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Eagle T H E

FALL 2018

SPOTLIGHT: Paul Hesketh ’70

East Catholic High School Alumni Magazine

Vol. 29 Issue 2

EAST ACADEMICS: New Robotics Team

FAITH & SERVICE: Persecuted Christians

SPECIAL REPORT: Graduation 2018

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East Catholic’s rigorous college preparatory program has stood the test of time. East graduates are well prepared for college and for life. If you know someone who is seeking a great high school experience, one filled with challenge, achievement and friendships that last a lifetime, invite them to become a part of our community! Prospective parents, families and friends can also reach us at 860649-5336 ext. 6238 to arrange a family tour or to learn about our “Eagle For a Day” program for students.

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Congratulations, Class of 2018! We are very proud of your success! • 97% of our Senior Class has advanced to College • Colleges our students have been accepted to include Bentley University, Boston College, Cornell University, Drexel University and Keene State College






Last summer’s reading by the entire ECHS community was Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza. It is a story of survival during one of the most gruesome slayings of humans in history.

The Eagle Staff Heidi Carlson - Interim Director of Advancement Liz Griffin - Advancement Assistant Lisa Putnam Kirsche ’86 - English Teacher & Writer Steve Raccagni - Graphic Design The Eagle is published twice a year by East Catholic High School. News and alumni notes should be sent to:



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DEPARTMENTS Letter from the Head of School.................................................2 East Academics....................................................................... 4 East Arts................................................................................. 10 East Athletics...........................................................................12 Alumni News...........................................................................15 Faith and Service................................................................... 20 In Memory..............................................................................29 On the cover: Jaeden Morningstar and the cast of Stage East performing CINDERELLA.

Susan Perillo - Vice Principal Jon Dahlquist - Dean of Wellness and Athletics George Smalley - Director of School Counseling

East Catholic High School THE EAGLE FALL 2018



Dear Families and Friends of East Catholic,

Thomas Maynard

East Catholic High School continues to develop within its students an appreciation for excellence, an ingrained sense of personal responsibility, and an active engagement in the Catholic faith. This fall issue of the EAGLE contains stories of excellence in work, faith, academics, the fine arts and athletics. In addition, you will see many pictures of families in which either the mother or father is a graduate of East, and now one or more of their children are graduating from East. This speaks to the enduring legacy of the East experience and the excellent preparation that East Catholic provides to its students for a happy and productive life. Currently, we are working through the reaccreditation process with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEAS&C). This process is one that offers schools the opportunity to reflect on their practices, and most importantly, to evaluate whether the practices are aligned with the school’s

mission. East Catholic has taken the process to heart and deliberated and reflected on our overall mission and our practices – from the review and updating of our mission statement to improving building security, to embracing best practices in classroom instruction. It has been an extensive and rewarding process. Over the summer, we installed a security system which included electronic door access controls, new doors and hardware, and an extensive network of sophisticated cameras. We were able to move forward with this project thanks to the generosity of a few key benefactors who donated foundational funds, and to our success in securing a grant from the state of Connecticut. Building security is, unfortunately, a very necessary component of school life today, and we are implementing security protocols in ways that minimize effects on the students, faculty, and community. This year our school board is beginning a thorough process for development of a new three year strategic plan. Change is such a constant factor today that plans longer than three years are obsolete by the time the fourth year comes around. The new strategic plan is expected to be approved and adopted by the board in May of 2020.

Sabrina Williams ’18 celebrating her graduation as a Matthew 25 Scholar at the school with Superintendent of Catholic Schools Dr. Michael Griffin



ECHS Board Member Jane Rossitto Golino ’80, Advancement Assistant Liz Griffin and ECHS Social Studies Chair Ann Marie Ward riding metro north to an ECHS Alumni Event in NYC

The iPad implementation is now in its second full year, and we are concentrating our efforts on the integration of the device into classroom instruction. Electronic books allow for immediate access to texts and supportive supplemental resources, as well as result in a significant reduction in the weight of student back packs. Improvements in the iPads, particularly the stylus and access to Adobe software, promise even better integration into the classroom. However, please know that we still allow students to utilize printed textbooks and handwritten notebooks, as one size does not fit all, and we must consider the individual needs of each student. Our faith theme for this year “To do justice and to love goodness and to walk humbly with your God” is taken from the book of Micah. East Catholic continues to engage our students in serious discussions on Catholic virtues and social values. Our One Book, One Community day in September focused on the Rwandan genocide, an atrocity, an evil conducted on a country and religious minority by a religious majority. Last year we focused on the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Students continue to provide service to the community through their required hours, but also engage directly with the Catholic faith through Eucharistic

adoration, and our annual mission to Washington with the March for Life. East Catholic endures as a shining beacon of faith and excellence on the hill in Manchester, CT supported by hope and love. I look forward to continuing our journey together. Remember, God loves each of us, and East is Best!

Thomas E. Maynard Head of School

ECHS Head of School catching up with Past Parent Mike Zabkar in Naples, FL




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In the photo from left to right East Catholic High School O’Brien Scholars: Nicholas Villandry, Matthew Veretto, Sierra Romie, Clare Poirier, Benjamin Ockert, Clara Mund, Anna Morson, Evan Kennedy, Victoria Leger, Liam Horan-Portelance, Gabrielle Caron, Connie Cai

East Catholic High School announced the Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien Scholars for 2018. This is the highest honor a graduating senior can receive from the school. This recognition is unique to East Catholic High School. The Reverend Charles E. Shaw, East Catholic’s first principal, instituted the O’Brien Scholars which began a tradition of honoring a group of top graduates, rather than only one or two. The O’Brien Scholars represent the highest in academic achievement and exemplify outstanding qualities of leadership and integrity. Fr. Shaw chose the name to honor the Hartford Archbishop who established East Catholic High School in 1961.



The following recent graduates were named as Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien Scholars for 2018: Connie Cai from Manchester was designated a Summa Scholar for achieving a 4.3 GPA or higher. While at East Catholic, Connie was a member of the String Quartet and the AllState Orchestra. She participated in the Hartt Chamber Music String Quartet and Quintet, as well as the Eastern Regional Orchestra. Connie was also Secretary of the National Honor Society, Captain of the Varsity Cross-Country Team, and a member of Aetos Dios FIRST Robotics Team. In her free time, Connie volunteered at Manchester Manor.

Gabrielle Caron from Enfield was named a Summa Scholar for achieving a 4.3 GPA or higher. At East Catholic, she served as Vice President of the National Honor Society and was named an All-Conference and All-Academic Swimmer. Outside of school, Gabrielle volunteered at the Enfield Food Shelf. Liam Horan-Portelance from Somers was recognized as a Summa Scholar for achieving a 4.3 GPA or higher. While at East Catholic, Liam was a member of Concert Band, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Stage Band, Jazz Combo, Jazz Band and Pit Orchestra, as well as the National Honor Society. Liam also served as President of Jazz Band, Vice President of Tri-M, and CoCaptain of the Mock Trial Team. He

ishop Henry J. O’Brien Scholars for 2018 BY LISA PUTNAM KIRSCHE ’86

was also a member of the Indoor Track Team and the Cross Country Team. In his free time, Liam volunteered at East Catholic’s Band Camp and at Manchester Manor. Evan Kennedy from South Windsor was designated a Summa Scholar for achieving a 4.3 GPA or higher. At East Catholic, Evan was a member of the National Honor Society, Tri M Music Honor Society, Pit Orchestra, Jazz Band, Stage Band and Concert Band. He also served as a Student Ambassador, a Peer Minister, and a member of the Debate Team and Mock Trial Team. Evan was Captain of the Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Teams and was named an All-Academic, All-Conference and AllState Athlete. Outside of school, Evan volunteered at Manchester Manor and with the Hartford County 4H Camp. Victoria Leger from Tolland was Captain of the ECHS Girls Varsity Volleyball Team. She was also Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer for Stage East and was a member of the National Honor Society. She participated in the ECHS productions of “Music Man,” “Seussical,” and “Anything Goes.” In her free time, Victoria served as a volunteer with City Reach in Boston, as well as, the Manchester PAL Homework Club. Anna Morson from South Windsor was recognized as a Summa Scholar for achieving a 4.3 GPA or higher. She was a member of the Girls Soccer Team and the National Honor Society

and was named a National Merit Commended Scholar. In addition to her school studies and activities, Anna helped to prepare and serve meals to the homeless at the Immaculate Conception Shelter. Clara Mund from Manchester was named a Summa Scholar for achieving a 4.3 GPA or higher. While at East Catholic, Clara was a member of Concert Choir, Orchestra, Astronomy Club, Culture and Language Club, the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society. In her free time, Clara volunteered with MARC, helping the physically and mentally disabled. Benjamin Ockert from South Windsor was designated a Summa Scholar for achieving a 4.3 GPA or higher. Ben was President of Student Government and a member of Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Stage East Tech Crew and Tri-M Music Honor Society. He was also Captain of the Boys Varsity Swim and Golf Teams and a member of the National Honor Society. He also started the Video Technology Club at the school. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout during his time at East Catholic. Ben volunteered with Troop 880 Boy Scouts in South Windsor. Clare Poirier from East Hartford was a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society, Concert Choir, Liturgical Choir, Jazz Choir, Stage Band, Pep Band, Concert Band, and the National Honor Society. She was also a member of the Girls Varsity Swim Team and

participated in all the Stage East Musicals during her four years at the school. Clare volunteered at Bible Camp and did art activities with underprivileged children. Sierra Romie from Newington was Treasurer of the National Honor Society. She was also Captain of the Girls Varsity Soccer Team and a member of the Indoor Track Team; she was an All-Academic honoree in both sports. Sierra served as a Student Ambassador and volunteered her time with Above and Beyond, helping middle school kids with homework and afterschool recreation. Matthew Veretto from South Windsor was named a Summa Scholar for achieving a 4.3 GPA or higher. Matthew was Captain of the Boys Varsity Basketball Team and was recognized as an All-State Athlete and as the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s “Player of the Year” for 2018. He was also a member of the National Honor Society. In his free time, Matthew served the elderly in his neighborhood by preparing food and delivering meals to them. Nicholas Villandry from Manchester was a member of the National Honor Society and the ECHS Math Team. He was also named a 2018 National Merit-Commended Student. Outside of school, Nicholas helped in the kitchen at the Church of the Assumption.



eastacademics Manchester Scholarship Foundation Recent graduates, Eric Kincheloe, Aiden O’Connor and Lauren Roth received scholarships from the Manchester Scholarship Foundation (MSF) on June 14th at the 52nd Annual Awards Ceremony that took place at the SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium, Manchester Community College. MSF awards scholarships on the basis of academic achievement, community service, school activities, work experience, and/or special talents. In the photo Eric Kincheloe, MSF Director Mary Ann Hayward and Aiden O’Connor (missing from the photo is Lauren Roth)

2018 National Spanish Examinations Seven students from East Catholic High School attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2018 National Spanish Examinations. This was a pilot program for the Honors Spanish 3 classes at the school.

on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin CessnaBuscemi, National Director of the Exams. These exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 150,000 students participating in 2018.

The students earned a total of 2 silver and 5 bronze medals along with 8 honorable mentions. “Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student

Students receiving a Silver Medal were Sophia Giliberto ’20 from Glastonbury and Maya Gopal ’20 from South Windsor. Students receiving a Bronze Medal were Emily Carra ’20 from Somers, Robert Costello ’20 from Glastonbury, Lily Moseni ’20 from South Windsor, Joey Reilly ’19 from Cromwell and Rebecca Villanueva ’19 from Enfield. Students receiving honorable mention were Catherine Cannamela ’20 from Wethersfield, Julia Cannamela ’20 from Wethersfield, My Linh Griffin ’19 from Columbia, Machaerus Johnson ’19 from Hartford, Nathan Mothes ’20 from Somers, Pratham Patel ’20 from Manchester, Tess Penders ’19 from Wethersfield and Irene Soteriou ’19 from Middletown.

In the photo from left to right are ECHS student Sophia Giliberto ’20 from Glastonbury, Spanish Teacher Jan Reilly and ECHS student Maya Gopal ’20 from Somers.



In the photo: Aiden O’Connor ’18 and ECHS Head of School, Tom Maynard

National Hispanic Scholar Recognized Aiden O’Connor ’18 was recognized as a 2017-2018 National Hispanic Scholar for outstanding academic accomplishment. Each year the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) honors academically outstanding students nationwide. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are designated as Scholars.

Donate Life Kevin Connolly ’20 won an Honorable Mention award in the Donate Life Connecticut Organ and Tissue Donation Visual Arts contest. Student recipients statewide were honored during a ceremony at the State Capitol on April 6th. Kevin previously won an award in the American Chemical Society National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem contest in the fall of 2017.

Pictured is the artwork by Kevin Connolly ’20.

In the photo from left to right are recent ECHS graduates Connie Cai and Clare Poirier and Head of School Tom Maynard.

Recent East Catholic High School graduates, Connie Cai and Clare Poirier, were two of 292 top Connecticut seniors who excelled in the arts and were honored at the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS) High School Outstanding Arts Awards Banquet held on April 3rd at the Aqua Turf in Southington. CAS annually recognizes two seniors in each member high school for their outstanding ability in the performing or visual arts. Student recipients are selected by their school to receive this honor. The banquet, with over 1,400 in attendance, was sponsored by Jostens and Horace Mann. This year’s emcee was Tim Lammers of Fox 61, and the Keynote Speaker was Jimmy Greene, Grammy Award nominated Saxophonist and Co-coordinator of Jazz Studies and Associated Professor of Music at Western Connecticut State University.

United States Equestrian Federation

ECHS Welcomes New Faculty & Staff

Mary Mazzarella ’18 received her Varsity Letter from the United States Equestrian Federation for her dedication to her sport which required over 100 hours of riding time, proof of competition and academic merit. Mary is now attending Hobart and William Smith College.

Left to right: Kathleen O’Neill Reilly ’83, Math Teacher; Patrick McLaughlin, newly appointed Director of Campus Ministry; Marc Levine, English Teacher; Marigrace Miller, English Teacher; Jillian Fiorentino, Religion Teacher; Samantha DeFilippe, English Teacher; Jon Dahlquist, Dean of Wellness and Athletics; George Smalley, Director of School Counseling, and Thomas Seaver, Math Teacher Missing from photo: Ben Hurley, Library Assistant and Lawrence Langello, Music Teacher




New Robotics Team at ECHS BY LISA PUTNAM KIRSCHE ’86

According to classical scholar J.F. Bierlein, the name “Zeus” means “bright sky” in archaic Greek. How fitting, then, that East Catholic’s rookie FIRST Robotics team named itself “Aetos Dios,” the Eagles of Zeus, given their sky-high success in their first year of competition. As explained on the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) website, the FIRST Robotics Competition is the “ultimate Sport of the Mind,” as teams “build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors” while “under strict rules, limited resources and the guidance of volunteer mentors.” Dan Huang ’18 noted the early support of retired ECHS Director of International Programs Bonnie Pumerantz and Principal Ryan Hinton as he spearheaded efforts to start a FIRST Robotics team at East Catholic. Typically, teams work throughout the school year, making it all the more remarkable that the Aetos Dios team officially formed in December 2017, just three weeks prior to the first day of “build season,” known as “kick-off.” With the team’s late start, Huang said, “We never imagined going to Worlds in our first year.” He added that “from the first, everyone on the team worked on different roles; we cooperated creatively,” sharing a “powerful and exciting” experience. Throughout it all, the Aetos Dios mentors helped the team tremendously. As Vic-



tor Alessi ’18, another driving force behind the team, said, “We were so behind in the calendar in the beginning. We started with no building pieces, no money, no team name, no spirit wear,” yet “our mentors had lots of experience.” With such limits on the team, Alessi said, “our mentors said to go big, have fun and be proud about it.” Delia Liu ’19 spoke of her appreciation for the team’s mentors as well: “They not only give us love, but tell us how to do something and then stand by and watch us as we learn to do it ourselves.” Aiden O’Connor ’18 also liked how they “made it hands-on for the students.” Because of that, “I have a way better understanding of robotics than I first did.” Connie Cai ’18 called the mentors “amazing people. They always tell us they won’t do the work for us, but they always help us try to solve the problem.” Nelson dos Santos ’20 praised the mentors’ commitment, stating the team usually met four times a week for four to six hour session during the build season, and often 1213 hours straight for two to three consecutive days during the competition season. During the six-week build season, dos Santos explained, FIRST Robotics teams learn “the game” for the year; some members build, test and program the robot, while others raise funds, solicit sponsorships and do outreach to the community. This year, the theme for the game was “Arcade,” said Alison Jarmoszko ’21, who

was drawn to FIRST Robotics because of “how much the teams help each other. They’re competitive, but also totally supportive.” Christian Winicki ’18 was on the build team, “in charge of how we were going to design the arm and its extension.” Berk Dayanir ’19 stated that once the team decided to incorporate a ladder into the project, “we started building it and improving it as we went along.” Alessi and O’Connor were primarily “the ones who put it together,” Alessi said. Rebecca Villanueva ’19 worked on the artistic side of the build team, contributing to the robot’s general design, helping to build and wire it, and creating the logo; “anything artistic, I enjoyed,” she said. Dan Huang ’18 and Zack Kopiec ’18 worked on the programming team, using the computer to “program the bot to move and go in specific directions,” linking the controller with the bot so it has “the autonomous ability to move,” according to Kopiec. “Dan taught himself about codes and then he taught me,” Kopiec said. Cai served on the business team, in charge of creating a business plan, increasing community interest in robotics through outreach to Grace Academy in Hartford and St. Christopher School in East Hartford, and evaluating strengths and weaknesses “to allow us to reach our goals.” Joey DeRosa ’19 was most interested in creating videos and photos for the team; his YouTube channel and Instagram

videos, said O’Connor, are “insanely good.” DeRosa said, “documenting it along the way helped me realize how cool it is.” On the last day of build season, “we stayed until midnight,” DeRosa reported, before soaring into competition season. For “soar” is a most apt word to describe Aetos Dios in competition. The team took first place at the Southern CT District Event, held at Fairfield University from March 16-18. There, Aetos Dios won the Rookie Highest Seed Award, which “celebrates the highest-seeded rookie team at the conclusion of the qualifying rounds,” and the Rookie All-Star Award, which “celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST.” Next, the team won the New England District Event, held in Hartford, CT from April 6-8, winning the Rookie Inspiration Award, which “celebrates a rookie team’s outstanding success in advancing respect

and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school as well as in their community.” In Boston, MA from April 11-14, the team competed in the New England District Championship, qualifying for the World Championships in Detroit, MI by rank, and also by winning the District Championship Rookie All-Star Award. The team raised an astonishing $15,000 to compete in the World Championship (Daly Division), held in Detroit, MI from April 25-28. Even after Worlds, the team continued to compete in the off-season, participating in the CT FIRST State Robotics Championship on May 12 and the BattleCry 19 Competition from May 18-20. No wonder Principal Hinton sings the praises of Aetos Dios: “I’m so happy to see so many dedicated students interested in Robotics, and I’m so proud of what they have done. I look forward to seeing all the ways they continue to build on this experience,” as does the ECHS community.

NEW SECURITY SYSTEM East Catholic was awarded a $333,333 matching grant from the Department of Homeland Security (HLS). HLS will fund a 50% of total grant in the form of a reimbursement. Due to the generous support of our benefactors, East Catholic has been able to raise enough private contributions to provide the foundational funding needed to begin the work. The project is broken down into four basic components: Access Control which includes electric strikes on doors, card readers, and key FOB access controls for up to 10 locations in the school; Intrusion Detection which includes door contacts, keypad access and detection controls at the school; Security Doors which include new security double doors as part of the main entrance to the school, and Camera Surveillance which includes over 60 3mp digital Hikvision cameras, 10 frames per second, 30 days of digital storage and complete school coverage. In addition to the hardware, new daily protocols have been implemented at East in accord with the recommendations of our security consultant. These include regular practice in response to different emergency situations. In all of this, we have worked very hard not to overbear and forget that East is a Catholic high school where teaching and learning are our primary jobs.

Back - left to right: East Catholic students Victor Alessi ’18; Zachary Kopiec ’18; Alison Jarmoszko ’21; Delia Liu ’19; Connie Cai ’18; Rebecca Villanueva ’19 Front - left to right: Mentor Barry Currio; Aidan O’Connor ’18; Daniel Huang ’18; Joseph DeRosa ’19; Nelson Dos Santos Rodrigues ’20





ECHS Spring Musical


It’s the clock that captured the audience’s eye from the beginning: imposing, beautiful, and functional, inching towards midnight throughout the play. Constructed by Stage East’s famous “Super Dads” team, it filled the center of the stage, reminding us of the power of time as the characters redefined what’s possible. The clock serves as a dominant symbol in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and, with weather complications, school cancellations, a potent flu season and cast member changes, it became an apt symbol in Stage East’s production of the play as well. Yet, just as Cinderella rises above all obstacles, the Stage East Players found their own magic on March 9-10, delighting their audience with their excellent production of the iconic musical.



If the clock caught the eye, the stunning quality of soprano voices captivated the ear throughout the show. Jenna Ptachcinski ’20 shone in the title role, her soaring notes elevating the emotional power of the lyrics in each of her scenes. Victoria Zacharski ’19, too, showed her stellar vocal talent as Marie, who transforms into the Fairy Godmother as their lovely duet “Impossible” shifts to “It’s Possible.” Both performers also gave beautiful solo performances, most notably in Ms. Ptachcinski’s “In My Own Little Corner” and in Ms. Zacharski’s “There’s Music in You.” Complemented by many other talented singers throughout the play, Ms. Ptachcinski and Ms. Zacharski emerged as striking standouts, even in a Drama department long known for its strong vocal artists. Yet standout performances were hardly limited to these two. Michael Chomick ’21, for example, gave the populist Jean-Michele an earnest charm in his songs and dialogue. Chomick’s sister Julia ’18, a veteran of Stage East, turned in the comic performance of the night as stepsister Charlotte, showcasing her hilarious physicality and sharp comic timing. Danielle Savino ’20 sang wonder-

fully in two different versions of “A Lovely Night,” and infused stepsister Gabrielle with optimism and kindness. In the role of Prince Topher, Valentin Sandoval ’20 mastered the lines of a part he had only short weeks to learn and gave a confident, engaging portrayal of the young man who finds his purpose as he finds his love. Kelly Blecker ’18, another Stage East veteran, gave Prince Topher’s royal adviser Sebastian a humorous arrogance that showed her flair for characterization, while Jaeden Morningstar ’21 showed his strong musical gifts as Lord Pinkelton. Next, in a role that seemed written expressly for her dramatic talent, Alex Bradley ’19 gave a knockout performance as Madame, avoiding caricature and

showing a range of actions from the serio-comic to the reprehensible. All lead actors clearly committed to their roles. In each act, the supporting cast came together in lively, spirited numbers that also showcased the outstanding choreography of the show. Both acts of Cinderella have over a dozen songs, giving the featured singers, featured dancers and ensemble players plenty of opportunity to bring the villagers, townspeople, knights and ball guests to life. With this much talent, no magic was necessary to create such a successful show.




CIAC Scholar Athletes for 2018 Recent graduates Sierra Romie and Matthew Veretto were honored by the Connecticut Association of Schools and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference as East Catholic’s CIAC Scholar Athletes for 2018. On May 6th, both seniors attended the 35th annual CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete Banquet held at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, CT. Each year, as stated by the CAS-CIAC, the Scholar Athlete program recognizes one senior boy and one senior girl “whose academic and athletic careers have been exemplary, whose personal standards and achievements are a model to others, and who possess high levels of integrity, self-discipline and courage.” Honorees are chosen by the member schools and submitted to the CIAC. Sierra Romie transferred to East Catholic in her sophomore year, playing varsity on the ECHS Girls Soccer team for all three years. A midfielder, she started “playing Rec soccer in third grade,” and has loved the game ever since. In her senior


year, she served as co-captain with teammates Madi Thiel and Olivia Fiori, finishing as the second leader in assists. She noted that the team had “great chemistry and great memories,” and praised coach Liz Palmer ’84 as an extraordinary leader and role model. Also named as an East Catholic O’Brien Scholar, Sierra “was surprised at first,” and “really honored” to be recognized by the CIAC as East Catholic’s Scholar Athlete. She will continue her soccer career in college, playing DIII Women’s Soccer for the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT. She plans to major in Health Science, having been accepted into the competitive Direct-Entry Physician Assistant Studies program. “I’ve always known I’ve wanted to do something in the medical field,” she said. “I’ve always loved math and science, and I really wanted to do something where I can help people every day.” Sierra is sure to continue her academic and athletic successes at the college level. Matthew Veretto, the CIAC Coaches Association 2018 Connecticut Basketball

Player of the Year, played junior varsity as a freshman and varsity for three years. “When I got to high school and realized I’d be playing JV, that motivated me to keep getting better, to play with the best guys,” he said. He added, “it helped so much to have my brother, [Ty, ECHS ’12], help train me,” and Coach Luke Reilly, “who is a huge reason I’ve been able to have team and individual success in the game.” The 6’7” forward and two-time captain played on three CCC championship teams in the last three seasons, including the state championship team of his sophomore year. Also honored as East Catholic’s CIAC Academic All-State Athlete, an East Catholic O’Brien Scholar and Summa Scholar, Matt was excited to be recognized as East Catholic’s Scholar Athlete: “I’m all about the academics and basketball combination. I’m trying to improve in both areas all the time, so it means a lot to be recognized,” he said. Matt will play for the University of Delaware DI Men’s Basketball team, certain to excel on and off the court.

Basketball Players Honored East Catholic High School senior and member of the school’s Boys Basketball Team, Matthew Veretto of South Windsor, was named the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s “Player of the Year!” Along with Joey Reilly ’19 and Trey Hall ’20, Matthew also was selected as an “All-State” player. Three of the ten “All-State” selections were East Catholic players. Matt Veretto was named a Superintendent’s Summa Scholar for achieving a 4.3 GPA, and he was a member of the 2016 Class L State Championship Basketball Team. In the photo from left to right: Matthew Veretto ’18, Joey Reilly ’19, Trey Hall ’20 and Coach Luke Reilly



Athletics – 2017/2018 Year in Review OVERALL SUMMARY • 3 State Runner-up Teams (Boys Cross Country, Boys Golf, Girls Lacrosse) • 7 Conference Championship Teams • Boys Basketball – 1st Undefeated Regular Season in School History • 18 All-State Honorees • 66 All-Conference Honorees • 235 Academic All-Conference Honorees In the photo from left to right: Former ECHS Athletic Director, Tom Malin ’65, Bunny Fournier, Michael Fournier ’79, Irene Fournier Fortier ’81 and ECHS Head of School Tom Maynard

Tom Malin Eagle Invitational Golf Tournament The 28th Annual Tom Malin Eagle Invitational Golf Tournament took place on June 8th at Blackledge Country Club in Hebron, CT. Alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff came out to honor the memory of Ernie Fournier ’74 who passed away from a battle with ALS. A scholarship is being established in his name at the school. An Eagle trophy was presented to Ernie’s wife, Bunny, to commemorate the occasion.

FALL Overview: • State Runner-up Team - Boys Cross Country (Class M) • 2 CCC Conference Championship Teams (Colonial East Division) - Boys Cross Country and Girls Soccer

CCC ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE (TEAM TOTALS): Volleyball (10), Girls Soccer (14), Boys Soccer (17), Girls Swimming and Diving (15), Football (10), Boys Cross Country (5), Girls Cross Country (6), Field Hockey (11) Other Highlights: • Heath Olivieri qualified for the New England Cross Country Championships. • Tess Penders qualified for the State Open in diving, placing 5th in the State Championship meet. • Haley Zalcman ’18 was chosen to play in the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Senior Soccer Bowl. • Reina Wilhide ’19 qualified for the IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) Zone Finals which took place at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA this past March.

• 4 CIAC All-State Honorees • 18 CCC All-Conference Honorees


• 88 CCC Academic All-Conference Honorees


CHSCA All-State:

• 2 CCC Conference Championship Teams (Colonial East Division): Boys and Girls Basketball

• Soccer (Girls) – Haley Zalcman ’18 and Olivia Fiori ’19 • Cross Country (Boys) – Evan Kennedy ’18 and Heath Olivieri ’19 All-Conference: • Soccer (Girls) – Olivia Fiori ’19, Alex Russell ’19, Haley Zalcman ’18 • Soccer (Boys) - Tyler Andrade ’18 • Swimming and Diving (Girls) - Madisen Crowley ’18, Tess Penders ’19, Lauren Roth ’18, Jenna Swist ’20, Alexia Weir ’19 • Football – Tito Pasqualoni ’18, Kyle Pfeffer ’18, Luke Rumley ’18

• CCC Tournament Winner: Boys Basketball (third year in a row) • 5 CIAC All-State Honorees • 21 CCC All-Conference Honorees • 53 CCC Academic All-Conference Honorees CIAC All-State: • Basketball (Boys) – Trey Hall ’20, Joey Reilly ’19 and Matthew Veretto ’18 • Wrestling – Jacob Marselli ’19 • Indoor Track – Evan Kennedy ’18 All-Conference:

• Cross Country (Girls) – Molly Brown ’19, Fiona Crowley ’20

• Basketball (Boys) – Trey Hall ’20, Joey Reilly ’19 and Matthew Veretto ’18

• Cross Country (Boys) – Evan Kennedy ’18, Heath Olivieri ’19, Cooper Shifrin ’18

• Cheerleading – Caitlyn Brady ’19, Anna Dinino ’19, Caroline Moore ’20

• Field Hockey - Alexa Weber ’18

• Ice Hockey (Girls) – Sarah Rumley ’21 (2nd team), Julia Swanson ’20 (honorable mention)

In the photo: Ernie Fournier ’74



• Ice Hockey (Boys) – Jake Beaulieu ’18


• Indoor Track (Boys) – Evan Kennedy ’18, Logan Reynolds ’19, Brendan Truman ’19, Eric Wilson ’19 (Sprint Medley)

• Baseball – Jake McDowell ’19, Anthony Mozzicato ’19, Matt Smith ’18

• Indoor Track (Girls) – Sophie Kisner ’20 • Wrestling – Antony DeJulius ’18, Matthew Durant ’20, Timothy Leyden ’20, Jacob Marselli ’19, Connor Race ’18, Christopher Rivera ’20, Noah Vail ’19 CCC ACADEMIC ALL-CONFERENCE (TEAM TOTALS): Boys Basketball (7), Girls Basketball (8), Cheerleading (4), Boys Ice Hockey (8), Girls Ice Hockey (4), Boys Swimming (6), Boys Indoor Track (6), Girls Indoor Track (5), Wrestling (5) Other Highlights: • Matt Veretto – Academic All-State and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Player of the Year (basketball).

• Golf (Boys) – Kenny D’Attillio ’20, Will Karkos ’18, Colin Luca ’19, Ben Ockert ’18, Michael Walling ’21 • Lacrosse (Boys) – Michael Bazzano ’18, Luke Boland ’20, Timothy Carlson ’18, Caleb Daly ’19, Luke Daly ’18, Jack Larose ’18, Tito Pasqualoni ’18 • Lacrosse (Girls) – Kiely Callahan ’18, Jill Mountford ’19, Alexa Weber ’18, Macy Wilcox ’19 • Outdoor Track (Boys) – Evan Kennedy ’18, John Oei ’20, Heath Olivieri ’19, Cooper Shifrin ’18

Other Highlights:

• 3 CCC Conference Championship Teams: Boys Lacrosse (CCC North), Girls Lacrosse (CCC South), and Boys Golf (CCC East)

• Baseball: Senior Select All-Star Game (Jake Casey and Matthew Smith); Junior Select All-Star Game (Anthony Mazzicato and Vincent Caccavale)

CIAC All-State: • Baseball – Anthony Mozzicato ’19 • Golf (Boys) - Kenny D’Attillio ’20 • Lacrosse (Boys) – Michael Bazzano ’18, Timothy Carlson ’18, Jake Tellers ’19; second team Tito Pasqualoni ’18 • Lacrosse (Girls) – Kiely Callahan ’18, Jillian Mountford ’19, Alexa Weber ’18, Macy Wilcox ’19

• Gabrielle Caron, University of Connecticut (D1 Swimming) • Jake Casey, Eastern Connecticut State University (D3 Baseball) • Madisen Crowley, Springfield College (D3 Swimming)

• Kaeleigh FitzPatrick, Regis College (D3 Tennis)


• 94 CCC Academic All-Conference Honorees

• Tim Carlson, Endicott College (D3 Lacrosse)

• Tennis (Girls) – Caroline Dorman ’20


• 27 CCC All-Conference Honorees

• Kiely Callahan, Siena College (D1 Lacrosse)

• Ronan Fitzpatrick, Bentley University (D2 Soccer)

Baseball (9), Boys Golf (3), Girls Golf (6), Boys Lacrosse (8), Girls Lacrosse (20), Boys Outdoor Track (7), Girls Outdoor Track (10), Softball (8), Boys Tennis (11), Girls Tennis (12)

• 9 CIAC All-State Honorees

• Lexi Ansaldi, The College of the Holy Cross (D1 Soccer)

• Lauren Diloreto, Union College (D3 Basketball)

• Evan Kennedy was the Class M state champion in the 600 M

• Class S State Runner Up: Girls Lacrosse

• Tyler Andrade, Roger Williams University (D3 Soccer)

• Tennis (Boys) – Victor Alessi ’18, Nicholas Hess ’18


• Division III State Runner Up: Boys Golf

Class of 2018 Athletes Competing in College:

• Softball – Farrell Gothers ’18

• Boys Basketball – 1st Undefeated Regular Season in School History

• CCC Tournament Winner: Boys Lacrosse


East Athletics continued

• Alexa Weber scored over 400 goals in Lacrosse during her 4 year career. • Boys 4x800 relay team placed 2nd in the State Championship meet. • Boys Lacrosse team received the “Ron Barndollar Sportsmanship Award” for the 2018 season.

• Adam Harz, Roger Williams University (D3 Baseball) • Jamil Hornesby, University of Tampa (D2 Basketball) • Kaylee Jeamel, Roger Williams University (D3 Basketball) • Evan Kastaukus, Nichols College (D3 Baseball) • Evan Kennedy, Stonehill (D2 Cross Country/Track) • Brae Lamontagne, Emerson College (D3 Basketball) • Jack Larose, Skidmore College (D3 Lacrosse) • Jenya Medvedev, Roger Williams University (D3 Basketball) • Olivia Parizeau, Salve Regina University (D3 Lacrosse) • Tito Pasqualoni, Boston College (D1 Football) • Nellie Piel, Western New England (D3 Basketball) • Will Pineo, Roger Williams University (D3 Basketball) • Connor Race, Manhattanville College (D3 Lacrosse) • Sierra Romie, University of St. Joseph (D3 Soccer) • Matt Smith, Stonehill College (D2 Baseball) • Peyton Stinson, Worcester State University (D3 Baseball) • Madi Thiel, Salve Regina University (D3 Soccer) • Matt Verettto, University of Delaware (D1 Basketball) • Alexa Weber, Bryant University (D1 Lacrosse)



• Haley Zalcman, Queens College (D2 Soccer)



In the photo: Front row Kathy Dyer Second row (l-r) Jim Reynolds, Rick Dyer and Bill Lacy Third row (l-r) Skip Wiganowske and Tom Matava


MICHAEL PRUCKER (Ph.D., SUNYBinghamton) anticipates retiring next year as Chief Operating Officer of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. He came to this non-profit advocacy organization after 23 years of working in the House of Representatives. A co-founder of the only wildlife rehabilitation organization in the District of Columbia, he and his wife, Ross Brown, are just back from a month in Antarctica which they enjoyed tremendously.

Celebrating 50 years since their graduation, members of the class of 1968 processed with the class of 2018 during the graduation ceremony in June.


JUDITH TAVANO GARDNER’S mother, Julia Ceraso Tavano, celebrated her 100th birthday on April 14, 2018. Many family members from across the country traveled back to Connecticut to celebrate this milestone birthday with her.

In the photo seated from left to right: Donna Richardson Mercier, Noreen Palladino Cullen, and Donna Camilleri Dubaldo. Back row: Tim Becker, Hugh Tansey, Paul Hesketh, Rosemary Chadwick Clarke, Bob Funk, Bob Ferrante and Jim Hesketh ’74

Members of the Class of 1970 attended a luncheon at the school on June 7th to celebrate with Paul Hesketh who was this year’s Commencement Speaker at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. Also in attendance was Paul’s brother, Jim ’74.

In the photo: Seated (L-R): Granddaughter Theresa Tavano Janeczek ’86, Julia Ceraso Tavano, daughter Judith Tavano Gardner ’70 Standing (L-R) Grandson Louis Tavano Jr. ’84 and photographer Tim Becker ’70


DAVID BERUBE and DAVE CARON enjoyed catching up with SR. PEGGY EVANS, SND at the local area Alumni Reception that took place on May 3rd at Manchester Country Club. In the photo from left to right: David Berube ’72, Sr. Peggy Evans, SND, and David Caron ’72




1984 & 1987

East Catholic alums from the classes of ’87 and ’84 joined SCOTT LIMA ’87 and his bride Darlene as they were married in June 2018 at their home on Lake Williams in Lebanon, CT. In the photo Jeremiah Brown


JEREMIAH BROWN is a doctor of ophthalmology and a specialist in retina and vitreous diseases. After graduating from East Catholic High School, he graduated Harvard University cum laude with a degree in biology. He then earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. In 2010 Jeremiah founded the Brown Retina Institute in San Antonio, Texas. He is a respected clinician and researcher who has published numerous articles.

1981, 1982, 1986

East Catholic High School recently held a local area Alumni Reception at Manchester Country Club. Catching up in the photo are ECHS Board Member DAVID BLACKWELL ’82, NICK STAMBOULIS ’81, and ECHS Board Member DAVID LANCIANO ’86. Alumni from the decades were in attendance to celebrate this event.

East Catholic alums pictured: Sean O’Donnell ’87, Kevin Kennedy ’87, Glen Daraskevich ’87, Chris Greene ’87, Glenn Sherman ’84, Joel Greene ’84, Amy Cantin-Kaye ’87, Mike Desaultels ’84, John Misselwitz ’84, Sue Racicot ’87, Drew Nicholas ’84, Ed Balda ’87, Dave Busch ’87, and Jim Choma ’87


MICHAEL WARD was promoted to Captain in the Montgomery County Police Department in Rockville, MD on February 22, 2018.

In the photo from left to right – David Blackwell ’82, Nick Stamboulis ’81 and David Lanciano ’86 In the photo: ECHS Social Studies Chair, Ann Marie Ward, Michael Ward ’87, and Joe Ward 16



In the photo Heidi Schauster ’89


Since graduating from East in 1989, HEIDI SCHAUSTER, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S studied Nutrition and Psychology at Penn State University, received her Masters and Registered Dietitian internship at Tufts University, and worked for several years at Children’s Hospital Boston in Adolescent Medicine. In 1999, Heidi left the hospital setting to focus on private practice, treating clients with disordered eating, which became her specialty. She continues to maintain a private practice, Nourishing Words Nutrition Therapy, in the Greater Boston area. Heidi runs the No Diet Book Clubs for those in recovery from disordered eating and supervises other registered dietitians in the field. She recently accepted an adjunct faculty position at Plymouth State University, teaching in a unique graduate program for health professionals who want to learn how to treat eating disorders. Heidi enjoys writing for various print and online magazines, as well as for her popular blog at In March of this year, she published her first book: Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self. It is based on two decades of work with clients on a variety of food issues, as well as her own recovery

from the eating disorder that she struggled with when she was a student at ECHS. Her compassionately-written book is appropriate for those who are in recovery, as well as for the average person who may occasionally have a challenging relationship with food and just want to understand it more. Heidi has two 13-year-old daughters, Ava and Kyla. They live in Arlington, Massachusetts with Heidi’s partner, David. All four of them are professional stilt-performers on the side—for “balance.” They all appreciate playing in the outdoors—and food that is lovingly and consciously prepared, followed by a dishwashing dance party.


TIM SEEGER recently was named a Senior Vice President and has been named to The Director’s Council at UBS Financial Services, Inc. He has been a financial advisor for over 20 years, beginning his career shortly after graduating from Villanova University in 1994. Tim lives with his wife, Christa, and four children in West Chester, PA.


MARIE ANN MOSHER has published two books, Beyond Food and The Secret Ingredient. Her book Beyond Food was a #1 bestseller in men’s and women’s health. It’s specifically for people who have stalled in their goal to optimize their weight and overall health because of stress. She also hosts, a free support community for women authors and recently launched the Author Secrets Masterclass, an online course for independent authors to market their books without traveling or time away from their families.

The East Catholic Hall of Fame committee is accepting nominations of worthy candidates for induction. The next ceremony will be held in the Fall of 2019. Please consider nominating someone in one of the following categories and submit a short narrative about your nominee. Then send your submission to the ECHS Advancement Office, 115 New State Road, Manchester, CT 06042.

Categories and Criteria For Induction Alumni


Graduates whose achievements have brought Individuals who have served East Catholic honor to themselves and to East Catholic High in a special way through their loyalty and School. Alumni become eligible for induction ten dedication. years after graduation.

Staff Past and present faculty and staff members who, through their service, have made a significant contribution to the students, the school, and the East Catholic community.


Alumni whose athletic achievements brought honor to themselves and to East Catholic High School. Alumni athletes become eligible for induction ten years after graduation.




2002 & 2005 East Catholic High School held a NYC Alumni Reception in March 2018 at the Yale Club in Manhattan. Former Baseball Coach, JIM PENDERS, caught up with some of his players who currently work in the city – DEREK KENNEDY ’02, ERIC DIFIORE ’05, and NICK FULCO ’05.

In the photo: Nick Fulco ’05, Eric DiFiore ’05, Coach Penders, and Derek Kennedy ’02

2004 BRIGID CREAN VALLERA and her husband Jeff welcomed their first child, daughter Colleen Elizabeth, on March 15, 2018. Colleen weighed in at 8 pounds and 21 inches. The family resides in Tewksbury, MA.

In the photo: Colleen Vallera





DANIELLE LAVOIE spent ten weeks working at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s Eastern Shore Lab through an internship funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The project she worked on focused on the effect of coastal climate change on clearnose skates. To do this, she used respirometry to measure the metabolic rate, or energy use, of individual skates. Specifically, she measured how warming water temperatures and decreasing pH affect how the clearnose skates use energy. In February, she was able to present her research at the ASLO Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR.

THOMAS CARLSON was married to Alexandra Leonard on May 29, 2018 at the Pavilion on Crystal Lake in Middletown, CT. TIMOTHY CARLSON ’18 was the Best Man. Other ECHS Alumni in attendance included GARY CARLSON ’77, father of the groom, DOM FULCO ’77, DANIEL HUGHES ’14 and PETER LONERGAN ’14. Thomas graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, VT in May and subsequently Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He and Allie are making their home at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, AK.

DANIEL HUGHES earned the U.S. Coast Guard OUPV Captain license in August 2018, allowing him to command small commercial vessels up to 100 feet in length with 6 paying passengers.

In the photos: Danielle Lavoie ’14




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East Catholic High School held a school-wide assembly last March to draw attention to the plight of persecuted Christians in regions of northern Iraq and Syria. In his introduction, ECHS Head of School Thomas Maynard praised Sister Clare Millea, A.S.C.J., the director of the Office of Faith and Culture in the Archdiocese of Hartford, and the Knights of Columbus for their combined efforts on behalf of Christian minorities who have been victims of Islamic State-led genocide. Mr. Maynard identified East Catholic as the first high school in the Archdiocese of Hartford to take part in these efforts as well. Next, Mr. Maynard introduced the guest speaker, attorney Stephen M. Rasche, Legal Counselor and Director of IDP Resettlement Programs of the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil, located in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. Mr. Rasche first shared, “I come to you as an



American attorney by profession,” before adding, “I come to you from the Archdiocese of Erbil in northern Iraq,” explaining his transformation from lawyer in the U.S. to director of the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee in the Middle East. He then discussed the history, culture and current state of persecuted Eastern Rite (Chaldean), Syriac Orthodox and other Christian communities of the Nineveh region in the Mosul Plain. Crisis ignited when ISIS overran the region in 2014, and over 150,000 Christians fled for their lives to Erbil. The Archdiocese of Erbil, he reported, “took in over 1,000 displaced people in 24 hours,” and “if not for Christian aid organizations around the world,” the displaced Christians in the area “would have perished.” Mr. Rasche, who has known the Archbishop of Erbil since 2010, felt called to respond: “The Archdiocese [of Erbil] needed a voice that could speak on their behalf to the Western world.” He was a natural choice

The Church is the center of people’s lives there in a way that is profound. The people are persecuted, yet the Church is full. “because of my existing relationship with the Archbishop and my background,” and has since been devoted to the cause. The assembly also featured two videos. First, Mr. Rasche presented his own footage of the land, the refugees and their resilience in the face of genocide. He observed, “The Church is the center of people’s lives there in a way that is profound. The people are persecuted, yet the Church is full.” Mr. Rasche then urged the audience to take up the cause: “With more than 60 million people displaced by war and famine, this world needs people like you in it.” Next, Mr. Maynard introduced a second video featuring Archdiocese of Hartford Archbishop Leonard P. Blair. In it, the archbishop described the joint efforts of the archdiocese and the Knights of Columbus in pioneering a program in which archdiocesan high schools “adopt” a town in the region and offer support to refugees through prayers and donations.

In a second presentation to ECHS students in May, Mr. Rasche stated that with the war against ISIS declared over in the spring of 2018, “the task is to bring home displaced people and families.” He emphasized, “What’s most important is that these people are not forgotten.” He noted that the Knights of Columbus has provided approximately $20 million to displaced peoples in northern Iraq, adding that the ECHS community can help through sales of handcrafted crosses in a fundraiser organized by the Knights of Columbus. The fundraiser serves “as a way of beginning this discussion with Catholic schools” about the ongoing need to support persecuted Christians, and Mr. Rasche was happy to be “starting here with the approval and support of Archbishop Blair,” he said. The East Catholic community is most grateful to Mr. Rasche for bringing this issue and this opportunity to light.




Timothy Carlson







On the beautiful evening of June 7th, the 135 members of the Class of 2018 joined members of the Class of 1968 in the procession down the aisle of St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford to celebrate graduation. Though their high school experiences are fifty years apart, both classes came together to honor the many traditions that connect all East Catholic alumni. This year, the Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell presided over the graduation ceremony, with assistance from Superintendent Dr. Michael S. Griffin, Head of School Thomas P. Maynard, Principal Ryan Hinton and Senior Class Advisor Sister Peggy Evans, SND. The ceremony featured thoughtful reflections and readings given by senior


Payton Stinson and Troy Morin

class officers Sabrina Williams, Lexi Ansaldi, Max Wu and Abhimanyu Goyal, who represented their class with grace and poise. Max Wu gave the introduction for this year’s commencement speaker, Dr. Paul Hesketh ’70, who serves as Director of the Lahey Health Cancer Institute and Director of the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center and Thoracic Oncology at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA. Dr. Hesketh provided insight and inspiration rooted in his East Catholic memories and his expansive professional experience. With a doctor’s precision and a storyteller’s gift, Dr. Hesketh noted the many changes that have occurred at East Catholic, and in society in general, since 1970.

Madison Thiel

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Thomas Maynard, Head of School

Without a doubt, you will find a greater sense of purpose and being if you find a way to truly connect to those in need.”

Yet, “importantly,” he said, “much about East has remained constant over the near 60-year history of the school.” As he shared details of his own athletic and academic career at East, he offered three key principles to the graduates of 2018. First, he encouraged them to “develop and then continue to nurture an undying passion to learn, referring to his own clinical focus as a physician treating patients with lung cancer to illustrate his point. With the latest breakthroughs in multiple career fields, “This need for constant learning is not limited to medicine, and will apply to whatever field of endeavor you choose to follow,” he said. Next, he urged, “When opportunities appear, seize them.” He relayed stories from his own career that underscored the importance of overcoming the fear of failure and staying true to one’s own vision for success. Third,

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he reminded the audience to “Find ways to provide service to others,” referencing East Catholic and Boston College as institutions that sparked his own motivation to serve. He elaborated the many rewarding aspects of his career in medicine, then added, “by far, my greatest satisfaction comes with the ability to serve my patients and their devoted families.” He was careful to note that all career fields have opportunities to serve, and that “Without a doubt, you will find a greater sense of purpose and being if you find a way to truly connect to those in need.” With a speech that alluded to Yogi Berra, Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and St. Francis of Assisi, Dr. Hesketh proved that he too is an extraordinary role model for the Class of 2018 and all in attendance at this year’s graduation ceremony.

-Dr. Paul Hesketh ’70



Alexandra Ansaldi


Dr. Paul Hesketh ’70 BY LISA PUTNAM KIRSCHE ’86

First impressions often reveal essential truths about a person, and it was clear at first blush that Dr. Paul Hesketh ’70 is a family person. In fact, our interview was preceded by an enjoyable conversation with the 2018 ECHS commencement speaker’s wife Ann, brother Jim ’74 and sister-in-law Marlene, all of whom visited East Catholic with him on graduation day. East Catholic has been another kind of family for Dr. Hesketh, who visited the school this past winter with Ann, a nurse, to talk to students interested in the medical field. He is also committed to his professional community; he serves as Director of the Lahey Health Cancer Institute and Director of the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center and Thoracic Oncology at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA, and he is a Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. A graduate of Boston College and the UCONN School of Medicine, Dr. Hesketh was honored as “Oncologist of the Year” in 2016 by the Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncology and has won numerous other awards and honors throughout his career. Clearly, Dr. Hesketh’s extended “family” continually benefits from the many ways he serves others. Both Hesketh brothers connect that devotion to service to East Catholic. Jim Hesketh referred to his years at the school as “a marvelous, marvelous time,”


and noted his parents would be so proud to know his brother had been chosen to deliver this year’s commencement speech. Paul said it felt “pretty neat” to be asked to give the speech and spoke of his appreciation for the chance to reconnect with the school. He enjoyed his visit in February when he and Ann discussed careers in medicine with ECHS students: “It’s early, but not too early to think about” a medical career while in high school, he said. “I’ve always enjoyed meeting and helping mentor students, trying to educate them and help inspire them,” he continued. On that same visit, Former ECHS Director of Advancement Sarah Adanti gave the Heskeths a school tour, and they were impressed by the improvements to the facilities since 1970. It felt incredible, he said, to be “going into rooms with a massive amount of equipment and laboratory resources similar to what colleges had in my time. The lessons are so advanced,” he added, noting “East Catholic’s teachers help students to be extraordinarily prepared.” Yet while the “inside of the school has changed through resources,” he also complimented the architect of the recent addition for “staying true to make it look like it’s been there forever,” in alignment with “the ECHS vision and architecture” that has always existed at the school. He also praised the teachers he remembers, including English teacher Virginia LaFontana, “who wasn’t even Mrs. LaFontana yet when she taught me in ninth

grade.” She was a “great teacher,” he said, noting his gratitude and firm conviction that “one of the most important things in any field is knowing how to write; having the ability to communicate is critical in any field,” and “more essential than ever” today. In his own field, Paul has put his writing skills to extraordinary use. His curriculum vitae references 118 published papers, 16 book chapters/reviews, five editorials and three books he has written, co-authored or edited, in addition to other publications. His major research interests include development of new treatment approaches for small cell and non-small cell lung cancer, defining more effective approaches for the early diagnosis of lung cancer, and supportive care of the cancer patient. “The last 10-15 years have been mind-breaking” in research, he said, as the field has progressed from “pure empiricism” to “a much better understanding of cancers as hundreds of diseases from a molecular standpoint.” He elaborated, “We have been able to shift cancer – we cannot cure at this point, but can shift to making it more of a chronic disease.” Over the next 30 years, he said, unprecedented possibilities exist in oncology and in the medical field in general. Paul stands out not only as a medical professional, but as a model for service, “the basic principle that was so important” from his earliest East Catholic days.



Meg Leslie Warren ’86, Caroline Warren Katheen Ross ’83, Kathryn Vella

William Pineo, Todd Pineo ’85

Angelo Morson ’83, Anna Morson Melissa Couture Zbell ’90, Sophia Zbell

Gary Carlson ’77, Tim Carlson

Jake Chomick ’96, Julia Chomick



Maria Cuneo Kincheloe ’91, Eric Kincheloe

Aaron Ansaldi ’88, Lexi Ansaldi


William Evans ’90, Daniel Evans, Ann Woykovsky Evans ’90

Mario DiLoreto ’86, Lauren DiLoreto

Michael Noble, Karrieann Lynch Noble ’87

Janice Heldmann-O’Connell ’85, Madison O’Connell Mary Aitken Mitchell ’87, Hannah Mitchell

Noele Ramsey Kidney ’85, Caroline Kidney

Sarah Thiery Poirier ’89, Clare Poirier

Cooper Shifrin, Mary-Grace Quick Shifrin ’81


Anthony Hoffman ’86, Leah Hoffman



East Catholic 2018 Graduates * Karen Frances Agro * Victor Giovanni Martins Alessi Natalia Tasha-Lee Allen * Tyler Roger Andrade * Alexandra Katherine Ansaldi Maxwell James August Samuel Callen Baker * Sarah Antoinette Bannon * Nicole Patricia Barber Michael Anthony Bazzano Jacob Michael Beaulieu Anthony Robert Bellody Steven Daniel BenMaor Kelly Elizabeth Blecker Annelise Grace Boulay Caroline Marie Brennan * Jonathan Robinson Buck Ѱ S * Xinyue - Connie Cai Kiely Elizabeth Callahan * John Gabriel Camilliere Timothy Robert Carlson Ѱ S * Gabrielle Aleen Caron Jacob Joseph Casey Kevin John Chase Julia Magdalene Chomick Anthony Mark Conaci Matthew Brian Connolly * Madisen Dani Crowley Luke Kenneth Daly * Antony Joseph DeJulius Evette Sofia Diaz Lauren Rose DiLoreto Daniel Patrick Evans Cole Samuel Fisher Maye Ling Fisher Cherie Rose Fitzgerald * Kaeleigh Mae FitzPatrick Ronan Joseph Fitzpatrick Nathaniel Michael Flynn Jillian Priscille Gessay Farrell Elizabeth Gothers Ω * Abhimanyu Goyal Julia Anne Hallisey Kierrah Dinella Harris Adam Gabriel Harz Sean Michael Hebert Ω * Nicholas Adam Hess



Leah Cassidy Hoffman * Michael Austin Holcomb Ѱ Ω S * Liam John Horan-Portelance Jamil Elijah Hornesby Mathew Henry Howlader Ω Jian - Daniel Huang Kyojung - Kayla Hwang Kristina Marie Jacobsen Kaylee Ellen Jeamel Joshua Randolph Kaine William MacPherson Karkos Evan Anthony Kastauskas Ѱ Ω S * Evan Joseph Kennedy Caroline Jennifer Kidney Eric Jeffrey Kincheloe Kyle Wayne Kirby Matthew James Kiro Hannah Grace Klim * Zachary Matthew Kopiec Brae Elizabeth Lamontagne John Francis Larose Ѱ Ω ‡ * Victoria Emily Leger * Brittany Nicole Leonard Thomas James Machado * Charlotte Rose Mascaro * Mary Renyi Mazzarella * Evgeny Vadimovich Medvedev Jacob Paul Melia * Hannah Elizabeth Mitchell * Troy Jeffrey Morin Ѱ ‡ S * Anna Marissa Morson Ѱ S * Clara Coady Mund Javaun Joseph Murphy * Panashe Mutsengi Jack Francis Nai Michael David Noble Morgan Louise Oberly Ѱ Ω S * Benjamin Pierce Ockert Madison Reilly O’Connell O * Aiden Quinn O’Connor Bridget Anne O’Connor Brenden Michael O’Neill Marisa Ann Paquette Olivia Shamus Parizeau * Tito Lucian Pasqualoni Rudy Joseph Pensiero * Kyle William Pfeffer

Anielia Marguerite Piel William Atherton Pineo Ѱ * Clare Marie Poirier Emily Elizabeth Potvin Jailene Quintero Connor Jacob Race Ѱ * Sierra Anita Romie * Lauren Elizabeth Roth Luke Aaron Rumley Daniele Russo Gabrielle Nicole Sandoval Ω ‡ * Zoe Laura Sessions * Cooper James Shifrin Natalie Maureen Sitarz * Sean Michael Skinner * Matthew Thomas Smith Payton Corey Stinson Madison Max Thiel Jennifer Marie Titus Delia McGuire Topitzer Liam Cornelius Twomey * Kathryn Elizabeth Vella Ѱ S * Matthew Leon Veretto Ѱ ‡ * Nicholas James Villandry Jason George Wagner Caroline Mary Warren Tyius Dialo-Dean Watson * Alexa Faith Weber Cody Alexander Webster Maximilian Joseph Wilfinger Jack Ryan Williams Sabrina Lizet Williams Ω Christian William Winicki Jack Kunzang Woodcock * Hanqi - Max Wu * Ziwei - Victor Xue Haley Elizabeth Zalcman Sophia Christine Zbell Zachary Andon Zbin Weixuan - Tony Zhang Yisheng - Ethan Zhong

S Summa Scholar ◊ Henry J. O’Brien Scholar ‡ National Merit Commended Ω AP Scholar * National Honor Society

IN MEMORY ALUMNI THOMAS LODGE ’65, husband of Kathleen Giorgio Lodge ’65, brother of Daniel Lodge ’68, William Lodge ’73 and father of Kristen Lodge Martinson ’89; died 4/29/18 SHARON SMICHENKO KEEGAN ’76; died 6/7/18

KRISTINA O’SULLIVAN O’NEILL ’89, wife of Brian O’Neill ’90; sister of Marie O’Sullivan Pelletier ’86 and Sean O’Sullivan ’99; died 6/29/18 FACULTY & STAFF RICHARD PILON, former English teacher; died 5/29/18 FREDDIE WAYNE MYERS, former football coach and father of Craig Myers ’87 and Melissa Myers Kalisz ’88; died 6/29/18

Eagle Deceased February 16, 2018 – June 30, 2018 MARY DJIOUNAS, mother of Melanie Djiounas-Pancavage ’90 and grandmother of Ben Djiounas ’99 and Chris Djiounas ’00; died 3/17/18 JOHN TRUMAN, grandfather of Brendan Truman ’19 and Colleen Truman ’21; died 3/23/18 PAUL EGAN, grandfather of Sean Hebert ’18; died 3/31/18 SARA PFEFFER, grandmother of Kyle Pfeffer ’18; died 4/6/18 NINA PILAGIN, grandmother of Mark Pilagin ’02; died 4/13/18 DONNA SULLIVAN, grandmother of Timothy Sullivan ’19; died 4/14/18 THOMAS TOCE, grandfather of Michael Toce ’13 and Kyle Toce ’15; died 4/15/18 ANNE MARA, mother of Frank Mara ’76, Timothy Mara ’77, Daniel Mara ’78 and Neil Mara ’81; died 4/23/18


ANN AMBACH, grandmother of Thomas Parakilas ’20; died 4/28/18

CAROL LEGAULT, mother of Mary Legault McConville ’73, Theresa Legault Renner ’80 and Michael Legault ’74; died 12/19/17

ANITA MILEWSKI, mother of Andrew Milewski ’79 and Teresa Milewski ’80; died 5/9/18

RUSSELL FERRIGNO, grandfather of Matthew Ferrigno ’09, Bryan Ferrigno ’12 and Jillian Ferrigno ’17; died 2/16/18 EMMA SWETZES, mother of Michael Swetzes ’69 and Bruce Swetzes ’71; died 2/16/18 BRIAN G. WHITEMAN SR., grandfather of Matthew Bergquist ’19; died 2/16/18 CARMELLA CAREY, mother of Ann Carey Kephart ’94; died 3/7/18 ANNE GRYK, mother of Susan Gryk Robinson ’67, Evelyn Gryk Frolich ’72 and Anthony Gryk ’77; died 3/11/18 VIRGINIA KELLY, mother of Susan Kelly Sheckley ’66, Judith Kelly Ferguson ’68, Patricia Kelly Patruno ’70, Mary Kelly ’73 and Sharon Kelly Corbett ’80; died 3/13/18

MARYLYNN HOBBS, mother of Kathleen Hobbs-Cropper ’02; died 5/12/18 PAUL FRANCIS GRAMUGLIA, son of Frank ’94 and Ann Brewster Gramuglia ’94; died 5/26/18 SEBASTIAN SANTIGLIA, grandfather of Mason Stalph ’ 14 and Kayla Stalph ’17; died 5/29/18 JOHN CONFORTO, grandfather of Connor Conforto ’15 and Meaghan Conforto ’17; died 6/3/18 GERTRUDE GAUDREAU, mother of David Gaudreau ’68, Donald Gaudreau ’71; grandmother of Doretta Gaudreau ’02 and Martha Gaudreau ’99; died 6/28/18 RUTH RUMLEY, grandmother of Hannah Rumley ’17, Luke Rumley ’18 and Matiwos Rumley ’22; died 6/29/18



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Donor Reception Holly Social Christmas Concert and Art Show

December 24 – January 1

Christmas Break

January 19

Eagle Classic Wrestling Match

January 28 – February 1

Catholic Schools Week

February 18 – 22

Winter Break

March 14

Grandparents Day

March 15 – 16

Spring Musical: Mary Poppins

March 21

Sophomore Ring Ceremony

March 22

Sophomore Event

March 29

Junior Prom

April 6

Sr. Peggy Evans, SND 50th Anniversary Celebration

April 15 – 19

Spring Break

April 22

Easter Monday

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Sr. Peggy Evans, SND

50th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, April 6, 2019 Mass in the Auditorium with Reception to follow

for more information and tickets see or contact ECHS Advancement Office at 860-649-5336

East Catholic Eagle Magazine - Fall 2018  
East Catholic Eagle Magazine - Fall 2018