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the Sarto News

March 2018

Individual qualifiers for State: (l-r) Cross Country - Marie Loehr & Sara Bryant; Boys Swim - Blaise McCoy; Girls Swim - Noelle DeFabio, Lindsey DeVreugd, Jenna VanWinkle, and Ellie Hartwig (who placed 5th in 100 Back Stroke); Wrestling - John Liberto, Thomas Ross, and Eddie Omecene

Bob (65) and Patti Polito and Al Babich (66) with the current Polito Scholars - Ryan Barber, Sam Tomes, Tori White, and Vincent Miceli (see Page 2)

The Brandon Russell Memorial Foundation donated $10,000 to the Warrior Pride Campaign. There will be a memorial to Brandon constructed along the Cross Country Trail (by the bridge to the right) and a mile will be dedicated to Brandon.

The Pommies won the Division 1 State High School Dance Championship. They won 1st in jazz, 2nd in pom, and won the overall title by beating 18 other teams in high points. Two dancers also placed in the Junior Solo Division - JoAnna Abbott placed 4th and Angelina Glorioso placed 2nd.

Themed Pius Spirit, guests enjoyed the Inaugural Booster Club Trivia Night. Alan, Mackenzie, Tobey & Janet Hoambrecker, Maria & Ryan VanWinkle, and Kim & Jim Revnew (see Booster Club, Page 3).

Class of 2018 Bright Flight Scholars (Top 3% of Missouri Students taking the ACT): Marie Loehr, Madison McCormick, Rosemary Cherian (Earning a Perfect score on the ACT!), Lexi Chirpich, Kate Pluenneke, Ryan Barber, Emma Johannes, and Michael Finazzo.

Table of Contents Message from the Principal..............................................2 Campaign Update.............................................................4 School News .....................................................................2 Alumni News.....................................................................5 Booster Club & Parent Association .................................3 In Memoriam.....................................................................6 feb 2018.indd 1

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A Message From The Principal Dear Friends, Although sometimes it’s easy to take for granted, we have something very special here at St. Pius X High School. Our students know each other and their teachers. They worship together weekly. They are able to learn alongside other students who have similar goals, values, and academic aspirations.

do. Let’s tell others and encourage families to visit our school. We have great things happening here, and with our recent renovation and improvements, we have room to grow.

With the social pressures of today, we strive to keep the learning environment traditional and solid. We are a faith-filled school grounded in the belief system of the Catholic Church. We continue to focus on the four key elements that have been our foundation for 60+ years - preparing students spiritually, physically, intellectually and emotionally. Our goal is to prepare them for the next steps in life -- college and beyond.

How can you help? Consider some of these ways: >> Share your experiences with potential school families if the subject arises >> List us as your high school in the education section of LinkedIn and Facebook >> Engage with our social media posts >> Sign up for our email list so you can stay informed about current events and happenings

If there is one way you can help us, it is to continue to spread the good news about St. Pius X. Don’t hesitate to tell others about your experiences here. Personal stories help spread positive messaging. I am proud to lead this great school - happy to have known so many students and families throughout my years as an educator and administrator. I know that many of you hold the same feelings about St. Pius X in your heart that I

THANK YOU to all of you who already do many of these things and more. Feel free to call our Advancement Office if you have any other ideas on ways for our alumni and friends to become involved!

School News From Front Page: The Ted & May Lillian Polito Good Citizenship Scholarship was created in 1990 by Bob Polito (SPX Class of 65). Each year, 8th graders at St. Charles Borromeo Academy are eligible to apply for the renewable $2,500 scholarship to St. Pius X. Bob and his wife Patti visited the fall Kansas City last fall and met all of the current Polito Scholars. Al Babich (66) has been assisting with the coordination of the application process since its inception.

The St. Pius X Scholar Bowl has continued their success this school year. They have qualified for the NAQT Private Small Schools National Championship, which will be held in Chicago on April 28 and 29. They will be one of 64 teams competing. They will continue to compete this spring, hoping to win at the conference, district, and state levels.

Olivia DiMaggio, Senior, won a logo design contest sponsored by Tri-CIT, a nonprofit dedicated to education and communication between law enforcement and those dealing with mental health conditions. Olivia’s design featured three shapes representing Clay, Platte and Ray counties and the words “semper pro alli” or “always for others.” The shapes can be seen as both hearts and human forms, symbolizing Tri-CIT’s human service and its cooperation with law enforcement, hospitals and more (pictured on the cake above). Six SPX vocalists auditioned for and were selected to perform at the All-Metro Honor Choir Festival. Alyssa Hall, Erica Sarmiento, Kaleb Power, and Michael Koll were all in the 9-10 Honor Choir; Victoria Johnson made Women’s Honor Choir; and Sara Bryant made the All-District Choir. St. Pius X inducted 16 new members into the National Honor Society: Noah Adams, Sara Bryant, Olivia Ervie, Rachel Kolich, John Liberto, Benjamin Maruco, Blaise McCoy, Gabriela Mendoza, Shela Nguyen, Gavin Ott, Jillian Sinosa, Sofia Torres, Jessica Tran, Ben Wade, Adrianna Wendel, and Joshua Wright.

The SPX Theatre Department had two great performances this year. Bye Bye Birdie musical was performed in the fall and The Diary of Anne Frank play in February. Our great actors entertained hundreds of guests during both performances!

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Booster Club & Parent Association The SPX Warrior Pride Booster Club exists to promote the commitment of parents, alumni, and community supporters in a faith-based environment. We support Catholic education and educating the total student, which includes all sports and activities, in an environment commanding excellence to benefit all students. The major expectations of all members are: active involvement, effective communication and well-balanced sponsorship of the school and school sports and activities programs. The purpose of the Warrior Pride Booster Club is to support and promote sports and activity groups at St. Pius X High School. We hope to unite students, parents, coaches, faculty, staff, alumni and the community in a way that promotes school spirit and provides moral and financial support. By increasing interest in St. Pius X, the Warrior Pride Booster Club hopes to assure the ongoing improvement of all sports and activities. We will work in conjunction with individual groups to identify goals for that interest. >> Check out the Winter 2018 Sports & Activities Program! (online at >> The Booster Club held a trivia night in December >> They hosted the Simone Tournament at SPX in August For more information or to join the Booster Club, visit or contact Bob Lee at 816-453-3450.

Parent Association The Parent Association held their annual Fundraiser on February 3rd at the Improv. It was a night full of fun and laughter to benefit SPX. A live auction was held before Comedian Adam Ferrara performed. The event raised nearly $60,000 for the Parent Association.

Levels of Membership

Funds raised by the SPXPA directly benefit the students of St. Pius X High School. In addition to funding teaching grants, over the past few years, the Parent Association has paid for various renovations and enhancements throughout the school. Money from this event in particular will allow the Parent Association to support renovations of our building and grounds, as well as purchase equipment and neces-

Piti & Todd (90) Beardman

Michelle Baker & Colleen (73) Mackin

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sities for the new Athletic Facility. The Parent Association’s support and funding is vitally important to the success of special projects at St. Pius X. A huge thank you to Laura Johannes who has been the PA Event Chair for the past 7 years. The innumerable hours that Laura pours into each event, accompanied by her positive, can-do attitude has attributed to much of the success of the PA events the past several years. Thank you, Laura, for your hard work and dedication to St. Pius X and the Parent Association!

Carl & Jean Wade and Susan & Matthew Schiesl

Penny & Tim (82) Monachino

Jenny & Robert (89) Widman


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Campaign update St. Pius X Athletic Complex 3700 NE Davidson Rd. Kansas City, MO 64116 A drone flyover video of the new Athletic Complex is located on the front page of our website Thank you to Dr. Dan Peters, Superintendent of KCSJ Catholic Schools for producing the video.

Warrior Pride Campaign & Construction Update Hopefully you have had the opportunity to view the flyover video (located on the front of our website) of the new Athletic Complex. The fields are nearly ready for our students and construction will continue as the weather warms up. We hope to host some home competitions very soon. The Athletic Complex will have an enormous impact on our students and our athletic programs. We are so grateful to all of our donors for helping us make this dream a reality! The Warrior Pride Campaign includes the renovation of the former convent as well as the Athletic Complex. We are currently just $1.1 million short of our $7 Million goal. We will continue the work at the Athletic Complex as we continue to raise funds. The renovation of the former convent is complete with Choir, Art, Yearbook, Newspaper, Broadcasting, and The Catholic Radio Network all settled in to the Fred and Rosalie Ross Fine Arts & Activity Center. The landscape surrounding the building is beautiful, with finishing touches being made on the outdoor classroom spaces and grotto. Although our students will be able to use the fields, courts and track very soon, we have aspects of the facility that still need to be finished. These items will be completed over time as we secure that additional funding, including: permanent bleachers, storage buildings, restrooms, and a concession stand. “Throughout this project, our goal has been to get all of our athletes closer to our current campus as soon as possible. The support we have received thus far has enabled us to do just that, with a few outstanding items. As the St. Pius X community continues to work toward our $7 million goal, we will be able to add these items,� commented Principal Joe Monachino, Jr. For more information about the Campaign, please call Melanie Martin at 816-453-3450 x115.


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Fundraising Update Goal: $7,000,000 Pledged to date: $5,900,322 Left to Raise: $1,099,678 3/19/2018 3:53:33 PM

Alumni News SPX would like to send a big THANK YOU to Rick Ludwig, Class of 1975, for his dedication to the SPX Softball Program over the past 17 years! Rick served as the Head Softball Coach since 2006, and prior to that served as the Assistant Coach from 1999-2002. He announced his retirement after the Fall 2017 season. Thank you, Rick, for your service to St. Pius X. Rick is pictured here with the 2017 St. Pius X Softball Team.

Future Warriors

Sarah Schwartz Haas (06) and husband, Kyle welcomed Finnegan Thomas on October 17, 2017.

Emily Ross Newberry (09) and husband Clay Newberry welcomed Henry Thomas Newberry on June 14, 2017.

The Class of 1967 Celebrates 50 Years

Kristen Farrell Mace (06) and husband, Jim welcomed Lucy Blair on October 26, 2017.

Margie (Wilson) and Sean Comer (05) welcomed Penelope Rose on January 24, 2018.

Back Row: Mark Buckman, Ron Vandendaele, Chris Deister, Jim Vandendaele, Larry Janacaro, Mike Pate, Bill Millard, Mark Birmingham, and George Gallup Second to Back Row: Willie Cammisano, Chris Hamilton, Mike Strobbe, Steve Flynn, Leonard Damiano, Justin Lowry, Tim Brosnahan, Maurice DeVolder, Steve Weatherford, and Bob Maines Third Row from Back: Pete Trecazzi, Lee Robinson, Ken Bolliger, Bert Bertoncin, Leroy Raab, Jerry Binkley, Paul Bertrand, Harold Taegel, Candy Grove Woelk, and Joe Latona Third Row: Kathy Mascal Yantis, Margarita Palermo Tinder, Carol Parsley Barr, Jan Morgan Hamilton, Jonnie Jo Graves Boone, Marvin Teson, Kathy Kemper Teson, Janet Kissinger Williamson, Marilyn Beaubien Fender, and Marietta Stasi Oliver Second Row: Peggy Belman, Mary Beth Ballew Chapman, Kathy Karr Perry, Trish Hughes, Pam Bowman Castor, Kathy Papreck Kossmann, Teresa Saluzzi Hendrickson, Jeff Sullivan Brosnahan, Patti O’Connor Janacaro, Patti Mulvihill Eswein, and Mike Donegan Front Row: Rita Norton Hamilton, Patti Gibb, Ron Lewis, Kathleen Shannon, and Barb Jones Williams

Class of 1977 Celebrates 40 Years The Class of 1977 celebrated their 40th Reunion in the new Logan Banquet Hall (top floor of the former convent). In conjunction with their reunion, the Class of 1977 gave a gift of $817.77 to St. Pius X -- THANK YOU! Pictured to the right is Reunion Committee Members Al & Susan Hoffman Christifano, Kathleen Dowd Holt, Elaine King Heffley, Dan Stratman, Cheryl McGlynn Cash and Mike Cash. Classes interested in hosting their Reunion in the Logan Banquet Room contact Missy Petit (01) at 453-3450 x.116.

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In Memoriam ALUMNI

Nina Bartalomi (03) passed away October 7, 2017. Anna Marie Binns Coomes (74), wife of Rick and mother of Eric and Adam, passed away on January 27, 2018. John Donahue III (70), brother of Patsy Prestia (63) and Seamus (86), passed away February 27, 2018. John Tripp (63), husband of Karen and brother of Angela (65), passed away November 30, 2017. Rosanne Failoni Willcott (78), sister of Joe Failoni (80), passed away December 5, 2017.


Ruby Jean Broderick, wife of Martin and mother of Ronald (64), Marty (66), Susan Copeland, Patrick (74) and Lisa Broderick, passed away February 16, 2018. John Calovich, Sr., father of Jerry (74), Bobbie Ayers (75), and John (77), passed away September 29, 2017. Salvatore P. (Sam) Cicero, husband of Rosalie Cicero and father of Betty Campobasso, Margie Wessling, and Dr. Steve Cicero (72), passed away November 2, 2017. Dennis Copeland, husband of Susan, and father of Dennis (98) and Kyle (02) passed away November 8, 2017. Annice Cherrito, mother of Frank (89) and Leanna (91), passed away November 25, 2017. Louise Donegan, mother of Mike (67), Dennis (67-dec) and Tim (69dec), passed away September 17, 2017.

Mary Jane Duensing, mother of Barbara Dean (66), Bill (69), Margie Block (72), Anne Tessalone (74), Jane Gumpert (74), and Mary Kay Lofland, passed away January 17, 2018. Kelly Kaullen, wife of Jim and mother of Ryan (07), Josh (09), and Danielle (13) passed away November 24, 2017. Louis Lipari, Jr., father of Louie (76), Maria Relic (79) and husband of Nancy, passed away January 15, 2018. John O’Connor, father of Mike (65) and Patti Janacaro (67), passed away October 20, 2017. Mary Nelson, mother of Frances Gillespie (59), passed away December 22, 2017. John Power, father of Mike (79), Pat (80), and Maureen (82) Halbur passed away September 10, 2017. Joseph F. Pisciotta, father of Joseph (deceased), Frank, Sam (79), John (79), Rosalind Boehm (84) and wife of Rosalie, passed away January 23, 2017. Harold Reichert, father of Joe (71-dec), Diane Aubrey (73), Steve (76), and David (81), passed away September 17, 2017. Roberta Schelstrate, mother of Jamie Brooks (68), James Schelestrate (70), Joy Simmons (71) and Janette Branson, passed away January 8, 2018. Reverend Robert Hardy Stewart passed away December 15, 2017. Fr. Robert was the pastor at St. Patrick and the former pastor of Holy Family.

Memorial Gifts Leave a Legacy Over the years, several families have named St. Pius X as a beneficiary for gifts in memory of their loved ones. Some families designate the gifts to the capital campaign or annual fund, some have established scholarship funds and others designate the funds to a specific athletic activity or extra-curricular program. These gifts are greatly appreciated and have helped significantly in the various needs of our school. Most recently, the families of Mary Jane Duensing, John Power, and Josephine Clear asked that donations be made in their memories to St. Pius X High School.

Their legacies ensure a Catholic education for future Warriors.


What: A Giving Club for donors who increase their gift by $25.00.

Why: We are trying to increase the impact of the Annual & Scholarship Funds, directly helping students and families. How:

Increase your gift by $25.00!

We will celebrate our members with a Happy Hour this summer!


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Annual Fund Drive



Annual Fund Drive It is the time of year that we ask you to show your Warrior Pride by supporting St. Pius X. I want to share a few stories with you about the Warrior Spirit that exists each day within our community. Your investment in our students continues the traditions that we are so proud of and know so well. Please help us as we pass along the Warrior Spirit to the next generation.

I have learned so much in my time here - not only within the classroom, but also invaluable lessons that extend to everyday life. I love the sense of family and community that comes with being a Warrior. I will always be proud to be a Warrior! Sarah Jones ‘18

I am Warrior Proud because we are always battling to be better. We fight to be better students. We fight to be better servants of God. We fight to be better athletes and artists. At St. Pius X, we never stop reaching for the sky because there is no limit to what someone can accomplish here. Our teachers are dedicated and passionate about the subjects they teach. They ensure no student is forgotten or left behind. We welcome differences and embrace people from all backgrounds and cultures. It’s a great time to be a Warrior! Sofia Torres ‘19

Ever since I moved to Kansas City, St. Pius X has felt like home for me and every single person at the school cares about me and wants me to be the best student, friend, classmate, and person God intended me to be. SPX has a history of preparing their students for college exceptionally well while growing their relationship with God. That combination should be worth more than anything else in the world! Zac Racy ‘18

I invite you to invest generously in our students. One hundred percent of your donation will help us build on our existing foundations of educating young people to their full academic potential and enhancing their growth of Catholic values. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Joseph Monachino, Jr. Principal


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St. Pius X High School 1500 NE 42nd Terrace Kansas City, MO 64116

Non-Profit Organization US Postage PAID Permit #4984 Kansas City, MO

Save The Date Tuesday, June 5, 2018 The Deuce at the National Noon Tee off 4 Person Scramble or call Melanie at 816-453-3450 x115

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July 28, 2018 @ 8:00 a.m. St. Pius X Athletic Complex or call Missy at 816-453-3450 x116

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