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Summer 2012

232 Graduates 649 Merit-Based Scholarships $11 million 16 College Athletic Scholarships 7 Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Award Finalists 10 Academic All-Stars Annual Report 2011-2012

From the President On Eagles’ Wings To all our SBA families and friends –


Summer Greetings! We hope you and your families have been able to escape from these 100-degree days … be it in the ocean, a lake or with a sprinkler in the back yard. I was blessed to enjoy a really nice Father’s Day earlier this summer. Two of our three daughters were able to join us for the Sunday celebration for both me and my son-in-law. Brady, his son and my grandson, had the most fun of all, tearing into our gifts – or should I say into the wrapping paper. R-i-i-i-p-p-p - then on to the next. I’m guessing if he had access to just one pretty empty box a day, even the same exact package over and over, his every day would be Christmas. How great would that be! And how long has it been since any of us have woken up feeling like that? I’ve been reading John Kralik’s 2010 book, “365 Thank Yous.” I’d recommend it for everyone. After several years of sliding ever deeper into an emotional, professional and family abyss, the author was graced with one of those miraculous moments of clarity … when he came to understand that despite his troubles and misery, he’d actually been blessed with much and many for which to be thankful. But seldom if ever had he acknowledged any of it - or them. And so he set out to change his focus for one year, within and without, and promised himself to write one heartfelt thank you note every day. Of course, for that to occur, he’d have to re-invent the complainer he had become and focus on all the goodness and good people in his life. Seeing the wonder of our own world. How long has it been since we’ve woken up feeling like that? The rest of the book is a most enjoyable and reflective read of his journey. I mention it because this edition of our magazine includes our yearly Annual Report in which we take pause from our quarterly school news to give public thanks to all those who have helped us in so many different ways through this past year. Talk about goodness and good people!! There’s no question we could spend every day of EVERY year enumerating the hundreds if not thousands of blessings that God - and you - have bestowed upon us. A facility that’s incredible .. HVAC that works .. technology that shrinks the globe .. earthworms that expose and educate.. green fields that soften a fall .. tuition aid that helps the needy .. security that helps safeguard .. library books that spark imagination .. opening nights that showcase talent … and a chapel that’s always open! Our over three hundred donors have combined to give us restricted and unrestricted gifts in excess of $385,000. We cannot thank all of you enough. And when we include all those who donated time and talent – and prayer – lots of prayer, our school is among the most blessed of those who do what we do. My daughter is trying to teach Brady, the little one, how to say ‘Thank You.’ For when the people in his life give him cookies, his sippy cup, or one of those little fruity yogurt things he loves so much. For everything really. Hopefully, he’ll learn and never forget – nor ever have reason to write about a period of his life when he somehow forgot about all the goodness. We, too, promise never to forget. God has blessed us with so much. And among our very best blessings are all of you. Thank you for all you do for the students, staff and families of SBA!

Have a wonderful summer! George Valadie President

From the Editor As our 2011-12 academic year has come to a close, we are reminded of the highlights that have characterized this incredible year at St. Benedict. This issue of On Eagles’ Wings points to some special and extraordinary moments that we all have experienced. First, be sure to take in the cover exposing our seniors’ collective accomplishments as they graced the halls of SBA. They proudly and excitedly get together near the end of school for one last group shot posed in the spirit wear of their colleges-of-choice. What we wanted to do, as well, is highlight some statistics as they move on to these institutions of higher learning. Incredible stats, for sure! As Mr. Valadie mentioned and you can see, this is the Annual Report issue that includes the “Lasting Legacies” campaign coordinated by Development Director Lori Trew Regis (’91). Please take time to read the names of individuals, companies and groups who have impacted our success this year. But, also, take in the “Annual Report” of all the academic, athletic, service and arts accomplishments that we have highlighted. All of this makes for a pleasant read about the successes of which we can all be proud.

Thanks for a great year, SBA! Sharon Masterson, Editor Director of Communications & Sports Information


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Hats off to our Seniors

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way…” Rule of Benedict 4.20-21 Catholic Schools: Ambassadors of Peace


St. Benedict at Auburndale High School is a diocesan, coeducational, college preparatory school committed to academic excellence through a comprehensive and challenging multi-level curriculum presented in an atmosphere permeated with the aims, values and teachings of the Roman Catholic faith. On Eagles’ Wings is a publication of St. Benedict at Auburndale High School Editor/Director of Communications & Sports Information Sharon Masterson President/Principal George Valadie Assistant Principal Sondra Morris Director of Alumni & Development Lori Trew Regis ‘91 Director of Admissions Ann O’Leary Advisory Board 2011-12 Don Williams, Chairman Msgr. Peter Buchignani, V.G. Jon Bascom Doug Byrnes Julie Clary (’00) Mindy Costabile (Executive Committee) Nick Griffin (’98) Joe Incardona Chris LeBlanc Paul Schuhlein John Schuman Phil Sisneros (Executive Committee) Mike Watermeier Wanda Winnette Pat Wycoff Beth York

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Parent Connection

About Our Faith



Headline News




Faculty Focus


On and Off Campus

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On Eagles’ Wings magazine is published by the St. Benedict at Auburndale High School Office of Communications. Change of address or correspondence Please send all changes to: Editor-On Eagles’ Wings St. Benedict at Auburndale High School 8250 Varnavas Drive Cordova, TN 38016


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ANNUAL REPORT Lasting Legacies The 2011-12 Annual Fund for SBA

Investing in SBA “Give and it will be given to you…for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” Luke 6:38

Needs of SBA Tuition Assistance – The Annual Fund helps make an SBA education more affordable for many families.

Please review this Annual Report and the generous Honor Roll of Donors who are enriching our school and students’ lives in so many ways. Gifts recorded are those received from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.

We have made every effort to provide accurate information. If errors appear, please accept our sincere apology and notify the Director of Development at

Technology Innovations – The Annual Fund aims to diversify classroom instruction techniques with additional technology and faculty training. Operational Needs – Our Annual Fund also sustains the campus programs and balances our school budget.

Please visit to view our Development Thank You Video.

Honor Roll of Donors The Honor Roll of Donors/Annual Report acknowledges the many donors and volunteers who have contributed and helped St. Benedict at Auburndale High School. Their generosity helps to sustain the school’s mission of academic excellence in a challenging and Christian environment permeated with the aims, values and teachings of the Roman

Catholic faith, providing students with the tools to master this challenge, to continue their education and to make the world a better place. The Annual Fund Drive is one of the most important avenues of giving at SBA. These annual gifts received from so many alumni, parents, grandparents, friends, faculty, staff and corporations are the lifeblood of the school.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!


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Eagle Club $5000+ Anonymous Auto Zone Community Relations Mr. and Mrs. Jon Bascom Coca Cola Enterprises Rich and Debbie Duszak Charles and Rachel Embrey Chris and Adrienne LeBlanc Mr. and Mrs. Wes Misenhelter Prudential Foundation MBS Textbook Exchange Mr. and Mrs. Fred Smith SBA Eagle Bucks Program SBA Fashion Show St. Francis of Assissi Catholic School Mike and Anne Waddell

The SBA Fine Arts Program is just one of our successful programs that is sustained by the Annual Fund. Not only do our current students enjoy being a part of music, drama and band, but it is also a major draw for potential students looking for an outstanding program in the Memphis area.

Benefactors $2500 - $4999 Anonymous Blue Streak Scholarship Fund David and Gail Branch Elizabeth Brock Mr. and Mrs. Jon Mark Erstine Mrs. Margaret Grover Mr. and Mrs. E.J. (Ned) Nelson, III

Your support helps our strong athletic programs continue to win championships. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!


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Our students love their beautiful buildings and campus grounds. All of which are sustained by donations to the SBA Annual Fund.

Donors $1,000-$2499 Anonymous Mr. David Alyea Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Cummings Balfour, Mr. Doug Kearney Mr. Dana Capocaccia Mrs. Annette Dabaldo Randy, Betty and Randon Dupont Robyn and Daniel Evans Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Evetts First Horizon National Corporation First Tennessee Jill and John Frierott John Gavin The Golightlys Tom and Toni Griesmer Mr. and Mrs. Michael Macyauski Michael and Darlene Nevle Mr. and Mrs. Casy O’Brien Ralph and Wanda Peperone Dion Pogson Marty and Melinda Quinn

Regions Morgan Keegan Dr. and Mrs. Webster Riggs Bill and Sharon Ryan SPEBSQSA, INC – Memphis Chapter Mr. and Mrs. Kamal Saba Miss Katherine Saba Paul and Shannon Schuhlein Mr. Joseph Sena Drs. B. Kay Jackson and Dr. Thomas B. Shelton Mr. and Mrs. Joel Stark Mr. and Mrs. Heywood Sun Mark and Laurie Sutton Target “Take Charge of Education” Program Mr. and Mrs. David Todd Mr. and Mrs. James Van Hoeck Don and Sherry Williams


Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

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Patrons Saint Benedict Lasting Legacies Annual Report All American Sporting Goods Dr. and Mrs. Charles Arkin Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bargiachi All American Sporting Goods Mr. and Mrs. John Cordera Dr. and Mrs. Charles Arkin Penny Crotty Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bargiachi Mr. and Mrs. James Galbreath Mr. and Mrs. John Cordera Aric and Andrea Giddens Penny Crotty Hershey Company Mr. and Mrs. James Galbreath Mr. and Mrs. James Holthouser Aric and Andrea Giddens Dr. and Mrs. Warren Johnson Hershey Company Kohl’s Mr. and Mrs. James Holthouser Dr. and Mrs. Warren Johnson Kohl’s

$500 - $999 Mr. Frank Linxwiler

Patrons $500 - $999 Michael and Donna Malone

Dean and Susannah Morgan Mr. Frank Linxwiler John and Sondra Morris Michael and Donna Malone Sean and Ann O’Leary Dean and Susannah Morgan Project Graduation John and Sondra Morris Mrs. Lydia Scarbrough Sean and Ann O’Leary Claire Sweeney Project Graduation UBS Paine Webber Mrs. Lydia Scarbrough Fred and Cinny Verhaak Claire Sweeney Wanda and Steve Winnette UBS Paine Webber Wrightsong, Inc Fred and Cinny Verhaak David and Michelle Ziebarth Wanda and Steve Winnette Wrightsong, Inc David and Michelle Ziebarth

Technology at SBA This year, thanks to Annual Fund gifts, we have done the following:

Technology at SBA

This year,thethanks Annual Fundtogifts, Upgraded entire to wireless network a we 1Gb systemhave done the following: Replaced network switches in the Upgradedall thethe entire wireless network to a classroom areas to upgrade to a 1Gb backbone 1Gb system Replaced all all the library student computers Replaced network switches in the (29 computers) classroom areas to upgrade to a 1Gb backbone Replaced all onelibrary mobilestudent computer cart Replaced computers (24 computers) (29 computers)

Consectetuer: Added a new iPad cart, with wireless Replaced one mobile computer cart printer (24 iPads with controller) (24 computers) Replaced the file storage server and increased Consectetuer: Added a new iPad cart, with wireless printer capacity to 4 Tb of space (24 iPads with controller) Updated all servers and and installed a Replaced thevirtual file storage server increased management system capacity to 4 Tb of space Reimagedallallvirtual student used computers Updated servers and installed a (200+ computers) management system Installed new interactive projector Reimaged all student usedLCD computers systems in 18 classrooms (200+ computers) Installed new interactive LCD projector systems in 18 classrooms

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!


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Partners $200 - $499 Mr. and Mrs. Sam S. Aljundi Michael and Christa Allen Barb and Sam Banks Ms. Joan Best Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Black Mr. and Mrs. Gerold Blum George and Vicky Bolds Dan and Bridget Botto Hamp and Rena Boykin Denise and Tim Broughton Mary Lou Brown Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Butler Alexandria Clay Dennis Clay, Jr Melanie and Mark Compton John Willis Cox and Dee Cox Mr. Martin J. Crotty Mr. and Mrs. Brad Cumings Cmdr. and Mrs. Anthony Doran E Studio Filipino-American Association of Memphis Mrs. John Garbuzinski Ghengis Grill Harris Quon Auto Service and Machine Works, Inc Laura and Eddie Henson Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Hervey Mr. and Mrs. Antonio E. Huerta Dr. John Hyden Knights of Columbus Council 9317 Ramon and Aimee Lelis Mrs. Shirley Lile Brad and Lisa Mahoney Mr. and Mrs. Dave Masterson Mr. and Mrs. Larry McCommon Mr. and Mrs. James Melancon Mr. and Mrs. William Moore Anita and Gary Murphy Mr. Louis Pera Pfizer Foundation Lauran and Pat Powers Mr. and Mrs. James A. Quistorff Mrs. Ellie Rauscher

Mark and Lisa Ricketts SBA Art Department Irene Hansen and Michael Saba Jack Paratore Parker School Uniform Dr. and Mrs. Heymoore Schettler Schwab Charitable Fund Tommy and Denise Seaman Hugh and Janice Skinner Dr. William Smith Sodexo Dr. and Dr. Stephen Taylor Steve Thielemier Mr. and Mrs. Dana Thompson Dr. and Mrs. Carter Towne Mr. James Trautschold and Ms. Colette Linder George and Nancy Valadie Mrs. Marjorie Vincent Mike and Pam Watermeier Mr. and Mrs. Andy Wise Bruce and Lisa Yarbro

SBA – A great place to be. A great place to be from.


Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

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Friends Up To $199 Friends UpHardister To $199 Mike and Stephanie

Phil and Lisa Altizer Mrs. BabsLisa Antoniak Mr. William Hargest Phil and Altizer Mikeand andMrs. Stephanie Hardister Yasenis Ayers Ms. DoryMrs. Heideman Mrs. Babs Antoniak Mr. and William Hargest Causaundra Bradley Mr. Steve Heinz Yasenis Ayers Ms. Dory Heideman Yumi K. Branch Heather Causaundra Bradley Mr. SteveHill Heinz Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bryant Mr. David Himelright Yumi K. Branch Heather Hill Angie Buchanan Mrs. Janet Hinrichs Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bryant Mr. David Himelright William and Jennifer Burch Craig and Donna Hofer Angie Buchanan Mrs. Janet Hinrichs Fr. Bill Burke Cathy Horobetz William and Jennifer Burch Craig and Donna Hofer Ms. Laura Burke Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Huerta Fr. Bill Burke Cathy Horobetz Mr. Mrs. Doug Byrnes Mr. and Mrs. John Hughes Ms. and Laura Burke Antonio Huerta Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cafferty Kathy and Mike Hurt Mr. and Mrs. Doug Byrnes Mr. and Mrs. John Hughes Jim Caldwell Rick Mr. and Dawn Mrs. Michael Cafferty Kathyand andCathy MikeJames Hurt Mr. Mrs. Robert Capocaccia Jennifer Jim and Dawn Caldwell Rick andJenkins Cathy James Mr. and Mrs. Cain Carson Johnson Robert Capocaccia Chris Jennifer Jenkins Mr. Charlton Mrs. Kaplan Mr. and and Mrs. Mrs. Ed Cain Carson ChrisJan Johnson Laura Cheseldine Mrs. Sydney Lynch Kellenberger Mr. and Mrs. Ed Charlton Jan Kaplan Dianna Cervetti Angeline andLynch Tiffany Kern Laura Cheseldine Mrs. Sydney Kellenberger Mike and Donna Chapman John and Barbara King Dianna Cervetti Angeline and Tiffany Kern Mr. Jeff Chapman Christiansen Don Mikeand andMrs. Donna John and and Lauren BarbaraKoban King Vince and Robin Ciancioso Jack and Chris Koban Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Christiansen Don Lauren Koban Rick Clarke Kraft Foods Matching Vinceand andTerri Robin Ciancioso Jack and Chris Koban Julie Clary Gift Program Rick and Terri Clarke Kraft Foods Matching Mr. Mrs. Dennis Cobb Dr. Robert M. Kraus Julieand Clary Gift Program Mrs. Katie Coon Steinbrecher Mr. and Mrs. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Cobb Dr. Robert M.George Kraus Lamar Louis and Mindy Costabile Dr. and Mrs. James Latta Mrs. Katie Coon Steinbrecher Mr. and Mrs. George Lamar Dee Ann Cox Don and Judy Lear Louis and Mindy Costabile Dr. and Mrs. James Latta Terry andCox Joni Crocker Stu Dee Ann Donand andJulie JudyLedet Lear Madeleine Crump Lee and Julie Jennifer Lowrie Terry and Joni Crocker Stu and Ledet Cumberland Presbyterian Denis and Monica Lynch Madeleine Crump Lee and Jennifer Lowrie Mr. and Mrs. Presbyterian John Cunningham Ms. Sarah Cumberland Denis and Marczynski Monica Lynch Janet Daleke Stuart McCommon Mr. and Mrs. John Cunningham Ms. Sarah Marczynski Mr. Mrs. James Davidson Anne Frank McFadden Janetand Daleke Stuartand McCommon Mike and Angie Disalvo Brother Joel McGraw, FSC Mr. and Mrs. James Davidson Anne and Frank McFadden Elizabeth Dr. Thomas and Mike and Domico Angie Disalvo Brother Joel E. McGraw, FSC Randy and Debbie Dove Carol Ann McNeel Elizabeth Domico Dr. Thomas E. and Susie Dowd Theresa R. Mills Randyand andJohn Debbie Dove Carol Ann McNeel Bob and Suzanne Dunham Lorraine, Mark Susie and John Dowd Theresa R. Millsand Rebecca Miller Mr. Chris Fay Dr. and Mrs. Robert Miller Miller Bob and and Mrs. Suzanne Dunham Lorraine, Mark and Rebecca Paul Frierott Vicki and Skip Miller Mr. and Mrs. Chris Fay Dr. and Mrs. Robert Miller Christine Giles Jerry Moll Paul Frierott Vicki and and Ginger Skip Miller Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gillespie, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Mark Moseley Christine Giles Jerry and Ginger Moll Dr. Lawrence and Mr. Jimmy Moss Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gillespie, Sr. and Mrs. Mark Moseley Janice Gilliland Mark and Teresa Dr. Lawrence and Mr. Jimmy Moss Murphy Susan and Rick Graziosi Jan and Brian O’Donnell Janice Gilliland Mark and Teresa Murphy Don Alex andBrian Suzanne Oliphant Susanand andSheri RickGrear Graziosi Jan and O’Donnell Mr. Nick Griffin Mr. and Mrs. William Payne Don and Sheri Grear Alex and Suzanne Oliphant Dr. William Gorline Prudential Foundation Mr. and NickMrs. Griffin Mr. and Mrs. William Payne Rebecca Hall Dr. and Mrs. William Gorline Prudential Foundation Rebecca Hall Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!


Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Pence Mr. and Mrs. Robert Philippart Bobby Pence Mr. B. Quinn Jr. Mr. and and Mrs. Mrs. Charles Robert Philippart John and Sherry Reber Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Quinn Jr. Lori John Regis and Sherry Reber Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Rose Lori Regis Mr. Rose Mr. and and Mrs. Mrs. Werner Phillip Rose Thomas E. and Cindy L. Rupkey Mr. and Mrs. Werner Rose Mrs. DellE.Russell Thomas and Cindy L. Rupkey Stanley Rybczyk Mrs. Dell Russell and Angel Dorothy Stanley Rybczyk Rybczyk and Chris and Jane Sadler Angel Dorothy Rybczyk Mr. Glido Sakaan and Chris and Jane Sadler Dr.Glido Lina Alloush Mr. Sakaan and SBA Eagles Eye Staff Dr. Lina Alloush Mr. Mrs. John Schneider SBAand Eagles Eye Staff Scholastic Products and Awards Mr. and Mrs. John Schneider John and Deborah Scholastic ProductsSchuman and Awards Jack Schenkel John and Deborah Schuman Scripps Howard Foundation Jack Schenkel Don Sebren Scripps Howard Foundation Steve and Debbie Shaner Don Sebren Mary Shelton Steve and Debbie Shaner Mike Debra Short Mary and Shelton Mr. Carl W. Shorter, Jr Mikeand andMrs. Debra Short JoAnn Solomon Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Shorter, Jr Cliff and Teresa Sorrels JoAnn Solomon St. Peter Church Cliff and Teresa Sorrels Nancy Stafford St. PeterD.Church Mr. and Mrs. William H. Stanfield Nancy D. Stafford Mary Lou Stauffer Mr. and Mrs. William H. Stanfield Greg and Margie Mary Lou StaufferStiel Mr. and JohnStiel Stepherson Greg andMrs. Margie Raymond and Karen Stimart Mr. and Mrs. John Stepherson Sweet CeeCee’s Raymond and Karen Stimart Tom and Careen Sweet CeeCee’s Thillen Mr. and Mark Trice Tom andMrs. Careen Thillen Cindy Uphoff Mr. and Mrs. Mark Trice ValorieUphoff Valle Cindy Joe and Bobbie VanCleve Valorie Valle Colleen and Richard Vassallo Joe and Bobbie VanCleve Julie Vaughan Colleen and Richard Vassallo Kristin and Kevin Weber Julie Vaughan Marta and Kristin andLewis KevinWeiss Weber Eric Wells Marta and Lewis Weiss Jennifer Wiggins Eric Wells Mr. and Mrs. Michael Winkler Jennifer Wiggins Capt. and Mrs. Raymond Wynne Mr. and Mrs. Michael Winkler Cathleen Zeanah Capt. and Mrs. Raymond Wynne Cathleen Zeanah

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In Honor Serina Branch Yumi K Branch Patricia and Allison Rose Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Rose The Faculty and Alumni of SBA Ms. Joan Best SBA Faculty and Administration Jack Paratore Josh, Jeffrey and Justin Dove Randy and Debbie Dove Kristine and Kristel Quon Harris Quon Auto Service and Machine Works, Inc Clayton A. Trice Dr. and Mrs. Charles Arkin Marissa Paige Weiss Marta and Lewis Weiss George and Nancy Valadie Raymond and Karen Stimart

Dianna Cervetti Mr. and Mrs. William Payne Craig and Donna Hofer Wes and Trey Russell Mrs. Dell Russell

Sharon Masterson Brother Joel McGraw, FSC Project Graduation Don and Sheri Grear Olivia DeLozier Madeleine Crump

Coach Janet Daleke and Coach Don Sebren Lorraine, Mark and Rebecca Miller

Kristen Barnett and Adam Teague Wedding Kathy Hurt Sharon Masterson Ann O’Leary Nancy and George Valadie

Bill Gavin John Gavin Adam Johnson Chris Johnson Jessica and Daniel Morris Anne and Frank McFadden Katharine Miller Dr. and Mrs. Robert Miller Sondra Morris Wanda and Steve Winnette

SBA Cheer Mike and Debra Short Mike Pietrangelo The Giles Family Jamie Schneider Don and Sheri Grear Kaitlyn and Taylor Seaman Tommy and Denise Seaman

In Memory Paul Logue Sharon Masterson LD Mills, Jr Mark and Teresa Murphy Susan G. Moss Jimmy Moss Cathy Linxwiler Frank Linxwiler JB Barnett Sharon Masterson J. Robert (Bob) Moore Vince and Robin Ciancioso Margaret Zanone Nelson Sharon Masterson Patrick King John and Barbara King Mack Andreoli Annette Dabaldo

Mark Linehan Eddie and Laura Henson Louis Haglund Annette Dabaldo

Tony Oliveira Chris and Jane Sadler Chris and Rena Fay Mr. Robert Linder Mr. James Trautschold and Ms. Colette Linder Mrs. Ellen Chalmers Mr. James Trautschold and Ms. Colette Linder David Semrau The Masterson Family

Irene Romo Annette Dabaldo William “Cotton” Lloyd Sharon Masterson Monte and Kathryn Robinson Theresa R. Mills Margaret Knight George and Nancy Valadie

Lynn Doyle The Masterson Family

Margie Stiel The Masterson Family Annette Dabaldo Rebecca Hall Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Yarbro Dianna Cervetti

Robert James Dianna Cervetti Theresa Grecco Angie Buchanan

Kay Kraus Dr. Robert M. Kraus David Walker Dunham Bob and Suzanne Dunham


Mr. Fred Seymour Ms. Joan Best The Masterson Family Annette Dabaldo

Jenny Rybczyk Stanley Rybczyk and Angel Dorothy Rybczyk Shelby Hinrichs Sharon Masterson

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

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Gifts Annual In Kind and Saint Benedict Lasting Legacies Report

Special Donations

Gifts in Kind are donations given to the school in forms other than monetary donations.

Gifts In Chapel Kind and Special Donations General Math Department Amerispan Tents John Angotti Annette Dabaldo Gifts in Kind are donations given to the school in forms other than Mrs. monetary donations. Mrs. Penelope Crotty Deacon Ernie Albonetti General Chapel Math Department Music & Drama Mr. Kenneth Ford Ted Branstetter Amerispan Tents John Angotti Mrs. Angotti Annette Dabaldo John Genex Services Yoelvis Gonzalez Mary Arnold Mrs. Penelope Crotty Deacon Ernie Albonetti Music & Drama Mr. and Mrs. Russ Gordon Deacon Patrick Hirtz Kristen Black Mr. Kenneth Ford Ted Branstetter John Angotti Mr. Thomas Griesmer Deacon Chip Jones Sharon Brown Genex Services Yoelvis Gonzalez Mary Arnold Joe and Amanda Incardona Deacon Chuck Lightcap Beth Buel Mr. and Mrs. Russ Gordon Deacon Patrick Hirtz Kristen Black Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Jackson Tom Link M. Carassco Mr. Thomas Griesmer Deacon Chip Jones Sharon Gayle Minard Dr. and Mrs. Bruce MacDonald Marian Brown Chando Joe and Amanda Incardona Deacon Chuck Lightcap Beth Buel Mrs. Lisa Moses Cathy MacDonald and all who K. Chappell Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Jackson Tom Link M. Carassco LuAnn Noelke assisted with Adoration E. Clorina Gayle Minard Dr. and Mrs. Bruce MacDonald Marian Chando Mr. Mark Phillips John Paul Masterson Barbara Cobb Mrs. Lisa Moses Cathy MacDonald and all who K. Chappell Patricia Cooper Pioneer Brite Cindy Wells LuAnn Noelke assisted with Adoration E. Clorina Stephen Cooper Mr. Bill Ryan Priests of our Diocese, especially: Mr. Mark Phillips John Paul Masterson Barbara Mr. andCobb Mrs. Cummings SBA Girls Basketball Team Fr. Mike Werkhoven Patricia Cooper Pioneer Brite Cindy Wells E Studio Shannon Schuhlein Fr. Patrick Gallagher Stephen Cooper Mr. Bill Ryan Priests of our Diocese, especially: Michelle Haysley Mr. and Mrs. Sisneros Fr. Adam Rust Mr. and Mrs. Cummings SBA Girls Basketball Team Fr. Mike Werkhoven Joe Incardona Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sturdivant Fr. Ben Bradshaw E Studio Shannon Schuhlein Fr. Patrick Gallagher Rick and Cathy James Fr. James Clark Michelle Haysley Mr. and Mrs. Sisneros Fr. Adam Rust Band Barbara King Fr. Johnnie Smith Joe Incardona Mr. andMasterson Mrs. Charles Sturdivant Fr. Ben Bradshaw Sharon Helen Kintara Fr. Jolly Sebastian Rick and Cathy James Fr. James Clark Stuart McCommon V. Labilles Band Fr. Brian Timby Barbara King Fr. Johnnie Smith Keith and Terri Langley Sharon Masterson Fr. Ed Fisher Helen Kintara Fr. Jolly Sebastian Jim and Kate Marconi Stuart McCommon Fr. William Burke V. Labilles Fr. Brian Timby Sharon Masterson Fr. Richard Coy Keith and Terri Langley Fr. Ed Fisher Rosemary Martinez Msgr. Al Kirk Jim and Kate Marconi Judy Meagher Fr. William Burke Sharon Masterson Msgr. Peter Buchignani Angie Murphy Fr. Richard Coy Rosemary Martinez Robin Pela Msgr. Club St. JudeAl Kirk Judy SandyMeagher Powers Msgr. Peter Buchignani Sandi Hughes Angie Murphy Mary Prascak Robin Pela Patti Ratcliff Club St. Jude Library Sandy Powers Mrs. Lydia Scarbrough Sandi Hughes Sherry Alexander Mary Prascak Eileen Scrivener Joan Best Patti Ratcliff Library Cynthia Shah Rebecca Hall Mrs. Lydia Scarbrough Sherry Alexander Terry and Margie Smith Shirley Lile Eileen Scrivener Joan Best Selina Trouvy Catherine MacDonald Cynthia Shah Rebecca Hall Crystal Wilkes Gayle Minard Terry and Margie Smith Shirley Lile C. Williamson Our SBA faculty appreciate Mrs. Lisa Moses Selina Trouvy Catherine MacDonald Angie Valadie John Robert Rose all that your gifts to the Crystal Gayle Minard Mr. andWilkes Mrs. Velasquez Werner and Provie Rose C. Williamson Annual doappreciate for their Our SBAFund faculty Mrs. Lisa Moses Angie Valadie Adam Ryan Family PLUS Program classrooms and students! John Robert Rose all that your gifts to the Mr. and Mrs. Velasquez Shannon Schuhlein Rich and Debbie Duszak Werner and Provie Rose Annual Fund do for their Adam Ryan Family PLUS Program classrooms and You! students! Thank You! Thank Thank You! Shannon Schuhlein Rich and Debbie Duszak Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!


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The SBA senior class granted another child’s wish to visit Disney World. Science The Headrick Family Mrs. Laura Howard Mr. and Mrs. John Schneider


Spirit Shop Julie Bardos Beth Everetts Jill Frierott Kathy James Anita Murphy Lisa Yarbrough Teens for Life/Pro-Life Trip Dr. Lina Alloush Mr. and Mrs. Scott Barbier Catholic University of America Knights of Columbus Council 9317 Dr. and Mrs. Heymoore Schettler St. Benedict SGA, Sponsor Heather Freel Donna Weber

Special Committee Chairs: Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Claire Tolivar Monthly Faculty/Staff Appreciation Days – Barb Cafferty First Friday Adoration – Cathy MacDonald Honor Society Reception – Jill Frierott Project Graduation – Darla and David Boston, Chuck Kantor Eagle Bucks – Jill Frierott Used Uniform Sale – Mary-Margaret Morning Spirit Shop – Julie Bardos and Jill Frierott

Theology Department The Kassela Family Sharon Masterson Target Field Trip Grant

Co-Presidents: Romy Schaaf and Shannon Schuhlein Treasurer: Dee Ann Van Hoeck Secretary: Claire Tolivar

Activities: Junior Ring Ceremony – Kelly Jeffrey Father/Daughter Dance – Belinda Hurley Father/Son Afternoon – Nancy Wiley Mother/Daughter Tea – Debra Demirorz Mother/Son Dinner – Nancy Wiley Class Representatives: Seniors: Cathy Bascom Juniors: Julie Bardos, Cindy Keith Sophomores: Larry Etter, Angie Valadie Freshmen: Lisa Yarbro


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Baseball Chris Holliday COMMISSIONERS:

Go Eagles! Baseball Boggan’s Florist CONTRIBUTIONS: Christian Brothers Automotive Baseball Michelle and John Cordera Boggan’s Floristand HRH Crown Winery Christian VineyardsBrothers Automotive Michelle Cordera Dana andand RobJohn Czech Crown Winery and HRH Design Masters Salon Vineyards Donna and Glen Harckum Dana Kmartand Rob Czech Design Masters Anita and Gary Salon Murphy Donna and Harckum Michael andGlen Darlene Nevle Kmart Lauran and Pat Powers Anita and Gary Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Parris Quon Michael and Darlene Jean and Phil SisnerosNevle Lauran Mr. andand Mrs.Pat M.Powers Smith Mr. and Mrs. Parris Renee and Tom StollQuon Jean and Phil Sisneros Supercuts Memphis Mr. and Mrs. M. Tenant Printing Smith Renee andand Tom Dee Ann JimStoll Van Hoeck Supercuts Memphis Walgreens Tenant Printing Walmart Dee Ann JimWallis Van Hoeck Karen andand John Walgreens Wunderlich Securities Walmart Basketball (Boys) Karen and John Wallis Botts Dental Spa Wunderlich Securities East Street Automotive Basketball (Boys)and Supply JSS Janitorial Service Botts Dental Spa and Air Richard’s Heating East Street Automotive Mr. and Mrs. James VanHoeck Janitorial Service and Supply JSS Basketball (Girls) and Air Richard’s Heating Michelle Agnew, State Farm Mr. and Mrs. James VanHoeck The Barnett Group Basketball (Girls) Ed’s Prop Shop Michelle Agnew, Farm Greenway Home State Services The Barnett Group Memphis Gastro Group Ed’s Prop Shop Daniel F. Peel, Esq. Greenway Home Services Riverside Heating and Air Memphis Gastro Group Smile Center Daniel F. Peel, Southmark AirEsq. Conditioning Riverside Heating and Air Stepherson Food Stores Smile Center Mr. and Mrs. John P. Stepherson Southmark Air Conditioning Mr. and Mrs. Andy Wise Stepherson Food Wolf River FamilyStores Footcare Mr. and Mrs. John P. Stepherson Mr. and Mrs. Andy Wise Wolf River Family Footcare

Basketball Baseball (Boys) Dee Van Hoeck ChrisAnn Holliday

Basketball Basketball (Girls) (Boys) Mr. Williams Dee and AnnMrs. Van Don Hoeck Bowling Basketball (Girls) Brenda Mr. andVick Mrs. Don Williams Golf (Boys and Girls) Bowling Michelle Kahle Brenda Vick Cheer Golf (Boys and Girls) Pam Gordon Michelle Kahle Cross Cheer Country Dee PamPitawannakwat Gordon

Dance Cross Country Lynn Albonetti and Sondra Morris Dee Pitawannakwat Football Dance Denise Crawford Lynn Albonetti and Sondra Morris Lacrosse Football (Boys) Tony DeniseMitchell Crawford

Lacrosse Lacrosse (Girls) (Boys) Nancy Wiley Tony Mitchell Soccer (Boys) Lacrosse (Girls) Jim and Debbie Nancy Wiley Graham Soccer Soccer (Girls) (Boys) Scott andDebbie Lori Barbier Jim and Graham Softball Soccer (Girls) Deb ScottFarler and Lori Barbier Swim Softball Kim Norris Deb Farler

Tennis Swim Susannah Kim NorrisMorgan Mary Sell Tennis Track & Field Susannah Morgan Scott and Mary Sell Lori Barbier Volleyball Track & Field Jill Frierott, Cinny Verhaak and Scott and Lori Barbier Mimi Watts Volleyball Wrestling Jill Frierott, Cinny Verhaak and John Herrman Mimi Watts Wrestling

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Bowling Mr. and Mrs. John Cordera Patrick Donohue Bowling Dr. and Mrs. Heymoore Mr. and Mrs. John Cordera Schettler Patrick Brenda Donohue Vick Dr. andand Mrs. Heymoore Nancy Keith Wiley Schettler Cheer Vick Brenda Dawn Nancy Booth and Keith Wiley Joy Bourgois Cheer Susan Holmes Dawn MandyBooth Pollaty Joy Bourgois Jennifer Milburn Susan Holmes Karen Scott Mandy Pollaty Debra Short Jennifer Milburn Stephanie Urban Karen Scott Terry Zazzara Debra Short Dance Stephanie Urban Wolfchase Honda Terry Zazzara Football Dance American Services WolfchaseResidential Honda BASF Football Sheri Bearden American Residential Services Conway HVAC and Plumbing BASF Crow’s Truck Service Sheri DairyBearden Queen Conway El Mezal HVAC and Plumbing Crow’s Truck Service Mike Falanga Dairy Queen FedEx Express El Mezal Enterprises Ferguson Mike Falanga Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas Gerard FedEx Express Glenn Clark Jewelers Ferguson Enterprises James Pest Management Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas Gerard Bruce Kronberg Glenn Clark Jewelers Ladd’s James Pest Management Media Source Bruce Kronberg Mr. and Mrs. Wes Misenhelter Ladd’s OnVerse Media Source Oral and Facial Surgical Mr. and Mrs. Wes Misenhelter Specialists OnVerse Performance Toyota Oral and Facial Rad Tronics LLCSurgical Specialists Richards Heating and Air Performance Toyota River City Gymnastics Rad Tronics LLC Williams Equipment and Supply Richards Heating and Air River City Gymnastics Williams Equipment and Supply

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Tennis Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Dupont Barbara Hervey Dean and Susannah Morgan St. Francis of Assissi School

Volleyball Anonymous Anonymous Jill Frierott Mimi Watts Jeff and Margaret Vollmar

Track & Field Scott and Lori Barbier Chalak Management Dianna Cervetti Dr. David Crowder, DDS Philip and Jackie Mahon MCE Ventures Greg and Patty Ryan Mr. and Mrs. Heywood Sun Sweet CeCe’s Yogurt Don Williams Woodland Tree Service

General Athletics Clay Bailey Bret Bilbrey Joe Bilbrey Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics Eddie Cobb Johnny Cordera Mike Falanga First Capital Bank Bruce Kronberg Dr. Santos Martinez Sharon Masterson Signs First Digital Mr. and Mrs. James Van Hoeck Don Williams

Athletics are a big part of SBA. Many of your restricted gifts support our variety of teams.

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Saint Benedict Lasting Legacies Annual Report Fashion Show Volunteers Platinum Sponsors Susan Blackwood Show Volunteers ($700-$1000) Platinum Sponsors Fashion Paul SusanBryant Blackwood Paulsen Printing ($700-$1000) Volunteers Platinum Sponsors Rick Carrasco Paul Bryant Mike andPrinting Anne Waddell Paulsen SusanCarrasco Blackwood ($700-$1000) Donna Harckum Rick Mike and Anne Waddell Paul Bryant Gold Sponsors Glen Harkum Paulsen Printing Donna Harckum Rick Carrasco Kathy Hurt ($250-$699) Gold Glen Harkum Mike Sponsors and Anne Waddell Donna Harckum Chris KathyJohnson Hurt All American Sporting Goods ($250-$699) Gold Sponsors Glen Harkum BurtonJohnson Kirk Chris Anonymous All American Sporting Goods KathyMagusiak Hurt ($250-$699) Tom Burton Kirk Cordova AutomotiveAnonymous ChrisMarconi Johnson All American Sporting Goods Jim Tom Magusiak Mr. and AutomotiveMrs. Sam Aljundi Cordova Burton Kirk Anonymous Caleb Marcum Jim Marconi Dr. Smith, Mr.William and Mrs. Sam Dental AljundiCares Tom Meagher Magusiak Judy Cordova AutomotiveCaleb Marcum Parker School Uniforms Dr. William Smith, Dental Cares Jim Marconi VickiMeagher Miller Judy Mr. and Mrs. Sam Aljundi SBA andUniforms School Caleb Marcum ParkerHome School Vicki Miller Mary Prascak Dr. William Smith, Dental Cares Judy Meagher Sodexo SBA Home and School Mary Prascak Terry Smith Parker School Uniforms Vicki Miller James Sodexoand DeeAnn Van Hoeck Terry Smith SBA Home and School Michael Wells Mary Prascak James DeeAnn Van Hoeck Silver and Sponsors Sodexo MichaelWiley Wells Nancy Terry Smith ($100-$249) Silver Sponsors James and DeeAnn Van Hoeck Nancy DonorsWiley Michael Wells Balfour ($100-$249) Silver Sponsors Donors Amanda Golightly Nancy Wiley Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schuhlein Balfour ($100-$249) Ann Donovan Amanda Golightly Donors Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schuhlein Models Balfour Ann O'Leary Donovan Amanda Golightly Christine Giles Mr. and Mrs. Models Paul Schuhlein Anne Waddell Ann O'Leary Ann Donovan Heather ChristineHill Giles Barbara Hervey Anne Waddell Models Ann O'Leary Kelly Jeffrey Heather Hill Best Buy Barbara Hervey Christine Giles Anne Waddell Jennifer Messina Kelly Jeffrey Boggan's Best Buy Florist Heather Hill Barbara Hervey Allison JenniferMcCrory Messina Cain Carson Boggan's Florist Kelly Jeffrey Best Buy Dr. Mary McDonald Allison McCrory Cathy McDonald Cain Carson Jennifer Messina Boggan's Florist Khira Rotty Dr. Mary McDonald Chris Cathy Johnson McDonald Allison McCrory Cain Carson Margie Smith Khira Rotty Chris Truckner Johnson Dr. Mary McDonald Cathy McDonald Dee AnnSmith Van Hoeck Margie Christine Giles Chris Truckner Khira Rotty Chris Johnson Dee Ann Van Hoeck Christopher Bratton Christine Giles Margie Smith Chris Truckner Cindy Chernanchas Christopher Bratton Dee Ann Van Hoeck Christine Giles Cindy Tarsi Chernanchas Christopher Bratton Claire Cindy Tolivar Tarsi Cindy Chernanchas Corky's Barbeque Claire Tolivar Cindy Tarsi Costco Corky's Barbeque Claire Tolivar Cottonwoods Golf Costco Corky's Barbeque Dave, Michelle and Piper Cottonwoods Golf Costco Ziebarth Dave, Michelle and Piper Cottonwoods Debbie Farler Golf Ziebarth Dave, Michelle and Piper Deborah Shaner Debbie Farler Ziebarth Dental Cares Deborah Shaner Debbie Farler Duane Mary Sell Dental and Cares Deborah Shaner Diane Duane Sable and Mary Sell All proceeds from the Fashion Dental Cares Dr. and Mrs. Heymoore Diane Sable All Show proceeds from thetoFashion go directly the Duane and Mary Sell Schettler Dr. and Mrs. Heymoore go directly the Diane Annual Fund. All Show proceeds from thetoFashion Dr. BillSable Smith Schettler Dr. and Mrs. Heymoore Annual Fund. Dr. Bill Smith Show go directly to the Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!Schettler Annual Fund. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!Dr. Bill Smith

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Economy Rental Garcia Family Economy Rental George and Nancy Valadie Garcia Family Economy Rental Germantown Day Spa George and Nancy Valadie Garcia Family Gold Strike Casino Germantown Day Spa George and Nancy Valadie Gracye James Gold Strike Casino Germantown Day Spa Holland Studio Gracye James Gold Strike Casino Holliday Flowers Holland Studio Gracye James Janet Daleke Holliday Flowers Holland Studio Jeannie Powell Janet Daleke Holliday Flowers Jenny Russel Smith Jeannieand Powell Janet Daleke Jim's Restaurant JennyPlace and Russel Smith Jeannie Powell JT Page Jim's Place Restaurant Jenny and Russel Smith Julie Bardos JT Page Jim's Place Restaurant Leigh Zipperer Julie Bardos JT Page Lisa LeighAllen Zipperer Julie Bardos Lisa Garry Allen Leigh Zipperer Lorrie Fisk Lisa Garry Lisa Allen Malco Movie Theatres Lorrie Fisk Lisa Garry MBS MalcoTextbook Movie Theatres Lorrie Fisk Mr. Mrs. Larry Etter MBSand Textbook Malco Movie Theatres Mr. Charles and Mrs.Sturdivant Larry Etter MBS Textbook Nancy WileySturdivant Mr. Charles Mr. and Mrs. Larry Etter Parker School Uniforms Nancy Wiley Mr. Charles Sturdivant Paulsen Printing Parker School Uniforms Nancy Wiley Perkins Marie Callender's Paulsen and Printing Parker School Uniforms Pettit's Scapes PerkinsLawn and Marie Callender's Paulsen Printing Pitner School Pettit'sDriving Lawn Scapes Perkins and Marie Callender's Platinum Jewelers Pitner Driving School Pettit's Lawn Scapes Playhouse on the Square Platinum Jewelers Pitner Driving School Provie Roseon the Square Playhouse Platinum Jewelers Richard and Co Salon Provie Rose Playhouse on the Square Rick andand Kathy Richard Co James Salon Provie Rose Salon Liani Rick and Kathy James Richard and Co Salon SBA Department SalonArt Liani Rick and Kathy James SBA Advanced Photoshop Art Department Salon Liani SBA Home and School Advanced Photoshop SBA Art Department Shannon Schuhlein SBA Home and School SBA Advanced Photoshop Shari Moore Shannon Schuhlein SBA Home and School Shaun Pruett Shari Moore Shannon Schuhlein Smoothie King Shaun Pruett Shari Moore Sona MedKing Spa Smoothie Shaun Pruett St. Paul Book Sona Med Spaand Gift Smoothie King Swanky's Tacoand Shop St. Paul Book Gift Sona Med Spa Tom LinkTaco Shop Swanky's St. Paul Book and Gift Vanessa Tom LinkHoward Swanky's Taco Shop Vera Bradley Store Vanessa Howard Tom Link Vera Bradley Store Vanessa Howard Vera Bradley Store

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Project Graduation

Project Graduation continues to be a success for our SBA senior class. The independent parent committee works very hard to make this event bigger and better every year. Platinum Sponsor $700+ FedEx – Mr. and Mrs. Bill Logue Parker Uniforms

Friend Sponsors $100-$249 Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brewster Dr. and Mrs. Robert Bussenger Elizabeth J. Debacker Mr. and Mrs. Keith Douglas Mr. and Mrs. Ken Joerger Donna Moore Nucor-Yamato Steel Company – Mr. and Mrs. John Christopher Crone Becky Parker Mr. and Mrs. William Powers Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stoddard Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Thompson

Gold Sponsors $500-$699 Mr. and Mrs. Jon Mark Erstine Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schneider Silver Sponsors $250-$499 David Crowder, DDS Knights of Columbus – Timothy J. Coyle, Council 9317 (Cordova) Mr. and Mrs. Brad Mahoney Tony McGehee State Farm Mr. and Mrs. Marty Quinn Mr. and Mrs. Mark Weber


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Alex Boston David Blount Mr. and Mrs. David Boston Toni Blount Joy Bourgeois Alex Matt Boston Brint Mr. and Mrs. David Boston Brooklyn Bridge Italian Restaurant Joy Bourgeois Butcher Shop Matt CathyBrint Cabrera Brooklyn Bridge Italian Restaurant Christine Cabrera Butcher Shop Cook’s Pest Control Cathy Cabrera Grant Craddick Christine Cabrera Denise Crawford Cook’s Pest Control Karen Cumings Grant Craddick Dive Shop Denise Crawford Dixon Gallery and Gardens Karen Cumings Suzy Erstine Dive Shop Maurice Ford Dixon Gallery and Gardens Fox Ridge Pizza – Cordova Suzy Erstine Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Galbreath Maurice Ford Sarah Galbreath Fox Ridge John GavinPizza – Cordova Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Galbreath Gigi’s Cupcakes – Cordova Sarah Galbreath Go Paint Party John Gavin Vicki Gourgeot Gigi’s Cupcakes – Cordova Toni Griesmer Go Paint PartyWear – Cordova Guy’s Formal Vicki Gourgeot Mr. and Mrs. Heath Hamilton Toni Griesmer Allison Hurley Guy’s BelindaFormal HurleyWear – Cordova Mr. and Mrs. Heath Hamilton Incredible Pizza Allison Hurley KD Krystals – Karen Scott Belinda Mr. and Hurley Mrs. John King Incredible Pizza Winnie Law KD Krystals John Lawson– Karen Scott Mr. and Mrs. John King Cathy MacDonald Winnie Law Malco Theaters – Larry Etter John Lawson Maybelline – Chuck Kantor Cathy MacDonald Mr. and Mrs. Johnny McFarland Malco Theaters – Larry Etter Kaitlin McFarland Maybelline – Chuck Kantor Dr. and Mrs. Mike Meagher Mr. and Mrs. Johnny McFarland Memphis Ob-Gyn Association Kaitlin McFarland Memphis Redbirds Dr. and Mrs. MikeSociety Meagher Memphis Soaring – Memphis Ob-Gyn Association Scott Ballard Memphis Redbirds Jessica Miller Memphis Soaring Society – Donna Moore Scott Ballard Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Jessica Miller Donna Moore Toni Blount Jean BettyAnderson Brown Mr. and Boston Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. David Ed Charlton Toni Blount Lacy Denney Betty DentalBrown Cares – Bill Smith, DDS Mr. and Ed Charlton Ramona Mrs. Dugger Lacy Denney Suzy Erstine Dental Bill Smith, DDS Mr. andCares Mrs. –Joe Galbreath Ramona Dugger John Gavin Suzy Erstine Becky Gennings Mr. and Mrs. Joeof Galbreath Gigi’s Cupcakes Cordova John Gavin Richard Graham BeckyGriesmer Gennings Toni Gigi’s Cupcakes Karen Hamilton of Cordova Richard Mr. and Graham Mrs. Wes Holmes Toni Griesmer Belinda Hurley KarenKirouac Hamilton Lucie Mr. and–Mrs. Wes Levee Holmes Kroger Houston Belinda Hurley Mediarex Madrid Lucie Malone Kirouac Kelly Kroger –Masterson Houston Levee Sharon Mediarex Madrid Lisa McFarland Kelly Malone Tricia McGinnis Sharon Mr. andMasterson Mrs. Anthony Mitchell Lisa McFarland Mr. and Mrs. Paul Monti Tricia McGinnis Wanda Murphy Mr. and Anthony Pirani & Mrs. Nunnelly, DDSMitchell – Mr. and Mrs. Paul Monti Carlo Pirani, DDS Wanda Murphy Beth Packard Pirani & Mrs. Nunnelly, – III Mr. and CurtisDDS Person, Carlo Pirani, DDS Pulido Denistry, Mike Pulido, DDS Beth Packard Scholastic Products/ Balfour – Mr. andKearney Mrs. Curtis Person, III Doug PulidoSiano Denistry, Mike Pulido, DDS Becky Scholastic Products/ Balfour – Margie Smith Doug Kearney Supercuts – Bartlett BeckyThompson Siano Bette MargieTolivar Smith Claire Supercuts – Bartlett Mr. and Mrs. Mark Trice Betteand Thompson Mr. Mrs. Fred Verhaak Claire Tolivar Sherry Williams Mr. and Mrs. Mark Trice Mr. and Mrs. Fred Verhaak Sherry Williams

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Mr. and Mrs. Jason Motte Mr. Lincoln’s Costume Shoppe Mr. and Mrs. Dan Peel Mr. and Mrs. Jason Motte Jessie Peel Mr. Lincoln’s Costume Shoppe Perdue Chicken Mr. and Mrs. Dan Platinum Jewelry Peel Jessie Peel on the Square Playhouse Perdue Chicken Elizabeth Rapalo Platinum Jewelry Rendezvous Playhouse the Square St. Benedicton Athletic Department Elizabeth Rapalo St. Benedict Music & Rendezvous Drama Department St. Department St. Benedict Benedict Athletic Spirit Shop St. BenedictofMusic St. Francis Assisi&Church PRE Drama Department Department St. Benedict Spirit Shop Shannon Schuhlein St. Francis of Assisi Church PRE Becky Siano Department Mr. and Mrs. Jim Siano Shannon Schuhlein Smile Center – Becky Siano Mehdi Sadeghi, DDS Mr. and Mrs. Jim Siano Sodexo Smile Center –Distributing – Southwestern Mehdi Sadeghi, DDS John Barzizza Sodexo Tharpe Roderick Southwestern Distributing – Mr. and Mrs. Howard Thompson John Barzizza Mr. and Mrs. Mark Weber Roderick Tharpe Well Dressed Windows – Mr. and Mrs. Howard Thompson Claire Tolivar Mr. and Mrs. Mark Weber Trey Urban Well Dressed Brenda Vick Windows – Claire Tolivar Nancy Wiley Trey Urban Paige Williams BrendaWilliams Vick Sherry Nancy Wiley Paige Williams Sherry Williams

Seniors enjoyed the chance to celebrate together. Seniors enjoyed the chance to celebrate together.

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Other SBA Giving Building Fund Contributions Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Bassett Mr. and Mrs. William Bond, III Mr. Joseph Sena Mr. and Mrs. Heywood Sun Mr. and Mrs. Don Williams

Matching Companies We thank our donors who take advantage of the matching gift opportunities. Please remember that many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a program, visit

Auto Zone First Horizon Foundation, Inc Kraft Foods Foundation GE Foundation Pfizer Foundation Prudential Foundation Regions Morgan Keegan Trust Scripps Howard Foundation Truist UBS Financial Services, Inc

Endowment Fund Chris and Adrienne LeBlanc General Fund Anonymous

From the President of the Board‌ The SBA Board of Advisors recently completed its activities for the 2011/2012 year. The board has grown in numbers and involvement in school related activities. New members this year are - Jon Bascom, Nick Griffin (’98), Joe Incardona and Paul Schuhlein.

Don Williams

Recent areas of focus have included board involvement in the SACS Accreditation process along with our continued efforts in fund raising in conjunction with Lori Regis, our development director and our ongoing budget focus with Kathy Hurt, our finance director. It has been my honor to be part of the Board for the past several years and especially this year as president. One of the most memorable aspects has been the opportunity to work with and get to know better the St. Benedict staff and faculty. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated team of professionals who make our school the outstanding, well-rounded educational institution that it is. My challenge to each of you is to further involve yourself in at least one area of the school and work to make it better.


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SAINT BENEDICT AT AUBURNDALE is a very special place. It is because of people like you. Thank you for your part in where we are today. Whether your BENEDICT gift was this AT year,AUBURNDALE or twenty years is ago, it hasspecial made place. a difference. SAINT a very THANK It is because of people like you.So,Thank you YOU. for your part in where we are today. Whether your gift was this year, or twenty years ago, it has made a difference. From the Director of Development… So, THANK YOU. What’s a Development Director to say at the end of an Annual Report the Director of Development… that looks From like THAT?!?! This one says THANK YOU. What’s a Development Director to say at the end of an Annual Report I could never say it enough or show it enough, but I will sure try and that looks like THAT?!?! keep trying. This one says THANK YOU. Ask anyone in these front offices. Every day, I am blown away by the I could never say it enough or show it enough, but I will sure try and generosity of our families. The secretaries love to tell me when the mail is keep trying. here because I get so excited when I see a remittance envelope with a Ask anyone in these front offices. Every day, I am blown away by the donation. I don’t know when it is going to stop surprising me. Here’s the generosity of our families. The secretaries love to tell me when the mail is have NEVER spoken the words, “Will you please give to our Lori Trew Regis ‘91 thing...I here because I get so excited when I see a remittance envelope with a school?” You just do. To me, it is very touching. The sincerity it shows to donation. I don’t know when it is going to stop surprising me. Here’s the give any of YOUR hard-earned money to SBA is felt and appreciated every have NEVER spoken the words, “Will you please give to our Lori Trew Regis ‘91 thing...I time I open an envelope. Thank you. school?” You just do. To me, it is very touching. The sincerity it shows to I put the above two pictures together because they are important to this give any of YOUR hard-earned money to SBA is felt and appreciated every Annual Report. I hope everyone gets it. We would not be here if it weren’t time I open an envelope. Thank you. for the shoulders we were able to climb. We would not be as successful as I put the above two pictures together because they are important to this we are today if it weren’t for the efforts and gifts of the many who have Annual Report. I hope everyone gets it. We would not be here if it weren’t been a part of this school throughout the years. So really, for whenever for the shoulders we were able to climb. We would not be as successful as your gift was given, or for whatever the amount was, I hope you see the we are today if it weren’t for the efforts and gifts of the many who have difference it has made and I hope you feel appreciated. been a part of this school throughout the years. So really, for whenever Thank you. your gift was given, or for whatever the amount was, I hope you see the difference has made next and year I hope you And by the it way...should come andfeel go, appreciated. and I still not have the opportunity to Thank you. say the words, “Will you please give to our school?”, it doesn’t mean I didn’t want to. J And by the way...should next year come and go, and I still not have the opportunity to

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(All Sports Schedules may be found on AUGUST

6-9 11 15 17-20 20

2 AlumNite – Classes 2008-12 13 9th Grade Parent meeting, 6:30 pm 13 FR/SOPH FB Jamboree, 7:00 pm 14 Registration 15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary 16 First day of classes for new students only 17 First full day of classes for all students 9th & 10th Grade Parent Tailgate, 5:30 pm 28 Meet the Teachers Night, 7:00 pm

JANUARY 2 7 9 21 23-26 27-Feb.2

SEPTEMBER 3 Labor Day (no classes) 4 10th Grade Parent meeting, 6:30 pm 5 11th Grade Parent meeting, 6:30 pm 7 1st Friday Adoration, Chapel 11 12th Grade Parent meeting, 6:30 pm 12 Home & School meeting, 8:00 am 21 Homecoming Football Game, 7:00 pm 22 Homecoming Dance 27 School Pictures

Winter Musical Band & Chamber Choir Christmas Concert John Angotti & Friends Christmas Concert Cannon Center Semester Exams ½ day – End of semester, begin Christmas break Classes resume 1st Friday Adoration, Chapel Home & School meeting, 8:00 am Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes) March for Life Trip, Washington DC Catholic Schools Week

FEBRUARY 1 1st Friday Adoration, Chapel                 2 High School Placement Test 13 Ash Wednesday 18 Presidents’ Day – No classes MARCH 1 8 9 18 28 29 31

OCTOBER 5 1st Friday Adoration, Chapel                 11 8th grade visit 12 Professional Day (no classes) 15 Fall break (no classes) 18 8th grade visit Fall Play 19 End of 1st academic quarter 20-22 Fall Play 25 8th grade visit

1st Friday Adoration, Chapel                 End of 3rd academic quarter Begin Spring Break Classes resume Holy Thursday (½ day-begin Easter Break) Good Friday Easter Sunday

APRIL 1 Classes Resume 5 1st Friday Adoration, Chapel                 11-14 Spring Musical 17 Home & School meeting, 8:00 am 20 Prom 22 Spring Choir Concert 29 Spring Band Concert

NOVEMBER 1 All Saints Day (Holyday-no classes) 2 1st Friday Adoration, Chapel                 11 Open House for prospective students & parents, 1:00-3:00 pm 14 Home & School meeting, 8:00 am 17 Trivia Night, Sponsored by Project Graduation 21 Begin Thanksgiving Break 26 Classes resume

MAY 3 6 10 11 15 21-24 24

DECEMBER 1 High School Placement Test 5 All-School Mass (Junior Rings) 7 1st Friday Adoration, Chapel                


1st Friday Adoration, Chapel Senior Awards Night, 6:30 pm Baccalaureate-Church of the Incarnation, 7:00 pm Commencement-Hope Church, 11:00 am Senior Project Graduation Party Underclass Awards, 10:00 am Final exams Last day of classes

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Admission & Guidance Information ADMISSIONS Applications for the 2013-14 school year are now being accepted. Please visit our website at for admissions procedures and application. Parents Please Note: All siblings who wish to attend SBA must complete the Application for Admission. If you have questions, please contact Ann O’Leary, Director of Admissions, at 260-2875 or o’ GUIDANCE Parents of seniors (Class of 2013) – if you would like a conference concerning college plans for your child, please E-mail Senior Counselor Mary Cox at to set up an appointment. Please see the following schedule for College Entrance Testing.

ACT TEST DATES ( SAT TEST DATES ( Test Date Registration Deadline Test Date Registration Deadline Sept. 8, 2012

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SBA Code needed for registration – 430-451 DRIVER’S PERMIT ATTENDANCE VERIFICATION FORM The Driver’s Permit Attendance Verification Form Is required in order for a student to get a Driver’s Permit. Students may pick up a form in the front office during regular office hours. Please have student Social Security Number to complete the form.

Home & School Officers 2012-13            President: Dawn Lewis, Romy Schaaf Treasurer: Dee Ann Van Hoeck Secretary: Tiffany Akin Special Committee Chairs: Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Beth Jackson, Angie Valadie Monthly Faculty/Staff Appreciation Days – Barb Cafferty, Karen Cumings First Friday Adoration – Cathy MacDonald (need a co-chair) Honor Society Reception – Jill Frierott, Shannon Schuhlein Project Graduation – Darla and David Boston Eagle Bucks – Jill Frierott

Used Uniform Sale – Karen Cumings, Mary-Margaret Morning Spirit Shop – Julie Bardos Activities: Junior Ring Ceremony – Beth Jackson, Nancy Wiley Father/Daughter Dance – Karen Hamilton, Belinda Hurley Father/Son Afternoon – Nancy Wiley Mother/Daughter Tea – Debra Demirorz Mother/Son Dinner – Nancy Wiley Fashion Show – OPEN Freshman/Sophomore Tailgate – Christy Houston, Dawn Lewis, Derek McCraw Class Representatives: Seniors: Julie Bardos; Juniors: Angie Valadie; Sophomores: Lisa Yarbro; Freshmen: Sarah Bettendorf, Wanda Murphy, Linda Visca


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News From Home & School Association Greetings from the SBA Home & School! A special thank you to all our 2011-2012 SBA families for another successful year. Perhaps you volunteered to be on a committee, shopped the used uniform sale, paid your dues at registration or simply attended one of the many events supported by Home & School, we greatly appreciate your efforts. Please know that the faculty, staff and students of SBA recognize your involvement in our school and are equally grateful. Special recognition to Shannon Schuhlein, our outgoing Co-President. Shannon has served SBA as Co-President of the Home & School Association for the past two years, along with many other activities she has tirelessly taken on for us. We are grateful for your service and dedication to our school, Shannon. A hearty welcome to our new Co-President, Dawn Lewis, who has willingly stepped up to get involved as a new parent to SBA this year. For all of you who are looking to get involved in your student’s high school career, we have many opportunities and welcome you to join us in service to our school.

Be sure to find us at Registration on August 14th. Forms for Home & School participation are in the Registration packet found online. Dues per family are $40.00 and WE DO NOT FUNDRAISE. Our dues are the only means of support enabling us to help the school in the many activities throughout the year. Mark your calendars for our 2012-2013 school year meetings and special events that have already been set. Home and School meetings this year are - Sept. 12, Nov. 14, Jan. 9 and Apr. 17. Each of these meetings will be held in the Faculty Dining Room starting at 8:00am. In addition, please save the date for these special events: Freshman/Sophomore Tailgate, Aug.17 at 5:00 until game time and the Annual Fashion Show to usher in spring (date to be determined). Many more events will follow and will be listed in Monday Mail. We look forward to working with you this year! If you would like to volunteer or receive more information about Home & School, please contact Romy Schaaf at, 901.359.7821 or Dawn Lewis at, 901.262.5012.

Project Graduation 2013

not only a fun event for the graduates, but for all involved, too. Volunteers and ideas are needed from all parents.

In May, the Class of 2012 had a fun night of Project Graduation activities, capped off by loads of raffle prizes along with every student receiving a goody bag valued near $150 for college.

Chairs for this year’s event are Darla and David Boston, who are donating a second year as chairmen. You can contact them at

2013 Senior Parents, be sure to check this year’s registration packet of information for a full letter of invitation and explanation about the 2013 event and the permission form to include your senior student. The support fundraisers – Trivia Nights are also set (see calendar in this issue). PG is


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Spiritual Affairs Director Khira Rotty has been attending the Theology of the Body Summer Institute. Her “About Our Faith” column will appear in the next issue of On Eagles’ Wings.

St. Benedict students named champions of Knights of Columbus essay contest Eight St. Benedict at Auburndale High School students were named area champions of the Knights of Columbus Lee R. Hurst Assembly (#2183) Essay Contest. The SBA students, a first and second place winner from each class, were selected from 230 entries overall. Each contestant wrote their essays on the theme of “The Responsibility of the Catholic Citizen in a Free Society.”

SBA beautifully witnesses to the Easter Season in the main lobby thanks to the decorating talents of SBA parent Anne Waddell. checks. One of the leaders, Bill Brickhill (Faithful Navigator), congratulated the students for their efforts and mentioned that their essays were selected from an “extraordinary collection.” He said, “Five people reviewed the 230 essays and awarded points on each. The points were totaled and these eight students finished the review system with the highest number of points. The winning scores ranged from 97-100. It was extremely close between the first and second place winners, as well, and Assembly members had a difficult time making the selections from such an outstanding group of entries.” Mr. Brickhill also mentioned, “The goal of the contest is to give students the opportunity to define the role of a Catholic citizen in a free society and to strengthen the bond between the Knights of Columbus and the local schools.”

The winners are: seniors Michael Robinson (1st Place) and Sara Swisher (2nd Place); juniors Holly Black (1st Place) and Casey Lazek (2nd Place); sophomores Teresa Ferrante (1st Place) and Michelle Murphy (2nd Place) and freshmen Emily Horobetz (1st Place) and Piper Ziebarth (2nd Place). The first place winners received a certificate with a $100 check and the second place winners received a certificate with a $25 check. The winners advance to the State level and, if chosen as champions there, advance to the national level. In their essays, many of the students wrote about the history of the Catholic Church in America and its effort from the beginning of the founding of the country to be as a beacon of service to others. Several also recognized the freedom that our Constitution grants to worship as one desires, not shared by some other societies.

The Knights of Columbus (KC) is a lay men’s organization dedicated to charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The Lee R. Hurst Assembly consists of KC Councils from St. Ann and Nativity Churches in Bartlett, St. Francis of Assisi Church in Cordova and St. Philip the Apostle Church in Somerville.

Representatives of the Assembly visited the school in late March to present the winning students with their awards and

Front from left – Freshmen Piper Ziebarth (2nd Place) and Emily Horobetz (1st Place); Sophomores Teresa Ferrante (1st Place) and Michelle Murphy (2nd Place); Juniors Holly Black (1st Place) and Casey Lazek (2nd Place). Back from left – Patrick Casey and Bill Brickhill of the Knights of Columbus; Senior Michael Robinson (1st Place); Richard Thompson of the Knights of Columbus and George Valadie SBA President; not picturedSenior Sara Swisher (2nd Place).


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Lay Catholic Minister has SBA student body rockin’ Nationally acclaimed Catholic youth entertainer and minister, Jesse Manibusan, in town for the Diocesan Youth Conference held each year at St. Benedict performed for SBA students on the Friday before the weekend conference in March. He had the students laughing, singing and dancing with his music, comedy and spirit. The Eagles’ house was rocking for over an hour. Jesse has the special gift of being able to engage and reach out to any individual — either one-on-one at a confirmation retreat, or within a large group of teens at a

youth rally, or with a crowd of 500,000 people at World Youth Day. It doesn’t matter how small or large the audience is, this dynamic performer touches the soul and has everyone praising God with him. Jesse calls himself a Catholic lay evangelist who uses music, comedy and stories to connect with people. Very much in demand around the country as a motivational speaker, Jesse’s uplifting message touches all generations. “God gives us life. We may have disappointments, we may be really angry or depressed,” said the singer. “It’s good we can have a moment to say to God, ‘Thank you for life.’”

SBA last all-school Mass Honors Our Lady The Annual crowning of the Blessed Mother was in early May following the last all-school Mass of the year celebrated by Father Mike Werkhoven. Chosen to crown the Blessed Mother were seniors Katie Byrnes and Christine Cabrera. They were assisted by seniors Daniel LaForce and Peter Longoria.

† In Memoriam Chayse Steven Bernard, 21, brother of rising sophomore SBA Haylie Malone, passed away on April 2, 2012.

The faculty, staff and students of St. Benedict at Auburndale offer our most sincere condolences to all those families who have lost loved ones. We remember them and all our dearly beloved in our daily prayers and Masses. Mack Andreoli, 83, father of SBA attendance secretary Vicki Miller, passed away on April 16, 2012.

Margie Stiel, 58, wife of SBA Athletic Director Greg Stiel and mother of Brian Stiel (’03), passed away on May 20, 2012.


Headline News

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SBA wins BOP® Team Trophy for fourth straight year SBA sports was, once again, recognized for success at the Commercial Appeal’s Pepsi Best of the Preps® Annual Awards ceremony on June 8 when Mr. Valadie accepted the school’s fourth straight Large Private School Team Champion Award. The Large Private School category was created in 2008-09 so SBA has been awarded the trophy each year since its inception. This is the sixth Team Champion Award won by the school. SBA also received 48 All-Metro recognitions, with nine Top Five Finalists and two Coaches of the Year selections. (see Sports)

Enjoying the glory of winning are (from left) Jeff Lamer, Top Five Finalist for Wrestling; Josh Stoddard and Caroline Sabbatini, Top Five Finalists for Scholar Athlete; Mr. Valadie; Dee Blakely, Top Five Finalist for Athlete of the Year and Grace Summers, Top Five Finalist for Tennis.

St. Benedict student music engineer is honored by DOWNBEAT Once again, the SBA Soul Band has garnered honors in the Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards. This year, SBA student Jack Higgins (right in photo) won an individual award for “Best Engineered Studio Recording” for a recording submitted by the Soul Band. The announcement of Jack’s honor appeared in the June 2012 issue of Downbeat. This is the 35th Annual Student Music Awards sponsored by the magazine and winning in any category is a huge accomplishment. Instrumental music teacher and director of SBA bands Tom Link (left in photo), says, “The Downbeat Awards are like the Grammys of college and high school music programs and this is a great honor for Jack. He is an accomplished music engineer and we are fortunate to have his technical ability.” St. Benedict bands have received Downbeat recognition in previous years. Award selections are made from entries submitted from throughout the country. Jack, a rising senior, is the son of Paige and Ron Higgins of Cordova.

SBA musical artists are Grand Champions

On their annual competition trip, the SBA bands and choirs came away with the “Grand Champion” award. This followed a series of honors that each group received for their performances at the New Orleans World Heritage Music Festival. The Chamber Choir received an “Excellent” Award; the Jazz Band received an “Excellent” Award; the Soul Band received a “Superior” Award and the SBA Show Choir also received a “Superior” Award as well as the “Best Choir Overall” trophy. With all of these awards, SBA accumulated points to bring them to the highest combined score of all participants at the festival. Cindy Wells, SBA Fine Arts Chair, is the director of the choirs and Tom Link is director of the bands.



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2011-2012 Senior Awards The 2012 graduating class of 232 was offered over 649 merit-based college scholarships valued over $11 million. Valedictorians are Alanna Murphy and Josh Stoddard finishing with the highest cumulative GPA of 4.57. Alanna will attend the University of Memphis to study dramatic arts and science and Josh will attend the University of Alabama to pursue a degree in engineering with emphasis in astrophysics. Thomas Summers is this year’s Salutatorian for the second highest cumulative GPA of 4.53. Thomas will attend Christian Brothers University to pursue a degree in biochemistry.

Carmen Martinez received the Golden Eagle Award for soaring beyond the expectations that others set.

Daniel LaForce received the Christian Witness Award, the highest honor presented to an SBA student. The Christian Witness Award defines that student who lives his faith and witnesses that faith to those around him. Daniel was selected by a vote of the SBA faculty.

Daniel LaForce and Ivy Anderson selected Mr. and Miss SBA by the faculty as the ideal SBA students. The Right Choice Award is presented by a vote of the senior class to those classmates who they feel stand up for what is right in a society and culture that exert pressure to do otherwise. This year’s recipients are Daniel LaForce and Sierra Mitchell.



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Allison Hopper received the Helen T. “Sandy” Riggs Scholarship Award to use at the college of her choice. The Riggs Award is presented to the student who has shown outstanding accomplishment, exemplary behavior and a dedication to furthering her education. Sandy Riggs has provided 44 years of service to SBA.

Senior Peter Longoria was awarded the St. Timothy Award for the Memphis Deanery by Bishop J. Terry Steib at the annual Diocesan Youth Celebration. The award is given in recognition for outstanding service, leadership and good moral standards as a Catholic youth in the Diocese of Memphis. It is the most prestigious award presented each year by the Diocesan Office of Youth Ministries. Peter was also recognized as an Outstanding Senior representing his parish St. William Church (Millington).

SENIOR SUPERLATIVES, as selected by the senior class Bottom Row (from left) Wittiest Mackenzie Logue, Murphy Hill; Most Talented Madeline Marconi, Michael Robinson; 2nd Row (from left) Most Likely to be Remembered Rebekah Little, Chris Hailey; Most Athletic Katelyn Graham, Nathan Ballard; 3rd Row (from left) Most Likely to Succeed Caroline Sabbatini, Thomas Summers; Contributed Most to the Class: Kara Krajenta, Kail Powers; Top Row (from left) Best All Around Ivy Anderson, Josh Stoddard; Friendliest Hannah Valle, Brian Bradley; Most Spirited Katie Byrnes, Daniel LaForce; Most Dedicated Marissa Boulanger, Zach Noelke.

Senior Zach Noelke was awarded the $1,000 Condure Scholarship by the Church of the Holy Spirit. The Adam P. Condure Scholarship is named in memory of the son of parishioners Robert and Cindy Condure and is funded by the Church’s Ladies Evening Group. Zach Noelke accepts the Condoure Scholarship awarded by the Church of the Holy Spirit. Pictured are Holy Spirit Ladies Evening Group representative Marta Tetzel, Zach’s mom LuAnn Noelke, Zach and his dad Tom Noelke. The award was made at a recent Holy Spirit Mass, celebrating graduating seniors.



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Senior Sara Swisher was the recipient of the St. Ann-Bartlett $250 Pastor’s Scholarship.

Allison Fetz (left) and Josh Stoddard (right) were honored by the Germantown Exchange Club as Youths of the Month for April.

LifeBlood partners with SBA on several yearly blood drives. This year, two drives were held on campus to allow students, faculty and parents to participate in this valuable community service. We exceeded our yearly goal and collected a total of 118 units of blood. These units saved hundreds of lives in our community. This level of participation qualified SBA for the LifeBlood Scholarship Program, receiving $500 in scholarship funds. This year’s recipient of the LifeBlood Scholarship is Brittany Taylor.

St. Benedict senior gains Girl Scout Gold Award while helping young church members St. Benedict at Auburndale Hannah Scott was recently awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest recognition available in Girl Scouting. For her Gold Award project she coordinated the renovation of the nursery area of her church, Bartlett United Methodist, in order to create a safe and inviting environment for the children and their parents and members of the community who utilize this space as part of the daycare program.

Brittany was also awarded the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship. The Comcast Leaders and Achievers program recognizes students who exemply these ideals and who serve as models for their fellow students. Brittany receives $1,000 to be used toward her college education.

Hannah spent over 90 hours researching and completing this project. She developed a survey to determine the needs of the staff and parents, conducted extensive research on products such as floor and wall coverings, window treatments and other items to improve and enhance the usage of the space. Hannah put together a proposal including sample colors, fabrics and mural designs for the space and presented this, along with a proposed budget to the appropriate church committees and Church Board of Trustees for their approval.

National Merit “Letters of Commendation” were awarded to Wendy Alyea, John Hofer and Caitlin Terry and a “Letter of Outstanding Participant” recognition in the National Achievement Scholarship Program was awarded to Ivy Anderson.

Each room was repainted and a mural was painted in each of the five classrooms. New safer cordless window blinds were installed, volunteers sewed valences and created fabric skirts to cover exposed pipes in the sink area and rugs were replaced. This project achieved an updated, fresh, appealing and safe area for the smallest church members. Priorities have been put in place to continue this project as future funds become available.

Kimmie Kim, John Lawson, Sierra Mitchell, Megan Murphy and Thomas Summers were recognized for having perfect attendance throughout their senior year. The following seniors graduated and completed their two-year commitment to the Bridge Builders leadership program – Brian Bradley, Alexis Bingham, Courtney Bond, Elissa Brooks, Victoria Brown, Katie Byrnes, Allison Fetz, Kara Krajenta, Anna McCrarey, Anne Marie Miller, Jessica Miller, Sierra Mitchell, Hayden Morrissett, Elizabeth Packard, Elizabeth Rapalo, Paige Scrivener, Megan Singer, Meghan Smith, Brittany Taylor, Caitlin Terry, Lucy Thompson, Casey Wagner, Brianna Willis.

Hannah was also awarded with the Girl Scout Gold Scholarship providing $1000 for her college education.



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Senior Trevor Cooke received an appointment to the University of Tennessee’s Summer Veterinary Experience. The program is an eight-week internship for seniors interested in veterinary medicine as a career. Trevor is working for a local veterinarian then will spend the last week at UT attending lectures, participating in clinicals and getting a feel for what a veterinary student encounters while in school. Only 12 seniors from across the state of Tennessee are chosen to participate in this very competitive program.

Ten St. Benedict seniors were honored in May at the annual C Spire Wireless Academic All-Stars luncheon at the Hilton Hotel. SBA had the second largest number of students selected in the Metro area. The C Spire Wireless Academic All-Stars program is an effort of the Memphis Commercial Appeal designed to identify and recognize high school students in the Greater Memphis area for excellence in academics, school leadership and community service. SBA continues to lead the way in nominating and having achieving students for the All-Stars program to represent their school.

Trevor Cooke and Richard Dromerhauser were awarded ROTC appointments – Trevor for the Army ROTC at the University of Memphis and Richard for the Navy ROTC at VMI.

Engineering Club member wins CBU event St. Benedict senior physics student Trey McGinnis (2nd left) won first place at the 10th Annual High School Engineering Competition at Christian Brothers University. Trey submitted a crate in the balsa crate/ building category and came away with the First Place Ribbon and $100. Students participating in the Balsa Crate Competition were required to design and build crates from balsa wood and Elmer’s glue, which were then tested for strength and load bearing capacity. Of all the entries from schools around the area, Trey’s crate had the best weight-to-weight ratio entry.

SBA’s Academic All-Stars are congratulated by SBA Principal George Valadie, SBA Director of Academics Dr. Beth Brock and Senior Guidance Counselor Mary Cox; (front from left) Caroline Sabbatini for Math, Marissa Boulanger for English/Literature, Renee Adamec for Science, Hayden Morrissett for Career/ Technical, Alanna Murphy for Drama/Speech, Thomas Summers for Foreign Language, Mrs. Cox; (back row from left) Mr. Valadie, Allison Fetz for General Scholarship (two-year selection); Paige Scrivener for Music; Matt Chernauskas for Social Sciences/History; Josh Stoddard for Science, Dr. Brock.

Trey is pictured here with CBU Civil Engineering/ Packaging Professor Dr. Pong Malasri (left) and the second and third place winners from area schools. Other SBA Engineering Club students participating in the CBU event were seniors Matt Groendyke, Jeremy Mothersell, Matthew Parker and Ben Schneider.

Just before the C Spire Academic All-Stars luncheon, University of Memphis President Dr. Shirley Raines (center) stopped to say hello to two SBA seniors Alanna Murphy (left) and Allison Fetz (right) who will be entering the U of M in the fall on scholarship.

Engineering Club members also submitted an entry in the University of Memphis Engineering Department Canstruction event. Members participating were seniors Wendy Alyea, Marc Cabe, Matt Chernauskas, Luke Griesmer, Cathy Holmes, Zach Noelke, Matt Schwab, Josh Stoddard, Caitlin Terry and junior Nathan Sun.



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SBA received its second Silver Jefferson Award for public service. The school was presented a banner in the spring recognizing the many hours of service provided to the community. SBA’s Kids Kan effort garnered another first place finish over all Catholic Schools in collections for the spring campaign and our annual support of the Mid-South Food Bank. Senior Megan Singer received Honorable Mention in the 40-word-dash at the annual Wordsmith Writing Competition. Also, in the 40-word-dash, freshman Ryan Cobb placed third.

Freshman Ben Chappell and sophomore JC Odhams were two out of the four students honored by the Memphis-Central Rotary Club in May when they were presented the club’s annual Character Achievement Awards for overcoming hardships to continue their education. Each student also received $1,000.

Students selected to Girls State and Governor’s Schools This year’s group of students accepted to the prestigious Girls State and Tennessee Governor’s Schools are - Caitlin McCurdy for Girls State and was also accepted to the Murray State Commonwealth Honors Academy; Rachel Cummings for Governor’s School for Scientific Models and Data Analysis; Nikki Shah for Governor’s School for Information Technology Leadership and Alternate to Governor’s School for the Humanities; Jodie Crocker for Alternate to Governor’s School for the Sciences; Tara VanCleve for Alternate to Governor’s School for Agricultural Sciences and Kate Walsh for Alternate to Governor’s School for the Humanities.



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SBA Students are Winners!

Foreign Language Fair The following St. Benedict Foreign Language Students placed in the annual University of Memphis Foreign Language Fair in the spring – front row (from Left) Lizzy Wall, 1st place Spanish greeting card; MJ Kim, 1st place French oil painting; Mary Margaret Vollmar 2nd place German art; Catie Blackwood (team member) 1st place German folk dancing; back row (from left) Aleksandr Brown, Tucker Hanemann and Rhett Chism 3rd place German crafts; Payton Powers, Ryan Cobb, Brad Reber and JD Dudek (team members) 1st place German folk dancing.

National Latin Exam

DeOchoa, Elizabeth Rapalo, Theresa Stoddard; Bronze Medal (scoring nationally 75-84%) Bailey Coppedge, JR Jamora, Sarah-Clare Parker , Amanda Slade, Sophie Soto-Phipps, Kendall Tooker; Honorable Mention (scoring nationally at or above 50%) Jacqueline Banks, Mallory Barbier, Michael Bardos, Michaiha Bayani, Holly Black, Michelle Boongaling, Meghan Brino, Cassandra Carrasco, Trey Claus, Rachael Cummings, Randolph Dupont, Madison Durkee, Katherine Elliott, Danielle Fernandez, Samuel Gaskill, Mary Green, Mackenzie Haney, Nicole Harty, Rachel Hofer, Emily Horobetz, Connor Jones, Lucky Krog, Sarah Kutas, Judy Latta, Andrew Lee, Madeline Mahon, Rosa Martinez, Stephanie McCarthy, Caitlin McCurdy, Laura Meagher, Alexa Minjarez, Christine Moore, Cole Richards, Kathleen Riley, Connor Ryan, Grace Shorter, Caroline Siciliano, Makenna Smith, Julie Stoll, Hunter Thompson, Thomas Trouy, Kyle Van Hoeck, Brianna Williams, Easton Williams, Destiny Yancey, Ragan Young, Piper Ziebarth.

The following students participated in the National Latin Exam in the spring and achieved awards – Seniors – Matt Groendyke Silver Maxima Cum Laude in Latin IV; Cathy Holmes, Thomas Summers Magna Cum Laude in Latin IV; Renee Adamec, Alex Graziosi Cum Laude in Latin IV. Juniors – Grayson Taylor Silver Maxima Cum Laude in Latin III; Katie Akin, Brandon Brown Cum Laude in Latin III. Sophomores – Jodie Crocker, Chaney Morgan Silver Maxima Cum Laude in Latin II; Monica Shah, Sarah Timmins, Kayla Williamson Magna Cum Laude in Latin II; Emily Summers Cum Laude in Latin II; Freshmen – Jackson Fletcher Gold Summa Cum Laude in Latin I; Michael Mendez, William McClure, Clare Morris Silver Maxima Cum Laude in Latin I; Christianne Clorina Magna Cum Laude in Latin I.

National Spanish Exam Award winners are: Silver Medal (scoring nationally 85-94%) Ana Hurler, Katelyn Frierott, Cynthia



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History Day State competitors – Front (from left) Henry Evetts, Kyle Van Hoeck, Daniel Sweat, Jacob Aljundi; Back (from left) Anna Arnold, Amanda Melvin, Grace Davis, Katelyn Frierott, Lisa Ong, Ashley Koehler, Katie Akin, Allie McNamara, Katie Beth Wein, Cody Bailey.

National History Day Competition SBA History students were extraordinary in History Day competitions this year. Many medaled in the Western Regional competition and several advanced to the State competition winning there, as well. Students medaling in the Western Regional were – Senior Individual Documentary “The Dangers of Reform Based on Racial Stereotypes in Nazi Germany” 1st Place – sophomore Grace Davis for “The Dangers of Reform Based on Racial Stereotypes in Nazi Germany” – Advanced to State competition Senior Group Documentary 1st Place – sophomores Anna Arnold, Amanda Melvin for “Resistance During the Holocaust” – Advanced to State competition 2nd Place – juniors Katelyn Frierott, Lisa Ong for “Chinese in the Mississippi Delta” – Advanced to State competition capturing 3rd Place – National competition alternates Senior Individual Exhibits 1st Place – junior Emily McClure; 2nd Place - Zach Favorite Senior Group Websites 1st Place – sophomores Jacob Aljundi, Daniel Sweat for “Lebanese Civil War” – Advanced to State competition 2nd Place – juniors Katie Akin, Cody Bailey, Ashley Koehler, Allie McNamara, Katie Beth Wein for “The Women’s Movement: the suffrage Revolution” – Advanced to State competition capturing 2nd place – Advancing to National competition 3rd Place – sophomores Henry Evetts, Kyle Van Hoeck for “the Space Race” – Advanced to State competition capturing 3rd Place – National competition alternates

Tennessee Math Teachers Association competition (TMTA) The following students placed in the Top Ten in their respective subject areas in the annual math competition at CBU – Seniors Matt Bacon, 7th out 10 in statistics, Thomas Summers, 6th out of 10 in calculus; sophomore Sarah Timmins, 4th out of 10 in algebra II; freshman JR Jamora, 7th out of 10 in geometry.

and Alternates, Ryan Cooper and Carmen Martinez. Representing SBA in the All-West Jr. Honor Choir are: 1st Soprano Tia Clorina; 2nd soprano Cassandra Carasco and Caroline King, 1st Alto Jackie Banks, 2nd Alto Ashley Evans and Maria Marconi;1st Tenor Spence Smith. All-West Tennessee Honor Band representatives are: Jason Cooper, JR Jamora and Andrew Lee.

All-West Band and Choir selections from SBA: Students representing SBA in the All-West High School Honor Choir are: Addie James, Ryan Cooper, Carmen Martinez, Madeline Marconi. Representing SBA in the All-State Honor Choir are Madeline Marconi

Sophomore Caye Caparas was named Outstanding Drummer at the U of M Jazz Festival in the spring. Junior Chris Esposito also received an award at the Jazz Festival for Outstanding Piano player.


Achievements Junior McKenzie Wilkes was chosen SBA’s representative at the Memphis–area Shakespeare Competition. She earned a $50 prize for winning at SBA.

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Bobby Russell Essay wins scholarship for Kristen Robertson

Show Choir tapped again by the Orpheum SBA Drama Department and Show Choir garnered seven nominations for their production of Anything Goes in the 3rd Annual Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards. Finalists from SBA were – Zach Favorite (Outstanding Featured Dance), Hayden Morrissett (Student Technical Achievement), Kyle Van Frank (Outstanding Featured Actor), Alanna Murphy (Outstanding Supporting Actress), Payton Powers (Outstanding Featured Actor) Troupe for Outstanding Dance Execution and Outstanding Technical Achievement.

Artists work selected for annual exhibit

These students are proudly displaying some of the art work selected for the Annual Diocese of Memphis Catholic Schools Art Exhibit in April. Those who had work displayed were – Ashlee Banks, Michaih Bayani, Meghan Brino, Mary Buchholz, Katherine Camilleri, Hallie Dunham, Allison Fetz, Jenna Fisher, MJ Kim, Alicia Lawson, Jennifer Meegan, Amanda Melvin, Katherine Migliaccio, Katie Morgan, Mackenzie Nelson, Breanna Parker, Jamie Patterson, Mary Weber, Mackenzie White.

Kristen Robertson (center) is congratulated by members of her family and the Russell Family for her winning essay. (from left) Miranda and Dru Russel (wife and son of Trey Russell), Tracey Russell (wife of Wes Russell), Dell Russell, Tracey Culley (daughter of Dell and Bobby Russell), Eileen Kuehl (Kristen’s grandmother), Kristen, Kristen’s mom Kathleen, her brother Michael and grandfather George Kuehl. Kristen’s father Gary is in the back. Rising senior Kristen Robertson’s essay was selected as the winner of the annual Bobby Russell Essay Memorial Scholarship Program. The award was established by Mr. Russell’s family and friends following his untimely death and is given annually to an SBA student based on an essay submitted on “What a Catholic Education Means to Me, Now and in the Future.” Mr. Russell was struck and killed by an automobile driven by an occupant under the influence. The accident occurred while Mr. Russell was working in the front yard of his home in 1995. His two sons, Trey (2000), Wes (’98) are graduates of SBA. His wife, Dell, is a long-time spokesperson for MADD (Mothers against Drunk Driving). A fund was established to afford a worthy SBA student tuition assistance based on the essay. Kristen’s essay, one of many, was anonymously selected by the scholarship fund committee. In her essay, Kristen describes how her Uncle Greg has endured, through faith, tragedy when he lost his wife, baby girl and unborn baby in 1997 when a driver under the influence hit her car and killed them all. She says, “Through this entire tragedy my uncle held firmly to his faith. Despite the fact that the drunk driver has never apologized directly, my uncle has forgiven the man who shattered his whole world. His Catholic education helped him survive and get through losing his soul-mate and babies. Without the strong base of faith and knowledge in God that he gained from his Catholic education, I cannot imagine where he would be today.” Kristen goes on to explain that the witness of her uncle has opened her eyes to the importance of understanding and appreciating the foundation a Catholic education gives.


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Theatre teacher Ryan Kathman performed his one-man show, “One-Ham Manlet” in April to close out the Eighth Crossroads Concert season. Mr. Kathman was well received by the mixed audience of students and adults as he assumed the many roles in Hamlet. He received a rousing standing ovation.

Chase Daniel Portanova, the new son of math teacher Tammi Portanova and husband Kevin, was born Monday, April 9. He weighed in at 7 lbs. and measured 20” long. Communications and Sports Information Director Sharon Masterson welcomed her sixth grandchild, Emma Rose Masterson, born to Sharon’s son and former SBA teacher/coach, Chris (‘97) and wife Jennifer in June. (See Alumni News & Photo Album)

Accounts Payable Secretary Provie Rose attended the talk by Father Robert Barron at the “We Preach Christ Crucified” Catholic Preaching Conference at Notre Dame in June. Provie attended the conference with her husband Werner where Father Barron, the creator and host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking tenpart documentary series and study program about the Catholic faith, gave the keynote address entitled “The Word in the world and the electronic media: New Challenges and Possibilities.”

The First principal of St. Benedict at Auburndale (when it was a K-12 school) Sister Mary Samuel, O.P. stopped by SBA to say hello as she passed through Memphis recently. She met up with Dianna Cervetti (left) former Early Childhood Education Director, now Athletic Department Assistant and Journalism teacher and Sharon Masterson (right) Director of Communications. Sister is one of the foundresses of the Dominican order of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist based in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Theology faculty was, again, honored for achieving the 2011-12 Certificate in Faculty Faith Formation Award from the Diocese Department of Catechesis. Each year the Catechesis Department requires teachers of the Catholic Faith in schools and parishes to have additional hours of study in continuing education in their field. SBA Theology faculty members are - (from left) Stuart McCommon, Eric Wells, Christine Giles, Erin Seboldt, Darlene Nevle, Bret Bilbrey, Patrick Smith and Director of Spiritual Affairs Khira Rotty. Not pictured – Laura Cheseldine.


On And Off Campus

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Eagles Spotted Around Town SBA Dance Teams Up for St. Jude This past year, Varsity, Inc. teamed up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support its life-saving mission of finding cures for children fighting cancer and other catastrophic illnesses. Varsity asked every cheerleader and dancer attending a Varsity camp to send five letters to friends and family, asking them to make a donation. Thanks to these cheerleaders and dancers, Varsity raised half a million dollars for St. Jude. SBA’s Dance Team was fifth out of the top ten teams in fundraising efforts for St. Jude raising $1,940 in their effort.

Firefighters and SBA parents David Selby and Still Wilson visited students at all lunch periods in the spring to sell “Pray for Trey” shirts. This effort, sponsored by the SBA KAT Club, benefitted Collierville student Trey Erwin who suffered from pancreatic cancer and recently died. His father, Jay, is also a firefighter. Junior Kat Club member Jacob Bosworth looks over the assortment of shirts. During the year, many SBA groups supported efforts on behalf of Trey.

Mr. Valadie offers insights in school administration Mr. Valadie presented at the monthly Diocesan Catholic Schools Leadership Academy class in April. The Academy is a two-year program for teachers who have interest in Catholic School administration. Mr. Valadie challenged the class to think about unexpected events and issues that might arise on a daily basis at a school that may not have been covered in general administration education.

The SBA Soul Band, under the direction of Tom Link, performed at the STAX Academy summer camp in early June. They were well-received by the talented campers and the band was able to tour the museum. Mr. Link, also, has a performance lined up for the group on Labor Day at the Beale Street Heritage Festival.


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On And Off Campus

SBA Alum Katelyn Favorite ‘11 (right) and her brother, rising senior Zach (center) met up with rising junior Lucky Krog at the Memphis “Stand up for Religious Freedom” Rally on June 8 at the Civic Center Plaza. The ancient Roman Colloseum.

Globe Trotting Eagles SBA Students and faculty traveled to Paris, Venice, Pisa, Florence and Rome to study art and soak up the culture this summer. The Louvre, the Accademia of Florence and the Vatican Museum were some of the highlights.

The Vatican Gardens with the Dome of St. Peter’s in the background.

The Flying Eagles are off to Peru in 2013 The Flying Eagles of St. Benedict are in search of the Andean Condor on an adventure in Peru, June 10, 2013. Fly south of the Equator to Lima, Peru and visit the historic sites with a local guide. Fly to Cuzco, the heart of the Incan Empire, and learn about Incan religion along with a trek to magical Machu Picchu high in the Andes Mountains! Travel to the Amazon River to see the biodiversity and stay in an eco-lodge for two nights. If this sounds like fun to you talk to one of the chaperones: Laura Burke, Sandi Chando or Eric Wells for more information. The trip is open to SBA students, faculty and staff, parents, family members and alumni.;;



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2011-12 Athletic Awards and Achievements

Seated (from left) Will Macyauski, Dee Blakely, Josh Stoddard, Caroline Sabbatini, Daniel LaForce, Molly Wagner; standing (from left) Katelyn Graham, Robert Lawrence, Justin Crone, Nathan Ballard, John Patterson, Craig Thillen.

Senior Special Awards Nathan Ballard – Iron Eagle Three-Sport Award Dee Blakely – SBA Nominee for Best of the Preps Female Athlete of the Year (Top Five Finalist) Justin Crone – Iron Eagle Three-Sport Award Katleyn Graham – SBA Female Athlete of the Year Daniel LaForce – Smith Excellence Award, Iron Eagle Three-Sport Award Robert Lawrence – SBA Male Athlete of the Year, Iron Eagle Three-Sport Award Will Macyauski – SBA Nominee for Best of the Preps Male Athlete of the Year, Memphis Chapter-National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Nominee John Patterson – Iron Eagle Three-Sport Award Caroline Sabbatini – SBA Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, SBA Nominee for Best of the Preps Female Scholar Athlete of the Year (Top Five Finalist), Wendy’s Heisman Scholar Athlete School Representative (Top 10 State Finalist) Josh Stoddard – SBA Male Scholar Athlete of the Year; SBA Nominee for Best of Preps Male Scholar Athlete of the Year (Top Five Finalist), Wendy’s Heisman Scholar Athlete School Representative Molly Wagner – Smith Excellence Award Craig Thillen – Iron Eagle Three-Sport Award



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Varsity Team Awards Baseball: Captains – Cody Clark, Andy Cox MVP Offense – West Covington MVP Defense – Reed Synder Pitching Award – Andy Cox Eagle Award – Garrett Tolivar Hustle Award – John Bussenger Most Improved – Matt Spain Academic Excellence Award – Kail Powers Basketball: MVP – Jake Jeffrey Eagle Award – Devin Chadwick, Josh Lerma Lefty Award – Rodney Clarke Most Outstanding Post – Dee Blakely Most Outstanding Guard – Paige Williams Bowling: MVP – Angela Vick, Ryan Cooper State Tournament MVP – Ryan Cooper Eagle – Allison Hooper, Justin Crone Cheerleading: MVP – Valerie Holmes Iron Eagle – Alex Boston Best All Around – Brooke Deason Most Dedicated – Halle Urban Leadership – Jordan Booth Most Versatile Top – Dylan Alexander Most Improved – Cameryn Alexander Cross Country: MVP – Madison Lessley, Colin Pitawanakwat Eagle – Mayson Morrissett, Daniel LaForce Most Improved – Mary-Catherine Morning, Jeffrey Christiansen Dance: Iron Eagle – Alexa Tooker Determined to Soar – Catie Blackwood, Michele Mundy Scholar Dancer – Stephanie McCarthey Football: MVP – Jordan Wilkins Eagle – Mark Piller Coaches Award – Jordan Whittington Defensive Player of the Year –Will Macyauski, Nathan Stengel Rookie of the Year – Reggie Jones Hit Stick Award – Richard Caruso Most Improved – Joey Kleber Golf: MVP – Elizabeth Packard, Richard Ewing, Tyler Howard Eagle Award – Morgan Kahle, Jake Jeffrey Most Improved – Wendy Alyea, Lindsey Tong, Connor O’Brien


Lacrosse: MVP – Olivia Ross, Nathan Ballard, Joe Quinn MVP Defense – Mike Steele MVP Offense – Murphy Hill Eagle – Caitlin King, John Patterson Coaches Hustle Award – Will Macyauski Most Improved – Meghan Padial Rookie of the Year – Craig Thillen Soccer: MVP Defense – Kara Krajenta, Patrick Graham MVP Midfield – Chelsea Casaccia MVP Offense – Katelyn Graham, Matt Brint Eagle – Katie Byrnes, Allie Cumings, Nathan Duncanson Most Improved – Rosa Martinez Softball: MVP – Hanna Dennis Eagle – Jennie Gerard Gold Glove – Morgan Patrick Offensive MVP – Paige Murin Most Improved – Kendal Pearson Rookie of the Year – Lizzie Ryan Swimming: MVP – Megan Wynne, JD Dudek Rookie of the Year – Erin Dromerhauser, Josh Cartwright Tennis: MVP – Grace Summers, Alex Bolds Eagle – Lauren Greif, Matt Sena Rookie of the Year – Ashley Holdsworth, Randon Dupont Most Improved – Katie Morgan, Ben Sell Track and Field: MVP – Katelyn Graham, Josh Stoddard Eagle – Kathleen Bray, Gabbie Green, Jeffrey Christiansen Rookie of the Year – Sarah Brannon, Cara Carpenter, Jeremy Stewart Most Improved – Mayson Morrissett, Nathan Sun Will to Win – Theresa Stoddard, Connor Ryan All Heart – Daniel LaForce Track Angel – Maddie Barbier Never Give Up – Allie Cumings Volleyball: MVP – Mackenzie Logue, Caroline Sabbatini Best Defensive Player – Kristina Headrick Best Offensive Player – Kaitlyn Peperone Rookie of the Year – Madison Bond Wrestling: MVP – Jeff Lamer Eagle – Andrew Nevle, Patrick Wallis


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Commercial Appeal Best of Preps-All-Metro Recognition Alex Ashlock – All-Metro Football Nathan Ballard – All-Metro Lacrosse Mikey Bascom – All-Metro Wrestling Dee Blakely – All-Metro Basketball Alex Bolds – All-Metro Tennis Matt Brint – All-Metro Soccer Chelsea Casaccia – All-Metro Soccer Ryan Cooper – All-Metro Bowling Andy Cox – All-Metro Baseball Hanna Dennis – All-Metro Softball Chance Donahue – All-Metro Bowling Hunter Donahue – All-Metro Bowling Katelyn Graham – All-Metro Soccer, All-Metro Track & Field Patrick Graham – All-Metro Soccer Kristina Headrick – All-Metro Volleyball Allie Hopper – All-Metro Bowling Jake Jeffrey – All-Metro Basketball Kyle Jennings – All-Metro Wrestling Connor Knott – All-Metro Softball Daniel LaForce – All-Metro Cross Country Jeff Lamer – All-Metro Wrestling (Top Five Finalist) Madison Lessley – All-Metro Cross Country (Top Five Finalist) Will Macyauski – All-Metro Football Ricky Morning – All-Metro Cross Country Mayson Morrissett – All-Metro Cross Country (Top Five Finalist), All-Metro Track & Field Paige Murin – All-Metro Softball Andrew Nevle – All-Metro Wrestling Olivia Parsels – All-Metro Softball Kaitlyn Peperone – All-Metro Volleyball Colin Pitawanakwat – All-Metro Cross Country (Top Five Finalist) Caroline Sabbatini – All-Metro Volleyball Madison Smith – All-Metro Cross Country Betsy Stanfield – All-Metro Soccer Jeremy Stewart – All-Metro Cross Country Josh Stoddard – All-Metro Track & Field Jessa Sudduth – All-Metro Cross Country Grace Summers – All-Metro Tennis (Top Five Finalist) Angela Vick – All-Metro Bowling (Top Five Finalist) Patrick Wallis – All-Metro Wrestling Zach Wiley – All-Metro Bowling Jordan Wilkins – All-Metro Football Paige Williams – All-Metro Basketball Boys 3200 Relay Team (Jeffrey Christiansen, Daniel LaForce, Rickey Morning, Connor Ryan) – All-Metro Track & Field

Girls 3200 Relay Team (Cara Carpenter, Katelyn Graham, Madison Smith, Theresa Stoddard) – All-Metro Track & Field Coach Stuart McCommon – BOP Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year

Coach Eric Wells – BOP Boys Bowling Coach of the Year (2nd Year) All-Region, All-Tournament, All-State, Special Awards Mikey Bascom - 5th Place State Medalist Wrestling Dee Blakely – Collierville Dragon Fire Invitational AllTournament Team, 1st Team All-Region Basketball, 3rd Place Region Track & Field-discus Courtney Bond – Honorable Mention All-Region Volleyball Matt Brint – All-Region Soccer Cara Carpenter – 5th Place Region 800m & 6th Place Region 3200m Track & Field Chelsea Casaccia – All-Region Soccer Devin Chadwick - 2nd Team All-Region Basketball Rodney Clarke – 2nd Team All-Region Basketball Hanna Dennis – All-Region MVP Softball JD Dudek – State Qualifier Swimming Richard Ewing – Golf Medalist vs MUS Thomas Gilman – All-Region Soccer Katelyn Graham – All-Region Soccer, 8th Place Region Pentathlon, 4th Place Region Long Jump, 300 Hurdles Region Champ, 3rd Place State 300 Hurdles Track & Field Patrick Graham – All-Region Soccer Kristina Headrick – 1st Team All-Region, Tennessee Sports Writers Association, All-State Volleyball Tyler Howard – Individual State Tournament Golf Jake Jeffrey – 1st Team All-Region Basketball, Medalist vs MUS Golf Kyle Jennings – 4th Place State Medalist Wrestling Morgan Kahle – Medalist vs Bolton & Hutchison Golf Connor Knott – All-Region Softball Kara Krajenta – All-Region, East-West All-Star Game Soccer Daniel LaForce – 1st Place West Tennessee County League Championships Cross Country Jeff Lamer – 2nd Place State Medalist & 3rd Place Medalist Brute-Adidas All-American Nationals Wrestling (4-time All-American)



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Mackenzie Logue – Honorable Mention All-Region Volleyball Will Macyauski – AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School AllStar Game Mayson Morrissett - 3200 Region Champ, 3rd Place Region 1600, 3rd Place State 3200 (personal record of 11:38) Track & Field Paige Murin – All-Region Softball Andrew Nevle – 3rd Place State Medalist Wrestling Elizabeth Packard – Medalist vs Bartlett, Individual State Tournament Golf Olivia Parsels – All-Region Softball Kaitlyn Peperone – 1st Team All-Region Volleyball Colin Pitawanakwat – 3rd Place Region 3200 & 1600 Track & Field Caroline Sabbatini – 1st Team All-Region Volleyball Madison Smith – 6th Place Region 1600 Track & Field Betsy Stanfield – All-Region Soccer Josh Stoddard – 5th Place Region-Wildcard Entry & 4th Place State High Jump Track & Field Theresa Stoddard – Honorable Mention All-Region Basketball, 6th Place Region 800 Track & Field John Vassallo – 8th Place Medalist Brute-Adidas AllAmerican Nationals Wrestling Patrick Wallis – 5th Place State Medalist Wrestling Jordan Wilkins – TSSAA “Mr. Football” Finalist; Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Football Paige Williams – 1st Team All-Region Basketball Megan Wynne – State Qualifier Swimming Girls Basketball – Region Runner-Up Boys Bowling – Region & State Champion Girls Bowling – Region Champion & State Runner-up Boys Cross Country – West Tennessee League Champion & 4th Place State Girls Cross Country – West Tennessee League Champion & State Runner-up Boys Lacrosse – Tennessee State Invitational Tournament Runner-up Girls Soccer – Region Runner-up & State Quarterfinals Softball – Region Champion & State Tournament Final Four 4 x 400 Boys Track Relay Team – 5th Place Region Track & Field 4 x 400 Girls Track Relay Team – 4th Place Region Track & Field 4 x 800 Boys Track Relay Team – Region Runner-up, 5th Place State Track & Field 4 x 800 Girls Track Relay Team – 3rd Place Region-State Wildcard Entry, 6th Place State Track & Field Boys Swimming – 5th Place Shelby County Meet Girls Swimming – 7th Place Shelby County Meet Volleyball – Region Runner-up, State Final Four

Katelyn Graham (right photo) captured the region championship in the 300m Hurdles advancing to State action where she raced to a third place finish. Mayson Morrissett (with parents below) also took the region championship in the 3200m race, finishing 3rd at State with a personal record.

Superior Ranking Baseball – BOP Dandy Dozen Cross Country – West Tennessee League Champions (Boys & Girls), Boys State 4th in State; Girls State Runner-up Football – Fox 13 Friday Night Blitz Game of the Week (vs Bolton-13,000 votes & vs. Arlington), Fox 13 Team of the Week (over-time win over Briarcrest 27-26), BOP Dandy Dozen and State Top Ten Girls Soccer – BOP Dandy Dozen (Finished 4th) Softball – BOP Dandy Dozen Swim Team – Combined 5th Place Shelby County Meet Volleyball – BOP Dandy Dozen (Finished 5th) Wrestling – BOP Top Five, Division II Duals Top Five & Overall Duals Top 15 SBA – BOP 1st Place Division II-AA Team Award (4th Consecutive Year)



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Teams Recognized for Academic Achievement Each year the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA) honors those athletes and teams that have achieved superior academic records while participating in sports. Following are the teams that have achieved this recognition for 2011-12:

Girls Golf GPA - 3.43 (8 Athletes) Dance GPA - 3.4 (51 Athletes) Boys Basketball GPA - 3.35 (30 Athletes) Boys Cross Country GPA - 3.3 (15 Athletes) Boys Swim GPA - 3.3 (18 Athletes) Cheer GPA - 3.28 (30 Athletes)

TSSAA Distinguished Teams: G.P.A. 3.25 - 4.0

Boys Lacrosse GPA - 3.25 (27 Athletes)

Girls Tennis GPA - 3.9 (13 Athletes) Girls Soccer GPA - 3.7 (35 Athletes)

TSSAA Outstanding Teams: G.P.A. 3.0 - 3.24

Volleyball GPA - 3.65 (37 Athletes)

Girls Bowling GPA - 3.2 (13 Athletes)

Girls Swim GPA - 3.63 (16 Athletes)

Boys Tennis GPA - 3.2 (10 Athletes)

Girls Lacrosse GPA - 3.62 (43 Athletes)

Girls Cross Country GPA - 3.15 (15 Athletes)

Boys Track & Field GPA - 3.56 (35 Athletes)

Baseball GPA - 3.02 (39 Athletes)

Boys Bowling GPA - 3.54 (14 Athletes) Boys Golf GPA - 3.52 (11 Athletes)

SBA supports 23 sports, plus Dance and Cheer, with 547 (55%) student-athletes. There are 254 scholarathletes (G.P.A. of 3.5 or above). There are 20 Iron Eagles (athletes playing three sports) with eight of those designated as scholar-athletes.

Softball GPA - 3.5 (19 Athletes) Girls Track & Field GPA - 3.5 (28 Athletes) Boys Soccer GPA - 3.47 (35 Athletes) Girls Basketball GPA - 3.46 (28 Athletes)

Sports Break SBA Athletes commit to play at the next level

Ivy Anderson and Mandy Neat selected to the Murray State University Dance Team (Murray, KY).

Nathan Ballard signed with the University of Tampa Lacrosse Team.



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SBA Athletes commit to play at the next level (continued)

Maddie Barbier chose Cumberland University (Lebanon, TN) to play soccer.

Rodney Clarke committed to North Park UniversityChicago for basketball.

Jeff Lamer will continue a strong wrestling career at Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, NC).

Kaitlyn Peperone signed with Belhaven University (Jackson, MS) to play volleyball.

Check out SBA grads now playing sports in college at the following link –

Grace Summers smokes the court in Tennessee Qualifying Tournament Rising junior Grace Summers came in third in the Tennessee State Jr. Qualifying Tournament (16’s) in early June while also winning the Sportsmanship Award for the 16-year-old division. She competed with over 56 players in the Girls 16’s Division.

Mark Piller joins the Birmingham Southern University Football Team.



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Spring wraps up great year in SBA sports Baseball – The Eagles finished third in the region to advance to postseason action. The Eagles also dedicated their new field house in a ceremony on April 10. Father Patrick Gallagher presided over the blessing of the building and donors Greg and Cathy Hankins were presented an encased SBA baseball uniform with the number their son David (’10) wore when he was a player for the Eagles.

Soccer & Softball – The Eagles soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals in State action and the Lady Eagles softball team kept up a remarkable streak as region champs and advancing to the State Tournament for the 17th year. Tennis – Both the girls and boys teams advanced to the state quarterfinals and the doubles team of Alex Bolds/Ronnie Sakaan advanced to state action along with two-time Region Champion Grace Summers.

Lacrosse – Capping off a great season, the boys lacrosse team finished as State runner-up in the Tennessee Invitational Tournament.

Track & Field – The State Track & Field competition yielded the following finishes for the Eagles: Boys 4 x 800 (3200) Track Relay Team – 5th place finish; Girls 4 x 800 (3200) Track Relay Team – State Wildcard Entry with 6th place finish; Josh Stoddard – High Jump Wildcard Entry with a 4th place finish; Katelyn Graham – 300 Hurdles with a 3rd place finish.



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St. Benedict dance teams start off year as winners The St. Benedict JV and Varsity Dance Teams have started off their 2012-2013 season with a bang! Both teams attended UDA Technique Camp, June 14-17, at Mississippi State University. The Varsity team won first place in the home routine competition which qualified them to participate in the 2013 UDA National Dance Team Championship in Orlando, FL in February. The varsity team also brought home the Team Drill Down Trophy, Team Leadership Award, Superior Trophy, Super Spirit Stick and Spirit Stick. Rising junior Connor Jones was named Drill Down Queen of the entire camp. Rising senior Lizzy Wall was selected runnerup in the final drill down competition. Rising seniors Alexa Armstrong, Brittany Burns, Lizzy Wall, Khadijah Muhammad, Mallory Maddox, Morgan Baioni, Olivia Betterton and Rebecca Johnson were selected as UDA All-Americans and invited to participate in the London New Year’s Day Parade. To top it off for Varsity Head Coach Julie Henderson received the Coaches Leadership Award. The JV team also won first Place in their division of the Home Routine Competition, which also qualified them to participate in the 2013 UDA National Dance Team Championship in Orlando in February. They also won numerous Drill Down Ribbons, a Superior Trophy and a Spirit Stick. Rising sophomores Alexa Von Bergen and Cynthia De Ochoa and rising Freshmen Sarah McMahon, Shannon Davis and Zoë Woods were selected as UDA All-Americans and invited to participate in the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade. The team also received all Blue Superior Ribbons in their final evaluations, which is a first in the JV team’s history! Both teams are excited about performing at pep rallies, football games and basketball games, as well as competing in regional and state competitions in the fall and national competition in February.

SBA Varsity Team members are-Back row (from left) Coach Julie Henderson, Brittany Burns, Morgan Baioni (Capt.), Teryn Williams, Maggie May, Catie Blackwood, Madeline Howard, Mallory Swanier. Middle row (from left) Kendyl Jennings, Stephanie McCarthy, Abbey McCrory, Katherine Migliaccio, Hannah Bingham, Connor Jones, Katherine Camilleri, Meisha Williams. Front row (from left) Becca Johnson (Capt.), Alexa Armstrong (Capt.), Lizzy Wall (Capt.), Khadijah Muhammad, Mallory Maddox, Olivia Betterton, Grace Mitchell.

JV Team members are-Back row (from left) Kristina Albonetti, Zoë Woods, Maddison Stafford (Capt.), Layne Powers (Capt.), Nicole Hemme, Cynthia DeOchoa, Abby Leathers, Lily Howard, Macie Zarshenas (Capt.) and Coach Lindsay Bartholomew. Front row (from left) Shannon Davis, Haley Kilpatrick, Taylor Deller, Gabby Rojas, Sarah McMahon, Alexa Von Bergen, Taylor Selby (Capt.). Not pictured-Lily Newbern.


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Kati Hermsdorfer Corlew was awarded a PhD in Community Psychology from University of Hawaii, Manoa in May, 2012. She and her husband Michael currently live in Honolulu and work at UH.

1989 Jonathan Tweel married wife, Tricia, in 2006 and the couple has a two-year old daughter, Stella. Jonathan is an aircraft mechanic with the Air National Guard. The family makes their home in Germantown. 1994 Joel Hermsdorfer graduated from University of Richmond (VA) School of Law in May 2012. He is currently studying for the California bar exam and will live in Monterey, California with his wife Kate. Joel is a 1998 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Chris Masterson and wife Jennifer welcomed their first child Emma Rose Masterson on June 13, 2012. She weighed 6 lbs, 12 oz and measured 20 ½” long. (see Alumni Photo Album) 1998 John Hendrix recently opened a branch of Shay Financial, an investment banking and bond firm.

Stephanie Thorne is the new President of The American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 77 in Lexington, TN, and was nominated for the office of 8th District President of The American Legion Auxiliary. Elections for 8th District President were held on June 23, 2012 in Nashville, TN. Stephanie makes her home in Lexington and works for Walgreens. (see Alumni Photo Album)

1999 Kristina Lake Elmore and husband Chris welcomed their second son, Kenneth Ryan to the family on December 30, 2011. Ryan joins four-year-old brother Adam. Chris has become co-owner and Vice President of Kenad Medical. 2000


Danny Koban and wife Lauren welcomed their first child, Annabelle Cellini Koban, on April 19, 2012, weighing 6 lbs and measuring 19 ¼” long. The family makes their home in Chester, VA.

Jim Bechard married Heather Jacobs in 2010 in Kansas City. Jim does work for the Army at Ft. Leavenworth, KS as an independent contractor. He receives his Executive MBA from Benedictine College this August. The Bechards make their home in Grandview, MO.

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Lacey Pease was married to Adam Stluka on April 21, 2012.

Jennie Gillespie Helms was featured in a front page news story on June 28, 2012 in the Memphis Daily News ( on the ABA Place. In this interesting article, Jenni describes how she started ABA Place from a play date for children with autism spectrum disorders to a non-profit program that actively serves more than 70 specialneeds children. Please check out ABA Place at


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Deanna Jones was a guest presenter at the 2012 Memphis Diocesan Youth Celebration held at St. Benedict in April. Deanna’s topic was “Discovering the Gift: Theology of the Body for Teens.” Deanna is a Pastoral Minister for the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City, KS. Deanna teaches Theology of the Body to teens and adults while working on an MA degree in Theology.

Matt Hanifl married Natalie Hull on April 28, 2012 at Central Station in Memphis. The couple makes their home in Renton, Washington where Matt works for Boeing as a systems design and integration specialist. Matt earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Memphis and Natalie earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the U of M.



Olivia de Lozier completed her first year in Med School at UT-Memphis. Olivia, who is fluent in French, is living in Aix en Provence in southern France this summer. She is completing her required research experience in the area of infective endocarditis with the research faculty at La Faculté de Médecine de Maseille.

Kevin Coll is the Digital PR/Media Specialist with ServiceMaster in Memphis. Kathleen Parks married Ryan Miller on May 26, 2012 at St. Joseph’s Chapel at Spring Hill College with Beth McNinch (’03) serving as her Maid of Honor. A reception followed at Bragg Mitchell Mansion and the couple honeymooned to St. Lucia. Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Science in international business from Spring Hill and a Juris Doctorate from the College of William and Mary. She has been serving as an attorney for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Nashville. Ryan, who is from Mobile, earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Spring Hill, followed by a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has been an emergency medicine resident at the University of Mississippi in Jackson, MS.

Drew Thomas graduated from Harvard University in May with a Master of Theological Studies. He is continuing his education at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. 2007 Gina Bargiachi is biking with Bike and Build this summer. (see Alumni Spotlight) Lori Landon graduated in May with a BA in Art from Union University. She is engaged to be married and has moved to Smyrna, Tennessee. Natalie Nelson graduated from the University of Mississippi in May, 2011 with a degree in Psychology. Natalie and Chris Damore (2007) are engaged to be married this September. Josh Stevens married Raquel Edwards (2008) in June, 2012. Josh graduated on May 5 from the University of Memphis with a degree in history. Josh hopes to teach history. Raquel graduated on May 12 Summa Cum Laude with a degree in chemical engineering and a minor in chemistry from Christian Brothers University. She is an engineer with Experitec, Inc. The couple makes their home in Memphis.

Brian Stiel married Larissa (Lacie) Goodwin on June 1, 2012 at the St. Benedict Chapel followed by a reception at Esplanade. The couple honeymooned in Jamaica. They make their home in Houston, TX.

Candice Dixon graduated from the University of Tennessee-Martin in May with a Master of Science in Education in School Counseling. She makes her home in Memphis.

Samantha Thompson graduated from the University of Memphis in May with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and a minor in English from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Jestein “Leigh” Lamey Gibson and husband Jonathan welcomed new daughter, Abigail (Abby) Elizabeth Gibson, on February 27, 2012, weighing 6lbs, 14oz and measuring 18 ¾” long.

Sarah Weatherly married Thomas Amato on April 14, 2012 at Covenant Methodist Church with a reception following at Hilton Memphis. Sarah earned an associate’s degree in human services from Beacon College in Leesburg, FL and is an afterschool child care provider at St. Francis of

2004 Steven Carter graduated from Marine Corps Basic Training in April. (see Alumni Photo Album)


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tion. The Society inducts only those individuals who have exhibited the ideals of scholarship, integrity in service and commitment to excellence in teaching and its allied professions. Selection as a member of Kappa Delta Pi is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession.

Assisi School. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from Beacon College and is employed at Target in Germantown. Following a honeymoon in Jamaica, the couple resides in Germantown. 2008 Kathleen Aldrich graduated Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in May, 2012. As one of four graduates, Kathleen was accepted to an internship in the Office of Senator Lamar Alexander (TN) in Washington, DC this summer. This is the inaugural year for the internship program and Kathleen met with the Chancellor at UT-K to help get it started. This August, she begins teaching English in China.

Jennifer Hale was named to the Gulf South Conference Academic All-GSC team for soccer at CBU in February. Kathryn Jones is pursuing a dual degree in biology and chemistry at the University of Memphis and planning to graduate next May. She participated in the Student Research Forum at the University of Memphis in April presenting her project on Prematurity and Pediatrics. In addition, Kathryn has received the Priscilla Rushton Biological Sciences Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year.

Andrew Moffitt graduated from the University of Alabama on May 5, 2012 with both a Master Degree in Economics and a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics.

Katherine Nelson completed her third year at the University of Memphis with a 4.0 GPA in architecture. Katherine is also interning with Fleming and Associates in Memphis.

Bradley O’Leary graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Transportation and Logistics and a Minor in Marketing from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Bradley is currently employed as an Operations Manager with P.A.M. Transport in Tontitown, AR. and makes his home in Fayetteville. (see Alumni Photo Album) Taylor Rudolph graduated Cum Laude from the University of Alabama Honors Program with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in May. She has been accepted to Teach for America and will be teaching secondary science in Alabama for a two-year commitment. Taylor plans to attend medical school following her teaching assignment.

Cady Reisman was named to the 2011 All-Gulf South Conference second team and picked up another honor as she landed on the 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association Division II All-South Third Team. The junior forward for the University of Alabama-Huntsville Lady Chargers Soccer Team finished the year with eight goals – including a gamewinner over conference foe West Alabama – and assists to own 17 points on the season. She finished tied for eighth in the conference in points while ranking eighth in goals. With 0.44 per game, she ranked seventh in the league in goals per game. Her performance helped guide the team to its sixth Gulf South Conference Tournament where she gave the Lady Chargers a lead over North Alabama – the eventual champion – with a goal in the 35th minute of the contest as the team fell narrowly 3-2.

2009 Stuart Creel graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Jessica Dougan, a senior at Mississippi State University, has been elected President of the Maroon VIP for 2012-2013. The Maroon Visitor Information Program, better known as Maroon VIP, ensures that all guests of MSU enjoy a warm and hospitable welcome. In addition to visitors, the organization serves MSU’s Welcome Center, the Office of the President and any university department with information, tours and event assistance. Members serve as a first point of contact for visitors to the Welcome Center and help create memorable first impressions of the university community. Jessica has also been invited and inducted into MSU’s Theta Chi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Educa-

Catherine Waddell is a rising senior at Mississippi State University where she has been selected a new member of the University Alumni Association’s liaison organization. Members of the group are selected through a highly competitive interview process and Catherine was chosen from a group of nearly 270 applicants. She joins 13 returning delegates.


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Billy Payne was the Sound Designer and Board Operator for the University of Kentucky’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. This was the second production this year on which he assisted. Coincidently, Millie was Billy’s first theatrical production on which he worked at SBA.

Nick Foster appeared on the University of Memphis Dean’s List for the 2012 Spring Semester and graduated from the Level II Tiger Leadership Institute. He has also been busy being the Historian for his fraternity, ZBT, this past year.


Jeff Glover lives in Jackson, TN where he is serving as an intern accounting payroll clerk.

Brett Barnett finished his freshman year at the University of Memphis and joined ZBT Fraternity. He recently received the Scouting Honor Medal for heroic efforts in helping rescue some possible drowning victims in Florida last summer. (see Alumni Spotlight)

Michael Hogan has been selected as one of 19 Student Orientation Leaders Team members for 2012 at Mississippi State University. Working with the Office of Admissions and Scholarships, team members provide assistance and share their knowledge of the university with freshmen and transfer students, and their parents, during various registration and information sessions.

Matt McCurdy was the overall men’s winner in the St. Mary’s Church (Memphis) Steeplechase 5K in June with a time of 17:53.

Matt Hotz was recently inducted as a Brother of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and is a member of the Memphis Institute Leadership Education (MILE) Program in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis. He has also been elected an SGA Senator and voted Sergeant-at-Arms for the coming year. Matt, who is majoring in Economics with a minor in Public Administration, has appeared on the University’s Dean’s List. This summer, he has been appointed to the “FRESH” (Freshman) Mentor Internship program with Representative Steve Cohen’s (TN-9th District) office.

2012 Maddie Barbier, Daniel LaForce, Michael Robinson and Caroline Sabbatini have been selected as the Alumni Representatives for the class of 2012. Jordan Booth has been selected to the All-Girl Cheer Squad for the University of Memphis. Danielle Nesterowich has been selected to the University of Memphis Pom Squad.

Taylor King has been selected as one of 19 Student Orientation Leaders Team members for 2012 at Mississippi State University. Working with the Office of Admissions and Scholarships, team members provide assistance and share their knowledge of the university with freshmen and transfer students and their parents during registration and information sessions.

Alumni, make sure you join “The OFFICIAL St. Benedict at Auburndale Alumni Group” on Facebook to reunite with your classmates and to stay up to date with the latest SBA Alumni information!

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Sam Moll had a great year with the University of Memphis Tigers as a starting pitcher. In early April he was named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Pitcher of the Week and Conference USA Pitcher of the Week for tossing a complete game one-hitter, the Tigers first since 1994, in a 7-0 victory over Marshall. Sam was also named to the Conference USA All-Academic Baseball Team with a 3.69 GPA in accounting and was named to the All-Conference Second Team.

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Any Auburndale and SBA alumni can update database information by Emailing Sharon Masterson, Director of Communications at or logging on to We want to hear from you and help everyone stay connected! And, send us something about yourself, too.

Meagan Nichols wrote a “Special to Viewpoint” opinion piece in the April 29, 2012 issue of the Commercial Appeal titled, “TV ups ante on news hype.” Visit news/2012/apr/29/my-thoughts-tv-upsante-on-news-hype/ to check out her article. Megan is majoring in journalism with a concentration in news. She completed her sophomore year at the University of Memphis and runs cross country and track for the Tigers.

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Stephanie A. Thorne (1994) attended the 2012 Volunteer Girls State Luncheon in May at Lipscomb University. Stephanie is the President of The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 77 in Lexington, TN. Pictured here with Stephanie (from left) are American Legion Auxiliary 8th District President JoAnn Cody, Past Tennessee Department President Peggy Monroe and Current Tennessee Department President Mary Hammer.

SBA alum (’97) and former teacher and coach Chris Masterson ran into former SBA principal and Memphis Catholic Schools Superintendent Dr. Mary McDonald in Boston in April at the National Catholic Education Assoc. annual meeting. Dr. McDonald was a keynote speaker and Chris was there with others from the Archdiocese of St. Louis Catholic Schools receiving an award for innovative education methods. Later in June, Chris is all smiles as he holds his newborn daughter Emma Rose. (see Classnotes)

SBA alumni class representatives from the past five years got together in early June to help plan the first annual AlumNite to be held

Bradley O’Leary (’08) shares his graduation celebration from the University of Arkansas with proud parents Sean and Ann O’Leary. Steven Carter (’04) is joined by brothers Craig (’00) and Brian following his Marine Basic Training in April.

on Aug. 2. Alumni Director Lori Trew Regis (’91) welcomed in front (from left) Maddie Barbier (’12), Mary-Kate Cooke (’10), Mikey Gilliland (’08), Adam Domico (’10). Back (from left) Katelyn Anderson (’11), Caroline Sabbatini (’12), Daniel LaForce (’12) and Michael Robinson (’12). Following graduation, Daniel donated his mother’s, Allison Smith LaForce (’80), Auburndale jacket to Lori for the alumni archives.


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SPOTLIGHT GINA BARGIACHI, Class of 2007 Always one to be selfless and giving, SBA alum Gina Bargiachi embarked on a project that combined service and fitness, both of which are of great importance to her. This summer she took a cross-country trip on her bike that began in Charleston, S.C. with a program called Bike and Build. Bike and Build is an affordable housing non-profit organization that leads young adults, ages 18-25 years old, from coast to coast riding bikes and stopping in designated cities and towns along the way to build homes for people in need. The program lasts nearly an entire year for the riders. The application process began in November and included five essay questions. Upon selection the rider is sent a fundraiser packet. They are then expected to raise $4,500 (Gina raised over this amount) for the charity and complete a minimum of 10 ‘sweat equity’ hours with a charity such as Habitat for Humanity before their May departure date. From the funds raised, Bike and Build is able to administer numerous grants throughout the country to different housing charities, such as Habitat. As the cyclists ride, they stop and help build the houses that they worked so hard to help pay for through their fundraising efforts.

For Gina, the trip was a dream come true. She told us, “Personally, I have wanted to go and participate in an affordable housing building project for many years now. I was supposed to go to Honduras with SBA after the 8th grade, but was not able to when the trip was cancelled. Also, just last year, I was supposed to go to Ecuador with a group named Student Athletes Leading Social Change. It was the first year for the University of Arkansas to participate and I was selected as the Arkansas representative for the program. I worked for months on the project only to be told by our Athletic Director that he wanted to hold off a couple of years before fully participating, due to the large fundraising events the student athletes would have to coordinate in order to make it happen. Then, when I finished my swimming career at Arkansas, I began road cycling as a way to get some exercise and ended up loving it. I quickly decided I wanted to do a cross country bike ride, but had no idea as to how I could make it happen. Then, I stumbled upon the Bike and Build website. I couldn’t have found anything more perfect for me.” To build her endurance for the 4,100 plus mile trip, Gina trained with another SBA graduate,


Michelle Kinney (’02), in her endurance program at Cross Fit Chickasaw coupled with bike riding on other days. Gina’s Bike and Build tour started in Charleston and traveled through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, up through Oklahoma and Colorado. Then after a two-week stay in Colorado they traveled north through Utah, Idaho and Oregon, finishing in Chico, CA. The group spent about 17-20 days building homes and the rest of the 11 or so weeks riding bikes with about three days off throughout the entire time. Gina’s inspiration came from a special person in her life. “My biggest inspiration in everything I do is my grandpa, John LaVelle. He passed away early Christmas morning of 2010 and became my guardian angel that same morning. He was always telling me to believe in myself, and that I could do whatever it was that I truly put my mind to doing. He was an amazing example of courage and strength to not only me, but his entire family and friends. Therefore, I dedicated my efforts to him. I wanted to show my Grampa that I really do believe in myself. In fact, I’ve even named my bike after him (JP for John Peter). That way he was with me through my training and travels.”

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SPOTLIGHT BRETT BARNETT, Class of 2011 The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America presents four awards to Scouts who have rendered special services to others. The Honor Medal is the highest award presented to a Scout for saving a life at extreme risk to the life of the Scout or Scouter. For a Scout to be honored with the Honor Medal, the application is made and approved by the BSA’s National Court of Honor. On April 26, Brett Barnett, a freshman, at the University of Memphis and a 2011 graduate of St. Benedict at Auburndale High School, was given this most prestigious Honor Medal by a special Court of Honor. The circumstances surrounding Brett’s act of heroism is one he will always remember. On July 24, 2011 at round 8:15 pm, Eagle Scout Brett Barnett, 18, with Troop 457 St. Francis of Assisi in Memphis, heard cries for help coming from the Intracoastal Waterway in Navarre, Florida,

alongside the pier on which he was walking. In the deep water next to the boat marina, Brett observed two middle aged men unsuccessfully attempting

The wife of one of the rescuers came running with life jackets. Eagle Scout Barnett, seeing no other option, removed his shirt and shoes, took the life jackets and jumped into the water. Employing skills acquired as a Scout, Brett swam some 50 yards to the victims and gave them the life vests. Once he was certain that the situation was under control, he returned to the shore, followed by the victims and would be rescuers. The victims were examined by the paramedics and released to their parents.

The circumstances surrounding Brett’s act of heroism is one he will always remember. to rescue two teenaged girls (both non-swimmers) who were panicking after they had strayed into deep water. All four people in the water were in distress as the marina was closed and no boats were available to assist.

Lt. Terry Taylor of the Navarre Beach Florida Fire Department stated that his team was dispatched but was given an incorrect location, which made the paramedics late arriving on the scene. If Brett had not taken life vests to those struggling in the water, the rescue mission would very likely have turned into a recovery for drowning victims.

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Distinguished Alumni Award  The Saint Benedict at Auburndale Distinguished Alumni Award is being established to recognize and honor the achievement of  excellence by graduates of Auburndale or SBA who are noted in their field of endeavor or recognized for their expertise. We  celebrate these accomplished role models who inspire today’s students to follow their own pursuit of excellence.    This is a new award. There have been no past recipients.   

Award recipients must meet the following criteria:  *Graduated from Auburndale or SBA at least ten years prior to being nominated.  *Have distinguished themselves through career recognition in his/her career field and made exceptional contributions to  his/her profession over a sustained period of time.  OR  *Have received outstanding recognition in his/her sport nationally, regionally or internationally and made exceptional  contributions to his/her sport over a sustained period of time.   

Wings of an Eagle   Service Award  The Saint Benedict at Auburndale Wings of an Eagle Service Award was established in 2001 to recognize and honor the achievement  of excellence by individuals who are noted for their service to their community, their exemplary personal dedication to SBA or  Auburndale, or their leadership in Catholic endeavors. We celebrate these accomplished role models who inspire today’s students to  follow their own pursuit of excellence. Past recipients of this award have been the Stanley J. Smith Family,   Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, the William W. Bond Family and the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia.   

Award recipients must meet the following criteria:  *Have been associated with Auburndale or SBA as a parent, student, grandparent, staff member or friend.  *Have given noteworthy, compassionate, humanitarian or community service, which have improved or enriched the lives of  others and the welfare of humanity.   OR  *Have demonstrated exceptional personal or professional contributions, dedication and commitment to the goals and  objectives of SBA through their consistent and continuous contributions of time, talent and resources.   


Anyone may nominate an Auburndale/SBA graduate for these awards by submitting the following to the SBA  Office of Alumni and Development:  *A completed Nomination Form (visit  *A letter stating why this nominee deserves this award along with a list of contributions, achievements in his/her  profession and/or sport.  *Optional – any materials including newspaper, magazine articles or publications about nominee.   

These awards will be presented annually during Catholic Schools Week in January.   Nomination forms can be downloaded from our website at  and are accepted throughout the year with the final nomination deadline of December 1st.   All nominations are confidential and carried over for consideration in following years. 


SBA Homecoming 2012 Friday, September 21st at 7pm Please join us before the game at 5:30 for our Annual SBA Block Party for hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks! Families are invited to bring chips or easy desserts. Alumni passes to the game will be available.

GO EAGLES! Look for the tent by the field parking lot.

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