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St. John Neumann Catholic High School


Summer 2011

Inside: Letter from Sr. Patricia Roche, FMA Class of 2011 Graduates Justin Holecek Student Life Center $4 Million Gift Alumni Notes from the Class of 2010 Surprise Announcement From the Carsello Family

Dear Friends, It is my great pleasure to greet you as the “new” principal of St. John Neumann Catholic High School. I am anxious to meet you, to learn about your community, your history, and the Celtic traditions. On behalf of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, I wish to thank Bishop Dewane, the Diocese of Venice, and the St. John Neumann family for welcoming us to Naples. As I read your handbook, I was thrilled to see that the legacy of the Christian Brothers has continued to impact the spirit and philosophy of St. John Neumann throughout the years, for the Salesians of St. John Bosco and the Christian Brothers of Edmund Rice both look to St. Francis de Sales for inspiration. I pray that we continue the legacy of these three great saints as “We strive to develop the uniqueness of each student spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially,” in fullfillment of the SJN mission statement. I wish to thank Dr. Denison for his years of committed service to the students and teachers of St. John Neumann. It is a consolation to know he is only a phone call away. I am coming to you from Immaculata-La Salle High School in Miami, where I have spent the last 10 years as principal. Prior to that, I was principal in our Salesian Schools in Tampa and New Jersey. I have also taught on the junior high and high school levels. I come with the experience to know that the strength of any school abides in the contribution of all its members – parents, students, alumni, teachers, administration, and community stakeholders. As we, together, embark on this new chapter in the great history of St. John Neumann, I count on all of your help, prayers, and support. God bless you, Sr. Patricia Roche, FMA

Our Lady of the Angels Chapel


n a surprise announcement at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Justin Holecek Student Life Center, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carsello made a very generous and significant gift toward the building of a new Chapel that is among the largest financial gifts ever received in St. John Neumann Catholic High School’s history. “The Chapel will be The chapel will be named the “Our Lady of the dedicated to our Angels Chapel” in honor of the Carsello family. Blessed Lady and The Carsello’s generous gift is a major piece of the angels who the funding needed to build the chapel, which walk the halls of will become Phase 3 of the successful Capital St. John Campaign. We are humbled by their generosity to the “Reaching the Dream” Capital Campaign. Neumann. While “The leadership of Bishop Dewane along with the they have always kindness and benevolence shown by the Carsello had a presence family, the Holecek Family Charitable Fund and here, now they at the start of the campaign, the Donahue Family will have a Foundation, will transform the campus of St. John permanent home.” Neumann Catholic High School,” said Donna C. Mary Carsello Heiser, Director of Development. Numerous memorial opportunities are still available for those who wish to be a part of the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel and new campus buildings. As we move into the final stage of the Capital Campaign we invite you to pledge a gift and help us to reach our goal so we can begin construction on the Chapel. Your gift, no matter what size, will make a difference. Help us to complete God’s plan for St. John Neumann.

Pictured above: (left to right) Bob and Mary Carsello, Bishop Frank J. Dewane at the surprise announcement.



he class of 2011, a wonderfully diverse group of young men and women, formed a special bond over their four years together as Celtics. Their unique personalities, strong sense of individuality, and abundance of humor, was evident as they left with the confidence to succeed beyond their dreams. We celebrate each graduate and were honored to have been a part of their lives. We look forward to welcoming them back to campus as alumni as they continue on their path to success.

The Colleges and Universities listed have accepted students from the Graduating Class of 2011.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS Ave Maria University Barry University Belmont Abbey College Chestnut Hill College Franciscan University of Steubenville Loyola University New Orleans St. John Fischer College St. Mary’s College St. Leo University University of Dallas University of Dayton University of Notre Dame University of St. Thomas Villanova University Xavier University

ACHIEVEMENT IN ACADEMICS/LEADERSHIP/CHRISTIAN SERVICE Sons of the American Revolution Book Award - Andrew White Lawrence F. Mills Outstanding Service Award - Ashley Kobza United States Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award - Clare Myers, Michael Corso Congressional Medal of Merit Award - Ashley Kobza Congressional Academic Achievement Award - David Bronner Knight’s of Columbus, St. Peter the Apostle Church - Jacob Lutz VFW Memorial Scholarship - Jacob Lutz Golden Gate Civic Association Scholarship - Cassandra Affleck Southwest Florida Italian American Society Scholarship - Michael Corso Founders Fund Scholarship of the CLUB Pelican Bay - Elba Campos, Christie Kuzma Gulf Coast Runners Gold Medal Scholarship - Michael Corso, Clare Myers Cancer Alliance of Naples - KIDS CAN Scholarship - Christie Kuzma Forum Club’s William S. Gentry Scholarship Award - Xiaomeng Wang

Nominee for Jose Marti’ Scholarship Challenge Grant - Elba Campos Nominee for Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program - Clare Myers Southwest Florida PGA Scholarship - Taylor Surprenant Brother Francis I. Offer Scholarship - Stephanie Leon Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship - Elba Campos PRACC Star Scholarship - Steven Waller Collier County Medical Society Alliance Scholarship - Michael Corso Naples Press Club, Terrence J. Miller Scholarship - Steven Waller E.T. Brisson Detachment of the Marine Corps League Scholarship - Jacob Lutz Justin Holecek “Follow Your Dream” Scholarship - Marie Vilcin, Christie Kuzma, Olivia Eakin Bishop John J. Nevin Award for Christian Service - Ashley Kobza St. John Neumann Award for Spirit - Steven Waller Brother Edmund I. Rice Award for Leadership - Ana Cook The Excelsior Award - Marie Vilcin

FLORIDA IN STATE PRIVATE SCHOOLS Flagler College Florida Christian College Florida Institute of Technology Florida Southern College Jacksonville University Johnson & Wales University Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach Atlantic University Stetson University University of Tampa

OUT OF STATE PRIVATE SCHOOLS Augsburg College Birmingham -Southern College Concordia College Hamline University Lenoir-Rhyne University Manhattan College Mercer University Northwestern University Northwood University Rochester Institute of Technology Simmons College Union College Wells College

OUT OF STATE PUBLIC SCHOOLS Auburn University Coastal Carolina University Georgia Institute of Technology Louisiana State University North Carolina State University Oklahoma State University Purdue University University of Alabama University of Buffalo University of Houston University of Minnesota University of Oklahoma Western Carolina University

INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITIES Universidad Iberoamericana University of Waterloo

SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY United States Army United States Marines

FLORIDA PUBLIC SCHOOLS Edison State College Florida Atlantic University Florida Gulf Coast University Florida State University Florida State College at Jacksonville Honors College of Florida Atlantic University University of Central Florida University of Florida University of South Florida University of South Florida – St. Petersburg University of West Florida



Clare Myers, Anna O’Brien, Andrew White

Andres Alonso, Andrew Amstutz, Frank Bennett, David Bronner, Mitchell Brown, Troy Burcky, Elba Campos, Michelle Castillo, Ana-Christine Cook, Dustin Cooper, Michael Corso, Torshauna Cowart, Nicholas DePeri, Olivia Eakin, Alexander Evenhuis, Paola Gervasi, Robert Ikard, Ashley Kobza, Christie Kuzma, Stephanie Leon, Jacob Lutz, Katherine McCauley, Joseph Nuccio, Andrew O’Quinn, Meagan Peterson, Dillon Prisco, Joeanthony Rivera, Carla Sisi, Taylor Surprenant, Andrew Tate, Steven Waller, Xiaomeng Wang

ATHLETICS: TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL Michael Corso, cross country/track, Loyola University New Orleans Carla Sisi, volleyball, Stetson University Clare Myers, soccer/track, University of Dallas Frank Bennett, basketball, South Kent School Joe Nuccio, baseball, Florida Southern Josh Hardy, basketball, Florida State College at Jacksonville

We’re Reaching the Dream...



hat began four years ago as a dream by a group of St. John Neumann parents to build a new campus is now becoming a reality. On February 15, 2011, before a crowd of more than 300 clergy, students, faculty, parents and alumni, Bishop Frank Dewane led a prayer service that was followed by a special surprise announcement. Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Holecek made a $4 million donation to St. John Neumann in memory of their son, Justin Holecek, a 1997 graduate. As trustees of the Holecek Family Trust, the couple decided to make the challenge gift pledge to the “Reaching the Dream” Capital Campaign for the creation of the Justin Holecek Student Life Center. “Justin loved St. John Neumann and he loved the very good friends that he made here,” said Bruce Holecek “It is our hope and prayer that the Justin

Holecek Student Life Center will be a living memorial to our son, Justin, and that it will live and serve long into the future. There is no greater legacy, there is no more appropriate legacy that Justin can leave behind at St. John Neumann than this.” “The Holecek Family Charitable Fund donation is the single largest gift in Neumann’s history and will be used as part of a matching gift program to encourage others to contribute to the campaign,” said Donna Heiser, Director of Development. For more information, or to pledge a gift to the “Reaching the Dream” Capital Campaign for St. John Neumann, contact Mrs. Heiser at 239-455-3044, ext. 225, or e-mail her at

Consider a Legacy Gift to St. John Neumann in Your Will Adding a gift to St. John Neumann in your will or retirement plan is a simple act with impressive results. Bequests to your will or retirement plan afford you the opportunity to give a gift to St. John Neumann Catholic High School that will fund what is important to you. Perhaps an Endowed Fund in your name for Scholar-

ships or Tuition Assistance? Or an Endowed Fund to benefit the Arts or Science program at St. John Neumann. It is easy to add a charitable gift to St. John Neumann in your will with just a phone call to your lawyer. We welcome gifts of any size. You can name a specific dollar amount in your will or also arrange to leave a percentage of your estate’s

value, or the residual of your estate after other gifts are made. In addition, gifts need not be cash. Life insurance policies, retirement plans, stocks, bonds or certificates of deposit are a few of many options available. For more information, contact Donna Heiser, Director of Development at (239) 455-3044 ext. 225.


Pictured above at the groundbreaking ceremony are (left to right) Bruce Holecek, Jeri Holecek, Ana Cook, Vincent “Cap” Mona, Mitzi Magin, Barry Connor, Bob Carsello, Mary Carsello, Dr. Kathleen Schwartz and Bishop Frank Dewane. April 15, the St. John Neumann community celebrated the blessing and groundbreaking for the new Justin Holecek Student Life Center.


n April 15, 2011, a large crowd again gathered at St. John Neumann Catholic High School for a groundbreaking ceremony to officially begin the Justin Holecek Student Life Center. The groundbreaking event celebrated the success of the “Reaching the Dream” Capital Campaign that has raised more than $9 million toward the school’s master campus plan and will double the campus footprint. In addition to statements made by Bishop Dewane and contributors to the Capital Campaign, a time capsule created by the students was placed at the building site. Scheduled for completion in the fall of 2012, the Justin Holecek Student Life Center will be a 20,000 -square -foot multi-purpose dining, state-of-the-art assembly and performing arts facility. Pictured, Bishop Dewane with Bruce and Jeri Holecek at the site of the new Justin Holecek Student Life Center.

Memorial Opportunities

Several naming and memorial gift opportunities are available for those who may wish to support our Capital Campaign, including: • • • • •

Physical Education and Fitness Training Facility Sacristy Altar Processional Cross Stations of the Cross

• • • • •

Monstrance Dining Hall Classrooms Ciboria and Precious Blood Chalices Science Center

For more information, please contact Donna Heiser, Director of Development at 239-455-3044, ext. 225. Thank you and may God bless you for your generosity.

ST. JOHN NEUMANN HONORS YOU For the second year, the school has inducted a new member into the St. John Neumann Catholic High School Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is our way of honoring educators, athletes, teams, coaches, and individuals who made significant contributions to the school and the Neumann tradition of excellence. This year we are honored to name Mr. Jeff Alty, as our second inductee into the St. John Neumann Catholic High School Hall of Fame. Last year’s inductee was Mr. Tony Grasso.

Mr. Tony Grasso - recipient of the 2010 St. John Neumann Hall of Fame Award

St. John Neumann has a long-standing tradition of presenting the “Blessed Edmund Rice Distinguished Educator Award” to a worthy teacher each year. Its purpose is to recognize a Neumann teacher who typifies the qualities and virtues of Blessed Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers. Among these virtues are a display of love for students; a model to students in their moral and spiritual life; one who builds community among the faculty and staff. This year, the school was honored to award the Blessed Edmund Rice Award to Mrs. Elizabeth Bennett.

This year at the graduation ceremony for the class of 2011, the school was pleased to recognize the Ocana Family for their years of dedication and service to Catholic education. All four of their children are proud graduates of St. John Neumann Catholic High School.



ALL AREA Frank Bennett, Basketball Josh Hardy, Basketball Maggie Bender, Basketball Cassie Fernandez, Soccer

Our Cross Country and Track Team both finished the season having made their 17th appearance at the FHSAA State finals. Tiffany Imbert ‘12, Clare Myers ‘11, Chandler O’Brien ‘14, Chris Sintic ‘13, Patrick Sweeney ‘12, and Ryan Gingras ‘12, were named to the All District Team while Mike Corso ’11 was named to the All Region Team along with Cassie Fernandez ‘12 and Chris Rowe ‘12, who made both the All District and All Region Teams.

ALL AREA HONORABLE MENTION Michael Primavera, Golf Samantha Shrader, Golf Nikolina Pastor, Basketball Andres Alonso, Soccer Meagan Peterson, Soccer FACA ALL STATE Frank Bennett, Basketball Taylor Surprenant, Soccer Cassie Fernandez, Soccer FACA STATE Frank Bennett, Basketball Taylor Surprenant, Soccer Cassie Fernandez, Soccer FACA 2A DISTRICT 12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR Frank Bennett, Basketball

Celtic Football All Area Josh Hardy ‘11 All Area Honorable Mention Troy Burcky ’11, Garrett Ocana ‘11, Ryan O’Rourke ‘13 Naples Rotary North Collier Couty All Star Football Classic Ace Evenhuis ‘11, Troy Burcky, ‘11, Josh Hardy ‘11, Garrett Ocana ‘11

DISTRICT CHAMPIONS Boys Cross Country Girls Soccer Brian Ullrich, Track & Field - Pole Vault Janny Evenhuis, Track & Field - 100 Mike Corso, Track & Field - 800 Gabby Venne, Janny Evenhuis, Clare Myers, Kelcey Kornek - Track & Field - 4x100 Clare Myers, Nicole Garrabrant, Tiffany Imbert, Chandler O’Brien - Track & Field - 4x400 Andres Alonso, Michael Zingali, Mike Corso, Tom Geier - Track & Field - 4x400

Carla Sisi ‘11 who was given the distinction of All Area Honorable Mention for the Lady Celtic Volleyball Team, signed her letter of intent this spring with Stetson University.


Boys Golf placed 9th in the FHSAA state finals this year. Ed Figueroa ‘12 and Joe Mazzola ‘11 were both selected to the All Area Team. Ed Figueroa was also named a Regional Champion.


Mike Corso, ‘11 who runs both cross country and track, signed his letter of intent this spring with Loyola University of New Orleans.

2011-2012 SCHOOL CALENDAR August 11 - Freshman Orientation - 9:00 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Provided - Full Uniform

Frosh. & New Family Info. Night - 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

12 - Orientation - No Uniform Sophomore - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Junior - 11:00 - Noon Senior - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 15 - Classes Begin - Full Day - 7:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 31 - Meet the Teacher Night - 6:30 p.m. - Gym September 1 - Underclass Pictures 5 - Labor Day - No School 8 - Senior Parent Info. Night - 6:00 p.m. 22 - College Fair - 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 26 - Homecoming Week 30 - Homecoming Football Game



t. John Neumann is thrilled to welcome our newest additions to the Celtic family, totaling over 75 new freshman - our largest freshman class in over eight years! This diverse group of young students hail from over 14 different local schools, including public and private in both Collier and Lee Counties, as well as five different out -of -state and international schools. We are also excited to welcome our new transfer students who will add a new dimension to our already wonderful student body at St. John Neumann. The members of each class are coming to us with not only good grades from their former schools, but also with experience and passion as musicians, athletes, artists, and leaders. “We are proud to have a wonderfully diverse group of students on our campus, committed to education of the mind, body, and spirit,” said Assistant Principal Marrie McLaughlin.

October 1 - Homecoming Dance 11 - Underclass Picture Re-takes 12 - PSAT - Frosh., Soph., & Junior 14 - End of 1st Quarter 20 - Junior Parent Info Night - 6:00 p.m. 21 - Football Senior Night November 6 - Open House 12 - Placement Test for Incoming Frosh. 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. 17 - Frosh. Parent Info. Night - 6:00 p.m. 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break December 10 - Placement Test for Incoming Frosh. 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. 13 - Mid-term Exam Week 16 - End of 2nd Quarter 19-30 - Christmas Break - No School January 2 - Christmas Break - No School 3 - Hurricane Make-Up Day (If needed) 4 - Classes Resume - Full Day 12 - FAFSA Workshop - 6:00 p.m. 16 - Martin Luther King Day - No School 29 - Catholic School’s Week February 4 - Final Placement test for Incoming Frosh. 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 20 - President’s Day - No School March 5 - Education Conference - No School 8 - Sophomore Parent Night - 6:00 p.m. 9 - End of 3rd Quarter April 2 - Easter Holy Week - No School 9 - Hurricane Make-Up Day (If needed) 10 - Classes Resume - Full Day 21 - Grad Bash 28 - Prom May 2 - Academic Awards 6 - Sports Banquet 8 - Senior Exam Week 16 - Baccalaureate Mass @ St. John the Evangelist Church 17 - Graduation 22 - Final Exam Week 25 - Last Day

Important Dates! August 11 - Freshman Orientation 9:00 - 12:30 p.m. - SJN Gymnasium Lunch will be provided Please be in Full Uniform August 11 - Freshman & New Family Information Night 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - SJN Gymnasium August 12 - Orientation No Uniform Sophomores - 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Juniors - 11:00 - Noon Seniors - 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Class of 2010 Look Where We Are Now...

Pictured above: Students from the class of 2010 return to campus as alumni to attend the graduation ceremony for the class of 2011.

Andrew Gingras ‘10: I just finished my freshman year at Florida State University. It was a difficult year to say the least. The transition from high school to college was a lot tougher than I had anticipated. However, my St. John Neumann education allowed me to adapt quickly to my new environment. I am currently studying business and marketing, as well as working on getting a graduate certificate in entrepreneurship. I am a member of the Seminole Booster Club as well as part of the Civitan Community Service Organization. Frankie Gannon ‘10: After finishing my freshman year at Flagler College, I have decided to transfer to Florida State University in the fall. I am excited to be attending a larger school with hopefully more opportunities, and to continue my major in psychology. Natasha Lai ‘10: After graduating from SJN in 2010, I started college in the fall at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Transitioning from a school size of approximately 200, to a school of over 50,000 students seemed intimidating, but it surprisingly took only a couple weeks to adjust. I admit, academically, my first semester of college was rough. If there’s one thing that first semester taught me, however, it was that if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it because there’s surprisingly a lot of people willing to help you. In terms of extracurricular activities, I was a little shy the first semester and didn’t get as involved as I wanted to. Fortunately, I learned and made some changes second semester. I got recruited for soccer intramurals by girls I met in my dorm, and also started basketball intramurals with a friend from high school; both were tons of fun. I also joined a student organization, After School Gators, which is a mentoring program for elementary school children, and recently became the secretary for the organization in addition to being a mentor. Second semester was also when I started having fun: I went to basketball games, baseball games, track meets, went out with friends, etc. More importantly, I started taking advantage of all the opportunities for free entertainment offered to me as a student: watching movies for free, hearing Kal Penn speak at the student union, seeing Pretty Lights and Dane Cook perform, and much more. Overall, my first year of college was great. I met a lot of new people, many of which I still keep in touch with, and ended up being really close with my roommate who I ended up with by random selection. What I loved the most, however, is that even with the distance I stayed close with my best friends from high school. We all got our own set of new friends, but high school memories keep us together. I dreaded leaving the home I’ve lived in for all of my life this time last summer; now, I can’t wait to go back to Gainesville to see all of my new friends again, but never forgetting about the old.

Sarah McFee ‘10: After graduating from St. John Neumann, I began college at Florida State University where I am studying nursing. My first year was great, although living with a new roommate was a huge transition! I am really looking forward to next year when I will be living off campus with my cousin Frankie Gannon. Madison Philbrick ‘10: After graduating from SJN in 2010 I went to the University of South Florida. I never thought that I would be so comfortable with such a big school, but I had the time of my life. I went to football games, basketball games, and several school events. We even had free concerts. It was not always fun and games. While going to class, I had my first job working at the Campus Recreation (a.k.a. the gym). I met some amazing people and made such good friendships with the people on my floor and building. Though I had a great year, it was also very rough. Early in my first semester, I was in a car accident where my car was flipped. I am so very thankful my passenger and I were wearing our seatbelts because they saved our lives. I also got sick a lot. I usually never get sick but living in a dorm with different people and in a new environment my body went crazy! With all the ups and downs, I would not trade my first year in college for anything. It was a learning experience and I loved every minute of it! Garrett Braun ‘10: After completing his freshman year at the University of Florida, Garrett just received his Congressional Appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Way to go Garrett!


Staying connected to SJN and your fellow Celtics has never been easier! Whether through our website, facebook page, Celtic Magazine, campus/athletic events or community service projects, opportunities to reconnect have never been greater! If you or your family are not receiving our magazine, please contact Tricia Sarcone, Director of Admissions at or (239) 455-3044 ext. 201


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oin us for The Celtic Snowball and 11th Annual Auction at a private club in Port Royal on December 3, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. to benefit St. John Neumann Catholic High School. As our premier fund-raising event of the year, The Celtic Snowball promises to be our best ever. Cocktails, Silent & Live Auction and Dancing and a Fabulous Dinner. Tickets are $175 per person and are available by calling Lilla Asmund at 455-3044 ext. 213. Your participation in this annual school event helps us to provide scholarships to deserving

students, academic enhancements, and the funds necessary to offset the increasing costs of providing a quality Catholic education to our students. The Celtic Snowball Chair is Mrs. Dawn Montecalvo. If you are interested in volunteering, becoming a sponsor, or donating to the auction, please contact Mrs. Donna Heiser at 455-3044 ext. 225.

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