VOL. 1 • SPRing 2012

Elizabeth Seton High School

Launches LEAD Program

a standards-based pre-engineering program


VOL. 1



P R E S I D E N T ’ S


4 - 5


6 - 7



Giving Society


P r i n c i p a l ’ s


10 - 15




Honor - The Height

of Leadership





ICA Association


Rose garden

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Front Cover: From left to right:

JoEllen Gray ’86, Lead Instructor,

Grace Tarnoksy ’14, and

Paige DeLoach ’14.


In Memory

Advancement TEAM

Sister Ellen Marie Hagar, ‘74



Erica Corbin, ‘00

Associate Director

The young women of Elizabeth Seton High School will become more confident, creative and compassionate. Their love for God and others will

empower them to lead, to collaborate, and to serve in the spirit of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Vincent de Paul, and St. Louise de Marillac.



Is College-Prepared


Since its inception, Elizabeth Seton

High School has prided itself on

its strong academic program that

has afforded its students an excellent

foundation for college curriculums

and for earning millions of dollars in

college financial aid and scholarships.

It has evoked continual gratitude

from graduates in every era who have

remarked, “Seton really prepared me

well. I was truly ready for college

because of my writing abilities and my

study skills.”

In l992, the emphasis on Seton as a college

preparatory high school was highlighted

when the school’s leadership determined

that a college preparatory program would

be central to the mission of Elizabeth

Seton High School. It was agreed that

the time had come to say goodbye to a

business program, home economics and

typing and shorthand. Those courses

would be eliminated so that every student

would engage in an outstanding college

preparatory curriculum.

Now, twenty years later, I join other

educators who are asking, “Is collegeprepared

enough?” According to a recent

study by the Georgetown Center on

Education and the Workforce, published

in the January 13-19, 2012 edition of

Washington Business Journal, “The

workforce unemployment rates among

recent college graduates are tied to their

degrees. Overall, the unemployment rate

is 8.9%. The lowest rate of recent grads is

among those with degrees in engineering,

the sciences, education, and health care

who are at just 5.4%”.

This change in the workforce of today

is keenly felt by CEOs who can’t find

enough engineers to hire and by

economists who see the United States’ role

in the global economy being challenged

by other countries who are focusing

on the fundamentals of innovation.

Most importantly, this change is being

continuously felt by college graduates

themselves who are now working in

restaurants and retail, outside of their

college degree, while still living at home

with mom and dad because they can’t

find a job.

The impact of this situation is a significant

issue for business, for educators, and for

parents, themselves, who are making

untold sacrifices every day for the future

of their children.

I, personally, find this reality to be an ethical

responsibility for the administration

and the faculty of Elizabeth Seton High

School who strive to fulfill the vision of

our school. I am incredibly thankful for

my colleagues who are working tirelessly

to design and implement a curriculum

that is responsive to the changes of our

time. I am so proud of Seton not only

for initiating the new LEAD program,

but also for advancing its technology

curriculum and for enhancing its digital

arts instruction. Every day, I am privileged

to see the talent and creativity of our

young women given more opportunities

and raised to new heights.

Yes, the graduates of Elizabeth High

School will remain college prepared,

but even better, I believe that they will

be career-positioned. I believe that our

Seton students will indeed be able to

accomplish the hopes held for them by

their parents and the dreams that they

are determined to pursue. Reflecting on

this even further, I find myself saying,

“It’s nothing more than the light to know

(college-prepared) and the grace to do

(career-positioned): Elizabeth Seton High

School’s timeless motto from a woman

who was responsive to the realities of her

life, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Elizabeth Seton High School educates young women by engaging them in a challenging, college preparatory curriculum and

in the teachings of the Catholic Church. We promote a community that values diversity and is rooted in service to others.



Amara Chaudhry ’12

offers words of wisdom

to her classmates as they

pursue global studies.


Words of Wisdom from the Workforce:

Seton Students in Summer Internships

For many Seton students, the

summer is not simply a time for

late sleeping, basking in the sun,

or family vacations. Rather, it is a time

to gain practical work experience while

interning in careers of interest.

Caitlin Byrd ‘12

Advocate for the Disabled

Caitlin Byrd spent the last two

summers as an intern at the District

of Columbia Department on Disability

Services, working with attorneys who

advocate for clients who have disabilities

so that they can receive the services they

need to function in their everyday lives.

Off to court, Caitlin went to witness

judges making rulings about services

their clients needed such as healthcare,

guardianship and caretaking. Behind

the scenes, Caitlin would gather client

information, develop spreadsheets, and

organize office affairs.

Caitlin claimed that the value of this

internship was in “learning to be

professional. I learned how to

dress professionally, to interact

with different types of adults (which

could be intimidating), and to exhibit

professional etiquette in relating to

others. When I saw issues in the office,

I learned to stay out of it. I worked

hard to look beyond personalities and

to be respectful of everyone. Most of all,

I learned that people with disabilities

are like everyone else when it comes to

wanting their basic needs to be met”.

Her Words of sWisdom for the Workforce:

“Be kind at all times

because people

remember your

kindness more than

anything else.”


Sherell Sloan left Maryland this

summer to enter the Daniel Fox Youth

Scholars Program for Music in Annville,

Pennsylvania. Her goal was to write and

produce a song, which she not only did,

but in fact, she produced seven songs.

According to Sherell, “Songwriting in

this program began with expressing

my thoughts and emotions in poetry,

and then putting that poetry to music.

Later, I would meet with others in my

small group, share my work, and receive

their feedback”.

For Sherell, producing her first song, “If You

Hurt” was the fulfillment of a childhood

dream. Her parents said that she began to

sing as a baby. While she was in the 3rd

grade, her father realized her talent as she

sang in the church of which he was pastor,

and from that time forward, he kept her

singing. When she arrived at Seton and

took her place as a soprano in the Concert

Choir, she lost her shyness and wanted to

perform for others.

Sherell Sloan ‘12

Success in Songwriting

Now, her sights have changed considerably.

Beyond the thrill of producing songs,

this internship introduced Sherell to

the complexities of the music business

including how to manage people,

compensation norms for artists, and

the constant pressure of working with

agents and being in the public eye. She

is now certain that the music industry is

not for her because as she says, “the joy

of singing is often compromised by the

demands of the business and the feelings

of being used by others”. Instead, Sherell

is looking forward to using her talents to

help others through music therapy. She

is grateful for the clarity of vision that this

internship afforded her as well as for the

opportunity to make her wish come true.


Her Words of Wisdom for the Workforce:

“Trust in Yourself;

Develop a thick skin;

Be Yourself.”

scontinued on page 7


S e t o n H a l l o f F a m e S PA R K S a

Spirit of Thanksgiving

On October 9th, 2011, Sister

Ellen Marie Hagar inducted

four outstanding members of

the Seton Community into the Elizabeth

Seton High School Hall of Fame.

Their lives model the heart of Christ as

they have gone above and beyond to give

of themselves to help others. In turn, the

young women of Seton who have been

blessed by their pure acts of selflessness

will forever remember the kindness and

generosity of those who have devoted

part of their lives to building a bright

future for others. Students, alumnae,

parents and friends of Seton can attest

to the service and the love that each of

these four great honorees have given to

Seton High School making them perfect

candidates for the Hall of Fame.

From religion teacher to principal of

one of the most prestigious high schools

in the Archdiocese of Washington

for over 30 years, Sharon Pasterick

has nurtured countless young Seton

girls into strong, educated, and wise

women. By continuing to implement

new advances in Seton’s challenging

college preparatory curriculum as well

as appoint the perfect teachers who

are willing to invest an extraordinary

amount of time and effort into their

students, Mrs. Pasterick has fostered

Seton’s reputation of providing its

young women with a solid foundation

that is strong enough to position them

for any career of which they dream. Her

ongoing efforts to preserve the Seton

tradition of producing young women

who will make their mark in the world

are priceless. She is truly the face and

driving force behind Seton’s prominent


Sister Rita Bozel was a truly progressive

woman of her time. Not only did she

spend 17 years teaching young Seton

women the art of math where she

pushed them to never give up until they

achieved the correct answer, but she also

encouraged them to discover a whole

new world that would lead them to the

doorstep of the future. She started the

computer science program at Elizabeth

Seton High School where students

could learn computer programming

and take classes that prepared them for

a career in the Information Technology

field. Sister Rita was, also, the backbone

of the athletic program.

Today, her former students hold her in

high regard as they keep her lessons

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Neely

close to their hearts, well into their

adulthood. Although, they may not

utilize linear functions day in and day

out, her lessons of perseverance, an

open mind to new ideals, and courage

to discover the unknown have become

second nature to them.

John and Jean Doran were devout

Catholics who worked hard as they lived

their life by the Word of God. With the

resources that they created during their

years of work, they decided to create

the Doran Family Foundation. After

retirement, they dedicated their time

and money toward “brick and mortar”

projects that would benefits teenage boys

and girls. They made a major contribution

Mrs. Sharon Pasterick Sister Rita Bozel Cathy Doran


toward the construction of Seton’s Brooks

Center, which has enhanced the athletic

and music programs.

With John and Jean now residing in a

nursing home, their children continue to

carry on the Doran Family Foundation,

which has helped many Catholic Schools

in the area. The Doran Family lives out

the Seton philosophy of service to others

by paying forward the blessings that

God has given to them over the years.

Because of their generosity, many young

adults will be morally, intellectually, and

socially prepared for the future.

Kim Neely, class of 1991, was the

epitome of Seton excellence. Her

teachers, friends and family remembered

her as a young adult who was active

in the Seton choir, who enjoyed her

religion classes, and who held her Seton

values close to her heart. Even into her

adulthood, she practiced serving others

and revered human life. She was her

family and friends biggest fan, and in

return they loved her tremendously.

Although, Kim is no longer with us on

earth, she remains an angel that rests

in the hearts of many. Her parents, Mr.

and Mrs. Kenneth Neely, carry on her

memory by providing a scholarship to

a current Seton student whose moral

values and ambition replicate the spirit

of Kim. Seton is grateful for alumnae,

such as Kim, who set an example for

women of the future.

As stated in the Elizabeth Seton High

School Hall of Fame Creed, each of these

inductees has “imparted to Seton his or

her own desire to seek always the light

to know and the grace to do”. As family

and friends gathered on October 9th to

celebrate these inductions, a spirit of

thanksgiving filled the Seton auditorium:

a deep appreciation for each inductee

who has paved the way for the future of

our school and for the young women who

strive to be a part of its greatness. The

Elizabeth Seton High School Community

will be forever grateful for their service

and love.

Words of Wisdom from the Workforce (continued)

Gabrielle Wynn ‘12

The Vision of the Public Eyes

Gabrielle Wynn worked as an

intern for Prism Public Relations Firm

in Washington, DC. Clients sought

assistance from this firm to position

themselves well in the public eye both by

building relationships through effective

media and by doing damage control to

reduce negative perceptions.

Gabrielle was responsible for

maintaining the client’s public media

portfolio by gathering daily media clips

of the client’s business through the use of

a variety of search engines and through

extensive media reading. In doing so,

Gabrielle said she learned the value of

“time management, of accuracy in your

research, and of trying new tasks.”

Gabrielle enjoyed working in an

environment that was professional,

but not uptight. The company’s

sense of family, which was extended to

her the day the earthquake shook the

Washington Metropolitan area, made a

deep impression on her.

Her Words of sWisdom for the Workforce:

“The Company wants

you to do well: don’t

be afraid to ask for

help, to admit your

mistakes, and to

communicate with

your supervisors.”



G R A T E F U L P A R E N T S ’


Elizabeth Seton High School would like to thank those parents who have already joined the

Grateful Parents’ Giving Society:

Maria Albanese

Mother of Alyssa ‘11 and Karri ‘14

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Barrett

Parents of Kimberly Anita Barrett ‘11

Ronald & Sue Bodmer

Parents of Emily Bodmer ‘11

M. Tanya Burrell ‘72

Mother of Kia Burrell ‘11

John & Deanna Busch

Parents of Emily ‘07 and Katie ‘09

Agnes Cheung

Mother of Stephanie Cheung ‘11

Michael & Stacey

Gallagher Cleveland ‘88

Parents of Kelly Nicole Cleveland ‘11

Dr. Linda Gast &

Mr. Lynn N. Dudinksy

Parents of Katherine E.G. Dudinsky ‘11

Teri Frontin

Mother of Danielle Frontin ‘11

Amy Hammett

Mother of Sara Hammett ‘11

Margaret Hernick Leach ‘70

Mother of Veronica Leach ‘11

Stan Jackson

Father of Kristin Tyler Jackson ‘11

Mark & Sheryl Jacobs

Parents of Katherine Jacobs ‘11

Acquenetta & Robert Thurston

Parents of Courtnie N. Thurston ‘11

Nadine Robertson

Mother of Autumn Elizabeth Robertson ‘11

Bennie & Stephanie Spady

Parents of Saidah Payne-Spady ‘11

We thank these parents who believe that Elizabeth Seton High School gave their daughters a

priceless gift. If you are a parent of a “Seton Grad” of any year, please consider joining The Grateful

Parents’ Giving Society. A gift of $12.00 in this year of 2012 will enable you to show your support.

Gifts can be mailed or paid online by visiting: http://tinyurl.com/ESHSGratefulParents


Principal’s MESSAGE

Last spring we began considering

the introduction of a STEMbased

program here at Seton.

STEM stands for Science, Technology,

Engineering, and Math, career fields

where women have been largely

underrepresented, despite the fact that

the job opportunities in these fields

have increased substantially and are

anticipated to continue to grow at a

rapid pace.

Seton has traditionally provided one

of the most challenging college prep

curriculums in the Washington area, and

more recently has added to and intensified

our math and science courses to respond

to current workplace demands. At the

same time, more and more Seton graduates

have been returning to visit and telling us

that they are majoring in engineering or

engineering/technology-related fields. In

light of these realities, we feel that the time

is right to launch a major effort to better

equip our students to pursue careers in

these disciplines and to compete in an

arena where women have traditionally not

ventured, but where a female perspective

can be highly insightful.

So, it is with great excitement that we

will introduce the Learning Engineering

and Design (LEAD) program in the 2012-

2013 school year. The LEAD program

will be open to all of our current students

as well as our incoming freshmen. Mrs.

JoEllen (Narcavage) Gray, a 1986 Seton

alumna and current math teacher, will

serve as the LEAD coordinator. Mrs.

Gray’s teaching skills and enthusiasm for

the program make her the ideal person to

lead this important effort.

We have begun the process of identifying

current students who have expressed

an interest in and who qualify for the

program. Incoming students will be

able to take a

sequence of

four courses

over four years

(one per year).

We are also

investigating the availability of internship

opportunities for our LEAD students.

Upon learning about our plans, one of

Seton’s recent graduates, who is pursuing

an engineering degree, applauded our

decision because her experience has

revealed how beneficial a program like

LEAD can be to facilitate the adjustment to

an engineering or technology curriculum

at the college level.

I hope this will give you some appreciation

of Seton’s ongoing commitment to prepare

our students to meet the challenges that

await them when they move into the


Business Support for LEAD

CentiMark Innovative Roofing

and Flooring Solutions is

pleased to present $5000.00

to Elizabeth Seton High School’s

LEAD Program.

From left to right: Mark Cooper (Sr. Vice-President of CentiMark), JoEllen Gray ‘86 (LEAD

instructor), Sister Mary Beth Kubera, (Provincial Councillor), Sharon Pasterick (Principal),

Grace Tarnosky ‘14 (LEAD student), Savannah Johnson ‘14 (LEAD student), Sister Ellen

Marie Hagar ‘74 (President)

Sister Ellen Marie expresses

great gratitude for CentiMark,

“CentiMark has blessed ESHS with

expert workmanship in two recent

roofing jobs. Their service and

commitment matches that of Seton.

We are extremely appreciative of

their support for our innovation in





Elizabeth Seton High School

Launches the LEAD Program

LEAD (Learning Engineering And

Design) is set to begin in August,

2012 when students interested

in engineering and technology begin a

four year program that combines science,

technology, engineering and math

(STEM) into one curriculum.

While STEM programs have already

been initiated in public high schools,

Elizabeth Seton High School’s program

will mark the first all-female engineering

curriculum among high schools in the

Washington, DC area. Students who are

accepted into this program will engage

in hands-on exploration, which includes

designing, building, and testing as they

apply the skills that they have learned

to real world problems around them

and gradually progress to more global

issues. Students will use their ingenuity

with tools, building materials, robotics,

electronics, etc. in laboratory classrooms

to create models and products for the

world in which they live.


According to Sister Ellen Marie Hagar,

“LEAD is much more than a new

curriculum at Seton. It is Elizabeth

Seton High School’s strategic response

to educational, business, and economic

needs that face our country.” The

National Science Foundation supports

Sister Ellen Marie’s belief saying,

“Innovation in Information Technology

has driven economic growth, has been

the underlying factor of many of our

scientific advances and has ensured our

national security. It is not surprising that

predicted IT job growth is very strong.

Yet students are not majoring in this field

in sufficient numbers.”

Dean Kern, Deputy Director of the Office

of Education of NASA Goddard Space

Flight Center offers additional support for

this program saying, “Like Elizabeth Seton

High School, NASA too has recognized

how critical it is to ensure that students

from our neighboring communities are

equally participating in advanced STEM

activities. Women, especially African-

American and Hispanic women, have

held a disproportionately lower share of

STEM undergraduate degrees, particularly

in engineering. Elizabeth Seton High

School has strategically stepped into

this gap to expand opportunities for

women in STEM fields through the

implementation of an academically

rigorous and integrated engineering

program. Furthermore we are pleased to

be in partnership with Elizabeth Seton

High School to further engage and inspire

high students in STEM.”

By 2020, the U.S.

Department of Labor

projects that 150, 000

new jobs will be available;

however, only 50,000

college graduates will

be prepared for these

jobs because of their

lack of technological


LEAD changes the definition of

technological literacy to include

strategies that allow students to build

their own understanding of engineering

design, the process that transforms ideas

into manufactured products that impact

the environment, society, and our global

developments. Technology continues

to change every aspect of our natural

world. LEAD enables students to learn

principles and designs that allow them to

assess, evaluate and discern technological

values and ethics as technology affects

our behavior, our lifestyle, and our global


LEAD teaches students to work

together in teams in an environment

where constructive feedback, project

management, and participatory learning

are valued. This type of collaboration

encourages students to share ideas, assist

one another in projects, and design

solutions together. It promotes students’

abilities to network with others and

deepens their appreciation for diverse

thinking in problem-solving situations.

LEAD prepares students for a wide variety

of career paths. Designing and applying

technology is vital for those who enter the

work force today as technology plays an

ever increasing role both in our economic

vitality and our environmental survival.

Alumnae support

for LEAD

Elizabeth Seton High School is especially

pleased to have JoEllen Gray, a 1986

graduate and a math teacher of l5 years

at Seton, become the LEAD instructor.

JoEllen eagerly accepted this position

saying, “I am thrilled to be part of such

an exciting program. This is a great

continued on page 14


LeaD Learning En

Technology is the

basis for improving

the past and

creating the future.


drives invention

and innovation and

is a thinking and

doing process.

gineering & Design

Technology impacts

society and must be

assessed to determine

if it is good or bad.

Technology creates

issues that change

the way people

live and interact.

Elizabeth Seton High School Launches the LEAD Program (continued)

time to start LEAD…We have so many

girls who excel in math and science,

and engineering is a wide open field for

them. These courses will give our girls

the knowledge and skills that they need

to confidently engage in this domain in

college and beyond.”

JoEllen is not the only graduate excited

about the LEAD program. Recent

graduates who are now pursuing an

engineering degree in college have also

expressed their support for this program.

Among them is Annette Englehart, class

of 2009, who is currently a sophomore

mechanical engineering major at the

University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Annette says, “I think the LEAD program

is awesome. It will help the students

build a strong foundation for engineering

by challenging them to think out of the

box, to work in teams, and to build

their confidence so that when they enter

the field, they will not be discouraged

or overwhelmed like many women in

the field are. There is no better way to

encourage female students to consider

the STEM field than by integrating it into

the curriculum.”

“A diverse technical

workforce is vital

to the success of

corporations, our

competitiveness as

a nation, and our

national security.”

Dr. Ray O Johnson,

Chief Technology Officer

of Lockheed Martin

Annette’s enthusiasm is seconded by

Cara Hamel, valedictorian of the class of

2011, who is currently in her freshman

year at the University of Maryland,

College Park and is a Fire Protection

Engineering Major and a member of

the Women in Engineering Community.

Cara encourages Seton students to

enroll in this program as way of putting

themselves a step ahead for their college

engineering program. She says, “I am

completely jealous of these students

who are now able to enroll in the LEAD

program, which will make them more

competitive for getting into college and

into the engineering field.”

And from the field itself is Mariann Escoe

’92, who is currently working for Energy

Systems Group in Baltimore and who has

returned to Elizabeth Seton to assist with

the school’s energy audit and savings.

“I think LEAD is a fantastic idea,” says

Mariann, “as it will expose students to

the course work and to the career fields

in engineering.”


Internships for


Exposing students to careers in

engineering is just what Sister Ellen Marie

had in mind when she began visiting

CEO’S of construction and engineering

fields not only to garner their support

for the program, but also to establish

summer internships for the students.

Elizabeth Seton High School is proud to be

partnering with the following companies

in the establishment of internships for

this program:

Associated Builders


The Bozzuto Group

Bracey Associates

Bradley Site Design, Inc.

Donohoe Construction

Envisions Technology

Leach Wallace, Associates, Inc.

Louviere, Stratton & Yokelm, LLC

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Parkinson Construction

Regional Electric

R & R Mechanical

Scott-Long Construction

Toole Design Group

Community Support

for LEAD

Elizabeth Seton High School would like

to thank all those who gave to GIVE TO

THE MAX DAY on November 9, 2011,

the day on which we launched our

campaign for LEAD Support. As a result

of these efforts, we were able to raise

$5000 for the program in just one day!

We invite our alumnae, our parents

both past and present, our friends and

our donors to continue the community’s

support for the program.

If you know of, or if you own a business

that would like to be INVOLVED in our

internship program, please call Sister

Ellen Marie. (301-864-4532 ex. 7108)

If you would like to INVEST in this

program by making a financial

contribution to the start-up of

this program, we welcome a

donation either by mail or online at


ESHS Leads the

Fight Against

Human Trafficking:

Today’s Most Savage Cruelty

The ESHS Community participated in an interactive antitrafficking

workshop to understand the horror behind child

slavery. More than a million children are sold as sex or labor

slaves with more than 100,000 girls in the United States trafficked as

sex slaves.

Guest speakers from TurnAround, Inc. provided a realistic picture of

how girls get stuck in sex-trafficking and also of how elements of our

culture (language, music, media) promote the degradation of women

and sexuality.



The Gospel Choir of Elizabeth Seton High School gives praise and honor to God as we begin the celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

The young musicians of Elizabeth Seton High School had the honor of singing for Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s Christmas TV

Mass, which was celebrated in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception as well as

performing at the State House in Annapolis.


The Legacy of Light to Know

and The Giving of Grace to Do

Every donor of Elizabeth Seton

High School has a story behind

the gift that they give to Seton.

This story is woven together with details

of characters, experiences, emotions,

and hopes. Likewise, every student

who receives a gift from a Seton donor

has a story: a story of struggle, of

perseverance, of courage, and of hope.

Despite the powerful inspiration of

each one’s story, rarely does the donor

know the story of the student; nor

the student, the donor’s story as most

donors shy away from recognition or

even identification.

Much is lost in the silent exchange

between the giver and the student, and

as Elizabeth Seton High School recently

discovered, much is gained when these

stories are shared and celebrated.

On November l5, 2011 the first annual

Light to Know, Grace to Do Donor

Recognition Celebration was held in the

formal lobby of Elizabeth Seton High

School, which is now graced by our new

donor wall: The Light to Know and The

Grace to Do. Those who gave and those

who received gathered together with

family and friends for an evening of

storytelling, an event that breathed new

life into the legacy left by alumnae such

as Theresa Anne Gemmell ‘68, Kimberly

Neely ‘91 and Mary Laurette O’Meara ‘74;

by former staff members such as Sister

Jacqueline Kilar and Ms. Jean Llewellyn;

and by generous donors such as Agnes

Brown ‘63, Sam Rose, Stephanie Solaris

and Mary Jo Zeeman Vogt.

These stories were as inspirational as the

stories told by the students themselves

as they shared smile to smile and eye

to eye with someone who was formerly

a stranger and now a friend. Their

stories were poignant portrayals of the

promise that they have for the present

and the hopes that they have for the

future, despite the difficulties and the

disappointments of the past.

As with any good storytelling, there

was a new understanding and a parallel

familiarity with one another’s words.

The gap between the donor and the

student narrowed tremendously as

hearts joined together in gratitude and

generosity, in awe and admiration, in

tenderness and triumph. As Mary Jo

Zeeman Vogt ’75 said, “It was wonderful

to make a personal connection with the

girl that I was helping, to meet her and

her family, and to have her tell her story

with such humility. The thought of this

young girl not being able to finish at

Seton made me want to make sure that

she had what my parents gave to me. I

was impressed that this student took the

time to follow up with me and to send

me an email for the New Year.”

Mary Jo continues, “It was also a very

moving experience for me to be standing

right outside my former homeroom

classroom, re-connected with several

of my classmates and friends, and to

remember that much of my success now

is due to the way Seton prepared me for

college and for business.”

This night was Seton’s mission at its

best: the mission that enflames the ever

burning “light to know and increases

the ever flowing grace to do”. Said

continued on page 19


One Heart, One Mind, One Spirit

About a year ago, Sister Ellen

Marie was approached by

members of the Immaculate

Conception Academy (ICA) Alumnae

Association about the possibility of the

school’s alumnae association joining

Elizabeth Seton High School’s Alumnae

Association based upon our common

threads: a long string of school

similarities that include

• Our shared appreciation for the

excellence of the education that

we received

• Our gratitude for all those who

made this education possible:

parents, teachers, and


• Our common bond with the

Daughters of Charity who

administered both ICA

and ESHS

• Our desire to deepen and develop

our close ties with our former

classmates and friends

When members from both alumnae

associations discussed the possibility,

they realized that in addition to our

similarities, we had many differences

as well: different histories, different

eras of active alumnae, and different

traditions. Likewise, the alumnae

associations were in very different

places. ICA’s Association’s primary

focus was their annual Alumnae

Luncheon while Seton’s Association

had a calendar of monthly activities

and meetings. ICA was eager to get

their alumnae connected through email

while ESHS’s alumnae’s main source of

connection was social networking.

ESHS Alumnae Association Members (some members missing from picture)

Back Row L-R: Marianne Ferguson ’77, Gina Mascerelli Schmidt ’77, Gina Andrella Barley

’81, Amy Reese Lawrence ’77, Trudy Smith Stanek ’69, Regina Murphy Day ‘76

Front Row L-R: Sr. Ellen Marie Hagar ’74 (president), Mary Brophy Haddow ’68,

Erica Corbin ’00, Renee Green ’81, Adriana Leyton Zellers ‘78

Despite these differences, the two

associations agreed that our common

threads could be woven together

because we had one heart, one

mind, and one spirit. Furthermore,

we could assist each other from our

strengths and enrich each other with

our differences. We believed that we

could share the best of what we have

to strengthen our commitment to

supporting the Daughters of Charity

in their retirement, to supporting one

another, and to supporting the young

women of Seton today. For this year,

both associations agreed to invite one

another to their planned events and

meetings. Looking to the future, the

two associations agreed to form a single

calendar of events.

continued on page 19


Conception Academy

Alumnae Association

The Immaculate Conception Academy

Alumnae Association began in l897 to

further the mission of the school, which

was opened in 1865 by the Daughters

of Charity. First located in Immaculate

Conception Parish at 8th & N St. NW,

the school moved, in 1954, to 24th &

K Street in St. Stephen’s Parish.

Although the school closed in l984,

the Alumnae Association continues its

mission to support the care of the retired

sisters. The Association also shares the

mission of the Daughters of Charity of

educating young women by supporting

the scholarship fund of Elizabeth Seton

High School where some graduates are

teaching (those that became Daughters

of Charity) and where some graduates

have children and grandchildren who

attend the school.


The Legacy of Light to Know and The Giving

of Grace to Do (continued)

Agnes Brown ’63, “The evening was

so inspirational. I am truly grateful

to Seton for finally making the Allen

D. Bruns Scholarship a reality and for

choosing Roslyn as its recipient. I am

so proud of Roslyn.”

A highlight of the evening was the

recognition of our principal, Sharon

Pasterick for whom the Grace to

Do wall is named. Mrs. Pasterick’s

commitment to the mission and

vision of Seton was applauded by

alumnae, board members, staff,

students and their families who have

experienced her tireless devotion and

her tremendous dedication.

As we continue to fulfill the mission

of Elizabeth Seton High School, we

continue to welcome new donors

whose Seton story impels them to

give back to the school that gave

so much to them. We encourage all

our alumnae, parents, and friends to

experience the joy of reconnecting

with their own

Seton story and of uniting

that story with the story

of a young woman today.

Such joy is evidenced

by Kay Nash ’88 as she

says, “I was so thrilled

to be back at Seton for

the donor reception.

Walking the halls brought back so

many great memories including my

advisory, room 102, and my advisory

teacher, Mrs. Roux. What was most

special about the evening was hearing

from the young women at Seton.

Their stories of gratitude inspired

me to think about ways in which

I could do more for Seton. I also

thought about how much Seton does

for wonderful young women who are

looking for a great education. Each of

the presentations highlighted a Seton

student today who has received a

scholarship to attend Seton. I found

these young women to be amazing

and accomplished people. I know

that as a sophomore or junior I would

never have had the self-confidence or

skill to stand up in front of a crowd

and speak from my heart as these girls

did. Seton girls are truly exceptional

and I am so proud that I got to be a

part of this amazing evening.”

The Sharon Pasterick Giving Society remains open to anyone who would

like to make an annual financial commitment of $1,000 to support the

continued excellence of Elizabeth Seton High School. Your name or the

name of someone in whose honor you make this gift will proudly be displayed

on the Grace to Do Donor Wall. Likewise, anyone who is interested in

establishing a scholarship in honor of someone they wish to recognize, or

as a gift that they would like to give to a student who needs assistance to

continue at Seton, may call Sister Ellen Marie to make arrangements for

this scholarship and to have the scholarship proudly displayed on the Light

to Know Donor Wall.

One heart, one mind,

one spirit (continued)

When asked about this partnership,

Sister Ellen Marie commented, “I

have a deep respect for the women of

the ICA Alumnae Association. They

have developed a great association

that has provided support for the

sisters’ retirement fund for many

years. In recent years, they have

offered an annual scholarship of over

$3000 to an Elizabeth Seton High

School student. While they have a

fierce love for their school, they also

ICA Member Joan Hoerbelt Mahoney ‘62

want to extend this love to students

today. Since their school has closed,

they have chosen to grace Seton with

their generosity and goodness. I am

grateful, very grateful, that they have

noticed the common thread that

binds us together because indeed we

are of one heart, one mind, and one

spirit. I look forward to many events

with them, in which I can get to know

these women personally and become

ever more inspired by their pride and

their passion.


Love Lies in the Garden

What happened to the roses?”

asked Mary Brophy Haddow

’68 who was bewildered

to see the lifeless garden that lay at the

foot of Blessed Mother in the Seton

courtyard. During Alumnae Association

meetings, she vividly recalled her days

as a young Seton woman. Those were

the days when the Blessed Mother stood

boldly over a sea of roses, in what was

known as the “Seton Rose Garden”, with

her arms outstretched as if to embrace

and cherish the bouquet of beauty that

lay before her. This was once a place

where students proudly gathered for

graduation pictures, “Rose Ceremonies”,

May processions, and other special Seton

events. Over the years, the garden started

to deteriorate as ivy, weeds, and other

harmful entities invaded the territory.

Soon, the vibrant Rose Garden in the

courtyard of the school became a listless

bed of weeds. Slowly, as the tide of

young Seton students began to turn, the

question went from, “What happened to

the roses?” to “What rose garden?” And

just like that, the legacy of the Seton Rose

Garden faded away.

In the final line of Bette Midler’s song,

“The Rose”, after many disheartening

situations, it was the love of the sun that

ultimately revived the rose. Likewise, the

unique love of the Alumnae Association

gave life to a garden that appeared to

have no hope in ever becoming what it

once was. And on September 10th, they

restored its honor and legacy within the

community as they unveiled the beautiful

transformation that had occurred.

The members of the Alumnae Association

made it a priority to breathe life into the

Seton Rose Garden. With gardening tools

and roses in hand, Association members,

Renee Greene ‘81 and Mary Brophy

Haddow ’68, led the restoration efforts.

They spent the spring and summer

months clearing out the ivy and tilling

the soil. After many months of sweat,

energy, and most importantly, patience,

the rose garden was ready! The time

had come to introduce it to the school

community. With the ivy all gone, and

the roses brazenly soaking in the sunlight,

the Seton Rose Garden was now a gem

ready to shine.

Former graduates, Seton students,

friends, and family came on that warm

Saturday afternoon, on September

10th, to take part in rededicating a long

lost symbol of Seton. The Alumnae

Association celebrated the Rose Garden’s

transformation with an outdoor reception

that was held in Seton’s courtyard and a

ribbon cutting ceremony. Bright smiles

and laughter emerged from the crowd as

people intermingled and enjoyed light

appetizers and drinks. In the true spirit

of sisterhood, the essence of the Rose

Garden inspired many Seton students to

thank the alumnae for giving them a path

to a brighter future: many of whom had

provided scholarships for students. In

turn, they delighted in meeting their “little

sister”, and asked what more they could

do to help them achieve their dreams. As

everyone took their seats, Seton President,

Sister Ellen Marie Hagar ‘74, opened

the ceremony with a brief prayer that

thanked God for the revival of our rose

garden and the reunion of friends and

family. Renowned horticulturalist, Gene

Sumi, from Homestead Gardens, shared

his expertise regarding the care of roses

and the special quality that comes with

each kind of rose. Then, it was time to

introduce the main attraction of the event.

United by their Seton pride, the crowd

broke into a cheer when the students cut

the ceremonial ribbon initiating a new

start to the Seton Rose Garden.

To those who never had the chance to

experience it as a student, the Seton

Rose Garden is no longer a mystery.

Moreover, the community can take an

active role in continuing to enrich its

magnificence. For a small contribution,

a rose can be planted in the garden in

honor of someone who has used their

love as a catalyst for growth, change, and

ultimately to make a difference, just as the

Alumnae Association did for the Seton

Community. As for the future of the

Seton Rose Garden, it will always unite

the members of the Seton Community,

and as long as their love continues to

shower down on the Garden, the roses

will continue to return year after year.


Class Notes


Theresa (Persick) Arnold ‘70

I retired on September 30, 2011 after

35 years with the Federal Government

mostly with the Department of Army

and the Defense Department. My last

project supervised the construction of

the 1.8 MSF LEED Gold administrative

facility with a budget of about a billion

dollars, in Alexandria VA. I continue to

keep in touch with my big sister Jeannie

Kalinofsky Townsend ‘68 and her

daughter, my godchild, Anastacia Pena.

I also keep in touch with Ginny Meade

Crotts ‘70 and Evelyn Bancroft Hahn ‘70

whom I have known since grade school.

Mary Lou (Barton) Holt ‘71

I am very proud of the fact that I worked

for the Catholic Church for many years

until 1998 when I started at the University

of Maryland in the College of Education. I,

now, work in the Fire Protection Engineering

Department. I have been married to my

husband, Mike, for 21 years. We have four

children and four grandchildren. My oldest

children, Joe and Denise live in North

Carolina with my one grandson and my

three grand-daughters. My youngest sons,

Mike and Billy, are going to MD community

colleges. I am active in St. Hugh’s parish. I

have wonderful memories of Seton: when

I watch basketball, I wish could get up the

court like old times. God Bless the Class of

1971 ...40 years...hard to believe.

Nicole Jones ‘71

I enjoy my retirement. I am involved in

volunteer work, and I am a member of

the board of directors for the Restoration

Ministry for Women in Orlando. We are

a residential home for women with drug

and alcohol issues. I also enjoy teaching

bible study to the women twice a month.

Lisa Anne Shea ‘74

I retired and moved from Potomac to

Edgewater, MD

Ann Marie (Reilly) McGovern ‘75

I recently attended my daughter Richelle’s

graduation from Mary Washington

University, Fredericksburg, Virginia. She

received her Masters Degree in Education

specializing in gifted and autistic children.

My best friend, Susan Byrd Finotti ’75,

and my sister, Margaret (Reilly) Furio

’82, sat next to me during her graduation.

My husband and I moved to Florida and

have officially become beach bums.

Class of 1976

They celebrated their 35th Reunion on

Sunday, December 4th at the home of

Cheryl (Patane) Neidig ‘76. Many came

to see their fellow classmates and to

delight in the joy of Seton Sisterhood. A

good time was had by all!


Gloria Davis Harberts ‘81

She is happily married with 2 stepsons

and 2 daughter-in-laws. She is looking

forward to grandchildren

Katherine (Farrell) May ‘82

As a CPA and corporate accountant, I

have worked the past 10 years in the

construction and homebuilding industry.

Unfortunately, the drastic downturn

in the economy affecting construction,

particularly hitting hard in Florida, forced

me to seek new employment. I am very

excited to have started as the Director

Business Process Lead with Arizona

Chemical Company in Jacksonville,

Florida. This international company is

the leading producer and refiner of pine

chemicals. It strives to make the world

cleaner, healthier, and safer by converting

paper mill waste into viable products,

not pollution. I report directly to the

International Corporate Controller. My

work will be in both in the US and in

The Netherlands. My husband, Paul,

has also started a new position as the IT

Manager for NCCAOM - an international

non-profit. My son, Bryan, continues to

live in Jessup, Maryland and work as an

accountant for an international banking/

finance company in Washington, DC. We

are very excited that our oldest daughter,

Caitlin, will graduate from high school in

2011 and has been awarded a scholarship

to attend the Maryland Institute and

College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

She will major in sequential art/graphic

design and minor in animation. Our

youngest daughter, Maggie, has started

her freshman year of high school and is

quite the academic (scoring a near perfect

score on the PSAT). She regularly appears

in productions at Theatre Jacksonville

and the Limelight Theater. We love life

in Florida, but travel home regularly to

continued on page 22


Class Notes

Maryland where most of our extended

family still resides.

Patricia (Mowbray) Dennis ‘82

My dad, Richard Mowbray, passed away

at the age of 85 on March 1, 2011. We

buried his ashes at Arlington National

Cemetery on August 23, 2011. It is

getting better, but we still miss him very

much. He lived long enough to meet his

great-grandson, Macklin Mills Mitchell.

Kathleen (Merkel) Jackson ‘86

I am a Partner of Novak Francella LLC,

a public accounting firm in Philadelphia,

PA, where I audit labor unions and

employee benefit plans. I have 2 children

who are 8 and 5 and now attending

Catholic School.

Sydnee (Nobles) Thompson ‘88

Daughter, Tori, is a Junior at Seton. She is a

scholar and a cheerleader. I enjoy reliving

high school through her! Tori’s father,

Tony Thompson, is currently ranked #2

heavyweight boxer in the USA, and the

#1 boxer by ESPN. He recently fought

on May 27, 2011 on ESPN scoring a 3rd

round KO. He is now 36-2 with 24 KO’s.

Nicole Paulmier-Wilkinson ‘89

After graduation, I moved to Colorado were

I met my husband. I have been married for

18 years and have four wonderful girls. I

owned two businesses and then decided to

sell them, so that I could to go to college

to get my degree in photography. I was

accepted into the Art Institute of Colorado

in the summer of 2011.


Elizabeth Ann (Gorman)

Cariaga ‘94

I married my HS sweetheart after being

apart for 12 years!! In addition to my fulltime

position as a Charge Nurse on the

Mother/Baby Unit at Anne Arundel Medical

Center, I have accepted a position as a PRN

(fill in) Administrative Coordinator. This

is a supervisory position that oversees the

flex and flow of all the patients and the

nursing staff on a given shift.

Stephanie (George) Mitjans ‘99

I recently got married on July 23, 2011

to William Mitjans.


Jessica Shorter ‘02

After graduating from Seton, I attended

Hampton University for 2 years. My father

passed away in 2003, but I made it through

with the help of God, family, and friends

(including 2 of my best girlfriends from

Seton). Since then, I have moved back

home and have received my Bachelors

degree in Communications and Public

Relations from Bowie State University

in 2008. In the summer of 2007, I was

selected to be a part of the T. Howard

Foundation summer internship program.

I moved to NYC to intern for Court TV

(which is now Tru TV. I now work for

TV One (an African American Lifestyle &

Entertainment television network) where I

have been working since May 2010. I have

to credit my early training in interpersonal

skills, self-esteem, confidence, good will

towards men, and professionalism to

my years at Seton. I made some lifelong

friends and memories with my fellow

Roadrunners (which I wouldn’t change for

the world). I cherish the memories I have

of the faculty and staff. I have returned

to Prince Georges County, MD, and I am

single with no children. I have a wonderful

7 year old nephew, and my loving mother

and wonderful older brother are doing

great. My class will be celebrating our 10

year reunion in 2012, and I can’t wait to

get back in touch with my Seton sisters,

and see how life has changed for them. I

will always have a special place in my heart

for Elizabeth Seton High School!! And I

hold true to our motto, “Light to Know

and Grace to Do”!

Maria Mendez ‘05

After graduation from Seton, I went to

Trinity Washington University where I

received my BA in Elementary Education

in 2010. Currently, I work for KIIPP DC in

Washington DC. I am a pre-kindergarten

teacher at KIPP DC: Discover Academy.

Janelle Tupper ‘07

I am volunteering with the Mennonite

Central Committee in Bujumbura,

Burundi, a poor country in Eastern Central

Africa. I am grateful for the opportunity

God has given me to serve, and I am

looking forward to learning about myself

and the world in which I live. I wanted

to share this because I really feel like the

service-oriented education that I received

at Seton was one of the factors that led me

down this path. Many thanks and peace

to you all.

Olivia (Croxton) Gore ‘08

Hello to my fellow Alumnae! Just want to

say, in short, that I am extremely proud of

my alma mater and the new engineering

program!! Development and advancement

is a beautiful thing. On April 4, 2011, I

gave birth to a healthy baby boy named

Zion Alexander Gore...and on September

2, 2011, I married one of the greatest men

I know, Joseph Gore. I am truly blessed

to have these two amazing people in my

life. I will never forget all that Seton has

taught me and will cherish it for the rest

of my life.

Mary Salers ‘10

Mary is studying Marine Science at Coastal

Carolina University in South Carolina. She

has finished her freshman year with a 4.0

GPA. She loves studying and the beach!

And the cheer goes on! Alumnae from the Class

of 2011 continue their Roadrunner Spirit!




Mary Ann (Straub) Richardson ‘64

Emily Gloyd ‘76

April Allen ‘92

Faculty and Staff

Sr. Mary Marguerite Butler,

Math Teacher

Mr. Marion “Bill” Eldridge,

Facilities Manager

Mrs. Dawn Dewaele,

English Teacher

Ms. JoAnn McAnallen,

School Secretary for Guidance

and for the Principal

Family and Friends

Lillian Cribben,

Mother of Kathleen (Cribben) Elkins ’64

and Mary (Elkins) Murray ‘71

Gerald Forlenza,

Father of Maria T. Forlenza ‘79

Louis Migliorini,

Father of Bridget Migliorini ‘86 and

Margaret (Migliorini) Russell ‘67

George “Skip” Powell,

Father of Regina (Powell) Higgins ’00

and Anne Powell ‘04

Violet and Anthony James Andrella,

Parents of Gina (Andrella) Barley ’81

Grandparents of Jori Barley ’11 and

Jillian Barley ‘14

Ephriam “Duke” Day,

Husband of Regina (Murphy) Day ‘76

Father of Elizabeth Day ‘13

William E. Mould,

Father of Alice (Mould) Briese ‘74

Matthew Falcone,

Brother of Theresa (Falcone) Bothwell

‘74, Julia (Falcone) Johnson ‘75,

Angelina (Falcone) Johnson ‘79,

Marybeth (Falcone) Minch ‘81,

and Susan (Falcone) Lopresti ‘85,

Uncle of Sarah Falcone ‘09 and

Chloey Henchcliff ‘09.

Ralph J. Vendemia, Jr.,

Father of Luanne (Vendemia) Smith ‘86

Carol Cartney,

Grandmother of Amy (Cartney) Ross ‘93

and Elise Mudd ‘03

George “Pat” Patterson,

Father of Jeannie (Patterson) Carr ’79 and

Betty (Patterson) Hoza ’69; Father-in-law

to Kim (Blake) Patterson ‘85

John O’Neill,

Father of Cathy O’Neill ‘91

Brian Robertson,

Husband of Eileen McGuire Robertson ’88

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. 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.


Elizabeth Seton High School

5715 Emerson Street

Bladensburg, MD 20710





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