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THE SAINTS' SCOOP THE MAGAZINE OF ST. LAURENCE CATHOLIC SCHOOL ALUMNI

"Once a Saint, Always a Saint"

ST. LAURENCE CATHOLIC SCHOOL

JANUARY 2017


THE SAINTS' SCOOP St. Laurence Catholic School

Mission Statement As a pastoral instrument of the Church, St. Laurence Catholic School educates and develops the whole Christian person in body, mind, and spirit through the trinity of parent, child, and educator. ADMINISTRATION Principal Suzanne Barto Assistant Principals PreK-4th Joanne Landrito 5th-8th Germaine Guedry EDITOR Adriana Gutierrez ADVANCEMENT OFFICE Suzanne Byrne Director of Advancement Adriana Gutierrez Communications Coordinator CONTRIBUTORS Suzanne Barto, Marie Brown, Suzanne Byrne, Cindy Burgess, ShaLa Kiolbassa, Audra Warden, and Staff of SLCS PHOTOGRAPHERS Andrea Cashiola Adriana Gutierrez Rafaela Linn Doris Mendiola Nora Sessions Parents, Faculty and Staff of SLCS

Happy New Year from all of us at SLCS!

We want to thank you for all of your generosity and support last year. We look forward to sharing many more special moments with you in

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CONTENTS SUGAR LAND FROM THE AIR BY BRADLEY BURGESS

" ONCE A SAINT, ALWAYS A SAINT"

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04 WELCOME FROM OUR PRINCIPAL 08 SLCS TRIVIA 12 WHAT IS THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU SINCE YOU LEFT SLCS?

19 SPOTLIGHT ON STAFF IMPORTANT DATES

1/28 25th Anniversary Celebration PTO Family Mass 1/29 Catholic Schools Week Starts 2/18 Steps for Students 3/20 Heritage Week 4/29 Auction Gala 4/26 Alumni Mass

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ST. LAURENCE CATHOLIC SCHOOL 2630 Austin Parkway Sugar Land, TX. 77479 281-980-0500


A MESSAGE FROM OUR NEW PRINCIPAL

SUZANNE BARTO Dear SLCS Alumni,

Happy New Year! We wish you a very happy and blessed start to 2017! Looking back in 2016, we had a lot of changes along with many reasons to be thankful as a school community. By now, you are probably aware that our principal of many years, Debra Haney, has moved up to the Catholic School ’ s Office and assumed the position of Associate Superintendent. While we were sad to lose her amazing leadership on our campus, we couldn ’ t be happier for her as she takes on a new role that can have such a profound effect on Catholic education in our Archdiocese.

In 2016, I was honored to become the 4th principal of St. Laurence after working here for over 15 years! Many of you may remember me from my days teaching preschool and kindergarten and / or the last ten as an assistant principal SAVEhearing THE DATE for Prek - 4th grade. I love seeing my former students and alumni and about all the amazing things you are doing, so please don ’ t hesitate to reach out to me! We are thrilled that so many of you have joined our alumni Facebook page. It is great to know that you want to stay in touch with each other and with your alma mater. We are also looking forward to seeing many of you at our 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, January 28th and can ’ t wait to hear all those stories and shared memories of your time attending SLCS. If you have not received an invitation, please know that you are invited that day from 2 - 4 p.m. We will open wide our doors for a homecoming event that features a timeline in pictures of SLCS from 1992 to the present, our new playground will be available, delicious snacks provided by local food trucks, the chance to walk through our classrooms and our KSTL TV Studio, as well as exhibition games, artwork, and performances by our award - winning band and choir. The day will end with a very special Family Mass at 5:00 p.m. in the church celebrated by Cardinal DiNardo and our own Fr. Drew and Fr. Jaison. Some other changes this past year involved adding more people and reorganizing our Resource Team, which means we are able to live our mission more fully in meeting the diverse needs of our students. We now have more support for math and reading where necessary, as well as more opportunities for gifted and talented students. Changes were also made to our physical space with the addition of another conference room, a few more offices, updated water fountains and our beautiful new playground. The opportunity to buy an engraved “ brick ” for your family to commemorate our 25th Anniversary will be available soon, so stay tuned!! We are pleased to report that our students continue to excel in their academics, extracurricular endeavors and in service to others. You can take pride in the fact that Catholic Identity is still our strongest charism and we appreciate all of you setting the standards that we enjoy today. I can ’ t tell you how proud we are to share the news of your successes in our community and hope that you will continue to keep in touch. We have begun a new tradition this year with a career day in which alumni are welcome to return and share how they live their ministry in their careers after leaving SLCS. If this is something you would be interested in participating in next year, please contact us.

ANNIVERSARY > We will continue to pray for you in the future and always remember that ONCE A SAINT, ALWAYS A SAINT! God Bless, Suzanne Barto, Principal

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HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW PLAYGROUND?

Have you seen our new playground? Project Playground was a huge focus for our school this past spring as we really felt a need to improve our playground to better serve our students. Our SLCS playground committee consisted of Mrs. Annicchiarico, Ms. Connor, Mrs. Ennis, Mrs. Haney, Coach Fucik, Mr. Priesmeyer, leaders from Student Council and NJHS, along with students from all grade levels. They worked hard to hear what our Saints would like to see and do during their recess time. Our playground plans were unveiled Auction night and were posted around the campus. Thanks to the support of the School Board, PTO, Booster Club and our generous families the new main campus playground was blessed by Father Drew our first week of school and our students have been enjoying it ever since! Once again the generosity of the community has overwhelmed us! We hope you can make time to stop by the campus and not only see our state of the art playground but all the amazing things that happen daily at St. Laurence. Contact Mrs. Marie Brown at mbrown@stlaurence.org, for a school tour.

PLAYGROUND BLESSING!

SAVE THE DATE

ST. LAURENCE ANNUAL FUND We would like to thank you as alumni of St. Laurence Catholic School for your involvement regarding St. Laurence Annual Fund. We received many gifts of your time, talent, and/or treasures and would like to extend a “Thank You� to those who have begun a legacy of financially supporting our beautiful school through the Annual Fund. The opportunities to assist our school vary, but by supportingAnnual Fund, you, in turn, support the many wonderful programs that have become traditions at St. Laurence Catholic School. All donations are 100% tax deductible and will benefit many young children as they journey through our hallways, just as ANNIVERSARY > you did many years ago. Remember, when you are in town visiting with SLCS alumni, family and friends, please send us pictures and updates, as we love to keep up with the SLCS alumni. THE SAINTS' SCOOP

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ST . LAURENCE CATHOLIC SCHOOL

2 5 T H ACELEBRATION NNIVERSARY It is amazing to think that it was only 25 years ago that SLCS was founded! We are thrilled to be celebrating this landmark anniversary in 2017! Please join us in marking this momentous occasion on Saturday, January 28, 2017. SLCS will host an Open House Anniversary Celebration at the school from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Afterwards, His Eminence, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo will celebrate the 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass in the church along with our very own Fr. Drew and Fr. Jaison. SLCS has been very blessed over our many years of existence and we welcome you to join us in thanksgiving to all those that have made this possible. Contact us with questions at advancement@stlaurence.org. We hope to see you all there!

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25 YEARS

TELLS A STORY! SLCS TRIVIA

QUIZ YOURSELF!

Things are really gearing up for our 25th Anniversary! Travel down memory lane with some SLCS trivia. This just might come in handy at our BIG celebration on January 28th from 2-4pm. Make plans to join in this family friendly event complete with student showcases, basketball scrimmages, performances, a photo booth and photo gallery walk, scavenger hunt, KSTL TV Station, food trucks, and plenty of reminiscing! 1. What did we use for carpool numbers when we first opened? 2. How many principals have we had at SLCS? 3. What was the name of the staff nursery from 1992-2001? 4. How long has Mrs. Germaine Guedry been our Middle School AP? 5. Prior to our current building opening, where was middle school? 6. What award did Mrs. Leslie Annicchiarico and Mrs. Jean Bauer receive from Channel 2?

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SLCS 25 ANNIVERSARY

SO MANY MEMORIES! ONCE A SAINT, ALWAYS A SAINT

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CALLING ALL ALUMNI BASKETBALL INDUSTRY PLAYERS! >

We are looking to have a little fun during our 25th Anniversary Celebration and need you for our Alumni vs Current Basketball Scrimmage! Come reminisce about the good ‘ol days, catch up with old friends, visit your beloved SLCS and see what is happening at your Alma Mater. Contact Coach Fucik or the Advancement Office if you are interested in joining in the festivities on Saturday, January 28th from 2 – 4 p.m. 2013 The scrimmage will begin at 2:30 p.m. Please share with your former 2013 classmates, parents, and siblings!

CAREER DAY!

We were excited to see some of our SLCS graduates receive the sacrament of Confirmation in September!

Our counselors are busy planning our first every Career Day on Friday, January 27th from 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. We will be welcoming back: · Elaine Brown Garza · Kimberly Caleon · Andrea Glaser · Kelly McGee Goff · Katherin Caleon Hovde · Sean McBeth Please contact our counselors, Mrs. Schurman or Mrs. Markum, if you would like to speak to our students next year at the Career Day!

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WHAT IS THE BEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU INDUSTRY SINCE YOU LEFT SLCS? >

Kelly McGee Goff'97 Margeaux LaFleur Gorman'97 Lisa N. Pinina'97 Doug Hanshaw'98 2013Klotz'98 Melissa 2013 Melissa Verkin '98 Clelie LaFleur Hebert'98 Devin Hotzel'99 Jill Willis'05

My family. Fantastic husband and four beautiful children. Becoming a nurse. Moving to New York to pursue my career in creative advertising. I received my Master of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art and became a college art professor. I passed the Texas State Bar and became a licensed Attorney in the State of Texas. Married, six children, became a nurse, became an officer in the United States Army Nurse Corps. Getting married to my wife Jacci and becoming a father to my three children. My academic success. I have two Bachelor of Science degrees and currently working on my Doctorate in Chiropractic. Alyssa Davidson'06 Began my teaching career! Jonathan Bauer'06 Got married! Santiago Breuer'10 After graduating from St Laurence I went to Strake Jesuit where I graduated top ten in my class. I'm now double majoring in Economics and Computer Science and minoring in French at Stephen Patrick McLaughlin'11 Dartmouth College. Leticia Breuer'12 Joining the Corps of Cadets, Company E-2/Mascot company at Texas A&M University. After graduating from SL, I attended St. Agnes Academy and later moved to Mexico City my junior year. I graduated and will be attended Georgetown University McDonough School of Vivian Phillips'13 Business in the fall of 2016. I had the opportunity to go on a service trip for six weeks last summer. SLSC and SAA have taught April Phillips'14 me how to become independent and the necessary skills to be able to be on my own. Dylan Nguyen'15 I have discovered my potential as a student and athlete. I was selected to swim for the Varsity Strake Jesuit Swim Team. Jordan Hannah'15 I have had a lot of great things happen since graduating from SLCS in 2015. Currently, I attend St. Agnes Academy. I auditioned and made the St. Agnes / Strake Jesuit Mixed Chorus. I also performed a solo during our Messiah Concert in December 2015. I sing in the Life Teen Choir at St. Laurence Catholic Church, too. In addition to singing, I was elected and serve on Student Council, as an officer position, for St. Agnes. I'm on the tennis team!

Memories! 8th Grade Trip, 1997

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HOW WELL DID YOUR EDUCATION INDUSTRY AT SLCS HELP PREPARE YOU FOR HIGH SCHOOL? COLLEGE? >

Kelly McGee Goff'97 Margeaux LaFleur Gorman'97

I felt well prepared for both. Very well! Study skills and social skills were honed at SLCS. The lessons in love, determination, and perseverance I learned while there continue to be a part of my daily life. Lisa N. Pinina'97 Very well. Doug2013 Hanshaw'98 I'm thankful for the focus on academics and structure. Melissa Verkin2013 '98 I honestly believe if I didn't have the study skills that I developed while at SLCS, St. Agnes' tough curriculum would have been a real struggle for me. Clelie LaFleur Hebert'98 Very well Devin Hotzel'99 Extremely well. My SLCS education gave me a moral and spiritual foundation that has stuck with me through the years. Jill Willis'05 I was very prepared for high school and was ahead in most subjects in public high school. Alyssa Davidson'06 I felt like I was the most prepared for high school even though it was a completely different style being that it was a magnet performing program within a public high school. Jonathan Bauer'06 Prepared me very well for high school. I knew about my faith in a public school and was ahead of my peers in math and science. That grounding in faith guided me through college. Stephen Patrick McLaughlin'11 My time at SLCS prepared me for rigorous AP courses in high school. In particular, Honors Art with Mrs. Carloss prepared me for the Digital Media and Graphic Design Magnet program at Westside. I am majoring in digital media and communications and have continued to develop skills for which the foundation was laid at SLCS. I also attend St. Mary's Catholic Center in College Station and was part of the Super Senior Cadre for Confirmation at my home parish, because of the Catholic values and education instilled in me at St. Laurence. Vivian Phillips'13 SLCS prepared me quite well to attend SAA!. April Phillips'14 It prepared me quite well, especially in English. Dylan Nguyen'15 SLCS prepared me very well in test-taking, learning and studying for Strake Jesuit. Jordan Hannah'15 SLCS prepared me so well for St. Agnes. There is not a class that I have that I don't use the skills I . learned from SLCS. Thanks to SLCS, I know how to study, annotate a book, speak confidently on my views in Theology Class, perform in the choir, serve effectively on Student Council, be in a school sport, and the list goes on. The foundation I received from SLCS is very solid. It taught me skills that I will use all my life. .

Memories! First SLCS Logo!

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CLASS OF 2004 CLASS OF 1997 INDUSTRY > Elaine Brown Garza and her husband are living in Austin and Renee Livesay SLCS welcomed her back with open arms when she joined are the proud parents of Olivia Rose Garza! our faculty this year.  Renee is our ECC Motor Lab and MS Art teacher. School Years! CLASS OF 2006 Elaine Brown Garza and Daniel Murray is working as a petroleum engineer in Austin. Margeaux LaFleur Gorman He got married to Marie Tillema.

2013 2013 Kelly McGee Goff is the proud mom of twins and is the Development Director at Child Advocates, Inc. in Houston. Lisa Pinina is proud to be serving her community as a nurse. CLASS OF 1998 Clelie LaFleur Hebert is married and she has six beautiful kids, became a nurse, and recently an officer in the United States Army Nurse Corps.

CLASS OF 2009 Samantha McMenemy is currently in her third year at CU Boulder studying political science and film. She is also serving as the Recruitment Chairwoman in their chapter of Gamma Phi Beta.  CLASS OF 2010 Brian Buckle is a junior at Texas A&M in College Station. He is studying Petroleum Engineering and he will receive his Aggie ring this semester. Whoop! Class of 2011 Alyssa Murray is studying nursing at the University of Texas. Devon Ysaguirre is attending the University of Texas and is an Alpha Delta Pi.

Lindsey Guedry Vainstein and her husband Jonathon have  a beautiful  girl, Penelope, and expecting another baby  girl in February!!

                                                 Perreau Family Jessica Perreau ­ Currently at MD Anderson as RN. She is also completing her MSC in Nursing for Nurse Practitioner in May 2017 from TWU. William Perreau ­ Currently at Texas Tech, completing Bachelors in Petroleum Engineering, in May 2017. Chelsea Perreau ­ Currently, Sophomore at UH, in Industrial Psychology. She is also an RA in Bates Hall at UH.  

CLASS OF 2012 Eleanor Davis was the St. Agnes Salutatorian for 2016. Taylor Ysaguirre graduated Magna Cum Laude from SAA! Cameron Cashiola is at the Franciscan University of Steubenville to study Theology and Catechetics. He participated in the L.E.A.D. program with the Steubenville Conferences this summer with Hollan Hall ’13, Katie Lootens ’13, and Colton Marks ’14.

Paulina Kardoush, SLCS class 2012, SAA class 2016, is a freshman at Baylor University. She is in Pre­Business and Pledge for Kappa Kappa Omega Sorority.

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CLASS OF 2013 Stephen Hernandez is a senior at Clements High School. Here he is pictured 3rd from the right with fellow Baritones from the Clements Marching Band and Guard who earned the honor of marching at the UIL State Marching Competition last November 8th in San Antonio.

CLASS OF 2015

Anthony Cassapo '15 was named recipient of Capt. Andrew Houghton Award! The Award is given to a Strake Jesuit sophomore who best exhibits the characteristics and values that Anthony exemplified ­ academic excellence, service to friends and the community at Strake Jesuit and beyond, an enthusiasm for life, and a determination to succeed. Congratulations! 

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Erika Breckon, a rising senior at SAA and SLCS class of 2013 alumni, spent part of her summer in Kisumu, Kenya at a St. Agnes sponsored a mission trip to their sister school, Our Lady of Grace School/Orphanage. 

Luke Sievers has had a great year a Strake Jesuit. He is staying active with school, volunteering, starting football on offense and defense, the National Honor Society and the Hispanic Student Union. 

Mrs. Bonno with Class of 2015 Alumni and Clements students Adrian Pacini, Ryan Nelson and Ethan Mock, after their Clements  High School presentation of The Miser! We have very talented alumni!

CLASS OF 2014 Jason Ancheta loves to blog and write just like when he was at SLCS. The link to his website http://jasonericancheta.weebly.com.  . John "Jack" Baugh IV  is a Freshman at Strake Jesuit High School. He was selected to participate in the 2017 Texas Private School Music Educators Association  All­State Choir. He credits Ms. Bonno, the wonderful leader of the music program at St. Laurence, for developing his passion for singing and performing. "If it was not for her, I would never have developed the courage to perform and the love of music I have today."  

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                                Natalia Kardoush is a freshman at                                        St.Agnes Academy! She made it to                                      the volleyball and basketball  teams. 

Four SLCS alums, members of the Strake Jesuit/St. Agnes Mixed Chorus were chosen for the 2017 Texas Private School Music Educators Association  All­State Choir. Congratulations to Fredrick Sjodin, Jack Baugh, Javier Janer and Jordan Hannah! 

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FANTASTIC ADDITIONS TO OUR FACULTYINDUSTRY THIS YEAR! >

CAROLINE ALLEE

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I am truly honored to be a teacher at St. Laurence Catholic School. In my spare time, I enjoy the game of soccer. I no longer play, but I have been given the opportunity to help coach the SLCS JV team this year, and it has renewed my love for the game. One of my favorite things about my childhood at St. Laurence was having teachers who had a good classroom library. That is where my love for reading developed. One of my on-going goals is to create a reading environment for the students. I am excited to begin this next chapter of my life at St. Laurence. One thing that I am reminded of each day is how important it is to place my trust in the Lord. I think that the best thing about following the Lord and His calling on your life is realizing that His plans are always greater than yours. All He asks for is faithfulness and He will give us the desires of our hearts. I am so thankful that He has brought back me to St. Laurence!

RENEE LIVESAY

I attended SLCS Pre-K through 8th grade along with my three siblings Kevin, John, and Holly. Afterwards, I went on to graduate from St. Agnes and then Baylor University. In college, I majored in Studio Art with a Graphic Design concentration. I have always enjoyed being creative, but I quickly realized that sitting at a computer all day was not fulfilling for me. I felt the pull to look into teaching but it was not until almost a year later that the timing was right. I am so glad that I made this decision and have not looked back! I love getting to share my knowledge and passion for art and selfexpression with kids, as well as experiencing the joy the little ones have in Motor Lab. I am so grateful every day that I was given the opportunity to begin my teaching career here at St. Laurence. Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful that I couldn’t imagine teaching anywhere else! In my free time, I am kept very busy with my two dogs Duckie and Rooster and two horses Ace and Gus. In college, I traveled on weekends and competed in barrel races. When I was still working as a graphic designer I missed making things with my hands so I taught myself how to work with leather. I enjoy challenging myself creating custom leather goods. I am very close with my large family and spend a lot of time with them, as well as my cousin Ashlee Allen who is in 5th grade here at SLCS.

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KATHERINE HOVDE

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I am thrilled to be back at St. Laurence and blessed to work in the school that inspired me to become a teacher. It was all of the wonderful SLCS teachers who helped me fall in love with learning and showed me how important it is to pursue a career with passion and joy. This will be my eighth year teaching. I taught the second and third grades in FBISD, and this is my first year teaching first grade and in Catholic education. I am a proud Fighting Texas Aggie and earned my Bachelor Degree at Texas A&M University. While teaching, I learned how much I enjoyed working with others and being a part of a team, and I earned my Master of Education Administration Degree at the University of Houston-Victoria. I love being in the classroom. I am passionate about helping my students realize just how valuable they are and how much potential they have to make our world an even greater place. I have quickly realized St. Laurence is a beautiful place to work, and I am thankful and excited to share in this new journey here!

Two SLCS alums, who started here as babies in the nursery and are still great friends: Emily Kiolbassa, who attends TCU and Amy Dodson who attends A&M!.

Ms. Bonno enjoyed a beautiful musical from a former member of her Middle School Choir! Fredrick Sjodin, SLCS Alumni and Junior at Strake Jesuit, was amazing in the St. Agnes Black Box Musical Production "35MM"!

We were very proud of our students and alumni serving as Altar Servers at the Annual Opening Schools Mass for all Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston - Houston!

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SUG A R L A ND FROM THE A IR ! ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

BY BR A DLEY BURGESS ' 14 SLCS IS BLESSED WITH TWO TEACHING OUR STUDENTS

VIETNAMESE DOMINICAN SISTERS OF MARY IMMACULATE PROVINCE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

“ At SLCS, my dreams were always supported, inspired, and validated by my teachers. While I participated in many clubs and sports at SLCS, they all seemed to reinforce an important message: With God all things are possible”.   ­Bradley Burgess

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As a graduate of SLCS Class of 2013, I was asked to share my story with you. Yes - it's true - when you look up at the Sugar Land skies, you might just see me flying overhead. There is an old saying among pilots that says, “A mile of highway will take you just one mile...but a mile of runway will take you everywhere.” Some of my earliest memories are sitting in an airport, looking towards the sky, and watching airplanes. I guess you could say I have a healthy obsession with airplanes. I began my journey towards my private pilot’s license at a young age and aviation has become a defining factor of who I am. Often when meeting new people, I identify myself as a pilot. Flying is an integral part of my life, and every moment I am able to be in the sky is special to me. That is why I have devoted much of my time over the last two years making this dream a reality. While I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this journey, there is one flight that I will never forget. On June 21, 2015, I accomplished my first solo flight. This is the day I had been anticipating since I first began my flight lessons. It was the first time I flew an airplane by myself without an instructor in the cockpit with me. In the realm of flight training, this event is considered to be a point of maturity in your aviation career, as you no longer require the aid of your instructor. Suddenly the safety of the flight is solely your responsibility. While I was taxiing out to the runway, I began thinking about how this step in my flight training is going to open a world of opportunity for me. I started to think about the quote mentioned above and how the runway serves as an entryway into the world of flying. This long strip of concrete opens the opportunity for me to travel the world and experience things not possible without flight. I lined up on the runway and shoved the throttle forward. As I left the ground I realized I was the only one who could get this plane back on the ground. I began to feel the nerves set in, but then I remembered the countless hours I had spent with my instructor practicing landings and takeoffs. As I climbed upward into the sky I began to relax and be thankful for the journey. I made my left turn to line up for the next leg of the pattern. This is where I began to look outside and enjoy the amazing views that only I was getting the opportunity to experience that afternoon. As I came around the traffic pattern I began to think about my next daunting task -- the landing. Here comes the hard part, I thought to myself. I came around the final turn lining myself up with the runway, and I took a deep breath. The ground seemed to ease up towards the aircraft as I rounded out my final approach. Screech. The glorious sound greeted me as I safely returned to the runway I had just departed from. I couldn’t help smiling as I brought the plane back into its parking spot. I was greeted by my instructor and parents on the ground waiting for me with congratulatory applause. That afternoon in June I took a giant leap on a journey that I had waited years to embark on. This runway seen for years opened a world of adventures just waiting to be discovered. I then continued my training earning my private pilot's license in February of 2016. Saint Laurence Catholic School, my alma mater, helped prepare me for my journey in so many ways. I started SLCS in Pre- K 3’s with Mrs. Barto as my teacher. It was in my ECC years I began to learn about God’s love and the talents (the love of airplanes) I had been. Just ask Mrs. Dodson and Mrs. Chovantez, they will remember me always looking up at the sky yelling airplane at recess. It was then off to the big campus for my elementary years where I learned how to be a good student and that hard work pays off. Perseverance is a lifelong skill I have needed often, as I have pursued my flying dream. From a young age, I was taught to never give up. During my Middle School years, flying started to really become my reality. I just knew I was going to fly one day. I remember talking to Mr. Maklary one day about my flight simulator I had built at my house. He was so interested and listened to me ramble on and on. At SLCS, my dreams were always supported, inspired, and validated by my teachers. While I participated in many clubs and sports at SLCS, they all seemed to reinforce an important message, “With God all things are possible”. I graduated from SLCS prepared to take on any task because of the strong academic and spiritual foundation I received there. I am now a senior at Strake Jesuit where I keep busy as a member of the varsity golf team, the National Honor Society, the band, and the Key Club. In the time since earning my pilot's license, I have flown many trips ranging from lunch with friends to a weekend getaway to golf celebrating my 18th birthday. Flying is a wonderful experience I have enjoyed and shared with many friends and family members. Taking someone on a flight who has never been before brings me great joy , as I am able to share the magic of flight with them for the first time. I also enjoy seeing SLCS and Strake Jesuit from the skies. As I continue on my journey in life, I will be attending either the University of Oklahoma or Saint Louis University to study aviation and pursue my passion of becoming a Commercial Airline Pilot. I pray this article finds all alumni doing well and pursuing your dreams. We all share a very special and unique bond as graduates of SLCS. St. Laurence Catholic School and its faculty will forever be in prayers..... Happy 25th Anniversary SLCS! THE SAINTS' SCOOP

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MRS . SH A L A KIOLB A SS A How long have you taught/worked at SLCS?

This is my 15th year to teach at SLCS but it has taken me 21 years to reach that milestone. I started in 1996 as a kindergarten teacher. Five years later when I was expecting my third child, Julie, I went part time teaching at Weekday Children’s Program. Then in 2006 when Julie started kindergarten I came back to SLCS to teach first grade.

What is your favorite color? Aggie Maroon.

Do you have a favorite Scripture?

Jeremiah 29:11 – “...for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

What is your favorite memory of SLCS or of an event at SLCS?

I have so many wonderful memories it’s hard to pick just one. There are the memories from my first years here of my Emily and Frank in Saints in Training with Terri Duncan, Amanda Turner, and Leslie A. Terri and Leslie were always dressing up and entertaining the “babies”. The memories of my kinder classes with prayer services, Thanksgiving Feast, Snow Day and the huge Kinder Celebrations we used to do. I’ll never forget Virginia Hess as Gretel. My first graders and the field trips to the zoo, Mom’s Diner, and learning to read are more memories. A few year ago I was pleasantly surprised when Julia Jonas showed up as the sub for Mrs. Glaser. What a treat to have one of my former kindergartener’s work with me! Another day Chelsea Duncan subbed with me. I love seeing former students come back to work or help out at SLCS. I can’t wait for the day that I get to teach one of my former student’s child.

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I read constantly but I don’t really have a favorite book. I just read whatever is on my iPad at the time. My favorite kids' book is Julie’s Makeup Mess by Robert Munsch. I read this book right after Julie was born. If you’ve read the book and know my Julie, you’ll understand why it’s my favorite.

VIETNAMESE DOMINICAN SISTERS OF MARY IMMACULATE PROVINCE Name one thing that we wouldn’t know about you.

My first career was in retail management and buying. I was the manager of a Christian bookstore, Scripture Haven, in the College Station Mall. I also got to do the buying/displaying of their James Avery and Precious Moments Collections. When we came to Houston, I worked in the buying department of Oshman’s Sporting Goods. I did that until I started my teaching internship with HISD’s Alternative Certification Program.

Do you have any special talents?

I’ve walked four half-marathons. Cindy Burgess and I walked our first half Houston marathon in memory of Zach Grafe. Our husbands ran it along with about 20 other SLCS friends. The last one I walked was with my daughters, Emily and Julie. I would love to do a Disney half marathon one day.

Do you have any pets?

We have a sheltie named Jef. He got his name from the first letter of my children’s name – Julie, Emily, Frank. Jef is the younger half brother of SLCS alum Alyssa and Randolph Davidson’s sheltie, Lance.

Where did you attend college?

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MRS . SH A L A KIOLB A SS A What is your favorite part about teaching?

I love being able to share my faith with my students. I also love seeing that aha moment when a student gets a concept.

What would you be doing if you were not on staff at SLCS? What is your dream job? I can’t imagine not being at SLCS.

What kind of music do you listen to?

I like upbeat music. I normally listen to KSBJ but I will listen to almost anything, except rap.

What is your favorite quote and why?

I love the quote, Ms. James has on her email signature, “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” - Maya Angelou. That’s my goal as an elementary teacher to help my students form a habit of reading not just pick a book on their level.

Where is your favorite vacation spot and with who?

Disney World or Land with my family is the best. My “rule” was Julie, my youngest, had to be 5 before we would go to Disney World. We left the day Julie turned 5. Since my sister lives in California we’ve made a few trips to Disneyland. They are both magical places.

What was the first concert you attended?

Journey at the Compact Center when I was a junior in high school.

What do you do you in your free time?

I like to read and spend time with my family.

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