Academy of the Holy Names
GROWING AT ACADEMY SUMMER 2015
PRESIDENT Arthur Raimo [email protected]
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER John Donohoe [email protected]
DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT Debbie Gavalas [email protected]
DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS Patty P. Bohannan (A’77) pbohan[email protected]
SNJM CORE VALUES OUR MISSION The Academy of the Holy Names is an independent, Catholic, coeducational elementary school and a college preparatory high school for young women, sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Our mission is to develop the spiritual, academic, personal and physical growth of each student within an atmosphere of care and concern, while providing quality educational opportunities for students of diverse ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds, and encouraging each student to realize his/ her full potential as an intelligent and culturally, spiritually and socially aware individual.
FULL DEVELOPMENT OF THE HUMAN PERSON EDUCATION IN THE FAITH HOSPITALITY DEDICATION TO WOMEN & CHILDREN DEDICATION TO JUSTICE SERVICE TO PEOPLE WHO ARE POOR OR MARGINALIZED COMMITMENT TO LIBERATING ACTION LOVE FOR THE NAMES OF JESUS & MARY
2015-2016 ALUMNI BOARD
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Melissa Porter Giunta (A’95) President
Angela Lubrano Pottinger (A’85) President-Elect
Lance Zingale Chair
Jennifer Griffin Bush (A’00) Treasurer
Nina McGucken Alvarez (A’01) Vice Chair
Mary Quigley Brooker (A’88) Secretary/Historian
Raymond E. Ifert Treasurer
Ashley Arenas (A’02) Parliamentarian
Greta Dupuy (A’97) Secretary
Andrea Martino Accardi (A’93)
Sister Maria Faina, SNJM At-Large
Liana Baldor Schezy Barbas Sister Elizabeth Crean, SNJM
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS Emily Wise [email protected]
CREDITS DESIGN: Allen Harris Design St. Petersburg, Florida PHOTOS: Echoes Staff Joe Photo Studio Artistry Emily Wise Zero1 Photography
Aline Agliano (A’80) Angie Garcia Ammon (A’76) Donna Caruso Baccarella (S’60)
DIRECTOR OF ANNUAL FUND AND SPECIAL EVENTS JoAnne Linkner [email protected]
Maria Esparza (A’87) Katherine Fuller (A’07) Kim Valenti Grandoff (A’77) Erin Rouse Krukar (A’99) Angela Spicola Morgan (A’67)
Sister Carmella DeCosty, SNJM
Maureen O'Brien (A’84)
Mimi Yambor Obeck (A’83)
Stephanie Smith Leuthauser (A’00)
Sister Mary Patricia Plumb (A’55)
Beth Quigley Reid (A’77)
Arthur Raimo, President (ex-officio)
Jodi Rivera (A’85) Candice Reda Rodriguez (A’01)
Therese Cullen Seal (A’60)
Alicia Beitia Smith (A’97)
Raulniña Uzzle-Harris (A’82)
Tara Johnson Thompson (A’80)
Elena Beitia Vance (A’94) Kristine Alvarez Wilson (A’93)
AHN welcomes qualified students without regard to race, religion or ethnic origin. Accord is published twice a year by the Academy of the Holy Names. 3319 Bayshore Boulevard Tampa, Florida 33629 (813) 839-5371 phone (813) 839-1486 fax www.holynamestpa.org The editor of Accord invites submissions and opinions. Please address news and information to the Advancement Office. STANDARD OF ACCURACY The Academy of the Holy Names is committed to providing the most accurate and up-to-date information in all its publications. However, as with any human undertaking, unintentional errors may appear. Please contact the Academy of the Holy Names at (813) 839-5371 in the event that there are any factual errors. The Academy will correct these errors in the next publication. We truly appreciate the interests and concerns of our readership and welcome any assistance toward achieving our goal.
Holy Names Heritage Center
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Sowing the Seeds of Change
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For many years, my family and I vacationed at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My wife, Maureen,
Sinek claims understanding the WHY is what set the Wright brothers apart. The genius of great leaders
had vacationed there since she was a child, so it was only natural that we would take our children there
and great organizations is that they are good at seeing what most people cannot. They are good at
as well. Although it has become quite a bit more popular and populated in recent years, it still retains
giving us things for which we would never think to ask. As Henry Ford said, “If I had asked people what
much of the charm it had when I first visited there 38 years ago.
they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.”
The main attraction is, of course, the wonderful Atlantic beaches that stretch for miles, but an important
So what is the implication of all this for the Academy? What is the Academy’s WHY? We are an
part of the area’s allure concerns several visits in the early 20th century made by two young bicycle
excellent school that provides boys and girls in the elementary school and young women in the high
makers from Dayton, Ohio—Wilbur and Orville Wright. On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers
school a top-flight education. That’s WHAT we do, but many schools can make the same claim. What
took flight for the first time from Kill Devil Hill in the town of Kitty Hawk. The site, which I have visited
sets the Academy apart is the vision that created and still permeates this school—the vision of the
numerous times, is about a half-mile from the cottage in which we vacationed for many years. As a
Sisters of the Holy Names. The Academy’s vision is the public statement of the Sisters’ intent, “to
result, I have long been fascinated by the Wright brothers’ story.
challenge its graduates to be globally aware, lifelong learners who will serve others with integrity and compassion as stewards of the mission of the Sisters of the Holy Names.” That is why the Academy
That interest peaked recently by the publication of historian David McCullough’s new biography, “The
exists. Our mission statement—to develop the spiritual, academic, personal and physical growth
Wright Brothers.” The story is one of true genius. The Wrights had no formal education beyond high
of each student in an atmosphere of care and concern—is a description of the route, our guiding
school, nor did any of the people working with them. Yet, they were able to accomplish what other well-
principles. It is a description of HOW we put our WHY into practice. For like the Wright brothers, the
funded, highly educated groups were not—to fly a mechanically powered, heavier-than-air machine
Sisters also had a dream.
and land it safely, not once but multiple times. They knew WHY it was important to build their schools. They believed if they could figure out
ARTHUR RAIMO President
For years, historians, aeronautical engineers and aviation buffs have researched and debated why the
how to offer a rigorous, comprehensive and well-rounded Catholic education to generations
Wrights were successful where so many others failed. There are a variety of reasons for this, but I
of students, they could change the world. They imagined the benefits to everyone if they
recently read a wonderful book called “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek that provides us with what I
think is a spot-on reason for their success. The task for all of us working at the Academy today is to understand and keep the Sisters’ WHY firmlyy According to Sinek, the Wrights enjoyed none of the advantages of some of their competition. There
ngg a pro rogr gres essi sive ve,, 21 21st st century cen entu tury ry within our sight. We endeavor to fulfill the Sisters’ vision by offering progressive,
were no government grants and no high-level connections. They funded their work through the
education in a caring environment to o all alll our u students. stu udents. s To provide prov o ide them theem the th the wherewithal whe here rewi with thal al ttoo embrace embr em brac acee the the
proceeds of their bicycle shop. They were not that much different from all the others trying to build a
ese cchallenging hallenging g ttimes—to im imes mes es—t —too en —t nab ble them to change cha hang ngee the the world. worl wo rld. d. vision and live the mission in the these enable
flying machine, but they had something special—they had a dream. Sincerely, They knew WHY it was important to build this thing. They believed that if they could figure out this flying machine, it could change the world. They imagined the benefits to everyone else if they were successful.
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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HOLY NAMES MEMORY? Your Past • Their Futuree • Our Hisstory
Close your eyes and think about it. Now, think about future generations not sharing that feeling. Help us preserve the legacy— your past, their future, our history.
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For this reason, in conjunction with the creation of the Academy’s facilities master plan, Holy Names alumni, Sisters and Academy administrators have come together in the hope of building a special place to preserve and celebrate the legacy of the Sisters of the Holy Names: the Holy Names Heritage Center.
Plan Key 1. 2. 3. 4.
Holy Names Heritage Center
Stained Glass Doorway to Chapel
Display Rooms (2 available, 2 reserved)
Stained Glass Windows (7 available, 1 res.)
Display Alcoves in Rooms (3 available, 1 res.)
Extend portico as a covered pergola, perhaps a translucent roof cover to allow for borrowed light into the Heritage Center.
5. Built-in bench seat (cove space) 6. Widen doorway, install glass partition door.
For some people, a favorite memory of time at the Academy or Sacred Heart is a Sister standing at the blackboard—or SMART Board—teaching her latest lesson; for others, it may be sneaking to the third ﬂoor to get a glimpse of the Sisters’ living quarters. No matter the memory, there is certainly a Sister of the Holy Names at the heart of it along with the love and support each Sister has provided to so many throughout the years.
OUR GOAL IS $1 MILLION AND YOUR SUPPORT. The Sisters of the Holy Names have devoted their lives to educating boys and girls and to helping the poor and the marginalized. WE MUST PRESERVE THEIR HISTORY AND LEGACY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO ENJOY. Remaining naming opportunities begin at $10,000, however no gift is too small. Visit holynamestpa.org/ascending/initiatives for additional information, a video on the project or to give online. Patty Bohannan (A’77), director of alumni relations, is available to answer questions. Contact her via email at [email protected]
or phone at (813) 839-5371.
In a museum-quality setting, the Holy Names Heritage Center will serve as a permanent space that articulates the stories of the Sisters, the school and the relationships within the community. It will also be a place that celebrates and informs the present and the future as the Academy’s history continues to be written. Located at the entrance to the Chapel of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, the center will strengthen Holy Names connections for generations to come.
rs For more than 100 years, the Sisters n of the Holy Names have left an indelible mark on the students d educated at the Academy and on those that have been the beneﬁciaries of their ongoing service within the Tampa Bay community. The Holy Names Heritage Center is designed to stand as a celebration of the rich history of the Sisters of the Holy Names and to recognize the enormous contributions that they have made within the school and beyond its doors. The center will also serve to further the Academy’s mission to provide enriching spiritual opportunities that support the SNJM mission and charism. It is hard to imagine a time there may not be a Sister waiting to greet students in the halls, cheering on athletes at their games or clapping the loudest at a ﬁne arts performance—their presence is a certainty at school events. The Holy Names Heritage Center is a tiny way to give back to the Sisters who have devoted their lives to so many, and it is now the Holy Names community’s turn to do something to honor them.
MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Holy Names Heritage Center is to preserve, interpret, communicate and promote the signiﬁcant stories, historical development and social impact of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary of Tampa, Fla. The center will serve as a permanent space that not only articulates the stories of the Sisters, the school and the relationships within the community but also a place that celebrates and informs the present and the future as our history continues to be written.
Feature STORY In studying both the TPACK and SAMR models, Academy is solidifying the reasoning behind using two devices—that using both a MacBook and iPad is not adding technology for the sake of using technology. TPACK—Technology, Pedagogy and Content Knowledge—shows how the three knowledge domains intersect to most effectively teach and engage students with technology. The model looks at what teachers know, how they teach and how technology can be used to better impact student learning; however it says technology is part of great teaching, not the whole. With the SAMR model, also called Bloom’s Taxonomy for educators, the Academy is striving to move past the world of Substitution and Augmentation via technology (where technology is an enhancement) to Modification and Redefinition (where technology is a transformation tool). Elementary School Principal Bridgid Fishman notes, “We are working with teachers to teach above the line, though we still go back and forth in the continuum. The 2:1 program helps us reach the transformation level and the true global connection.” Ultimately, SAMR can help evaluate the use of technology and design tasks that target higher-order thinking skills, engage students in rich learning experiences and impact student achievement.
ACADEMY FOCUSES ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AHEAD OF 2:1 PROGRAM This fall, the Academy will launch its 2:1 Apple program in which each student in grades 5-12 will have an iPad and 11-inch MacBook Air. In addition, all faculty members from pre-K through 12th grade were issued MacBook Airs in the spring to use in conjunction with their iPads. After three years of a 1:1 iPad program, the school decided it needed to add a second device to further enhance student learning. In anticipation of going 2:1, all faculty and staff underwent intensive training during their professional learning community time (PLCs take place each Wednesday morning before school starts) from April to June. Training was broken down to three initiatives: learning both the TPACK and SAMR education technology integration models, attending Academy Tech Camp and attending Apple training with Apple representatives. Both the TPACK and SAMR models provide a supportive planning platform for teachers at all grade levels using a variety of technology tools.
For Academy Tech Camp, teachers had the opportunity for personalized professional development. With the understanding that technology is not one-size-fits-all, teachers selected the camps they wished to attend to bring new ideas back to the classroom. Sessions included Discover Your MacBook, Google Drive, Google Apps for Education, Lights! Camera! iMovie!, using social media as a teacher or in the classroom, infographics, and flipped learning. Teachers taught their peers, with all of the sessions containing life skills students will use at the Academy, in higher education and beyond.
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As a close to their technology training, faculty and staff spent a full day with certified Apple trainers, learning the ins and outs of their MacBooks. Sessions were broken down to three levels— beginner, intermediate and advanced—and included Authoring Dynamic Documents with Pages, Becoming a Power User for Learning and Teaching through the Yosemite Operating System, and Creating Compelling Presentations with Keynote. Through this training, teachers learned how to be more creative in their lessons as well as how to better collaborate with their students. Always following the standards of Blessed Marie Rose, the Academy is doing its best to meet the needs of the times for its students. In completing the technology professional development, faculty and staff are prepared to launch the 2:1 program in August.
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SOWING THE SEEDS OF CHANGE The garden that 5th-grade students constructed this year may look like a few planter boxes with herbs, fruits and vegetables, but it represents far more to the students involved in its inception. Before the tools, seeds and plants arrived on campus, there was extensive research, student-produced videos to highlight the hunger plight in America, and even a presentation to school president Art Raimo. In true Academy fashion, the 5th-graders are living out the school motto “Esse Quam Videri,” or “To be, rather than to seem,” and taking action with the global issues of sustainability, access to healthy food and food insecurity. After receiving approval from school administration, the class was given permission to build its garden with funding from 2014 Cut for a Cure proceeds. Under the guidance of 5th-grade teacher Erin Lee, the students plotted their garden. Eight large planter boxes are currently on site, with plans to construct an outdoor classroom with tables and chairs. While the 5th-grade students, now rising 6thgraders, will be responsible for maintaining the garden, the space is open for use by any Academy class. Not only do students hope to produce enough food to donate to local shelters or incorporate into SAGE Dining’s meals but they hope to pay it forward and build gardens around town at local shelters or Faith Children’s Home. There is even talk of building one during the Dominican Republic mission trip. Student Logan Kant said of the garden, “Really, it’s meant to provide food, but a bigger benefit is that it gives people hope and inspiration to do more.”
Kant is taking it upon himself to do more. He built a garden at his house, and he has extensively researched hydroponics, aquaponics and aeroponics gardening techniques, which he hopes to see at the Academy garden. With outdoor space in high demand at the school, aeroponics would allow students to easily grow hundreds of plants at a time. From an educational standpoint, the garden is an excellent project to meet Next Generation Science Standards. Investigating global issues, such as hunger, and taking action to solve them is the gold standard in project-based learning1, which is what this garden is all about. There will also be an emphasis on cross-curricular learning. The outdoor classroom will provide experiment space, a religion class will focus on students as stewards of God, social studies will emphasize social justice issues and Spanish classes will discuss food in different countries from a cultural standpoint as well as food insecurity in developing countries. Laura Caroline Jung, who was drawn to the community aspect of the garden and kids being change agents, summed up the garden perhaps the best by saying, “I would really love it if the garden would be a symbol of the Academy and bring the Academy forward.” 1
Really, it’s meant to provide food, but a bigger beneﬁt is that it gives people hope and inspiration to do more. - Logan Kant, student
GOING FOR GOLD
For 12 years, Academy student Maggie Marquart (A’16) has been a Girl Scout, and in June she joined the fewer than 6 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide who received the Gold Award. The prestigious award, which represents the highest honor in scouting, is given to high school girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable projects. The past year, Marquart spent more than 80 hours planning and implementing the Spirit, Mind and Body Library at the New Tampa Family YMCA. A member of the Y’s Leaders’ Club since 8th grade, Marquart noticed that children attending after-school programs and summer camps at the facility did not have access to books. In an effort to promote literacy, she starting collecting books and other donations to convert a seldom-used room at the Y to the library. “I had hoped by [having] easy access to the books, that the children at the YMCA would become more interested in reading,” Marquart wrote in her Gold Award application. “The children who come to the YMCA now benefit from having fun reading easily available to them.” With advocacy being a large portion of her project, Marquart reached out to numerous peer groups, including friends, classmates and neighbors, to request donations and explain the importance of literacy. Her efforts yielded more than 200 books, comfortable chairs, shelves and carpet squares. “By making my library, I think I instilled more of an interest in reading in the children who participate in these programs. At my library, they are able to read for fun, not for schoolwork,” she said.
Though she has faced some challenges in keeping her library organized, Marquart is pleased knowing her space is getting much use. Her success was evident when she happened upon a young boy in the library, preparing to read a large stack of books. She hopes many others in the future develop the same love of reading, one that for her started with the Harry Potter series. According to Marquart, “the more children enjoy reading, the more their interests are stimulated, encouraging them to read a variety of books, which will expand their horizons and open doors for new knowledge.” Monica Mirza, executive director at New Tampa Family YMCA, said of the space, “This reading library project was a perfect fit for our Y. The reading library helps nourish the minds of children and helps set them on a path for future learning and success. The library helps create a focus on reading and encourages more opportunities for children in our community.” In addition to her participation in Girl Scouts, Marquart is involved at the Academy as a member of the diving team and Ambassadors, the president of Reader’s Advisory club, a cast member in “Hairspray,” and she participated in the Heart of Tampa and Scranton mission trips, among other activities. She is confident that her success in obtaining the Gold Award will lead her to bigger projects that impact both her community and the world.
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ACADEMY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL JOINS MAKER MOVEMENT Twenty-first century learning is all about the four C’s: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. Though our educators implement the four C’s every day in the classroom, a new maker space for pre-K to 4th-grade students has allowed teachers to expand their lessons. Located in the Media Center and converted from a former office space, the Maker Lab has become a place where students can work together to create something new while infusing principles of engineering, invention, self-directed learning and more. In addition to the four C’s, the use of technology is another demand of 21st century education. However, the Maker Lab aims to develop a different, but equally important, set of skills. Elementary instructional technology specialist Erica Oakhill explains, “The Maker Lab is not about technology. It’s about the kids making and creating. I think it’s wonderful we have the 3-D printer, and if the technology supports the project, then great, but the Maker Lab is meant to be a place where kids get to tinker, discover and figure things out on their own.” Both Oakhill and elementary school curriculum specialist Dr. Tricia Dieck attended a workshop about the new Maker Movement at the Florida Education Technology Conference and brought back ideas to make the most of the space. The 3rd-grade students spent several sessions in the Maker Lab during their invention unit. Students began the process in the classroom by pairing up and brainstorming games one would find at a carnival. After planning and communicating ideas with their partners, students chose one carnival game to create using cardboard and other recyclable items. The Maker Lab was the perfect space to explore ideas, construct their carnival games and evaluate other groups’ games, offering feedback and advice on ways to improve the final products.
Parents, 2nd-grade students, Mrs. Fishman and President Raimo enjoyed putting the games to the test at the Creative Cardboard Carnival. The 3rd-graders had a blast explaining the rules and watching others enjoy their games after spending hours creating them in the Maker Lab. They certainly took pride in their projects, and their hard work showed. The 4th-grade students also worked in the Maker Lab during a wrap-up of their electricity unit. They used a Makey Makey Invention Kit to experiment and learn the fundamentals of electrical conductivity and circuits. Even high school geometry students used the space and the 3-D MakerBot printer to enhance their learning of space figures, surface area and volume through hands-on applications. With a few Maker Lab projects under their belts, Oakhill, Dieck and the elementary school teachers are excited to get more use out of the space in the coming school year. While content knowledge will continue to be taught in the classroom, each lower grade level hopes to work in the space as an extension of learning. Many students tend to learn best by doing, and where better “to do” than in a Maker Lab?
Dieck worked with the students throughout the project and notes, “Their creativity and problem-solving [skills] blew me away. They had these amazing ideas and had to bring them to reality from a drawing on paper. The project was open-ended and the students had a lot of control over it. They were so excited and so proud about the work they did, and all the games worked!”
To see a video of Academy students working in the Maker Lab, visit holynamestpa.org/alumni/accord-extras.
To view a video of our graduates announcing their college choices, visit holynamestpa.org/alumni/accord-extras.
On Thursday, May 21, the Academy of the Holy Names celebrated the graduation of 99 young women from the Class of 2015.
Together, the class was accepted into 120 colleges and universities, offered $13 million in scholarships, served more than 27,150 community service hours, had 68 who graduated With Honors, had 42 members in National Honor Society and had eight who are continuing their athletic careers in college. All 99 girls are college bound. In addition, they gifted the school with a $71,430 endowed scholarship. Commencement addresses from valedictorian Madeline Babin and salutatorian Gillian Earl reflected on the girls’ future journeys. Earl quoted Pope Francis, telling her peers, “‘Have courage. Go forward. Make Noise.’ I hope we all find our own way to make noise in the world, purely of faith and love. May our noise be filled with the values and appreciation that we learned at Academy.” Babin reflected on lessons learned, saying, “Success necessitates failure because if you are not failing, you are not succeeding; you are not perfect; you are playing it safe. This unique message taught at the Academy is what encourages each of us to go out into the world and strive to do the best that we possibly can.”
Denni Abrahan Hayley Allmand Rachel Anderson Madeline Babin Cristina Baldor Bailey Boesch Ashlyn Bradshaw Margaret Brekka Konner Brewer Olivia Brink Lauren Calka Claire Cardillo Christina Castellana Sarah Castillo Tatanisha Chatman Gabriela Cianfrocca Julia Cogdill Sydney Coleman Jourdan Collins Cecily Curtis Regine Dais Cara Dawson Annamaria DeGuzman Olivia Diaz Colleen Doherty Colleen Driscoll Gillian Earl Alexis Ercia Paola Farah Elizabeth Farley Courtney Farrior Bailey Ferrer Trysten Flechas Alison Foley Camila Garcia-Molina Taylor Gee Olivia Gessner Isabella Gonzalez Sofía Gonzalez Sophia Guerra Chaveli Guzman Alexandra Heidenreich Haley Heidenreich Madison Hershiser Anne Marie Houston Kathleen Huete Olivia Joseph Jessica Jurado Caroline Kimbler Carly King
University of Central Florida Southern Methodist University Stetson University Boston College University of Mississippi University of Notre Dame Mercer University Fairfield University Stanford University Florida State University University of Florida University of Florida Florida State University University of Notre Dame Hillsborough Community College Florida Gulf Coast University Florida State University Gulf Coast State College University of South Florida Elon University University of South Florida Florida State University University of Florida Florida State University University of Virginia University of Vermont New York University University of Florida Florida Southern College Villanova University Vanderbilt University The University of Tampa University of South Florida University of South Carolina University of South Florida Florida Gulf Coast University Loyola University Chicago Florida State University Vanderbilt University University of Florida University of South Florida University of Missouri Columbia University of Missouri Columbia American University Pennsylvania State University Spring Hill College Auburn University Florida State University Florida State University University of Florida
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Florida State University United States Naval Academy University of Florida University of North Florida Marist College New York University Auburn University Florida State University New York University University of Central Florida University of Florida Loyola University Chicago Wake Forest University Florida Atlantic University Tallahassee Community College College of the Holy Cross Belmont University Florida State University University of Florida University of Florida Florida Atlantic University Auburn University University of Oregon University of Central Florida Carson-Newman University Bowdoin College Florida Atlantic University The University of Tampa Florida Gulf Coast University Belmont University Florida Gulf Coast University Florida State University University of Portland Stetson University Stetson University The University of Tampa Florida Gulf Coast University Auburn University University of South Florida University of Central Florida Florida State University Florida State University The George Washington University University of Louisville Savannah College of Art and Design Washington University in St. Louis The University of Georgia Auburn University University of Florida
Conragtulations, Graduates! Jason Accardi Jr. John Accardi Jr. Christian Ancona Chloe Boos Brooke Breeze Danielle Brennan Grace Buckhorn Charlotte Carl Tyler Carreja Nash Chillura Sean Clare Sydney Crosby Zachary Cuva Megan DeVaney Greta Dieck Brendan Driscoll Tammy Duong Jackson Fanaro Molly Fleming Jared Folkman Audrey Gabbard Brielle Gentile Christopher Gold Caton Gonzalez Tucker Gray Amanda Greenway Lauren Harris Kameron Henry Helen Huff Analiese Jones Andrew Jung Ella Jurusz
Hira Khan Jasmine Krempel-Weaver Chloe Kruszewski Ryan Lee Kegan Lovell Jaclyn McCauley Michael McClelland Nicholas Muir Samuel Nation Caitlin Neal Alexis Ortega Andrew “Ty” Pepe Nina Perez Harrisen Pike Sophia Ragano Myah Rhines Hannah Rodriguez Katherine Rodriguez Venus Sandoval Megan Scanlan William Schifino III Paul Schnell Travis Short Nya Stanechewski Connor Strady Reece Tappan Madison Troy Ethan Valdez Camryn Vogler Victoria Wehling Summer Wolf
VALEDICTORIAN Nicholas Muir SALUTATORIAN Greta Dieck
EIGHTH-GRADE GRADUATION The class shared extraordinary leadership skills with peers and embodied the school motto, “Esse Quam Videri.”
DADS CLUB SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD Lauren Harris and Reece Tappan MOTHERS ASSOCIATION AWARD Caitlin Neal and Christopher Gold
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AHN CAN’T STOP THE BEAT February 27-28, more than 1,100 people filled the Brady Center during three showings of the High School Fine Arts Department production of “Hairspray.” The whole process, however, began seven months prior, when 130 Academy and Jesuit students in grades 9-12 auditioned during a four-day period. After callbacks, 84 singers, dancers, actors and stagehands were cast in the production and immediately began weekly Sunday practices. Many students didn’t anticipate such an intensive preparation process, but it was something from which they learned and enjoyed! Elizabeth Dolan (A’17), who was cast as Penny Pingleton, spoke highly of the Hairspray experience, “I loved getting into the character. Penny is the complete opposite of how I am, so it was fun to become someone new. I also loved being able to make the audience laugh. It was a great experience and taught me how to be more confident in my abilities.” High school performing arts teacher Vivian Kimbler was pleased with the performances and thought each one improved as the students became more comfortable, since most students had not been involved in a production of this magnitude before. Kimbler was impressed with their can-do attitudes, respectful behavior and interest in the play.
Students loved getting to know Kimbler and working with her during her first year as the high school performing arts instructor. Alejandra Pazzi (A’17) played Tracy Turnblad and said she and the other students responded well to Kimbler’s positive energy. “You could tell that she really cared about you and tried to make you look good. If something wasn’t working out, she’d tell you to change it, but it was only because she wanted everyone in the play to be the best they could be.” Kimbler has already chosen “Bye Bye Birdie” as the production for spring 2016, and made a personal goal to have 100 percent participation from the senior class. Though next year’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie” will remain in the Brady Center, Kimbler is already looking forward to the completion of AHN’s Center for the Arts, scheduled for spring 2017. She expressed the importance for the Fine Arts Department to have a venue to call its own. “There’s a special presence that comes with a beautiful center—the pride these kids will feel, that it’s true theater. There’s a new movement here, culturally. The arts are important and we have to start showing a track for our students. If I can get these kids interested at the freshman and sophomore level, then I’ve done my job.”
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GUYS AND DOLLS In March, 7th- and 8th-grade drama classes treated their audience to a fun-filled rendition of Tony Award winning “Guys and Dolls.” Teacher Kelly Hoffman used the year to introduce her students to classic American musical theatre, both to sharpen their singing and acting skills and to instill in them a sense of appreciation for the repertoire.
Visiting Artist SOFIA SANCHEZ (A’08)
Sanchez’s address to the audience included very insightful and honest advice about her journey to get where she is today. If there was one thing she could share with every Academy student who was not at her presentation, it would be, “follow your own voice, because ultimately, you’re the only person you are accountable for.” One of Sanchez’s favorite Academy memories was a sleepover at her house, when her entire AP Studio class stayed up all night doing figuring drawing and spending time outside of school creating closer friendships.
The class presented students the opportunity to experience theatre as a professional actor would; with this foundation, students will be better equipped to act or participate behind the scenes in high school drama performances. “Their work ethic was incredible,” Hoffman said. “They came prepared every day. They were willing to do whatever it took to make the show the best that it could be.”
Every year, Academy invites a Visiting Artist—an alumnus—to speak to students and faculty about a career in the Arts and how he or she has accomplished this dream so far. The 11th annual Visiting Artist was Sofia Sanchez (A’08). Sanchez held an informational session to talk about her career at Contemporary Art Space and Studio (CASS) on February 19. She has been pursuing her talents for the past seven years in painting, production and graphic design. Sanchez has a bachelor’s degree in studio art, film studies and museum studies from Smith College. She is currently finishing her master’s degree in communications and media arts at Wayne State University. She is very involved with her work and the many different aspects of her career. Sanchez is the host of “MetroArts-Detroit,” a PBS entertainment show, and she is the designer of a handbag line called Popinjay. She has also worked in various production roles, including a national commercial for Quicken Loans Inc. and a music video for hip-hop artist Klarifeye.
The class spent the first semester learning about monologues, scene work and song. Prior to Christmas break, they auditioned for roles in the musical. Following the break, it was full steam ahead, with the students rehearsing during class, after school and even on Sundays. The students’ hard work showed in both their daytime and evening performances. The evening show was a highlight for the actors as they had the opportunity to grow from their first performance. “They felt the magic of the stage at nighttime,” Hoffman said.
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article by Jourdan Collins (A’15)
Sanchez spent most of her time in the art room, where she and her friends inspired each other with their artwork. However, she did not consider herself an artist. Her story was refreshing to Jessica Jurado (A’15), an AP Studio Art student at Academy, because it allowed her to see that art is subjective, and there is no “wrong” way to do it. It is a personal interpretation, and it has no limitations.
Sr. Lisa Perkowski, IHM, with Sofia Sanchez (A’08).
Although reaching your dreams is not easy, Sanchez is a perfect example of how you can achieve anything if you set your mind to it. Sanchez has a unique career that aligns with her passions. Her message is a very important one: know what you value, do what you love and the rest will fall into place.
HIGH SCHOOL WINTER AND SPRING
SPORTS ROUNDUPS BASKETBALL
JV Head Coach – Christopher Severini
Head Coach – Sean Craft
Record: 12-0 The team earned a perfect record for the second consecutive season.
Postseason: District Champion; Region Champion; State Qualifier The team won the district and region championships for a sixth consecutive season, finishing fifth at the state’s team competition.
Varsity Head Coach – Christopher Severini Assistant Coach – Michael Martino
Record: 16-12 Postseason: District Runner-up; Region Semifinalist The team finished as district runner-up for the third consecutive season and advanced to region semifinals.
LACROSSE Head Coach – Ariana Louder
HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE TEAM ENDS INAUGURAL SEASON WITH HEART When the Academy’s girls lacrosse team exited the field after its final game of the season—a thrilling 12-11 victory over Sarasota Military Academy—spectators would have thought they were witnessing a state championship win. Though the team concluded its inaugural season with a 2-7 record, its attitude was never less than that of an undefeated team. According to coach Ariana Louder, the team was ready all season long to take on any opponent and found success in improvement, not worrying about the final outcome of a game. When the 25-member team first started its season, most players had never picked up a lacrosse stick nor heard any of the rules of the game. At the end of their first game, a loss on the road, the team stormed the field and sang the “Alma Mater.” Opponents commented on the heart of the team, the strength that defined the
season. Louder said the team found its rhythm quickly, something many teams take years to accomplish, not just months. “The whole culture and mindset was there from the start, and that’s not an easy thing to accomplish,” she said. “The girls played for each other, not for themselves, and that was both positive and encouraging.” Athletic Director Kevin Vargas said of the team, “After almost two years of planning and preparation, I believe that our inaugural season of high school lacrosse was a terrific success. Coach Louder and her staff preached progression and there was no denying the improvement that was made from day one of practice to the final game of our season. I’m extremely proud of the advancement we made in year one, and I look forward to the continued growth of this program.”
Record: 2-7 After two years of planning and preparation, AHN lacrosse had its inaugural season. As a first-year program, AHN participated as an independent and will compete as a full-fledged FHSAA member for the 2016 season.
SOCCER Head Coach – Kareem Escayg Assistant Coach – Tom Villa
Record: 6-11-1 The team earned six hard-fought victories and fell just one goal shy in seven of its contests. The young squad has high expectation for the 20152016 season.
SOFTBALL Head Coach – Don Barron Assistant Coach – Jeff Krone
Record: 14-9 Postseason: District Champion; Region Runner-up. The team advanced to the district final for the fifth consecutive season, earning its fourth district title in five years. They finished the season as region runner-up.
TRACK AND FIELD Coaches – Ray Rodriguez and Kristin Lawrence
Postseason: District Runner-up The team earned the title of district runner-up. Overall, 15 athletes qualified for the region meet, and the 4x800 relay team finished seventh in the 2A state meet.
CREW Coaches – Taylor DeMesa, Jorge Rodriguez, Brad Stevens, Stephanie Brouwer
At the State Sculling Championships, the Freshman Double and Freshman Quad placed first scholastically and qualified for the 2015 Scholastic Rowing Association’s National Championship. The Junior 8 and Lightweight 4 also qualified for nationals after strong finishes at the State Sweep Championships, and for the second consecutive year, the AHNRC had a boat earn an outright state championship—the Junior 4. At nationals, the Freshman Quad finished third in a personal best time of 5:46.402.
COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENT ATHLETES SYDNEY COLEMAN Gulf Coast State College SOFTBALL
COLLEEN DRISCOLL University of Vermont SWIMMING
FRANCES KRATZ U.S. Naval Academy CREW
CAROLINE LOZO Marist College TENNIS
ASHLEY MARTIN University of Central Florida CREW
DANIELA NASSER University of Oregon TENNIS
ALEXANDRA NUYIANES Carson-Newman University SWIMMING
COURTNEY VOGLER The University of Georgia VOLLEYBALL
Head Coach – Stefanie Zummo
The Jaguarettes’ competition season ran from summer 2014 through mid-March. In addition to performances at AHN and Jesuit and annual competitions, this year’s squad had the opportunity to perform at halftime during a nationally televised University of South Florida men’s basketball game.
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
JOSE JOZIK (B’82)
COLLEEN DOHERTY (A’15) Doherty with cross country and track coach Ray Rodriguez, Athletic Director Kevin Vargas, and basketball coach and Assistant Athletic Director Chris Severini.
COLLEEN DOHERTY (A’15) NAMED FHSAA FEMALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Colleen Doherty (A’15) was named the FHSAA female ScholarAthlete of the Year at a banquet in June honoring the 24 members of Florida’s 2015 Academic All-State Team. For her achievement, she received a $3,000 scholarship in addition to the $1,000 she received when she was named to the Academic All-State Team.
Doherty graduated from AHN with a 4.67 GPA, is a member of the National Honor Society and is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. She earned 14 varsity letters in cross country, track
and field, and basketball. Doherty is the school record holder in the 5K and part of the school-record-holding 4x800 relay team. Community service played an important role in her high school career, as she volunteered her time at Tampa General Hospital, Humane Society of Tampa Bay and Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay. She was also a Dominican Republic mission trip leader. She will attend the University of Virginia in the fall where she plans to follow a pre-medicine track.
THREE-SPORT VARSITY ATHLETES Erica Dierks cross country, soccer, track and field
Julia Metzger cross country, soccer, track and field
Colleen Doherty cross country, basketball, track and field
Gretchen Swenson cross country, soccer, track and field
Katherine Hahn cross country, basketball, track and field
2015 SENIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Siobhan Lynch cross country, basketball, track and field
COACHES OF THE YEAR
Bill Shaffer Tampa Tribune Girls Swimming Coach of the Year Ray Rodriguez Tampa Tribune Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year, Tampa Bay Times Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year
Jose Jozik (B’82), center, with wife Erin and daughter Laurel.
In May, Jose Jozik (B’82) was inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fame during the Middle School Sports Banquet. Jozik began his “sports career” growing up on MacDill Air Force Base and in South Tampa playing soccer, football, basketball, bowling, table tennis and cross country, earning 1st-place trophies in each. He was an all-county and all-state soccer player and part of the Florida State Championship Select Soccer team during his 8th-grade year at Boys Academy. Jozik’s nominator says, “Jose is an obvious choice for the AHN Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a remarkable athlete, using his gifts to help his teams succeed. He continues to be a remarkable graduate, friend, husband and father.” While attending Boys Academy, Jozik was a member of the undefeated basketball team, the soccer team and track team. Not surprisingly, he was voted Most Athletic by his classmates. He graduated from Boys Academy and went on to Jesuit, where he continued his athletic career, playing basketball, soccer, track, baseball and football. He was the captain of the 1985 team that beat the city champions, Gaither, in the last game of the season. Jozik is also a member of Jesuit’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jozik graduated from Jesuit in 1986 and received a congressional appointment to the United States Military Academy; however he chose to go to Princeton University, where he continued his football career playing for the Princeton Tigers. Jozik graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1990. Working in human resources for more than 20 years, Jozik is currently the director of HR at EA Sports in Orlando, Fla. In his acceptance speech, Jozik advised the attendees of four items to adhere to in their lives, “Have a vision and purpose; you are going to come across lots of divergent paths in your life. Live in the moment, but think beyond it. Persevere; you are going to come across lots of different challenges in your life. Pursue everything with energy, drive and a need to finish. Have a core set of values; you are going to come across lots of decision points in your life. Act in line with those values. Have compassion; you are going to come across lots of people in your life. Always be available and ready to help those who may need it.”
DADS CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT The Dads Club hosted a highly successful golf tournament this year, raising more than $34,000 for the Link Scholarship program. A full field of participants, who were extra sporty in their fishing shirts sponsored by Coppertail Brewing Co. with embroidery provided by Hitmaster Graphics, enjoyed beautiful weather at Cheval Golf & Country Club and a fabulous lunch from the dads on the grill. The Academy is especially grateful for the hard work of the tournament committee and to all of the major sponsors who aided in the financial success of the event. Sponsors included Grow Financial, Drummond Wehle LLP, Mission Critical Solutions, Commercial Insurance Specialists LLC, Griffin Technology, USAmeriBank, Nemo Express, Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, AEC Services, Ferman Automotive Company, AVISPL, Fernandez & Hernandez and Rinaldi Printing. In addition, Rivard Buick GMC sponsored a Hole-in-One contest. The Dads are looking forward to an equally large turnout of enthusiastic players at next year’s event!
YOUR GIFT AT WORK upgraded V voicemail system
BMR level gifts ($1,500+)
$1,300,000 financial aid
support for mission trips
3 MakerBot Replicator Systems (3-D printers)
new family participation
4 faculty members 2 teacher aides 1 staff member
11th Grade, Class of 2016 greatest participation
initial design of new Facilities Master Plan
air conditioners, furniture and carpets
$260,000 total amount raised
PARENT ANNUAL FUND 2014-2015
Thanks to the 2014-2015 PAFP Committee!
Amy and Ernie Marquart Luz Santamarina and Alex Ghiso
Brian Jeffrey Juli Jeffrey Joy Judson
Maureen McCaffrey Coleen Ricco Salvatore Ricco
Leslie Rogas Peter Rogas
Heather Stathopoulos Stacey Whidden
BLACK & WHITE BY THE BAY
RAISES $332,000 The Academy of the Holy Names annual fundraising gala, Black and White By the Bay, raised a highly respectable $332,000 for the school’s Annual Fund. Held at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on March 28, some 500 Academy parents, alumni, faculty, staff and guests donned their finest black-and-white attire to enjoy an evening featuring silent and live auctions, a sold-out Wine Wall and entertainment from Southtown Fever. The generosity of Academy patrons was evident even before the evening’s event began, with more than $130,000 in sponsorships. During the live auction, a record-breaking $42,000 was raised, not including an additional $27,000 in fund-anitem contributions to benefit the Academy’s Link Scholarship program. Academy parents Lori Tappan and Ashley Parkinson chaired the event with the help of 27 dedicated, creative and tireless committee members. Highlights of the evening included the “Gas for a Year” raffle, generously donated by the Capitano Family and Radiant Food Stores, and the heated bidding during the live auction for the one-week stay at Grand Lodge Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. Save the date for next year’s Black and White By the Bay: March 19, 2016!
OUR SINCEREST THANKS TO OUR 2015 BY THE BAY SPONSORS PRINTING PROMOTIONS AND MARKETING SPONSOR
DONUT STATION SPONSOR
FRIEND SPONSORS (cont.)
Stathopoulos Law Group, P.A.
Vera and Greg Muzzillo, Proforma
Cassie and Jake Greatens Gregory, Sharer and Stuart, CPAs Workers’ Health and the Handwerker Family Martin J. Hernandez Attorney and Heidi Hernandez Lillian and Bob Joyce J.P. Morgan, Private Bank, Jana and Jeff Bridge Angela and Chet Little Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Marks, Esq. Liana and Philip Martino Dr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Martino Matassini Law Firm McConnie Fence Co. Heidi and Doug McCree The Mele Storage Group Pia Day Spa SAGE Dining Services Jeanna and Andrew Shafii Askin Uysal, MD Tracy Veillette Washington Partners, LLC
PLATINUM SPONSOR Cherie and Harvey Schonbrun
BAND SPONSOR Dr. and Mrs. Ramirez-Pagan
GOLD SPONSORS The Dutkowsky Family Harvard Jolly Architecture and The Beck Group Linda and Tom Holt The Overstreet Family Seven One Seven Parking Services and the Accardi Family
BIDPAL SPONSORS Reeves Import Motorcars Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick, LLP Tech Data
SILVER SPONSORS The Bailey Family Foundation Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
TABLE WINE SPONSOR Faces of South Tampa
WINE WALL SPONSORS Laura and Preston Farrior Mastro Subaru Superstore Karen and Lance Zingale
VALET SPONSOR Abdoney Orthodontics
AJ Arango, Rosalyn and Steve McKenna Schezy and Steve Barbas Bob Carney, Financial Advisor, Raymond James Bayshore Branch Cigna Dr. and Mrs. Joe Corcoran Jill and Christopher Crosby Nathalie and Raj Dani, RNG Properties LLC The Farah Family Laurel and Bob Grammig Jensen and Associates, Inc. Edward Jones Maureen and Art Raimo Hadley and Hector Rivera The Schweitzer Family Mr. and Mrs. Carl Tremonti
FRIEND SPONSORS Teil and Nicholas Allen Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bulleit Mary and Shaun Brooker, Quorum Services Dr. and Mrs. Robert Cano Canon Solutions America Margarita and Erik Carlson Mindy and Tirso Carreja Cavalier Estates Property Management Joanne Costantini Laurie and Tony Cuva Lori and Shawn Evans Drs. Jamie and Daniel Fernandez Mary and Robert Fernandez Nancy and Ron Floto Law Office of W. Dale Gabbard Greek Boys Choice Foods, Inc.
FACULTY AND STAFF SPONSORS Dr. and Mrs. Joe Corcoran Laura and Preston Farrior Nancy and Ron Floto Ruth and Fred Lynch Dr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Martino Marian and Esfandiar Shafii
SPECIAL THANKS Ronald Delp Cassie and Jake Greatens Julie and Robert Greenway Angela Guagliardo-Rettig Henriquez Electronic Corporation
ALUMNI Spotlight Anyone who spends 30 minutes talking to Sara Ku (A’10) about the past four years of her life will hear a lot about global health. While most may not be up-to-date on the AIDS crisis in Myanmar or the knowledge, attitudes and practices of family planning among adolescent females in rural Ghana—her senior thesis—Ku’s effervescent passion for what she does will inspire an interest to learn more. Ku graduated with a Bachelor of Science in international health from Georgetown University and is making the most of her degree. While at Georgetown, Ku participated in a global health program in Shanghai, China, where she spent five weeks learning about China’s health system. She also spent time in rural areas studying the gaps between government-run health centers and non-government organizations that are filling in where the government has not been able to provide adequate care. Ku also spent three months during a fall semester in Dodowa, Ghana, as a research intern. It was this trip that allowed her to study 202 adolescent females for her thesis. Because of the high teenage pregnancy rate in the country, Ku researched whether adolescent girls had misconceptions about family planning and if they used any method of family planning. She also evaluated maternal health fee exemption policies within Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme. Her most recent adventure was four months in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), working as a policy intern for UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. The country, which has one of
the lowest per-capita incomes in the world, is working to build a health system. According to Ku, Myanmar is an important location for international health as there are funds to do work but not enough people on the ground. Ku’s focus was human rights for groups at high risk for HIV/AIDS, including the LGBT community, sex workers and intravenous drug users. Myanmar is the second largest producer of opium and heroin in the world, a major factor in the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Ku was able to travel around the country, learn about the culture and support work in development, law reform and the HIV response. Now back in D.C., Ku is a program assistant at the International Center for Research on Women, a global research institute that works to empower women, advance gender equality, and fight poverty in the developing world. Ku’s research includes everything from gender-based violence and property rights for women to studying the roles and influence of first ladies around the world. Ku credits both her immigrant parents—her mother is originally from Myanmar and her father is from China; both are doctors— and the Academy for fueling her interest in the intersection between culture and health. She specifically references Sr. Ann Regan’s social justice class and her service on the Ruskin and Dominican Republic mission trips as impacting her life’s path. Her advice to other Academy students and alumni, “Don’t be afraid to go after what you want, to try something new, or if someone tells you [that] you can’t do it. Just don’t be afraid.” Ku’s proverbial crystal ball contains many options, including graduate school. One thing is for certain: there will be travel.
Sara Ku on the Dominican Republic mission trip in 2010.
Living THE MISSION Sara Ku in Myanmar
Silver Coffee Ceremony In May, 99 young women and their families enjoyed the Silver Coffee and Rose Ceremony, an 83-year-old tradition at the Academy. Hosted by the HNAA and the Mothers Association, attendees enjoyed coffee, tea sandwiches and sweet treats. After coffee, the seniors descended the front staircase and each received a pink rose.
Katelyn Prieboy, Maggie Brekka and Olivia Gessner
Molly Rausch, Kirby Wallace, Eleeza Santos, Annamaria DeGuzman and Peyton Maddox
Jourdan Collins receives her membership certificate from Mimi Yambor Obeck (A’83).
Marie Prado Martinez (A’85) with cousin Ashley Martin and Lourdes Otero-Cossio Martin (A’82).
Daniela Nasser, Alyssa Piccari, Trysten Flechas, Camila Garcia-Molina, Nicole Sanchez and Taylor Gee.
AHN lifers! Girls who have attended AHN since prekindergarten or kindergarten. BACK ROW: Bailey Ferrer, Julia Schifino, Konner Brewer and Jessica Jurado. CENTER ROW: Madeline Babin, Colleen Doherty, Sofia Gonzalez, Haley Allmand and Sydney Schaefer. FRONT ROW: Ashlyn Bradshaw, Jaycie Valdez and Cristina Baldor.
AHN legacy graduates with their mothers. BACK ROW: Bailey Ferrer, Colleen Doherty, Cara Dawson, Taylor Gee, Christina Castellana, Sara Castillo, Ashley Martin, Natalie Smith, Madeline Babin, Mica Wiley, Nicole Sanchez and Mia Perez. FRONT ROW: Annette Ferrer Ferrer (A’86), Pam Larkins Doherty (A’87), Helenmarie Geis Dawson (A’82), Nicole Fleming Gee (A’87), Melissa Paniello Castellana (A’85), Michelle Garcia Gilbert (A’78), Lourdes Otero-Cossio Martin (A’82), Neysa Naranjo Smith (A’82), Monica Prida Babin (A’82), Kim Savoy Wiley (A’82), Denise Garcia Sanchez (A’82) and Christil Grant Perez (A’95).
Members of the Holy Names Alumni Association Board of Directors: MaryAnn Triay Hurley (A’84), Angela Spicola Morgan (A’67), Mimi Yambor Obeck (A’83), Mary Quigley Brooker (A’88), Kim Valenti Grandoff (A’77), Beth Quigley Reid (A’77), Maria Esparza (A’87), Alicia Beitia Smith (A’97), Melissa Porter Giunta (A’95), Sr. Mary Patricia Plumb, SNJM (A’55), and Andrea Martino Accardi (A’93).
Following the Silver Coffee and Rose Ceremony, the seniors and their mothers proceeded to the Blessed Mother Marie Rose Durocher Chapel for the Alumni Induction Ceremony. Each senior signed the HNAA membership book, lit a candle and received a certificate of alumni status. Annette Ferrer Ferrer (A’86), whose daughter Bailey Ferrer (A’15) was among the honorees, presented a special reading and Nina McGucken Alvarez (A’01) spoke about her time at the Academy. Student Council president Rachel Anderson receives a rose during the ceremony.
Claire Cardillo, Cecily Curtis, Sophia Guerra, Kierstin Mayor, Olivia Mahoney, Caroline Kimbler, Julia Metzger, Siobhan Lynch and Courtney Mastrorio.
Holy Names Alumni Association
BOYS INDUCTION On May 27, the 8th-grade boys were inducted into the HNAA. Faculty and parents attended the ceremony in the Chapel of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher. Each young man signed the HNAA membership book, lit a candle and received a certificated of alumni status. Bill Schifino Jr. (B’74) spoke to the audience about what he took away from his time at the Academy, telling the young men, “The Academy has given you a great foundation … I want you to think big, dream big. Don’t let anyone out there put a ceiling on what you can accomplish. Whatever it is you want to be, whatever it is you want to do, set your mind to it. That is one thing I learned from the Academy, one thing I learned along the way. Those people who accomplish greatness aren’t afraid to put themselves out there and try.”
HALL OF FAME & ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR Submit your nominations online—from anywhere. AOY: http://holynamestpa.org/alumni/alumnus-of-the-year HALL OF FAME: http://holynamestpa.org/student-life/athletics/hall-of-fame
The gentlemen of the Class of 2015 with honored guests. BACK ROW: Principal Bridgid Fishman, Assistant Principal Becky Elliott, Ty Pepe, John Accardi Jr., Nash Chillura, President Art Raimo, Ryan Lee, Nick Muir, Jason Accardi Jr., Harrisen Pike, Sean Clare, Sam Nation and Jared Folkman. CENTER ROW: Bill Schifino Jr. (B’74), Brendan Driscoll, Tyler Carreja, Christian Ancona, Christopher Gold, Zach Cuva, Travis Short, Reece Tappan, Andrew Jung and Connor Strady. FRONT ROW: Kegan Lovell, Kameron Henry, Jackson Fanaro, Ethan Valdez, William Schifino III, Paul Schnell, Tucker Gray, Michael McClelland and Robert Valdez Jr. (B’86).
Kameron Henry, Tucker Gray and Christopher Gold recite the HNAA mission statement.
Lifers—Boys who have attended AHN since preindergarten or kindergarten! BACK ROW: John Accardi Jr., Christian Ancona, Reece Tappan, Andrew Jung, Jason Accardi Jr., Jared Folkman and Christopher Gold. FRONT ROW: Kameron Henry, Zachary Cuva, Michael McClelland, William Schifino III, Connor Strady and Ethan Valdez.
AHN Legacy Graduates. BACK ROW: Andrea Martino Accardi (A’93), Joseph Chillura Jr. (B’80), Pam Bajo McClelland (A’89), Bill Schifino Jr. (B’74) and Robert Valdez Jr. (B’86). FRONT ROW: John Accardi Jr., Nash Chillura, Ryan Lee, Michael McClelland, William Schifino III and Ethan Valdez.
AHN CLASS OF 1965 - 50TH ANNIVERSARY!
AHN CLASS OF 1972 - 43RD ANNIVERSARY!
BACK ROW: Joan Duff Hartlieb, Mim Bernard Bullock, Janice Puglio Sherrick, Teresa Martinez Goan and Louisa Van Eepoel. FRONT ROW: Susan Krist Boyle, Carlyn Bray Moyer, Carole Rousseau Gagnon and Mary Knauf Reed.
LARGEST TURNOUT OF A NON-ANNIVERSARY CLASS! Dr. Kathryn Rousseau Lykes, Diana Olmo Sullivan, Joy Carter, Ann Lindsay Curtis, beloved teacher Sr. Suzanne Hixson, SNJM, Ana Miguel, Patricia Willing and Maria Pedreira Newman.
AHN CLASS OF 1971 - 44TH ANNIVERSARY
AHN CLASS OF 1990 - SILVER ANNIVERSARY!
COMING BACK FOR A FIFTH YEAR IN A ROW! Cynthia Rogers, Maggie Donaghy Bailey, Lea Melchior, Janet Yadley Mendez, Susan Massari-Cohn and Jeannie Grim Holton.
BACK ROW: Kathleen Mikell, April Shannon McDonald, Danicet Cura, Heather Lee Ferrill, Fe Inga Luttrell, Joanna Parrino Caranante, Laura Hanson Newberg, Erin Baker Fernandez, Lisa Giffin Hodgdon and Jennifer Pollard. FRONT ROW: Stefanie Rodriguez Anderson, Jennifer Perrella, Jennifer Cruz Turner, Lora Azzarello Thompson, Teresa Gutierrez Costa, Cynthia Casas, Jennifer Liston Bigelow and Brigitte Thomas Williams.
AHN CLASS OF 1995 - 20TH ANNIVERSARY!
AHN CLASS OF 2005 - 10TH ANNIVERSARY!
THE CLASS OF 1995 ALSO DONNED A PINK RIBBON TO HONOR A CLASSMATE RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER. BACK ROW: Tara Cannella Edwards, Jennifer Geis Santillan, Krisitna Cusmano-Ozog, Angela Driscoll, Laurie Ann Fernandez, Shannon Ratliff Corless, Jessica Lee Fogg, Denise Alverio Tini, Lissette Couret Perera, Roxanne Parapar Figueroa, Sulein Santini Bryant and Cristina Lorenzo. FRONT ROW: Dr. Susan Shafii, Vivian Canedo Muzyk, Melissa Porter Giunta, Laura Jo Fernandez Paredes, Melody Chezar-Payne Thomas and Andrea Gysel.
Reneé Stoeckle, Brittany Silva, Jessica Cruze, Amber McCarthy, Kim Wilmath, Marissa Guagliardo Sander and Leia Almanderas.
Rev. Bruce Craig, SBD, presides over the Reunion Mass.
GOLDEN GIRLS FROM AHN CELEBRATING 50+ ANNIVERSARIES!
SHA GOLDEN GIRLS!
BACK ROW: Sandra Greco Diaz (A’62), Mary Frances Menas Smith (A’62), Kathy Hawkins Favata (A’60), Dianne Garcia Rivera (A’60), Mary Ann Martinez Lewis (A’60), Shirley Gifford Rivera (A’60), Josephine Alessi Leece (A’60), Therese Cullen Seal (A’60) and Michaele Taylor Rao (A’64). FRONT ROW: Diane Griffin (A’64), Loretta Perez Stitt (A’63), Margaret Wallace Pickering (A’59), Sr. Margaret O’Brien, SNJM (A’49), Sr. Mary Patricia Plumb, SNJM (A’55), and Moira O’Connor Freeman (A’64).
BACK ROW: Sr. Mary Haskins, SNJM (S’54), Betty Alchediak Mest (S’64), Mary Ann Fernandez Fontaine (S’64), Catherine Capitano Alvarez (S’64), Patricia Leroy Hanson (S’65) and Agnes Cook (S’47). FRONT ROW: Donna Caruso Baccarella (S’60), Sr. Dolores Wehle, SNJM (S’58), Dr. Pat Alchediak (S’59), Wanda Frederick (S’47), Margaret Frederick (S’50) and Sr. Lillian Schneider, SNJM (S’50).
Griffin Hodgdon, Judy Griffin, Dr. James Griffin, Emma Hodgdon and Lisa Griffin Hodgdon (A’90) enjoy the morning.
Holy Names Heritage Center mother-daughter co-chairs Angela Spicola Morgan (A’67), left, and Nina McGucken Alvarez (A’01), third from left, with family members Fred Morgan, Angela Alvarez and Aaron Alvarez.
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Kim Wilmath, Brittany Silva, Amber McCarthy and Leia Almanderas, all members of the Class of 2005, enjoy the archives display.
Members of the HNAA Board of Directors recognized for their service to the Holy Names community this year!
Elise Santillan, daughter of Jennifer Geis Santillan (A’95); Elaina Edwards and Karis Edwards, daughters of Tara Cannella Edwards (A’95); loved having their faces painted by Dipsy Doodle!
Cristina Lodato (A’12) and aunt LiliAnne Lodato Rodriguez (A’75). Roxanne Parapar Figueroa (A’95) caught up with Sr. Mary Glavin. Mary Ann Fernandez Fontaine (S’64), Sr. Margaret O’Brien, SNJM (A’49), Catherine Capitano Alvarez (S’64) and Betty Alchediak Mest (S’64). Sr. Margaret O’Brien was their 8th-grade teacher!
Diane Griffin (A’64), Mary Frances Menas Smith (A’62) and Sandra Greco Diaz (A’62) prior to Mass.
ALUMNI UPDATES 1950-1995
SACRED HEART CLASS OF 1958 AT ULELE LEFT, FRONT TO BACK: Rosemarie Pollock Neville, Patricia Sigmund Wehling, Lynda Mauricio Marchese, Judy Lacau Lawrence and Susan DiMarco Scaglione. RIGHT: Sally Haskins Kruse, Joann Randazzo Tomaino, Elsie Santa Cruz Foley, Sr. Dolores Wehle, and Ellen Herzog Ficarrotta.
Sr. Lillian Schneider [email protected]
Claudia Rowley Ward [email protected]
Jo Ann Nuccio [email protected]
Edith Cockcroft Jordan [email protected]
Pat Torres [email protected]
William “Bill” Schifino Jr. is the 20152016 president-elect of The Florida Bar. His term will run from June 2016 to June 2017. Schifino is managing partner of Burr & Forman’s Tampa office.
Rosemarie Pollock Neville [email protected]
Karen Cuervo Rocha [email protected]
Sally Haskins Kruse, CTR, received the 2015 National Cancer Registrars Association Distinguished Member Award on May 23.
1974 Nolan Power Kimball [email protected]
1976 Angie Garcia Ammon [email protected]
1977 Stephanie Agliano [email protected]
CLASS OF 1964 The Class of 1964 recently had so much fun at their 50th anniversary they decided to meet again in February! From the left, front to back, and around the right side to the front again are the following classmates that attended: Michaele Taylor Rao, Diane Griffin, Sally Zendegui Flynn, Rowena Kinchley, Kathy Breen Bregler, Mary Pat Stewart McCarthy, Nancy Butler Militello, Carol Ann Arduengo and Moira O’Connor Freeman. 42
1978 Sandy Meyer Pieper [email protected]
Kim Savoy Wiley [email protected]
Dina Busciglio Sheridan [email protected]
Jocelyn Pines McKnight and Amanda Insua-Gluck are opening The Haute Shop Boutique in July at 1544 South Dale Mabry Highway. The boutique will be South Tampa’s fun and affordable shopping spot, striving to the bring the newest trends for women and provide great staple pieces for any wardrobe.
Mary Alice Fernandez Lopez [email protected]
1985 Jodi Rivera [email protected]
1986 Suzette Lemrow [email protected]
1987 Dana Leon Nazaretian [email protected]
1989 Jennifer Fernandez Dabbs [email protected]
1990 Lisa Griffin Hodgdon [email protected]
1991 Meeghan O’Connor Seoane [email protected]
1993 Lisa Sanabria Scanio [email protected]
1994 Casey Hurley Kiser [email protected]
1995 Shannon Ratliff Corless [email protected]
(703) 405-3942 Shannon Ratliff Corless has spent her professional career with the U.S. Intelligence Community, starting first with two summers as an intern with the Office of Naval Intelligence while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Florida State University. After completing her Master of Business Administration at the University of Tampa, Corless moved to Washington, D.C., in October 2001 to pursue a professional career with the IC. She joined the office of the director of national intelligence in 2006 to work with the National Intelligence Council—known as the “think tank” for the IC—specifically with an office that provides IC support to U.S. government
LET’S HAVE A
Class Reunion For the first time, Reunion Weekend will not take place the second weekend in June! We are moving the date up this year to accommodate construction on the Holy Names Heritage Center.
CLASSES TO CELEBRATE IN 2015-2016: 1966 (50 years) 1976 (40 years) 1986 (30 years) 1991 (25 years) 1996 (20 years) 2006 (10 years) 2011 (5 years) Gatherings for the classes will take place on Friday and/or Saturday, June 3 and 4, 2016. The anniversary classes will be honored by the Holy Names Alumni Association at the Annual Alumni Dinner, held on Wednesday, November 5, 2015, at Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club, and will be honored again at the Alumni Homecoming Reunion Mass and brunch on Sunday, June 5, 2016. If you have any questions or want to help plan the festivities for your class reunion, contact Director of Alumni Relations Patty Bohannan via email at [email protected]
or phone at 813-839-5371, ext. 376.
ALUMNI UPDATES 1995-2008 reviews of foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies. In 2013, Corless was selected to be the deputy national intelligence officer responsible for leading this effort, and in this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing and managing IC support across a dozen IC agencies. In May 2014, Corless was selected by the director of national intelligence for promotion to senior national intelligence service, which is the highest professional rank in the IC. She lives in the District with her husband, Josh, and son, Declan. Shannon also reported that her class had a fabulous time at their June reunion at Ulele. The class opened a Google Hangout for members who could not attend in person, and four classmates attended the reunion virtually from as far as New York, California and Spain!
1996 Michelle Gorecki Robinson [email protected]
1998 Erin Donovan [email protected]
Delia DeCaprio Gadson-Yarbrough (A’92), Tonia Campisi (A’98) and Kourtney Taylor (A’10).
S Tonia Campisi is working as a school psychologist at Anderson Elementary School in South Tampa with Delia DeCaprio Gadson-Yarbrough (A’92), the school’s principal, and Kourtney Taylor (A’10), Campisi’s school psychology practicum graduate student.
1999 Courtney Blakeman Lambert [email protected]
2000 Kalinda Campbell [email protected]
2001 Amber Schonbrun McDonnell [email protected]
David Luttrell has been accepted into Stanford’s MBA program starting in the fall. Prior to that, he will complete a fourmonth internship with the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Singapore. Michelle Tonelli co-authored a chapter on Federal Emergency Preparedness and Response and Homeland Security in the “National Security Law and Policy,” third edition, edited by John Norton Moore, Guy B. Roberts and Robert F. Turner.
Victoria Pardo Booth [email protected]
Jessica Cruze [email protected]
Alexis Schrott Leo graduated from Xavier University in 2006 and started working at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore. The center is a non-profit science museum that emphasizes the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education through its programs and hands-on exhibits. Leo has worked her way up the ranks in the development department throughout the last eight years and is currently the assistant director of development with a focus on corporate memberships.
2003 Christina Berry, MS, RD, LDN, will begin her new journey at Fort Bragg as a performance dietitian with the U.S. Special Operations Command, whose mission is to provide fully capable special operations forces to defend the United States and its interests. As a performance dietitian, she will support the services needed to increase the physical and behavioral capacity and resilience of special operations forces with consideration of their families. Additionally, she will provide guidance and counseling on nutritional practices to enhance recovery and optimize performance.
2004 Claire Donovan [email protected]
2006 Kelly Carey [email protected]
2007 Emily Pantelis [email protected]
Ariana Alfonso, Esq. works at MDLIVE, a fast growing telehealth company based in south Florida. Backed by former Apple CEO John Sculley, MDLIVE allows patients to see a doctor 24/7/365 by phone or secure video chat. MDLIVE doctors can diagnose your symptoms, prescribe medication and send any non-emergency prescriptions directly to pharmacies. Alfonso is responsible for marketing this new industry nationwide. She received a bachelor’s degree and a juris doctorate from the University of Florida. She is a lawyer in good standing with The Florida Bar and currently lives in Miami.
Jessica Hohman is the new events manager for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Kathryn Lyons is a D.C. researcher for NBC’s Today Show. Shortly after graduating from FSU in 2011, Lyons moved the nation’s capital to pursue her passion for broadcast journalism. She was hired as a desk assistant for NBC News, learning the ins and outs of TV journalism, finding herself at the White House from time to time, and even getting her own shot in front of the camera on an online news show called “The Week Ahead in Politics,” as host of her own satirical news segment called “The Lowdown with Lyons.” After approximately a year at NBC, Lyons was promoted to production assistant for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” and then went on to her current “Today Show” role.
2008 Meggie Willis [email protected]
Meredith Barrett is currently working in the Seattle area as a BSN/travel nurse at a hospital intensive care unit in the EvergreenHealth network.
ALUMNI EVENTS 2015-2016 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME NOMINATION DEADLINE September 15, 2015
ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR NOMINATION DEADLINE September 15, 2015
ANNUAL ALUMNI DINNER AT PALMA CEIA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB November 4, 2015
CLASS OF 2015 CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON December 17, 2015
YOUNG ALUMNI HOLIDAY MIXER December 17, 2015
ALUMNI PHONATHON February 21-23, 2016
EIGHTH ANNUAL ALUMNI EASTER EGG HUNT March 12, 2016
BOYS INDUCTION CEREMONY X Laura Dikman graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011 and is currently working at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, Calif. She is a clinical systems analyst whose role consists of configuring and developing electronic medical record software for Stanford specialty clinics in the San Francisco Bay area.
May 11, 2016
SILVER COFFEE & SENIOR INDUCTION CEREMONY May 18, 2016
REUNION WEEKEND MASS AND BRUNCH June 5, 2016 Laura Dikman (A’07) and Kelly Mortazavi (A’07).
Visit www.holynamestpa.org for more information on these events. Click on the Alumni tab, then Upcoming Events.
ALUMNI UPDATES 2008-2011 Nicole Popp works for Carnival Cruise Lines. After graduating from the University of Miami in 2012, Popp joined Carnival and is now a strategic sourcing manager in the supply chain department, managing business awards and contract negotiations for the supplies and services that need to be onboard and carried out prior to sailing. She is studying for her certified professional in supply management (C.P.S.M.) certification to further her understanding of pricing structures and market dynamics.
while earning a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Florida State University. Upon graduating in 2014 with her MPA, Renspie went to work full time for the Florida House Majority Office. She is responsible for tracking all education and economic affairs legislation through the committee process and final passage. Renspie works closely with committee staff and House members to craft talking points, create messaging and research various issues.
2009 Shannon McCarthy [email protected]
communications. She is currently employed as the project coordinator with Telescope in Los Angeles, a recognized industry leader in the digital marketing space. Telescope’s proprietary technology platform, CONNECT LIVE, is used by some of the biggest entertainment and consumer brands in the world, including Facebook, Twitter, American Idol/FOX, The Voice/ NBC, Miss Universe, NBA, NASCAR, Sprint and Sprite. Barrett also keeps up with her freelance photography; view her work at lizzybarrett.com. Olivia Booth lives in Washington, D.C., where she works for Booz Allen Hamilton, focusing on health privacy and policy for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Booth graduated from the Catholic University of America with a bachelor’s degree in environmental chemistry in May 2014. She plans to attend graduate school at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in the fall, where she will study global environmental health.
S Danielle Duet will graduate at the end of July from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota with a master’s degree in Catholic studies. She currently works as the communications and publicity assistant in the Office of Campus Ministry at the university.
2011 Meredith Zingale [email protected]
Lindsey Backman was accepted into the biological chemistry Ph.D. program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT has been her top choice and dream graduate school. Lindsey writes that her love of science started at Academy, which led her to major in biochemistry and conduct research at the University of Florida. Lindsey Martinez graduated from Loyola University New Orleans on May 9. She was on the Dean’s List, having earned a 4.0 GPA in her final two semesters. She also received the Religious Studies Ignatian Works Award for her community service and presence in the religious study community. She worked on a book called “Humor in the Bible” and was editor under the supervision of teacher, Sister Terri Bednarz. The book will be published and added to Loyola’s curriculum in the fall. Lindsey accepted a job offer at Loyola working in the alumni office as assistant director of annual giving. In the fall she will start her master’s at the school, working towards a degree in religious education.
Kim Renspie and Jeb Bush
S Kimberly Renspie is a legislative research assistant for the Florida House Majority Office. After graduating from Academy, Renspie went on to earn her undergraduate degree in political science from Catawba College in 2012. She moved to Tallahassee, where she interned in the Florida House of Representatives Majority Whip Office
2010 Olivia Martinez [email protected]
Elizabeth Barrett graduated from Louisiana State University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in mass
S Kailyn Perez was crowned the first Miss Florida World America 2015 in April. She will represent Florida at Miss World America 2015 in July. Kailyn graduated from University of Central Florida in December 2013. She plans to attend Stetson University School of Law in the fall.
House Clinic to promote their mission as a “place of medical and spiritual hope, health and healing for the people of New Orleans.” The work was part of her public relations capstone class. Alongside her team of five students, Elysia helped develop a comprehensive public relations campaign for Luke’s House Clinic to implement. Luke’s House Clinic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free medical care to the uninsured community, primarily in Central City, New Orleans. The program thrives off of the dedication of volunteer physicians and staff. Elysia graduated from Loyola in May and hopes to use her public relations and marketing experience to continue to help local organizations expand within the community. Marianna Sotomayor was the inaugural recipient of the George Washington University White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship was applied to her fourth year at the school. In April, she had the opportunity to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and meet President and Mrs. Obama.
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Caitlin Vaka recently graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and political science and a minor in poverty studies. In the fall, Caitlin will begin a master’s program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in international education policy. She hopes her degree will enable her to work on a macro scale to help enable children to have the opportunity to pursue their passions and dreams, and allow them to move past impoverished situations.
S Elysia Pendezec, while a senior at Loyola University, worked with Luke’s
ALUMNI UPDATES 2011-2014 Megan Ylagan was recently hired by CSC as an associate consultant in Baltimore. She will gain experience in workshop facilitation and business process design while developing skills in increasingly complex environments. Megan will be responsible for development of highquality work products and for testing the client solution from a business perspective. Megan graduated from Loyola Maryland University in May with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in international business and a minor in information systems.
Tori Foody has been selected as one of two students chosen from a diverse pool of exceptional students for a coveted 2015-2016 University of Georgia Office of Undergraduate Admissions internship. Tori, who is majoring in food science, has extensive professional experience working with the Research Chef’s Association and the Institute of Food Technologies. She has served in various roles with UGA Miracle, working as a committee member, being a color group captain, and was recently named to the executive board of Miracle. Tori is also a member of the Georgia Recruitment Team and Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
2013 Cailin Dunne [email protected]
embarrassing dares throughout the year to raise as much money as possible. Alexandra promised that if she met her goal of $700 she would chop off her long locks and donate it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which partners with the American Cancer Society to provide real-hair wigs for women cancer patients of all ages for free. She surpassed her goal, raising $2,096, and therefore donated 12 inches of her hair. Alexandra stated that she chose her hair because it is part of who she is and shows how dedicated she is to the cause that she is willing to sacrifice something. Felicia Nelson was elected president of the Florida Gulf Coast University French Club for the 2014-2015 school year. Additionally, she is in the process of planning an independent service project with Grace Place for Children and Families in Naples. Grace Place is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for at-risk youth as well as English and financial literacy courses for adults.
BIRTHS BIRTHS BIRTHS W Michelle Cortez Spoto (A’89) and husband, Chris, welcomed their daughter, Mia Kate Spoto, on June 5, 2014. Mia joins big brothers, Jake and Luke. Melissa Porter Giunta (A’95) and her husband, Brian, welcomed a son, Gabriel Anthony Giunta, on Jan. 17. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces. Gabriel joins big brother, Alexander.
Mia Kate Spoto
2014 Hannah McCarthy [email protected]
S Alexandra Diaz, a sophomore event management major at University of Central Florida, participated in the UCF Knight-Thon 2015 as a morale team member. The Knight-Thon surpassed its goal of raising $500,000 for the Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, having earned $688,049.19 by the end of the 20-hour dance marathon. This year’s theme was “Dare to Make a Difference,” and students were encouraged to dare their friends participating in Knight-Thon to do ridiculous, brave and sometimes
X Natalie Sargent Clark (A’01) and husband, Cameron, welcomed their son, Graham Pendleton “Penn” Clark, on Jan. 16. He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Penn joins big brothers, Cable and Miles.
Graham Pendleton “Penn” Clark
W Beth Tramer Davis (A’01) and husband, Shane, welcomed their daughter, Kaitlin Elizabeth Davis, on Feb. 17. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Kaitlin joins big brother, Benjamin. Katie Tramer Wagner (A’98) is her godmother.
2015 Mica Wiley [email protected]
Will and Andrew Joseph Holden
W Stephanie Smith Leuthauser (A’00) and husband, Ryan, welcomed their daughter, Elliott Helene Leuthauser, on Feb. 4. Elliott weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces.
Reena Martinez [email protected]
Christine Holcomb is an intern for the Tory Burch global events team at the corporate office in New York City. As a summer intern for Tory Burch, she will get hands-on experience through assisting the events team, and she will personally plan the Tory Burch employee appreciation week for all Tory Burch locations across the country. She will gain valuable skills for a career in fashion by participating in various workshops, and will get time with Tory herself! Christine will graduate from Furman University in 2016.
X Alicia Castillo Holden (A’98) and husband, Chad, welcomed their son, Andrew Joseph Holden, on April 28. He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces. Andrew was welcomed home by big brother, Will. Rebekah “Lindsey” Krist Hill (A’00) and husband, Ed, welcomed their son, Stephen “Walt” Hill, on June 11. Walt weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces.
Elliott Helene Leuthauser
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Kaitlin Elizabeth Davis
X Teresa Zambrano Ohley (A’03) and husband, Nick, welcomed their daughter, Zara Celeste Ohley, on April 8. Zara weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces.
Zara Celeste Ohley
W Brigitte Beauchamp-Bailin Gandolfo (A’04) and husband, Anthony, welcomed their daughter, Olivia Ann Gandolfo, on Feb. 18. Olivia weighed 7 pounds, 4.4 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
Olivia Ann Gandolfo
X Jeannie Hurley Mooney (A’06) and husband, Matt, welcomed their daughter, Anne “Annie” Kathleen Mooney, on April 2. Annie weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long. Annie joins big brother, Patrick.
Anne “Annie” Kathleen Mooney
Weddings Caroline & Robert FEB. 21, 2015
Caroline Meyer (A’04) married Robert Edward Layton on Feb. 21 in the Chapel of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher. Marie King (A’04) was maid of honor and Leia Almendares (A’05) was a bridesmaid.
Chelsea & Scott MAY 2, 2015
Chelsea Monteleone (A’07) married Scott Lawson of Dallas on May 2. Alexis Monteleone DiBella, the bride’s sister who attended AHN, was matron of honor and Gianna Messina (A’07) was a bridesmaid. Chelsea and Scott reside in Naples, Fla. as Chelsea completes her residency in pediatric dentistry at the University of Florida in Naples. Chelsea, a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society, graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.
Brittany & James APR. 11, 2015
Brittany Narzissenfeld (A’07) married James Michael Erigo on Apr. 11 in the Chapel of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher. Melissa Narzissenfeld (A’09) was the maid of honor and Catherine Hagan (A’08) was one of the bridesmaids.
Ashley & George MAR. 21, 2015 Megan & Ben APR. 18, 2015 Fatima & Michael MAR. 14, 2015 Carly & Douglas JAN. 24, 2015
Carly and Douglas Johnson were married in Boca Raton, Fla., on Jan. 24.
Chelsea and Scott Lawson were married in Tampa on May 2.
Fatima and Michael Yehya were married in Lebanon on Mar. 14.
Megan and Ben Lopez were married in the Chapel of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher on Apr. 18.
Ashley Reeber (A’07) married George Ferris Hobson on Mar. 21 in the Chapel of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher. Dania Reeber (A’10) was maid of honor and bridesmaids included Alyssa Lester (A’07) and Stefanie O’Brien (A’10). Brittany Perez (A’05) was a reader. Megan Cardillo (A’08) married Benjamin Lopez (A’04) on Apr. 18 in the Chapel of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher. The bride and groom were presented by their parents, including Burke Lopez (B’79) and Mary Alice Fernandez Lopez (A’83). Brittney Ann Cardillo (A’05) was the maid of honor and bridesmaids included Abby Lopez (A’11), Miranda Lopez (A’14), Maggie Andretta (A’08), Julianne Collins (A’08), Alissa Simon (A’08) and Mallory Weatherly Winter (A’08). The “best ma’am” was Sara Diehr (A’08) and the groomsmen included Daniel Lopez (A’22). Erin Cardillo (A’06) was a reader and the gifts were presented by Claire Cardillo (A’15). A reception followed at Oxford Exchange. Fatima Mansour (A’08) married Michael Yehya on Mar. 14 in Lebanon. Fatima is currently working as an instructor/research assistant at the American University of Beirut, where she studied. Michael is a graduate of American University of Beirut and is currently a consultant at Strategy&. Carly Steele (A’08) married Douglas Johnson on Jan. 24 in Boca Raton, Fla. Allison Steele (A’07) was the maid of honor and bridesmaids included Sarah Josey (A’08) and Liz Jennewein (A’08).
With Sincere Sympathy Nancy L. Abbott, grandmother of Lauren Strady (A’08), Monica Strady (A’10) and Connor Strady (A’15). Joseph Chris Alvarez, husband of Inez Lopez Alvarez (S’59), father of Kimberly Alvarez Perez (A’85) and Kristine Alvarez Wilson (A’93), and grandfather of current Academy student Kendall Perez.
Margaret Ortega Cuesta (S’49). Maria Elena Esparza, sister of Maria Esparza (A’87) and Carolynn Esparza (A’93).
David Allen Parker, son of Barbara Ortiz Parker (S’56). Mary Emily Perkinson, mother of Eileen Perkinson Hendricks (A’86).
Mary Ellen Frassa, sister of Amy Frassa Rotella (A’88).
Raymond Prossen, grandfather Rebecca Prossen (A’15). Dr. Janice Torgersen Schmidt (A’56).
Marvin H. Anderson, father of David Anderson (B’72).
Carol Lee Thetford Giunta (A’61), mother of Karen Giunta (A’87) and grandmother of Laura Giunta (A’11) and Lillian Giunta (A’13).
Patricia Wehman Anderson, mother of David Anderson (B’72).
Martha McDonald Hawthorne (A’64).
Carmen Crespo Stecher (A’40), sister of Mary Elizabeth Crespo Rhodes (deceased, A’34) and Mary Lois Crespo Bruce (deceased, A’37).
Anne Marie Joyner, former elementary school teacher and SNJM Associate.
Harry P. Timmons Sr., husband of Mary Teresa Papia Timmons (S’59).
Joseph James Jozik, Jr., father of Joseph “Jose” Jozik (B’82).
Ann Blanche “Kitty” Washington Towne (A’44), sister of Elizabeth “Betty” Fairfax Washington Rodgers (A’48) and Mary Washington Sierra (A’50).
Timothy Baker, husband of Mary Frances Llaneza Baker (A’74), brother-in-law of Ruth Llaneza Hudson (A’74), Lynette Llaneza McKown (A’77) and Carol Llaneza Jones (A’80), and uncle of Diana Hudson (A’01), Nicole McKown (A’03), Khalei McKown (A’14), Brant McKown (A’01) and Robert Hudson (A’94). J. Kevin Barile (B’79). Leesa Bebley-Battle (A’83). Fiona Helen Caldwell, mother of Ashleigh Caldwell (A’06), Jennifer Caldwell (A’08) and Victoria Caldwell (A’10). Beverly Ann Scolaro Caravella (A’52), mother of Sharon Caravella Austin (A’74) and sister of Geraldine Scolaro Abbott (A’60). Sharon Cowart, former Academy teacher, mother of LauraLisa Housel Stamper (A’87) and Brian Housel (A’89), and mother-in-law of Kristen Gonzalez Housel (A’94). W. Ralph Crane, father of Stephanie Crane Lieb (A’99) and Ashley Crane (A’05). Renald William Cruz, father of Savannah Cruz (A’13). Charles M. Cuervo, Jr., husband of Rita Guito Cuervo (S’47) and father of Alma E. Cuervo (A’69).
Jordan Richard Levine (A’07), son of Francine Grimaldi Levine (A’83). Jesus Martinez, father of Mary Ann Martinez Lewis (A’60) and Teresa Martinez Goan (A’65), grandfather of Teresa Valdes Haag (A’82), Janelle Martinez Wolff (A’92), and Crystal Martinez Lynch (A’98), and greatgrandfather of Alexia Acebo (A’14) and current Academy students Josie Wolff, Nina Wolff and Zoe Wolff. Mary Margaret Whalen McMickle (A’77), sister of Catherine Whalen (A’67) and Rose Whalen Jonson (A’80). Ruben Joseph Moreno, brother of Mirtha Moreno Agliano (A’56), Sonia Moreno Costa (A’57), and uncle of Mirtha Agliano Roman (A’76), Stephanie Agliano (A’77), and Aline Agliano (A’80), Stacy Agliano Gomes (A’82) and Laura Costa Talley (A’86).
The 1956 Flower Girls included Pat Torres (A’68), Dona Dew Nally, RoseAnn Ferrante Waters, and Lisette Rowley Young (A’67).
Josephine Marchese Trafficante, grandmother of Dina Valdes Sierra Smith (A’83), Valerie Valdes Cordell (A’86) and Melissa Paniello Castellana (A’85), and great-grandmother of Allison Smith Hunt (A’05) and Christina Castellana (A’15). William Colbert Trussell, father of Leslie “Vance” Trussell Blanchard (A’81) and grandfather of Morgan Blanchard (A’11), Camille Greenfield (A’10) and Colbert “Cole” Trussell Blanchard (A’10).
In 1986, Carol Bettinger was presented flowers by Andrea Gonzmart Williams (A’97).
Even as the Academy undergoes change, there are traditions that hold steadfast. Perhaps one of the most beloved is the graduation Flower Girls, the 1st-graders who present seniors their roses during the commencement ceremony. Historically, the girls chosen to serve have been either siblings of a graduating senior or daughters of alumni. Nowadays, these criteria hold true, however additional students are selected to accommodate the growing Senior Class.
In 2004, Madeline Babin, Colleen Doherty, Jaycie Valdez, Bailey Ferrer and Julia Schifino— all members of the Class of 2015—served as Flower Girls.
Kurt Kevin Wadsworth, Sr., brother of Dacia Wadsworth Hagen (A’77) and Linda Wadsworth Mohler (A’80). Dr. Anna Maria Williams (A’44), sister of Isabelle Williams (A’48). Josephine “Dodie” Woods, mother of Julianne Woods Johnson (A’77) and Elizabeth “Betsy” Woods Smith (A’79).
Manuel “Dennis” Garcia Munoz, brother of Board of Trustee member Liana Baldor, uncle of Ana Maria Baldor Bunn (deceased, A’90) and great-uncle of Sophia Baldor (A’12), Cristina Baldor (A’15), and current Academy students Victoria Baldor, Carlos Baldor III and Andres Baldor. THE 2004 FLOWER GIRLS RELIVE THEIR MEMORIES WITH THE 2015 BUNCH
Mia Accardi presents Gabriela Ruiz her flowers.
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