“Love Is Creative Unto Infinity”

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“Love Is Creative Unto Infinity”

“Love Is

Creative Unto

Infinity”

– St. Vincent de Paul

E l i z a b e t h S e t o n H i g h S c h o o l 2 0 0 9 - 2 0 1 0 A n n u a l R e p o r t


T A B L E o f C O N T E N T S

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P R E S I D E N T ’ S

M E S S A G E

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P R I N C I P A L L Y

S P E A K I N G

M i s s i o n

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.

V i s i o n

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.

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A P P R E C I A T I O N O F

D O N O R S

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B O O S T E R S

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F I E L D O F D R E A M

F U N D

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I n t h e f o o t s t e p s

o f S i s t e r

J a c q u e l i n e K i l a r

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E l i z a b e t h S e t o n

H i g h S c h o o l

F a c u l t y a n d S t a f f

C o n t r i b u t i o n S

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O N E W O M A N ’ S

L E G A C Y

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F I S C A L R E P O R T

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P R E S I D E N T ’ S

M E S S A G E

Dear Seton Supporters:

The title of our annual report, “Love

is Creative Unto Infinity”, captures

the essence of everything that you

will read in these pages:

– The love of our parents, who are

paying for tuition during difficult

economic times, that creates a

Field of Dreams for us as well as

supports a prize worthy music

program and victorious athletic

teams.

– The love of our faculty and staff

that creates an excellent academic

program, a deeply spiritual

environment, and a host of

co-curricular activities.

– The love of our donors and

our alumnae that creates

numerous new scholarships for

students, extensive financial aid,

renovations to our buildings, and

a magnificent 50th anniversary

Gala that included our

talented students.

This year we did not quite reach

infinity, but we did reach our 50th

year milestone as the only school

for young women in Prince George’s

County with a strong enrollment,

stable finances, and a supportive

community. This leads me to

believe that infinity, the place where

love and creativity meet and last

forever, is within our reach because

it is indeed the spirit of Elizabeth

Seton High School.

May God continue to give us

“the light to know how to be

creative and the grace to love in all

our deeds”.

With tremendous gratitude for your

love and creativity,

Sister Ellen Marie ‘74

President

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Elizabeth Seton High School confident

to provide an excellent Catholic edu

“Light to k


ly and completely faces the challenge of continuing

cation in the 21st Century, guided by our motto:

now and grace to do.”

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P R I N C I P A L L Y

S P E A K I N G

The 2009-2010 school year was

one of the most memorable in

the history of Elizabeth Seton

High School. The premier event,

of course, was the year-long

celebration of the 50th Anniversary

of the school. We were able to mark

this milestone in a variety of ways

that provided the opportunity to

reflect on the accomplishments

of our many students, teachers,

and staff who participated in the

school’s history and contributed

to building Seton into one of the

finest learning institutions in the

Washington Metropolitan Area.

In addition to our anniversary, a

number of other notable events

have taken place over the past

year. For one, we have a change

of leadership in the President’s

office. Sister Virginia Ann Brooks,

under whose direction the Brooks

Center for Athletics and Fine

Arts was built, has gone to a new

assignment in Jacksonville, FL. Her

replacement, Sister Ellen Marie, is

a 1974 graduate of Seton. She has

made it her first order of business

to reach out to and invite back

our many alumnae, who have so

much experience and so many

accomplishments to share with

today’s Seton community.

Our enrollment remains strong, at a

time when financial pressures make

the option for a private school a

difficult one. The major reason for

this is Seton’s ongoing reputation for

academic excellence. Beyond that,

however, we are always mindful

of our mission to serve others,

honoring the legacy of St. Elizabeth

Ann Seton and the Daughters of

Charity. We have a model service

learning program, wherein our

students contribute their time

and effort to the local community,

especially to the disadvantaged.

Our retreat program has expanded

to include three-day Encounter

Retreats offered to juniors and

seniors. We also have a waiting

list for our weekend Urban Plunge

retreats, where students and faculty

prepare and serve meals at several

shelters during the day and return

to school in the evening for prayer

and reflection.

A few years ago, the Washington

Post designated Seton as one of

the thirty great schools in the

Washington area, and we continue

to work hard to live up to that

honor. Our curriculum remains as

challenging as ever and ensures that

our students are well-equipped to

meet the most rigorous of collegiate

standards. This year our graduating

seniors have earned over $8 million

in college scholarship offers and

have been accepted into such

prestigious schools as Harvard,

Brown, Swarthmore, M.I.T.,

Amherst, and Stanford. Much

of this excellent achievement is

attributable to our outstanding and

dedicated faculty and staff.

Our athletic program, under the

direction of Candy Cage, a 1981

Seton graduate, is thriving. This year,

the Roadrunners have won both the

WCAC basketball championship

and the City Title Game. The track

team has won its fourth consecutive

WCAC title and remains one of the

premier scholastic track teams in

the country.

Seton’s music program is one of the

finest in the area and is regarded as

one of the best “all women” programs

in the country. At an adjudication

in Atlanta this year, the number of

trophies and plaques received for

outstanding performances in both

the choral and instrumental groups

challenged the capacity of the bus

to hold them all on the return trip.

If history is any indicator, and Seton

now has a long enough historical

perspective to call upon, neither

the students nor the faculty will rest

on their laurels. I am confident that

in this coming year we can look

forward to accomplishments that

will equal, and hopefully exceed,

those of the past year.

Sharon Pasterick

Principal

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Infinite Appreciation to the Benefactors

of Elizabeth Seton High School

Seton pays special tribute to our

friends who have joined us in our

commitment to educate young

women and give them the infinite

wisdom to achieve and excel.

$10,000 AND ABOVE

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy O’ Leary

Mr. Jerry Nielsen, Nielsen Law Firm LLC

$5,000 TO $9,999

Mr. and Mrs. Terence Golden

Mrs. Mary Douglas Mahler

$4,999 to $2,500

Ms. Peggy Bates

Ms. Agnes Brown

Miss Karel Petraitis

$2,499 to $1,000

Sister Mary Bader

Mr. Robert Fitzgerald

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Forster

Mr. James Fox

Miss Frances Glavan

Mrs. Nancy Green

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Groves

Ms. Andrea Haslinger

Miss Mary Henry

Mrs. Lynne Horning

Ms. Kelli Horton

Sister Carol Keehan

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Kelly

Mr. John Lonergan

Ms. Joanne McDonald

Mrs. Angela Meerman

Ms. Maria Montanez

Mr. Chris Nassetta and Hilton

Worldwide

Those who gave $100 or more are

listed below. While space does not

allow us to recognize our many

other generous donors, please

know that we are grateful for all

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Neely

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Orzechowski

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Pasterick

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pitt

Mrs. Gail Ricker

Mr. and Mrs. James Riley

Mr. Sam Rose

Ms. Mary Beth Shaw

Mrs. Leanne Ugarte

Ms. Mary Karen Wills

Dr. Dale Woodburn

$999 to $500

Mrs. Kim Aluisi

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Barnett

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bodmer

Ms. Kim Brown

Drs. Palumbo and Calvert

Ms. Mary Cannon

Mr. Patrick Delaney

Mrs. Ruth Doherty

Mr. Lynn Dudinsky and Dr. Linda Gast

Mrs. Mary Lou Fahey

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hedian

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Herwig

Ms. Mary Kay Kerr

Mrs. Susan Kilby

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Laubach

Mr. and Mrs. William Longbrake

Ms. Kathleen Milnes

Mrs. Margaret Moseley

Miss Bernadette Murphy

Miss Olalani Oyegbola

Ms. Anita Pearson

gifts, large and small, as they help

us to continue the mission of our

school.

Mr. and Mrs. John Schmidt

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Schnell

Mrs. Luanne Smith

Ms. Margaret Southerland

Ms. Valarie Stello

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Weatherly

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Wynn

Mrs. Ella Young

$499 to $100

Mr. and Mrs. John Alter

Mr. and Mrs. Jose Alvarez

Mr. and Mrs. John Andres

Mrs. Kathleen Angell

Mr. Theodore Atcherson

Mr. Phillip Ates

Mrs. Marlene Atkinson

Miss Abisola Ayodeji

Ms. Diana Baker

Ms. Jean Baker

Ms. Caroline Ball

Miss Marie Ballerino

Ms. Marla Banks

Mrs. Mary Barnes

Ms. Elizabeth Barron

Mrs. Barbara Barry

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bauer

Ms. Phyllis Berg

Ms. Rose Bistany

Mrs. Therese Blake

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bloomfield

Mrs. Jean Blorstad

Mrs. Catherine Bogus

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Mr. John Boldt

Sister Rita Bozel

Miss Elizabeth Brennan

Miss Lisa Brininstool

Ms. Margaret Brophy

Ms. Nancy Brosnihan

Mrs. Kathryn Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brown

Mrs. Susan Burgoyne

Mrs. Leeanna Burke

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Burns

Mr. and Mrs. William Burrell

Mr. and Mrs. James Bury

Mrs. Maria Bury

Mr. and Mrs. John Busch

Mrs. Lynne Campbell

Ms. Maria Candamil

Ms. Holly Cannon

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Carl

Mrs. Marian Cascio

Mr. and Mrs. Hank Casey

Mrs. Sophia Castro

Mrs. Minnie Chapman

Mrs. Jennifer Cherer

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cheung

Mrs. Ana Isabel Chiat

Mr. and Mrs. Ronney Choong

Ms. Charline Cipriano

Mrs. Eleanor Clark

Mrs. Stacey Cleveland

Mr. and Mrs. Juan Constanza

Mr. and Mrs. Derwin Conwell

Ms. Vanessa Cooke

Mrs. Colleen Costa

Mrs. Mary Cotter

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cotton

Ms. Lisa Creamer

Mr. Arthur Cresce

Mrs. Dawn Crist

Mr. and Mrs. William Cross

Mrs. Elizabeth Curran

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Daly

Miss Melissa Davey

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dawkins

Mr. and Mrs. William DeFeo

Mrs. Margaret DiPaula

Ms. Angela Dorsey

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dougherty

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dougherty

Ms. Mary Draugelis

Mr. and Mrs. David Driver

Mrs. Mary Dubik

Mrs. Kathleen Elkins

Mrs. Lynne Engledow

Mr. and Mrs. Jean Esteve

Mrs. Kathleen Evans

Ms. Kate Fincham

Mrs. Florencia Flanigan

Ms. Vicki Fleming

Mrs. Teresa Flick

Mr. and Mrs. John Foley

Mr. Gerald Forlenza

Mrs. Barbara Fowler

Mrs. Patricia Fox

Miss MaryBrigid Frye

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Galiano

Mrs. Rosemarie Gallant

Mr. and Mrs. James Geiser

Mrs. Nancy Gesswein

Ms. Sandra Gettings

Mrs. Leslie Gincley

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Givs

Ms. Mariluz Gonzalez

Mrs. Karen Gott

Mrs. Marie Grace

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gramlich

Senator and Mrs. Leo Green

Miss Cecilia Grillo

Mr. John Gutendorf

Ms. Elizabeth Hadley

Mr. and Mrs. Denis Hamel

Ms. Joy Harmon

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Hatef

Mrs. Paula Hathaway

Mrs. Therese Hayden

Ms. JaDonna Hayes

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Healy

Ms. Catherine Heckel

Mr. Scott Henderson

Mrs. Nancy Hernick

Mrs. Catherine Hogenson

Ms. Debora Hood

Ms. Rita Horning

Miss Teresa Howard

Miss Debra Hughes

Mrs. Karen Irby

Miss Jasmine Jackson

Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Jackson

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Jacobs

Mrs. Lisa Jamshidi

Mrs. Barbara Jarman

Mrs. Elizabeth Jochum

Mrs. Mary Jones

Ms. Courtney Jordan

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kalinofsky

Mr. Sean Keehn

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Keleti

Rev. Michael King

Mrs. Nancy Korenkiewicz

Mrs. Diane Lynn Krause

Mr. and Mrs. A. Kulemeka

Ms. Peggy LaFleur

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lamar

Miss Amanda Lawhorne

Mr. and Mrs. Daryle Lee

Mr. Joseph Leffson

Mr. Charles Levine

Mrs. Ethel Levock

Mrs. Stephanie Long

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Lozupone

Mrs. Mary Lucian

Mrs. Joan Mahoney

Ms. Colleen Markey-McGuinn

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Mrs. Karen Martin

Miss Magdalena Matthes

Mrs. Sandra Mattingly-Paulen

Mrs. Maureen McCart

Mr. Malcolm McCluskey

Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCray

Ms. Mary McGillicuddy

Mrs. Virginia McGowan

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew McGowan

Mrs. Carol McKee

Mrs. Rose McLeod

Mrs. Erin McMichael

Mr. and Mrs. Herman McNeil

Mr. and Mrs. John McNicholas

Mrs. Patricia Mercer

Mrs. Denise Merkel

Mrs. Monica Metheny

Miss Mary Milewski

Mrs. Terrie Moon

Mrs. Beverly Moore

Mrs. Carol Myles

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Narcavage

Mrs. Kathryn Nash

Mrs. Valerie Neatrour

Mrs. Cheryl Neidig

Mrs. Katherine Nieman

Mrs. Lisa Noorani

Ms. Mary Jo Novotney

Mrs. Susan O’Brien

Mr. and Mrs. William O’Hare

Mr. and Mrs. Terry O’Meara

Mr. and Mrs.Otte-Thompson

Mr. and Mrs. Tunide Oyalowo

Mrs. Karen Pasciuto

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Paul

Mrs. Emily Pedrozo

Mr. and Mrs. Javier Perez

Mrs. Jackeline Pfister

Mr. and Mrs. Leland Phillips

Mr. Ryan Pineda

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Pooley

Ms. Jeanmarie Puglisi

Ms. Diane Quinn

Mrs. Kathleen Rahn

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Raiford

Ms. Valerie Rankin

Mrs. Kathy Repage

Ms. Bridget Rice

Miss Darlene Richards

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Richards

Mrs. Marjorie Richardson

Mr. and Mrs. William Richardson

Mrs. Mary Ricucci

Mrs. Sonja Rodriguez

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Rogers

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Rohner

Ms. Jennifer Rothgeb

Mrs. Lois Roux

Mrs. Elizabeth Ruddell

Mrs. Giovanna Russo

Mrs. Anna Sanders

Mr. and Mrs. Lino Santi

Mr. Terrence Scanlon

Mr. Ronald Schmidt

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Scibek

Miss Polly Sebastian

Mrs. Carol Shaughnessy

Mr. and Mrs. A. Kevin Shea

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Sinclair

Mrs. Roberta Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Smith

Ms. Rebecca Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Smith

Ms. Mary Snow

Mrs. Marianne Sokol

Ms. Rachel St. Louis

Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Stack

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Stewart

Mrs. Danielle Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. James Thompson

Mrs. Janet Thornton

Mrs. Shirley Thurneysen

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Toyer

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Tremble

Mrs. Elizabeth Trotter

Mrs. Karen Tuel

Mr. and Mrs. John Utermohle

Mr. Michael Vaughan

Mr. and Dr. Keith Walcott

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walls

Ms. Amy Watkins

Mrs. Antoinette Webb

Mr. and Mrs. R. Scott Webster

Mrs. Pamela Werle

Mr. and Mrs. John Whelan

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas White

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wiehagen

Ms. Bernadette Williams

Mrs. Sharon Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Austin Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wilson

Mrs. Laurie Woltman

Mr. and Mrs. James Woodard

Ms. Gwendolyn Worrell

Mrs. Chris Wynn

Miss Roberta Zalewski

Foundations &

Scholarships

Page Family Foundation

$100,000

Capital Partners for Education

$96,500

Clark-Winchcole Foundation

$25,000

Shepherd Foundation

$21,000

Theresa Gemmell Trust

$8,000

The Mary O’Meara Fund

$4,000

Kimberly Neeley Tuition Scholarship

$1,000

We apologize to supporters

we may have inadvertently

omitted or listed incorrectly.

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A T H L E T I C

B O O S T E R S

Mary Lee Walls, the mother of Caitlin

‘09 and Alli ‘10, and the 2009-2010

president of Seton Athletic Boosters

credited a successful year of fundraising

for the Seton athletic teams due to the

collective efforts of the parents and

the student athletes. With the help

of Sue Sheehan, the mother of Kelsey

Sheehan-Wright ‘07 and Erin Sheehan-

Wright ’08, Mary combined her love

for Seton and her creativity to design

ways to raise money for the athletic

department without continuing to

reach into the pockets of the parents.

Her ideas, such as raffles and restaurant

nights, where a percentage of the

proceeds went toward Seton, inspired

the parents to put forward a major effort

to build a progressive athletic program

that nurtures the infinite talents of over

250 Seton athletes and prepares them

to move on to college with confidence

and successful skills.

Seton’s Athletic Booster organization is

important because it provides financial

support for all of the athletic programs.

Their fundraising efforts have improved

the appearance, the performance, and

the morale of the student athletes

by providing better uniforms and

equipment for games and practices as

well as rewarding and honoring each

athlete for their talents and success at

the end of the season. The boosters

have increased and encouraged team

camaraderie and parent involvement,

but most importantly, they have helped

to keep athletic fees affordable.

This year, the Athletic Booster’s passion

and enthusiasm to see Seton Athletics

reclaim its champion status in the

world of high school sports paid off.

Through their teamwork and ambition,

they raised over $18,000 which helped

to march Seton’s athletic teams toward

victory. With these funds, the athletic

department was able to achieve many

of its goals such as:

• trophies and banquets to honor each

of the athletes for a successful season

• travel funds for teams to victoriously

participate in elite meets,

competitions, and tournaments.

• refurbishment and re-lining of the

auditorium floor

With a triumphant year already under

their belt, the Athletic Boosters have

started to work on next year’s goal of

repairing the pipes and the drainage in

the athletic field so that they can add

long jump pits.

Thanks to their love and their creative

vision for expanding the program,

the Athletic Boosters have given

Seton’s athletic department infinite

opportunities for a brighter future

and endless encouragement as Seton

imparts to its students, skills and values

that will last a lifetime.

M U S I C

B O O S T E R S

The creative talents of the music

department’s students and teachers

produce beautiful music as Seton’s

Music Boosters dreams up imaginative

ways to raise money in order to support

the music program. Thanks to the

leadership of Janice Partenheimer

and Gina Barley, the Music Boosters,

which is a collaboration of parents of

music students, celebrates a stellar year

of fundraising that has brought in more

than $132,000. This money has helped

to underwrite the cost of entry fees for

adjudications, awards, private lessons,

staging equipment, lights, sound, and

the purchase of music and musical

instruments. The Boosters has also

helped to cover a portion of the music

department’s trip to Atlanta, where the

students brought home an abundance

of awards and accolades.

Although the Dance Marathon is their

most successful fundraising event,

as it has raised enough money to

cover the department’s music trips,

other fundraisers such as selling

Christmas wreaths and jewelry have

proven to be profitable and fun! The

Music Boosters has also funded Seton

music scholarships. Based on a set

criteria and the student’s progress, the

Music Boosters can sponsor a student

scholarship up to $1,000.

The Music Boosters program has had

quite a bit of success with supporting

the music department. Truly, they have

demonstrated the love and creativity

necessary for seeing the music

department soar to infinite heights.

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C R E W

B O O S T E R S

Deirdre Bonuccelli is the vice

president of the Crew Boosters. She

has been involved with crew ever

since her daughter, Christa, was a

freshman. Since then, Deirdre has

continued to build a foundation for

the crew program that assures the

team a successful future. Over the

years, she has assessed the needs of the

team and has pulled together a group

of parents that give guidance and

support, so that the young Seton crew

members can achieve their season’s

goals. Her purpose is to alleviate the

logistics of running the team from the

coach and crew members in order to

allow them to focus on training and

regatta victories.

Crew Boosters have designated a

board of members who are crew

parents, and they lead the program in

fundraising projects and in focusing

on the necessities of making the team

successful. Each parent receives a

copy of a crew handbook, complete

with terminology, rules, and financials

for the year. They are also given the

opportunity to sign up as volunteers

for different team projects and as

parent chaperones. Operating the

concession stands during University

of Maryland games is the biggest

fundraiser for the crew boosters.

Crew Boosters have achieved their

goals for this year: one of which

was to purchase a trailer to haul the

boats to the dock for practice and

competitions. They have also helped

pay for boat storage, team uniforms,

and regatta entry fees. Their goal

for fundraising next year includes

acquiring corporate sponsorships and

focusing their energy toward other

creative methods for raising funds,

as they are in need of a new shell, a

four boat, and other pieces of new

equipment.

The Crew Boosters have seen the

fruits of their goal of allowing the crew

members and coaches to focus on

training for victories. The team was

triumphant at State Championships

and participated in the elite Stotesbury

Cup, which is the national and largest

high school rowing competition. They

ranked 11th in the time trials and

4th in the semifinals. Next year, the

team will return to the tournament as

stronger competition. With the Crew

Boosters keeping the team’s spirit high,

increasing the fundraising, and the

focusing on winning, the next season

promises to be another winner for our

crew team.

Before

After

Seton’s Field of Dreams Fund was

initiated to restore our athletic field,

re-surface our track, and equip the area

with new bleachers and proper safety

lighting. The project started with the

support of Seton’s friends, Senator Doug

C r e a t i v I T Y F U L F I L L S

A F I E L D O F D R E A M S

Peters and Senator David Harrington,

who helped secure a $50,000 matching

grant from the State of Maryland. The

generosity of our faculty and staff,

parents, and alumnae gifted us with the

required $25,000 for the match.

The funding was capped with a major

gift of $15,000 from Jerry Nielsen, a

close friend of Sharon and Ed Pasterick,

who brought the project to completion.

Our thanks to everyone who made this

dream a reality.

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C r e a t i v e U n t o I n f i n i t y

I n t h e F o o t s t e p s o f S i s t e r J a c q u e l i n e K i l a r

Stephanie Martinez, Tyler

Williams, Maria Meli, and Sara

Hammett went as pilgrims,

not as tourists, with Sister Ellen

Marie to St. Joseph Provincial House

to answer one question: who was

Sister Jacqueline Kilar. Upon setting

out, they had only a small bit of

information. Sister Jacqueline was

a Daughter of Charity who taught

French at both Elizabeth Seton High

School and Immaculate Conception

Academy, and was revered enough

for at least one of her students

to create a Foreign Language

Scholarship in her honor. The four

Seton students, who were recipients

of the scholarship, wanted to know

more: who was the Sister who

had suddenly blessed them, their

education and their families.

Stopping off at her graveside, the

girls noticed nothing very different

from the many other sisters who were

buried alongside of Sister Jacqueline.

They were indeed descendants of

their foundress, Elizabeth Seton,

and like her, called to a life of service

for others. Yet pausing to pray at

her tombstone was indeed a pivotal

point of this pilgrimage. In the still

silence of a very warm day, there was

a sense of sacredness and perhaps

even suffering.

The students continued their search

among the living as they visited

several sisters and asked, “What

do you remember about Sister

Jacqueline?” Slowly the pieces fit

together like a puzzle. As a teacher,

she was devoted to her students.

She was strict, but sensitive to them

as individuals. All of her students

knew of her devotion to The Little

Prince, reflecting both her childlike

humor and her profound spiritual

insight. She spent many individual

hours with each student conducting

oral drills so that they could master

the most difficult aspect of learning

a language: speaking fluently. She

also wanted to know each student

personally. Like the author of The

Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-

Exupéry, she believed that “It is the

time you have spent with your rose

that makes your rose so important.”

Sister Jacqueline was able to master

the French language to such an

extent that she became a renowned

translator for her community: giving

her sisters the gift of their founders’

writings translated from French to

English. When cancer struck her at

a young age, she was a fighter. One

sister remembered her praying in the

chapel even when she was so very

sick. Another sister remembered

her trying to beat the cancer with

special diets and her very positive

attitude. Finally, shortly before she

died, she asked to speak with each

sister with whom she lived. What

personal messages she gave each one

were theirs alone, but the girls could

be sure that it was a call to holiness

as a way to happiness.

As the girls continued their

pilgrimage, visiting the Basilica and

shrines of Elizabeth Seton, it was

easy to imagine Elizabeth Seton

giving that same message to her

sisters at her bedside when she lay

ill. It was important for the students

to sense the similarity between

Sister Jacqueline and St. Elizabeth

Ann Seton as their scholarship

depends on their ability not only

to demonstrate academic strength

in language and linguistics, but

to participate in extracurricular

activities that reflect positively on

the life and work of Elizabeth Seton.

Their pilgrimage ended with prayer

not only for the anonymous donor

who has given this scholarship

for one year, but also for Sister

Jacqueline’s sister, Joanne Watts,

who has added to this scholarship

with her personal gift.

Other donors and former students

of Sister Jacqueline who may want

to give to this new scholarship

fund are invited to contact

Sister Ellen Marie Hagar

at ehagar@setonhs.org or

301-864-4532 ex. 7108.

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Elizabeth Seton High School Faculty

& S TA F F C o n t r i b u t i o n S 2 0 0 9 - 2 0 1 0

The most valuable asset of Elizabeth Seton High School is the dedicated faculty and staff who serves our students

and are paid according to a salary scale that is considerably lower than their colleagues in Prince George’s

County Public Schools. The collective contribution of our faculty for this school year exceeds $750,000.00

T h a n k y o u , E l i z a b e t h S e t o n H i g h S c h o o l F a c u l t y !

This year, we especially recognize the aggregate contributions of those faculty members who are completing

their service to Elizabeth Seton High School

Deborah

Dryer

AP English Teacher

who has more than

raised the rigor

of our English

Department as well

as advanced the

vigor of our Varsity

Crew Team.

Teresa

Jackson

Campus Minister

and Retreat

Coordinator who

has distinguished

our spiritual

mission by

developing

Encounter Retreats

and Urban Plunge,

while also serving

as a teacher and

as the moderator

of the school

newspaper.

Barbara

Johnson

Art Teacher who

has promoted the

painting, drawing

and ceramic skills

of today’s students

with personal

attention and

animation.

Charlotte

Lee

Technology

Assistant who

has forged Seton

into the future

by integrating

technology

into our

curriculum, our

administration,

and our

communication.

Malcolm

McCluskey

Eleven year

veteran religion

teacher who

has infused the

entire Seton

Community with

the values of social

justice, while also

serving as swim

team coach and

as the faculty

representative for

strategic planning.

Ryan

Pineda

Math teacher

whose profound

faith has led him to

enter the Seminary

as a candidate for

the priesthood for

the Archdiocese of

Washington.

Dawn

Schiavone

Director of

Admissions who

has maintained

the viability of

Seton with a

strong enrollment:

welcoming over

500 new students

and their families

to Seton.

Deborah

Simpkins

Administrative

Assistant in

the Guidance

Office who has

contributed to the

formation of every

student as they

prepare for college

acceptance.

Rebecca

Smith

Religion Teacher

who has fostered

the moral

development of

our young women

and heightened

the academic

excellence of

our students as

moderator of the

National Honor

Society.

The collective service of these faculty members

during their time at Seton exceeds $600,000.00

T h a n k y o u a n d o u r p r a y e r s a r e w i t h e a c h o n e o f y o u !

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L o v e U n t o I n f i n i t y

O n e w o m a n ’ s l e g a c y

Tish Ates had a strong devotion

to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

She believed in her values,

especially her dedication to serving

others. She also believed in the

strong Catholic and academic

values taught at Elizabeth Seton

High School where she sent her

three daughters: Robin Ates Kirkley

‘81, Dana Ates McAnney ‘84, and

Laura Ates Pautler ‘00. Following

in the footsteps of St. Elizabeth Ann

Seton, Tish contributed much of

her time to volunteering at Seton,

and she put her heart and soul into

continuing the school’s legacy. She

served as president of the Seton

Parents’ Club for many years. Under

her leadership, the Parents’ Club

raised money for new curtains in

the Seton library. She supported

other fundraisers such as the Phonea-thon,

the Field of Dreams, the

construction of the Brooks Center,

and the auction. Tish also worked

behind the scenes decorating for pep

rallies, homecomings, and galas. She

took pride in Seton’s presentation

and enjoyed turning the auditorium

into an elegant banquet hall, or doing

last minute costume alterations for

the students. Her love for Seton

Athletics prompted her to donate a

new roadrunner costume. Even after

her daughters graduated, Tish was

well known for her commitment and

service to Seton. Her involvement

in activities, down to the last detail,

exhibited her genuine love for the

Seton community and her belief

that the school truly provides the

world with the light to know and the

grace to do. She touched everyone

with her kindness, compassion,

and charm, making Seton a better

place for the students, teachers,

staff, alumnae and friends. She was

indeed Seton’s biggest fan!

On April 13, 2010, Tish was

called home to the Lord; however,

her spirit of love, commitment,

and grace continues to bless our

hallways. Tish will always be

remembered as a loving wife and

mother and a dedicated member

of the Seton Community. We

thank God every day for her loving

touch, exemplary dedication, and

vibrant passion.

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FISCAL REPORT

Our commitment to educating

young women in the Spirit of St.

Elizabeth Ann Seton and servicing

those in need; makes it imperative

for us to use justly the goods

and resources at our disposal.

The following is an account of

our stewardship, including all of

our sources of income and our

expenditures over the last fiscal

year, July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010.

Your generous donations, for which

we are extremely grateful, are

included as part of our resources.

89%

1.9%

1.1%

Income

Tuition & Fees....................6,775,190

Instructional Fees.................147,575

Interest & Investment ...........83,019

Other Income......................265,883

Advancement.....................341,505

Total Income.....................7,613,171

4.5%

3.5%

7.5%

1.4%

28.1%

67.7%

ADVANCEMENT Income

Unrestricted Contributions....95,924

Restricted Contributions.......60,803

InKind Contributions..............62,669

Scholarship Fund...................30,963

Special Events........................60,771

Grants.....................................25,750

Alumnae Income....................4,625

Total Advancement Income....341,505

6.6%

3.9%

4.4%

17.8%

9.1%

18.4%

12.4%

1.9%

1.0%

2.1%

17.8%

EXPENSES

Salaries & Benefits............4,693,464

Tuition Assistance.................455,312

Academic & Student Expenses.. 272,874

General & Administrative...305,028

Building Expenses................858,404

Athletics...............................132,228

Advancement.......................70,112

Other....................................144,266

Total Expenses...................6,931,688

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