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S C R A P B O O K

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A c a d e m i c S

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A t h l e t i c s

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M a r k e t i n g

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A D V A N C E M E N T

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A l u m n a e

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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P R E S I D E N T ’ S

M E S S A G E

May 23, 2010

Dear Friends,

Today is the Feast of Pentecost, a time

in which the church celebrates the

bursting forth of the Spirit that led

ordinary men and women to be on

fire with Christ’s message. The Feast of

Pentecost challenges all of us to unlock

the doors of our hearts, to unleash the

gifts we have been given, and to unearth

our everyday actions with energy and

excitement.

It is my hope that our 50th Anniversary

Year may have been a bit of a Pentecost

experience for Seton: our celebrations

bringing forth a new sense of

connectedness that ignites all of us to

advance the mission of a school gifted

with a tremendous spirit.

This first edition of S Magazine has

been crafted to express the new energy

and excitement of the Office of Seton

Advancement. In the business world, I

would say that our former Development

Office has been re-structured, but I

prefer to think of it as a spiritual rebirth.

Our staff now includes Kelli

Horton, Executive Director; Maureen

McCart, Executive Manger; and Erica

Corbin (’00), Associate Director. I am

personally energized by this renewal as I

believe it will enable Seton to open new

doors for a vibrant future. However, for

me to be on fire with this change, I have

to see that it is connected to the heart of

Seton: the students.

And it was yesterday that I made

this connection. I was reading recent

surveys from all our stakeholders

about the mission and vision of Seton.

One question on the survey asked,

“Should any concept be added to Seton’s

mission?” A student answered as follows:

“Yes, the bonds that we form that

take us well beyond graduation: our

sisterhood.” Her words stayed with me

as I gathered, later, with my sister and

her Seton friends for the evening.

Yes, anonymous student, you are

right! Any re-birth must be about our

sisterhood: strengthening the ties that

connect us to one another and to those

who come after us and in particular,

those who need our financial assistance.

I can’t even imagine turning my back on

one of my sisters (Maureen, Margaret, or

Susan) when they need me. No matter

how busy we get, or how different we

are, they are my sisters. Likewise, it

has to be the same with my sisters at

Seton! We give one another our gifts to

support one another, to strengthen one

another, and to shoulder one another’s

burdens. This was brought home to me

this month when a member of my class

lost her 21 year old son. Time stood still;

nothing mattered to me except getting

to her, being with her and praying for

her.

What greater gift; what more compelling

call; what more flaming fire could call us

to the renewal of Seton Advancement!

May this Spirit of Seton inflame all of

us, donors, friends, and alumnae to

advance the mission of Seton, and may

this same Spirit continue to give us the

light to know and the grace to do!

Warmly,

Sister Ellen Marie

President

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.

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C O N G R A T S

G R A D U A T E

Elise O’Meara gives thumbs up for class of 2010!


S

A W A R D S & R E C O G N I T I O N

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

PROGRAM

COMMENDED STUDENTS

Emily Sahadeo

Olivia Smarr

NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT

PROGRAM

COMMENDED STUDENTS

Kayla Hyatt

Moyenda Kulemeka

Kaitlyn Richards

Miya Sharpe

Jessica Taylor

NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

FINALIST

Olivia Smarr

NATIONAL HISPANIC

RECOGNITION PROGRAM

Cynthia Whoolery

MARYLAND DISTINGUISHED

SCHOLARS PROGRAM

HONORABLE MENTION,

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Diana Acosta

Monica Adams

Annette Englehart

Shannon James

Rachael Rogers

Emily Sahadeo

Rachel Whiteley

Cynthia Whoolery

MARYLAND DISTINGUISHED

SCHOLARS PROGRAM

FINALIST, ACADEMIC

ACHIEVEMENT

Olivia Smarr

MARYLAND DISTINGUISHED

SCHOLARS PROGRAM

HONORABLE MENTION, TALENT

AND ARTS

Kathryn Jamolin

Visual Arts

Moyenda Kulemeka

Vocal Music

Jessica Taylor

Instrumental Music

MARYLAND DISTINGUISHED

SCHOLARS PROGRAM

FINALIST, TALENT AND ARTS

Gabriela Sotomayor

Vocal Music:

ROBERT C. BYRD HONORS

SCHOLARSHIP, MARYLAND

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Rachael Rogers

STATE OF MARYLAND MERIT

SCHOLASTIC AWARD

Diana Acosta

Monica Adams

Annette Englehart

Rachael Rogers

Emily Sahadeo

Olivia Smarr

Rachel Whiteley

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

Diana Acosta

Rachael Rogers

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

MEMBERS

Diana Acosta

Monica Adams

Meaza Belachew

Nicolasa Chavez

Melissa DeSoto

Annette Englehart

Gayla Freeman

Dionna Gamble

Shannon James

Emma Klotz

Moyenda Kulemeka

Taylor LaChance

Mary Leahy

Chloe McKenzie

Sarah Nash

Oluwaremilekun Ojurongbe

Nneka Oputa

Liliana Orellana

Olusade Oyalowo

Kaitlyn Richards

Alaina Robey

Rachael Rogers

Emily Sahadeo

Mary Salers

Olivia Smarr

Gabriela Sotomayor

Allison Walls

Julia Weatherly

Rachel Whiteley

LUCILLE WOODBURN MEMORIAL

AWARD

Kerri Moore

ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON

SCHOLARSHIP FOR SERVICE

Taylor LaChance

Megan Rozanski

COLLEGE PARK LIONS CLUB

Kayla Hyatt

Cynthia Whoolery

SENATOR DOUGLAS J.J. PETERS

SENATORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Nia Duke

Departmental Awards

ENGLISH

Rachael Rogers

MATHEMATICS

Rachel Whiteley

SCIENCE

Olivia Smarr

SOCIAL STUDIES

Diana Acosta

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

French: Rachael Rogers

Spanish: Chloe McKenzie

MUSIC

Instrumental: Taylor LaChance

Choral: Moyenda Kulemeka

ART

Cynthia Hernandez

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Courtney Ball

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S A L U TAT O R I A N

RACHEL WHITELEY

Throughout her four years at Seton, Rachel

was a Scholar, soccer player, and a Girl

Scout. She was a member of the Seton JV

soccer team for three years and a captain in

her junior year. She played Varsity soccer in

her senior year. In addition to Seton soccer,

she played for the BSU “Storm” club soccer

team all throughout high school and was a

captain of her club team in her junior and

senior years. In her Girl Scout troop, she held

the office of treasurer in her freshman year.

During her last three years at Seton, she has

been a Seton Ambassador and a member of

the National Honor Society, serving as NHS

Treasurer in her senior year. At the end of

her junior year, she was the recipient of the

George Washington University Engineering

Medal for Excellence in Math and Science.

In the fall, Rachel will be attending

the University of Maryland, College

Park, in the honor College, majoring in

Kinesiological Science.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Cynthia Hernandez

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Annette Englehart

CHRISTIAN SERVICE AWARD

Nicolasa Chavez

Erica Goldring

Valerie Hall

FRED WARING DIRECTOR’S

AWARD

Chloe McKenzie

DIRECTOR’S AWARD FOR BAND

Erica Ellis

CARLOS ALEXANDER SPIRIT

AWARD

Adenike Pedro

MAUREEN LONERGAN AWARD

Chloe McKenzie

ROADRUNNER AWARD

Samantha Colein

Julia Weatherly

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

Nicolasa Chavez

The Kiwanis Club of Prince

George’s County Award

Emily Sahadeo

National Choral Award

Gabriela Sotomayor

John Philip Sousa Award

Elizabeth Partenheimer

National Orchestral Award

Jokotade Dosunmu

Scholar Athlete Award

Kaitlyn Richards

The Elizabeth Seton High

School Service Award

Meaza Belachew

Melissa DeSoto

Gabriela Sotomayor

Olivia Smarr

The Elizabeth Seton High

School President’s Award

Diana Acosta

CARDINAL AWARD

Chloe McKenzie

HONOR GRADUATES

Diana Acosta

Monica Adams

Meaza Belachew

Avielle Bender

Mikkea Carter

Nicolasa Chavez

Kellie Cooke

Melissa DeSoto

Nia Duke

Annette Englehart

Gayla Freeman

Dionna Gamble

Cynthia Hernandez

Kayla Hyatt

Ambrosia Iwugo

Shannon James

Kelly Jun

Emma Klotz

Moyenda Kulemeka

Taylor LaChance

Mary Leahy

Chloe McKenzie

Oluwaremilekun Ojurongbe

Victoria Oladipo

Nneka Oputa

Liliana Orellana

Olusade Oyalowo

Elizabeth Partenheimer

Sarah Nash

Juliette Rakotomalala

Kaitlyn Richards

Alaina Robey

Rachael Rogers

Emily Sahadeo

Mary Salers

Miya Sharpe

Olivia Smarr

Gabriela Sotomayor

Nora Stack

Courtney Swinson

Julia Weatherly

Rachel Whiteley

Cynthia Whoolery

PRINCIPAL’S LEADERSHIP AWARD

Annette Englehart

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C L A S S O F 2 0 1 0

Diana Acosta

Monica Adams

Dechia Adesegun

Bryna Ambrose

Angela Arnheim

Courtney Ball

Ashley Bamgbopa

Meaza Belachew

Avielle Bender

Jasmine Buford

Amanda Burian

Lauren Butler

Jasmine Carter

Mikkea Carter

Meredith Casey

Nicolasa Chavez

Natalie Clagett

Katie Clarke

Allison Colby

Samantha Colein

Kellie Cooke

Heather Curran

Erica Daniels

Haley Davis

Melissa DeSoto

Sophy Diaz

Jokotade Dosunmu

Nia Duke

Erica Ellis

Annette Englehart

Gayla Freeman

Dionna Gamble

Jacqueline Gardner

Alexis Gary

Luwam GebreMeskel

Erica Goldring

Summer Gray

Heather Grondalski

Valerie Hall

Alyse Hamilton

Cassidy Harry

Ashley Hawkins

August Hayes

Cynthia Hernandez

Lindsay Herring

Tyra Hinton

Tyler Holley

Chelsee Holloway

Adanma-Noni Huria

Shanaye Hurtt

Kayla Hyatt

Elizabeth Hynes

Ambrosia Iwugo

Crystal Jackson

Shannon James

Kathryn Jamolin

Joi Johnson

Keisha Jones

Taylor Jones

Shannon Jordan-Dawson

Allison Joyner

Jessica Julien

Kelly Jun

Patricia Kelshaw

Emma Klotz

Moyenda Kulemeka

Taylor LaChance

Mary Leahy

Colleen Libcke

Charnise Littles

Leah Loftin

Erica MacHare

Tyaunna Marshall

Alexis Martin

Kathleen Martin

Alison McClurg

Tiara McCray

Jasmine McGill

Chloe McKenzie

Sekayi McPherson

Myava Mitchell

Kerri Moore

Niana Moore

Janelle Murphy

Sarah Nash

Oluwaremilekun

Ojurongbe

Elizabeth O’Meara

Victoria Oladipo

Nneka Oputa

Liliana Orellana

Olusade Oyalowo

Nicole Parrotta

Elizabeth Partenheimer

Hailey Patrick

Kiersten Paul

Adenike Pedro

Bianca Pete

Maya Pitts

Melanie Pope

Megan Powers

Katrina Proctor

Mandy Pullen

Courtney Quarles

Michelle Quintanilla

Juliette Rakotomalala

Andrea Reyes

Kaitlyn Richards

Julia Roberts

Alaina Robey

Rachael Rogers

Asha Roper

Roshaunda Ross

Megan Rozanski

Emily Sahadeo

Emily Salers

Mary Salers

Regina Sealey

Devena Seecharran

Miya Sharpe

Gretchen Sims

Olivia Smarr

Jasmine Smith

Ria Smith

Caroline Soter

Gabriela Sotomayor

Nora Stack

Maya Swann

Courtney Swinson

Jessica Taylor

Meyana Thorne

Chelsea Tull

Symone’ Turner

Madeline Tutman

Alicia Walls

Allison Walls

Julia Weatherly

Rachel Whiteley

Cynthia Whoolery

Hillary Wright

VA L E D I C T O R I A N

R A C H A E L R O G E R S

Rachael was admitted into the Scholars program

as an incoming freshman. She served as the

Scholars Representative for three years. She

participated in both JV Volleyball and JV Lacrosse.

Sophomore year, Rachael was admitted into the

National Honor Society and the Ambassadors

club. She was the Art Club Publicity chair in

her sophomore year, and served as the President

for both her junior and senior years. She was

selected as a Washington, D.C. delegate to the

Anti-Defamation League Youth Leadership

Mission as a junior; there were 150 participants

nationwide. In her senior year she also served as

the NHS President while taking four AP courses:

AP Calculus BC, AP Government, AP Literature

and AP Psychology. Rachael took a total of five

AP courses during her four years at Seton (the

fifth is AP Biology taken during Junior year).

As a senior, she has completed four years of

French, and participated in different internships

during the summers. Her first internship was

at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The

summer after her junior year, she interned at

the National Institutes of Health (specifically

NIMH - National Institutes of Mental Health)

where she conducted scientific research on a

cellular and molecular level focusing primarily

on a Schizophrenic risk gene’s influence on cell

communication and development. This summer,

she will be interning with the Anti-Defamation

League in Washington, D.C. She is excited

to be attending Barnard College of Columbia

University in New York City in the fall.

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Seniors Tyuanna

Marshall, Miya

Sharpe and Roshaunda

Ross enjoy the sun

and a photo op

Dorothy Singletary ‘12,

Maggie O’Brien ‘12

Megan Mulhare ‘12;

Seton Sister Bond!

Felicia Taliafero ‘11,

Marissa Carrillo ‘11

and a classmate test

their hypotheses in

our newly renovated

chemistry lab

Jessica Seidleck,

Danielle Burns,

Kelly Sinclair;

look at those

BIG smiles!

Seton girls

cracking those

books for exams

in the library!

Freshman Devon

Denman enjoying

the day with her

guest shadow -

future roadrunner

Leah Hamel ‘14


Rose Commins,

Linda Pitts,

Natalie Peters,

Ann Marie Simon,

Elizabeth Berry

Seniors’

Last Day!

Sarah Nash ‘10;

taking a well

deserved break

from orchestra

to smile for

the camera

Crew team

stands

Strong!

Alex Hill ‘13; talk about

multi-tasking;

extra study time

and fresh air while

walking around

Lonergan Field Track

Setonites stand

as one! Amber Ray

Davidson,

Caitlin Werle &

Chanel Harley


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CADEMICS


S e t o n W o m e n a t a G l a n c e

Blink and it is over…before you know it,

May is here in all of its glory. After four

years of learning the ins and outs of

the Seton hallways, scrambling to beat

the bell for class, and finally cashing in

on the opportunity to enter the Senior

Lounge, The Class of 2010 has life all

figured out. Then, out of nowhere,

graduation day quietly shows up, and

it is time to bid Elizabeth Seton farewell.

All things the students know and

understand suddenly change and the

security and comfort in that notorious

bell for class is gone.

With every graduating class

comes a special uniqueness,

from their style of dress to the

tricks they play on the freshman.

The Class of 2010, however, stands out

as a creative class. Tradition says that

every year the Senior Class gives a gift

to Seton.

This year, the Class of 2010 decided

to take it a step further and give back

to the Seton Community by adopting

a student. Thanks to innovative

fundraising, and believing in the

inevitable, The 2010 Class surpassed

their class goals and accumulated

enough money to help a student pay

for books and other school necessities.

This ground-breaking and diverse group

of ladies will go down in Seton history!

Although each graduating class may

be different from the next, they all

share one common trait. Every girl who

enters through Seton’s doors leaves as

a woman with an elevated confidence

level, a sense of empowerment, and

a brand new outlook on the world.

Styles change from class to class;

personalities differ among classmates;

and the freshman gags continue to get

more creative with time, but Elizabeth

Seton High School’s promise to give

every one of her ladies the “Light to

Know and the Grace to Do” will never

change. Four very unique women

from the Class of 2010 are shining

examples of this promise. Each one

has a different dream after graduation;

yet all four of them carry in their hearts

the morals, knowledge, and words

of encouragement from their time at

Elizabeth Seton High School.

Chloe McKenzie exclaims, “I will

be a member of the United Nations one

day!” She is a graduating senior who

will be attending Amherst College on a

scholarship. She wants to double major

in Anthropology and Foreign Language

(Spanish, Italian, and Arabic). Chloe

is an outstanding scholar who played

varsity soccer and was the Senior Class

president. This extraordinary young

woman carries a passion for equality,

justice, peace, and the human race.

She believes that “being different

is normal”.

At a young age, Chloe learned to see

all people as equal. Her enthusiasm to

change the world, promote social justice

and build peace bled into her life at

Seton. Seton’s social justice teacher, Mr.

McCluskey, encouraged her to join the

Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which

was credited as “the nation’s premier

civil rights/human relations agency”.

The ADL played a significant role in

broadening her horizons about the

importance of defending the ideals and

civil rights of all people and building

awareness of the injustices faced in

the past and present. Chloe gained a

greater knowledge about genocides

such as the Holocaust and a better

understanding about the importance

of valuing human life and providing

equality for the whole human race. She

also took it upon herself to teach her

classmates these same lessons.

“When I started learning about

Darfur, I could not stop.” Curiosity

led Chloe to learn more about the

crisis occurring in the Darfur region.

As she familiarized herself about

the genocides taking place, Chloe

informed Seton about the injustice and

how they could help. She created an

after school program called P.E.A.C.E

(Promoting Equality, Acceptance, and

Compassion Everywhere) to help

spread the awareness of the Darfur

crisis. P.E.A.C.E members studied the

history of Darfur, the colonization,

and the reasons behind the genocide.

They also researched other genocides

such as the Bosnian genocide and the

Holocaust. P.E.A.C.E has had great

success in raising not only awareness

for Darfur, but also in raising money

to support the victims. Chloe received

the Frederick Douglass and Susan B.

Anthony award for her pioneer work

on Darfur awareness. The members of

P.E.A.C.E vowed to continue Chloe’s

work as she journeys on to continue

spreading justice and peace around the

world.

Over the last four years, Chloe has

watched her Seton Sisters become more

aware and accepting of diversity. She

says, “Education is the biggest thing

to happen in a person’s life.” As Chloe

continues on to Amherst College,

she hopes that the underclassmen

continue to take their studies at Seton

seriously and use their knowledge to

be conscientious of the world.

Annette Englehart’s love for

mechanics began in junior high school

with a broken lock. She was able to fix

it with no problem, and from that point

on, she knew she had a gift.

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Annette will be attending The

University of Maryland Baltimore

County (UMBC) this fall where she

will major in mechanical engineering.

Annette says, “I am going into a male

dominated field, but Seton has really

empowered me to step up and take on

that challenge.” She is a well-rounded

student who excels in academics and

participates in school activities. She

has been part of the National Honor

Society Induction Committee, on the

Seton Council for three years, and

a delegate for the Anti-Defamation

League. “I want to do well in school for

myself,” Annette says about her work

ethic at Seton. Her hard work has

paid off as she has been awarded a full

scholarship to UMBC from the Center

of Women & Information Technology

program. She loves working on cars

and hopes to one day build ships

for the Navy or work for NASA as a

mechanical engineer.

Seton really develops us into women,

especially since it is an all-girls

school.” Annette continues, “I don’t

think I would have gotten the same

education, or become who I am today,

if it wasn’t for Seton.” Her experiences

here have taught her to see the detailed

beauty in all people and creation.

Furthermore, Seton has helped her to

develop a relationship with God. She

says, “I would not be where I am today

if it wasn’t for Him.”

Diana Acosta was a scholar, vice

president for the National Honor

Society, and a Seton Ambassador. On

top of her involvement with

extracurricular activities, she enrolled

in three AP classes in one semester.

Regardless of her work load, Diana still

shined as a very bright student. Then,

on a whim, “just to see if she would get

in,” Diana applied to Harvard. Always

the diligent worker and outstanding

student, there was not one person who

was surprised when she received her

acceptance letter plus a full-ride,

except Diana, “It was a shock to me!”

Diana attributed her motivation to her

family life and spiritual life. She

received so much from her parish, St.

Ambrose, where Diana is currently

the youngest member on the

Parish Council.

There is no doubt that she is ready

for the next challenge in her life. She

credits Seton’s rigorous curriculum

as a strong preparation for Harvard.

Spending Friday nights studying

and catching up on sleep instead of

hanging out with friends, Diana’s

maturity and work ethic go far beyond

a normal high school senior.

Scholarships Help Seton

Fulfill Its Mission

Sister Ellen Marie proudly celebrates the

award of three scholarships this June that help

Seton fulfill its mission of service to others and

assistance to those in need. According to Sister

Ellen Marie, “Seton is slated to give over $300,000

in scholarship money in school year 2010-2011.

This money is in direct response to the many

requests we have received for financial aid.

When people establish a scholarship in memory

of someone that they love or admire, or to

honor leadership characteristics of students,

they are opening a door for a family to receive

the help that they need.” Seton has made the

commitment to help students whose families

are homeless, or who suffer job loss, terminal

illness, or permanent disability. Scholarships are

an immeasurable means of support to those

students whose talents and abilities are endless,

but whose resources are often extremely limited.

From Grief to Grace:

The Lucille Woodburn

Senior Scholarship

Dale (Doc) Woodburn has been a familiar face

at Seton since 1988 when he joined the faculty

as a math teacher. Those who knew Doc also

knew his wife, Lucille, who was a faithful friend

of Seton.

Lucille and Dale met when they were both

young teachers in Prince George’s County. The

time they shared as friends was changed when

Dale left teaching to serve in The Korean War.

Lucille refused to let distance end their friendship.

Instead, she wrote daily, often sending care

packages of cookies with her letters.

When Dale returned home, the couple resumed

their relationship: this time, officially dating.

Dale’s first thought of losing Lucille occurred

when Lucille announced that she had been

thinking about attending an educational

conference in California and then moving there

to teach. That night, Dale asked Lucille for her

hand in marriage, and she accepted. Whether

Lucille was really considering California, or just

trying to move Dale along was a constant joke

in their marriage with Lucille’s answer always the

same: “You’ll never know.” But Dale did know,

and Lucille knew that he knew because they

enjoyed 41 years of a loving marriage and from

that love, they raised three children.

In 1995, Doc’s fear of losing Lucille was no longer

the joke of a young married couple, but the

heartache of a happily married man. Lucille

was killed in an auto accident as they drove to

the airport for a trip to see their children. Doc

remembers, “For two or three years, I did nothing,

but grieve. I loved Lucille so much.” Slowly his

grief brought him a new grace: the desire to start

The Lucille Woodburn Scholarship at Elizabeth

Seton High School. Doc continues, “I wanted to

award a senior with $1000 scholarship, a senior

who emulated my wife’s goodness, kindness,

wholesomeness, and friendliness. The student

would not have to earn the highest GPA, but she

would have to get along with people every day

and show them that she loves them.”

Past recipients of this award include our own

faculty member, Courtney Hunt. Courtney

makes it easy for us to visualize what Doc saw

in Lucille.

This year’s recipient is Kerri Moore, a student

chosen by Doc and confirmed by Mrs. Pasterick

and the guidance office. Thank you, Kerri, for

your every day example of goodness. Thank

you, Beverly and Tim, for raising such a wonderful

young woman. Every day, Kerri, you have made

it easier for one man’s heart to move from grief

to grace.

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She expects to work hard at Harvard,

but also to take some time out to enjoy

life and have fun! This fall, while she

is settling into Harvard as a freshman,

Diana is looking forward to discovering

herself and exploring the humanities

as a potential major. As far as she is

concerned, the sky is the limit! “All of

my dreams have culminated in that

Harvard acceptance letter,” says Diana.

Rest assured that Diana will continue

to remain strong academically. One

Seton lesson that she will take with her

is her deep-seated faith.

“Physics is the study of everything.”

Olivia Smarr said that her greatest

experience at Elizabeth Seton High

School happened in Honors Physics

class when they launched selfassembled

rockets, “It was nice to see

something that we created as a team

actually take off.”

Olivia Smarr loves science and math,

“They answer the questions why and

how.” This summer will be her third

internship at NASA Goddard Space

Flight Center where she has studied

exoplanets and “forming stars” called

protostars. Then she packs her bags

for Stanford University where she will

major in physics and begin her journey

toward a Ph.D. She wants to work for

NASA doing astrophysics research and

helping the United States understand

the importance of NASA’s work. “One

of my goals is to work in the White

House Office of Science, Technology

and Policy, and, hopefully, to be an

administrator of NASA. I want to help

people understand how important

science is to our country.” Olivia has

already made her presence known at

the White House where she has been

invited to present awards to astronauts

upon their completion of a mission,

and to teach middle school children

about astronomy.

As Olivia prepares to travel across

the country to begin her new life at

Stanford University, she feels ready

and prepared to take her next steps.

Her time at Seton has taught her

that excellent grades are a must, but

acquiring a firm grasp of academic

concepts and life’s lesson is more

important. She says, “In my last four

years here, I’ve worked hard not to

just get the grade, but to gain the

knowledge. It’s about learning as much

as you can to get to where you need

to be.” Olivia stands out as a leader

among her classmate at Seton. She has

been the president of the Onyx Club,

the founding member of the Liturgical

Dancers, and she has accomplished so

much at a young age. Olivia, like many

other graduates who once walked the

halls, has built her legacy at Seton

High School. She wants everyone to

remember that success is about sharing

your gifts, talents, and knowledge with

the world around you, “The gifts you

have are to be shared and to help inspire

other people.”

PARENT ORGANIZATION

PROMOTES SETON’S

MISSION OF SERVICE WITH

SCHOLARSHIPS

The officers of the Elizabeth Seton High School

Parent Organization began a scholarship

program this year to recognize students whose

community service demonstrates their living of

Seton’s mission:

We 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.

The officers decided that they would raise

$1000 for this scholarship through their annual

spaghetti dinner. The hard work of the officers

coupled with the support of Seton families

enabled the Parent Organization to give not

one, but two $1000 scholarships, to two Seton

students whose records of service were simply

outstanding.

After soliciting applications in April, the Parent

Organization awarded these scholarships at

the Baccalaureate Mass to Taylor LaChance

and Megan Rozanski, both members of the

senior class.

According to Linda Gast, President of the

Parent Organization, both recipients were

chosen because of the breadth and depth of

their service, and the strength of their essays

and recommendation letters. Taylor has

devoted over 100 hours alone to St. Jerome’s

Café, which provides food for the poor and

needy at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, her

home parish. In addition to volunteering at

the Café since she was in elementary school,

Taylor recently renovated the Café’s pantry,

developed an instruction manual for team

leaders, and created a recipe booklet for

the cooks. For these efforts, she also received

the highest award given by the Girl Scouts,

her Gold Award. Taylor also likes to serve by

cleaning up the environment, helping with

the Special Olympics, and volunteering at the

National Zoo, just to name a few of her good

deeds. Of her service, Taylor said, “I know that

even though it is not always expressed, the

people I serve appreciate what I do. This is the

only thanks I need; anything else is a bonus.”

Likewise, Megan was selected because of her

evident commitment to service. With over 200

documented hours of service over just the past

four years, some of her volunteer service has

included distributing food for SOME (So Others

Might Eat), assisting with Vacation Bible School,

raising funds for her parish and serving as a

Confirmation retreat leader. In addition, for the

past four years she has been a teacher’s aide

to the 4th grade Sunday school class at Holy

Family Catholic Church, her home parish. She

loves working with all the children in the class,

but two children, who have mental disabilities,

have made an indelible impression. “By helping

out in this class, I have learned patience, and

I have learned that my calling in life is to be a

special education teacher because of the joy I

have when I work with these children.”

When asked if the Parent Organization hoped

to offer these scholarships again next year,

Linda responded, “The St. Elizabeth Ann

Seton Scholarship for Service was established

not as a one-time award, but as a long term

commitment by the Parent Organization to

honor Seton students who exemplify the values

of and commitment to a life of service. We

anticipate at least one award each year for

many, many years to come!”

The Seton Community salutes Taylor LaChance

and Megan Rozanski because they have shown

that the poor are our brothers and sisters whom

we are called to serve with cordiality, respect,

and devotion. St. Vincent de Paul once said,

“If a person goes to serve the poor ten times a

day, then ten times a day that person will find

God.” Likewise St. Elizabeth Ann Seton said,

“Every good work we do is a grain of seed for

eternal life.” Taylor and Megan remind us all of

the importance of finding God in our service to

others, and of living life today in hope of the joy

of heaven.

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T H L E T I C S


P e r s e v e r a n c e Pav e s t h e W ay . . .

Hard work, dedication,

heart, determination, and

teamwork! On May 14th and

15th Elizabeth Seton’s Varsity Outdoor

Track Team brought home their fourth

consecutive WCAC Championship

win. The air was filled with nerves and

excitement as the track team marched

onward to victory. They saw the sky

as the limit! With seven seniors moving

on to college, the big question in the

WCAC was left unanswered, “Will

Seton remains one of the WCAC’s

strongest competitor?” Seton’s star

track team answered that question

with a powerful “YES!” as they pulled

off the WCAC victory. Winning the

championship proved that they will

continue to be a powerhouse, and

Head coach Omar Wilkins agrees, “The

future remains bright!”

Everyone remembers the double

whammy blizzard that pounded the

Metro Area. How could you forget?

People were stranded at home because

the roads were too treacherous to

travel. Everything shut down; the

schools, the Federal Government;

even the local stores were closed for

business. The mess left behind by the

storm posed an even bigger dilemma.

Everything was buried under the snow,

including Seton’s track. Outdoor track

season was in full swing and their first

meet was quickly approaching. Thanks

to the snowy disruption, their practice

time had been cut short. There was no

definite answer when the track would

be shoveled since roads and parking

lots took precedence. Coach Omar let

the ladies know of the situation, “If you

want to be great, then we need to get

that track clear for practice because we

might not see it in the spring.” The girls

went into action and decided to take

fate into their own hands. They rose

early on a Saturday morning, with their

parents, and gathered their shovels,

snow blowers, and hot chocolate, and

drove to Seton where everyone worked

to clear three lanes for practice. Omar

Wilkins praised the team, “It took us

six hours to shovel, but it showed their

dedication, whereas we could have just

stayed home.”

“It’s all about heart and determination!”

Coach Omar and his staff have instilled

into the track team that their school

name alone will not win track meets.

They must put in the time, work, and

the effort as well as have the heart,

in order to be the greatest. The seven

graduating seniors are as follow:

Adenike Pedro, Bianca Pete, Ambrosia

Iwugo, Leah Loftin, Tade Dosunmu,

Joi Johnson, Asha Roper, and Kaitlyn

Richards. They have been excellent

leaders who set the bar for their

teammates on and off the track. This

year’s WCAC Championship was the

true test. Coach Omar decided to give

the underclassmen a chance to shine

and carry the team to victory, and they

pulled it off. With many of the seniors

attending college on a track scholarship,

Coach Omar did not want to potentially

expose them to any risk of injury

and jeopardize their college career.

Therefore, the team came together

and made the necessary adjustments.

At one point in the competition, the

ladies were neck and neck with Bishop

McNamara. Coach Omar gathered his

team for a pep talk. “We have to step

up!” The team rose to the occasion,

and secured a fourth championship for

Elizabeth Seton. “I wanted to make sure

[the underclassmen] knew that I had

confidence in them,” said Omar. Thus,

as the WCAC trophy sits in the main

lobby of the school, it represents more

than just a victory. It also represents

the track team’s confidence and faith in

their coaches and themselves.

The coaching staff for Seton’s Track

Team makes it a priority to help

the seniors obtain a scholarship for

college. Coach Omar believes that, “It

is always a success when you can say

that the majority of your seniors either

received an academic scholarship

or a track scholarship.” The team

has just about reached their goal

with many of the senior track stars

receiving some type of scholarship

money, academic or track. Coach

Omar stresses to his runners, “if you

can get an academic scholarship, do

it, because if you get hurt you will

have something to fall back upon.” At

the end of every season, the coaching

staff prepares the upcoming juniors

for the beginning stages of creating

a college packet to send to their

top three schools, showcasing their

greatest achievements. The focus for

next year will make the ladies even

more marketable to colleges as the

coaching staff grooms them for steeper

competition. Coach Omar hopes

to have the ladies compete on the

Maryland Public Schools State level,

and even travel outside of the area to

track meets.

Two outstanding seniors, Adenike

“Nike” Pedro and Ambrosia Iwugo,

have been fantastic with pushing the

track team to go beyond their comfort

zone and set the bar high for success.

They have been a part of the track

team for all four years, are nationally

ranked, and both are receiving full

track scholarships to the college of

their choice. In the fall, Adenike will

travel to the University of Ohio, and

Ambrosia will head up to Temple

University in Philadelphia. Without a

doubt, the track team will miss these

two exceptional athletes and leaders.

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A T H L E T I C S (continued)

Adenike Pedro

Adenike “Nike” Pedro

Adenike Pedro has many

accomplishments under her belt

such as making 1st team All-Met, and

participating in the Junior Olympics

for two consecutive years. Her

Elizabeth Seton press release lists her

as a participant in the 55 meter dash,

the 60 meter dash, the 200 meter

dash, the long jump, and the 4x200

meter relay, for the indoor season.

Her outdoor events are the 100 meter

dash, the 200 meter dash, the long

jump, and the 4x100 meter relay.

Adenike is the “big sister” who leads

the pack. “She’s always encouraging

her teammates to be better,” says

Coach Omar. Her teammates believe

in her, and she believes in them,

and that is their formula for success.

Adenike’s work ethic is astonishing.

She strives to be the best not only on

the field, but also, in the classroom.

Coach Omar reminisces, “I’m going to

miss that about her. The team really

looks up to her because she never

complains; she just keeps pushing.”

It was heart-wrenching for her

teammates when Adenike suffered an

injury which caused her to miss some

competitions in the middle of the

season. However, it was her temporary

absence and her encouragement from

the sidelines that facilitated her team’s

belief in their own athletic ability

and each other. Coach Omar told

her, “If you can get your teammates

to work harder, then we’ll have no

problem winning the championship.”

As Adenike healed, she became eager

to return to running, especially with

the WCAC Championship quickly

approaching. After evaluating her

healing progress, the coaching staff,

along with Adenike and her parents,

decided that she could participate in

the long jump. Adenike put 110%

into making sure she obtained the

maximum points to help her team

win. Her triumphant performance in

the long jump secured the trophy’s

return to Elizabeth Seton.

Adenike’s strive for excellence is

intense. Furthermore, her heart

and compassion make her a true

champion. “Whatever you ask her to

do…she will do it, and will give you

all that she has,” says Coach Omar.

Adenike Pedro will be remembered

for her motivation and compassion to

her teammates, coaches, and teachers.

Ambrosia Iwugo

Ambrosia’s dedication to her team and

the coaching staff is inspirational. Her

press release from Elizabeth Seton

credits her as a four year track team

member who “specializes in the 400m

dash and a member of the 4x200

relay team, which is recognized by

The Washington Post as one of the

top relay teams.” Her outstanding

performance on the track, coupled

with her tough character and her

“you practice like you play” attitude

has earned her state recognition, and

established her as a driving force

behind the team’s success. Leading by

example, she motivates her team to do

their best in competitions and during

practices. When the team’s energy

level is low, Coach Omar can count on

Ambrosia to provide encouragement.

“She puts the challenge on them

saying, the only way we are going to

get better is to step it up.” As a powerhouse

athlete and strong motivator,

she has been a valuable part of

the team.

The track team credits all of their

seniors as great leaders, not only to

the team, but also to their coaches.

Coach Omar and his staff are grateful

for their time, their effort, and for the

energy that they put into the program.

The seniors have done a great job with

building the team bond and shaping

the remaining squad into future

leaders who will carry on the winning

tradition. Their hard work was evident

in the way the underclassmen stepped

up in the WCAC Championship. “I

saw a lot of hungry people out there,

and it brought a tear to my eye to

see their desire to win,” concludes

Coach Omar.

Ambrosia Iwugo

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Bringing Home the Gold

“I guard Alyssa Albanese who

think I’m going to throwup!”,

thought Junior point

was overwhelmed to see the massive

crowd gathered in the Verizon Center

anxiously waiting to watch her team

battle it out with H.D. Woodson for the

City Title Championship. After five long

years, it was Seton’s time to shine, and

take back the City Title trophy that once

was a fixture in the school’s trophy case.

Coach Candy Cage, Class of ’81, whose

dual role as Seton’s Athletic Director and

part of Seton’s basketball coaching staff

comforted Alyssa, “Go do what you have

to do, and let’s go win this City Title!”

Elizabeth Seton’s victory over H.D.

Woodson was a triumphant moment.

“Woodson traditionally would walk all

over their opponent and win games by

50 or 60 points,” says Coach Candy.

Going home with a City Title trophy

was a great way for the 2010 varsity

squad to end their season. Coming off

of a winning record of 26-8, Coach

Candy said, “This victory gives the

team bragging rights and has definitely

generated some talk.” The crowd was

4,000 people deep, many of whom were

alumnae, family, friends, and outsiders

wanting to see the “clash of the

two titans”.

The days leading up to the City Title

game offered the team very little time

for rest. Woodson had two weeks to

prepare, whereas Seton was jammed

pack with regular season games,

on top of invitationals, and outside

tournaments. Like other schools in

the area, the blizzards from this past

winter forced the WCAC to postpone

many games until the end of the season.

“We had completed quarterfinals

and semifinals, had won the WCAC

Championship, had taken the road to

Cumberland where we played three

more games, and had come right back

that Sunday morning for the City Title

game.”

Coach Candy along with head coach

Jasmina “Jazz” Perazic had just enough

time to walk the girls through some

practice drills and talk through a few

strategic plays for the big game. They

focused their attention on playing smart,

on strong offense, and on shutting down

Woodson’s key player. “We didn’t think

they had a lot else around them, so we

just talked about not worrying so much

about their key player. We can still

win!”, said Cage. The vibe in the air was

true excitement and nerves. The girls

were running on pure adrenaline. There

was no turning back at that point, and

so the game began. It was a one point

game in the first half, and then Seton got

their second wind and took off. They

conquered H.D. Woodson 51-30.

Winning the City Title has restored

confidence and brought back pride

to Seton basketball. In the late 90’s to

the early 2000’s, the varsity basketball

squad was considered a powerhouse

in the WCAC; however, around 2005

the program took a nose dive. Candy

Cage set out to fix that by completely

reconstructing the program, hiring

new coaches and effectively recruiting

players. Coach Candy dreamed of

bringing back the good days when Seton

ruled the WCAC, and when she received

tremendous support from the faculty and

staff. “It starts from the top: you have to

have the support of your president, and

the administration because you have to be

able to go to them and say, ‘Hey, I need this

in order to make a great program’. They

are very supportive of Seton Athletics,”

attests Cage.

Candy then hired two-time Olympian

and former WNBA player, Jazz Perazic,

and together they began to beat the

pavement in search of prospective 8th

graders. They discovered Julia Weatherly,

Tyaunna Marshall, Alexis Martin, and

Janelle Murphy, who transferred to Seton

from Eleanor Roosevelt. Cage convinced

them because of her vision to rebuild

Seton’s Basketball Empire. “I sat them in

the library and told them, ‘you have to

trust me;’ it’s a great package. We have an

unbelievable school. We’ll prepare you

for college. Take a chance!” said Cage.

On March 14th, these four ladies, who

are now seniors, brought home the City

Title trophy. They bought into Coach

Candy’s and Jazz’s promises to rebuild

the basketball program, and to prepare

them for college. Each lady received a

basketball scholarship to the school of

her choice.

Coach Candy thanks her coaching staff

and the players for a stellar season. Over

the past five years, she has worked hard

to bring quality basketball back to Seton,

and she could not have done it without

the support of Seton’s administration

and the players’ hard work. With the

City Title trophy on Seton grounds, and

another set of girls ready to fill in where

the seniors left off, Seton’s basketball

team is reclaiming their role as WCAC’s

toughest competition..

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M A R K E T I N G

It has been an exhilarating year

here at Seton, and the marketing

department has had no shortage of

news to share with the community.

Last year our brand new state of the

art website was launched: helping

to more effectively communicate

with all of our community members

from current students and families

to prospective roadrunners as well

as alumnae and our own faculty and

staff. This year we have continued to

grow and expand by incorporating

our new social media campaign into

Seton’s website. With almost 1,000

fans on The Official Elizabeth Seton

Facebook Page, hundreds of visitors

to our YouTube Channel, and dozens

of followers on our newest endeavor,

Twitter, there is no doubt that our

girls’ accomplishments are being

celebrated by our entire community.

Every day Seton’s fans and supporters

receive updates about all the student

achievements, scholarship awards, and

exciting sports scores as well as watch

video clips of our fine arts concerts

and hear about inspiring community

service stories. It has been an amazingly

successful year for our students, staff,

faculty and our administration, and it

has been truly exciting to share this

news with everyone who is connected

to Seton’s legacy.

The marketing department’s

publication, Seton Express, has

received astounding support and

contributions from all of its 3,000

subscribers! The publication highlights

Seton news on a monthly basis.

Readers enjoy learning about what

our students, teachers and coaches

have been up to, and what they have

in the works. If you have not already

subscribed, please do so today; it’s the

best way to keep up to date with all of

our success stories.

Other goals achieved this year include

redesigning Seton’s official school seal

and roadrunner mascot, and using

these new logos to visually brand

Seton’s name and face in all of our print

and electronic advertising efforts. We

are also preparing to redesign Seton’s

admissions materials for the upcoming

class of 2014. Furthermore, we are

also in constant contact with the press

to make sure that the local news media

is spreading the word about all that

Seton is and continues to be every day.

The marketing department would

like to thank everyone who has

helped contribute to the success of

our students and our community this

school year. Your accomplishments

and efforts are what make our job so

exciting and inspiring every single

day. The pulse of Seton has never been

stronger, and we are confident that

the next school year will bring with

it more remarkable accomplishments

from the incoming class of 2014.

A D M I S S I O N S

When talking about admissions, more

than anything, people always want

to know about “the numbers.” Seton

has been fortunate to enjoy incredible

growth and healthy enrollment numbers

during a time when the economy has

declined and other schools have been

forced to close their doors. In just the

past eight years, Seton’s population

has grown by 25%, with an increase

of 15% in the last four years alone.

Seton currently enrolls 648 talented,

intelligent, and compassionate young

women who attend classes in both the

school’s main building and the recently

added Brooks Center. Despite the

burgeoning population, Seton maintains

its close-knit, community feeling. Class

sizes are actually lower than they

were eight years ago, so that every

student receives the same personal

attention and encouragement, Seton’s

constant hallmarks.

The newly accepted and enrolled

incoming freshmen will become Seton’s

51st graduating class, and this group

of future alumnae shows remarkable

potential already. Numbering at 160,

their accomplishments in the classroom,

on the athletic fields and courts, with their

musical groups, and in the community

at large are numerous and impressive.

Furthermore, these new students will be

continuing a family tradition of attending

Seton—20 of them have older sisters

who are alumnae and 11 have mothers

and grandmothers who graduated;

that speaks volumes of Seton’s legacy

of excellence. As Seton embarks on its

second half century, the promise evident

in the class of 2014 inspires confidence in

the future of the school.

The Admissions Office shares in this

hopeful feeling. After eleven years of

working with incoming students and

seven years as Director of Admissions,

Dawn Schiavone ’92 is leaving her post

in the very capable hands of a fellow

alumna, Melissa Davey ’99, who has

been teaching at Seton for the past

three years. Part-time Admissions Officer,

Diane Zellers ’04, will become full-time

in the fall and will be assisting Melissa as

she assumes her new duties as Director

of Admissions. Excited about working

with prospective students and families,

Melissa looks forward to putting her

own stamp on the admissions’ process,

including the shadowing program, Open

House, and the application procedures.

Being a graduate, she knows first-hand

about the value of a Seton education, so

she should have no difficulty in spreading

the word about the school to the young

women who will comprise Elizabeth

Seton’s graduating class of 2015.

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A D VA N C E M E N T

There are many exciting changes

happening around Seton’s campus: a

new President this year, the year of

the Alumnae, a graduating class that

is truly remarkable is so many ways…

but really understands the meaning

of philanthropy and giving back to

their school. They established a fund

for a student in need in order to help

them with books for the school year.

In regard to Advancement, there

are many changes on the horizon.

Our name for one; it is now Seton

Advancement. Our office location has

changed; we are now located where

the business office use to be. Please

stop by and visit us! We also have

new staff: Kelli Horton, Executive

Director, whose daughter, Mackenzi,

will be a sophomore; Maureen

McCart, Executive Manager, who has

been with Seton for seven years and

Erica Corbin, Associate Director, and

a Class of 2000 graduate.

As some of you may know, we

changed our April Auction to a

Gala in which we had a tremendous

turnout: with over 500 attendees.

We netted $30,000. We were thrilled

to see many of our ‘old’ friends

whom we had not seen in a long

time. Next year, we hope to have the

same success!

Our Annual Fund, which is typically

mailed in October, is going to be

moved to the spring and will be

called the Seton Fund. It will be

setup as a pledge program. Pledging

is an easy way to give. It will be

set up with 10 payments. After an

initial payment, there will be nine

additional payments.

On November 13 we are having a

Spiritual, Stewardship, & Sisterhood

R e t r e a t …

please Save

the Date.

More details

to follow in

the upcoming

m o n t h s . We

h o p e t o s e e

you there.

In May, many of you received a

brochure, More than Mere Money.

To date we have only raised $1,735.

This appeal is to help with tuition

assistance. If you have not given

to it yet, please consider a gift…

many of our young women need

your assistance.

Lastly, as you can see the news

letter is no longer a newsletter. It is

a magazine that will be published

twice a year. It will include exciting

success stories of alumnae, up-todate

and exciting news about our

current students, and plenty of news

about our entire community.

We would love to hear from YOU, our

alumnae! We want to hear about any

and all successes you have enjoyed

in your professional and personal

life! We’re looking for news about

new marriages, new babies, new

promotions, new business ventures,

and new careers! Please let us know

what you have been up to so that we

can share your new good news with

our community.

In the fall, on our web-site, we will

be selling alumnae apparel. Be on the

look-out for it!

We want to thank you for your

continuous support, and we hope to

see you at our events!

Dear Friends,

Sankofa is a West African proverb and

symbol that roughly translates in English to

“go back and take.” The most common

symbol of Sankofa is that of a bird with its

head turned backward taking an egg off

its back. It symbolizes one taking from the

past what is good, and bringing it into the

present to make positive progress through

the compassionate use of knowledge.

It is my honor to write to you as the new

Executive Director of Seton Advancement at

Elizabeth Seton High School. I am humbled

by the immeasurable good carried out by so

many: parents, alumnae, faculty members,

students and the community as a whole.

To borrow an image from the West African

proverb, our 50-year history and the legacy

of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and the Daughters

of Charity is no small egg.

I am thrilled about my new position and the

changes that will take place within Seton

Advancement, S Magazine being one of

them. And please know your continuous

support is vital for the survival of ESHS. We

truly cannot do it without you!

That being said, it is with enthusiasm and a

large dose of humility, that I join with all of

you in raising funds to help sustain Seton into

the future and our next 50 years!

Sincerely yours,

Kelli A. Horton

Executive Director

Seton Advancement

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L U M N A E


C L A S S N O T E S

Let’s continue to celebrate the “Year of

the Alumnae”! Sister Ellen Marie, Seton’s

new president, has given this title to 2010

to welcome the return of the alumnae

to Seton. Sister invites all our graduates

to walk down the “butterfly staircase”,

to tour the new Brooks Center (new

athletic and fine arts building) and

to reconnect with the sisterly spirit of

Seton. For 50 years, Elizabeth Seton

High School has nurtured her ladies into

confident, independent, and bright

young women. She has provided a

foundation for building hopes and

dreams, and best of all, she has given

her ladies a strong sisterhood that is

bonded together by the Light to Know

and the Grace to Do.

The “Year of the Alumnae” will focus on

reconnecting the alumnae with Seton

and each other. Life has definitely

changed since earlier days here,

(and boy weren’t those good days!).

We want to hear all about life after

graduation. This is your place to share

your news with your sisters, find long lost

friends, and network with each other.

Welcome home Seton Sisters!!!

Please send updates and suggestions

to ecorbin@setonhs.org

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Marty Vitale ‘65

Having studied in college and having

enjoyed a career that includes working

for the federal government, the

University of Maryland, and the Senate,

Marty Vitale ‘65 is now working for

AASHTO’s engineering program. Her

son, Harry, works for the University of

Maryland Computer Science Center, and

her daughter, Jean, is a world traveler.

Marty, also, has traveled extensively to

South America, East Africa, and most

recently to East Malaysia and Brunei

in Borneo. She is very proud of her

children and quite happy with her

job. Her recipe for happiness is to live

simply, to work hard, and to pray hard.

email: marvitabella@yahoo.com

Class of 1963

On Sunday, April 11, thirteen members

of Seton’s first graduating class gathered

at the Marco Polo Restaurant in Vienna,

Virginia, for their annual get-together.

Members of this lively bevy of “Real

Seniors” have been meeting since 2003.

Their yearly luncheon is usually attended

by a core group of 15 or 20. This year,

the ladies were delighted to welcome

Dorothy McBride, an alumna whom

many had not seen for a half century!

Also, welcomed was Rita Lappin, a

member of the graduating class of 1964.

Reminiscences bubbled forth—of

classes; youthful pranks, teachers,

boyfriends; “The Mighty Mo;” husbands

(past and present), careers, children; and

grandchildren. For 4 ½ hours, the room

rang with laughter, equaling the decibels

generated in the Seton cafeteria 50 years

ago. Though all the ladies will be eligible

for Medicare this year, for an afternoon,

they were all 18 again.

Shown in the photograph:

Front row (left to right): Mary Ellen

Henry; Agnes Brown; Margo Boylan

Rear: Ev Serra; Sue Guay; Theresa Francis;

Carol Lucas; Mary Ann McKeogh; Kathryn

Edwards; Rose Hiza; Mary Wanner;

Marylyn Pahl; Rita Lappin (Class of 1964);

Dottie McBride.

1 9 7 0 ’ s

Leslie (Hooper)

Maydwell ‘70

After graduating from Seton High School

in 1970, I attended Frostburg State

College (University now) and graduated

with a BA in mathematics and Spanish

and a minor in secondary education.

I married my husband, Stephen, in 1977,

and spent the next 12 years moving from

place to place, as he was career Army. We

settled in San Antonio in 1989, and I have

been teaching mathematics at the middle

school and high school since 1990. I am

one course away from completing my

masters degree at Concordia University in

education.

Stephen and I have 3 children who are

now grown and 2 grandsons.

Email: leslie.maydwell@yahoo.com

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A L U M N A E U P D A T E S (continued)

Cathy Heckel ‘71

Being confined to a wheelchair for the

past 11 years hasn’t slowed me too much,

I still enjoy getting out into nature and

traveling whenever I get the opportunity.

I joined our family cruise through the

Inside Passage to Alaska; then took a two

week Mediterranean Cruise in September

cruising from Rome, the Italian Riveria,

the French Riveria to Barcelona Spain.

Onward, I went to Playa de Mallorca,

Sardinia, Athens, Cornith in the Greek

Isles, Epheses, and Turkey. Four days in

Rome made the trip complete.

My partner and I also enjoy retirement

travel to the DC area 3-4 times per year

to visit our new grandson, Ryder. Being

a grandma is so much more fun than

being a mom! Also, I love to go RV’ing

especially to Glacier and Yellowstone

National Parks.

Mary (Isaac) Sotzsky ‘72

I am the proud mother of five grown

children and grandmother of six. We

are awaiting the arrival of our seventh

grandchild, due on June 6. My husband

retired in 2006, and we built a home on

his family farm here in Minnesota.

1 9 8 0 ’ s

Mary Rollman Boyd ’82

Mary just started her own consultation

business called Outsource Accounting

Services. She has over 25 years of

accounting experience in almost every

facet of accounting and consulting,

specializing in accounting for A&E

firms. She has a B.S. in Accounting from

the University of Maryland University

College. Her company sells Clearview

InFocus software, and handles the

conversion, implementation, training, and

support of Clearview InFocus or Deltek

Vision Accounting Software. If you are

interested in learning more about Mary’s

new endeavor, please visit her website at

www.outsourcedaccountingservicesllc.com

or email her at mboyd0711@gmail.com.

Katie (Gorman) Jones ’84

Kate and her family relocated to

Baumholder, Germany in Jan. 2009. Her

husband, Mike, returned safely from Iraq

in May 2009. Summer’s travel included

sight-seeing and a lot of castles! In

2009, Katie ran a 5K, a 10K, the Army

Europe 10-Miler, and a half-marathon.

Also, Katie performed (flute/piccolo)

with the U.S. Air Force – Europe Band in

Germany and Belgium.

Katie enjoys home schooling her three

children Willy (10), Carmen (7), and

Sam (5). The older two children play the

cornet in a German youth band.

Katie has coached soccer, two baseball

teams, and helped with a basketball

team. In May 2010, she was selected

as Volunteer of the Year for the Child,

Youth, & School Services – Sports &

Fitness department. She is the lector

coordinator for St. Michael’s Parish, a

member of MCCW (Military Council of

Catholic Women), the director for the

preschool Vacation Bible School, and a

Webelos leader.

1 9 9 0 ’ s

Melanie (McColl) Batie ‘95

Hello, I just wanted to inform you all that

I received my Master of Education degree

in School/Family counseling from Bowie

State University. I will be attending either

VA tech or Argosy University for my

doctorate in Counselor Education and

Supervision.

Email: melmb1977@yahoo.com

2 0 0 0 ’ s

Miriam Abigail Bruno-

Gaston ‘06

She recently graduated from Mount

St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor

of Art’s degree in International Studies

and Spanish.

I n M E M O R Y

Bob Geida, husband of Lynn

Sanalitro Geida ‘69

Marion Szymanowski, mother of Kathy

Symanowski Nubaum ‘69

Sister Mary Jane taught at Elizabeth

Seton in the 60’s

Chris Carey, son of Linda Glumac

Carey ‘74

Sylvia Albanesi, mother of Mary

Albanesi-Wood ’77

Ann Aluise, mother of Patti Aluise ’70

Joan Johnson, mother of

Patty Johnson Perez ‘83

Patricia “Tish” Ates, mother of Robin

Ates Kirkley’81, Dana Ates McAnney

’84 and Laura Ates Paulter’00

Melitha Holbert, mother of Millicent

Holbert ’91

Laurie Ratay, Band and Choir Director

from 1989 to 1990. She is survived by

her sons, ages 19 and 14

Bobby Baker, father of Jean and Diana

Baker

Linda Munoz Seiler ‘87

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SETON ALUMNAE KNOW HOW To PARTY!

On March 13th, 2010, Setonites from all

generations came to enjoy a night of

food, fun, and dancing! They caught

up with familiar faces and boogied the

night away. Special thanks to James

Geiser from Game Time Photography

who captured a bit of the action.

Please visit our Seton Alumnae section

on the web-site if you are interested in

seeing more of the excitement from our

fantastic evening. You can view and

purchase photos by simply clicking on

the Events and Reunion segment under

Seton Alumnae, or email James Geiser

at geiser7777@comcast.net.

Seton Alumnae

come back for

the 1st Annual

Alumnae Dance!

Mary Haddow

can’t believe

what she sees.

Jo Ellen Gray &

friends share

Seton’s

sisterhooD.

Sr. Ellen Marie

welcomes back

alumna from

every class.

Who said,

“We’re getting

old?”

A good time

was had

by all.

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