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t h e m a g a z i n e o f s a i n t b e n e d i c t at a u b u r n d a l e h i g h s c h o o l Summer 2011

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From the President To all our SBA families and friends – Greetings from SBA! I hope all is well with you and your loved ones – and the ones who drive you crazy. As happens on occasion, part of my summer was devoted to hiring a few new teachers for our staff. We’re blessed to have so many devoted faculty; but change is inevitable for some. Before I ever begin reviewing resumes, my wife Nancy always reminds me not to make the same mistake I made one summer many years ago. I had interviewed quite a few applicants for a particular position, but could never get perfectly satisfied. None seemed just right for our students. And then that perfect guy walked in - at least he was to me. But it was a group interview and I like to gather all input so I walked him to the door, thanked him for his time, and said what I always say “We’ll be in touch.” Then I went back to my office to hear what each had to offer. We agreed he was the teacher we needed, so it was decided I’d call him in a little while and make the offer. And we moved on to the craziness of the day. As a result, I didn’t get to it until after lunch. When he didn’t answer, I left a message. And you can sense where this is going. He hadn’t answered because he had been in another interview at that exact moment and while sitting there, that principal had seen what we had seen. Only they hired him on the spot. I was exactly 15 minutes late. I had missed my window of opportunity. In a roundabout way, we’re preaching the same message to our students that Nancy preaches to me. “Just don’t miss it.” Because SBA is all about providing our students as many windows of opportunity as we can. And then hoping, encouraging, pushing, pulling - and praying - they won’t let one pass them by. True, some windows really are just for looking. But even that can be enlightening and a little bit of fun. Not all kids are athletes and certainly not all of them can sing or dance - as I proved during my own student years. And of course, there are the obvious opportunities to prepare for the academics of college as well as the daily chance to grow so much closer to their Maker. A few kids have done what I did, letting one window or another close before … well, before they knew it. But most leave here having seen and done so much. And there’s my reason for writing … they have all of you to thank. Included in this issue is our Annual Report in which we list the donors to our Annual Fund as well as our many various programs. We cannot thank you enough for helping us open window after window for these students. Some require resources we would not have gotten any other way. You have made us so much better. Nor can we send out a thank you without mentioning all of our supporters who have added us – our kids and our staff – to your prayer lists. We may not know your names but we thank you just as much. May God bless you in the same way He has blessed others through you! George Valadie President From the Editor My message this issue is short and sweet –

PLEASE READ THIS ISSUE! The point being, there is so much in this issue of On Eagles’ Wings that I really don’t have any more to add. So take advantage of the wonderful news herein and enjoy. It’s been a great year! Enough said! Sharon Masterson, Editor Director of Communications & Sports Information


" You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and in the same way, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves." St. Francis de Sales Catholic Schools: Teaching Wisdom, Teaching Love


Honor Roll of Donors Annual Report

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Parent Connection

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.


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On Eagles’ Wings is a publication of St. Benedict at Auburndale High School


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Editor/Director of Communications and Sports Information Sharon Masterson

29 Sports

20 Achievements

37 Alumni

President/Principal George Valadie Director of Alumni & Development Lori Trew Regis '91 Director of Admissions Ann O’Leary Advisory Board 2010-2011 Mike Waddell, Chairman Michael Allen Msgr. Peter Buchignani, V.G. Doug Byrnes Julie Clary (’00) Mindy Costabile (Executive Committee) Melanie Craft Chris LeBlanc John Schuman Phil Sisneros Mike Watermeier Don Williams (Executive Committee) Wanda Winnette Pat Wyckoff Beth York Printing Services EM Printing

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

On the Cover: The ribbon of success runs through SBA from the beginning to the end.

Honor Roll of Donors 2010-11

INVESTING IN SBA 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, 2010 through June 30, 2011. We have made every effort to provide accurate information. If errors appear, please accept our sincere apology and notify the Director of Communications at 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 a 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 and staff and corporations are the lifeblood of the school and vital to meeting current needs while enhancing student programs. Matching Gifts from donors’ places of employment can also increase the overall amount of contributions. Eagle Club $5,000+ Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. John Bandy Coca Cola Bottling Company Dr. and Mrs. Richard Duszak Mr. and Mrs. Jon Mark Erstine GE Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Grover Mr. and Mrs. Greg Hankins Horatio Ebert Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Bill Logue SBA Spirit Shop Benefactors $2,500 - $4,999 Mr. and Mrs. Jon Bascom Dr. Beth Brock Catholic Heart Work Camp Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Evetts Dr. and Mrs. Warren Johnson Mr. and Mrs. E.J. (Ned) Nelson The Prudential Foundation SBA Home & School Association Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Sisneros Mr. and Mrs. John Stratman Mr. and Mrs. Don Williams Donors $1,000 - $2,499 David & Lura Alyea Anonymous AutoZone Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics CTF, Inc. Dyslexia Foundation of Memphis Malco Theaters – Mr. and Mrs. Larry Etter Mr. and Mrs. John Frierott Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hanemann Ruby Hennessee Mr. and Mrs. James E. Holthouser Mr. and Mrs. Chris Lazarini


Mr. and Mrs. Michael Macyauski Mr. and Mrs. Brussel Martin Gloria Montesi Jane Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Michael Nevle Mr. and Mrs. Casy O’Brien Dion Pogson Mr. and Mrs. Marty Quinn Regions Morgan Keegan Trust Dr. and Mrs. Webster Riggs Mr. and Mrs. Kamal Saba Kathy Saba SBA Project Graduation Lydia Scarbrough Scholastic Products & Awards (Balfour) – Doug Kearney Dr. Thomas Shelton & Dr. B. Kay Jackson SPEBSQSA, INC. – Memphis Chapter Mr. and Mrs. Terry Stidham Mr. and Mrs. Steven Stubbs Target – “Take Charge of Education” UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Patrons $500 - $999 George Borg Mr. and Mrs. John Cordera E Studio Mr. and Mrs. Larry Etter FedEx Express The First Horizon Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. James Galbreath Drs. G. Aric Giddens House of Talent Mr. and Mrs. Michael Malone Joy McDaniel Academy of Dance & Gymnastics Dr. and Mrs. J. Lucius McGehee Mr. and Mrs. Charles Misenhelter Mr. and Mrs. William Powers Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ricketts Mr. and Mrs. William F. Ryan Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schuhlein Joseph Sena Shyona Quality Suites - Cordova Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Sorey Mr. and Mrs. Joel Stark Elizabeth Thomas Dr. and Mrs. Carter Towne U.S. Youth Soccer – Region III Mr. and Mrs. James Van Hoeck Mr. and Mrs. Fred Verhaak Dr. Wanda Winnette Partners $200 - $499 Nancy Alyea Mr. and Mrs. George Bolds Mr. and Mrs. Gerold Blum Buckman Laboratories, Inc. – Mr. and Mrs. Rob Quarles Mr. and Mrs. Robert Capocaccia Mr. and Mrs. John Cox Melanie Craft Mr. and Mrs. Eric Dahler James M. Davidson Filipino-American Association of Memphis Daniel Freeman, DDS John Gavin Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Griesmer Mr. and Mrs. Andy Hamm Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hervey Shirley Lile Frank Linxwiler Dr. and Mrs. Bruce MacDonald

Mr. and Mrs. David Masterson Mr. and Mrs. Larry McCommon Mr. and Mrs. Jim Melancon Mr. and Mrs. John Morris Mr. and Mrs. Brison Bishop Norris Nucor-Yamato Steel Co. Mr. and Mrs. Sean O’Leary Mr. and Mrs. Cody Oliveira St. Francis of Assisi Boy Scout Troop 457 Jonathan Sadler ‘99 Dr. and Mrs. Heymoore Schettler Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Skinner Mr. and Mrs. Heywood Sun Claire Tolivar Truist Marjorie Vincent Mr. and Mrs. Mike Waddell Mr. and Mrs. Mike Watermeier

Friends Up to $199 Ambi-Prestigio Foods, Inc. Babs Antoniak Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Bardos Mr. and Mrs. Pat Beckham Joan Best Bret Bilbrey ‘01 Mr. and Mrs. Hamp Boykin


Mr. and Mrs. Bob Branch Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brink Mr. and Mrs. Tim Broughton Mr. and Mrs. Justin (Melissa Ackerman) Brownlee ‘96 Paul Bryant Angie Buchanan Laura Burke Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Cail Mr. and Mrs. Cain Carson Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cervetti Mr. and Mrs. Edward Charlton Larry Chism Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Christiansen Julie Clary ‘00 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Clements Collierville Youth Soccer Association Mr. and Mrs. Louis Costabile Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Cummings Mr. and Mrs. John Cunningham Mr. and Mrs. Pat Dabaldo Janet Daleke Mr. and Mrs. Michael Disalvo Mr. and Mrs. Randy Dove & Family Paul Frierott ‘10 Mr. and Mrs. Grady Gennings Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gillespie Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Gilliland Dr. and Mrs. Bill Gorline Daniel Gorline ‘03 Jennifer Gorline ‘05 Mr. and Mrs. James Groendyke Rebecca Hall Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Horner Stephanie Horner ‘03 Mr. and Mrs. John D. Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hurt Mr. and Mrs. Rick James Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kassing Angeline Kern Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Lake Mr. and Mrs. George Lamar Mr. and Mrs. Don Lear Dr. and Mrs. Denis Lynch Sarah Marczynski ‘06 John Paul Masterson ‘03 Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. McCue Dr. and Mrs. Robert Miller, III Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Mitchell Donna K. Moore Mr. and Mrs. Gary Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Mark Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Steve Murphy

Mr. and Mrs. Brian O’Donnell Mr. and Mrs. Ted Paduck Mr. and Mrs. William Payne Lynne O. Pence Mr. and Mrs. Harris M. Quon Mr. and Mrs. Gabe Ragghianti Mr. and Mrs. John Reber Mr. and Mrs. Philip Rose Mr. and Mrs. Werner Rose Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rupkey Mr. and Mrs. Gregory J. Ryan St. Louis Food Ingredients, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Schenkel Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Scherer Mr. and Mrs. John Schneider Mr. and Mrs. Rowland Seal Don Sebren Dr. and Mrs. Yeu-Sheng Shiue Nancy Stafford Mr. and Mrs. Pete Stark Katie Coon Steinbrecher ‘97 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Stevenson Mr. and Mrs. Greg Stiel Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thillen Mr. and Mrs. George Valadie Valorie Valle Mr. and Mrs. Michael Waldrop Mr. and Mrs. James A. Wallace Eric Wells Mr. and Mrs. David White James Wiederholt Mr. and Mrs. William York Mr. and Mrs. Michael Zazzara BUILDING FUND CONTRIBUTIONS Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Bassett Mr. and Mrs. William Bond, III Dana Capoccacia Joseph Sena Mr. and Mrs. Heywood Sun ALUMNI Bret Bilbrey ‘01 Justin Brownlee ‘96 Melissa Ackerman Brownlee ‘96 Julie Clary ‘00 Paul Frierott ‘10 Daniel Gorline ‘03 Jennifer Gorline ‘05 Stephanie Horner ‘03 Sarah Marczynski ‘06

John Paul Masterson ‘03 Jonathan Sadler ‘99 Katie Coon Steinbrecher ‘97 Thank you to all the alums that supported SBA’s annual collection for the Mid-South Food Bank. SBA generated the equivalent of over 42,400 pounds in food and money ($4,500), enough for what the Food Bank determines to cover 33,000 meals.

FACULTY & STAFF Bret Bilbrey Dr. Beth Brock Paul Bryant Angie Buchanan Laura Burke Cain Carson Dianna Cervetti Dee Ann Cox Annette Dabaldo Janet Daleke Rebecca Hall Kathy Hurt Don Lear Shirley Lile John Paul Masterson Sharon Masterson Sondra Morris Ann O’Leary Sandy Riggs Provie Rose Jack Schenkel Jamie Schneider Don Sebren


Nancy Stafford Greg Stiel George Valadie Nancy Valadie Marjorie Vincent Eric Wells

BUSINESSES, CORPORATIONS, FOUNDATIONS, GRANTS & MATCHING GIFTS AAE – Tim Driscoll ABM Janitorial Services Action Architectural Fabricators All American, Inc. Ambi-Prestigio Foods, Inc. AutoZone The Barnett Group Botts Dental Spa Buckman Laboratories, Inc. Campbell Clinic Othopaedics Catholic Heart Work Camp Cline Tours, Inc. Coca Cola Bottling Company Collierville Youth Soccer Association Connolly Insurance Agency David H. Crowder, DDS Crye-Leike – Lauran A. Powers CTF, Inc. Dairy Queen – Wolfchase Data Network Systems Dobbs Honda Dyslexia Foundation of Memphis Ed’s Prop Shop Elite Medical EM Printing E Studio FedEx Express The First Horizon Foundation, Inc.

Filipino-American Association of Memphis Daniel Freeman, DDS GE Foundation General Dentistry – Carlo Pirani, D.D.S. Greenway Home Services Group Benefits, LLC Harris Quon Auto Service & Machine Works, Inc. The Hersey Company Hilton Hotels, Inc. – Embassy Suites Horatio Ebert Charitable Foundation House of Talent Industrial Equipment & Specialties, Inc. James Pest Management Joy McDaniel Academy of Dance & Gymnastics Katt Worldwide Logistics Patrick W. Kutas, DDS Lexus of Memphis The Lighting Source Magnolia Homes/Oak Grove Realty Magnolia Lighting Malco Theaters – Larry Etter Marble Masters, Inc. MBS Textbook Management Media Source The Medicine Shop Memphis Gastroenterology Mid-South OB-GYN PLLC – Drs. Aric & Mary Andrea Giddens Nationwide Insurance – Chad Harrell Nucor-Yamato Steel Co. Paramo Construction Parker School Uniforms Daniel Peel, Attorney at Law Pfizer Foundation Picture Perfect Home Inspections, Inc. Piggly Wiggly – Rick James Pilot Travel Centers Prudential Foundation Punchers Quality Suites – Cordova Mike Reaves Realty Regions Morgan Keegan Trust River City Gymnastics Scholastic Products & Awards (Balfour) – Doug Kearney Schwab Charitable Fund Shyona Quality Suites – Cordova Smith Chiropractic Clinics

J.M. Smucker Co. SPEBSQSA, INC. – Memphis Chapter Special Event Service and Rental St. Francis of Assisi Boy Scout Troop 457 St. Francis of Assisi Church St. Louis Food Ingredients, Inc. Stepherson’s Superlo Food Stores Target – Take Charge of Education Themis – Mary Hensley Tony McGehee State Farm Truist UBS Financial Services, Inc. U.S. Youth Soccer – Region III Andy Wise – Action News 5

The Frierott Family Mr. and Mrs. Werner Rose

Matching Companies ~ AutoZone ~ First Horizon Foundation, Inc. ~ GE Foundation ~ Pfizer Foundation ~ Prudential Foundation ~ Regions Morgan Keegan Trust ~ Truist ~ UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Christin Oliveira Streif ‘03 & Tony Oliveira ‘99 Mr. and Mrs. Cody Oliveira

We thank our donors who take advantage of 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 matching gift policy, visit GIFTS IN HONOR AND MEMORY Your gifts in honor and memory of loved ones and special friends directly enable SBA students to receive the best education available. We gratefully acknowledge the following gifts. GIFTS IN HONOR The Bardos Family Mr. and Mrs. Werner Rose Serina Branch ‘11 Mr. and Mrs. Bob Branch


Robin Moore Mr. and Mrs. Brussel Martin Trey Pence ‘09 Lynne O. Pence Kristine ‘05 & Kristel Quon ‘10 Harris Quon Auto Service & Machine Works, Inc. – Mr. and Mrs. Harris Quon SBA Alums Joan Best

Larkin ’11 & Olivia ‘14 Turner Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gillespie George Valadie Mr. and Mrs. John Cunningham Dr. Wanda Winnette Ann Wallace ‘12 Mr. and Mrs. James A. Wallace Nancy Wells Eric Wells GIFTS IN MEMORY Robert Caprio Dianna Cervetti (restricted for Track & Field) Ted Paduck (restricted for Track & Field) Nancy Stafford Mr. and Mrs. Don Williams (restricted for Track & Field) Pat Deere Mr. and Mrs. Larry McCommon George Ewing Hancock, Sr. The Masterson Family Mr. and Mrs. John Schneider

Mike & Wilma Harman Nancy Alyea

Eric Wells Mr. and Mrs. William York

John Peter La Velle Mr. and Mrs. Dave Masterson

Chapel Deacon Chuck Lightcap Dr. and Mrs. Bruce MacDonald

Cathy Linxwiler Frank Linxwiler

Foreign Language Department Nancy Alyea Debbie & Kate Duszak Leslie Thornton

Sara Butts Muskelley Sharon Masterson

Guidance Marjorie Vincent

Mary Alice Riggs Smith Dr. and Mrs. Webster Riggs

Junior Class Mr. and Mrs. Jon Mark Erstine Mr. and Mrs. Charles MacDonald

Dorothy Rybczyk Mr. and Mrs. Dave Masterson Lucy Ellen Seymour Joan Best Annette Dabaldo Mr. & Mrs. Dave Masterson John Paul Masterson Nancy Stafford

Jenny Rybczyk Fund Mr. and Mrs. Masterson in memory of Dorothy Rybczyk

Catherine Holt “Boopy” Shelton Sharon Masterson

Saba Scholarship Mr. and Mrs. Kamal Saba Kathy Saba

Wayne Speer Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Gilliland Naida Stiel Sharon Masterson John Thomas Dianna Cervetti (restricted for Track & Field) Thelma Butcher Wortham Sharon Masterson SCHOLARSHIPS Tony Oliveira Scholarship Ambi-Prestigio Foods, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brink Mr. and Mrs. Pat Dabaldo Sharon Masterson St. Louis Food Ingredients, Inc. Jonathan Sadler ‘99 Mr. and Mrs. Rowland Seal Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Sisneros Mr. and Mrs. Michael Stevenson

GIFTS IN KIND & SPECIAL DONATIONS Gifts in Kind are donations given to the school in forms other than monetary donations. Over the years, SBA has received many wonderful gifts from photography equipment to technology and more. General Jack Kinney Cathy MacDonald Linda Payne Mr. and Mrs. Danny Smith Marisa Yoser Art John Dries Mr. and Mrs. Scott Fuelling Band Sharon Masterson

KAT Foundation Amy’s Mr. and Mrs. Alan Bosworth Broadmoor Investment Corporation Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Brookins Laura Bond Cheseldine ‘96 Keith Douglas William Ferguson Mr. and Mrs. Gary Harper Dr. Lawrence Hsia Mr. and Mrs. John Daniel Jones Knights of Columbus – Council 6321 Michael Lemm Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Llanes Mr. and Mrs. Raul Longoria Ted Paduck Renaissance Group Mary Taylor Elizabeth Thompson Tra-Con Enterprises, Inc. Michael Wells Library Sherry Alexander John Focht Rebecca Hall Janice Linder Tom Link Sharon Masterson Mr. and Mrs. Greg Ryan Shannon Schuhlein Ron Spears Mr. and Mrs. Andy Stiles Eric Wells Model UN Beth Marczynski


Carol Mitchner Valerie Darling Music & Drama Ann Bilbrey Bret Bilbrey John Focht House of Talent Joe Incardona Kathy James Terri Langley Jim Marconi Sharon Masterson John J. O’Brien Michael Powers Eddie Robinson Lydia Scarbrough Eileen Scrivener SPEBSQSA, INC – Memphis Chapter Jay Wells

Photography Nancy Simon PLUS Program Mr. and Mrs. Richard Duszak Science Mark Lynch Dr. Sherry O’Brien Technology Dana & Taylor Capocaccia Richard Terry Mr. and Mrs. David Watson Teens for Life/Pro-Life Trip Catholic University of America Cline Tours, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Heymoore Schettler

Theology Department Sharon Masterson Mr. Deacon Chuck Lightcap Cathy MacDonald St. Ann Church – Bartlett (Retreats) Athletics in General Clay Bailey Bret Bilbrey Joe Bilbrey Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics Eddie Cobb Johnny Cordera Mike Falanga Drs. Aric Giddens Caryn Lerma William Logue Bruce Kronberg Sharon Masterson Dr. Santos Martinez John Messina Kevin Moore Dean Morgan Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Pitawanakwat Nate Rhoades Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Sisneros Sheila Thomas Dee Ann Van Hoeck Eric Wells Don Williams Baseball Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. John Cordera Group Benefits, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Greg Hankins Mr. and Mrs. Michael Nevle Nucor-Yamato Steel Co. Claire Tolivar Basketball (Boys) Mr. and Mrs. Steven Hankins Botts Dental Spa Dairy Queen – Wolfchase Data Network Systems Katt Worldwide Logistics The Lighting Source The Medicine Shop Parker School Uniforms Punchers


Shyona Quality Suites - Cordova Mr. and Mrs. Philip Sisneros Tony McGehee State Farm

Basketball (Girls) The Barnett Group Crye-Leike – Lauran A. Powers Ed’s Prop Shop Greenway Home Services Lexus of Memphis Magnolia Homes/Oak Grove Realty Magnolia Lighting Marble Masters, Inc. Gary McCracken Memphis Gastroenterology – Carter Towne, M.D. Paramo Construction Daniel Peel, Attorney at Law Stepherson’s Superlo Food Stores Tony McGehee State Farm Mr. and Mrs. Don Williams Andy Wise – Action News 5 Bowling Mr. and Mrs. John Cordera Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Donohue Mr. and Mrs. Harry Vick Cheer Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ashlock Mr. and Mrs. Brian Baucke Dawn Booth Mr. and Mrs. David Boston Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Civera Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Cullum Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Deason Diane Donahue Mr. and Mrs. Brian Frazier Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hogan Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Holmes Dany Hunt/Jenn Short Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Jewell

Mr. and Mrs. Franklin King Mr. and Mrs. Jeff McGuire Mireya Mejia Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Orsak Mr. and Mrs. Chris Sadler Mr. and Mrs. Russell Scott Pamela Sullins Mr. and Mrs. George Urban Mr. and Mrs. Michael Willins Mr. and Mrs. Michael Zazzara

Hilton Hotels, Inc. – Embassy Suites Malco Theaters – Mr. and Mrs. Larry Etter

Dance Lynne Albonetti Laura Johnson Kathy Neat Jennifer Tacker

Softball Action Architectural Fabricators Dobbs Honda – Mendenhall Elite Medical Daniel Freeman, DDS Patrick W. Kutas, DDS Mr. and Mrs. Bill Logue Picture Perfect Home Inspections, Inc.

Football Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Jim Caldwell Dairy Queen – Wolfchase Mike Falanga FedEx Express Daniel Freeman, DDS James Pest Management Bruce Kronberg Media Source Parker Uniforms River City Gymnastics Tony McGehee State Farm

Golf (Girls) Mr. and Mrs. Larry Etter Special Event Service & Rental Lacrosse (Girls) The First Horizon Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Waddell Soccer (Boys) Larry Chism

Soccer (Girls) Collierville Youth Soccer Association Mid-South OB-GYN PLLC – Drs. Aric & Mary Andrea Giddens Special Event Service and Rental U.S. Youth Soccer – Region III

Swim Buckman Laboratories, Inc. – Mr. and Mrs. Rob Quarles Tennis George Bolds Barbara Hervey Pam Lake Becky Stukenborg Track & Field AAE – Tim Driscoll Dianna Cervetti (in memory of Robert Caprio) Dianna Cervetti (in memory of John Thomas) Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cervetti David H. Crowder, DDS Industrial Equipment & Specialties, Inc. Nationwide Insurance – Chad Harrell Ted Paduck (in memory of Robert Caprio) Mr. and Mrs. William Payne Mr. and Mrs. Heywood Sun UBS Financial Services, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Don Williams (in memory of Robert Caprio) Volleyball Mr. and Mrs. John Frierott Mel Stafford Mimi Watts


Wrestling AutoZone Mr. and Mrs. Jon Bascom General Dentistry – Carlo Pirani, D.D.S. Themis – Mary Hensley The Hersey Company Pilot Travel Centers Mike Reaves Realty Smith Chiropractic Clinics Mr. and Mrs. Terry Stidham Mr. and Mrs. John Stratman PARENT ASSOCIATIONS & COMMITTEES Parent Associations are an integral part of the activities of the school. The depth and breadth of the support from these organizations (Home & School Association, Athletic Commissioners, Fashion Show & Golf Tournament Committees and Project Graduation) affect every part of the school. Athletic Team Commissioners: Baseball Mr. and Mrs. Chris Holliday Basketball (Boys) Dee Ann Van Hoeck Basketball (Girls) Mr. and Mrs. Don Williams Bowling Brenda Vick Golf (Boys) Dave Cline Golf (Girls) Michelle Kahle Cheer Pam Gordon Cross Country Kathy Elmer Dance Lynn Albonetti, Sondra Morris Football Denise Crawford Lacrosse (Boys) Robin Clancy, Tony Mitchell Lacrosse (Girls) Julie Shouse Soccer (Boys) Larry Etter Soccer (Girls) Mr. and Mrs. Scott Barbier

Softball Debbie Farler Swim Barbara Hervey Tennis Pam Lake, Becky Stukenborg Track & Field George Schober Volleyball Jill Frierott, Cinny Verhaak, Mimi Watts, Sherry Williams Wrestling John Stratman Home & School Officers 2010-11 Co-Presidents: Barbara Hervey, Shannon Schuhlein Treasurer: Dee Ann Van Hoeck Secretary: Claire Tolivar Special Committee Chairs: Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon – Claire Tolivar, Dee Ann Van Hoeck Monthly Faculty/Staff Appreciation Days – Cindy Keith, Diane White First Friday Adoration – Cathy MacDonald Honor Society Reception – Jill Frierott, Shannon Schuhlein Project Graduation – Sissy Aeschliman, Chuck Kantor Eagle Bucks – Jill Frierott Used Uniform Sale – Linda Payne Spirit Shop- Julie Bardos, Jill Frierott Activities: Junior Ring Ceremony – Barbara Hervey, Kelly Jeffrey Father/Daughter Dance – Becky Siano, Lisa Yarbro Father/Son Outing – Julie Bardos Mother/Daughter Tea – Debbie Demiroz Mother/Son Dinner – Nancy Wiley Class Representatives: Seniors: Paula Bologna, Dorice Favorite, Lisa Hicks, Robbie Yerger Juniors: Cathy Bascom, Janie Cook, Tracy Lea Sophomores: Michelle Dennis, Cindy Keith, Kathy Merrick, MaryMargaret Morning, Kerry Snyder

Freshmen: Linda Aljundi, Mike Braggs, Gwen Etter, Sandra Glover, Susan Graziosi, Donna Harckum, Kathy Hebert, Beth Jackson, Allison McCrory, Jana Rittman, Romy Schaaf, Monique Stephenson, Capri Talley Remember, the Community Sponsorship Program (Eagle Bucks) is an easy way to contribute to the school while doing your shopping for holidays, birthdays, graduations, etc. A variety of gift cards may be ordered through the business office and SBA receives a percentage of the purchase. Then a percentage of that rebate is attributed to you for use toward tuition or an SBA organization of your choice. FASHION RUN-A-WAY Platinum Sponsors $700 - $1000 + Mr. and Mrs. Edward (Ned) Nelson Gold Sponsors $250 - $699 All-American, Inc. Anonymous EM Printing Silver Sponsors $100 - $249 ABM Janitorial Services AutoZone Mr. and Mrs. Jon Bascom SBA Home & School Scholastic Products & Awards (Balfour) – Doug Kearney Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schuhlein Mr. and Mrs. Jim Van Hoeck Donors Anonymous Julie Bardos Mr. and Mrs. Buzzy Barnett Kristen Black Mr. and Mrs. David Boston Dr. Beth Brock Kristen Browning


Cain Carson The Cheesecake Place Coldwater Creek – Saddle Creek Colonial Country Club Cordova Automotive Corky’s – Cordova Easy Way – Craig Carter (’00) Denise Evans Beth Evetts Fantastic Sam’s - Cordova Allison Fetz Heather Freel Gold Strike Casino Grand Slam Athletics Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Heath Barbara Hervey Hilton Memphis Holland Studio of Photography Holliday Flowers, Inc. HoneyBaked Ham - Cordova Jessica Thompson Design Jim’s Place East Restaurant & Bar Greg Kemp, DDS Kirby Parkway Liquors, Inc. Pam Lake Lifetouch National School Studios Tom Link The Links of Cottonwoods – Harrah’s Tunica Liz & Me – Cindy Tarsi Cathy MacDonald Malco Theaters – Mr. & Mrs. Larry Etter Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mantel Massage Envy Collierville MBS Direct Textbooks & Course Materials Dr. Mary McDonald McDowell Marketing Mary Ellen Hoback McDow Mu Alpha Theta – SBA Chapter Oak Hall Parker School Uniforms Pettit’s Lawn Scapes Pitner Driving School Poshé Day Spa River Oaks Restaurant Provie Rose St. Francis of Assisi CCM St. Paul Book & Gift Shop Mr. Glido Sakaan & Dr. Lina Alloush Salon 1550 – Sarah Bryant

Salon 1550 – Melissa Falanga Burrus (’04) Salon 1550 – Rachel Parker SBA Administration SBA Athletic Department SBA Art Department SBA Computer Department SBA Fashion Club SBA Home & School SBA Music & Drama Department SBA PE Department SBA Theology Department Sharon Sharp Sodexo – SBA Sõna MedSpa-Memphis TAN-N-GO – Cordova Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thillen Trinity Wine & Liquor Chris Truckner Mr. and Mrs. George Valadie Anne Waddell Marta Weiss Cindy Wells Wiemar’s Jewelry Angie Wilkins Mr. and Mrs. Don Williams Yuletide Office Solutions Marisa Yoser VOLUNTEERS Sissy Aeschliman Julie Bardos Denise Crawford Suzy Erstine Jill Frierott Sandi Hughes Kathy Hurt Sharon Masterson Nan Miller Vicki Miller John Morris Sondra Morris Ann O’Leary Sean O’Leary Jana Rittman Provie Rose Romy Schaaf Shannon Schuhlein Deborah Shaner Alison Smith Cindy Tarsi Claire Tolivar

George Valadie Nancy Valadie Ann Waddell Leigh Ann Walters Dee Ann Van Hoeck Angela Yates Marisa Yoser A special thanks to our Fashion Show Models who brought their smiles and glamour to our event! Mrs. Karen Barnett, Mother of SBA Alumni Kristin (‘08) and Melissa (‘10) Mrs. Kristen Browning, SBA Faculty, History Dept. Ms. Denise Evans, SBA Faculty, English Dept. Ms. Heather Freel, SBA Faculty, English Dept. Dr. Mary McDonald, Superintendent of Catholic Schools & former SBA Principal Mrs. Angie Wilkins, Mother of SBA students Trey (‘11) and Jordan (‘13) Mrs. Sherry Williams, Mother of SBA students Chandler (‘11) and Paige (‘13) EAGLE CLASSIC GOLF TOURNAMENT Sponsorships ACE Sponsors $1,000+ Castle Retail Group, Piggly Wiggly – Rick James Dobbs Honda, Mendenhall – Ken Myers Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Sisneros Eagle Sponsors $500 - $999 St. Francis of Assisi Church – Monsignor Peter Buchignani Sponsors $201 - $499 Mr. and Mrs. John Frierott


Flag Sponsors $200 Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schuhlein J.M. Smucker Co. Hole Sponsors $150 Mr. and Mrs. Louis Costabile St. Louis Church Men’s Club Scholastic Products & Awards (Balfour) – Doug Kearney Mr. and Mrs. Michael Watermeier Donations & Teams David Boston Dan Botto Mr. and Mrs. Doug Byrnes Connolly Insurance Agency Mr. and Mrs. James Cumings Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Fenton Jill Frierott Mr. and Mrs. Scott Giles Lester Giordano Barbara Hervey Craig Hofer Holland Studios Photography – Jay & Taylor Shappley Mr. and Mrs. William Holliday Lee Lowry Malco Theatres – Larry Etter Donald Mayer Ted Paduck John David Porter Mike Rodgers ‘90 Mr. and Mrs. Joel Stark John Stratman Mr. and Mrs. James Van Eaton Dee Ann Van Hoeck Mr. and Mrs. Mark Wagner Lee Walker Rev. Mike Werkhoven Lisa Yarbro FORE THE PLAYERS BOYS BASKETBAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Sponsorships Title Sponsor $2,500+ Statlink Systems – Dana Capoccacia

Green Sponsors $200+ Mr. and Mrs. John Frierott St. Francis of Assisi Church Stone Higgs & Drexler, Attorneys at Law Tee Sponsors $100+ Mr. and Mrs. Mike Allen Appling Dental Group Crye-Leike – Billy Price Dobbs Honda E-Box – Norman Brown Ensafe Kaddy Shack Golf Lifesigns NC Staffing Prevention Group, LLC Ross Recruiting Services J.M. Smucker Co. State Farm Insurance United Mechanical Donations & Players Mike Allen Robert Allen Mike Andrick Scott Bailey Baskin-Robbins Bed, Bath & Beyond Mario Bertagna Dan Botto Sallie Bryant Chris Bursi Greg Bussard Dana Capoccacia Charlton’s Salon Cherokee Valley Golf Course Jake Claunch Lance Clements Randy Coleman David Collins Bodie Council Dairy Queen Doug Darnell Dick’s Sporting Goods Dixie Cafe Hugh Drewery El Porton – Germantown Parkway FedEx – Bill Logue Keith Flemings Gary Fletcher

Bryan Ford Fresh Market – Germantown Golf and Games Golfsmith Scott Griffin Steven Hall Debbie Harrison Greg Harrison Kyle Harrison HoneyBaked Ham Jim House Jake Jeffrey Rob Jeffrey Kendrick Jones Kroger Steve Landry Raymond Lelis Lee Lowry Malco Theater Jeff McCulley McDowell Marketing John Messina John Mettee Danny Morgan Justin Muck Nail and Spa Salon Kenny Napper New Image Haircutters Nike David Olford Ryan Orr Steve Orr Gilbert Parra Pei Wei Kevin Petitte Kevin Portanova Ben Prudhomme Qdoba Anthony Reid Jeff Rosenburg

Brandon Ross William Roth Joel Stark State Farm Insurance – Donald Stewart Charlie Sevier Jim Siano Phil Sisneros Slim Skillets Bobby Smith Steve Smith Sõna MedSpa – Memphis Joel Stark Stellar Cellar Wine and Spirits AJ Sturdivant Charlie Sturdivant Supercuts Will Taylor TCBY – Germantown Parkway Tropical Smoothie Café Tunica National Golf Course Parks Urathase Jim Van Eaton John Wakefield Steven Watson Adam Wiginton Charlie Wilson Wolfchase Honda Chris Ybos PROJECT GRADUATION Platinum Sponsor $700+ Dr. and Mrs. John Bills Mr. and Mrs. Casy O’Brien Parker Uniforms Gold Sponsors $500-$699 Anonymous Silver Sponsors $250-$499 Mr. and Mrs. William Hebert Knights of Columbus – Timothy J. Coyle Council 9317 (Cordova) Mr. and Mrs. Jay Patchen Professional Legal Nurse Consultants, Inc. – Beth Hensley Mr. and Mrs. Danny Smith Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sweeney


Friend Sponsors $100-$249 Balfour – Doug Kearney Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Aldrich Mitch Caron Cordova Automotive, Inc. Martin Daughtery Diane Donahue Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Lake Mr. and Mrs. Chris LeBlanc Betsy Makeever Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller Mr. and Mrs. Michael Nevle Mrs. and Mrs. John Perkins Sunde Smith Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stoddard Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Tarsi

Donna K. Moore Lynne Nelson Alan Ross Lisa Schneider Shannon Schuhlein Becky Siano Rita Sowell Swanky’s Taco Shop – Dustin Jones ‘99 Bette Thompson Karen Timmins Tony McGehee State Farm Lori Wade Leigh Ann Walters Mr. and Mrs. Matt Whittington Sherry Williams Phyllis Wilson

Gifts In-Kind/Service & Additional Monetary Gifts Sissy Aeschilman Julie Bardos Brad Barley Mr. and Mrs. Erwin A. Beltran Mr. and Mrs. David Boston Jim Brawner, DDS Vivian Cullen Mr. and Mrs. Eric Daniels Jon Mark and Suzy Erstine Jenette Hebert Robert C. Hernandez Susan Holliday Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Huerta Debbie Hughes Sandi Hughes Chuck Kantor Mr. and Mrs. Mike Malone Sharon Masterson Lisa McFarland

Trivia Nights for Project Graduation Sissy Aeschliman Lynn Albonetti Maria Amrein AutoZone Ballet Memphis Julie Bardos Lachelle Beltran Mr. and Mrs. David Boston Brooklyn Bridge Italian Restaurant Cain Carson Capel Rugs Collierville Arts Council Cook’s Pest Control Corky’s David H. Crowder, DDS Tomiko Daniels Debra Demirorz Dive Shop Diane Donahue Larry Etter Monica Faquin Dorice Favorite Folk’s Folly Foxridge Pizza - Cordova Joe Galbreath Guy’s Formal Wear Carol Hale Pat Halpern Hal Jaffe Studio Tom Hanemann Jenette Hebert Janet Heirigs Tracie Hogan


Susan Holliday Mr. and Mrs. Tony Howard Incredible Pizza Company Greg Kemp, DDS Chuck Kantor Jeff Lamer Lenny’s Sub Shop – Exeter Lexus of Memphis – Gary York Malco Theatres Victoria Mariencheck Sharon Masterson Memphis Pizza Café Memphis Redbirds Memphis Zoo Mr. Lincoln’s Costume Shoppe Ellen Mitchell Lynne Nelson Arthur Orgeron Karla Paduck Paint-A-Piece Mary Jane Patchen Karen Peel Fran Pier Perkins & Marie Callenders, Inc. Playhouse on the Square Melinda Quinn Elise Rodriguez SBA Athletic Department SBA Crossroads Concert Series SBA Fashion Show SBA Theatre Department Shannon Schuhlein Mary Sell Becky Siano Mr. and Mrs. Jim Siano Slim Skillets Sõna MedSpa – Memphis Rita Sowell Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sterba Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stoddard Cindy Tarsi Sheila Thomas Desiree Vasquez Nancy Wallace Leigh Ann Walters Dee Watson Sandra Watson Marta Weiss Angie Wilkins Phyllis Wilson Lisa Yarbro Mr. and Mrs. Mark Yerger

Development Board Of Advisors Closes Another Year By Mike Waddell, President 2010-11

The SBA Board of Advisors recently completed its activities for the 2010/2011 year. Since my last update, the Board’s agenda has continued to center around a series of presentations on significant strategic and operating areas of the school. Recent areas of focus have included Spiritual Affairs, Athletic Affairs, Financial Affairs and Discipline. The respective staff members responsible for these areas delivered excellent and enlightening presentations to the Board. The Board has elected new officers as follows: Don Williams Chairman, Mindy Costabile - Vice Chairwoman and Phil Sisneros Secretary. I know that each of these individuals will provide outstanding leadership in guiding the Board’s activities over the coming year. It has been my honor to be part of the Board for the past several years. One of the most memorable aspects has been the opportunity to work with and get to know the St. Benedict staff. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated team of professionals who make our school the outstanding, well-rounded educational institution that it is.

SBA Alum joins Development Team

We are pleased to announce that SBA ’91 graduate, Lori Trew Regis, will be serving as our new Alumni & Development Director focusing on Alumni Affairs and the Annual Drive campaign. She comes to us from Tipton-Rosemark Academy where she has been a faculty member since 2003 and their Advancement Director for the last six years. Lori lives in Atoka, TN and is married to Eric Regis. They have two children, Maddye, 15 and Steven, 13. She is very excited to reconnect with Auburndale and SBA classmates. Please feel free to contact her at


Parent Connection MARK YOUR CALENDARS! AUGUST 8 Registration 10 First day of classes for new students only 11 First full day of classes for all students 15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary (Holyday-no classes) 24 Meet the Teachers Night, 7:00 pm

JANUARY 3 16 21-24 29-Feb.4

FEBRUARY 18 Trivia Night, Sponsored by Project Graduation 20 Faculty Retreat (no classes) 22 Ash Wednesday

SEPTEMBER 5 Labor Day (no classes) 23 Homecoming Football Game, 7:00 pm 24 Homecoming Dance 29 School pictures OCTOBER 7 12 19

End of 1st academic quarter Professional Day (no classes) 8th grade visit 8th grade visit

NOVEMBER 1 All Saints Day (Holyday-no classes) 2 8th grade visit 3-6 Fall Musical 13 Open House for prospective students, 1:00 pm 19 Trivia Night, Sponsored by Project Graduation 23 Begin Thanksgiving Break 28 Classes resume DECEMBER 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holyday-no classes) 16 ½ day – End of semester, begin Christmas break

Classes resume Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes) March for Life Trip, Washington DC Catholic Schools Week

MARCH 1-4 9 12 19 24

Spring Musical End of 3rd academic quarter Begin Spring Break Classes resume Fashionista Fiesta Fashion Show, 6:30-9:00 pm


Holy Thursday (½ day-begin Easter Break) 6 Good Friday 8 Easter Sunday 10 Classes Resume 14 Prom 26-29 Spring Production

MAY 7 11 12 22-25 26

Senior Awards Night, 6:30 pm Baccalaureate-Church of the Incarnation, 7:00 pm Commencement-Hope Church, 11:00 am Senior Project Graduation Party Final exams Last day of classes, ½ day

Admissions & Guidance Information ADMISSIONS -

Applications for the 2012-13 school year are now being accepted. Please visit our website at www. 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’learya@ GUIDANCE –

Parents of seniors (Class of 2012) – 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.


Parent Connection ACT TEST DATES ( Test Date Registration Deadline Sept. 10, 2011 Oct. 22, 2011 Dec. 10, 2011 Feb. 11, 2012 Apr. 14, 2012 June 9, 2012

Aug. 12, 2011 Sept. 16, 2011 Nov. 4, 2011 Jan. 13. 2012 Mar. 9, 2012 May 4, 2012

SAT TEST DATES ( Test Date Registration Deadline Oct. 1, 2011 Nov 5, 2011 Dec. 3, 2011 Jan. 28, 2012 Mar. 10, 2012 May 5, 2012

Sept. 9, 2011 Oct. 7, 2011 Nov. 8, 2011 Dec. 30, 2011 Feb. 10, 2012 Apr. 6, 2012

June 3, 2012

May 8, 2012

SBA Code needed for registration – 430-451 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.

News From Home & School Association Thank you to all of our SBA families for a great year. Whether you signed up and paid your dues at registration, volunteered on a committee, attended one of the twenty events that we hosted this year or shopped at the used uniform sale, please know that your efforts were greatly appreciated by our students, faculty and staff. We would like to extend a special thank you to Barbara Hervey, who has served as Co-President for the last two years, and to Romy Schaaf who has graciously volunteered to be our Co-President for 2011-2012. We are truly blessed to have such dedicated parents. Information regarding Home & School meetings, upcoming events and additional volunteer opportunities will be listed in Monday Mail. We look forward to working with you this year! If you would like to be a part of Home & School, please contact Shannon Schuhlein at or 751-2225. HOME & SCHOOL OFFICERS 2011-12 Co-Presidents: Romy Schaaf, Shannon Schuhlein Treasurer: Dee Ann Van Hoeck Secretary: Claire Tolivar 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

Project Graduation

Used Uniform Sale – Mary-Margaret Morning Spirit Shop – Julie Bardos, Jill Frierott Activities: Junior Ring Ceremony – Kelly Jeffrey Father/Daughter Dance – Belinda Hurley Father/Son – Nancy Wiley Mother/Daughter Tea – OPEN Mother/Son Dinner – Nancy Wiley Class Representatives: Seniors: Cathy Bascom Juniors: Julie Bardos, Cindy Keith Sophomores: Larry Etter, Angie Valadie Freshmen: Lisa Yarbro

The 2011 Project Graduation was a huge success, with the graduates enjoying a fun evening all through the night, capped off by loads of raffle prizes won by the seniors, along with every student receiving a goody bag valued at over $100 for college. Senior Parents, be sure to be on the lookout for information on Project Graduation for the class of 2012. The support fundraisers – Trivia Nights are set (see calendar in this issue). PG is not only a fun event for the graduates, but for all involved, too. Volunteers and ideas are needed. Chairs for this year’s event are Darla and David Boston and Chuck Kantor. You can contact them at and


About Our Faith Freshman Receives Bobby Russell Award St. Benedict rising sophomore Morgan Patrick was recently selected to receive the Annual Bobby Russell Memorial Scholarship. 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. 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 and his widow, 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 submitted and titled, “What a Catholic School Education Means to Me Now and in the Future.” Morgan wrote her essay as a freshman, and was the one, of many, anonymously selected by the scholarship fund committee. Morgan’s essay follows -

Bobby Russell Scholarship Application Morgan Patrick, 9th grade

with his funny faces, simple nicknames like Mo for Morgan and Uh for Andrea, and his comforting one-armed hugs. Everyone he meets remembers him for life, and no one could never be excited to see him. This boy is one that may not have lived without the efforts of the Pro-Life movement. My personal way of supporting this movement and kids like Huntley is through school. My Catholic education provides me with clubs such as Teens for Life and gives me scriptural basis to make my ProLife argument. Catholics schools additionally give me a foundation and place to practice promoting the sanctity of life and importance of simple things. In this Catholic environment, I have the freedom to voice my opinions and talk out any issues with leaders who have my same beliefs. Before I came to SBA, I was at a public school, where kids made fun of special needs children and we were not allowed to talk about God, but in a new Catholic school, I feel comfortable about talking about my beliefs and praying about the future. In the near future, I hope I can use my promotion skills I learn in this Catholic education to be a proud and active supporter of ProLife ministries.

Dipping sauce is all it takes to make him happy. Not brand, nor color, nor taste matters to him. He does not even care what he is dipping. It is a very simple thing, yet one that will brighten his face any time, any day; every time, every day. Simple things for a wonderful, extraordinary, simply perfect mind. My close first cousin was born with a diseased brain. Many people think that this little boy is not worth saving and that he could never contribute to society, but my opinion differs tremendously. A Catholic education is important to me because I have the opportunity to openly support the Pro-Life movement. The Pro- Life movement is important to me because many Pro-Choice supporters think that special children, like Huntley, should not be allowed life because of their disabilities. Huntley, a rare case, has half of a brain because of a disease in the other half. The doctors had to surgically remove half of his dysfunctional brain so that he could live. I give my most grateful thanks to these surgeons for giving me this person so that he may remind me of God’s miracles. Huntley will liven anyone he meets

Morgan receives her award at Honor’s Day in May; (from left) Morgan’s uncle, aunt and cousins Chris, Sarah and Anna-Chris Talley and Huntley Burtison; Morgan’s Mom Andrea Dowdy; Morgan; Wes and Dell Russell and Mr. Valadie.


About Our Faith Catholic Traditions Offered At Sba

Seniors Social Justice Assignment Provides For Those In Need

Students were able to take advantage of a Lenten Penance Service with Diocesan Priests giving their time to administer the Sacrament. This year’s annual May Crowning followed an all-school Mass in the Gym with seniors Hannah Zaleski placing the crown on Mary’s statue and Andrew Zazzara, Julie Eckel and Louis DeGruy serving as honor guards.

After studying about Social Justice in their Theology IV class, St. Benedict seniors were given the assignment to address a social injustice in their community through a service project. This group of seniors, (from left) Kellie Hicks, Katie Hicks, Rachel Nevle, Rebecca Butcher and Sarah Jones chose Birthright of Memphis as the beneficiary of their bake sale fund raisers. Through their efforts, they made over $200 that they used to purchase supplies for newborn babies, to help restock the shelves at Birthright. They also raised awareness of the mission of Birthright and how others can get involved and volunteer. In addition to serving Birthright, St. Benedict seniors helped over 25 charitable organizations in the Memphis area.

In Memoriam

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. Joe Bishop, 60, father-in-law of Ben Trzil (’01), passed away on May 30, 2011. Chase Brown, 22, brother of Dylan Finney (’13), passed away on May 13, 2011. Dr. William Domico, 62, father of Patrick (’08) and Adam (’10) Domico, passed away on May 15, 2011. Charlie Hammond, 64, father of Craig Hammond (’96) and Cindy Hammond Rakowsky (’99) and father-in-law of Josh Rakowsky (’99), passed away on May 8, 2011. Audrey & Bailey Melton, newborn twin infants and granddaughters of SBA Math teacher Ken Fancher, passed away on May 22, 2011. Pam Miller, 56, former SBA elementary school teacher and mother of Jonathan (’01) and Shelly Miller (’99), passed away on June 23, 2011. Jason Peyton, 16, SBA sophomore, passed away on April 27, 2011. Lucy Ellen Seymour, 81, mother of SBA math teacher Blair Seymour, passed away April 26, 2011.


Headline News SBA - BOP® Winners, Again, This Year!

Downbeat Selects Jazz Soul Band As The Nation’s Best

For the third consecutive year, SBA athletics won the Division II Large School Team award at the 42nd Annual Commercial Appeal Pepsi Best of the Preps Award ceremony on June 10. SBA also had the largest number of finalists in the private school division for the senior special awards with four, the most a school can nominate, and a selection – Julie Eckel as Female Athlete of the Year. The Pepsi BOP program is the culmination of the Commercial Appeal’s recognition of prep sports in the Metro area over the school year. SBA also had 55 All-Metro and other BOP awardees and was 2nd overall in the female division team award.

DownBeat Magazine, host of the annual DownBeat Awards, considered one of the most prestigious music honors nationally in the field of jazz education, recognized the SBA Jazz Soul Band as the nation’s best for Blues/Pop/Rock for 2011. The SBA program has won this award before in 2008 and was recognized for Outstanding Performance in 2009. “The DownBeat Student Music Awards (SMA) program is among the highest honors student musicians can receive,” said DownBeat Magazine publisher Frank Alkyer. “The awards have come to be known as the ‘Grammy Awards’ for student music.” The awards were announced in DownBeat’s June edition. There are 15 categories and five separate divisions (junior high, high school, performing high school, college and graduate college). This year’s DownBeat competition drew a total of 856 ensemble and individual entries for all categories in all five divisions. SBA’s Instrumental music teacher and director of the band commented, “Winning a DownBeat SMA Award is another milestone achievement for our program. It is one of the highest possible awards a school music program can receive and we are extremely proud of our talented students.”

Mr. Valadie was proud to share the glory with BOP awardees on hand for the event, (from left) Hannah Kurtz-Top Five Finalist for Volleyball; Luke James-All-Metro for Track & Field; Mr. Valadie; Julie Eckel-All-Metro Soccer, Top Five Finalist for Female Scholar Athlete and winner of Female Athlete of the Year; Paul Wagner-Top Five Finalist for Male Scholar Athlete; Grace Summers-Top Five Finalist for Tennis and Trey Wilkins-Top Five Finalist for Male Athlete of the Year.

The Jazz Soul Band shows off the June issue of DownBeat Magazine announcing them the best in the High School Blues/Pop/Rock division. In addition, the group proudly displays their Windy City Festival trophies.


Headline News Band And Choirs Take The “Windy City” By service and was recognized with a Silver Award in the high school level. Known as the “Nobel Prize” for public Storm As evidenced by the previous photo, the SBA Jazz Soul Band captured First Place in the Windy City Classic Festival and senior Nick Lumpkin received an “Outstanding Award” for instrumental solo in the annual Windy City Festival in Chicago in late April. SBA Choirs also picked up trophies for First Place in the Show Choir division and Jazz Choir division and the Chamber Choir placed second in their division. Junior Michael Robinson also picked up and “Outstanding Award” for his vocal solo. Each of the choirs and the band received “silver ratings” for their performances at the competition.

SBA Show & Jazz Choir

service, the Jefferson Awards was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard to recognize, inspire and activate volunteerism and public service in communities, workplaces and schools across America. Since its inception, more than 50,000 individuals of all ages have been recognized for efforts to make the world around them a better place. The SBA presentation to the Jefferson Awards committee was coordinated by science teacher Tom Brezina, with the help of senior Jackson Butler and freshman Gabbie Johnson. As the leadership team, their efforts included collaborating with all the service clubs and the Communications Office to develop a PowerPoint program that was presented to the judges this past spring. Jackson Butler represented SBA in the development and presentation. Spotlighted in the presentation were the annual efforts on behalf of the Mid-South Food Bank, LifeBlood, Club St. Jude “Pull Tab” collections and the pro-life efforts on behalf of Life Choices, Birthright and the annual March for Life. Mr. Valadie is always open to students’ ideas for serving others. He said, “Just as we teach students to learn math, the sciences, etc., we wish for our students to also learn the importance of helping others less fortunate.” While SBA’s service is not an effort to gain an award, it is worthy of recognition. Only 25 schools out of 500 are selected for the award and SBA is certainly worthy of being one of the 25.

SBA Women’s Chamber Choir The Jefferson Award banner was presented by Jackson Butler (2nd left) and Gabbie Johnson (center) following the last All-School Mass in May. On hand to congratulate the school was Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Mary McDonald (left), Mr. Brezina and Mr. Valadie.

SBA Receives its first Jefferson Award Throughout each year, SBA students, faculty, parents, alumni and friends make efforts to be of service to others in the community. This past year, the school participated in the Jefferson Awards competition on


Achievements 2010-2011 Senior Awards The 2011 graduating class of 225 was offered over 433 merit-based college scholarships valued at over $11 million. Valedictorian is Paul Wagner with the highest cumulative GPA and will attend the University of Texas to pursue a degree in Engineering. Katie Incardona was named Salutatorian for the second highest cumulative GPA. Katie will attend Northwestern University to pursue a degree in Theater.

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 Louis DeGruy, Katherine Knickerbocker and Chelsea LeBlanc.

Jackson Butler 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. Jackson was selected by a vote of the SBA faculty. Paul Wagner and Cody Hubbard were selected Mr. and Miss SBA as the ideal SBA students by the faculty.

Andrew Zazzara received the Golden Eagle Award for soaring beyond the expectations that others set before them.

Lindsay Grisanti 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. SENIOR SUPERLATIVES as selected by senior class (from top to bottom) Most Athletic: Trey Wilkins, Julie Eckel; Most Spirited: Andrew Tarsi, Kaitlyn Anderson Best All Around: Jake Tucci, Cameron Russell Most Talented: Angelo Bologna, Jenny Mills Most Dedicated: Paul Wagner, Shannon Rooker; Contributed Most to Class: John Bamrick, Cody Hubbard


Achievements WITTIEST: Peter Amrein, Kirsten Rousseau MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED: Louis DeGruy, Colleen Cummings MOST LIKELY TO BE REMEMBERED: Michael Hernandez, Sloane Fuller; FRIENDLIEST: Nick Nadolny, Chelsea LeBlanc

Senior DJ Malone is congratulated by Mr. Valadie for receiving an appointment for admission to West Point Prep School.

Cameron Russell and Matt McCurdy (center) were selected by the Germantown Exchange Club to receive the Youth of the Month Award in April. Matt was selected the Youth of the Year by the Germantown Club, receiving a $500 cash scholarship and was automatically entered into competition for Youth of the Year for the district. Colleen Cummings and Helena Orgeron were named National Merit Finalists and Scholarship winners with Colleen using her scholarship for the University of Chicago and Helena applying her scholarship at the University of Alabama. Jordan Douglas, Kaitlyn Favorite, Taylor Seaman and Marissa Weiss were recognized for having perfect attendance throughout their senior year. The following seniors completed their two-year commitment to the Bridge Builders leadership program and graduated this spring – Monica Brint, Rebecca Butcher, Jackson Butler, Allie Clemmons, Symone Daniels, Victoria Darling, Louis DeGruy, Holly Graham, Mary Kate Henderson, Cody Hubbard, Sarah Jones, Chelsea LeBlanc, Jessica Mathis, Matt McCurdy, Katharine Miller, Sumita Montgomery, Peter Trzil, Paul Wagner, Marissa Weiss, Chandler Williams, Saeed Zarshenas, Shahram Zarshenas, Andrew Zazzara.


Twelve St. Benedict students were honored, along with many others from around the Mid-South, at the annual Cellular South Academic All-Stars luncheon at the Hilton Hotel in April. SBA shared the spotlight with St. Mary’s School having the highest number of selections in a variety of academic categories – 12 each. The Cellular South 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 has led the way for the last few years in nominating and having students selected to represent their school and achievements. Of the twelve All-Stars, 10 are seniors and two are juniors.


Achievements III (16th in the state, 19th in the nation). Also recognized in the state and nation are: French I-Hillary Briggs, Laura Cardona, Alliyah Edwards, Taisha Harder, Michelle Murphy, Breanna Pollet, Sydney Valadie; French IIJoanna Caron, Anastasia Mosby; French IIIAllie Cumings, Halle Urban.

SBA’s Academic All-Stars are congratulated by SBA Principal George Valadie and SBA Director of Academics Dr. Beth Brock;(front from left) senior Colleen Cummings for General Scholarship, senior Julie Eckel for English/ Literature, junior Allison Fetz for Art, junior Caitlin Terry for Art, senior Helena Orgeron for Math, senior Katie Incardona for General Scholarship, Dr. Brock; (back row from left) Mr. Valadie, senior Patrick Hervey for Social Sciences/History, senior Cody Hubbard for English/Literature, senior Paul Wagner for Career/Technical, senior Tim Barczak for Music, senior Anna Pallme for Foreign Language, senior Holly Graham for Science. All-West Band and Choir selections from SBA: Jr. All-West Gold Band Andrew Lee; All-West Jr. Honors Choir Nikki Shah-2nd Alto, Katelyn Turner-2nd Alto; All-West High School Honors Choir Ryan Cooper-2nd Bass, Addie James1st Alto, Katie Incardona-1st Alto, Madeleine Marconi-2nd Soprano, Carmen Martinez-2nd Soprano, Paige Scrivener-1st Soprano; All-State Mixed Honor Choir-Madeline Marconi-2nd Soprano Alternate, Carmen Martinez-2nd Soprano, Paige Scrivener-1st Soprano Alternate. SBA French language students annually participate in the National French Exam and several were recognized for their accomplishments: Nationally ranked are-Jamie Patterson (left) for French I (16th in the state, 18th in the nation) and Megan Singer (right) for French

SBA’s Kids Kan effort collected 9,092 cans for the spring campaign. This is another success story for SBA’s support of the Mid-South Food Bank. SBA Latin students were successful in the Latin Festival at Rhodes College with Maria Rodriquez bringing home an award for Best Film and Lindsey Eftink winning for Best Film, Best Mosaic and Best Roman Food Dish. The following students competed in the annual Tennessee Math Teachers Association (TMTA) event at CBU: Algebra I-Jonathan Boulanger, Jodie Crocker, Madison Durkee, Michelle Farler, Patrick Graham, Stephanie McCarthy, Christie Moore, Amanda Slade, Sydney Valadie; Algebra II-Aaron Cummings, Katelyn Frierott, Cullen Glasgow, AnneMarie Miller, Doeun Park (6th place), Colin Pitawanakwat, Brittany Taylor; Geometry-Rachel Cummings, Andrew Lee, Caitlin McCurdy, Jamie Patterson, Nikki Shah, Sarah Timmins; Pre-Calculus-Wendy Alyea, Allie Cumings (6th place), Will Doster, Zach Noelke, Matt Schwab, Josh Stoddard, Thomas Summers (3rd place); Calculus-Colleen Cummings, Katie Incardona, Connor Mitchell, Caroline Sabbatini, Giacomo Tiribassi, Peter Trzil, Paul Wagner (10th place). Senior Matt McCurdy had is Eagle Court of Honor for Eagle Scouts at St. Ann Church in Bartlett on April 10. In his project he planned and led the separating of the flags and a flag retirement ceremony where the components from over 160 flags were burned as required.


Achievements National Spanish Exam Award winners are: Silver Medal (scoring nationally 85-94%) Lilianna Clark, Lucky Krog, Alanna Murphy; Bronze Medal (scoring nationally 75-84%) Allison Fetz, Mary Green, Caitlyn McCurdy, Alexa Minjarez, Kendall Tooker; Honorable Mention (scoring nationally at or above 50%) Holly Black, Ashley Bray, Katherine Camilleri, Chase Colling, Madison Durkee, Katelyn Frierott, Ana Hurler, Gabbie Johnson, Andrew Lee, Josh Lerma, AnneMarie Miller, Christine Moore, SarahClare Parker, Kaitlyn Perrone, Elizabeth Rapalo, Kathleen Riley, Grace Ann Shorter, Rebecca Siciliano, Anna Soto-Phipps, Theresa Stoddard, Alyssa Williams.

Senior Ariel Roseborough was selected a “Beautiful Young Lady in Society” by the Memphis Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity this spring.

Students Tapped For Special Summer Enrichment SBA often has students accepted to the prestigious Tennessee Governor’s Schools and other summer enrichment programs. The following students were accepted to summer programs this year: (from left) junior Paige Scrivener, Girls State at MTSU; junior Lilianna Clark, Ole Miss Star Talk Program to study Mandarin; junior Marissa Boulanger, Girls State at MTSU and Ole Miss Star Talk Program to study Mandarin; junior Alanna Murphy, Governor’s School for the Arts-Theater Performance and Governor’s School for the Sciences and Engineering; junior Trey McGinnis, Governor’s School for Information Technology Leadership; sophomores Forrest Welsh and Caitlin McCurdy, Governor’s School for International Studies; sophomore Tommy Vorwerk, Governor’s School for Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage and alternate for Governor’s School for Information Technology Leadership; sophomore Cullen Glasgow, Governor’s School for Emerging Technologies; (not pictured) sophomore Ashley Koehler, Governor’s School for Information Technology Leadership and alternate for Governor’s School for Agricultural Sciences; sophomore Katie Akin, alternate for Governor’s School for the Humanities.

Sophomore Breonna Walker (back 2nd right) is a budding fashion designer and offers her designs (such as the ones shown here) in fashion shows for a variety of charities in the area.


Achievements Academic Awards Abound At SBA

Junior Zach Noelke (Spanish III Honors) won First Place in the greeting card category for the birthday card he submitted.

St. Benedict Foreign Language Students presented compelling entries in the annual University of Memphis Foreign Language Fair in the spring. The following students came away with first place awards –

St. Benedict’s production of The Sound of Music was nominated in several categories at the 2011 Orpheum High School Musical Theatre Awards. SBA received nominations for Outstanding Small Ensemble for the Nuns, Outstanding Musical Direction, Outstanding Student Orchestra, Outstanding Costume Design and junior Nathan Duncanson was nominated for the Student Technical Achievement Award.

SBA’s WordSmith participants were awarded some additional commendations since our last On Eagles’ Wings. The final results revealed that freshman Lucy Kaplan placed 2nd in the 80-word dash, 1st in the 400-word dash and received a Gold Medal. Sophomore Katie Akin placed 3rd Place in the 80-word dash and received a Silver Medal. Senior Colleen Cummings placed 1st in the 120-word dash, 2nd in the 80-word dash, 2nd in the 400-word dash and received a Gold Medal. In addition School Sweepstakes Trophies were awarded for 2nd Place in the Ninth Grade Division (thanks to Lucy), 3rd Place in the Tenth Grade Division (thanks to Katie) and 1st Place in The Twelfth Grade Division (thanks to Colleen). You should be able to check the winning selections at the following site - http://www.memphis. edu/english/wordsmith/wordsmithmemphispage.php

Sophomore Aleksandr Brown (German II) and freshman Henry Evetts (German I) built the Regensburg, Germany Bridge in the crafts category over a 15-hour span and won the First Place medal for their entry.

Visual artists have work displayed at annual exhibit Several SBA student artists had works chosen for the Annual Diocese of Memphis Catholic Schools Art Exhibit in late March. SBA selections were provided by: senior Natalie Phillips; junior Maddie Barbier (receiving a gold seal); sophomore Cory Sheeks; freshmen Katherine Camilleri (receiving a gold seal), Gina Cianciolo (receiving a gold seal); Connor Jones, Alicia Lawson (receiving a gold seal) and Jamie Patterson (receiving a gold seal).


Faculty Focus Coach Lawrence Gets Commission Before Heading To Med School Coach Bobby Lawrence Lawrence was commissioned in April as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army by Dr. David Maness (Colonel US Army – 27 years, Ret.). 2nd Lt. Lawrence, who taught in the science department for the past two years and was a member of the SBA baseball and swimming coaching staffs, begins medical school in the fall and will join the Army Medical Corps upon completion of school.

sponsored by the University of Mississippi Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi. East Asia in the Classroom is designed for teachers to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about Asia in a 30-hour seminar format, presenting background information on the history, politics and culture of East Asia while also introducing them to specific print, web and visual resources relevant to classroom use for their core subjects.

Following his swearing in as a 2nd Lieutenant, Coach Lawrence (’03), (center) shares his excitement with (from left) Sergeant Martell Todd, US Army Medical Recruiting Station in Memphis, Dr. David Maness (Colonel US Army, Ret.), close friend and fellow SBA teacher John Paul Masterson (’03), and Sergeant First Class Ivan Scott, US Army Medical Recruiting Station.

Mr. Valadie congratulates SBA’s Theology faculty for receiving the 2010-11 Certificate in Faculty Faith Formation Award presented by the Diocese of Memphis Department of Catechesis. Faculty members are: front (from left) Christine Giles, Erin Seboldt, Eric Wells, John Phillips, Khira Rotty; back (from left) Patrick Smith, Mr. Valadie, John Paul Masterson, Stuart McCommon. Unable to be present for photo – Laura Cheseldine.

Mr. Valadie – A Power Player In 2011 SBA president/Principal George Valadie was recognized by MBQ, Inside Memphis Business, a quarterly supplement to Memphis Magazine, in their 2011 “Power Players” List for the Private School category. Mr. Valadie was recognized with 13 other private school heads, but he was particularly noted for overseeing the design and construction of our 184,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art high school.

English Teacher Attends East Asia Workshop In early June, English teacher Jan Kaplan participated in the 2011 National Consortium for Teaching Seminar on Teaching about East Asia


Reese Katherine Park, daughter of SBA English teacher Lynn Jennings Park (’01) was born on May 11, 2011.

On and Off Campus Spring Break Offers R & R In Spain Juniors Allison Fetz, Katelyn Peperone, Alex Boston and sophomore Alex Thompson enjoy the many sights of Spain during this past spring break. Language Department Chair Laura Burke was the escort for the students and she plans another trip during spring break this year.

Students Take In Sights Of United Kingdom And Ireland Graduating seniors (from left) Molly Makeever and Natalie Phillips recently visited Trafalgar Square in London where they saw the 2012 Olympic Countdown Clock. They were escorted by Sandi Chando for a fiveday tour to the United Kingdom and Ireland.

More Trips To Come -

St. Benedict “Fore The Players” Golf Tournament Fun For All The First Annual St. Benedict “Fore the Players” Golf Tournament was held at the naturally beautiful and meticulously groomed Spring Creek Ranch at the edge of Collierville on Monday, June 20. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course hosted this first annual event with all proceeds supporting the Men’s Basketball Program at SBA. The tournament was hailed by all the players, who indicated they were looking forward to next year’s event. Head Men’s Basketball Coach Caleb Marcum said, “This was a great event, where we could offer true golfers the opportunity to play at what is probably the most beautiful course in the area and support our program at the same time.” Title Sponsor was Statlink Systems. Following are the results: 1st Place - Team of Lance Clements, Ryan Orr, Steve Orr, Brandon Ross with a score of 59 overall (28 on the Back Nine); 2nd Place - Team of Hugh Drewery, Steve Hall, Steven Watson, Adam Wigington with a score of 59 overall (29 on the Back Nine); 3rd Place - Team of Bodie Council, Joe House, Danny Morgan, Will Taylor with a score of 61. Contest Winners: Longest Drive - Kendrick Jones; Closest to the Hole Bodie Council; Putting Contest - Bryan Ford, Jake Jeffrey; Highest Score - Gilbert Parra, Bobby Smith, A.J. Sturdivant, Charlie Sturdivant with a score of 72 (Par for the Course).

SBA art teacher Robyn Dulaney Pela and Sandi Chando, student tour guide par excellence, are sponsoring an art-focused trip June 18, 2012. All SBA art students, alumni and Art Club members and their families are invited to travel with us to see the great art of Europe for 10 exciting days. For information, contact Ms. Pela at

Australia/New Zealand Trip June 2012

Don’t forget, the Eagles are heading out for the “Down Under” 14-day trip next June. For information contact, Eric Wells at

The winning team with SBA Men’s Basketball Coaches, (from left) Coach Michael Allen, Coach JP Masterson, winning team players Ryan Orr, Brandon Ross, Steve Orr, Lance Clements and Head Coach Caleb Marcum (back right).


On & Off Campus Club St. Jude Holds Successful Pull Tab Campaign Thanks to all those who donated pull tabs throughout the school year in our on-going “Save that Pull Tab” campaign. Club St. Jude officers delivered 72.4 pounds of pull tabs to the Ronald McDonald House just before the end of school. “Save the Pull Tab” collection is a major effort of the club each year and they encourage everyone to continue to collect the tabs so that the 2011-12 year will even be bigger. Collections begin at the start of school in August.

Ben Zazzara (left) and Eric Etter (back) help deliver food staples to refugees served by Catholic Charities.

Paul Wagner is interviewed about the effort of the soccer teams for Catholic Charities.

Club St. Jude Officers deliver their "pulll tab" collection to the Ronald McDonald House; (from left) Kail Powers, Valerie Holmes, Caroline Sabbatini, Don Smith and volunteer of the Ronald McDonald House and Ann Wallace.

Soccer Team Helps Catholic Charities’ Refugee Efforts The SBA Men’s Soccer Team joined forces with the CBHS team to aid Catholic Charities in the firstever Catholic Charities of West Tennessee (CCWTN) Cup. The Eagles' region game with CBHS at Mike Rose Complex was the culmination of a week-long series of events benefitting the CCWTN Refugee Program. The Title sponsor for the event was Riviana Foods, Inc. Through their generosity and community commitment almost 100 bags of food staples were distributed to CCWTN’s refugee families on Holy Thursday, April 21 with the help of student volunteers from both high schools.

SBA soccer players (from left) Michael McGuire, Paul Wagner, Andrew Zazzara and Eric Etter are thanked by CCWTN President and CEO Mike Allen (center) for their help and support.


On & Off Campus Track Seniors Beautify Their Domain Senior track members (from left) Sarah Patchen, Kaitlyn Favorite, Jay Gilman, Shannon Rooker and Julie Eckel purchased and planted flowers this past spring to help beautify the area around the track.

American Idol Has Nothing Over Annual Talent Show The Annual SGA Talent Show proved to offer many surprises from outstanding performances of the students to a “flash dance” episode by some of the faculty. This year’s overall winner was senior Jenny Mills for her outstanding rendition of a “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.” Second place went to a group of students in the band Taller Than Giants and third place and the People’s Choice Award went to Ryan Capebianco for his unique DJ Computer Mix. Jenny Mills belts out her winning song, “Black Horse & The Cherry Tree.”

SBA faculty pleasantly surprised the students with a flash dance to “Thriller” following the annual Talent Show.


Sports 2010-11 Athletic Awards And Achievements

Varsity Team Awards

Senior Special Awards Julie Eckel – SBA Female Athlete of the Year; Best of the Preps Female Athlete of the Year Winner; SBA Nominee for Best of Preps Female Scholar Athlete of the Year (Top Five Finalist); Iron Eagle Three-Sport Award; Wendy’s Heisman Scholar Athlete School Representative (Top 10 State Finalist) Holly Graham – SBA Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, Iron Eagle Three-Sport Award Jordan Lee – Iron Eagle Three-Sport Award Matt McCurdy – Smith Excellence Award, Wendy’s Heisman Scholar Athlete School Representative Shannon Rooker – Smith Excellence Award Trey Wilkins – SBA Male Athlete of the Year; SBA Nominee for Best of Preps Male Athlete of the Year (Top Five Finalist); Memphis Chapter-National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete Award Recipient Jake Tucci – SBA Nominee for UNICO Brian Piccolo Award Paul Wagner – SBA Male Scholar Athlete of the Year, SBA Nominee for Best of the Preps Male Scholar Athlete of the Year (Top Five Finalist), Iron Eagle Three-Sport Award

Captain, Defensive Player of the Year – Taylor Seaman Captain, Eagle Award & Offensive Player of the Year – Jarrett Dohogne Academic Excellence Award – Jonathan Holliday Hustle Award – Brennan Cunningham Most Improved – Josh Crigger, Josh Whittington Comeback Award – Tanner Mariencheck



MVP – Ryan Van Hoeck Defensive Player – Rodney Clarke Eagle Award – Ashley Magnifico, Trey Wilkins Most Improved – Joseph Hale Most Outstanding Post – Symone Daniels Most Outstanding Guard – Julie Eckel Senior Leadership Award – Nicole Cianciolo, Lauren Roberts Bowling:

MVP – Allie Hopper, Blake Fatchett State Tournament MVP – Carlie King, Peter Trzil Eagle – Amanda Ashe, Peter Trzil Most Improved – Kathleen Bray, Alex Watson Cheerleading:

MVP – Valerie Holmes Iron Eagle – Hannah LaCroix Most Dedicated – Katie Zazzara Most Improved – Jazmin Bernal, Halle Urban Cross Country:

MVP – Madison Lessley, Colin Pitawanakwat Eagle – Shannon Rooker, Jay Gilman, Matt McCurdy Most Improved – Emily Shelton, Jeremy Mothersell Dance:

Iron Eagle – Allison Albonetti Determined to Soar – Taisa Harder Scholar Dancer (for highest GPA) – Stephanie McCarthy Football:

Seated (from left) Shannon Rooker, Holly Graham, Julie Eckel; standing (from left) Matt McCurdy, Paul Wagner, Trey Wilkins, Jordan Lee; Inset Jake Tucci

MVP – Jordan Wilkins Eagle – Trey Wilkins Coaches’ Award – Patrick Fetz Defensive Player of the Year – Robert Lawrence, Will Macyauski Offensive Player of the Year – Jordan Lee Defensive Lineman of the Year – Alex Ashlock Golf:

MVP – Morgan Kahle, Paul Wagner


Sports Eagle Award – Lindsey Tong Most Improved – Alexis Bingham, Elizabeth Packard, Jonathan Holliday Rookie of the Year – Tyler Howard

Rookie of the Year – Katie Morgan, Maddie Morgan, Andrew Chandonnet Track and Field:

MVP – Katelyn Graham, Luke James Eagle – Julie Eckel, Jay Gilman Rookie of the Year – Allie Cumings, Josh Stoddard Most Improved – Dee Blakely, Kaitlyn Favorite Will to Win – Sarah Patchen, Matt McCurdy All Heart – Shannon Rooker Coaches’ Award – Mayson Morrissett Volleyball:

MVP – Hannah Kurtz Eagle – Chandler Williams Most Improved – Kaitlyn Peperone Wrestling:

MVP – Greg Stratman Eagle – Trevor Jenkins Rookie of the Year – Patrick Wallis


Commercial Appeal Best of Preps-All-Metro Recognition

Amanda Ashe – All-Metro Bowling Alex Bickenbach – All-Metro Soccer Dee Blakely – All-Metro Track & Field Alex Bolds – All-Metro Tennis Andrew Bolds – All-Metro Tennis (Top Five Finalist) Michael Caprio – All-Metro Track & Field Caroline Cook – All-Metro Track & Field Ryan Cooper – All-Metro Bowling Symone Daniels – All-Metro Basketball Hanna Dennis – All-Metro Softball Julie Eckel – BOP Female Athlete of the Year, BOP Female Scholar Athlete of the Year (Top Five Finalist), All-Metro Soccer (Top Five Finalist) Blake Fatchett – All-Metro Bowling Jay Gilman – All-Metro Cross Country Katelyn Graham – AllMetro Track & Field Kristina Headrick – AllMetro Volleyball

MVP – Marshall Quarles MVP Defense – Katelyn Anderson, Nathan Ballard MVP Offense – Allie Stevens, Marshall Quarles Eagle – Hannah Zaleski, Joe Quinn Coaches Hustle Award – Will Macyauski Most Improved – Meghan Padial Soccer:

MVP – Julie Eckel, Joseph Hale Eagle – Katelyn Graham, Paul Wagner Best Defense – Allie Cumings, Flori Smith Best Offense – Alex Bickenbach Best Midfielder – Chelsea Casaccia Most Improved – Lizzie Rapalo Softball:

MVP – Carlie King Lady Eagle – Bradlee Kinney Most Improved – Michelle Farler Swimming:

MVP – Storm Jones, Marshall Quarles Eagle – Marley Mitchell Rookie of the Year – Annelise Vasquez, Drew Roberson Spirit Award – Aaron Vasquez Tennis:

MVP – Grace Summers, Andrew Bolds Eagle – Ben Sell, Forrest Welsh


Sports Allie Hopper – All-Metro Bowling Luke James – All-Metro Track & Field Carlie King – All-Metro Softball (Top Five Finalist) Bradlee Kinney – All-Metro Softball Hannah Kurtz –All-Metro Volleyball (Top Five Finalist) Daniel LaForce – All-Metro Cross Country Jeff Lamer – All-Metro Wrestling Jordan Lee – All-Metro Football Madison Lessley – All-Metro Cross Country Mackenzie Logue – All-Metro Softball Ashley Magnifico – All Metro Basketball Matt McCurdy – All-Metro Cross Country Ricky Morning – All-Metro Cross Country Sarah Patchen – All-Metro Track & Field Colin Pitawanakwat – All-Metro Cross Country Shannon Rooker – All-Metro Cross Country Kirsten Rousseau – All-Metro Volleyball Taylor Seaman – All-Metro Baseball Flori Smith – All-Metro Soccer Madison Smith – All-Metro Cross Country Greg Stratman – All-Metro Wrestling Grace Summers – All-Metro Tennis (Top Five Finalist) Peter Trzil – All-Metro Bowling Ryan Van Hoeck – All Metro Basketball Angela Vick – All-Metro Bowling (Top Five Finalist) Paul Wagner – BOP Male Scholar Athlete of the Year (Top Five Finalist), All-Metro Soccer Alex Watson – All-Metro Bowling Jordan Wilkins – All-Metro Basketball and Football Trey Wilkins – BOP Male Athlete of the Year (Top Five Finalist), All-Metro Football Boys 3200 Relay Team (Jay Gilman, Luke James, Daniel LaForce, Matt McCurdy) – AllMetro Track & Field Girls 400 Relay Team (Maddie Barbier, Allie Cumings, Kaitlyn Favorite, Sarah Patchen) – All-Metro Track & Field Girls 800 Relay Team (Maddie Barbier, Allie Cumings, Kaitlyn Favorite, Sarah Patchen) – All-Metro Track & Field Girls 1600 Relay Team (Rebecca Butcher, Julie Eckel, Katelyn Graham, Shannon Rooker) – All-Metro Track & Field

Girls 3200 Relay Team ( Lexi Armstrong, Julie Eckel, Katelyn Graham, Shannon Rooker) – All-Metro Track & Field Coach Eric Wells – BOP Boys Bowling Coach of the Year

Dee Blakely (center) captured the Girls Region Shot Put crown and finished seventh in the State. At the Region Tournament, Dee is congratulated by field coach Don Williams (left) and 2010 SBA alum and defending two-year Shot Put Region Champion Allie Hotz (right), who now throws for the University of Memphis. All-Region, All-Tournament, All-State, Special Awards Alex Bickenbach – All-Region, Tennessee Soccer Coaches Association All-State Soccer Dee Blakely – 2nd Team All-Region Basketball, Shot Put Region Champ, 7th State Track & Field Michael Caprio – 4th Region-State Wildcard Entry & 3rd State Pole Vault Track & Field (SBA Record) Chelsea Casaccia – All-Region Soccer Symone Daniels – 1st Team All-Region, AllRegion Tournament, Collierville Dragon Fire Invitational All-Tournament Team, BCAT/TACA East-West All-Star Game, Tennessee Sportswriters Association All-State, 2011 McDonald’s All American High School Girls Team Nominee Basketball


Sports Julie Eckel – All-Region, Goal Keeper of the Year, Tennessee Soccer Coaches Association AllState Soccer; Collierville Dragon Fire Invitational All-Tournament Team & 1st Team All-Region Basketball, SYS Scholarship Katelyn Graham – 300 Hurdles Region Champ (SBA Record), 7th State Track & Field Kristina Headrick – 1st Team All-Region Volleyball Luke James – #2 BOP Metro Triple Jump, Region Runner-up, 5th in State Track & Field Trevor Jenkins – 6th Place State Medalist Wrestling Storm Jones – State Qualifier Swimming Ben Kurtz – 5th Place State Medalist & 5th Place Medalist Brute-Adidas All-American Nationals Wrestling Hannah Kurtz – 1st Team All-Region, Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State, Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Game Volleyball Tom Lackie – 6th Place State Medalist Wrestling Jeff Lamer – 3rd Place State Medalist & 2nd Place Medalist Brute-Adidas All-American Nationals Wrestling (3-time All-American) Madison Luckett – Honorable Mention All-Region Basketball Ashley Magnifico – 1st Team All-Region, AllRegion Tournament Basketball Marley Mitchell – State Qualifier Swimming Catherine Mitchner – All-Region Lacrosse Sarah Patchen – 100m Region Champ, 7th State Track & Field Marshall Quarles – State Qualifier Swimming Kirsten Rousseau – 1st Team All-Region, Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Game Volleyball Rachel Schuman – Honorable Mention AllRegion, Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Game Volleyball Flori Smith – All-Region Soccer Greg Stratman – 4th Place State Medalist & 6th Place Medalist Brute-Adidas All-American Nationals Wrestling (2-time All-American) Ryan Van Hoeck – 1st Team All-Region, AllTournament Basketball Molly Wagner – State Qualifier Swimming


Jordan Wilkins – Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Football; 1st Team All-Region Basketball Trey Wilkins – Fox 13 All-Mid-South Offensive Team, Touchdown Club Player of the Week, Autozone Liberty Bowl All-Star Football Game, Fellowship of Christian Athletes John “Bull” Bramlett Award Finalist, National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame-Memphis Chapter Scholar Athlete, Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Football; 2nd Team All-Region Basketball Chandler Williams – Honorable Mention AllRegion Volleyball Paige Williams – Honorable Mention All-Region Basketball Megan Wynne – State Qualifier Swimming Peter Zaleski – 6th Place State Medalist Wrestling Saeed Zarshenas – 6th Place State Medalist Wrestling Shahram Zarshenas – 6th Place State Medalist Wrestling Girls Basketball – Region Runner-Up & State Final Four Boys Bowling – Region Champion & State Runner-up Girls Bowling – Region & State Runner-up Boys Cross Country – County Runner-up & 4th in State Girls Cross Country –County Runner-up & 6th in State Girls Soccer - Region Runner-up & State Quarterfinals Softball – Region Champion & State Tournament Final Four 4 x 100 Girls Track Relay Team – Region Runner-up, 6th in State 4 x 200 Girls Track Relay Team – Region Runner-up, 5th in State 4 x 400 Girls Track Relay Team – Region Runner-up (SBA record), 6th in State 4 x 800 Boys Track Relay Team – Region Champ, 4th in State 4 x 800 Girls Track Relay Team – Region Runner-up, 5th in State Boys Swimming – 6th Place Shelby County Meet Girls Swimming – 6th Place Shelby County Meet Volleyball – Region & State Runner-up

Sports Superior Ranking Girls Basketball – BOP Dandy Dozen, State Top Ten Girls Soccer – BOP Top Five Softball – BOP Dandy Dozen (Finished Number Three) Track & Field – Luke James, Metro Top Two in Triple Jump Volleyball –BOP Top Five Wrestling – BOP Top Five SBA – BOP 1st Place Division II-AA Team Award SBA – BOP 2nd Place Girls Team Award

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 2010-11:

Stratman took sixth in the 160 class. Stratman has claimed the All-American title once before and this is the third title for Lamer. To claim an AllAmerican title is extremely difficult and also rare in Tennessee, especially having three All-Americans from one team in a season. About 250 wrestlers from across the country at all grade levels participated. Seven SBA wrestling team members participated in the tournament sponsored by Brute-Adidas and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Athletes Commit To The Next Level

SBA TSSAA Distinguished Teams 3.25-4.0 GPA – Boys & Girls Basketball, Cheer, Boys & Girls Cross Country, Girls Golf, Girls Lacrosse, Boys & Girls Soccer, Softball, Girls Swimming, Girls Tennis, Boys & Girls Track and Field, Volleyball SBA TSSAA Outstanding Teams 3.0-3.24 GPA – Baseball, Boys & Girls Bowling, Dance, Boys Golf, Boys Lacrosse, Boys Swimming SBA supports 23 sports, plus Dance and Cheer, with 511 (53%) student-athletes. There are 225 scholar-athletes (G.P.A. of 3.5 or above). There are 10 Iron Eagles (athletes playing three sports) with five appearing as scholar-athletes.

Kaitlyn Favorite commits to Benedictine College (NAIA) for Track & Field.

Sports Break SBA wrestlers achieve national status in annual competition Junior Jeff Lamer, sophomore Ben Kurtz and senior Greg Stratman achieved the coveted All-American status after they became finalists in the annual Brute Adidas competition in early April in Independence, Mo. Lamer captured second in the 189 class, Kurtz took fifth in the 145 class and

Luke James plans to run Track at Bethel University (NAIA).



Matt McCurdy chose Centre College (Div.III) to run Cross Country and Track.

Taylor Seaman brings his baseball talents to CBU (Div.II).

Kirsten Rousseau will use her volleyball skills to help the University of Alabama-Huntsville (Div.II).

Greg Stratman will continue a strong wrestling career at Belmont Abbey College (Div.II).

Rachel Schuman committed to the University of the South at Sewanee (Div.III) to play volleyball.

Ryan Van Hoeck joins the Rhodes Lynx (Div.II) Men’s Basketball Team.


Sports Eckel Receives Scholarship

The University of Arkansas gains the talent of Melanie Yerger for their renowned Pom Squad.

Baseball Field House Nears Completion Track Coach Dianna Cervetti was on hand to congratulate Julie Eckel as she received the Shelby Youth Sports (SYS) Scholar/Athlete Scholarship for 2011.

Sba’s Tennis Teams Jam The Net

Due to some unforeseen plumbing issues and weather delays, the Eagles' baseball field house grand opening and dedication has been delayed, but the facility is near completion and will WOW the fans!

Softball Extends Streak

The Lady Eagles Softball Team celebrate after taking a double-header (10-0, 17-1) over visiting Harpeth Hall, out of Nashville, to advance to the Semifinals of the State Tournament. This was the 15th Consecutive State Tournament appearance for the Eagles after capturing their 13th region crown in 14 years.

Tennis players Andrew Bolds (left) and Grace Summers (right) are congratulated by Head Tennis Coach Michael Jeffrey after they both won the Individual Region Championships at MUS to advance to the State Tournament. Andrew defeated the 2010 region and state champion and Grace defeated the number one seed. Both tennis teams also advanced to post-season action.


Sports zones to help reduce costs. For the past ten years, he got to work at FedEx by 6:00 am so he could get off early enough for track practice. Track has come a long way since Coach Paduck joined the team and would not be where it is today without his coaching and dedication. Thanks, Coach Paduck, we hope you can come out to some home meets. We’re sure we’ll need your expertise with the electronic timing system.

Trey Wilkins Picks Up Coveted Award

SBA star football player, Trey Wilkins, followed in the footsteps of many SBA gridiron stars when he was selected one of 11 Memphis area prep football players to receive the prestigious Memphis-Chapter National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar/Athlete Award and Scholarship at their awards banquet on May 9. Trey was the top selection of the11 awardees and was asked to represent them by giving the closing remarks. He was joined by his parents Angie and Billy Wilkins and his football coaches.

Michael Caprio (left) is congratulated by Coach Paduck following a great State meet.

Track Team Season Is One For The Books SBA had some outstanding performances at the Region Track Meet with Region Championships won by Dee Blakely – Shot Put; Sarah Patchen – 100m Dash; Katelyn Graham – 300m Hurdles (new school record) and the 4x800 Boys Relay – Jay Gilman, Luke James, Daniel LaForce and Matt McCurdy (new school record). These and many other members advanced to the State Tournament, with pole vaulter Michael Caprio advancing on a wild card and finishing third in the state with a school record-breaking vault of 13’. The Track & Field Team bids farwell to Coach Ted Paduck who is retiring. His excellent coaching skills have helped the 4x100 sprint girls make it to the State Tournament for nine straight years. He coached other athletes to greatness, as well.Sarah Creel (’07) is considered to be the best sprinter in the DII-West and her region records in the 100 and 200 still stand today. Coach Paduck has also helped with the maintenance of the track, itself, on weekends and after work. He also hand painted most of the track lines and has continued to paint the exchange


Daniel LaForce (back) hands off the baton to Matt McCurdy (front) to outdistance the CBHS team in the region 4x800 relay and to win the event with a school record time.


Alumni News Class Notes 1988 Colin Richmond traveled to Nicaragua in late May and early June on a mission trip. He has made these trips about a dozen times in the last 10 years. 1990 Doug Linton is a Senior Lab Technician with Wright Medical Implant Technology. He resides in Bartlett, TN. 1994 Stephanie Thorne is First Vice President of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 77, in Lexington, TN. 1995 Yvette Touchet is a graphic designer with the Memphis Daily News. 1996 Andrea Kronberg Gillespie was chosen for Boutique Design magazine’s sixth annual Boutique 18 roster of the industry’s up-and-coming young interior designers. The winners are profiled in the May+June 2011 edition of Boutique Design and were honored at the annual Boutique 18 Bash on May 19, 2011 at the Eve Nightclub in Las Vegas’ CityCenter complex. In the magazine Andrea describes her “biggest achievement as successfully taking an existing hotel and overhauling the design 180 degrees.” Andrea has her own design company – AK Designs. 1997 Tim Regan is with the Oh No Oh My pop-rock quartet out of Austin, TX. With the group he has toured the world. He was formerly a member of Snowglobe, a group he co-founded after college. Tim plans to be married to former Memphis musical artist Kelley Mickwee.

1998 Jennifer Montgomery Robinson is married to Marcus Robinson and they have a two year old son, Marcus Robinson, III. The Robinsons make their home in Vero Beach, FL, where Jennifer is a paramedic. 1999 Jay-Jay Babu graduated in 2003 from Loyola University in Chicago with a BS in Information Systems Management. He received an MS in Health Systems Management in 2008 and received an MBA in Finance this past May from George Mason University. Jay-Jay is currently living in McLean, VA. and working at Sprint Corporation as a Financial Analyst in Reston, VA. He is pleased to tell us that he is engaged to be married to KPMG financial analyst Syrene Tanagras of Arlington, VA this August in Naples, Florida. 2000 Natalie Bingham Hoover and husband Dustin welcomed new daughter (Ellie) on June 14, 2011, weighing 7 lbs, 3 oz. Michael Broughton is a Public Accountant with the Reznick Group in Atlanta, GA. Jennifer Kersting Ohman is married to Joseph Ohman and they have three daughters, Brianna (8), Aubrey (6) and new daughter Kendall, born on April 19, 2011. This fall, Jennifer begins her third year as a preschool teacher with Memphis City Schools Voluntary PreK Program. Emily Pate married a college classmate from CBU, Ben Austin. After graduation, they both received a MA in English from Loyola University in Chicago and settled there for several years. Ben taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at the University of Chicago and liked it so much that the couple moved to South Korea where they both taught English at the elementary school level. Emily says, “I admit that teaching in Korea was among the most rewarding and gratifying experiences I’ve ever had.” After nearly eight years away and a recent trip to Iceland, the couple returned to spend the spring and summer with their families.


Alumni News 2001 Lynn Jennings Park and husband Chris welcomed new daughter Reese Katherine Park on May 11, 2011, weighing in at 8 lbs, 9 oz and measuring 20 ¾ inches. (see Faculty Focus section) Ben Trzil and wife Julie Bishop Trzil have moved to the Columbia, Missouri area where she is in a Veterinary Residency program at the University of Missouri. 2002 Joey Babu graduated from DePaul University with BS in 2006 in Information Systems. Joey has been living in Chicago for the past eight years and is working full-time at DecisiveBI as a Data Warehouse Consultant. Joey pursued a MS in IT Project Management at DePaul, where he was a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (International Honors Society for Computing and Information Disciplines, Delta Chapter) and the Golden Key International Honour Society and was active in Varsity Interstate Soccer. Taylor Cahill works in the restaurant business in Gunnison, Colorado. Cami Chando Fields and husband Brian welcomed their new son Preston on January 31, 2011. Preston weighed in at 6 lbs, 15 oz.

Chad Connolly and wife Laura welcomed new daughter, Carrington Rose Regina Connolly, on June 20, 2011. She weighed 7 lbs, 15 oz. and measured 19 ½ inches.

Michelle Kinney appeared on the cover of the Suburban Living tabloid sponsored by the Bartlett Chamber of Commerce in the Commercial Appeal in December. A story about Michelle and several pictures were also included in the article in the same tab about health and fitness (“Health – Get a jump on the New Year and Get Fit”). Michelle is a performance coach at CrossFit Bartlett. (This information appeared in last issue under the class of 2004 in error-our apologies.) Michelle Wilkes was named to the Graduate School Dean’s List at the University of Memphis for the 2011 spring semester. 2003 Christina Babu graduated in 2007 in Music Industry (Conservatory of Music) from Capital University. She interned at Lincoln Center and Sony in New York City in 2007 and has been living in Manhattan, NY for four years. Christina is currently pursuing a Master Degree at NYU in Public Relations and Corporate Communications, to be completed in December 2011. She is also presently doing freelance PR work for several musicians and arts organizations in New York City. Shannon Crosby married Joey Lyons on April 2, 2011 at St. Mary’s Church in Memphis. A reception followed at the River Terrace on Mud Island and they took a honeymoon to St. Lucia. The couple makes their home in Clinton, Mississippi. Shannon graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2007. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis in 2010 and Joey also received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UTMemphis in 2009. The couple are licensed Doctors of Physical Therapy with Good Samaritan Physical Therapy of Vicksburg, practicing in Jackson, Port Gibson and Vicksburg in Mississippi.


Alumni News Daniel Gorline is a pilot with Delta Airlines based out of New York. Bobby Lawrence has been accepted to the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN for the fall semester and was recently commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Bobby has been a science teacher and coach at SBA for the past two years. Ben Nicol married Anna Humerickhouse, who attended SBA for a while, on May 21, 2011 at the Sanctuary on the Square in Collierville. Anna earned a Bachelor Degree in Professional Studies, Marketing Management from the University of Memphis and is currently pursuing a Master Degree in Elementary Education. Anna starts a career as an elementary school teacher in the fall. Ben earned a Bachelor Degree in Communications at the University of Memphis and is an investment advisor for First Tennessee Bank. The couple makes their home in Memphis. Jennifer Oros graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in May with a Doctor Pharmacy degree. She has taken a job with Target Pharmacy in Nashville. 2004 Brittany Butler is a Lieutenant Corporal and an Intelligence Analyst with the United States Marine Corps. She was recently stationed at Yuma, AZ with the squadron VMA-513 “The Nightmares.” She deployed to Afghanistan in May for six months. Previously, Brittany spent two years in Okinawa, Japan and was deployed to Thailand and the Philippines assisting in humanitarian efforts after natural disasters. Brittany tells us, “I am proud to serve and hope everything is well with SBA.”

Kim McCleary started working in September, 2010, as an intern architect for w-a-a (we architect anonymous, LTD) in Beijing, China. Since then, she has designed the company’s new website and was part of the design team for a museum complex in Zhuhai. Kim tells us that she has met many interesting people, has been exposed to varied aspects of their culture and is even tutoring a six year old boy in English on Saturdays. Kim plans to be in China for a while and enroll in graduate school. (see Alumni Photo Album) 2005 Jordan Cahill lives in Atlanta, Georgia and works as a computer specialist. Lucian Godwin graduated from the Memphis City Police Department’s Recruiting Class on May 26, 2011. Brooke Porter married Charles Nichols on June 11, 2011 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Cordova. Brooke has a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee-Martin and teaches at Shelby Oaks Elementary School in Memphis. Charles received a Bachelor Degree in History from UT-Martin and is a graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University studying museum management. Bailey Ryan Ziemanski has joined Pinnacle Airlines as a pilot. Her husband Marshall has been on a six months deployment as a B1 Pilot. Natalie Woodard married Jesse Taylor on June 4, 2011 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Memphis. Natalie received a BS in Nursing from Baptist College of Health Sciences and is a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department of Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis. Jesse earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Memphis and is a Scribe in the Emergency Department of Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis. The couple honeymooned in Italy and make their home in Memphis. 2006 Sarah Benedetti married Matt Hammond on June 25, 2011 at Holy Rosary Church in Memphis. After the wedding the couple honeymooned in Jamaica and they make their home in Memphis.


Alumni News Sarah graduated from the University of Memphis and works as a Medical Assistant at OrthoMemphis. Matt also graduated from the University of Memphis and is a Fuels Journeyman for the US Air National Guard. (see Alumni Photo Album) Jenni Loeffel married Alexander Brown on May 21, 2011 at First Evangelical Church. The wedding was followed by a reception at the Memphis Zoo’s Teton Trek Lodge. Jenni graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Radiography from the Baptist College of Health Science. She is a Medical Radiography Technologist at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Alexander has a BBA in Hospitality and Resort Management from the University of Memphis. He is a Hotel Auditor at the Marriott in Collierville. Suzanne Newsom married Alan Tankersley on May 14, 2011 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with a reception following at the Memphis Marriott Downtown. Both Suzanne and Alan graduated from the University of Memphis with Bachelor Degrees in Business Administration. The couple resides in Cordova, TN. Tom Newton graduated from the University of Memphis in May, 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is currently employed at Budweiser in Memphis, TN. Megan Peterson was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Memphis for the 2011 spring semester. 2007 Chris Cahill graduated Cum Laude in May, 2011 from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga with a Political Science degree. He was accepted to Law School at UT-Knoxville. Chris makes his home in Big Canoe, GA. Chris Colanero graduated from Christian Brothers University in May, 2011, Magna Cum Laude with a degree in BioChemistry. He has been accepted to Pharmacy School at the University of Tennessee for the 2011 fall semester.

Sarah Creel graduated from The Citadel in May, 2011 with a double BA degree in French and Spanish. She regularly appeared on the Dean’s List and was a member of Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society and Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society where she was Vice President and received the French Journal Award. Sarah studied abroad at the University of Alcalá in Alcalá, Spain and the L’Institut Linguistique de Peyrou in Montpellier, France. She graduated as a member of Who’s Who Among American College Students, served as Captain of her NCAA Division I Track & Field Team and received the Colonel Floyd W. Brown Award for the student who exhibits the highest degree of customs and courtesies of a Cadet at The Citadel. Jacqueline Fillion graduated Summa Cum Laude and University Honors from the University of Memphis in December, 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She studied abroad in the summer of 2009 at The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU), Germany pursuing her minor in German. In the summer of 2010 she worked as an intern for the Shelby County Drug Court and currently is a Police Officer in Training with the Baltimore Police Academy in Maryland. Alli McCleary is beginning her last year at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. (see Alumni Photo Album)


Alumni News Stephanie Moll has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society that she is using toward her education at the University of Memphis. ACS scholarships are awarded to students for leadership, academic achievement and community service and who have had a cancer diagnosis before the age of 19. Kathleen Platten married Jason Caswell on July 2, 2011 at Our Lady of Perpetual Church in Germantown, with a reception that followed at Clark Tower in Memphis and honeymoon in Jamaica. Kathleen graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Special Education from Mississippi State University and is currently a Special Ed teacher for Knox county Schools in Knoxville, TN. Jason earned a Bachelor Degree in Physiology and a Master Degree in Business Administration, both from Mississippi State University. He is studying to be a Physician’s Assistant at South College in Knoxville. Jonathan Simon and Mary Swatley were married on May 14, 2011 at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Germantown. Jonathan graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate and Magna Cum Laude from Mississippi State University on April 30, 2011 with a degree in Operational Meteorology. During his stellar college career, Jonathan made either the Dean’s or President’s List, holding many training and commander positions with the AFROTC. He was active in service to the community and a recipient of numerous awards through the AFROTC and other leadership groups. Last spring he was presented the Sonny Montgomery Leadership Award, given to only three worthy MSU students each year. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force and attends flight training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. Mary graduated Summa Cum Laude from Delta State University in Secondary Education specializing in Mathematics. The couple lives in Wichita Falls. Jessica Taylor graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in May 2011 with a BS in Microbiology. She received additional honor and recognition at commencement as the top academic and Outstanding Graduate in the Biological Sciences/Microbiology. Jessica begins medical school this fall at UTHSC in Memphis.

Samantha Thompson was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor society) in the spring semester at the University of Memphis. 2008 Mikey Gilliland recently began work as a Brakeman for the Canadian National Railroad following in the footsteps of his Dad, Lawrence, who recently retired from CNR. Mikey has a son Michael (Mikey) Lawrence Gilliland, Jr. born October 1, 2010. (see Alumni Photo Album) Chad Martin was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Memphis for the 2011 spring semester. Casey McManus was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Memphis for the 2011 spring semester. Kate Schuhlein was named to the Dean’s List at Agnes Scott College for the 2011 spring semester. 2009 Charles Christiansen is a junior at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga where he has appeared on the Dean’s List for a 4.0 GPA, a Resident Advisor in Housing, External Vice President of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, a member of the A-Team (campus tours for admissions) and The House (Christian organization). Charles is an Exercise Science Pre-Professional major and plans to go to Physical Therapy School. He is also engaged to Memphian Hannah Kinzer. Gabi Kowalczyk-Ford was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Memphis for the 2011 spring semester. Katie Michaud was named to the Hendrix College Dean’s list for the 2011 spring semester. 2010 Matthew Goold was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Memphis for the 2011 spring semester. Wes Hendren recently received a four-year NROTC Scholarship to MIT. Wes, a freshman at Tulane at the time, is currently making a decision on his future. His commanding officer said that his math scores were in the top one percent and that he was almost guaranteed to be commissioned as a Nuclear Engineer Officer at either school. Wes mentioned that he is “very grateful for the opportunity and honor and very humbled by it, as well…I had to share this because I owe most of it to SBA and the great


Alumni News education that I received there.” Katie Holthouser was named to the Dean’s List at Samford University for the 2011 spring semester. Dylan Holzemer was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Memphis for the 2011 spring semester. Matt Hotz was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Memphis for the 2011 spring semester, and was installed in Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honour Society. Matt was also active with the Freshman Senate this past school year. Delsey Lawson has been inducted in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honorary Society and Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority at Mississippi State University. Kelsey Loeffel was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Memphis for the 2011 spring semester. Lori McCue appeared on the Dean’s List at American University her freshman year. She has also been appointed a Program Associate in the University College and is a Blogs Editor for an oncampus publication called AWOL. This summer, Lori interned at United Press International in Washington, DC as a “Junior Web Editor.” She updated the website by keeping it current with new stories and provided strategies to increase traffic at the site. She wrote a weekly blog as part of the site’s new blog section. Sam Moll was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week in April for his outstanding win over Ole Miss, when his team, the University of Memphis Tigers, hosted the Rebels at the Memphis Redbirds’ AutoZone Park. Sam struck out the side in the third inning on his way to eight strike outs in seven innings, allowing only two walks. Colin Schuhlein was received into the Catholic Church on Easter and he chose “Benedict” for his Confirmation name. Colin, who is at school at the Naval Academy, is serving as an ambassador for rising high school seniors in the Academy’s Summer Seminar program and participating in a Surface Cruise, where he is stationed on a Navy vessel shadowing an enlisted sailor. (see Alumni Photo Album) 2011 Hannah LaCroix was selected to the University of Memphis Cheer Squad.


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1991 Alum Jason Barrett visited SBA in the spring and stopped by to say hello to Coach Lear.

Midshipmen 4-C Colin Schuhlein (’10) visits with SBA teachers Mary Lou Stauffer and Kerry Camp during a stop by his Alma Mater.

SBA alums (from left) JP Masterson (’03), Ben Prudhomme (’06) and Michael Allen (’08) get together at the “Fore the Players” Men’s Basketball Golf Tournament in June. JP and Michael are Assistant Basketball Coaches helping at the tournament and Ben played. Alumni Parent Dana Capocaccia’s company, Statlink Systems, was Title Sponsor for the tournament.

Three Generations of Gillilands – Lawrence, Mikey (’08) and Michael Lawrence.

SBA alums and friends celebrated at the recent wedding of Sarah Benedetti (’06) and Matt Hammond. Sarah’s sister Nikki (’10) was Maid of Honor, her brother Bobby (’03) was a groomsman, Jennifer Gorline (’05) was a bridesmaid, Joe Martini (’99) served as an usher and Charles Nolen (’98) was the organist for the special event. 2007 alum Alli McCleary (left) visited sister Kim (’04) in China this summer. Kim currently lives in Beijing. The sisters were able to see popular sites including Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and The Great Wall.


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