St. Francis Preparatory School F O U N D E D B Y T H E F R A N C I S C A N B R O T H E R S O F B R O O K LY N I N 1 8 5 8
Building for the Future
The Art Education Center
Plus: New SMARTBoards in every classroom
The Next 150
Prep Breaks Ground for Phase II of its Capital Improvement & Modernization Program
Dear Graduates and Friends, I hope you have had an enjoyable summer. The heat and humidity we experienced in the Northeast made things a little uncomfortable but could not dampen our spirits as we anticipate some exciting yet challenging months ahead at the Prep. Most noteworthy perhaps is the fact that we are now officially moving forward with our comprehensive master plan for major improvements to our facilities. (See page 30 for the story on the June Groundbreaking Ceremony.) At the same time we continue to explore new and different ways to win the ongoing “battle of the budget” (which is now over $22 million) while handling more and more requests for student financial assistance. Suffice it to say, the Prep continues to operate on all cylinders these days. Thankfully, the Prep remains on very solid ground enrollment-wise despite the downturn in the economy last year, and continues to be the largest private, non-diocesan, Catholic high school in the country with more than 650 freshman students coming this fall and nearly 2700 students enrolled overall. And they continue to achieve. More than 99% of the seniors go on to college each year, and the members of this past June’s Class of 2010 will be attending many fine colleges and universities this fall (see the back cover for more on this). Three of our 2010 graduates were accepted and will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point (this is a tremendous accolade for the Prep) while two others will attend the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. And our academic and extracurricular programs continue to excel. (You will read about many of our student programs and activities in the following pages. I think these stories will make you feel very proud.) As you probably know, last October we concluded our 150th Anniversary Year celebrations with a wonderful reunion at North 6th Street in Brooklyn where nearly 500 alumni and friends came back to visit and “rally-in-the-alley” once again. It was a great event and provided us with a fitting closing for our Sesquicentennial. As far as our capital improvement project is concerned, with the economy taking a downturn last year, the school decid-
ed to “push-back” the timetable a bit, although we recently completed the Phase I “infrastructure” improvements to our heating, air-conditioning, and mechanical systems, and, most importantly, this past spring the Board of Trustees authorized us to move ahead with Phase II of the project which will include the new Art Education Center (located in the former convent) and the new Coach Vince O’Connor Physical Education and Athletic Training Center. Groundbreaking for these facilities took place on June 13 and construction is now underway. You will hear a great deal more about this project in the weeks and months ahead as the school’s “master plan” for modernization continues to unfold. Finally, you should take pride in the knowledge that your support helps in many real ways that have a direct and lasting effect on young lives. For example, you help us keep tuition at moderate levels so that more students can afford a St. Francis Prep education. You also provide scholarships for deserving students and sponsorship support for needy students. This is very important today. Soon you will be asked to consider your support for our modernization efforts as part of The Campaign for St. Francis Prep: The Next 150 and I know you will do your best to help us once again. In closing, I would ask you to look through these pages and read about all the wonderful alumni events and activities that YOU help sponsor and maintain and, every so often, say a prayer that the Prep remains in a position to continue its mission and meet its goals and objectives at this important time in its history. Thank you and God bless you. Yours in St. Francis,
Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F. Principal
GRAD NEWS SUMMER/FALL 2010
Highlights & Features St. Patrick’s Day Parade Several hundred students, alumni, parents and Franciscan Brothers came together once again to demonstrate their “Prep Pride” at the 2010 New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade up Fifth Avenue. PAGE 28 Building for the Future at Prep In June members of the the Prep community took part in a ceremony to break ground for the second phase of the major construction and modernization project at the school. PAGE 30 A “Vampire’s” Visit Twilight series film and HBO television actor Peter Facinelli ‘91 visited Prep to share with students some valuable life experiences and his fond memories of North 6th Street Reunion his days as a student at Prep. For the first time since 1974, Prepsters convened for Mass, dinner PAGE 12 and a “Rally in the Alley” at the site of the former Prep at 186 North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. PAGE 2
ALSO IN THIS EDITION: Homecoming Weekend Activities .................................. pages 6-7 Regional Alumni Chapters ............................................... pages 8-9 Professional Alumni Chapters ..................................... pages 10-11 What’s Happening @6100 ............................................. pages 14-26 Campus Ministry.............................................................. pages 24-25 2010-11 Alumni Calendar of Events .................................. page 27
Special thanks to:
Rev. Bill Sweeney, Chaplain Casey Smith, Art Department Tami Terzian ‘11 Mikyle Yuvienco ‘08 Jill Reisman, Yearbook/Athletics Robyn Armon, Chair of College Office
and Guidance Department
Michael Graziano Vincent Dusovic Photography Maria R. Bastone Photography Mikyle Yuvienco ‘08 Rosie Pignataro ‘03
Correspondence: Please address all “letters to the editor” to: St. Francis Preparatory School Office of Development Attn: Michael Graziano 6100 Francis Lewis Boulevard Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Annual Principal’s Dinner... ............................................page 29 Class Reunions ............................................................pages 36-37 Hall of Fame & Spring Reunion ............................. pages 38-41 17th Annual Golf Classic.............................................pages 42-43 Grad News and Notes...............................................pages 44-57 In Memoriam/We Remember.................................pages 62-65
Alumni Editorial Committee
Nicholas Moraglia ‘88 John S. Pereira ‘62 Gerry Scales ‘76
Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F. Alumni Director
Assistant to the Alumni Director
Robert T. Angeletti
Director of Development
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Prep Goes “Back to Brooklyn” on North 6th Street to Close the 150th Anniversary Year Celebration
Dominick Volpis ‘74 kicks off the “Rally in the Alley” with a crowd of several hundred alumni gathered in the area behind the former site of St. Francis Prep at North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Photo inset: Brother Timothy leads the rally with Prepsters in 1959.
On Saturday, October 3rd, nearly five-hundred Prep alumni, Franciscan Brothers, faculty members (past and present), and friends converged on Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the much anticipated “Welcome Home—Return to North 6th Street Reunion.” This special event closed the 150th Anniversary Year celebrations on a high note. It all began with a celebration of Mass at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church on N. 5th Street. Father Bill Sweeney, Prep’s Chaplain, along with two alumni, Kieran Fergus, O.P. ‘49 and Msgr. Edward McCullough ‘59, concelebrated the Mass with more than 20 members of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn community present.
Despite early afternoon light rain showers, alumni braved the elements to return to the place they once called home--186 North 6th Street. (Coincidentally or not, the rain abated as the celebration of Mass at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church on North 5th Street came to a close, adding an additional measure of excitement to the event!)
The street was closed to vehicular traffic, and alumni milled about as cocktails and hor d’oeurves were served from under a large, elegant party tent. The crowd overflowed onto the sidewalks and into the streets. “It was like a block party”, Bro. Leonard recalled. Afterwards, Prepsters from a variety of graduating years gathered for a spirited “Rally-in-the Alley.” They then proceeded to the school gym for a special ceremony honoring Sam Stith ‘56 and Tom Stith ‘57 as Prep officially retired their basketball jerseys. Following the ceremony, alumni reconvened under the tent and dined on a fine buffet dinner. Guests posed for class photos and revisited the first floor classrooms of the former Prep which contained photo memorabilia from past eras. A great time was had by all!
R e t u r n To N o r t h 6 t h S t r e e t R e u n i o n
A “Debt” of Gratitude Repaid 48 Years Later Bob Torre ‘61 has long been grateful to the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn for the gift of getting a great education at the Prep. However, on the night of October 3rd, nearly 50 years after graduation, he was vividly reminded of another fine blessing after his name was called as the lucky winner of $1,200 in the 50/50 Reunion Raffle. Bob calls it “symmetry.”
SFP Father’s Guild volunteer, Benny Destefano (left), hands Bob Torre ‘61 (right) the $1,200 50/50 Raffle prize money as Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F., Principal (center), looks on.
In a letter Bob sent to SFP Principal, Bro. Leonard Conway, after the event, he wrote: “I was fortunate enough to be offered a $300 a year scholarship to St. Francis Prep. As an eighth grader on the Our Lady of Lourdes (Malverne, L.I.) CYO basketball team, we were the first parish to win a championship that was not from the NYC five boroughs. With the [Prep’s] tuition at $300 a year at the time, the scholarship was worth $1,200. I am pleased to now repay St. Francis Prep for that long ago scholarship with the $1,200 I won at the 50/50 raffle during the reunion at the ‘old’ Prep.” Bob closed by saying, “It was good to see some of my old buddies, particularly those who I played with on the city championship team in our junior year. I had a great time!” 3
R e t u r n To N o r t h 6 t h S t r e e t R e u n i o n
Assistant Principal and Class of 1973 alumnus, Patrick McLaughlin, hypes up the crowd during the â€œRally in the Alleyâ€? from atop the garage behind the site of the former Prep on North 6th Street.
R e t u r n To N o r t h 6 t h S t r e e t R e u n i o n
Above: A special ceremony was held at the North 6th Street Reunion honoring Sam Stith ‘56 (left) and the late Tom Stith ‘57 (right) as Prep officially retired their basketball jerseys. Sam and Tom each expressed their profound gratitude to the Franciscan Brothers for the fine education they received at the Prep. Sadly, Tom passed away this June. (See the “In Memoriam” section at the back of this publication.) Below: Smiles were everywhere as former classmates posed for photos and enjoyed the day’s festivities on North 6th Street.
1 2 TH A N N U A L H O M E C O M I N G
Three-on Three Basketball in Memory of Jimmy Prendergast ‘79 & Chris McMahon ‘76 Thursday, October 15th
A Night at Sullivan’s in Bayside Friday, October 16th
NEXT EVENT: Thursday, October 14th
NEXT EVENT: Friday October 15th
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G W E E K E N D C E L E B R AT I O N
A Day at Belmont Racetrack Saturday, October 17th
NEXT EVENT: Saturday, October 16th
ONLINE AT: http://alumni.sfponline.org/
Annual 5K Fun Run in Memory of Capt. Vincent Giammona â€˜79 Sunday, October 18th
NEXT EVENT: Sunday, October 17th
Philadelphia Area Alumni Chapter Reception on September 24th
Washington D.C. Area Alumni Chapter Reception October 22nd
Boston Area Alumni Chapter Reception on May 6th
Chapter contact: Lisa Olmo Schulz ‘90 Next event: September 23, 2010
Chapter contact: Bill Ashton ‘76 Next event: October 21, 2010
Chapter Contact: Sally Khan at email@example.com Next Event: May 12, 2011
I CHAPTER EVENTS Florida Alumni Reunion on March 6, 2010
Alumni in the great state of Florida, and those who are in the area on business/vacation are welcome to attend this event. For the past several years, this event has alternated between a “west coast” location and an “east coast” location, while maintaining a loyal following among many participants from year to year regardless of location. Each year we see many of the same great people, and at the same time we are able to welcome many “new” alumni into the group. Chapter contact: Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F., Alumni Director & Bob Angeletti, Director of Development Next event: March 5, 2011
Yankee Pre-Season Game and Reception at the Tampa Area home of Marc ‘84 and Paige Hamlin
NEW YORK CITY
LEGAL AND COURT SERVICES ALUMNI CHAPTER
Legal And Court Services Alumni Chapter Reception
More than 40 alumni and friends gathered at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse for the Fourth Annual Chapter Reception on January 14, 2010. NEXT EVENT Thurs. Jan. 13, 2011
HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONS ALUMNI CHAPTER
Health Care Professions Alumni Chapter Reception
Doctors, Nurses, Dentists and hospital administrators were among the more than 30 guests at Bobby Van’s for the 4th Annual Health Care Chapter Reception on February 11, 2010. NEXT EVENT Thurs. Feb. 10, 2011
SIONAL ALUMNI CHAPTERS
These alumni chapter gatherings are just some of many special events and activities that the SFP Alumni Association sponsors each year. In addition to these “professional” chapters, there are also four regional chapters, all of which have been established over the past four years by the SFP Alumni Board in association with the Prep’s Alumni Relations and Development Offices.
FINANCIAL SERVICES ALUMNI CHAPTER
GET CONNECTED & STAY CONNECTED To learn more about the chapters, visit the SFP Alumni Website at: http://alumni.sfponline.org. CONNECT YOUR SERVICES See what your friends are up to on other social and professional networking sites and share more with your friends on the SFP Alumni Website using the “Networks” link. JOIN OUR OTHER NETWORKS Make professional contacts on Linked In and find our “Latest News” links from the SFP Alumni Community website on the official SFP Facebook page.
Financial Services Alumni Chapter Reception
Over 60 alumni from all areas of the financial services industry gathered at Bobby Van’s for the 5th Annual Chapter Reception on March 25, 2010. NEXT EVENT Thurs. May 5, 2011
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A “Vampire” Returns:
“Twilight” Series Actor
Peter Facinelli ’91
1991 Yearbook Photo
Returns Home to Prep
Straight off the set of the Showtime hit “Nurse Jackie,” actor Peter Facinelli arrived at Prep to speak to the senior class on the morning of Wednesday, December 16th. It was his first visit back since he graduated in 1991. Assistant Principal, Pat McLaughlin ‘73, (pictured above, right) introduced Peter.
It started out as average day when Prep seniors were summoned to attend an assembly. But anticipation started to mount and erupted into excited cheers and applause when Peter Facinelli strolled down the center aisle of the Bro. Ralph Clifford Auditorium. “It was almost like watching a newsreel of The Beatles when they first gave a concert in America,” recalled Assistant Principal Patrick McLaughlin ‘73.
Facinelli, who is probably best known to this student audience for his role playing Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the popular Twilight series, was working on the Showtime hit “Nurse Jackie” prior to arriving at the school. The administration was able to keep the news of his visit a closely guarded secret. An announcement was made to the faculty and staff via email the night before, but the student body only knew of a “special assembly” on that morning. “In this age of the aggressive paparazzi and overenthusiastic fans we thought that it would be in the
best interest of safety for both our students, and for Peter, not to have wide publicity,” said Bro. Leonard Conway, the Prep’s Principal. After being introduced, Facinelli said, “Now, I bet you think that I am here to talk to you all about my role in Twilight or Nurse Jackie, right?” The students once again erupted into cheers and applause. To which he added, “I know that you would like that but, I want to share something more with you. I want to tell you about my experience being a student at Prep and how the lessons I learned here carried me in my career as an actor, a husband and a father.” The students settled down and listened attentively as Peter took on a serious tone. “It’s been more than 15 years since I graduated from St. Francis Prep.” He paused momentarily. “And, I have been so fortunate to have experienced some success as an actor, but the one thing that I have learned is that you can
leave St. Francis Prep when you graduate, but St. Francis Prep never leaves you.” The auditorium once again erupted into cheers and applause. As Facinelli waited for an opening, one could tell that that he was speaking from the heart. “I think we all could sense that despite his and celebrity status, he truly felt that he was home again,” said Alumni Director, Bro. Robert Kent. Peter continued, “When I started at Prep, I really didn’t know anybody. There was only one other person from my grade school that came here, and I remember walking through the doors and feeling like I was like a teardrop in an ocean. It was very overwhelming, and I was very shy.” He went on to describe how the large community at Prep enable him to foster many diverse friendships over his four years and how he didn’t have to belong to a clique to fit in at Prep. “Prep taught me how to just be myself, and that truly helped me discover what I wanted to do with my life.” Describing the impact that Prep had on his life, Peter said, “I am grateful for the work ethic that was instilled in me here, and I continue to draw upon that today as an actor.” He added, “I really appreciate that. I want to thank the school for that, and I want you guys to know that you are blessed to be here at Prep.” Peter then talked about life after graduation and his decision to pursue an acting career. “When I told my parents that I wanted to attend NYU to study acting, I might as well have told them that I wanted to go to Mars, because that is the kind of look that they gave me after I said it,” Facinelli jokingly recalled. He continued with, “Everybody has a little voice inside their head that kind of steers them and tells them what they should be in life. And it’s up to you to listen to that little voice.” Peter also spoke about the importance of giving something back. “I encourage each of you to look into at least one charity. Just think of the difference that all of you guys could make if you each volunteered for one thing over the next few years,” he said. After the “formal” part of his talk ended, students lined up to ask questions and Peter answered all them with candor and a touch of humor. When it was all finished, he posed for a few photos with members of the administration and signed some student autographs.
“We are so grateful to Peter for coming back to share his valuable life experience with the next generation of Prepsters,” Bro. Leonard Conway said. “He is a wonderful person, a gifted actor and a proud St. Francis Prep alumnus.” Pictured: (1) Peter takes questions from the students. (2) The conversation takes a serious tone as Peter discusses some important life experiences. (3) Peter poses with Bro. Leonard. (4) After the talk, a contingent of student “paparazzi” snap pictures of Peter. (5) Alumni Director Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F. (center) and Principal Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F., present Peter with some SFP memorabilia.
@ 6 1 0 0 F RA N CIS L E W IS BO UL E VARD
St. Francis Prep’s commitment to providing an outstanding, well-rounded, Catholic education is well-documented throughout its long history. As we begin a new era, our 152nd year, it was reaffirmed as we witnessed our students excel in science, music, art, and language (among other things), while performing acts of service which exemplify the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.
SENIOR EARNS HONORS IN SCIENCE AND ENGLISH St. Francis Prep has established a reputation for not only developing great science scholars, but also literary essay writers and creative writers as well. Stephanie Tuminello ‘10 (pictured at left) was awarded the Silver Key in the NYC Scholastic Writing Awards for her short story, “Another Night, Another Dream Wasted on You,”. Her work was selected from among 15,000 entries and this marks the eighth year out of ten that a Prep student has received such recognition. Stephanie was also named an Intel Science Talent Search semi-finalist (one of 300 nationwide), marking the eleventh time in twelve years that the Prep has had at least one semi-finalist in this prestigious competition. No other Catholic high school in the nation can match this record of achievement.
“THE LITTLE PORTION” IS STILL “VERY BIG” WITH PREPSTERS Since 1957, students of St. Francis have exercised their creativity by writing and producing the literary arts journal called The Little Portion. Content includes poems, short stories, artwork and photos and it has long earned recognition for its high calibre content. During the last 10 years, The Little Portion staff has celebrated its print release by hosting an “open mic” Poetry Reading.
Pictured above: English department faculty member and Little Portion Moderator, Eric Hafker ‘86 ‘with Tami Terzian ‘11 and Jasmine Penny ‘11 proudly display a copy of the most recent edition of “The Little Portion.” Pictured on right: One student presents his poem at the “open mic” event in the library while another follows along reading the print version of “The Little Portion.”
THE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
“His Lordship” Dr. Stephen Marino ‘71, a Prep alumnus and chair of the English Department at SFP, poses with students at the “royal banquet” which was held in an east wing classroom.
Fostering a love for the arts and sciences has been part of the Franciscan tradition since the Prep was founded more than 150 years ago. “Among the many things that sets us apart and makes the Prep learning experience unique, is the dedication and passion of my colleagues on the faculty, and the availability of many interesting course electives.” said Dr. Stephen Marino ‘71, Chair of the English Department. In addition to the state mandated requirements, Prep also offers many other electives including Drama, World Literature, Shakespeare, and Poetry. On April 29, students in the freshman English Honors class held a Renaissance Festival to celebrate their reading of Shakespeare’s Othello. Prepsters conducted research on life during Elizabethan England, including the types of clothes worn by all classes of people and the kinds of food they ate. They dressed up and even went so far as to prepare food for a “royal banquet.” In keeping with old traditions of the time, this celebration was presided over by “his lordship” Dr. Marino, to whom the students gave “proper homage.” “Several research studies show that students who periodically have a little fun during class end up learning more because there minds are actively engaged.” said Marino.
SCIENCE RESEARCH PROGRAM Congratulations to Kelly Corrigan ‘10, (pictured at right) who presented her work at the The Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) national competition, and placed first in the Biological Sciences category for her research on childhood neuroblatoma. JSHS invites high school students to submit a paper on an original research investigation in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics. Additionally, Elizabeth Matamoros ‘10 placed first in the Engineering category of the JSHS competition and Dana Hemlall ‘10 placed third in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category. St. Francis Prep is the only Catholic school represented among the JSHS winners. Elizabeth Matomoros ‘10 placed first in the Engineering category of the JSHS competition. She will be attending Harvard University in the Fall.
Dana Hemlall ‘10 placed third in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category. She will be attending Chestnut Hill College.
In addition, 13 members of the senior class of 2010 participated in the New York City Science and Engineering Fair and five were named Finalists; Kelly Corrigan, Matt Kraljic, Elizabeth Matamoros, Shelly-Ann Rohitsingh, and Carlos Sanchez. Once again, the Prep was the only Catholic school in the city with finalists. Congratulations to all of these fine students, and to the Science Department faculty members whose support and encouragement led to the high level of participation and achievement in these competitions. 15
SFP Mock Trial Presided Over by Two Prominent Judges The Brother Ralph Clifford Memorial Auditorium was transformed into a courtroom on March 29th as the Prep community witnessed a “mock trial.” It was presided over by renowned judges William H. Sessions and Thomas D. Lambros. Students and faculty participated as witnesses, lawyers and criminology experts. The roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys were played by Andrea Mayora ‘10 and Shomari Stewart ‘10 respectively. Faculty member, Socrates Manolopoulous ‘93 was the “accused” and was eventually acquitted of all charges in the Mock Trial. The event allowed for participation from a wide spectrum of Prep’s classes and departments, including Forensic Science, Business Law, Drama, Student Government and the Art Department.
William H. Sessions (who was nominated by President Reagan and served as FBI director from 1987 to 1993), offers congratulations to Andrea Mayora ‘10 who served as the prosecuting attorney.
Thomas D. Lambros (former Chief Judge of the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio), congratulates Shomari Stewart ‘10 for her fine work on “Mr. Man’s” defense team.
SFP’s Director of Technology, Socrates Manolopoulous ‘93, played the role of the defendant, “Mr. Man” in a case in which he was accused of murder, and eventually acquitted of all charges.
Third Annual Model United Nations Conference
Prep held its Third Annual Model UN Conference in January. Club President Olivia Rose Leach ’10, and Vice President Tiffany Varughese ’10 gathered over 200 student “delegates” from nine different schools to discuss significant world issues. Delegates were assigned a country, and were required to address vital issues before their respective committee. “The student leaders put a great deal of effort into the conference and are very aware of critical world issues,” said faculty moderator, Mr. Charles Jardines. 16
Literary Club’s Seniors At the final 2010 club meeting of the Prep’s SFPageturners, four senior members of the club celebrated with a Harry Potter cake. Co-moderators Liz Pohaska and Gerilyn Coccia have attested to how the participation in a book discussion stimulates critical thinking skills and helps club members develop important leadership skills. This is one of the many diversified activities that the Prep offers in order to cultivate academic excellence and intellectual growth beyond the traditional curriculum. Pictured: (l-r) Christina Lupoli ‘10, Amrita Sandhu ‘10, Ashley Galgano ‘10 and Elise Helmers ‘10.
Prepsters Take First Place In Stock Market Game Joe Sciame ‘78, Chairman of the Computer/Business Department at the Prep, praised Elizabeth Cucinotta’s Accounting and Business Law students for their investing acumen and dedication after one of her 15 student teams placed first in the The Stock Market Game sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation (SIFMA) for Investor Research. All told, Prep had two other high ranking teams, finishing in 11th and 35th place. They also ranked high amongst 1,500 high school teams citywide. “This win is particularly special since this marks only the second year of St. Francis Prep’s participation under Ms. Cucinotta’s guidance and leadership,” Sciame noted. Cucinotta joined the Prep faculty three years ago and brings professional career experience in both the legal and financial areas to the classroom.
Pictured above: Members of the Prep’s winning team at the SIFMA Conference Center awards presentation in lower Manhattan. Standing: (l-r) Phillip Cesare ‘10, Liz Cucinotta ‘87 (faculty), Mathew Lum ‘10. Front row: Giuseppe Palazzolo ‘10, Jaclyn Rodriguez ‘10, Patryk Kaczmarczyk ‘10. Pictured at left: The New York Daily News featured the story of our “Whiz Kid’s” stock picking prowess.
Speech and Student Congress
For the fourth year in a row, the Student Congress Team at Prep won the Father Sean Ogle Award, naming it the best Congress team in Brooklyn and Queens. Members of the team play various roles. Some must write bills on current issues, while others engage in a debate and try to pass these bills in the same manner as the United States Congress. The speakers are judged on the validity of their arguments and how clearly they communicate their position. Under the guidance of faculty moderators Mrs. Haussermann and Ms. Prohaska and Maurice Braithwaite, a parent of two Prep alumni, the team has won numerous state and local championships over years for their skills. Pictured in the group photo on the top right: Back row (l-r): Maurice Braithwaite, Matt Kraljic, Liz Prohaska. Middle row: Patrick Nowak, Brandon Jordan. Front Row: Thea Reid, Stacy-Ann Sterling and Mrs. Haussermann.
Matt Kraljic â€˜10 (pictured at left) received first place votes from every one of his 12 judges in five rounds of competition in the Student Congress at The New York State Forensic Leagueâ€™s Grand Championship tournament in April. Student Congress is a category of Speech designed to replicate the Congressional sessions of U.S. Senators. Matt was accepted to Columbia University and was told that it was not only his excellent grades, but his participation in the Student Congress and the Science Research Program that were taken into account. Congratulations to Matt and to the entire St. Francis Prep Speech and Student Congress Team.
National Hispanic Recognition Program
The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies nearly 5,000 outstanding Hispanic/Latino students each year. Although the NHRP does not provide a financial reward, being named is an important academic recognition. From (l-r): Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F., Principal, Amanda Munoz, Carlos Sanchez, Adrienne Kurtz, Lina Rodriguez, Ashley Galgano and Michael Turman.
National Merit Scholars
Seven students were named commended students in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship corporation program. Commended students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition.
Pictured: (l-r) Jonathan Drosinos, Emily Holden, Andrew Kim , Elizabeth Matamoros. Missing from photo: Kayla Haran, , Meghan Kennedy, and Kathleen Schurr.
Three Prepsters from the Class of 2010 Accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point It was another proud moment for St. Francis Prep when SFP Principal, Bro. Leonard Conway O.S.F., announced the names of three members of the Class of 2010 who were accepted for admission into the United States Military Academy at West Point. Kelly Derienzo, Jason Lee and Jordan Lee will be joining the ranks of approximately 1,300 cadets this summer. Three in one Class “In the past years, we have had students accepted to West Point, but this is remarkable in that we have three in one graduating class.” Bro. Leonard said. He continued, “It speaks to the excellence of our students, and the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff, not to mention the loving support of the families of these students.” Highly Selective During a formal presentation at the Prep, Captain Matthew Pride, the United States Military Academy representative, affirmed what a truly real accomplishment this is, stating, “Only 10% of the 13,000 applicants gain admission to West Point.” SFP Guidance Department Chair, Robyn Armon, noted, “This is a reflection of your dedication in raising your children, and it’s also a fine reflection of the academic quality and discipline offered by St. Francis Prep.”
The Golden Links To gain acceptance to West Point a student must have a strong academic background, leadership skills and be prepared physically to hand the rigors of training. “We believe that these students are well prepared because St. Francis Prep’s educational philosophy that is based on the “Four Golden Links” of Franciscan education, which hold that Spiritual, Intellectual, Social, and Physical values can be drawn from learning,”Bro. Leonard Conway asserted. Bro. Leonard noted, “Given the state of world affairs and the prospect of one day being deployed to an area engaged in a military conflict, we feel the greatest sense of pride knowing that these young men and women are willing to serve their country at a time when they are needed most.” Pictured above: (top to bottom) Jordan Lee, Kelly Derienzo and Jason Lee with the USMA representative, Maj. Matthew Pride. Pictured below: (l-r) Sr. Barbara Coyle, Guidance Department; Maj. Matthew Pride, USMA; Jordan Lee ‘10; Kelly Derienzo ‘10; Jason Lee ‘10; Bro. Leonard Conway, Principal, and Robyn Armon, Director of Guidance and College Counseling, pose for a photo after the official presentations were made.
Annual Arts Festival
Students and graduates of St. Francis Prep’s Arts program have earned countless awards and distinctions, confirming its reputation in the Brooklyn-Queens community as a standout high school for art education. On May 22nd St. Francis Prep’s Art department presented its “Festival of the Arts.” It was an impressive display of our student’s talent and our faculty’s ability to bring out the best work in their students. Prep offers a wide range of course selections —more than any other school in the area—and these courses range from Mechanical/Architectural Drawing to Advanced Dance Technique, and Computer Graphics to Art History. Other Art Department courses include, but are not limited to, Two-Dimensional Design, Intro to Performing Arts, Advanced Studio in Art, Fine Arts, Technical/Commercial Art, Performing & Theater Arts, Drawing from Life, Painting, Photography, Animation, ThreeDimensional Design, Fashion Design, Theater Design and Production, Computer Graphics, Web Page Design, History of Cinema, and Acting.
It’s no wonder that the Prep decided to dedicate another 8,000 square feet of space (in the former convent) for a new “Art Education Center.” (See page 30 for complete details.) When it’s complete , SFP Art Department Chair, Lisa Schaefer-Heuer ‘87, would like to invite all alumni back for a special reunion.
Music Depart m e nt ’s Be n ef i t C o n c e r t at St. Franc is Of Assi si C h u rc h i n M a n h atta n
SFP Music Department’s “Instruments of Peace” benefit concert was held on Friday, April 16th at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Manhattan. Funds raised went to offset the travel costs associated with the trip to London that included four performances and participation in a cultural tour. (See following page for more details.) 20
Student Musicians Travel to London To Perform Concerts and Tour City
On June 29th, 70 students in St. Francis Prep’s Jazz Band, Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra embarked on a four-concert tour of London. In addition to the four concerts the group presented, they participated in many educational and cultural tours. Plans are in the works for next year!!
June 30, 2010 The tour group, consisted of members of seven music faculty, 70 students, alumni and three parents. They arrived in London on June 30th, enjoyed some sightseeing and made a visit to the Royal Academy of Music’s renowned Museum by Tube.
July 1, 2010 Panoramic city tour, including a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, a drive by Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, and Buckingham Palace, home of the Changing of the Guard. Afterward, a visit to Westminster Abbey. The choir and orchestra performed their first concert at the Guild Church of St. Margaret Pattens in Eastcheap.
July 2, 2010 Travelled to the reconstructed Globe Theatre for an authentic feel of Shakespeare’s life and times including a workshop, conducted by actors, that introduced students to both the plays of Shakespeare and the conditions in which Elizabethan actors worked. Students even had a chance to do some impromptu singing and test the acoustics. Later, all groups performed together at Saint Mary’s, Osterley.
July 3, 2010
July 4, 2010
Visited Windsor Castle, the official residence of the British reigning monarch, the Queen. Returned to London with a drive by Runnymede, site of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 1215. The Jazz Band and Orchestra gave a concert performance in Victoria Embankment Gardens. Evening visit to the London Eye for the best aerial view of London.
The morning included a cruise along the Thames, and there was free time for group led, organized activities. In the afternoon all groups presented a concert for the Star and Garter Retirement Community in Richmond, Surrey. The group celebrated the end of their successful performance tour and American Independence Day with dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Photos by Mikyle Yuvienco ‘08 and Rosie Pignataro ‘YR
Caption for photos at left go here.
Top photo: A group photo at Embankment Gardens. Middle row (l-r): Big Ben; Students outside of Widsor Castle; Buckingham Palace; St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge. Bottom row, left: Student musicians (l-r) James Lin ‘11, Gabriela Moscoso ‘10, Daniel Agielczyk ‘10, Karina Moscoso ‘10, and Thomas Barricelli ‘11. Music Faculty members and chaperones. Right: Helen Lee (tour manager), Rosie Pignataro ‘03, Mark Krolikowski, Nicola Watts (tour manager), Joseph Higgins, Murat Karaca, Robert Johnston, Mark Teofilio and Dr. Robert Corbino, Chair of the SFP Music Department.
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Notre Dame Vision “A week of fellowship and faith” June 28th-July 3rd, South Bend, IN
Franciscan Immersion Experience:
St. Francis Secondary School
Students traveled to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN and attended the ND VISION program which brings high school students from all over the country together in order to share a week of fun, spiritual activities and where they explore leadership and vocational opportunities. It was a week filled with interactive group sessions, liturgies, and musical gatherings. The program is led by members of the Notre Dame community – students, staff and alumni alike – showing their dedication to their school and faith lives. “It gave our students the time and place to focus on how they can use their gifts to serve others and develop a deeper, more personal relationship with God,” said Mrs. George Anne Kotowicz, Campus Minister for Liturgy & Worship and coordinator of this trip. This is the second year SFP participated in the program and it has become an important component to our vocation awareness efforts.
Students and chaperones traveled back to New Orleans for the fifth year to continue our volunteer efforts to help people rebuild after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
St. Francis Secondary School in Lare, Kenya was founded by the Franciscan Brothers of Galway, the same religious congregation that founded SFP. The school operates in the Catholic Diocese of Nakur and the students come from very poor families. Several of the children were orphaned by the 2008 election violence and the families are now hard hit by the on-going two year drought. Last year, donations from SFP community enabled the principal to pay school fees and food for some of the orphaned students. This year, St. Francis Prep students’ Lenten Collection was designated to buy bicycles for these Kenyan students. Many have to walk more than 5 miles (one way) to school each day. Often they arrive late, fatigued and unable to concentrate. The Prep community raised enough to purchase 60 bicycles.
New Orleans: June 29-July 5 Camden NJ: July 12-17
In Camden, students began the week learning about being poor in the State of New Jersey at the Romero Center social justice education program called Urban Challenge. Students were given $3.00 each, grouped in a family of 3 or 4, and had to shop and prepare three meals based on the daily allotment for a person living on government assistance. The group was pushed by the reality of this welfare exercise to better understand the realities of the residents of the second poorest city in the United States.
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“Give from your Cor”
Haitian Earthquake Relief & Response
During the school year, SFP partners with a community organization called Midnight Run whose mission is to connect people living in homes with those without housing. Their volunteers serve as “guides” for our buses bringing us to designated meeting areas throughout Manhattan.
The 2010 Thanksgiving Food Drive brought in a record number of donations to benefit nine different community agencies this year. Each Cor (homeroom) was tasked with collecting donations for one of these agencies. For example, some Cors were challenged to bring in enough food to feed one family for one week. The donated items were brought to the auditorium and blessed at the Thanksgiving Mass. Presentations were made by the students to representative from: St. Aloysius Social Outreach; Incarnation Food Pantry; Presentation Soup Kitchen; Hour Children’s House; Queen of Peace Residence; St. John’s Bread and Life; St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Gertrude Catholic Church; and Women Helping Women. “The drive teaches the students the importance of assisting struggling families in our city and demonstrates what we can accomplish collectively as a Franciscan school,” said Christian Sullivan, Director of Campus Ministry.
Our students responded to the crisis in Haiti by conducting a variety of fund raising activities which helped raise over $13,000 from every part of the SFP Community. The proceeds of these efforts went directed to:
The SFP community gathers donations of clothing, hygiene products, blankets, and shoes in preparation for this outreach effort to our brothers and sisters who are homeless in NYC. Student volunteers are responsible to prepare meal bags, sort donations, and make care packages and then distribute these goods in person on the designated nights.
(1) Catholic Relief Services. (2) The Gaskov Clerge Foundation which sponsored a team of medical professionals who travelled to Haiti, bringing supplies and providing medical assistance. Our very own SFP alumna Dr. Anne Fils-AimeJoseph ‘83 was part of the that group. (3) The family of Mr. Boston Charles, member of our maintenance department, whose family was very adversely affected by the tragedy in Haiti. (4) An SFP student, who is a cousin of recent alumnae and was sent to live with her family in Queens after her Catholic school in Haiti was demolished. 23
TERRIER VARSITY ATHLETICS (2009-10 RECAP) Boys Basketball Brooklyn/Queens Division I 7th Place City Play-offs , 1st Round Girls Basketball Brooklyn/Queens Division I, 6th Place State Play-offs, Semi-Finalist Baseball Brooklyn/Queens – 3rd Place City Play-offs -2nd Round Bowling 2009 CITY CHAMPIONS Football AA Division – 4th Place AA Play-off – Semi-finalist Golf A Division 2nd Place City Play-off – Quarter finalist Gymnastics Division 3rd Place
Handball 2010 CITY CHAMPIONS
Boys Swimming Division 1 – 4th Place
Hockey B Division – 3rd Place Play-off – Finalist
Girls Swimming Division 1 – 4th Place
Boys Lacrosse B Division – 4th Place Play-off – Semi-finalist Girls Lacrosse B Division – 3rd Place Play-off – Semi-finalist Boys Soccer Brooklyn/Queens Div. I – 2nd Place City Play-off – Finalist
Girls Tennis 2009 CITY & STATE CHAMPIONS MAYOR’S CUP CHAMPION Boys Tennis 2010 CITY CHAMPIONS Boys Track & Field Brooklyn/Queens – 2nd Place Girls Track & Field Brooklyn/Queens – 2nd Place
Girls Soccer Division 1 – 4th Place Play-off – Semi-finalist
Boys Volleyball Division 5th Place Play-off – Quarter finalist
Softball Brooklyn/Queens 2nd Place Play-off – Finalist
Girls Volleyball 2009 BROOKLYN/QUEENS CHAMPIONS
2010 Undefeated Varsity and JV Handball Team
AT H L E T I C S H O N O R S
The Prep honored members of the Athletics Department this year. Coach Tom Finn H’02, who passed away last October after his battle with Cancer, was honored at the 17th Annual Alumni Golf Classic together with current and long-time basketball coach, Tim Leary ‘63. (See p. 42.) Joanne Wagner and Dorothy Cassano were recognized as Honorary Alumnae of the Prep by the Alumni Association at the Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 1st. (See related story on p. 38.) Judith Turner was awarded The Canticle Citation for 25 years of outstanding and dedicated service to the Prep Community at the Feast of St. Francis Liturgy on October 2nd. Congratulations to one and all!
Coach Tim Leary ‘63 Celebrates 40 years of Prep Basketball Congratulations to Coach Tim Leary ‘63 who recently celebrated his 40th Anniversary with the Prep Basketball program. Of course, that’s not counting his four years as a student Terrier. (See yearbook photo on right.) He hasn’t aged a bit!
Alumni, family and friends of the late John “Zeek” Marchassalla ‘79 present a scholarship award in John’s memory to Frank Campisi ‘11 at the Annual Football Awards Dinner. Pictured above (l-r): Royce Mulholland ‘79, Tony Truzzolino ‘79, Garret Oswald ‘79, Bob Brady ‘79, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Campisi and their son, Frank; Tony LaMonica ‘79, Bart Sweeney ‘78, Frank Rizzo ‘84, Brian Ryan ‘79, and Coach Vince O’Connor.
“Battle on the Boulevard” Brings Rivals Together For Common Good
Prep and Holy Cross put aside their intense athletic rivalry for one night in order to raise money (and awareness) for the victims of the disaster in Haiti. In the process, Prep reconnected with Theresa Chillianis ‘89, a General Manager at MSG Varsity and Dylan Butler ‘92 , a sports writer at The New York Post and the game was televised on MSG.
Theresa Chillianis ‘89
Dylan Butler ‘92
Annual Christmas Party for Our Friends with Special Needs
Students, parents, faculty and alumni continued the tradition that the late Sr. Joseph Agnes began so many years ago when she brought Christmas cheer into the lives of others at this annual event. It began with the celebration of Mass. Volunteers then served refreshments and presented gifts to each of the guests. We thank everyone who help keep this tradition alive especially Suzanne Camus, SFP faculty and Elaine Carrol ‘83.
ALUMNI CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2010-2011 Thursday, September 23, 2010 Philadelphia Area Alumni Chapter Reception
Thursday, January 13, 2011 Legal and Court Professions Chapter Alumni Reception
Thursday, October 14, 2010 Homecoming: Threeon-Three Basketball Tournament at the Prep
Thursday, February 10, 2011 Healthcare Services Sector Alumni Chapter Reception
Friday, October 15, 2010 Homecoming: SFP Night at Sullivan’s in Bayside Saturday, October 16, 2010 Homecoming: A Day at Belmont Race Track AND Football Game vs. Fordham Prep (7 PM at Mitchell Field) Sunday, October 17, 2010 Homecoming: 5K Fun Run at the Prep
2010 Football Schedule DAY Fri. Sun. Sun. Sat. Fri.
DATE September 10th th September 19 September 26th October 2nd October 8th
VARSITY SCHEDULE TIME OPPONENT 7:00 pm Holy Cross 3:30 pm Mount St. Michael 1:00 pm Iona Prep 1:30 pm St. Joseph by the Sea 6:30 pm Xaverian
Sat. Fri. Fri.
October 16th October 22nd October 29th
7:00 pm 7:30 pm 6:00 pm
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DATE September 11th September 18th September 25th October 2nd October 9th October 16th October 23rd October 30th
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DATE September 18th September 25th October 2nd October 9th October 16th October 23rd October 30th November 6th
Fordham Prep Kellenberg Msgr. Farrell
JUNIOR VARSITY SCHEDULE TIME OPPONENT 10:00 am Cardinal Hayes 10:00 am Holy Cross 10:00 am Iona Prep 10:00 am St. John Baptist 10:00 am Xaverian 10:00 am Stepinac 10:00 am Kellenberg 10:00 am Cardinal Spellman FRESHMAN SCHEDULE TIME OPPONENT 10:00 am Cardinal Hayes 10:00 am Christ the King 3:00 pm Kellenberg 10:00 am Xaverian 10:00 am Holy Cross 10:00 am St. John Baptist 10:00 am 10:00 am Stepinac
SITE Mitchell Athletic Complex Mitchell Athletic Complex Mitchell Athletic Complex St. Joseph By the Sea Kings Bay Mitchell Athletic Complex Mitchell Athletic Complex Mitchell Athletic Complex
SITE Van Cortland Park Stadium Crocheron Park Kings Bay Kellenberg Cardinal Spellman SITE Van Cortland Park Stadium Juniper Valley Park Kellenberg Crocheron Park St. John Baptist Cardinal Spellman
Thursday, October 21, 2010 Washington D.C. Area Alumni Chapter Reception Sunday, November 07, 2010 Annual Alumni Memorial Mass & Brunch Saturday, November 20, 2010 Class of 2005 5th Anniversary Reunion Saturday, December 11, 2010 Christmas Party for Our Friends with Special Needs Saturday, January 8, 2011 Class of 2001 10th Anniversary Reunion
Saturday, March 05, 2011 Florida Area Alumni Chapter Reunion Saturday, March 12, 2011 Class of 1991 20th Anniversary Reunion and Class of 1996 15th Anniversary Reunion Saturday, March 26, 2011 Principal’s Dinner for Benefactors and Trustees Saturday, April 09, 2011 Alumni Spring Reunion Classes of ‘36, ‘41, ‘46, ‘51, ‘56, ‘61, ‘66, ‘71, ‘76, ‘81, ‘86 & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Thursday, May 5, 2011 Financial Services Sector Alumni Chapter Reception Thursday, May 12, 2011 Greater Boston Area Alumni Chapter Reception Monday, June 20, 2011 18th Annual Golf Classic at The Cherry Valley Club
Call: (718) 423-8810, ext. 268 or 259 Register Online: alumni.sfponline.org Mail: (see mailing address on back cover)
The SFP Community showed their pride once again as hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, staff, administrators, family and friends marched up Fifth Avenue in NYC!
S T. PAT R I C K â€™ S D AY PA R A D E
PRINCIPAL’S DINNER The Annual Principal’s Dinner helps to recognize and thank the Prep’s key benefactors, trustees, and administrators for their many generous contributions to the school. Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F. hosted the event on Saturday, April 17th in the Prep’s Library. Alumni, spouses, family members, SFP staff members and friends were in attendance—over 100 people in all. As they dined, Brother Leonard gave his “State of the Prep” address, and Kelly DeRienzo ‘10, who has been accepted to the USMA at West Point and Amanda Munoz ‘10, who will be attending Boston University, spoke about their wonderful experiences at the Prep and the tremendous value of a Prep education. Photos at right: 1. (l-r) Lisa ‘84 and Joe ‘84 Donini with Bro. Leonard Conway. 2. (l-r) Bro. Robert Kent with Jacqueline and John Paguaga ‘78 3. (l-r) Gerry Scales ‘76, Eileen LeMonda ‘78 and Bob Angeletti, Director of Development. 4. (l-r) Bill Dunn ‘59, Coach Vince O’Connor H’84, Coach Jim McHugh H’92, and Peter Corritori ‘59. 5. (l-r) Dr. & Mrs. Gerry Compito ‘76 and Bro. Dominic Quigley H’04. 6. Kelly DeRienzo and her parents pose with Assistant Principal, Patrick McLaughlin ‘73
ANNUAL MASS OF REMEMBRANCE
On Sunday, November 1st, alumni, family and friends gathered at the Prep for Mass, the blessing of the latest additions of memorial bricks on the Pathway to St. Francis, raising of the memorial banner in honor of former baseball and basketball coach Jack Phelan, and brunch following Memorial Mass. Over 400 alumni, family and friends participated in this annual event.
Prep Breaks Ground for its new Physical Education and Art Education Centers
On Sunday, June 13th St. Francis Prep broke ground for the new Coach Vince O’Connor Physical Education and Athletic Training Center and a new Art Education Center. On a quiet, sunny Sunday morning, members of the SFP Board of Trustees, Franciscan Brothers, benefactors, and faculty and student representatives assembled under a large white tent outside of the cafeteria for a long anticipated event—a ground breaking for the new Art Education and Physical Education Centers. “We have been looking forward to this day for quite a while now,” Bro. Leonard Conway OSF, Principal of the Prep, told the gathering.
How it all Began A little over three years ago Prep commissioned a national leader in educational facilities design and construction to conduct a very thorough assessment of the current facilities and determine a course of action for the future. That analysis started the process of planning for a major Capital Improvement Program designed to transform the Prep into a truly modern, twentyfirst century educational facility. This “master plan” called for the expansion of the physical plant in order to help enhance current academic programs, meet the challenges of the future, and upgrade the school’s infrastructure to support all new and existing academic spaces. The Board of Trustees adopted this comprehensive revitalization program.
“Today’s ground breaking for our Physical Education and Art Education Centers (Phase II of the modernization program) will also include major technology upgrades, a key element of which will be the installation of a SmartBoard in every classroom,” Bro. Leonard continued. 30
Construction plans for the additions and alterations that are underway.
A very prominent banner on the facade of Prep and street level signage boldly announce the start of a new era for Prep with construction plans that are set to move forward on the first major improvement program since Prep relocated from Brooklyn in 1974.
One Project, Several Phases In the spring of 2007, Perkins Eastman was selected as the architectural firm, and the Prep retained the services of Tritec Building Company to oversee the overall project. They began the task of planning and designing what would eventually become a $30 million long-term “Master Plan” for the school that would be completed in several different phases. However, last year’s economic uncertainties forced the school to adjust the building and renovation timetable.
“The master plan is still intact,” Bro. Leonard assured everyone at the ground breaking ceremony. He continued, “$9 million in infrastructure improvements were completed this Fall.” Bro. Leonard was referring to the complete upgrade of the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and electrical systems. He also stated, “Future phases include a new building that will house our science and music programs, while the final piece involves creating a new front entranceway to the school with new administrative offices and a large chapel that will become the focal point of all our endeavors.”
Shaded by a large white canopy, alumni, faculty and friends of Prep listen as Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F., speaks about the timetable for all future construction endeavors.
Prep Breaks Ground for its new Physical Education and Art Education Centers on June 13th.
SFP Principal, Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F., and Superior General of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, Bro. Bill Boslet, O.S.F., lead the ground-breaking ceremony. Pictured from left to right: Joseph Walker ‘57, Peter Callahan ‘59, Bro. Bill, Coach Vince O’Connor, Bro. Leonard and John Brown ‘76
“Footing the Bill” A key component of the financing plan for this project has been a major capital campaign that was originally inaugurated at Prep’s 150th Anniversary Gala in Brooklyn on October 4, 2008. “It was a very auspicious start to the campaign at that time, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of several families and individuals,” said Bob Angeletti, the Director of Development at St. Francis Prep. One could sense the renewed optimism and excitement in Bro. Leonard’s voice as he proclaimed, “We are now ready to begin the campaign anew, and I am very pleased to announce The Campaign for St. Francis Prep— The Next 150—our renewed effort that will build upon the more than $5 million that has already been committed toward our long-term goal of at least $15 million.” Key Leadership Donors and Members of the Campaign Council include alumni Vincent ‘53 and Paulette Toscano, Joseph Walker ‘57, John Brown ‘76, and, Peter 32
Callahan ‘59, whose generosity will help establish the Coach Vince O’Connor Physical Education and Athletic Training Center. (See illustration on next page.) This state-of-the-art facility will honor and recognize Vince O’Connor’s more than 55 years of dedicated service to thousands of student athletes at St. Francis Prep, and the Franciscan Brothers, the faculty and staff, alumni and friends are all very pleased by this prospect.
“We are now ready to begin the campaign anew, and I am very pleased to announce The Campaign for St. Francis Prep— The Next 150—our renewed effort that will build upon the more than $5 million that has already been committed toward our long-term goal of at least $15 million.” –Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F.
The school also announced that the fully renovated Football Training Facility that will be part of this new Physical Education and Athletic Training Center will be named for the Prep’s former assistant coach Frank Nastro. (See next page.) The school’s new Art Education Center will be located at the top of the west wing of the building complex, in the former convent. Earlier this year, the area was prepped to make ready for a modern 8,000 square foot facility that will house the full-range of visual and fine arts programs. The SFP Art Department currently offers 30+ courses—more than any high school in the area.
“These additions will transform Prep into a truly modern, twenty-first century educational facility.” —Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F. The new Art Education Center will include: • New classrooms for: --Fine arts --Mechanical drawing --Sculpture --Fashion design --Graphic arts • A digital “dark room” and electronic media center The Art Education Center
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Prep Breaks Ground for its new Physical Education and Art Education Centers on June 13th.
Key Leadership Donors & Members of The Campaign Council
Joseph Walker ‘57
John Brown ‘76
Vincent ‘53 & Paulette H’08 Toscano
Construction is Underway on Phase II of the Capital Improvement Program
Signs of construction activity are evident all around the Prep’s campus this summer as work is getting under way on the new Art Education and Physical Education Centers. After the official end of the academic year this past June, a temporary “Construction Field Office” was placed next to the school. (See photo below, on top right.) Construction materials were delivered to the roof via crane (photo on bottom right). The former convent, located on the top of the west wing of the school, was completely gutted and prepped (see photo below, bottom left) to make ready for a modern 8,000 square foot facility that will house the full-range of visual and fine arts programs. Bro. Leonard has been meeting extensively throughout the process with the architects and construction personnel. (See photo on top left below.)
Follow the construction progress online at: http://alumni.sfponline.org
Class of 2004’s 5th Anniversary Reunion on November 21, 2009
Class of 2000’s 10th Anniversary Reunion on January 9, 2010
View and download all of the photos at: http://alumni.sfponline.org Click on PHOTO GALLERY
Class of 1995’s 15th Anniversary Reunion & Class of 1990’s 20th Anniversary Reunion on March 13, 2010
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Alumni Spring Reunion Saturday, May 1, 2010
The St. Francis Prep Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding members of the Alumni community who demonstrate the true Franciscan spirit and whose achievements, service to the community, and loyalty to alma mater distinguish them from others. Honorary Alumnus status is bestowed upon members of the Prep community who, while not Prep graduates, they have otherwise exhibited a deep devotion to furthering the mission of St. Francis Prep. Recognition Medals are presented to the members of the 50th, 55th, 60th and 70th anniversary classes. A Reunion Celebration with live music from our student ensembles and a DJ, dinner and class photos for 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th, 55th, 60th and 70th classes follows immediately after the Mass and ceremony.
2 0 1 0 H A L L O F FA M E I N D U C T E ES MARC HAMLIN ‘84 was a starter and member of the 1983 football team that went undefeated and earned national ranking. Hamlin continued to play football at Marist College and was captain of the team while earning an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. Marc went on to to earn an advanced degree in public administration from Troy State and is also a graduate of the University of Lousiville’s Southern Police Institute—a very prestigious police management program in which he was a Dean’s Scholar and president of the class. Marc moved to Tampa Baby in 1990 and joined the police department there. Five years later, he was promoted to detective and worked undercover. He received the department’s highest recognition after he recovered from a gunshot wound while on the job. Two more promotions followed, the second involving the narcotics task force. In 1998, he became the supervisor of a vice squad for four years. Two years ago, Marc was promoted to major and went on to become the lead law enforcement officer for the 2009 Super Bowl. Later that same year he was appointed as the youngest Assistant Chief of Police in the department. Marc and his wife Paige have three wonderful boys and reside in Valrico, FL. WALLY BISHOP ‘80 has been a familiar presence at Prep since he enrolled as a freshman nearly 35 years ago. He has served as both a member and the President of the SFP Alumni Association Board of Directors, and has helped lead, plan and organize hundreds of events and outreach activities for Prep alumni. Wally has over 25 years of experience in the financial services profession. He began his career with Peat Marwick in 1984 as an audit manager and left there in 1990 to join Nordbanken where he served as Controller. From 1995-97 he served as Chief Administrative Officer at Barclay’s Bank and then moved to Deutsche Bank, where he currently serves as a Managing Director and Head of the Independent Control Office. Wally and his wife Lisa have three wonderful children and they reside in Westbury, NY. DENNIS MCDERMOTT ‘70 played basketball at St. Francis Prep and in his senior year his team finished third in the CHSAA. He was awarded a basketball scholarship to St. Francis College and graduated in 1974 as the all-time leading scorer. (He was also a draft selection for the New York Knicks.) Dennis then served as Athletic Director at Packer Collegiate Institute and Assistant Basketball Coach at St. Francis College. In 1983 Dennis left the field of education and embarked on a career on Wall Street. After 15 years as a municipal bond broker, Dennis returned to education when he became the Athletic Director at Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge. Dennis earned his Masters from Brooklyn College in 1980 and then joined St. Francis College as Alumni Director where he continues to serve to this day. He was inducted into the St. Francis College Hall of Fame in 1987 and his number “22” was retired that same year —the only number to be retired at St. Francis College. Dennis a strong supporter and active volunteer for many non-profit organizations. Dennis and his wife, Cathy, reside in Brooklyn. 38
2010 HONORARY ALUMNI JOSEPH CASTELLANO, Asst. Principal for Curriculum and Instruction
Joe began teaching English at St. Francis Prep in September 1983 and has taught at all grade levels. He began serving as an Assistant Principal in 1992, and has continued to teach at least one class each year. He also devotes time to work with students in the Prep’s Writing Center. Joe grew up in Jackson Heights and lived there until five years ago, when he and his family relocated to Glen Head. He and his wife, Mary, just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have two children, Claire and Cecilia, who are 16. Joe is an avid reader and he enjoys travelling and cooking. Joe is highly-regarded by his present and former students and admired by his colleagues.
DOROTHY CASSANO, Assistant to the Director of Athletics
Dorothy has been a dedicated staff member of the St. Francis Prep community since 1974 when the Prep relocated to Fresh Meadows, Queens. She has worked as an administrative assistant for her entire career at Prep. Dorothy and her husband Jimmy raised three sons, all of whom attended SFP. She has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the athletes, faculty and coaching staff at St. Francis Prep and is admired by everyone at the school.
JOANN WAGNER, Girls Basketball Coach
Joann began coaching at Prep in 1975. She has been selected as Coach of the Year five times and was inducted into the CHSAA Hall of Fame in 1993. Joann brings so much to the program: a solid work ethic, dedication and concern for the students and integrity. Her six children, Brian, Maureen, Tim, Kevin, PJ and Danny have all been student athletes at Prep. Three were the Al Powers Award recipients for being outstanding student athletes in their senior year. In 1997, Joann became a member of the Prep faculty and is a member of the Phys Ed department.
ALUMNI BOARD SERVICE RECOGNITION Bro. Leonard Conway also made presentations to two members of the SFP Alumni Board for their years of volunteer service and dedication: Nancy Donato ‘76 (pictured on left) for her 15 years of service and Larry Schiralli ‘80 (pictured at right) for his 25 years of volunteer service. Thank you to Nancy and Larry, and all of the members of the Alumni Board, for your loyalty to Prep!
SAVE THE DATE: 2011 HALL OF FAME & SPRING REUNION Celebrating the anniversary classes of: 1986, 1981, 1976, 1971, 1966, 1961, 1956, 1951, 1946 & 1941
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May 1, 2010
Annual Spring Reunion &
& Golden Terrier Medal Presentations
Annual Golf Classic Honors Long-Time Coaches Tim Leary ‘63 and Tom Finn H ‘02 (posthumously)
Coach Tim Leary ‘63
Coach Tom Finn H’02
On Monday, June 21st the Prep Community joined together once again for the 17th Annual Golf Classic at Cherry Valley Club in Garden City. This year’s honorees were Coach Tim Leary ‘63 and the late Coach Tom Finn H’02. Over 150 golfers and more than 250 dinner guests participated on a beautiful day to raise money for the Prep’s scholarship and sponsorship programs. Tritec Building Company, the managing contractor for the Prep’s Capital Improvement Program, sponsored the event, while BMS/Bank of New York Mellon, CulinArt, and John J. Brown ‘76 provided additional major sponsorships. A live auction, silent auction, top-drawer raffle (with great prizes), and a 50/50 raffle (with $900 to the winner) were all part of the festivities, along with the wonderful presentations to honor and recognize Coach Leary and Coach Finn for their many accomplishments. Top photo: Tim Leary ‘63 (left), Bro. Robert Kent (center) and Claudia Leary at the presentation during dinner. Bottom photo: (l-r) Justin Kelly ‘69, Kathy Finn Feeley ‘79 , Danny Finn, Bro. Robert Kent, and Brian Finn accept the honor on behalf of their late brother, Tom Finn H’02.
GOLF CLASSIC AWARD WINNERS Putting Contest Tony Flynn
Kevin Sweeney, Tony Lopez
Gerilyn Coccia, Bob Burden
Closest-to-the-line Chris Janson
Low Net Teams (tie)
Jane Modry, Brian Wagner, Allen Caliman, Elena Caliman; and Vincent Porecca, Frank Mancini, Joe Trotti, Bernie McGovern
Low Gross Teams
(1st): Robert Williams, Brian Ott, Murat Kuraca, Kevin Collucci (2nd): Marty Tener, Martin Murphy, Damien Tener, Phil Amadeo
Low Net Individual Score Richard Luciano (72)
Low Gross Individual Score Martin Murphy (78)
17 th Annual Golf Classic
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
EVENT SPONSOR TRITEC Building Company Inc.
LUNCHEON SPONSOR John J. Brown ‘76
DINNER SPONSOR CulinArt
JOURNAL SPONSORS Wally Bishop ‘80 Mike Mongelli ‘79
RAFFLE PRIZE SPONSORS Anaconda Sports John Campo, Esq. Tom Gebert ‘79 • Primary Land Services Harvard Maintenance Inc. Jones and Schwartz, P.C.
GOLF CARTS SPONSOR UnitedHealthcare
HOLE-IN-ONE SPONSOR Tower Ford of Great Neck, NY
COCKTAIL HOUR SPONSOR Bankruptcy Management Solutions, Inc. (BMS) & BNY Mellon
DRIVING RANGE SPONSORS Bob Adams ‘80 Jeff Alter ‘80
JOIN US NEXT YEAR: Monday, June 20, 2011
Alumni Director’s Message It’s hard to believe that we have already wrapped up another year. It has been a year of great change and new beginnings. We are proud to highlight some events and activities which challenge and improve us in our educational endeavors. I am even more energized BRO. ROBERT KENT about this school year and the opportunities for the future. In conjunction with the launching of Phase II of the St. Francis Prep’s Capital Improvement Program and Sesquicentennial Campaign, The Coach Vince O’Conor Physical Education and Athletic Training Center and the Art Education Center will help enhance our entire educational programs. Along with the addition of the latest in educational technology (A SMART board in every classroom) and growing support from students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni; all vital ingredients that have coalesced to create an atmosphere more exciting and comprehensive programs of instruction.
The Class of 1955 at the Annual Spring Reunion
We are grateful for your gifts of all kinds, your time as a volunteer, your confidence in recommending the Prep to a friend or family member. Strength rejoices in new challenges ahead of us. I thank you for your enthusiastic partnership with us to educate the next generation of Prepsters and fulfill your Alma Mater’s missions. Your ongoing involvement and support are vital.
The Class of 1950 at the Annual Spring Reunion
Thank you again for your generous and caring support as we welcome our new frosh. Please know that all are welcome to join us as we offer a number of opportunities to celebrate our past and future. Please remember all the members of the Prep family in your prayers. May the blessings of St. Francis be with you and your families. In gratitude, Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F.
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Joe ‘57 and Clare Walker Christmas is not complete for the Walkers without a visit from their friend, and favorite Principal, Bro. Leonard Conway in Florida!
1945 A.T. Abbatemarco served in Gen. Eisenhower’s Honor Guard in Europe and retired in 1968 from the Military. 1949 Father Kieran Fergus has been an ardent support of Prep this year by being present to support SFP at a few events. He, along with Msgr. Ed McCullough ’59 and Prep’s chaplain, Fr. Bill Sweeney, concelebrated the “Return to North 6th Street” Mass on October 3, 2009. He also came out in support of our student musicians on April 16, when they performed a benefit concert at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Manhattan. 1950 George J. Clough was appointed National Legal Counsel of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Robert F. Koehler was a member of the 1952 US Olympic Water Polo Team, under the guidance of coach Thomas Booras. John L. Schultz retired from DuPont but is still working under contract. He is a cantor at a church in Wilmington Del. He is a runner, and has taken part in about 100 races a year. He couldn’t make it to the reunion because he was scheduled to run a marathon (26.2 meters) the next day. He still uses the Latin he learned at the Prep and earned a Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota in 1959. 1951 Jack M. Prenderville served as New York State Athletic Commissioner and introduced the Thumbless Glove (avoiding eye injuries) to boxing. Robert J. Fey spent 32 years as a Math Teacher and Swim Coach. He has been retired for 15 years. His wife, Carol, is a retired Art Teacher. They have two children Kate and Chris. Kate teaches first grade and Chris is in Law School at Santa Clara, CA. 1955 Charles J. Cain and his wife Mary Lou Fitzgerald have four children (Charles, Carolyn, Justine & Courtney), and nine grandchildren. He has been employed for over 40 years in commercial banking as a Vice President/Commercial Lending Officer for Chase Manhattan Bank, Natwest Bank and Provident Bank. Frank J. Nappi has been a Eucharistic Minister at Maria Regina R.C. ChurchSeaford N.Y. for more than 21 years.
They Have a Lot to “Crowe” About: The five Crowe brothers are all loyal and proud St. Francis Prep Alumni. They span the “Baltic Street” to the “North 6th Street” eras. They posed for the above photo while enjoying the cocktail hour at the SFP Annual Golf Classic on June 21st at Cherry Valley Club in Garden City! Pictured: John ‘54, Arthur ‘57, William ‘62, Robert ‘66 and David ‘69. We thank you for your loyalty and steadfast support! William B. Connolly has been married for 48 years to his wife, Mary. They are the proud parents of five daughters. He retired from Unilever Corporation after 25 years of service in 1999. The most rewarding job he had was his volunteer service on Madison, CT Ambulance from 1979 to 1990. He says, “Helping sick, injured, especially elderly and children is the most rewarding experience an individual can encounter. 1957 Edward E. Connaghan lived on Empire Boulevard in Brooklyn while attending SFP. He married Anne Sweeney and they have four daughters, and they lived in St. Thomas Acquinas parish (Flatlands) for 38 years before he retired from the NYPD and moved to Sussex County, NJ. Joseph E. Thompson has been married for over 43 years to Susanne Fitzpatrick. They have three married children and eight wonderful grandchildren. Joe is still teaching at Villanova University in the Political Science Department after 40 years. 1958 Frederick A. Palumbo is the Chair of the Management & Marketing departments at Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University in New York.
Vincent Emilio ‘57 wrote, “The three of us in this photo are 1957 alums of SFP. We found each other through the SFP alumni website and met for dinner in Dobbs Ferry, NY with our wives. We are (from left to right), Chuck Colleti and his wife Roe, Hank Justus and his wife Patricia, and me, Vincent Emilio and my wife Susan. We attended the last anniversary at the old Brooklyn SFP along with another classmate, Robert Furey.”
William J. Shin is semi-retired and works as a contract consultant for strategic global procurement. He exercises at the health club several times a week and enjoys fishing, photography, computer and sports activities. 1960 Louis G. Alba retired from IBM after 30 years and also retired from high school teaching. He published a book on growing up in Brooklyn in 2008. He is continuing his writing career while serving as a substitute teacher. Lou was instrumental in helping organize the Class of 1960’s 50th Anniversary Reunion Celebration this past spring. Peter M. Swist currently resides in Franklin Lakes, NJ with his wife, Ann, of 40 years. His mom, Mary, turned 100 in January of this year. He is active in local charitable and national professional associations.
Golden Anniversary Class of 1960 Reunion Planning Committee members gathered together a few times to reach out to members of their 50th Anniversary Class to help participation in the weekend’s events. Seated: Ben Ruggiero, Bob O’Rourke, Bro. Robert Kent, Alumni Director. Standing: Jim Dunphy, Bill Hickey, and Lou Alba.
Joseph T. Skerrett earned his PhD. from Yale University in 1975. He retired from U. Mass, Amherst in 2009 after 40 years of college teaching there and elsewhere. Philip J. Wierzbicki has been married for 42 years and retired in 2006. He has two children: Dr. Dania Wierzbicki, Allergy and Immunology, and Dr. Derek Wierzbicki, Emergency room medicine & hyperbaric medicine. Patrick J. Carroll has seven children and 14 grandchildren. He has earned numerous police community awards over his fortyfive years in policing career which includes 28 years with the NYPD and 17 years with New Rochelle Police Department. Anthony J. Biancaniello has two children and three grandchildren. Charles T. Obermeyer has a son, Jeffrey, who recently received a Masters Degree in Military History, cum laude, from Norwich University.
A Golden Anniversary Reunion Weekend: In keeping with an old SFP senior class tradition, several members of the Class of 1960 took a Circle Line Boat Ride around Manhattan.
Patrick M. Demery is a retired bank executive after a 43 year career in commercial banking. He is still active as board member of Risk Management Associates and Financial Consulting. Robert P. Costanzo married Anne Bartezs in 1982 and they have two sons: Daniel & Chris. He has enjoyed a rewarding career as an actor in movies, television, and theatre. Bob has also had a voiceover career for 35 years and appeared in the first season of the television series NYPD Blue. John J. O’Connor served on the NYPD for 34 years and board of directors of the Commack Little League. He was also a basketball coach at Christ the King & St. Patrick’s in Smithtown, NY. He is married 42 years and has one son.
Ronald P. D’Amelia is married for 44 years and has four children, and seven
Two deceased members of the Class of 1960 were honored posthumously the the Golden Anniversary Reunion on May 1, 2010. Joseph Conlon was a Deputy Chief Investigator and a Brigadier General in the US Army Reserve whose last assignment was during Operation Desert Storm (left). Lawrence Stack joined the FDNY in 1967 after serving in Vietnam. He perished on 9/11 while working on the ground floor of the North Tower. His children, Brian and Michael (right), both with the FDNY, accepted a plaque in honor of their father.
After the medal presentation ceremony at their Golden Anniversary Reunion, the Class of 1960 posed for a group photo. grandchildren. He retired as senior principal scientist from Kraft/Nabisco Foods Group. He is currently a teaching/research professor of Chemistry at Hofstra University. Peter J. Fitzpatrick is married to Nimia Lopez-Fitzpatrick. They have five children, and three grandchildren. Lawrence M. Laskowski married his wife Veronica in 1964. They have two children and six grandchildren. He established the Brooklyn Tech Intern Program at Con Edison in 2000 and received NYIT Environmental excellence award in 1993. Bartholomew H. Peluso was an editor on the San Fran, and a member of the Power Boat squad and the Poster Club as a student at Prep. Charles E. Traina is married for 38 years to Maria and they have two sons. Gasper C. Calega will be married for 50 years in 2011. He retired from Conrail in 1996 and has three children and five grandchildren. Byron J. Fanning is retired as the Director of Government Affairs from Greyhound, Lines Phoenix, AZ. Alfred J. Sumsky is married for 31 years and has two children. Joseph M. Lisante earned his bachelors degree from The City College of
New York in 1965 and served active duty in the U.S. Marines from 19651968 which included a combat tour in Vietnam. He worked for Chase Bank from 1969-1984 as an operations officer and then the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, from 19842006. He retired in 2006. Stephen P. Morris is married to Shirlyn and they have three children. He retired from the Department of Defense in 1996. James R. Mazzeo has been married for 43 years, three children and four grandchildren. CFO of closely held family multi-billion dollar real estate portfolio. Edward J. Powers has been married for 42 years, two sons, and one grandson. He is a retired New York State Parole Officer. Francis V. Rossano enjoyed a 35 year career as an engineer for Combustion Engineering/ABB/Westinghouse. He has five children & eight grandchildren. Benedict F. Ruggiero had a great time working with Louis Alba and others reconnecting with former classmates and planning for the reunion.
Anthony F. Russo is married 46 years, and has six daughters and eleven grandchildren. Joseph A. Salerno retired from private practice in internal medicine in 2007. Robert M. Sawicki taught English at Walt Whitman High School, Huntington Station, NY for 33 years and retired in 2001. Joseph F. Scholle served in the US Marines from 1965-1976. He piloted a helicopter in Vietnam from October 1967 to October 1968 earning two Purple Hearts and a Distinguished Flying Cross. Daniel J. Scotti is currently retired from the practice of internal medicine. He lives in Vacaville, CA, a smaller city one hour north of San Francisco and one half hour west of Sacramento. 1961 Donald P. Devane and his wife Kathleen have four children and three grandchildren. He retired from the U.S. Treasury Department and enjoys golf, skiing, travel and time with his family. Don has been an active participant in the SFP Washington, DC Alumni Chapter. George Steidle is a Human Resources Consultant for Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. (PB). His entire career has been spent within Human Resources Man-
agement within engineering, high tech and pharmaceutical companies. His wife is an administrator for a local engineering firm and they have been married for nearly 39 years. Thomas E. Oâ€™Brien has three sons and one grandchild. Pierre Dumaine lost his wife of 35 years, Marian, who passed away this past spring after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Please remember Pierre, Marian and their three children and nine grandchildren in your prayers. Salvatore J. Crispi is semi-retired and living in California. He is currently working as a Referee Director for the Walnut Creek Soccer Club and Camp Director, the Piedmont Soccer & Track Camps, the Piedmont Recreation Department. He is still an active Soccer Referee and continues to officiate, Youth, High School, Collegiate and Amateur Soccer Games. In addition, he is a USSF Soccer Assignor for some 500 Officials in eight Leagues and three Associations. John F. McCormack attended Hofstra University and played football. He left in 1964 to join USMC where he served from 1966-68. He spent the next 33 years in the FDNY and retired in 2001. He dabbled as an actor in off Broadway theatre, film, TV, and feature films.
Keeping Ken Cummings ‘64 Memory Alive: Bob Martin ‘67 and John Higgins ‘65 are two SFP classmates who have worked hard to honor the life and memory of Vietnam war veteran Ken Cummings ‘64 over the past several years. The pair helped establish the Ken Cummings Award that is presented each year at the West Point Triathlon. Ken was the captain of the Prep’s swim team that won the city championship in 1963. Ken went on to West Point where he also captained the swim team there. He became a Ranger and served in the war in Vietnam where he died in a helicopter crash in 1969. Each summer, Martin ‘67 and Higgins ‘65, have called on friends, family and the administration of the USMA at West Point to be present for an award at the West Point Triathalon in Ken’s memory. Ken’s widow, daughter and three grandchildren are pictured above at the 2009 event, along with the top male and female cadet winners, Dan Livolsi and Ashley Morgan. Coincidentally, 2010 is the third year since the award’s creation and three members from Prep’s Class of 2010 were accepted to the USMA at West Point. (See story on p. 19.) 1962 Paul D. Duran retired after 42 years in Secondary Education and is now spending more time with his five grandchildren. Francis A. Higbie did a great deal of traveling last year. He and his wife, Lois, flew to England last year and took a pleasant train ride from Minneapolis to Chicago. While in Indianapolis he was able to see classmate, Andy Vasiento— who he hadn’t seen since graduation. He just finished a community theater British comedy titled “There Goes the Bride.” The show received a favorable review in a local newspaper. Donald E. Kent is the Department Chair of Physical Education and Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School (Queens) for 28 years. He is a member of the CHSAA Hall of Fame and Msgr. McClancy H.S. Hall of Fame, and a NYC Representative for NYC Catholic High Schools in the New York State Basketball Coaches Association. Don holds two masters degrees from St. John’s and NYU. In the summer of 2004, he worked in Australia and New Zealand.
Anthony F. LaFortezza was born and raised in Queens. He graduated from Saint Matthias School in Ridgewood and went on to study at the Prep. He survived cancer and is still married for more than 34 years. His wife, Berna, is a LMSW, Psychiatric Social Worker with the New York State Department Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities Department. 1964 Alexander I. McAllister retired to Florida to escape winters and pursue his passion for fishing and boating. He has several hobbies including playing and building acoustic guitars and upholstering boat seats and cushions. He has three grown children and five grandchildren. He attributs his eclectric interests to the experience that he had at St. Francis Prep. 1965 Walter R. Dunn is a trustee of Holt Park Home Owners Association. Ken Moran ‘65 is the NY Post’s outdoors columnist since 1980. He started in 1972 as a copy boy after returning from Vietnam, and became a news reporter in 1977. Ken has received awards from the Coast Guard, Mon-
tauk Captain’s Association, and the New York Boatmen’s Association. Kevin B. Westley published a book on Irish dancing. John B. Higgins has been married to his wife, Diane, for 37 years. They have four children and three grandchildren. John retired from the U.S. Mint and is now the Mayor of Goshen, NY. Diane was a passenger on the “Miracle-onthe-Hudson” Flight 1549 that successfully ditched in the Hudson River six minutes after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport back in January 2009. Paul M. Jourcin is a French teacher at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA. Dennis Devenney served in the US Army from 1970-1990 and was stationed in Germany and Korea on various assignments. Albert A. Sofia is currently semi-retired as a vice president at Citibank, NA and is now consulting after a 40 year career. He is married and has two children and three grandchildren. Andrew Ulitsky served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Afghanistan after
college. Upon his return he joined the Public Health Service (out of CDC Atlanta) and trained as an epidemiologist working throughout the US & Caribean in disease control receiving various citations. He has the fondest of SFP memories except for Bro. Canisius wacking him on the side of his head for day dreaming! Joseph A. Messina is a recording artist/lead singer and writer for “Apache” on Atlantic Records in the early 80’s. Peter Meloro is a Vietnam Veteran who served in the US Army 101st Airborne Division. 1966 Kevin J. Sherry retired from the US Navy in 1993 as a Commander and is now working for Northrop Grumman as a Logistics Manager supporting a Navy acquisition program. His wife Renee is a Vision Therapist working primarily with children with vision processing problems. Kenneth B. Garry retired from Monticello NY Schools after 35 years. The last 19 years he served as the Director of Health Physical Education and Athletics. Prior to becoming Athletic
Director, he taught Physical Education and Drivers Education while coaching three seasons for most of his career. Raymond Kosinski and his wife, Elaine, were married after graduating from Hunter College. They have two wonderful daughters 1967 William B. Fornaro has been married since November 1979 and has lived in Islip, NY since August 1984. He has been active in the local fire department since June 1985. 1968 Michael P. Sadler is presently a commissioner to the Governor of Tennessee on the the board of Building and Finance Committee. 1970 James R. Turley has worked in banking since graduating from college, including three years at Irving Trust Company, 13 years at Midlantic Bank, three years at First American Bank in Washington, D.C., three years at Riggs Bank, and almost 14 years at Chevy Chase Bank which was acquired by Capital One Bank. James P. McDade has been married for 22 years to his wonderful wife, Gina. They have two children. His hobbies include golf, reading, writing, travel and sports. He has worked at Swiss Bank Corp/UBS Securities LLC for 28 years. He is now working as an independent management consultant but seeking opportunities in the financial industry. Benjamin Borelli has been a general manager of a luxury travel consulting
firm for over 30 years. He took a break fom the industry in 1994 to become a professional chef. He worked in various restaurants for two years then finally went back to his original field, travel. Samuel R. Crescente spent the last 35 years in different positions throughout city government and is currently the Director of Desktop Support for Manhattan and Staten Island for NYC Children’s Services. Paul V. Cucarese retired from the NYC Department of Education in 2009 and is currently a private school teacher in Literacy and Social Studies. Edward V. DiLello would love to connect with any alums who remember his late brother, Paul DiLello, who taught music at the Prep for two years in the 1980s. Paul conducted the chorus and the Prep’s musicals. Michael A. Rozza retired in 2009 after 30 years of teaching English in NYC Public Schools. His last school was Flushing High School and he continues to teach part-time in the Specialized High School Institute. 1971 Stephen T. Doyle was appointed to the NYPD in 1981, retiring in 2001 as a Police Sergeant. He started work at the Transportation Security Administration at JFK Airport in 2002 and is presently the Manager of the TSA/JFK Coordination Center. 1972 Vincent F. Manzo worked at a sattelite base on the border of Darfur and Chad. (This is where tens of thousands of refugees cross the border from Darfur
each week to flee the killings and starvation.) He flew there on a four engine prop U. N. plane that took two hours from N’Djamena. He spent time meeting with the Chief of Operations for Communication and Information technology, inspecting their warehouse and writing up a report for the U.N. General Assembly. He found that the quality of life (even for staff) is really poor. Driving from the airstrip to the compound they came across masses of people along the road, emaciated and begging, and others just lying on the ground.
Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Kenneth W. Wolf and his wife Claire are running a family farm in northern New York since Ken’s retirement from the New York State Police.
Brendan T. Black has been with the ABC Television Network as a Videotape Editor since 1976.
Mario Arena is married to Janine Grotano-Arena from the Class of 1976. They have two daughters who are both St. Francis alumni.
1974 Vincent P. Mancini is still playing electric guitar after all these years. He really enjoyed the night his band played in the gym for the Spring 1974 Dance and marching in the St. Pat’s Day parade. 1975 Christine M. Tomaszewski-Komp is married for 21 years to her best friend, and is employed as Controller of plastics manufacturer for the last 13 years. She lives in Georgia with the family’s two Golden Retriever mix dogs. Joan K. Sireci established a new business in 2004; JC Tutoring. She currently owns, runs and provides private instruction for students in grades 1 through 8 (all subjects) and 9 through 12 (Math and Science). She takes particular pleasure in giving back to Prep by helping students that attend SFP. Elvira M. DiBiase-Francischelli is a senior Mammography Technologist at
Maria E. Mastromauro-Comparato is married to Raymond Comparato and lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Bernadette Dean-Lonergan completed her Masters Degree in Nursing from Monmouth University in August of 2009 .
Robert G. Elliot and his wife Lenora have two sons; Robert and Joseph. Joseph attended St. Francis Prep and played on the varsity football team. Anthony Girgenti was married in 1986 and has one child, Joseph, who was born in 1989. Roy W. Pastor has been happily married to Ann Marie Mercadante since 1982. They have two daughters; Antonia and Alessandra. He is living and practicing law in the small town of Harvard, MA. Louis G. Pastina has a daughter Katie who graduated from Catholic University in Washington D.C. in May 2010. 1976 Edward A. Vanek is an orthopedic surgeon and married to Karee. They have two children, Chloe and Edward.
There were bigger players for the Irish, faster players, and players who went on to stellar professional careers. But no one cherished his role as a leader of the Notre Dame squad more than the 6-foot1, 250-pound Pomarico. His journey to and through Notre Dame truly was a labor of love. Frank is now in sales and living in Jackson, MI. He does a radio show with former UNLV football coach Harvey Hyde (1982-85) in Las Vegas and still loves talking about Notre Dame football. He is a motivational speaker and maintains a website www.thedrivenspirit.com
Frank Pomarico ‘70 was the co-captain of the 1973 National Championship Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He moved into the starting lineup at left guard during his sophomore year in 1971. He remained a fixture for the Irish through the 1973 season when he was named tri-captain, along with Dave Casper and Mike Townsend. He recalls, “Notre Dame was a simple choice for me. When I was growing up in New York, Gerry DiNardo and I were classmates in grade school and at Prep, and his brother, Larry, was someone we looked up to.”
He also coaches football tight ends and tackles at Lumen Christi High School, where his son, Tommy, starred the past couple of years before accepting a preferred walk-on offer from Lloyd Carr at the University of Michigan. People ask Frank, “How can you send your son to Michigan?” He tells them, “I pray for Notre Dame but now I root for Michigan.” Pictured: (l-r) Frank, his daughter, Lisa, his wife, Eileen, and son, Tommy, outside of the University of Michigan stadium.
Major Al Garbarino ‘75 is in the US Army Reserve, served a 13-month combat tour of duty in Iraq with the Military Police from 2003 - 2004. He was awarded a Bronze Star and Combat Action Medal for actions there. Major Garbarino was injured pretty severely there, and has endured eight surgical procedures since coming home. He is currently working as a Principal Court Clerk in Queens Supreme Court and was medically discharged from the US Army Reserve In November 2009. We are thankful to Al for his service to our country! Far left: Al, his wife Roseanne, daughters, Alyssa and Christina. Top: At Azubayer, Iraq with a destroyed Iraqi T-55 tank. Bottom: A Captured Iraqi Anti-aircraft Gun in Southern Iraq April 2003. Shelley A. Pinckney-Chadderton retired from AT&T and currently has 24 years experience with American Airlines. If any 1976 alumni pass through Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, please visit her at the D international terminal ticket counter.
Michael Madden ‘77 and Jodi Passarella ‘77
1977 Grace Stefania Vuotto teaches high school special education in Plainview, Long Island and has three daughters; two graduated from Fordham University, Rose Hill campus (one is still there getting her doctorate in psychology) and her third is a sophomore at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. John P. Halayko has been working for Fidelity Investments for more than 23 years. His current role is as a senior Director of International Operations. He has two beautiful children. Both are in college and doing very well. Matthew Myles is currently deployed as a LTC, USAR, assigned to the 143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). This is an Army Reserve Unit from Orlando, FL. He served as the 143rd’s Representative in the capacity of a Plans Officer to ISAF (NATO) CJ4 Logistics Plans Branch, Kabul Afghanistan through December 2009. Carine Remy has three boys, and is employed with Broward County as a case manager for the past 17 years. She also works part-time as a licensed practical nurse for the past 10 years. Ronald P. Antal has worked for the New York State Lottery as a Regional Manager for the past 18 years. His daughter, Lauren Antal, just enrolled at SFP class of 2013. Karen M. Michael-Forte is married to Barry Forte, Class of 1977 for 25 years. They have two children. Frank D. Morgera is a chiropractor and has an office on Court Street in Brooklyn.
After a friendship of over 35 years that started as freshmen at Bishop Reilly Memorial H.S., Jodi and Michael finalized a dream when they married on Memorial Weekend Saturday, May 29th. Surrounded by family and friends, including a large contingent of Prep alumni, Jodi and Michael celebrated the day with love and laughter, and the strong sense of Prep community that they carry with them to this day. It was a perfect day. Pictured above, on far right: Jodi Passarella Madden ‘77, Vinny Pisciotta ‘78, Loretta Bolger Gallion ‘77, Peter Martorano ‘77, Noreen Kunzi (retired SFP teacher), James Magalee ‘78, Alyce Robinson ‘77, Lenny Labita ‘78, Linda Pizzuro Cramer ‘77, Patricia Bolger Delsignore ‘79, John Castaldo ‘81, Michael Madden ‘77, and Kim Labita Murphy ‘80
John A. Fry ‘78 Elected new President of Drexel University John A. Fry ‘78, who was most recently the president of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and a former University of Pennsylvania executive, is Drexel University’s new president. He defies the traditional college president model: He does not have a doctoral degree, has never been a dean or provost, and has not taught or conducted research. But he has spent his career in higher education, including an 11-year turn as a consultant to colleges and universities, helping them with organization and finances. He also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the University of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2002. During that time, he had a leadership role in Penn’s successful neighborhood revitalization.
At Franklin and Marshall, a 2,200-student liberal arts college, Fry used many of the same strategies. They built a new complex for the life science and philosophy departments, a coffeehouse and bookstore in the center of campus, and a writer’s house and international center. Several dormitories also were converted into academic/social/living quarters, and a five-story complex with 130 apartments and retail areas was built. He recently was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education for the reclamation and planned redevelopment of an industrial site. The article was titled “The College President as Urban Planner.” The 22,000-student Drexel University includes medical and business schools and a graduate campus in Sacramento, CA. The new president also will inherit Drexel’s challenging $500 million capital campaign, now in its second year. Fry has a bachelor’s degree in American Civilization from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University. We wish John continued success in his new endeavor!
Excerpts from an article written by Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
1978 Maureen Ardiff-Cooke has been happily married to her husband, Sean, for 22 years and they have beautiful twins. In addition to various volunteer services and being the twins’ personal chauffeur, Maureen writes the “On The Rise” column in the New York Mets’ program. She also does free-lance administrative services for several clients. MaryLee Gaffney-Yamasaki and her husband, Pat, moved to Northern Virginia in 1998. Pat is the head of the Tech Ops at the company he works for and MaryLee works in Human Resources for a company specializing in global partner networks in aerospace and defense organizations.
Chrysa M. Sandewicz-Smith just released her second children’s book in her series, “The Adventures of the Poodle Posse”. The early reader series has received a Mom’s Choice Award for excellence in juvenile fiction. Visit the website: www. wellbredbook.net Thomas J. Sexton is currently the organist and director of music at St. Kevin’s Church, Auburndale and the Saturday evening organist at St. Josaphat’s in Bayside. He is also a freelance trumpeter. Tom is living in Bayside and has two great sons. 1979 Alice K. Harrison-McGowan married Kevin McGowan in 1988 and has been blessed with three great boys!
John R. Edwards is working on his black belt in Taekwondo and his goal is to have it by December 2010. Brian G. Kontos is an executive chef and is living in Arizona. He has been happily married for 14 wonderful years to his wife, Roxane, and they have four boys. 1980 Richard D. Waitkus is enjoying life in Las Vegas with his wife, Cindy, and their three boys. He looks forward to seeing friends from St. Francis who travel to the area.
Corps in 1965 and joined the NYC Transit Police. Arthur earned a Bachelors degree in Special Studies from St. Francis College in 1980. He retired in 1988 and continued working as a manager in the private sector until 2004. He is currently enjoying retirement. Mona Poulas lives in Carmel, NY with her husband and two daughters. She holds an accounting degree from C.W. Post and an MBA from Pace University. Mona is working at a CPA firm in Brewster. Nancy M. Zollner-Ferraris was married to Mark Ferraris in June 1990 and they have three daughters.
Arthur J. Tremblay joined USMC in February 1961. He left the Marine
After N1H1 Outbreak Mary Pappas ‘78 Lauded as Hero; Invited to White House Press Briefing
Mary Pappas (above, center) with other members of the National School Nurses Association were invited to a White House Press Conference in which President Obama reviewed plans for his health care bill.
Mary Pappas ‘78 never imagined that her position as the school nurse at Prep would end up casting her into the national spotlight in the nursing profession. But that is what happened in the year-and-a-half since scores of frightened Prep students first started arriving at her office with fever, nausea, sore throats, difficulty breathing, and other flu-like symptoms. A nurse of 27 years, Pappas credits her broad range of experience in pediatric nursing, hospital nursing, and nursing at summer camps with preparing her to recognize that something was not right and to react calmly and decisively to what would be identified as the first U.S. cases of influenza A (H1N1)—swine flu. Since the outbreak in April 2009, she has been interviewed by the all of the major New York media outlets including the New York Times, NY Daily News, Newsday, “Good Day New York” and ABC, NBC and National Public RaElizabeth A. Chester has been working in Kenya since 2008 and is running an Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Program. Mela Gerbasi-Stevens opened a nutrition & wellness counseling practice six years ago, when she changed careers, and has since added teaching yoga and meditation to the mix. Debra A. Handte-Wang started an evangelization apostolate a few years back and will be opening the St. Francis Xavier Institute of Evangelization in Brooklyn. The apostolate is responsible for evangelizing the Chinese living in North and South America and Europe.
Joseph A. LaBarbera is working at Sunharbor Manor Nursing Home in Rosy-
dio. She was nominated as the “Queens Person of the Year” in 2010, and has been invited to make presentations at a dozen health conferences across the United States. Just recently Mary learned that she was nominated for the CDC Hero Award. But what does Mary think of all of this? She is very modest and maintains, “When our students got sick, I gave them the oldest advice in the book: stay home, get rest, and avoid contact with people who could catch the flu from you.” It’s the same advice the Centers for Disease Control and public health officials told millions of Americans to help stop the spread of the disease. Mary may not consider herself a hero, but the parents of our 2,700 Prep students and her 45,000 fellow school nurses certainly do!
lyn Heights. He is in nursing administration and is the coordinator of the Wound and Infection control programs of the facility. He sold his coin store in South Florida a few years ago(Coin Traders, Inc.), and is still very active in the rare coin market. You can check out his website at www.joelabarberacollectibles.com.
pily married for 15 years to Rosemarie and they have two children. They are proud that one child will be attending Prep this Fall.
Jeffrey Santiago married his beautiful classmate Monica Rios. They have four outstanding children.
Linda Morrissey moved to California in 1985 and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area. She obtained a graduate degree in Social Work from San Diego State University and is employed by the County of Sonoma as a Forensic Interviewer and supervisor for Child Protective Services.
Louis Angulo is the owner of “Back Together Again Chiropractic PC” located on the Upper West Side. He recently opened a second practice in Flushing. Lou specializes in Active Release Techniques Therapy which is great for repetitive stress. He has been hap-
Mariana Bernunzo-Connolly is a client portfolio manager at JP Morgan. She is happily married to Ray Connolly and lives in Huntington, NY .
Marian E. Baldwin-Fuerst is a corporate partner at the law firm Chad-
bourne & Parke and has two boys with her husband Roland. Christine M. Gentile-Goodgold is married with two girls and lives in Ridgewood, NJ. She is the general counsel of Rockefeller Center. Joseph J. Gumber is writing his first book, non-fiction, about how media coverage affected the public perception of major events in the world from newspapers to radio to television to 24 hour Cable News to the Internet and now to social media. Michael C. Giordano and Carol Tilt (Class of 1980) were married in 1987. Carol is a high school math teacher and Mike is a pharmacist. They have two children.
James N. Hoban lives in Portland, ME with his wife Mary Rose and their two children. He is still active in theatre and film and runs his own design business. Stella M. Barresi would love to hear from some of her old classmates. Robert F. McNulty and Elizabeth Olwell-McNulty have been running his own landscape gardening business “McNulty Outdoors” for 25 years. They have 3 children. Laurie A. Killcommons recently moved back to Queens, and says, “It’s good to be back in the neighborhood!” Ronald P. Scocozza and his wife, Suzanne, have three boys, and reside in Dutchess County, NY. 1981 Edward G. Allcock is in private practice in physical medicine and rehabilitation in Arlington, VA. He is married for over 19 years to his wonderful wife, Thelma. They have two children and have lived in Mclean, VA since December. 2004. Clara M. Flaim-D’Angelo is a registered nurse working at Westchester Medical Center in the Neonatal ICU.
1982 Janis L. Cowhey-McDonagh resides in Baldwin Harbor with her two wonderful boys and is a partner in a large accounting firm and law firm in Manhattan. 1983 Raymond P. Alma was the winner of the National Cartoonist Society, 2010 Reuben Award for BEST MAGAZINE ILLUSTRATION. Nancy L. Fernandez-Ryan is happily married to Philip Ryan for 16 years. They have two children and reside in Westbury. Patrick J. Piccininni is a candidate for Judge of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas this November. He has been living in Columbus, Ohio since graduation. He was admitted to the bars of Ohio and Illinois (inactive), the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio and the Northern District of Illinois. He is currently practicing law with the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, with a primary focus on Election Law and Civil Litigation. Additionally, he has been active politically, working on numerous local campaigns for various judges and
Dr. Peter J. Rappa ‘79
After attending St. Francis Prep, Peter J. Rappa, MD went on to study at Columbia University where he graduated with a BA. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Texas Tech University and is now a rehabilitation physician in North Texas. In 1993, Dr. Rappa began his career as a medical director for rehabilitation in an impatient/outpatient practice with a special interest in brain and work injury. In 2004, he was named as one of D Magazine’s Best Doctors in Dallas. Dr. Rappa began to see the connections and implications of mind, body, spirit, and health in 1998. His book, “Healing Heart to Soul,”recounts experiences he has had with these entities as a health care professional.
Steven R. DiSalvo ‘80 Appointed New President of Marian University in Wisconsin The Marian University Board of Trustees announced February 12, 2010 that it has appointed Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., as the new president of the university, effective July 1, 2010. DiSalvo will succeed Sr. Mary Mollison, C.S.A., who has been serving as interim president since March 2009. “I am both honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as the 14th president of Marian University,” said DiSalvo. Marian is an outstanding Catholic university rooted in the values of its sponsor, the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Agnes. The Marian name is poised to become synonymous with high quality, affordable education throughout the Midwest and beyond. I am looking forward to working with the entire Marian community to lead the university in meeting the needs of students for generations to come.” “We are delighted to welcome Steve DiSalvo to the Marian University and Fond du Lac communities,” said John
Korb, Chair of the Marian University Board of Trustees and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “From the first time we met him, members of the search committee were impressed with his leadership abilities, his values and his commitment to moving Marian University forward on its journey of excellence. He brings with him a variety of successful experiences at other universities, including Fordham, Loyola Chicago and Fairfield; as a manager with IBM; as a senior officer of several not-forprofit organizations including Junior Achievement and the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation; and most recently as President and Founder of The Hopewell Group. This variety of experiences will serve him well at a time of everincreasing change in American higher education.” DiSalvo has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, a M.B.A. in Marketing and a B.S. in Psychology, all from Fordham University. He serves as the Board Chair for Fordham’s Center for American Catholic Studies. DiSalvo and his wife, Eileen, have three sons: Tom, Andrew and Connor. The DiSalvos will be making their home in Fond du Lac, WI.
Judy A. Cassata-Anzalone and her husband Sal have been married for 21 years. They have three sons and reside in Wyomissing, PA. Sal is a pediatrician and Judy is self-employed. Catherine R. Daly has a daughter, Oonagh Zelda Yaged, born in May 2007. She works from home editing and writing children’s books. Her new series for girls, ages 8-12, “Petal Pushers”, will be published by Scholastic in Spring 2011. Ellen M. DeRiso was married on October 10, 2009. She is the Assistant Program Officer, PhD Program, in Anthropology, at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Lawrence F. Schiralli ‘80 is living in Wantagh and enjoying a second career in teaching. This past Spring, the Prep recognized Larry for his 25 years of service to the Alumni Board. Larry (pictured above, second from right) was joined by his friends (l-r): Patricia Simpson ‘80, Bro. Bill Boslet OSF, Eileen LaMonda ‘78, and Gerry Scales ‘76. Inset: Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F. makes the presentation to Larry at the Annual Hall of Fame and Spring Reunion. legislators. He also serves on the Columbus Bar Association’s Admissions Committee and the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He and his beautiful wife Anita have two wonderful boys. 1984 Gladys Rodriguez-Castillo is happily married for 17 years and has three children. She resides in New Jersey and would love to hear from former classmates! Dr. Barbara Johnson ‘84 published two books on antiques, “Antique and Vintage Fashions 1745 - 1979” and Valentines, a Collector’s Guide, 1700s - 1950s, both by Collector Books at www.collectorbooks.com. Both books are available online, in bookstores and from the publisher’s website. Dr. John-
son will have her article, “Identifying Antique and Vintage Fashions - Use Your Eyes,” featured as the cover story on Southeastern Antiquing and Collecting Magazine’s January 2010 issue. Dr. Johnson was also interviewed as a guest author on September 27, 2009 by Harry Rinker for his nationally syndicated radio show, “Whatcha Got?” discussing the release of her book. Besides continuing to write and research on antiques and history, Dr. Johnson continues to practice her full time profession tutoring high school students in all their major subjects, for the SATs and Regents. 1985 Joan C. Popper-Kane is married to John Kane, and is the mother of Samantha and Kevin. She is the Principal of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament School, Bayside.
Marc Hamlin ‘84 is a 19-year veteran of the Tampa Police Dept. and was recently promoted to Assistant Chief. He spent more than a year commanding the department’s Special Support Division, a task he will retain as assistant chief. He oversees the city’s major events and hurricane preparation, and runs the department’s specialty squads, including hostage negotiation, dive and bomb teams, canine, aviation and marine patrol. He also oversees security at Tampa Bay
Kathleen A. Filshie-Sullivan has been married for 17 years to her husband Jim, and they have one son, Ryan. Jim is the President of CBS Television Sales. Kathy and Ryan travel all around the country with him to every sporting event and major media event CBS holds. Michael J. McAndrew and his wife, Ann, have three daughters. He has worked for the NYC Police Department and Fire Department for 22 years and he is now a FDNY Department Battalion Chief. 1986 Robert L. Clifford was promoted to Senior Enterprise Project Manager at Wachovia / Wells Fargo Bank in Charlotte, N.C. in January 2010. Joy Tumang-Block works for a Washington based law firm in the commercial real estate practice. She is on the green committee and pursing a graduate degree in Environmental Management. She has two wonderful boys. Chris M. Kelly-Zabell was recently promoted to Director of Design & Production at DW Green Co., a full service Advertising Agency in Tempe, AZ.
1987 Aquiles Larrea has two children; a son, Aquiles Maximus, who is 5 years old, and just welcomed a new daughter, Alexandria Tula, in November 2008. Marcella A. Scalia-Squeglia welcomed son, Nicolas Anthony into the world in October 2009. 1988 Thomas P. DeVita and his wife Lynda, have two children: Christopher, born in 2002 and Jack, who was born into the world on January 2009. Tom is a professor of painting and drawing at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and Miami International University of Art & Design. Janine McQueeney is a licensed real estate salesperson with Prudential Douglas Elliman and specializes in properties in Queens and Nassau Counties. Amanda L. Borgersen-Lawrence is happily married to Kevin since 2001. They have two children: a son, Brian Richard, who was born in 2006 and just welcomed a daughter, Samantha Rae, in January 2010. She is currently a Senior Claim Specialist at TH Brokers Inc. 1989 Edward J. Carroll and his wife have two children; a daughter, Charlotte Kathleen who was born in January 2007 and a son, Shane Woods, who was born on their 10th wedding anniversary, July 31, 2009. Sarah P. McGorry-Ahearn and her husband John, welcome the birth of their second daughter, Maeve Kathleen, who joins her older sister, Olivia Phoebe. 1990 Lori J. Torone-Fitzgerald has two children: Claire, who was born in June 2005, and Jack, who was born in March 2008. Roseanne Suraci-Ferrari has been married to Nicholas Ferrari ‘89 for five
Buccaneers games. He has worked in all three Tampa police districts and in undercover units of the narcotics bureau and street anticrime squad. He also served nine years on the city’s Fire and Police Pension Fund, including four years as chairman. Back in his days as a student at SFP, Marc played football and worked at Camp Alvernia. Today, Marc is an active supporter of the Prep’s Florida Alumni Chapter, and he and his wife Paige have hosted several chapter receptions at their home in Valrico, FL. This past May he was inducted into the Prep’s Hall of Fame. We wish Marc heartfelt congratulations and continued success!
Janine Duffy Hughes ‘86 has been Principal for almost 20 years at St. Joseph School in the Bronx and has truly taken the school to new heights. When she became Principal in 1995, enrollment hovered at 200 students. Through a series of innovative programs and initiatives, Janine and her staff have grown the enrollment to more than double and it now stands at 474! That’s no small feat in the city of New York where so many Catholic elementary schools have been witness to enrollment declines. One of the shining achievements has been the Extended Day program at St. Joseph, which she began in 1993. It improved student achievement and allowed for extracurricular activities such as a phenomenal band program. The editors of the Wall Street Journal in an article entitled “Strike Up the Band” celebrated her students’ academic and extracurricular accomplishments in music. Each year, the vast majority of St. Joseph’s 8th graders go on to attend Catholic high schools. This year 28 out of St. Joe’s 31 graduates will be attending Catholic high schools. Two of their eighth grade girls are going on to Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT on full scholarship! Over 95% of St. Joseph School alumni graduate from high school on schedule in four years, compared to the public school rate of 58%. years. They have 2 children. She has been employed by RBS for 15 years and is a Sr. Vice President in the Corporate Debt Capital Markets Group. Amy Wolcson-Speiser was married to Rich Speiser in 1999. They have two children; a son, Thomas, who was born in 2004 and they welcomed William into the world in June 2009. Robert J. Finnerty married Jennifer Margiotta in 2005. He worked as a police officer in NYPD for six years and retired in 2001 to pursue a Wall Street career. He started his own firm in 2004. Stephen Forte is the Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik, a leading vendor in Microsoft components. He sits on the board of several start-ups including Triton Works. Prior to this, he was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and cofounder of Corzen, Inc. Stephen is also the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region and speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development including “Programming SQL Server 2008” (MS Press). Prior to Corzen, Stephen served as the CTO of Zagat Survey in New York City and also was co-founder of the New York based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group. Stephen currently lives in Hong Kong and will be returning to Mt. Everest again in September 2010. Matthew L. Grabowski is married to Kiery Braithwaite, M.D. and is living in Atlanta. They have three kids. Kevin T. Carroll was in Afghanistan, serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment, as part of his duties as a major in the Army Reserve. This will be his fifth deployment to Afghanistan, Iraq or elsewhere in the War on Terror since 2001. He currently lives in the Washington area with his wife Karla, and looks forward to practicing law
again upon his return. He hopes his classmates keep in touch, and say “hi” whenever they are in DC. Lisa M. Olmo-Schulz announced the arrival of their son, Charles George, who joined the family on May 27, 2009. Big sisters Gloria and Diana couldn’t be prouder! Kerry M. Coyle-Arale and her husband welcomed a baby in July 2008. Stacey L. Angell-Pyc is married to David Pyc and they have two wonderful children. John R. McGlynn is married to Chrissyann Piambino ‘95. They have three daughters; Kassidy Rose, Karissa Noelle and Kiera Nicole who is the latest addition to the family arriving into the world in February 2010.
1993 Matthew Boorman is pleased to announce the birth of his daughter, Madelyn Rachel in April 2009.
1995 Leticia Baez-Hauser has two children; a son Joseph Jr., who was born in 2004 and a second baby boy, Jayden, born in 2008.
John Ocampo married Joanna Uchmanowicz, in 2001. They have a son, Jordan James who was born in 2005. They are expecting their second child in the summer of 2010.
Kelly A. Canestra-Critelli is living in Myrtle Beach, SC with her husband, Anthony, and her children.
1994 Richard Coffey announced the birth of a daughter, Abigail Rose Coffey, born on October 6, 2009. Michelle M. DeStefano-Hernandez is the mother of two beautiful daughters Lucia Michelle and Gianna Alexa.
Joseph A. Corona was married to Melissa Jillian in the summer of 2007 and is now expecting their very first child this summer. Michael J. Cartier is married with three children. Kristin G. Fojtik has been employed at Forest Laboratories as a Bioanalytical Scientist for 10 years.
Ann M. Bongiorno-Wolfe has three children; Brett , Samantha and Christie, who was born in September 2009. Joy C. Scocozza-Johnson is a school psychologist and Crisis Intervention Specialist for the Conneticut Public School System. She has 5 year old twins. Frances O. Scarantino is currently Vice President of the Rotary Club of Southwest Queens. She is also the owner and director of “Reach For the Stars!” (Two day cares, pre-school & after school program). She is also the president & founder of S.T.A.R.S. Youth Center. 1992 Carriann V. Papkowich-Crowe and her husband, Bill, welcomed a beautiful new daughter, Erin, into the world on June 30th 2009. Janet D. Vozila-Stemberger has two sons, Andrew Lucas, and Aiden John, who was born in November 2009.
Mike Mejia ‘91 resides in Florida and recently travelled to New York to attend a screening of a short film entitled “Cookie” at the TriBeca Film Festival. Mike was the Executive Producer and is pictured above with Prep classmates (l-r): Ana Ramirez ‘91, Adriana Piraquive ‘91 and Nancy Demers ‘91 outside of the theatre. 55
Maria L. Mule-Esteves married Nelson Esteves on March 20, 2004 and welcomed their first child Aliana on August 6, 2008. Currently she is a senior Physician Assistant in the Emergency department at Beth Israel Medical Center. Katie M. Porto-Staphos was married in 2004, living in East Norwich and has two children. She is working as a P.A. specializing in cardiology out of St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY. Lisa A. Roberto-Coscia is married and has three children. They recently bought a house in Syosset. She would love to hear from old friends! Jennifer Scott-Raymond was married on October 11, 2008 to Payton Raymond. She now lives in the San Francisco, CA area. She is a Senior Fashion buyer at Tobi.com. She has been a buyer for about 7 years. Andrew C. Sicari relocated to Los Angeles and is enjoying the new environment and making new friends as a Personal Trainer. Eileen M. Walsh-Prymaczek and her husband Gregory welcomed their second son Devin, on April 25, 2008. He joins his big brother Sean who is now 3. Steven J. Zablocki lives in Pennsylvania, near Hershey. He worked for Genesis Healthcare for ten years and currently runs a Nursing and Rehab facility in Hamburg, PA. Kerry A. Collins-Santopietro and Michael Santopietro (Class of 1996) have two girls and are expecting their third child this summer. Christine Nowierski-Farina married Jason Farina June 6, 2009. She is a four time National championship coach of the Hofstra University Cheerleaders. 1996 Kathryn McNally-Flesche married Joseph Flesche ‘96 on May 15, 2004. They welcomed their daughter, Courtney Ann, on August 12, 2007 and were overjoyed with their newest addition, Brendan Joseph, born January 8, 2009. Mary K. Bray-Diehl was married in May ‘08, and celebrated with a wonderful honeymoon in the Alps. She and her husband are so excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Hanlon, on July 28, 2009. Chiara C. Castilla-Brooks is proud to announce the birth of a boy, James Ascher Brooks, born on 11/15/09. He weighed in at 6lb 13 oz. and was 20 inches long.
Christopher M. D’Orazi married his wife Lillian on October 18, 2003. They
9 Iron “Once Was Lost and Now it’s Found”
Prep’s Chaplain, Fr. Bill Sweeney, and SFP colleagues, Carolyn Szostek and Gerilyn Coccia, were enjoying a round of golf at Kissena Golf Course last August, when Fr. Bill lost his 9 iron on a previous hole. But, thanks to SFP alumna, Nicole Ferrone, Class of 2004, who is employed at the course, Fr. Bill’s “lucky club” was recovered, which made it possible for him to Par the next hole. God bless you Nicole ! are the proud parents of two girls. Chris is currently working as a Chef for the New York City School System.
Sammy Armas is a New York City Firefighter. He graduated with a B.A. in Hospitality Management.
1997 Luz Ann Tañón-Bove and her husband, Vincent, welcomed the arrival of a son, Vincent, Jr. into the world on June 6, 2010.
Mark A. Blenner earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in August 2009. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Immune Disease Institute of Harvard Medical School.
Jillian M. Lombardo-Rydl welcomed the birth of her first child, Olivia Anne, who arrived on August 18, 2009. Lisa Dellegrazie-Modica has a son, Michael, and a daughter, Mia. 1998 Jennifer S. DiCarlo is taking care of her daughter, Brianna, and will be attending Graduate School at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT for her certification and Masters in Elementary Education. Muhammad A. Mullick returned to the U.S. after studying abroad for the last six years. Stephen E. Schatz and his wife, Edith, became proud parents of Stephen Edward Schatz, Jr. on April 7, 2009. Young Stephen shares the same birthday with his grandmother, Kathleen Schatz. They reside in Falls Church, VA. 1999 Joseph Rodriguez married Danielle Rodriguez who also is class of 1999. In 2009, they welcomed the birth of a daughter, Ava Lynn. Luis A. Silva enlisted in the US Navy after graduation. He was a Gas Turbine Systems Technician Second Class Petty Officer onboard the USS Anzio. After the Navy, he started working for American Ref-Fuel Company in Newark, NJ as an Operations Technician. In November of 2004, he was hired by Wyeth in Pearl River, NY as a Stationary Engineer where he is today, but the company is now Pfizer and he is now a Building Engineer. 2000 Warren Algenio currently works at Lenox Hill Hospital as a Nurse Manager of Orthopedics in the OR. He and his wife, Michelle Teylan-Algenio, (Class of 1999) have two kids.
Jennifer Conte-DeLapa earned her BS in biology, with a minor in chemistry in 2005 at SUNY Purchase. She earned an MS in biology in 2008 from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She was married in September 2009. Brandon M. Cruz married in May 2009. Danielle Dreizen-Sturiano was married on March 30, 2007. Nickki Figurski professionally writes articles for www.thego.com all under the pen name, Svetlana Sforza. Elizabeth Fryer-Kalkau was married in 2009 and is living in Bellmore. She is working at SFP coaching the girls JV basketball team. Bianca Giudice graduated NYIT with honors in 2004. She was hired by Group M in 2005 and has been there since. She’s been promoted to Supervisor and was made a partner in 2009. Sarah Gordon-Corallo is married to Zachary Corallo since 2007 and they have a son Zachary Jacob Corallo. Aiyana N. Joseph-Cottman was married on April 26, 2008 to Marcel Cottman of Boston, MA. She was promoted to Sr. Associate at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in September 2009. Lauren Kilduff-Busch played varsity basketball & track at Cornell and was captain of the basketball team. She was married in 2008. Stephanie Kontopoulos announced the birth of a son, Elias KontopoulosRose, in August 2009. Jasmine C. Marrero-Pratt and her husband welcomed their first child, Esme’ on November 11th.
Yessenia Sarmiento has a beautiful daughter, Mikayla Dayneen Castrillon, who just turned five years old! Christopher Streich was married in 2008. Noreen A. Walsh-McCarthy married the love of her life on October 18, 2008. She and her husband live in Glen Oaks, NY. Raeann Walters-Kyriakou married Chris Kyriakou in July 26, 2009. 2002 Ariana Smith graduated from NYU with a Master of Arts in Music Business in May 2009. Marina Grgas graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2008 with a doctorate in Pharmacy. She completed a one year specialty residency in psychiatric pharmacy at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT. She now lives in New Hampshire and is a mental health clinical pharmacy specialist at the VA in White River Junction, VT. 2003 Timothy Dunne graduated from Siena College in 2007 with a B.A. in History, with plans to become a teacher. He was accepted in the FDNY EMS Academy. Julia M. Jongebloed-LaMonica is going into year two of marriage and is very happy. She and her husband just purchased their first home together in Franklin Square. Elizabeth Joseph just started her own event planning company, E. Joseph Events. You can read her blog at ejosephevents.blogspot.com and email any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org Anthony C. Marziliano and Allison DiRienzo, both graduates of the Prep Class of 2003, announced their engagement. They met through mutual friends at the Prep in their senior year. Allison and Anthony plan to marry in December 2011.
Vincent J. Mazzurco is an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He also served as a Platoon Commander and is currently a Company Executive Officer. 2004 Kristen M. Doheny graduated St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s in elementary education. She is currently a graduate assistant at St. John’s and is pursuing a Master’s in Literacy & Teaching Students with Disabilities. She also coaches the SFP JV Cheerleading squad. Thomas Denicker graduated from Farmingdale University with a Bachelor’s in Automotive Engineering & Business Management. He is the director of product research & development at Tyrol Sport. Sirece P. Dugard graduated Hampton University in December 2008 with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently residing in Hampton, VA. You can hear her from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the Radio Gospel Show on 88.1 FM WHOV in Virginia. Christina Dietmann is currently working towards a masters degree in Early Childhood Education at St. John’s University. Brian Fink was a captain of Manhattanville College Basketball team for three years. He played with fellow Terriers, Mike Panella & Brendan Flynn. He is now a Port Authority Police Officer in Times Square. Christopher Ecker studying for his Masters and presently a research assistant in the Math Department at St. John’s University. He was the recipient of the Joseph Breen Award and the Roger Bacon Award. Michael Forman will be graduating from Queens College in the Spring with a BS in Physical Education. Erica A. Fotiades became a Registered Nurse on July 29, 2009. Alietta Gordon is currently attending Hunter College for a Masters in Education. Jesse P. Heimowitz graduated with cum laude honors from Polytechnic University. Currently pursuing an official Construction Management Certification. Released 2 CD’s as the bassist for “The Crowning” and drummer for “Lost And no One Knows.” Kathleen Nealon graduated from College of Mt. St. Vincent in 2008 with B.A. in Communications and Business. She was the student body president and captain of the Tennis Team. She is presently working in Manhattan for a company doing sales and marketing. In her free time she volunteers for her
parish, the FDNY Foundation and local community events.
Kristin Smith currently singing with her college’s women’s acapella group, Major Treble, and plays percussion in offbroadway productions with “Literally Alive Children’s Theatre”. Stefana Trupiano graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelors in Marketing. She is currently working at Eagle Television Sales, a media rep firm, as an account executive. Alyssa Viglietta graduated C.W. Post in 2008 and won two awards at graduation for athletic & academic achievement and service to the department. She is currently working as an elementary P.E. Teacher and is pursuing an M.S. in Health Education at Hofstra University. Monica Furman is a Physican Assistant at NYU Medical Center. Briana P. Hauff will be graduating from Pace University this spring with an Masters in Environmental Science and will apply for the Ph.D. programs in marine biology. Maria-Grazia Asaro graduated magna cum laude at St. John’s, and now works in Queens Family Court in the prosecutor’s office for juvenile delinquency. She participates in various volunteer work such as antiviolence and gang presentations and attends precinct council meetings. 2007 Nicole Bifulco is now about to begin her senior year at Manhattanville College which she attends on a softball scholarship. As a junior she had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel across the world and represent the United States at the Australian Friendship Series, spending two weeks “Down Under” and helping the US squad to a first-place finish. Bifulco teamed up with other select top-level collegiate softball players from teams all over the United States – including nine Division I student-athletes – to wear the red, white and blue for the two-week tour. The team is sponsored by USA Athletes International, a non-profit organization that gives amateur athletes the opportunity to participate in Olympic-style sporting events at the international level all over the world, while also creating an athletic experience that balances competition with the broadening of educational and cultural knowledge of the world. Selection for the team is based on recommendations from college coaches, athletes and athletics professionals.
Danny Torres ‘08 (above, left) and Jon Sese ‘08 both played for the Varsity Handball Team in their senior year and were undefeated. This August, they competed at the One Wall National Handball Tournament, held at Coney Island, won their Division in the tournament (the C Division) as partners in double. One of them (Danny) “Slammed” meaning he also won the C Division Singles against his own partner! 2009 Albert I. Pena received Manhattan College’s Presidential Scholarship (2009) and the Trustee’s Scholarship (2009). 2010 Thatiana Diaz was crowned Miss Teen New York USA 2010.
Harvard 2, Penn 1 Robyn Armon, Chair of the College Office and Guidance Department (second from left), proudly poses with three Prepsters from the Class of 2010. Pictured (l-r): Kelly Ann Corrigan, who will be attending the University of Pennsylvania, Robyn Armon, Carlos Sanchez and Elizabeth Matomoros who will both be studying at Harvard University.
Franciscan Brothers, Faculty and Staff Hall of Fame Honors for Bro. Robert Kent Bro. Robert Kent O.S.F., our Alumni Director, Math Teacher and the Varsity Baseball coach, was honored by the Frank McGuire Foundation at their Annual Hall of Fame Dinner on November 18th. Frank McGuire was a coach who instilled in his players a desire to achieve in both academics and athletics, and honorees selected by the Foundation mirror these same values. Bro. Robert has been a teacher, coach and administrator at St. Francis Prep for more than 40 years and is known and loved by generations of alumni. More than 200 SFP alumni, faculty, family and friends of Bro. Robert’s were in attendance in his honor. Pictured: Representatives of the Foundation present Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F. with the Hall of Fame honor.
Photo © Maria R. Bastone
Five Weddings and a Football Game for Father Bill Sweeney As a priest, Father Bill Sweeney’s entire year is filled with so much. But if you had to ask the Prep’s Chaplain to name a few “high points” of the 2009-10 academic year, there is no doubt that he’d mention performing the wedding ceremonies for Phyllis Gambino ‘90 and Bill Skody (July 18th); Jean McEvoy ‘90 and John Callahan (April 24th); Geraldine Armesto ‘03 and Oliver Chadenat (April 17th); Elizabeth Giordano ‘00 and Brian West (April 16th), and Christine DeMarco ‘01 and William Ng ‘01 (July 19th). Next on his list would have to be travelling with Alumni Director Bro. Robert Kent, SFP alumni and friends out to Notre Dame for the Michigan State game last September (which was organized by Notre Dame grad Jack Cahill, SFP Class of 1967).
Bro. Ed Kent is Profiled in “Irish Voice,” Celebrates his Jubilee Year, and Wins Track Medals Bro. Ed Kent celebrated his Golden Jubilee this past year with a host of family and friends at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston. In addition, he was profiled in the Irish Voice newspaper. He also won three Gold Medals in the Empire State Games: Masters Division in the Triple Jump, the long jump, and the 100-yard dash, plus a Silver Medal in the 200 meter dash. Brother Ed is currently teaching continuing education courses on Joyce and Yeats at Queens College and Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus.
Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn bestowed Francis Medal by Order of Friars Minor The Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn were presented the Francis Medal on the occasion of their 150th Anniversary by the Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor at their 800th Anniversary Convocation. Pictured at left is our former Alumni Director and present day Superior General, Bro. William Boslet, O.S.F. (left), who accepted the Medal from Very Rev. John F. O’Connor, OFM (far right), Provincial Minister. Inset: A program from the Francis Week 2009 which proclaims the Franciscan Order’s 800th Anniversary! 58
2010 Faculty Retirees Anthony Barricelli Science Began: 1971
The retirement of a special teacher is a watershed event for a generation of students. We associate favorite teachers with our youth—a time when life was always exciting and schedules were simpler.
Sr. Margaret O’Connor, S.N.D. Math Began: 1975
There are those who served as mentors and gave us understanding and advice. There were also the “no nonsense” teachers who challenged us and, in the process, taught us the joy of learning, helped shape our careers and our success.
Priscilla Ornelas Spanish Began: 1987
William Terrone Physics Began: 1990
We wish a fond farewell to these faculty members who retired from the Prep this June. Thanks for your years of dedicated service. Time to smell the roses!
Retired Faculty: Bro. Leonard always finds a way to pay a visit to the Sisters of Charity, many of whom lived and/or worked at St. Francis Prep. He stopped in recently to their retirement village at Mt. St. Vincent, Wellesley, MA. Seated: Sisters Gilberta and Mary Walsh. Standing: Sisters Ellen, Agnes and Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F.
Al D’Andrea retired from his day-to-day responsibilities at the SFP Bookstore after 17 years, but he will continue to add to his overall total of 21 years of service to the Prep as he continues as Assistant Coach of the Varsity Baseball Team and as the transportation coordinator for the Prep’s Athletics Department fleet of vehicles. 59
Franciscan Brothers, Faculty and Staff
Above (l-r): Danny Finn ‘11, Phyliss, Fr. Bill Sweeney and William Skody.
Phyllis Gambino ‘90 stopped at Prep for a photo with the statue of St. Francis on the way to her wedding!
Phyllis Gambino Skody ‘90, a Religion teacher at Prep, was married on July 18, 2009. Father Bill Sweeney, Prep’s Chaplain, performed the ceremony at American Martyrs and the reception was held at Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston. In the true Prep spirit, many members of the Prep family, including faculty, staff, student body and some recent alumni, celebrated with Phyllis and William. Last year she was nominated by her peers to receive the Faculty Excellence Award. Phyllis now has to work even harder next year to top this! Congratulations to Phyllis and Bill!
Pictured above: (1) Sue Vivona, her husband, and daughter, Gabby ‘09, Eileen Cosgrove, and Kelly Ramsey. (2) David Ganci ‘88 (SFP Student Activities Director) and members of the SFP Swim Team. (3) Maryanne Bechtle, Susan Sparagna ‘78, Phyllis, Linda Clarkson-Baldacchino, Peggy Bergin-Sementilli ‘81 . (4) Bro. James McVeigh, Bro. Mark Waldman, Susan D’Andrea (Finance Department) and Al D’Andrea (SFP Bookstore and Varsity Baseball Assistant Coach). 60
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Congratulations to Carol Kennedy ‘79 from the Finance Department! Her son Connor graduated Prep this year and will be attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Also, she will begin managing the SFP Booktore in September 2010.
James McHugh H’92, a former SFP Track Coach, will be inducted into the Manhattan College Hall of Fame on Saturday, November 13, 2010. It’s a well-deserved honor! Congratulations Jim!
Bro. Louis Miritello, O.S.F. ‘57 celebrated his Golden Jubilee as a Franciscan Brother in 2009. For 11 years Bro. Louis conducted a successful aeronautics/aerospace education program at SFP. He also chaired the Computer Department and Technical Services.
Joe Licata, Chair of the Foreign Language Dept. and Director of Football Operations, is the proud parent of another SFP Graduate. Salvatore Licata ‘10 is headed on to study at Hunter College this Fall.
Diane Kosiorowski-Haussermann ‘02 (Social Studies) gave birth to a son, Tyler Xavier, on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm (8lbs. 8oz, 22 inches long).
The SFP Campus Ministry Department and faculty/staff who served as Chaperones on the Franciscan Immersion Experience to New Orleans were honored at “Faith in the Future’s Annual Spaghetti And Eggs Dinner” on November 28, 2009. Pictured: Front row (l-r) Father Bill Sweeney, School Chaplain; Maria Velasquez, Development Office; Nicole May, Faculty; Christian Sullivan, Director of Campus Ministry. Back row: Frankie Hamilton, Science; Nick Lombardo, Guidance; and Billy Vogelson, Campus Ministry. Missing from photo: George Ann Kotowicz, Campus Ministry.
Coach Vince O’Connor was honored at the Annual McGuire Foundation Golf Outing in Ardlsley, NY in September 2009. Jack Grein ‘79 (right) made a special presentation to coach during the awards ceremony.
The Franciscan Brothers 150th Anniversary Year Closing Celebration at St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre.
...& We Honor The Prep remembers those from our community who have passed. We have paid tribute to several members of the Prep community who have blessed us with their gifts as alumni, parents, faculty and staff over the past year. (1) Larry Burke (center), father of the late LeeAnne Burke, a beloved SFP Guidance Counselor who passed away unexpectedly in January of 2008, donated the proceeds from a Bishop Reilly High School Reunion raffle to the Campus Ministry Department’s Franciscan Immersion Experience program. (2) The family of Stephen Shurina, a parent of five SFP alumni, held a golf outing at Cleaview Golf Course in support of a scholarship fund in his memory. (3) Memorial banner in memory of Jack Phelan, a baseball coach at Prep. (4) The family of Robert Byrnes ‘71was presented with a Prep track jersey at a memorial plaque rededication ceremony at Fordham University. (5) The “Big Mike” Golf Outing in memory of Michael Lynch ’84. (6) The family of George Dillman ‘00 present a check from the proceeds of a golf outing held in his memory at Split Rock/Pelham.
In Memoriam Alumni Joseph Bennett 1926 Thomas D. McNulty 1945 Jack Fugelsang 1951 James O’Connor 1951 Edward Lennon 1952 Bernard McKenna 1952 Gerard Smith 1952 Frank Lonigan 1954 John P. Crean 1955 Terrance Angielczyk uncle of Daniel ‘10 Olive Armstrong grandmother of Olivia ‘10 Joseph Bosco father of Jameson ‘05 Helen Brenner wife of John Brenner ‘55 James Canfield husband of Edythe (Retired Staff) Theresa Capen mother of Robert (Friend of SFP) Denis Carey III son of Denis Jr. ‘36 Mary Charles sister of Boston Charles (Maintenance)
Ray J. McGuire 1956 Mike L. Morgantini 1956 Thomas Stith 1957 Anthony Armstead 1957 Thomas Mulhearn 1958 Pierre Skelton 1964 John O’Hara 1971 James Anderson 1973 Gail Plasmati-Freer 1976 David Owens 1978 Antoinette Emanuele mother of Salvatore (Father’s Guild), grandmother of Barbara ’94 & Charles ’97 Gloria Fahey mother of James Jr. ’92 & Daniel ‘96 Salvatore Fazzolari father of Steven ‘96 Theresa Finn mother of Tom Finn & Kathy Finn Feeley ’79, grandmother of Melissa ‘11 Dolores Fischetti mother of Mike Fischetti (Security) Mary Florio mother of Joseph Scimecca (Friend of SFP), grandmother of Nancy ’79, Louis ’77 & David ‘81
Elizabeth Coleman Retired secretary
John Hassett brother-in-law of Laura Hassett (Guidance)
Bernadette Cuggini cousin of Elizabeth Cucinotta (Computer/Business Dept.)
John Henning brother of Mike ’57 Prep Trustee, & Dan ‘60
Ed DiCamillo grandfather of Vincent Musso ‘97
Patricia Hillery retired secretary H’93
Joseph DiGilio father of Diana ’98, Lori ’92, Tara ‘95
William “Billy” Barnes 1979 James Ryan 1979 Nancy Portoghese Bauer 1980 Denise Durando 1983 Theresa Vales 1985 Christine Kim-Mihevc 1988 Joseph Szewczyk 1994 Tom Finn H’02 Christian Venturella 2008 Theresa Buccellato 2012
Mary Alice Mancini aunt of Kelly Ramsey (Religion) Michael Mancini cousin of Kelly Ramsey (Religion) Frank McHugh former teacher (Math) Agnes Melone mother of James ’70, Warren ’75 and Mitchell ‘79 George Mero brother-in-law of Sr. Barbara Coyle, C.S.J. (Guidance Office) Delores Messina grandmother of Cara ‘10 Bro. John Mark Minicozzi, O.S.F. Franciscan Brother Elyse Morales sister of Ellen Arfanis (CulinArt)
Allen H. Roles Jr. grandfather of Jennifer & Thomas Dragisics ’05 & ’07, and Ryan McManus ‘06 Maria Scagliola wife of John (Coach of Girls Soccer) Adeline Schwartz sister of Al D’Andrea (Bookstore) Hank Sinisi husband of Ann Marie, law partner of John S. Pereira ‘62 Mary Speckenbach mother of Paul ’62 & (Retired Faculty) Dorothy Thurneau mother of Bro. Christopher Thurneau, O.S.F. ‘79 William Vogelson Sr. grandfather of William Vogelson (Campus Ministry)
Kevin O’Brien brother of Brother Gabriel O’Brien, O.S.F. (Board of Trustees)
Judy Vollaro mother of Rachel Binaso (Math)
Ginny O’Connor mother-in-law of Bro. Robert & Bro. Ed Kent’s sister
Barbara Whitfield grandmother of James Boylan (Science)
Herb Janof father of Becky Barell (Guidance)
Louis Reyes brother of Margarita Argueso (Foreign Language)
Wayne Wiedman father of Alyssa ‘10
Eda Downs grandmother of Kelly ‘11
Anthony LaForgia father of Anthony ‘96
Amy Roberts grandmother of Karena Roberts ‘10
Marian Dumaine wife of Pierre ‘61
Roseanne MacEnroe aunt of Kelly Ramsey (Religion)
Rolando Rodriguez father of Angela ‘11
All alumni, family and friends of the SFP community will be remembered at the Annual Mass on November 7, 2010. All are welcome.
Joseph Bennett ‘26 We are saddened to report that Joseph Bennett ‘26, father of Charles ‘61, passed away early in the morning on February 1st. May he rest in peace. Last February, Joe celebrated his 100th birthday with his family and friends at his home in Tiburon, California. He was featured in the last edition of the Grad News and pictured, proudly dressed in an SFP polo shirt and baseball cap. Joe was a 65 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 3, and was also our oldest known living alumnus. Please remember him and the Bennett family in your prayers.
Anthony C. Armstead ’57 Anthony C. Armstead was born March 10, 1940 in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Our Lady of Good Counsel Elementary School. Upon graduation, he received an athletic/ academic scholarship to St. Francis Prep when it was located on N. 6th Street in Brooklyn. He excelled in football and track and received “All City” and “All Met” honors and was voted to “Teen Magazine” Eastern All American Team. In 1958, he graduated as a member of the Dean’s Academic Honor Society and received a football scholarship to Holy Cross College in Worchester, MA, where he continued his athletic career and earned Bachelor of Science in History. He began teaching in the NYC Public School system and retired in 1996. During his teacher career he worked in many capacities, teaching math and social studies and also serving as an administrator. He was also an assistant football coach at St. Francis Prep and Boys and Girls High School. He also devoted time as Boy Scout Leader and was a member of many church and school committees. Anthony passed away on July 17, 2010 and leaves behind two daughters, Tonie-Lynee and Brenda and two brothers Joseph ‘58 and Thomas ‘60, and a host of grandchildren and friends.
Tom Stith ‘57 There were many winning teams at Prep in the year 1957, but none captured the imagination and enthusiasm more than the Catholic school basketball rivalries. In the midst of all the talent, one stood out from all the rest: the center for St. Francis Prep, Tom Stith. One of the first AfricanAmerican students to play in the CHSAA, Tom and his brother, Sam, who was one year older, brought national recognition to St. Francis basketball. Tom dominated the league. He scored in double figures in a seemingly effortless manner. With his brilliant play at center, the Prep won three consecutive City championships and one national title. Twice voted a High School All-American, he broke the league’s scoring record for total points in his senior year. Fans came from all over the East Coast to watch him play. He had a gracious manner that made him the model of a true gentleman. Tom and his brother Sam ‘56, were the two greatest basketball players to ever wear the Prep’s uniform. They both went on to St. Bonaventure University. Together they put the “Bonnies” on the map. Tom was twice voted a collegiate AllAmerican. He and Sam led St. Bonaventure to national prominence and successful runs in the NIT and the NCEA. For years, Tom held the all-time scoring record at the upstate New York school and his record for the most points scored in a single season still stands almost 50 years later. After graduation, Tom and Sam both went on to professional careers. Tom was the second round draft pick in the nation and played for the Knicks. After his basketball career, he was a sales executive for Shell Oil and Cablevision. Tom and Sam were inducted into the Prep’s Hall of Fame in 2007 and they had their uniforms retired by the Prep at last October’s “North 6th Street Reunion.” Tom passed away this June. He was 71. The preceding information was excerpted from a wonderfully written tribute by Bro. Michel Bettigole, O.S.F. ‘57 that appeared in the July 24, 2010 edition of “The Tablet.”
John J. (Jack) Fugelsang ‘51 Formerly known as Brother Boniface, Jack Fugelsang was born on October 19, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY. He was one of 7 children of Leonard and Adele Corrigan (Fugelsang). He is survived by his sister, Maureen Manacle (Ed). He was educated at St. Francis Prep. and St. Francis College, and received his MA from New York University. He entered the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn in 1953 and was given the name Brother Boniface. He taught in schools in Brooklyn and at St. Anthony’s High School in Smithtown, Long Island. He married his wife, Peggy Shank in 1968. This union was blessed by three sons, John (Charmien) of New York City, Brian of Berkeley, CA, and Paul (Elaine) and their son, Endy of Brooklyn, NY. He taught and was an administrator in Longwood School District and served as an adjunct professor at Suffolk County Community College for 23 years. He taught for 9 years at Tidewater Community College as well. Jack lived in Palm Coast, FL for the past 9 years. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He passed away on August 2nd.
Joe Szewczyk ‘94 It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Joseph Szewczyk ‘94 following his battle with cancer. Joe graduated from St. John’s University and later joined the FDNY in 2002. He served in Far Rockaway at Engine Co. 264. He was diagnosed in 2005 with Astrocytoma. He assisted coaching SFP Football for several years. Joe was a devout Catholic and in the true Franciscan spirit, he agreed to engage in experimental medical treatments in order to provide research material that could benefit others diagnosed with his form of cancer. Joe died on October 14 , 2009 at home, surrounded by his family and friends.
Tom Finn H’02 For 35 years Tom Finn coached a variety of sports on every level including freshman basketball, JV basketball, JV football, and varsity girls basketball. On April 23, 2009 Tom was assisting the boys varsity baseball team when was rushed to the hospital with what was initially thought to be a heart attack. He underwent an MRI and it revealed the existence of several tumors throughout his body. Throughout his illness Tom continued to support SFP as his health would allow. In June he spoke at the Prep’s annual baseball dinner. It was his last pubic appearance. He passed away in October 12th after his six-month battle with cancer. Tom was so well regarded by the Prep community. Athletic Director Sal Fischetti said, “He loved the Prep and would do anything for the school at anytime. His heart was with the school.” In 2002, Prep named him an Honorary Alumnus at its annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This June, the Alumni Association honored Tom’s memory (along with Coach Tim Leary ‘’63) at the 17th Annual Golf Classic. The event sold out. In addition to his many friends, Tom is survived by his loving sister Kathy Finn-Freeley ’79, and brothers Brian, Larry, and Patrick, niece Melissa Finn-Feeley, and nephew Stephen Finn.
Frank Lonigan ‘54 We will always remember Frank for his infectious smile, warmth and graciousness. In the year before his passing, Frank participated in many SFP Alumni events, including his class’s Golden Anniversary Reunion, the Washington, D.C. Alumni Chapter reception, and the 2009 NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade. He was looking forward to, and had registered for the “North 6th Street” reunion and passed away after a brief illness only a few weeks before. Frank lived the spirit of St. Francis and always displayed his strong Terrier Pride. We will miss him dearly. Please remember Frank and his family in your prayers.
William “Billy” Barnes ‘79 William “Billy” Barnes ‘79 was killed in a tragic construction accident on the Throgs Neck Bridge in August 2009 while performing his role as a construction engineer. He was 48. Shortly after his passing, Billy’s friends and family organized a scholarship fund raising event at the Port Washington Country Club to celebrate his life. It was well attended by an eclectic crowd of neighborhood friends, family, representatives of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and members of his motorbike club. His widow, Toni, noted that “Billy had only one criterion for friendship and it was that you had to be a good person.” It was evident this evening that he surrounded himself with many good people. New York Daily News reporter, Dennis Hamill, penned a story on Billy that summed up his life really well: “Bright Life Flickers Out in the Wind on the Throgs Neck Bridge.” In it, Billy’s younger brother Chris remembered him as “The guy who could do anything. Amazing mechanic. Great electrician. Biker, skier, loving dad, Little League coach. Protective big brother.” Please remember Billy’s family in your prayers.
Remembering Friends and Loved Ones
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PATHWAY TO ST. FRANCIS
You can help build the pathway to honor some of your special intentions. Brick Sizes
4 x 8: Three lines/14 ltrs per line, $200
8 x 8: Six lines/14 ltrs per line, $500 12 x 12: Eight lines/14 ltrs per line, $1,000
GIFTS MADE IN MEMORY and IN HONOR OF...
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A NAMED SCHOLARSHIP FUND
St. Francis Prep welcomes the establishment of named, permanently endowed scholarship funds in the memory of or in honor of individuals or families, by providing an initial contribution of $10,000 and a longterm commitment for a permanently endowed scholarship of $100,000 or more.
ANNUAL MASS OF REMEMBRANCE
Each year St. Francis Prep holds a Mass of Remembrance on the first Sunday of November to honor those members of the community who have passed during the year. The memorial bricks on the Pathway to St. Francis are blessed prior to Mass and members of the Terrier Athletics program are honored with the “raising of the memorial banners” in the gym. Afterwards, a complimentary brunch is served for all guests. For more information, please contact us at (718) 423-8810, ext. 269 or 259. 65
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