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Around Campus........................ 1-2 Alumni Profiles.......................... 3-4 Then Now.....................................5 Donor Spotlight.............................9 Happening Soon..........................10 Planned Giving...........................11 In Memory..................................12 Alumni Notes..............................13

Arts in Action....................... 6-8 From the lure of Broadway and rock-’n’-roll to the call of stretched canvas, St. Pius X High School students and alumni answer and find their places in the world of artistic expression.

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The mission of the Magazine is to provide alumni and friends of SPX with news, information, and inspiration regarding the school and each other.

I wish to personally thank all those who support our SPX Annual Fund. The proceeds in part go toward supporting the Fine Arts program. I also invite you to join us at our Legacy Art event on May 11 at Sandia Casino and Resort. This is the 13th year that St. Pius X has partnered with the Art Has Heart Foundation to present one of the finest art auctions in the region. We will celebrate with the Fine Arts Department faculty, student artists and volunteers; the many artists who freely donate their art for auction; and a number of Hollywood celebrities. The proceeds St. Pius X receives from Legacy Art directly support our Fine Arts program. Continue to remember the SPX students in your prayers and thank you for your continued financial support.


The Magazine is published by the St. Pius X High School Advancement and Alumni Office.


This issue focuses on the SPX Fine Arts program. This school year we have been working on improving our fine arts curriculum by expanding the content of some courses in an effort to provide the best experience possible for our students. To stress the academic importance of the fine arts for a well-rounded SPX graduate, incoming students of the Class of 2017 are required to have a full credit in the arts instead of a half credit.


S P X F o u n d at i o n B o a r d o f D i r ec t o r s Member The Most Reverend Michael J. Sheehan Archbishop of Santa Fe President Lloyd (Lonny) Hurley ‘77 Treasurer Robert Mileshosky CPA, ‘69 Secretary Kara Kupper ‘88 Past President Allison Pieroni ‘88 Directors Jim Baca Antonio Lopez ‘99 Steve Palmisano ‘82 Kerry Perry Whitney Waite Joseph A. Menicucci ‘98 Dwayne Pino ‘82 Consultative Council Representative Joe Muhlberger ‘78 Alumni Council Chair Ed Larrañaga ‘84


We are pleased to present to you a new look for this issue of the Alumni and Friends magazine, formerly titled the St. Pius X High School Quarterly. The magazine will be published three times a year instead of four. This change was made to save limited resources while continuing to showcase alumni and school accomplishments to the greater St. Pius community where ever they may be.




A D V A N C E M E NT O F F I C E Director Steve Ross, CFRE Assistant Director Becky Montoya-Ballou Manager of Constituent Services Elizabeth Ernst ‘72 Bookkeeper Kathy Shaulis Editor Melissa W. Sais


Dear Friends,

Saint Pius X High School

A d m i n i s t r at i o n Principal Barbara Rothweiler Assistant Principal - Academics Barbara Neff Ducaj ‘79 Assistant Principal - Instruction Orlando Rodriguez Business Manager Allen Jackson Chaplain Deacon Rene Greivel Director of Activities Jeff Turcotte Director of Athletics Jim Cook ‘83 Director of Community Service Alicia Eiler ‘83 Director of Technology Jose Samora
























Elements of a St. Pius X High School drafting class appear in the painting “Prayers of a Blue Corn Mother” by Helen Hardin ‘61. A book about her life and talent, “Helen Hardin: A Straight Line Curved,” was published in 2012 and we profile her on page 8. Doctors diagnosed Hardin with breast cancer in 1981. She battled the disease for three years and died in 1984. She was 41.

AroundCampus Goodness SOUL Club Impacts Santa Fe A delegation of 17 Students Organized to Uphold Life from St. Pius X High School took their message to Santa Fe on Jan. 16 for the Sanctity of Life Awareness and Unity Day. The day marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. “I think people are more impacted by the youths’ efforts to put an end to abortion,” says SPX senior Melanie Sedillo. “It shows that we are aware of this issue and want to actively take a stand against it. We are the nation’s next generation, and it is important to me and also to the club to actively participate in the fight against abortion and to promote the respect of human life.” Joining with 2,000 people, the day for the students included Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, a prayer procession to the New Mexico State Capitol and a rally in the Roundhouse. The SOUL Club members were thanked numerous times throughout the day by adults happy to see that young people care about defending life, says club sponsor and theology teacher Jennifer Gonzales. “Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, the founder and chaplain of Project Defending Life, mentioned how much power they hold as youth in the pro-life movement, and that the world is saying that it is kids their age that don’t care, but their presence there really showed the opposite.” Gonzales says. SOUL Club members meet weekly to plan and participate in community and campus pro-life activities including a “Go Life Week” on campus celebrating the gift of life. “This club is important to me because it not only helps me in understanding the sanctity of life and what it means to be pro-life and how to respect human dignity, but it is also an excellent way to spread awareness and promote respect of human life,” Sedillo says.

Discipline SPX Senior Earns Eagle Scout St. Pius X High School senior Alan Gross achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in December 2012 through a service project benefiting St. Therese Catholic School. Gross and his volunteer team made up of St. Pius classmates, Boy Scout Troop 280 members and adult troop leaders assembled cabinetry and furnished an area for musical interaction with a keyboard and iPod in the school’s music classroom. The team also sanded, primed and painted a playground gazebo and installed three tetherball courts. To complete the project and earn the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America program, Gross garnered generous donations from The Home Depot, Help Bail Bonds and Carousel of Music and raised additional funds. He is the son of Jim and Rebecca Gross.

Knowledge Senior Named Model UN Best Delegate Delegates to the Model United Nations State Conference selected SPX senior John Garrity as best overall delegate during the event Nov. 14-16, 2012, at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. More than 15 schools from Albuquerque and Santa Fe took part in the mock United Nations session, working as delegates and creating resolutions on real world issues. Sixteen students from St. Pius participated as the countries of Argentina, Nepal, Spain and the United Kingdom. Students had to be well-versed in all current subjects from their assigned countries. They openly debated in front of 175 peers, discussing the world issues from the viewpoints of their countries and passing resolutions according to what would best serve the conference and their country. “From attempting alliances with different countries to becoming primary signatories on resolutions on the floor, the St. Pius students stood out amongst the participating schools,” says Elisa Machtinger, SPX Model United Nations sponsor. “It is a fantastic experience for each of the students and teaches them leadership and political experiences they can carry on with them for their future endeavors.” St. Pius X Magazine • WINTER/SPRING 2013


Photo courtesy of kimjewsports.com

SPXSports Sartan Champs St. Pius X High School athletes captured 4A state

Sartan boys basketball defeated rival Albuquerque Academy to take the 4A State Championship in March. The team also earned the District 5 title with a win over Moriarty. Senior Micah Sanchez was named District Player of the Year, senior Nic Stafford earned spots on the All-District First Team and All-Metro Second Team, and senior Joe Sanchez was named All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year. Along with state champ Timothy Sanchez, Sartan wrestling produced seven state qualifiers, three district champions and three district runner-ups this season. Junior Pete Mora placed fourth at state at 220 pounds. The team’s total individual varsity match record was 116-139.

championship titles in volleyball and boys basketball during the 2012-2013 fall and winter seasons, and senior wrestler Timothy Sanchez came away as an individual state champ at 195 pounds.

The SPX volleyball team earned both the 4A District 5 Championship and 4A State Championship in November. Senior Lexi Biondi earned Class 4A Player of the Year honors and coach Diana Strickland was named Coach of the Year. SPX players named to the All-State First Team were Biondi, Caitlyn Martinez and Mercedes Pacheco. Lauren Roveto earned All-State Second Team honors. SPX girls cross country earned the school’s first ever repeat district title. The girls also placed third at the state meet and were ranked third in the all-classes rankings. Earning All-State honors were Marissa Nathe, Kelli Reagan and Bianca Avalos. The St. Pius girls soccer team finished the season as 4A state quarterfinalists and as runner up in District 5. Named to the All-State First Team were Adrianna Naranjo and Gabrielle Campbell, who was selected as Player of the Year for District 5. 2

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Boys cross country took the district runner-up honor and placed sixth at the state meet. Coach Jeff Turcotte was named 4A District 5 Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year. Christopher Graham earned All-Metro Honors (top 10) and Graham and Marcos Serna earned All-District Honors (top 10). The SPX girls basketball team ended the season as a state 4A semifinalist. The team finished 7-0 in District 5 play winning the District Championship versus Albuquerque Academy. St. Pius boys soccer ended the season as a state quarterfinalist with a final record of 12-8-2. The team earned a 4-2-0 district record and district runner-up honors. Named to the All-District First Team were Alex Arviso, William Sedas, Alfredo Candia and David Gros. The team was nominated for NSCAA All-America All Academic Team with a 3.37 overall team GPA. SPX football made the state playoffs for the 18th straight year and was 4A District 5 runner up with a 1-1 district record and a record of 5-6 overall. Earning All-District First Team honors were Nic Stafford, T.J. Sanchez, Daniel Sanchez, Noah Griego, Joey Sandoval, Conor Brown, Emmanuel Chavez, Ryan Rosenthal and Javier Jaramillo. Stafford was named Offensive Player of the Year. The St. Pius hockey team reached the semifinals of the state championship, finishing the season 15-10-1. Seniors Andrew Hudson, Garrett Maxson, and Mackenzie Smith; junior Skye Prater; sophomore Tomas Gallegos and freshman Cody Axtell were named to the High School All-Star Team. Mac Smith was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Mac Lucas was named Rookie Goal Tender of the Year and Jeremiah Ryan earned the Sportsmanship Award.


Volleyball Standout Uses Skills at Notre Dame

For Sam Brown ‘10 playing middle blocker for the University of Notre Dame volleyball team has meant drawing upon the foundation laid at St. Pius X High School both in sports and academics. “St. Pius was great preparation academically and athletically,” said Brown, a volleyball, basketball and track athlete at St. Pius. “I was prepared to do really well on the ACT and SAT, and I had the study skills I needed for facing sports and school challenges. “I also had great coaches who taught me leadership skills and work ethic and to give a maximum effort in school and sports.” Maximum effort helped her team mark the first time since 2009 that Notre Dame recorded 20 wins and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament. Notre Dame lost in the first round to No. 14 Ohio State. Coach Debbie Brown said net play is 6-foot-3-inch Brown’s strength and the team has capitalized on her blocking ability, but she also makes an impact in other ways. “She has so much fun playing the game,” Coach Brown said. “She’s a positive influence and a contagious personality on the court.”

Brown, a junior, is majoring in sociology and minoring in business and economics at Notre Dame. “My plans are open,” she said in an interview last fall. “I may go into sales and retail or I may take a completely different course and go into physical therapy.” Brown enjoys the travel that accompanies being a student-athlete. “Travel is so much fun because you’re traveling with all your best friends,” she said. “It’s always a great time.” Brown says functioning as a student-athlete also can be difficult with practice Monday through Thursday and games on Friday and Sunday, but professors are helpful. “The teachers here are really supportive,” she said. “Many of the students here are athletes and the teachers understand that and work with us.” Brown says writing lessons learned in St. Pius English teacher Mimosa Finley’s class have stuck with her. “I had her my sophomore year and I still use what she taught me,” Brown said. Friends from St. Pius remain important as well. She’s played in a campus mud volleyball tournament with Steve Schwaner and Sam Tarin, who also are studying at Notre Dame. “Seeing them on campus is like seeing a little bit of home,” she said. “I miss Albuquerque. It’s hard to see friends on Facebook talking about the Balloon Fiesta and not be there.” St. Pius X Magazine • WINTER/SPRING 2013


AlumnusPortrait Albuquerque architect Joe Muhlberger ‘78 believes architecture has the power to change lives and better society — a belief he puts to work for the students of New Mexico. “Social responsibility is a core value of our firm and integral to everything we do,” Muhlberger says of Vigil & Associates Architectural Group. “We understand that our designs impact people daily. Social responsibility also ties into our responsibilities as architects to be diligent in minimizing the impact of our buildings on the environment.” Muhlberger says combining social responsibility with high-performance, student-focused sustainable design of school facilities has become his passion as an architect. A principal with Vigil & Associates, Muhlberger’s current projects include the design and replacement of Aspen Elementary in Los Alamos, taking it from an outdated school to a facility integrating space and technology in way that turns the entire building into a teaching tool. “It’s very important as an architect to understand that what we do impacts students,” he says. “Our approach is to focus on sustainable design concepts that not only minimize the impact the building has on our environment but that also enhances teaching and learning.” Muhlberger says on looking back, he sees the influence his four years as a student at St. Pius X High School have had on his architectural philosophy and his career.

Foundations Built at SPX Fortify Architect “I’ve come to understand it’s going to be up to us as the Catholic community to move Catholic education forward.” — Joe Muhlberger

“The interest in social responsibility ultimately came from my parents, my experience at St. Pius and from really understanding in high school what our responsibilities were to our community,” he says. During a drafting class at St. Pius, the teacher encouraged him to think about architecture as a career, and although he didn’t fully understand how the integration of a career and community could play out, the stage was set. “It was only after some experience in the profession and as I was getting my degree and starting to understand architecture more that the social responsibility piece became a direction I committed to,” he says. “It wasn’t until I put the responsibility piece with what architecture could do that it really launched me into my career.” Muhlberger earned his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree with distinction in architecture from the University of New Mexico. Working with the Albuquerque firm of Van Gilbert Architect for 30 years before joining Vigil & Associates in 2011, Muhlberger spent the last six years managing more than $170 million in public projects. While with Van Gilbert Architect he served as project architect and manager for the new Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, which is scheduled to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver designation. Originally from Alamogordo, N.M., Muhlberger spent his younger years at Father James B. Hay School there. His family moved to Albuquerque as he was entering the ninth grade and St. Pius. “The biggest memory I have is of the aspect of community at St. Pius,” Muhlberger says. “I remember being really welcomed into the community and how tightly knit that community was back then.” Muhlberger played football for Coach Ray Giannini and especially remembers Father Sam Falbo and Coach Ron Tybor. With sons Evan, a fourth-grader at Annunciation School, and Andrew, a junior at St. Pius, Muhlberger and his wife Linda see the importance of community for the next generation. “Andrew is experiencing that same tight-knit and engaged faith-based community within the school that I did and that’s really benefitting him as a student and a person,” he says. Muhlberger’s engagement with that community continues through serving for the past two years on the SPX Consultative Council, currently as its president. The council works with the principal to support and promote the school. “This is an opportunity for me to give back to St. Pius and help Pius continue to develop its vision for the future,” Muhlberger says. “Catholic schools are a changing dynamic. When I was going to school we had nuns and priests in the majority of faculty positions and they were running the school. That’s no longer the case.


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“I’ve come to understand it’s going to be up to us as the Catholic community to move Catholic education forward.”



The St. Pius X Players presented Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” before 1987— we’ve got the ticket to prove it. If you recognize this ticket, let us know when it hit the stage and who performed at spxeditor@outlook.com. The St. Pius X High School Theater also produced the perennial favorite in November 2012 with Bryanna Estrada as the Stage Manager, Santiago Baca as George and Cristina Young as Emily.

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1987 Do you ever wonder exactly where the St. Pius campus used to be? From 1959 to 1987 students went to class at Louisiana Boulevard and Indian School Road­— the space now occupied by the ABQ Uptown outdoor shopping mall. Here’s a map of the campus laid over the shopping mall and photos of the campus from SPX Coach Ron Tybor’s collection.

1963 In 1963 the SPX boys basketball team took its 22-4 record into the New Mexico State High School Basketball tournament but were defeated in the first round by eventual state champs Roswell High School. Revenge came 50 years later, but not directly. The 2013 SPX boys basketball team, also 22-4, beat Roswell’s Goddard High in the first round of the state tournament. No. 1 seed Roswell was bounced by Albuquerque Academy in the semi finals and SPX went on to beat Academy for the Class 4A state crown. St. Pius X Magazine • WINTER/SPRING 2013


Arts in Action Savannah Martinez ‘12 set her sights on Broadway years ago. Now studying at Montclair State University with a view of the New York City skyline, she found the ideal launching point for her musical theater career. But Montclair, N.J., — less than 20 miles northwest of Times Square — is not where her dream began. Involved in every opportunity for voice and drama instruction and performance she could find at St. Pius X High School, Martinez made the most of the fine arts program from freshman to senior year.

Photos by Ben Franklin Photography

“Having an environment that was extremely conducive to the arts and teachers who were so supportive inspired me to follow my dreams every day and to never give up,” Martinez says. She names former choral director Aaron Howe and drama instructor Esperanza Plath as most influential in advancing her goals. That support, inspiration and preparation paid off. After a grueling process that included auditions for 12 different schools, Martinez received an academic and a music scholarship to Montclair. Making the most of her opportunity, this year she performed in Montclair’s stage production of the musical “Nine” and will perform again on campus in May in the opera “Dialogues of the Carmelites.” Martinez’s focus was clearly set on the arts early on. For 2013’s incoming freshman class, greater exposure to the arts will be part of the curriculum as St. Pius increases its fine arts requirement from one-half to one credit for the class of 2017 and beyond. “Fine arts has always been a strong addition to the curriculum in Catholic high schools,” says Dr. Barbara Rothweiler, principal at St. Pius. “And we want to boost our fine arts program and requirements because we know that fine arts is one of the things that keep kids motivated.” Jorge Tristani, head of the St. Pius X Fine Arts Department, left architecture and arrived at St. Pius in 1983 to teach art and art history. “At that time fine arts was two or three studio art classes,” he remembers. “The arts were forgotten at that time.” The department now offers 34 semester- and year-long courses including various visual arts, architectural drawing, vocal and instrumental music, drama and dance. Advanced placement courses are offered in art history and music theory. “Being a college prep school means we’re trying to produce a kid who’s well rounded and broad based, and the arts are a part of that,” Tristani says. “I tell them, you’re going to be surrounded by art your entire life, but you may not understand it. It’s a different way of communicating and it’s important to understand. Understanding makes you a richer human being — a more complete human being. “Kids come into the visual arts side and some come in clueless,” Tristani adds. “It’s a joy to see them become self-aware. It’s delightful for me to see them become fascinated with art.” Keith Jordan, band director at St. Pius since 2011, calls the arts, and music in particular, “a critical part of our lives.” “Through music you express emotion that words are incapable of expressing,” Jordan says. “Music surrounds us all day, every day. It’s on T.V., at the movies, in video games and iPods. Music is almost a basic and vital part of our existence.” Jordan, band director at La Cueva High School for 25 years before joining the fine arts department at St. Pius, sees the value in using music programs to allow students to explore other cultures and cities and to see other programs in action. This April 42 students in band, Continued on page 8 Photo by Evan Gonzales


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Alumni Band Rocks X Angels Benefit Taking their first steps into the performance world at St. Pius X High School coffee house events and talent shows in the early 2000s, members of The Noms made a connection to their school that remains strong. First formed in 2009, The Noms ­— Mike Mares ‘05, Michelle Baumann ‘06, Josh Herrera ‘07, Kevin Cummings ‘12, and Manzano Monarch Joey Santiago were named the city’s best local band in Albuquerque the Magazine in 2012 and have their acoustic and folk rock originals played on Albuquerque radio. Desiring to remember students and young alumni who have passed away in recent years, the St. Pius X Student Activities Department hosted “X Angels: A Concert to Remember” on Dec. 21, 2012. Featuring The Noms and Taos recording artist Max Gomez, the concert raised $1,000 for the X Angels Foundation that supports financial

Math Eyes Opened to Art

aid for students at St. Pius. “The idea for the event stemmed from a concert that we put on a couple years ago at SPX for an alumnus and good friend who passed away, Ryan Beaulieu,” Mares says. “It was important for us to expand the idea to all young alumni who had passed away so that we could have a chance to recognize all of them and raise money for an X Angels Foundation.” “We hope to make this an annual event and for it to grow every year. We want to raise enough money for kids who need it for financial aid and at the same time recognize such amazing souls that have made such an impact on all of us.” The Noms have played the famous Viper Room on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles and opened for national touring acts including Diamond Rio, Ryan Cabrerra, Secondhand Serenade and Parachute. The band is scheduled to perform at the Denver Day of Rock Music Festival on May 25 where more than 100,000 people are expected to attend.

Shel Neymark, Rosalie Doolittle Fountain,1996 The City of Albuquerque Public Art Collection

About 100 St. Pius X High School precalculus students gained a new appreciation for the interconnection of mathematics and art this year through research projects on Albuquerque’s public art pieces. “I wanted students to appreciate the mathematics in art and to realize what appears to be individual disciplines at school — precalculus and art — are quite interwoven in the world in which they live,” said SPX teacher Beverly Lawson. Each student investigated a piece of public art they selected with information provided by Sherry Brueggemann, Albuquerque’s public art program manager. Many students interviewed the artists, asking specifically about their use of math in creating their designs and sculptures.

Aydan Sparks and “All Things are Possible.” Ed Haddaway, Bosque de los Sueños, 2007 The City of Albuquerque Public Art Collection

is used in more situations and places than I could imagine, and that is why it is important to take math seriously, especially the basics.” Junior Aydan Sparks researched “All Things are Possible,” a bronze of a girl holding a butterfly by Michael Naranjo and located in front of the Jewish Community Center in northeast Albuquerque. Sparks reported that Naranjo, who was blinded by a grenade in the Vietnam War, told him that to accurately build a sculpture in proportion, he must break it down into four distinct sections — foot to knee, hip, chest and head. “This project has taught me to look twice at public art I see,” Sparks said, adding that he was inspired by the distinct technique Naranjo developed to overcome his blindness and form his sculptures.

Senior Kristen Ramirez spoke with Shel R. Neymark, creator of the “Rosalie Doolittle Fountain” at the Rio Grande Botanic Garden. The piece includes a 50-foot-long bench with tiled murals that weaves around a tiled fountain. Ramirez wrote in her report that Neymark told her that geometry formulas were used to give the fountain and bench its “unpredictable appearance.”

Senior Marissa Nathe spoke with Ed Haddaway, creator of “El Bosque de Suenos” at Tingley Beach. The steel sculpture collection of colorful and whimsical trees and oversized plants make up Haddaway’s “Forest of Dreams.” Nathe wrote that Haddaway told her he never enjoyed math as a student, but learned as an artist that he needed geometry and mathematical formulas to bring his two dimensional drawings to life.

“I feel that this project was a good experience because it brought about a different mindset,” Ramirez reported. “It made me realize that math

“Haddaway described how much math he had to learn in order to build his sculpture and I was surprised,” Nathe wrote in her project.

Arts in Action Continued from page 6 orchestra and choir attended the Heritage Music Festival in Chicago to compete against 20 other groups for gold and silver awards. SPX choral director John Reith finds value in the problem solving skills students develop through working together on a performance piece. “It’s fulfilling because it gives students in a high school setting the chance to do an academic class similar to a team sport endeavor,” Reith says. “They work at something together to present to an audience. “Choral music also gives kids a chance to express themselves as human beings and express emotion vocally. They don’t get that chance anywhere else.” St. Pius encourages promising music students through the Chavez Vocal Scholarship and the Instrumental Music Merit Scholarship. Both are awarded annually to students who show exceptional talent and promise in their musical area. Students applying for the scholarships must audition, provide letters of recommendation, and agree to participate in school music courses and performing groups during their scholarship year.

The school’s fine arts program also receives the support of the SPX Fine Arts Boosters, a group made up predominantly of parents whose students are active in the arts. The group holds fundraisers to support fine arts, including a Christmas craft show in December that will provide the students traveling to Chicago with bus transportation while in the city, according to Donna Apodaca, president of the Fine Arts Boosters. The boosters also provide backstage water and snacks during drama productions and refreshments during performance and art receptions. Teachers also can request support from the boosters. This year the group funded the replacement of a light board used in drama and choral productions and textbooks for the AP art history course. “The arts are an amazing experience for many students and I think what makes it amazing are the teachers,” Apodaca says. “They are so willing to put in any amount of extra time to work with these students and to make sure a production or concert is spot on. The dedication and the talent we have in that department is amazing.” Photo by Ben Franklin Photography

Helen Hardin:

Fascinated by Designs Helen Hardin ‘61 took all the art classes she could as a student at St. Pius X High School. “And after she had taken them all, they put her in boys’ drafting,” says her daughter Margarete Bagshaw, a modernist painter and owner of Golden Dawn Gallery in Santa Fe. “She was allowed to do art while the boys did drafting, so she learned to use drafting tools in her art during those drafting classes.”

Photos courtesy of Margarete Bagshaw

The ruler, compass and protractor introduced at St. Pius remained in Hardin’s hands creating the crisp precision and intricate detail that would come to characterize her abstract painting style and distinguish her work from the celebrated traditional images of pueblo life painted by her mother, Santa Clara Pueblo artist Pablita Velarde. “Designs fascinate me,” Hardin told New Mexico Magazine in 1970 as acclaim for her work began to grow. “By taking primitive designs from any Indian origin,


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then using them one or many times on the paper, then applying color to finish the painting, I can create ‘contemporary Indian art.’” Signing her work Tsa-sah-wee-eh, her name in the Tewa language meaning “Little Standing Spruce,” Hardin’s abstract, spiritually-themed images made her mark on the art world with shows in Scottsdale, La Jolla, New York City and Guatemala. Today her work is found in private and public Native collections throughout the world. Her paintings and etchings sell for 60 to 70 times their original prices and her significant end-period paintings earn six figures, according to Bagshaw. Doctors diagnosed Hardin with breast cancer in 1981. She battled the disease for three years and died in 1984. She was 41. “Helen Hardin: A Straight Line Curved,” a book published in 2012 about Hardin’s life, is available with companion books on Velarde and Bagshaw at goldendawngallery. com.

DonorSpotlight Artists and Patrons Benefit Fine Arts Program More than 130 artists will donate their art work for auction during Legacy Art Albuquerque on May 11, celebrating a 13-year partnership between the Art Has Heart Foundation and the St. Pius X Foundation that has raised more than $1 million over the years in support of arts education. Through the generous donations to the event’s live and silent auctions of these artists — many who have been donating since Legacy Art’s beginnings — and the purchases made by art lovers and patrons, Legacy Art supports college scholarships for art students and the fine arts program at St. Pius X High School. Renowned artist Amado Pena and his wife J.B. Pena started the Art Has Heart Foundation and established the event that has grown steadily as a unique and highly-regarded art auction principally featuring artists from the Southwest. It’s also known as an entertaining and unpredictable evening for more than 500 attendees featuring celebrity auctioneers and spotters including actors Lou Diamond Phillips, Robert David Hall of “CSI” and Steven Michael Quezada of “Breaking Bad,” who volunteer their time at the event. From the net proceeds to St. Pius X, a fine arts endowment providing a yearly award for tuition assistance to a deserving student has been established, a visiting artist program is being implemented and funds for the school’s art curriculum have been provided. In addition to Legacy Art Albuquerque, the fine arts program at St. Pius X is supported through the SPX Annual Fund comprised of donations from alumni, parents, faculty and staff. For information and tickets to this year’s event at Sandia Resort, contact the SPX Advancement Office at (505) 831-8406.

Amado and J.B. Pena

Join Us! May 11, 2013 Sandia Resort

SPX Alumna Crowned Miss Albuquerque Crowned Miss Albuquerque 2013 in February, Stephanie Chavez ‘10 is using her title to advance childhood literacy in the city. “I struggled with literacy as a kid,” says Chavez, now studying communications at Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New Mexico. “I had to put extra effort in when I was reading anything. It was an obstacle I overcame.” Chavez visits Albuquerque-area preschool and elementary schools to talk with children about her struggle with reading and to share with them how by practicing reading she came to love it. Chavez, a St. Pius cheerleader for three years and a member of Phil Zuber’s Community Outreach Program, hopes to expand the reach of her childhood literacy message by winning the Miss New Mexico pageant June 23 in Ruidoso and advancing to the Miss America competition held in September in Atlantic City, N.J. Chavez has competed in the Miss New Mexico pageant the past two years, once as Miss Albuquerque 2011 and once as Miss Dona Ana County 2012, and placed fourth last year.

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HappeningSoon Legacy Art Albuquerque XIII, the annual art event and auction supporting St. Pius X High School fine arts department and financial aid for deserving students, will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on May 11 at Sandia Resort.

Featuring Franco, Supporting SPX Fine Arts

Legacy Art Albuquerque’s 2013 featured artist is Manuel S. Franco, who has received international recognition for his Southwestern art. Celebrity guests for the 13th annual event include actress, choreographer and Lawrence Welk dancer Cissy King; singer and artist Holly Dunn; CSI’s Dr. Al Robbins, actor Robert David Hall; actor, singer and artist Mike Moroff; Breaking Bad’s Gomez, comedian and actor Steven Michael Quezada; and perennial favorite Legacy Art celebrity guest, actor Lou Diamond Phillips. Last May the event benefitting St. Pius and the Art Has Heart Foundation hosted more than 600 people and raised net proceeds of more than $60,000. Advanced tickets are required for this year’s event. Contact the SPX Advancement Office at (505) 831-8406 for information.

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Mardi Gras 2013 Fiesta St. Pius X High School Mardi Gras 2013 Fiesta was a great success thanks to the support of our St. Pius X High School community. Attendees enjoyed a silent auction with over 200 items that included 40 beautiful gift baskets and a live auction featuring private dinners with Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan and Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry and First Lady Maria Berry. Special thanks to our Mardi Gras 2013 sponsors Corporate Sponsors Frontier and Golden Pride Restaurants The Fitness Superstore Dr. Buttner Orthodontics Franks Supply Table Sponsors Bank of America Berger Briggs Real Estate Hotel Albuquerque Johnny Boards Indoor Advertising KP Sports Maestas & Ward Commercial Real Estate Mileshosky & Co. CPAs Morgan Stanley Wealth Management MVD Express Nothing Bundt Cakes Our Lady of Assumption Parish Pacheco Bail Bonds Peoples Bank Piñon Perinatal Rizek Inc. San Bar Construction Vigil & Associates 10

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Faculty/Staff Table Sponsors Frontier and Golden Pride Restaurants Radiology Associates of Albuquerque VIP Advertisers DRB Electric St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Friends of SPX Sponsors The Billstrand Family The DiLorenzo Family Calvert Menicucci Our Lady of Annunciation Parish Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish Camino Real Imports. Thanks to all the student volunteers and entertainers and to our many parents who volunteered their time in preparation for this event. Thank you to all our supporters who contributed to the live and silent auctions.

The Mardi Gras gala is ope n to anyone who would like to enjoy an evening of fine dining, dancing and entertainment all in support of Catholic education. Mardi Gras 2013 Commi ttee Becky Montoya-Ballou - Ass istant Director of Advancement Dianne DeHerrera - Opera tions Chair Terri Reagan and Elizabeth Hayden- Volunteer Co-Chairs Regina Rizek - Decoration s Chair Members Paloma Duenas Tess Charlton Cindy Cummings Cindy Hensley Cynthia Larrañaga Linda Muhlberger Dianna Rocco Becky & Bob Winnebrenner

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Sartan travaganza

June 8 and 9, 2013

Alums find food, friends and fun

Livin’ in the House We’ve Given

St. Pius X Alumni Council will host the second annual Sartan eXtravaganza for all alumni, teachers and friends June 8 and 9 on the St. Pius X High School campus. Come and enjoy a barbeque lunch, volleyball and free throw games and the chance to meet friends and classmates. Children can enjoy clowns and jumpers. Cost is $5 per person if paid by June 1. Reunion classes are encouraged to combine their reunion activities with the eXtravananza. Register online at www.stpiusx.com alumni section or call (505) 831-8406.

SPX-Jamie Tinnin Golf Classic 2012 NFL players Danny White and Ron Fellows of the Dallas Cowboys, Dokie Williams of the Oakland Raiders and Rich Upchurch of the Denver Broncos joined 130 golfers for the SPX-Jamie Tinnin Golf Classic at Four Hills Country Club on Sept. 28, 2012, in support of St. Pius X High School. Special appreciation from SPX goes to Richard and Cathy Luna for years of dedication and commitment to the event, to the volunteers of the SPX Athletic Booster Club and Alumni Association, and to the classic’s premiere sponsor Tom Tinnin of Tinnin Enterprises. Premier Sponsor Tinnin Enterprises Trophy Sponsor Rocky Mountain Stone Hole-In-One Sponsor Melloy Nissan Photography Sponsor Kim Jew Photography Eagle Sponsors Champion Truss DRB Electric Birdie Sponsors Boise Cascade MetLife Morgan Stanley New Mexico Bank and Trust Peoples Bank Piñon Perinatal Tecate Michelada Other Donating Supporters Twisters Costco (Coors location)

Shirley and Bill are generous with St. Pius X High School, yet for years they thought about doing something extraordinary. Acting on the advice of their attorney, 10 years ago they took that step by setting up a provision in their revocable living trust to give their house to St. Pius X when the survivor passes away. When they let us know it had been done, we were as thrilled as they were. This was the significant gift Shirley and Bill wanted to make, yet it didn’t immediately remove from them anything of financial value. It gave them peace of mind that for any reason they could still fall back on the value of their home, if necessary. Earlier this year, Shirley’s brother left her a substantial inheritance, more than twice the value of their home. Also, Bill reports that in retirement he has become “a pretty good stock picker,” discovering that his active management of their investments has produced “twice as many winners than losers.” Meeting with their attorney to update their trust, he suggested that they think about taking advantage of the current tax code by giving the house to charity now and continuing to live in it. He explained how it works: They could deed their personal residence to St. Pius X using a retained life estate agreement. That agreement reserves the right for Shirley and Bill to use the property for the rest of their lives, called a life tenancy. Shirley and Bill will still be responsible for maintenance and repairs, to maintain insurance coverage, and pay property taxes. When the last life tenant passes away, St. Pius X takes possession to finalize the gift and then can sell or use the house as it wishes. The attorney explained that the process was straight forward. They would get an appraisal on the property to determine its current market value. Their joint life expectancy and other factors are considered to determine the present value of the remainder interest given to St. Pius X. This amount is the value of the gift that Shirley and Bill can claim as an income tax charitable deduction. The attorney pointed out that their timing was excellent, as the deduction calculation is very favorable right now. Statistically speaking, even though they are 80 years old and could anticipate living in the house for more than 12 years, the deduction worked out to be a significant portion of the value of the house. For them, it meant a large income tax refund for this year and probably at least two more years. If a retained life estate arrangement sounds like something you’d want to investigate, or if you are considering any gift of real estate, our Director of Advancement Steve Ross can help. He’ll provide a personal illustration for you to talk over with your adviser. Call him at (505) 831-8423 or use the form below. Dear Friends at St. Pius X Advancement Office: Please send a free, no-obligation illustration of the benefits of creating a retained life estate gift with St. Pius X Foundation. My/our age(s): ___________/_____________ Estimated residence value: $___________________________________________________ Please contact me (us) via e-mail. The e-mail address is: _____________________________ Please contact me (us) by phone at: ______________________________________________ The best time to call is: _________________________________________________________ Name: ______________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: ______________________________________________________________ City: ___________________________________ State: __________ Zip: ________________ Mail this form to: Steve Ross, Director of Advancement, St. Pius X Foundation, 5301 St. Joseph’s Dr NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

In Memory Maria Luisa Arguelles, age 90 of Albuquerque, died July 10, 2012. She is survived by her six children Jake Arguelles, Maria Mirabal, Rose White, Robert Arguelles ‘74, Patrick Arguelles ‘78, and John Arguelles; her 18 grandchildren including Carlos Arguelles ‘87, Francie Arguelles ‘02, and Stephen Arguelles ‘03; and 15 great-grandchildren. Col. (retired) Daniel J. Barker ‘64 died Nov. 7, 2012. He was 66. He served 27 years in the United States Air Force as a civil engineer, completing his career as the Director of Readiness, AFCESA at Tyndall Air Force Base. At the time of his death, he was Vice President of Global Operations and Logistics for IAP Worldwide Services. Dan is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kathleen Marie Cunningham ‘64, five children, and 21 grandchildren. Patrick D. Beel ‘74 passed away on Nov. 5, 2012. He was 57. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Geri Beel; sons: Aaron Brooks and Trent Brooks; daughter, Autumn Petersen; brothers: Robert Kenneth Beel Jr. ‘61, Timothy Beel, Christopher Beel, Michael Beel ‘71, Brian Beel ‘75 and wife Susan ‘76; and four grandchildren. Isabelle Bollinger, 86 of Albuquerque, died October 12, 2012. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ninfer Louise Bollinger; and a son, Steven Bollinger ‘70. She is survived by Doyle, her husband of 64 years; son, David Bollinger ‘68; daughter, Linda Romero, daughter Loretta Olson, ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Connie Bradley, age 76 of Albuquerque, died March 17, 2013. She is survived by her children Joanne Usher, Dona McCants, Don Bradley, Charles Bradley, Lee Bradley, Tim Bradley ‘88, Glen Bradley ‘90; 30 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Mary Jane Brandiger, age 82 of Albuquerque, died Nov. 5, 2012. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jan Marie Avegalio ‘73; father, Sidney Daniel Kelly and mother, Margaret Irma Rice. She is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Frederick Joseph Brandiger; daughters, Christine Gentry ‘70, Julie Avery ‘74, Maryann Jones ‘82; son, Tony Brandiger ‘78; fourteen grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. The Honorable Harl D. Byrd, age 86, died Feb. 15, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Corona Byrd; children Shawn and husband Fred Brennan ‘70, Virginia Byrd, Adam Byrd, James Byrd, Mary Gordon, and Daniel Byrd. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren including Collin ‘05, Ryan ‘06 and Kealan ‘10 Brennan; and four greatgrandchildren. Cecilia Sanchez Castillo ‘71, age 58 of Albuquerque, died Feb. 15, 2012, after a long illness. Cecilia worked in procurement at Sandia National Labs for 27 years. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, John M. Castillo; her parents, Secundino and Sylvia Sanchez; brothers, Fred Sanchez ‘70 and Charles Sanchez ‘74; and sister, Mary Frances Lovato ‘76. Ruth Lynn Devoti, age 57 of Albuquerque, died Feb. 13, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Donald Devoti; three children, Marisa ‘03, Dante ‘06, and Adriana Devoti ‘11; and future son-in-law, Matthew Mirabal; her father, Retired Senator Lidio Rainaldi Sr.; mother, Helen Rainaldi; and brother, Dr. Lidio Rainaldi Jr.


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Crystal Maria Duran-Chavez, age 29 of Albuquerque, died January 30, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Adam “Chavo” Chavez ‘00; children Tobias Nico, Isabel Star and Silas Orlando. Emilio Juan Esquibel Jr., age 87 died March 11, 2013. He is survived by his children Lawrence E. Esquibel, Sylvia Gillen and Rita Sanchez; 11 grandchildren including Melissa Barela ‘02; and many great grandchildren. Alice F. Flournoy, age 88, died Jan. 28, 2013. She is survived by her brother Charles Metzler; her children Elizabeth Rieb ‘69, Kathleen Fargo ‘70, David Flournoy ‘71, Mary Ann Rosenthal ‘73, Virginia Green ‘75, Frank Flournoy ‘77, Margaret Caltagirone, Mark Flournoy and 23 grandchildren. John Peter Ford Jr., age 88 of Albuquerque, died Aug. 5, 2012. He is survived by his children, Colleen Meseroll ‘67, Dan Ford ‘71, Jerry Ford ‘73, Jeff Ford ‘77; and five grandchildren. Donnette (Turrietta) Hart ‘84 of Orlando, Fla., died Aug. 6, 2012. She was 46. She is survived by her husband, Patrick Hart; son, Ethan; mother, Mary and husband, Sam Sustaita; brothers, Anthony ‘83 and Ray Turrietta; step-brothers, Vince and Shawn Sustaita; and grandmother, Rosa Salas. John David Helak ‘76 died on Jan 31, 2013. He is the brother of Laura ‘74, Joseph ‘79, Linda ‘80, Jeffrey ‘81, Lisa ‘83, Lois ‘84 and Lynn ‘89. Father Michael E. Jordan, SOLT, ‘64 of Robstown, Texas, died in a car accident on July 9, 2012, at age 65. Fr. Michael received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1968. After attending Holy Rosary Major Seminary in Legaspi, Philippines, he was ordained to the priesthood on July 16, 1983, at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Albuquerque and was to celebrate his 29th year as a priest in 2012. Fr. Michael was a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) for his entire priesthood. He spent fourteen years serving with SOLT in the Philippine missions. For the last 15 years he served in the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi, TX. Fr. Michael is survived by three brothers and three sisters. Jane Ferguson Klecan, age 91, died Jan. 26, 2013. She is survived by her children Eugene Klecan, George Klecan, Mary Klecan, Jack Klecan, Mark Klecan, Janet Santillanes, Dan Klecan ‘72, and Rick Klecan ‘75; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Rev. Joseph Edmond LaVoie, age 77 of Santa Fe, died January 5, 2013. Fr. Joe was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 1964 and his first assignment was as a teacher at St. Pius X High School. He later was on staff at IHM Seminary in Santa Fe, taught history at the College of Santa Fe and served as the Catholic Chaplain at the New Mexico State Penitentiary. He was pastor of San Juan de los Caballeros Parish in Ohkay Owingeh, NM, and upon retirement returned to Santa Fe to serve as the chaplain at the College of Santa Fe. Fr. Joe is survived by his brother Jon Lance LaVoie.

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Donna Allene McCoy Londene, age 80 of Albuquerque, died Feb. 1, 2013. She is survived by her husband, Carl E. Londene; two daughters, Denise Baker and Darlene Capshaw; and a son, Darrell; and nine grandchildren including Jennifer ‘12, Lindsey ‘14, and Kristen Baker ‘16. Thomas E. McKenna ‘84 of Albuquerque died July 25, 2012. He was 46. After earning his bachelor and master’s degrees in California and working there for a number of years, he returned to Albuquerque where he worked at Justice Systems Inc. He is survived by his wife, Frances; three sons, Jayden, Kian, and Owen; parents, Dr. Tim and Pat McKenna; and four siblings, Todd McKenna ‘78; Kim Addison ‘79; Kathy Terrill ‘82; and Dr. Joe ‘89 and wife Laura McKenna ‘89. Joe V. Parraz, age 74 of Albuquerque, died Feb. 28, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Estella Q. Parraz; daughter, Paula A. Trujillo ‘92; son, Joseph Parraz; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Ethan Fraser Sabay ‘12, age 19 of Rio Rancho, died March 23, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Prescott Valley, Ariz. He attended St. Mary’s School in Albuquerque and at St. Pius X High School was voted “most spirited” along with his cousin Kila Hartom. Ethan was majoring in global securities and intelligence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott. He was also with the ERAU Air Force ROTC and a member of ROTC Rifle Drill Team, and was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity. Ethan is survived by his parents Evelio and Florence of Rio Rancho; his grandparents Fras and Ging Sabay of Albuquerque, and Daylinda Magabilin of Rio Rancho. Beatrice Sisneros, age 79 of Albuquerque, died Jan. 12, 2013. She is survived by her husband, John Sisneros; their nine children, John ‘72, Joseph ‘74, Phillip ‘75, Lisa Brow ‘77, Andrew ‘79, Margaret Landon ‘82, Paul, James ‘85, and Christine Senft ‘87; and nine grandchildren. Katherine Meyer Turcotte, age 71 of Vicksburg, Miss., died Sept. 13, 2012. She is survived by four sons including SPX Activities Director Jeff Turcotte and stepgrandchildren Tessa ‘09 and Ashley ‘07 Cole-Turcotte. Josephine T. Waconda, age 77 of Isleta Pueblo, died Jan. 1, 2013. She is survived by brother, Dr. Michael H. Trujillo; daughters, Patricia Abeita and Karen WacondaLewis; sons, John Waconda Jr. and Lawrence Waconda; grandchildren, Amy Jiron, Catherine ‘03 and Maureen Abeita ‘08, Camille ‘10, Lenora, Amanda, Royce and Erin Waconda and Aaron Jiron ‘01; and two greatgrandchildren. Helen Patricia (Pat) Weeks of Albuquerque died July 22, 2012. She is survived by her children Susan Hart, Kathy Hall, Tom Weeks, Jim Weeks, and John Weeks ‘79; and 14 grandchildren. Helen D. Wiesen, age 91, died March 15, 2013. She is survived by six children, Julianne Kubicki, Nancy Barry ‘65, Mark Wiesen (attended ‘64-’65), Mary Beth Corgan ‘72 and husband, Brian ‘72, Jim Wiesen ‘77, and Kathy Sanchez ‘80 and husband, John ‘80; 15 grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren.

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Please contact Becky Ballou at bmontoya-ballou@spx.k12.nm.us to organize a reunion.


The Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s largest class of seminarians in 35 years includes four graduates of St. Pius X High School. James DeOreo ‘08 is in his fourth year at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Tim Meurer ‘09 and Jordan Sanchez ‘11 are in their first year at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, Texas. Ron Mims ‘09 is in his third year at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.

July 6 For information contact Michael A. Olivas at molivas@uh.edu Please contact Becky Ballou bmontoya-ballou@spx.k12.nm.us to organize a reunion.

Blind and is finishing his master’s degree in accounting at the University of New Mexico. David and fiance Jennifer Walton welcomed their first child, Jo Anne Marie, on December 27, 2012.

Jocelyn Farr ‘98, Anthony Roddy ‘04 and Marisa Roddy ‘04 graduated with doctorates in physical therapy from the University of New Mexico in July 2012.


Albuquerque Business First named Kathy Mechenbier ‘74 its Women of Influence award winner for outstanding achievement among nonprofit leaders. Mechenbier is the founder and president of the board of El Ranchito de Los Ninos Inc., which offers a permanent or long-term home to children ages 0 to 18 in need of foster care. The rural family-farm home setting gives sibling groups a stable home in which to grow up together.


Kevin Barkocy ‘85 is studying in the deacon formation program of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. He is a theology and science teacher at St. Pius X High School.


State Senator Tim Keller ‘96 was appointed chair of the interim Science, Technology and Telecommunications committee for the New Mexico Legislature. Tim planned to focus on five technology themes: water, health and bioengineering, energy, workforce and transfer. David Martinez-Flores ‘97 of Albuquerque offers general photography services across New Mexico through David Martinez Photography. He shoots senior portraits to weddings and modeling to business photos. David also works as a business consultant for the New Mexico Commission for the

Members of the St. Pius X High School class of ‘64 gathered for lunch at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s Pueblo Harvest Cafe in Albuquerque. Their lunch was highlighted by a visit from Eddie Castoria, now living in Baja California, Mexico. Seated, left to right, are Chuck Reynolds, Paul Barabe and Karla Barela Lucero. Standing, left to right, are Art Verado, Carolyn Pompa Acree, Castoria, Joe McGuire, Kitty Killorin Duran, Art Ortega and Judy Higgins Reynolds. McGuire notes, “No, Art Ortega and I haven’t grown taller; we are perched up on the fireplace ledge.”

Jack Feely ‘12 won the 2013 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Men’s Freshman of the Year award. Jack, a student at Grand Canyon University, also placed first in the 500-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard backstroke. Hollie Gabrielle Flynn ’08 of Vieques, Puerto Rico, graduated in December 2012 from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After graduation she took a position as a wedding planning intern with Weddings In Vieques. She also spent a year studying abroad at Johannes Kepler Universitat in Linz, Austria. While there, Hollie made the most of her experience by visiting Austria, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Greece, France, Poland, Germany, and most notably, Italy and The Vatican. Hollie was also active in her sorority, Delta Zeta, where she held several offices. She is a member of Gamma Beta Phi, Phi Eta Sigma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Veronica Gallegos ‘06 and Joseph Tighe ’06 are engaged to be married this summer. Kila Hartom ’12 earned honors as the American Southwest Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 15, 2012. Kila, a freshman goalkeeper at Concordia University Texas, made seven saves and did not allow a goal to help fuel an undefeated week in conference play. Kila played the entire match of a 0-0 double overtime tie with six stops against Texas-Dallas. In a 5-0 win over Ozarks, she guarded the net for the first 52:15. At that time, her play had helped CTX allow a record six shutouts over nine league matches. Tamara Koury Plummer ‘04 began teaching courses in culinary arts, independent living and developmental psychology in the Family Studies Department at St. Pius X this school year. Caterina Torres ‘03 joined the St. Pius X Theology Department in August. She will teach New Testament/ Christology to seniors and the course on Jesus Christ to freshmen. She was previously with Catholic Charities of Dallas and she holds a master’s degree in theology from the University of Dallas. St. Pius X Magazine • WINTER/SPRING 2013


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UPCOMING EVENTS Hall of Honor Induction September 24, 2013 Jamie Tinnin SPX Golf Classic September 27, 2013 Annual Car Raffle Drawing November 1, 2013 Mardi Gras March 1, 2014 Legacy Art Albuquerque May 10, 2014 Sartan eXtravaganza June 14 & 15, 2014

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