St. Pius X Connections Winter 2017

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We stand on the shoulders of giants of generosity and faith. In 1955, Archbishop Edwin V. Byrne challenged the Albuquerque community to find 100 donors who would make $1,000 gifts to build St. Pius X High School. What he was asking was not easy. A gift of $1,000 in the mid-1950s is equivalent to a $10,000 gift today.

Saint Pius X High School 5301 St. Joseph’s Dr. NW Albuquerque, NM 87120-1712 (505) 831-8400 A d m i n i s t r at i o n Principal Dr. Barbara Rothweiler Assistant Principal - Academics Barbara Neff Ducaj ’79 Assistant Principal - Instruction Orlando Rodriguez Business Manager Donna Perl Chaplain Fr. Chike Uba Director of Marketing and Enrollment Jeff Turcotte Director of Activities Mike Mares ’05 Director of Athletics Jim Cook ’83 Director of Community Service Alicia Eiler ’83 Director of Technology Jose Samora A D V A N C E M E NT O F F I C E

With vision and sacrifice, 195 donors made essential gifts of $1,000 or more to create a values-oriented school that would educate generations of students in the Catholic faith and academic excellence. Students like Deacon James De Oreo ’08, (featured on page 4) who received his call to the priesthood during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with his sophomore theology class at St. Pius X. Trained in aerospace engineering and philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, De Oreo will celebrate his ordination to the priesthood on June 2, 2018, a testament to the sacrifice of our founders. In celebration of the spirit of those founders and to carry forward their legacy, the St. Pius X High School Foundation launches an effort to engage a new set of generous donors of $10,000 for the benefit of St. Pius X High School. Learn more about the effort on page 2. I hope you will prayerfully consider how you might help ensure a St. Pius X High School experience for generations to come. Also included in this issue are campus stories of our Native American Club and student engineering lab. From exploring culture to bringing ideas to life, we’re proud of the vast opportunities St. Pius X High School students have to learn and grow. We hope you’re proud too and will take the opportunities found in this issue to support your school and its students.


Barbara M. Rothweiler, PhD Principal

C o n t e n t s F E A T U R E

Director Bobby Wallace

Native American Club Shares Heritage .....................8

Associate Director of Advancement and Alumni Jean Marie Skipp ’87

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Around Campus.........................1 SPX Sports ..............................11 In Memory...............................12 Alumni Notes...........................13





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Members of the SPX Native American Club wear the traditional dress of their pueblos and tribes. Each November club members present a school Mass featuring Native American dancers and a drum circle.

AroundCampus Developing Catholic Engineers

Joaquin Preciado

Marisol Aguilar

The engineering program at St. Pius X High School has exploded — in a good way. On a typical day in the engineering lab, students make sparks fly from a welder and pour glowing molten metal, while others operate a laser cutter precisely slicing through acrylic and a 3D printer brings their other creations to life. In just its second year in existence, the program has used grants and donations to assemble a $100,000 engineering lab modeled on a sister lab at Stanford University. Students flocking to the class use hands-on design-andbuild assignments to learn welding and smelting and to operate mini lathes, a laser cutter, a vertical milling machine and a 3D printer. The Engineering 1 students are assigned projects to each of these six technologies throughout the year. Students are also achieving basic certification in SolidWorks, the computeraided engineering design software used by universities and professional engineers. The program has grown since its inception last year to include 36 students (including 12 freshmen) in three Engineering 1 courses, and 16 students in two Engineering 2 courses. Engineering 3 and 4 will be added over the next two years. “I like working with my hands and I want to be an engineer,” says freshman Adan McKnight of his decision to take the class. “I’ve liked smelting best. Pouring molten metal into a mold is really fun and interesting.” This year’s students will compete in multiple engineering challenges in New Mexico and Colorado. The final project for Engineering 1 will be to use all the tools in the lab to build an interlocking mechanical device designed by a different Engineering 1 team. Engineering 2 students will design and build drones from scratch and have an air war with them over the football field. Plans for Engineering 3 and 4 include designing and constructing solar panels and concrete canoes. When engineering teacher and former mechanical engineer Larry Sanchez began to formulate the engineering program at St. Pius X High School, he knew the engineering design process would be the central component. He also knew he wanted to give that standard process used by all engineers a unique Catholic twist.

“Every engineer follows this process,” Sanchez says. “We are born as inductive thinkers. The engineering design process makes us into deductive thinkers. I knew I was going to teach the kids this process, but I thought, ‘We’re Catholic. We need to make a St. Pius X High School Engineering Design Process.’” The process guides engineers to take a series of five steps when solving a problem. Stated simply they are ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve. In Sanchez’s St. Pius X High School Engineering Design Process, since Latin is taught at St. Pius X, he gave the steps Latin names: scisco, concipio, consilium, contruo and amplio. He also added a Catholic teaching to each step, starting with the Annunciation when the Blessed Virgin Mary asked the question, “But how can this come about, since I have no knowledge of man?” The imagine step is tied to the Transfiguration, in which the past, present and future are all represented in real time. Plan is signified by giving the keys of the kingdom to Peter, which led to sacred tradition and sacred scripture, a plan for salvation. Create is equated to God’s creation of life. And improve is tied to frequent confession and the Holy Eucharist, which allow us to restore our relationship with God in part by reflecting how we could have done better. “The goal is that these scholars fall in love with engineering,” says Sanchez, who has taught math at St. Pius X for 13 years. “I want them to be able to get jobs as summer students at the national labs and Kirtland. I want them to excel in college. They can with this process. And I want them to have fun in this class and not know they’re learning.” In addition to exposing students to the world of engineering, the lab also is becoming self sustaining. When a handle on the lab’s band saw broke recently, students designed a new one with SolidWorks and used the 3-D printer to fabricate it, customized with an “X” on the top. Also Sileah Sandoval ’17 designed and built the acrylic shelves used daily in the lab. The lab also is solving some of the school’s problems, most recently the need to downdraft the air coming from ceiling vents to avoid disturbing the signal of classroom projection cameras. Senior Simone James and sophomore Delany Fenton used the engineering process, SolidWorks and the laser cutter to design and build small acrylic panels that attach at the edges of the vents, directing the air flow away from the equipment and saving the school spending thousands of dollars to purchase the panels. The SPX Engineering Lab is in need of more Windows computers to accommodate more students. If you can help with a donation to purchase computers, contact Larry Sanchez at

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The Founders... and You! St. Pius X Launches Honor the Founders Initiative In 1955, Archbishop Edwin V. Byrne challenged the Albuquerque community to find 100 donors who would make gifts of $1,000 each to build a new Catholic High School dedicated to the honor of St. Pius X. In only three short years, 195 donors answered the Archbishop’s call to help create the new St. Pius X Catholic High School campus on Louisiana Boulevard in Northeast Albuquerque. Construction began in the fall of 1958. Classes in the new buildings commenced in the fall of 1959. The seniors of that year (who had started their St. Pius years in the basement of St. Charles Parish school) became the first graduating class of St. Pius X High School in May of 1960. While many others contributed to the construction of the school between 1955-58, a special plaque was created in 1958 to honor those who pledged these essential gifts of $1,000 or more. Their generosity is today celebrated on a plaque that is proudly displayed in the Alumni Scholarship Circle at the school. They will always be remembered and honored. Without them, there would be no St. Pius X High School. Their names are listed on page 3. The present value of each donor’s gift of $1,000 in the 1950s represents $10,000 today. In 1955, the average Albuquerque family income was $4,137 and newly constructed homes near the school could be purchased for $9,500. These founders made an extraordinary down payment on their children’s and grandchildren’s education, creating a values-oriented school where deserving students would attend for decades to come. These visionaries sacrificed for our past, our present and our future. To honor the spirit of our founders, and in gratitude to those original donors who created St. Pius X High School, we plan to honor a set of New Founders who will be memorialized alongside those on the original plaque. The plaques will be placed beside each other in the Alumni Scholarship Circle of the current campus on St. Joseph’s Drive in Northwest Albuquerque — overlooking the Rio Grande, the downtown skyline, and the beautiful Sandias. Will you help? Take the opportunity now!

Honor the Founders Today! q I hereby give, for charitable purposes, the sum of $10,000 to the St. Pius X High School Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, for the benefit of St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, N.M. I understand that my name (or my family’s name as I indicate below) will appear in an Honor the Founders plaque alongside the names on the original 1958 St. Pius plaque. This new plaque will be dedicated and offered as a gift to the school upon the occasion of the 60th graduating class of St. Pius X High School in May of 2020. Gifts of $10,000 will be gratefully received for this St. Pius X High School Honor the Founders initiative until Jan. 1, 2020.

The name I choose to designate is as follows:

Name on Plaque _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Signature(s) __________________________________________________________________________ Date ____________________

q Please keep me informed on the progress of the Honor the Founders initiative. The best way to contact me is as follows:

Name ________________________________________________________ Email ___________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________ Telephone ________________________________________

For more information on the Honor the Founders plaque initiative, please include the above information in the reply envelope on page 6 or contact Bobby Wallace, Director of Advancement, at (505) 831-8406.

ST. PIUS X HIGH SCHOOL MEMORIAL PLEDGES 1958 His Excellency Most Reverend Archbishop Edwin V. Byrne Blessed Sacrament Fathers Our Lady of Annunciation Altar Society Presentation Order St. Charles Queen of Heaven Altar and Rosary Society Queen of Heaven Church St. Charles Church St. Charles Holy Name Society St. Charles Tabernacle Society Pope Pius XII Club Kirtland Air Force Base Sandia Base Safety John Glass Co. Abraham, Michael Agats, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Algermissen, Robert L. Allensworth, James

Ambrogi, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Armijo, David J., Jr. Arrigoni, Albert Baca, Benito T. Baca, Mr. and Mrs. Manuel C. Bachechi, Mrs Maria O. Bachechi, Mario Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Del Balduini, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bartolotta, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Beach, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Belmonte, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Bigley, Harold L. Black, Mrs. Ed Black, Mrs. William Boehler, John F. Bordelon, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Brennan, Mrs. Agnes Broome, Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Buckley, John J. Burke, Dale Burruss, Mrs. Flora A. Butterfield, Mrs. Helen Buyers, John Campbell, Mrs. Constance K. Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. Manfred A. Carriveau, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Castonguay, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Chavez, Mr. Antonio F. Chavez, Lorenzo Cismoski, Mrs. Irene E. Conway, Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Corazzi, Primo Craig, Mr. and Mrs. John J. Cruzen, R. W. Cunningham, Mr. and Mrs. Peter R. Curtis, Mr. and Mrs. Dan E. Defnet, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Dendiger, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dennedy, James D. Dettweiler, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Dillon, Pear DiLorenzo, Edward

Distefan, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Doherty, Mr. and Mrs. William T. Dorn, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald V. Duffy, Mr. and Mrs. Edward T. Dungan, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Dwyer, John T. Eldridge, Hubert W. J. Eversgerd, Ludwig Fanning, W. A. Fiedler, William C. Flaska, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Gaona, Mr. and Mrs. John I. Gattas, Mr. and Mrs. Ned Gibson, Mrs. Sadie A. Gogan, Harry L. Goodwin, James P. Gorey, Edward Graff, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Graham, Montague Green, James H. Green, Mrs. L. J., Sr. Grethel, Robert J. Guerin, Robert J. Gunn, Harold F. Gutierrez, Avelino V. Gutierrez, Dr. and Mrs. Eloy R. Hanosh, Mrs. E. L. Harbin, Dr. and Mrs. C. C. Hawley, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Hebenstreit, John F. Heise, Dr. and Mrs. R. A. Heitzler, Charles F. Hellman, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Hennigan, Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Herndon, Charles D. Hesselden, Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Hesselden, Mrs. J. W. Hesselden, Mrs. Louis G. Hey, Irene Hicks, Mrs. Ward Horabin, William S. Hubbell, Philip Hudson, Frank Huelsmann, Dr. and Mrs. Donald Huenefeld Family Hyder, Mrs. L. Johnston, Mrs. Philip Jones, Mr. and Mrs. James W. Juracek, Mr. and Mrs. George Kehoe, Edward J. Klink, Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Knothe, Stanley Koury, Alex Langlois, Dr. and Mrs.W. J. La Pine, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Larkin, Harold Lew, William E. Lewis, Seth Lingo, Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. Livers, Mr. and Mrs. John Lyle, Tom H. Maloof, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Marchiondo, William Markey, Mrs. Mildred Marmon, Richard H. Martin, Mrs. Herschel Matte, Dr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Matteucci, Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Matuszeski, Richard A. McDonald, Michael McDonnell, Mr. and Mrs. L. G. McGuckin, Dr. James McMahan, Mr. and Mrs. John McNeany, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R.

McNerny, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Melloy, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Michael, Cecil Milligan, Benjamin Mirabal, Mrs. Monico Mora, Frank A. Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Murphy, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Murphy, Joseph L. Nanco, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Naranjo, Frank Neff, Stephen H. Nubson Stephen H. O’Connor, Thomas O’Rourke, T. Francis Padilla, Mr. and Mrs. Earle Palkovic, Fred M. Perseo, Carmen J. Pooler, Mr. and Mrs. Clay Potenziani, Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Price, Mrs. Linden Randal, Mrs. Daisy M. Rightley, Mrs. Dolores J. Rivera, Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo Roehl, Joe E. Rossi, Joseph Royman, Thomas Saavedra, Mr. and Mrs. Max Saavedra, Pete N. Sampson, Charles A. Sanchez, Mrs. Mary M. Sanchez, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Schauer, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Schober, William

Sei, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Serda, J. M. Slominski, Joseph Smith, Herbert H. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Smelich, Mr. and Mrs. Ray C. Stein, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Stephenson, Dr. and Mrs. Jack Stickler, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Stromberg, Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Sugden, James A. Tanny, Dr. and Mrs. A. Tanny, Dr. and Mrs. M. A. Trombley, Dr. and Mrs. R. A. Vaio, Raymond Vickers, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Vogel, Mr. and Mrs. F. X. Wagner, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Webster, Add L. Werntz, Mr. and Mrs. Joe L. Wesbrook, Mr. and Mrs. John White, Patrick W. Wood, Francis O. Woods, M/Sgt. and Mrs.George Wright, Mr. and Mrs. George A. Wylie, Mrs. Claude, Sr. Wylie, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall

Welcome to the Jungle

Homecoming 2017

St. Pius X High School celebrated Homecoming the last week of September with the annual parade, a rained-out bonfire but still fun indoor bazaar, coronation of Homecoming royalty, the football game and dance. Before the game, Alumni, parents and students enjoyed a pregame tailgate hosted by the SPX Alumni Council, the Athletic Booster Club and the Fine Arts Booster Club. Halftime festivities included a performance by the SPX Cheerleaders and the Dorados, appearance of the 2017 Homecoming Court, and presentation of the 1967 photo composite to members of the class who celebrated their 50-year reunion. The defending State Champion St. Pius X Sartans battled the Miyamura Patriots, but came up short in the end, 36-33.

2017 Homecoming royalty King Nathan Barkocy and Queen Jacqueline Pinon.

Members of the Class of 1967 Michael Hoffman and Gemma Menicucci Morris accept the class photo composite in celebration of their 50th Reunion from SPX Alumni Council members (from left) Jennifer Maldonado ’91, Barbara Studerus ’77, Chuck Reynolds ’64 and Sheilah Jennings ’04.

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AlumniImpact Alum Called to the Priesthood at SPX While Academic Decathlon, Card Club and the impact of teachers like James Penn and Mark Robinson influenced James De Oreo ’08 during his four years at St. Pius X High School, they weren’t the most important part of his SPX experience. “The most important part is that’s when I was first called the priesthood,” says the now-Deacon De Oreo, who will be ordained a priest on the Feast of Corpus Christi, June 2, 2018, at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Lafayette, Ind., almost 10 years to the date of his graduation from St. Pius X High School. During De Oreo’s sophomore year at St. Pius X, he had an experience during weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament that set his path. “I was there with my theology class, sitting at the back,” he remembers. “I felt prompted to move to the kneeler in front of the altar. I didn’t want to move; I was afraid of what my friends would think. But I did. And I felt a prompting in my heart to become a priest that was very clear and came from outside myself. From then on I was looking towards the priesthood.” De Oreo, the son of Victor and Catherine De Oreo of Rio Rancho, graduated as valedictorian of his class, bringing up the call to the priesthood in his valedictory address to encouraging others to take a religious

Make an Impact Edward Leute/Class of ’77 Endowment As a student at St. Pius X High School in the 1970s, Edward Leute ’77 worked hard after school with the maintenance staff to help defer the cost of his tuition. After graduation he continued and thrived in that work, eventually becoming the SPX Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. Ed served SPX a total of 40 years until August 2013, when a trail bike accident resulted in his death. The St. Pius X High School Class of 1977 needs your help building an endowment named in honor of their classmate Ed and his longtime work to make St. Pius X a better place. This is your opportunity to support the effort to give deserving students like Ed the opportunity to attend SPX. Income from endowed funds is an ongoing source of tuition assistance for students who would not otherwise be able to afford the outstanding Catholic and college-preparatory education provided by St. Pius X High School. The Edward Leute/Class of ’77 Endowment must reach $30,000 to begin benefiting students. Your tax-deductible donation of every size can be mailed in the envelope on page 6 or made by credit card online at Note that your donation is for the Edward Leute/Class of ’77 Endowment in the designation drop down menu or on your check. By investing in a St. Pius X High School endowed fund, you help ensure a strong future for SPX. For more information, contact Jean Marie Skipp at 505-831-8500 or


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vocation seriously. He went on to the University of Notre Dame to study aerospace engineering. “A lot of priests I knew entered the priesthood in their 40s, so I thought I would pursue a career and follow my dream of becoming an astronaut prior to entering the priesthood,” he says. “I soon realized God’s calling for me was not to be put on hold for 10 years.” De Oreo became a seminarian of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in 2009, the beginning of his sophomore year at Notre Dame. He earned degrees in aerospace engineering and philosophy in 2013 and continued his study at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. During his seminary study, he felt a further call. “I felt the call to leave New Mexico and be more of a missionary outside of my state,” he says. “I sensed that I needed to leave everything and open myself completely to the ministry of the priesthood.” He decided to base his priesthood in Indiana, where just 10 percent of the population is Catholic. De Oreo says speaking with Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan about his desire to leave the diocese after six years of formation was the most difficult of conversations to have, but the archbishop was understanding. “I would not have transferred if (the call) had not come from outside of me,” he says. “It’s still a mystery to me in some aspects.” De Oreo left the Archdiocese of Santa Fe with hopes of joining the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, but an offer from them was not forthcoming and they asked that he get a secular job while he waited for them to act. “I didn’t want to leave life in the Church,” De Oreo says. “I was praying fervently (for that opportunity), but I needed to trust.” His answer presented itself in the close friendships he had with three priests, two of them seminary classmates, from the Diocese of Lafayette. His connections and their need of him there spurred him to transfer to Lafayette in 2015. He continued his seminary study and service. He spent a year in Kokomo, Ind., which he describes as a beautiful time teaching in a Catholic middle school — every thing from Lord of the Rings to mathematics — and teaching parish confirmation and RCIA classes. He feels blessed to be surrounded by a great community of priests in Lafayette. “Priestly fraternity is important to me,” he says. “I feel that participating in that close fraternity now is essential for me going forward in the priesthood, and the gifts I’ve been given foster that fraternity. It shows that God knows us intimately and knows for our holiness in what direction to draw us in order to fulfill his will.” Now in his last year of seminary and preparing for his June ordination, De Oreo has three areas of focus as he begins his ministry. First is fraternity among priests and seminarians. “That’s based on John Chapter 17 where Jesus is praying that the apostles may be one and through their unity the Gospel is proclaimed,” he says. His next two focus areas are marriage and youth. “We’re in crisis in marriage and family life, but we can affect change through the youth,” he says. “St. John Paul II is such an inspiring figure in that area. He helps us to see how important family life is and encourages priests to invest in youth.” De Oreo says upon his ordination he is most looking forward to celebrating the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Confession: “Being able to say the words, ‘This is my body…’, and Christ’s body being held in your hands, and in the sacrament of confession, to see the amazing healing and to give the forgiveness of God. It’s really powerful.”

Clay Shootout was a Blast Sporting clay enthusiasts took to the course at the Inaugural Jamie Tinnin Memorial Clay Shootout to support the work of the St. Pius X Foundation in ensuring all deserving students can receive a Catholic college-prep education. More than 70 people enjoyed the 15-station sporting clay walk-through course on the beautiful fall morning of Oct. 28 at the Tinnin Hunt Club in Bernardo, N.M. Surrounded by cottonwood trees and thick foliage, the course provides a variety of landscape presentations, from over water to sandy scrub land to an alfalfa field, and the automatic traps throw an assortment of targets. “In addition to being a fun day of camaraderie and sport, this was a tremendous opportunity to honor the memory of Jamie Tinnin, whose children and husband carry on her legacy of giving back to her community,” said Bobby Wallace, St. Pius X advancement director. Jamie Tinnin, wife of Tom Tinnin and mother of Megan ’06, Courtney ’08 and Robbie, lost her battle with breast cancer in October 2009. Special thanks to Tom Tinnin for his support and to the shootout sponsors First Impressions, Morgan Stanley-Mike Daly, Melissa Sais Communications, Schlenker & Cantwell P.A., Coleman Vision, Eddie Castoria ’64, and Tinnin Hunt Club.

Save the Date! St. Pius X Athletic and Alumni 17th Annual

Sartan Open Friday, May 4, 2018 Los Altos Golf Course

Make an Impact Coach San Juan Mendoza Endowment Coach San Juan Mendoza led the St. Pius X High School football team to the state championship in 2016. Throughout 25 years and two championships, Coach kept one thing in mind: “My true goal was to develop my players into good men — hard-working, dedicated, strong and loyal men.” Men like Alex Sais ’16, a sophomore accounting major and linebacker at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. “I have to thank Coach for the opportunities he gave to me to grow as a player, person, and leader,“ Alex says. “Because of his commitment to me, our teams and our school, I am honored to contribute to an endowment that will bear his name and will support deserving students.” Now comes your opportunity to support the Coach San Juan Mendoza Endowment and give deserving students the opportunity to attend St. Pius X High School. Income from endowed funds is a source of ongoing tuition assistance for students who would not otherwise be able to afford an SPX education. The Coach San Juan Mendoza Endowment must reach $30,000 to begin benefiting students. Your tax-deductible donation of every size can be mailed in the envelope on page 6 or made by credit card online at Note that your donation is for the Coach San Juan Mendoza Endowment in the designation drop down menu or on your check. By investing in a St. Pius X High School endowed fund, you help ensure a strong future for SPX. For more information, contact Jean Marie Skipp at 505-831-8500 or St. Pius X Connections • WINTER 2017


PlannedGiving Make St. Pius X High School a Lasting Part of Your Sartan Legacy It’s easy to give to future generations of St. Pius! Just use the following language in your estate planning to create a valued Sartan Legacy for generations to come. I hereby direct for charitable purposes $_______________ (or ________ percent of my residual estate) (or ________ percent of my retirement plan) (or ________ percent of my life insurance policy) (or________ percent other, i.e., Charitable Trust, etc.) to the St. Pius X High School Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, for the benefit of St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This gift shall be used for ______ General Purposes

______ Tuition Assistance

______ To support the existing endowment of ______________________________________________________(Specify) ______ To create the ____________________________________ Endowment as a permanent endowment for the benefit of St. Pius X High School. (Amount required to establish a permanent named endowment fund is $30,000.) As with any decision involving your assets and/or estate, we urge you to seek the advice of your professional counsel when considering a gift to the St. Pius X High School Foundation, Albuquerque, NM.

St. Pius X High School Foundation Sartan Legacy Society Gift Notification When you have named St Pius X in your estate plan, let us know! Inspire others with your generous example. Complete the following information and include it in the reply envelope. I hereby notify the St. Pius X High School Foundation in Albuquerque, N.M., that I have named the Foundation as a beneficiary of my estate plan. The estimated amount of my gift for charitable purposes is $__________________ (This dollar figure is optional for St. Pius X High School Foundation planning purposes — we will never disclose publicly any amounts you indicate in this notification.) Should I change my intent toward the St. Pius X High School Foundation, or should the dollar value of my estimated estate gift significantly increase or decrease, I agree to notify the Foundation of the change. I hope that my Sartan Legacy Society Gift Notification will encourage others to contribute, currently or through their own Estate Planning, to the St. Pius X High School Foundation for the benefit of St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque, N.M. Signature(s) ___________________________________________________________ Date ________________________ ______ I/We wish to remain anonymous as a member of the St. Pius X High School Legacy Society. ______ Please list my/our names on the public roster of the St. Pius X High School Legacy Society as: _____________________________________________


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professional artist for 20 years, Laura Bruzzese ’84 has found fulfilling success bringing the beauty and grace of her work to families grieving their loved ones. In 1998, armed with degrees in English and fine art, and experience as a professional writer in Los Angeles, Bruzzese was still searching professionally. It was then, just after the birth of her daughter, Isabella ’16, that she took her first clay class at an Albuquerque community studio. “I was struggling with, ‘Do I have good ideas and am I really an artist?’” she says. “I took a clay class, and sold my first piece six months later.” Drawing upon skills honed at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, where Bruzzese earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, that first vase featured a landscape painting. Over the years, her landscapes and floral designs have graced her ceramic creations sold at galleries including Mariposa in Albuquerque and Sorrel Sky in Santa Fe and Durango, and throughout the country from her online store. “In 2001, one of my lidded vases sold at a juried exhibition of funerary art, and thus began my journey alongside the bereaved,” Bruzzese writes on her website, “All my experience with drawing, painting and clay makes me well-suited to being an urn maker,” she says from her Albuquerque studio. “I have lots tools in my tool box — firing techniques, shapes, sizes, glazes, painting. I can create and customize what people want. And people are starting to want more than what they can find in the world of commercial urns. They’re looking for a deeper story of creativity and connection.”

Customers seeking to honor and remember their loved ones with one-of-a-kind urns purchase her work in galleries, online, and in person from her Albuquerque studio. Bruzzese personally designs and creates every vessel. Some urns are readymade while others can be custom-made with special imagery, colors, names, or other text. Bruzzese says the best part of her work is getting the “I love it so much” email. “People often say they’ve searched and searched and finally found something meaningful,” she says. “They thank me for what I’m doing. Death is always going to be sad, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also include beauty, creativity, and sometimes even humor.” In 2009, Bruzzese expanded her funerary offerings to include biodegradable urns for water burial. The first piece was a small turtle, and the collection has grown to include a large turtle, dolphin, sand dollar, and lotus. The urns are hand-crafted out of recycled paper by artisans in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, using Bruzzese’s original ceramic prototypes. The biodegradable urns are sold around the world through a local distributor of green funeral products, as well as in Bruzzese’s online store. In 2016, Bruzzese also added a line of ceramic pet urns to her repertory. Although art classes were not abundant at St. Pius X in the early 1980s, Bruzzese says the Catholic values behind her education have helped shape her life over the long run. “My education helped give me an awareness of what it means to lead a faith-based life; you have to believe that what you’re doing matters,” she says. Making a living as an artist and a single parent has not been easy. Bruzzese has taken part-time jobs to supplement her income and has at times suffered what she laughingly calls “semi-annual identity crises.” “But when you are an artist, it’s part of who you are, not just a job. To deny that would have been harder than the financial ups and downs,” she says. “I find the term ‘starving artist’ amusing because it implies that there’s only one way to starve. Some people hate their stressful jobs, never see their kids, or can’t wait to retire. I sacrifice financial predictability but love what I do, the flexibility of being my own boss, and what my work means to other people.” Bruzzese says support of her family has been paramount. “My mother never once asked how I was going to make a living,” she says. “You just have to figure something out and then figure it out again. It helps if you know that someone always has your back.”

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rilliant flashes of orange, purple and red fill the campus quad as members of the St. Pius X High School Native American Club gather in the traditional ceremonial dress of their pueblos and tribes. These teenagers see immense value in honoring their heritage and sharing it at their high school, where five percent of students are Native American. “It’s about diversity and spreading who we are as Native American people,” says junior Ryann Cornelius, club secretary. Cornelius spent her childhood at Zuni Pueblo. When she started high school she began living in Albuquerque during the week to attend St. Pius X and traveling back to Zuni on the weekends. She hopes to become a doctor and practice in Zuni. “I see in my community a lack of Native American doctors who can communicate and relate to our people,” she says. Senior Cameron Ward, club president, has spent four years in the club working to expand. “I have so much passion for this club,” she says. “I want to help it grow for the future and progress more and more. Growing up in Isleta Pueblo, I have a background of knowing who I am and who I’m going to be, and I’m glad I have the chance to share it and share how important it is.” Ward plans to study marketing and management and pursue a career in business. Club members share their varied Native American cultural traditions with SPX through a Native American Mass held each November that includes dancers and a drum circle. The Mass gives Native American students the opportunity to incorporate their culture into their faith and share it with fellow students, Ward says. The club, which currently has 14 members, also sells Navajo tacos as a fundraiser at the Homecoming bonfire and hosts a Native American night featuring speakers and a slide show. The club is not limited to students of Native American heritage. All students interested in Native American culture are encouraged to join. Senior Amethyst Carrillo of Laguna and Acoma pueblos, co-vice president of the club, says she didn’t know any other Native American students at St. Pius X until she became involved in the club. “It’s nice to show who you are; to find yourself and be yourself,” says Carrillo, who plans to become a social worker serving children.

Students Yvette Pino, Daisy Allison, Rourke Darwin, Eric Coriz, Matthew Cornelius, Vanessa Coriz, Celeste Lucero and Cameron Ward prepare for the 2017 Native American Mass at St. Pius X High School. 8

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The 2017 Native American Club includes members (standing, left to right) Jeneca Lucero, Yvette Pino, Ryann Cornelius, Cameron Ward, (sitting from left) Amethyst Carrillo, Vanessa Coriz, Shea Ortiz and Celeste Lucero.

“The Native American tradition has been carried on so long, it gives you a background and shows you your roots,” Carrillo adds. “Not everyone has that. It’s not like any other culture.” Members say the club has helped them to learn about other pueblos and tribes, and to get a different perspective on Native American life. Sophomore Celeste Lucero of Isleta Pueblo sees the importance of sharing her experience with other Native American students. “The club is where we can meet and discuss our challenges,” she says. “[Those challenges can arise] if you are participating traditionally and trying to balance life at school and life at home.” “The club is a reminder that you are Native American, you are part of a family and a culture,” says senior Shea Ortiz of San Ildefonso, the club’s co-vice president. “It’s important to me because it’s my own history, my ancestors, and I want to remember that history.” Club moderator and school counselor Matthew Cornelius says the club is an important campus activity. “It gives students a safe place to gather and connect, telling stories and learning about their Native American heritage and tradition and being confident and proud of where they come from.”

Notable Native American Alumni St. Pius has had many notable Native American Alumni over the years. Here are a just few names and biographies gathered by Chuck Reynolds ’64.

Hoedown Supports the Arts

Helen Hardin ’61, Santa Clara Pueblo Helen was an internationally acclaimed artist who died tragically from breast cancer in 1984 at age 41. She is the subject of the book “Helen Hardin: A Straight Line Curved” published in 2012. Helen was the daughter of Pablita Velarde, a renowned Santa Clara Pueblo artist and national treasure. Helen is enshrined in the St. Pius X Hall of Honor. Herbert O. Hardin ’62, Santa Clara Pueblo Herb made a career in construction and became a mechanical contractor in 1994. Herb also directed a welding training program at the Navajo Nation. Rosanne Smith LaRoche ’62, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of South Dakota Roseanne worked in tribal government as tourism coordinator and in public relations. She served on numerous boards and committees at the local, national and international level. She represented her tribe in various capacities, including at the Circle of Tribal Advisors for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. Mary Jane Blue Spruce Bird-Cote ’62, Okay Owingeh and Laguna Pueblos Mary Jane made a career in dance after studying under master teachers Vincente Celli, Martha Graham and others. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian, Las Vegas, Seattle and many other locations. Her dancing style is a combination of ballet, modern dance and American Indian dance. Stuart Paisano ’89, Sandia Pueblo Stuart is the President of Paisano & Associates, LLC, a multidisciplined consulting firm that specializes in planning, program management and administration, tribal and state government affairs, and business development. He is a former Governor and current Council Member at Sandia Pueblo. He is a member of the St. Pius X Hall of Honor. Jonathan Sims ’99, Acoma Pueblo Jonathan is a producer, videographer and event photographer. He also served as the Tribal Secretary for Acoma Pueblo from 2015 to 2017. He has traveled around the country and the globe as a freelance videographer for corporate and nonprofit clients. He served as a Media Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty Lecturer at the University of New Mexico. Neal Bitsie ’17, Navajo Nation Neal was the St. Pius X High School Student Body President during the 2016-2017 school year. He ran on the St. Pius Cross Country team and participated in the Science Fair. He made presentations on the Navajo language and on Chiricahua Apache culture. He was awarded a Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship from the Comcast Foundation recognizing the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills. Neal was also President of the St. Pius X High School Native American Club.

St. Pius X High School has had many more outstanding Native American alumni and the school is very proud of all of them.

The SPX Fine Arts Hoedown rounded up a crowd of about 250 people to celebrate and experience the arts at St. Pius X High School on Oct. 13. Students, staff and guests from the community joined in the event that raised about $3,000 for the fine arts programs at SPX. “Sharing our school with the community was a big part of the event,” said art teacher Jack Davidson. “That is the thing that matters most, growing community through the arts.” Students displayed their talents through an art sale and auction and through performances. Above students Jasmine Day, Edie Bickel, Briana Enriquez, Adrienne Swindle and Ben Walden cover a Nirvana tune.

Make an Impact Dr. Barbara Rothweiler Endowment Dr. Barbara Rothweiler, principal of St. Pius X High School since 2004, believes in the power of the faith-filled learning community established and maintained at SPX by faculty, staff, parents, students and alumni for more than 60 years. “Times have changed, but the mission of serving God and the community through faith, love and respect to inspire learning, leadership and service remains the same,” Dr. Rothweiler says. Her care and concern for maintaining that standard of excellence has inspired the establishment of the Dr. Barbara Rothweiler Endowment, which will provide ongoing tuition assistance to deserving students. “Your generosity will help in our efforts to continue to provide the very best in a faith-based education for our students,” she says. Now is the time to support the Dr. Barbara Rothweiler Endowment and give deserving students the opportunity to attend St. Pius X High School. Income from endowed funds is a source of tuition assistance for students who would not otherwise be able to afford an SPX education. The Dr. Barbara Rothweiler Endowment must reach $30,000 to begin benefiting students. Your tax-deductible donation of every size can be mailed in the envelope on page 6 or made by credit card online at Note that your donation is for the Dr. Barbara Rothweiler Endowment in the designation drop down menu or on your check. By investing in a St. Pius X High School endowed fund, you help ensure a strong future for SPX. For more information, contact Jean Marie Skipp at 505-831-8500 or St. Pius X Connections • WINTER 2017


Voila! St. Pius French Champions

Make an Impact

In the 2017 National French Contest held last spring, St. Pius X student Sam Gervais received the State Champion title in French level 3 and ranked 13th in the nation, competing against more than 14,000 students. Samantha Multari earned State Champion in French level 2 honors and ranked 4th in the nation, competing against more than 16,000 students.

Phil Zuber Endowment St. Pius X English teacher Phil Zuber has spent the last four decades asking students to “keep it real.” While teaching classic literature and advanced writing skills, Zuber guides his students to realize a sense of self. “The senior curriculum is wrapped around the theme of identity,” Zuber says. “If students get clues about who they are, they can make good decisions. We keep it real.”

The National French Contest is a difficult competitive national exam taken by more than 80,000 students of French in 50 states, including about 400 from seven different schools in New Mexico.

“Phil Zuber had an enthusiasm for knowledge that was infectious,” Dr. Michael Schirber ’89 told Connections magazine in 2015. “I came out of his class excited to know things; wanting to know things; thinking it’s cool to know things.” More students need Zuber’s infectious enthusiasm. Keep it real with Zuber and support the Phil Zuber Endowment giving deserving students the opportunity to attend St. Pius X High School. Income from endowed funds is an ongoing source of tuition assistance for students who would not otherwise be able to afford the outstanding Catholic and college-preparatory education provided by SPX. The Phil Zuber Endowment must reach $30,000 to begin benefiting students. Your tax-deductible donation of every size can be mailed in the envelope on page 6 or made by credit card online at Note that your donation is for the Phil Zuber Endowment in the designation drop down menu or on your check. By investing in a St. Pius X High School endowed fund, you help ensure a strong future for SPX. For more information, contact Jean Marie Skipp at 505-831-8500 or

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of faculty members hold advanced degrees

16 AP classes offered Student-Teacher ratio


2 out of 3 Students participate in Fine Arts including music, drama and art programs

$12.7 Million

Scholarships Awarded to the Class of 2017

Also excelling in French level 3 were Jasmine Day who placed third in the state, and Thomas Jeantete who placed ninth in the state. In French level 2, Joshua Maestas placed second in the state and sixth in the nation, and Mariah Magness placed sixth in the state and 12th in the nation. In French level 1, competing against more than 17,000 students, Ciara Del Frate placed second in the state and sixth in the nation, Leslie Ortiz placed fourth in the State and ninth in the nation, Brandon Baggerly placed seventh in state and 12th in the nation, and Darcy Robinson placed eighth in the state and 14th in the nation. “It is a fun language to learn and a great skill to have in the U.S. where some 1,200 French companies employ half a million Americans,” says Laurence Godret, St. Pius X French teacher. “Knowing French is a fantastic asset whether students plan to pursue a national or international career.” In the past seven years, St. Pius has had one or more state champions in French every year, as well as Sartans ranked in the top 10 nationally. The SPX Language Department offers French I to IV, including honors classes.


Recent acceptances include: Arizona State University Benedictine College Carnegie Mellon University Cornell University Fordham University George Washington University Gonzaga University Marquette University Princeton University St. Mary’s College of California Stanford University Texas A&M U.S. Air Force Academy University of Notre Dame University of San Diego Vanderbilt University Yale University


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with more than 10 years of experience at SPX

of SPX graduates attend college

of students receive financial aid

41 Catholic parishes represented


34 teachers

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Students are Athletes

Athletic Teams including the 2016-2017 Volleyball and Football State Champions


Community Service Hours Performed Over 4 Years by the Class of



Students recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Hispanic Recognition Program over the past five years

SPXSports State Champion, Runners-Up, District Champs Senior Jacque Pinon led the girls cross country team, becoming 5A state champion by an amazing 44 seconds over the entire field. She also earned a second place finish at the Metro Championships and her third straight district win. The boys and girls cross country teams each defended their district championships, with the girls winning their third in a row. At the state meet, the boys placed ninth and girls eleventh. Junior Mya Martinez-Metzgar made the All-District Team for the girls and seniors Chad Nathe and Bryan Martinez were all district for the boys, with Martinez leading the Sartans at state with his 20th place finish. Coach Jeff Turcotte was voted 5-5A District Coach of the Year.

St. Pius X volleyball (20-3) is 5A State Runner-Up and District 5-5A Champion. The Sartans beat the Los Lunas Tigers 3-1 for the 5-5A District Championship, but during the State Championship match Los Lunas rallied from two sets down and five points down in the fifth and final set to beat the Sartans 3-2.

District champion boys soccer went undefeated in district play and finished the year with an overall record of 13-4-4. Entering the 5A State Quarterfinals as a 3-seed, the Sartans lost 2-1 to Farmington. Named First Team All-State is forward Julian Garcia; Second Team All-State is midfielder Alex Nana; and Honorable Mention All-State are Seth Matteucci, Jaren Rodriguez, Adam Armijo and Levi Barela. Garcia and Nana are District Players of the Year. Named First Team All-District are defenders David Sanchez and Rodriguez; midfielders Armijo, Barela and Nana; and forward Garcia. Named Second Team All-District is midfielder Mason Davis and named Honorable Mention is defender Bryan Carrillo. The Academic All-District team includes Armijo, Barela, Carrillo, Davis, Michael Freisinger, Ethan Lash, Cristian Monsalve and Sanchez. District champion girls soccer finished the year with an overall record of 11-5-1 and a 5-5A district record of 7-0-1. Playing in the quarterfinal game as a 3-seed in the 5A State Championship, the Sartans lost in overtime to the Los Alamos Hilltoppers 2-1. Named First Team All-State are defender Esperanza Chavez and forward Miranda Hart. Hart, a senior, also was named District Player of the Year and has committed to play for Michigan State University. Named Second Team All-State are defender Carleigh Garcia and midfielder Isabella Madrid. Receiving All-State Honorable Mention are goalkeeper Kassandra Ascevez and forward Emma Donlin. Named First Team All-District are Ascevez, Garcia, Chavez, Madrid, Hart and Donlin. Named Second Team All-District are midfielder Kori Tellez and forward Hannah Irons. Anna McCarthy received District Honorable Mention. At the time Connections went to press, St. Pius football finished the regular season 6-4 and defeated Lovington 42-35 in the first round of the 5A State Championships. The 8-seed Sartans were set to take on Artesia in the quarterfinals. Sophomore Quarterback Diego Pavia had a great regular season passing for 1,936 yards and 24 touchdowns and running for 998 yards and 12 touchdowns. Senior slot Ryan McGaha finished the regular season as one of the state’s best receivers with 60 receptions 845 yards and 11 touchdowns. McGaha also set career school records for receptions at 109, yards at 1,695, and touchdowns at 25. He also holds the single season records for receptions and touchdowns and, going into the playoffs, was 12 yards short of the season record. St. Pius X Connections • WINTER 2017


In Memory Paul Barabé ’64, age 70 of Rio Rancho, died Sept. 30, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joni Barabé ’64; three children, Jennifer Barabe’-Snyder, Melissa Pacheco, and Jon-Paul Barabé ’02; and seven grandchildren. Paul Barabé was a veteran of the Vietnam War and recently retired from the Regional Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce where he served as membership Vice President. Mike Baros, age 54 of Albuquerque, died Sept. 18, 2017. His survivors include his spouse, Gloria Baros; daughter, Eva; sons, James and Adam Baros ’13; five grandchildren, niece Carolyn Sandoval (St. Pius staff member), and great-nieces including Samantha Sandoval ’13 and Sileah Sandoval ’17. Margaret “Marti” Cassel ’64, age 71 of Albuquerque, died May 27, 2017. She graduated from New Mexico State University in Special Education. She is survived by her son Douglas Sheets; and siblings Mary, Kathleen ’62, William ’67 and Richard ’74. Helen Dal Santo, age 94 of Albuquerque, died Aug. 7, 2017. Her daughter, Ret. Judge Diane Dal Santo ’67 preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, John; son, John Dal Santo Jr.; daughters Marlene Hubbard ’70 and Paula Dal Santo ’77; five grandchildren including Arden Anlian ’03, Kendall Anlian ’05 and Quentin Anlian ’11; and one great-grandson. Mary Martha Downey Day of Albuquerque died Aug. 7, 2017. She is survived by her husband, James; sons, David ’81 and James ’82; and two granddaughters.

Genevieve “Jean” L. Demkovich, age 93 of Albuquerque, died June 5, 2017. She is survived by her children, Joanie See, Joe Demkovich, Fr. Michael Demkovich ’72 and MaryKay Gutierrez ’77, four grandchildren and one great-grandson. Martha Gallegos Fresquez, age 97, died Sept. 10, 2017. She is survived by her children, Art Fresquez, Linda Fresquez, Loretta, Helen Fresquez-Garcia and husband Paul Garcia ‘73, Rick Fresquez, and Monica Fresquez-Lewis ’79; and 12 grandchildren including Stephen Butz ’99, Gregory Garcia ’10 and Jacqueline Garcia ’02. Rose Garson, age 95 of Albuquerque died June 15, 2017. She is survived by her children Peter Garson ’82, Paul Garson ’82, Mark Garson, David Garson, Robert Garson, Thomas Garson, nine grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Mimi Garson ’73. Frank Keene, age 88 of Albuquerque, died June 24, 2017. He is survived by his sons, Pat Keene ’70, Jerry Keene ’71 and Bill Keene; and two granddaughters. Frank is preceded in death by his wife, Joanne B. Keene; his sons, Chris ’73 and Tim Keene ’81; and a granddaughter. Reverend Anthony G. Maes, age 62 of Albuquerque, died Sept. 4, 2017. Father Anthony is survived by his mother, Maria G. Maes; brothers, Frank Maes and Adrian Maes; and many nieces and nephews. Father Anthony faithfully served the people of God as a priest of Jesus Christ for thirty-five years including as a teacher and as chaplain at St. Pius X High School from 2007-2013.

Victor De Angelis, age 75 of Albuquerque, died Sept. 26, 2017. During his career, he served as the business manager of St. Pius X High School. He is survived by his wife, Jannie; and his children Kelli De Angelis-Craig, Victor C. De Angelis, Daniel Andrew De Angelis, and his step-children Gwenda Kinzie-Cannova, Brenda Kinzie Beck, and Kevin D. Kinzie; and grandchildren including Madison G. DeAngelis-Monet ’21.

Elizabeth “Liz” Martinez died Oct. 5, 2016. She is the mother of Phyllis Martinez ’75.

Julian Victor Delgado died May 30, 2017. He is survived by three children, Joseph Delgado ’97, Annie Delgado, and Dr. Renee Delgado-Riley ’03, and four grandchildren.

Mary Ann (Marquis) Patrick ’62, age 73 of Albuquerque, died July 14, 2017. She was employed by various companies in Albuquerque, her most fulfilling job being

Harold McCain, age 71, died Sept. 26, 2017. He is survived by his sons Anthony McCain and Alois Wagner Jr. ’82; daughter Christa Wagner; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

with the Commission for the Blind where she was employed until her retirement. She is survived by her mother, Emma Marquis; siblings Brigid Lapp ’66, Lisa Archibald, Rick Marquis ’62 and Walter Marquis ’72; children Lori Bacoccini, Tammy Hubbard, and Michael Opstedal; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Raymond E. Pettit, age 84 of Albuquerque, died May 5, 2017. He is survived by his wife Carol of 60 years; four children, Shawn Marie Campbell ’76, Paul ’79, Phil ’83 and Elizabeth Baldwin ’92; and nine grandchildren including Lesley ’16, Reghan ’19, and three great-grandchildren. Secundino A. Sanchez, age 86, died July 21, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sylvia; sons, Fred ’70, Charles ’74; daughter, Mary; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cecilia ’71. Robert A. “Bobby” Sherwood ’81, age 53 of Albuquerque, died May 6, 2017. He worked for the family’s business, Sherwood Company, for many years. He is survived by his two sons Jacob and Charles; and siblings Will Sherwood ’63, Susan Parr ’64, Jacqueline Van Hauen ’69, Michael Sherwood, Judith Narveson ’73, Joe Sherwood, James Sherwood ’79, Lisa Schanley ’83, and John Sherwood. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary L. “Mimi” Larimore ’76. Donald D. Sullivan, age 87 of Albuquerque, died May 28, 2017. He is survived by his wife Eleanor and children Donald J. Sullivan ’83, Theresa Mary Sullivan Mooney ’84, and James K. Sullivan ’87; and three grandchildren. Michael “Mike” Treviso ’00, age 34 of Albuquerque, died June 1, 2017. He attended Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Anderson School of Management in 2010. He thrived as a Master Technician at Independent Volvo Service for 14 years. He is survived by his fiancée, Tish Simms; his parents Nancy and Joe Treviso; and sister, Sarah Treviso ’97. Send your “In Memory” contributions to

Sartan Achievements Senior Nikalus Skipp attended the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Students in Boston, Mass., during Summer 2017.


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Senior Jacob Lewine was invited to attend the 28th Annual Student Leadership Institute sponsored by Senator Tom Udall on Sept. 22, 2017. Jacob met with Sen. Udall and his staff and attended break out sessions in national security, energy development, and environment and public lands.

AlumniNotes 1960s “Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings” opened at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on Nov. 11, the complete collection of first edition prints of copper plate etchings by famed Santa Clara Pueblo artist Helen Hardin ’61. An established painter, Hardin turned to producing copper plates from 1980 to 1984 before succumbing to breast cancer at age 41. Amy (Brown) Boule ’64 received the University of New Mexico Alumni Association’s 2017 Zia Award for outstanding alumni who make their home in New Mexico. Boule is a double alumna of UNM, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s in business administration. She worked as a hospital clinical chemist for 15 years before working at UNM Hospital, where she worked for 24 years as a hospital administrator. Following retirement from UNMH, Boule worked as the director of operations at the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator for six years until her final retirement at the end of 2014. Boule served for six years on the UNM Alumni Association Board of Directors and volunteered to lead many committees for the association. Diane M. Menapace ’67 retired from Systematic Management Systems, contractor to the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Intelligence & Counterintelligence Albuquerque Field Office, where where she worked as an insider threat analyst.

1990s Albuquerque voters elected Tim Keller ’96 mayor in a landslide runoff election Nov. 14. Keller, who the Albuquerque Journal reported

claimed an unofficial 62 percent of the vote over Dan Lewis, took office Dec. 1. Keller previously served as New Mexico state auditor and as a state senator. He earned his undergraduate degree in finance and art history from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

2000s Matthew Tanuz ’08 spent six years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a recon sniper. He is now serving as a personal security officer escorting diplomatic personnel around the high-threat city of Kabul, Afghanistan. While on leave from that duty he has been able to travel to various overseas destinations including London and Barcelona.

2010s Alejandro M. Alderete ’13 graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point on May 27, 2017, with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Second Lieutenant Alderete is currently assigned to the U.S. Army Aviation School of Excellence at Ft. Rucker, Ala. Patrick McCarthy ’16 won the 56th Greater Albuquerque Men’s City Amateur Golf Championship in July. The Missouri Western State golfer also had a stellar freshman season winning the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association Freshman of the Year Honors, St Pius X alumni serving in the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department: Anthony Szurec ’05, Paul Jessen ’08, Justin Roybal ’04, Van Eldridge ’83, Anton Maltby ’95, Gregory Grundhoffer ’08 and Luke Edwards ’04.

qualifying for the NCAA Central Regional and carding a best round of 69, and leading his team with the best finish in nine of 10 tournaments. Jessica Givens ’17 earned Northeast-10 Co-Player and Setter/Rookie of the Week honors in October for her volleyball play at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. During the week she was awarded, Givens averaged 12.00 assists per game and was ranked second in the conference in assists averaging 10.03 per set. The retablo artwork titled Reina del Cielo by Skyler Valdez ’17 was purchased by the Museum of International Folk Art during the 66th Annual Traditional Spanish Market on the Santa Fe Plaza in July for a future exhibit of contemporary Spanish colonial art. Share your news! Send your Alumni Notes to the editor at

2018Reunions Class of 1968

50th Reunion - July 6-8, 2018 Contact: Michael Olivas at to update your contact information

Class of 1983

35th Reunion - June 29-30, 2018 Contact: Roxanne (C’deBaca) Burgos at or Lori (Martinez) Stewart at to update your contact information

Class of 1988 20th Reunion - TBD

Contact: Mark Solomon at to update your contact information Keep up on all 2018 SPX reunions by visiting Coordinators are still needed for 1978, 1988, 1993 and 2008. If you are interested in planning your reunion, contact Jennifer Maldonado ‘91 at (505) 831-8437 or St. Pius X Connections • WINTER 2017


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