.


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Salpointe’s Theatre Troupe achieved high marks at the Southern Arizona Theatre Festival competition in January.

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In November, Salpointe’s Thespian Troupe 5370 performed Dia de los Muertos at the Southern Arizona Theatre Festival and was recognized with the Gold Honor Troupe Award for the 21st consecutive year. The award recognizes excellence in performance, community involvement, extracurricular education opportunities and troupe cohesiveness. A total of 14 Lancers received 21 “Superior” scores. Salpointe’s one-act play, Dia de los Muertos, received Superior scores across the board.

As part of Salpointe’s IMPACT program, our thespians partnered with Stories that Soar to produce and perform stories written by the students at Saints Peter and Paul School. Salpointe actors and actresses adapted the stories into skits, assigned characters and developed sets and costumes. The young students enjoyed seeing their own creative stories come alive with the collaborative imagination of Salpointe’s thespians. The Lancers performed with joy, enthusiasm, humor and heartfelt sincerity. In May, one of these skits was selected by Best of Stories that Soar to perform alongside a collection of their favorite stories from this year’s productions. Salpointe’s Theatre Troupe performed The Butterfly Story written by Saints Peter and Paul’s Scarlett Jaida. Directed by Chloe Maki ’19, the cast included Maki, Isabel Finley ’22, Matt Jbara ’20, Sean Meixner ’20, Tommy Irish ’21, Konnor Roll ’20, Katie Mae Callahan ’20, Aidan Bronstein ’21 and Evy Ramos ’22. Thespians had the opportunity to perform at the Fox Theatre and took the stage with Stories That Soar’s professional actors in front of a capacity crowd.

Salpointe students Sophie Smith ’19 and Jackie Barra ’20 received a Perfect Score, awarding them with a “Superior” distinction in the first-ever Face Off Makeup Challenge.

Murder Music and Mayhem The Drama Department got creative this spring while Corcoran Theater was closed for renovations. Thespians performed a murder-mystery with a three-course dinner in Foundation Hall. The plot thickened between courses, guests took notes on suspicious characters and actors offered clues to aid their accusations. Murder Music and Mayhem was a comical and engaging performance that allowed the audience to interact directly with the characters and become a part of the investigation.

Steve Halper ’57 has been working in the Drama Department since 1993.

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2018-2019 Lancer Athletic Wrap-Up Salpointe Catholic offers a championship athletic program in a Christian atmosphere for all student-athletes. The school promotes passion, dedication, pride, loyalty, confidence, sportsmanship and competitive spirit. Salpointe’s tradition of athletic excellence began 69 years ago and is the responsibility of every Lancer to maintain. Salpointe believes that the field, court, course, pool and gymnasium are extensions of the classroom—places to promote development of the whole person by incorporating Carmelite values, moral leadership and community spirit. The 2018-2019 school year saw many triumphant performances from the Lancers with six State Championships, four teams earning State Runner Up and 11 Region Championships. “It has been another great year for Salpointe athletics! We continue to have strong involvement with over 85% of our students participating in extracurricular activities,” said Phil Gruensfelder, Salpointe Athletic Director. “We stress the importance of community involvement with our Games For The Greater Good initiative, where our students reach out to the community to give back in some way, such as making meals at the Ronald McDonald House, preparing fields for Little Leagues or helping to build houses through Habitat For Humanity. We are proud of our student-athletes, both on and off of the field. Thank you to all for making these life experiences beneficial to our school and community.”

GAMES FOR THE GREATER GOOD Salpointe student athletes are called to be leaders on our campus and in the community. Since 2009, our varsity athletes have worked to better the lives of those in need through Salpointe’s Games for the Greater Good service program. Students volunteer with a number of charities, supporting vulnerable Tucsonans and promoting social justice. The organizations that Salpointe served this year through Games for the Greater Good include Beads of Courage, A Light Network, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. Athletic teams worked hundreds of hours and raised thousands of dollars to support their chosen charities. Clockwise from above left: Women’s Basketball, Football, Men’s Basketball, Beach Volleyball.


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Stay current with Lancer athletics: www.salpointe.org/athletics

2018-2019 Athletic Season Highlights

FALL SPORTS • Women’s Cross Country: Region Champions, State Champions. • Men’s Cross Country: Placed 3rd in State. • Football: Region Champions, Runner Up in the State Tournament. • Women’s Volleyball: Region Champions, Runner Up in the State Tournament. • Men’s Swim and Dive: Runner Up in the State Tournament. • Women’s Swim and Dive: Placed 4th in State. • Women’s Golf: Placed 3rd in State. • Men’s Golf: Region Champions, Placed 8th in State.

WINTER SPORTS • Women’s Soccer: State Champions.

Athletic Director Phil Gruensfelder informed our baseball team they are being inducted into the Salpointe Sports Hall of Fame as State Champions. Every team that wins State is inducted into our Sports Hall of Fame!

• Men’s Soccer: Region Champions, State Champions. • Men’s Basketball: Region Champions, Semifinalists in the State Tournament. • Women’s Basketball: State Quarterfinalists. • Cheer: State Runner Up in Show Cheer and All Girls Stunt. • Dance: Placed 3rd in AIA Division II. • Wrestling: Placed 14th out of 54 teams in the Division III State Tournament.

SPRING SPORTS • Softball: Region Champions, State Champions. • Baseball: Region Champions, State Champions. • Beach Volleyball Pairs: Alex Parkhurst ’19, Abby Russell ’20 State Champions. • Beach Volleyball: Region Champions, Semifinalists in the State Tournament. • Men’s Volleyball: Region Champions, Quarterfinalists in the State Tournament. • Men’s Tennis: Semifinalists in the State Tournament. • Women’s Tennis: Semifinalists in the State Tournament. • Women’s Track and Field: Placed 4th in the State Tournament. • Men’s Track and Field: Placed 11th in the State Tournament. • Men’s Lacrosse: State Qualifier.

Salpointe honored Mike Geddes, Class of 1957, for his extraordinary support of Salpointe! Principal Sr. Helen Timothy and President Kay Sullivan presented Mike with a heritage golf trophy from 1957 bearing his name.

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Spirituality Through Softball If you attended daily Mass at Salpointe’s Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Chapel this spring, then you may have noticed an increase in students gathering in prayer. This is, in part, due to Salpointe softball attending Mass as a team. Amy Rocha ‘96, Salpointe’s head softball coach and parent of Malaea Fraser ‘19, was a softball player during her time as a Lancer. She played for Phil Gruensfelder, who is now Salpointe’s Athletic Director. It was Mr. Gruensfelder who encouraged his team to attend Mass together in the 1990s. “Phil showed me how important it was to go to Mass as a team to be connected with God,” Rocha said. “It was something I looked forward to as a student. Even my teammates who weren’t Catholic would still share with us in the liturgy.” This year’s softball team began each week in Chapel. At Mass, Fr. Manu connected what they heard in the readings to their lives as athletes. In one homily, Fr. Manu expressed, “Softball is a vessel for God to work through.”

“I can see them having a stronger connection with each other. It speaks volumes for being able to connect in God’s house,” Rocha said. “They’re playing for each other and not for themselves. This year’s team is extremely special and I think it’s because of the spirituality that is found here at Salpointe. These athletes are amazing examples of it. They truly try every day to walk in God’s path. Humility is so important as well. They’ve remained humble this entire season.”

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The softball team also applies this mission and dignity to the spaces they use. Passersby will see the athletes picking up litter around the softball field. The teams themselves clean up the stadiums after every game and sweep out the dugout after every practice.

This year’s team is extremely special and I think it’s because of the spirituality that is found here at Salpointe. These athletes are amazing examples of it. They truly try every day to walk in God’s path. Humility is so important as well. They’ve remained humble this entire season.” — COACH ROCHA

The team chemistry started to bloom once the players started going to Mass on Mondays.


“I feel really fortunate to be in a Catholic environment,” Rocha continued, “where I have the freedom to bring God and the Holy Spirit into my teachings on the field. I don’t ever fear it because I know that one of my tasks as a coach is to instill that in my players, so that when they leave for college, they know that God is right there with them.”

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“We take pride in the campus,” Rocha said. “The coaches tell the team to never take it for granted to have such a beautiful place to come to.” The Carmelites have a special connection with the softball team. Fr. Manu attended their games and practices throughout the season. Fr. Tom Butler and Br. Tom Conlon have been influential by bringing their Christ-centered presence to the team over the years. At the beginning of each season, Fr. Tom blesses the softball field. Fr. Tom and Br. Tom will even travel with the team to road games during the year.

“They bring a lightness to the air so that we remain humble and full of gratitude,” Rocha said. The softball team at Salpointe exemplifies what it truly means to be Lancers. Through their dedication to living out strong values, they improve their sport and team, but also the entire Salpointe community.

Athletes signed their letters of intent in February and April.

CLASS OF 2019 ATHLETES IN COLLEGE Salpointe’s tradition of athletic excellence continued this year as 25 of our student-athletes committed to playing their sport in college. Romeo Ballesteros (Baseball) - University of San Fransisco Daniela Bernal (Basketball) - Park University, Gilbert AZ Kate Connelly (Soccer) - Seattle University


Majok Deng (Basketball) - Pepperdine University Colin Dreis (Football) - University of Montana Claire Dunn (Beach Volleyball) - Abilene Christian University CJ Franks (Football) - Western New Mexico University Malaealani Fraser (Softball) - Utah State University Eric Garigan (Lacrosse) - William Penn University


Ryan Grabosch (Baseball) - Central Arizona College Josh Hart (Football) - Arizona State University Kalista Kakou (Soccer) - Eastern Washington University Grace Kaufman-Fuller (Soccer) - Boise State University Joseph Kennedy (Volleyball) - New Jersey Institute of Technology Thomas Lares (Football) - Western New Mexico University Diana Miranda Montano (Softball) - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Mario Padilla (Football) - University of Mississippi Harsh Parikh (Tennis) - University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Alex Parkhurst (Beach Volleyball) - University of Arizona Ian Ponce (Baseball) - Gateway Community College Aryanna Sanchez (Soccer) - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Sophia Scarangella (Softball) - Georgetown University

• Ad or personal tribute in the fall, winter and/or spring sports programs • Signage in Ed Doherty Stadium, Kalil Family Gymnasium, baseball or softball fields • Ed Doherty Stadium scoreboard • Ask about new advertising opportunities available!

FALL DEADLINE IS APPROACHING! Reserve your space by August 12. www.salpointe.org/sportsadvertising

Sarah Schou (Swimming) - Wesleyan University Madison Sundholm (Beach Volleyball) - University of California-Berkeley Miguel Villa-Lizarraga (Baseball) - Arizona Christian University LEadErshIp


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Student Recognition Carmelite Medal Award, National Hispanic Scholars, Boys State, KEYS Internship, U.S. Marine Corp Student Awards Benjamin Hall and Carmen Rivero received the prestigious Carmelite Medal at the Class of 2019 Graduation. The medal is awarded every year to two exemplary Lancers who live our Carmelite values and exhibit excellence in and out of the classroom.

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Ten Salpointe juniors have earned recognition as National Hispanic Scholars by the College Board. They are among the top 2.5% of Hispanic / Latino juniors who took the PSAT last October. This honor acknowledges their exceptional academic achievements, strong GPA, high scores on the PSAT and rigorous curriculum. This is the largest number of Salpointe students to receive this honor in our history! Kudos to Gabriel Arguello, Alexander Diaz, Orion Stevenson, Chase Bene, Stephen Peterson, Damian Villa, Martin Lizarraga, Susan Burrell, Alan Suarez and Paola Junio.

We are excited to bring you all things Lancer! The Salpointe Spirit Store is proud to work with our alumni and local businesses when choosing items for sale in our store. Come in and see everything new, including our store!

Congratulations to Alexander Diaz ’20 who was elected as Attorney General at Arizona Boys State and selected as one of two Arizona students to attend Boys Nation in Washington, D.C., for two weeks this summer.

• Uniform polos • School supplies • Spirit wear • Accessories, gifts and more!

Congratulations to Susan Burrell ’20, who was awarded a prestigious KEYS Research Internship at the University of Arizona. Susan is part of Salpointe’s rigorous STEM Program and will be put to the test during a unique summer opportunity for motivated Arizona high school students with a strong interest in bioscience, engineering, environmental health or biostatistics. Susan will be expanding her STEM experience by working side-by-side with top faculty in University of Arizona laboratories. Salpointe welcomed the United States Marine Corps to our annual Awards Ceremony to present five special awards to qualifying students. We congratulate our winners: Max Zavalza ’19, Semper Fidelis Musician Award; Tristan Abeyta ’20, Scholastic Excellence Award; Colin Dreis ’19 and Diana Montano ’19, Distinguished Athlete Achievement Award; Thomas Lares ’19, U.S. Marine Eagle Scout; and Irankunda Eveline ’20, Semper Fidelis All American Athlete Award. Salpointe salutes two students enlisting in the Marines: Sean Huch ’19 (in photo on the right) and Adam Michael Corrales ’19. We are proud of you, Lancers!


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Humanities Students Visit San Xavier Mission Salpointe’s Humanities Department brought 100 junior students to the San Xavier del Bac Mission in February for their annual cornerstone excursion. Reflecting the multi-faceted nature of the Humanities, this field trip included a service project to clean up the playground of the Mission school and a celebration of Mass in the Mission church with Fr. Manu, followed by interdisciplinary assignments and teachings that explored the Mission’s art, architecture, religion and history. In addition, students engaged with the oral tradition and storytelling of the Tohono O’odham people. “Our day at San Xavier is a perfect opportunity to bring alive what we teach as a department for our students,” said Christine Huey, Humanities and Art History teacher at Salpointe. “We are able to show them, in person, how history, theology, art and literature intersected in a real place with real people, and why that still matters and is impacting us today.” Elena Malovich, Humanities and English teacher agrees saying “the Humanities offer students opportunities to see the ways in which our interests and worlds overlap and intersect. Too often, we are guided academically to narrow and focus our content and interests, but the Humanities open doors, windows and minds to the very fact that we, as a humanity, are diverse, integrated and ever-changing.”

Humanities Presentations Juniors in the humanities program presented on the declaration of Independence and how its principles have or have not applied over the course of U.s. history in the areas of race, gender and religion.

Leonardo DaVinci Awards Juniors and seniors in the humanities program were recognized at the annual daVinci awards Breakfast to celebrate their excellence in the classroom.



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Guide to Giving Thank you to our Carmelite Circle Members John and Anita Almond Therese Velasco Berg Merideth J. Bliss George T. Callahan ’54† Marguerite G. Dufaud† Mickey ’68 and Melissa Ginn† Robert† and Katherine Gordon† Donald R. Griess ’64 Jacquie and F. Hugh Grinnell ’57 Shirley Gundersen† JoAnn and Ronald G. Hafner † ’65 Carl E. Haider † Doris Bergen Hall† Msgr. Don H. Hughes† Burt and Nancy Kinerk Elizabeth H. Kirk † Mary N. Knoebel Mary Ann Korzan† Allison and Joseph Kristofl ’85 Joanne La Salvia† Bob and Lori Lepore Bob ’75 and Judy Horwitz Logan ’73 Randy Lyle and Carol Romero ’80 Fr. John P. Lyons ’65 Jeanette Witz Mallinger † Susan and John McQuown ’61 Amy and Joseph Mesenburg† Ramon and Monica Vega Munoz ’84 Marjorie O’Connell† Patricia Ann Dowdle Otten ’60† Henry and Barbara Peck Terry and Denise Plaza Ruth Richardson† William and Mary Ross† Kathy Rother ’73 Nancy R. Roy † Nik and Gina Scherer Jane H. Schiltz† Brooke Somer Mary Louise Spaulding† Jerrold and Lois Becher Swain ’67 John Paul ’79 and Anna Vyborny ’80 Mary Josephine Williams† Ruby Louise Miller Wolf † Alex Wright Myrtle J. Zellner †

WHY DONATE TO SALPOINTE? Salpointe changes lives. We bring together an academically, economically and ethnically diverse student body to create a vibrant educational community, increasing opportunity for all and laying the foundation for future success. We are proud to say that 99% of our students attend college. Salpointe’s success is the result of almost 70 years of support from thousands of alumni, parents and friends who believe in our mission to develop students academically, intellectually, spiritually, morally, physically, socially, artistically and emotionally. There are many ways for you to support Salpointe and we hope you’ll consider making a donation this year!

Lancer Annual Fund The Lancer Annual Fund helps provide the 20% of Salpointe’s annual operating budget that tuition doesn’t cover. This includes funds to support financial aid, enhance spiritual programs, increase campus safety and improve technology. The Lancer Annual Fund is an easy way to join your fellow alumni, parents and donors in making a significant difference in the daily lives of our students.

Carmelite Circle Please consider joining Salpointe’s Carmelite Circle by making a legacy gift today. Including Salpointe in your estate plans honors your life and values while improving the lives of Salpointe students for generations to come.

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We at Salpointe know that you’re asked to donate to the school often: student/ team fundraisers, Lancer Annual Fund, Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation, Carmelite Circle, tax credits and, soon, the Aspire capital campaign. The list of requests is long and sometimes confusing. We want to simplify things in the hopes of helping you understand the areas of need at Salpointe … and donate to the causes that mean the most to you. Please review our Guide to Giving and think about how you’d like to make a difference in the daily lives of our Lancers.


For more information on supporting Salpointe, please visit our website at www.salpointe.org or contact Jennifer Harris, Director of Advancement, at jharris@salpointe.org or 520-547-1952.

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Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation Membership, UA Basketball Ticket Raffle and Gala We invite all Lancer families and friends to become members of the Foundation! Your one-time, $1000 donation to the SCEF Endowment entitles you to a lifetime membership, including special events, donor recognition and the knowledge that you are changing lives through education. Using fundraised dollars and the interest generated from the SCEF Endowment, the Foundation provides vital support to the school such as educational enrichment, campus-wide digital technology, faculty professional development and improvements to arts and athletics facilities. Other ways to support the Foundation include purchasing our annual UA Basketball Raffle tickets, attending/sponsoring our extraordinary Salpointe Gala and upgrading your existing SCEF membership.

Arizona Tax Credits More than half of Salpointe’s 1200 students qualify for financial aid and 350 families live below 185% of federal poverty level. These students need your support to attend Salpointe and participating in Arizona’s tax credit program helps Lancers without costing you a cent.

INDIVIDUAL Arizonans who owe state taxes can contribute any amount up to $1135 per individual and $2269 per couple filing jointly. Salpointedesignated funds are distributed to students with proven financial need.

CORPORATE S and C corporations that pay taxes in Arizona can designate their tax dollars to directly support the education of Salpointe students. These Lancers are Tucson’s future business and community leaders, and your taxes will help create tomorrow’s well-educated workforce. You will be supporting our neediest students; corporate tax funds are only available to those who are living below 185% of federal poverty level.

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Salpointe Connects with Vatican Observatory Director

Salpointe STEM students and faculty welcomed Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Director of the Vatican Observatory, to campus in May

STEM Advisory Committee Salpointe is grateful for the time and expertise of the following professionals who are members of the STEM Advisory Committee.

STEM Showcase Salpointe’s STEM Program prepares students to be effective critical thinkers, problem solvers, collaborators and communicators. Using project-based learning in a collegiate-level facility, students design, fabricate, assemble, research and refine their innovations. Salpointe’s STEM program creates a pipeline of future innovators and an educated workforce to meet the growing needs of STEM employers in Southern Arizona and the nation. Students in the STEM Program spent the semester developing their inventions for the annual STEM Showcase in May. From a cold brew coffee maker to automatic dice rollers for Monopoly, our talented students pushed the limits to build some truly visionary creations.

Grant Anderson, P.E. President and CEO, Paragon Space Development Corporation Kevin Boesen, Pharm. D. CEO, SinfoniaRX Elliott Cheu, Ph.D. UA Associate Dean and Professor of Physics Joe Cracchiolo Partner, Simply Bits Pat DeConcini, Esq. Principal, DeConcini and Associates Kurt Gehlsen, Ph.D. Owner, Gehlsen Consulting Katie Hirschboeck, Ph.D. UA Associate Professor Emerita of Climatology Dave Hutchens, M.B.A. President and CEO, UNS Energy, Tucson Electric Power Nancy Johannesmeyer Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs, ASARCO Phil Lacovara, Ph.D. Managing Member, Solar Ventures, LLC

Bob Lepore, M.S. UA Director of Engineering Management Omar Mireles President, HSL Properties Kumar Ramohalli, Ph.D. UA Professor Emeritus, College of Mechanical and Aerospace; Engineering Joellen Russell, Ph.D. UA Associate Professor, Biogeochemical Dynamics Ben Tuchi, Ph.D. Member of Boards of Directors of Tech Parks Arizona, Institute on Science for Global Policy, and Racing the Sun Eric Tyburec Vice President of Manufacturing, CAID Industries Christian Valcke, Ph.D. Global Director, Software Engineering, Invetech Harry Winters, Ph.D. Founder, President and Chairman, The Winters Co.

Racing the Sun Salpointe took 1st place across the board in the Standard Kart category in Speed, Efficiency and Endurance in the Racing The Sun Competition sponsored by the University of Arizona Tech Park. The team worked all year to design and construct their solar-powered go kart, spending countless hours of collaboration and problem solving.


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Arts at Salpointe Salpointe is proud to offer students a wide range of classes in the Fine Arts. Lancers spend the semester honing their craft and then proudly display their artwork at the annual Spring Arts Show.


The Salpointe Choir, under the direction of Ms. Natalie Hall ’11, traveled to New York City and performed in the world-famous Carnegie Hall. In addition to performing Haydn’s extraordinary Mariazeller-Messe, the students saw Wicked on Broadway, cruised by the Statue of Liberty and visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Salpointe Dance, under the direction of Mrs. Carissa Lee, shined bright under the lights at Open House, the Winter Fine Arts Show and the Spring Dance Recital. The Salpointe Band and Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Ross Helland, performed at a wide variety of venues and events this past year, including Arizona Stadium and Hacienda Del Sol.

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Do You Know a Future Lancer?

SHARE THE LOVE! Please help us attract high-caliber students and continue Salpointe Catholic High School’s reputation of excellence. As a member of the Salpointe family, you are uniquely able to identify bright, values-based leaders to ensure the school’s outstanding student body and expand the alumni network.


Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 1 p.m.

6th, 7th and 8th graders, transfer students and parents are welcome!

8TH GRADE STEP-UP DAY Friday, December 6, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come spend a day at Salpointe and see what it’s like to be a Lancer.


Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 8 a.m. or Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 8 a.m.

Experience Lancer Life at www.salpointe.org/FutureLancers

17th Annual Lancer Men’s Mass and Breakfast On Sunday, September 16, 2018, SPA and the Salpointe Advancement Department held the 17th annual Lancer Men’s Mass and Breakfast for over 200 Lancer men. Sons, fathers, grandfathers, alumni and friends came together to celebrate Mass with Fr. Manu in Corcoran Theater followed by breakfast and a program in Foundation Hall. This year’s event featured guest speaker Mr. Dave Heeke, University of Arizona Director of Athletics, with an introduction by 2012 Salpointe graduate, Mr. Talbott Denny, former UA basketball player. Dave shared the principles that serve as the foundation of his life and continue to guide his journey. Event CoChairs Elizabeth Longenecker and Beth Maloney and their wonderful event committee planned a morning brimming with prayer, inspiration and community.

The Salpointe Parent Association (SPA) is an extension of the school’s Advancement efforts. SPA hosts a variety of community building events, bringing students, parents, faculty, alumni and the community together to live the mission of Salpointe. Proceeds from SPA activities benefit Salpointe students and the priority needs of the school.

Guest speakers Talbott Denny ’12 and Dave Heeke (center) with Michael Slania, Kay Sullivan and Sr. Helen Timothy

Rudy B. McCormick with son Rudy M. McCormick ’19 and Jerry Miron with son Cooper Miron ’19

8th Annual Lady Lancer Brunch and Blessing On Sunday, March 3, 2019, SPA and Salpointe Advancement Department held its annual Lady Lancer Brunch and Blessing at the beautifully sunny Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch. Guests were dazzled by the inner courtyard set-up at the new venue. Event co-chairs Rackel Gehlsen and Stepheny Walsh Keith ’85, along with their committee, created a memorable day for over 250 Lady Lancers. Grandmothers, mothers, daughters, alumnae and friends attended a garden party themed morning of fun, friendship, prayer and inspiration. The morning included music by Salpointe’s String Orchestra led by Ross Helland, a performance by Salpointe’s Choir led by Natalie Hall ’11 and a blessing led by the beloved Sr. Jeanne Bartholomeaux, S.C. ’64.

SPA parents enjoyed providing breakfast for the class of 2019’s last first day!

This year’s inspirational speaker was past Lancer parent, Sarah Smallhouse, a Tucson community leader and philanthropist. The 2019 Faith in Action award was presented to Peggie Felici Gessner, a past Lancer parent and former Salpointe employee, who was honored for her tangible witness to our Catholic faith.

Save the Date! 18th Annual Lancer Men’s Mass and Breakfast Sunday, September 15, 2019

Event Chairs Stepheny Walsh Keith ’85 and Rackel Gehlsen

Homecoming 2019 Friday, October 18, 2019 9th Annual Lady Lancer Brunch and Blessing Sunday, March 8, 2020 Kay Sullivan, Sr. Jeanne Bartholomeaux, S.C. ’64, Jennifer Harris, Sr. Helen Timothy, Natalie Hall ’11, Nancy Smallhouse, Sarah Smallhouse and Patti Spaulding

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2019 Faith in Action award recipient Peggie Gessner and Kay Sullivan

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Salpointe Celebrates Donor Generosity Salpointe celebrated its third Donor Gratitude Reception in February, inviting guests to campus for food, fellowship and student performances. The annual event is an expression of thanks for the impact that generous donors make on the Lancer community. “Today is about gratitude. It is about inspiration for the future. It is about all of us coming together to be proud of our past investments in Salpointe and to be a part of a bright future for this place we love, this hallowed ground we call Salpointe,” said President Kay Sullivan.

Carol and Andrew O’Connor mingle with Neil and Christine Staten.

Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, as well as performances by Salpointe’s Choir, Drumline and Jazz Band, and art displays from 2D and 3D Art classes. Salpointe thespians dazzled guests with an energizing performance from Footloose, as the school continues to generate excitement for the Aspire capital campaign to create a new Center for the Arts. Student, faculty and donor speakers shared how donor generosity makes the school’s exceptional, holistic student experience possible. Two student speakers, Izzy McGibbon ’19 and Benjamin Hall ’19, inspired guests with the story of their journeys as Lancers. “In being a part of Salpointe’s orchestra,” said McGibbon, “I have learned how to work as a team. As a first chair violinist, I have a part that needs to be played, as do the cello or bass players. When all of our parts come together, we create breathtaking music. In that same way, each of you here tonight plays a part at Salpointe, in making the campus and the community better. When we all come together, that is when the music of Salpointe truly comes alive.” Ben Hall shared his gratitude to donors, saying “The Lancer environment, I believe, is something very unique, something rare that you cannot find anywhere else. Where else can you find a school that facilitates physical, mental and spiritual growth? I will always be grateful for the opportunity to be a student at Salpointe Catholic High School. I would never have been able to share in the depth of this experience if it was not for your generosity. You have helped create something special that will endure for generations to come. Salpointe, more than anything, has been like a second home to me. I am a Lancer for life. Thank you for investing in me.”

Amy Huether, president of the Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation, and other board members present the check for their $500,000 commitment to the Aspire capital campaign.

Lancer musicians performed to the delight of guests.

Salpointe Salutes our 2019 Volunteer of the Year

Carol O’Connor, Salpointe Catholic High School’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year, with her family

At the heart of Catholic education is service to others. Salpointe is blessed with the dedication and energy of hundreds of volunteers who serve the mission of Salpointe. We are pleased to salute Carol O’Connor as Salpointe Catholic High School’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year! Carol has served on the Salpointe Parent Association board for seven years. She participates in fundraising activities and acquires donations for the various live and silent auctions. Carol has also worked on many other committees helping to plan events including Homecoming, Lady Lancer Brunch and Blessing and the Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation Gala. Carol is often the first one to offer her time and services. She has even helped costume our thespians with her sewing skills and spends countless hours each year picking out just the right gifts for the Salpointe employee Christmas party. Please join us in saluting Carol O’Connor as the recipient of the 2019 Salpointe Volunteer of the Year Award!


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Celebrating Scholarship Donors and Everyday Heroes Salpointe scholarship donors and corporate tax partners attended the Scholarship Reception on November 14, 2018, where they met students who are benefiting from their generous support. Donors and students had the opportunity to share breakfast and get to know each other. Students Carmen Rivero ’19 and Gilchrist Gbele ’20 spoke on behalf of student recipients and expressed how impactful tuition support has been for them. “I feel,” said Gilchrist, “that someone believes in me enough to invest their money in me. I feel like I could fight to improve my life and help others because no matter what, I am being given the best opportunity for my future. Being at Salpointe does more than give me an education. It provides me and every other student who struggles a reason to keep working. Because you believe in all of us, we know that we have expectations to live up to. My generation may be the future, but if it wasn’t for the hard work and generosity of the past, we would be nothing.” Approximately half of Salpointe’s students are receiving some form of tuition support, thanks to the generosity of scholarship donors, corporate tax contributors and individual tax credit participants. Following the Scholarship Reception was the annual Heroes Assembly, where Salpointe recognized two students as heroes at Salpointe for their humility, kindness and perseverance.

Carlos Valencia Humanitarian Award winner Iasia Ratliffe ’20 pictured with Carlos’ parents Cecilia and Ford Valencia.

John Glinski Award winner Luke Regina ’20 pictured with his family, John’s mother Theresa Finley and Salpointe’s 1st Glinski Award winner Bob Lopez.

The Carlos Valencia Humanitarian Award this year was presented to Iasia Ratliffe ’20 for her perseverance, positive attitude and loyalty. This award commemorates the life of Carlos Valencia ’06, a young man of compassion, love, generosity and simple living. Carlos fought against leukemia and encouraged over 6,000 Tucsonans to become bone marrow donors. The Glinski Award was presented to Luke Regina ’20 who embodies the spirit of John Glinski as a quality student and a team player. This award is in honor John Glinski ’68 who was a tremendous student-athlete but suffered from cancer. Between surgeries and recoveries, John continued to play four sports at Salpointe with great courage and strength before he passed away in 1966. Kimmi Romo ’99 was the speaker at the Heroes Assembly. She shared examples of the everyday heroes who commit their lives to serving others. “Yes, oftentimes we find heroes dressed in uniform… but we can also find them in our everyday lives. They are the people we are rubbing shoulders with every single day. People who are shaping our lives – whether they know it or not,” said Romo. She recalled heroes in her life including her husband who is a firefighter, her coworkers who provide physical rehabilitation for trauma victims and even her grandparents. “My grandparents who had nothing found a way to get an education, pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and made a nice life possible through grit and tons of hard work.” We are surrounded by heroes who impact our lives every day, but we can also be heroes to others every day!

Scholarship donor Silvia Quigley connects with students Garett Brownell ’19, Savanna Piña ’22, Taylor Hall ’19, Marco Villa ’19 and Amelia Chinnock ’21.

“Who are the heroes in your life? Thank them. Today. and be that person for somebody else.” — KIMMI ROMO ’99

What is an Arizona Corporate Tax Credit?

Thank You to Our Corporate Tax Partners!

2018-2019 corporate tax partners and student scholarship recipients at the annual Scholarship Reception.

S and C corporations that pay taxes in Arizona can designate their annual tax dollars to directly support the education of over 350 Salpointe students whose families are living below 185% of federal poverty level. These Lancers are Tucson’s future business and community leaders, and your taxes will help create tomorrow’s well-educated workforce. By designating your tax dollars to Salpointe, you will be supporting Tucson’s most vulnerable students and providing them with a path to success.



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The Lancer community enjoyed a swanky evening at the 32nd annual SCEF Gala!

Photos by Amy Haskell

Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation The Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation (SCEF) supports the educational, moral, scientific, artistic and athletic endeavors of the Lancer community. Since 1984, SCEF has allocated nearly $4 million dollars to enhance educational excellence at the school. Learn more at www.salpointe.org/foundation.

The 32nd Annual Gala, A Swanky Affair, was held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, in the Grand Lobby of the Tucson Convention Center in downtown Tucson. Event Chair Jennifer Barner and Vice Chair Kristin Tomlinson, along with their committee, created an evening of fun and fellowship. Over 220 guests were dazzled by the new venue and greeted by the sounds of the Salpointe Jazz Combo, followed by the smooth tunes of Frank Sinatra Impersonator, Vaughn Suponatime. Partygoers dined on sixties cuisine, bid on one-of-a-kind items in the silent and live auctions, sipped specialty cocktails reminiscent of the times and took a chance on the 50/50 raffle. Guests danced and enjoyed socializing late into the night. All of this, while supporting the Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation! The gala raised over $60,000 to benefit the Lancers. Thank you to the Gala Committee event sponsors, donors and attendees!

UA Basketball Raffle Winners The SCEF basketball ticket raffle raised $10,350 this year and has raised $442,500 since it started in 1997. Congratulations to William and Linda Wallace who were the lucky winners of the 201819 University of Arizona men’s basketball season tickets! The Wallaces are the grandparents of Lancers William ’12, Ben ’13, John ’15, Luke ’17 and Mary ’20 Wallace. Thank you to George Kalil, RC Cola and the Kalil families for their continued generosity, and thank you to all who support the SCEF. Get ready to take a chance again this fall on winning these spectacular tickets in support of the Lancers!

Spring Fiesta and Annual Meeting On May 1, 2019, the SCEF board and members enjoyed a wonderful evening at the home of Mary and Oliver Schepelmann, celebrating the Salpointe community and the Foundation’s successes. This year, 20 new members joined the Foundation. The board pledged to generously contribute to the Aspire capital campaign by donating $100,000 each year for the next five years. New board members are Edd Ruiz, Kevin Boesen, Bob Lepore, Gina Scherer, and David Lopez. Congratulations to 2019-2020 officers Denise McEvoy, President; Tim Harris ’87, President Elect; Amy Huether, Past President; Chuck Dunn, Treasurer; and Michelle Brown, Secretary.

I am grateful for my role as President of the SCEF for the 2018-2019 school year. I had the privilege of working with a talented and dedicated board who shared the common purpose of furthering the goals of the Salpointe community. The SCEF pledge of $500,000 to the Aspire campaign is a shining example of the legacy and generosity set forth by decades of SCEF members. I thank you all, and I am proud to be a small part of the Foundation’s inspirational vision.” — AMY HUETHER

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Change a life today! Over the last 35 years, the Foundation has invested almost $4M to enrich the student experience of all Lancers. Your support matters! Please consider joining the Foundation or upgrading your membership. Please contact Jennifer Harris at jharris@salpointe.org or 520-547-1952 for more information.

Save the Date! 2019 SCEF UA Basketball Ticket Raffle Drawing in October 2019

2019 SCEF Christmas Party Wednesday, December 4, 2019

2019 Gala Saturday, April 4, 2020

2020 Spring Fiesta Tuesday, May 5, 2020


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LANCER HOMECOMING 2018 On October 19, 2018, Lancers from near and far came back to Salpointe to celebrate years of memories, traditions and community including the reunion classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1998, and 2008. The overarching theme for the reunions was “Salpointe, Then and Now.” The theme featured a collection of highlighted moments in time throughout Salpointe’s history, showing that although much has changed, the basics of this beloved high school and community remain timeless. The same Salpointe spirit, traditions and culture are alive and well in our students today as they were in the 50s ... with slightly different attire and hairstyles! Homecoming kicked off with Sal’s Diner, a BBQ dinner on campus. Guests took chances on raffle baskets from the Salpointe Parent Association (SPA) and enjoyed music by the Salpointe Alumni Band followed by a mini pep rally with the Salpointe Marching Band, Pom & Dance, and Cheer! The night continued with thousands of Salpointe alumni, students and fans cheering on the Lancers against Catalina Foothills with a lively parade at halftime featuring the 2018 reunion classes and homecoming floats. Saturday night celebrations followed with individual class events at local Tucson restaurants and homes of generous classmates. The weekend came to a close on Sunday with Mass, breakfast and campus tours for alumni. It was a lively weekend full of Lancer spirit!



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to the 2018 reunion classes for their generous gifts to Salpointe! The reunion classes of 1958, 1963, 1968, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1998 and 2008 have given over $33,080 during the 2018-2019 fiscal year in support of a variety of school needs including the Lancer Annual Fund, financial aid endowment and pledge payments to the Aspire campaign. The generosity of our alumni ensures that our Lancers receive the lifelong gift of a holistic Salpointe education. Thank you for your loyalty and continued generosity to the Lancers!

Save the Date! JOIN THE ALUMNI COUNCIL! Attend any of our upcoming 2019-2020 meetings and learn more. Each meeting will provide you with the opportunity to meet fellow alumni and gain inside knowledge into Salpointe so you can go out into the community as an Alumni Ambassador! Meetings are at 5:30 p.m. in Salpointe’s Carmelite Conference Room. New members always welcome - we’d love to see you there! TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2019 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2019 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2019


For more information, contact Kasey Barghout ’11, Manager of Alumni & Parent Relations, Special Events, at 520-547-9365 or kbarghout@salpointe.org.

Homecoming Weekend October 18-20, 2019 Veteran’s Day Mass November 8, 2019

Lancer Legacy Breakfast May 1, 2020 Alumni Theatre Night TBD For a complete list of upcoming Salpointe events and details, visit www.Salpointe.org/events.


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33rd Annual Lancer Legacy Breakfast Each year, Salpointe honors our Lancer legacies, members of the graduating class who are children and/or grandchildren of alumni. During the 33rd Annual Lancer Legacy Breakfast on May 3, 55 Lancer Legacy families with graduates from the Class of 2019 received legacy pins to be worn proudly at graduation and beyond! It was a beautiful celebration of Salpointe’s multi-generational history. Joshua Anzalone ’19, Paul Anzalone ’86 Eddie Bardach ’19, Joan Bardach ’63 Cooper Bedwell ’19, Karise Allen ’87

Alyssa Hartman ’19, JoAnn Kalil Hartman ’78, Frank Kalil ’54

Elizabeth McGibbon ’19, Micaela McGibbon ’93, John King ’58

Dylan Hood ’19, Joseph Ryan ’71

Theresa Medina ’19, Lorna Bianco ’94, Jeremy Medina ’96

Sean Huch ’19, Richard Huch ’87

Anthony Bianchi ’19, Vincent Bianchi ’87

Michael Irish ’19, the late Joseph Hyman ’53

Grace Bonser ’19, Amy Mitchell Bonser ’84

Alexis Irwin ’19, Jennifer Parker Irwin ’90

Kayleigh Campillo ’19, Barnabe Campillo ’98

Jenna Johnson 19, Paul Johnson ’64

Adriana Carranza ’19, Gaston Carranza ’92

Aidan Keith ’19, Stepheny Keith ’85

Kate Connelly ’19, Brian Connelly ’85

Ciera Kelly ’19, Andrew Kelly ’80

Kelly Davis ’19, Tara Davis ’88

Anne Kosinski ’19, Eunice Kosinski ’58

Colin Dreis ’19, Danalda Bean Dreis ’90

Adam Kosinski ’19, Eunice Kosinski ’58

Maximo Esquivel ’19, Anna Esquivel ’84

Soren Krikawa ’19, John Krikawa ’83

Curtis Franks ’19, Mary Patricia Vosberg ’64, Christine Tramp ’84

Carmela Lazo ’19, Sonya Cruz Lazo ’84, Barbara Gaona Cruz ’62

Malaealani Fraser ’19, Amy Rocha ’96

Carlos Leon ’19, Alvaro Leon ’87

Eric Garigan ’19, Eric Garigan Sr. ’91, Michael Garigan ’69, Marie Wolken Garigan ’69

Katherine Longenecker ’19, Elizabeth Longenecker ’87

Joseph Grohall ’19, Michael Grohall ’76

Nathan Lundin ’19, Felipe Lundin ’91

Benjamin Hall ’19, Juliana Wilson Hall ’90 Taylor Hall ’19, Emily Hall ’95

Chloe Maki ’19, Leslie Maki ’87

Ashley Harris ’19, Christopher Harris ’84, the late Mike Harris ’56

Madison Manley ’19, Jim Carter ’60, Terry Carter ’60

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Nicholas Montano ’19, Edward Montano ’81, the late Gilbert Montano ’54 Sean Murphy ’19, Joseph Murphy ’88 Nicolas Nieves-Quiroz ’19, Michael Marum ’72 Alexandra Perisin ’19, Stephanie Jeffers ’93 Miranda Quiroz ’19, Robert Quiroz ’88 Eddie Ramirez ’19, Alexandra Errico ’00 Audrey Ramos ’19, Mary Wood ’94 Celeste Robles ’19, Rey Robles ’87 Ricardo Rosenblatt ’19, Suzette Rosenblatt ’89 Matthew Soehl ’19, Lori Soehl ’81 Morgan Staten ’19, Christine Blicharz Staten ’88, Neil Staten ’88 Joseph Steimer ’19, Kim Peace-Tuskey ’84, Shirley Gordon ’63 Madison Sundholm ’19, Tim Lewis ’00 Corey Teixeira ’19, Gina Gomez Teixeira ’88 Ashley Vasquez ’19, Albert Soto ’85 Camden Walsh ’19, Roger Walsh ’82

Farewell to Longtime Salpointe Employees Michaele Chapman Michaele spent the last 28 years working at Salpointe primarily as an English teacher as well as a new teacher mentor and student teacher supervisor. Michaele says she will deeply miss seeing her colleagues every day. She intends to continue working as a real estate broker and substitute teacher in her free time. “And I have a new grandchild to spoil,” she says with a big smile.

Terry Hubbard Terry started at Salpointe in 2006 as a substitute teacher and has done a little bit of everything over the years, working in our Computer Lab, helping with school lunches and spending the last two years in the Spirit Store. She says she will miss the infectious energy of the students and being within the Salpointe community every day. Terry is hoping to do some traveling, visit family and friends, as well as take some art classes and figure out what’s next on her journey.

Jane Klein-Schiller Jane was hired in August 1991 as a French teacher. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Language, Reading, and Culture, she created the Learning Lab and has been the Learning Lab Coordinator ever since. When asked what she will miss most, Jane says, “At graduation, I see so many of the students that I have worked with since they were freshmen. It’s a wonderful experience for me to watch as each one of them walks across the stage at graduation with that feeling of accomplishment and excitement for their future.” As she retires, Jane is looking forward to traveling to their second home on the coast of Oregon and visiting her daughter, playing piano, doing yoga and riding her bike. She hopes to do some volunteer work in the field of adult literacy as well.

Joan Koziol Joan began working at Salpointe in February 2002. She says she will miss seeing the students and faculty every day. Of all her many fond memories at Salpointe, one of them immediately comes to mind. Fr. John Malley would come into the office when she was working as an administrative assistant and would always have kind words to say as he dug through her candy jar to get a couple pieces of orange jelly candies. He would refer to them as “his dessert.” Joan is looking forward to spending more time with her husband and enjoying her many hobbies.

Paula Schoenbrod Paula started in 2006 as the School Nurse and performed a wide range of duties, including immunizations, hearing screenings and drug testing. She says she will miss seeing the maturation of the students from the time they begin as freshmen and leave as seniors. Paula is looking forward to spending more time with her family and traveling as she begins retirement.

Additional Farewells

We would also like to wish the best of luck to departing faculty and staff members Zach Davidson (Social Studies), TJ Gomez (Theology), Jason Hastings (STEM), Ross Helland (Band), Br. Mike Joyce (Theology), Br. Kevin Keller (Theology), Carissa Lee (Dance), Diego Lopez (Theology), Shannon Seidl (Science), Trish Stanley (Nurse), Roger Werbylo (Math) and Liz Werner (Science).

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Salpointe Inducts Prestigious Group of Lancers to the

Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Salpointe is pleased to honor the eleven 2018 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame inductees who officially joined an elite group within our Lancer community in September 2018. During their time back on campus, many of these inductees visited with current students, faculty and staff to share the wealth of their expertise, perspective and experience in their respective fields. Salpointe’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame was founded in 2003 with the purpose of honoring outstanding alumni, faculty and staff who have brought honor to the community through their contributions to the arts, business, education, government, humanities, science or philanthropy. SR. JEANNE BARTHOLOMEAUX, S.C. ’64 Sr. Jeanne Bartholomeaux worked at Salpointe for a total of twenty years, teaching art and theology and serving as the art director for the Poor Man’s Theater. Sr. Jeanne was part of the team that brought the Kairos retreat to Salpointe. It’s also in part thanks to Sr. Jeanne that the Humanities Program was launched at Salpointe. Sr. Jeanne currently serves as the Vicar of Vowed Religious for the Diocese of Tucson. She is the bishop’s delegate when needed and represents vowed religious of the diocese at national gatherings. Sr. Jeanne visited Salpointe’s theology classes to discuss vocations and God’s call in our lives. LIEUTENANT COLONEL BRETT CASSIDY ’00 Rising through the Air Force ranks, Lieutenant Colonel Brett Cassidy has served on operations all over the world. Brett is rated a senior pilot, seeing over 200 hours of combat, and has been presented with several prestigious awards. While attempting to evacuate American citizens during a civil war in Africa, Brett’s aircraft suffered considerable damage and many were gravely injured. Brett collected crucial information about the injured that enabled ground support to prepare a mobile blood bank at their destination. Brett earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic achievements. While on campus, Brett visited government classes to share perspective from the Air Force. DR. ANNE DE LUCA ’88 Anne De Luca was the first person in her family to attend college. She went on to earn her Ph.D., researching the retention of underrepresented students at the top schools in the country. Anne had a 10-year career at the University of California Berkeley where she oversaw undergraduate admissions, financial aid, the Registrar’s Office and the Student Success Center. Currently at Harvard University, Anne is the Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid. She encourages any first-generation students like herself to attend college. Anne met with Salpointe students and counselors to provide inside perspective on college admissions while she was back on campus.


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RICHARD DE SCHUTTER ’58 Dick De Schutter earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona and completed the Executive Management Program at Columbia Business School. He joined Monsanto Company where he served as a Director, Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer for 35 years. He was later the CEO and Chairman of pharmaceutical companies including Searle and DuPont. Dick’s extensive experience with operational and financial advising has provided countless companies with strategic insight and direction for growth. Dick was the 1989 recipient of Salpointe’s Alumni Service Award, which is given to an alum for being an outstanding humanitarian. DR. JOSÉ GARCIA ’66 Dr. José Garcia worked at Salpointe for three years as a Dean of Men, Spanish teacher and basketball coach. He founded the “Beat the Odds” program in California, raising scholarship money for Hispanic students. José earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology and is now a mental health practitioner in Pinetop, AZ, treating patients suffering from a variety of mental and behavioral issues. José has also consulted for companies to help improve their work environments for employees. José visited Salpointe’s theology classes to share his story and strategies for mental health. LUISA GREENFIELD ’88 Luisa Greenfield is an artist who creates visual essays that analyze the function of the filmic phenomenon and the moving image. She has taught visual art, film and writing courses at universities across the U.S. and Europe. Luisa has received many competitive grants and has participated in artist residencies in Canada and Sweden. Her artwork and essays are presented and shown internationally. She is a Ph.D. candidate, currently living in Germany. In her acceptance speech, Luisa said, “Art allows us to be most deeply integrated with the world. How bland life would be without art!”

HUGH GRINNELL ’57 Hugh Grinnell had a 25-year career in the aerospace industry, followed by 20 years as a financial advisor. While succeeding in those careers, Hugh also found time for his lifelong love for music. In addition, Hugh is a public speaker, sharing the story of his distant cousin George Bird Grinnell, who was a major influence in saving the great American West and establishing the National Park System. Hugh carries on the passion and purpose of his cousin, ensuring that our natural wonders are not lost. Hugh visited STEM and environmental science classes to share his wealth of experience.

M. RENÉ ISLAS ’96 René Islas has over a decade of experience leading education reform through practical programs and political policies. René served as the Senior Vice President of the Learning Forward Center for Results, to support education leaders in developing systems to improve teacher effectiveness. René is currently the Executive Director of the National Association for Gifted Children, to help gifted and talented children as they strive to achieve their personal best and contribute to their communities. “At Salpointe, I learned how to study,” René said at the ceremony. “The Carmelites emphasized the importance of being, accompanying, listening and sharing. Salpointe did all of that for me.”

MAGGIE JARRY ’88 Maggie Jarry is a national leader in developing disaster response and recovery systems. Maggie has also researched the role of faith communities in disaster response. With a passion rooted in her own past, Maggie also raises awareness about the experiences of children who have a parent with a mental illness, focusing on breaking stigma against those parents. Her work encourages nationwide conversation regarding mental health. Looking back on high school, Maggie reflects, “My greatest accomplishments are my relationships. You cannot replace the beauty of knowing someone from the early years of your life. Cultivate your friendships and take time for the people in your life.”

FRANK REILLY After a 25-year career in the Army, Frank Reilly came to work at Salpointe. He was the Dean of Men, and later a counselor and psychology teacher. He coached cross country, track and football. Frank was very involved with the Kairos retreat program and theater productions. Frank’s happiest moments at Salpointe were attending daily Mass in the Chapel with his five children, who are all Lancers. Frank also has a love for writing short stories that take place in the late 1800s, telling tales of the buffalo soldiers and Native American tribes.

TONY TORRES ’92 Tony Torres grew up playing soccer, was a soccer star at Salpointe, and has been playing ever since. He is a coach for Cienega High School and the FC Tucson Youth Soccer Club. Tony currently works at Cienega as a Transition Specialist, helping students with disabilities explore careers, prepare for college or find employment after high school. Tony was also named the “Assistant Principal of the Year for Arizona” by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Tony said, “At Salpointe, I found the power of others who took the time to believe in me and to inspire me. Believe in others and inspire them through encouragement.”

2019 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Announced Salpointe’s Sports Hall of Fame honors exceptional student athletes and champions individuals who have motivated others to set lofty goals, foster pride, preserve sportsmanship and encourage scholarship and good citizenship. Salpointe is pleased to announce the 2019 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees: John Ash ’96 (basketball) Kevin Concannon ’00 (wrestling, football) Sybil Dosty ’04 (basketball) Whitney Dosty ’06 (volleyball) Jose Figueroa ’99 (wrestling, football) Jon Fishman ’61 (track, football) Jonathan Khan ’07 (golf) George Lord ’61 (basketball) Coach Ed Lucz (football, track, wrestling) Adam McCollum ’92 (football) Kristofer O’Dowd ’07 (football) Gary Wilhelmy ’63 (track, football) State Championship Teams 2006 Cheer 2012-2013 Women’s Track and Field 2011-2012 Women’s Track and Field 2011-2012 Men’s Track and Field The induction ceremony and reception will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019. For additional information about the ceremony or to submit a nomination for future consideration, please contact Carissa Krautscheid at ckrautscheid@salpointe.org or 520-547-5900.

Nominate an Exceptional Lancer for the

Salpointe Catholic Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame! Salpointe’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame was founded in 2003 with the purpose of honoring outstanding alumni, faculty and staff who have brought honor to the community through their contributions to the arts, business, education, government, humanities, science or philanthropy. To submit a nomination, visit www.salpointe.org/distinguished or contact Carissa Krautscheid at ckrautscheid@salpointe.org or 520-547-5900.



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Lancer Pride Around the World Salpointe celebrated its second “Lancer Pride Day” on November 30, 2018. Check out some of the exciting photos we received! Want to share your Lancer pride from around the world? Send us your photo at myschs@salpointe.org.

Kelly Roach Wright ’91 in Thailand

Michael Descisciolo ’09, Max Fritz ’07, Matt Ransom ’07 in China

Class of 1986: Meg Dugan ’86, Alison Hamlet Dalrymple ’86, Annette Paul Brion ’86, Theresa Mansour Marquart ’86, Michele Fimbres McCabe ’86, Carolyn Farley Svorinic ’86, Annamaria Halka Burke ’86 and Liz Kurtin Sheehan ’86 in Cannon Beach, Oregon

Sean Huch ’19 in Jordan

Danika Mellenberndt Berry ’11 at Lake Como, Italy

Kit Murray Johndrow ’54 in Ireland


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Kendra Mellenberndt Keith ’08 in Ottawa, Canada

Virginia Kress ’08 in Antarctica

Katrina Dominguez ’88 at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico

Vince McKenzie ’75, John McKenzie ’78, Anne McKenzie ’78 and Jeannie McKenzie ’81 in Florence, Italy

Roman D. Cota ’71 in Australia

Kelli Ford ’11 in South Africa

Brent Rempe ’99 in Kenya

Ash ’20, Jen (Director of Advancement at Salpointe), Emma ’18 and Tim Harris ’87 in Ireland

Emily Guth ’01 in Paris, France

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John Salpointe’s Journal

The News and Notes of Lancer Alumni

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J. Elaine Hall ’59, known at Salpointe as Joyce Sieh, was inducted into the Sahuarita Unified School District Hall of Fame for her decades of dedication to promoting quality education throughout Arizona. “I give great credit to Salpointe for the lessons learned while I was a student there,” Elaine said, “not only scholastic but life lessons as well.”

The 1960s John Urban ’68 was honored by the University of Arizona this spring for his ongoing support of students in the College of Humanities. He was recognized at the Humanities Honors Luncheon with his peers and coworkers. David Hardy ’69 released his seventh book, “Dred Scott: The Inside Story,” the inside history of the 1857 Supreme Court decision that did much to make Lincoln president, available on Amazon.com. David is an attorney at David T. Hardy, PC. He is a former attorney/advisor at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington D.C. He holds a BA and JD from the University of Arizona. After working at Northbay Medical Center in California for 27 years, Mary Jo Mott Ryan ’69 retired and moved to Kentucky with her husband. She worked as an EKG monitor tech and as the Activity Director for a memory care facility. Mary Jo is looking forward to her 50th Class Reunion this fall.

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Mariachi Cobre celebrates 48 years. This Tucson treasure was born in 1971 with alumni Stephen

Theresa Papanikolas ’82 was named the new Curator of American Art at the Seattle Art Museum. She was previously the deputy director and curator of American and European art at the Honolulu Museum of Art since 2008. “I like using pictures to help tell stories,” Theresa said, “stories that can help connect older work to current concerns like the environment or identity.” John Saintignon ’83 recently authored a book on basketball, overcoming the obstacles life throws your way and much more. Take Your Shot, Make Your Play! is for students, athletes, coaches, entrepreneurs, salespeople, businesspeople and anyone looking for an edge to achieve their goals. John, one of the NCAA’s most accomplished basketball players, shares how pursuing his passion has led him to success. Dr. Laura Scaramella ’84 was named the Director of UA’s Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences. “Laura comes to the UA with a wealth of experience in adaptive leadership in some of the most challenging academic circumstances imaginable. She understands extremely well the Norton School’s heritage, and she is motivated to continue research in Family Studies and Human Development and develop an internationally recognized research program in Consumer Sciences areas of the future. Laura is highly motivated to ensure more students benefit from the Norton School’s valuable degrees that have high employability,” said a UA press release. Robert ’Mac’ Matz ’86 is touring the country as a successful comedian, playing recent shows in Tucson, Denver and Maryland. As he explains his style, “I’m an award-winning comedian (Comedy Central’s national stand-up competition), a non-award-winning Master of Ceremonies and a fake motivational speaker, among other things. My act is clever, clean and ideal for audiences wanting something a little more cerebral. It’s brainy and deadpan instead of brain-dead and pandering.”

Carrillo ’76, Ruben Moreno ’73 and Gilbert Velez ’67.


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Denise Donohoe Baxter ’87 designed and painted a mural in Mexico, highlighting the connection and generosity between the sister cities of Ashland, Oregon and Guanajuato, Mexico. For almost 50 years, these sister cities have fostered a small global community between countries. Denise developed a 75-foot mural that depicts Ashland’s iconic features and culture. This painting complements the mural of Guanajuato that can be found in Ashland, connecting the two cities across the continent.

The 1990s Anna McCallister Nichols ’97 was recognized as a Tu Nidito Remarkable Mom at their Gala. Here she is with her sister, Amanda McCallister Tronsdal, class of ’94. Kate Vesely Lawson ’98 was recognized in the Arizona Daily Star’s ‘40 under 40’ list. Kate specializes in the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice system reform and is director for the Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison (DTAP) program, with the Pima County Attorney’s Office. Since 2008, Kate has been a co-facilitator for the award-winning Southern Arizona Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), which provides law enforcement and other first responders with tools and techniques on interacting with individuals in crisis and/or with a behavioral health concern. She sits on the MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge, Pay-for-Success, and Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaboration (BHTCC) coalitions.

The 2000s Briana Felix ’00 was profiled by the Arizona Daily Star and is working as the Assistant Director of Operations for Arizona’s women’s basketball team. Candice Murray Alvarez ’01 was named the 2019 School Counselor of the Year for the state of Arizona! She received the award at the Arizona School Counselor Association Conference this past February.

Katie Sullivan ’01 is a newly elected member of the Montana Legislature, having won a hardfought Democratic primary and the subsequent general election in November to Missoula’s House District 89. Matt Martin ’02 won the Runoff Election for 47th Ward in Chicago. Martin is a civil rights lawyer at the Illinois attorney general’s office and serves on a local school council in the area. He also co-founded the Heart of Lincoln Square Neighbors Association and served on Pawar’s zoning advisory council. Robert ’Gabe’ Grateron ’02 is a co-owner of The Underestimated City, a clothing brand with a brick-and-mortar store on 4th Avenue in Tucson. He has expanded the store’s presence through social media, Tucson Meet Yourself and the 4th Avenue Street Fair, and now Grateron is returning to his roots at Salpointe. The Underestimated City has designed shirts for Salpointe students and alumni, including this year’s football shirt. The newest endeavor is to help grow Lancer Legion, Salpointe’s new spirit club. Kiley Reid ’05 had the rights to her debut novel, Such A Fun Age, purchased by a film company. Kiley is currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was awarded the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her short stories have been featured and are forthcoming in literary journals such as Ploughshares, December, New South, Lumina and others. Marina Ortiz ’06 graduated from the University of Hawai’i on May 12, 2018, with a Bachelor of Arts in Pharmacy Studies. She is a candidate for a Doctor of Pharmacy. Jessica Luebbering ’08 graduated from Marquette University with a Master of Arts in Public Service, with a focus in Nonprofit Administration in May 2019. At Marquette, Jessica was a member of the selective Trinity Fellows program, which focuses on urban development and social justice. She accepted a position as the first Executive Director of Fr. Gene’s Help Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jessica is excited for this opportunity for personal and professional growth, and to continue exploring the Midwest.

Kendra Keith ’08 was nominated as one of Tucson’s Fabulous Fifty Nurses. Kendra graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Family Studies and Human Development and then graduated from Grand Canyon University with a B.S. in Nursing, magna cum laude. In addition to being a home health nurse, she is the Treasurer for the Tucson Affiliate of the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, who meet monthly to learn about new products, host a wound conference and give back to the Southern Arizona community.

Merideth Byl ’12 graduated from Gardner-Webb University in 2016 with a B.S. in Biology and continued her track career for a fifth year while obtaining her MBA in healthcare management. She is now in her second year of medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Auburn, AL. Amanda Bohnert ’13 is pursuing a fully funded Ph.D. degree in the Department of Linguistics at Indiana University. Melissa Bohnert ’14 is pursuing a fully funded Ph.D. degree in Sociology at Trinity College in Dublin.

Kara Luebbering ’09 joined United Way of Tucson as the Director of Leadership Giving. Prior to joining United Way, Kara worked as the Director of Strategy and Programs at St. Joseph Catholic School after returning to Tucson from three years of international development work in Nicaragua where she served as the Director of Programs and Operations. Kevin Durazo ’09 is working as Director of Campus Ministry at Catholic Memorial School in Boston. He arrived in 2015 as the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry and broadened service requirements to freshman, sophomores and juniors, redesigned the overnight freshman orientation program and built a freshman retreat that focuses on healthy masculinity and spirituality. He also laid the groundwork for the school’s first Hungerfest and Kairos retreat.

The 2010s Allison Brice ’10 is working in Washington, D.C., as a Senior Tour Guide at Visitor Services inside the U.S. Capitol Building. Dan Slania ’10 graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in Business Administration with Management Information Specialty. Stasha Thomas ’12 accepted a position with PGAV Architects in Kansas City. “I’m elated to be part of a team where I can aid in design for education, libraries, science and technology, and cultural spaces.”

Barrett Falbaum ’14 is working as a rocket engineer after graduating from the University of Utah. He is currently employed by Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS), where they build all types of rockets, including the D5 missile which carries nuclear warheads, and the NASA Space Launch System (SLS) that will be the re-introduction to the moon. Isabel Gossler ’14 was accepted to the University of Arizona Medical School. Gabbie Ramirez ’15 graduated from Regis University with high honors and was given the Alpha Sigma Nu Award. Gabbie was awarded a scholarship to attend graduate school at Regis where she will study business and marketing. Hailey Swanson ’16 was honored in the Arizona Daily Star’s ‘40 under 40’ list. Hailey graduated from the University of Arizona Honors College in the Physiology Department. She is working toward being a pediatrician and has spent countless hours working with youth in need, in conjunction with the Assistance League of Tucson.

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Anyssa Soto ’11 and Marc Anthony - March 17, 2018

Cecilia Aguirre Harrold ’57 - June 1, 2018

Kelly Comstock ’07 and Tyson Giles - March 30, 2018

Wilma “Nikki” A. Fuller Marshall ’53 - June 3, 2018

Christy and Kevin Durazo ’09 - July 14, 2018

Martin Kneuer ’74 - June 11, 2018

Erin Castaneda ’10 and Nicholas Schlotterer - September 29, 2018

John Hunnicutt ’63 - June 14, 2018

Nick Sacco ’12 and Ralston Tucker - October 13th, 2018

Peter Erickson ’70 - July 2018

Nick Bowman ’13 and Elizabeth Baker - December 29, 2018

James Davitch ’64 - July 23, 201

Morgan and Nick Colonna ’04 - March 31, 2019

E. Fernando Leon ’57 - August 5, 2018

Amanda Pankoke ’09 and Benjamin Johnson - January 26, 2019

Maureen F. Brady ’74 - August 6, 2018 Constance McLay Jacoby ’59 - August 9, 2018

FUTURE LANCERS Doug and Layne Carey Witmer ’98 Kathryn Tate Witmer born June 4, 2018

George Kimble ’62 - December 20, 2018

Ronald J. Kunzler ’56 - December 13, 2018 Sue Ann Hurd ’67 - January 4, 2019

Patrick Concannon ’07 and Erin Concannon Tessa Claire Concannon born July 16, 2018

Mary Ann Boehm ’66 - January 11, 2019

Brett Cassidy ’00 and Caroline Cassidy Piper Anne Cassidy born July 23, 2018

Debra A. Castalan ’71 - February 4, 2019

Michael Winn ’65 - January 17, 2019

Amy Adamcin Petkanas ’05 Ella Dawn Petkanas born October 31, 2018

Kathy “Cuffy” Louise Combs ’69 - February 11, 2019

Alison Woods Holstrom ’03 and Brian Holstrom Walker Woods Holstrom born September 25, 2018

Verne Fendo Monaco ’56 - March 2, 2019

Tiffany Smith Gray ’98 and Andrew Gray Austin Smith Gray born November 22, 2018

Kathleen Marie McCarthy deVos ’58 - March 17, 2019

Wayne Shockey and Maura K. Concannon ’03 Isla Quinn Shockey born January 2, 2019

Craig Molloy ’80 - March 27, 2019

Kate Wilson Heckele and Mark W. Heckele ’98 Kora Pearl Heckele born January 11, 2019

Richard C. Ziehler ’54 - April 16, 2019

Zach Barghout ’08 and Ashley Barghout Ava Elizabeth Barghout born January 12, 2019 Dan ’04 and Staci Miller Landon Lewis Miller born on February 16, 2019 Christy ’09 and Bryce Rodriguez ’09 Gracelyn Monroe born on March 9, 2019 Miguel Teyechea ’07 and Kathryn Malisewski Teyechea ’08 Kayden Reed Teyechea born March 9, 2019 Maureen Paige ’98 and Reinard Dolleschel Alwin Reinard Dolleschel born on March 15, 2019 Jessica Miller ’09 and Peter McNair Finley Nash McNair and Declan Bennett McNair born on March 25, 2019


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Helen A. O’Sullivan ’60 - November 24, 2018 Carol Ann Choate Couch ’54 - December 12, 2018

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Dr. Shirley W. Chiever ’54 - February 28, 2019 Gary Hensen ’72 - March 11, 2019 Fr. Vernon Malley, O.Carm - March 26, 2019 Peter Wurzel ’78 - April 2019 Kathleen Johnson Jorgensen ’60 - April 25, 2019 Barbara Ann Popson ’57 - April 28, 2019 Michael Anthony Torres ’95 - May 3, 2019 Peter W. Marentette ’59 - May 11, 2019 Patricia Gartland Hubbard ’66 - May 19, 2019 Mary Lou Boulay Braun ’61 - June 5, 2019 Fabian Gomez ’62 - June 7, 2019 Lorilee Brown Wendt ’60

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Carissa Luebbering ’11 married Mark Krautscheid on June 16, 2018. They were surrounded by family and friends, many of whom were Lancers! Carissa has enjoyed her two years working at Salpointe in the Advancement Department as the Advancement and Communications Coordinator. Pete Adamcin ’59 with daughter Amy Adamcin Petkanas ’05 and newborn granddaughter Ella Dawn Petkanas. Rachel Bowman ’15 graduated from the University of Arizona this year, majoring in elementary education. Rachel is a third generation UA College of Education graduate; pictured with her mom, Salpointe alumna Kathleen Harris Bowman ’85 and grandmother Charlotte Harris, former Advancement Director at Salpointe. Rachel has been the head coach for the women’s lacrosse team at Salpointe since it was formed in 2017 and will be teaching kindergarten at Manzanita Elementary School this fall.

Melissa Vito ’69 retired from the University of Arizona with a four-decade legacy of service as a Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives and Student Success. She was responsible for envisioning and executing large projects on campus that ultimately reshaped the student experience. Alexandra Brittenham ’14 (second from the right) was recently hired by National Geographic as a Digital Media Manager. Jessica Miller ’09 and Peter McNair welcomed twin boys Finley Nash McNair and Declan Bennett McNair into their family in March. Zach Barghout ’08 and Ashley Barghout welcomed daughter Ava Elizabeth to their family in January.

Jessica Taylor ’09 has two sons, ages 4 and 6. She will be graduating from Pima Medical Institute this year.



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