Saint Mary’s College Preparatory
High School Alumni Association Magazine | Summer 2010
In the spotlight St. Mary’s Celebrates 60 Years Farewell Tribute to Dr. McBride New Alumni Association Board Presidents
New Leadership Announced
Volume 4 | No 1
sections alumni association | 5 in the spotlight | 6 gaels society profile | 14 school news | 15 student profiles | 17 athletics | 18 gaels parentsâ€™ association | 28 reunions | 30 in memoriam | 34
On the Cover: Three former principals gathered with Dr. Kevin McBride, current Principal for a moment in history. They are (rear left) Br. Richard Shea, FMS, and seated Br. Roy George, FMS and Ann Seely. Photo by Ted Roeder
calendar of events
On the Web! Please visit the high school website www.stmary.ws/highschool for the athletic schedules. Alumni are invited to attend night games and BBQs in the spring and fall to reconnect and see the current teams in action!
Alumni Updates Wanted... We are currently restructuring our Gael Winds section. We would love to hear from you and publish your news and photos in the next issue of the Alumni Magnificat. Digital photos are preferred and must be hi-res (300 PPI) for quality printing. Please submit your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website for the latest updates, news, and events for the Alumni Association and Saint Maryâ€™s College Preparatory High School at www.stmaryalumni.ws or call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 516 627 4605.
Saturday, July 17, 2010 Class of 1990 | 20th Reunion 7:00 pm The Long Island Marriott Uniondale, New York Thursday, September 23, 2010 18th Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner Plandome Country Club 10:00 am Registration & Brunch 12:00 pm Shotgun Start 5:30-7:00 pm Cocktail Reception Saturday, October 9, 2010 Class of 1960 | 50th Reunion 4:00 PM Tours of St. Marys High School 5:00 PM Mass at the Church of St. Mary Celebrated by Father Bill Brisotti '60 7:00 PM Cocktails and Buffet Dinner The Roslyn Claremont Hotel 1221 Old Northern Boulevard Roslyn, New York Sunday, November 7, 2010 Alumni Memorial Mass 10:30 AM Church of Saint Mary
Editorial Editor in Chief | Kristin Lynch Graham ‘88 Creative Director | Eileen Symmons ‘86 Contributing Authors | Eileen T. McMahon, Joseph Ilnitski, Briana Lestage '10
Administration Pastor | Rev. Msgr. John J. McCann ‘57 Principal | Dr. Kevin McBride Director of Development and Alumni Relations | Kristin Lynch Graham ‘88 Director of Communications | Eileen Symmons ‘86 Saint mary’s Alumni Association Officers President | Andrew DellaRatta ‘88 Vice President | Thomas Smyth ‘86 Secretary | Janet Barth McHale ‘69 Treasurer | Robert Pennachio ‘86 Moderator | Sr. Mariette Quinn, IHM Board Robert Anastasia ‘71 Patty Hennelly Anglin ’69, Co President-Elect Alice Phillips Belmonte ‘84 Judi Annibale Betts ‘59 Thomas Clifford ‘99 Robert Dunphy ‘93 Steve Iglio ‘89 Melissa DeRosa Johnston ‘94 Gary Leli ‘00 Judy Kane Maloney ‘59 Patty McHale ‘75 Farah-Lise Rousseau ‘01 George Shaughness ‘68, Co President-Elect James F. Smyth ‘91 Jared Weir ‘02 Mary Beth Welsh ‘84 Gaels Society Chairperson | Sr. Barbara Jablonski, IHM ‘59 Chairperson | Br. John Klein, FMS ‘65 Co-Chairs Anthony Bonomo Francis J. Coughlin, Jr. ‘73 Donald Denihan ‘79 Margaret Grace Stephen Hannan ‘80 John Idol ‘76 Rev. Msgr. John J. McCann ‘57 Daniel Nolan Arthur & Caroline Monti Saladino Silvana Scotto Zangri ‘88
6 60th Anniversary Celebration
10 Farewell Tribute to Dr. McBride
12 Saint Mary's Announces New Leadership Model
18 CHSAA Lacrosse League Title Claimed
20 The Alumni
22 Basketball Championship Returns to Gaels
28 14th Annual Ladies’ Night Out
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The Gaels Society Inaugurated in 2007 as the most prestigious donor recognition society of St. Mary’s High School, the Gaels Society recognizes our most generous benefactors with cumulative lifetime giving of $25,000 or more to St. Mary’s High School. Members receive private school mailings, invitations to exclusive events, and special public recognition. The leadership of the society encourages other benefactors to join the cycle of generosity at St. Mary’s High School.
New Board Leadership Patty Hennelly Anglin ’69 and George Shaughness, MD ’68 will succeed Andrew DellaRatta ’88 as the new Co-Presidents of the Alumni Association. This is the first time that the office will be held by two individuals. The Alumni Association Board believes that the new leadership model better represents the alumni population, and will therefore better serve the more than 12,000 St. Mary’s alumni around the world. Ms. Anglin has always been a leader in the alumni community. She was involved in the inaugural Don Monti Golf Classic and has been a leader among her class. She was involved in organizing the class’ successful 40th reunion last October. She is a resident of Bayville, New York and a Diamond Weight Watchers Leader. Patty is also a Certified & Licensed Life & Wellness Coach. Dr. Shaughness became re-involved with St. Mary’s through his class’ 40th reunion in 2008. His commitment and enthusiasm for the event inspired over 125 classmates and friends to attend the event. He spent countless hours locating classmates for whom there was no known address, and surprised all the guests with scanned yearbook pictures as their nametags. He subsequently joined the Alumni Association Board, where he served as the chairperson for the school’s 60th Anniversary Event. He is a radiologist in Tampa, Florida and attends board meetings in New York. Patty and George are both passionate about St. Mary’s and committed to the future success of the Alumni Association Board’s work. During their term, they look forward to growing signature events such as the Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner, and the Hall of Fame. They also plan to devote a significant effort to the re-vitalization of a meaningful Class Agent Program. “A network of alumni within each class is a good investment of time and resources” says Dr. Shaughness. “It broadens the base of people who can encourage friends and classmates to support the Association and the School. We believe that the program will have a great return. “ Please share your thoughts and ideas with the Alumni Association on the newly created section for feedback and suggestions on www.stmarysalumni.ws.
Chairpersons Sr. Barbara Jablonski, IHM ‘59 Br. John Klein, FMS ‘65 Co-Chairpersons Anthony Bonomo John Idol ‘76 Francis J. Coughlin, Jr. ‘73 Rev. Msgr. John J. McCann ‘57 Donald Denihan ‘79 Daniel Nolan Margaret Grace Arthur and Caroline Monti Saladino Stephen Hannan ‘80 Silvana Scotto Zangri ‘88 Donors Daniel Amoruso Anthony and MaryEllen Bonomo Brooke Denihan Barrett ‘67 Thomas Burke ‘81 Daniel J. Cahill ‘80 Richard F. Chapdelaine Roger Coleman ‘78 Francis J. Coughlin, Sr. Francis J. Coughlin, Jr. ‘73 Robert E. Coughlin ‘80 Timothy Coughlin ‘76 Hank and Ann Z. DeCarlo The Family of Enriquetta DeGalle Daniel Denihan ‘61 Donald Denihan ‘79 Benjamin and Irene Denihan Laurence Denihan ‘82 John DiStefano ‘97 James A. D’Orta, MD ‘69 Maureen Denihan Ferrari ‘73
John Foerst Raymond Gentile ‘76 J. Peter and Margaret Grace Stephen Hannan ‘80 John Idol ‘76 John Iskyan Rev. Jeffrey Johnston ‘69 The Family of John Marshall Joseph and Tita Monti Richard Monti Donal Murphy ‘54 Eugene F. Murphy Daniel Nolan Lawrence Siedlick ’68 The Sauvigne Family Arthur and Caroline Monti Saladino Eugene Sullivan Mary Jane Surgala Timothy J. Welsh ‘79
The above represents a working list of donors to St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School. We apologize in advance for any inconsistencies or omissions. If you have feedback or comments, please contact Kristin Lynch Graham ’88, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at 516 627 4605 or via E-mail at email@example.com.
Dear Fellow Alumnus, The St. Mary’s High School Alumni Association completed another successful year of accomplishments critical to the success of our school. On April 14, 2010, an Alumni Mentoring Day for our student body was hosted. Mentoring our students and young Alumni has always been of great importance to me and through the efforts of Astrid Rousseau ’06, and our Alumni and Development Director Kristin Lynch Graham ’88, it was a huge success. Our Alumni who participated with their real life experiences and generous time were Kathleen Cawley ’78, James D’Orta, MD ’69, Stephen Hannan ’80, Paul Milo ’68, Peter Pace ’58, and Farah-Lise Rousseau ’01. Our students appreciated the time taken by our Alumni to meet with them. They walked away with a greater appreciation of the possibilities a St. Mary’s education can provide. In February, a small group of Alumni gathered in the Manhasset home of John ’76, HOF ’07, and Annalia ’76, Idol for an evening reception. Through the generosity of John and Annalia, Alumni had the opportunity to mingle with each other, with administrators and with members of the classes of 2010 and 2011. The students presented us with a first hand discussion and look into what is happening at St. Mary’s, what they find beneficial about a St. Mary’s education and how they are serving one another and our community. Alumni walked away with a greater sense of today’s St. Mary’s. This year, our flagship Hall of Fame and Annual Spring Alumni Reception, was replaced by a very special event. On April 22, 2010, Alumni, faculty and former faculty from across the nation descended on Plandome Country Club in honor of the 60th Anniversary of St. Mary’s. In a sense, our Hall of Fame honoree
was St. Mary’s High School and our faculty and administrators that made it possible and our Alumni who have represented us so proudly. I was pleased to see many of my former faculty, fellow Alumni from my athletic teams and other Alumni I have met through the Alumni Association. 22 former faculty came out in force with representation from the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Marist Brothers of the Schools and lay teachers. Pictures of the event are featured on pages 6-9. It was a wonderful reception that recognized the excellence of St. Mary’s and the comradery of its Alumni. On Saturday, April 24, 2010, we hosted our Annual Alumni Lacrosse game on Denihan Field. Over 40 Alumni attended representing classes from the 1970s through 2009 for a fun day of lacrosse. At the end of the day, our Alumni made a generous donation to the St. Mary’s lacrosse program. The end of the Academic year is upon us and with that we welcome into our ranks the newest class of Alumni, the Class of 2010. I congratulate them on their hard work and achievements in completing a rigorous and challenging academic program and wish them success in the next chapter of their lives. One of them is a very special Alumnus of our school. At our 60th Anniversary reception, Monsignor John McCann bestowed upon our Principal, Dr. Kevin McBride, an honorary St. Mary’s degree. This degree was in recognition of Dr. McBride’s over 33 years of dedicated teaching, mentoring and guidance to St. Mary’s. After so many years of service to St. Mary’s, Dr. McBride has made a difficult decision to leave St. Mary’s in order to spend more time with his family. His departure leaves a great void that will be difficult to fill. Though we are saddened by his departure, we are grateful to him for his many years of service and are proud to call him one of our own as a fellow Alumnus. As I complete my term as President, I would like to thank my fellow Board members for helping to support St. Mary’s and its Alumni Association. I would also like to thank all of our prior Board members over the years that have laid the ground work that we build upon year in and year out. I am pleased to announce that Dr. George P. Shaughness ’68, and Patty A. Anglin ’69,
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have been elected to serve as Co-Presidents of our Alumni Association. Both have been members of our Board in recent years. Patty has been a familiar face at our Alumni events for many years and George is so dedicated that he commutes from Florida to attend our Board meetings and events. I congratulate them on being named Co-Presidents and ask that you support them in the furtherance of our Association and School. Finally, I have greatly enjoyed serving as our President. Our Alumni giving, Alumni involvement and our Alumni interaction are at historic numbers. As a Board member, I have had the pleasure over the years of meeting Alumni from the classes of the early 1950s through 2006; many I am privileged to now call friends of mine. Conversation has varied from chatting about our days at St. Mary’s to learning about fields of occupation and how we might be able to help one another, to mentoring young Alumni by learning about them and providing them with personal recommendations for employment opportunities. It remains a great thrill to offer assistance to our fellow Alumni, principles taught to me many years ago by the Marist Brothers. As many know, the Alumni Association is a very special organization to me, which I have promoted since my high school days. I could never have dreamed how successful it would become after my early interest and how I would play a role as Board member and later as President. I remain quite humbled of being given the opportunity to give back to St. Mary’s and I hope that you will join me in continuing to do so. I extend to you my sincerest appreciation in your support of St. Mary’s and hope that you and your family have a restful and safe summer. I look forward to meeting you at our upcoming events. With best wishes,
Andrew F.J. Della Ratta ‘88
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60th Anniversary Celebration It was hard to tell what year it was when over 200 members of the St. Mary’s High School community gathered for the 60th Anniversary Celebration of the school’s founding. There were faces from all decades of the school’s history. Former faculty, administrators and coaches joined alumni for an evening of celebration and dancing with the Meade Brothers Band members, Rich ‘68 and Greg ‘71 Meade took guests down memory lane with favorite songs from high school days. Alumnus, former faculty member and coach, Jim Volkland '57 said of the evening, “It gave me a chance to talk about some great times with many former students and players. After 35 to 45 years it was simply great to see so many who formed a great part of my life. As a result of
the event some of us planned a 40th anniversary dinner for my 1970 Varsity basketball team. Again, it was great talking for hours with the players and reliving some of the good and challenging times of 40 years ago. God bless St. Mary's High School.” In his welcoming remarks, event committee chairperson, Dr. George Shaughness ‘68 commented that Monsignor Sharp, the visionary for the school in 1949, would be proud, maybe even pleasantly surprised to see the school’s growth and the success of its alumni. Monsignor McCann quickly retorted that it would have been Monsignor Sharp’s absolute expectation to see the school succeed and to see so many alumni in attendance to celebrate.
Members of St. Mary's High School Faculty and Administration past and present
The Class of 1968 won the award for the most classmates in attendance, the blue team was most represented among alumnae, and the Meade family won for most family members in attendance. Scanned yearbook pictures invited alumni to remember their St. Mary’s days. Many joked about how styles, particularly hair, had changed over the years. But, the overwhelming consensus was that one thing had remained consistent with time – the excellent education that St. Mary’s offers, the lifelong friendships that alumni enjoy, and the committed faculty members who have dedicated their lives to educating generations of St. Mary’s students. For more photos from the event, please visit www.stmaryalumni.ws
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Gabriella Morizio '81 and Eileen Dominici Aivaliotis '81
Assistant Principal Richard Krams, Alumni Association President Andrew DellaRatta '88, David McGuire '86 and Cynthia Lynch '86
Brother Roy George, FMS and Sean Collins '77 Barbara and Lee Hayes '62 Muffin Maher Sauvigne ‘75, Diana Collins ’77, Joanne DeSarno Kreps ’76 and Regina Coleman Kampa ’76
Former Faculty Member Karen Curtis, Steve Shackel '68 and Mary Breslin Shackel '68
Gene Tullio ’68, Larry Siedlick ’68, Alumni Assoc. Co President-Elect George Shaughness ’68, Jim Sweeney ’68, J. Dixon Byrne ’68 and Brian Basel ’68
Michele Ann Rennard Scarantino '92 and Mary Rennard Vaccaro '90
Former faculty members Dr. Zorka Milich, Sr. Betty Toohig, Ms. Charlotte Fraser and Sr. Joan Verner
Tom McAvey, John Yamamoto, Bruce Kramer, and Courtney Heed ’10
Current seniors Katie D’Alessandri and Cherie Ferby-Guy lead Alumni on tours of the campus Terence Meade '76, Brian Viner, Joe Meade '64 and Eugenia Kelly Viner ’80
Photos by Ted Roeder
Sr. Terry Rickard '74 and Msgr. Frank Caldwell '73
Eileen Symmons '86, Director of Communications, Dianne Szwed '86 with Linda and Bob Symmons PAR '82 and '86
Dr. Kevin McBride, High School Principal., Msgr. John J. McCann '57, Pastor received commemorative Citations from the Town of North Hempstead courtesy of Leslie Gross, Town Clerk
Kristin Lynch Graham '88, Director of Development and Alumni Relations and Regina Phillips Munster '88
The Meade Brothers Band
Eileen Hoban, Vincent Gschlecht, Director of Guidance and Tom Hoban ’76, School Board Member
Mary Mackey Gross '75, Terry Grace Sears '75, Patty McHale '75 and Tricia Shackel '75 Peggy Bice '68, Linda Solari Reily '67, Bobby Anastasia '71 and Patty Hennelly Anglin '69 Alumni Assoc. Co President -Elect Timmy Welsh ’79 and Tom Hoban ’76
Matt Margaret Flanagan Jorgensen ’78, Kathy Cawley ‘78 and Suzanne Aral Boutros ’78
Brian Kenny ’59 and Br. Alphonse Matuga, FMS
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Farewell Tribute to Dr. Kevin McBride Dr. Kevin McBride came to St. Mary’s Boys’ High School in 1977 as a biology and chemistry teacher. From there, he taught Theology and became the department chairperson while serving in the role of director of Campus Ministry. A graduate of St. John’s University, he attributes his early Catholic education and upbringing as the foundation for his success. He received his Masters’ in Biology Education from CW Post, Long Island University and continued his studies with a Masters’ in Theology followed by his Doctorate at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington.
Over the course of his 14 years, Dr. McBride has faced many challenges and joys. When asked what he will remember most of his time at St. Mary’s, he responded, “Having the opportunity to be formed further as a Christian with the mentoring of the Marist Brothers of the Schools and Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Saint Mary’s has afforded me the greatest of gifts by enabling me to serve others. It has been a privilege to work with such special people and strive to change human consciousness on a daily basis.”
of Time as part of learning tolerance, Social studies covers issues on Justice and Human Rights to teach solidarity, and Religion focuses on Action Choices that teach the Dignity of the Human Person. Dr. McBride worked so diligently on this project that he took these values to another level and had them printed on the walls in both buildings. The seven values are listed along with a description, a quote, a prayer and a question such as “How are you being called to proclaim and live the sanctity of life?” After learning of Dr. McBride’s decision to step down, many students expressed their indebtedness to him for believing in them and giving them a place to call home for four years. In a recent conversation with Briana Lastage ’10, she summed up Dr. McBride by saying “He put this school on the map.”
In 1989, he became Assistant Principal under the leadership of Brother Roy George, FMS. After serving in this capacity for seven years, he was approached by Monsignor John J. Skelly, Pastor of the Church of Saint Mary about the open Principal position. Dr. McBride fondly remembers his conversation with Msgr. Skelly regarding In Dr. McBride’s parting the opportunity, particularly words on his hopes for recalling the question of Tom DiBlasi '09 made Dr. McBride proud that he was still showing his “Why me?” Although he was St. Mary's spirit during the CHSAA Basketball Championship game this year the future of the school, he stated that, “I hope apprehensive, Msgr. Skelly that people will finally recognize what is His mission was always to create an coerced him to apply and so began Dr. so great about St. Mary’s and its student environment of tolerance, love and McBride’s 14 yearlong term as Principal. body.” He continued, “I believe that the understanding within our diverse student new form of governance will be able to population. From the start, Msgr. Skelly entrusted Dr. externalize the positive things that happen McBride with many key initiatives. His The Accreditation for Growth (AFG) Project internally on a daily basis at the school.” first major challenge was to return the was one of the key components of that boys’ and girls’ schools to their original We wish Dr. McBride the best of luck in his mission. With his vision, and the help of coeducational model. With the help of future endeavors. His legacy will certainly internal coordinators Jonathan Kramer Sr. Jeanne Drummond, IHM, Sr. Mariette leave a lasting impression on all who have and Kathleen Smith, the Gospel values Quinn, IHM and other key administrators had the pleasure to know him. are incorporated into all aspects of the the task was accomplished and Saint curriculum. For instance, math classes Mary’s College Preparatory High School include topics such as Introspection - Use was reborn.
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Nancy Alexander, President Emeritus, Gaels Parents’ Association shared her thoughts on Dr. McBride’s contributions to St. Mary’s. During one of Kevin’s characteristically inspiring speeches at a St. Mary’s faculty luncheon several years ago, a teacher leaned over to me and said, “I just don’t know what would happen if he ever left – Kevin McBride is St. Mary’s!” Well, the day she dreaded has arrived, but her fear was misplaced. After 33 years, his imprint can be felt everywhere. Not by command, but by example. Kevin has shown the members of the St. Mary’s community what it means to commit oneself to the "celebration of the uniqueness of each individual” and to the St. Mary’s High School mission of "spiritual development, academic excellence, friendship, service, responsibility and citizenship.” I came to know Kevin through the School Board and the Gaels Parents’ Association. Working with him was not just a pleasure, but a real learning experience. Kevin is a true intellectual, and his thirst for knowledge and desire to share it with others is amazing. To say that he has a strong personality is the understatement of the year. Kevin is intolerant – of injustice and unfairness. Kevin refuses to believe that there is any goal his students and faculty can’t achieve. Anyone who meets him senses instantly his deep faith and strength of character. What Kevin does not reveal so easily is his lighter side. Over the course of the last 15 years, I have gotten to know him on a personal level, and have had the pleasure of experiencing his charm, wit and willingness to laugh at himself. I am proud to have him as presence at St. Mary’s High School will be sorely missed, his legacy will certainly live on.
Photo by Ted Roeder
a friend, and know that although his physical
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Saint Mary’s Announces New Leadership Model President and Principal Named Grace M. Cavallo has been appointed as the President of Saint Mary’s College Preparatory High School and Jonathan D. Kramer has been appointed Principal. Monsignor John J. McCann, Pastor stated that “With the appointment of Grace Cavallo as President, St. Mary’s High School joins the majority of Catholic high schools in the United States with the president/principal form of governance. The President’s primary focus will be in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, public relations and the School Board whereas the Principal is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the school. The Principal is responsible to the President, and the President to the Pastor.” Grace Cavallo is bringing her long-standing reputation of excellence in education to St. Mary’s, most recently from the Diocese of Manchester, NH where she served as the Associate Superintendent of Schools. She has served as Head of School at the Bartlett School, Waltham, MA, Principal of St. Ignatius Loyola School, New York, NY and Head of School at the Old Westbury Holy Child Academy, Old Westbury, NY. When asked what her vision is for the future of the school, she expressed that her goal is “To ensure that St. Mary’s is positioned and recognized as one of the best high schools in the New York area forming young men and women with a deep faith and the skills needed to be productive and successful in today’s society, a high school that is a center of
challenging, diverse learning opportunities and a comprehensive educational program rooted in the Gospel values and Catholic teachings, fostering discipleship and Christian leadership to address the needs of the people of God.”
Grace M. Cavallo
Grace added that, “It is our charge and responsibility to engage others in this vision and to be stewards of St. Mary’s and to strengthen the financial heart of the institution through a comprehensive plan that extends to all constituents and beyond so that a St. Mary’s High School education remains accessible and affordable for future generations.” Upon her recent visits to St. Mary’s, Grace was immediately drawn to the fact that she felt the embodiment of the school’s mission through the members of the search committee and the student body. “It was obvious to me that a great love of St. Mary’s was present and people seemed
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eager to be with each other. The flow of positive energy from one end of the campus to the other was evident and felt genuine.” While she is highly aware of the St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School mission and long standing reputation in educating young men and women for over 60 years, she noted that “It was the ‘walk away’ feelings I had after touring the campus that sealed my desire to be part of the St. Mary’s administrative team.” As part of her new position, Grace Cavallo looks forward to getting to know the alumni and to celebrate their memories while at St. Mary’s. She is interested in exploring new opportunities to remain connected and to help kindle and nurture the alumni community. Her plans include establishing on-going conversations with alumni about ways to partner together in advancing Catholic education as well as to be open to new ideas to engage others in transforming the goodwill and devotion alums have for their school so as to secure a sustainable financial picture for St. Mary’s future.” Jonathan D. Kramer has served on the faculty since 1997. In 2001 he was appointed an Assistant Principal with a concentration on student scheduling and technology. Because of his effort St. Mary’s, is now well know as a continued on page 27
Saint Mary’s Students Make Alumni Proud at Reception Hosted by John and Annalia Idol Five St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School students were guest speakers recently at a reception in the home of John and Annalia Idol of Flower Hill. Hosting more than 65 alumni and community members, the Idols achieved the evening’s goal by helping to spread the word about the unique program at St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School which incorporates a value system into its academic, athletic, and service programs. At the most formative time in a young student’s life, the school’s central mission is to nurture students’ sense of service as part of an academically excellent education. As described by Olivia Evans, a St. Mary’s junior, “gospel values are part of the curriculum at St. Mary’s. Faculty encourages students to recognize their own unique gifts and ask that they use these gifts to live the Gospel values.” Olivia described how students are required to complete classroom projects related to both the class’ subject matter and to the Gospel values. Guests heard how seven Gospel values are literally on display throughout the school and are a way of life for students.
advanced placement courses, and community service hours. Senior David Piekut, captain of the school’s winning basketball team, talked about the strength of the St. Mary’s athletic program and its emphasis on teamwork and academic discipline.
Clockwise: David Piekut '10, TJ Hoban '11, Djenane Lemaire '11, Juliette de Venoge '11 and Olivia Evans '11 were presenters at the alumni reception
As the finale, Principal Dr. Kevin McBride, pointed out that the Middle States Commission independent accreditation report recently called St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School an “unknown gem” on Long Island. “This is exactly why we are here,” said Mr. Idol, “to get the word out that St. Mary’s High School has a superior and unique program which should spark the attention of alumni, the community, and prospective students.”
If you would like to hear more about St. Mary’s College Preparatory High John '76 and Annalia '76 Idol hosted the event at their home School, or ways you can help support the mission of the what we say, what we do, and with our school, please call Kristin Lynch Graham resources.” '88, Director of Development and Alumni Mr. Idol, a 1976 graduate and the CEO of Relations at 627 4605. Other students described extracurricular Michael Kors Inc. gave a rousing speech and athletic programs as well as the saying, “St. Mary’s High School is bestScholar Service Institute, the honors in-class in New York State, and it is our program that requires maintenance responsibility to support the school with of a specific grade point average, four
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James D’Orta, MD ‘69
Chairman & CEO, Consumer Health Services, Inc. Dr. D’Orta is a physician and businessman who founded Consumer Health Services, Inc. in 2006. He was the founder and CEO of several companies including a national physician service network and medical device oversight provider, LifeLink MD, which was acquired by Medtronic Inc. in 2005 as well as, MinuteClinic, which was acquired by CVS in 2005.
Humanitarian relief has played an important role in shaping Jim D’Orta’s professional life. He played a critical role in coordinating Emergency physician teams in response to the earthquakes in Mexico City, Armenia, and San Francisco. He has
Dr. D’Orta has been honored with numerous awards given by his colleagues in medicine and the community. He has received several special citations from the President of the United States and the Governors and Legislatures of Maryland and Virginia.
In addition to these business roles, Dr. D’Orta serves as a director for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Cardio Vascular Institute, and the Board of Directors of Georgetown University Hospital and the University of Maryland Foundation. He holds faculty positions in Emergency Medicine and Surgery at Georgetown, George Washington, and the University of Maryland Schools of Medicine and serves on several administrative and clinical oversight boards. In the public arena, Dr. D’Orta is a Trustee of the Board of Directors of CareFirst, BlueCross & BlueShield. He has held positions in the State of Maryland, including the State Medical Director and he has served as Chairman of the Maryland Commission on Emergency Medical Services.
as Producer for, “Best Revival of a Play”, “Journey’s End”, in 2007, and nominated, for the Tony Awards in 2008, for his productions for, “The Seafarer” and “Thurgood”.
James D’Orta, MD '69 provided medical aid to the victims of the Amtrak-Contrail disaster in Maryland and led an international medical task force to Kuwait after the first Gulf war. In the Arts, he won the Tony Award,
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On April 14, 2010, Dr. D’Orta returned to St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School, to participate on a career panel for junior and senior students in the Scholar Service Institute program. Following the panel, Dr. D’Orta toured the schools and made an important stop at his locker outside the Guidance Office. The tour concluded with a truly memorable and touching visit in Marist Hall’s Athletic Office where he was reacquainted with Br. Kenneth Robert, FMS. The Alumni Office hopes many more alumni reconnect with St. Mary’s in as meaningful way as Dr. D’Orta.
Career Panel Welcomes Back Alumni Eileen T. McMahon On Wednesday, April 14, the junior and senior members of the Scholar Service Institute and their director, Ms. Eileen T. McMahon, assembled in the Marian Room in the Parish Ministry Center to hear a panel of alumni share their wisdom and career experience. Astrid Rousseau ‘06, a member of the first class of Scholars, has been instrumental in working with the Alumni and Development Offices and their Directors, Sean Collins ‘ 77 and Kristin Lynch Graham ‘88 to create this program. Ms. Graham and Ms. Rousseau smoothly facilitated the meeting. The participants were Kathleen Cawley ‘78, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Banc America Specialist, Inc.; Stephen Hannan ‘80, an investment banker, Senior Managing Director Evercore Partners; Paul Milo ‘68, Executive Vice President, Hyperion, Inc., networking and computer systems; James D’Orta, MD ’69 Chairman and CEO of LifeLink MD; Peter Pace ‘58, a financial planner and CEO of Pace & Company; and Farah-Lise Rousseau ‘01, Criminal Defense Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County. The panelists shared stories of their college preparation and subsequent career paths. After their initial remarks, they were asked to share what they know now that they wish they had known in high school. Then the students were invited to ask questions.
The panelists offered many insights to the attentive students. Several stressed the need for hard work, networking with those in the field of interest, and making sure to visit colleges during the selection process. The panelists also recommended choosing a career that one truly loves, disciplining oneself to complete the tasks that one hates, enjoying life, and trying to avoid excessive worry. Mr. Pace, quoting Theodore Roosevelt, made it clear that one needs to persevere despite setbacks or mistakes and that these can frequently be learning experiences.
Melissa Cortes ’10 inquired about the merits of small colleges vs. large ones. Allyson Leach ’10 and Francesca Pisano ’11 had questions about discerning the right career path and deciding which courses to take in college. Dr. D’Orta advised students to be mindful of the need for minimum GPAs when preparing for certain fields like medicine. Ms. Cawley and Ms. F. Rousseau spoke to the need to speak with teachers and mentors; they may have much valuable and practical information to share. Students had great appreciation for this
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opportunity. Djenane Lemaire ‘11 found it “inspirational” and a cure for senioritis. Megan O’Neill ‘10 applauded the effort. She was pleased to meet people who were successful in careers students want to enter, and people who attended schools that students were hoping to pursue. Han Sung Ko ‘11 agreed and was delighted that there were two people from the financial area present, the very field he wishes to pursue. The College Mentoring Program at St. Mary’s currently enables students to E-mail alumni who are studying at various colleges and universities in order to network with them. It also planned this gathering for knowledgeable, experienced, and distinguished alumni to share their thoughts with our students, thus assisting our work as a college preparatory institution. Dr. Kevin McBride thanked our guests for their time, for sharing their expertise, but also for so clearly incarnating our mission to “love one another” through sharing our particular talents and gifts in whatever fields of endeavor we choose. To learn more about the College Mentoring Program, visit www.stmaryalumni.ws Eileen T. McMahon is the Director of the Scholar Service Institute and teaches English and Religion at St. Mary's.
SML-St. Mary’s Live:
An Innovative Approach to Daily Announcements Would Mr. Krams please report to the Main Office? There is a shortened schedule today. How often did you pay attention to the daily announcements while in high school? Well, you might answer differently today. When Tom Capobianco was a freshman, he immediately realized that the daily announcements needed a new angle to gain the attention of his classmates. “I found that important things were being announced, but for various reasons no one paid attention.” So, he came up with the idea of a school-run news program. He brought the idea to his fellow Student Council leaders and ultimately prepared and presented a proposal to Dr. McBride, outlining the organizational structure, benefit and approach to the new idea. The school purchased a video camera for taping, and they were off. After much debate about the program’s name, SML won with unanimous consensus. The name simply stands for Saint Mary's Live. Marc Esposito '09 came up with the idea based on the NBC Comedy show SNL (Saturday Night Live). It is a clever but contradictory name since it is not a live show. It is taped well in advance of the air date, but the term "live" refers to the live voice of the student body. The purpose of the show is to be a creative and innovative visual approach to school announcements and to highlight the talented student body. Every episode features upcoming and past school events, sports, presidential and political updates, and music and entertainment. But what makes the show most interesting is the
two student sections: Student Spotlight and Student Voice. Student Spotlight features a student, at any grade level. The chosen student is interviewed about their unique talent and how they are using it in their life. Students are asked how they first recognized their talent, and what advice they would give to other students about discovering and cultivating their own talents.
Tom Capobianco '10 The Student Voice section asks a random group of students one particular question. It is usually something about the school. For example, questions have included: "Brown bagged home lunches or cafeteria lunches. Why?" and "Did you participate in our school's blood drive. Why or why not?" The idea is to present everyone's opinion on matters of interest within the school community. The show airs once a month throughout
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the school term and at the end of the term features a Student Council election. This eliminates having to set aside a grade assembly to see the candidates in the auditorium and hear the speeches of the candidates. It also eliminates the candidates having to repeat their speeches and makes voting more efficient. Candidates don't have to make overly long speeches to keep everyone's attention. Tapings can be done all around the school and can feature the scenery of school property. Candidates also enjoy the benefit of editing takes. Four years have elapsed since Tom Capobianco launched SML. Now a graduate, he recollects, “I always knew that St. Mary's was a place in which students could come up with ideas and put them into action. It is one of the reasons why I chose St. Mary's as a high school four years ago. I found that I had plenty of ideas and wanted to make changes and be involved and St. Mary's had the spiritual, academic, social, and extracurricular aspects that I was looking for. St. Mary's was and still remains to be the high school where I belonged.” During his years at St. Mary’s, Tom was the President of the Student Council, a member of the National Honor Society, MSG Varsity program, a Senior Ambassador, and involved with Spirit Day. With long-term plans to pursue a career in international business, Tom will be attending Hofstra University where he plans to major in Business with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Italian Studies. He plans to stay involved in alumni activities.
Students to Watch
Mi Na Gong and Rashad Samuels by Eileen T. McMahon A native of Incheon in the Republic of South Korea, Mi Na Gong '10 enrolled in St. Mary’s with a love for the English language and a desire to know “real English,” more than what one can get through textbooks. Attending school in America is a challenge, which forces international students to handle many situations alone. Frequently their parents,
all to have more self-confidence, to make friends with American students, and to address questions to teachers. When asked what she would like others to know about Korean cultural values, Mi Na indicated that these include seeing learning as important, respecting the rights of others, having a community consciousness, and valuing the parent/child relationship. Mi Na currently serves as a Senior Shepherd, leading retreats, conducting prayer, and volunteering in a nursing home. What Mi Na has found through her experience is courage to visit other countries as well as face hardships. She will be attending New York University (NYU) in the Fall and plans to major in psychology. She hopes to study abroad in Florence, Italy as part of her college experience.
Mi Na Gong '10 who remain in Korea, entrust them to the care of guardians while they are in the United States. Mi Na was able to overcome hardships because of the support of her mother, Sung Hyun Shin, and her father, Han Gau Gong, who own a food importing business. “I am thankful that my parents believed in me,” Mi Na remarked, adding that she always strives to make them happy. A member of the Scholar Service Institute, Mi Na has worked with other Korean students to assist the freshmen and sophomore international students in getting acclimated to St. Mary’s. She wants
Inspired by his own pediatrician and impressed by his doctor’s relationships with patients, Rashad Samuels '10 intends to begin studies to become a pediatrician. The son of Veronica and Trevor Samuels, Rashad’s Scholar Service Institute projects have frequently been focused on his community in Cambria Heights. Revealing his compassionate nature, his first Scholars’ project was a fundraising effort for mothers and childrens' shelters which netted about $1,300. In junior and senior years, he worked with his local block association to arrange block parties in his neighborhood to build community spirit. Rashad has also donated
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a significant amount of time to his local public library which has really valued his assistance. In addition to maintaining a high average for Scholars, Rashad is involved with the National Honor Society. Through Campus Ministry, he has assisted at a soup kitchen and has gone Christmas caroling at a home for the deaf. In December, he was part of a singing quartet featured in the musical ‘Bye, ‘Bye, Birdie' which was presented by the Drama Club. He enjoys playing basketball and reading adventure stories like Lord of the Flies. He is committed to the pursuit of medicine and knows how difficult the admissions process to excellent schools can be. As he leaves St. Mary’s, Rashad is keenly aware of the importance of focusing on goals. He plans to attend Kingsborough Community College to acquire the necessary
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pre-requisite credits in science so that he can transfer into the pre-med program of his choice.
CHSAA Lacrosse League Title Claimed In an 8-5 victory over St. Dominic’s, St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School’s Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team claimed the Catholic High School Athletic Association’s (CHSAA) Class-A Title on Thursday, May 27 at Adelphi University. The team finished 19-1 overall, and was 15-0 in league play. The team has reclaimed its status in the sport after defeating teams like St. Francis Prep, Xaverian, St. Raymond’s, Stepinac and Mount St. Michael’s. Coach Matt Panetta noted that, “The boys competed hard all season long and really deserve this title. They beat a very good St. Coach Matt Panetta with brothers Sean and Jimmy McCann holding the CHSAA winnng plaque
The Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Team celebrating their victory at Adelphi University
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Dominic’s team and it is very satisfying to win the championship. This was a fitting ending to a great year.” The team also brought home several awards for their season. Sean McCann #36 won Midfielder of the Year, Jimmy McCann #4 won Defenseman of the Year and David Piekut #21 won the Regan Award, which is presented to the athlete with outstanding character. Matt Panetta was named Coach of the Year, and Pat Welsh was named Assistant Coach of the Year. Congratulations to the entire team for a great season.
Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductees St. Mary’s men’s lacrosse is no stranger to local or national lacrosse Hall of Fame inductions. Earlier this year, St. Mary’s men’s lacrosse head coach Matt Panetta was inducted to the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Matt, who is a graduate of Elmont High School and Johns Hopkins University, where he was an attackman, joins three St. Mary’s graduates who are inductees in the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame, one of whom has also been inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. David Pietramala ’85 was inducted into the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003 and then into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2004. As Head Coach of Johns Hopkins, Pietramala has guided the Blue Jays to a 106-30 record. He has also led nine trips to the NCAA Tournament, six appearances in the Final Four, the 2005 and 2007 National Championships and two other appearances in the NCAA Championship game, in 2003 and 2008. This is truly an impressive record for a man who was a standout defenseman in his college career at Hopkins and as a player at St. Mary’s.
Paul Schimoler '86, went on to play at Cornell University and was inducted into the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2004. While at Cornell, Paul was a four time All-Ivy and All-American selection and the Ivy League Rookie of the Year as a freshman. During his sophomore year,
Steve Sombrotto '86, found early success on the lacrosse field as a member of the 1985 Catholic League Champions. In his senior year, Steve earned All-League honors as well as being the Team’s Most Valuable Player. Following high school, Steve played for and then coached at CW Post College. Later, he played for the National Lacrosse League and was captain for both the New York Saints and the New Jersey Storm. Steve was one of the original members of the Steve Sombrotto '86 and Coach Matt Panetta Long Island Cornell was the Ivy League Champions Lizards, and he helped the team capture and were NCAA Division 1 runners-up the World Championship title in its in 1987 and 1988. In his final year, Paul inaugural 2001 season and then again in was named Ivy Player of the Year and was 2003. Steve was inducted to the Long selected to the North-South team. He Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2009. holds the Division 1 record for most saves in an NCAA Tournament (85, in 1988). Paul As Coach Matt Panetta continues to was inducted into the Cornell Hall of Fame expand the current St. Mary’s program, in 1999 and the Long Island Lacrosse Hall there are sure to be future Hall of Famers of Fame in 2003. Currently Paul is the head in our midst who will join the ranks of the coach for men’s lacrosse at St. Michael’s others who played before them. College in Winooski, Vermont and is the winningest coach in that program’s history.
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The Alumni Lacrosse Game #31 Remembers
It was a glorious spring day: mid 60s in temperature, sunny skies, barbeque fired up, and 30+ skilled, if slightly rusty, alumni lacrosse players. For the second annual St. Mary’s Lacrosse Reunion on Denihan Field, graduate laxers and a hoard of gawking spectators came for competition and collegiality.
from even years versus odd years and were fairly balanced age-wise. Players ranged in age from early twenties to mid, alright late, forties. Rob Coughlin '80 quickly found his midi skills were not gone. Both Rob and Tom Hone played for St. Mary’s when it won the Catholic High School Athletic Association championship in 1980. Tom
Among the players was jersey #31, Tom Hone ’82, a goalie who still has some stick. Tom's 1982 yearbook quote was, “After changes upon changes, we are more or less the same." He admits that he is equally as skilled in the cage now as he was in the early 80s – so “more or less the same.”
was also part of the team when they won the same title in 1981. Equally special about the day for Tom, was that his children had the chance to see him in action for the first time. They were completely impressed by their dad’s skill and tenacity. Tom’s son, Aidan, is a sought after lefty pitcher who at age 13 is 5’11 ½” with the skill to compliment his size. Younger daughter, DeeDee, is following in the footsteps of her dad, as a lacrosse goalie. In all, the day was a big success that would please 1980s coach Cosmo DeLillo. Tom recalls the days practicing with the high school team on the sliver of land between Bar Beach and West Shore Road. He notes, “St. Mary’s has come a long way from the wooden track and dirt field, but the spirit is the same and the friendships are still there. That’s what brings us back to this reunion each year.”
The main event was the alumni lacrosse game which had a format of four 20 minute running time quarters, although the fourth quarter was pared to 15 minutes as weary laxers ran out of steam. Nevertheless, the game was competitive and spirited. Teams were divided among graduates
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Opposite page: (top) Alumni lacrosse players gather together at the end of the game (bottom) Tom Hone '82 with his parents Jane and Frank along with his children Aidan and DeeDee Tim Welsh '79, Marty Bergin '79 and Rob Coughlin '80 honor the memory of teammate and brother Timothy J. Coughlin '76 in front of his memorial scoreboard
Basketball Championship Returns to the Gaels by Joseph Ilnitzki It was an exciting moment in St. Mary’s basketball history. The Mack Sports Complex at Hofstra University was packed with St. Mary’s fans. A group of alumni gathered in an exclusive luxury box which two generous benefactors sponsored. Everyone was there to watch the St. Mary’s Gaels take on Holy Trinity for the Catholic League Championship. Junior Charles McCann, Most Valuable Player of the Long Island Catholic League playoffs, led the Gaels Varsity Basketball Team to its first Catholic League Championship since 2005. Scoring 18 points and blocking 6 shots in a championship-clinching victory at Hofstra against Holy Trinity, McCann, the main inside presence on the team all year long, averaged 12 points per game with 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots over the course of the 2009-10 season. While leading the Gaels on the court,
academically McCann also maintained a 94.4 average as an honor student. According to the humble McCann, work ethic and team unity were key ingredients to both his and the team’s success. “I have been working and playing with some of these guys on the team for over 10 years. From AAU basketball to the weight room and basketball drills, we all know what each other is thinking, especially when it comes to the basketball court.” The Girls’ Varsity Team also had an outstanding season. Shannon Flynn capped a magnificent high school basketball career by being named to the first team All Long Island and co-player of the Year in Nassau County. The Adelphibound senior averaged 23.5 points and 6 assists per game while also excelling in the classroom, achieving a 92.3 average. Flynn said that her most memorable night of the season was January 15th, when
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the Lady Gaels defeated powerhouse Kellenberg during league play. On that same night, Flynn eclipsed the girls’ career scoring record. Noting her love for the school and the family attitude it fosters, Flynn felt that the experience of this night was heightened even further when the Boy’s Varsity Team beat Chaminade on TV. “It was just a great night all around,” she noted. When asked to reflect on the past four years, Flynn stated, “I am going to miss running with the girls during practice and being the leader of a great basketball program. Since tenth grade I was in charge of running drills during practice or helping a younger player understand the intricacies of the game; it was an honor and a gift to have those experiences.” Joseph Ilnitzki teaches English and Journalism at St. Mary's.
The Pride of Saint Mary’s Chat with Bishop William F. Murphy By Briana A. Lestage '10 To be a person of integrity one must understand that one will not always be acknowledged for one’s good deeds. It is one’s duty to know right from wrong, and when to put that knowledge into action. In time, one’s reward will come. On April 27th, 2010, lower and upper classmen alike had a little chat with Bishop Murphy and were praised for their selfless acts of decency. In attendance were members from the Scholar Service Insitute (SSI), National Honor Society, Mock Trial, Project Rebuild, Drama Club, Advanced Chorus, and Junior and Senior Shepherd representatives. “This here is the pride of St. Mary’s, Bishop
Murphy, and these are just a great group of kids who have promising futures,” explained St. Mary’s Principal Dr. Kevin McBride. Djenane Lemaire, a junior at St. Mary’s High School came as one of the junior SSI representatives and had a earnest talk with Bishop Murphy. The Bishop was very interested to hear about the SSI service projects. Lemaire’s SSI service project involved Haitian Relief. The school had donated several laptops to the Haitian refugee priests who were invited to stay at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston. As part of Lemaire’s service project, she went to the Center to help translate how to use the new laptops into Creole. Bishop
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Murphy was very impressed. He felt so inspired to hear about such good works from one student that he couldn’t help but start talking in Creole to Lemaire. “I was very shocked because not a lot of Caucasian people can speak Creole the way the Bishop did. Not only did he know my country’s language, but he also knew a lot about Haiti’s history too,” explained Djenane Lemaire. St. Mary’s is proud to have students who have developed the quality of integrity. Bishop Murphy couldn’t have been more impressed with the students duty to society and their personal achievements. Briana A. Lestage '10 served as the Special Features Editor for the High School Magnificat. She wil be attending Stonehill College in the fall.
Albany’s Role in Catholic School Issues Assemblywoman Schimel Visits Saint Mary's High School Administrators of Saint Mary’s College Preparatory High School welcomed New York State Assembly member Michelle Schimel to campus in April. Michelle Schimel (Democrat) is a New York State Assembly member for the 16th district. Before becoming assemblywoman she was North Hempstead town clerk for eight years. She was elected on March 27, 2007 in a special election with 86 percent of the vote to replace Thomas DiNapoli who became State Comptroller. Assemblywoman Schimel was re-elected to her second term in 2008 and has been recognized in Albany and her hometown of Great Neck for her passion on issues that affect New York. The Assemblywoman was invited to St. Mary’s by School Board President Marc de Venoge to present concerns and issues regarding cuts to school budgets and programs particularly related to Catholic schools. Albany is looking to cut religious and independent school Comprehensive Attendance Policy (CAP) reimbursement. These cuts will only worsen the state’s financial crisis if more and more Catholic schools close due to financial hardship. The financial responsibility will fall on public schools. Many families who have already been hurt in this economic downturn had no choice but to turn to public schools, which is a far greater cost to taxpayers. Mr. de Venoge noted that, “St. Mary’s is 97% tuition driven, and that is why the CAP is so important to us. St. Mary’s High School is on very strong financial footing with solid enrollment, but the CAP funding could be a significant amount annually to assist the students”.
fairly”. He continued by saying “Our number one priority at St. Mary’s is each and every student and their well-being. We are not only helping students, we are helping families”.
Dr. Kevin McBride, Kristin Lynch Graham '88, Sr. Mariette Quinn, IHM, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Marc de Venoge
According to Sr. Mariette Quinn, IHM, Assistant Principal for Academics, “We are assisting more families in need than ever before…we do not want to turn them away when they are already hurting due to job loss of one, and in many cases two parents. These families need us now, more than ever to help keep them together during these difficult times”. She continued by saying that “The scholarships St. Mary’s students receive for post-secondary education speak for themselves”. Last year, the Class of 2009 received close to $13 million dollars in scholarship money and included a Presidential Scholar who was accepted at Harvard University. One student alone received $1.3 million dollars in scholarship money plus five full scholarships. Dr. Kevin McBride, Principal, drove home the point that “Catholic schools are not asking for favors, but want to be treated
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After an informative discussion, Assemblywoman Schimel was extremely impressed by St. Mary’s and the role that the administration and faculty play in each of their students’ lives. She stated that, “Catholic schools are a pressure valve on public schools. Information is vital to help me make decisions in what she lobbies for in Albany”. She went on to say that, “Catholic schools need to network and reach out across the state, inviting their respective students and their families to build relationships with each of their state legislators.” When approximately $28,000 is being allocated per student in Manhasset High School, the tuition at St. Mary’s is extremely nominal for the services provided academically, socially, athletically and spiritually. If you would like to learn more about Catholic school public policy in New York State, please visit www.nyscatholic.org. Assemblywoman Schimel toured the campus and also had the opportunity to speak with students about her work and the reason for her visit. Her enthusiasm, spirit and guidance to seek resolutions were well received. St. Mary’s looks forward to Assemblywoman Schimel’s voice being heard on behalf of all Catholic schools in Albany.
Windows on Saint Mary’s Spring 2010 Highlights
Spain Trip A blizzard on departure from the United States did little to dampen the spirits of the 36 lucky juniors and seniors who spent February break touring Spain. Arriving in Barcelona, the group toured Gaudi’s unfinished Sagrada Familia Cathedral as well as his extraordinary Parc Guell. After a stop at the Olympic Complex, free time was spent on Las Ramblas, a grand boulevard lined with cafes and boutiques, or visiting the Picasso Museum. Picasso’s Guernica, revealing the violence and pain of the Spanish Civil War, was a highlight to Jamie Chew ’10 who would rate the trip “a 10 out of 10. ” The high-speed AVE train whisked the group to Madrid where they were able to feast their eyes on the world-acclaimed art at the Prado, to sample tapas for lunch at the many restaurants, and to enjoy flamenco dancing. Side trips to Segovia and Toledo were also offered. Senior Cherie Ferby-Guy ’10 was most impressed by the architecture, noting the influence of various groups like the Romans, the Moors and the Jews. She added, “The food was also incredible.” Mock Trial With the help of Assistant District Attorney Anne Donnelly and her associate, Jeremy Glicksman, St. Mary’s Mock Trial Team made it into the “Sweet Sixteen” in Nassau County. Comprised of upper- and lowerclassmen, the team is coordinated by Mrs. Kathleen Spellman. For the 2009-10 school year, the New York State Bar Association formulated a complicated criminal case regarding derivatives and securities fraud, reminiscent of the Bernie Madoff case. Students were assigned roles such as lawyers and witnesses. After having put in many hours of hard work, the students were extremely proud of
having made it so far in competition with over 100 schools. Scholar Service Insitute Updates 36 members of the Class of 2013 were inducted to the Scholar Service Institute this year. The prestigious program encourages leadership, service and academic excellence. Requirements for participation include a 95% cumulative average or higher and a 90% maintained average. This year, three Scholars were finalists in the Diocesan Respect Life Competition and were recognized at a ceremony at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School. Paola Anteri ’12 was recognized for her essay. Erica Ventura ‘12 won first prize for a lovely bookmark design of mother and child and Juliette de Venoge ‘11 was given first prize in poetry, the third time in her life she has achieved this honor. Paola was also recognized for her essay writing skills in the “Freedom to Read” competition held by the Nassau County Library Association. She received a certificate and honorable mention for her essay on, Shug by Jenny Han. Classmates Grace Park ’12 and Young Min Park ’12 received honorable mentions for their artwork on, The Great Gatsby and Night. Columbia Journalism Workshop 31 journalism students attended the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Journalism Conference on Columbia’s campus in March. Students learned from national veteran journalism teachers many practical ideas that could be implemented immediately while also providing inspiration to bring The Magnificat, St. Mary’s newspaper, to new heights.
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Departing Faculty The St. Mary’s community extends its sincere gratitude and best wishes to Mrs. Diane Papa '58 and Mrs. Kathleen Spellman as they retire from St. Mary’s. Their dedication to education and commitment to students makes St. Mary’s a unique center of learning. Diane Papa began her career at St. Mary’s in 1979, and returned again in 1995. An alumna and a devoted educator, Mrs. Papa is truly dedicated to St. Mary’s and its mission. She mentored countless students through Math Regents and is a faculty favorite among alumni. After a combined 22 years of service, she says she is looking forward to travelling, reading, and enjoying her free time.
Diane Papa '58
Kathleen Spellman began her career at St. Mary’s in 1998. Mrs. Spellman was a dedicated social studies faculty member and the department chairperson. She also served as the passionate moderator of the Mock Trial team, leading the team to new levels of success. A devoted mother and grandmother, she is looking forward to spending more time with her family and her three beautiful grandchildren.
school news continued from page 12 state-of-the-art educational institution. His new title brings him unique positioning as the first alumnus to become Principal of St. Mary’s High School. “It is interesting to have actually sat in the desks and gone through the classes, programs and experiences offered and now becoming Principal, I feel connected to the St. Mary’s memory of its storied past, the energy of its present and its hopes for the future.” Jonathan Kramer succeeds Dr. Kevin McBride, who has served St. Mary’s for 33 years, 14 of which he served as Principal. He feels that is an honor to follow Dr. McBride and sincerely expressed that “What he has meant to this institution cannot be measured. He took over at a crucial time, a shortly after the school was brought back to its co-educational model. He transformed the school, building on its long history and traditions, to become a vital institution that is organizationally sound and forwardlooking. I hope to build on the great work he has accomplished.” As a priority for the school, he would like to continue and expand St. Mary’s reputation
for excellence in education. “Last year, almost every other senior walked away with scholarship money to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country.” His immediate plans
Jonathan D. Kramer '92
include continuing this momentum and to have more students receive scholarships. “In today's economy it is more important than ever. Education, especially Catholic education, will be faced with increasing challenges – responding to the changing needs of our students and society, while
always being true to the principles of it mission.” He also feels that in today's world, St. Mary's and Catholic schools in general have never been more necessary. “Catholic schools are truly counter-cultural and provide students with opportunities seldom found elsewhere. A good Catholic school, like St. Mary’s, is transformative. It provides each individual with the opportunity to grow in his or her intellect, faith, moral sensibility, and, we hope, a commitment to others.” Jonathan commented on Grace Cavallo’s appointment as President by saying that “This is a blessing. I have seen first hand how much time Dr. McBride put into development and public relations, in addition to the many challenges in the daily operation of the school. This new model truly will allow the President and the Principal to dedicate time in the appropriate areas.” He firmly believes that “the new form of governance will help the school continue to be secure financially and will allow continued improvements in every area of school life.”
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14th Annual Ladies’ Night Out On March 11, 2010, the Gaels Parents’ Association hosted the 14th Annual Ladies’ Night Out. Seniors are selected for the coveted position of runway models, and add their own style to their runway walk. Senior, Buddy McHale had the crowd laughing with his catwalk moves. Girls modeled fashions from Closet Vibe located in Roslyn, formerly Shoe Style. The boys wore tuxedos by Victor Talbots of Greenvale, as well as the latest in eyewear from Optical Heights supplied by Dianne Szwed ‘86. Our communications partner, MSG Varsity, was on hand to video the evening. The event raised approximately $35,000 which directly benefits the academic and athletic student experience. One of the highlights of this year’s event was the increased attendance of alumnae. The event was promoted as a “new Sports Night” to encourage alumnae to attend. Marketing materials featured the famous Sports Night chant, “Yea Blue, Yea White” and Sr. Mariette Quinn, IHM and Diane Papa '58 served as honorary captains of the white and blue teams, (respectively), and were presented with the traditional captains’ blazers. Incoming parents were another welcome audience.
Even though their students will not begin until September 2010, they used the event as an early introduction to the St. Mary’s High School community. Parents from St. Mary’s Elementary School and other local elementary feeder schools seemed quite at home among their new counterparts. Parents are a critical source of leadership. Gaels Parents’ Allie Hurley, Adriana Medina, Cherie Ferby-Guy, Melissa Maske, Association President Mrs. Alice Melissa Cortes, Sara Kluth and Lauren Joyce Evans, PAR ’03, ’05, ’09, ’11 and Mrs. Jennifer Accardi, PAR ’06, 11 lead over 25 involved parents who serve on committees, lead programs and support events to communicate their confidence in the education St. Mary’s provides their children. Their work has enriched the student experience in many ways, funding critical initiatives like technology needs, and program opportunities such as journalism David Piekut, Chris McCrorie, Buddy McHale, Mike Carleo, Andy Frooks, seminars at Columbia University. Mike Gerasimou and Dennis Latos Many of these things would not be possible for students without the support of the Gaels Parents’ Association. Mark your calendars for next year’s event to be held on April 7, 2011 at Leonard’s of Great Neck.
Dianne Szwed '86, Eileen Symmons '86, Eileen Forde Rivera '85, Amy Farina Urban '94, Maggie Devaney McCarthy '94, Lauren O'Leary Towl '94, Candace Bayer Sciortino '94 and Betsy Newman Knapp '94
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If you would like to know more about how you can support the work of the Gaels Parents’ Association, E-mail gaelsparents@ aol.com
Dennis Latos ’10, Staci Gerasimou ’12 and Mike Gerasimou ‘10
Janet McHale ’69, PAR ’96, ’99, ’03 shares her raffle prize with friends
Photos compliments of Ted Roeder
Juniors: Olivia Evans, Lauren Price, Erin Bohan and Emily White
Event Chairs: Diane Mondello, PAR ’04, 07, ’11, Dore Poris, PAR ’08, Eileen Joyce, PAR ’07. ’08, ’10, Lucia Sagliocca, PAR ’11, ‘14
Susan Frooks, PAR ’07, ’10, Karen Ferby-Guy, PAR ’10, Barbara McNamara, PAR ’12, Mary Lou de Venoge, PAR ’06, ’09, ’11, ‘14
Meghan Schanter ’03, Victoria Hurley, PAR, ’03, ’05, ’10, ’13, Allie Hurley ’10 and their grandmother makes three generations in attendance
Honorary Sports Night Captains: Diane Papa '58 with Sister Mariette Quinn, IHM
Cathy Matteo, PAR ’06, ’08 receives raffle prize
Class of 1985 Reunion
Chris Striano Arella, Chris Miller and Audrey Lane Calpin
Liz Black, Annmarie Mulhern Flannery, Kris Livadas, Eileen Forde Rivera and Sue Dunlop Beck
Chris Ann Pappas and Joanne Fillipone Kuebler
Faith Ellen McEntee Whelan, Sue Healy Fisher and Karen Cusack Swingle
Eileen Fullam Gols , Grace McQuade, Deidre Pierce Maleno and Joanne Fillipone Kuebler Rob Rogers and Norma Gattulli
Don Feimer and Tracey Clancy Guarini
Class of 1985 Eileen Forde Rivera and Frank Morris did a great job organizing the Class of 1985 reunion. On a beautiful spring evening, members of the class gathered at Strathmore Vanderbilt Country Club to share memories and renew friendships. They received extra special service from club manager, Don Feimer â€™85.
Cathy Kennedy Ribando, Sue McErlean Corsello, Faith Ellen McEntee Whelan, Eileen Fullam Gols and Cathy Crook Barthel
Upcoming Reunions 20th Reunion - Class of 1990 Saturday, July 17th, 2010 7:00 pm Cocktails, Dinner and Afterparty The Long Island Marriott 101 James Doolittle Boulevard Uniondale, New York $100 per person, includes open bar
Dina Marinello Judge, Bob Wotruba, Chris Striano Arella XX,Don KateFeimer Murray and Patty McHale and
Grace McQuade, Theresa Benedetti Buhse and Deidre Pierce Maleno
50th Reunion - Class of 1960 Saturday, October 9, 2010 4:00 pm Tours of St. Maryâ€™s High School 5:00 pm Mass at the Church of St. Mary Celebrated by Father Bill Brisotti '60 7:00 pm Cocktails and Buffet Dinner The Roslyn Claremont Hotel 1221 Old Northern Boulevard Roslyn, New York $105 per person Accommodations The Roslyn Claremont Hotel A limited number of rooms are available for $179 per night. Contact 516.625.2700 to make a reservation. Rate is available through September 3, 2010. Online registration is available at www.stmaryalumni.ws
Why I Give... Marc de Venoge PAR ‘06, ‘09, ‘11, ‘14 Manhasset, New York
My financial support of St. Mary’s schools is an expression of my Catholic faith. St. Mary’s touched the most important aspects of my life: faith, family, and education. Teenagers are bombarded with damaging images and ideas on the internet, in the media, almost everywhere. To offset those negative forces and to build a child’s faith and moral backbone, parents need the option of a Catholic education. Daily exposure to the Catholic values at St. Mary’s schools has an amazingly positive effect on young people, especially teenagers. In addition to providing a top quality education, St. Mary’s builds a teenager’s sense of self-worth, integrity, and leadership potential. Today’s teenagers are tomorrow’s adults. We should all hope they learn and practice Catholic values of service to the community and others. I give because I want my charitable dollars to be used in a way that builds the faith and integrity of our teenagers so that they become our next faith-filled leaders. There is no better use than promoting St. Mary’s Elementary School and College Preparatory High School in my own community.
Tom Hoban ‘76, PAR ‘11 Port Washington, New York
St. Mary's High School is one of the few dependable constants in our uncertain world. I lost contact with St. Mary's but reconnected when my son TJ decided that he wanted a Catholic high school experience. After visiting all the usual schools he chose St. Mary's because it was close to home which would allow him to participate in campus life and after school activities. We have found that St. Mary's still provides a quality education rooted in Christian principles, a nurturing environment, and a dedicated teaching staff. My son is now entering his senior year and the experience has been great.
David Piekut '10, TJ Hoban '11 and Larry Siedlick '68
When I joined the School Board I was surprised to learn that the parish no longer subsidizes the school. This increased my need to give. I give because I see firsthand that St. Mary’s is a constant in a changing world – it continues to deliver a high quality education rooted in Christian principles in a nurturing environment with a dedicated teaching staff.
Lawrence Siedlick ‘68 Rockville Centre, New York
I came to St. Mary’s because my brother Ed (‘58), a great influence in my life, attended St. Mary’s and got a great education so I wanted to follow in his footsteps. Ed played on St. Mary’s baseball team and ironically one of his teammates, Jim Volkland, was my freshman homeroom teacher. From my days at St. Mary’s I remember that as part of our Art/Music class we had field trips to attend opera, ballet and shows in New York City. At the time I remember thinking this must be some sort of cruel punishment that happens to teenagers. I now know that it was part of a wider conspiracy to both educate me and help me become a culturally well-rounded person. My reason for supporting St. Mary’s is really pretty simple. My four years at St. Mary’s played a major role in defining who I am as a person today. It provided me the moral and ethical foundation that allowed me to succeed in both life and business. Supporting St. Mary’s provides the opportunity to do something good and to see an immediate impact. It just feels great – Thank you St. Mary’s! Join these alumni and make a gift of any size to St. Mary’s this year. (The fiscal year ends 31 August 2010). Use the enclosed envelope, make a secure online gift at www.stmaryalumni.ws or call 516-627-4605. Think about what St. Mary’s gave to you, and give something back to St. Mary’s.
Congratulations, Class of 2010 St. Mary’s continues to send well prepared students to some of the nation’s most competitive and prestigious colleges and universities. This June, 225 seniors graduated from St. Mary’s, nearly all of whom will pursue higher education. Many students received scholarship money and some were recruited for athletics. Among athletic recruits this year is Alana Calmi. Alana has been recruited by University at Albany to play on their golf team. UAlbany finished fourth at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Golf Championship, held at Celebration Golf Course this spring. Alana is the daughter of Mario Calmi a renowned professional golf
instructor at Alley Pond Golf Center. Mr. Calmi has been nominated by Golf Magazine and Golf Digest for top golf teacher awards. In addition, twin brothers, Sean and Jimmy McCann, were recruited to play for Belmont Abbey College. Belmont Abbey is a Benedictine Catholic College, 10 miles west of Charlotte, North Carolina. An NCAA Division II school which is ranked 15 this year in its division, Belmont Abbey is also the home of Dan Morrissey ’09 who played midfield for St. Mary’s. Impressively, David Piekut received an appointment and will attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Another young man has decided
to enlist in the U.S. Army. Among the schools to which St. Mary’s seniors were accepted and will attend are: Binghamton University, Boston College, Boston University, Catholic University of America, Fairfield University, Fordham University, George Washington University, James Madison University, Loyola University Maryland, Marist College, New York University, Northeastern University, Pepperdine University, Providence College, Purdue University, Rutgers, Syracuse University, Tulane University, University of Vermont, United States Naval Academy and University of Connecticut.
Class Agent Program Launched Tom Capobianco ’10 to Represent Newest Alumni Alumni participation in furthering the mission of St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School is vital. To develop alumni involvement, the St. Mary’s Alumni Association Board launched a formal Alumni Class Agent (ACA) program with the graduating Class of 2010. At a formal ceremony, graduating senior, Tom Capobianco ’10, was named the official Alumni Class Agent for the Class of 2010. Tom’s role, and the role of all future Alumni Class Agents, is simple but critical. Alumni Class Agents will: • Contact classmates by phone or E-mail regarding upcoming alumni events. • Maintain contact with the Alumni Office – sharing of information regarding class members. • Update class list: address, phone, E-mail. • Share ideas and help to plan and organize reunions, gatherings and celebrations for your class. • Serve as an ambassador for the School and act as liaison between St. Mary’s and your classmates to promote and support events and activities that benefit St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School. Tom Capobianco ’10 is the perfect fit for the role. Tom was school President of All Saints Regional Elementary in Glen Cove as an 8th grader. At St. Mary’s, he advocated for restructured leadership of the school’s student council to give representation to underclassmen whose classes are held primarily in Immaculata Hall. Tom’s proposal was accepted and he was elected to be the first underclass president in his sophomore year and was subsequently elected junior class president the following year. Not surprisingly, Tom was elected to be President of the Student Council in his senior year. He is well liked, well networked, and a real doer. In the role of Alumni Class Agent, Tom hopes to continue to keep the Class of 2010 connected with the school. He believes that alumni have a responsibility to give back to the school which, he says, did so much to develop their spiritual and academic character. “I can’t think of a better way to say thank you,” says Tom, “than to work to keep alumni connected with the school and to keep the spirit of the Class of 2010 alive.” If you would like to serve as an Alumni Class Agent for your class, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 516 627 4605 or contact Kristin Lynch Graham ’88 at email@example.com.
Alumni Memorial Mass Sunday, November 7, 2010 10:30 AM Mass Church of Saint Mary 1300 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset
All alumni and friends are invited to attend this Mass to prayerfully remember the members of the St. Mary’s high school community who have gone before us. A printed program of all known deceased alumni will be distributed at Mass. To report the passing of an alumnus, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 516 627 4605 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A reception follows in the Marian Room of the Parish Ministry Center.
The Saint Mary’s Alumni Association expresses its deepest sympathies to the families, friends, and classmates of the following deceased alumni whose deaths were reported to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations between November 1, 2009 - June 14, 2010. When possible, the time of death is listed. Henry Lo ‘07 | June 6, 2010 Stephen Conneally ‘62 Peter K. Davidson ‘71 | May 2010 Nancy Sacca Licare ‘68 | June 1995 John Potter ‘92 | December 2009 Andrew Stanco ‘78 | February 2010 Gail Malinoski Sterrett ‘69 | February 2009 Anne Tupper ‘74 Please contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at 516 627 4605 to report the passing of a St. Mary's High School alumnus. A full listing of the deceased alumni who were remembered at the Annual Alumni Memorial Mass on October 11, 2009 is now listed on the St. Mary’s alumni website (www.stmaryalumni.ws). Please plan to join us next year for this annual event to remember all of our beloved alumni who have gone home to God. Alumni who attended said it was a meaningful way to honor their loved ones at a place that played such an important part in their early lives.
did you know?
As reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, includes both elementray and secondary schools. (On average, secondary school costs are higher than elementary, but are not reported separately).
The National Catholic Education Association Report on Catholic High Schools Tuition Facts | 2009 Mean Catholic High School Tuition: $8,182 St. Mary’s: $8,275 Per pupil cost: $10,228 The mean Catholic High School tuition is approximately 80% of actual costs per pupil. At St. Mary’s, the difference between the per pupil cost and the tuition charged is obtained, primarily through alumni support and fund-raising activities.
of students nationwide request financial aid to attend Catholic Schools.
Average Catholic High School Annual Fund Information $451,831 average 2008 Annual Fund Total for Private Religious Secondary Schools 18% average 2008 Alumni Participation rate
What About St. Mary’s? $122,153 St. Mary’s 2008-09 Annual Fund as of 31 August 2009* • 431 Donors • 150 New Donors • 4% Alumni Participation
Average Public School per Pupil Cost $9,138 Based on the public school cost, Catholic schools provide $20 billion dollars a year in savings for the nation.
75% of Catholic Schools have an Endowment $3.4M: Average 2008 Endowment $45M: Highest reported 2008 Endowment $2.1M: St. Mary's Endowment
The Cycle of Generosity
*Fiscal Year: Sept 1 2008–Aug 31 2009
Who among us had not been the beneficiary of generosity from the generation before us? Our responsibility is to be generous to the next generation. It is a way of giving thanks to God for all that has been given to us. Now that you are behind the scenes, we invite you to let God work through you and support St. Mary’s students in their journey to answer Jesus’ call selflessly in all that they do.
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18th Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner Thursday, September 23, 2010 Plandome Country Club 10:00 AM | Registration & Brunch 12:00 PM | Shotgun Start 5:30 PM | Cocktail Reception and Buffet Dinner Evening also includes Live and Silent Auctions and the presentation of the Timothy J. Coughlin ‘76 Award Golf Participation Foursome $ 1,400 Golfer (Single) $ 400 Golfer (Young Alumni ‘99-‘10) $ 280 Cocktail Reception/Dinner (guests welcome) $ 100 Cocktail Reception/Dinner (Young Alumni ‘99-‘10) $ 80 Tee Signs $ 250 For more information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 516 627 4605