S OAR THE ALUMNI MAGAZINE OF PAUL VI HIGH SCHOOL VOLUME XI, NUMBER 1 • SPRING 2013 Paul VI Hall of Fame S A V E T H E D A T E ! Saturday, July 20, 2013 Alumni, parents, teachers, and friends of Paul VI High School are invited to join the Paul VI Alumni Association for a day in North Wildwood for the Paul VI Summer Party! WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 2013 WHERE: Flip Flopz Bar & Grille, 300 New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood TIME: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. PRICE: $25.00 includes a full free buffet, free beer and house wine, plus the usual discounted drinks until 7:00 p.m. You’ll also enjoy music from the Alumni band “Screaming Matilda.” Alumni are welcome to remain after 7:00 p.m. at no cover charge. RSVP: Questions? Contact Mary Anne Yeager, [email protected] or Dominic Vesper, [email protected] Register online at www.pvihs.org and click on “Eagles in the Wild.” UPCOMING 5 YEAR REUNIONS Attention classes of ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, ’03, ’08! Why not have your reunion or pre-reunion with us on the 20th? Roof-top patio with a pool and bar is available for your class at no extra charge! Any class year is welcome to schedule a group party. Preregister Online Now and Your Name Will Be Included in a Drawing for a $100 Cash Prize and a Paul VI Gift Basket! Proceeds will go directly to support student scholarships for incoming students to Paul VI High School. S OAR IN THIS ISSUE 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame 4 4 14 Students in Action 14 Alumni In the Spotlight 18 PVI Sports News 20 Class Notes and Events 23 Institutional Advancement Update 32 23 SOAR Magazine is published twice each year by the Advancement Office of Paul VI High School, 901 Hopkins Road, Haddonfield, NJ 08033. President Michael Chambers ’94; Principal Sr. Marianne McCann, MPF; Editor and Director of Institutional Advancement Mary Anne Yeager ’73 Paul VI High School SOAR Magazine is now located in the iTunes Store. Subscribe to SOAR Magazine by searching iTunes for Paul VI High School and stay up to the minute with our alumni publication. The subscription is free, and you can download the most recent SOAR magazine to your Apple device. VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 1 Message from the President Dear Fellow Eagles, We continually remind our alumni that Paul VI High School is a special place. Our school, our teams, our extracurricular programs all bear the name of a very remarkable person, whose life and works have inspired everything our school has stood for and has aspired to be for over 47 years. Paul VI High School continues to be, for all of us, a standard of excellence, a foundation for how to live life well, and a realization of the highest potential of what we are called to be. It is the goal of our alumni, teachers, coaches, staff members, and administrators to inspire our students every day: teaching them, encouraging them, and guiding them to attain the highest possible vision of what they can be, as students, citizens, and children of God. Our alumni remain committed to having Paul VI High School represent the very best in Catholic secondary education: to be a beacon, a model of what is possible for high schools everywhere. Our goal is to be the school that, more successfully than any other, builds a compelling Catholic foundation of values; offers challenging academics for an uncompromising sense of self and spiritual growth; provides real-life experiences that prepare our young people to embrace opportunities; encourages consideration of others through a commitment to serve; and educates responsible citizens of this global society. As we approach our 50th anniversary in 2016, we are at a very exciting time in the school’s history. We recently celebrated the achievements of our Paul VI family at the third Hall of Fame Ceremony, by inducting ten outstanding new members, to whom this issue is dedicated. We continue with our strategic plan for enhancing Paul VI facilities to better support the very strong academic, athletic, and arts programs already in place. We thank you for the dedication that has made this possible, but we still need your assistance to continue our journey toward true excellence. We want to advance our school in all respects: in how we teach and in how students learn; in how we work in partnership with parents to serve the academic and personal needs of our young people; and in how we strive every day both to provide individual attention and to address community-wide concerns. As always, I look forward to meeting more of the alumni personally at the many events throughout the year at Paul VI. When your path brings you home to “the nest,” please be sure to make some time to celebrate with this special community. We’re proud to have helped start you on your own journey, and we want to hear about your experiences along the way. We are grateful for the help you continue to give to Paul VI High School, and we will continue to invite you to join us on our shared path as we do our best to walk in the footsteps of our namesake. All the best, Michael Chambers ’94 President The Hall of Fame display graces the Paul VI High School entrance lobby. 2 | SOAR MAGAZINE Message from the Principal Paul VI High School has ended another year, and we have added another two hundred and twenty nine students to the alumni. In September, we will begin the forty-seventh year with a hope and all our prayers that we continue in the traditions which you were a part of and which have helped many of you succeed in life. of their support. We see more and more alumni participating in our events: the football alumni gathering, the alumni following our basketball and baseball teams (even on the road), and the increased numbers of alumni attending the Pauction. While mentioning the Pauction, I would like to note that our recent Pauction was the first one chaired by two alumni, Mike Brady ’82 and Karen (Sauer) McArdle ’83 – and it was a great success. That, to me speaks volumes since one of our goals when we started the Pauction was to have one large event that would unite us for the good of the Paul VI community. In the diocese, we are comparatively still a “young” school in terms of alumni. Our 50th anniversary will be in 2016, and the 50th graduating class’s anniversary will occur in 2019. Of course, that means most of our alumni are either paying off their loans or putting their own children through college. That makes us even more deeply grateful to our alumni and alumni parents for all To all of you who play a part in this, we say thank you. Message from the President of the Alumni Association He was a cultivator. If he thought you had potential, then he would invest his energy in you. If he believed that you needed extra help with your studies, then he would grab you by the arm in the school cafeteria, just to remind you that he would help you get a tutor. This issue of SOAR focuses on the great team of men and women who will be inducted into the Paul VI High School Hall of Fame. All of this year’s recipients have made many contributions to the Paul VI community through their leadership and dedication. Their inclusion in the Hall of Fame is well deserved and has been well earned. He loved to follow all of the extracurricular activities at Paul VI, but sporting events were probably his favorite. He went to all of the games, meets, and matches; field hockey, soccer, football, basketball, wrestling. He was the first to wish you good luck on the day of a big game. My message for this issue continues on this theme of great Paul VI leaders and singles out one in particular: Mr. Pat Rowan. I can remember one time when I got into some trouble on the day of a playoff baseball game that would no doubt send me to detention and cause me to miss the game. Mr. Rowan told me that instead of serving the detention on game day that I could serve the detention the next day. I would lose all my free periods for one week and pick up trash outside, along the classroom windows, for all to see. But he said that my real punishment was that I had to call my father at work and tell him what had happened. Mr. Rowan was synonymous with Paul VI, as any leader is to any great team. His passion was Paul VI High School, plain and simple. There was no ego with Mr. Rowan when it came to his work. There were no hidden agendas. His agenda was to provide young men and women with the necessary tools and sound guidance that would prepare them best for life’s challenges. He was stern but fair. He appeared mean, but his inner soft side was always there. I have many fond memories of Mr. Rowan during my years as a student and also in the years since. It was his interaction with graduates that impressed me the most. He remembered everyone and always took the time to ask both recent graduates and those who graduated years ago how they were doing. When you would see him as a PVI alum, the conversation was never about him but rather about you. He knew your part in the play, that touchdown you scored, and who your brothers and sisters were. He was an honest man. He would tell you when he honestly felt that you were headed down the wrong path or when he thought you would be a regular in his “after school” group in Room 104. He is probably the only fisherman who would admit when he didn’t catch anything. Sister Marianne McCann Principal Paul VI has definitely lost one of its all-time community leaders. It is sad to think that the big fella will never again stand in the middle of the hallway and yell, “People, please get to class!” I would encourage all fellow alumni, especially those who have children who are students and may never have met Mr. Rowan, to tell a story or two about that great man who will forever live in our hearts. God Bless. Dominic J. Vesper, Jr. ’88 President, Paul VI Alumni Association VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 3 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame Welcome to the 2013 Paul VI High School Alumni Hall of Fame issue. Every three years, members of the Paul VI community are named to the Hall of Fame. Previous honorees have included teachers, alumni, and community members who were recognized for their work in a variety of fields. This year, we are pleased to honor ten individuals for their outstanding contributions both to Paul VI and the larger community. We congratulate this year’s inductees as well as all of those who were nominated for this honor. Front row, Yola Stagliano, Gregg Metzinger ’74, Maureen Leary Naughton ’72, Brian Morehead ’85, and in acceptance for Patrick J. Rowan, his niece, Patricia Hook. Back row, In acceptance for Arthur J. DiPatri, his son, Kevin DiPatri, Mike Chapman ’70, Reverend Robert E. Hughes ’81, Angela Snyder ’82, and accepting for Dr. J. Mark Powell ’70, who was unable to be in attendance, his brother, Deacon Peter Powell ’74. 4 | SOAR MAGAZINE ACADEMIC AND CAREER ACHIEVEMENT Dr. J. Mark Powell ’70 Mark is one of five Powell siblings (Catherine, Mark, Jeanne, Joan, and Peter) to graduate from PVI during 1969–1973. It was during his junior and senior years at PVI that Mark saw the news of the Biafrin War in Nigeria, and he was struck by the hunger, poverty, and tragic circumstances of many people around the world. This may have been the impetus for his decision to join the Peace Corps after graduating from Camden County College, and it set his career path. He served in Upper Volta in West Africa (now Burkina Faso) for 3 years as a Peace Corps volunteer and for 1 year under a World Bank contract. There he surveyed land and designed and helped rural communities build contour dikes to improve water retention and rice yields. He also worked with village youth to grow school gardens. While he was there, he met his wife, Ellen, another Peace Corps volunteer. They have traveled and lived in many parts of the world during the last 38 years. After his work in the Peace Corps, Mark completed degrees at Clemson University (BS in Plant Science), Cornell University (MPS in International Agriculture and Rural Development), and Texas A&M University (PhD in Agronomy) to better understand the biological and social factors that affect food production, natural resources, and rural livelihoods. He worked as an Agronomist (study of crops and soils) with the International Livestock Research Institute and spent 9 years in rural Nigeria and Niger developing methods to enhance food and feed production for farmers and their livestock. Currently, Mark is a lead Soil Scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a Professor in the Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His commitment to improving rural agriculture and, more recently, to addressing global climate change has taken him to Africa, Asia (China, India), Australia, and Italy, where he conducted research and worked with farmers. He has hosted scientists and advised university students from other countries and has also published 2 0 1 3 Academic and Career Achievement Dr. J. Mark Powell ’70 Maureen (Leary) Naughton ’72 Angela (Piccinini) Snyder ’82 2 013 H A L L O F FA M E many research and academic articles, book chapters, and papers in the areas of environmental and agricultural science. He serves on various national and international scientific advisory committees and recently returned from 6 months in Rome, where he served as a Distinguished Expert at the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization. He attributes much of his life’s journey to a strong family base and the sound Catholic values reinforced at Paul VI. Reflecting on his years since graduating from Paul VI High School, Mark has found that people, no matter their country of origin, background, or place in life, are all similar: They seek to enrich their lives through love (love of self is how we love each other), kindness (to oneself, and through this to each other), generosity (give and receive—both are important), and smiles (everyone likes them!). Ask yourself often: Who and where am I? Interesting answers will come! Be happy, but not complacent. Challenge yourself, for change creates freshness and new ways to enjoy life. Exercise for physical and mental fitness. Mark loves his work, professional writing, and feels blessed to have great colleagues, staff, and students, and a loving family. Mark and his wife, Ellen Taylor-Powell, have two children, Andrew and Taylor Ann. Mark, Ellen, and their son, Andrew, enjoy living in Madison, Wisconsin. Their daughter, Taylor Ann, and her husband, Josh, enjoy living close by in St. Paul, Minnesota. They cherish their regular visits back to the Collingswood area and visits with family and long-time friends. n I N D U C T E E S Athletic Achievement Lifetime Dedication to Paul VI Mike Chapman ’70 Reverend Robert E. Hughes ’81 Gregg D. Metzinger ’74 Yola M. Stagliano Brian Morehead ’85 Honorary Award Arthur J. DiPatri Honorary Posthumous Award Patrick J. Rowan Honorary Posthumous Award VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 5 ACADEMIC AND CAREER ACHIEVEMENT Maureen Leary Naughton ’72 Maureen Leary Naughton (previously known by her teammates on the Paul VI 1972 State Championship Basketball Team as “Bean”) has practiced environmental law for nearly 30 years. For the last 25 years, she has been an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York, and she is the Chief of the Toxics Section in the Environmental Protection Bureau. For a second time, she was recently awarded the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award of Excellence by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Maureen is married to J. Michael Naughton, who is also an attorney and is a partner in the Albany law firm Young Sommer. They never discuss the law. Maureen and Michael both majored in English literature in college and they do discuss books and articles in the New York Times. They have two children, both of whom were also English literature majors: Dylan Kelsey, age 23 (Villanova ’11), who now lives in Manhattan and is a communications coordinator for the law firm, Ropes and Gray; and James Michael, age 21, who will be graduating from James Madison University in May 2013. Unfortunately, both Dylan and James are considering law school. Maureen’s sister, Judith ’70, was a member of one of the first graduating classes at Paul VI. Maureen’s niece, Meghan Leary ’05, is also a Paul VI graduate and went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with a nursing degree. Maureen has been a long-time member of the New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section and serves on their Executive Committee as the Continuing Legal Education Chair. She “Become engaged speaks at numerous conferwith something you ences sponsored by the Naare passionate about. tional Association of Attorneys General. She is also on the And never give up.” Board of Directors of the State Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys, working on legislative initiatives and other professional activities with numerous other states. For nearly 10 years, Maureen has been on the Board of Directors of the YMCA in her upstate New York town. She most recently became involved with their Circle of Champs program, which provides support to seriously ill children and their families. Maureen’s long-time dream has been to protect the environment, and she continues to live that dream today. She was inspired by early environmental activists, such as Rachel Carson, James Muir, and Aldo Leopold. Maureen’s biggest inspiration, however, has been her 6 | SOAR MAGAZINE 2 013 H A L L O F FA M E mother, Lorraine Berrigan Leary. Even today, at the age of 84, Lorraine continues to be an effective environmental activist in her Haddonfield/ Haddon Township community. There are roughly three lessons Maureen learned during her life’s journey: First, just say yes. To life. To opportunity. To people. To hard work. To giving. To truth and integrity. Second, believe in yourself and trust your instincts. Never allow someone else to define who you are, or dictate where you should be going or what you should be doing. Remember always how valuable you are in the world and how you can make a difference. Finally, get in to the arena. Get in the fight. Become engaged with something you are passionate about. And never give up. Consistent with that final lesson, Maureen has a piece of wisdom for Paul VI students from the writings of one of the earliest environmental activists and land conservationists in America: It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms and great devotions; and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure . . . than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat. —Theodore Roosevelt. Maureen would like to sincerely thank Mary Anne Yeager, Michael Chambers, and the entire Paul VI alumni community for the honor and privilege of being named to the Alumni Hall of Fame. Paul VI has always been and continues to be an inspiring and exceptional educational institution. n ACADEMIC AND CAREER ACHIEVEMENT Angela (Piccinini) Snyder ’82 Angela Snyder has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. She is the CEO and Vice Chairman of Fulton Bank of New Jersey, a Fulton Financial subsidiary headquartered in Mt. Laurel. Fulton Bank of New Jersey has assets of $3.5 billion and operates 73 branches throughout New Jersey. Angela is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of Fulton Bank of New Jersey. Angela was named a 2013 Women of Distinction honoree by the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey. She was named a 2012 Women of Distinction recipient by the Philadelphia Business Journal. She was also named one of New Jersey’s 2011 Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ, and she received the 2011 Alice Paul Equality Award. In 2010, Angela was recognized by the Greater Gloucester County American Association of University Women, Gloucester County Commission for Women, and Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders to receive the 2010 Gloucester County Women of Achievement award. Angela also received the 2009 Beyond the Glass Ceiling Award, sponsored by the South Jersey Chapter of the “My time at PVI National Association of Women Business Owners, Pioneer of the Year taught me that award. She was also named as one of strong and the top business people to watch under the age of 40 by both NJBIZ supportive and the Philadelphia Business community are Journal. one of the most important treasures in life.” Angela serves on several area nonprofit boards, including her role as Board Member and Trustee for Our Lady of Lourdes Foundation. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce and was recently appointed as a Director to the New Jersey Bankers Association. In 2008, Angela founded the Women’s Leadership Council of Gloucester and Salem Counties. She is the past chair and a current Steering Committee member of the Council. 2 013 H A L L O F FA M E Angela is married to Dan and has two children, Jenna and Daniel ’14. Her cousins Renee Virgilio ’84, Gina Brooks ’84, Rick Virgilio ’88, and Andrea Brooks ’94 are also PVI alumni. When Angela was young, she planned to pursue a career in elementary education, and she was inspired to follow her career path by a mentor she met while studying at St Joseph’s University. Angela notes that her family encouraged and inspired her to work hard and to be prepared to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves throughout life. Working with diverse teams, teams with different skill sets and experiences, provided her with great learning experiences. Angela is a breast cancer survivor. She has learned that a strong support system, including family, friends and colleagues, is critical to success. In her free time, Angela works with several nonprofit organizations, including the United Way, Girl Scouts of Southern and Central New Jersey, the American Heart Association, and the Alice Paul Foundation. She also enjoys spending time at the beach with her family. Angela said, “Paul VI instilled in me the importance faith and core values to provide guidance through life’s decisions. My time at PVI taught me that strong and supportive community are one of the most important treasures in life.” She offers current PVI students the following advice: “No matter what you are trying to accomplish, define what success would look like for you. This will ensure you always know where you are headed, even if you make a wrong turn along the way. Develop a plan to get there. Taking personal ownership for how you will reach your goals is critical. Building your road map before starting your journey is a must. Lastly, celebrate success along the way.” n VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 7 AT H L E T I C A C H I E V E M E N T Mike Chapman ’70 Paul VI opened its doors for the first time in 1966, accepting freshmen and sophomores. That year, Mike Chapman, a Barrington resident, entered as a freshman. “Fr. Joseph A. Von Hartleben was our principal. He told us from the beginning that to outperform other high schools we needed to outtrain them in our practices, look for information to help improve our skills, and then imitate to perfection the right technique. I embraced this throughout my 4 years at PVI and applied it to my life as an athlete and later as a coach.” Mike was voted as the first freshman class president in 1966. He was also the first PVI state champion in any sport and the first to set a state meet group record in the Parochial “B” javelin throw. Mike scored the first varsity touchdown as the captain of the football team in its first varsity game in 1968, a 44-0 win over Archbishop Kennedy. That game football is still in the school trophy case. Mike was a three-time state champion in track and field, setting records and winning numerous county and statewide major meet championships in the shot-put and javelin events while he captained the PVI track team to a perfect season in 1970. According to Mike, “I remember in 1966 giving the first speech ever in the auditorium as class president, asking my classmates to help put PVI on the highest plateau of excellence.” 2 013 H A L L O F FA M E Mike then accepted a full track and field scholarship to Arizona State University and was named twice to the All-Western Athletic Conference in the javelin. Mike’s best throws with the college implements were 54’7” shot-put, 161’9” discus, and 252’3” javelin. Before that, he attended Camden County College graduating with an AA Degree. At Camden County, he was National JC Javelin Champion, and was given the Charles A. Wolverton Award as the school’s most outstanding athlete in 1972, and in 1993, he was inducted into the Camden County College Sports Hall of Fame. After college, Mike continued his success by reaching the Olympic qualifying standard in the javelin throw. He competed in the 1980 USA Olympic Trials and had a lifetime best throw that year of 261’1”. President Jimmy Carter boycotted the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Russia, sending no USA athletes. USA Track & Field ranked Mike nationally for 6 consecutive years in the javelin, and the International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body of track & field, ranked Mike as a worldclass track and field athlete in 1980-1981. In 2012, Mike was inducted into the prestigious South Jersey Track and Field Hall of Fame, which includes such great athletes as Carl Lewis and other Olympians. Mike has three siblings who attended PVI: Tom ’70, Helen ’71, and Patrick ’74. Mike lived in Scottsdale, AZ, for 35 years and raised four sons: Michael, Thomas, Brian, and Shawn. Mike worked as a manager for Best Products and coached part time at Arizona State for 5 years and for 20 years at Scottsdale Community College. Mike moved back to New Jersey in 2008 for family reasons. Mike said, “I would like to tell the students at PVI today to welcome every day at school as a life gift from God to you and your classmates, so you can improve your knowledge skills and friendships, knowing that everything that happens there affects you. So join in and participate in something because you can never get this time back in your life again.” n Mike Chapman as a freshman in 1966, PVI’s first freshman class president, making the first student council speech on the stage in the school auditorium. 8 | SOAR MAGAZINE AT H L E T I C A C H I E V E M E N T Gregg D. Metzinger ’74 There are many pathways to becoming a productive, well-grounded citizen, and as a student of PVI, Gregg believes he was both equipped and encouraged to aspire toward a path that instilled knowledge, economic self-sufficiency, and respect for self and others. Gregg graduated from PVI in 1974. He lettered in basketball and started varsity during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Then he attended La Salle College in Philadelphia, PA, on an athletic scholarship, where he was a reserve on two basketball conference champions, two NCAA teams, and one Big Five Champion team. He graduated in 1978 with a BS in business administration, specializing in personnel and labor relations. “Live life one day at a time. Every day is a gift.” Gregg is a human resources professional and has worked in this field for more than 30 years. After his graduation from La Salle, he was employed as a personnel relations representative with RCA Space Center in Princeton, NJ. While employed at RCA, he received an MBA from La Salle College in 1983. After RCA, he held various management positions with Perdue Farms of Salisbury, MD, in their Southern and Midwestern regions. For the past 13 years, Gregg has been employed with Hill International of Marlton, NJ. He is a Senior Vice President and manages Hill’s worldwide recruiting and talent management process as well as their staff augmentation business unit. Gregg and his longtime companion, Darlene Scott, have a 24-yearold daughter Janell, who is pursuing a nursing career. Gregg’s mother, Elizabeth, still lives in Barrington, NJ, Gregg’s 2 013 H A L L O F FA M E hometown. Gregg has three brothers, Harry, Keith ’71, and Gerry ’79, and one sister, Marianne Whipple. Four of her five children are PVI graduates, Danielle ’89, Christian ’90, Andrew ’92, and Melissa ’94. Gregg is a believer in Jesus Christ and owes everything to Him. Over the past 30 years, Gregg has coached numerous grade school basketball teams. He is currently the head coach of the girls’ basketball travel team of the Camden City Catholic Partnership Schools (St. Anthony, Sacred Heart, Holy Name, St. Joseph, and St. Cecelia in Pennsauken). For the past 3 years, Gregg has conducted clinics for the students with a number of former South Jersey basketball players. Along with teaching good sportsmanship and leadership skills, he shares the following thoughts with the student-athletes: Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Live life one day at a time. Every day is a gift. Do not personalize. Do not worry; it is God’s will, not ours. It’s okay for everyone to have an opinion. And lastly, “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps” (Proverbs 16:9). VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 9 AT H L E T I C A C H I E V E M E N T Brian Morehead ’85 Brian still holds the all Paul VI boys’ basketball scoring records — 1,523 career points, 644 single season points (1985), and 45 points in a game. He was named 1985 Courier-Post Player of the Year. The 6foot-2 shooting guard was a three-year starter for South Jersey Hall of Fame coach Art DiPatri. He won the State title with the 1983 Paul VI team led by current James Madison University coach Matt Brady ’83. “There were so many great players and coaches that I was blessed to play with and learn from during those years (1981-85). Certainly, winning a state title in 1983 with such a close group of talented teammates and coaches was very special. Our 1985 team snapped Camden High’s 85-game conference winning streak during my senior year.” Brian feels very blessed to have met a gentleman named Tim Lenahan at the young age of 8. Tim was Brian’s basketball coach and became a father-like figure, mentor, and best friend after the passing of Brian’s father when he was just 7 years old. Tim would continually tell Brian that he could do anything or be the best at anything he wanted if he worked hard and believed in himself. Tim gave him the ability to “Your dreams dream big! At that time, for Brian, it will require hard was all about basketball. He wanted to work, discipline, be the best basketball player and faith, and a little student he could be. He wanted to go to college and play. The Morehead luck.” family was a middle-class family with six kids and a mother who was forced to work for their family’s survival, so money for college was going to be an issue. However, with the beliefs instilled in him by Tim and nurtured to new levels by his other mentor, high school coach Art DiPatri, Brian achieved his dream of playing in college and getting an education. Best of all, he didn’t have to pay for it. Anybody with children will tell you what a huge blessing that was, one that Mrs. Morehead, even now, in her 80s, recounts with so much joy and pride. He used what he was taught: lessons of faith, love, hard work, and being good to others – and this has been the foundation of how Brian lives his life and his work. 10 | SOAR MAGAZINE 2 013 H A L L O F FA M E Brian received his BA from Bentley University Massachusetts, where he received a full fouryear scholarship and was a key contributor and part-time starter all four years. He is Vice President of national Accounts for Singer Equipment. His division designs and sells food service equipment to national chain concepts. Singer Equipment Company applies a team concept philosophy, and as a result, the business has grown 1000% since 1987. A family-owned business for more than 94 years, the company is being brought to new levels by the founder’s grandson, Fred Singer. Brian said that Fred has been another blessing to his business life. A friend and progressive business thinker, Fred has embraced the “team philosophy” and the success of the company that is directly linked to key core values that all successful teams follow. Brian shared with us that everyone has a valuable role on the Singer team, like the Paul VI teams he played on from 1981-1985. By working together, everyone enjoyed great success. Brian said, “I have learned that life is a journey. We all go through different seasons in our life, and everyone experiences ups and downs. I have had my share of difficult moments that have included losing family members and friends. I have also experienced incredible highs in my personal life, such as marrying my wife, Megan. Throughout it all, I have tried to live my life with faith as taught by Jesus Christ. I can tell you, with 100% certainty, believe in His promises! I’m living proof.” Consistent with the way Brian has lived his life, he has some wisdom to share with Paul VI students today. He says, “Dream big! You can do anything you set your mind to do. Anything worth having will not come easily. Your dreams will require hard work, discipline, faith, and a little luck. However, the rewards can be great! Live your life with passion. You only get one. You may as well make it great.” n AT H L E T I C A C H I E V E M E N T Arthur J. DiPatri Art DiPatri was one of the most legendary basketball coaches in the history of South Jersey. After graduating from St. John’s University, he began a long teaching and coaching career. He successfully guided three different high school boys’ basketball programs, at Gloucester Catholic, Woodrow Wilson, and Gloucester High School, before winning two state championships with Paul VI over his 22year coaching career. His teams were always well prepared and fundamentally sound. Mr. DiPatri served as the PVI head boys’ basketball coach from 1973 to 1987. “To many, he was a monumental life influence, and he was considered so much more than a basketball coach...” During that time, he compiled a 230-140 record and captured two State championships, first in 1980 and again in 1983. Over the next 14 years, the PVI Eagles were among the top teams in the area, and his epic battles with Camden High School and its coach, Clarence Turner, became some of the most memorable games in area history. He retired from coaching for good after the 1987 season, but he left the Paul VI program in good shape, and the Eagles won another state title in 1988, under coach Steve Selby. The players he coached consider it a privilege to have played for Coach DiPatri. To many, he was a monumental life influence, and he was considered so much more than a basketball coach— a teacher, a friend, and a mentor. He pushed and challenged his players to excel at anything they put their minds to. He instilled in them the passion to achieve their goals through discipline, teamwork, honesty, and hard work. Mike Androlewicz ’82 said, “I believe I speak for many others who passed through the Paul VI basketball program under Coach DiPatri. I look at men today who played for Coach DiPatri years ago, and I see them in successful careers, being good sons, good fathers, and good husbands. I think Coach DiPatri had a big influence on them. “ The Paul VI community lost a legend when Coach DiPatri died suddenly on January 12, 2011. He had a loving family that included his wife, Sheila, and four children, Patricia, Art Jr., Kevin, and Megan, and seven grandchildren. n 2 013 H A L L O F FA M E Members of the Paul VI High School Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees Mike Chapman ’70 Dr. J. Mark Powell ’70 Maureen (Leary) Naughton ’72 Gregg Metzinger ’74 Reverend Robert E. Hughes ’81 Angela (Piccinini) Snyder ’82 Brian Morehead ’85 Yola Stagliano - Honorary Arthur DiPatri – Honorary Patrick J. Rowan - Honorary 2009 Inductees Steve Burley ’72 Nan Famular ’73 Michael Glavin ‘74 Tim Lenahan ’76 Michael Androlewicz ’82 Martina Attanasi ’84 Marie Gallagher - Honorary 2006 Inductees Robert Quaile ’70 John Conway ’71 Reverend Timothy Byerley ’72 Captain Robert Jackson ’72 Deirdre Kane ’72 Mary Scharff ’73 Jerry Falasca ’75 Vince Sarubbi ’78 Tim Curry ’82 Reverend Michael McGilley - Honorary Hall of Fame Committee Chair: Daniel O’Shaughnessy ’85, Board of Trustees Reverend E. Joseph Byerley ’82, Chair, Board of Trustees John Conway ’71, Board of Trustees Michael Chambers ’94, President Mary Anne Yeager ’73, Director of Institutional Advancement VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 11 L I F E T I M E D E D I C AT I O N T O PA U L V I Reverend Robert E. Hughes ’81 When Father Hughes was young, he always thought that he would be a doctor. He liked science and was more studious than athletic, so it seemed a worthy pursuit. While he was in in high school, he was amazed at a presentation made by a newly ordained Vincentian priest during the annual Vocations Awareness Week. The priest presented a side of priesthood that Father Hughes had never imagined. As a typical kid, he thought that priests said Mass, prayed, and lived generally “boring” lives. However, this priest described “He came to how he worked in a poor North understand that a Philadelphia neighborhood with a group of volunteers who fixed the priest was like a homes of the elderly and the doctor. You simply poor. This talk made Father Hughes reflect on whether he was cared for souls.” being called to be a priest. It took 3 more years for him to conclude that the answer was “yes.” Father (now Monsignor) Rock was an inspiration to Father Hughes as well, challenging him in his freshman Honors English class to find his potential and become a serious student. Sister Marianne chaperoned a trip to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland during his senior year, opening a window into the world beyond South Jersey, and Father Hughes hasn’t stopped traveling since. His parents, family, and several other priests of the diocese, especially the late Monsignor Velozo, likewise played a major role in his formation. After leaving Paul VI, Father Hughes found that he was better prepared for college than the average student at La Salle College (now University). He found college relatively easy, which gave him the time to be involved in his parish and reflect on what God wanted him to do. By the end of his freshman year at La Salle, where he had been a pre-med major, he realized that he needed to apply to the diocese to become a seminarian. He came to understand that a priest was like a doctor. You simply cared for souls. 12 | SOAR MAGAZINE 2 013 H A L L O F FA M E Father Hughes has been connected to Paul VI for most of his life, and he says that his blood truly runs “blue.” As a young priest, he was assigned to Holy Savior in Westmont, and each Advent and Lent from 1991 to 1996 he would hear confessions for the students. Then from 1996 to 1999, he served as a teacher at Paul VI (Latin I, II, III; Senior Religion) and Yearbook Moderator, Senior Level Moderator, and Religion Chairperson. From 2001 to 2003, he was the first President of Paul VI (taught Latin III and IV) and then reprised that role as the third President from 2005 to 2011. Father Hughes has learned countless lessons in a half-century, but he considers the most important one to be yourself. He would like to remind students to be grateful for the 4 years they spend at Paul VI. A Catholic high school education is possible only with the sacrifice of loving parents who believe that the values taught at Paul VI are fundamental to a life of learning and excellence. He also advises students to work hard. In a world where so much comes to us easily, one can quickly forget that we have a responsibility to use the talents God has given us, to give Him glory, and to contribute unselfishly to the well-being of others. Fr. Hughes has a number of Paul VI alumni in his family, including his sisters, Bernadette Hughes Underwood ’83 and Nancy Hughes Naulty ’86; his cousin, Jennifer LeFevre Montone ’89 his niece, Kaitlin Underwood ’14, and his nephew, Blake Underwood ’17. In his free time, Father Hughes enjoys travel, music, and the beach. n L I F E T I M E D E D I C AT I O N T O PA U L V I Yola M. Stagliano Yola showed an early interest in languages. From her preschool years (1 year in Italy at the age of 4) to her Hallahan Catholic Girls High School days in Philadelphia (studying Latin, French, Spanish, and English), she followed her goal of being a high school language teacher. After studying at Columbia University and graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she spent the first 5 years of her teaching career at Woodstown High School, which she really enjoyed. When her children were old enough for school, she began her happiest, most rewarding years at Paul VI High School. As level moderator and department chair, she really enjoyed working with Msgr. Russell Rock, Sr. Marianne McCann, and all of the teachers and students. When her children graduated from Paul VI (Richard ’71, David ’73, Donna ’75, and Paul ’79), they were well prepared to continue their education and achieve their goals. After retiring from Paul VI in 1992, she continued teaching languages as a homebound tutor for the public high schools. 2 013 H A L L O F FA M E equally important in helping shape who they are. What they do and don’t do will affect their future. Maturity and responsibility lead to independence, and these 4 years are stepping stones to who and what they will become.” Yola said that she has always felt a close connection to Paul VI, returning year after year for the outstanding plays, dinners, and many activities, as well as the Pauction. In 2010, she even won the Pauction grand prize, a Mustang convertible! She stated, “The school, my colleagues, and the students I have had the honor of teaching will always hold a loving, warm place in my heart.” Today she would give high school students the same advice she tried to instill in them when she was teaching. “The 4 years of high school are such important ones. Christian values, social skills, and academics are As a community, we are grateful to Yola Stagliano, an eloquent and professional colleague and friend, who has remained dedicated and involved to help Paul VI strive for excellence! n Patrick J. Rowan Pat’s Catholic upbringing and education were a source of great pride for him. It was the sisters and priests Pat met in this environment who inspired him the most. Pat admired the values and principles of these individuals, such as Sr. Ann Arthur, Msgr. Harry Jordan, and lay teacher Marshall Halpern. Pat strove to be the kind of role model to his students that these educators had been to him. One of Pat’s most cherished awards was the Bishop’s Medal for meritorious service, which he received in December 2002. Pat, a St. Mary’s School alumnus and 1966 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, was always fascinated by science. His true academic journey began at Villanova University, where he chose to study biochemistry. After his freshman year, he changed his major to psychology after taking an interest in the brain and human development. After college graduation, Pat found himself drawn to education as the primary focus for his professional career. He taught at Pyne Point Middle School in Camden for 1 year before joining the staff at Paul VI, where he remained for the rest of his career. It was at Paul VI where his love of learning grew into a love of teaching. Once Pat became a teacher and Assistant Principal for Discipline, Pat drew his inspiration from the students he saw every day. Pat loved teaching psychology, but most of all he loved his students. He enjoyed “...character and being involved in the extras at school as well: moderating the truth will always debate team, chaperoning school ultimately prevail.” dances and the senior class trip, attending sporting events, and overseeing his beloved stage crew. Pat believed in the principles of service, leadership, and above all, character. This was the lesson he would want his students to take with them throughout life. As Pat once wrote, “Standards of scholarship change, leaders rise and fall with time, but character and truth will always ultimately prevail.” Outside of school, Pat devoted his time to his other loves: first, his family, Thom his brother, his sisters Kathy and Maryann, his brother-in-law Bill, and the light of his life, his niece Patty. And secondly fishing; he always dreamed of owning a boat, moving to Florida, and spending his retirement fishing. Although this dream unfortunately never came to fruition, the legacy that Pat left behind in his 41 years at Paul VI as an outstanding teacher, colleague, and friend is not one that will soon be forgotten. n Some of it’s magic and some of it’s tragic, but I had a good life all the way. —Jimmy Buffett VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 13 Students in Action 14 | SOAR MAGAZINE S T U D E N T S in A C T I O N 42nd Street! Heart of Camden The drama department produced yet another fantastic show to remember. Our drama and dance students performed the musical, 42nd Street. From set design, to chorus lines, to the acting … it was pure entertainment. Congratulations to the cast and crew of 42nd Street for, yet again, another extraordinary performance!! Remember what it felt like when you stood in the spotlight? “This was my first musical at Paul VI High School, and it was hard work, but it paid big dividends. Rehearsals were tiring and frustrating, at first, but in the end it was so rewarding; I met so many awesome and talented people, all of whom I am happy to call my friends, now. We all worked to put on a great show, and the best part of it all was that moment where you take a bow with the audience on their feet in front of you.” - Sydney DiBernardo ’10 Alumni …. It was so grand that you came! Thank you to the following alumni who came back to share their expertise with this year’s cast and crew … because, after all, there’s no business like show business. Alumni Cameos! Left to right: Kiana Ye ’14, Gabby Brown ’13, Morgan Harris ’13, Riaá Redd ’13, Erinn Fontno ’13. The PVI girls basketball team spent the day in Camden, first cleaning up a war memorial park, then painting crosses with the names of those murdered in Camden this year. Ryan Breslin ’04, Priscilla Fredrick ’07, Tunisia Hayward ’05, Shaun Leavy, Ryan Romberger ’04, Alyssa Sciscio ’07, Colleen Wood ’04 Catholic Charities Helped with Choreography! Sarah Garvey ’05, Alyssa Sciscio ’07, Steve Wovna ’08 Helped with Set, Props, and Backstage! Zach Aubrey ’09, Stephanie Filippo ’10, Julie Margraf ’12, Joe Mohnacs ’11, Jim Schumann ’08, Mackenzie Silvestri ’12 Shane Murphy ’13 Senior Shane L. Murphy received the Boy Scout Rank of Eagle. The Rank of Eagle is the highest award given to a Boy Scout after they have completed a service project that benefits the community or a non-profit group. A ceremony where Shane was recognized for his achievement was held at the Gloucester Township Municipal Building followed by a reception. Shane was also presented with the Most Courageous Swimmer award from the South Jersey Interscholastic Swimming Association. Mike Chambers and Sister Marianne McCann pictured with Joe Flacco, Super Bowl MVP award recipient, at the Diocese of Camden’s Catholic Charities 10th Annual Justice for All Dinner; a gathering that benefits the dozens of services Catholic Charities provides to those in greatest need. VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 15 S T U D E N T S in A C T I O N iRace for Vocations In 1963, Pope Paul VI initiated the Annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations. On April 21, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations was held at Washington Lake Park – as both a church and track. Beginning with a noon Mass in the amphitheater, celebrated by Bishop Dennis Sullivan, more than 1,000 adults and youth, seminarians, clergy, religious and lay, assembled together to pray— and race—for an increase in vocations for the Diocese of Camden. The Paul VI community came out in large numbers. During Mass, it looked like sea of blue in the congregation of PVI students, alumni, and families wearing their PVI spirit wear. After Mass, more than 900 individuals participated in the 5K run or 1-mile walk – readied with lists of sponsors who offered prayer pledges for vocations. Following the race, attendees enjoyed a barbecue and dancing. Music was provided by Father Joseph Ganiel, pastor of Holy Child Parish in Runnemede, who served as DJ for the day. Father Michael Romano ’99, Chaplain of Paul VI and Director of Vocations for the Diocese, called the event “a joyful, spirited, family event.” He said he was “overwhelmed” by the crowd, who “understood it was a faith-raiser, to ask God for more priests and religious for our diocese.” Standing: Alexis Walker ’15, Laura Fagen ’15, Sister Diana Higgins, Michael Chambers ’94, Colleen (Keefe) Chambers ’98, Lisa Hayford ’10, and Lydia Ruga ’10. In stroller: Cooper and Logan Chambers, standing next to stroller: Aidan and Carly Chambers. Sr. Mary Ann Gecina, Sr. Margaret Mary Hanlon, Sr. Shirlee Tremont, Sr. Marianne McCann, Principal. Marc Acchitelli ’15, Father Michael Romano ’99, Director of Vocations for the Camden Diocese and Paul VI Chaplain. Paul VI runners: Marc Acchitelli ’15, Michael Packi ’15, Ben RotlerGurley ’15, Robert Cleary ’14, Peter Gallagher ’12, Jake Durante-Koller ’14, Matt Pluta ’14, Cameron Locantore ’16, Mike Patterson ’13, and Aimee Abbott ’12 (first female finisher). 16 | SOAR MAGAZINE S T U D E N T S in A C T I O N National Honor Society Puts the Message of Martin Luther King into Action Mrs. Amy Cordasco, Director of Campus Ministry In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s message of brotherhood and faith, Paul VI National Honor Society students celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service by focusing on serving two sites in Camden County. Student leaders planned and organized this day of service, including communicating with the management of each site, coordinating the site plan of action, obtaining supplies for service, and handling specific assignments for each student. One group of NHS students spent the day cleaning up Newton Creek Park. The students picked up plastic bottles and other floatables from the quiet section of the South Branch of Newton Creek. The other group worked at Kingsway Learning Center in Haddonfield, where they helped with cleaning, painting, and moving furniture. After school, a third group of Paul VI students, who regularly provide volunteer service every third Monday of the month to the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, went on their regular monthly visit. They spent their time setting tables, serving food and beverages, and cleaning up after the meal. Cathedral Kitchen Left to right: Paul VI senior Johnathon Hagan and juniors Luke Zhou and Matt Zaccone, who are among the students who regularly provide assistance to the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden the third Monday of each month. Students and faculty were warmly welcomed at each destination site, where they were greatly encouraged in their work for the day. For these Paul VI students, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service truly was “a day on, not off,” and they can proudly answer Martin Luther King’s question, “What are you doing for others?” Newton Creek Park Kingsway Learning Center Left to right: Paul VI seniors Jenna Sanchirico, Paula Goodwin, Suzanne Parker, Monica Thomas, Lexi D’Orazio, and Lesley Venella, who were among those providing assistance to Kingsway Learning Center in Haddonfield. Front, left to right: Paul VI seniors Aubrey Romanowski, Carly Brady, Ryan Bryfogle, Sarah Thompson, Jillian D’Amico, Jessica Castiglia, Cassie Gilken, and Mikaela Fenton. Back, left to right: Bobby McSorley, Leo Mount, Richard Sbresney, Alex Sparacio, Mr. Steve Tucker, Pete Cipolone, Dan Marino, and Neil MacFarland. VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 17 A L U M N I in the S P O T L I G H T Congratulations to the graduating class of 2013! Paul VI has been well-represented by the outstanding accomplishments of this class. We are proud to welcome them to our Paul VI alumni family. They are now among the 13,000 alumni living and working across the country and throughout the world. This strong community is truly a family, sharing common interests, goals, and ideals. This year’s graduates received $12,177,200 in academic scholarship awards. $1,583,352 was awarded in athletic scholarships, double the amount of athletic scholarships awarded last year. Best wishes to each of you as you move on to discover, to create, and to inspire. 2012 NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes Paul VI is proud to announce that four alumni have been named to the 2012 Division 3 All Academic Athlete Team. They were honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as 2012 All America Scholar-Athletes. Students must carry higher than a 3.5 GPA while competing in college sports to be part of this team. “Dedication to hard work is something to be proud of,” said Coach Bob Swain, who coached these fine athletes in softball during their tenure at Paul VI. Jessica DeCastro ’11 – Immaculata University Holly Schell ’09 – Immaculata University Jacki Herrington ’09 – Neumann University Melissa Swain ’11 – William Paterson University Holly Schell ’09, was also named the 2013 CSAC Softball Player of the Year —one of the Colonial States Athletic Conference’s highest 18 | SOAR MAGAZINE end-of-the-year awards. She played an integral role in leading Immaculata to a 22-16 overall and 18-4 CSAC record. According to the Immaculata online news, in addition to this top honor, Holly was among the First Team All-CSAC selections. “This is the second straight season that Holly Schell has earned first team allleague honors. She has started all 38 games for the Mighty Macs this year, producing 44 hits, 22 RBIs, and 33 runs scored, all team highs. She had the third-best batting average on the team at .346, while producing seven doubles, three triples, and two home runs. She had a .496 slugging percentage and .413 on-base percentage, and was 11-for-13 on stolen base attempts. She had a .573 slugging and .455 on-base percentage, and went 9-for-10 in stolen base attempts. She drew a team-leading 11 walks during conference play. She was also named to the CSAC Sportsmanship Team.” n A L U M N I in the S P O T L I G H T One Artist Who Is Making a Difference Theresa BrownGold ’72 is a painter, writer, and social activist with a passion to make a difference. In 2008, she started the not-for-profit Art as Social Inquiry (http://artassocialinquiry.org/). Theresa and her husband, Marc, owned two small businesses. When their health care premiums continued to increase, she considered hiring part-time workers to avoid these costs. She realized that other business owners across the nation must have been doing the same thing and had a “crisis of conscience” that coincided with a rekindling of her love of art. Theresa started asking questions, first in her Pennsylvania community and then across the country, to find out who did and did not have access to affordable health care. She talked to friends, neighbors, customers, and strangers, and heard many stories about the difficulty that some underinsured or uninsured people had obtaining health care. Some lost loved ones as a result of inadequate health insurance. Others lost everything they owned. People at a range of socioeconomic levels were affected, including those with professional degrees. A woman lost her daughter, who had diabetes but could not afford insulin. An insured man faced financial ruin when his wife gave birth to premature twins. Someone else had to marry a friend just to obtain health insurance. Wealthy Americans seemed to be relatively untouched, however, because they could afford high-cost coverage. These stories changed Theresa’s view of the health care issue, and she decided to take a stand. Theresa painted portraits and took photographs of people who shared their stories. She conducted indepth interviews to capture the stories and posted the stories and portraits on her Web site (without names) to connect with more people. This led to an epiphany: How can our nation be an economic powerhouse, a leader in innovation, a model of productivity, if all Americans do not have access to health care? Washington, DC, was facing a tidal wave of opposition to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and the law was challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court. Theresa learned about the law and its strengths and weaknesses and listened to those who supported the law and those who opposed it. She saw that, in our capitalist society, health care is a powerful for-profit industry. In 2011, Theresa went to Washington, DC, to speak for the many people who had trusted her with their stories. Armed with a clear understanding of the Affordable Care Act, the stories she had heard, and the portraits she had painted, for 5 months, she spent 2 to 3 days a week, 5 hours each day, rain or shine, sharing the stories. She spoke to elected officials, business people, public servants, tourists, students, and senior citizens. She stood on the steps of the Capitol and said: “Tell me what the uninsured should do when they need health care. What should uninsured people do when they work and contribute to society but cannot afford health care? What if you had no health care coverage?” She also tried to speak with Congressional representatives, and one even asked to have a picture taken with her. For 3 days in March 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the law. Theresa stood in front of the Courthouse with portraits and a sign that said: “Tell me what the uninsured did wrong and I will go home.” Theresa added her voice to those of protestors, supporters of the law, reporters, and film crews from around the world. She was determined to speak for those whose stories she told in portraiture and the millions of others they represented. Sometimes the stories Theresa told fostered empathy that led to ideas, possible solutions, and a willingness to act. She saw that knowing and understanding what others have experienced led to connections among people and a willingness to work together. In Washington, Theresa heard more stories about the difficulty of obtaining affordable health care. She also encountered people who did not seem to care that some Americans did not have access to health care. They seemed to accept the idea that some people would “fall through the cracks.” She also saw that many people did not understand the Affordable Care Act. In addition, some factions in the country had undertaken a successful campaign of disseminating inaccurate information. Theresa saw the power of the First Amendment and the rights associated with it: free speech and free assembly. Foreign tourists were particularly in awe of Americans’ ability to speak out because not all countries provide this freedom. Theresa recognized the value of this right in solving difficult social issues. After she returned home, Theresa continued to speak out and explain the Affordable Care Act at senior centers, conferences, and other venues. Theresa told the story behind a painting about Remote Area Medical® mobile clinics, where she volunteered with her husband. People slept in their cars or walked miles all night to get in line at 3:00 A.M. to see a volunteer doctor when the clinic opened at 6:00 A.M. The clinics are held in high schools or at fairgrounds, and animal stalls sometimes double as examination rooms. Although many people think that these kinds of clinics only serve third-world countries, for thousands of Americans, they provide their only access to affordable health care. Theresa makes a difference every day by reaching out to others to solve the health care crisis in America by speaking out and asking hard questions about what each of us can do. n VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 19 PVI Sports News S P R I N G 2 013 U P D AT E n BASEBALL n CHEERLEADING Nick Gallo ’13 has been a member of the varsity team since his Freshmen year. Nick made a splash on the South Jersey baseball scene by earning AllSouth Jersey honors his sophomore season. Last season, Nick earned first team All-Conference. Coach Pat Fisher The team is 5-7 with big wins vs. Cherokee and Washington Twp. Jason Roselli and Matt McKewon have been leading the way at the plate and defensively in the middle. Shawn Semple, Dom Bisirri, and Ben Seklecki have pitched very well, while freshman Shane Kubrak has been a pleasant surprise, playing solid defense and hitting over .300. n BOYS LACROSSE As of May 1, current record was 4-4. Gabe Romano (senior) leads the Eagles with 32 points (25 goals, 7 assists), with Sam Jarvis (senior) scoring 25 points (19 goals, 6 assists)…and both are on pace to score their 100th career goals this season…a huge milestone in lacrosse. Colin Savacool (freshman) has won 68% of his faceoffs and has a team leading 72 ground balls. Michael Burns (junior) has tallied 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists); Danny Boucot (freshman) has earned 13 points (9 goals, 4 assists); Kevin McCahill (junior) has scored 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists); Colin Savacool has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists); and Alec Schneider (senior) has scored 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists). The Paul VI defense has been improving, with goalie Dylan O’Brien (junior) making 47 saves this season. The defensive group MacKenzie Collins (senior), Mike Bizzoco (sophomore), Charlie Reiss (junior), Dominic Griffo (freshman), John Santini (freshman), and Michael Manahan (senior) has earned 43 ground balls. This is a very young team, and we play in a very tough division, but we have managed to reduce the average goals against and increase the average goals we score in a game. Coach Steve Halla 20 | SOAR MAGAZINE Congratulations to our cheerleaders who attended the two day Cheersport National Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. The girls placed 1.6 points out of 1st Cheerleading Coaches; Left to right, Maggie place along with plac- Kenney ’04, Clare Joyce Kenney ’77, and ing 4th out of 29 teams Bridget Kenney Pullman ’02 in the overall HS division against teams from all over the country. We are very proud of you! Way to represent PVI, Ladies! Coach Clare Joyce Kenney ’77 n WRESTLING Juniors (left) Rob Hehl and Mark Alberto represented Paul VI in the Region 7 Wrestling Quarterfinals on March 1st at Robinsville High School. Getting to the regions is a real accomplishment, and they represented PVI well, we are looking forward to next year as they advance to the States! S P R I N G S P O R T S U P D AT E n GIRLS SOFTBALL The Paul VI Varsity Softball team is off to a great start. They are 11-2 and ranked 10th in South Jersey. Brielle Pietrafesa leads the Eagles with a batting average of .500, and she also collected her 100th hit on April 23, 2013, in a win against Timber Creek. She also leads the team in RBIs with 22. Dylan Jarvis is batting .407 and leading the team in runs scored, with 23. Freshman Breck Urban is hitting .442 and Rachel Robb is hitting .417. Alexa Toner and Madi Kreck are the pitchers for the Eagles squad, and they are doing a great job leading Paul VI thus far. The Paul VI defense has been exceptional, only making 4 errors in 13 games. Coach Dawn Mader n GIRLS TRACK The Paul VI Girls Track team had a successful 2013 season. The girls came out with a great attitude and work ethic. No matter what the coaches asked them to do, the athletes wore smiles and performed to the best of their abilities. The young team of 50 runners, jumpers, and throwers showed their talent early in the season, defeating Conference rivals Camden Catholic and Bishop Eustace in April. Seniors Christy Phillips, Catherine Fiore, and Lizzy O’Donnell proved themselves to be excellent leaders. Underclassmen Stephanie Hiester ’14, Kaylynne Timmons ’14, Carly Murphy ’15, Steele Stokley ’15, and Bernadette McGowan ’16 all had breakout seasons and will surely prove to be key athletes in coming seasons.Coach Diana Rankin n BOYS VOLLEYBALL The Paul VI Boys Volleyball team continues to work on building a program that will be able to compete with the elite teams in South Jersey for years to come. With 11 returning players from last season, and some new key additions, we have made strides in becoming just that. Led by captains Freddie Simpkins, Casey Taylor, and Pietro Gentile, the Eagles have experienced many firsts this year, including a trip to Hillsborough for their first ever tournament action, Dan Snyder ’14 where they played against 4 of the top 15 teams in the state and learned many lessons that we will carry into the future as we continue to build. Coach Tom Pierson Seniors on the PVI track team were acknowledged and the girls were presented with flowers. Ricky’s sister Christy was one of the senior girls. Left to right: Seniors Catherine Fiore, Luke Nelson, Mike Patterson, Daniel Marino, Dior Hightower, Christy Phillips, Vaughn White, Greg Pease, Neil MacFarlane, and Lizzy O’Donnell. n FOOTBALL n GIRLS LACROSSE The Paul VI Varsity Girls Lacrosse team did well this year and made their first appearance in the playoffs. Their hard work and determination has been the birth of a successful program. Our Varsity team is primarily a young team, containing 5 seniors, 11 juniors, 2 sophomores, and 3 freshmen. Top scorer, senior Kristen Bate, led the team with goals this season and will be attending Widener University in the Fall and becoming a member of their Women’s Lacrosse Team. Another Senior, Carleigh Dabritz, will be attending Immaculata University in the fall and becoming a member of the Women’s Lacrosse Team. Other top scorers consist of junior Casey Baker (11 goals), freshman Michelle Hallman (12 goals), and junior Erica McLaughlin (6 goals). Coach Lauren Bigos NJFCA Super 100 Players in New Jersey, Paul VI senior Gregory Martin Pease was nominated by Coach Dougherty and accepted into the NJFCA (New Jersey Football Coaches Association) as one of the super 100 players in New Jersey. The Super 100 Banquet was held at the Pines Manor in Edison on March 24 to acknowledge 100 outstanding football athletes. Greg has formally signed with the University of New Haven for football. VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 21 S P R I N G S P O R T S U P D AT E n COLLEGE COMMITMENTS Congratulations to these PVI Senior Athletes who have signed with NCAA teams for the fall of 2013: Kristen Bate Widener University Lacrosse Dom Bisirri Widener University Baseball Sarah Boucot Rutgers University-Camden Soccer Gabrielle Brown Millersville University Basketball Carleigh Dabritz Immaculata University Lacrosse Catherine Fiore Philadelphia University Soccer/Track Nick Gallo George Mason University Baseball Morgan Harris Albright College Basketball Sarah Harris Montclair State University Soccer Dior Hightower Rowan University Football McKenna Jarvis University of Tulsa Crew Sam Jarvis Massachusetts Maritime Academy Lacrosse Erica McDonough Widener University Soccer Ryan Nicklous Alderson-Broaddus College Swimming Matt O’Keefe Alvernia University Basketball Greg Pease University of New Haven Football Jason Roselli Penn State University-Abington Baseball Sean Sanchirico Rutgers University-Camden Golf Kateland Stuessy Misericordia University Volleyball Meredith Stocklin Long Island University Field Hockey Vaughn (Chase) White Albright College Football Bottom row left to right: Ryan Nicklous, Sam Jarvis, Greg Pease, Nick Gallo, McKenna Jarvis, Meredith Stocklin, Sean Sanchirico, Vaughn (Chase) White, Middle row left to right: Sarah Boucot, Kristen Bate, Morgan Harris, Erica McDonough, Gabrielle Brown, Dior Hightower, Kateland Stuessy, President Michael Chambers, Principal Sister Mariann McCann, Top row left to right: Catherine Fiore, Carleigh Dabritz, Matt O’Keefe, Jason Roselli, Dominic Bisirri. Left to right sitting: Rich Pease, McKenna Jarvis, Nick Gallo, Meredith Stocklin, Left to right standing: Gabrielle Brown, Ryan Nicklous, Catherine Fiore. Ricky Phillips Fund Friends and family of the late Ricky Phillips ’08 came out in numbers to pay tribute with a moment of silence on Wednesday, May 1. The Phillips family provided the team with T-shirts in memory of Ricky, a track runner and hurdler who was killed in a car accident in December 2011. The shirts pictured an image of Ricky hurdling. An annual fundraiser is held in Ricky’s honor, with the proceeds going to the 22 | SOAR MAGAZINE Ricky Phillips Fund. This year, a donation from the fund was used to purchase and construct two shelters to hold pole vaults and track equipment at PVI. In addition, the fund provided a scholarship for a graduating senior who runs track and a scholarship for an incoming freshman from Good Shepherd School who runs track. CL AS S NOTE S 1970 1982 Diane (Medio) Merlino ’70 retired in June 2012 from Sterling High School after 38 years in education. She worked for 20 years as an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher for the Camden City Board of Education and the Camden County Educational Services Commission. She then taught Spanish at Gloucester County College, Magnolia Public School, Sterling High School, and Camden County College. Currently, she is working as a substitute teacher and enjoying her free time. Diane also is an active member of the Paul VI High School Alumni Association, Board of Governors, and serves on the Paul VI Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees. Joe Bertolino ’82 just completed his first semester as President of Lyndon State College and has really enjoyed the experience. LSC is a small, rural college of 1500 students in the hills of upstate Vermont that serves first-generation, modest income students. It is simply beautiful. Joe’s fondest memories are of his participation on the PVI forensics team, coached by Mr. Rowan. Joe was saddened to hear of his passing and said that Mr. Rowan was instrumental in his personal development. 1971 Bob Harvey ’71 is a realtor with Century 21 Alliance, Cherry Hill. He has been buying and selling homes for 35 years. He buys and sells mostly in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties. He is a mortgage originator for the entire state of New Jersey for primary, second, and investment homes as well as for commercial properties. He said, “It seems kind of funny now to be working with the children of people I went to school with. . . . Time marches on. My time at Paul VI was the best of all.” Bob resides in Marlton with his wife Carol and three daughters. 1973 Tom Shusted ’73 was honored by Governor Christopher Christie with a nomination to the Superior Court of New Jersey, in Camden, beginning in March. He is the sole proprietor of the Law Offices of Thomas J. Shusted, Jr., located in Westmont. He had been designated as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 1995. Fewer than 2% of all New Jersey lawyers obtain this designation. Tom resides in Cherry Hill with his wife, Rita (Holy Cross ’74), and his two children, Kiera ’16 and Thomas, III. He was honored to serve as a Board of Trustee member from 2006-2012. 1976 Herbert Betts ’76 works in the automobile industry and also provides lawn care services. David Gibbs ’82, and his wife, Tracy, reside in Polk, OH. He is currently a firefighter and medic for the Polk, Jackson, Perry Fire Rescue and was recently elected president of the fire department. His wife is a medic with the department as well, and both of them are completing their training for recertification in heavy rescue. He is also a member of F.O.O.L.S. (Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society) of Northern Ohio. David works in Lorain County as a paraprofessional with the Lorain School District. This summer, he will receive a training orientation for aircraft rescue at Mansfield/Lahm airport at the Ohio Air National Guard as well as training for CPI and CPR instructor for the school system. 1985 Al Hobbs ’85 has been living in Los Angeles since 1996, working as a set designer and art director, mostly on features. Big news this year was an Academy Award nomination in Art Direction for Ang Lee’s film Life of Pi. Al was one of two U.S. art directors on the film and spent more than a year working in Taiwan and India with production designer David Gropman. According to Al, “This is the second film I’ve worked on that has been nominated for an Oscar for Art Direction. The other was How the Grinch Stole Christmas. “Life of Pi” also won 24 other awards, including The Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design. In his free time, Al likes to volunteer at a few local theaters and at Santa Monica High School designing sets, props, masks, etc., and teaching kids about design for theater and film. Salvatore Siciliano, Esquire, ’85 was recently appointed Special Counsel for Burlington City, Labor Counsel for Riverside Township, and Planning Board of Adjustment Solicitor for Fairfield Township. Salvatore’s practice, Siciliano & Associates, LLC, is located in Haddonfield. Shusted 1986 Frank Galzarano ’86 and his wife, Jill, welcomed their first child, Anthony Michael (8 lb. 7 oz.) on January 17, 2013. Frank is currently a Vice President and Financial Advisor for Brandywine Asset Management, LLC, Brandywine Benefits Group. Siciliano 1989 John Sikking ’89 and his wife Karina Sikking welcomed their second child (Nicholas Sikking) in February 2013. Their son joined his sister, Elena Sikking (born August 2011). The family also has two dogs, Guinness and Frida. John is an independent consultant assisting the federal government in purchasing IT services. He and his wife, who were married in 2001, live and work in Washington, DC. Sikking Viturello 1992 Marla Congialdi Viturello ’92 has been married for 6 years. She and her husband welcomed their second baby, Valentina Diana Viturello, on October 9, 2012. She joins her brother, Santino Anthony Viturello, who is 2-1/2. Marla works as Director of Business Relations for Aquahab Physical Therapy, which has five locations: Northeast Philadelphia, Bala Cynwd, Jenkintown, Center City, and Cherry Hill. Marla received her bachelor’s degree from Thomas Jefferson University and is currently an RN. In her spare time, she teaches dance in pro cheerleader and dance workshops for NBA, NFL, and AFL pro cheerleaders. She also provides choreography for the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Alumni for charity events and performances. Connolly 1997 John (Jack) Connolly ’97 has been the owner of NJ’s Best Landscaping for 15 years. A 2001 graduate of Rider University, he currently lives in Runnemede with his wife of 4 years, Lisa, an elementary school teacher. In his spare time, John enjoys boating and collecting classic cars. VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 23 CL AS S NOTE S Wrot John Wrot ’97, formally known as John Wrotniewski, but more commonly, then and now, John Wrot, has been married to Anne Marie Grace (Sheehan) of Ransomville, NY, for 7 years. They live in Los Angeles, CA. John teaches children athletics (Martial Arts, specifically), and Anne Marie works for Catholic Charities of Los Angeles. 1998 Walter Frett Scheifele Angela (Ciarrocchi) Beecher ’98 has been married to her wonderful husband, Steve Beecher, since September 24, 2011. They moved to Ridley Park, PA, this year. Angela recently started a new management position with Beneficial Bank as a Relationship Coordinator at their new Campus Branch in Devon. A fun fact: Their new home was in a scene from the movie Silver Linings Playbook! Lori (Monte) Hufty ’98 is married to Joshua Hufty. They have two children, a son named Jackson, who is 7, and a 2year-old daughter named Reagan. Lori is currently an adjunct professor at Camden County College, teaching Developmental English. She is also active in the PTA at her son Jackson’s school. 1999 Peterson Erin Walter (Walsh) ’99 and Chuck Walter ’99 welcomed a baby girl named Clare on August 7, 2012. She joins her brother, Cullen, who is 2 years old. 2000 Jones Blumenstein DiLullo Jennifer (Cubberley) Daly ’00 and her husband, Patrick Daly, welcomed a beautiful baby girl on January 9, 2013. Her name is Regan Jude Daly, and she was 7 lbs. and 20 1/4 inches long. Jennifer Mellon Peterson ’00 has worked for the U.S. Congress and then as Executive Director of the Joint Council on International Children’s Services. She started Aqua Pure Technologies, LLC, in 2007. Jennifer currently serves as Chair of the Junior Friends of the Campagna Center, which provides important programs serving the children and families of Alexandria, VA. She also serves as Chair of the Parent Advisory Committee of MHCP (Meeting House Cooperative Preschool; the Junior Committee of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.; and an 24 | SOAR MAGAZINE advisor to the Delta Phi chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at her alma mater, Bucknell University. Jennifer recently received her 200-hour registered yoga teacher certification and resides in Alexandria, VA, with her husband, Eli, and daughters Caroline, 5, and Leah Claire, 2. 2001 Michael Frett ’01 became engaged to McKenzie Wells of Vienna, VA, on October 21, 2012, at the end of the Tough Mudder race in Englishtown, NJ. Michael proposed to McKenzie at the end of the 12-mile obstacle race. They completed the race in 3 hours and 10 minutes. Their wedding is scheduled for October 19, 2013. Kurt Scheifele ’01 currently serves in the U.S. Navy on an amphibious assault ship called the USS Boxer LHD-4, home port San Diego, CA, as a Radar Air Traffic Controller. He completed a deployment to the Western Pacific in 2011 in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. He recently received orders to become an Air Traffic Controller Instructor in Pensacola, FL, beginning in August 2013. Kurt has earned ribbons for National Defense, Battle Efficiency, Deployment/Sea Service, Global War on Terrorism, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary. He also received Meritorious Unit Commendation and Achievements in Aviation Warfare Specialist and Surface Warfare Specialist. Kurt is the son of Kurt and Michele (Fanelli) Scheifele ’71 and the brother of Erika ’98. 2003 Rev. Brandon Jones ’03 received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in Human Resource Development and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Rowan in 2007. He then began to answer his call to the priesthood that he heard as a young boy. Currently, he is an ordained Episcopal priest. He has not yet been called to serve as a parish priest but does celebrate the Eucharist when called by churches when needed. He is now working in this capacity on a state or diocesan level on pressing issues of race, social justice, gender equality, and gay rights. When he’s not in the pulpit he is in communication with PVI Campus Ministry, assisting with the matriculation of students from the Camden Partnership Schools. “My time at PVI was joyous, and I am eternally grateful for the friends I made who are still in my life. The PVI community supported me in many ways as a student and still continues to support me in my battle with cancer. With God’s help I will continue my battle and overcome the odds.” 2003 Matt Rooney ’03 made the “Top 12 List of Rising Stars in New Jersey Politics” according to Gannett Newspapers on April 21. Party leaders and elected officials from every corner of the state were asked which elected or aspiring public officials, or those behind the scenes, were likely to emerge as the next generation of leaders at the regional and state levels and beyond. You can learn more about this story by visiting Matt’s website http://savejersey.com. 2005 Emily Blumenstein ’05, after 2 years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (Northwest), one spent teaching preschool in Spokane, WA, and the second spent at a foster care agency in Houston, TX, decided to stay in Houston to become a foster mom to four to five children 24/7 through the agency Casa de Esperanza (www.casahope.org). She has since had the opportunity to love and care for more than 45 beautiful children in the almost 3 years she has been there! Gina DiLullo ’05 is currently working as a news producer for Florida’s top-rated television station, WPTV News Channel 5. She has been employed at WPTV since May 2011, when she left her position at NBC 40 in Atlantic City. Gina also represents her station as a wellness ambassador, promoting healthy lifestyles among her co-workers. After Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast last October, she and co-producer and friend, Matt Lerario, initiated a fundraiser by collecting supplies, clothes, and food for several organizations in the South Jersey/Philadelphia region. 2006 Justin Kornicki ’06 received a BA in fashion merchandising from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and an MA in fashion management from Domus Academy in Milan, CL AS S NOTE S Italy. Before moving back to the United States, he worked as a buyer for a store in Florence and also worked at a buying office based in Milan. He continues to work as a buyer. Last year, he helped Ms. Courtney Daniels with designing the costumes for Into The Woods. He has since relocated and now lives in Columbus, OH. 2007 Jeffrey DiGiacomo ‘07 and Crystal Woessner have announced their engagement. Both are Immaculata graduates. They are planning a September 13, 2014, wedding. Jeff is an Admissions Counselor at Immaculata University and Crystal is a registered dietician at Atlanticare in Pomona. Liz Lipinski ’07 is currently head coach of the Paul VI swim team, winning the 2012 Arctic Division title. In addition to coaching, she works in special education and is currently working on her master’s degree in school counseling at Wilmington University. 2008 Joseph Owens ’08 is finishing his final semester at Rowan University and will graduate with a degree in history and a minor in psychology. He coached football for Paul VI for the 2009-2011 seasons. Last season, he was hired as the freshman head coach at Eastern Regional High School. He is the youngest head freshman coach in the school’s history, and he has won more games this past season than the team has in the past four seasons. He plans to return in the fall. He said, “Football is my passion, and I owe it all to Coach Doherty and the coaches at Paul VI. I may be an Eastern Coach now, but I am a Paul VI Eagle at heart until the day I die. Coaching football is what I want to do in life.” Andrew Pierson ’08 graduated from Rutgers Camden in May. He has had a very good NCAA golf career, which started at Paul VI and continued at Rutgers. He is now a certified teaching professional and an Assistant Golf Coach at Rutgers this season, now that his college playing days are over. 2009 Erin Lipinsi ’09 is currently a hair stylist at Hello Gorgeous in Voorhees. 2010 Nicolette Giordano’10, together with her parents, opened La Chic Salon, located at 23 West Clements Bridge Road in Run- nemede. They have offered Paul VI staff, faculty, students, and alumni a discount at their hair salon! You can reach them at 856-312-8377, or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lachicsalon. 2011 Ron Curry ’12 is a reserve freshman point guard at James Madison University under Coach Matt Brady ’83. This past season he averaged 27.4 minutes and 5.6 points for the Dukes in the NCAA Tournament in one season. Nick Villari ’12 is currently a freshman at the University of Delaware in his second semester. He is studying mechanical engineering. He is on the Dean’s List, earning a 3.896 GPA last semester, and is a member of the fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha. John Maggetti, Sr. Father of John Maggetti, Jr. ’70 Stephen Abbott ’10 Brother of Aimee Abbott ’12 and Matthew Abbott Hugh McMenamin Father of Dr. Maureen McMenamin ‘78 and Daniel McMenamin ’83 Astra Brown Mother of Christian Murphy ’14 Lawrence J. Molik Father of Carol (Molik) Forziati ’73 Father-in-Law of John Forziati ’73 Hazel M. Humm Grandmother of Brian Maglione ’94 Elizabeth Ann Daniels Mother of Joseph Daniels ’72, Mary Ann (Daniels) Catalano ’72, Catherine (Daniels) Kernan ’73, and the late Patrick Daniels ’76 Anne (Diefendorf) Keller ‘79 Sister of Edward Diefendorf ’75 Robert S. Luczak Father of Linda (Luczak) Springle Grandfather of Rebecca Springle ’16 Pierson 2012 IN MEMORIAM Joseph H. Duffy ’86 DiGiacomo James Kenner ’11, a sophomore ASA College running back, signed a national letter of intent to continue his academic and football career at Stony Brook University. He successfully switched from safety to running back this past season, finishing the season as the Avengers’ second leading rusher, with 676 yards on 88 carries. Sanchirico ’80, and Gary Sanchirico ’86 Grandmother of David Sanchirico, Jr. ’08, Jenna Sanchirio ’13, and Sean Sanchirico ’13 Mother-in-Law of Patricia (Welsh ) Sanchirico ’71, Dawn (Devine) Sanchirico ’84, and Bridget (Coulter) Sanchirico ’88 Donald H. Stewart and Helen A. Stewart Father and Mother of Donald Stewart (PVI Coaching Staff) Emma Claire Rauscher Father-in-Law and Mother-in-Law of Kathleen Mother of Mary Anne (Rauscher) Yeager ’73 and Stewart (PVI Staff) Charles Rauscher ’75 Grandfather and Grandmother of DJ Stewart ’07, Grandmother of Sean Yeager ’07 Betsy Stewart ’09, and Jack Stewart ’16 Mother-in-Law of John Yeager ’73 Anthony Tartaglia, Sr. Dino V. Ripa Father of Tony Tartaglia ’90 Father of Dino Ripa ’87 and Michael Ripa ’91 Wallace J. Williamson Patrick J. Rowan Father of Eileen (Williamson) Burke ’82 Paul VI Administrator and Teacher of 41 years Teresa R. Weikel Steven L. Rutecki ’79 Mother of Fran Weikel ’70, Susan Weikel Fidyk ’75, and Judy (Weikel) McAleer ’81 Theresa P. Sanchirico Mother of David Sanchirico Sr., ’76, Christopher Mother-in-Law of Mary (O’Malley) Weikel ’71 VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 25 REUNIONS! Class of 1977 35th Reunion Class of 1975 Alumni Night at the Play PVI Alumni Small get together of 1975 alumni following Evans, nce Tere g: sittin t, Night at the Play: Left to righ o. acom DiGi wn) (Bro na Wendy (Strang) Rooney, Don g) sslin (Kie Joan , ghan Standing: Michele (Lloyd) Calla ny. Tiffa ler) (Kel nie Bon , egan Erle, Maureen (Breslin) Finn Class of 1992 20th Reunion On Black Friday, November 23, one hun dred and sixteen classmates came out to celebrate PVI’s class of 1992 for our 20 year reunion at Valleybrook Country Club in Blackwood. They had a photo booth, a DJ, and lots of mem ories shared. Class of 1982 30th Reunion On Saturday, November 24, members of the class of 1982 celebrated in PVI style, thanks to the planning and participation of many, especially Frank Clementi, Tina (Libertella) Morrison, and Frances (Ziegler) Warth. The evening began with Father Joseph Byerley ’82 and Father Brian Frain ’82 concelebrating a special Mass for the class in the school Chapel. The reunion was catered by Willie Fussell ’82; Greg Farnese ’82 was the DJ and sang a few songs; Paula Coppinger prepared a PowerPoint of photos bringing back fond memories; the entire school was open for everyone to re-visit. Though many things have changed over the years, so much remains the same. Friendships were quickly picked up where they were left off, and a few new ones were formed. No one wanted the night to end! 26 | SOAR MAGAZINE Members of the PVI class of ’77 gathered to reminisce and reconnect at their 35th reunion, which was held Nov ember 24, 2012. The casual event was held at the Taproom in Haddon Township and was attended by 77 classmates and guests. Many thanks to the reunion committee for their work in planning and organizing the event. Class Reunion Plans in the Works for 2013 For planning updates, visit the Paul VI Facebook page or website at www.pvihs.org Class of 1973 40-year reunion Friday, October 11, 2013 Arrive at 6:00 p.m. for Reunion Reception Venue: Collingswood Grand Ballroom – featuring the famous Geator, Jerry Blavat! Contact: Cathy (Daniels) Kernan Cost: $50.00 per person – Includes buffet dinner, beer & wine (all other drinks will be cash bar) Payment: Due by Sept. 30 – No walk ins. Make checks payable to Cathy Kernan, 107 Norwood Ave., Haddon Twp, NJ 08108-3518. Questions? email: [email protected] Facebook: PVI Class of 1973 Official Facebook. Alumni Friends of the class of 1973 are invited to join us! Class of 1978 35-year reunion Friday, November 29, 2013 – 7:00 p.m.–12:00 p.m. Venue: Marian House, Cherry Hill Cost: $78; $65 if purchased by July 15: Contact: Joan Santoro: [email protected] or Dr. Maureen McMenamin Oberle at [email protected] Class Website: www.Paulvi78.com Facebook: PVI Class of ’78. Class of 1983 30-year reunion Friday, November 29, 2013 Cost: To be determined Venue: PVI Cafeteria Contact: Sharon Galassini: [email protected] Class of 1988 25-year reunion Saturday, November 30, 2013 7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Cost: $75.00 per person (Cocktail Party – open bar with hors d’oeuvres and pasta station) Venue: Valleybrook Country Club, Blackwood Contacts: Dominic Vesper: [email protected], Jennifer Nellany: [email protected], or Megan Bocchino Winsett: [email protected] Class of 1993 20-year reunion Saturday, July 20, 2013 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. At Eagles in the Wild PVI Summer Party! Venue: Flip Flopz Bar & Grille, 300 New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ Cost: $25.00 per person – register and pay online at: www.pvihs.org click on “Eagles in the Wild” and fill in registration form & secure credit card payment (please include your class year). Contact: Jennifer McGuckin-Mignano: [email protected] Class of 1998 15-year reunion Saturday, July 20, 2013 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. At Eagles in the Wild PVI Summer Party! Venue: Flip Flopz Bar & Grille, 300 New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ Cost: $25.00 per person – register and pay online at PVI Website: www.pvihs.org click on “Eagles in the Wild” and fill in registration form & secure credit card payment (please include your class year). Contact: Jen Sheehan: [email protected], or Al Ribeiro: [email protected] Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/15yrs.PVI98/. Class of 2003 10-year reunion Saturday, November 30th Venue and Cost: To be determined Contact: Tim Daniels: [email protected], or Joe Gould: [email protected] for more information. Class of 2008 5-year reunion Saturday, July 20, 2013 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. At Eagles in the Wild PVI Summer Party! Venue: Flip Flopz Bar & Grille, 300 New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ Cost: $25.00 per person – register and pay online at PVI Website: www.pvihs.org click on “Eagles in the Wild” and fill in registration form & secure credit card payment (please include your class year). Contact: Charles “Blue” DiGuglielmo: [email protected] Please Spread the Word! Word of mouth is powerful and our listings of class e-mail addresses are limited. Please forward your reunion e-mail invites to your classmates. In addition, many PVI alumni have friends from other graduating classes. We recommend that you extend reunion invitations to alumni far and wide. To update your alumni contact information, simply visit the PVI website at www.pvihs.org, go to the alumni tab, and click on alumni registration. Thank you! VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 27 Upcoming Alumni Events – Save the date! PVI alumni have more opportunities than ever to reconnect at any of the many alumni events planned for the coming year. For updated details on the following events, visit the PVI website at www.pvihs.org or call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 856-858-4900 x343. July Eagles in the Wild – Paul VI Summer Party! July 20, 2013, 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Flip Flops in North Wildwood. For details, see flyer in this issue. Purchase tickets online at: www.pvihs.org click on: Eagles in the Wild on homepage. September Football Alumni Night – September 27, 2013 (PVI vs. Senaca) at Paul VI. Alumni and families are invited to join us for Alumni night ($4.00 Adult admission). Alumni Football players are invited to serve as honor guards to welcome the team onto the playing field prior to the game (PVI t-shirts will be provided to honor guards). October President’s Reception—Thursday October 3, 2013, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Tavistock Country Club for those who have donated gifts to the Paul VI Annual Giving Campaign of $500 and higher during fiscal year 2012-2013. Launch Annual Giving Campaign – Phonathon (VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!!) Each night from 6:15 p.m.9:00 p.m., the graduating classes listed below are invited to spend some time to help us reach out to our alumni in support of the school. A light dinner and refreshments will be provided. The schedule below is suggested, but you may volunteer with a group of friends any night that is convenient for you. Come help us out and enjoy catching up with old friends as well! PHONATON EVENINGS Tuesday, October 15 ...............1969-1974 Wednesday, October 16 .........1975-1979 Thursday, October 17.............1980-1984 Monday, October 21...............1985-1989 Tuesday, October 22 ..............1990-1994 Wednesday, October 23........1995-2003 28 | SOAR MAGAZINE 5K Blue and White / Alumni 5K Run – Saturday, October 26, 2013, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Pennypacker Park, in Haddonfield. Come out and show your support for Paul VI – Proceeds will benefit the Paul VI High School Annual Giving Campaign for student scholarships. Entry fees: $15.00 for pre-registered runners — $20.00 day of race registration. Please register online at www.pvihs.org after September 15, 2013. Questions? Contact Mary Anne Yeager at [email protected] November Homecoming Game – Friday, November 8, 2013, 7:00 p.m., PVI vs. Moorestown at PVI. Fashion Show – Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 5:30 p.m. at Lucien’s Manor, 81 West White Horse Pike, Berlin. Thanksgiving Game –Thursday, November 28, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at Camden Catholic. December PVI Christmas Concert – Friday, December 20, 2013, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. in the Paul VI High School Auditorium. Come out to enjoy a magical night of Christmas entertainment by the many talented student musicians, vocalists, and dancers of PVI. The PERFECT way to enjoy the Christmas season! PA U L V I E A G L E S Will Your Child Soar with the Class of 2018? These Numbers Will Get You to “YES!” 98 The percentage of Paul VI graduates who attend college 54 The number of athletic squads, spanning three seasons and 27 sports! 16 The number of AP courses offered at PVI 3 years of the ground-breaking iPad Initiative! 15 As in 15:1, our student to faculty ratio! 24 The number of fine and performing arts electives 901 Hopkins Road • Haddonfield, NJ • 856.858.4900 www.pvihs.org • [email protected] D E D I C AT E D to the memory of S R . T H E R E S A The Sister Theresa Gottuso Memorial Scholarship Fund The Sister Theresa Gottuso Memorial Scholarship Fund is awarded to deserving students who have demonstrated qualities taught by Sister Theresa Gottuso. As a teacher, Sister Theresa was very disciplined and exacting, and she was well-respected by her students. She wanted her students to work hard, to support and respect others, and to maintain a constant self-respect as well. Just as she encouraged students to enjoy the gifts and blessings God has bestowed upon us, Sister rejoiced in her students’ accomplishments, whether academic, artistic, or athletic, but it was in the sports arena that Sister was known as a loyal fan, especially of the PVI football and girls’ soccer teams. Sister herself was a very competitive member of the bowling club! Sister Theresa was a beautiful example of a religious woman, who walked in faith and charity, inspiring her students to do likewise. On behalf of the Gottuso family, Grace Fornataro, Sister Theresa Gottuso’s twin sister, presented Stephanie Lynn Helsel ’15 with a $1,000 scholarship toward her tuition for the upcoming school year. Sr. Marianne McCann and Mr. Michael Chambers present the $1,000 Sr. Theresa Memorial Scholarship to recipient Briana Duffy ’13. SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Marie (Gallagher) Staley ’82, English Department Chair and SADD Club Moderator The SADD club worked with the PVI student body to sponsor a collection of baby items for First Way of Collingswood. Students’ donations benefit new mothers and their babies. This year’s collection was dedicated to the memory of Sister Theresa, a long time teacher and avid supporter of First Way. Students pictured are Alexandra Franciosa ’14, Claire Gallagher ’14, Rob Cleary ’14, Nikol Jurjevik ’14, and Paula Cava ’14. The basic mission of the SADD club is to foster positive decision making. The purpose is to make students aware of the dangers and difficulties teens face in today’s society. Other activities include offering a school wide pledge sent to each homeroom, and creating service announcements about the dangers of alcohol for the school. In addition, during the holiday season students have been involved in visiting local senior citizen homes and to sing Christmas carols with the residents, and mailed Christmas cards to our troops to let them know we are thankful for their sacrifice. 30 | SOAR MAGAZINE O U R P R E M I E R E F U N D R A I S E R Pauction VI “Journey on the Orient Express” This year’s Pauction VI “Journey on the Orient Express” auction gala was an evening of intrigue and luxury — great food, incredible prizes, live entertainment! The evening was a success in raising funds of $82,500 in net proceeds for the school. This year Paul VI introduced BidPal...online mobile bidding that allowed participants to bid on all silent auction items with the touch of their fingers using their own smartphone...iPhone, Android or iPad. This year’s committee chairs were alumni Karen McArdle ’83 and Michael Brady ’82. Three lucky people won $500 from cash giveaway drawings throughout the evening. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet buffet, and an open bar while they participated in an exciting silent auction. Then the incredible live auction took center stage! The auctions culminated and the highlight of the affair … a Golden Ticket drawing went to two lucky winners — second prize of $3,840 went to winner Ron Norman, and the grand prize of $15,360 went to Grace MacAulay! This year, guests finished off the evening by testing their luck at the gaming tables as well as dancing to music played by the band, Double Trouble! VOLUME XI, NO. 1 SPRING 2013 | 31 Institutional Advancement Update Mary Anne Yeager, Director of Institutional Advancement The annual giving campaign allows us to continue to provide the programs and resources that set Paul VI apart. It is one of the few sources of income bridging the gap between what tuition provides and the total operating budget. In fiscal 2011-2012, the number of donors to our annual giving campaign doubled over previous years. This fiscal year we experienced an additional 32% increase in the number of donors and a 71% increase in total annual giving; 48% of this increase is due to the annual giving campaign contributions that have been designated to student scholarships. Top Five Reasons to Support the Annual Fund 1. Enable enhancements in the areas of academics, fine and performing arts, athletics, and other extracurricular activities that provide students with the opportunity for further learning and development. 2. Equip teachers and students to remain ahead of the technological curve. 3. Broaden the scope of enrichment programs that afford students invaluable opportunities for personal and spiritual growth via retreats and community service. 4 . Allow operating funds to make capital improvements to maintain the facility and grounds. 5. Provide student scholarships to keep PVI as competitive as possible in recruiting the most academically qualified students, regardless of their financial circumstances. Our annual giving campaign for fiscal year 2013- ! akes a difference m n o ti a n o d le Every sing uses to service nb s can provide seve ts for 20 $50 donation to transport studen ty n u o C en d am sites in C rvice Day community se g in K er th Lu tin Mar 17.) (see article page the and soundproof t n ai p n ca s n io at 50 $50 don dio T V/broadcast stu ze the groom, and saniti e, lin n ca s n io at n 80 $100 do turf field for a year e vide a model of th ro p n ca s n io at n o p, 100 $100 d re, a vacuum pum tu la u sc u m ith w y human bod bs for the Science la s er et m H P l ita ig and d 2014 begins July 1, 2013. Whether you are able to make a donation, volunteer for the phonathon, or attend an event, we thank you for your generosity to Paul VI High School. It is our hope that you will continue to support Paul VI. Your generosity and commitment to these top five areas is essential in the daily experiences and growth of our students. If you would like to make a contribution to help support the annual giving campaign, please find the enclosed return envelope for your convenience. Contact Mary Anne Yeager, Director of Institutional Advancement, at [email protected] or call 856-858-4900 x343 if you have any questions. 32 | SOAR MAGAZINE Your Seat Y ou don’t have to be a performer to play a starring role with the Paul VI Theatre Arts Program. Whether you were in the cast or crew of a past Paul VI production or an appreciative member of the audience, the Paul VI Theatre Seat Campaign offers you the chance to leave a lasting legacy and play an important role in enhancing the Paul VI High School Performing Arts Program. We Saved You a Seat. Now put YOUR name on it. Take “Your Seat in the Spotlight,” and enjoy having your name, or that of a person you wish to honor, laser engraved on a plate on the armrest of an elegant seat. You can name one seat or an entire row and pledge your payment over time. When you sponsor a seat, we will acknowledge your gift to the recipient of your choice. Seat donations are 100% tax-deductible as allowed by law. Maintain the Dream Donations to “Your Seat in the Spotlight” will fund ongoing Paul VI Theatre renovations. Your contributions helped us complete stage and lighting renovations in the summer of 2012 and will continue to support new seating in the auditorium. Plates are engraved metal and may include up to three lines of up to 15 characters each, for 45 characters, including spaces and punctuation. We will honor all seat requests on a first-come, firstserved basis. Note: Seat sponsors must still purchase tickets to any performance at the theatre. Seat name recognition does not guarantee use of that particular seat for future performances. Purchase your seat today by filling out this form with the name to be engraved (as noted above, lines of up to 15 characters each, for 45 characters, including spaces and punctuation) along with check. Sponsorship Information (Please Print) Name __________________________________________________________________ Street Address ____________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip ____________________________________________________________ Phone __________________________________________________________________ Email __________________________________________________________________ Signature ________________________________________________________________ nnnnnnnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Plate Imprint Information (Please Print) Seat Selection: n $500 Premiere Filippini Section (House Center) n $250 Eagles Section (House Right and Left Seats) n $100 Blue & White Section (Back Seats) LINE 1 LINE 2 LINE 3 Reply By Mail – Send check to: Paul VI High School Attn: Seat Campaign 901 Hopkins Road Haddonfield, NJ 08033 For more information: For additional information on the full range of naming opportunities, please contact Mary Anne Yeager, Director of Institutional Advancement at 856-858-4900 x 343 or email [email protected] Development Office NONPROFIT U.S. POSTAGE PAID BELLMAWR, NJ PERMIT NO. 474 Paul VI High School 901 Hopkins Road, Suite B Haddonfield, NJ 08033 Let’s stay in touch! Please send us your email address We need your email addresses and contact information to keep you informed about upcoming alumni events and reunions. Help us stay “green” by visiting us online at www.pvihs.org and clicking on the ALUMNI TAB for ALUMNI REGISTRATION. It only takes a minute! Class Notes: Send us your news…. We are very interested in what you are doing…your careers, athletic achievements, weddings, engagements, new babies, photos of your alumni gatherings, etc. Please e-mail Mary Anne Yeager at [email protected] and include your name, class year, address, phone, and a brief description of your news. If you have a photo, attach that too! For those of you from large Paul VI alumni families… We want stories about your various family connections – siblings and cousins; aunts and uncles; parents and children; and even grandchildren…any family members who have shared the Paul VI experience as current students and/or alumni. So send us your story!
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