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


Greetings from SBA! I hope you’re enjoying the beginnings of springtime as much as our students seem to be. You can tell that as sunshine and daylight linger, they get a little more ‘lively,’ though oddly, not always about Math or English. Just weeks ago, I attended our spring musical, Cole Porter’s famous Anything Goes. I spent my evening bouncing between laughing hysterically and clapping thunderously as our kids took me on the same musical comedy cruise he had envisioned. Our kids use the word ‘awesome’ a lot, overuse it really, but that’s a pretty good choice for all I had the opportunity to see. In the week that followed, I also took a sneak peek at what will be our school’s Art & Literary Magazine, the first time we have compiled this mixture of works from students with two diverse sets of talents. Just as the kids who sing and dance on the other end of the building, these students never fail to amaze me either. I think you’ll love it when it’s ready. For some it begins with a simple State Requirement that demands one Fine Arts credit. So there’s exposure for everyone, but that’s just the beginning. In this area, we are so much more. Some kids knew they loved it long before SBA while some even amaze themselves. Eight years in, and we may have hit that lull where we now take our facilities for granted. The theater alone has helped our programs explode – no longer one show a year; we have three if not four. Nor are we limited to focusing on our stage performers, but also those students who have found that their talents lie in the magic of creating just the perfect set, sound or lights. Similarly, our instrumental students not only have the opportunity to perform far more often but we’ve been able to attract - and they have been exposed to - the best that profession has to offer. And our kids’ awards speak for themselves. Similarly, we have opened new and expanded courses in the visual arts, including a graphic arts course that produced the front cover you see. The dark room closet many remember is now its own studio (yes, we still introduce them to the basics), and the digital film closet of old occupies its own classroom. We were who we were then and it worked well; but now we are who we are - and it works so much better. My three girls won’t let me sing; forbid me from dancing in public and just shook their head in dismay when I told them the story of me trying to snap a quick I-phone photo only to keep getting pictures of myself. Apparently, photography is out as well. But for those who flourish in the world of the arts, as well as those who had no idea they could, your support of SBA helps provide them a place for expression, growth and the awareness that they’ve been given a special gift from God. Thank you! George Valadie President

From the Editor As Mr. Valadie mentions above, in his letter, the arts abound in this issue. The cover art was designed by junior Layla Rapp with the help of seniors Amanda Nast and Caitlin Terry, all fall semester members of Robyn Dulaney Pela (‘02) graphic design class. The cover is always a challenge for me as I begin editing each On Eagles’ Wings, but these graphic design students are extraordinarily talented and it’s so much fun to have the opportunity to show off their work. The students incorporated some of the winning art in this year’s Mid-South Scholastic Art Contest (see Achievements section). This issue’s cover is actually the cover of the Art & Literary magazine that Mr. Valadie describes. Graphic Arts teacher Robyn Pela and Digital Film and Art teacher Michelle Haysley are excited about the first ever SBA Art & Literary magazine. Robyn comments, “The Art and English Departments were able to combine our talents to create St. Benedict’s first ever Art & Literary Magazine. Our hope is that the magazine will showcase the best of what St. Benedict’s art and creative writing students have to offer. Our students are packed full of talent and we know we have only begun to scratch the surface. In the first edition, you will find artwork from Mrs. Haysley’s painting and drawing class, Mrs. Black’s advanced art class, Mrs. Lile’s photography classes, Mrs. Pela’s graphic design class and Mrs. Zeanah’s fall creative writing class. Not only are the students creating the work for the magazine, but they are also designing it. Current and previous graphic design students are using their new skills and the Mac lab to design the magazine. Many thanks to all the students and teachers who helped along the way. We hope you will enjoy the first issue and look forward to many more to come!” Michelle says, “As a new faculty member, I’m so excited and pleased to see the Art and Literary Magazine come together. This project represents a love and commitment to the arts as well as Saint Benedict’s ability to create an open and creative community among its students and faculty. Efforts from both the English department and the Art department have resulted in an exciting venture that I hope continues on to help the growth of the arts at SBA.” Each page of the new magazine will have a literary piece and art. The magazine will be on-line in flipbook form. Check it out. You will be impressed. Along with the visual arts, SBA excels in the performing arts as well. Be sure to check out the inside back cover for a photographic vignette of Anything Goes. What a “trip” it was. And, on the back, you can find information on the rest of the year’s performances. Last, but certainly not least, I want to call attention to our Headline News section with the State Champion Boys Bowling Team highlighted along with the rest of this year’s Academic All-Stars and announcement of this year’s Co-Valedictorians and Salutatorian. SBA has had a great year so far and we still have several weeks left to go. Happy Spring! Sharon Masterson, Editor Director of Communications & Sports Information 2

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


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

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


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2011-12 St. Benedict at Auburndale Advisory Board Front (from left) George Valadie (SBA President/Principal), Beth York, Pat Wycoff, Melanie Compton, Judy Clary (’00), Don Williams (Chairman); Back (from left) Nick Griffin (’98), Joe Incardona, Mike Watermeier, Paul Schuhlein, John Schuman, Chris LeBlanc-Unable to be present for photo – Msgr. Peter Buchignani, V.G., Jon Bascom, Doug Byrnes, Mindy Costabile (Executive Committee), Halsey Mabry, Phil Sisneros (Executive Committee) and Dr. Wanda Winnette

SBA receives favorable SACS report The Five-Year SACS Accreditation process took place in early March and SBA was awarded recommendation for continued accreditation by the visiting team. The team was impressed with all facets of the school and unanimously agreed to award the continued rating. The SACS process has been ongoing for over a year under the direction of Dr. Beth Brock, Director of Academic Affairs, to prepare for the team’s visit. Because of the outstanding job and results of the team’s visit, Mr. Valadie granted an early Spring Break with the Friday before given as an extra holiday.

Some of SBA’s Advisory Board members (Mindy Costabile, Don Williams and Beth York) were on hand to greet the SACS Accreditation Team at the opening breakfast.

The SACS Visiting Team enjoys breakfast along with opening remarks from Mr. Valadie.

The SACS Team, SBA faculty and staff and Advisory Board members were greeted by Diocese of Memphis Associate Superintendent Janet Donato and Superintendent Dr. Mary McDonald at the SACS Week opening breakfast. A musical welcome from SBA’s choir, under the direction of Cindy Wells, helped the team begin their two-day study.



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From the Office of Alumni and Development By Lori Trew Regis (’91), Director of Alumni & Development

Thinking back (which I often find myself doing now), as a student at either Auburndale or St. Benedict from 1979-1991, many of my best memories include parents. Not only my own, but everyone’s. I remember Richard’s mom working the concession stand at the basketball games. I remember Chris’s parents having a Homecoming breakfast at their house every year. I remember Jon’s dad leading us in prayer at different events. There were parents that paid for pizza at the class party, parents that donated our team bat bags because they worked for Nike, moms that were beauticians who came in to do hair and makeup for us before our theatre performances and other moms with sewing skills that altered costumes and uniforms. All of them, getting to know us along the way. They made a difference. They made a difference with their gifts. They made a difference with their time. It is still the same here now. Whether parents are dropping off forgotten lunches, donating items for our various fundraising events or volunteering their time - they are still here. Still doing the same things. Still making a difference. And not to my surprise, I have spotted some of the parents from my school memories still in the bleachers cheering on the Eagles. Now they are here as supportive grandparents. Of course they are. What a great place to be! What a great place to be from!

Here is the challenge: If you have never given to our Annual Fund – give it a try.



No gift is too small or too big. The Annual Fund is the ONE thing that touches EVERY student here. Enclosed is a remittance envelope for your convenience. You can also go online to or you can scan the QR code below with your smart-phone.

The 2011-12 Annual Fund for SBA Not too shabby, SBA! Our Lasting Legacies Annual Fund kicked off in October and we are marching right along! As of March 5, 2012 we total $280,108.09, with $182,953.21 in restricted giving and $97,154.88 in unrestricted giving. Our goals were a little lofty, but can still be reached with a little help from our friends. We would like to raise $200,000 in unrestricted gifts and we would LOVE to have 200 first-time donors. We are not close to either of those goals and need some assistance! Every gift processed this year has been different and every gift processed has been meaningful. Some gifts are in the tens and some gifts are in the thousands. Please don’t ever think that if it is not a substantial amount, that it doesn’t count because nothing is further from the truth. Every day those gifts add up and every day they make a difference to someone here.

We can’t wait for the next Lasting Legacies report to say that we exceeded our goals because our wonderful friends and supporters rose to the challenge. Thanks for all you do for SBA. Way to make a difference!


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Crossroads Concert – Ryan Kathman,

Baccalaureate - Church of the Commencement - Hope Church, 11:00 am

Spring Production – A Midsummer 22-25

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Senior Awards Night, 6:30 pm Incarnation, 7:00 pm

One-Ham Manlet, 6:30 pm 26-29


Clue: The Play, 7:00 pm Performed by Acting II Class


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Admission & Guidance Information ADMISSIONS Applications for the 2012-13 school year are now being accepted. Please visit our website at for admissions procedures and application. Parents Please Note: All siblings who wish to attend SBA must complete the Application for Admission. If you have questions, please contact Ann O’Leary, Director of Admissions, at 260-2875 or



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SBA Code needed for registration – 430-451

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


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News From Home & School Association

Graduation is fast approaching and so is Project Graduation (a lock-in at Incredible Pizza on Graduation Night from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am with plenty of food, cold drinks and games). We have approximately 50 parents who have yet to turn in their forms for their children. In order for your child to attend, you must fill out a permission form, located in the front office, or email us at and we will email you a form. Please send the form to SBA in an envelope marked ATTN: Project Graduation along with a check payable to project graduation in the amount of $150. Forms must be in by APRIL 16!! Don’t let your child miss this awesome experience. Chances are this will be the last time all of our children will be together and it is always a wonderful time for all. Each student receives a gift bag filled with lots of items for college and there are lots of Great Door Prizes, such as flat screen TVs, gift cards and I-Pads.

A royal thank you to Beth Jackson and the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon committee for the incredible job they did. Our faculty and staff were treated like royalty and showered with gifts at the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon during Catholic Schools Week. Thank you also to all of the parents who volunteered for, and donated to the event. Senior events have already started up and will continue through April. Please watch the SBA weekly mail for additional information and volunteer opportunities for these events. In April we will have our last Home and School meeting for the school year. The meeting is Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 8:00 AM in the Faculty Dining Hall. At the meeting Romy Schaaf will be taking over as lead Co-president. Anyone interested in chairing or co-chairing a committee for the 2012/2013 school year can either sign up at the meeting or contact Shannon Schuhlein at shineserf1@aol. com or 901-751-2225.

If you are not sure whether or not you have paid, email us and we will check.

Thank you for your support!

Thank you!

Shannon and Romy

David & Darla Boston,

Faculty Appreciation Luncheon - a favorite during Catholic Schools Week

SBA faculty and staff were treated like royalty by the parents at the annual Faculty Appreciation Luncheon during Catholic Schools Week.


A delicious lunch was served up for faculty by the parents of the Home & School Association and many fine gifts were distributed to all.

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This description pierced my heart and I began to reflect on some of the following questions. Have I sought to gain the approval of various audiences at school, work, the gym, friends and family gatherings? Have I lost myself in trying to seek approval, recognition, fame, fortune, popularity? In placing the various masks on, have I forgotten what I really look like in the eyes of God? Have I placed a false mask on who I think God is, instead of spending time with Him and allowing Him to speak to me? Is being seen by God not enough to me?

By Khira Rotty, Director of Spiritual Affairs Recently I read an article titled “What Does Jesus Mean by Hypocrisy? It’s Deeper than You Think,” by Monsignor Charles Pope. Insight given by Monsignor has played a role in my recent spiritual reflections on who God is, who I am, and how important our relationship is. The fruit of this time is what I would like to share with you. At the beginning of our Lenten journey, the Gospel reading was from “Matthew 6” in which Jesus stated to not be like the “hypocrites” who “perform righteous deeds,” “give alms,” “pray” and “fast” in order to receive attention from others. What did Jesus mean when He used the word “hypocrite?”

So what is the remedy? Msgr. Pope says to recognize “that it is enough that your Heavenly Father sees what you do.” This is why Jesus told His disciples to do these things in secret and “your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.” Honesty! If we truly seek to be in a loving relationship with God we must be honest with Him, ourselves and others. We must turn to Our Father, crying out “Abba”-“Daddy”- as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane and be utterly honest. We must look at all of our weaknesses, temptations and find God dwelling there as He dwelt in the desert. We must offer our sins and pains as to God as Jesus offered them on the cross. This isn’t going to be pretty at first, but we must endure the cross before we get to the Resurrection.

Monsignor Pope writes in his article that Jesus’ understanding of this word comes from the Greek word “hypokritai” which means “stage actors.” He says that when Jesus used this word He was referring to “the sad state of a person who reduces himself to being an actor on a stage, because he does not know God.” The person is “willing to adapt themselves often in dramatic ways to win approval” from the various audiences in daily life. In doing this, the person loses sight of God, themselves and how to best serve others.

Don’t stop there and lose hope! We too can and will emerge from the tomb (the darkest parts of our lives) and bask in the glory of God. We will fall more deeply in love with Him and rejoice in the Risen Christ proclaiming His goodness. We will experience the fruits of the Spirit “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23), and we will seek to share these with others. So unmask yourself, be a person of integrity and proclaim the Good News this glorious Easter and everyday!! You might not be famous now, but God will greatly “repay you” (Matthew 6).

SBA Teens for Life weather the rain to March for Life down Constitution Avenue in our Nation’s Capital for the 22nd year with thousands of others.


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Author of Dead Man Walking shares experiences Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, Author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, spoke to the St. Benedict at Auburndale High School students and guests.

poor people is an essential part of the Gospel, she moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and worked at Hope House. During this time, she was asked to correspond with a death row inmate, Patrick Sonnier, at Angola. She agreed and became his spiritual adviser. After witnessing his execution, she wrote a book about the experience. The result was Dead Man Walking which became a movie, an opera and a play for high schools and colleges.

Sister Helen Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church’s opposition to state executions. She considers herself a southern storyteller and she travels around the world giving talks about her ministry. Sister Helen is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph. She spent her first years with the Sisters teaching religion to junior high school students. Realizing that being on the side of

Since 1984, Sister Helen has divided her time between educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners. She has accompanied six men to their deaths. In doing so, she began to suspect that some of those executed were not guilty. This realization inspired her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, which was released by Random House in December of 2004. She is presently at work on another book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.

Some senior members of the St. Benedict Teens for Life proudly show Sister Helen Prejean the banner the students carry at the March for Life in Washington each year in January, (from left) Kara Krajenta, Michael Robinson, Daniel LaForce, Justin Crone, Sister Prejean and Chelsea Casaccia.

† 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.

Robert T. James, 62, father of Luke James (’11) passed away on January 14, 2012.

Kenneth Allen, 60, father of Mariah Allen (’11) passed away on March 7, 2012.

Mark Linehan, 47, father of Bradley Linehan (‘13), passed away on March 10, 2012.

Alba Maria Chiozza, 90, mother of Mario Chiozza and grandmother Dino Chiozza, SBA’s security team, passed away on January 25, 2012.

Rick McCue, 56, father of Lori McCue (’10) passed away on February 11, 2012.

Mary Isabelle McCraw Lamey, 59, mother of Jestein ‘Leigh’ Lamey Gibson(‘04), passed away on March 12, 2012.

David Semrau, 32, graduate of the class of 1997, passed away on December 17, 2011.

Theresa Grecco, 54, mother of Claire Grecco (’09), passed away on December 26, 2011.

Fred Seymour, 84, the father of SBA math teacher Blair Seymour, passed away on January 21, 2012.

Louis Haglund, father of Latin teacher Karen Terre, passed away on February 4, 2012.


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SBA Names Co-Valedictorians and Salutatorian SBA President George Valadie has announced the 2012 Valedictorians and Salutatorian from this year’s senior class. Congratulations to Alanna Murphy and Josh Stoddard, who are the 2012 Co-Valedictorians and to Salutatorian Thomas Summers. Alanna Murphy Alanna and Josh achieved the highest cumulative GPA for the senior class followed by Thomas with the second highest cumulative GPA for the class. Alanna is an outstanding student who has a passion for literature and drama. She maintained the highest average while taking a course load filled with AP and Honors classes. She was accepted to attend two Tennessee Governor’s Schools and selected the Governor’s School for the Arts, which is by audition. During high school, Alanna has excelled in many areas earning awards for the highest average in Honors English I, II and III, Honors World History, Theology III and Honors Spanish III. She also received Excellence awards in Honors Physical Science, Honors Biology, Honors Spanish II, Honors Chemistry and Honors Pre-Calculus. Based on her score on the National Spanish Exam, she ranked in the upper 12% nationally. She is historian for Mu Alpha Theta and secretary of the Spanish Club. Alanna has been inducted into the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Thespian Honor Society. She won first place in the first “Poetry Out Loud” competition with a powerful rendition of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Time Does Not Bring Relief.” Alanna is an integral member of the Show Choir and Celebration Troupe and has played pivotal roles on the SBA stage. She was selected a C Spire Academic All-Star for Drama & Speech. She is the daughter of Brian and Angie Murphy of Bartlett. A superior student, Josh always strives for perfection. He is enrolled in four AP courses of study this year and excels in science and math. He plans to use his skills in the study of engineering with emphasis in astrophysics. He graduates with five science credits. He has received Excellence Awards in Spanish I, Honors Anatomy and

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Honors World History. He has also received Highest Average Awards in Honors US History and Computer II. Josh has taken the National Spanish Exam, receiving Premio de Excelencia recognition and his History Day team won the region championship for their documentary on the debate on the US use of the atomic bomb to end the war with Japan. His love of science helped him in his research for the project to determine the long-term impact of the US decision. Josh is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. His Wind Power project took second place in the Engineering Club entry in E-Day competition. Josh is a starting member of the varsity basketball and track teams. He recently broke the school record in high jump at the opening track jamboree and is one of two school representatives for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Trophy. Josh was selected a C Spire Academic All-Star for Science. He is the son of Paul and Anne Stoddard of Eads. Thomas is a top student who has a passion for learning. He has received highest average awards in Honors Physical Science, Latin II, Honors Latin III, AP English Language and Sociology. He received Excellence Awards in Latin I, Honors Chemistry, Honors PreCalculus, Music and Geometry. Thomas was selected for the Tennessee Governor’s School for Emerging Technologies last summer. He has been inducted into the National Honor Society. He is a member of the National Junior Classical League, the Knowledge Bowl Team, the Latin Club, Medical Club, Key Club and Teens for Life. He also is a member of the stage crew for school theatrical productions. Thomas was chosen a C Spire Academic All-Star for Foreign Language. He is the son of Jeffrey and Mary Grace Summers of Cordova.


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More SBA Academic All-Stars selected Since our last issue, SBA has had seven additional students selected as Commercial Appeal CSpire Academic All-Stars. They are: seniors Renee Adamec for Science, Marissa Boulanger for English & Literature, Matt Chernauskas for Social Studies & History, Hayden Morrissett for Career/Technical, Paige Scrivener for Music, Josh Stoddard for Science and Thomas Summers for Foreign Language. Renee Adamec

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Mens Bowling brings home the gold SBA’s Mens Bowling Team brought home the State Champion gold trophy in late January. The Eagles were undefeated for the season, ending with an outstanding 15-0 record. In the final game of their careers, seniors Ryan Cooper, Justin Crone, Hunter Donohue and Zach Wiley went 4-0 to help lead the Eagles to capture the championship crown. Ryan Cooper, who finished with a score of 248 in the final, was named State Tournament MVP. The Lady Eagles also had an outstanding year, finishing with a 13-2 record and their 10th straight year in the final match. Angela Vick rolled to a state third place individual finish.

The Mens Bowling Team proudly presents the Championship Trophy to Mr. Valadie and their school.


Coach Eric Wells has literally built a bowling dynasty at SBA, with the girls winning five state titles and, now the boys, making their move to capture the gold for years to come.


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Senior Max Gavin and junior Diego Lavarreda with their Troop 457 Scoutmaster Jim Prudhomme.

The following students have been named to the All-West Honor Band – freshman Jason Cooper made 5th Chair Trumpet Junior Gold Band (25th out of 300); freshman JR Jamora made 2nd Chair Tuba Junior Blue Band (2nd out of 50); sophomore Andrew Lee made 4th Chair Flute Senior Red Band (12th out of over 300). Senior Christine Cabrera and junior Anne Costabile are featured as models in the February/March 2012 issue of Justine magazine. Christine has a two-page spread on exercise in “Just’fit-Tone in 10” and Anne is featured in a six-page spread on prom formals.

Seniors Allison Fetz, Paige Scrivener and Josh Stoddard sat on a panel at St. Francis School’s Career Day on March 5th. They represented SBA, answering questions that 8th graders might have about high school.

Senior Richard Dromerhauser received a Congressional Service Academy nomination by U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. He was welcomed at the Representative Blackburn’s Service Academy Nominee Reception at her Memphis District Office on March 2, 2012.

SBA’s Knowledge Bowl Team has had another competitive year. The TV team advanced to the quarterfinals. Members are – seniors Wendy Alyea, Marc Cabe, Matt Groendyke, Brandon Lea, junior Sarah-Clare Parker. The school competition team competed in several tournaments. Members are – seniors Marissa Boulanger, Ryan Cooper, Thomas Summers, Zach Wiley; junior Aaron Cumings; sophomores Pauline Cabe, Hunter Scrivener, Sarah Timmins; freshmen Ryan Cobb, Jake McClure.

The following members of the Engineering Club placed at E-Day in November 2nd Place Boat Race Design - Jake Arnold, Kristen Robertson, Michael Yeager 2nd Place Wind Power - Matt Bacon, Will Doster, Matt Schwab, Josh Stoddard

Sophomores Alexandra Hamm placed second for her mosaic of an elephant and Nikki Shah and Kayla Williams also placed second for their video produced entirely in Latin at the “Festivus,” the Latin Festival held at Rhodes College in November. (see group photo this section)

3rd Place Seismic Design - Wendy Alyea, Cathy Holmes, Caitlin Terry 5th Place Cardboard Beam - Marc Cabe 5th Place Transportation - Jake Arnold, Matt Murphy

SBA’s Mock Trial team defeated Briarcrest in this year’s competition with Best Attorney accolades going to senior Branton Wiederholt, junior Caitlin McCurdy and sophomore Lucky Krog. Best Witnesses were sophomores Jodie Crocker, Gabbie Green and Kaitlin McFarland. SBA finished 13th in the area competition.

Other members chosen to compete are: Jacob Aljundi, Jonathon Boulanger, Marissa Boulanger, Matt Chernauskas, Cullen Glasgow, Luke Griesmer, Zach Noelke, Hunter Scrivener, Nathan Sun. Juniors Aleksandr Brown, Chris Esposito, Diego Lavarreda and seniors Max Gavin and Branton Wiederholt have achieved their Eagle Scout ranking.

Senior Hayden Morrissett was a Stage Management Intern for the Opera Memphis production of Die Fledermaus January. Poetry Out Loud finalists are: 1st Place-junior Ben Sell, 2nd Place-senior Alanna Murphy and 3rd Place-junior Holly Black. Other finalists are: seniors Marissa Boulanger, Hannah Scarbrough; junior Rickey Morning; sophomores Chris Schuhlein, BriAnna Williams, Derek Zabella and freshmen Ben Chappell, Arielle Labilles, Amanda Kassela.

With help from church members and other scouts, Aleksandr designed and coordinated the efforts of building this arbor on the grounds of his church along with landscaping and installation of a new irrigation system.



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Sophomore Becca Siciliano has attained a varsity letter from the United States Equestrian Federation through their equestrian athlete program ( Becca is in her second year of this program and also was overall Grand Champion in both the Alderwood and West Tennessee Hunter/Jumper Series for 2011. Senior Megan Singer and freshman Ryan Cobb received awards in the Wordsmith competition at the University of Memphis in February. Megan received Honorable Mention in the 40-Word Dash and Ryan received 3rd Place honors in the 40-Word Dash. Other students representing SBA are: juniors Katie Akin and Aaron Cummings, sophomore Lucy Kaplan and freshman Kirkland Schuler.

Four SBA seniors were recognized by the Memphis Board of Trade (MBOT) as winners in their 2011 High School Essay Contest. The overall first place winner, receiving a $500 prize, was Allie Heirigs, the second place SBA winner, receiving $250, was Jeremy Mothersell and two third place winners from SBA were Matthew Chernauskas and Patrick Erstine, each receiving $100. The four students are members of Karen Timmins’ AP Macroeconomics class. The essay topic was “Agriculture and its Relationship to Regional Commerce.”

Sophomore Grace Summers was accepted to play in the Bullfrog USTA Southern Designated Tennis Tournament in March. This event is one of the required tournaments for players to compete in or to be eligible to be endorsed into the National Championships from the Southern Level. Grace played in Baton Rouge with a draw of 64 players, with selection based on Southern Ranking. Grace’s ranking was 69th out of 1,451 eligible players. Because of her success at the tournament, she is now ranked 58th, which will allow her to be accepted to most Southern Level Tournaments, possibly opening the door to competition at the National Level more often.

The President of the Memphis Board of Trade Jim Bell visited Mrs. Timmins’ class in December to present the winners with their checks and speak to the class about the formation of the Board of Trade. “The Memphis Board of Trade was inaugurated on January 11, 1871 as the Memphis Merchants Exchange. From its inception, the Memphis Board of Trade has a strong history of bringing together and supporting many of the most successful regional businesses in agriculture, commodities and related commercial interests. The Board of Directors continue to support the original object and purpose of the Memphis Board of Trade to ‘advance the commercial character and promote the manufacturing and mercantile interests of (Memphis)’ as stated in the original Charter of Incorporation. The High School Essay Contest is in keeping with the goal to promote trade and it is evident from the quality of the compositions that your students have a strong foundation for their future academic pursuits. The Board congratulates these students,” Bell said. The Board hopes to have the winners present their essays at a futureMBOT luncheon.

The following SBA vocalists performed at the Cannon Center for the Orphanos performances of Handel’s Messiah - Ryan Cooper, Zach Favorite, Mary Katharine Langley, Madeline Marconi, Alanna Murphy, Payton Powers, Michael Robinson, Hannah Scarborough, Paige Scrivener, Nikki Shah, Sydney Valadie. They performed with the Rhodes Meistersingers, Bartlett United Methodist Church Choir and Bartlett High School Students. The Memphis Symphony Orchestra played and two of the soloists were Mary Wilson (who performs at SBA in our Crossroads Concert Series) and Dr. Randall Rushing (Chair of the University of Memphis Music Department). This was an extraordinary opportunity for these students to work with such highly trained musicians along with Dr. William Skoog (Chair of Rhodes Music Department). Just as Handel donated all the earnings from this piece to orphanages, all money earned was for Memphis-area orphans.

Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teacher Karen Timmins; Jim Bell, President of the Memphis Board of Trade; 1st place winner Allie Heirigs, 3rd place winners Matt Chernauskas & Patrick Erstine, 2nd place winner Jeremy Mothersell and SBA President George Valadie.

Sophomore Andrew Lee and freshmen Jason Cooper and JR Jamora represented SBA in February at the All-West Tennessee Honor Band Festival.



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As depicted on this issue’s cover, several St. Benedict students had works of art entered in the annual Mid-South Scholastic Art Contest and Show sponsored by the Brooks Museum of Art. Silver Key Winner is senior Halle Urban for her drawing, “Fear;” Honorable Mention selections were seniors Allison Fetz for printmaking and MJ Kim for mixed media; junior Paul Mitchell in drawing; sophomore Amanda Melvin for photography and freshman Jenna Fisher for mixed media.

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By Katie Akin, Eagle’s Eye Staff

SBA’s student newspaper, The Eagle’s Eye, and its staff earned several awards for excellence in journalism at the Tennessee High School Press Association’s (THSPA) annual awards ceremony at Lipscomb University in Nashville on March 5th. After submitting two issues from the 2011-2012 school year, The Eagle’s Eye had its work scrutinized by journalistic experts. The THSPA gave The Eagle’s Eye an “All-Tennessee” rating for the overall papers, the highest rating they give, and Saint Benedict’s paper was awarded with Honorable Mention for Best Overall Newspaper. Individuals on The Eagle’s Eye staff, as well as a guest cartoonist, were also honored at the THSPA awards. Editorin-Chief John Hofer was awarded third place for Best InsidePage Design for his layout on the SBA Food Drive. Culture Editor Marissa Boulanger was given an Honorable Mention in the category of Best Review for her article on The Help. Sports Editor Zach Wiley was also given an Honorable Mention for his front page design. Guest cartoonist Renee Adamec received an Honorable Mention for Best Illustration.

Allison Fetz

The Eagle’s Eye was also successful in a new category at the THSPA awards, Best Online Paper. Saint Benedict’s resident newspaper website came away with second place in Best Affiliated Website for its online paper. The Eagle’s Eye sponsor is Dianna Cervetti.


Amanda Melvin

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The “Eagle’s Eye” staff proudly display their THSPA awards. Front row (from left) Renee Adamec, Best Illustration Honorable Mention; Marissa Boulanger, Best Review Honorable Mention; Zach Wiley, Best Front Page Design Honorable Mention; John Hofer, Best Inside Page Design 2nd Place; other staff members second row (from left) Amanda Slade, Rachel Smith, Katie Akin, Lexie Heroux, Katie Disalvo, (third row, from left) Rachel Hofer, Allie McNamara, Allie Heirigs, Mariah Bamrick.

SBA Students participated in the annual Latin Festivus at Rhodes College in November. Sophomore Alexandra Hamm placed second in the mosaics event with her mosaic of an elephant. Two more sophomores, Nikki Shah and Kayla Williams, placed second for their video presented in Latin.



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Model UN Team successful Sixteen students competed in the Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) Conference in November at the University of Central Arkansas with all their countries represented winning awards for Best Position Paper, a first for SBA. Sophomore Sarah Timmins also won the first Rapporteur Award. This award is chosen by students in each of the committees to be the spokesperson for the committee and to give a speech at the end of the conference. Sarah also won the “Outstanding Delegate” for Security Council, a very difficult feat. Rhett Chism won “Outstanding Delegate” Honorable Mention in the Economic/Finance Committee, an equally difficult feat. Karen Timmins, faculty advisor, also received the Faculty Advisor Award for five years participation in the AMUN. Students competing were: For France Sarah Timmins-Security Council; Kirkland Schuler-International Court of Justice; Kathleen Riley-Economic and Social Council; Catherine MitchnerHuman Rights Council; Charlie Marczynski-Special Political and Decolonization Committee; Matt Carr-Legal Committee; Emily Curran-Social; Humanitarian and Cultural Committee; Daniel Sweat-Economic and Finance Committee. For Yemen James Duffley-Special Political and Decolonization Committee; Aaron Cummings-Legal Committee; Alanna Oliphant-Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee; Rhett Chism-Economic and Finance Committee. For Iraq Henry Evetts-Economic and Social Council; Lucy Kaplan-Special Political and Decolonization Committee; Andrew Lee-Legal Committee; Samantha Pilcher-Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee; Devam Zalawadia-Economic and Finance Committee.

Mid-South Food Bank Community Relations Manager David Stephens (fourth from left) presents the Top Performer Award to SGA officers (from left) Vice President Daniel LaForce, Secretary Kara Krajenta, Chaplain Courtney Bond and President Michael Robinson (second from right). Looking on in pride are; Mr. Valadie (back) and SGA sponsor Heather Freel (right).

Because of SBA’s ongoing efforts in food collections, SGA members are always invited to be a part of the WMC-TV Channel Five Food Drive in early December, and with their appearance always comes the cold and the snow.

Student Food Drive wins again SBA’s annual canned food drive for the Mid-South Food Bank was another success. The Eagles collected the equivalent of 43,112 pounds of food items donated to the Mid-South Food Bank and other agencies. This amount could cover 34,489 meals. Because of this successful project, the Mid-South Food Bank presented the school’s SGA, who coordinated all the efforts, their 2011 Student Food Drive Top Performer Award.

One of the class competitions held to encourage participation was our very own “canstruction” event with many clever ways of presenting their collection. With the Pac-Man image, these juniors conveyed their efforts in sending hunger “pacn.”



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2012 Honor Society Inductees –

Kendall Tooker, Mary Margaret Vollmar, Mary Anne Waddell; Seniors Amanda Duckhorn, Minjung Kim, John Lawson, Kail Powers.

French Honor Society (La Societe Honorairé de Français) Sponsor: Cheryl West Sophomores Hillary Briggs, Laura Cardona, Jacqueline Glover, Grace John, Elle Milburn, Michelle Murphy, Rachel Paduck, Jamie Patterson, Breanna Pollet, Valeria Torres, Kate Walsh; senior Minjung Kim.

National Honor Society Sponsors: Paul Koziel, Erin Seboldt Juniors Katie Akin, Cody Bailey, Morgan Baioni, Mariah Bamrick, Zach Bardos, Holly Black, Michelle Borg, Brandon Brown, Grace Call, Richard Caruso, Katie Cassman, Rhett Chism, Chase Colling, Will Comfort, Johnny Cordera, Aaron Cummings, Anthony Denegri, Emily Faquin, Zach Favorite, Brittany Fields, Jessica Focht, Katelyn Frierott, Michael Gaffney, Cullen Glasgow, Kaitlyn Haefer, Trey Haff, Kristen Haney, Mackenzie Haney, Addie James, Peri Jones, Ashley Koehler, Casey Lazek, Madison Lessley, Caitlin McCurdy, Anastasia Mosby, Patrick Murphy, Andrew Nevle, Lisa Ong, Sarah-Clare Parker, Bashini Pather, Colin Pitawanakwat, Payton Powers, Connor Ryan, Adriana Schirlo, Grace Ann Shorter, Sophie Soto-Phipps, Katie Speer, Jay Stoll, Sara Stukenborg, Nathan Sun, Denise Sweeney, Landon Thoss, Lindsey Tong, Kendall Tooker, Mary Margaret Vollmar, Thomas Vorwerk, Mary Anne Waddell, Lizzy Wall, Katherine Wein, Paige Williams, Jordan Wise; Seniors Alexis Bingham, Courtney Bond, Joey Cardosi, Ali Durbin, Cathy Holmes, Brandon Jenkins, Minjung Kim, Mackenzie Logue, Madeline Marconi, Trey McGinnis, Danielle Nesterowich, Elizabeth Packard, Kelly Philippart, Kail Powers, Maria Roderiguez, Caroline Sabbatini, Rachel Sowell, Caitlin Terry, Halle Urban, Maggie Yue.

Valeria Torres (from left), Kate Walsh and Laura Cardona enjoy the reception following the Honor Societies induction ceremony.

International Thespian Society Sponsor: Cindy Wells Freshmen Ryan Cobb, Spencer Smith; Sophomores Nikki Shah, Sydney Valadie; Juniors Brandon Brown, Zach Favorite, Payton Powers; Seniors Kendall Austin, Hannah Scarbrough.

Mu Alpha Theta Sponsors: Burton Kirk, Blair Seymour Sophomores Jacob Aljundi, Katherine Camilleri, Rachel Cummings, Henry Evetts, Rachel Hofer, Connor Jones, Andrew Lee, Madeline Mahon, Michael McGuire, Jamie Patterson, Andrew Raffanti, Nikki Shah, Theresa Stoddard, AJ Sturdivant, Emily Summers, Sarah Timmins, Kyle Van Hoeck, Kate Walsh, Alyssa Williams, Kayla Williamson; Juniors Katie Akin, Robert Allen, Cody Bailey, Morgan Baioni, Mariah Bamrick, Richard Caruso, Chase Colling, Will Comfort, Anthony Denegri, Sarah Catherine Donlan, Zach Favorite, Tristan Garner, Trey Haff, Kristen Haney, Mackenzie Haney, Ashley Koehler, Madison Lessley, Caitlin McCurdy, Anastasia Mosby, Andrew Nevle, Lisa Ong, Alex Pollan, Connor Ryan, Cory Sheeks, Katie Speer, Sara Stukenborg, Lindsey Tong,

Spanish Honor Society (La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica) Sponsor: Mariaclara Villegas Juniors Alexa Armstrong, Holly Black, Kathleen Bray, Anthony Denegri, Emily Faquin, Katelyn Frierott, Alex Gaffney, Kristen Haney, Allison Hurley, Ashley Koehler, Madison Lessley, Caitlin McCurdy, Andrew Nevle, Lisa Ong, Sarah-Clare Parker, Sophie Soto-Phipps, Grace Ann Shorter, Sara Stukenborg, Denise Sweeney, Kendall Tooker, Paige Williams.


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Some more New Little Eagles George Martin Kathman was born on December 2, 2011 weighing in at 8 lbs, 2 oz and measuring 21” long. He is the son of English and Drama teacher Ryan Kathman.

Computer teacher Lisa Stotts’ first grandchild was born December 5, 2011. Beckett Kennen Stotts weighed 7 lb. 5 oz. and has already stolen his grandmother’s heart.

Congratulations to PE teacher and Volleyball and Swim Coach Molly Pickering who finished her first marathon in March at the Little Rock Marathon. The LR Marathon is known for the BIGGEST finisher’s medal in the sport, as evidenced by the one Molly proudly displays.

Faculty members Jim Epley and Blair Seymour have been selected as “readers” for the College Board AP Exam. To be considered an AP Exam Reader, one is required to submit a résumé indicating “fitness” and teaching experience in the subject area. Once selected, readers meet with other teachers in their subject area at a major metropolitan area in “convention” fashion. They spend a week grading freeresponse parts to the AP EXAM taken that spring by students from all over the US. A rigorous approach is ironed out with input from all the readers to determine a rubric for grading each free response item. Then the grading process begins and continues for a week.

Ever a Bulldog fan and true MSU alum, Dr. Beth Brock, Director of Academic Affairs, was pleasantly surprised to receive a visit from Mississippi State Head Football Coach Dan Mullen when he stopped by SBA on a recruitment visit.


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SBA sophomores celebrate “Sweet 16” with donation

Star-studded concert includes SBA Show Choir

On November 18, St. Benedict High School sophomores (from left) Connor Jones, Jamie Patterson and Adrienne Lewis, Katherine Camilleri and Madeline Mahon of Bartlett celebrated their 16th birthdays with a dance at the Cordova Community Center. Guests were asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

For the second year, The SBA Show Choir was featured in the Angotti & Friends Christmas Show at the Cannon Center. Seniors Ryan Cooper and Michael Robinson, again, wowed the crowd with their solos and the choir performed in a segment featuring their work. They also joined other choirs throughout the evening. Even SBA alum Noah Shrader (’02) was a featured soloist and performed in the general choir segments.

Over 100 toys were collected and donated to the Toys for Tots and were delivered by the Marine Corps Reserve as Christmas gifts to needy children in our community.

International Studies has hands-on projects Mrs. Timmins’ International Studies Class studied Africa during the fall semester. She has her class do a project for each region and a map test. The project for Africa was two-fold. First they made a floor puzzle of the African countries. Mrs. Timmins brought in a blue sheet to use for the ocean and gave each student four or five puzzle pieces instructing them to put Africa together. The second part of the project had the students select a type of African Mask to make their own version of it. They then presented to the class and gave information about the tribe, region and symbolism contained within the mask.


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Senior Class prepares to grant wish

Club St. Jude has first “Up All Night” fundraiser

The Senior Class adopted the Make-a-Wish Foundation to support as their class project this year, raising $5,000 to grant a wish to a deserving child. The students held car washes, sold t-shirts they designed, sold wrist bands, held bake sales and asked for outright donations.

In February, 36 Club St. Jude members raised $1,534 for St. Jude in the first ever “Up All Night” Fundraiser. Students received pledges and had a lock-in at SBA which included Mass, games, karaoke and variety of other activities. The group recently presented their donation to St. Jude representative Linda Sambecki (second row at right).

Handing over the check to Make-a-Wish representative Rebekah Sudduth (second left) is SGA Senior Representative Ann Wallace (left), Senior Class President Kail Powers and Senior Class Vice President Valerie Holmes. The “wish” will be granted at a later date.

The Club was also busy in December. They prepared lunch and provided an “arts & crafts” session afterward for the families and children residing at the Ronald McDonald house. Wolfchase Mall provided a night out for the St. Jude patients and their families, including rides on the carousel, face painting, dance/karaoke contests and a visit with Santa. Club St. Jude members served as Santa’s “elves” and helped greet the families, lead the dance contests and assist little riders on the carousel.

As their service project in December, Latin Club members prepared gift bags for pets of Meals on Wheels recipients.


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Academic Fairs well received at SBA


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SBA Spirit at its highest during Winterfest

The Academic Affairs office inaugurated two Academic Fairs on February 21. The first was an “Elective Fair” held during all three lunches for students to learn more about the variety of electives available to them.

Winterfest is always fun and this year’s continued that tradition with dress-up days and a variety of activities. The culmination of the week is the election of the Most Spirited.

That evening, an “AP Fair” was held for both parents and students to learn more about all the AP courses SBA offers.

Winterfest Court selections are (from left) seniors Daniel LaForce and Ivy Anderson, juniors Chris Paratore and Leslie Thornton, sophomores Laterron Aldridge and Lucy Kaplan and freshmen John Prascak and Alix Lawson.

Students selected Daniel and Ivy as the Most Spirited. Both fairs were well attended and should become annual events during the second semester.




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Pi Day events raised money for the Food Bank KidsKan campaign. The annual Pi in the face for Mr. Valadie, Coach Lear and Mrs. Morris is always fun, but students got involved, too, with a pie-eating contest.



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Winter Sports Wrap

seventh out of 17. The combined scores gave the Eagles a 5th place trophy for the meet. This was followed by senior Megan Wynne and freshman JD Dudek advancing to the State Swim Meet. Both performed well in a field of very strong swimmers. JD finished 38/76 in 500 free and 42/68 in the 200 free. Megan finished 57/68 in the 100 free and broke her own school record in the 500 free with 5:38.38 and finished 29/72.

Basketball - The SBA Basketball teams honored two outstanding coaches in Memphis Prep Sports. Coach Jim Mathis, who is suffering with serious cancer, was honored by both teams, the track teams and others from SBA at their home games with St. Agnes (where Jim has worked for many years) and CBHS. Coach Jay Mathis, Jim’s son, accepted a monetary donation to the Jim Mathis Medical fund between games.

Wrestling – The Eagles had an incredible 22-1 regular season advancing to the State Duals and scoring the most points in their history, with 106, at the TSSAA State Individual Championships. The Eagles finished seventh out of 19 schools and team members garnered five medals in the event. Senior Jeff Lamer posted a career-best runnerup finish in the 195. As he finished, both his team and his competitor’s team (Fr. Ryan of Nashville) gave him a huge ovation for a great high school career. Lamer finished fourth in the State as a sophomore and third as a junior. He is also a three-time Brute-Adidas National All-American and plans to compete, again, this year.

Coach Jay Mathis (center) thanks SBA Team Captains (from left) Devin Chadwick, Rodney Clark, Jake Jeffrey and DeErica Blakely.

Another special coach that was recognized by the Eagles’ between the home games with Hutchison and MUS was Coach Jerry Peters of MUS, who is retiring this year after coaching since 1960 at MUS. Coach Peters achieved his 1,000 career win this year, as well. Highlights of the season for Eagles basketball were the boys’ second trip to FedEx Forum for a game with Marion, IL in January. The Grizzlies’ management has welcomed the Eagles for two years at the forum and is impressed with the caliber of play and the fan support the Eagles bring with them. They indicate that we bring a great crowd and exciting basketball action and look forward to future games for the Eagles. The highlight of the Lady Eagles’ season was their success in capturing the Region Runner-up plaque, advancing them to the State Quarterfinals once again.

Sporting medals are Senior Jeff Lamer (left), 2nd Place-195 lbs; junior Patrick Wallis, 5th Place-170 lbs; senior Mikey Bascom, 5th Place-138 lbs; junior Andrew Nevle, 3rd Place-145 lbs; sophomore Kyle Jennings, 4th Place, 120 lbs.

Bowling – Coach Eric Wells and the Eagles Bowling Teams finished the year with great success. As mentioned in Headline News, the boys captured their first state Ryan Cooper Angela Vick tournament with senior Ryan Cooper named Tournament MVP. The Girls advanced to their 10th consecutive state championship match, finishing as State Runner-up and with senior Angela Vick capturing the third place individual crown.

Cheer & Dance are among some of the best in the nation Cheerleading – The SBA Cheer Squad placed fifth in the nation at the UCA competition out of 10 teams.

Swim - The St. Benedict Eagles Swim teams had outstanding efforts at the County Championship Meet. The boys placed fifth out of 15 teams and the girls placed



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Since moving to the Memphis area, however, Joe’s emphasis changed entirely to softball. He is the current head coach of the 16-and-under team in the Mid-South Blue Angels program headed by Rose Kalisak and he was the assistant coach of the Germantown Red Devil 18-and-under team. Joe also coached younger girls in the Collierville fastpitch program as well as 12-and-unders in the Mid-South Gamers program.

Dance – The SBA Dance Teams each brought home bronze medals with the Varsity capturing third place out of 33 teams in the Hip Hop Division of the UDA Nationals and for the fourth consecutive year placing in the top 10. SBA’s JV Team also captured third place, out of 10, in Hip Hop in the finals.

The Lady Eagles started the season off great with a 7-3-1 finish in the Commando Classic in Hendersonville and look for the remainder of the season to be exciting and fun.

Eagles announcer receives Jenny Award SBA athletic public address announcer Nate Rhoades is this year’s recipient of the prestigious “Jenny Award.” The Jenny Award is named for St. Benedict’s former student, Jenny Rybczyk who died in a car accident in the fall following her graduation from SBA. She was an athlete with determination and desire, giving 100% in everything she did. Each year the Jenny Award is given to adult volunteers who give to the school in various ways - by donating service, time, money or a combination of these in order to benefit all SBA athletes. Nate found his way to the SBA track for exercise about six years ago. He came in and introduced himself to AD Greg Stiel and said that he appreciated the opportunity to use the track and wondered if he could help out in any way with announcing games, as he had experience from his college days. Ever since, Nate has been the official voice for basketball and volleyball and some soccer and football. He has officially become an SBA Eagle and donates his time at these events, making each game more exciting for the fans. Nate recently married Jessica Winterburn and we have welcomed her to the Eagles’ Nest, as well. Nate is an air traffic controller and Jessica works at Campbell Clinic. Jessica was on hand when Nate was presented with the Jenny Award by Mr. Stiel and Mr. Valadie at one of the last home basketball games.

SBA welcomes new softball coach Joe Pearson joins the athletic staff at SBA as Head Softball Coach. Joe is the father of freshman Kendal Pearson, who is also on the Lady Eagles softball team. He is a 1993 graduate of Concordia College in St. Paul, MN where he earned his degree in Education and played baseball. He began his teaching career in Minnesota where he taught for six years for the Kaukauna Area School District. While there, he had tenures as head baseball coach for both the JV and then varsity high school teams and during the summers for their American Legion program.



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Recent College Signings

John Bussenger signs to play football at Itasca Community College.

Chelsea Casaccia signs to play soccer at CBU.

Katelyn Graham signs to play soccer at CBU.

Kara Krajenta signs to play soccer at East Tennessee State University.

Cody Quon signs as a football committed walk-on at the University of Memphis.

Molly Wagner signs to play soccer at Texas Lutheran.


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1997 Erin Massey Everitt is an attorney and currently interning with the Attorney General in Memphis.

1986 Bill Courtney was a volunteer football coach for the Manassas Tigers in 2009 when the Oscar winning documentary Undefeated was filmed about the team and Bill’s impact on the players. It recently won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film was adapted from a Commercial Appeal article written by, then Prep Reporter, Jason Smith and is in the works for a full motion picture film in the future. Bill told his players, whom he became very close to, “Football doesn’t build character. It reveals it.” Bill and his wife have four children and live in Memphis, where Bill also has his business, Classic American Hardwoods, Inc. The company won the Memphis Business Journal’s Small Business of the Year Award in 2007. Bill became familiar with Manassas because his business is located in the same neighborhood as the school.

Scott Mahr has join Running Pony Productions of Memphis as a Motion Graphic Artist/3D Animator.

1999 Andrea Watson Ball is married to Scooter Ball and has a two-year-old son, Easton. The family makes their home in Hendersonville, TN, where Andrea is an Occupational Therapist. The couple, who expects their second child this July, are proud owners of Play Ball Children’s Therapy, which employs contract therapists to work in-home in the Nashville area. Amanda Schadrack Beers and husband, Joshua, welcomed their son, Lucas James Beers, on February 29, 2012, weighing 7 lbs, and measuring 20” long. He joins sisters Elle, age 7 and Sophie, age 2.

2000 Morgan Hargraves is currently living in Memphis and is employed by Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

1988 Debbie DeMaria Barnes lives in Greenwood, AR and works in sales with Zales. She has two children Jessica, who is in college and Chris, a sophomore in high school.

2001 Lauren Massey Fuchs is a defense attorney with the Massey McClusky Law Office in Memphis. Lacey Pease is one of the founders of the Be Free Revolution (BFR), a nonprofit Christcentered organization established to sell handmade wares from poor countries in Africa, such as Kenya and Uganda. The organization sells the craft products made in these countries using the profits to provide counseling for victims of rape and violence, local mentors for children and to help support a savings and loan program. Lacey has traveled on several mission trips over the years and also studied photography in Italy. She serves as Creative & Commerce Director for BFR. For information on the Be Free Revolution and how you can help, go to or

1989 Eric Andrews and his wife Cynthia Moranville Andrews (’90) make their home in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. Their three children attend St. Henry School in Nashville. Cynthia has worked as a dental hygienist treating gum disease for 17 years following her graduation from UT-Memphis College of Dental Hygiene.

1994 Lisa Zimmer Smithmier and husband Shane make their home in Lakeland, TN with children Jake (14) and Kaley (12). Both Lisa and Shane are firefighters – Lisa with the Collierville Fire Department and Shane with the Shelby County Fire Department.

2002 Lindsey Himelright Hill and husband Daniel welcomed their daughter Julia Day Hill on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2012, weighing in at 5 lbs, 4 oz and measuring 19” long.

Lora Zimmer Strauss and husband Mike make their home in Bethel, MN with children Meghan (16), Abby (14) and Gretchen (10). Lora is with the DDA and husband, Mike, is a policeman.


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Caleb Walker and wife Cindy welcomed their new daughter Paisley on October 12, 2011, weighing in at 8 lbs, 5 oz and measuring 20” long. Caleb is currently studying to become a personal trainer. His undergraduate degree is in Sports Management. He plans to train at the Smith Clinic for Physical Therapy in Cordova where he currently works as a Physical Therapy Tech. Cindy is working on her Master Degree in Counseling. (see Alumni Christmas Photo Album)

Mary Claire Massey Ortiz is married to Mat Ortiz and the couple makes their home in Lexington, KY where Mary Claire is a pharmacist with Walgreens.

Justin Wesche graduated from Southwest Tennessee Community College in May, 2006 with an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design. He also graduated from Anthem Career College with a degree in Medical Billing and Coding in 2011. He currently works for AirServ and enjoys bowling in a league that meets at Cordova Bowling Center.

Their wedding in October of 2010 was featured as the “Best Rustic Chic” in the December “A Year in Review, A look at the year’s most notable local weddings” featured insert in the Commercial Appeal in December.


Joanna Cleveland had her work exhibited in the Idaho State University John B. Davis Gallery MFA Thesis Exhibition from February 21-March 2. Joanna has been studying for her Master of Art Degree at the school since the fall of 2009.

Jennifer Oros has moved back to Germantown to take a job promotion with Target in Memphis.

2004 Melissa Falanga Burrus and husband, Hunter, have welcomed a new son, Knox Hunter Burrus on September 26, 2011, weighing in at 7 lbs, 6 oz.

Bobby Benedetti married Katye Graves of Millington on January 21, 2012 at Holy Rosary Church followed by the reception at the Teton Trek at the Memphis Zoo. Katye is a product development engineer for Medtronic in Memphis. Bobby graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. He is maintenance manager for Sonoco in Memphis. (see Alumni Photo Album)

Cassie Mojica is an Account Planner for TV stations ABC24-CW30 in Memphis. Aaron Sims married Nayely Rendon on September 10, 2011 at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Wichita, KS. Included in the wedding party were fellow ’04 alumni Tyler McDaniel, Matt Dean, Mark Chando, Neil Gattas and Andrew Apple. Aaron and Nayely are both graduates of Wichita State University. They honeymooned on Anna Maria Island, FL and they make their home in Wichita, where Aaron is employed at Intrust Bank.

Bobby Lawrence was named Student D.O. for the month of January at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, TN. Bobby is a first-year osteopathic medical student. The D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) Student of the Month is a program sponsored by the school’s SGA and is designed to recognize an outstanding first and second-year student each month. Among the criteria for the honor are involvement in the school, leadership skills, community service, class attendance, initiative, attitude and professionalism. At LMU-DCOM, Bobby is active in the Pediatrics Club, the Internal Medicine Club and the Student American Academy of Osteopathy. He serves as the firstyear liaison for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association and helped organize the school’s participation in the 2011 Operation Christmas Child project. Bobby was a science teacher at SBA before entering DeBusk.

Emily Steffan was featured in an article in the Boca Beacon newspaper of Boca Grande, FL, her parents’ home. Emily, who lives in New Orleans, was on a panel that discussed the country’s educational system at the Friends of Boca Grande Community Center Film Forum in January following the viewing of the film “American Teacher.” Emily is a the Dean of Students for third to fifth grade students at Batiste Cultural Arts Academy charter school in New Orleans. Elizabeth Turnage is finishing up her fourth year in optometry school at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, as well as her year as Executive Treasurer of the National American Optometric Student Association. While in school, Elizabeth has been an active member of the Lions’ Club, an officer in the International Gold Key Honor Society, taken several medical mission trips in the U.S. and abroad and written articles for optometric publications. She plans to practice in Tennessee once she graduates. She is engaged to be married to Andrew Reese in May.

John Paul Masterson (JP) ran in the New Orleans Half Marathon on March 4 and finished with a time of 1:39:04. (see Alumni Photo Album)

Jordan Wells appeared in the Chorus of the Opera Memphis production of Die Fledermaus in Janauary.


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Ryan Speakman performed as Bobby in Company, his most recent appearance as a professional actor, at the Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT in the fall.

Kristin Barnett married Adam Teague December 17, 2012 at Our lady of Perpetual Help Church in Germantown. Ashleigh Buyers is a Business and Studio Art Major at the University of Mary Washington. Ashleigh and her video group won third place in the school’s marketing video contest. She received the award from the university’s President Hurley. Ashleigh stays busy as a freelance photographer in Fredericksburg, VA. You can visit Ashleigh at; smilesbyashleigh.

2007 Brent Ariemma was named to the 2011 Fall Dean’s List at Christian Brothers University. Brent is a member of the Bucs Baseball Team. Matt Ariemma was named to the 2011 Fall Dean’s List at Christian Brothers University. Brent is a member of the Bucs Baseball Team. Colin Doyle is a Baseball/Stadium Operations Assistant with the Memphis Redbirds. He specifically manages The Boardwalk area of the stadium that has a variety of games for children. Colin also helps out in marketing and game-day preparation.

Andrew Greenop is one of five recipients of the Christian Brothers University Lasallian Fellows Award presented to outstanding members of the senior class for their excellence in scholarship, service and community involvement. Andrew has been a tutor and mentor for the Honors Program at CBU for which he serves on the advisory council. He is a double major in mechanical engineering and math and has maintained a 4.0 GPA. He is due to graduate this May and hopes to pursue a career in the aerospace industry.

Cody Maxcy is a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual and he is living in Murfreesboro, TN. Cody and Kellie Hastings, also of the Class of 2007, are engaged to be married in September. Chelsea Robinson will graduate from the University of Memphis this May with a BA in Theatre. She is hoping to pursue a career as a professional stage manager and actress. Chelsea was one of the Assistant Stage Managers for the Phantom of the Opera production at the U of M. She is currently appearing as Poppy Norton-Taylor in Noises Off at Theatre Memphis.

Mary Beth Maier recently finished a six-month internship with the Philadelphia Inquirer in the multimedia department. She is preparing for graduation from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor Degree in Digital Media with a focus in web design and development.

Andy Stiles graduated from Delta State University in December, 2010 with a Bachelor of Commercial Aviation Degree. Following graduation, Andy worked for six months as a flight instructor at Falcon Aviation Academy in Georgia instructing international students. He is currently employed as a pilot with AB Aviation, a local charter company, flying Lear jets.


Rebecca McCarthy was named to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Dean’s List for the 2011 fall quarter. Kelsey Miles was named to the Gulf South Conference Academic All-GSC team for volleyball at CBU in February. She is one of six CBU athletes selected to the Academic teams. The Academic All-GSC Teams are selected in a joint vote by the GSC’s Sports Information Directors and Faculty Athletic Representatives. To be eligible, student-athletes must be a starter or significant contributor on the court or field and carry at least a 3.2 GPA.

Philip Valle married Katie Santos on March 3, 2012 at St. Louis Church in Memphis. Their reception followed also at St. Louis and they make their home in Memphis. Philip will graduate next December with a bachelor degree in Middle Grades Education and hopes to teach junior high English or History. He plans to continue his education to secure a Master Degree in Administration. Philip is an assistant varsity football coach at SBA and works with St. Francis of Assisi School Extended Care. Katie, a Katrina evacuee, came to SBA as a junior. She went back to the New Orleans area for her senior year. Following graduation from high school, Katie received her bachelor degree at the Baptist College of Health Sciences in Memphis and is currently a licensed Radiologic Technologist for Baptist Hospital. (see Alumni Photo Album)

Adam Stiles is currently a junior at Mississippi State and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Adam has earned membership in Alpha Lambda Delta National Honorary Society, the National Society of Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization, Beta Gamma Sigma (the highest honor a business student can receive from a school of business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and the Kappa Phi Honor Society. He is a finance major and on track to graduate in May, 2013.


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Shelby Wade is a full time student and in her second semester in the Loewenburg School of Nursing program at the University of Memphis. She has three more semesters to complete for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Anna Pallme was selected to the University of Alabama’s competitive Equestrian team. She is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Freshman Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. Anna made the Dean’s list her first semester at Alabama and is currently serving as an Honors College Student Ambassador.


Billy Payne served as Assistant Lighting Designer and Master Electrician for the University of Kentucky’s fall production of Romeo and Juliet.

Taylor Seaman was named to the 2011 Fall Dean’s List at Christian Brothers University. Taylor is a member of the Bucs Baseball Team.

Kaitlyn Stoddard was featured on the cover and in a six-page spread in the At Home in Arkansas magazine’s 2011 fall/winter wedding issue. Kaitlyn joined the SBA cross country team coaching staff this year.

Correction – In the last issue of “On Eagles’ Wings” we reported Auburndale/SBA alumni numbers for the Class of ’06 incorrectly – it should be 133. We are sorry for the error.

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Jennie Burks is one of the starting catchers for the Maryville College Lady Scots softball team of the Great South Athletic Conference.

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Kaitlyn Favorite was named to the Dean’s List at St. Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

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Luke James placed first at the Anderson Invitational and the Sewanee Invitational in Indoor Track this year. He also ran to a second place finish at the Tennessee State Invitational as seen in this photo. Luke (left in photo) runs track for Bethel University.

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Christmas Greetings from SBA Alums

The Mary Hermsdorfer Delgado (’99) family

The Laura Bond Cheseldine (’96) family

The Rachel McGehee Revelle (’03) family

David (’95) and Andrea Kronberg(’96) Gillespie family

The Melissa Ackerman & Justin Brownlee (’96) family

The Matt (’95) and Jenni Gillespie Helms (’03) family

The Caleb Walker (‘02) family The Rena Masterson Fay (’95) family


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Christmas Greetings from SBA Alums (continued)

The Chad Connolly (’02) family

The McGowan Family with Molly (’06) and Mims McGowan Pigg (’03)

Hagen (’03) and Mallory (’05) Schroder The Lindsey Tompkins McKinley (’04) Family

Chandler Williams (’11) with sister Paige (’13)

The Caitlin Doyle Motte (‘03) Family


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Class of 2010 Alums, (from left) Megan Van Eaton, Theresa Ong and Carly Pirani, met up at the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority District Leadership Conference in Ashville, North Carolina. Megan and Carly are both members of ADPi at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and Theresa Ong is a member at the University of TennesseeMartin. Because of the executive positions they each hold in their ADPi Chapters, they were selected for this Conference.

Former SBA classmates (2008) and basketball stars, Kevin Doran and Zach Ricketts met up at the ArmyNavy game in Washington on Dec. 10. 4C Midshipman Kevin Doran is a student at the Naval Academy and 1st Sergeant Zach Ricketts is at West Point. To Kevin’s delight, Navy won, 27-21.

SBA alums gathered to celebrate the marriage of Bobby Benedetti-Katye Graves at the reception held at the Memphis Zoo’s Teton Trek. Members of the wedding party were (from second left) JP Masterson ’03; Nikki Benedetti ’10, sister of the groom; Joe Martini ’99, cousin of the groom; Sarah Benedetti Hammond ’06, sister of the groom and Dennis Clay ’03. Others on hand for the celebration were Jimmy Connor ’02 (left) and Alex Clay ‘08 (right).

Bret Bilbrey (’01) met up with Jennifer Taylor (’09) (left) and Natalie Smith (’10) (right) at the Memphis-Southern Mississippi Basketball game in January at the FedEx Forum. Jennifer and Natalie are members of the National Championship University of Memphis Pom Squad. As a special treat, Natalie presented Bret with a 2012 University of Memphis Spirit Squad Calendar signed by the squad members.


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Alum Moms have “reunion” lunch

Moms of former SBA track & field athletes and Head Track Coach Dianna Cervetti got together for lunch at Bahama Breeze on the Martin Luther King Holiday. Pictured (clockwise) Donna Bolden (Paige ’10), Coach Dianna Cervetti, Dorice Favorite (Kaitlyn ’11), Christine Nichols (Meagan ’09), Linda Payne (Billy ’10), Kathy Schober (LeeAnn ’10).

Noah Shrader (’02) was a featured soloist at the John Angotti and Friends Christmas Concert. He performed along with the SBA Show Choir.

Ashley (right) and her brother John Schettler (second from right) (’03) met up with the Pro-Life trip travelers and chaperones (from left) Khira Albonetti Rotty (’99) and Stuart McCommon (’03) at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in January. Both Ashley and John live and work in Washington, D.C.

JP Masterson (’03) met up with Ashley Schettler (’02) at the Turkey Trot 5K at Shelby Farms on Thanksgiving. As mentioned in Class Notes, JP later ran in the New Orleans Half Marathon.

Fun was had by all at the Philip Valle (’07) and Katie Santos wedding in March.


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Midshipman 3rd Class Colin Schuhlein (’10), a student at the Naval Academy, visits with students interested in the Academy just before Thanksgiving break. SBA Class of 2004 alum Jordan Wells (left) was the Music Director for this year’s musical, “Anything Goes,” and Bret Bilbrey (’01) had a cameo role in the production in which he appeared back in 1998 in the old school.

Charlie Marczynski (center) met up with sisters (from left) Kate (’09) and Sarah (’06) in Chattanooga during a basketball trip in January. Charlie, who graduates this year, served as men’s team manager. Both sisters live in Chattanooga and came to the game to support their Alma Mater and younger brother.

Corporal Michael McCaffrey (‘07) stopped by SBA in the fall, on leave. He had a chance to visit SBA friends and former teachers like Laura Burke.


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As mentioned in our last issue of “On Eagles’ Wings,” Marissa Weiss (’11) was asked to join the UT-Chattanooga Row Team as coxswain. She says, “Learning to be coxswain Was kind of learning to drive. I have to steer, make sure rowers Are okay and safe, watch the stroke rating, watch for other boats, listen to my coach and officials and so much more.” In addition she helps with the cadence and calls out instructions. In her first two races in the Women’s Collegiate Novice 4, her boat captured second at the Chattanooga Head Race and third at the Hobbs Island Head Race in Alabama.

SBA alums Michael Allen (’08) and Chris Masterson (’97) had a chance to catch up on things during Christmas break at a Lady Eagles’ basketball game. Chris taught and coached Michael in basketball when he was at SBA and Michael currently serves as SBA Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach.

Again, this year, our gifted musical alums came back for the AnnualSBA Alumni Concert benefitting our Food Bank Drive. Performing this year were (from left) Ian Miller (’10), Nick Lumpkin (’11), Alex Turner (’11), Aaron Vasquez (’11), Mark Chando (’04), Stuart McCommon (’03), Jared Walsh (’03), David White (’00), David Brocato (’00) and Adam Jennings, who was a student for some years.


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Crossroads April 15

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April 26-29

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April 30

SBA’s Bands & Choirs Annual Spring Concert Free and Open to Public!

May 5

Stage version of the 1985 movie comedy performed by SBA’s Acting II Class. Free and Open to Public!

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