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P SF Saluting Terrier Alumni Who Carry On The Franciscan Tradition as Faculty & Staff Pictured Above: Our Graduates who serve as Administrators & Department Heads at Prep See the full story on all 56 Alumni Faculty/Staff Members on page 30

President’s Message Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F. Dear Graduates and Friends, As I complete my third year as President of St. Francis Prep, I look around at the whirlwind of activity here (even during the summer) and marvel at the quality and the accomplishments of our student body, faculty and staff. With this in mind, we have taken the opportunity in this issue of Grad News to celebrate the commitment of many dedicated alumni who have returned to the Prep and currently serve as administrators, teachers and staff members. It is because of the tremendous efforts of our faculty and staff (aided of course by YOUR support) that we continue to offer such outstanding academic and extracurricular programs for more than 2500 wonderful students who come from all walks of life—and who SUCCEED as evidenced once again by the fact that every member of the Class of 2016 (608 seniors) graduated in June and nearly every one (99.1%) will be attending college this fall—including many of the most prestigious schools in the country. As a group, they were offered more than $150 million in college scholarships! The talent of our faculty and staff also resulted in the recent awards presented by the Middle States Association of first-ever high school level credentials for our ART and GUIDANCE Departments. This follows the first-ever Middle States Association credential presented at the high school level to our MUSIC Department. And in keeping with this unparalleled level of excellence we have established at Prep, we are continuing with our Capital Improvement and Modernization Program with the current construction that will result in a very modern, spacious music department (some of which you can see already) together with new student/athletic locker room facilities. This follows the complete re-design and construction of our science labs which occurred some three years after the dedication of beautiful new Physical Fitness and Art Education facilities—all of which we have funded in large measure through The Campaign for St. Francis Prep: The Next 150. Needless to say, we could never accomplish all these things nor could we provide all the resources we do for our students without your continued generosity. You help us maintain affordable tuition levels, fund special projects and programs, and provide financial assistance and scholarships for many deserving students. So thank you again for everything you do for the Prep! These Grad News pages will remind you once again of the numerous events and activities that help keep you connected with us and with your classmates. And as we like to say these days, “High School is four years but the Prep is forever!” Thank you again and God bless you! Yours in St. Francis,

Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F., H’01 President


Summer/Fall 2016 Edition THE SFP ALUMNI & DEVELOPMENT TEAM Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F. H’96 Alumni Director Robert T. Angeletti Director of Development Michael Graziano Associate Director of Development Sally Khan Associate Director of Development Maria Velazquez Assistant to the Director of Development Kim Perinuzzi Assistant to the Director of Development ALUMNI BOARD EDITORIAL COMMITTEE John S. Pereira ‘62 Gerry Scales ‘76 PHOTO CREDITS Michael Graziano Vincent Dusovic Photography Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F. H’01 MASTHEAD DESIGN Michele Schablin SPECIAL THANKS TO: Peggy Bergin-Sementilli ‘81 Anthony Biondolillo ‘00 Sal Fischetti ‘83 Phyllis Gambino-Skody ‘90 Eric Hafker ‘86 Robert Johnston H ‘14 Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F. H’96 David Kobayashi ‘93 Abe Leston ‘96 Kathy Schnurr ‘10 Ed Woods ‘73 Dr. Christian Sullivan Maria Velazquez PLEASE ADDRESS ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO: St. Francis Prep Office of Development Michael Graziano 6100 Francis Lewis Blvd. Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 Phone: (718) 423-8810 FAX : (718) 423-7813 E-mail:


Profession-based Alumni Chapters

GRAD NEWS • Summer/Fall 2016

Alumni Events (2016-17) • 2-3 Football Schedule (2016) • 3 Athletics Season Review (2015-16) • 3

Special Events

5th Annual Walk-a-thon • 4-5 Annual Mass of Remembrance • 6 Christmas Party for Our Friends with Special Needs • 7 St. Patrick’s Day Parade • 8 Casino Night • 9 President’s Dinner • 10-11 Annual Golf Classic • 12-13 Annual Homecoming Weekend • 14-15

Alumni Class Reunions

Class of 2010 5th Anniversary Reunion • 16 Class of 2006 10th Anniversary Reunion • 17 Class of 2001 15th Anniversary Celebration • 18-19 Class of 1996 20th Anniversary Celebration • 18-19 Spring Reunion/Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony • 20-23

Healthcare Services Alumni Chapter • 26 Legal Services Alumni Chapter • 26 Financial Services Alumni Chapter • 27 Tech Alumni Chapter • 28 Arts Alumni Chapter • 28 Education Alumni Chapter • 29

Cover Story • 30-35

A Salute to Prep Grads Who Serve as Faculty/Staff Members

Our Franciscan Spirit

Franciscan Focus • 35 In the Footsteps of Saint Francis • 36 The Kenyan Exchange Program • 37

What’s Happening @6100

Alumni Spotlight • 38 Alumni Director’s Message • 39 Grad Notes • 40-43 In Memoriam • 44

Regional Alumni Chapter Events

Washington D.C. Area Alumni Chapter • 24 Philadelphia Area Alumni Chapter • 24 Boston Area Alumni Chapter • 24 Florida Area Alumni Chapter • 25


Bro. Lawrence Boyle, OSF ‘62

Sal Fischetti ‘83

Ed Woods ‘73

Xenos Novoa ‘95

Dr. Stephen Marino ‘71

Peggy Bergin-Sementilli ‘81

Lisa Schaefer-Heuer ‘87

Mary Pappas ‘78

Patrick McLaughlin ‘73

Diane Haussermann ‘02

Chris Mendolia ‘87

Joseph Sciame ‘78

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2016-17 St. Francis Prep

Alumni Event Calendar Wed. September 21, 2016 Technology Alumni Chapter Reception Registration required. BCM One Headquarters 521 Fifth Avenue, 14th Floor New York 10175 Moderated Q&A Session: “The Internet of Things” T.J. Costello - Director, Internet of Things at Cisco Systems ___________________________ Fri. September 30, 2016 6th Annual Walk-a-thon SFP/Cunningham Park 9:30 a.m. Donations and sponsorships from alumni are welcome. Event T-shirt included. Registration required. Join our students, staff and faculty in the Prep community for this annual event! Last year we raised nearly $280,000 in support of the Capital Improvement Program. The two-mile course (approximately) is flat and runs through Cunningham Park. ___________________________ Thurs. Oct. 13, 2016 Greater Washington DC Area Alumni Chapter Reception 6-8 p.m. Belle Haven Country Club 6023 Fort Hunt Road Alexandria, VA 22307-1204 Reservations required. Admission fee. Join us for a spirited gathering of alumni who live, work or attend college in the greater Washington D.C. area. Past participants have included residents of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, as well as those in town for business. Our Chapter President, William “Billy” Ashton ‘76 would like to hear from you! Email: _________________________

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Thurs. Oct. 20, 2016 Homecoming Weekend 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament In Memory of Jimmy ‘79 & James Prendergast H ‘11 St. Francis Prep Gymnasium 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Admission fee. Raffles & Prizes Each year hundreds of alumni, family and friends participate in this annual contest in memory of Jimmy who passed at a young age from cancer, and his father, who passed away within the last few years. ___________________________ Sat. Oct. 22, 2016 Day at Belmont Racetrack Homecoming Weekend Arrive: Noon First Race: 1 PM Belmont Park, Elmont, NY Reservations required. Admission fee. Jackets required Watch the races from the exclusive Turf and Field Club. A delicious buffet lunch will be served. This event is sure to sell out. Please make your reservations as early as possible. ___________________________ Sun. Oct. 23, 2016 Homecoming Football Game Opponent: St. Joseph-by-the-Sea Location: Martin Van Buren HS Annual 5K Fun Run at SFP in Memory of our 9/11 Heroes and our Legendary Track Coach, James McHugh H’92 8:00 a.m. Registration required. Advance registration fee: $20 Breakfast included.

Sun. Nov. 6, 2016 Alumni Memorial Mass Location: SFP Auditorium 11:00 a.m. Complimentary Breakfast to follow. Reservations required. All alumni, family, friends of the Prep community are welcome to join us as we come together to remember those who have departed in the past year. ___________________________ Sat. Nov. 19, 2016 Class of 2011 Reunion 7:30-11:00 p.m. St. Francis Prep, Cafeteria Registration fee: $50 in Advance $60 at the Door ___________________________ Sat. Dec. 17, 2016 Christmas Party for Our Friends with Special Needs 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. St. Francis Prep Cafeteria Sponsors/donations welcome. Volunteers needed. When Sr. Joseph Agnes, S.C.H. first organized this event many years ago, she started more than just a tradition. Alumni, current students, faculty and staff all pitch in and work side-by-side to serve those who might otherwise not find much joy and spirit in the Christmas season. Many individuals also contribute to the festivities as donors and sponsors. ___________________________ Sat. Jan. 21, 2017 Reunion of Classes of 1997, 2002, and 2007 Reunion St. Francis Prep, Cafeteria 7:30-11:00 p.m. Registration fee: $60 per person in Advance $70 per person at the Door

Thurs. Feb. 16, 2017 Health Care Services & Legal Services Sector Alumni Chapter Reception The Inn at New Hyde Park 214 Jericho Turnpike New Hyde Park, NY 11040 6:30 p.m. Advance registration required. Admission fee. Join us for a gathering that is both professional and social for alumni working in the Health care and Legal professions. ___________________________ Sat. Mar. 4, 2017 Florida Alumni Chapter Spring Training Game & Reception Florida’s East Coast Location TBA Reservations required. Admission fee for the game. The St. Francis Prep alumni gathering in Florida alternates between the Palm Beach area and the Tampa area. We also try to secure a number of tickets to a “spring training” baseball game. This year, we will be traveling to the west coast for what promises to be another splendid gathering. Make plans to join us! ___________________________ Fri. Mar. 17, 2017 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Check alumni website for details. RSVP required. Alumni, students, current and former parents, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the Franciscan Brothers community all participate in the annual march up Fifth Avenue.

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Sat. Mar. 18, 2017 Red & Blue Terrier Ring of Honor 7:30-11:00 p.m. Crest Hollow Country Club 8325 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797 Advance reservations required. Recognizing the outstanding achievements of Terrier athletes, teams and coaches who have contributed most notably to our sports history and who have enhanced the spirit and reputation from our illustrious past at the Prep! ___________________________ Thurs., Mar. 23, 2017 Alumni Arts Reception Location TBD All are welcome A gathering for all alumni pursuing a career in all areas of the arts. ___________________________ Sat. April 1, 2017 President’s Dinner St. Francis Prep, Library By invitation. A gathering for all generous and loyal benefactors and administrators. ___________________________ Sat. April 8, 2017 Annual Spring Reunion & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony St. Francis Prep Registration fee: $60 in Advance $70 at the Door Join us as we induct new members into the SFP Hall of Fame. In addition, we will celebrate the anniversary classes of 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967 1972 1977, 1982, 1987 and 1992. Graduates of 50 years +, will be inducted into the Golden Terrier Society. Mass will be celebrated prior to the start of the Hall of Fame ceremony.

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Thurs. May 11, 2017 Education Alumni Network Reception Time: TBA Location: TBA Registration fee ___________________________ Thurs. May, 18, 2017 Financial Services Sector Alumni Chapter Reception The Friars Club, Midtown 6-8 p.m. Advance registration required. Admission fee. Join us for a gathering that is both professional and social for alumni working in finance. Participants range in age and industry experience and it’s always a splendid time for one and all! ___________________________ Mon. Jun. 19, 2017 24th Annual Golf Classic Cherry Valley Club Garden City, NY Advance registration required. Many golf packages and sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit the SFP Alumni website for complete details. Join us for a wonderful day with great friends on the finest golf course in the area!

Terrier Athletics 2015-16 Season Round-up Boys Basketball

Brooklyn/Queens Division 1 • 5th Place Play-offs - Quarterfinalist

Girls Basketball

Boys Soccer

Brooklyn/Queens Division 1 • 2nd Place 2015 City Semi-Finalist

Girls Soccer

Brooklyn/Queens Division 1 • 6th Place Play-off - Quarterfinalist

Division 2 - 1st place Place • Play-off Division Champions!


2016 Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan Champions


Division 1 - 4th Place


Division 1 - 4th Place


2015 Nassau/Suffolk League Champs 2015 NYS CHAMPIONS


A Division • 3rd Place


Brooklyn/Queens - 2nd Place


Brooklyn/Queens - 3rd Place

Girls Lacrosse

Division 1 - 4th Place Play-off Semi-Finalist

Brooklyn/Queens • 4th Place Intersectional Play-offs 2nd round Varsity 5th Place


Boys Swimming

Girls Swimming

AA Division Quarterfinalist A Division 1st Place • City Play-off Quarterfinalist 2015 Nassau/Suffolk League Champs 2016 City Champs

Girls Tennis

Boys Tennis

Boys Track & Field

Girls Track & Field

B Division -2nd Place •Play-off Semifinalist B Division - 3rd Place • Play-off Semifinalist

Boys Volleyball

Girls Volleyball

2014 Brooklyn/Queens Finalist

2016 VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Sunday, September 11th 2:00 pm vs. Holy Cross at Bayside High School

Saturday, October 8th 3:00 pm Mount St. Michael at Mount St. Michael

Saturday, September 17 1:30 pm Xavier at Aviator Field

Sunday, October 16th 1:00 pm St. Peter’s at Martin Van Buren HS






Saturday, September 24 1:30 pm Holy Trinity at Holy Trinity High School th


Sunday, October 2 1:00 pm Christ the King at Martin Van Buren HS

Sunday, October 23rd 1:00 pm St. Joseph-by-the-Sea at Martin Van Buren HS



Sunday, October 30th 1:00 pm Iona Prep at Martin Van Buren HS


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The 2015 Annual Walk-a-thon

Raises over $280,000 for Prep’s Programs and Facilities Friday, September 26th was a wonderful day for faculty/ staff and students as St. Francis Prep hosted its fifth annual Walk-a-thon fundraising event. The SFP Cheerleaders and the SFP Jazz Band and Percussion group motivated students from beginning to end. There were smiles, laughter and “selfies” being taken along the nearly two mile route! Prizes were awarded to the top Cors and three individuals who obtained the highest levels of sponsorships in several categories. Over the past five years, the SFP Annual Walk-a-thon has raised over $1.4 million to benefit special projects and programs at the Prep, most notably the current Capital Improvement and Modernization Project. Your generous contributions and pledges are being put to very good use each and every day for the benefit of our students! Two years ago, our Science Classrooms and Labs underwent an entire “floor to ceiling” renovation. This year the redesign and reconstruction of the Music Education facilities began and is now one third complete. There are several new music classrooms and practice facilities currently in use. Work will continue in phases over the course of two years and the end result will be highly advanced learning, practice and performance spaces for our award-winning music students as well as a new dance studio and renovated student locker rooms. The Campaign for St. Francis Prep: The Next 150 (Stage Two of our Capital Campaign that benefits this Modernization Program) will continue through 2017. This year the Walk-a-thon will be held on Friday, September 30, 2016.

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Annual Mass of Remembrance On Sunday, November 1st, hundreds of alumni, family and friends gathered for the Prep’s Annual Alumni Memorial Mass and Brunch. Father Bill Sweeney H ‘03, Chaplain at the Prep and Brother Leonard Conway. The newly added memorial bricks and other memorials on “The Pathway to St. Francis” were also blessed and dedicated prior to the Mass. The Franciscan Heritage Display, which was named in Loving Memory of Elizabeth Prendergast (see photo below) was also blessed. Prior to the start of Mass, Isabella Romanelli ‘17 & Elizabeth Romanelli ‘19 were awarded The Michael F. Lynch ’86 Memorial Scholarship; Onandi Lowe ‘16 was presented The Bernice & James E. McHugh H’92 Scholarship Award.

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The Annual Christmas Party for Our Friends With Special Needs When Sister Joseph Agnes first organized this event so many years ago, she started more than just a tradition. The Prep Community hosted its Annual Christmas Party for our Friends with Special Needs on Saturday, December 19th. Alumni, current students, faculty and staff all pitched in and worked sideby-side to serve those who might otherwise not find such joy and spirit in the Christmas season. There was Music, dancing, food and fun, and of course SANTA!! There were performances by the Prep Chamber Orchestra and Step Team. Faculty Coordinator, Suzanne Pergola-Camus said, “It was a wonderful day! Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated to this amazing day: The Parents’ Guild, Alumni Board, Students, Faculty, Staff, and Administration, Fr. Mark, the Franciscan Brothers, CulinArt, Italian Club, Greek Club, Key Club, Softball Team to the Dance Team, Step Squad and Chamber Orchestra whose performances brought such joy to all those in attendance. You all are living Instruments of Peace and exemplify the true meaning of Franciscan Values. Thank you all!” We look forward to the coming year —Saturday, December 17, 2016. As always, we ask for whatever you can provide to make the day that much more memorable for our special guests. Appropriate gifts (which can be dropped off at Prep) would include: PJ’s, slippers, scarves, hats, gloves, toiletries, picture frames, wallets, purses, perfumes, colognes, ties, etc. Gifts can be wrapped and should be marked either Male or Female and dropped off at Prep right up until the day of the party itself.

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The 2016 New York City

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, administrators and Franciscan Brothers marched up Fifth Avenue in the annual NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It’s a tradition that dates back to the days when SFP was located in Brooklyn. Revived during the Prep’s Sesquicentennial Anniversary in 2008, it has been growing stronger in both spirit and in the numbers every year since. Join us for next year’s St. Patrick Day Parade on Friday, March 17, 2017. Be sure to RSVP early to reserve your commemorative hat! Register on the SFP Alumni Website,, and look for the event on the calendar!

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The Friends of SFP Football Fund

Casino Night

Celebrating SFP Football Past, Present & Future From the moment people walked into the beautiful Magnolia Room at Bourbon Street on April 29th, there were smiles...long overdue hugs...and people having fun! Drinks, food, and music added to the festivities! Tradition & Pride was met with generous support from Prep Alumni of all ages! All of the tables stayed busy throughout the night! The money booth became “10 seconds of comedy” as all the adults went crazy attempting to stay cool while money flew by them. Through loyal alumni and friends generous support, the “Friends Of St. Francis Prep Football Fund” defrays tuition costs and represents a real savings for young student athletes and their families, helping St Francis Prep continue on its mission to be a leading Catholic High School in the Franciscan tradition and the St. Francis Prep Football Program to remain the greatest high school football program in the NY Metropolitan Area.”

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The Annual President’s Dinner Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F. hosted the Annual President’s Dinner on Saturday, April 9th in the Prep’s library. This annual event is the Prep’s salute to the loyal alumni, parents, faculty, staff, trustees and friends whose generosity at the “leadership” giving level helped St. Francis Prep in many wonderful ways during the past year. Nearly 200 guests were in attendance for cocktails and dinner, including Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, the President of St. John’s University, together with his wife, Clavel. The St. Francis Prep String Orchestra, under the direction of Music Department faculty member, Robert Johnston, provided musical entertainment. During dinner, Bro. Leonard delivered an update on all of the latest developments at the Prep. SFP Principal, Patrick J. McLaughlin ‘73 provided an overview on the many academic achievements of our students. Afterward, two student representatives of the Class of 2016 Mary O’Byrne and Michael Lynch, each spoke about how the faculty, staff and their fellow students helped inspire them. (Mary is now attending the University of Michigan and Michael is studying at Sacred Heart University.)

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23rd Annual Golf Classic Honors Prep’s Finest! On Monday, June 20, 2016 the 23rd Annual Golf Classic was held at Cherry Valley Club in Garden City, NY. After golfers played on a superb course and enjoyed an outstanding cocktail hour, nearly 200 guests dined on a delicious buffet dinner as we honored Larry ‘67 and Gerry DiNardo ‘70 and SFP Music Department Chair, Dr. Robert Corbino H’06. Each of them spoke about their great affection for St. Francis Prep. The net proceeds of the event benefit the Prep’s scholarship program and we are grateful to the Golf Committee, all of our sponsors, golfers and friends for their continued support. Special thanks to the students of the SFP Jazz Ensemble for providing entertainment throughout the day. FRANCISCAN BROTHERS SPONSOR CulinArt, Inc. LIVE & SILENT AUCTION SPONSOR Big Ten Network GOLF CARTS SPONSOR Wally Bishop ‘80 Michael Mongelli ‘79 JOURNAL SPONSOR Flynn & O’Hara School Uniforms, Inc. DRIVING RANGE SPONSOR John Campo, Esq. Troutman Sanders LLC



PUTTING GREEN SPONSOR BMS, Inc. Bankruptcy Management Solutions RAFFLE PRIZE SPONSORS Jones Day Law Firm Eileen LeMonda ‘78 The LeMonda Family Joseph Pantaleo ‘03 Joseph B. Pantaleo, DDS, PC Waldorf Risk Solutions, Inc. Tom Gebert ‘79 Primary Land Services, LLC



The Nolan Group Robert Sherlock Alliant Employee Benefits Richard Mednick Medco Electrical Contracting, Inc. Eddie Slampiak ‘90 CRM Construction & Maintenance Corp. HOLE-IN-ONE PRIZE SPONSOR Koeppel Auto Group



Pictured: (1) l-r: Larry DiNardo ‘67 and Bro. Robert Kent, Alumni Director (2) l-r: Bro. Robert Kent and Gerry DiNardo ‘70 (3) l-r: Dr. Robert Corbino H ‘06 and Bro. Robert Kent (4) Larry DiNardo ‘67 and Jack Cahill ‘67 (5) Nat Modica ‘03 (center) and friends (6) Gerry ‘70 and Larry ‘67 DiNardo 12 St. Francis Preparatory School






Photos:Vincent Dusovic Photography & Mike Graziano






Pictured: (1) l-r: Thomas Walsh, Joe Pantaleo ‘03, Luke Pantaleo ‘05 (2) l-r: Jean Colucci-Kiley (3) l-r: John Paguaga ‘78, John Miele ‘07 (4) Members of the SFP Jazz Ensemble (5) l-r: Nancy Donato ‘76, Vincent Porreca ‘76, Frank Mancini ‘76 (6) l-r: John Campo, Art McMahon H’04 (7) r-l: Joanne Persico ‘84 and her nephew, Michael Egert (son of Jeannine Persico ‘79) (8) l-r: “Doc” Corbino, Rich Gonzalez ‘84 (9) l-r: Nick Cremona ‘92, Nick Paccione (SFP Faculty) (10) l-r: Fr. Bill Sweeney (center) poses with Dan Duffy H’03 (second from right) and his fellow golfers. Grad News Summer/Fall 2016


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Annual Homecoming Weekend Homecoming Weekend brings alumni together from a variety of ages to celebrate fond memories of St. Francis Prep, and to make new ones! See the calendar for the 2016 Homecoming Weekend schedule of events.

Hoops Tournament in Memory of Jimmy Prendergast ’79 & James Prendergast H’11

Homecoming Weekend began on Thursday evening with a Threeon-Three Basketball Tournament on Thursday, October 1, 2015 in the Prep’s Gym. Over 100 alumni, friends and members of the Prendergast family participated. Raffle, prizes and refreshments were all part of the evening. For registration and information on the 2016 Tournament, please visit the SFP Alumni Website at

Photos: Mike Graziano

Homecoming Golf Outing & BBQ in Memory of Danny Apicella ‘00

Photos: Mike Graziano

The 4th Annual Golf Outing and BBQ in memory of Dan Apicella ‘00 was held at Clearview Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. It was another successful year. All proceeds of the event support the Scholarship Fund established in Danny’s memory.

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On Monday August 15, 2016, the 5th Annual Dan Apicella Memorial Golf Outing and Scholarship Dinner was held at Inwood Country Club. The first-ever Daniel Apicella’00 Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jayden Sutton ‘17 by the committee. Pictured below (l-r): Linda and Robert Apicella (Danny’s parents), Jayden Sutton, committee members Kevin Wagner ‘01 and Jimmy Lynch ‘99.

A Night at Sullivan’s On Friday, October 2, 2015 more than 200 alumni, friends and family members participated in the annual Homecoming Night at Sullivan’s. There were plenty of raffle prizes, food and drink. The event organizers, Kevin Wagner ’01, Jonathan Pereira ’99, and Jimmy Lynch ’99 expressed their appreciation to everyone for coming out for the Prep and in memory of their good friend and fellow Prepster, Danny Apicella ‘00.

Homecoming Day at the Races Alumni, family and friends gathered last October at Belmont Park for the Annual Homecoming Day at the Races. The weather was mixed and each of the races were exciting. Guests were invited to the Winner’s Circle to meet the jockey who rode the winning horse in the race dedicated to St. Francis Prep. Aside from the winnings at the betting windows, one lucky guest took home the proceeds of our 50/50 Raffle.

The 2016 Homecoming Day at the Races will be held on Sat. October 22, 2016. Each year this event sells out quickly, so reserve early! Register online at

Photos: Mike Graziano

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Celebration of the

Class of 2010’s Fifth Anniversary Reunion On November 7, 2015 an enthusiastic group of alumni from the Class of 2010 returned to Prep to celebrate their fifth anniversary of graduation. Every one had a wonderful time! Alumni Director, Bro. Robert Kent took everyone on a tour of the new Science Classrooms and Labs as well as the Physical Education and Athletic Training Center that was completed in 2011. There are many more photos that you can view, download, share and tag friends located on the St. Francis Preparatory School Facebook page! Just visit the SFP Alumni Website at for a quick link!

Photos: Mike Graziano

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Celebration of the

Class of 2006’s Tenth Anniversary Reunion On Saturday, February 27, 2016 SFP alumni gathered in the cafeteria to celebrate their tenth anniversary of graduation! There were hugs, smile and laughter as classmates reconnected and rekindled old friendships. Alumni Director, Bro. Robert Kent took everyone on a tour of the new Science Classrooms and Labs as well as the Physical Education and Athletic Training Center that was completed in 2011. There are many more photos that you can view, download, share and tag friends located on the St. Francis Preparatory School Facebook page! Just visit the SFP Alumni Website at for a quick link!

Photos: Mike Graziano

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Twentieth and Fifteenth Anniversary Reunion:

Classes of 1996 and 2001 Celebrate! On Saturday, March 12th alumni from the classes of 1996 and 2001 gathered in the cafeteria to celebrate their 20th and 15th anniversaries of graduation from St. Francis Prep! It was an outstanding display of Terrier Spirit as hundreds of alumni gathered in the cafeteria. Brother Robert Kent provided tours of the new Science Classrooms and Labs and the Physical Education and Athletic Training Center. You can find many more photos to view, download, share and tag friends and they’re all located on the St. Francis Preparatory School Facebook page! For a quick link, visit the SFP Alumni Website at!

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Annual Spring Reunion & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday, April 23, 2016 • The Annual Spring Reunion and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony provided a great opportunity for alumni to remember the reasons why St. Francis Prep was “a second home” for so many of us! The Classes of 1966, 1961, 1956, 1951, 1946 and 1941 were recognized as the newest members of the Golden Terrier Society— an honor bestowed upon alumni who have celebrated the 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th and 70th anniversary of their graduation. The group was presented with special medals and enjoyed their cocktails and dinner in the library. The 25th anniversary Class of 1991 along with the Classes of 1986 1981, 1976 and 1971 gathered in the cafeteria. (See images below and on the following pages.)

Hall of Fame Inductees The evening began with the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Hall of Fame honors graduates who have demonstrated significant lifetime achievement, devotion to the Prep’s mission, and service to others. The Prep was proud to honor: Jean F. Coppola ‘82

Peter England ‘59

Paul Hoolahan ‘67 Daniel Ryan, Jr. ‘86

Pictured (l-r): Bro. Leonard Conway, OSF, President; Jean F. Coppola ‘82 and Bro. Campion Lally ‘55.

Pictured (l-r): Bro. Robert Kent, OSF, Alumni Director; Bro. Leonard Conway, OSF, President and Peter England ‘59 Pictured (l-r): Bro. Robert Kent, OSF, Alumni Director; Bro. Leonard Conway, OSF, President; Paul Hoolahan ‘67 and Justin Kelly ‘69.

Honorary Alumni

Honorary Alumna/us status is conferred upon individuals in recognition of their devotion, service and our appreciation of their unique relationship with the St. Francis Prep community. The Alumni Board was delighted to confer Honorary Alumnus status upon three members of the Prep community this year. We thank them for all that they have done to promote our Franciscan values.

John Barnes Brendan Dugan

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Pictured (l-r): Dennis McDermott ‘70, Alumni Director at St. Francis College accepts the honor on behalf of the College’s president, Brendan Dugan.

John Jenkins

Pictured (l-r): Bro. Leonard Conway, OSF, President; John Jenkins H’16 and Prep’s Athletic Director, Sal Fischetti ‘83

Photos: Mike Graziano

Pictured (l-r): Bro. Leonard Conway, OSF, President; John Barnes H’16 and Justin Kelly ‘69

Pictured (l-r): Bro. Leonard Conway, OSF, President; Daniel Ryan ‘86 and Rich Carroll ‘86

View all of the photos on the SFP Alumni Website Photo Gallery at: or, visit our Facebook page: St. Francis Preparatory School

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25th Anniversary Class of 1991

30th Anniversary Class of 1986

35th Anniversary Class of 1981

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40th Anniversary Class of 1976

45th Anniversary Class of 1971

Golden Anniversary Terriers • Class of 1966

Golden Terriers from the 65th Anniversary Class of 1951 Grad News Summer/Fall 2016


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SFP Alumni Regional Alumni Chapter Events The Greater Washington, D.C. Area Alumni Chapter Reception Alumni gathered in the heart of the nation’s capital at Bobby Van’s for another delightful chapter gathering. Alumni Board President, Wally Bishop ’80 and Alumni Director, Brother Robert Kent, O.S.F. welcomed everyone. Robert Angeletti H’11, the Prep’s Director of Development provided a overview about all of the wonderful developments at Prep. Prep’s President, Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F. spoke about all of the one-on-one meetings he’s had with alumni over the past year. “I am delighted to say that your fellow alumni have been very enthusiastic about all the work that we are doing to modernize and upgrade the Prep. “ The Greater Washington D.C. Area Alumni Chapter President William “Billy” Ashton ’76 and Brother Robert are constantly working to help Prep alumni from the Maryland, Delaware, Virginia area reconnect with classmates and meet their Prep “neighbors.” This year the Greater Washington D.C. Area Alumni Chapter Reception will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Reservations are required and can be made online at events or by calling Sally Khan at (718) 423-8810, ext. 335.

Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Nearly 40 Prep alumni from the Philadelphia area enjoyed an extraordinary dinner prepared by up-and-coming culinary students on Thursday, September 17th. The whole restaurant at JNA Institute of Culinary Arts was reserved exclusively for St. Francis Prep Alumni and all of the food was prepared and served by students. Prep’s President, Brother Leonard Conway spoke about the amazing developments at the Prep —most notably the Prep’s Capital Improvement and Modernization Program. Special thanks to the Philly chapter’s local organizers, Danny Sosa ‘96 and Moises Young ‘96, for their help in developing plans for this event. If you are in the area and want to get involved, please reach out to them!

Boston Area Alumni Chapter St. Francis Prep’s tenth annual reception for alumni in the Greater Boston Area was held at Maggiano’s Little Italy on Thursday evening, April 14th. It was an intimate gathering of about a dozen alumni who ranged from recent grads enrolled in area colleges and universities to alumni from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. It was a wonderful time for everyone to learn about the latest developments at the Prep over a “family-style” dinner.

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Florida Area Alumni Chapter Baseball Game & Reunion Marc J. Hamlin ’84 and his wife, Paige were our gracious hosts once again as we celebrated our 20th Annual St. Francis Prep Alumni Florida Reunion on Saturday, March 5th, 2016 in Valrico, Florida, (a suburb of Tampa). This annual gathering in Florida alternates between east and west coast locations each year. As in past years, we reserved group tickets for a spring training baseball game and enjoyed watching the Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. The reunion at the Hamlin’s followed at 6:00 pm and it was another splendid gathering. Prep’s President, Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F., provided an overview on the many exciting developments at the Prep, which included the newly remodeled science classrooms and labs. Alumni Director, Brother Robert Kent, O.S.F. reported on the past year’s roster of well-attended alumni events and Development Director, Robert Angeletti H’11 reported on the many successful fundraising efforts. Prep’s Principal, Patrick J. McLaughlin ‘73 was also in attendance and enjoyed his conversations with the alumni in attendance. Please make plans to join us next year on Florida’s east coast on March 4, 2017.

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SFP Alumni Professional Chapter Events Face-to-face networking is an essential aspect of most any career. With this in mind, you can connect with fellow alumni through the SFP profession-based chapters. These chapter events endeavor to help Prep alumni in their career development, professional growth and enable alumni to reconnect with each other and discover up to the minute news and information about the students and programs at St. Francis Prep. The most recently established professional chapters are for alumni in Education, the Arts and Technology. The Education Alumni Chapter held its third annual chapter reception in May, while the Arts Alumni Chapter held a second very successful alumni reception in April. The Technology Alumni Chapter presented a well-received webinar last September on the topic of social media. (Check the SFP Alumni website for registration details on upcoming Alumni Chapter events.)

The Healthcare Services Alumni Chapter & Legal Services Alumni Chapter Reception

Photos: Mike Graziano

These two chapters are currently in the fourth year of jointly hosting their annual reception. The SFP Healthcare Alumni Chapter is a community of alumni employed in all aspects of healthcare, including health education, health care administration, nutrition, medicine, dentistry, etc. Nancy Demers ‘91 and Joseph Pantaleo ‘03 are the chapter coordinators. The SFP Legal Services Alumni Chapter offers a network for alumni who share the dual bond of the Prep experience and work in the legal profession. Felicia Varlese ‘79, heads up the effort on behalf of the Legal Services Alumni Chapter. Pictured below are images from the 2016 reception at the Friars Club in located in midtown Manhattan. Please join us for the next reception on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Visit the alumni website at for a listing of all upcoming events and activities.

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The Financial Services Alumni Chapter Reception The Financial Services Network consists of alumni currently employed in the many aspect of the financial industry who are interested in building a professional network, staying connected to the Prep, or mentoring young alumni. There are nearly 1,000 alumni registered in the Chapter on the SFP Alumni website and it is led by an alumni volunteer committee with the Alumni/ Development Team. Pictured below are images from the May 2016 reception at the Friars Club in Manhattan. Please join us on Thursday, May 18, 2017 for the next reception! Visit the alumni website at for a listing of all upcoming events and activities.

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New! Technology Alumni Chapter Whether your job involves technology, you work for a technologyrelated company, or you’re just a hip geek who loves all things tech, now there’s a great way to network with fellow SFP alums who share your passion and experience with technology. Join the new Technology Alumni Chapter at to become part of this exciting new Prep community and to stay informed of upcoming Chapter activities. The inaugural event for this Chapter was an educational webinar featuring Jane Scandurra (Class of ‘77 alumna and Tech Alumni Chapter Lead) entitled, “Demystifying Social Media for Business.” Attendees were welcomed by Prep’s President, Brother Leonard Conway, O.S.F. 75 people participated and learned tips, tools and best practices for leveraging social media for professional value. The webinar was informative and well received. If you missed it, it’s available for replay (see below).Join the Tech Alumni Chapter and help us build a vibrant and valuable community for networking, peer/ student mentoring, career building, and knowledge sharing. To view the replay to the webinar “Demystifying Social Media for Business” simply go to: Click on “Chapters >> Tech Alumni

Chapter Benefits include: • • • •

Network and collaborate with alumni working in a common field of expertise; Stay abreast of technology trends and their impact on the future; Help to influence the next generation of technologists - current Prep students; Learn about tech-related career and business opportunities.

The 1st annual networking event will be held at a cool rooftop terrace in New York City Tech Alumni Rooftop Reception Wednesday, Sept 21, 6:00-8:30 PM BCM One Headquarters 521 Fifth Avenue, 14th Floor New York, NY Moderated Q&A Session: “The Internet of Things” TJ Costello, Director, Internet of Things at Cisco Systems We are grateful to Frank Wassenbergh, SFP Class of 1995 (VP of Sales at BCM One) and BCM One for offering the great rooftop terrace space and to TJ Costello for being our guest speaker. Call (719) 423-8810, 268 or go to to register online.

St. Francis Prep’s inaugural reception for alumni who work in the Arts (film, TV, photography, design, painting, drawing, theatre, dancing, music, architecture, fashion, etc.) was held on Thursday evening, April 7th on the west side of Manhattan. More than 55 alumni (and several members of the faculty) participated. They ranged from recent graduates to seasoned professionals. Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F. addressed the group and spoke about all of the amazing things going on at St. Francis Prep! We owe special thanks to the chapter coordinator, Michelle Kawka ‘95 and also to Marlon Morris ‘84 for all of their contributions in making this event successful! The next reception will be held on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

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The Second Annual Arts Alumni Chapter Reception

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Third Annual SFP Education Alumni Chapter Reception Chapter coordinators Kathleen A. Mackin-Sciortino ‘76 and Dominick J. Vulpis ‘74 organized another well-attended Education Alumni Chapter event at Donovan’s in Bayside on May 26th. Participants ranged from recent graduates to experienced teachers and administrators. Prep’s President, Brother Leonard Conway and Principal, Patrick McLaughlin ‘73 each spoke about the many wonderful things taking place at St. Francis Prep. Our guest speaker for the evening was Rosalie Graziano-Ambrosio ‘81, MS, PD, Asst. Principal at PS/IS 270Q. Rosalie spoke very enthusiastically about her experience at Prep and how it has prepared her for her career in education. Join us next year on May 11, 2017! Visit the alumni website at for a listing of all upcoming events and activities.

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Ask any of our administrators, faculty members, staff members, or coaches who enjoy the distinction of having been educated at St. Francis Prep the following question: What brought you back to the Prep? Their answers will center around two common themes: a sense of “community” that exists at the school; and the Franciscan Spirit that is ever-present in day-to-day activities. Of the more than 150 individuals who serve on the faculty/staff at Prep, 56 are graduates of the school. They all love what they do and were inspired by a teacher, coach or a Franciscan Brother to “come back” and to “give back” to a new generation of Prep students. In this feature, we salute all of them and share a few stories about upholding the Franciscan ideals and maintaining the Prep’s long-standing traditions while building on the established excellence of our academic and extra-curricular programs. 30 St. Francis Preparatory School


Saluting Terrier Alumni Who Carry On The Franciscan Tradition as Faculty & Staff 1st Row (l-r): Amy Alexandro-Jones ‘94, Peggy Bergin-Sementilli ‘81, Anthony Biondolillo ’00, Brother Lawrence Boyle, O.S.F. ‘62, Danielle Cannataro-Forte ‘93, Richard A. Carroll ‘86, Nicole Conforti ‘06, Leslie D. Cozzi ‘89 2nd Row (l-r): Caitlin Donovan ‘06, Sal A. Fischetti ‘83, Elizabeth Fryer-Kalkau ‘00, Phyllis Gambino-Skody ‘90, David Ganci ‘88, Brian Gill ‘01, Peter Groner ‘04 3rd Row (l-r): Eric M. Hafker ‘86, Theresa A. Houseman ‘79, Justin F. Kelly ‘69, Christopher Kennedy ‘99, Courtney Kennedy ‘07, James Kikel ‘08 4th Row (l-r): David Y. Kobayashi ‘93, Diane Kosiorowski-Haussermann ‘02, Monica Krips-Robertson ‘05, Mary E. Lackner-Niklaus ‘82, Stacey Lanci-Godek ‘99, Abelardo Leston ‘96, James M. Lynch ‘99 5th Row (l-r): Stephen Marino ‘71, James F. May ‘76, Patrick J. McLaughlin ‘73, Patrick T. McLaughlin ‘07, Chris Mendolia ‘87, Xenos X. Novoa ‘95, Gina M. Rizzi-Lorenz ‘95, Maureen O’Neill ‘95 6th Row (l-r): Mary Pappas ‘78, Frances Parziale-Jimenez ‘97, Gabrielle Pati-Rangel ‘03, Ivana Perrone ‘05, Elizabeth Prohaska ‘80, Franco Purificato ‘94, Lisa Schaefer-Heuer ‘87, Carol Schneider-Kennedy ‘79, Kathleen A. Schnurr ‘10, Beatrice C. Soderberg ‘08 6th Row (l-r): Joseph J. Sciame ‘78, Dianna Shmerykowsky ‘01, Marc A. Silvagni ‘06, Susan A. Sparagna ‘78, Denise M. Stradowski- Heckelman ‘84, Peter Votin ‘03, Nancy Wiese-Williams ‘92, Robert Williams ‘92, Edward J. Woods ‘73, Graziella Zerilli ‘97

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St. Francis Prep’s President, Bro. Leonard Conway, OSF has always said, “Many alumni want to teach and work at Prep and that’s a great testimonial to what a wonderful job our faculty and staff members do in the classroom, in the various departments, and on the courts and playing fields. I think that it has a everything to do with our Franciscan spirit and the sense of community that you find here.” Patrick McLaughlin ‘73, who had served for more than two decades as a coach, teacher, and Assistant Principal, and was named Prep’s Principal three years ago, said “Prep was transformative for me. When I was a student, Prep was located in Brooklyn and the Franciscan Brothers were fantastic. Back then I would often think, ‘If I were a teacher, I’d want to be like these guys.’ He went on to say, “It is wonderful to see the traditions and spirit continue. Our Alumni appreciate what Prep did for them and they want to give back to the school they love.” However, Prep doesn’t place nostalgia above high standards. McLaughlin continued, “Alumni are hired on their qualifications and not because of the novelty that she/he’s an alumn.” As a result, the Prep can boast about having one of the highly credentialed faculty at the high school level. Long time Religion teacher and newly appointed assistant to the Athletic Director, Phyllis Gambino-Skody ‘90 points out, “The values that were instilled in me are values that are still being taught here today.” Phyllis is committed to ensuring that every one of her students is aware of those values and her Terrier spirit and devotion is evident when she takes the time to attend Prep Alumni class reunions to meet her former students. Life is a Journey Music teacher, David Kobayashi ‘93 , who was a practicing attorney said, “I wasn’t planning on it [teaching], but I had a few months to spare between waiting for my bar exam results and starting at a law firm where I’d been interning.” In the interim, Dr. Robert Corbino, Music Department Chair, invited Dave to coach the SFP Marching Band and then later asked him to teach part-time. He did for a brief time, and then left the Prep to practice law. He did so for four years before feeling a calling to return to the school. Looking back on his journey he says, “I just missed it too much.” For many schools, attracting their own alumni to take on teaching as a career is considered a hallmark of institutional success. David says, “I think that we are proof that what they’ve taught us 32 St. Francis Preparatory School

at Prep works...especially for those of us who had a productive career in the outside world.” Peggy Bergin-Sementilli, Chair of the Religion Department and Class of 1981 alumna, always had hopes of coming back to SFP to teach English (her undergraduate major). She had been working in Manhattan as an event planner for a Fortune 500 company and later on for a non-profit organization. She was also heavily involved in the Diocese of Brooklyn doing youth/young adult ministry. After five years, she began to pursue her Masters’ Degree in Education so that she would be ready for a transition to her original goal of teaching. While at Mass one Sunday, she heard prayers for a friend who had been in a car accident—this friend was

Thomas Wolfe once wrote, “You can’t go home again.” Bro. Robert Kent differs. He says, “You can come back to the Prep anytime!” Marie Mackey (now Sister Marie Mackey, CSJ) who had just begun teaching the week before at SFP. Peggy recalls how something she said in jest came to fruition. “When I called to see how Marie was doing, she told me that while she would eventually be fine physically, it was stressful to be out of work for 6-8 weeks when she had just started a new job—especially with colleagues whom she barely knew covering her classes.” Peggy sympathized with her and said jokingly, “Hey, if you need a sub, maybe I could be available!” Within the hour, her phone rang and it was the chairperson of the Religious Education Department at Prep asking her if she would consider filling in. Peggy says, “Well...I

did... and I truly ‘fell in love’ with SFP and teaching high school religious education.” A permanent position opened up shortly after Ms. Mackey returned to Prep. That was 27 years ago! Everything Happens for a Reason Prep’s Athletic Director, Sal Fischetti ‘83, worked summers at Camp Alvernia, (operated by the Franciscan Brothers) alongside Brother Leonard Conway, who was the camp’s Director at the time. After college, Sal moved to Florida with the intention of becoming a professional umpire with Major League Baseball. His plans changed a few months later and he returned home to New York. “I put pursuing professional umpiring on hold.” Fischetti says. He reconnected with Prep and was offered an opportunity to substitute teach and then was offered a fulltime teaching position. He’s often one of the first to arrive each morning. “I love what I do and I look forward to the start of every school year,” he says. The 2016-17 academic year marks his 30th year. Sal says, “You just can’t replace the spirit and enthusiasm that alumni bring to the community.” Reflecting back on his dream of becoming an umpire he says, “Everything happens for a reason.” English teacher, Eric Hafker ‘86 working in publishing for a half dozen years before returning to Prep to teach. “What inspired me to return to my alma mater to teach was a combination of comfort, confidence, and commitment. And timing. “I could have kept the alliteration going with “coincidence,” but there’s no such thing as coincidence-only destiny, fate, and sometimes miracles,” he says with his trademark wit and candor. “I believe most of my fellow Prep grads now teaching here would say God had a hand in them coming home to make a difference. I know I can say it with conviction.” Returning to the classroom after being away from teaching for a long time was a bit daunting. He found a comfort level at SFP saying, “Where else but Prep would make me feel welcomed by former teachers, kind students, and provide an inspiring atmosphere of faith and learning?” He also attested to his

“When I tell my students, whether they are freshmen or seniors, that ‘I was sitting right there about 30 years ago,’ I grab their attention, respect, and it forms an instant bond and connection.” faith in those in charge saying, “From day one, I knew I would have total confidence in the administration, my department chair, and colleagues because of our shared Prep history and shared Prep values.” Like many other teachers, Hafker also has a deep sense of commitment. He goes on to say, “There is something powerful about making and keeping your commitment to the school that made everything possible for you at such a formative age—from your future dreams (of becoming an English teacher thanks to Joe Castellano and Joe Masselli) to lifelong friendships with some of the most genuine

--Eric Hafker ‘86, English Teacher

only place on earth where going to work feels like coming home.” Social Studies teacher, Abe Leston ‘96 knows a thing or two about the value of “home.” Abe was born in Spain and moved here when he was 8 years old. Having moved thousands of miles away, he says fondly, “Prep made me feel like I was home again.” His experience and the perspective it provides him is truly valuable to the Prep student community, particularly in recent years as the number of foreign born students has increased. “I can totally relate,” he says. Abe was inspired

run into most of them every morning getting coffee. It’s definitely humbling to stand next to people who have been inspiring students for generations but mostly I’m just grateful that I get to keep learning from these beautiful souls.” Honorary Alumni Each year, the SFP Alumni Board of Directors recognizes distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to the Prep by bestowing upon them the title of “Honorary Alumnus”. There are currently a dozen members of the SFP faculty & staff (as

Top (l-r): Eric Hafker ‘86, Dianna Shmerykowsky ‘01, Sal Fischetti ‘83, Nancy Wiese Williams ‘92 and Robert Williams ‘92, Marc Silvagni ’06, Anthony Biondolillo ‘00, and Stephen Marino ‘71. Bottom (l-r): Abelardo Leston ‘96, David Kobayashi ‘93, Carol Schneider-Kennedy ‘79 and Courtney Kennedy ‘07, Richard Carroll ‘86, Susan Sparagna ‘78 and Xenos Novoa ‘95

human beings you have ever encountered. I can also honestly say that my Christian and Catholic faith not only exists, but is strong today thanks to all of the caring ‘saints’ I have met as a student and as an educator.” Who said you can’t go home again? Art teacher, Anthony Biondolillo from the Class of 2000 is one of many Prep alumni in his family and says, “For me, I couldn’t imagine teaching anywhere besides St. Francis Prep. I wanted to go to Prep since the time that I was small. My experience as a student there was incredible....if I had the choice of working at any school in the world, I would choose St. Francis Prep. I understand the students, the school, and it’s mission. It’s the

by the many great teachers he had at Prep and strives to be a similar inspiration to his students. Kathy Schnurr ‘10 who enjoys the distinction of being the most recent graduate to be on the faculty said, “I was fresh out of grad school, and it felt like I had never left. “I remember the first time I asked my students if they had questions, comments, or brilliant perceptions. They laughed, and told me I had gotten that from Ms. Prohaska.” ‘That, and so much else,” I told them. Reflecting on her days as a student Kathy said, “I had an all-star lineup of brilliant teachers who got me excited about ideas and helped guide me through my teenage years. Now I

of June 30th), who have been recognized as Honorary Alumni: Robert Angeletti H’11 Kathleen Carroll H’10 Dorothy Cassano H’10 Joseph Castallano H’10 Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F. H’01 Robert Corbino H’06 Robert Johnston H’14 Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F. H’ 96 Joseph Licata H’00 Bro. James McVeigh, O.S.F. H’15 Sr. Mary Ann Napier H’02 JoAnn Wagner H’10

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“These individuals are some of the Prep’s most enthusiastic and dedicated champions,” said Alumni Board President, Wally Bishop ‘80. Building on a Foundation of Excellence All those who have experienced St. Francis Prep first-hand, especially our alumni faculty and staff members, understand that Prep has long been a tightly-knit community based upon shared values and common goals. Working toward the same goal with shared values creates strong bonds among students and between the students and their teachers and coaches. From the employee perspective, it strengthens teamwork. Assistant Principal and Class of 1987 alumnus Chris Mendolia, points out, “The sense of community is what raises collaboration among the faculty to such a high level here and gets everyone feeling united in shared goals.” That’s evident in how the Prep community banded together to achieve the academic and faith-based goals set in the Middle States re-accreditation process. (These goals include everything from improving the use of technology in the

classroom to greater student involvement in retreats, service opportunities, and their own spiritual development.) The process requires the effort and commitment of an entire community. The level of cooperation is evident in the results. “The number of our academic departments which have been recognized with the Middle States Programs of Distinction is truly impressive,” said the Prep’s Director of Admissions, Lisa Schaefer-Heuer ‘87. Schools desiring to improve their programs have the opportunity to undertake the Middle States Programs of Distinction protocol (formerly known as “credential”) to identify strengths and areas for growth. The Programs of Distinction process then provides the inspiration and the means for developing a high-quality program. In 2011, Prep was the very first high school ever to earn the Middle States Music Credential.

by the St. Francis Prep Alumni Board of Directors as an “Honorary Alumnus” in 2014) said, “Middle States Programs of Distinction provides external validation of a school’s accomplishments in specific areas of expertise, thereby enhancing a school’s prestige and promoting its reputation as a top-tier institution.” He went on to say, “The credential provides a testimonial on how our faculty is inspired to help contribute to the creation of programs that serve as models for schools throughout the world.” This past year, two additional departments within Prep—Counseling and Art— also earned the Middle States Programs of Distinction recognition: •

Robert Johnston, the Director of String Studies at Prep, (who was recognized

The School Counseling Program of Distinction recognizes schools with a comprehensive and coherent school counseling program, which features counselors who advocate for ensuring equity in student access to all the school’s educational opportunities.

Prep Alumni Who Coach our Terrier Athletes In addition to the many full-time alumni faculty and staff who help the current generation of Terriers realize their potential and fulfill their dreams, there are also dozens who serve in a part-time capacity as coaches and moderators. Tim Leary ‘63 • Varsity Basketball Drew Samuels ‘97 • Varsity Basketball Christopher Lanci ‘02 • JV Basketball Angelica Kosinski ‘13 • JV Basketball Cheslea Brandimarte ‘14 • JV Basketball Robert McDermott ‘87 • Varsity Baseball Kenneth Hewitt ‘05 • JV Baseball Maureen O’Neill ‘95 • Moderator/Coach Kara Kelly ‘95 • Varsity head Coach Alexandria DeFalco ‘13 • Varsity Asst. Coach Jennifer DiVanna ‘11 • Asst. Varsity Coach Rosemarie Tombolo ‘11 • JV Head Coach Caitlin Fung ‘11 • JV Assistant Coach Katie Markart ‘14 • Freshmen coach Danielle Vespertino ‘07 • Freshmen Coach Kaitlyn Derby ‘11 • JV Softball Nicole Bifulco ‘07 • JV Softball William Gluck ‘14 • Varsity Football Tariq Oliver ‘14 • Varsity Football Joseph Stevens ‘14 • Varsity Football Robert Waegelein ‘78 • Varsity Football

Robert Strack ‘82 • Varsity Football Tom Kennedy ‘97 • Varsity Football Ken Hodzic ‘13 JV • Football Joseph Varuzzi ‘12 • JV Football Robert Einersen. • JV Football Michael McCoy ‘07 • JV Football Anthony Varuzzi ‘14 • JV Football Dan Angelastro ‘05 • JV Football Tony Truzzulino ‘79 • Varsity Football Frank Rizzo ‘84 • Varsity Football Billy O’Donnell ‘05 • Handball Coach Chris Alquiza ‘06 • Handball, Asst. Coach James Flaherty ‘06 • Handball, Asst. Coach Christian Valcarcel ‘06 • Handball, Asst. Coach Jon Sese ‘08 • Handball, Asst. Coach Danny Torres ‘08 • Handball, Asst. Coach Raphael Aguirre ‘13 • Handball, Asst. Coach Richard Pelliccia ‘14 • Handball, Asst. Coach David Rodriguez ‘14 • Handball, Asst. Coach Steven Cameron ‘02 • Varsity Hockey

Michael Guerra ‘07 • Varsity Hockey Crystall Kettrell ‘02 • Step Squad Joanna Verouhis ‘10 • Varsity Lacrosse Cynthia Kouril ‘76 • Club Rugby Brandon Silva’14 • Varsity Soccer Dion Amvrosiatos ‘14 • JV Soccer Joseph LoBosco ‘14 • JV Soccer Kelly McArdle ‘09 • JV Soccer Daniel Finn ‘11 • Varsity Swimming Boys Steven Reid ‘12 • Varsity Swimming Boys Andrew Meditz ‘04 • Varsity Swimming Girls Margarita Sabogal ‘78 • Girls Cross Country, Track & Field Maxwell Gazzara ‘09 • Boys Cross Country & Track & Field Harold Valestin ‘95 • Boys Track & Field Christopher Pierantoni ‘01 • JV Volleyball

List as of June 30, 2016. Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information. Please let us know and accept our apology if an error or omission is present. Email: Thank you for your support!

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The Visual Arts Program of Distinction identifies programs of superior quality, clearly articulated and comprehensive, led by qualified and talented instructors using research-based instructional techniques and strategies, and allows all students to develop an appreciation for and an understanding of the visual arts as a valuable and expressive fine art form.

Looking Ahead Brother Leonard is encouraged by all of those who serve the Prep as administrators, teachers, staff members, or coaches. He said, “It’s uplifting for me to see how our alumni embrace the Franciscan spirit and put their faith into action in the service of the Prep community.” He concluded by saying, “They all continue to make the Prep the great place that it is today.”

St. Francis Prep has steadfastly remained committed to fostering the intellectual and spiritual development of students from all walks of life, while continually improving the educational environment for its students. This summer, Phase III of St. Francis Prep’s Modernization Program continued with the redesigning and re-construction of the Music Education facilities. (This follows the fabulous re-design and total renovation of the Science labs and classrooms.) This modernization effort, which originally began during the Prep’s 150th Anniversary in 2008, has been dictated by the demands of a truly outstanding teaching and learning environment.

advanced learning, practice and performance spaces for our award-winning music students as well as a new dance studio and renovated student/athletic locker rooms. Brother Leonard concluded by saying, “And this wouldn’t be accomplished without the talent and commitment of all those who embrace the Prep’s mission—starting with our dedicated faculty and staff!” On for Ol’ St. Francis!

The Music Department project will be completed in phases over the course of two years and the end result will be highly


Brother Alan Zodda, O.S.F. Celebrates 65 Years as a Franciscan Brother Bro. Alan Zodda, O.S.F., entered the Franciscan Brothers from Our Lady of Peace parish, Lynbrook, L.I., in 1951 and professed first vows in 1953. He taught in the elementary schools at Our Lady of Good Counsel, BedfordStuyvesant; St. Anthony of Padua in Greenpoint; Our Lady of Lourdes, Bushwick; and St. Patrick’s, Fort Greene, from 1953 to 1962, before teaching at St. Leonard’s H.S., Bushwick; Bishop Ford H.S., Park Slope; and St. Francis Prep, (both Brooklyn and Fresh Meadows), from 1962 to 1975. Beginning in 1975, Brother Alan served as an administrative assistant at St. Francis Prep until he retired from full-time ministry. This year he is celebrating his 65th Anniversary as a Franciscan Brother. At Prep, Brother Alan taught World History and American History and began a long and momentous journey that entailed coaching handball. Something truly amazing began to happen after his first year of coaching—he embarked upon an unprecedented record in the whole history of St. Francis Prep handball. The Varsity Team established at 12 year winning streak of 159 victories and the Varsity Juniors set a 101 winning streak from 1969 to 1980. On October 26, 1974 he was presented with the Sports Illustrated Merit Award. Bro. Alan said, “As I look back, I realize just how devoted the boys teams were to my coaching style and to my requirements. These boys accomplished so much... We accomplished these feats working together with enthusiasm and commitment.” Brother Alan is equally proud that the great days of handball

at the Prep are once again flourishing. Mr. Tony Grimm, the present handball coach, has made a name for himself by establishing a new winning streak. Brother Alan said, “I have felt a part of this new surge of victory, because I have always encouraged him to aim high and never settle for second-best. He is truly a dedicated coach and has managed to keep the handball legacy at the Prep alive.” Notably, the 2016 Varsity and Junior Varsity Undefeated teams were the C.H.S.A.A. City Champions! Over the past four decades that Brother Alan has been involved in the Physical Education Department, he served as an Assistant Coach in Girls’ Varsity Softball, and assisted at Football, Basketball and Baseball games. On the occasion of his 60th Anniversary in 2009, Bro. Alan reflected, “Life has been good to me and I have been blessed by so many wonderful people who have enhanced my life as a Franciscan Brother. I give thanks and glory to Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and to His Blessed mother, Mary, for their countless blessings in my life all through the years.” Bro. Alan was recognized by the St. Francis Prep Alumni Board as an Honorary Alumni in 2005. In April 2016, the Franciscan Brothers determined, after a series of evaluations, that Bro. Alan was in need of additional care that could not be provided at the Brother’s residence at Prep. Brother Alan relocated to Our Lady of Consolation Nursing Home in West Islip, NY.






Pictured: (1) Bro. Alan Zodda received the Franciscan habit in June 1951. (2) Brother Alan’s 1983 SFP Yearbook photo. (3) Brother Alan with his friend and colleague, Ann Marie Rich. (Ann Marie is a Science teacher and the Prep’s Softball Coach and Bro. Alan was the moderator, statistician, and assistant coach.) (4) Showing his Terrier Pride; Brother Alan at a recent SFP Class Reunion! (5) Brother Alan with his 1969 City Handball Championship team.

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In the footsteps of Saint Francis by Brother James McVeigh, O.S.F.,

Mission Coordinator for our Franciscan Schools This summer, we have already had many in our Prep community experience the beauty of our Franciscanism. The Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn have appointed Bro. James McVeigh to serve as the Franciscan Mission Coordinator for our Franciscan Schools. He will be leaving the Office of Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Rockville Centre so he can devote full time to this new ministry. Over the past ten years Brother James has developed this program here at St. Francis Prep. He will also serve at Saint Anthony’s H.S., and will be a resource person to Notre Dame HS and collaborate with St. Francis College. The Franciscan Mission, Charism and Values have always been present in our schools. We are now taking it to the next step to be intentional in promoting and living out the beautiful charism of St. Francis of Assisi and the gospel values St. Francis taught us by being the Mirror of Christ. We will actively engage the adult and student school community by intentionally inviting them to “Look to Christ” through the lens of our Franciscan Charism and Values and to share in the mission of the Franciscan Brothers.

The Music Department’s trip to Assisi and Rome--two cities central to our Franciscan heritage-- gave them an opportunity to enjoy the culture and Franciscan spirit but also to lift people’s hearts to joy by their concert performances featuring our Jazz Band, Prep Chorus, and Chamber Orchestra,. St. Francis loved music and sharing it with others. Well done SFP Music Department!

The Franciscan Brothers have annually sponsored faculty/staff/administrators to participate in the Assisi Pilgrimage program. Monica Robertson and Joe Sciame ‘78 were our Assisi Pilgrims this year and had the blessing of spending extended time catching the Franciscan spirit in Assisi and Rome.

We wish Brother James continued success in his ministry!

Campus Ministry Director, Christian Sullivan, Ed Woods ‘73 (IT) and Ellen Schuler (Math) visited St. Francis Secondary School in Lare, Kenya further solidifying our relationship with this mission conducted by our Irish Franciscan Brothers. Joe Pantaleo, DDS, an alum from the class of 2003 accompanied our faculty and performed dental evaluations and education at the several schools conducted by the Brothers in Lare, Kenya. They are always delighted to have the support of their American sisters and brothers. As usual the Prep was very generous to them through our Campus Ministry projects.

Franciscan Youth Movement (FYM) continues to distribute our various collections to Bridge for Life, Hour Children, etc. Our FYM Eye Glass Project has sent several hundred pairs of eye glasses to be re-calibrated and made available to the poor for free through a non profit organization

John Siano ‘12 (an FYM alum), volunteers with at Nassau University Medical Center.

Our Service Academies, and the Lima Peru Franciscan Immersion Trip attest to our Franciscan mission and charisma being alive internationally and locally.

The Notre Dame University program brought our students to an awareness of how we put Mercy into action by reflecting on many of the role models we have in our faith.

With a grateful heart we commend all in Our Franciscan family (named and un-named) students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, administration and campus ministry who LIVE OUR FRANCISCAN VALUES. May each of us reflect a bit on how we can be involved in modeling and mentoring others in our Franciscan mission and charisma. God bless and keep smiling, Brother James

2016 HOMECOMING Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament In Memory of Jimmy Prendergast‘79 & James Prendergast H‘11 St. Francis Prep Gymnasium 6:30 p.m. Registration required. Admission fee. Raffles & Prizes ___________________________

Annual 5K Fun Run in Memory of our 9/11 Heroes and in honor of Legendary Track Coach, James McHugh H’92 8:00 a.m. Registration required. Advance registration fee: $20 (breakfast included) ___________________________

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Homecoming Football Game 1:00 PM Opponent: St. Joseph by the Sea Location: Martin Van Buren High School

Day at Belmont Racetrack Arrive: Noon First Race: 1 PM Belmont Park, Elmont, NY Advance registration only. Jackets required.

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

For more information, please contact Bro. Robert Kent, OSF Phone: (718) 423-8810, ext. 230 • Email: • Alumni Website:

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The Kenyan Exchange Program “Bind us together Lord with cords that cannot be broken . . . bind us together with love.”

-Closing Hymn, Mass of Celebration, Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Lare, July 8, 2016.

For two weeks this summer, I had the honor of accompanying Mrs. Ellen Schuler, Mathematics teacher, Mr. Ed Woods ‘73, Director of Technology, Dr. Joseph Pantaleo ‘03, and Dr. Meredith Gantos, to visit our twin school in Lare, Kenya. Our mission was to deepen our relationship and cooperation with St. Francis Secondary School (SFSS) through the newly established Kenyan Exchange Program. The experience was transformational on a professional and spiritual level. Each day we learned about a different component of Kenyan culture, the Diocese of Nakuru, the educational and medical systems, and daily life for the students and staff at SFSS. Our visiting dentists spent several days providing dental education and screenings to the students and staff. See the story on the next page. As educators, we observed classes, dialogued with faculty members, visited

local public and Catholic feeder schools, and answered endless questions about SFP, New York, and the United States. Our team was transported in the new vehicle that we helped purchase with our Lenten donations. Some highlights of the trip were the home visits of SFSS students; providing a special lunch for the student body; meeting

“Our mission was to deepen our relationship and cooperation with St. Francis Secondary School through the newly established Kenyan Exchange Program.”

with the Most Reverend Bishop of Nakuru, Maurice Muhatia; the showing of Finding Nemo to the freshmen class; and visiting Lake Nakuru National Park. The Franciscan Brothers of Galway (Ireland) and Fr. James Mgue, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, provided us with housing and amazing hospitality. Principal Philip Wanjohi and his team are achieving incredible results on a “shoe-string” budget. SFSS is the third highest ranked day school (school without boarders) in all of Kenya. They are transforming lives and it is an honor for us to share our Franciscan name and mission with them. At the closing liturgy, we were presented with gifts of friendship and words of thanks for our support. We sang together a song of hope asking God to further unite our school communities to “ . . . bind us together Lord. Bind us together Lord with cords that cannot be broken. Bind us together in love.”


The SFP Team poses in front of the school vehicle which was purchased with the help of $10,000 in contributions from the 2016 SFP Lenten collection. The dedication plaque (inset) recognizes the generosity of SFP. Pictured in front of the van (l-r): John Njoroge, Deputy Principal of St. Francis Secondary School Lare; Ed Woods ‘73, SFP Technology Director; Dr. Meredith Gantos, Dental Professional; Ellen Schuler, SFP Faculty Member; Dr. Joseph Pantaleo ‘03, Dental Professional; and Dr. Christian Sullivan, SFP’s Director of Campus Ministry (seated inside the van).

Christian P. Sullivan, Ph.D. is the Director of Campus Ministry at St. Francis Prep. He is an advocate for issues of social justice and involved in his home community of Brightwaters, NY. He has ministered and served at Prep for the past 14 years. After several years of coordinating a Lenten Fundraising Drive for the benefit of St. Francis Secondary School, Dr. Sullivan conceived the idea for this exchange program and it received enthusiastic support from the Franciscan Brothers and all members of the Prep community. (See related story on the following page.)

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Dr. Joseph Pantaleo, SFP Class of 2003

Brings Dental Care to St. Francis Secondary School Students in Kenya witnessed her charitable personality while working with her.” Their shared goals in Kenya were to provide basic dental care and education to the people in this remote community. In the process, they learned about the Kenyan culture, traditions, and needs of the students and were inspired by presence of our shared Franciscan spirit. Joe’s vision is to provide dental services to the students and people of Kenya twice a year—the

“Without the experience Joseph B. Pantaleo ‘03 is the founder of Tomorrow’s Smile Today—a non-profit organization dedicated to promote dental education and service to those areas, nationally and globally, where there is no access, or very limited dental care. From an early age, Joe has been witness to and inspired by the Franciscan spirit; first as a student at St. Francis Prep and afterwards, while studying at St. Francis College. Joe says, “Without the experience and role models of being taught by the Franciscan Brothers, I would not be the person I am today.” Adding, “I have always tried to live as an example of St. Francis in my daily life.” Joe operates his private practice in 30 Central Park South in Manhattan, he is also the Director of Dental Care at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and holds an attending position at the Mt. Sinai Dental Department. This summer, (June 25 – July 9 ) he and a friend and colleague in the dental profession, Dr. Meredith Gantos, traveled to St. Francis Secondary School in Lare, Kenya alongside a contingent of Prep faculty/staff on a special mission. (See related story on previous page.) Their mutual aspirations as a dental professionals extends beyond providing excellent care within their respective private-practices. They felt the need to provide reach those abroad in remote areas who have no access to dental services at all. Joe recalled, “When I first met Meredith, her spirit naturally made me gravitate towards her and I have th

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of being taught by the Franciscan Brothers, I would not be the person I am today.”

Lare and Santa Clara Vocational School. Joe exclaimed, “98% of the students we examined never saw a dentist their entire life.” They were able to conduct a Dental Education Class to each grade and distribute toothbrushes and introduce floss to a community that has never heard of or even seen floss! Reflecting on his experience he said, “Sometimes I feel selfish on these missions because these kids teach us lessons that are invaluable. All I can say is you never know the daily battles any one person is facing. So slow down, enjoy the present, and be patient. We enjoy a life of electricity, a bed and warm showers. These students pray for rain for the crops to grow and when it rains, the electricity goes out.” Power outages were common during their two week mission and forced them to improvise. Despite the daily inconveniences and hardships, Joe said, “I cannot wait to go back and give more of what I can for these kids.” Joe is another great example of someone who has taken inspiration and been called to action after repeatedly hearing the Prayer of St. Francis, “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.”

same standard of care that is employed in the United States. He imagines establishing a dental facility that is incorporated within the Franciscan schools in Lare and Molo that would ultimately attract a team of dentists, hygienists and assistants to provide the community with dental education to integrate in their daily lives and perform dental treatment to treat and fight infections. Mission Complete Their first dental mission to Kenya with Meredith Ann was nothing shy of successful. They were able to screen every student from St. Francis Secondary School-

Congratulations and thank for all you and your colleagues do for our brothers and sisters in Kenya, Joe! Pictured: Upper left hand corner; Joe and his grateful new patients take a “selfie” at St. Francis Secondary School in Lare, Kenya. Center: Dr. Joe Pantaleo and Dr. Meredith Gantos pause to take a photo with the students after they received a complete check up and dental education.

For more information on the work that Joe and Meredith are doing, visit the Tomorrow’s Smile Todaywebsite at:

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A Message from Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F., Alumni Director Dear Alumni and Friends, The 2015-16 school year is history. The Class of 2016 now can join the ranks of their predecessors who traveled this road over the years. We celebrate their incredible achievements. All of their hard work, enthusiasm and dedication are now being recognized across the finest schools in the nation. They reaffirm our Franciscan belief that academic achievement brings with it a complementary responsibility to help bring about a better world. They will have the opportunity, time and time again, to live out the lessons of service throughout their lives.

On Friday, October 2nd, we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a liturgy celebrated by Bishop James Massa. The Canticle Citation was presented to sister Philip Kiley, C.S.J., for her 40 years of service; Peggy Bergin Sementilli , Denise Heckleman and Ann Marie Rich for their 25 years of service; Rachel Binaso, Jeanne Buccino, Laurie Cappiello, Brian McCormack, Maureen O’Neill and Gina Rizzi-Lornenz were also recognized for their 15 years of service. This was a great time to celebrate all we have accomplished as a faculty and staff.

We can not overstate the depth of our pride in all they have accomplished. The credit for their success rests in the hands of our outstanding and dedicated faculty, staff and administration whose unfailing commitment to share their knowledge, expertise and guidance produced such a rich harvest.

I would like to take this time to recognize some special individuals who have made such considerable contributions to our Prep community and who are now retiring this summer. Let us bid fond farewell to Frank DeStefano for his 19 years of service in the Mathematics Department, Magda Ostaszewski for her 30 years of service in the Foreign Language Department; Dorothy Cassano for her 42 years of service as a secretary for the Athletic Department, Radiana Fitzpatrick for her 17 years of service in the Security Department; Nancy LoCascio, for 21 years of service as an administrative assistant in the Attendance Office; Cathie Colasanti for 19 years of service as an administrative assistant in the Attendance Office; Sister Rita McCauley, C.S.J., for her 35 years of service in the Social Studies Department and in the Educational Media Center; Frank Trubiano for his 19 years of service as the Chairperson of Library and the Educational Media Center. Finally, we recognize Maria Velazquez-Martinez, for her 11 years of service as an administrative assistant to the Development Office. All together this represents a combined total of 213 years of service to the Prep.

The Prep has embarked on an exciting journey of renewal and modernization, making the most significant investment in the future of the Prep since the move from Brooklyn to Fresh Meadows 40 yeas ago. The Phase III Plan for our exemplary and cutting-edge Music Program is already well underway and we expect it to reach completion by next summer. The impressive success in all aspects of Prep development only serves to underscore our fundamental mission: to provide an outstanding, well-rounded education in the Franciscan tradition to all the diverse students in the Prep community. We are grateful for the support from our alumni, parents and friends. Your extraordinary generosity is the catalyst for our growth, our pursuit of excellence and our unwavering commitment to develop future leaders of tomorrow. Let’s have a great turnout for our Homecoming Weekend. This year’s weekend will kick-off on Thursday evening October 20th with the 3-on3 Hoops Tournament in memory of Jimmy Prendergast ‘79 and James Prendergast H’11, following on Saturday, October 22, a Day at the Races at Belmont Park in the Turf and Field Club. Finally, on Sunday, October 23rd, we will have our 5K Fun Run in honor of our Legendary Track Coach, James McHugh H’92 and our September 11th heroes, followed by the Homecoming Football game against St. Joseph by the Sea at 1 PM at Martin Van Buren High School. We are pleased to announce our 2nd Red and Blue Terrier Ring of Honor Gala event to be held on Saturday evening, March 18, 2017 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on Long Island. At our inaugural event in March 2014, we inducted into our “athletic hall of fame” 68 past athletes, coaches, moderators and athletic directors, each of whom contributed greatly to the Prep’s proud sports history. The event was an extraordinary celebration attended by 750 alumni and friends of SFP. Once again we have established a distinguished Red and Blue Terrier Ring of Honor Committee that has planned for this special event and specifically selected our next class of honorees. In addition, for the first time, we will also be recognizing the accomplishments of several championship teams at Prep.

Frank DeStefano

Magda Ostaszewski

Dorothy Cassano

Radiana Fitzpatrick

We salute you for your commitment and years of service and thank you for the profound impact that you have made on the lives of those in your care. Now it is time to smell the proverbial roses. The entire Prep community values and acknowledges the faculty and staff members for their many dedicated years of loyal service. We are grateful that they have been our partners in our Franciscan Mission. As always, I am grateful to the members of the Alumni Board for all they have done and will continue to do for St. Francis Prep. Thank you for your unfailing support. May the blessing of St. Francis be with you and your family, now and all the days of your life. “High School is for 4 years; the Prep is Forever” In gratitude,

Brother Robert Kent, O.S.F. Alumni Director

Nancy LoCascio

Cathie Colasanti

S. Rita McCauley, C.S.J.

Frank Trubiano

Maria VelazquezMartinez

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| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |GR | | | | |AD | | | | | | |NOT | | | | | | | |ES |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| John Meehan ‘51 is married with four children. He was awarded the Bonze Star and the US Army Meritorious Service Medal. Gus Alfieri ‘55 and Sam Stith ‘56 will be inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame at the NYAC on September 14, 2016. Gus Alfieri won championships as a player and a coach and is the author of two books. His latest, The Heart of A Champion, trumpets the Golden Age of Long Island Basketball, from the late-1950s through the mid-1980s. In it he describes how he got into basketball, what inspired him to coach, and how he turned a troubled basketball team into the #1 high school team in NY State, #1 Catholic School in the country and the fifth best overall team in the nation. Sam Stith was a standout basketball player at the Prep and was selected in the 1960 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals after a collegiate career at St. Bonaventure University. Sam and his brother, the late Tom Stith ‘57, were inducted into the SFP Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also the proud uncle of the talented tennis and volleyball Terrier athlete, Alana Davidson ‘15.

Joe Torre, Class of 1958 Hits Another “Home Run”

When facing a serious or terminal illness, many patients and their families are confronted with a tough spiritual challenge. A “last wish” experience can be a game-changer and play a vital role in promoting spiritual health. Terry (Conway) Van Slyke, was an avid baseball fan and reminisced about how much joy the game brought to her life and how she always admired the legendary player/coach, Joe Torre. Knowing that she was nearing the final stages of her life, her cousin, Prep’s President, Bro. Leonard Conway, reached out to ask Torre a special favor. In the true Franciscan spirit, baseball legend, Joe Torre, Class of 1958, placed a call to Terry. Bro. Leonard stated, “Joe Torre called my cousin Terry [today] and did more than make her day.... she is still smiling and keeps saying, HE CALLED ME!” The phone call was followed up the next day with a signed baseball which read: “ a True Yankee Fan...Think Win —with Respect” Joe Torre HOF ‘14. Terry passed away peacefully on March 6, 2016 knowing that the spirit of St. Francis was with her during her final days. May she rest in peace.

Remembering & Honoring Bob Crimmins ‘56 Robert J. Crimmins ‘56 had great affection for St. Francis Prep. Bob, as he was universally known, was committed to helping ensure the Prep’s future (in addition to his many other charitable endeavors), first as a Co-Chairman of the Prep’s Endowment Campaign in the 1990’s, and later as a Founding Committee Member (2008) for The Campaign for St. Francis Prep which continues today. He passed away on January 12, 2015 and the plan he put together for “giving back” reflected his dedication, affection and generosity toward St. Francis Prep. We are forever grateful to Bob and the Crimmins family. Pictured (l-r): Christopher F. Smith from Ridgewood Savings Bank presents Alumni Director, Bro. Robert Kent, OSF, with a check for $20,000 that was directed to the Prep by the late Bob Crimmins as part of his planned giving program.

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Pictured above: (2008) Brother Leonard presents Joe Torre ‘58 with a special plaque in honor of his Golden Anniversary of graduation from Prep, which also coincided with the Prep’s 150th Anniversary.

The Long Beach Island chapter of the Prep’s Alumni Association met for the 17th consecutive year on July 19th. As in past years the attendance was remarkable, tying the prior year’s record of four. Gene McCaul ‘57 (right) and Tom Prendergast ‘59 were recognized for having attended all 17 Reunions. They will be awarded leftover tee shirts from one of the Prep’s other events!!

John Mathis ‘59 and his wife, Mary (pictured above) met up with Brother Leonard for dinner while he was in town for the Florida Alumni Reception in March 2016. Kevin Sherry ‘66 retired from his Navy career as a Commander in 1993. He also worked at Northrop Grumman for 22 years and retired as a systems engineering department head in 2015. He is now an assistant football coach and an assistant track coach at Oxnard High in California. Larry DiNardo ‘67 is a partner at the prestigious law firm of Jones Day. He successfully argued a case before the Supreme Court in 2014. (The judgment was in favor of US Steel—represented by the Jones Day firm which assigned Larry as the key attorney.) The opinion was written by the late United States Justice Antonin Scalia! Larry and his brother, Gerry ‘70, were honored at this past June’s SFP Golf Classic. Dr. Gerard J. Hevern ‘68 was honored by the New Hampshire Academy of Family Physicians on April 9, 2016 as their NH Family Physician of the Year. In his acceptance remarks, expressed that he was profoundly thankful to the Franciscan Brothers saying, “...their lessons of peace, gratitude and mercy that have allowed me to serve my patients, especially those with chronic pain and addiction, with respect and kindness. For many of these patients who had lost hope and a sense of forgiveness, this “medicine” opened for some, the road to recovery.” Gerry also serves as the coordinator of our Greater Boston Area Alumni Chapter. Gaetano Mascolo ‘71 and his wife, Jean, have been married for 39 years and have four children and five grandchildren. He has been in the mortgage industry for 40 years and is currently employed with M&T Bank where he won “Chairman’s Club” for 7 straight years. Robert Ludwig ‘71 is married for 35 years and has two children. In 1981, he underwent a kidney transplant surgery and is one of the longest living transplant patients in the world. John Dennison Quinn ‘76 starting working and living in England in 1984 and has been there ever since. He and his wife, Annie, have two children. He is a long distance running and completed the Edinbrugh Marathon in Scotland in 2012. He sends his regards to his classmates and hopes to attend the next class reunion!

| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | GR | | | | | |AD | | | | | | NOT | | | | | | | | ES |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Rosemarie Scandale-Mambuca ‘81 and Frank Mambuca ‘81 celebrated their 30th anniversary of marriage. They were unable to attend the Annual Spring reunion because their first grandchild from their son and daughter-in-l;aw was due on the same se day! Dr. Jean F. Coppola, ‘82, has been selected by The Westchester County Association (WCA) to receive The WCA’s prestigious Women in Technology Award at their 4th Annual Women in Technology Award Luncheon on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown. The award honors the women innovators and visionaries who are improving lives and moving our country forward, and encouraging the next generation of women scientists and mathematicians. Jean is an Associate Professor at Pace University in Information Technology and serves on the SFP Alumni Board of Directors. Congratulations Jean! Mary Curley Leptak ‘83, attended the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) awards event on April 17th. She was honored with the AATSP Metropolitan N.Y. Chapter 2016 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Mary was nominated by her colleagues and unanimously chosen to receive the award. She received many outstanding letters of support, including those from her superintendent and principal which cited her outstanding professionalism as well as her ability to instill a love of learning in her students. Mary said, “I am grateful to St. Francis Prep for the great education I received.” Jim Gannon ‘83, founder of The Common Cents Program and has been hired by the British International School of New York in the role of In-Residence Instructor for the Fall 2016 semester. The role will require Jim to teach at the school one day a week starting in September. Common Cents has created a financial literacy course for the students and in addition, will be conducting a lunchtime club and an after school entrepreneurship club. Yaneley Arty ‘84 is a producer on the film The Perfect Match, which was in theaters in March 2016. The cast includes: Paula Patton & Terrance Jenkins in main roles, R&B singer Brandy, Donald Faison (Scrubs) and veteran Joe Pantoliano! Marc Hamlin ‘84 was promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations of the Tampa Police Department on May 15th 2016. He will be responsible for the entire patrol function and the agency’s crime reduction plan. Marc and his wife, Paige have been the gracious and generous hosts of St. Francis Prep’s Florida Alumni Chapter (west coast) Reunions for many years. In 2010, Marc was inducted into the St. Francis Prep Alumni Hall of Fame.

Prep Classmates, Salvatore Gangemi ‘86 and Doris Milevo ‘86 were also prom dates 30 years ago. They posed for another “prom photo” at their 30th Anniversary Class Reunion this past April.

Christina Olson Miller ‘86 is pursuing her doctorate at St. John University where she is also an adjunct professor. Her son, George, is a member of the SFP Class of 2020. Daniel Ryan ‘86 was inducted into the SFP Hall of Fame this year. He lives in Dix Hills with his three sons, Michael (21), Jonathan (18) and, Daniel (17). He has worked on the floor of the NYSE as a partner of E&J Securities for 25 years and serves as Floor Governor of the exchange. Dan also served on NAAR/Autism Speaks national board and is the Treasurer of Members Handicap Children’s Fund and National Board Member of POP Earth. Tara M. O’Grady ‘90 is an Irish American singer and songwriter. She recorded/produced four albums: Black Irish (2010), Good Things come to Those Who Wait (2011), A Celt in the Cotton Club (2013), and Irish Bayou (2015). Tara and her band will perform at the Cork Jazz Festival October 30th. The Cork Jazz Festival is an annual music festival held in Cork City, Ireland in late October every year since 1978. To learn more about Tara and hear some of her music, check out her web page at:

Alex Titolo ‘95 went on to study at American University in Washington to study international affairs. He became a foreign service office with the U.S. Department of State in 2002. His most recent posting abroad was as the head of public affairs at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). In that position, he coordinated the Consulate team’s support of President Barack Obama’s visit in May of 2016. Alex previous served abroad in U.S. Embassies in Montenegro, Lithuania, and the Dominican Republic, where he met his wife, Yinnet del Pilar Jimenez. They have two children, Christopher (4) and Sofia (1) and they current reside in the Washington D.C. area while assigned to State Department headquarters. Sandra D’Angelo ‘96 and her husband, Anthony have two children. She completed her internal medicine residency at NYU and oncology fellowship at Sloan Kettering. She is currently an assistant attending developing novel immunotherapy drugs for patients with sarcoma and Merkel cell carcinoma. Mary Elena Azzoli-Griffith ‘96 and her husband, John have two beautiful sons. She is the Director of Media Initiatives and Polling News at the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion where she directs the poll’s media initiatives. Prior to this she was working in news production at WNBC-TV in New York City.

High school is four years; Prep is forever! Julie Chen ‘87 hosts the hit reality show “Big Brother” by night and “The Talk” by day. She was the feature of a short piece in the New York Post recently, reminiscing about her Queens roots saying, “I’ve found, now that I’m older, I’m homesick. I like going back to the old neighborhood in Bayside and catching up with friends from high school [St. Francis Prep]. I’m still best friends with my high-school best friend, who lives part time in Queens and part time in Manhattan.” Julie has lent her talent to Prep in recent years by providing the voiceover narration for the Prep’s 150th Anniversary video in 2008. She was inducted into the SFP Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Stephanie Laterza ‘97 is the author of the legal thriller, The Boulevard Trial (March 2015). Her short stories have been published in Writing Raw, Literary Mama and Akashic Books’ Terrible Twosdays series. Stephanie’s poetry has appeared in the Newtown Literary Journal, San Francisco Peace and Hope, Literary Mama and Meniscus Magazine. She holds a B.A. in English from Fordham College at Lincoln Center and a J.D. from New England Law School in Boston, where she studied Law and Literature. Her background as an attorney has paralleled her passion for creative writing, much of which focuses on first-generation ambition and struggle in the urban landscape of New York City. She lives in New York with her husband and son. Jonathan Pereira ‘99 and his wife, Melissa are happy to announce the birth of their son, Jack Michael in July 2016. Congratulations!

Ena Maureen Tua ‘07 and Rocio Tua ‘04 helped organize the 5K-Relief-for-Ecuador on Saturday, June 11th. Rocio said, “It was a true success. We had a great turnout and raised nearly $5,000 for the 5K race. All proceeds went to the Red CrossEcuador affiliate.” Pictured above are the many energetic participants!

George Dillman, SFP Class of 2000, was an employee of Con Edison performing routine electrical maintenance work when he was killed in a job related accident in 2008. His colleagues at Con Ed, together with friends and family members, organized an annual golf outing in his memory. Each year the event proceeds, along with other donations, are directed to the George Dillman ‘00 Memorial Scholarship Fund at SFP. Pictured above: John O’Neill of Con Edison (center) who is also a Prep Alumni Parent, presents Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F. (SFP Alumni Director) and Robert Angeletti (SFP Director of Development) with a $5,000 check which was later “matched” by Con Edison, thereby providing a $10,000 contribution to the scholarship fund this year.

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Michael Wagner ‘03 a former social studies teacher at Prep left the classroom to follow his passion to educate students on the broader, deeper aspects of life. He founded a program in which he helps students instill their own confidence, build academic skills, and develop a greater understanding of the world. He says, “With both practical and philosophical mentorship, students will be in a better position entering into college having taken this course.” Check out his website at Tom McKenna ‘11 signed a professional baseball contract to play this summer with the Tucson Saguaros of the Pecos League, an independent league based in the southwestern U.S. The former St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) standout became the first student-athlete in school history to continue playing professionally. McKenna holds several St. Joe’s records for batting, stolen bases and total bases. Rebeca Ramirez ‘14 is a sophomore at St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) and was recognized for her outstanding achievement in the classroom and on the women’s cross country team. She was named to the Skyline Academic Honor Roll, which distinguishes student-athletes in the league who compiled a 3.3 grade point average during the fall semester while competing in the conference’s seven fall sports. Congratulations Rebeca!

Make It Official! Find the “Official Prep Alumni” Facebook page at: st.francispreparatoryschool

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Emma Estrada ‘19 and her team won first place and a national crown at the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in late February in Kalamazoo, MI. Congratulations Emma!

Allison Ferraris ‘13 named to the 2015-16 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association’s All-Academic Sailing Team & The All-America Team

Congratulations to Allison Ferraris, SFP Class of 2013, who was recently named as part of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) 2015-16 All-Academic Sailing Team and ICSA’s 2015-16 AllAmerica Team. • The All-Academic Sailing Team recognizes collegiate sailors who have achieved excellence in national and interconference competition as well as excelling at the highest academic level for the 2015-16 academic year. • The All-American crew selections criteria include demonstrated leadership, outstanding body mechanics and boat

handling skills as well as proven ability to improve the results of the skipper(s) with whom he or she sails. There are a few other Terriers in her family— her sister, Tara Ferraris, is a member of the SFP Class of 2015 and her mother, Nancy Zollner Ferraris, is a graduate of the SFP Class of 1980. She is attending Boston College (Class of 2017) and is studying Political Science and History.

| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |FACULTY | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | NEWS |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Girls CHSAA Hall of Fame Our longtime Science Teacher & Varsity Softball Coach Ann Marie Rich was inducted into The Girls Catholic High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2016 on April 21, 2016 at Russo’s on the Bay. Congratulations Ann Marie! Pictured (l-r): SFP Athletic Director, Sal Fischetti ‘83, Ann Marie Rich and Denise Hillig, GCHSAA President.

Celebrating 60 Years as a Franciscan Brother Bro. Adrian Fannon, O.S.F., entered the Franciscan Brothers from St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Greenpoint, in 1956 and professed first vows in 1958. He taught in the elementary schools at St. Joseph, Babylon; St. Mary Star of the Sea in Carroll Gardens; St. Anthony of Padua in Greenpoint; and Our Lady of Angels in Bay Ridge, from 1958 to 1968, before taking over as Principal of St. Brigid’s, Bushwick, and the Robert F. Kennedy Incentive Program, from 1976 to 2003. In 2003, he began teaching at St. Michael’s, Sunset Park; and later at Bishop Ford H.S., Park Slope. Bro. Adrian currently works in the Attendance Office at St. Francis Prep.

Farewell to Father Bill Sweeney Shortly before Thanksgiving the Prep community learned that Father Bill Sweeney was going to be reassigned to St. Francis DeSales Church in Belle Harbor as Associate Pastor. In an email message to the faculty and staff Father Bill said, “It has been such a great experience being here and working with such a dedicated and wonderful group of teachers, educators and people who make St. Francis the place it is. My 19 years here is something I will always be eternally grateful for!” We are extraordinarily indebted to Father Bill for all that he has done for the Prep community and wish him well! He will be missed!

Recognizing the Dedication of our Faculty On Friday, October 2nd, we celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4th) with a liturgy by Bishop James Massa. This was a great time to recognize all we have accomplished as a faculty and staff. The Canticle Citation was presented to Sr. Philip Kiley, C.S.J., for her 40 years of service.

(Pictured below, l-r): Rachel Binaso, Jeanne Buccino, Laurie Cappiello Brian McCormack, Maureen O’Neill and Gina Rizzi-Lornenz were recognized for their 15 years of service.

Peggy Bergin Sementilli , Denise Heckleman and Ann Marie Rich (pictured below, l-r) were honored for their 25 years of service.

Prep Welcomes a New Chaplain The St. Francis Prep community was delighted to learn that Father Mark Simmons was appointed by Bishop DiMarzio to serve as our new Chaplain. Welcome Father Mark!

Repeating History with a Handshake

Bro. Leonard (1972 San Fran yearbook photo)

Bro. Fabian (1970 San Fran yearbook photo)

While in town for the SFP Alumni Florida West Coast Reunion in March 2016, Prep’s President, Bro. Leonard Conway reconnected with Father James Toal, O.F.M., SFP Class of 1950. Here’s the back story: When St. Francis Prep was located at 186 N. 6th Street in Brooklyn, Father James was a Franciscan Brother who was known as Brother Fabian. He served as the Prep’s Principal beginning in 1967. During his term he led the Prep through the social and political turmoil of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s when long hair and casual dress became school issues and The Seraph featured many Vietnam War editorials. Brother Leonard’s first assignment as a Franciscan Brother was teaching Math and Religion at Prep in 1971. It was 45 years ago this year, that they shook hands as Bro. Fabian welcomed Brother Leonard to the Prep as he began his career as a teacher. Brother Leonard remained with the Prep, while Brother Fabian’s vocation took a new direction in 1975 when he was ordained a priest (Father James Toal). After more than 40 years in educational leadership, he retired and moved to Florida.

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In Memoriam Alumni Dr. Philip Robert Harris ‘40 William Mohr ‘40 James Mulholland ‘41 John Mulligan ‘42 Thomas Van Wagner ‘43 Robert F. Moran ‘45 James Kelly ‘47 Richard Ryan ‘48 George Ambery ‘51 James Unterweger ‘52

James Green ‘53 Dr. Angelo Michael Zagami ‘54 Thomas Aylward ‘54 Bernard T. Renzy ‘55 Michael McSweeney ‘56 John Naughton ‘56 Thomas Walsh ‘56 John G. Hibbits’58 Charles Sauer ‘58 Francis DeMarco, Jr. ‘58

Paul Powers ‘61 Joseph Martin ‘62 Dr. Ernest A. Seglie ’63 Robert Schiro ‘63 Daniel McGee ‘65 John McNamara ‘76 Eileen Mary Speed (Nee: Clabby) ‘78 Michelle McGrath-Bischoff ‘79 James Dellocono ’80 John Francis Reilly ‘81

John Martini ’83 Christine Piotrowski ‘83 John Martini ‘83 Stephen Shaughnessy ‘84 Michael Guido ‘85 Darren Alloggiamento ‘93 Joann Gomez ‘93 Megan Gleason-Cosgrove ‘97 Joann Gomez ‘93

Francis P. LeMonda, father of James LeMonda ‘75 and Eileen LeMonda ’78, Hall of Famer and long-standing member of the SFP Alumni Board of Directors.

Theresa A. Van Slyke, cousin of Bro. Leonard Cownay, O.S.F., SFP President

SFP Family and Friends Darren Alloggiamento ‘93, son of Paul Alloggiamento, SFP Class of 1967 and sister of Desiree, SFP Class of 1993

Lisa Guerri, mother of Ariella Bates ‘18

Joseph P. Averna, father of Joyce ’80, Cynthia ’82, and Alan ’84.

Richard Hanczyk, father of Richard ‘14 and Marianna ‘16

Thomas Barton, Sr., Father of Bro. Thomas Barton, OSF.

Carol Harley, mother of John ‘90

Anne Bombara, mother or Robert Sr. ‘64, Bruce ‘68 and Grandmother of the late Robert Jr. ‘93 Ralph Carroll, father of SFP Head Football Coach, Rich Carroll ‘86 Sister Eugenia Calabrese, C.S.J., friend of SFP Charles Churchill, grandfather of Ashley ‘08 Gerard Conway, cousin of Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F., SFP President. Earl Cyrus, Jr., father of Nina Cyrus ‘19 Dave Daly, Track Coach, Honorary Alumnus and father of Sean ‘15 Eleanor Davis, grandmother of Bro. Joseph Bach, OSF Helen Dempsey, mother of Mary Ellen Bechtle, (Fmr. chairperson, Religion Dept.) and Marisa Torreblancca (Faculty Religion Dept.) Gary Ferranti, husband of Andrea, Programming Dept., father of Stephen ‘03, Lisa ‘99

Judy Gibbons, wife of John ‘62

Virginia Havriliak, mother of Kenneth ‘85 Joseph Herbert, SFP Father’s Guild member; father of Joseph ‘84, Donald ‘85, and Therese ‘86. Jeremiah (Joe) Howard, Sr., father of Terence ‘81, Joann ‘78, Joe and grandfather of Tom Gurry ‘03 Dorothy Hunt, sister of Bro. Warren Prentiss, OSF. Josephine Iacullo, mother of Paul ‘68 Ann Irons, aunt of JoAnn Churchill Richard Joyce, cousin of Bro. Robert Kent, O.S.F., Bro. Ed Kent, O.S.F.,& Don Kent ‘62 Sr. Kathleen Kane, C.S.J., former SFP Campus Ministry Director Irene Mary Tanner Kouril, mother of Cindy ’76 (current Boys Rugby Coach), Kathleen ’78, Virginia (Nina) ‘80, and Nancy ’83. Irene served as president of the Mother’s Guild for a decade and was a member of the Touchdown Club. Marla Krolikowski, former faculty member

Eileen Flynn, wife of John ‘54

Rodika Koltovski, mother of Steven ‘17

Joan Formica, mother of Glen (Security Dept.)

Catherine Lennon, mother of Patricia Lennon Stevens (SFP College Office) and William Lennon, Class of 1984; mother-inlaw of Kelly Sinisi Lennon, Class of 1983; grandmother of Shannon Stevens and Brittany Gresser, Class of 2011, and Joseph Stevens, Class of 2014 (and Assistant Coach of the SFP Varsity Football team).

Vincent Formica, father of Glen (Security Dept.) Ivanhoe Gadpaille Sr., Father of Ivanhoe ‘83 James ‘Jim’ J. Ducey, father of Suzanne Ducey Blundi, ‘83 and Maryanne ‘80 Vincent M. Giammona , father 9/11 hero Vincent Giammona, SFP Class of 1979

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Claudia Leary, wife of Tim Leary ‘63, our Boys Varsity Basketball Coach and SFP Hall of Famer.

Dolores Murphy, mother of Claudia Murphy ‘83 Angela Lucy Lostritto, mother of Joseph Lostritto ‘79 Marge Magnante, mother of Kelly Pilonero ‘81 Anthony Marchia, father of Terry (Security), grandfather of Christy ‘07 & Sean ‘10

Brian Tracey, husband of Denise Niedermeyer Tracey, SFP Class of 1980 and brother-in-law of 9/11 hero Alfonse Niedermeyer ‘79 Neal Wasserfall, father of Scott ‘83, Eric ‘84, Jodi ‘88, father-in-law to Carol ‘80 and grandfather to Steven ‘13. He coached varsity baseball and freshmen basketball. Mary Jane White, mother of Eileen WhiteDillon ‘79 (SFP Hall of Famer) Thomas ‘80, and James ‘78

Philip Montagano, grandfather of Ashley Churchill ‘08

Donald J. Wolfe Sr., father of Donald Wolfe ‘90, past president of the Fathers Guild

Msgr. Thomas Mulvanerty, former Franciscan Brother

James Wrynn, father of James ‘05 and Kevin ‘10

Vincent Newman, uncle of Judith Vincze Sheridan ‘85 (Alumni Board)

Jennifer Zupicich, daughter of Alfred ‘81 and Carole Liskiewicz-Zupicich ‘82

Alfonse J. Niedermeyer, father of Alfonse ‘79 (9/11 hero), Denise ‘80 and Richard ‘83 John Pecini, father of Raymond ‘78, Sandra ‘81, Laura ‘82 and grandfather of Nicholas Venckus ‘16 Priscilla Pisacane, grandmother to Adrianna Pisacane-Fis ‘02; sister of Sofia Eide, (SFP Finance Office) and Barbara Ciaravino H ‘98, (Retired, SFP Dean’s Office) Rosemary Quinn, aunt of Bro. Leonard Conway, O.S.F., SFP President Thomas Scigliano, grandfather of Cory Calamusso ‘16 and Ava Calamusso ‘18 Paula Sheridan, wife of Joseph Sheridan ‘60 John Shmerykowsky, father of Dianna Shmerykowsky ‘01 (Art Department Faculty) Aldo P. Spagnoli cousin and loyal friend of Prep benefactor Peter Callahan ‘59 Gregory Sullivan, father of Tim ’95 and Kerry ‘97

Alumni Memorial Mass Sun. Nov. 6, 2016

All alumni, family, friends of the Prep community are welcome to join us as we come together to remember those who have departed in the past year. St. Francis Prep Auditorium 11:00 a.m. Complimentary Breakfast to follow. RSVP required. (718) 423-8810, ext. 230

It’s Easy to Lend Your Support to St. Francis Prep Gifts at any level are appreciated and will help make a Prep education more affordable for a deserving student. There are many ways to offer your support:

Online Giving

Gifts made with a credit card help the Prep benefit almost immediately. You may donate to Prep using your American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card on the St. Francis Prep Alumni Website at: (Click on the “Donate to the Prep” menu item.)

Check or Money Order

If you wish to make your gift by check or money order, kindly forward it to: St. Francis Preparatory School, Office of Development, 6100 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Fresh Meadows, NY 11361. Checks or money orders should be made payable to St. Francis Prep.

Pledged Gift

You may pledge a gift and arrange convenient payment installments. If you have not been asked already, you will soon be asked to consider your “pledged” support for the campaign to help fund the Prep’s modernization program.

Gifts of Stocks and Bonds

Donating appreciated securities is another way of helping Prep while also providing potential tax advantages for you. For example: If you purchased stock many years ago for $1,000, and it is now worth $10,000, an outright gift of that stock to St. Francis Prep would result in a charitable deduction of $10,000. You also avoid paying capital gains tax on the $9,000 of appreciation. For further information on how to transfer stock, please call Robert Angeletti at (718) 423-8810, ext. 269.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Double Your Gift!

“On for Ol’ St. Francis!”

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees, and in many cases, even retirees and/or spouses. A matching gift allows your donation to go further. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your company’s Benefits Department. Complete and sign the form and send it in with your gift. We will do the rest.

For more information... The SFP Alumni/Development Office is dedicated to securing the support for the programs and students of St. Francis Preparatory School. For more information on how you can become involved, please contact us. Robert T. Angeletti Director of Development (718) 423-8810, ext. 269 email:

Brother Robert Kent, O.S.F. Alumni Director (718) 423-8810, ext. 230 email:

Michael Graziano Associate Director of Development

Maria Velazquez Assistant to the Director of Develpment

Sally Khan Associate Director of Development

Kim Perinuzzi Assistant to the Director of Development

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