Table of Contents Kansas Assessments..................................... 3 Stadium Initiative........................................ 4 25th Year..................................................... 8 Homecoming............................................... 9 Extravaganza...............................................10 Alumni Feature..........................................12 Baton Twirler.............................................13 Our Students..............................................14 Performing Arts........................................ 15 Student Highlights......................................16 Alumni Feature..........................................17 Coach Mirocke Golf Classic........................18 2010-11 Annual Report...............................19 Saints Marrying Saints............................... 29 Class Notes................................................ 30 Mass of Remembrance............................... 33 In Memoriam............................................ 34 Reunions................................................... 35 Community Calendar January 8�����������8th Grade Placement Test 8 …………Mother Son Dance 11����������Parent Guild Guest Speaker 19-21����� Saints Classic Basketball Tournament 21-24……March for Life Saints D.C. Pilgrimage 21����������8th Grade Makeup Placement Test February 2�����������Saint Thomas Aquinas Feast Day Mass 9:30 a.m. 4�����������Saints Trivia Challenge - Auxiliary Gym 6:30 p.m. 8�����������Mass of Remembrance 7:00 p.m. 11����������WPA Dance 18-19����� Winter Play 7:00 p.m. 22���������Ash Wednesday Mass 9:30 a.m. 25���������Student Parent Orientation 9:00 a.m. 26���������Spirits Winter Finale 7:00 p.m. March 4�����������Mother Daughter Fashion Show in Commons 11:00 a.m. 12-16 ���� Spring Break and Mission Trips 22���������Community Service Mass 9:30 a.m. 29���������Chorale Concert 7:00 p.m. 30���������Talent Show April The Saints Spirit magazine is a publication of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Advancement Office. We welcome your comments or questions. Call or write: Bryan Thrasher Director of Communications firstname.lastname@example.org Saint Thomas Aquinas High School 11411 Pflumm Road Overland Park, Kansas 66215-4816 913.319.2425 William Ford, Ed.D. President Teresa Ahrens Director of Special Events Mary Bridget Kratofil Director of Media Relations Michon Quick Director of Alumni & Constituent Relations Cindy Winkler Advancement Office Manager Photography courtesy of Michele Gress 2 1 …………Nominations Due for 2013 Inaugural Hall of Fame 8�����������Easter 12����������Easter Mass 9:30 a.m. followed by Mothers Club Lunch 13���������Spring Olympics 21����������Gospel of Life Convention 28���������Saints Walk for Life 9:00 a.m. 28-29���� Dinner Theater 6:30 p.m. May 5�����������Father Daughter Dance 15���������Baccalaureate Mass at Nativity 7:00 p.m. 16����������Graduation at JCCC 7:00 p.m. June 4�����������Mirocke Golf Classic Front Cover Among Johnson County high schools, Saint Thomas Aquinas received top scores on the 2010-11 Kansas Assessment tests in Math and Reading and ranked second in Science. Representing the three courses are (pictured, left-to-right): STA junior Kyle Gress, sophomore Christopher Ernst, and senior Hannah Carmichael. See related story, page 3. Cover Story Saint Thomas Aquinas scores at the top in Kansas Assessments STA remains excellent choice for Catholic Education Photo courtesy of Jill Ragar Esfeld of The Leaven The 2010-11 Kansas Assessment scores unequivocally tell the story of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School’s academic success and distinction among the state’s top schools. What it means: • Math Standard of Excellence Check. Top Ranking above all Johnson County high schools. ü • Reading Standard of Excellence Check. Top Ranking above all Johnson County high schools. ü • Science Standard of Excellence Check. In this first time assessment of science knowledge, STA had a Second Place Ranking among all Johnson County high schools. ü According to Math department chair Cathryn Radiel, the scores reflect the school’s commitment to help all students learn, understand and retain information that high school students are expected to master. Under the current state assessment program, which was developed in preparation for and response to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the math department has reached the Kansas Standard of Excellence recognition every year since 2000. This year also marked the 10th time for the English department to attain these high proficiency scores in the same timeframe. Especially exciting are the Saints’ high scores in Science, measured for the first time in 2010-11. Department chair Iris Flournoy said one reason may be the addition of Perfect Testers In 2010-11, not one, not two... Yes, THREE Saint Thomas Aquinas students had perfect scores on the college admissions exams. They are: (above photo, left to right) David Gier, son of Overland Park residents Richard and Cynthia Gier, Molly Porter, daughter of Leawood residents Charles and Mary Ann Porter, and Jeff Kraus, son of Lenexa residents Martin and Mary Kraus. David and Jeff acheived perfection on the ACT while Molly Porter aced the SAT. David and Molly graduated last May and now attend, respectively, the University of Kansas and the University of Notre Dame. Jeff will graduate in May 2012 and has chosen The University of Kansas to continue his education. “Well rounded, faith-filled and disciplined” are how teachers describe all three of these students. the freshman course Earth and Space. “This counselor-recommended course allows students to develop science process skills, study and organizational skills, and Earth and Space concepts in a small class environment, leading to a more successful entry into our science curriculum,” said Flournoy. in college. Ford, past president of the National Catholic Education Association Secondary Schools Executive Committee, explained that by maintaining quality academic programs, “we provide the opportunity to learn and the tools for achievement.” STA President Dr. Bill Ford was pleased with the assessment results which confirm the school’s efforts to help ALL students fulfill their personal God-given potential while also preparing them for success When this is paired with helping students experience and grow in their faith, Saint Thomas Aquinas is fulfilling its mission to “help students become life-long learners and responsible citizens guided by Catholic values.” www.stasaints.net 3 STADIUM INITIATIVE School moves forward on longawaited artificial turf and visitor seating in the stadium Beginning next summer through May 2013, our Communion of Saints will celebrate 25 Years of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. (See related article on page 8.) In preparation for this milestone and to position Saint Thomas Aquinas for the next 25 years, the Board of Trustees has developed a Facilities Master Plan. Progress for Phase I which focuses on external facilities is well underway. The Stadium Initiative includes construction of a synthetic turf playing surface in our stadium as well as adding much-needed visitor seating on the south side of the field. There is still time to participate! To learn more about the Stadium Initiative project, construction updates, permanent recognition, and the opportunity to contribute, go to www.stasaints.net/ StadiumInitiative or contact Michon Quick, Director of Alumni & Constituent Relations at email@example.com (913) 319-2437. Since 1998, the school has Over the last decade, Saint implemented considerable facilities Thomas Aquinas has been able to enhancements, mostly to the interior of completely pay for these and other the building, including: enhancements without the need for outsourced loans or debt. This has • Air-conditioning halls, classrooms, Commons and Main Gym (1998 and been accomplished through efficient fiscal planning with no additional 2002) assessment to parents and families, • Completion of the Performing Arts or -- in the case of the Auxiliary Gym, Theater (1998) Wireless Technology, and Chapel and • Construction of the Auxiliary Gym Science Rooms renovations -- through (2003) generous contributions from our parents and alumni. • Installation of wireless technology throughout the building (2003) Through the years, many families have generously contributed to • Implementation of laptop program the school’s Blue & Gold Annual (2003) Fund or participated in the annual • Audio/visual improvements in all Extravaganza auction, which help classrooms and computer-labs (2005) pay for student activities each year. • Chapel renovation (2005) Many have participated in one or more of the previously-listed projects • Faculty offices renovation (2005) to enhance facilities for our students • Science rooms renovation (2006) here at Saint Thomas Aquinas High • Stadium lights installation (2006) School. Still others assist families in need through the Guardian Angel • Gymnasium bleachers (2006) Fund. Collectively, our Communion • Introduction of Saints Brigade of Saints works hard to reach our Marching Band -- uniforms, staff and goals. instruments (2006) Please mark your calendar for • Music shells and risers (2006) Sunday, August 12, 2012, for the 25 • Sound-system improvements in Years of Saints Kickoff celebration. stadium (2007) Come see for yourself this fantastic new addition for Saint Thomas • Sound-system improvements in Aquinas High School! theatre (2008) • Television monitors in hallways and Commons (2009) • Commons floor and restrooms redesign (2010) • Advancement Offices renovation (2011) • Ongoing maintenance of our 24-year old building and grounds 4 STADIUM INITIATIVE Stadium Initiative Donors as of December 15, 2011 Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Bob & Peggy Adamany Chip & Monica Ahern John & Teresa Ahrens Jim & Dee Alfonsin Tim & Lisa Andrews Mike & Denise Armentrout Dennis C. Ayer, D.D.S. Jeff & Julie Bartz Tim & Chris Beasley James & Dawn Bellerive Family Jane & Hugh Benson, parents of Erik & Sean Benson Thomas & Paula Biggins Mr. & Mrs. William P. Biggins, Jr. and Family Robert & Maureen Blackhall Bill & Elaine Blaise Paul & Dawn Boedeker Eugene P. Bohn & Mary M. Bohn Jeff & Laurie Bollig Richard & Nancy Bollig Toby & Tracy Boschert John & Jeanne Bourdow Bob & Lisa Bregant Broski Fence Lori, Kyle, Katie & K.C. Brown Leo Brown Mike & Millie Brown Rob & Mary Beth Brown The Budetti Family Mike & Maureen Bukaty Sarah M. Burgess Nat Burstein Jerry & Melody Calovich John R. & Karyn Campbell, Jr. Dan & Maureen Carroll Jim & Ann Casey Ken & Deb Castinado Keith & Bit Clark Rick & Alison Clark Bob & Lisa Clement Family Marty & Diane Clement Brian & Pam Clemons Chris & Denise Colliatie Joel & Shirley Collier Robert G. & Sheila Commodore Ross & Janice Conner Dante & Mary Cosentino John & Julie Cosentino John Joe Curran Mr. & Mrs. Chris D’Adamo Joan Davila Gary & Jackie Davis Tom & Sheila DeMars Jay & Mary Desch The Bill Dondlinger Family Tom & Eileen Drape Craig & Michelle Drummond Steve DuBois Michael & Dorothy Eagan Timothy A. Eccles Gene & Patricia Eckenberg In Memory of Kyle Ernst Craig Ewing Bob & Loree Faherty Jeff & Julie Farrell Patrick Fields, Class of 2004 Robert Fields, Class of 2007 R Fitzpatrick Family Gary & Nancy Foltz Mr. & Mrs. Robert Foote Dr. & Mrs. William P. Ford Mr. & Mrs. Robert Frankovic Mark & Kathy Franzen Terry & Karen Frederick David & Julie Gadwood John & Suzan Gampper Ron & Colleen Gardner Mark & Glenda Gast Mr. & Mrs. David Gentile Rick & Cindy Gier Mark & Gina Gilroy Robert & Elaine Glenski Mike & Jane Gochis Dave & Jan Goebel Tom & Mary Gorczyca Kenneth & Lisa Grasing Tom & Toni Gray Tom & Monica Greer Michael & Kathleen Gremillion Mr. & Mrs. Larry Gress Bruce & Linda Hanson Dennis & Julie Treacy / Heartland Surgical, Inc. Dr. Rebecca Heidlage, Academic Principal Bradley & Gwyn Heidrick Alliance Management Solutions, in Memory of Shirley Herter Gary & Molly Hilderhof Kyle R. Hill, tywoo technologies inc. Burry & Jean Hinman Curtis & Laura Holland and Family Michael & Vicki Holmes Mr. & Mrs. Randy Huber Mr. Burton P. Huerter Tom & Karen Hult Loretto Charities, Rita and Lamar Hunt, Jr. Pete & Sherri Jackson George & Emily Jansen Kevin & Laura Jeffries Jim & Tami Jeter Dan & Denise Keating Brian & Meya Kindred Jerry & Maureen King Tim Kluempers & Jeannie Campbell Phil & Cookie Koesterer Barry & Jill Koster Greg & Mary Bridget Kratofil Brad & Chris Kuhlmann Greg & Janet Kutey James & Sandra Leek Mike & Angela Leikam Mary Ann Lickteig Dean & Pam Lickteig Tim Lillis Steve & Barb Loughman Shane Lutz and Family Mr. & Mrs. Alex MacGillivray Mark & Shelly Mackey Family Ben Maher, Class of 2005 Luke Maher, Class of 2002 Sam Maher, Class of 2007 John & Melanie Mahon Glen & Marianne Mayer John & Joanne Mayfield Tim & Alesia McAnany The John McCarthy Family Cheryl & Pete McDonald The McNellis Family Alan & Lynn Mestdagh Gary & Angela Metzger John & Kristy Meyers Kim Meyers Tom & Karen Miller Mike & Shelly Mirocke Dennis & Jan Morin Craig & Paula Moss Michael & Stephanie Mravunac Pat & Jackie Murphy Kenneth & Beth Nichols Mr. & Mrs. Michael Owens Lorne & Dana Parks Steve & Carol Pascuzzi Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Perz Hans & Susan Peter Robert & Beth Pigott Ted & Katie Pope Kenny & Serena Price Print Time / Mr. R.J. Grindinger Doug & Lisa Purtle Ken & Mary Pyle Tom & Michon Quick and Family Mark & Mary Radetic Mike & Lisa Raunig Troy & Nancy Reazin John & Julie Rise Jerry & Mary Ann Robison Martin & Debra Ryan John & Cathy Rysavy Family Mike & Cynthia Sabatini John & Susan Saxer Melvin & Karla Schartz Jeff & Susan Scherzer Jake & Debby Schloegel Andrew & Marie Schmidt Bob, Lisa & Katie Schneider Vicki Schroeder Joe & Joanne Schroer Patrick & Susan Seib Dave & Mianne Sell Ms. Philomina Shalo Daniel & Petra Shinn Anthony & Constance Skevington Mike & Denise Slaven The Slovikoski Family Paul & Susan Smith Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Stamm Paul & Yvette Stark Ward & Kelly Staudenmyer Mr. D.W. Stobie Steve & Lisa Stoecklein Mark & Kim Stukel Mike & Julie Sullivan Barbara Summerson Lon & Becky Swanson Steve & Karen Talken Dan & Stacey Taylor Paul & Pamela Taylor Vince & Sally Teahan John Thesing Family Mr. & Mrs. Bob Timmons John & Connie Tompkins John & Bobbie Turek Dale & Mary Urban Tom & Cindy Van Pelt Scott & Dana Vena Douglas & Janice Vogl Tom & Peggy Waggoner Brian & Amy Wagner Art & Ann Walsh Richard Warwick Rick & Renee Washburn Don & Colleen Watson Mark & Laura Weese Rick & Coleen Weller Mike & Kim Wernel Glenn & Terri Werth Tom & Shelly Williams Marilynn K. Wright Hoover, in Honor of Natalie Owens Mr. & Mrs. Mark Zack Tom & Mickey Zarda www.stasaints.net 5 STADIUM INITIATIVE “From an athletic competition standpoint and also to maintain and increase student enrollment, it is important to keep improving our facilities, both inside and outside, as the athletic fields of most other schools in the Eastern Kansas League (EKL) are second-to-none.” – Dr Bill Ford, President “STA is the only Catholic high school in the area with a marching band and color guard. The new turf field provides a safer, more consistent surface to practice on and will greatly enhance our half-time performances.” – John Burgess, Saints Brigade Band Director “For the Saints Soccer programs, this project is a dream-come-true. To be able to play on consistently flat surface will allow us to showcase better soccer with less injuries and also allow us quality practice time where kids get better every day. We will forever be indebted to our benefactors for their generosity.” – Craig Ewing, Girls and Boys Soccer head coach “The well-constructed underlay with top-of-the-line turf covering will enable teams to play outdoors on a safe, fast surface, especially when inclement weather might typically force practice, conditioning or PE classes indoors.” – Lorne Parks, PE Teacher and Athletic Coach 6 STADIUM INITIATIVE “Spreading spectators to both sides of the field will undoubtedly create a more enjoyable fan experience. Plus there will be plenty of room in the stands for our own fans so no need to come early and reserve seats!” – an STA Parent “Our teams can practice at night under the lights if necessary. We can hold double-header underclass games, which frees up afternoons, evenings and weekends for additional practice or club sport competition such as Lacrosse, Rugby and Field Hockey.” – Sarah Burgess, Director of Athletics & Activities “Because of decreased maintenance and more usability with artificial turf, club sports like Lacrosse will have the opportunity to use the facilities without tearing up the middle of the field where the goals sit and where the kids face-off.” – Chris Berger, Lacrosse head coach “The Dance Team and Cheer Squads look forward to creating entertaining performances with more advanced skills on a safer surface and less wet, muddy ground.” – Tara Schroeder, Dance Team coach www.stasaints.net 7 25th Year Celebrate the Saints! At Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, excitement is brewing for a year-long celebration of the school’s 25th year beginning next August 2012. Calendar of Events 1988 Plans are under way now, so SAVE THESE DATES! While the physical facility has undergone many changes over the past few years, our mission and purpose of providing exceptional Catholic secondary education remain the same. It truly is our graduates who tell the story of our success. We invite you to join us in looking back at the past, celebrating the present, and building for the future. Everyone is invited to join -- current and future students, alumni, spouses, parents and siblings of students and alumni, grandparents, current and retired faculty and staff, friends, and Archdiocesan clergy and educators. EACH one of you is an important member of our Communion of Saints. So mark your calendar now and come celebrate the Spirit that IS the Saints! Those associated with our school community know how critical volunteers have always been to our special events. We’re inviting YOU to get involved and be a part of your 25th year. Please contact Teresa Ahrens at firstname.lastname@example.org, and use “25th-Year Volunteer” in the subject line. This is your chance to open your heart, to make new friendships and renew old ones... We really need you! 8 YEARS 2012 August 2012 Mark Your Calendar! Sunday, August 12 “25 Years of Saints” Community Kickoff Mass & Picnic at STA • Blue & Gold Kickoff – Friday, August 31, 2012 February 2013 • Mass of Remembrance – Wednesday, February 13 Saturday, February 23, 2013 Hall of Fame Inaugural Induction www.stasaints.net/halloffame September 2012 • Homecoming Mass, Tailgate and Football Game – Thursday and Friday, September 27-28 October 2012 • Grandparents Day Mass • Open House March 2013 • Community Service Mass April 2013 • Saints Walk for Life • Dinner Theatre – Friday and Saturday, April 27-28 November 2012 Saturday, November 10 25th Annual Saints Extravaganza December 2012 • Saints Christmas Luncheon January 2013 • Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas Mass • Inaugural Alumni/Parent Marchfor-Life Trip to Washington D.C. • Saints Trivia Challenge May 2013 • Fine Arts Week • Class of 2013 Graduation, 25th Class of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School – Wednesday, May 15 Thursday, May 9 Senior Mass and the Class of 1989 Luncheon, first graduating class of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Homecoming 2011 An early season Homecoming game didn’t hinder Stuco and the Saints from preparing for exciting theme-days and coveted class competition points. Freshmen chose patriots as their legendary group, Sophomores were cowboys, Juniors were Romans, and Seniors were Egyptians. On September 23, 2011, over 1,200 guests attended the Homecoming Tailgate and pre-game pep rally. The “Old School” All-Years Alumni Reunion was held following the game at Saints Pub & Patio where classes of 1956 and 1996 celebrated their 50th and 15th-year reunions, respectively. The 2011 Saint Thomas Aquinas Homecoming Court included the following seniors: 1st row, Emily Ewert, Madeline Malley, Mackenzie Lutz, Clare Eagan, Abby Hill, Emily Wheeler; 2nd row, Andrew Brown, Jeff Kraus, Ryan Didde, Matt Biggins, Brogan Moroney, and Phil Loughman. During Tailgate, the concert choir and alumni joined on the Commons stage for the Alma Mater and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” At halftime of the Homecoming Game vs. Blue Valley Northwest, Matthew Biggins and Abby Hill were crowned 2011 King and Queen. Coach Mike Thomas addressed the guests at Tailgate and introduced game captains, pictured left-to-right: Andrew Horn, Matt Clemons, Brendan Nachbar, and Paul Heit. During Spirit Week leading up to Friday’s game, a theme of “Becoming Legendary” was depicted in the halls of Saint Thomas Aquinas when each class decorated their hallway instead of constructing a float. www.stasaints.net 9 Extravaganza 2011 On Saturday, November 11, 2011, the Saints community celebrated the 24th annual Extravaganza, “Saints Alive and in Color.” Over 500 guests came “Alive” to show their true “Colors” and support for student clubs and activities at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. Over 750 items and $17,000 in underwriting were donated to create the Live, Premier and Silent Auctions. Once again the Nigro Brother Auctioneers and Master of Ceremonies, Mark Oppold, did a fabulous job leading the guests through the Live Auction portion of the evening. General Co-Chairs Dan & Patti Brewer and Mary Ann & Jerry Robison joined the Honor Roll of Extravaganza General Chairs by providing key leadership for the 24th annual Saints Extravaganza. The inspiration for this year’s “Saints Alive and in Color” ambience, led by Decorations chair Mary Luther, was the unique work of contemporary glass artist Dale Chihuly, whose sculptures are featured in galleries, museums and public spaces around the world including the Bellagio Hotel lobby in Las Vegas. The decorations committee created the marvelous room centerpiece for Extravaganza 2011 with over 1800 balloons. Note: A special “Six Degrees of Separation” feature of the evening was several Dale Chihuly art kits and personally autographed books secured by STA Guidance Counselor, Laura Cline, whose cousin-in-law works with Dale Chihuly in Seattle and on projects all over the world. 10 Senior Envoy Christian Boschert and his dad, Toby Boschert, share a dad-and-son moment at the 24th annual auction that benefits Student Activities at Saint Thomas Aquinas. Senior parents Terri Spero Heit, ‘79, Pam Clemons and Melody Calovich were “wow’ed” by the Bellagio-style ceiling at the entrance into the Gym. The handpainted, colorful Chihuly-like flowers -- which also became table centerpieces -- were created by parent and student volunteers using plastic plates and a toaster oven! STA faculty and staff, such as Social Studies teacher Elizabeth Vrabac pictured here with Senior Envoys John Brekke, Megan Schilling and Katelyn Pascuzzi, contribute to the success of Extravaganza by helping with the Student Gift program and also volunteering at the event. Extravaganza 2011 Current/past parent Jean Hinman, pictured here with Senior Envoys Brogan Moroney, John Eckdahl and Ryan Pottier, has served on the Extravaganza Steering Committee over the past 13 years in various roles including Food, Production and General Chair. A beautiful white-gold Kairos cross, donated by House of Diamonds at College and Quivira for the evening’s Raffle, generated over $6,000 in proceeds. Pictured here is the top-selling raffleticket team of Senior Envoys Allison Ewert, Matthew Biggins and Claire Eagan. Over 60 current/alumni parents, such as veterans Mary Beth Mecca and Ann Zack, serve on the Extravaganza Steering Committee each year. Time and again, the many months of planning and continuous, generous volunteer leadership help to create experiences of “camaraderie” and “accomplishment” for its participants. Always a highlight for Extravaganza guests is the musical Student Revue and crowd-favorite, “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Pictured here are Show Chow performers Jordan Calovich, Abby Ewert, Scott Davis, Katlyn Wallace and Austin Tedder. Extravaganza guests enjoyed the festive and colorful transformation of the gym and an exquisite dinner by PB&J Restaurants, Inc., led by owner/ operators and STA alumni/ current parents Paul Khoury, Bill Crooks and Tom Petersen. The tradition of Extravaganza is enjoyed by generations as Raffle Chairs Susan and Jeff Scherzer visit with Susan’s parents, Sharon and Herb Shores. The traditional “Wall of Wine” with personally written notes from faculty and staff helped generate interest and excitement among party-goers, as did the embellished wine glasses designed by Mrs. Frankovic’s and Mrs. Marstall’s art students. Senior Envoys assisted parent Bill Powers, 18-year Extravaganza volunteer, by inputting winning bids into the event’s banking system. Back row, pictured-left-to-right: Austin Cordill, Kelcey Castinado, Caroline Cherry; front Row: Mary Fortino, Tyler Heying, Abby Hill and Erin Keating. Lord, we thank you for a wonderful night of fellowship and support for Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, for The excitement and passion of the color red; The friendship and imagination of the color yellow; The calmness, harmony and unity of the color blue; The spirituality and transformation of the color purple; The energy, enthusiasm and vibrancy of the color orange; The generosity and youthfulness of the color green. www.stasaints.net 11 Alumni Feature Country singer Matt Gary’s dreams and reality have merged teams during each of their four years at STA. Matt’s career as a recording artist is taking off with the recent release of his new single “Beautiful Life.” Long summer days spent at the Lake of the Ozarks as a child and later during his high school years often found Matt Gary, class of 2001, daydreaming about the future. A career in music as a recording artist pervaded much of his reverie. Fast-forward ten years and the young singer is on-track and living his dream in Nashville, Tennessee. “Music has always been a passion of mine,” said Matt. “Even at a young age I knew I wanted to be a recording artist. “My original plan was to move to Nashville right out of high school, but I was instructed by my parents that it would be a better decision to first get an education and then pursue a music career.” So Matt made a deal with Mike and Darlene Gary that if he went to college to secure Plan B, they would support his dream of Plan A. Matt now readily admits that following his parents’ advice was the best path. The young performer was born in Plantation, Florida, and moved to Kansas -- from where his parents were originally -- when Matt was 15 months old. He and his older brother, Michael Gary, ‘98, attended Trailridge Middle School in Shawnee before becoming Saints. The boys were good athletes and played on winning Saints soccer 12 Coach Craig Ewing, longtime Saints soccer coach, fondly recalls the Garys as ‘a great example of a great STA soccer family.’ “Michael was part of the 1994 first National Championship team,” explained Coach Ewing, “and Matthew was one of our top players on one of the most memorable seasons in STA soccer history. His senior year (in fall 2000 when Matt was named first-team All League and first-team All Sun Country as a defender) was our school’s first year of its flirtation with Class 6A. We were the smallest 6A school by quite a bit and entered the playoffs with six losses. The team won regionals, then the State semi-finals, a game in which Matthew shined. But we lost to Blue Valley North in the championship game after four overtimes.” Matt participated in choir and soccer all four years at STA which meant showing up early in the morning for choir practice and staying late in the afternoon during the fall soccer season. There were times when the two activities crossed paths, but Matt said Coach Ewing and music director Dennis Hord “helped make it work.” After graduating from STA, Matt attended the University of Tampa and earned a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and a B.A. in Digital Art with a concentration in 3-D Animation. Upon completion of college (i.e. sticking with Plan A), it was finally time for Matt to chase his dream of becoming an entertainer. So he packed his bags and moved to Nashville. It was in 2009 when Matt grabbed the attention of country radio’s Alumni Feature industry executives and began to develop a fan base across the country. He was identified as one of CMA’s (Country Music Association) “Who New to Watch,” and received the “DISCovery Award” from Music Row’s acclaimed critic Robert K. Oremann. While Matt said he “grew up playing piano” and recently has taken up the guitar, for the most part he concentrates on singing and entertaining and leaves the music accompaniment to the “incredible musicians in Nashville.” Inspired and influenced by Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban, Matt describes his style as “contemporary country.” For the past year, a cross country tour and visits to over 130 radio stations have provided entry into the country radio scene and a way to promote his new single, “Beautiful Life,” currently being featured on radio stations. He has also performed on stage with well-known artists such as Dolly Parton, David Nail, Tracy Lawrence, Jarrod Neiman and Eric Church. He recently performed the National Anthem for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series here in Kansas City. The young Saints’ alum firmly believes that in order Matt as a high school senior with his parents Mike and Darlene Gary to follow one’s dream, you first have to believe in yourself and be In spite of a hectic schedule and proud of your accomplishments no living far from home, Matt still matter how small the steps may seem. connects with friends from STA. Matt would advise young people to He recently attended the Class of enjoy high school and also take their 2001 ten-year reunion, and said that education seriously. He says, “Take although classmates have scattered in time to meet new people and develop many directions, “Our friendships will your interests because you definitely be lifelong.” don’t want to look back and say ‘what if.’” Go to www.MattGary.com for information about his recordings and listen to Matt sing! Baton Twirler Draws Applause from Saints and Opponents Freshman Savannah Miller is an exciting addition to the Saint Thomas Aquinas marching band and color guard as well as the Spirits dance team. So exciting that at a couple half-time performances, the opposing side’s fans stood and applauded along with the Saints - she’s that good. The young twirler doesn’t miss a beat with her outstanding baton twirling and dance skills and the crowds enthusiastically cheer her performances. During the summer of 2011, Savannah traveled to two national competitions and won the United States Twirling Association Grand National Championship Titles in the Solo Performer and Twobaton Performer categories in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was also chosen Most Inspiring Performer. Then Savannah traveled to the National Baton Twirling Association Nationals competition at the University of Notre Savannah Miller (above, surrounded by members of The Brigade marching band and The Sapphires color guard) exudes excitement every time she performs. Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where she captured top titles of Junior Miss Majorette of America, Junior Grand National Twirling Champion and Two-baton, Rhythmic and Threebaton Champion. And now the icing on the cake, Savannah has earned a spot on the USA National Twirling Team that will compete at the World Championships in Switzerland in April 2012! www.stasaints.net 13 A Day in the Life of a Saint The Day We Became So Cool Reporter Bonyan Lee (far right, holding microphone) from television station KCTV 5 visited Saint Thomas Aquinas on Friday, October 21, as part of the Wendy’s Cool School program that highlights nonathletic activities. From 6 - 8 a.m. off-and-on between news stories and commercials, Lee interviewed representatives of the student council, debate, forensics, performing arts, and participants of class retreats, STAPLES liturgy planning and mission trips. Father Andrew Strobl, STA Chaplain, and seniors Ryan Pottier, Courtney Bollig and Max Wilbur spoke to the reporter about the many ways students practice their faith at Saint Thomas Aquinas. Approximately 700 students came to the early morning pep assembly -- sleepy at first, but ready to cheer. Faculty Profile -- Joanne Mayfield In August the Saint Thomas Aquinas community welcomed new faculty member Joanne Mayfield to the school’s theology department. As the mother of three alumni, Emily, ‘04, Allison, ‘08, and Steven, ‘10, and someone who served as a substitute math teacher last year, Joanne was already a familiar face to students and staff. She also has seven nieces and nephews who are graduates and two nephews who are current students! Joanne, the eighth of 12 children born to Steve and Lorraine Kolich, attended St. John the Baptist elementary school and Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kansas. She received a B.A. in Education from Benedictine College and M.A. in School Administration from Baker University. Joanne is a former junior high math teacher at St. John the Baptist and Cathedral of St. Peter schools and former administrator at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Lenexa. She enjoys teaching at Saint Thomas Aquinas and says it has given her added insight into the school’s success. According to Joanne, “As part of the STA parent community, I was always impressed with the reverence and faith expressed at school liturgies. Now as a staff member, I see first-hand that the strength of this school is how everyone is welcomed into the family, quickly accepted into the Communion of Saints. With the perspective of having worked in the Archdiocesan school system my entire career, the ‘faith into action’ model at STA clearly develops our students into responsive and responsible mature young Catholic adults.” 14 9/11 Hero visits Saint Thomas Aquinas High School on 10th anniversary of the disaster Saints teacher and campus ministry coordinator Sean Reilly invited fellow New Yorker John Paul DeVito to speak to several theology classes on September 7 in honor of the disaster’s 10th anniversary. DeVito was seated at his desk on the 87th floor of the World Trade Center I on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, at 8:50 a.m. The chief operating officer of the May Davis Group, a small investment bank, had no idea that Boeing 767 had just slammed into the building just above him. But he knew he was in danger and called his wife to tell her he loved her. What followed in the aftermath was an amazing story of courage, heroism and spiritual awakening that DeVito is willing to share but forewarns that he is not a public speaker. The chapel setting was a perfect backdrop for the humble man who spoke directly from the heart, in describing his account of September 11, 2001, and its lifelong impact on him. He said immediately after the ordeal, “If you had seen what it was like in that stairway, you’d be proud. There was no gender, no race, no religion. It was everyone, unequivocally, helping each other.” DeVito led thirteen May Davis employees and an auditor from the Securities & Exchange Commission to the stairwell and together they experienced a 50-minute harrowing escape to safety. His message to the Saint Thomas Aquinas students was one of hope, redemption and forgiveness. The four major television Kansas City affiliates covered the event and all of them featured the speaker and his message on the early and late night news. Immediately after speaking to the Saint Thomas Aquinas groups, DeVito boarded a plane for New York where he marked the anniversary by attending Mass with his family. Performing Arts Fall Musical AIDA a popular production Poetry Cafe stimulates appreciation of language The imaginative, expressive language of poetry is alive and well at Saint Thomas Aquinas. Twice a year, in October and April, students are invited to share their favorite poem with others who enjoy the linguistic art form. Pictured above left to right, Mary Fortino, Katelyn Stewart, Catherine Kluempers, Jordan Barr, Carol Trickey, Taylor Sweeney. In November, the Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Performing Arts Department presented the musical Aida, a contemporary musical version of a timeless classical tale of love and devotion between two people of different nations. The score is a crowd-pleaser that embraces multi-cultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing. Each performance produced an enormous outpouring of praise about the caliber of the show. STA Music director, Joe Heidesch, said that the cast “came together” early in the rehearsal stage which allowed them to focus on minor adjustments to perfect details of the production. Following last year’s critically acclaimed West Side Story that garnered eight Blue Star Award nominations, Heidesch and STA drama teacher, Kim Harrison, wanted to match last year’s accomplishments. Judging by the full theater and audience response, they succeeded! You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown The Saints’ Thespian Troupe 6339 presented the musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown by Clark Gesner on three days in December. Senior, Max Wilber, directed this first ever “student-directed” musical at Saint Thomas Aquinas. The show was staged in the “Black Box Theater” located in the drama room. A nominal fee was charged with proceeds helping fund a student trip to the Kansas Thespian conference in January. With poems in hand, Poetry Cafe participants spontaneously read aloud a favorite verse they consider worthy of sharing with the group. While they are encouraged to read original work, some students choose a book from the library and select a poem that strikes an emotional chord. Shel Silverstein, author of “A Light in the Attic” and “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” is a frequent choice. According to English teacher and published poet Boyd Bauman who leads the group, “It’s hard to tell if there are any budding poets at this point.” He adds, “Teenage poetry tends to be a bit of a ‘lengthy confessional.’ It’s an outlet for some who get to share some personal things and feel safe and accepted.” English teacher Paula McCarthy established Poetry Cafe five years ago in celebration of Teen Read Week in October and National Poetry Month in April. Coffee, hot chocolate and pastries add to the ambiance, but it’s strictly self-serve and informal, in keeping with the simple but successful tribute to one of the oldest expressions of the English language. English teacher Boyd Bauman (2nd row, 3rd from left) accesses laptop resources while leading the Poetry Cafe. Above, Spencer Gochis played the role of Snoopy in the show, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. The Saint Thomas Aquinas Christmas Concert, held this year on December 7, always delights the audience with the students amazing vocal and music talent! Pictured above, Marie Gavin displays her mastery of the violin. www.stasaints.net 15 Student Highlights Can they do it? Yes they CAN! Last year, in fall 2010, the Saint Thomas Aquinas community contributed 60,878 cans to Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas in our annual Canned Food Drive, the largest single-source donation in the food pantry’s 45-year history. That’s an average of 60 cans per student! drive, called “CANdy Land” in 2011, is sponsored by Student Council. Chuck Hammons, co-moderator for STUCO, said, “There is tremendous ownership by the students, and each year the competing classes attempt to carry on the proud tradition in a bigger way.” This year’s drive started on Halloween. But long before that -- as in last summer -- the students were busy planning, collecting and raising money for the event. The annual food By Day #2 of the week-long drive, last year’s collection-count had almost been met. Catholic Charities Food Pantry was contacted so that the agency would be prepared for the enormous amount of donations they were about to receive. And receive they did. It turned out that it was the most successful Canned Food Drive in Saint Thomas Aquinas history and another record-breaker for Catholic Charities with a grand total for one week of . . . 113,936 cans! The contributions were so significant that boxes and crates and a couple of trucks were parked outside while STUCO reps tallied the final count. ONE project to help those in-need, ONE student council, and ONE incredible student body and group of parents resulted in an amazing feat. Way to go, Saints! Congratulations to the following Freshman Scholarship Winners, based on 2011 Placement Exam test scores! 16 Catherine Bernard - Oxford Middle, daughter of Richard and Juliann Bernard Matthew McCrave - Holy Cross, son of Marcia Wassenberg Kyle Bollig - Prince of Peace, son of Jeffrey and Laurie Bollig Jackson McElroy - Prince of Peace, son of Laura McElroy Matthew Brown - Lakewood Middle, son of Rob and Marybeth Brown Karley Monaghan - Holy Spirit, daughter of Pat and Carrie Monaghan Anna Christian - Cure of Ars, daughter of Jeff Christian Tom Pyle - Holy Trinity, son of Ken and Mary Pyle Gretchen Cummings - Holy Trinity, daughter of Bob and Lisa Cummings Matthew Reynolds - Prince of Peace, son of Eric and Nancy Reynolds Tamara Gruenewald - Antioch Middle, daughter of Terry and Victoria Gruenewald Jack Ryan - Holy Spirit, son of Martin and Debra Ryan Nate Hornung - Ascension, son of Brian and M. Diana Hornung Rachel Spenner - Holy Trinity, daughter of Dan and Anne Spenner Abby Joerger - Holy Trinity, daughter of Bob and Amy Joerger Drake Stobie - Ascension, son of Peter and Lisa Stobie Brent Keffer - Ascension, son of Dennis and Renee Keffer Ben Trickey - Cure of Ars, son of Benjamin and Mary Trickey Mallie Koehler - Cure of Ars, daughter of Paul and Renee Koehler Ryan Wheeler - Holy Cross, son of Charles and Karen Wheeler Madeline McCormick - Ascension, daughter of Jeff and Susan McCormick Faith Winchel - Queen of the Holy Rosary Wea, daughter of Todd and Tracy Winchel Memorial Scholarships If you are interested in establishing a Named Endowed Memorial Scholarship at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, in your name or to honor a loved one either living or deceased, please contact Michon Quick, Director of Alumni & Constituent Relations, at email@example.com or 913-319-2437. Alumni feature Husband-and-wife team experiences life in Brazil Hours of research, filling out applications and even attending an overseas job-fair at the University of Northern Iowa enabled them to turn their dream into reality. Katie and Joe currently teach in an American school in Rio de Janeiro designed for American businesses that station their employees in foreign countries. Katie said there are similar schools in almost every major city across the world. Katie and Joey emphasize how amazing it has been to see a different part of the world and encourage anyone with a desire to work outside the U.S. to take advantage of the many available options. The best part of the Geists’ Brazilian experience so far has been getting to know and appreciate the culture. They describe the native people as “very warm and friendly as well as family-centered.” Another favorite aspect for the young couple is the beach. Joe and Katie Blaise Geist, both members of the Class of 2003, started dating their senior year at Saint Thomas Aquinas. Though she majored in Elementary Education at the University of Kansas and he studied English at Kansas State University, Katie and Joey dated each other all through college and were married on June 27, 2009. After graduation, both became teachers in the Blue Valley school district. It was then that the couple decided to pursue their shared dream of teaching abroad. Especially for someone contemplating a ‘sabbatical’ in another country, Katie and Joey point out the importance of being independent. “There’s no getting around the fact that you have to be able to function on your own. It’s really important to be open-minded because you’re going to run into a lot of things in a foreign country that are different. If you aren’t willing to try new things or see things in a different light, you’re in for a long stay!” But each admits that Skype and email make the distance between them and home seem less. Being away from family and friends has been the biggest challenge of being so far from home. “We have been fortunate enough to live close to our immediate and extended families for most of our lives, so being away has been very difficult,” Katie said. “We have missed doing simple things with friends and family such as watching a KU/KSU game, going to dinner or attending a sibling’s sporting event.” Saint Thomas Aquinas is a tradition for both the Blaise and Geist families. Katie has two alumni siblings: Amy Blaise, ’05, and Mark Blaise, ’09. Joey has two alumni siblings: Abby Geist, ’06, and Steve Geist, ’10, as well as three siblings who are current students: Mike Geist, ’12, Grace Geist, ’14 and Dan Geist, ‘15. Both sets of alumni parents – Joe and Kate Geist and Bill and Elaine Blaise – are still actively involved with STA. According to Katie, “Our parents have enjoyed the experience, friends and feeling of Aquinas as much as we have.” Owning a home in Overland Park ensures that when it’s time to leave their cosmopolitan lifestyle in Rio, Katie and Joey will return to the Land of Oz. They speculate that in ten years they will likely be parents, living in Kansas City and still teaching. In some ways they credit their Saint Thomas Aquinas education with acquiring coping skills and support. “Saint Thomas Aquinas is where we both built our strong foundations and faith,” Katie explained. “Without the relationships we made at Aquinas, we never would have had the strength to go on this crazy adventure!” www.stasaints.net 17 2011 Coach MirockE Golf Tournament The 26th Mirocke Golf Classic was held at the Milburn Country Club on Monday, June 6, 2011. Due to the December 2010 fire at Milburn, participants were introduced to a new check-in configuration by the pool, and the 19th hole was held in an airconditioned party tent. The event was chaired by Jean and Burry Hinman and Barb and John O’Donnell. Proceeds benefit the Guardian Angel Fund at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. Two Guys and a Grill coowned by STA parents Troy & Cindi Tedder provided lunch to golfers and volunteers before tee-off. Back in the saddle at the 26th annual tournament were Ken Berra and Frank Mader. Keeping things under control at the Halfway House were Snacks chair Gretchen Johnson and her assistants, Lucas Johnson, Tami Jeter, Landon Johnson, and Maureen Carroll. Knocking off the perennial first place teams, 2011 Champions were George Jansen, Kevin Rooney, Bill Blaise and Steve Furman. Hoo-eeh!! The winning (and only) all-women’s team was Sandy Furman, Barb O’Donnell, Jean Hinman and Michon Quick. Always out to support the cause and honor Coach Mirocke were 1990 graduates Mike Skahan, John Michaels, Jon Bichelmeyer, and Jake Zillner. Class of 2007 foursome Andrew Geha and Max Weitkamp along with Pat White and Price Duncan enjoyed a good game of golf and great round of fun. 18 Diana and Mark Ebeling, tournament Beverage chairs, were MVP’s of the day when record-high heat required high volumes of H2O and other refreshments provided by Anheuser-Busch. 2010-2011 ANNUAL REPORT 2010-2011 Stewardship Report A report on the finances and donors of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School for the 2010-2011 School Year. Board of Trustees Tom Quick, Chairman Gary Davis Fr. Bill Porter Bill Blaise Bob Frankovic Mark Radetic Fr. Frank Burger Linda Hanson Bill White Bit Clark Terry Miller www.stasaints.net 19 2010-2011 ANNUAL REPORT Financial Statement July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011 Revenue 1. Tuition and Fees.............................7,716,961 2. Support from Parishes......................662,630 3. Support from Archdiocese.................35,400 4. Athletic Income...................................47,764 5. Activities Income.................................89,343 6. Advancement Income.......................369,642 7. Interest Income....................................58,056 8. Misc. Income......................................438,396 Total Revenue........................... 9,418,192 Expenses 1. Salaries/Benefits..............................6,428,425 2. Administration/Operations.............327,832 3. Instructional.......................................294,865 4. Activities.............................................122,324 5. Athletic...............................................239,091 6. Textbooks.............................................59,757 7. Graduation...........................................34,008 8. Plant/Maintenance............................373,977 9. Utilities................................................318,660 10. Debt Reduction.................................82,828 11. Loan Payments................................192,000 12. Financial Assistance........................820,317 Total Expenses......................... 9,418,192 20 2010-2011 ANNUAL REPORT Honor Roll of Donors The following is a list of cash gifts received during the 2010-2011 fiscal year, July 1 – June 30. Thank you for your commitment to Catholic education! We appreciate your generous support. We apologize for inadvertent errors and omissions. Please contact the Advancement Office at 913-319-2425 with corrections. Thomas Aquinas Lamar & Rita Hunt Kevin & Cathay Perz Douglas Pringle / K T Wiedemann Foundation Inc. Gold Keith & Bit Clark John & Flora Debacker Bob & Loree Faherty Dave & Jan Goebel Linda & Bruce Hanson / Enterprise Bank & Trust William & Norma Kryger William & Polly Mullin Sandra Price Michael & Cynthia Sabatini John & Connie Tompkins John & Judy Warren / Warren Supply Company Tom & Mickey Nachbar Zarda Blue Thomas & Paula Biggins Clay Blair / Clay Blair Family Foundation KC & Lori Brown Mike & Maureen Bukaty Carole Edstrom Bob & Judy Frankovic Dan & Teri Geller Rebecca Heidlage Dennis & Renee Keffer Patrick & Mollie Kelly John & Jacqueline Krim Mark LeVota Darlene Mansfield John & Barb O’Donnell / O’Donnell and Sons Construction Company Anthony & Constance Skevington Benefactor Anonymous Robert & Peggy Adamany Robert & Kathy Fitzpatrick / BarrelHouse James & Dawn Bellerive Jay Breidenthal / Security Bank David & Patricia Buchanan John & Karyn Campbell Kevin Christian / K. D. Christian Construction Co., Inc. Steve & Shannon Clifford Gregory & Susan Cornelius John & Julie Cosentino Deluxe Corporation Foundation Thomas & Eileen Drape Jim & Carol Elder Amancio & CelesteGenilo Michael & Kathleeen Gremillion / GEHA Larry & Michele Gress Craig & Tracy Herter Dan & JoAnn Kanatzar / Tequila Harry’s Inc. Brian & Meya Kindred Barry & Jill Koster Alex & Julie MacGillivray Tim & Alesia McAnany Anne McDonald John & Maria McKernan Brian & Leann Miller Terry & Terri Miller John & Debbie Monterubio Stephen & Carol Pascuzzi William & Catherine Powers Tom & Michon Quick Mark & Mary Radetic Troy & Nancy Reazin Jeff & Nancy Robinson Mark & Susan Roos Jim & Mary Ryan Jeff & Susan Scherzer / Scherzer & Associates Daniel & Petra Shinn Ward & Kelly Staudenmyer John & Cindy Thesing Bob & Ann Timmons Thomas & Peggy Waggoner Richard & Renee Washburn Tom & Shelly Williams / Williams Law, LLC Mark & Cathy Witaczack Gary & Julie Zancanelli Jeffrey & Laurie Bollig Joe & Ev Boutte Bob & Lisa Bregant Mark & Patty Brewer Sarah Burgess Rick & Alison Clark Chris & Denise Colliatie Joel & Shirley Collier Bernie & Martha Concannon Gary & Jackie Davis Dan & Ann Ernst Bill & Peggy Ford Steve & Sandy Furman / Tompkins, Furman & Associates, Inc. David & Linda Gentile Michael & Kathleen Gremillion Dan & Karen Harrison Dan & Denise Keating Michael Klein / Klein Orthodontics Charlie Lamont Tim & Anita Link William & Josephine McNally Lowell & Karen Miller Robert Miller / Robert Miller Insurance Agency Robert & Karen Morrie Richard & Joni Nachbar / Richard Nachbar Plumbing, Inc. Lorry Nelson & Brenda Nelson Jerry & Cyndy Novacek Kevin & Kim Reichmuth Ralph Reid / Sprint Foundation Jerry & Mary Ann Robison Mark & Karen Sneed State Street Foundation Mark & Ginni Steele John & Debbie Van Blaricum Gerard & Diana VanHoet Eric & Renee Weissend Dave & Dianne Wilderson Patron Abbott Laboratories Fund Robert & Sharyn Baldacci Dean Barber / Barber Financial Group William & Terry Biggins Bob & Lisa Clement Kevin & Candy Connealy Ross & Janice Conner John & Cathy Downey Mike & Mary Lee Fox Mark & Gina Gilroy R.J. Grindinger Brian & Diana Hornung Greg & Mary Bridget Kratofil Craig & Paula Moss Greg & Melissa Nachbar Robert Novellano Doug & Lisa Purtle Martin & Debra Ryan Martin & Denise Schermoly Andrew & Marie Schmidt Mike & Julie Skahan Michael & Peggy Thomas James & Robin Wooten Saint Mike & Denise Armentrout Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation Richard & Juliann Bernard Bryan & Lou Ann Biggs Bill & Elaine Blaise Robert & Linda Boring Toby & Tracy Boschert Stacy Bowen Joyce Beam Bradshaw President Craig & Maureen Adford Hugh & Jane Benson Mark & Beth Bland www.stasaints.net 21 2010-2011 ANNUAL REPORT Kirk & Kelly Bride Mark Buckingham / Performance Rehab LLC Sylvester & Terri Byrd Pat Cahill / Service Master Catastrophe Pat & Molly Cahill Robert & Julie Carmichael Dan & Maureen Carroll Brian & Pamela Clemons Marty Cole / Country Club Bank Robert & Lisa Coplen Jay & Mary Desch Sean & Julie Doherty Karl & Nancy Donahue Bill & Jo Anne Dondlinger Michael & Dorothy Eagan John & Teresa Ekedahl John & Deborah Feehan Bob & Kathy Fitzpatrick Mark & Kathy Franzen Jeff & Pam Frederes David & Elizabeth Galbreath Joseph & Vicki Gardner Lisa Gonzales Clement, DDS Scott & Susan Hagenkord Matt & Beth Hartung Ferrell & Colleen Heeter Tony & Terri Heit Paul & Barbara Heschmeyer Rodney & Anne Heying Brock & Kelly Hill Burry & Jean Hinman Stephen & Linda Hopfinger Charles & Janet Huber Pete & Sherri Jackson George & Emily Jansen Bob & Heidi Kopp / JCI Industries Geoff & Jennifer Johnson John & Kathy Kane Dan & Denise Keating / Beat the Bookstore - KU Kevin & Kathy Killilea Bob & Heidi Kopp Robert & Becky Krattli Michael & Jo Kuckelman Kris & Jami Kuckelman Brad & Chris Kuhlmann Paul & Lisa Lacy Mike & Angela Leikam Tim Lillis Mary Lillis William & Ann Logan Stephen & Barbara Loughman Frank & Joann Mader Mike & Beth Magerl / Trabon Printing Greg & Pam Maher Mark & Mary Pat McKinzie / Wallace, Saunders, Austin, Brown & Enochs Paul & Maura Martin Albert Mauro / Kansas City 22 Enhance Your Gift with Your Employer’s Match You may be able to double or even triple your charitable gift to Saint Thomas Aquinas High School through your company’s matching gift program! To determine your eligibility, check with your employer to see if your gift to a Catholic school can be matched. You may also visit www.matchinggifts.com to check if a specific company will match your charitable gift. If your company offers such a program, all you need to do is obtain a matchinggift form at your workplace and submit it to the Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Office of Advancement. We’ll do the rest for you! Contact the Office of Advancement at 913-319-2425 with questions or for more information. Southern Industries, Inc. Joe & Carol Mayerle John & Nancy McCarthy Jim & Rebecca Merwald Mike & Shelli Mirocke / Mirocke Sales Corporation Tony & Chris Mirocke Pat & Jackie Murphy Mike & Liz Novosel Randy & Janet Olberding Michael & Kimberly Owens Andrew & Marty Pavlovich Eric & Susanna Peck Ed & Mary Pyle Quest Diagnostics John & Susan Saxer Dale & Joanne Schaefer Albert & Jeanetta Schendel Jeff Schugart David & Mianne Sell Mark & Michelle Stangohr / RMS Technology Solutions Tom & Lisa Stec Mark & Kim Stukel Mike & Julie Sullivan Lon & Becky Swanson John & Sara Sweeney Steve & Karen Talken Troy & Cindi Tedder Mike & Peggy Thomas / Thomas Service Corporation Susan Thomeczek Sean & Julie Thompson Greg & Julie Towsley Dennis & Julie Treacy John & Bobbie Turek Scott & Dana Vena Dale & Tamera Vestal Brett & Cheryl Vickers David & Lisa Vogt Elizabeth Vrabac Brian & Amy Wagner Dave & Stacy Watson Mark & Laura Weese Matthew & Joann Weger Maria Weitkamp Glenn & Terri Werth John & Ann Whigham Ronda Zillner & Greg Zillner Gary & Kellie Zych Contributor Chip & Monica Ahern John & Teresa Ahrens Brent & Becky Akright Jim & Denise Alfonsin Tim & Lisa Andrews Christopher & Dana Arth Larry & Susan Backs Bryan & Lou Ann Biggs / Metcalf Bank Ken & Cathy Berra Tim & Rebecca Bock Joe & Lisa Bourquin Laura Brancato / Brancato’s Catering Rob & Mary Beth Brown Leo Brown Phil & Joan Cansler / Cansler Enterprises, Inc. Patrick & Nancy Carolan Mike & Maureen Carroll Ken & Deborah Castinado Tony Chiaverini Mike & Jeanine Cindrich Marty & Diane Clement Jim & Laura Cline Fred & Betsy Collins Robert & Sheila Commodore Brendan & Casey Curran Gary & Jackie Davis / All About Travel Tim & Michelle Dehaemers William & Emily Denning John & Cathy Downey / Broski Fence Co. LLC Terry & Rebecca Droge Brian & Lora Dunn Patrick & Cindy Dwyer Steve & Mary Eisenbarth Craig Ewing Jim & Anne Fields Tresia Franklin / Hallmark Corporate Foundation Charles & Lisa Friedman Philip & Jill Frisch Gene & Cathy Fritz / F & L Enterprises Tony & Martha Frook Mike & Michelle Gammill Ron & Colleen Gardner Mark & Glenda Gast John & Clare Geiger / United Bank of Kansas Richard & Cynthia Gier Mark Gonzales / Capital City Bank John & Mary Sue Goza Ed Hall Joseph & Pam Hamblin Ed & Anna Heilman 2010-2011 ANNUAL REPORT Gary & Molly Hilderhof David & Christine Hoffman Joan Horan / DST Systems, Inc. Rick & Beth Jenkins Chris & Mary Kelly Eric & Lauren Klimt Kirk & Jeannette Kowalewski Emmett & Paula Logan Gerardo & Jennifer Lopez Shane Lutz John & Melanie Mahon Scott & Melinda Marquess Dan Matney Jim & Michelle Maxwell Brian McCarthy Pete & Cheryl McDonald Alan & Lynne Mestdagh Tom & Karen Miller Kevin & Kerry Moore Ken & Lynne Moran Michael & Stephanie Mravunac Paul Nachbar Brian & Janet Peacock Mary Perez Kevin & Barbara Petracek Robert & Beth Pigott Ken & Mary Pyle Pat Regan Sean & Teresa Reilly Tom & Ro Rheinberger Dale & Catherine Romme Steve & Pat Ruvolo John & Cathy Rysavy Brian & Leigh Schenck Joe & Joanne Schroer Myron & Chris Schwery / Bernina Sewing Centers Clark & Gina Sehon Jim & Kelly Sherman Michael & Kay Shirley Dave & Jane Shriver Brian & Denise Sieben Mike & Denise Slaven David & Linda Slovikoski John & Kim Speckin Daniel & Stacey Taylor Phil & Terri Thelen Kevin & Denise Thimmesch Bryan & Susan Thrasher Toyota Motor Sales, C/O Community Relations Sean & Kelly Tyrrell Tom & Cindy VanPelt Joe & Patti Voda Scott & Anabella Wasserman Doug & Liz Watts Rick & Coleen Weller Steve & Terrie Whealon George & Michelle Wilber Cindy Winkler Tony & Jennifer Winslow Kurt & Marie Woltering Richard & Mary Woody Friend Dennis & Patricia Ballweg Boyd & Lisa Bauman Ben & Kathy Bellinder Brian & Lynda Bentler Jim & Susan Bishop / Bishop Farms Mike & Lisa Boddicker Andrew & Michelle Bolin Kenneth & Peg Bono Dan & Patti Brewer Mike Brun Roger & Barb Bruns Thomas & Nancy Bunker Jerry & Melody Calovich Brian & Chris Calovich Ed & Ann Campbell Steve Carey James Carter Bob & Pat Clune Dennis & Jacquie Coffin Cesar & Luz Conde Brian & Susan Cordill Ray & Jan Cullings Michael & Laura Curran Michael & Heather Delaney Tom & Sheila DeMars Paul & Debbie Dent Jeff & Anita Driscoll Steve & Karen Duethman Terry & Ann Ecklund / Ecklund Consulting Services Dan & Michelle Ellefson Jim & Sharon Etzkorn Annette Mirocke Evans Phil & Betty Farnan Ralph & Iris Flournoy John & Suzan Gampper James & Pamela Gardner Thomas & Karen Gartland Neil & Carol Lynn Genilo Michael & Jane Gochis Sara Gordon Thomas & Monica Greer Matt Hallauer Jim & Kathleen Halling Mike & Theresa Haney Rick Hetzel Greg & Mary Ann Hilgers Kathy Hill Joel & Gretchen Johnson Wes & Patty Jordan Paul & Jessica Kirk Ron & Stephanie Koch Kevin & Lynn Kruse Jim & Sally Kutney Joe & Kathy Leary Dean & Pam Lickteig Jim & Rosemary Maher Marvin & Jeannette Marstall Glen & Marianne Mayer Mike & Marlene McCabe Richard & Cindy McOsker John & Katie McQueeney Martin & Joan Meyers Richard & Susan Michalski Bill & Lori Milliard Pat & Linda Mirocke Michael & Julie Morrand Tim and Susan Mulcahy Blake Mulvany Ginnie Nash Patrick & Elizabeth Nelson Nelson & Marcia Newcomer Roy & Judy Nickum Vince & Linda Nowak Chris Orel Ricky Paradise Mark & Debbie Pfeifer Art & Gail Prieb Brian & Diane Pyle Chris & Cathryn Radiel Susan Rinella Dave & Liz Samples Edward & Dorene Schneider Robert & Liz Schneider Patrick & Susan Seib Gary & Kathy Shirley Randy & Margaret Smith Gregory Spalding Paul & Dorothy Speckin Chris & Karen Sturges Josef & Amy Sudduth Barb Summerson Christian & Mary Swett Michael & Kathleen Teahan James & Kim Thorup Frank & Mary Cay Tokic Daniel & Christy Towle Dale & Mary Urban Francis & Linda VanNieuwenhuyse Mike & Monica Walberg Jean Walker Amy Wallace Arthur & Ann Walsh Larry & Joan Ward Jim & Sue Waters Brent & Doretta Watson Bill Weiler Mike & Kim Wernel Dwight & Toni Williams Jeff & Mary Ann Zande Young Alumni Monica Ahrens Andy Akright Ignacio & Marybeth Angles John Bender Chris & Amanda Berger Evelyn Berry Richard & Ann Blanner Gregory & Linda Breck Joseph & Kathryn Carmosino Nathan & Lia Cless Paul & Tracey Colonna Mark & Kathleen Concannon Grace DelNero Greg & Donna Desmarteau Kathleen Detra Allison Dreiling Steve DuBois Kurt & Sylvia Gruenbacher Lisa Halsey Chuck & Amy Hammons Tim & Cathy Hare Julieana Hendricks Tim Herre Dan & Susie Hutchins Brad & Kerri Jennings Mary Pat Johnston Kelly & Debbie Kephart Gene & Janice Kieffaber Mike & Elizabeth Kozor Mike & Vickie Lewer Leonard & Terri McKee Merck Company Foundation Gary & Angela Metzger Kim Meyers Joseph & Tammy Modica Dennis & Jan Morin David & Cathleen Ogle Dennis & Linda O’Grady Sean & Carolyn Olis Christopher & Sui Sum Olson John & Susan Paule Albert Roos Mark & Heather Schoneman John & Irene Sheerin Joann Shikles George Steinberger Walt & Kaye Thompson Charles & Karen Wheeler Christopher & Joyce Winger Ryan Wiseman www.stasaints.net 23 2010-2011 ANNUAL REPORT Alumni Donors “Thank you” to our 2010-2011 donors who are alumni of St. Joseph’s, Aquinas and Saint Thomas Aquinas High Schools. This report reflects gifts received July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010. ALUMNI 1950 Joan Maurer Shikles ALUMNI 1952 Joseph Boutte Tom Zarda ALUMNI 1953 Mickey Nachbar Zarda ALUMNI 1955 Joseph Gardner John Sanders ALUMNI 1956 Connie Barry Kidd ALUMNI 1960 Evelyn Berry Ann Hayes Blanner Joyce Beam Bradshaw Kathleen Glennon Detra Janice Scheier Kieffaber Paul Kirk Mary Fernandez Perez Albert Roos Francis VanNieuwenhuyse ALUMNI 1964 Patrick Lynch ALUMNI 1965 Gregory Breck ALUMNI 1970 Phil Cansler Joan LaCombe Cansler Tony Chiaverini Michael Cindrich Gene Fritz Kathy Wagner Shirley ALUMNI 1972 Annette Mirocke Evans Rebecca Lang Merwald ALUMNI 1973 James Carter David Shriver 24 ALUMNI 1974 ALUMNI 1983 ALUMNI 1975 ALUMNI 1984 Robert McAnany Alan Mestdagh Susan Nicks Bishop Lynne Boutte Mestdagh Anthony Mirocke Mark Roos Susan Downey Roos ALUMNI 1976 Patrick Mirocke Gerard VanHoet Michael Magerl Karen Zarda Sneed Joan Zarda Davila Kelly Sullivan Hill John Speckin Alumni 1985 Mike Mirocke Mike Magerl Dan Matney Pat Regan ALUMNI 1995 Ricky Paradise ALUMNI 1996 Colleen Bolin Hochberg ALUMNI 1997 Michael Brun ALUMNI 1998 John McQueeney ALUMNI 1999 Ryan Wiseman ALUMNI 1977 Joe Bourquin Stephen Carey Dan Keating Phil Thelen ALUMNI 1978 Lisa Regan Bourquin Sean Doherty Kathy Speckin Hill Mary Pat Sasenick Johnston Terri Vohland Thelen ALUMNI 1979 Teresa Spero Heit Karen Garies Miller Melissa Brown Nachbar Jane Dillbeck Shriver Dale Urban Tamera Venneman Vestal ALUMNI 1986 Paul Nachbar Monica Cisper Walberg ALUMNI 1987 Michael Walberg ALUMNI 1989 Jim Maxwell ALUMNI 1990 Jon Bichelmayer John Michaels Mike Skahan Jake Zillner ALUMNI 1994 Brian Dunn ALUMNI 2000 Allison Dreiling Timothy Herre Mark LeVota Elizabeth Kisthardt Samples ALUMNI 2003 Andrew Akright Elizabeth Ford Kozor Carolyn White Olis ALUMNI 2004 Monica Ahrens Lia Frankovic Cless Grace DelNero ALUMNI 2009 James Bono ALUMNI 1980 Gregory Nachbar Mary Lavery Urban ALUMNI 1981 Ed Campbell Ann Marciniak Campbell Denise Miller Keating Joni Regan Nachbar Richard Nachbar Nancy Pflumm Robinson ALUMNI 1982 Stacy Bowen Lisa Feuerborn Coplen David Watson A LEGACY OF SUCCESS It’s Never to Late to Give! There is still time to be a participant in the 2011-12 Saints Annual Fund. If you would like to make a contribution, please go online to: www.stasaints.net/SaintsAnnualFund 2010-2011 ANNUAL REPORT Faculty & Staff Members of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Faculty and Staff who provided monetary contributions in 2010-2011: Anonymous John & Teresa Ahrens Tim & Lisa Andrews Boyd & Lisa Bauman Chris & Amanda Berger Tim & Rebecca Bock Bob & Lisa Bregant Leo Brown Roger & Barb Bruns Sarah Burgess Nat Burstein Ken & Deborah Castinado Jim & Laura Cline Fred & Betsy Collins Brendan & Casey Curran Greg & Donna Desmarteau Terry & Rebecca Droge Steve DuBois Dan & Michelle Ellefson Jim & Sharon Etzkorn Craig Ewing Phil & Betty Farnan Ralph & Iris Flournoy Bill & Peggy Ford Bob & Judy Frankovic Mark & Kathy Franzen Matt Hallauer Jim & Kathleen Halling Chuck & Amy Hammons Rebecca Heidlage Julieana Hendricks Rick Hetzel Greg & Mary Ann Hilgers Brad & Kerri Jennings Wes & Patty Jordan Kelly & Debbie Kephart Ron & Stephanie Koch Greg & Mary Bridget Kratofil Charlie Lamont Tim Lillis Marvin & Jeannette Marstall Joseph & Tammy Modica Craig & Paula Moss Roy & Judy Nickum Jerry & Cyndy Novacek David & Cathleen Ogle Christopher & Sui Sum Olson Chris Orel Kenny & Serena Price Brian & Diane Pyle Tom & Michon Quick Chris & Cathryn Radiel Sean & Teresa Reilly Brian & Leigh Schenck Albert & Jeanetta Schendel Mark & Heather Schoneman Vicki Schroeder Dave & Jane Shriver Randy & Margaret Smith Chris & Karen Sturges Josef & Amy Sudduth Mike & Julie Sullivan Barb Summerson Walt & Kaye Thompson Bryan & Susan Thrasher John & Connie Tompkins Elizabeth Vrabac Jim & Sue Waters Bill Weiler Cindy Winkler Jeff & Mary Ann Zande Matching Gift Companies Abbott Laboratories Fund Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation Deluxe Corporation Foundation DST Systems, Inc. Hallmark Corporate Foundation Intermec Foundation Kansas City Southern Industries, Inc. Merck Company Foundation Quest Diagnostics Sprint Foundation State Street Foundation Toyota Motor Sales, C/O Community Relations www.stasaints.net 25 2010-2011 ANNUAL REPORT Mirocke Golf Classic 2011 Donors The following includes cash, in-kind and item donations for the 2011 Mirocke Golf Classic. We apologize for inadvertent errors and omissions. Please contact the Advancement Office at 913-319-2425 with corrections. Anonymous All About Travel / Gary & Jackie Davis Anheuser Busch, InBev / Tom & Mary Gorczyca Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation / Bob & Lisa Clement BarrelHouse / Bob & Kathy Fitzpatrick Beat the Bookstore - KU / Dan & Denise Keating Bernina Sewing Centers / Myron & Chris Schwery Ken & Cathy Berra Jon, ‘90, & Stacy Bichelmeyer Jeff & Laurie Bollig Joe, ‘77, & Lisa Regan Bourquin, ‘78 Brancato’s Catering / Laura Brancato Broski Fence Co. LLC / John & Cathy Downey KC & Lori Brown Michael, ‘97, & Carrie Brun Cansler Enterprises, Inc. / Phil , ‘70, & Joan LaCombe Cansler, ‘70 Capital City Bank / Mark Gonzales Tony Chiaverini, ‘70 Michael, ‘70, & Jeanine Cindrich Martin & Diane Clement Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Mid-America Country Club Bank / Marty Cole Cretcher Heartland Incorporated / Tom & Michon Quick, and Bob & Judy Frankovic Dean Barber / Barber Financial Group Brian, ‘94, & Lora Dunn Enterprise Bank & Trust / Linda & Bruce Hanson Annette Mirocke Evans, ‘72 F & L Enterprises / Gene ,’70, & Cathy Fritz Jim & Anne Fields Bill & Peggy Ford Philip & Jill Frisch GEHA / Michael & Kathleen Gremillion Lisa Gonzales Clement, DDS John & Mary Sue Goza Rebecca Heidlage Burry & Jean Hinman JCI Industries / Bob & Heidi Kopp 26 K. D. Christian Construction Co., Inc. / Kevin Christian Klein Orthodontics / Michael Klein Jeff & Joy Konnesky Kirk & Jeannette Kowalewski John & Jacqueline Krim Frank & Joann Mader Michael, ‘85, & Beth Magerl Dan Matney, ‘85 Tim & Alesia Dusselier McAnany, ‘89 John & Maria McKernan Metcalf Bank / Bryan & LouAnn Biggs John & Kristy Meyers John, ‘90, & Marla Michaels Patrick, ‘76, & Linda Mirocke Mirocke Sales Corporation / Mike, ‘85, & Shelli Mirocke Tony, ‘75, & Chris Mirocke Gregory, ‘80, & Melissa Brown Nachbar, ‘79 Paul Nachbar, ‘86 Richard Nachbar Plumbing / Richard, ‘81, & Joni Regan Nachbar, ‘81 O’Donnell and Sons Construction Company / John & Barb O’Donnell Performance Rehab LLC / Mark Buckingham Kevin & Barbara Petracek Mike & Lisa Raunig Pat & Becki Regan, ‘85 Jerry & Mary Ann Robison Michael & Cynthia Sabatini Scherzer & Associates / Jeff & Susan Scherzer Security Bank / Jay Breidenthal Service Master Catastrophe / Pat & Molly Cahill Mike, 90, & Julie Skahan Anthony & Constance Skevington Tompkins, Furman & Associates, Inc. / Steve & Sandy Furman Two Guys and a Grill, Inc. / Troy & Cindi Tedder United Bank of Kansas / John & Clare Geiger Wallace, Saunders, Austin, Brown & Enochs / Mark & Mary Pat McKinzie Mark & Laura Weese Tony & Jennifer Winslow Gary & Julie Zancanelli Jake Zillner, ‘90 2010-2011 ANNUAL REPORT Extravaganza 2010 Donors The following includes cash, in-kind and item donations for Extravaganza 2010. We apologize for inadvertent errors and omissions. Please contact the Advancement Office at 913-319-2425 with corrections. 968 Park Hotel Robert and Peggy Adamany Ron and Marie Adrian Chip and Monica Ahern John and Teresa Ahrens Teresa Ahrens Diana Zarda Albert Bob Aley James and Denise Alfonsin James Allen Jerry and Debbie Amaro Lisa Andrews Tim and Lisa Andrews Anheuser Busch, InBev / Tom & Mary Gorczyca Christopher and Dana Arth Mark and Dorian Assenmacher Jeff and Lisa Austin Larry and Susan Backs Shelly Barmby Sam Barnacle John and Carol Bartolac Jeffrey and Julie Bartz Boyd and Lisa Bauman Tom and Debra Beachner Luke and Jennifer Bell James and Dawn Bellerive Brian and Lynda Bentler Kirk and Julie Berggren Kit and Barb Bergman Ryan Best Michael and Liz Bever Bill and Terry Biggins William and Elaine Blaise Mark and Beth Bland Jon and Teresa Blongewicz Rebecca Bock Andrew and Michelle Bolin Jeff and Laurie Bollig Kenneth and Peg Bono Robert and Linda Boring Toby and Tracy Boschert James and Mimi Bourquin Chris and Teresa Boutte Nick Boyles Bob and Lisa Bregant Todd and Marion Brekke Dan and Patti Brewer Leo Brown Robert and Erin Brown Jim and Tami Bryant John and Connie Budd Mike and Maureen Bukaty Matt and Marie Burger Sarah Burgess Brad and Gwen Busher Sylvester and Terri Byrd Jerry and Melody Calovich John and Karyn Campbell Timothy and Renee Carey Dan and Maureen Carroll Jim and Ann Casey John Cassell Deb Castinado Ken and Deb Castinado Arthur and Carol Chartrand Paul and Marian Cherry Keith and Bit Clark Rick and Alison Clark Brian and Pamela Clemons Steve and Shannon Clifford Laura Cline Thomas and Julie Coatney Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Mid America Richard and Carolyn Cofer Dennis and Jacquie Coffin Chris and Denise Colliatie Betsy Collins Ross and Janice Conner David and Marsha Connor Brian and Susan Cordill Bob and Carol Cowdrey Robby Cowdrey Bill and Sarah Crooks Ray and Jan Cullings Tyler and Annette Cundith Steve and Lisa Cunningham James and Kim Dare Gary and Jackie Davis Ronald and Catherine Davis Lauren DeBaun David and Joyce Didde Susan Dillingham Deborah Dilloway Phyllis Distler Jack and Nancy Donahue Bill and JoAnne Dondlinger Sandi Dondlinger John and Cathy Downey Sue Drilling Terry Droge Steve and Karen Duethman Jeff and Mary Duffendack Eileen Dugan Tom and Carmen Duvall Patrick and Cindy Dwyer Michael and Dorothy Eagan Mark and Diana Ebeling Timothy and Deedra Eccles Bill and Shanthi Eckert Mark and Cathy Edmondson Jim and Carol Elder Daniel and Michelle Ellefson Dan and Ann Ernst Craig Ewing Phil Farnam John and Deb Feehan Robert and Elisa Fernholz Iris Flournoy Gary and Nancy Foltz Dr Bill Ford Chuck and Angela Ford Mike and Mary Lee Fox Bob and Judy Frankovic Judy Frankovic Mark and Kathy Franzen Jeff and Pam Frederes Charles Friedman Tony and Martha Frook David and Lisa Galbreath John and Suzan Gampper Ron and Colleen Gardner Dan and Teri Geller Neil and Carol Lynn Genilo Mark and Gina Gilroy David and Janet Goebel Bob and Kathy Golubski Larry and Kathy Goode David and Marianne Grant Thomas and Staci Greco Michael and Kathleen Gremillion Michele and Larry Gress Scott and Laurie Haas Scott and Susan Hagenkord Matt Hallauer Jim and Kathleen Halling Joseph and Pam Hamblin Roger and Mary Beth Hamisch Mike and Patty Hammer Chuck Hammons Matt and Susan Harding Timothy and Cathy Hare Matt and Beth Hartung Joe and Colleen Heeter Tony and Terri Heit Patrick and Karen Henderson Julieana Hendricks Todd and Chris Henning Craig and Tracy Herter Rick Hetzel Kerry and Lynda Higgins Gary and Molly Hilderhof Mary Ann Hilgers Kyle Hill Brock and Kelly Hill Charles and Mary Pat Himmelberg Mike and Kim Hinck William and Renee Hintz David and Christine Hoffman Carolyn Holton Stephen and Linda Hopfinger Brian and Diana Hornung Tom and Karen Hult Cathryn Hund Radiel Lamar and Rita Hunt Pete and Sherri Jackson George and Emily Jansen Kevin and Laura Jeffries Rick and Beth Jenkins Joel and Gretchen Johnson Keith and Molly Johnson Geoff and Jennifer Johnson Eric Johnston Patty Jordan John and Kathy Kane Dennis and Renee Keffer www.stasaints.net 27 2010-2011 ANNUAL REPORT Chris and Mary Kelly Daniel and Denise Ketelle Paul and Cindy Khoury Kevin and Kathy Killilea John and Janet Koch Len and Tina Kollars Barry and Jill Koster Kirk and Jeannette Kowalewski Greg and Mary Bridget Kratofil Paul and Joan Krebs John and Jackie Krim Kevin and Lynn Kruse Michael and Jo Kuckelman Marsha Kurelac Paul and Lisa Lacy Collins Landers / Landers Visions Mike and Angela Leikam Kathryn Lemons Tim Lillis Keith and Kathy Lisbon William and Ann Logan Emmett and Paula Logan Pat and Maria Looney Gerardo and Jennifer Lopez Stephen and Barb Loughman John and Mary Luther Shane Lutz Lea Anne Mallot Scott and Melinda Marquess Jeannette Marstall Paul and Maura Martin Jerrica Martinez Kenneth and Julie Marx Jim and Michelle Maxwell Tom and Julie Mayfield Paula McCarthy Pete and Cheryl McDonald Bob and Polly McNellis Richard and Cindy McOsker Gary and Annette Mellard John and Marla Michaels Terry and Terri Miller Lowell and Karen Miller Brian and Leann Miller Thomas and Karen Miller Michael and Tracy Mistler Steve and Peggy Moran Marcia Moroney Robert and Karen Morrie Craig and Paula Moss Michael and Stephanie Mravunac Lynn Mueller 28 Sheila Mueller Bill and Polly Mullin Bob and Luisa Mulvaney Pat and Jackie Murphy Gregory and Melissa Nachbar Richard and Joni Nachbar Timothy and Elaine Navickas Lorry Nelson Jeff and Jill Ney Rick and Karen Oddo Dennis and Linda O’Grady Sui Sum Olson Joe Orrick Michael and Kimberly Owens Lorne Parks Dale and Sabrina Pauley Andrew and Marty Pavlovich Brian and Janet Peacock Natalie Pearson Eric and Susanna Peck Kevin and Cathay Perz Tom and Ann Petersen Kevin and Barbara Petracek Jean Pflumm Mark and Debbie Poelzl Pamela Popp Linda Porter William and Catherine Powers Kenny and Serena Price Kent and Lori Price Doug and Lisa Purtle Diane Pyle Ed and Mary Pyle Michon Quick Tom and Michon Quick Mark and Mary Radetic Christopher Radiel Troy and Nancy Reazin Jon and Lisa Reboulet Kevin and Kim Reichmuth Sean Reilly Sean and Teresa Reilly Jim and Megan Riggs Jerry and Mary Ann Robison Todd and Dawn Ropson Ken and Janet Rosberg Karen Ruder Martin and Debra Ryan Michael and Cynthia Sabatini Brian Schenck Albert Schendel Albert and Jeanetta Schendel Jeffrey and Susan Scherzer Nick and Susan Schilling Eric and Martha Schmidt Kurt and Donna Schmidt Andrew and Marie Schmidt Noel and Sara Schnake Robert and Liz Schneider Heather Schoneman Vicki Schroeder Joseph and Joanne Schroer Joseph and Danette Searle David and Mianne Sell Abbot Barnabas Senecal Jim and Kelly Setter Michelle Shaffer Michael and Kay Shirley Jeffrey and Leigh Shoulta David Shriver Brian and Denise Sieben Mark and Karen Sneed Michael and Leslie Sobek David and Mary Speckin Daniel and Lisa Stalp Ward and Kelly Staudenmyer Mark and Ginni Steele David and Rosemary Storm Fr. Andrew Strobl Mark and Kim Stukel Amy Sudduth Barb Summerson Lon and Becky Swanson Christian and Mary Swett Michael Swett Daniel and Stacey Taylor Paul and Pamela Taylor Troy and Cindi Tedder Kevin and Denise Thimmesch John and Deborah Thomas Michael and Peggy Thomas Mike Thomas Kaye Thompson Sean and Julie Thompson Brian and Deanna Thorne Bryan and Susan Thrasher Mark and Patricia Tranckino Dale and Mary Urban John and Debbie Van Blaricum Gerard and Diana VanHoet Tom and Cindy VanPelt Scott and Dana Vena Dale and Tamera Vestal Brett and Cheryl Vickers Lindie Victor Joseph and Patricia Voda Elizabeth Vrabac Tom and Peggy Waggoner Arthur and Ann Walsh Richard and Renee Washburn Donald and Colleen Watson Douglas and Liz Watts Matthew and JoAnn Weger Kurt and Cheryl Weigel Steve and Terrie Whealon Charles and Karen Wheeler John and Ann Whigham Dennis and Kathy White Thomas and Angela Wichlinski Walter and Colleen Wiedeman Dave and Dianne Wilderson Patrick and Mary Jo Williams Tom and Shelly Williams Bret and Christy Wilson Greg Wilson Cynthia Winkler Suzanne Wolff Kurt and Marie Woltering Marc and Mary Ann Woodward Richard and Mary Woody Jim and Robin Wooten Christopher and Stephanie Wright Justin Wrigley Jeffrey and Colette Wunderlich Michael and Jane Wynne Keith and Ann Marie Younger John and Cynthia Zabroske Gary and Julie Zancanelli Tom & Mickey Zarda Bob and Alicia Zarse Fr. Mitchel Zimmerman Gary and Kellie Zych Saints Marrying Saints Flournoy - Lee Andy Flournoy, ‘04, & Caitlin “Katie” Lee, ‘04, were married at St. Agnes Catholic Church on April 24, 2010, with Fr. Jerry Arano-Ponce officiating. The couple celebrated their one-year anniversary on Easter Sunday. Andy graduated from Kansas State University in 2009 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and works for Logic, Inc. in Olathe, Kansas. Katie graduated from Villanova in 2008 with a degree in Biology and works for the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri. Andy and Katie currently reside in Prairie Village and are members of St. Ann’s Catholic Church where they volunteer as youth leaders. Pictured from top to bottom: Allison Matthews, ‘04, Maggie Lee Affolter, ‘00, Whitney Sizmore ‘04, Flavia Godoy, Cassie Sereda, Mollie Lee, ‘04, and Katie Flournoy, ‘04; and (top to bottom): Steve Anderson, Spencer Brown, Mark Mourlam, Tony Kern, ‘04, Paul Flournoy, ‘05, Yusshy Mendoza, and Andy Flournoy, ‘04. Frost - Carter Hillary Frost, ’04, and Robert “Bobby” Carter, ’04, were married on October 15, 2010, at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Kansas City, Kansas – with Father Keith Lunsford, Father Michael Hawken, Father Ric Halvorson and Father Harry Schneider concelebrating. Pictured left to right: John Kolich, ‘04, Austin Nigro, ‘04, Stasia Hermes, ’04, Pat Carter, ’96, Elizabeth Elliott (Dallas), Jimmy Carter, ‘03, Stephanie Frost, ‘01, Bobby Carter, ‘04, Hillary Carter, ‘04, Lauren Frost, ‘98, Tim Carter, ’94, Emily Rembert (Dallas), Michael Carter, ‘98, Erin Maloney (Wichita), Ryan Trader, ‘04, Brittany Jeter, ‘04, Tom Broxterman, ‘04, Caroline Colgrove (St. Louis), Meg Stockton (Wichita), John Doyle, ‘04, Denny Alfonsin, ’04. Both Hillary and Bobby are graduates of the School of Journalism strategic communication program at the University of Kansas. Hillary is an Account Manager for Barkley Advertising in Kansas City, Missouri, and Bobby is an Account Executive for Perceptive Software in Shawnee, Kansas. The couple resides in Prairie Village with their dog Louie. www.stasaints.net 29 Class Notes 1946 Sister Marie Neff, BVM, was recalled to the Mount Carmel Motherhouse in Dubuque, Iowa, on October 15, 2011, to be of assistance to the staff. She has been a Catholic Schools teacher for the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph (Missouri) for 54 years. Sister Marie has served at St. John Francis Regis grade school for the last 39 years, as teacher, principal, and most recently substitute teacher. 1947 Three generations of Royalty Kelly Sullivan Hill, class of 1984, her daughter Abby Hill (current STA senior), and Kelly’s mother Lucia Sullivan, a graduate of Lillis High School in Kansas City, Missouri, became three generations of homecoming queens when Abby was crowned 2011 Homecoming Queen at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in September. Kelly was crowned Homecoming Queen 28 years ago for the Blue Streaks of Aquinas High School in Shawnee. 1998 John Schmiedeler was inducted into the 2011 Benedictine University Ravens Athletic Hall of Fame on October 29, 2011, in Atchison, Kansas. John was a sharp-shooter for the Ravens basketball team (1948-52), and after completing his master’s degree in education at DePaul University in Chicago, he coached high school, college (St. Mary of the Plains, Dodge City, KS), and international men’s basketball (Israel). Following his basketball coaching career, John was superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph for 17 years while also volunteering for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The NAIA honored John in 1993 with the Frank Cramer Award, recognizing him for longtime dedication to the NAIA basketball tournament. John and his wife, Rosemary, have seven grown daughters and live in Westwood, Kansas. 30 Michael Gary earned his B.S. in Business Management from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and then moved to Los Angeles to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. He is married to STA alumna Jacque Gangel, ‘98, who earned her Nursing degree from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. The couple resides in the Kansas City area with their children, Mara - age 5, and Michael - age 3. Michael is employed as the Brand Manager and Head Designer for PING Apparel. 2000 Elizabeth “Liz” Kisthardt Samples and her husband Dave are proud to announce the arrival of their son Brian Walter, born on September 15, 2011. Besides her new vocation as a mom, Liz is an attorney for the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in Kansas City, Missouri.The family resides in Shawnee, Kansas. 2002 Emily Bock Pickerill spent 15 months in Morocco as a Fulbright grant recipient conducting research and studying Arabic from 2009-2010. Her research entitled, Informal and entrepreneurial strategies among sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco, was presented, in French, at the international colloquium on Transit Migration in Nice, France. The research piece was published in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of North African Studies. Emily is the daughter of Rebecca and Tim Bock of Overland Park, Kansas. Class Notes 2004 David Poell, class of 2003, received the “President’s Commendation” award from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) for a heroic act on a metro bus last October. The driver of the bus began feeling light-headed, breathing impaired and began to pass out. David assisted by calling the CTA Control Center and 911 for help, while the driver brought the passenger-filled bus to a safe stop. Caitlin O’Connor recently returned from Ukraine after two years of volunteer work with the Peace Corps. Caitlin worked in Youth Development, creating new programs for encouraging healthy lifestyles for children and teens. Caitlin graduated in 2008 from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Caitlyn is the daughter of Elaine and William O’Connor of Kansas City, Missouri. David earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor in May 2010, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. While at Michigan, he served as Executive Editor on the editorial board of the Michigan Law Review. David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Notre Dame in May 2007. He currently practices law with O’Hagan Spencer in Chicago, Illinois. Emily Mayfield graduated from Kansas State University in 2008 with an Elementary Education Degree. Following graduation, Emily moved to New York and danced professionally for two years. She is currently teaching 3rd Grade in the Blue Valley School District. 2003 Ryan Tinker is a co-founder of True Hero Ties, an internet company based on a simple concept and purpose: donate 50% of every purchase to a U.S. veteran’s organization. The company currently only sells two men’s ties, but is planning on expanding products in the future. With every purchase, customers are supporting our nation’s great heroes who protect our freedom. Since its November 2011 launch, True Hero Ties has already donated $3,000 to partner veterans organizations. Carter Holton, class of 2006, and son of George and Carolyn Regan Holton, ’73, of Overland Park, Kansas, appeared on television’s Food Network Challenge on July 3, 2011. The challenge was to create a cake of a Star Wars’ character tied into the opening of the Starspeeder 1000 ride in Hollywood Studios at Disneyworld. In spite of being too young to recall the Star Wars craze (first one released in 1977) and thus less familiar with the creatures, habitats and people, Carter delved into the theme and chose the character C3PO and an elaborate setting of the planet Tatoone. Carter won the Challenge including prize money and a trip to Disneyworld to recreate his winning cake at the ride opening. The young baker graduated as valedictorian in 2008 with an Associate degree in Baking and Pastry from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He is currently the pastry chef at Le Fou Frog restaurant and The River Club in Kansas City. He also teaches Baking and Pastry at the Art Institutes International of Kansas City. www.stasaints.net 31 2005 Carri Prewitt took her vows of First Profession with the Dominican Nuns on December 8, 2011, at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey. Carrie has chosen Sister Mary Magdalene as her religious name. Carri is the daughter of Kathleen and Tom Prewitt of Overland Park, Kansas. 2007 Jordan Herbert received the 2011 national Sigma Nu Man of the Year Award for his work with the Nu chapter at Kansas State University. Jordan held several offices while active in the chapter, and also currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board. Upon receiving the honor, in addition to thanking his fraternity brothers, local alumni and the Sigma Nu national organization, Jordan thanked his family for their support. Jordan is the son of Carol and Jerry Herbert of Lenexa, Kansas. 2008 Drew Clement was named Academic All-American for the 20102011 school year. Drew plays soccer for Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas. Drew is the son of Lisa and Bob Clement of Shawnee, Kansas. 2010 Katelyn Brungardt, a junior at St. Louis University, was among eight scholars honored at the 2011 International Business Awards on October 6 in the John Cook School of Business. Katelyn was awarded the Anheuser-Busch Global Scholarship. Her picture appeared in the SLU newsletter with other scholarship recipients and corporate representatives, members of the Boeing Institute of International Business and SLU faculty. Katelyn is the daughter of Tracy and Craig Herter of Shawnee, Kansas. 32 Drake Dunsmore, class of 2007, and senior at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, has been named the inaugural winner of the KwalickClark Award as Big Ten Tight End of the Year and is a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection for the 2011 football season. At the conclusion of the regular season, Drake was averaging a careerbest 42.4 receiving yards per game (tops among all Big Ten tight ends) and also NU’s second-leading receiver with 43 catches for 509 yards. Dunsmore, a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award given to the nation’s top tight end, caught six TD passes this year, including four in a recordsetting performance at Indiana on October 29. In that game, Dunsmore became Northwestern’s career leader for receiving yards by a tight end and currently stands at 1,554.* The Big Ten Tight End of the Year Award, one of 17 individual trophies handed out for the first time this season, is named for former Big Ten greats Ted Kwalick (Penn State) and Dallas Clark (Iowa). *Statistics listed above for Drake Dunsmore are through the regular season and, due to press-time, do not include the Wildcats’ appearance vs. Texas A&M in the Mieneke Car Care Bowl of Texas in Houston, Texas, on December 31, 2011. Courtesy of Athletic Communications, Northwestern University, photographer Stephen J. Carrera. Steven Mayfield is currently a sophomore at the University of Kansas where he serves as student manager of the Jayhawks Men’s Basketball team. 2011 Jake Weller graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps boot camp at the San Diego Marine Corp Recruit Depot. Jake qualified as an Expert Marksman, the highest level possible, and was one of only five men in his platoon to be granted a meritorious promotion to Private First Class. Jake is now at the School of Infantry for his next phase of training. Jake is the son of Coleen and Rick Weller of Overland Park, Kansas. Kyle Whigham, a freshman at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and member of the KC Ranger club soccer team, participated in the Under 18 Nationals this past summer. Kyle was selected to the Team of 11, representing the top 11 under18-year-olds in the nation after the tournament. Class Notes Allison Mayfield, class of 2008, moved into sixth all-time on Kansas volleyball’s career kills, something not even she could have dreamed of when she first arrived on the Lawrence campus as a freshman in 2008. Through hard work and the help of her coaches, Mayfield has etched her name multiple times in the KU record books and along the way pushed herself to not only be a statistical leader on the team, but a vocal one as well. Mayfield joined the Jayhawk volleyball team in 2008 after a very successful four-year athletic career at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, which was capped off by back-to-back state titles in volleyball. Mayfield earned an all-state first team accolades in both 2006 and 2007 and was named the 2007 Kansas City Star Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year after claiming her fourth state championship in the high jump. Mayfield, who ranks second in the Big XII with 4.15 kills per set this season, is finishing her collegiate career strong. Mayfield took home the MVP award in three of the Jayhawks’ four pre-conference tournaments this year and led the team with 19 kills in its victory over then-No. 6 Minnesota, the highest-ranked opponent KU has beaten in program history. She is also on pace to post the second-most kills in KU history for a single season. Looking back on her career, Mayfield has created a lot of great memories, but she never would have believed it if someone had told her in 2008 that she would establish herself as a regular in the Kansas record books. Allison will graduate in May 2012 from KU with a degree is Exercise Science. Courtesy of ESPN news - Kyle West, Big XII campus correspondent Fourth Annual Mass of Remembrance Wednesday evening, February 8, 2012 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School We will honor students, alumni, parents, siblings, grandparents, faculty, staff and other loved ones of our community who have passed away, especially during the past year. The Mass of Remembrance is truly a beautiful way to celebrate a deceased loved one’s life. Those attending will be invited to light a candle for their deceased loved one and also enter his/her name into the permanent Saints’ Book of Remembrance. The Saints Book of Remembrance will be kept at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School for regular submissions. You may submit information for the book at www.stasaints.net/remembrance or contact the Office of Advancement at 913-319-2425. Please let us know if you plan to attend the 2012 Mass of Remembrance so that we may amply plan for the evening. A short reception will immediately follow Mass in the Library. RSVP: www.stasaints.net/remembrance Please also let us know throughout the year when members of our community pass away. Thank you! www.stasaints.net 33 In Memoriam In Memoriam Please contact Cindy Winkler in the STA Advancement Office at 913-319-2425 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to recognize a deceased loved one or submit a records-update. Catherine “Cay” Bayer, age 59, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2011 at St. Luke’s South Hospital. She is the mother of Catie Bayer (Chris) Eichman, ‘97, and is survived by her husband Donald F. Bayer, daughter Catie, son-in-law Chris and a granddaughter. Derek Adam Burchett, ’07, age 23, of Blue Springs, Missouri, died Sunday, August 28, 2011, following a motorcycle accident in Miami County, Missouri. He is survived by his mother Cerise Dugan Burchett, his father, Scott Burchett, step-mother Tammy Burchett, sisters Krystal Burchett and Emily Burchett, and stepsiblings Liz Mitchell and Ray Mitchell. Peggy Russell Coder, age 78, of Independence, Kansas, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2011. She is the mother of faculty member Paula McCarthy. William E. Delich, age 83, passed away Friday, November 25, 2011. He is the father of Emily Delich (Robert) Mirich, ’93, and alumni-parent Mary (Robert) Rixey. He is the grandfather of Allison Rixey, ‘07, Caroline Rixey, ’09, Amanda Rixey, ’10, Catilin Rixey, ’11, and Andrew Mirich – current freshman. Patrick E. Doherty, age 84, of Lenexa, Kansas, died Saturday, August 27, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Luella Befort Doherty, their eight alumni children: James M. (Susan) Doherty, ’72, Patrick M. (Teresa) Doherty, ’73, Maureen A. (Mark) Huppe, ’74, Daniel E. (Mirian) Doherty, ’75, Timothy M. Doherty, ’77, Sheila A. (Gavin) Barmby, ’77, Sean M. (Julie) Doherty, ’78, and Colleen A. (William) Kolich, ’82, son-in-law Steve Mauton, 34 grandchildren – many of whom are STA alumni and current students – and 11 great-grand children. Ariel Stephenson Frame, ‘55, age 74, of Liberty, MO, passed away Friday, July 29, 2011. She is the sister of Faith Stephenson, ‘53, Gwen Stephenson Echard, ‘55, and Owen Stephenson. 34 Albert Kaegel, age 80, of St. Louis, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2011. He is the step-father of faculty member Rebecca Bock, and grandfather of Emily Bock Pickerill, ’02, Andrew Bock, ’04, Matthew Bock, ’08, and current freshman Stephen Bock. Richard M. Kempster, age 87, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away Friday, August 26, 2011. He is the father of faculty member Jeannette Marstall, and the grandfather of Anna “Christie” Marstall Porter, ’98. Manfred Olson, age 98, of Coos Bay, Oregon, passed away Monday, August 22, 2011. He is the father-in-law of faculty member Sui Sum Olson. Thomas George (Tom) Ondick, ’89, age 40, of Lenexa, Kansas, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2011. He is survived by his parents Doug and Bonnie Ondick of Shawnee, Kansas. Deacon Richard Sarver, ’55, age 74 of Palm Desert, California, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2011. He is the husband of Sylvia Gallegos Sarver, ’58, and was ordained to the deaconate on November 20, 1982, for the Archdiocese of Seattle. Sylvia and Richard have four children: Michelle A. Hein, Michael A. Sarver, Marcia A. Watkins and Martin A. Sarver, and three grandchildren: Lacey Hein, Ryan Sarver and Matthew Sarver. Memorial information is published for deceased alumni, deceased parents/children/ siblings of alumni, deceased faculty/staff, and deceased parents/siblings/children of faculty/staff. Please notify the Saint Thomas Aquinas Advancement Office by contacting Cindy Winkler at (913) 319-2425 / cwinkler@ stasaints.net. Reunions Class of 1946 65-Year Reunion September 14, 2011 First Watch – Shawnee, Kansas Unable to attend were Mary Anne Baier, Frances Wagner Million, Eleanor Boucher Gargotta and Richard Smith. Two classmates are deceased: Emma Merl Crust, and Mary Theresa LeCluyse Gravagno. Pictured left-to-right: Nadine VanHercke Flint, Pat Rieke Lynch, Ed Buckman, ‘45 – husband of Rosemarie, Rosemarie Heimburger Buckman, James Kearn and his wife Margaret, Ruth Hagedorn Setter and her husband Dave, Al “Gus” Chown, Frank Goode, Sister Marie Delphin Neff B.V. M. and her guest Sister Therese B.V. M. Class of 1956 55-Year Reunion October 23-24, 2011 Saints Pub & Patio – Overland Park, Kansas, and Hereford House – Shawnee, Kansas Pictured left-to-right, front row: Margie VanNieuwenhuyse Miller, Joyce Huff Soetaert, Jane Buckley Samyn, Connie Barry Kidd, Karen Hartigan Burdolski, and Jim Barry. Pictured left-to-right, back row: John Rosner, Jim Fanning, Jim Watson, Larry Shaw, and Joe Bergman. Pictured left-to-right, front row: Albert Samyn, Jane Buckley Samyn, Jim Fanning, Tony Soetaert, Joyce Huff Soetaert, Margie VanNieuwenhuyse Miller, and Jim Watson. Pictured left-to-right, back row: Joe Bergman, Mary Jo VanKeirsbilck Bergman, ‘58, Fred Kidd, Connie Barry Kidd, Jim Barry, Darlene Hofer Barry, ‘58, Trudy McGrath Rosner, ‘58, John Rosner, Judy and Larry Shaw, and Joe and Karen Hardigan Burdolski. www.stasaints.net 35 REunions Class of 1961 50-Year Reunion Pictured left-to-right: Henry Lust, Michael Vielhauer and Francis Roos. October 1, 2011 St. Joseph Church – Shawnee, and Mission Hills Country Club St. Joseph High School Class of 1961 celebrated their 50-year Reunion on Saturday, October 1, 2011, beginning with 41 classmates and their guests gathering for Mass at St. Joseph Church in Shawnee, Kansas. About 20 classmates were unable to attend, and an additional ten are deceased. The celebration continued at Mission Hills Country Club with socializing and a buffet dinner. Guests enjoyed the DVD of photos and newspaper clippings, and a representative from Project Talent (Washington D.C.) greeted the Blue Streaks in attendance. Each classmate was presented with a “Gold Medal Club” certificate from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in recognition of 50 years since graduation. 1961 Classmates: Mark your calendar for a Class Picnic -- next summer, Saturday, June 23, 2012, 1 p.m., at the home of Sandy Jakubik Massock, Lake Waukomis, Missouri. More information will follow. Pictured left-to-right: Ruth Ann Huginan Hartung and Darryl Hartung. Pictured left-to-right: Reunion organizer Stephen Sullivan, and his twin brother Larry Sullivan. Pictured left-to-right: Terry and Dolores DeMeese Breck. Pictured left-to-right: Karen Hoelting Starnes, Sandy Jakubik Massock, Carolyn Soetaert Rop and Mary Ellen Nastali Alea. Class of 1971 40-Year Reunion October 22, 2011 Lucky Brewgrille – Mission, Kansas Pictured left-to-right: Diane Rieke Ellsworth, Janice Hagedorn Hoytal, John Patrick, Janet Wichman Hoefler, Margaret Mullen, A.J. Lang, Tom Pope, and Lyle Hoefler. Pictured left-to-right: Margaret Mullen, Janice Hagedorn Hoytal, and John Patrick. Pictured left-to-right: Joan Knipper Carter, Connie Wurtenberger Zienkewicz, and Steve Shikles. 36 Below pictured left-to-right: Rose Dobbelaere Dusselier, Cathy Garrett Brandes, Barb Kievlan Fowler,’70, Donna Hambelton Sawyer, Jolene Riley Miller, and Carol Franz Gerety. Above pictured left-to-right: Barb Knoebber Soetaert, Margaret Mullen, Joan Knipper Carter, and Diane Rieke Ellsworth. REUNIONS Class of 1976 35-Year Reunion October 28, 2011 Johnny’s Tavern – Shawnee, Kansas Pictured left-to-right: Susie Miller Meyers and Lisa Pflumm Zarda. Above pictured left-to-right: Mary Bichelmeyer Lucas and Mitch Compton (reunion organizer). Right pictured left-to-right: Shannon Tyler Luka, Julie Garrett, Brenda Carbajo Conrad, Susie Miller Meyers, Francie Holland Baska, Mary Bichelmeyer Lucas, Lisa Pflumm Zarda, and Kathy Weiderkehr Lamas. Class of 1996 15-Year Reunion September 23, 2011 Homecoming Tailgate – STA, and Saints Pub & Patio – Overland Park, Kansas Above pictured left-to-right: Michelle Gossman Hardgree, Erin Bradley Peters, Stacy John Kramer, Matt Mereghetti, Lori Anselmo, Jennifer Owens Governal, Franny Goode, Frank Governal and Annie Kloster North. Below pictured left-to-right: Annie Kloster North, Christine Culp Lemmon, Colleen Bolin Hochberg, Lori Anselmo and Erin Bradley Peters. www.stasaints.net 37 REUNIONS Class of 2001 10-Year Reunion October 22-23, 2011 Church of the Ascension, Tanner’s Bar & Grill, and Quivira Park – Overland Park, Kansas Pictured left-to-right: Alison Darby Boddicker and Mandy Stanley Menghini. Pictured left-to-right: Whitney Smith Gaughan, Eric Gaughan, Molly Zeller Farwell, and Kellie Pyle Strube. Pictured left-to-right: Brian Wolf, Billy Buser, and Matthew Gary. Pictured left-to-right: Pat O’Donnell, Erica Cekovsky Super, and Steele Pictured left-to-right: Sarah Cook McCreary, Randi Lenning, Schottenheimer. Emily Murphy Comfort, Ashley Crawford Stockmann, Kali Yount Clune, Emily Wiedeman Creal and Angie Gangel Sharpe. Pictured left-to-right: Lisa Manns, Amy Logan, and Drew Henderson. Pictured left-to-right: Denina Lewis and Courtney Kopp. Class of 2006 5-Year Reunion November 26, 2011 Kelly’s Westport Inn Pictured left-to-right: Erin Fauss, Erin Prendergast, Sarah Kuhlmann, and Christy Millweard. Pictured left-to-right: Peter Clevinger, Luke Gorczyca, Andrew Patterson, and Phil Gastl. 38 CLASS REUNIONS You can order or renew your favorite magazine subscriptions ONLINE! It’s simple, there’s no sales tax, AND you can order any time during the year to support Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. Planning a Reunion in 2012? We Can Help!! Go to www.qsp.com – Use account #42507423. QSP returns over 40% to the school, and all proceeds are designated for student activities at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. Thank you for your participation and support! Saints Trivia Challenge! Saturday, February 4, 2012 Class years ending in “2” and “7” ~ this is your year for a reunion! Please contact Michon Quick, Director of Alumni & Constituent Relations at mquick@ stasaints.net or 913-319-2437. The first two steps are: • Pick a date and location! 6:30 p.m. - Setup 7:00 p.m. - Trivia Challenge • Start locating “lost” alumni addresses! In the Auxiliary Gym (enter from the Commons) $15 per person/$150 per table* (Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.) Bring your own beverages and an appetizer to share. Prizes for best theme decorated team table, trivia winner and runner-up teams! *Individuals and groups welcome; individuals will be assigned to a table by the Trivia Challenge committee. Register ONLINE at www.stasaints.net before Tuesday, February 1. Space is limited to the first 40 teams! Contact Teresa Ahrens at email@example.com or 913-319-2475 if you have any questions or would like to volunteer. www.stasaints.net/trivianight Check us out on Facebook “Saint Thomas Aquinas Alumni Overland Park, KS.” If you would like to create a link from the official Saint Thomas Aquinas page to your individual class reunion site, contact Bryan Thrasher at firstname.lastname@example.org. Address Updates Are you getting the Saints Tidbits? Alumni and Parents, please update your or your child’s mailing address to stay current and connected with the Saints! Saint Thomas Aquinas sends out short emails to highlight students, alumni and teachers. If you are not getting the emails, there are two ways to get on our list: Go to www.stasaints.net/ alumniupdate. Go to stasaints.net and click on Alumni Update. Log in and put in your correct email address. www.stasaints.net 39 Non-Profit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID SHAWNEE MISSION, KANSAS PERMIT NO. 22 Saint Thomas Aquinas High School 11411 Pflumm Road Overland Park, Kansas 66215-4816 Alumni: Please update your mailing address at www.stasaints.net Announcing: Saint Thomas Aquinas High School In celebration of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and its 25th Year, nominations are currently being accepted for the first class of the Saints Hall-of-Fame. 1988 YEARS Hall-of-Fame Awards 2012 Go to www.stasaints.net/HallofFame for more information, program guidelines and the nomination process and submission form (PDF). Alumni, parents and friends are invited to nominate deserving candidates. Please submit your nomination no later than April 1, 2012, for the inaugural awards-event in February 2013.