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2015 ANNUAL REPORT | 2015 Annual Report


Contents 2 Message from Principal Stephanie Nitchals 3 Teachers and Staff 4 Academics 8 Activities 10 Antonio and Juliet Campos International Academy 11 Development 16 Facilities 18 Faith 20 Finance 22 Marketing and Admissions 24 Service


This is Memorial Vision Statement

San Joaquin Memorial High School is the school of choice for students and families seeking a rigorous college preparatory education within a Catholic, culturally diverse and enriching environment. Hallmarks of a San Joaquin Memorial High School education include the integration of state-of-the-art technology within the teaching/learning process, comprehensive community service learning programs, and a wide array of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities designed to ensure that the gifts and talents of each student are recognized and maximized.

Mission Statement

San Joaquin Memorial is a Catholic, college preparatory high school dedicated to developing future citizens and leaders in Christ’s mission. We maintain a safe, nurturing environment that honors the dignity and fosters the potential of students from diverse backgrounds.  In collaboration with parents, we promote a standard of excellence through academic and faith- based programs designed to meet the needs of all students and provide extra-curricular opportunities that enrich the learning experience.  Our mission calls us to inspire students to be conscientious and compassionate leaders.  We seek to graduate accomplished young men and women dedicated and equipped to serve humanity through a variety of professions.


Philosophy of Education

We believe in inspiring each student to adopt a personal faith journey by offering opportunities for worship, reflection and prayer. We provide an atmosphere that calls each person to find God in all things.  Participation in Memorial’s retreat program, religious studies curriculum and Campus Ministry activities provide a deeper awareness of God in students’ daily lives.  

We believe San Joaquin Memorial High School is a ministry of the Catholic Church administered by the Diocese of Fresno. Our foundation is the Gospel message that inspires worship, promotes service and builds community.  In partnership with parents, who are the primary We educators, our faculty and staff serve as teachers and mentors in a student-centered environment.  We are an inclusive community that challenges students to embrace diversity while recognizing the dignity of each individual.  Our goal is to graduate exemplary citizens who will influence society through their faith, learning, service and leadership.  


We believe Memorial’s rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum develops the students’ academic and creative strengths. We believe in developing 21st century skills, promoting intellectual curiosity, encouraging critical thinking and instilling a love for learning.


We believe in inspiring students to follow the model of Jesus Christ and answer the call to serve the school and the greater community. We believe that each student will achieve a greater awareness and understanding of the “least of these” by becoming involved with those in need. | 2015 Annual Report




A message from the Principal It is a great time to be a Panther! So many things have been accomplished in the last 5 years. We have a new international boarding program, a new media center, new locker rooms and a new 1 to 1 iPad program, just to name a few. We have also made many changes to curriculum in that time, from adding more AP classes to a robotics team. There is so much happening at Memorial! Just because so much has happened in the last five years doesn’t mean that we are resting. As things get completed, new things are added to the list. We are launching a new STEAM initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Math), looking to adopt FFA (Future Farmers of America), raising funds to renovate our gym, and so many others. The Board of Directors and I have been working hard and getting feedback to update and modernize the school’s Strategic Plan. Through that hard work, a clear roadmap to the future is emerging. We want to continue to invest in all that has made Memorial what it is today, from Catholic Identity to Curriculum, but we also want to improve some of the things that still need work like our aging facilities. Many thanks to all of the great people who have contributed to the long list of improvements that have happened on our campus already and those who plan to give in the future. If you haven’t been on campus in a while, come and take a look. I think you will be very pleasantly surprised. God Bless,

Stephanie Nitchals


Principal: Stephanie Nitchals Vice Principal: Ezequiel Gutierrez Dean of Students: Joan Bouchard Athletics Director: Anthony Goston Director of Campus Ministry: Clarissa Myers

Director of Development: Steve Weakland Director of Guidance and Counseling: Lisa Cameron Director of Marketing and Admissions: Vanessa Gonzalez Director of Student Activities: Kimberly Hodges Director of Technology: Eric Mendoza

2015-16 Board of Directors Michael Der Manouel, Chair Jeffrey Peracchi ’85, Vice Chair Msgr. Rob Wenzinger, Rector Mona Faulkner, Office of Catholic Education Supertintendant. (Ex-officio) Stephanie Nitchals, Principal (Ex-officio) Neil L. Angelillo ’83 Rev. Robert Borges Susan M. (Spencer) Byers ’88 Steven Campos Dennis DuPertuis, Faculty Rep. Mike Danks-Ferguson John Harris ’84 Laura Mather Braden McKeighan ’86 Ralph Munoz ’85 Mark Peters Raquel Quinto ’92 Doug Sampson ’84 Sarah (Woodward) Schmidt ’98 Janet Wintz 2 2015 Annual Report |


Teachers & Staff San Joaquin Memorial High School is proud to have a special group of staff members who embody the mission of the school on a daily basis. Their leadership, unique skill sets and dedication to the mission of Memorial provide a wonderful and competitive learning environment.

64% of Memorial’s 45 Faculty members have earned a Master’s Degree. Several Memorial alumni have returned to campus as teachers or staff: Debbie Arceo ’77 Counseling, Kairos Retreat Co-Leader, AP Coordinator Pete Dalena ’78 Physical Education Chair, Boys P.E. Stephen Ferdinandi ’04 Algebra, AP Calculus, JV Football Head Coach Carlie Frye ’01 AP English Literature, Catholic Christianity, S Club, Writing Club Anthony Goston ’94 Athletics Director, Varsity Football Coach Ricky Kelly ’94 Transportation Andrea Linney ’01 Director of International Student Services Paula Magdaleno ’74 Chemistry, AP Biology, Co-Frosh Moderator Sheila O’Neill ’01 Math Chair, Honors Algebra, Co-Senior Moderator, Kairos Co-Director Joseph Oliveras ’07 Psychology, English, Language Arts, Robotics Ryan Padilla ’94 Security Martha Qualls ’70 Administrative Assistant to the Principal Jackie Ragsdale ’02 Science Dept. Chair, AP Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, Co-CSF Moderator Kelley Robbins ’79 Honors English, Writing Workshop, Book Club Mary E. Rodgriguez-Arceo ’08 Counseling Office Assistant

In addition, many graduates of San Joaquin Memorial High School are coaching Panther sports teams: Nick Ball ’12, Boys Basketball Robert Champagne ’00, Football Michael Chuhlantseff ’82, Football Timothy Danks-Ferguson ’10, Asst. Cross Country Danielle Goulart ’11, Cross Country William Hamilton ’03, Football Ricky Kelly ’94, Football Ryan Kutschinski ’09, Cross Country Victor Martinez ’13, Football Anthony Paul-Drew ’08, Boys Basketball Brad Roznovsky ’87, Head Boys Basketball Santino Reynolds ’07, Head Girls Basketball Tony Smith ’82, Head Boys and Girls Golf David Warmerdam ’66, Asst. Cross Country | 2015 Annual Report




Academics • Technology Memorial is committed to integrating technology into instruction and assessment with two computer labs, the state-of-the-art Mary Alice Diener Media Center and the 1-to-1 iPad program.

Modified Block Schedule Memorial’s block schedule consists of seven 85-minute classes: four classes on one day (Blue Day) and three on the next (Red Day). There is one 45-minute 7th period day each week.

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2015-16 Quick Facts

Enrollment: 590 Scope: College Preparatory High School Alumni: 11,200 Average Class Size: 24 Student to Teacher Ratio: 13:1 Advanced Placement (AP)/Honors Courses: 24 Accreditation: Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA)

Collaboration Block Red Days are scheduled with an additional block called collaboration, which allows students to seek tutoring and academic help from teachers. There are also enrichment opportunities during collaboration.

Advanced Placement

24 AP/Honors courses are offered in Art, Computer Science, English, Math, Social Sciences, Science and World Language.


Academics • 1-to-1 iPad Program Memorial’s vision statement calls to integrate state-of-the-art technology within the teaching and learning process maximizing the gifts and talents of this new generation. The 1-to-1 iPad program is integrated in curriculum and instruction providing an organized note-taking platform, online research tools and access to a learning management system building on the digital literacy skills of our students. The iPad is a formidable tool in advanced learning, making the classroom experience more dynamic and engaging. The faculty and staff at Memorial have received thorough training from Apple Distinguished Educators. Teachers also continue to work in professional learning communities in their subject area to find the best applications to integrate in the classroom. | 2015 Annual Report




Academics • Arts & Music

Memorial students are active in a variety of educational programs that stimulate the mind and senses. Here’s an example of some of the programs:

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2D & 3D Art Drama Drawing Film Production Glee-Choir Jazz Band Mosaics Painting Pottery Sculpture Theatre Production


Academics • Where our students are going


of Memorial Graduates Attend College Over the last five years, Memorial graduates have been accepted to the nation’s top public and private universities and colleges including, but not limited to:

Air Force Academy Amherst Brown Cal Cal Poly Columbia Cornell Dartmouth Duke Fordham Fresno State Smittcamp Honors College Georgetown Middlebury Northwestern Notre Dame

Penn SMU Stanford Texas Texas Christian UCLA UC San Diego USC United States Military Academy (West Point) Vanderbilt Virginia William & Mary Yale

In addition, recent Memorial graduates have been accepted at all Pac 12 Conference schools.

Enrollment Trending Upward For the first time in a decade, the enrollment at Memorial surpassed 600 students. Here’s a look at the enrollment numbers for the last five years.

2011-12 544 2012-13 562 2013-14 566 2014-15 601 2015-16 590 | 2015 Annual Report




Activities • student involvement

These include:

Memorial encourages students to exercise their unique and creative talents through a variety if campus clubs, organizations and sports teams.

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Academic and Motivational Assemblies Casual and Formal Dances Drama Productions Freshmen Welcome Week Student Government School Spirit Rallies Student Orientation Lunchtime Activities Homecoming Journalism Pep & Cheer


Activities • student involvement Athletics Nearly 70 percent of Memorial students participate in at least one sport. Many students compete in several sports. Memorial has a proud tradition for athletics excellence, winning multiple Conference and Valley championships win in many boys and girls sports. San Joaquin Memorial High School is a member of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and competes in the prestigious County/Metro Athletic Conference (CMAC), a combination of Division I and Division II schools. Numerous Memorial students have gone on to play sports at the highest levels of college and professional competition. Three Memorial alumni are currently playing in the NBA (Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez and Quincy Pondexter).

Boys Sports Girls Sports Baseball Basketball Basketball Cross Country Cross Country Golf Football Pep & Cheer Golf Soccer Soccer Softball Swimming Swimming Tennis Tennis Track & Field Track & Field Volleyball Volleyball Water Polo Water Polo *For the 2015-16 year, Memorial has added boys Rugby and girls Lacrosse.

Clubs & Organizations Memorial offers a wide range of clubs and organizations to meet students interests: Academic Decathlon Ambassadors Art Club Block M Book Club California Scholarship Federation Chess Club Computer Programming Debate Team Drama Club Fellowship of Christian Athletes GEMS International Club Math Club National Honor Society Nature Club Paintball Club Ping Pong Club Photo Club Robotics “S” Club (Service Club) Writing Club | 2015 Annual Report




The Antonio & Juliet Campos International Boarding Academy The Campos International Academy provides a unique experience for all students at San Joaquin Memorial High School. Students from all over the world have an opportunity to experience a world-class education in a safe environment. The Campos Academy will challenge and cultivate personal academic growth for all students. Thanks to the generosity of the Antonio and Juliet Campos Family, this concept became a reality in the fall of 2014 when the first class of international students enrolled in the program. Willinger Hall was renovated to provide a comfortable residence facility that rivals most college campuses, providing a community feel. Each dorm room includes a bathroom, shower, large closet and work space for up to two students. Dorm life consists of access to cafeteria and dorm dining room with a private chef. Other amenities include a courtyard and common room with ping pong table, pool table, air hockey table and a 60-inch television. Memorial started a global recruiting program to market the Campos International Academy, reaching out to students and families in Mexico, Asia, Europe, Central and South America.

Memorial started a global recruiting program to market the Campos International Academy, reaching out to students and families in Mexico, Asia, Europe, Central and South America.

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Development • Faith in our future San Joaquin Memorial High School has three strategic fund raising programs, hosts a variety of events and has a supportive boosters club and parents’ guild, all of which generate necessary funds for the school. The three priority fundraising programs are: • “Faith in Our Future” Capital Campaign • Annual Panther Fund • Legacy Society

Faith in Our Future

The largest initiative is the “Faith in Our Future” campaign that has already surpassed its original goal of $3 million and is approaching a new adjusted goal of $5 million. With nearly $4 million pledged as of October 15, 2015, this is the most successful fundraising initiative in Memorial’s history. Pledges range from 3 to 5 years. Memorial has received $2.65 million of those pledges. Gifts toward the “Faith in Our Future” campaign range from $600,000 to $20. Since the beginning of the “Faith in Our Future” campaign, the endowment has grown from $2.5 million to $3.4 million and five news scholarships are available. Memorial now offers 35 scholarships. Growing the endowment will provide much needed increases in tuition assistance to allow for enrollment growth and stability. A strong endowment will also assist with faculty compensation and professional development. Having a strong hi-tech campus is critically important to educate students in today’s world. Updating the campus infrastructure was required. Older science equipment and outdated computers have been replaced with state-of-the-art technology. Continuous technology investments are necessary moving forward. Memorial began an iPad teaching program for the freshman class and that program was expanded to include all students for the fall of 2015. Thanks to a generous donation from the Frank C. Diener Family Foundation, Memorial is making upgrades in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math) programs. The gift will provide for expanded classes and labs, facility improvements and technology upgrades in honor of long-time benefactor Frank C. Diener.

Some of the major improvements as a result of the “Faith in Our Future” campaign include: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

The Antonio and Juliet Campos International Academy Media Center Renovation Willinger Hall Renovation Holy Cross Hall Restoration Campus Security/New Locks/Rekeyed All Buildings Swimming Pool Filtration, Heating and Cover Final Two Arcades Landscaped Campus Perimeter Fencing Campus Landscaping Four Bathroom Renovations Boys Locker room Girls Locker room Baseball Batting Barn Class Room Upgrades Class Room 84 Renovation New Safety Showers/Eye Wash Stations in Science Building Campus Signage Holy Cross Courtyard

TECHNOLOGY • New Campus Electronic Security System • Campus-wide WiFi • 1:1 iPad Program • New Computers In Media Center • HD TV/HD Projector in Center • A New Computer Lab • Swimming Timing System • Football Scoreboard • Robotics Kits • 3D Printer ENDOWMENT • Increased endowment by $1,000,000 • Six New Scholarships • Over $600,000 in financial aid was awarded to students/ families for the 2014-15 school year OTHERS • $20,000 for Music Program | 2015 Annual Report




Development • 2014-15 Faith in our future Donors Natalie ’86 Angelillo, SwopBoard Inc. Neil ’83 and Marianne (Cameron) ’85 Angelillo Michael and Kimberly Ball Venry and Anna Batti Peter Baylor Carlotta Bedrosian James and Julie Beecher, Beecher/Ryan Harvesting, LLC Hillary (Peracchi) ’89 and Eric Bell, National Brokers Network Janet Belli, Golden Bear Farms, LLC Brian and Cheri Bertelsen Father Robert Borges Louis Brosi, C-III Construction, Inc. Michael ’48 Caglia Richard ’60 and Lucille (Mandella) ’60 Caglia, Electric Motor Shop, Inc. Sally ’65 Caglia, Electric Motor Shop, Inc. Janet (DeMera) ’56 and Mark Cameron Antonio and Juliet Campos, Antonio Campos Farms, Inc. Fermin and Leann Campos, Fermin Campos Farms, Inc. William and Teresa Carr Theresa (Wathen) ’48 and Joseph Castanos Honora Chapman and Bill Skuban Dorothy (Lima) ’83 and Phillip Christensen, Agriglobe, Inc. W. Troy and Gina Collins, Integrated Prescription Management Michael and Joan Conway, Ashwood Development Company Frank and Nikki Cornell, Construction Developers, Inc. Brian ’88 and Lisa Dalena, Dalena Farms Martha (Danks) ’73 and Michael Danks-Ferguson Rodney ’57 and Marcella De Luca Matthew ’78 and Michael ’81 DeFendis, Defendis Brothers, LLC Matthew ’78 and Michael ’81 DeFendis, DiBuduo & DeFendis Howard ’51 and Dottie DeMera, DeMera DeMera Cameron Richard ’86 and Elizabeth (Ostdiek) ’86 DeMera, Richard S. DeMera, MD Inc. Michael and Melissa Der Manouel Lewis and Johanna DiCecco Ed ’64 and Carol (Merk) ’64 Diener Mary (Frye) ’78 and Michael Draper Frank C. Diener Foundation Rodney and Linda Evangelho, Evangelho Seed Co., Inc. Fred and Debbie Fagundes, Producers Livestock Marketing Association Famous Software Joelle and David Farrow Gino ’72 and Sheila Favagrossa, Favagrossa Farms Friends of Don Felser A. Thomas ’81 and Karen Ferdinandi John ’82 and Christine Ferdinandi Marlita (Semper) ’55 Ferriea Michael ’87 and Kristen Fitzgerald Dennis ’72 and Marlene (Makley) ’72 Frye John ’70 and Catherine Frye John ’58 and Linda Gallagher Martin and Joann Garcia, Martin C. Garcia Accountancy Corp. Nigel and Jeannine Grech Bucky and Margi Harris Family Foundation Inc. John ’84 and William ’74 Harris, Nissan Of Clovis John ’78 and Janet Hein, Sun-Dried Marketing Co., Inc. George and Dana Holland, Holland Nut Company James and Jennifer Huelskamp, LandValue Management Frances Jones

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Mark and Julie Kalafut, Vineripe Sales LLC Harry Karle John ’86 and Tracy Kashian Randy and Carie Kazarian, Vineyard Development Bob and Teresa Keenan Rob and Natalie Kirk Dan and Jacqueline Lion Alfredo Macias and Hilda Hordyk Gary and Barbara Marsella, Gary & Barbara Marsella Family Foundation Mark and Laura Mather Paul ’78 and Kathryn McDougal, Paul McDougal Marketing The Medtronic Foundation Michael Miller, Fresno Commercial Lenders Georgia (McKeighan) ’58 and Michael Murach Patrick and Lynn Murray, Custom Ag Formulators Bruce and Lucina Myers Brad and Lisa Nilmeier Carl and Barbara Orlando Fund Steve ’87 and Leah Orlando, Sunnyland Mills Chris and Stacy Pacheco George and Barbara Pappas Donald ’62 and Judith Peracchi Jeffrey ’85 and Sandy Peracchi Mark ’97 Peracchi Henry ’95 Perea and Yahaira Garcia-Perea Mark Peters and Michele Lasgoity Lisa (Marsella) ’88 and Michael Purtell Ruth ’86 Quinto and Frank Hambalek Stephen ’87 and Laurie Renna Frank ’85 and Stacy Roque, Panoche Creek Packing Craig ’78 Saladino, Saladino Family Foundation Daniel ’78 and Terry Sampson, Sampson, Sampson and Partners, LLP William and Patricia Schiff Michael ’87 and Jennifer (Kashian) ’86 Schuh Phil ’85 and Christina Schuh, Grotech William ’58 and Ernestine (Severini) ’58 Schuh James Sherman Joey and Debra Shiba Roy and Marlena Silva, Planet Hair, Inc. Roy Skog and Lydia Canavan Andrew and Arlete Slenders, A. J. Slenders Dairy/Double “A” Dairy Ronald ’86 Smith Lisa (Sondergaard) ’87 and Brent Smittcamp, Wawona Packing Co., LLC Robert Smittcamp, Lyons-Magnus Stanley and Darlene Spano Richard ’62 and Karen Spencer, The Spencer Family Charitable Foundation Willard Sprenkle Ron and Marcia Stewart John ’85 and Kathy Supino Robert ’76 and Dena Supino Michael ’88 and Amy Thomason, M. Thomason Buchanan Crossroads, LLC Buchanan Crossroads II, LP Early California Financial Center Herndon Business Park Operations MCJ Properties, LP Wendy (Jones) ’92 and Ryan Turner Steven and Elizabeth Walker, Steve Walker Farms

Richard and Diane Watters Dave and Lillian Weiland Ken and Janet Wintz Stan and Kris Xavier, Correia-Xavier, Inc.

Class of ’64 Scholarship Endowment

Larry ’64 and Rosalie Avery Mary (Deputy) ’64 Awalt Marty (Ochinero) ’64 Bader Alan ’64 and Jo Ann (Etchegoin) ’64 Castello Patt (Hanoian) ’64 and Dick Dailey Edward ’64 and Carol (Merk) ’64 Diener, Frank C. Diener Foundation Michael ’64 and LaVon Dorval, Valley Ag Insurance Agency Judy (Wathen) ’64 and Harold Farris Michael ’64 Flynn Gregory ’64 and Georgianna Frech David ’64 and Catherine Freeto Richard ’64 and Darlene Hoffman Angela (Pantaleo) ’64 and Martin Jelacich, Jelacich Family Trust Patricia (Hudson) ’64 Johnson Harry ’64 and Janene (Carpenter) ’65 Massucco Thomas ’64 and Carolyn McGurn James ’64 and Marie Pardini, Pardini’s Inc. Mary (Beggs) ’64 Plumlee Kay Rich Patricia (Hogan) ’64 and Larry Rosander Janet (Frech) ’64 Smith Marilyn (Snead) ’64 Tinetti Gregory ’64 and Lynn Warmerdam

Class of ’65 Music Program Fund

Alexandra (Bedgood) ’65 Vance, The Alexandra M. Hieb Revocable Living Trust Harry ’65 and Cheryl Bellow Frank ’65 and Linda Bone Sally ’65 Caglia J. Michael ’65 and Mary (Rowland) ’65 Crain Maxine (Dalena) ’65 and David Elkin Darryl ’65 and Margaret Fown Walter ’65 and Catherine (Henry) ’66 Franzell Suzanne (Cribari) ’65 Guyette and Bill Citara Sandra ’65 and Frank Hall John ’65 and Paula Hollender James ’65 Kliegl Jeanette (Seebohm) ’65 and Edward Kowalczyk Pamela (Jaire) ’65 and Gilbert ’59 Louie Janene (Carpenter) ’65 and Harry ’64 Massucco Michele (Dowdall) ’65 and John Pecina Eileen (Wenig) ’65 and Robert Pendleton Michael ’65 Ransom Kathleen (Cate) ’65 and Robert Roselli Robert ’65 and Joan Schoettler Jon ’65 and Jody Semper Marc ‘65 and Adrienne Shouse Janet ’65 Tone Kerry ’65 Wingell Martin ’65 Yribarren *Memorial is grateful to many anonymous donors who support the Faith in our Future.


Development • Events Legacy Society

The Legacy Society planned giving program is the newest fundraising initiative at San Joaquin Memorial High School. This program allows people to support Memorial via wills or trusts, stocks, real estate or personal property gifts. Long-time Memorial supporter Willard Sprenkle became the inaugural member of the Legacy Society. There are many benefits and giving programs available within the Legacy Society. If you have already made a gift to support Memorial, please let us know so we can properly thank you and welcome you in to the Legacy Society.

Legacy Society Members Willard Sprenkle Phil Roman ’48 Mary Anne Harrison Wells ’52

Memorial hosts many fun events during the In 2014-15 Memorial year. Many of these Hosted: events generate • Crab Feed necessary revenue for the school • Panther Palooza while providing • Graduation/Sober Night alumni, parents and • Back to School Night school supporters • Booster’s Beach Bash an opportunity to network and • Christmas Tea celebrate all for a • Texas Hold ‘em good cause. The largest event is the annual auction, which generates nearly $200,000 annually. Donating goods and services, purchasing tickets and participating in the auction directly benefit Memorial students.


The Memorial Guild provides financial resources and service to the school including, but not limited to, annual scholarship and financial aid contributions, gifts for teachers and staff, hosting appreciation and welcome luncheons and assisting with major fundraising events. Recently the Guild donated $5,000 toward improving the school’s security system and purchased 50 new tables for the cafeteria.

St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tournament

A hard working committee of alumni and friends hosts the annual golf tournament to generate funds for a variety of campus improvement projects to benefit the Panther sports teams. Over the years, these projects have included a new football press box, all-weather track, baseball batting cages and campus beautification projects.

Booster Club

Memorial is fortunate to have an active and large Boosters organization that supports many funding needs for all 26 of its sports teams. The Boosters Club sells annual memberships for $100 each and raises additional funds through a variety of events.

Some of the Recent Improvements:

Weight Room and Training Equipment Field Maintenance Covered Batting Tunnels and Bull Pen for Baseball Softball Backstop Swimming Pool Storage Unit Upgrades Various Equipment Purchases Year-end Awards | 2015 Annual Report




Development • Annual Panther Fund The Annual Panther Fund provides a sustainable revenue stream for the school to support the daily educational needs for students. It is the cornerstone for fundraising for Memorial. Money from the Annual Panther Fund goes toward a wide range of Memorial programs including academic support, ministry, security, facility maintenance, tuition assistance, athletics and professional staff development. The revenue from the Annual Panther Fund helps cover a significant funding gap between what tuition covers and what it takes to educate our students. In just its third year, the goal for the 2015-16 school year is to generate $175,000 from the Annual Panther Fund. Most Catholic high schools have a similar annual fundraising program. There are 1,205 Catholic high schools in the nation with an average enrollment of 554 students. On a national scale, enrollment is slightly trending upward. The need is greater for Memorial alumni and supporters to participate in the Annual Panther Fund. On average 14% of alumni of Catholic high schools give back to their school by participating in an annual giving program. Last year, less than 1 percent of Memorial alumni participated in the Annual Panther Fund. Those donating at the LaSallian Circle Level of $1,000 or higher will be invited to a special dinner hosted by Bishop Armando Ochoa.

2014-15 annual Panther Fund donors President’s Circle

Janet (DeMera) ’56 and Mark Cameron Dan Habib, Dan Habib Farms Grace ’53 Vernava Michael ’74 and Shelly (Quinlan) ’81 Woolf, Michael T. Woolf, D.D.S.

Principal’s Circle

Neil ’83 and Marianne (Cameron) ’85 Angelillo Rick and Lynne Cosyns Jeff and Debbi Jorgensen Michael ’74 and Sara Orlando Mark Peters and Michele Lasgoity Steve and Risa Rodemeyer William ’58 and Ernestine (Severini) ’58 Schuh William and Teresa Simonson, Simonson Family Trust Roy Skog and Lydia Canavan Richard and Diane Watters

LaSallian Circle

Robert ’53 Aiello Steven and Kandra Barsotti Peter Baylor Patricia ’81 Berberian, Patricia A. Berberian TTEE Patricia Berberian 2011 Trust Lisa (Ventresca) ’83 and John Bonadelle, Bonadelle Homes W. Troy Collins and Gina Collins, Integrated Prescription Management James ’70 Costa, James Costa Farms Joseph ’93 and Heather (Jerkovich) ’93 Dalena

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Brian ’88 and Lisa Dalena, Dalena Farms Thomas ’77 DeMera, Thomas G. DeMera 1989 Irrevocable Trust Michael and Melissa Der Manouel Mary(Frye) ’78 and Michael Draper Jerome ’76 and Marianne (Dalena) ’76 Dunklin, Jerome R. Dunklin, M.D. A. Thomas ’81 and Karen Ferdinandi Isaias and Patricia Franco Thomas and Peggy Gallo William Garnica, Family Medicine Health Center Jose and Susan Gonzalez John ’84 and Kina Harris Kelly (Spencer) ’99 and Clint Haskell Frances Jones David and Tracy Jones, David E. Jones, Attorney At Law John and Rosemary Lasgoity Jeffrey Lefors and Monica Lasgoity Scott and Shirlyn Malley John and Elizabeth Marihart Joseph ’62 and Elena Mastro, Parma Ristorante Dane ’66 and Delia McGuire Braden ’86 and Carrie McKeighan Brad and Lisa Nilmeier Vincent and Klytia Palmo Steve and Michelle Rontell, Steve P. Rontell TTEE Michelle L. Rontell TTEE Timothy ’71 and Mary Ryan Douglas ’84 and Janice Sampson Jeffrey ’83 and Sharolyn (Stockton) ’85 Schmiederer, Schmiederer Farms

Phil ’85 and Christina Schuh Michael ’87 and Jennifer (Kashian) ’86 Schuh Andrew and Arlete Slenders, A. J. Slenders Dairy Sheila (O’Halloran) ’61 and Leonard Stoll Steven and Elizabeth Walker, Steve Walker Farms John ’72 and Mary (Nagel) ’72 Woolf

Red & Blue Club

Robert and Virginia Amaro Raymond Angelillo Leonel and Sylvia Apodaca, Coalinga Valley Health Clinics, Inc. Daniel and Lori Boken Edward Borges Michael ’48 Caglia Matthew Campbell and Jane Halloran William and Teresa Carr Nicholas ’52 and Shirley Ceppaglia James and Marie DeMera James ’71 Felser Richard and Judy Gaither Michael ’83 Habibe Kevin and Diane Herman Robert ’49 and Adeline Mah, Falling Leaves Foundation Inc. Fred ’63 and Diane Massetti Mark and Laura Mather Thomas ’64 and Carolyn McGurn Mark and Teresa Mendrys John ’87 and Michelle O’Rourke Lawrence and Mary Satkowiak


Development • Annual Panther Fund Jon ’65 and Jody Semper Ken and Janet Wintz James ’63 and Claudia Woods

Memorial Club

Mary (Cleary) ’68 and Bob Alessandrelli J. Christopher and Maria Elena Alsing Frank and Cynthia Arellano Ken and Karen Baker Theresa Batti James and Carol Beecher Nicholas ’00 Bellasis William ’86 Bissell Edward ’47 and Faye (Horstmeier) ’49 Boele Rev. Robert Borges Janet Brooks M. Dolores (Diener) ’51 Brown Paul ’82 and Lisa Cameron Andrew ’83 and Patricia Cameron Jack Campe Honora Chapman and Bill Skuban Ken and Argilia Christiansen Dave ’62 and Camilla Colby Curtis and Joyce Cole Maria (Quinto) ’80 and David Collins Juan and Maryann Contreras Gregory Crawford and Pamela Sturm Theodore ’67 Cribari and Patricia ’68 Colter Martha (Danks) ’73 and Michael Danks-Ferguson Curtis ’99 and Lane (Conway) ’99 Davies Emil ’59 and Barbara De Prima Manuel and Valerie De Santos, Manuel De Santos, D.D.S. C. Brandon ’03 De Young Jerry and Paula De Young Paul and Kathleen DeSantis Valerie (Christiansen) ’79 and Barry Eberling John and Linda Eckman Jason ’90 and Kathleen (Spencer) ’90 Farris Stephen ’04 Ferdinandi Marlita ’55 (Semper) Ferriea Rev. Don Flickinger Michael ’67 and Pamela (Fischer) ’67 Gainer Paulette (Silva) ’68 and Jerald Ganshorn Bruce Garabedian Peter and Jacqueline Germano Anna (Pallegrini) ’48 and Vincent Giorgini Tom and Kathleen Gleason Gaylen ’87 Grubb Sharon (Sotelo) ’74 and Michael Gutierrez Anna (Zingarelli) ’51 Harvill Edward and Rita Hoffknecht James and Jennifer Huelskamp Robert ’55 and Dixie Johnson Patricia Johnson Haeyung Jung, Haeyoung Jung Trust Account Matthew ’02 Jura Harry Karle John ’86 and Tracy Kashian Msgr. Perry ’76 Kavookjian

Gary Kelley and Diana Medina-Rangel, Diana M. Medina-Rangel, D.D.S. Paul ’82 and Mary (Huelskamp) ’82 Kerkorian Rev. Adrian Kim Dorlee ’60 Kingen William ’52 and Joyce Lennon Mauro Leyba Monica (Ray) ’75 and Keith Lovgren Giuseppe and Marisa Luchini Jose Madrigal and Rosa Carrillo-Madrigal Christopher and Barbara Marsh Carol (Johnson) ’73 and Barry McCarthy Jerald and Kathleen McKegney Patrick ’87 and Susan (Lovalvo) ’87 Mon Pere Georgia (McKeighan) ’58 and Michael Murach Bruce and Lucina Myers Dave Nelson Ruth Nilmeier Rev. David Norris Sean ’81 and Diane (Sanchez) ’81 O’Keefe Brian ’10 Oakes Nicholas ’55 and Fran Pavlovich Joey and Christine Perez David ’67 and Eileen Pistacchio Catherine (Latona) ’67 and Stephen Pluta Maryclaire (Allan) ’67 and Steven Polacek Van and Angela Polglase John and Susan Pucheu, John E. Pucheu Jr. Susan D. Pucheu Living Trust Martha (Weisert) ’70 and Mark Qualls Raquel ’92 Quinto and Jeffrey Poindexter Michele (Fornaro) ’79 Rangbar Conrad ’73 and Randie Rios Joseph Robinson, Joe Robinson Concrete Joshua and Roxanne Rogers Ernest ’54 and Lindy Rojas Grace Rudy William Rush, William H. Rush, Trustee of the William Hockman Rush Living Trust Daniel ’78 and Terry Sampson, Daniel T. Sampson, CPA Robert and Margaret Savluk Sarah (Woodward) ’98 and Jeffrey Schmidt James and B. Lisa Scroggin Richard and Anne Sexton Joey and Debra Shiba Noel and Gloria Smith Mary (Rodriguez) ’67 and Robert Solis Randy and Karen Spain Phyllis (Piper) ’55 and Lawrence Stumpf Mike and Peggy Thurlow Patricia ’52 Treloggen-Baker Cheryl (Jansen) ’61 and Bill Van Scyoc Shannon (Flynn) ’83 and Paul Varunok Ron and Michelle Von Tersch John ’51 and Doreen (Johnson) ’51 Wathen William ’54 and Selena Webb Robert ’48 and Tessie Welch Mary (Harrison) ’52 and Francis Wells Donald ’69 and Teresa Wenig

Kathrine (Jebian) ’86 and Travis Whitehead Steven ’85 and Elizabeth (O’Brien) ’86 Wilkes Barry Wilkes Kerry ’65 Wingell Philip and Geradine Wintz Bruce and Marlene Wood Thomas ’68 and Colleen Sullivan Robert and Mary Yahne Mark ’74 Ybarra Nicole ’91 Zuniga

Panther’s Club

Susan Abbott Lupe Arroyo Darryl and Linda Azevedo Victor and Noemi Baca Sandra Banker William and Patricia Berg Deanna (Raven) ’98 and Scott Buchanan Cynthia Campbell Eric and Elizabeth Carlson Jesus and Mary Carrillo Karen (Matus) ’65 Case Dolores (Rosales) ’60 and Francisco Castro Olga (Olivier) ’49 Cavalla Dennis ’62 and Cathy Dark Brian ’88 and Jamie (Canales) ’88 Fisher James and Judith Irvine James ’59 and Linda Kennedy Claudia ’13 Kerkorian Laura ’15 Kerkorian Laura ’77 Lambright Yvonne (Simonich) ’51 and Richard Langton Philip ’54 and Karen Lips Sheila ’01 O’Neill Patrick and Kathleen Ogle Nancy (Schnetz) ’85 Pierce Rosalie (Bispo) ’68 and Eddie Pinson Kelley ’79 Robbins Adine ’88 Rodemeyer Gilbert ’75 Romero Steven and Linda Rose John Sato Marcia (Ray) ’69 and Kevin Shaw James Sherman Thomas and Jeannette Skypeck Richard and Rebecca Teixeira Cathryn (Boele) ’68 and Dick Yegan Lucinda Zapata *Memorial is grateful to many anonymous donors who support the Annual Panther Fund. | 2015 Annual Report




facilities • campus improvements Over the past year, San Joaquin Memorial High School has seen a transformation in facility upgrades and improvements. Much more is planned in the coming years, thanks to the wonderful generosity of those who have given to the “Faith in Our Future” program. The Mary Alice Diener Media Center was recently renovated, providing Memorial with a unique collegiate style student union.

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facilities • campus improvements Holy Cross Hall was restored to provide office space for the school’s administration, development, finance, international studies and marketing departments. The courtyard garden has been refurbished with a water feature and drought tolerant plants.

Willinger Hall was renovated to a state-of-theart residence hall which can accommodate up to 28 boarding students. This facility allowed for the formation of the Antonio and Juliet Campos International Academy. | 2015 Annual Report




faith The teachings of the Catholic church are the focal point in the educational and spiritual mission of San Joaquin Memorial High School. While Memorial accepts students from any faith, all students are required to participate in school Masses and all religious study programs that are part of the curriculum. There are many other faith-based programs available to any student.

Retreat Program

San Joaquin Memorial’s retreat program seeks to bring about awareness of God in daily life, to foster a truer more united community and to learn that faith is relatable and worth living. We seek to establish a welcoming, non-invasive atmosphere that gives students the freedom to question and grow. It is the hope of this program that each person, both student and team member, walk away a little more enriched and glad they attended a retreat at San Joaquin Memorial. Retreat activities include community faith sharing and individual reflection designed to deepen the bond of Christian love between individuals and strengthen the individual’s faith in God.

Campus Ministry

The Campus Ministry Team at San Joaquin Memorial is a team of seniors who are trained to serve the Memorial community through various ministry modalities including Masses, prayer services, retreats, reconciliation services, activities and other unique prayer opportunities throughout the school year.

Immersion Trips

Memorial’s four-year retreat program promotes a deeper awareness of God in students’ daily lives, fosters a greater sense of community, and calls students to put their faith into action in the school and the community. These retreats establish a supportive and non-judgmental environment in which students have the chance to question and grow in their spirituality. The Memorial retreat program culminates in the KAIROS experience, open to juniors and seniors. This special time is where students are given a chance to reflect on their lives, connect with others, and explore relationships among family, friends, and God. Memorial’s retreat program offers students an opportunity to gain a better understanding of themselves and their relationship with God. Students recently spent summers serving the poor in the San Francisco “tenderloin” district and Costa Rica.

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faith Kairos Retreats

Retreat experiences allow the individual to withdraw from the day to day regimen that distracts from hearing the voice of God in life. To become more connected to God, one must seek an element of solitude and reflection outside of their normal routine. Kairos seeks to accomplish these by removing the participants from their daily grind and immersing them in an environment encouraging self reflection, spiritual sojourn, communal experience, Mass if you will, for a 4-day, 3-night retreat. The word Kairos is an ancient Greek word that means the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). It is in the “supreme moment” when our souls are quiet enough and our hearts open enough that we are able to hear God’s voice. Since introduced to retreat culture, it has also been described as “God’s Time,” where the focus of the participant is not on the hours in the day but the experience that is before them at that moment.

retreat where their full participation is the key to having a meaningful experience. The concluding challenge of Kairos is to continue applying the principles and attitudes towards living out faith once returning home by being encouraged to get actively involved in “Living the 4th” at their school and/or parish. .

The Kairos retreat is an experience of Christian community with a series of talks given by a team of youth and adults. Other elements include prayer, Mass, reconciliation, worship music, and other prayerful experiences offered by the team. Those participating in the retreats are engaged in a variety of activities and discussions throughout the | 2015 Annual Report




Finance • scholarships/aid

A part of Memorial’s mission is to provide the highest quality Catholic education. To help accomplish that mission, Memorial distributed nearly $650,000 to students in the fall of 2015. Financial aid is awarded to students based solely on need. Part of Memorial’s overall development plan is to grow the endowment and increase the number of scholarships available to families. Memorial now offers 35 scholarships in addition to the tuition assistance fund. Recently five new scholarships were added. Thanks to the following for their financial support of Memorial students through generous scholarship.

The Schiff Family Scholarship Class of ’64 Scholarship Endowment Henry T. Perea/Maria Trevino St. Helen’s Scholarship Fund/ Richard Spencer & Mike Conway Mary Brown Memorial Scholarship

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Memorial Produces Great Students

“The 2015 senior class was awarded $12.5 million in college scholarships, a Memorial record. Our recent graduates attend some of the nation’s premier public and private universities from all over the nation like Notre Dame, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Cal, Northwestern and West Point. These proud Panthers could not have achieved their goals without the spiritual and financial support received from our generous Memorial Family,” Stephanie Nitchals, Principal


Finance • Income & Expenses Tuition & Fees

Expenses Dollars Percent Campos International Academy Administrative, Operation 6,452,230 85% Diocesan Support Funding Gap and Maintenance Financial Aid 654,770 9% Athletic Programs 523,200 6% TOTAL 7,630,200

10% 1% 4%

Income Dollars Percent Tuition and Fees 6,444,500 85% Campos International Academy 744,000 10% Diocese Support 105,000 1% TOTAL 7,593,500 Funding Gap



Funding Gap is covered by revenue generated through fundraising programs, including the Annual Panther Fund.

85% | 2015 Annual Report




Marketing • admissions & outreach Enrollment Memorial is creating strong relationships with partner schools, parishes and its surrounding communities that will undoubtedly lead to enrollment growth. Under the leadership of Marketing Director Vanessa Gonzalez, Memorial is using technological and innovative programs as well as traditional marketing concepts to increase enrollment. In the first year of the program, enrollment increased by nearly 50 students and enrollment surpassed 600 students in the fall of 2014 for the first time in several years. More importantly, Memorial is creating strong relationships with partner schools and parishes that will undoubtedly lead to enrollment growth.

Partner School Outreach In the last year, Memorial’s staff and students have made multiple trips to its partner schools and partner school students and parents visited the Memorial campus.

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Marketing • admissions & outreach Enrollment Memorial’s Partner Schools George McCann (Visalia) MIQ (Lemoore) Our Lady of Fatima (Los Banos) Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Clovis) Our Lady of Victory (Fresno) St. Aloysius (Tulare) St. Anthony’s (Fresno) St. Helen’s (Fresno) St. Joaquim (Madera) St. LaSalle (Reedley) St. Rose McCarthy (Hanford) Approximately 750 7th & 8th grade students attended Memorial’s Middle School Visit Days the last two years combined. 150 youths participated in the Memorial Pep & Cheer clinic and performed at halftime of a Memorial football game. Nearly 150 families attended Memorial’s Open House events. Memorials created a “Middle School Dinner and a Game” event, inviting students and parents to attend a Panther football game. They were treated to complimentary admission and the Booster’s Club provided free hot dogs. | 2015 Annual Report




Community Service Community service is an important educational component at Memorial. Students are required to participate in 20 hours of community service annually, 10 of those must be direct service to the poor.

Students collaborate

Students collaborate to raise food and money for those in need. They work with Catholic Charities, Community Food Bank and Poverello House among others to distribute food. Memorial’s outstanding faculty and staff lead by example, directing many outstanding community service projects for students.

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