apublicationofelizabe - Elizabeth Seton High School


apublicationofelizabe - Elizabeth Seton High School

VOL. 1 • WintER 2011


VOL. 1

Winter 2011




4 - 9


10 - 11

Drama comes

to Seton




Women’s Retreat







In Memory

Advancement TEAM

Front Cover: Sophomores;

Jillian Barley (bottom left),

Tiffany Gales (middle left),

Mackenzi Olree (middle right),

and Jennifer Perdomo.

Sister Ellen Marie Hagar, ‘74


Kelli Horton

Executive Director

Erica Corbin, ‘00

Associate Director


Maureen McCart

Executive Manager

Elizabeth Seton High School provides a challenging college preparatory program for all young women who seek a community that celebrates

diversity and creativity, fosters moral, spiritual, academic and physical growth, and promotes the Gospel values through service to others.




Dear Friends of Seton,

When we ushered in this New Year,

I was reminded of last year’s theme of

our 50th Anniversary, “Celebrate Your

Story, Our History”. After more than a

year at Seton, I have come to realize that

there is really only one story to celebrate

and that is our story, a story well worth

preservation and progression.

As an alumna of Seton, I am certainly

part of its past, but now as president, I

am not only part of Seton’s present, but

more importantly, Seton’s future. This

year has impressed upon me the very

grave responsibility that not only I, but

all of us, together, have for the future of

Seton. I often say that I have come to

understand my role as one who stands

on the balcony looking out into the

distance, while being firmly footed on

the floor beneath me.

As many of you may know, in the midst

of celebrating our 50th Anniversary

in the Year of the Alumnae, Seton

embarked on the development of a five

year strategic plan. As with any plan, the

strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and

threats have been identified, but more

importantly, the vision of what is most

needed for Seton has sounded loud and

clear. May I share that vision with you?

Seton must engage its entire

community in its needs, in its

successes, and in the preservation

of its mission.

Simply said, The Mission needs a

Community and the Community needs

a Mission!

This unequivocal truth is at the heart of

every effort that our Board of Directors,

our Administration, and our Seton

Advancement Team will be making

as they invite you to own, share, and

promote the mission of Seton.

The challenges that Seton faces in the

future are significant, but they are also

sustainable, if we see Seton as part of

“our story and our success,” and if we see

ourselves as “stewards of Seton’s story

and its success”. To shape this vision, I

leave you with three questions for your

prayerful reflection:

Does Seton reflect my values?

Does supporting Seton feel right?

What gift do I have to give?

May God give us all the light to see Seton

as part of our story and the grace to do

what Seton needs for its preservation

and progression!

Sister Ellen Marie Hagar’74



The mission of Elizabeth Seton High School is to educate young women in the Spirit of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

and St. Vincent de Paul, stressing Catholic values, academic excellence and service to those in need.



Tade Dosunmu ‘10


Cabaret Comes to be a Cornerstone Show!

By Dr. Kathleen Vadala

What do you get when

you give twenty-six

high-powered singers the

opportunity to create a performance that

showcases their considerable talents?

You get the fourth edition of Concert

Choir’s bi-annual Cabaret show! Ever

since last spring, members of Seton’s

advanced choral ensemble have been

thinking, planning, and dreaming about

the music that they will put on stage

this April 15, 16, and 17, when they

share “Music on Film” with the Seton

community. This year, the emphasis

on outreach to alumnae, initiated by

President Sr. Ellen Marie Hagar, will

be realized in a Cabaret performance

specifically for alums.

The Cabaret tradition began in 2005,

when an out-of-town festival to which

the Concert Choir had been invited was

cancelled only weeks before its planned

date in late February. With the wind

taken out of that particular set of sails,

the group needed a project. The idea of

some kind of a show had been floated

by students in previous years, but had

never progressed beyond the talking

stage. This time, students immediately

dug in, taking responsibility for

planning, staging, costuming, and

rehearsing. We reserved a single date

in the auditorium and chose music

from Broadway shows as our theme.

When I mentioned the project to Mrs.

Burke, she asked if there would be

refreshments served to an audience

seated at tables in the true cabaret

tradition. My historic response was, “As

long as I don’t have to be in charge of

it!” In true seat-of-the-pants fashion,

we invented as we went along. Our first

Cabaret chair Sue Wilkinson, mother of

Caitlin ’06, arranged for tables, planned

the décor and menu and bought every

item that was needed. I designed the

tickets, posters and programs and

printed them on the school copier. We

arranged to have tickets sold through

the Guidance Office, and opened sales

two weeks before the show. I checked

ticket sales every day, concerned that

the show would at least draw enough

of an audience to reward the students’

considerable efforts. I was flabbergasted

to learn that all of the tickets had been

sold within the first few days.

The first soloist in the first show was

Emily Casey ’09, now a vocal performance

major at Catholic University, singing

“I’ve Got The Sun In The Morning” from

Annie Get Your Gun. Among the many

highlights from that first show were

selections from “Wicked,” “Chicago,” and

“The Sound of Music,” along with solos

from a vast array of Broadway shows.

From that energetic beginning, students

in subsequent “Cabaret years” fully

understood that anything that they put

on stage would rise or fall based on their

own efforts. Now, they’ve chosen to put

together Cabaret shows every other year,

in the years when there is no music

department trip.

This year, students began with an

assignment that asked them to investigate

movie musicals and movie theme songs

ranging from Shirley Temple’s films in

the 1930’s to Disney’s 2009 release, “The

Frog Princess.” They also conducted an

informal survey to see what songs were

recognized by respondents from a variety

of age groups. Some of the favorites were

movie themes like Moon River and Misty

as well as songs from Chicago, (we will

be remounting The Cellblock Tango,

which appeared in the original 2005

show!) Singin’ in the Rain, Hairspray,

Hair, The Wiz, and Cinderella.

One of the most arresting aspects of

Cabaret Night is the changes that it

often makes in the way students are

perceived by their teachers and their

peers. Athletic coaches comment that

they never suspected that their varsity

players could also sing solos; classroom

teachers marvel at the onstage sparkle

of the quietest girl in class, and fellow

students are amazed by the sudden

transformation into confident and

engaging performers of classmates who

are just an everyday part of the crowd in

the cafeteria.

The commitment of the parents who

manage the hospitality aspects of the

show, of the students who stretch

themselves to produce a show worthy

of the tradition, and of the Seton

administration who support the event

is a testament to the way that the Seton

community works together.

Right now it’s the beginning of October,

and the 2011 show preparations

are underway. Watch the website for

ticketing information, and come enjoy

an evening of music to remember. We

especially hope to see alumnae who

have performed in past shows.


W h e n p l a y i s w o r k &

work is play

By Deborah Hood, Department Chair of Music


hen most people finish their

work, they “play.” When a

musician “plays,” it is their

work. This leads some to believe that

studying and performing music is about

playing INSTEAD of working! In fact,

learning music is a long process that

requires in-depth knowledge, precisely

honed skills, and the commitment and

perseverance to continue the work over

years and years of study. Our Music

Department at Seton excels at providing

the opportunity and support for this kind

of musical “play.”

The Elizabeth Seton High School Music

Department is well known throughout

our community and beyond for its

high quality performances at local and

national festivals, and for its popular

and entertaining concerts, but many

people don’t realize how rigorous and

demanding the music curriculum is, or

how our performing ensembles also

contribute to Seton’s mission and vision.

Take a look at the ways our music

program supports three main aspects

of Seton’s mission statement.

Academic Excellence

While the music curriculum itself is

challenging, many of our music students

also excel in Honors and AP courses.

Music students are required to manage

the demands of music study and practice

along with other advanced academic

courses. Many of our music students

are also members of the National Honor

Society and the Seton Scholars Program.

In addition, the Music Department

sponsors a chapter of Tri-M, the National

Music Honor Society. Twenty-nine

students are current members of this

honor society for students who excel in

music, academics, leadership, and service.

At the top level of music courses, Wind

Ensemble and Concert Choir, students

can earn honors credit by committing

to an array of extra-curricular music

events, performances, auditions, and

private lessons.

Seton’s commitment to excellence in all

endeavors is apparent in the coursework

and performance level in music courses.

All students are encouraged to challenge

themselves daily, as rehearsals prepare

for polished performances. All music

ensembles compete in local, regional,

and national adjudications, which

prepare students for the demands of

college performances.

Rigorous, College-

Preparatory Program

Many of our music students go on to

major in music performance or music

education and have been very successful

in college and professional careers. In fact,

several of Seton’s alumnae are currently

instrumental music directors in public

and private schools: Gerianna Massimini

(’05) at Archdiocese of Washington

elementary schools, Phaedra McNair (‘93)

at Kingsford Elementary School in Prince

Georges County Public Schools, Cici

Klco (‘92) at McEaachern High School in

Atlanta, GA, and Francine Amos (’01) at

Bishop McNamara High School.

Seton’s String Quartet: Jean Kate Salvacion ‘11, Ashley Stinson ‘12, Jasee Freeman ‘12,

Imani Jasper ‘12

The Concert Choir has performed

regularly in the University of Maryland’s

High School Invitational Festival with

nine other select choirs from the

Washington and Baltimore area. Each

high school performs one piece of

music individually followed by several

other pieces being sung as a combined

choir as well as one additional piece

being sung by the combined choir and

the University of Maryland Chorale

and Chamber Singers.


Sing to Him; sing praise to Him;

tell of all His wonderful Deeds


od tells us over and over in

the 150 Biblical psalms that

he delights to hear our praises.

He especially wants to hear our voices

joined together in song and celebration.

Mr. Samuel Cromwell, Elizabeth Seton

High School’s Gospel Choir Director,

leads our girls in doing just that.

Having come to Seton 12 years ago, he

has developed the Gospel Choir, which

now includes 80 of our young women

who enjoy singing, to use the full range

of their talents to give glory to God.

Although he is a full-time musician who

works with several choirs, Seton’s gospel

choir is the only high school choir that he

directs. Mr. Cromwell has empowered

the choir to reach a performance level

that enables them to compete in at least

two local and national competitions each

year: their favorite being the Pathmark

High School Competition in New York.

When the students compete, they are

judged according to the following

criteria: tone, quality of voice, rhythm,

music selection and overall enthusiasm.

Seton’s Gospel Choir also joins in

concert with other area youth groups

for seasonal celebrations. Their most

recent performance of The Messiah with

1 Chronicles 16:9

the St. Augustine Choir in Washington

DC invigorated everyone with joy and

jubilation. Likewise, the Gospel Choir

bears the responsibility of Seton’s

liturgical music at masses and prayer

services. Inspiring over 600 high

school girls to magnify the Lord is an

amazing grace that flows through our


We invite all of our alumnae to follow

Seton’s website for performances

of the Gospel Choir and to join us,

whenever possible, to thank God for His

bountiful blessings and His almighty


“Participation in this festival,” says Dr.

Kathleen Vadala, director of Seton’s choral

ensemble, “is a mark of respect given to

choirs who have mastered very difficult

selections.” The Concert Choir began

practicing for this festival in August in order

to master their solo selection, “I Am Not

Yours,” a poem written by Sara Teasdale

and set to music by David N. Childs.

Although the festival is not a competition,

recognition of superior talent happens

quite naturally as the performances are

compared and the students are recognized

for their contributions. The students

benefit from singing on the college level in

many ways: from learning to listen critically

to music, to bringing a piece of music to

the expected performance level.

Service to Others

Through the leadership of Seton’s Chapter

of the Tri-M National Music Honor Society,

our music students spend many hours in

service to the school and the community.

Even though the acceptance criteria require

high GPA’s and exemplary musicianship,

this group’s activities mainly focus on

service to others, particularly through

the use of music. Tri-M has sponsored

carol singing at area nursing homes, and

Christmas Day performances at Walter

Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda

Naval Medical Center to provide holiday

spirit for the patients and staff who are

spending Christmas Day in the hospital.

In addition, our music students provide

music for a variety of school events

such as Open House, Baccalaureate and

Graduation, Alumnae events, school

fundraisers, and off-campus events such


W h e n p l a y i s w o r k &

work is play (continued)

as the 150th Anniversary Celebration of

St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home

at the Strathmore Music Center and a

special reception at the Vatican Embassy

for the Papal Nuncio. Our music students

generously give of their time and talent

throughout the year whenever and

wherever needed. They learn to recognize

and appreciate the value of sharing their art

with others and to experience the joy they

can provide to the elderly, the sick, and

the lonely. To develop a talent and share

it with others without the expectation

of reimbursement or recognition is a

valuable lesson that our music students

take to heart. They will carry this lesson

with them throughout life.

Through challenging rehearsals, coursework,

and performances, our music department

teaches students to strive for perfection

in their work; to give attention to detail;

and to persevere through frustration as they

strive for academic and artistic excellence.

Students in the Music Department move

through a series of increasingly advanced

performing ensembles, gaining skills and

knowledge, in preparation for a successful

college experience.

Finally, our music students give generously

in service to others by using their

talents in a variety of ways to enhance

school events and to provide moments

of happiness to the less fortunate in the


Emily Castelli ‘12 soothes us with String Music.

In these ways, our Music Department

truly embodies the Elizabeth Seton High

School mission and vision. These students

exemplify what we value most at Seton:

students who are engaged in learning,

striving for excellence, giving of themselves,

and working together for a greater goal than

one’s own personal reward.


C e l e b r a t i n g t h e H e a r t &

Soul of Christmas


he Spirit of Christmas resounded

in the hearts and souls of

those who celebrated Christmas

with Elizabeth Seton High School’s

music groups. The students’ exquisite

performance of sacred music, traditional

carols and holiday favorites was spiritually

uplifting as it resonated with all

that we believe about Christmas.

For students, these performances began

in late October with steady practices,

critical reviews, and student involvement

in the final selection of songs that are

shared. For alumnae, faculty members,

parents, and the entire Seton Community,

it began on December 5th as the Gospel

Choir and the Divine Dancers presented

Rejoice. This celebration of worship

and praise music, under the direction of

Mr. Samuel Cromwell, prepared our

hearts and souls during the holy season

of Advent.

Sacred music continued to lift our hearts

and souls on December 8, The Feast

of the Immaculate Conception, when

Seton’s choral groups honored Mary, the

mother of Jesus with songs of joy and

thanksgiving. At this concert, under

the direction of Dr. Kathleen Vadala,

each choral group performed traditional

carols from the United Kingdom that

allowed us to freely celebrate our

Christian faith and belief. The mix

of both familiar and unfamiliar music

delighted the audience with songs they

love or remember and with songs that

surprise and charm them. Among the

audience favorites were O Come All Ye

Faithful, The Carole of The Bells, and The

Twelve Days of Christmas. Exuberance

and excitement filled the auditorium as

hearts and souls were united in the true

blessings of Christmas.

The celebration of Christmas continued

on December 10 with Elizabeth Seton

High School’s instrumental concert,

under the direction of Ms. Debra Hood.

Regardless of your music preference,

you were sure to enjoy this concert

performed by Our Wind Ensemble,

Our Orchestra, Our Concert Band, Our

Jazz Band, and Our Symphonic Band.

Holiday music and other practiced

pieces gladdened the spirits of the

audience especially when favorite carols

were played in unique arrangements.

At Elizabeth Seton High School, there is

no celebration of Christmas without our

Christian faith. With praise and thanks,

we gave God the glory and we freely

performed sacred music that is the heart

and soul of Christmas!




to Elizabeth Seton high

school In the form of

Little women

Kia Burrell,

as Hannah, manages

a sweet smile

when handed Aunt

March’s family

Christmas present.

Beth, played by

Sarah Larkin,

commiserates with

Jo, “Oh, Jo, I just

don’t know how you

can go on working

for Aunt March”.

Kaitlyn Phillips,

Marmee, and

Natalia Esteve, Jo,

celebrate Jo’s

first story

being published.

Jealous Amy,

played by

Erin Pratico,

defiantly announces

that she has just

burned Jo’s other


Meg, played by

Natalie Ridgley,

gives her hand

in marriage to

M r . J o hn B r o o k s .

Aunt March,

played by Lydia

Clemens, knows

what is best

f o r e v e r y o n e .

And in the Seniors’ Star

SOCCER season!

Seniors stun

soccer fans

in 3-1 victory

over PVI.

10 Seniors

lead Seton to

its best soccer

season since

the 90’s.

Nia Walcott

heads to Howard

on a 90% Soccer


1st play-off

game against

St. John’s

requires 2 days,

2 overtimes, and

an 8 kicker

p e n a l t y k i c k .

“Having had 10 seniors and no major injuries”, according to Mel Nai, Seton’s

Varsity Soccer Coach, helped Seton advance from dead last to 3rd in the WCAC,

but she continues, “what really motivated these girls, some of whom had been

playing together since they were 10 years old, was their chemistry. They worked

hard in season and out of season to play well for each other. They were different

personalities who grew closer as a group, and that gave them a bond, ‘Stronger

than Sisterhood’. They are, without a doubt, the most talented soccer team that

Seton has seen in a long time.”

7 Seton

Players earn



i n t h e W C A C .


Karen Orellana, ‘12


“What God asks

of us is to have

great care to

serve the poor”

St. Vincent de Paul


n the spirit of Saint Elizabeth Ann

Seton and Saint Vincent de Paul,

Seton’s young women perform

at least 20 hours of service each year.

Much of Seton’s Vincentian service is

moderated by Sister Catherine France,

DC. Vincentian service is a spiritually

oriented service of those who suffer

poverty and is named after St. Vincent

de Paul. Before the students begin their

particular service, Sister Catherine

prays with them and after their

service, they reflect together on what

has happened in their time of giving.

This reflection encourages students to

be thankful for the blessings in their

own lives.

The various projects and activities

in which the students participate

include St. Ann’s Day Care Center.

The students make weekly Tuesday

visits to St. Ann’s to interact with the

children, and they spend one on one

time with them. Their main ministry

during their visit is to help care for

the children. To be selfless and to give

your full attention and love to children,

even for that short hour, is such a gift

to those young children. When they

see our Seton students coming, they

light up with big smiles!

St. Vincent de Paul said, “We must

soften our hearts and make them

sensitive to the suffering and worries

of our neighbor.” Students draw on

this Vincentian inspiration when they

visit Sacred Heart Nursing Home

Urban Plunge

Urban Plunge is an overnight retreat

that allows Seton students to interact

with the people who call the streets of

DC their home. It is a weekend spent

visiting various homeless shelters

including the Father McKenna Center

and Food for Friends. Our girls serve

food and break bread with homeless

people who come there each day

looking for their next warm meal and a

place to sleep. The retreat focuses on the

injustice that some people face in their

life, and the ways that our students can

counter injustice.

The program, which evolved back in

March 2009, under the guidance of Ms.

Lisa Brininstool and Mrs. Teresa Clancy

Jackson, involves 30 retreat students,

5 student leaders, and over 12 faculty

members. The retreat starts on a Friday

night with a drive around Washington

DC’s inner city. This tour presents

an “eye-opening” experience of life for

those who have none, and it shows



Mary Jo Rohrer, ‘12

SERVICE (continued)

Urban Plunge (continued)

twice a month. The beauty of this

ministry is the time students take to

listen and to share stories. Often, all

it takes is a smiling face or just sitting

with someone to let them know that

they are cared for and not forgotten.

This is learning that lasts a lifetime:

give even an hour of your day to make

someone else feel joyful.

Hunger is defined as the uneasy or

painful sensation due to lack of food.

Sandwiches for S.O.M.E. (So Others

May Eat) are a service to relieve this

terrible sensation: sandwiches are

made each Thursday in Seton’s school

kitchen by students. After many

years of doing this, the process has

been perfected: Sr. Catherine knows

just the right type of bread, jam, and

peanut butter to acquire, and just how

to organize her girls in the making

of 400 sandwiches in an hour’s time.

Once the sandwiches are made, Mr.

Anthony Kirwan, Seton’s beloved

bus driver, takes them to S.O.M.E.

Our Seton students are blessed for

serving the poor, the disadvantaged,

and the forgotten whether it is face to

face or indirectly. These experiences

help them grow as individuals who

can later offer the best of themselves

in the spirit of Vincentian service!

the struggle of those who survive with

nothing. Next, they stop at the Father

McKenna Center, a shelter near Union

Station. The Seton faculty members

provide dinner for everyone, and the

students gather to serve and eat with

those who visit for the night. After

dinner, the retreat participants return

to Seton for their own version of

staying overnight in a shelter. They

spend the remainder of the evening in

reflection and prayer, and then retire to

makeshift beds that simulate sleeping

on uncomfortable surfaces. Early

Saturday morning, they continue their

experience of service and implementing

social justice as they break into groups

and spend the day at different local

shelters. They, then, come together in

prayer and thanksgiving and conclude

with mass.

The Urban Plunge retreat teaches

students how to effectively give back

to their community. During their

experience, they are challenged to

evaluate each situation using the “See,

Judge, and Act” method. This method

urges them to stop and explore the

facts of being homeless, in order to gain

a greater understanding of the people

whom they meet, and to sit beside

them, if only for a day. This may lead

to debunking any ideas and stereotypes

they may have carried before the retreat.

Afterward, they decipher the rights

and the wrongs of the situation based

on their understanding. Lastly, they

discuss and build strategies for helping

the growing population of homeless

people. As part of Seton’s drive to instill

social justice in a world full of injustices,

the school encourages students to take

part in the Urban Plunge experience

to develop compassion for those who

are less fortunate, and to assure them

that they have the capability and the

voice to make a difference in the lives

of others.


Having a Mary Heart in

a Martha World

Now as they went on their way,

he entered a certain village,

where a woman named Martha

welcomed him into her home. She had a

sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s

feet and listened to what he was saying.

But Martha was distracted by her many

tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord,

do you not care that my sister has left me

to do all the work by myself? Tell her then

to help me.” But the Lord answered her,

“Martha, Martha, you are worried and

distracted by many things; there is need

of only one thing. Mary has chosen the

better part, which will not be taken away

from her” (Luke 10:38-42).

Seton’s first Annual Women’s Retreat

gathered over 30 women who, challenged

by the many demands of family,

work, and ministry, were brave enough

to sit at the feet of Jesus with their

sisters. Yolanda Wilson ’89 resonated

immediately with the women, who often

feel cumbered about much serving, as

she challenged them to not be tempted

by “busyness”, but to embrace their work

as “His business”. “Such a challenge”,

said Yolanda, “requires letting our horse

(our personal relationship with Jesus)

pull our cart (our workload). On the other

hand, “pulling the cart by ourselves often

leads to frustration, discouragement, and

resentment. Service without our Savior

is meaningless,” she added.

“Sitting at the feet of Jesus gives us time

to discover our motives for serving and

time to rid ourselves of false motives:

impressing someone, external rewards,

hard to say no, feeling good about

ourselves. Why we serve is as important

as how we serve,” Wilson proposed.

Sitting with our sisters in small group

discussions about women in scripture,

led by Colleen Perret ‘80, allowed the

women to explore ways that they can

support one another in womanhood

and in service. Finding the strength

of sisterhood, as did many women

in scripture, was much like finding

The Pearl of Great Price.

After lunch and more sharing, Rene

Green ’81 led the women in a reflection

on “Stewarding Our Gifts for the Benefit

of Others”. “Because we believe, we are

called to share what we have received

now and in the future. Our gifts are

a legacy of love from God to us, a

legacy that requires planned giving:

commitments now and at the end of

our life that reflect our convictions;

benevolence that bestows our blessings

upon others,” challenged Green.

“Stewardship also requires sitting at the

feet of Jesus and asking Him to show us

how to give. Stewardship necessitates a

magnanimous Mary heart rather than

a martyred Martha heart The transformation

of your heart takes time: with Jesus

who longs to have a personal relationship

with you,” concluded Wilson.


Dear Friends,

In the seven and a half years that I

have worked at Elizabeth Seton High

School, I have learned so much. This

is an amazing community of students,

parents, alumnae, and faculty and staff.

Our students come from 5 counties and

over a dozen elementary and middle

schools. Few have gone to a single sex

school and may view that change with

some trepidation. Our feeder schools

are public, private, religious and nondenominational.

Seton has a well-deserved reputation

for high academic standards. We offer

classes from bio-ethics to ceramics,

karate to honors physics and photo

journalism to Advanced Placement

calculus. Seton is constantly evaluating

its courses to offer the students the latest

in technology and science to both meet

the demands of the students for more

challenging courses and to prepare them

for a smooth transition to college. Our

students excel in the most demanding

courses and do well in the AP exams.

What is most amazing to me is the

way that our families give back. The

students collect a mountain of food at

Thanksgiving for SOME. Throughout

the year, the Seton girls make sandwiches

on a regular basis for a shelter.

They visit nursing homes and day

care centers and volunteer as translators

for Back to School Night at

our neighboring elementary schools.

They donate money for areas around

the world that suffer devastating

events like the Asian tsunami and the

Haitian earthquake. The students are

required to perform 10 hours of service

each semester, but they average about

twice that each year.

Parents and students are very generous

with their time for the varied activities

at Seton throughout the year. Their

work is invaluable to the music and

athletics programs through the various

parent organizations. They volunteer

their evenings to make phone calls to

contact Seton graduates about making

financial donations to support Seton.

The alumnae enjoying hearing about the

Seton of today and respond generously

to the phone calls. Seton’s Gala last year

required hours of planning and many

people to make it the success that it was.

Parents, students and graduates gave

willingly of their time, made donations

to support the event, and attended to

make the Gala a great success.

Last fall, we received a matching grant

from the State of Maryland to upgrade

the field and add lighting and new

bleachers. We needed to raise $25,000

in a short period of time as a condition

of receiving the grant. The Seton parents

and graduates responded and made the

grant and those improvements possible

through their generous support.

Elizabeth Seton High School is a

community of people who value the

education that Seton provides and the

commitment of the faculty and staff to

the students. Seton has a wonderful

history of accomplishments: being

named a Blue Ribbon school, winning

championships in volleyball, track and

basketball, to name a few, and music

groups that take the top prizes at each

adjudication that they enter. Most

importantly, we are a community that

values diversity and teaches our students

to be educated women of character who

support Seton and their community

with their time and resources.

Truly yours,

Maureen McCart

Executive Manager

Seton Advancement

Expect the Seton Fund (Seton’s Annual Appeal) in your mailboxes in April.

The Seton Fund is a pledge program; pledging enables our friends to give

more generously with their other economic responsibilities.

A Warm new welcome

From Seton

Melissa Davey ’99

took her seat as Seton’s

Director of Admissions

in August of 2010.

She spent her first

years at Seton teaching

psychology and sociology as well as

directing the Bayley Program. As she

began her new position, Melissa found

herself in a first-class operation thanks to

the successful work of her predecessor,

Dawn Schiavone. At the same time,

she discovered some challenges as

she familiarized herself with the many

details of her responsibility and as she

learned the current statistics of the

surrounding area’s Catholic elementary

and middle schools.

Her goal as Director of Admissions is

to pique the interest and to increase

the entrance of prospective students

who come to visit the school. She has

continued to expand recruitment into

Anne Arundel and Calvert counties.

She has been successful in identifying

and recruiting young girls who have

the potential to grow and thrive in the

Seton community.

Melissa loves being the spokesperson

for Seton. She believes that Seton has a

nurturing environment in which parents’

daughters can develop into their own

person. Furthermore, she finds it “easy

to be the spokesperson for a school in

which she believes.” As a graduate and

former teacher of the school, Melissa

possesses a keen understanding of the

environment, the mission, and the

faculty and staff. She is aware of both

the sacrifices and the benefits of an

excellent Catholic education, and she

believes in its value for today’s young

women. Likewise, Seton believes that

Melissa will be successful in recruiting

students who will bring talent and

creativity to Seton’s classrooms and

flourish into future leaders.




Weekend Exceeds Expectations for All

On Halloween weekend, the

Classes of 70, 80, and 90

wore no costumes or masks

as they returned to Seton hoping to

recognize former classmates and recall

fabulous memories. E-vites, phone

calls, and Facebook helped to find one

another again as the planning committee

organized the details of decorations, the

dance, and the dinner.

Finally, Friday came and alums poured

into the upper student lobby to meet and

greet one another at the wine and cheese

reception. There was just no end to the

laughter and the joy of being with one

another. Gladdened in spirit, the Class of

70 continued the party at The Italian Inn.

The Class of 90 moved on to Franklin’s,

and the Class of 80 just didn’t go home.

More stories to share, more news to tell,

and more pictures to show prompted

everyone to make a night of it.

Saturday’s dinner and dance allowed

alums to re-connect with one another as

well as to remotely connect with those

who had joined online. In between picture

taking, tours of Seton, and shopping in

the bookstore, alums viewed class movies

of “The Way They Were”.

Sunday, some alums returned again

for a mass in the Sisters’ Chapel where

the Eucharistic meal fed, nourished

and bonded them together in ties not

to be broken.

The eloquent words of Juanita Lucas-

McLean ’70 express the enthusiasm, the

energy, and the excitement of those who

attended, “How wonderful our weekend

was! Each day got better and better for

me. Having not been back in 40 years,

it was very gratifying and heart-warming

to bond once again with my classmates.

I say that with true sincerity. I have come

to realize that the Seton experience, the

spiritual grounding that we received and

the bonds that we formulated as young

ladies have carried us through life and

have influenced the women that we

have become. Greeting each other on

Friday, being genuinely happy to see

our classmates, being silly on Saturday

at the dance as we danced line, soul,

and our grand finale (the girls’ only

circle of friendship dance), and finally

fortifying ourselves spiritually at mass on

Sunday morning all contributed to one

fabulous reunion weekend. I challenge

every woman from the class of ’70, ’80

and ’90 to keep this momentum going.

And, let’s give back financially to Seton

where the foundation for our educational

experience, spirituality, and character

building began.”

Juanita’s passion is equally shared by

Patti Aluise ’70 who has just joined our

Alumnae Association and who says, “I’m

still on a high. I’m also on a quest to find

the rest of our class.” Seton’s president,

Sister Ellen Marie, has this to say, “The

spirit of the alums flowed throughout the

student lobby. It was fun, but it was also

profound. These classes decided early on

that their reunion would not be all about

them. They chose to give back to Seton.

They worked hard, secured donations,

and gave of their time and talent so they

could leave Seton with a gift from every

ticket sold. Their total gift of $3000 of

scholarship monies for those who struggle

to stay at Seton was a very selfless way of

passing on the torch of Seton’s “light to

know and grace to do”. It was a sacred

moment for me to see that these words

are engraved on their hearts and souls.

The entire weekend was much more than

“a woman thing”; it was indeed a “Godly

encounter of sisterhood”.


Class Notes


Janet (Bonomo)

Thompson ‘64

is a RN Case Manager at University of

Maryland Medical System in Baltimore,

Maryland. She lives in Odenton, Maryland

and she is blessed with 2 children and 5



Gerry (Byrnes) Hahn ’70

attended Johns Hopkins Hospital

School of Nursing after her graduation

from Seton. She was a member of their

last class graduating from the 3 year

diploma program. She worked part time

in various nursing areas, but she found

her most rewarding work over the past

10 years in hospice care. She is married

for the second time with 2 children and

2 grandchildren.

Jacquelyne Wilson, R.N. ’70

is currently working in the nursing field

of medical and cosmetic Dermatology.

Before that, she spent thirty years working

as a nurse in Obstetrics/Gynecology.

While in this field, she had the joy of

being the delivery nurse for two of her

daughters. Her oldest granddaughter,

Drew, is a freshman at Seton.

Carol (Gerhardt)

Bachman ’70

became a step-grandmother on June 19th

2010 to a baby boy! She also works as

the Team Lead on a $5 Million Contract.

Debra J. Cleary ’71

is enjoying life on Kent Island in

Maryland. She has three healthy adult

children, and she has been blessed with

nine grandchildren.

Mindie (Garrison)

Burgoyne ’77

has released her book entitled Haunted

Eastern Shore: Ghostly Tales from East of

the Chesapeake. Mindie writes for several

different travel blogs and conducts tours

of mystical and haunted sites.

Trish Harkins-Dunn ’78

was on Season 7 of the TV Show Survivor,

where she had many great adventures

and ate disgusting things! She called

her time on Survivor an experience of

a lifetime. She is now training for her

45th marathon.


Celeste (Knox) Laurel ’80

became an ordained minister in June of


Leslie (Redding) Gincley ’81

lost her husband, Glenn Gincley, two

years ago on July 24, 2008 due to cancer.

Her daughters, Genna and Kristina, have

been busy healing, and they are thankful

for their supportive family and friends.

Currently, they are in the process of

relocating to Hedgesville, West Virginia to

be closer to family. Leslie describes Glenn

as a wonderful husband and father.

Lisa (Herkert) Trapani ’81

is a public relations Vice-President

who works from home for Rose

Communications Inc., a PR firm based

in Hoboken, NJ. Her daughter, Kate, is a

sophomore theatre major at the University

of Maryland in College Park, Lisa’s alma

mater. Also, her daughter, Sophie, is a

high school junior at Mount de Sales

Academy for Girls in Catonsville.

Ericka Johnson ’82

was promoted to Vice-President Controller

of ZGS Communications. She

started with ZGS when it was a television

production company in the early 1990s.

She most recently served as Controller

for ZGS and all of its media properties.

Ericka is a member of the Media Financial

Management Association (MFM) and

a 2003 graduate of Leadership Prince

George’s, a prestigious leadership program

and professional network. She received

her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from

Towson University in Maryland.

Katherine (Rooney)

Howell ’82

works for the Transportation Security

Administration in Colorado Springs,

CO. She loves being in Colorado and

working with our beloved military men

and women.

Ann Principe ’82, Patti

(Principe) Schmaltz ’84,

Felissa (Principe) Oden

’88, Juliet (Principe)

d’Epagnier ’90, Amanda

(Principe) Overby ’91

all vacationed together in the Outer Banks

(OBX). There were 41 family members in


Angela (Conroy) Scrom ’88

lives in Arizona with her husband and

three children. She, also, teaches first

grade and loves it!


Class Notes


Sarah (Kendrick)

Watson ’97

graduated in 2002 from UMBC with a

Bachelor of Arts in Imaging and Digital

Arts. She became a Sergeant in the

Army National Guard and worked as

a Government Contractor, specializing

in Industrial Security. In 2009, she left

the National Guard to pursue her Master

of Fine Arts from UC Davis. In 2010,

she graduated with a Master of Fine

Arts in Costume Design. Currently, she

is working as a Costume Designer for

area theaters and she is an Independent

Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay, Inc. In

October of 2010, she married Sgt. Adam

Watson, USAF.


Seton Class of 2000

celebrated their 10 year reunion on

September 18-19, 2010 in the Seton

Auditorium and Rose Garden. The girls

came from near and far and joyfully

reunited with each other and their alma

mater. A great time was had by all!

Tricia Ballenger ’00

will be awarded a Bachelor of Science

in Social Science from the University of

Maryland (UMUC). She will also receive

a certificate in human development and

diversity awareness.

Maria (Rieg) Singletary ’00

married Daniel Singletary on October

31, 2010. She graduated in 2004 from

Frostburg University with a Bachelor of

Arts degree in Mass Communications

and a minor in Spanish. Currently, she

works in Human Resources at MedStar

Health Research Institute.

Kristen Reza-Atkins ’02

graduated from the University of

Maryland in 2006 with a Bachelor of

Arts in Elementary Education. She is

working as a 3rd grade Literacy Teacher

in Montgomery County, and she is

approaching her 5th year of teaching. She

is also working on her Master’s Degree

in Minority and Urban Education at the

University of Maryland. On August 15,

2009, she married David Atkins. Her two

maids of honor, Lauren Price ’02 and Ana

Reza ’09, helped to make the wedding

day amazing and special for Kristen and

David. They recently bought a house in

Baltimore, MD in March of 2010.

Ashley Byrd ‘09

has accepted membership in The National

Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).

She will be honored during an Induction

Convocation this fall on the campus of


State University.

NSCS is a member

of the Association

of College Honor

Societies, the

nation’s only


honors organization for first- and secondyear

college students. Membership is by

invitation only, based on grade point

average and class standing.


T h i s W a s N o O r d i n a r y

Rose Garden Party...


t was a clear and mild Friday

afternoon in early September as

members from the class of 1968

prepared to host the first annual

Seton Reception in the Rose Garden.

The spirit of the day was mixed with

reminiscence and optimism as alumnae

from all across the age spectrum

gathered to say “Cheers” to Seton’s rich

legacy and marvel at the bright future

that stood before them. Women from

the class of 1963 to the class of 2004

gathered around and shared memories

of the shenanigans in the hallways, the

lessons learned inside and outside of

the classrooms, and the lifelong friends

that they never forgot. The reception

was a celebration of the special bond

between Seton women of all ages, the

shared vision for breathing a new energy

and life into the school community, and

a partnership that is centered around

continuing the tradition of excellence of

instilling young women with the “light

to know and the grace to do.”

As the guests arrived, they were greeted

by the sight and sound of Seton’s award

winning String Quartet. Delicious

desserts and appetizers were served

along with an assortment of wines and

other beverages. Slowly phrases like,

“I graduated in the class of…,” and

“I remember when…,” began to fill

the air as alumnae became acquainted

with each other. Seton’s president

and alumna, Sister Ellen Marie Hagar

‘74, gave tours of the school to all

who desired to take a brief walk down

memory lane and discover the changes

that have occurred over the years. Mary

Brophy Haddow, a member of the class

of 1968, recounts the day and the

attitude of the alumnae in attendance,

“The spirit of the day was festive and

hopeful! The alums who worked on

the event were excited to be giving back

to the school and looking forward to

meeting other alums and students in

the process.” In the spirit of giving back

and looking forward to the future, the

event was closed with a special message

from our president.

“Giving back means offering your time,

talents, and energy toward continuing

the Seton tradition of giving young

women a strong foundation. Giving

back makes an impact forever. It creates

a circle of endless love, a love creative

unto infinity.” At the close of the Rose

Garden Reception, the class of 1968 made

a toast to her message that described a

future filled with an infinite amount of

love and opportunity. When the night

came to an end, the alumnae left with

positive feelings towards Seton’s future

and an eagerness to get on board with

the vision of Elizabeth Seton High

School: to carry on the legacy of being

an excellent school for young girls

who are ready to transform themselves

into bright and confident women of

the 21st century.


I n M E M O R Y


Deborah Winkler ’72

Sister of Nancy Winkler Olson ’64;

Cousin of Peggy Windsor Del Collo‘77

Jane Pesci Townsend ’77

Sister of Cecelia Pesci ’75, Barbara

Pesci Rosenberg ’78 and Marianna Pesci

Stavely ‘81

Mary Windon Edelen ‘80

Margaret Creamer Glessner ‘79

Natasha Pettigrew ‘98

Barbara Bennings ‘65

Sister of Burnell Bennings ‘68

Family and Friends

Shirley Boykin

Mother of Lisa Boykin Mauricci ‘83

and Christine Boykin Simikowski ‘85

Joseph P. McElroy

Father of Carol McElroy Potts ‘82

and Mary McElroy Bello ‘84

Vincent Falcone

Father of Teresa Falcone-Bothwell ‘74,

Julie Falcone Johnson ’75, Angie Falcone

Johnson ’79, MaryBeth Falcone Minch

’81, and Susan Falcone Lopresti ’85;

Grandfather of Cloey Henchcliffe ‘09

Angela Connelly (former faculty)

Mother of Margaret Connelly ‘11

Rosemary Quade

Mother of Caitlin Quade ‘08

Patricia Windsor

Mother of Peggy Windsor Del Collo ‘77

Donald Windsor

Father of Peggy Windsor Del Collo ‘77

Ronald Wilson

Father of Sue Wilson Krick ’71;

Uncle of Karen Wilson Larman ‘75

Stuart Tull

Father of Terri Tull Jank ‘72 and Karen

Tull Breen ‘74 Elliot Eckert, Michaelanne

Eckert ’81, Teresa Eckert Carroll ’83 and

Linda Eckert ‘85

Roberta Tate

Grandmother of Kimberley Neely ‘91

Ann Self

Mother of Katie Self Aaron ‘97

Frank Kelly

Father of Franita Kelly ‘12

Deborah Walker

Mother of Jennie Brown ‘00

Ann Kehoe

Former Seton Student

C o n t a c t u s

S Magazine is a publication for the school community,

especially our alumnae. Tell us what you are doing now,

catch up with old friends, and say hi to those with whom

you lost touch with. Don’t forget to include your name,

maiden name, class year, complete address, phone numbers,

and email address along with your update. Email your

facts and photos to advancement@setonhs.org, or mail

them to: Elizabeth Seton High School, Seton Advancement,

5715 Emerson Street, Bladensburg, MD 20710.

Senior’s: Left to right; Katherine Jacobs,

Nigisty Lulu, Alyssa Albanese,

Amanda Lamar & Joan Kate Salvacion


Elizabeth Seton High School

5715 Emerson Street

Bladensburg, MD 20710





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