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Table of Contents<br />

Kansas Assessments .................................... 3<br />

Stadium Initiative ....................................... 4<br />

25th Year .................................................... 8<br />

Homecoming .............................................. 9<br />

Extravaganza ..............................................10<br />

Alumni Feature .........................................12<br />

Baton Twirler ............................................13<br />

Our Students .............................................14<br />

Performing Arts ....................................... 15<br />

Student <strong>High</strong>lights .....................................16<br />

Alumni Feature .........................................17<br />

Coach Mirocke Golf Classic .......................18<br />

2010-11 Annual Report ..............................19<br />

<strong>Saint</strong>s Marrying <strong>Saint</strong>s .............................. 29<br />

Class Notes ............................................... 30<br />

Mass of Remembrance .............................. 33<br />

In Memoriam ........................................... 34<br />

Reunions .................................................. 35<br />

The <strong>Saint</strong>s Spirit magazine is a publication of the <strong>Saint</strong><br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> Advancement Office. We welcome your<br />

comments or questions. Call or write:<br />

Bryan Thrasher<br />

Director of Communications<br />

bthrasher@stasaints.net<br />

<strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

11411 Pflumm Road<br />

Overland Park, Kansas 66215-4816<br />

913.319.2425<br />

William Ford, Ed.D.<br />

President<br />

Teresa Ahrens<br />

Director of Special Events<br />

Mary Bridget Kratofil<br />

Director of Media Relations<br />

Michon Quick<br />

Director of Alumni & Constituent Relations<br />

Cindy Winkler<br />

Advancement Office Manager<br />

Photography courtesy of Michele Gress<br />

Community Calendar<br />

January<br />

8 ...........8th Grade Placement Test<br />

8 …………Mother Son Dance<br />

11 ..........Parent Guild Guest Speaker<br />

19-21 .....<strong>Saint</strong>s Classic Basketball Tournament<br />

21-24……March for Life <strong>Saint</strong>s D.C. Pilgrimage<br />

21 ..........8th Grade Makeup Placement Test<br />

February<br />

2 ...........<strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> Feast Day Mass 9:30 a.m.<br />

4 ...........<strong>Saint</strong>s Trivia Challenge - Auxiliary Gym 6:30 p.m.<br />

8 ...........Mass of Remembrance 7:00 p.m.<br />

11 ..........WPA Dance<br />

18-19 .....Winter Play 7:00 p.m.<br />

22 .........Ash Wednesday Mass 9:30 a.m.<br />

25 .........Student Parent Orientation 9:00 a.m.<br />

26 .........Spirits Winter Finale 7:00 p.m.<br />

March<br />

4 ...........Mother Daughter Fashion Show in Commons<br />

11:00 a.m.<br />

12-16 ....Spring Break and Mission Trips<br />

22 .........Community Service Mass 9:30 a.m.<br />

29 .........Chorale Concert 7:00 p.m.<br />

30 .........Talent Show<br />

April<br />

1 …………Nominations Due for 2013 Inaugural Hall of Fame<br />

8 ...........Easter<br />

12 ..........Easter Mass 9:30 a.m. followed by Mothers Club<br />

Lunch<br />

13..........Spring Olympics<br />

21 ..........Gospel of Life Convention<br />

28 .........<strong>Saint</strong>s Walk for Life 9:00 a.m.<br />

28-29.....Dinner Theater 6:30 p.m.<br />

May<br />

5 ...........Father Daughter Dance<br />

15 .........Baccalaureate Mass at Nativity 7:00 p.m.<br />

16 ..........Graduation at JCCC 7:00 p.m.<br />

June<br />

4 ...........Mirocke Golf Classic<br />

Front Cover<br />

Among Johnson County high schools, <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong><br />

<strong>Aquinas</strong> received top scores on the 2010-11 Kansas<br />

Assessment tests in Math and Reading and ranked<br />

second in Science. Representing the three courses are<br />

(pictured, left-to-right): STA junior Kyle Gress, sophomore<br />

Christopher Ernst, and senior Hannah Carmichael. See<br />

related story, page 3.


The 2010-11 Kansas Assessment<br />

scores unequivocally tell the story of<br />

<strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>’s<br />

academic success and distinction<br />

among the state’s top schools.<br />

What it means:<br />

• Math Standard of Excellence<br />

Check. Top Ranking above all<br />

Johnson County high schools.<br />

• Reading Standard of Excellence<br />

Check. Top Ranking above all<br />

Johnson County high schools.<br />

• Science Standard of Excellence<br />

Check. In this first time<br />

assessment of science knowledge,<br />

STA had a Second Place Ranking<br />

among all Johnson County high<br />

schools.<br />

According to Math department<br />

chair Cathryn Radiel, the scores<br />

reflect the school’s commitment to<br />

help all students learn, understand<br />

and retain information that high<br />

school students are expected to master.<br />

Under the current state assessment<br />

program, which was developed in<br />

preparation for and response to the<br />

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001,<br />

the math department has reached<br />

the Kansas Standard of Excellence<br />

recognition every year since 2000.<br />

This year also marked the 10th time<br />

for the English department to attain<br />

these high proficiency scores in the<br />

same timeframe.<br />

Especially exciting are the <strong>Saint</strong>s’<br />

high scores in Science, measured for<br />

the first time in 2010-11.<br />

Department chair Iris Flournoy said<br />

one reason may be the addition of<br />

www.stasaints.net<br />

Cover Story<br />

<strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> scores at the<br />

top in Kansas Assessments<br />

STA remains excellent choice for Catholic Education<br />

ü<br />

ü<br />

ü<br />

Perfect Testers<br />

In 2010-11, not one, not two...<br />

Yes, THREE <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong><br />

students had perfect scores on the<br />

college admissions exams. They<br />

are: (above photo, left to right)<br />

David Gier, son of Overland Park<br />

residents Richard and Cynthia<br />

Gier, Molly Porter, daughter of<br />

Leawood residents Charles and<br />

Mary Ann Porter, and Jeff Kraus,<br />

son of Lenexa residents Martin and<br />

the freshman course Earth and Space.<br />

“This counselor-recommended course<br />

allows students to develop science<br />

process skills, study and organizational<br />

skills, and Earth and Space concepts<br />

in a small class environment, leading<br />

to a more successful entry into our<br />

science curriculum,” said Flournoy.<br />

STA President Dr. Bill Ford was<br />

pleased with the assessment results<br />

which confirm the school’s efforts<br />

to help ALL students fulfill their<br />

personal God-given potential while<br />

also preparing them for success<br />

Photo courtesy of Jill Ragar Esfeld of The Leaven<br />

Mary Kraus. David and Jeff acheived<br />

perfection on the ACT while Molly<br />

Porter aced the SAT. David and<br />

Molly graduated last May and now<br />

attend, respectively, the University<br />

of Kansas and the University of<br />

Notre Dame. Jeff will graduate<br />

in May 2012 and has chosen The<br />

University of Kansas to continue<br />

his education. “Well rounded,<br />

faith-filled and disciplined” are how<br />

teachers describe all three of these<br />

students.<br />

in college. Ford, past president of<br />

the National Catholic Education<br />

Association Secondary <strong>School</strong>s<br />

Executive Committee, explained<br />

that by maintaining quality<br />

academic programs, “we provide the<br />

opportunity to learn and the tools for<br />

achievement.”<br />

When this is paired with helping<br />

students experience and grow in<br />

their faith, <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong><br />

is fulfilling its mission to “help<br />

students become life-long learners<br />

and responsible citizens guided by<br />

Catholic values.”<br />

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StADIUM INItIAtIve<br />

4<br />

<strong>School</strong> moves forward on longawaited<br />

artificial turf and visitor<br />

seating in the stadium<br />

Beginning next summer through<br />

May 2013, our Communion of<br />

<strong>Saint</strong>s will celebrate 25 Years of <strong>Saint</strong><br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>. (See<br />

related article on page 8.)<br />

In preparation for this milestone<br />

and to position <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong><br />

<strong>Aquinas</strong> for the next 25 years, the<br />

Board of Trustees has developed<br />

a Facilities Master Plan. Progress<br />

for Phase I which focuses on<br />

external facilities is well underway.<br />

The Stadium Initiative includes<br />

construction of a synthetic turf playing<br />

surface in our stadium as well as<br />

adding much-needed visitor seating on<br />

the south side of the field.<br />

There is still time to participate!<br />

To learn more about the Stadium<br />

Initiative project, construction<br />

updates, permanent recognition,<br />

and the opportunity to contribute,<br />

go to www.stasaints.net/<br />

StadiumInitiative or contact<br />

Michon Quick, Director of<br />

Alumni & Constituent Relations<br />

at mquick@stasaints.net<br />

(913) 319-2437.<br />

Since 1998, the school has<br />

implemented considerable facilities<br />

enhancements, mostly to the interior of<br />

the building, including:<br />

• Air-conditioning halls, classrooms,<br />

Commons and Main Gym (1998 and<br />

2002)<br />

• Completion of the Performing Arts<br />

Theater (1998)<br />

• Construction of the Auxiliary Gym<br />

(2003)<br />

• Installation of wireless technology<br />

throughout the building (2003)<br />

• Implementation of laptop program<br />

(2003)<br />

• Audio/visual improvements in all<br />

classrooms and computer-labs (2005)<br />

• Chapel renovation (2005)<br />

• Faculty offices renovation (2005)<br />

• Science rooms renovation (2006)<br />

• Stadium lights installation (2006)<br />

• Gymnasium bleachers (2006)<br />

• Introduction of <strong>Saint</strong>s Brigade<br />

Marching Band -- uniforms, staff and<br />

instruments (2006)<br />

• Music shells and risers (2006)<br />

• Sound-system improvements in<br />

stadium (2007)<br />

• Sound-system improvements in<br />

theatre (2008)<br />

• Television monitors in hallways and<br />

Commons (2009)<br />

• Commons floor and restrooms<br />

redesign (2010)<br />

• Advancement Offices renovation<br />

(2011)<br />

• Ongoing maintenance of our 24-year<br />

old building and grounds<br />

Over the last decade, <strong>Saint</strong><br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> has been able to<br />

completely pay for these and other<br />

enhancements without the need for<br />

outsourced loans or debt. This has<br />

been accomplished through efficient<br />

fiscal planning with no additional<br />

assessment to parents and families,<br />

or -- in the case of the Auxiliary Gym,<br />

Wireless Technology, and Chapel and<br />

Science Rooms renovations -- through<br />

generous contributions from our<br />

parents and alumni.<br />

Through the years, many families<br />

have generously contributed to<br />

the school’s Blue & Gold Annual<br />

Fund or participated in the annual<br />

Extravaganza auction, which help<br />

pay for student activities each year.<br />

Many have participated in one or<br />

more of the previously-listed projects<br />

to enhance facilities for our students<br />

here at <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong>. Still others assist families in<br />

need through the Guardian Angel<br />

Fund. Collectively, our Communion<br />

of <strong>Saint</strong>s works hard to reach our<br />

goals.<br />

Please mark your calendar for<br />

Sunday, August 12, 2012, for the 25<br />

Years of <strong>Saint</strong>s Kickoff celebration.<br />

Come see for yourself this fantastic<br />

new addition for <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong><br />

<strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>!


Stadium<br />

Initiative<br />

Donors<br />

as of December 15, 2011<br />

Anonymous<br />

Anonymous<br />

Anonymous<br />

Bob & Peggy Adamany<br />

Chip & Monica Ahern<br />

John & Teresa Ahrens<br />

Jim & Dee Alfonsin<br />

Tim & Lisa Andrews<br />

Mike & Denise Armentrout<br />

Dennis C. Ayer, D.D.S.<br />

Jeff & Julie Bartz<br />

Tim & Chris Beasley<br />

James & Dawn Bellerive Family<br />

Jane & Hugh Benson, parents of<br />

Erik & Sean Benson<br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> & Paula Biggins<br />

Mr. & Mrs. William P. Biggins, Jr.<br />

and Family<br />

Robert & Maureen Blackhall<br />

Bill & Elaine Blaise<br />

Paul & Dawn Boedeker<br />

Eugene P. Bohn & Mary M.<br />

Bohn<br />

Jeff & Laurie Bollig<br />

Richard & Nancy Bollig<br />

Toby & Tracy Boschert<br />

John & Jeanne Bourdow<br />

Bob & Lisa Bregant<br />

Broski Fence<br />

Lori, Kyle, Katie & K.C. Brown<br />

Leo Brown<br />

Mike & Millie Brown<br />

Rob & Mary Beth Brown<br />

The Budetti Family<br />

Mike & Maureen Bukaty<br />

Sarah M. Burgess<br />

Nat Burstein<br />

Jerry & Melody Calovich<br />

John R. & Karyn Campbell, Jr.<br />

Dan & Maureen Carroll<br />

Jim & Ann Casey<br />

Ken & Deb Castinado<br />

Keith & Bit Clark<br />

Rick & Alison Clark<br />

Bob & Lisa Clement Family<br />

Marty & Diane Clement<br />

Brian & Pam Clemons<br />

Chris & Denise Colliatie<br />

Joel & Shirley Collier<br />

Robert G. & Sheila Commodore<br />

Ross & Janice Conner<br />

Dante & Mary Cosentino<br />

John & Julie Cosentino<br />

John Joe Curran<br />

Mr. & Mrs. Chris D’Adamo<br />

Joan Davila<br />

Gary & Jackie Davis<br />

Tom & Sheila DeMars<br />

Jay & Mary Desch<br />

The Bill Dondlinger Family<br />

Tom & Eileen Drape<br />

Craig & Michelle Drummond<br />

Steve DuBois<br />

Michael & Dorothy Eagan<br />

Timothy A. Eccles<br />

Gene & Patricia Eckenberg<br />

In Memory of Kyle Ernst<br />

Craig Ewing<br />

Bob & Loree Faherty<br />

Jeff & Julie Farrell<br />

Patrick Fields, Class of 2004<br />

Robert Fields, Class of 2007<br />

R Fitzpatrick Family<br />

Gary & Nancy Foltz<br />

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Foote<br />

Dr. & Mrs. William P. Ford<br />

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Frankovic<br />

Mark & Kathy Franzen<br />

Terry & Karen Frederick<br />

David & Julie Gadwood<br />

John & Suzan Gampper<br />

Ron & Colleen Gardner<br />

Mark & Glenda Gast<br />

Mr. & Mrs. David Gentile<br />

Rick & Cindy Gier<br />

Mark & Gina Gilroy<br />

Robert & Elaine Glenski<br />

Mike & Jane Gochis<br />

Dave & Jan Goebel<br />

Tom & Mary Gorczyca<br />

Kenneth & Lisa Grasing<br />

Tom & Toni Gray<br />

Tom & Monica Greer<br />

Michael & Kathleen Gremillion<br />

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Gress<br />

Bruce & Linda Hanson<br />

Dennis & Julie Treacy /<br />

Heartland Surgical, Inc.<br />

Dr. Rebecca Heidlage, Academic<br />

Principal<br />

Bradley & Gwyn Heidrick<br />

Alliance Management Solutions,<br />

in Memory of Shirley Herter<br />

Gary & Molly Hilderhof<br />

Kyle R. Hill,<br />

tywoo technologies inc.<br />

Burry & Jean Hinman<br />

Curtis & Laura Holland and<br />

Family<br />

Michael & Vicki Holmes<br />

Mr. & Mrs. Randy Huber<br />

Mr. Burton P. Huerter<br />

Tom & Karen Hult<br />

Loretto Charities, Rita and Lamar<br />

Hunt, Jr.<br />

Pete & Sherri Jackson<br />

George & Emily Jansen<br />

Kevin & Laura Jeffries<br />

Jim & Tami Jeter<br />

Dan & Denise Keating<br />

Brian & Meya Kindred<br />

Jerry & Maureen King<br />

Tim Kluempers & Jeannie<br />

Campbell<br />

Phil & Cookie Koesterer<br />

Barry & Jill Koster<br />

Greg & Mary Bridget Kratofil<br />

Brad & Chris Kuhlmann<br />

Greg & Janet Kutey<br />

James & Sandra Leek<br />

Mike & Angela Leikam<br />

Mary Ann Lickteig<br />

Dean & Pam Lickteig<br />

Tim Lillis<br />

Steve & Barb Loughman<br />

Shane Lutz and Family<br />

Mr. & Mrs. Alex MacGillivray<br />

Mark & Shelly Mackey Family<br />

Ben Maher, Class of 2005<br />

Luke Maher, Class of 2002<br />

Sam Maher, Class of 2007<br />

John & Melanie Mahon<br />

Glen & Marianne Mayer<br />

John & Joanne Mayfield<br />

Tim & Alesia McAnany<br />

The John McCarthy Family<br />

Cheryl & Pete McDonald<br />

The McNellis Family<br />

Alan & Lynn Mestdagh<br />

Gary & Angela Metzger<br />

John & Kristy Meyers<br />

Kim Meyers<br />

Tom & Karen Miller<br />

Mike & Shelly Mirocke<br />

Dennis & Jan Morin<br />

Craig & Paula Moss<br />

Michael & Stephanie Mravunac<br />

Pat & Jackie Murphy<br />

Kenneth & Beth Nichols<br />

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Owens<br />

Lorne & Dana Parks<br />

Steve & Carol Pascuzzi<br />

Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Perz<br />

Hans & Susan Peter<br />

Robert & Beth Pigott<br />

Ted & Katie Pope<br />

Kenny & Serena Price<br />

Print Time / Mr. R.J. Grindinger<br />

Doug & Lisa Purtle<br />

Ken & Mary Pyle<br />

Tom & Michon Quick and Family<br />

Mark & Mary Radetic<br />

Mike & Lisa Raunig<br />

www.stasaints.net<br />

StADIUM INItIAtIve<br />

Troy & Nancy Reazin<br />

John & Julie Rise<br />

Jerry & Mary Ann Robison<br />

Martin & Debra Ryan<br />

John & Cathy Rysavy Family<br />

Mike & Cynthia Sabatini<br />

John & Susan Saxer<br />

Melvin & Karla Schartz<br />

Jeff & Susan Scherzer<br />

Jake & Debby Schloegel<br />

Andrew & Marie Schmidt<br />

Bob, Lisa & Katie Schneider<br />

Vicki Schroeder<br />

Joe & Joanne Schroer<br />

Patrick & Susan Seib<br />

Dave & Mianne Sell<br />

Ms. Philomina Shalo<br />

Daniel & Petra Shinn<br />

Anthony & Constance Skevington<br />

Mike & Denise Slaven<br />

The Slovikoski Family<br />

Paul & Susan Smith<br />

Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Stamm<br />

Paul & Yvette Stark<br />

Ward & Kelly Staudenmyer<br />

Mr. D.W. Stobie<br />

Steve & Lisa Stoecklein<br />

Mark & Kim Stukel<br />

Mike & Julie Sullivan<br />

Barbara Summerson<br />

Lon & Becky Swanson<br />

Steve & Karen Talken<br />

Dan & Stacey Taylor<br />

Paul & Pamela Taylor<br />

Vince & Sally Teahan<br />

John Thesing Family<br />

Mr. & Mrs. Bob Timmons<br />

John & Connie Tompkins<br />

John & Bobbie Turek<br />

Dale & Mary Urban<br />

Tom & Cindy Van Pelt<br />

Scott & Dana Vena<br />

Douglas & Janice Vogl<br />

Tom & Peggy Waggoner<br />

Brian & Amy Wagner<br />

Art & Ann Walsh<br />

Richard Warwick<br />

Rick & Renee Washburn<br />

Don & Colleen Watson<br />

Mark & Laura Weese<br />

Rick & Coleen Weller<br />

Mike & Kim Wernel<br />

Glenn & Terri Werth<br />

Tom & Shelly Williams<br />

Marilynn K. Wright Hoover, in<br />

Honor of Natalie Owens<br />

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Zack<br />

Tom & Mickey Zarda<br />

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StADIUM INItIAtIve<br />

6<br />

“From an athletic competition standpoint and also to maintain and increase student enrollment, it is important to keep<br />

improving our facilities, both inside and outside, as the athletic fields of most other schools in the Eastern Kansas League<br />

(EKL) are second-to-none.” – Dr Bill Ford, President<br />

“STA is the only Catholic high school in the area with a marching band and<br />

color guard. The new turf field provides a safer, more consistent surface to<br />

practice on and will greatly enhance our half-time performances.”<br />

– John Burgess, <strong>Saint</strong>s Brigade Band Director<br />

“For the <strong>Saint</strong>s Soccer programs, this project is a<br />

dream-come-true. To be able to play on consistently flat<br />

surface will allow us to showcase better soccer with less<br />

injuries and also allow us quality practice time where<br />

kids get better every day. We will forever be indebted to<br />

our benefactors for their generosity.”<br />

– Craig Ewing, Girls and Boys Soccer head coach<br />

“The well-constructed underlay with top-of-the-line turf<br />

covering will enable teams to play outdoors on a safe, fast<br />

surface, especially when inclement weather might typically<br />

force practice, conditioning or PE classes indoors.”<br />

– Lorne Parks, PE Teacher and Athletic Coach


“Spreading spectators to both sides of the field<br />

will undoubtedly create a more enjoyable fan<br />

experience. Plus there will be plenty of room in<br />

the stands for our own fans so no need to come<br />

early and reserve seats!” – an STA Parent<br />

“Our teams can practice at night under the<br />

lights if necessary. We can hold double-header<br />

underclass games, which frees up afternoons,<br />

evenings and weekends for additional practice or<br />

club sport competition such as Lacrosse, Rugby<br />

and Field Hockey.” – Sarah Burgess, Director of<br />

Athletics & Activities<br />

“Because of decreased maintenance and more<br />

usability with artificial turf, club sports like<br />

Lacrosse will have the opportunity to use the<br />

facilities without tearing up the middle of the<br />

field where the goals sit and where the kids<br />

face-off.” – Chris Berger, Lacrosse head coach<br />

www.stasaints.net<br />

StADIUM INItIAtIve<br />

“The Dance Team and Cheer Squads look forward to creating entertaining performances with more advanced skills on<br />

a safer surface and less wet, muddy ground.” – Tara Schroeder, Dance Team coach<br />

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25th yeAr<br />

8<br />

Celebrate<br />

the <strong>Saint</strong>s!<br />

At <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong>, excitement is brewing for a<br />

year-long celebration of the school’s<br />

25th year beginning next August 2012.<br />

Plans are under way now, so<br />

SAVE THESE DATES!<br />

While the physical facility has<br />

undergone many changes over the past<br />

few years, our mission and purpose<br />

of providing exceptional Catholic<br />

secondary education remain the same.<br />

It truly is our graduates who tell the<br />

story of our success.<br />

We invite you to join us in looking<br />

back at the past, celebrating the<br />

present, and building for the future.<br />

Everyone is invited to join -- current<br />

and future students, alumni, spouses,<br />

parents and siblings of students and<br />

alumni, grandparents, current and<br />

retired faculty and staff, friends, and<br />

Archdiocesan clergy and educators.<br />

EACH one of you is an important<br />

member of our Communion of <strong>Saint</strong>s.<br />

So mark your calendar now and come<br />

celebrate the Spirit that IS the <strong>Saint</strong>s!<br />

Those associated with our<br />

school community know how<br />

critical volunteers have always<br />

been to our special events. We’re<br />

inviting YOU to get involved<br />

and be a part of your 25th year.<br />

Please contact Teresa Ahrens at<br />

tahrens@stasaints.net, and use<br />

“25th-Year Volunteer” in the<br />

subject line.<br />

This is your chance to open<br />

your heart, to make new<br />

friendships and renew old ones...<br />

We really need you!<br />

Calendar<br />

of Events<br />

August 2012<br />

Mark Your Calendar!<br />

Sunday, August 12<br />

“25 Years of <strong>Saint</strong>s”<br />

Community Kickoff Mass &<br />

Picnic at STA<br />

• Blue & Gold Kickoff – Friday,<br />

August 31, 2012<br />

September 2012<br />

• Homecoming Mass, Tailgate and<br />

Football Game – Thursday and<br />

Friday, September 27-28<br />

October 2012<br />

• Grandparents Day Mass<br />

• Open House<br />

November 2012<br />

Saturday, November 10<br />

25th Annual <strong>Saint</strong>s<br />

Extravaganza<br />

December 2012<br />

• <strong>Saint</strong>s Christmas Luncheon<br />

January 2013<br />

• Feast of St. <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> Mass<br />

• Inaugural Alumni/Parent Marchfor-Life<br />

Trip to Washington D.C.<br />

• <strong>Saint</strong>s Trivia Challenge<br />

1988 2012 YEARS<br />

February 2013<br />

• Mass of Remembrance –<br />

Wednesday, February 13<br />

Saturday, February 23, 2013<br />

Hall of Fame Inaugural<br />

Induction<br />

www.stasaints.net/halloffame<br />

March 2013<br />

• Community Service Mass<br />

April 2013<br />

• <strong>Saint</strong>s Walk for Life<br />

• Dinner Theatre – Friday and<br />

Saturday, April 27-28<br />

May 2013<br />

• Fine Arts Week<br />

• Class of 2013 Graduation, 25th<br />

Class of <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong><br />

<strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> – Wednesday, May<br />

15<br />

Thursday, May 9<br />

Senior Mass and<br />

the Class of 1989 Luncheon,<br />

first graduating class of <strong>Saint</strong><br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>


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hoMeCoMINg 2011<br />

An early season Homecoming game<br />

didn’t hinder Stuco and the <strong>Saint</strong>s<br />

from preparing for exciting theme-days<br />

and coveted class competition points.<br />

Freshmen chose patriots as their<br />

legendary group, Sophomores were<br />

cowboys, Juniors were Romans, and<br />

Seniors were Egyptians.<br />

On September 23, 2011, over 1,200<br />

guests attended the Homecoming<br />

Tailgate and pre-game pep rally.<br />

The “Old <strong>School</strong>” All-Years Alumni<br />

Reunion was held following the game<br />

at <strong>Saint</strong>s Pub & Patio where classes of<br />

1956 and 1996 celebrated their 50th<br />

and 15th-year reunions, respectively. The 2011 <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> Homecoming Court included the following seniors: 1st row,<br />

Emily Ewert, Madeline Malley, Mackenzie Lutz, Clare Eagan, Abby Hill, Emily Wheeler;<br />

2nd row, Andrew Brown, Jeff Kraus, Ryan Didde, Matt Biggins, Brogan Moroney, and Phil<br />

Loughman.<br />

At halftime of the Homecoming Game vs. Blue<br />

Valley Northwest, Matthew Biggins and Abby<br />

Hill were crowned 2011 King and Queen.<br />

During Spirit Week leading up to Friday’s<br />

game, a theme of “Becoming Legendary” was<br />

depicted in the halls of <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong><br />

when each class decorated their hallway instead<br />

of constructing a float.<br />

During Tailgate,<br />

the concert choir<br />

and alumni joined<br />

on the Commons<br />

stage for the Alma<br />

Mater and “When<br />

the <strong>Saint</strong>s Go<br />

Marching In.”<br />

Coach Mike <strong>Thomas</strong> addressed the<br />

guests at Tailgate and introduced<br />

game captains, pictured left-to-right:<br />

Andrew Horn, Matt Clemons, Brendan<br />

Nachbar, and Paul Heit.<br />

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extrAvAgANzA 2011<br />

10<br />

On Saturday, November 11, 2011, the <strong>Saint</strong>s<br />

community celebrated the 24th annual Extravaganza,<br />

“<strong>Saint</strong>s Alive and in Color.” Over 500 guests came<br />

“Alive” to show their true “Colors” and support<br />

for student clubs and activities at <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong><br />

<strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>. Over 750 items and $17,000 in<br />

underwriting were donated to create the Live, Premier<br />

and Silent Auctions. Once again the Nigro Brother<br />

Auctioneers and Master of Ceremonies, Mark Oppold,<br />

did a fabulous job leading the guests through the Live<br />

Auction portion of the evening.<br />

The inspiration for this year’s “<strong>Saint</strong>s<br />

Alive and in Color” ambience, led by<br />

Decorations chair Mary Luther, was<br />

the unique work of contemporary glass<br />

artist Dale Chihuly, whose sculptures<br />

are featured in galleries, museums<br />

and public spaces around the world<br />

including the Bellagio Hotel lobby in<br />

Las Vegas. The decorations committee<br />

created the marvelous room centerpiece<br />

for Extravaganza 2011 with over 1800<br />

balloons.<br />

Note: A special “Six Degrees of<br />

Separation” feature of the evening<br />

was several Dale Chihuly art kits and<br />

personally autographed books secured by<br />

STA Guidance Counselor, Laura Cline,<br />

whose cousin-in-law works with Dale<br />

Chihuly in Seattle and on projects all<br />

over the world.<br />

Senior parents Terri Spero Heit, ‘79,<br />

Pam Clemons and Melody Calovich were<br />

“wow’ed” by the Bellagio-style ceiling at<br />

the entrance into the Gym. The handpainted,<br />

colorful Chihuly-like flowers<br />

-- which also became table centerpieces<br />

-- were created by parent and student<br />

volunteers using plastic plates and a<br />

toaster oven!<br />

General Co-Chairs Dan & Patti Brewer<br />

and Mary Ann & Jerry Robison joined<br />

the Honor Roll of Extravaganza General<br />

Chairs by providing key leadership for the<br />

24th annual <strong>Saint</strong>s Extravaganza.<br />

Senior Envoy Christian Boschert and his dad, Toby<br />

Boschert, share a dad-and-son moment at the 24th<br />

annual auction that benefits Student Activities at<br />

<strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong>.<br />

STA faculty and staff, such as Social Studies teacher<br />

Elizabeth Vrabac pictured here with Senior Envoys<br />

John Brekke, Megan Schilling and Katelyn Pascuzzi,<br />

contribute to the success of Extravaganza by helping<br />

with the Student Gift program and also volunteering<br />

at the event.


Current/past parent Jean Hinman, pictured<br />

here with Senior Envoys Brogan Moroney, John<br />

Eckdahl and Ryan Pottier, has served on the<br />

Extravaganza Steering Committee over the<br />

past 13 years in various roles including Food,<br />

Production and General Chair.<br />

A beautiful white-gold Kairos cross, donated by<br />

House of Diamonds at College and Quivira for<br />

the evening’s Raffle, generated over $6,000 in<br />

proceeds. Pictured here is the top-selling raffleticket<br />

team of Senior Envoys Allison Ewert,<br />

Matthew Biggins and Claire Eagan.<br />

The tradition of<br />

Extravaganza<br />

is enjoyed by<br />

generations as<br />

Raffle Chairs Susan<br />

and Jeff Scherzer<br />

visit with Susan’s<br />

parents, Sharon and<br />

Herb Shores.<br />

Over 60 current/alumni parents, such as<br />

veterans Mary Beth Mecca and Ann Zack,<br />

serve on the Extravaganza Steering Committee<br />

each year. Time and again, the many months<br />

of planning and continuous, generous volunteer<br />

leadership help to create experiences of<br />

“camaraderie” and “accomplishment” for its<br />

participants.<br />

Always a highlight for Extravaganza guests is<br />

the musical Student Revue and crowd-favorite,<br />

“When the <strong>Saint</strong>s Go Marching In.” Pictured<br />

here are Show Chow performers Jordan<br />

Calovich, Abby Ewert, Scott Davis, Katlyn<br />

Wallace and Austin Tedder.<br />

Extravaganza guests enjoyed<br />

the festive and colorful<br />

transformation of the gym and<br />

an exquisite dinner by PB&J<br />

Restaurants, Inc., led by owner/<br />

operators and STA alumni/<br />

current parents Paul Khoury,<br />

Bill Crooks and Tom Petersen.<br />

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extrAvAgANzA 2011<br />

The traditional “Wall of Wine” with<br />

personally written notes from faculty<br />

and staff helped generate interest and<br />

excitement among party-goers, as did the<br />

embellished wine glasses designed by Mrs.<br />

Frankovic’s and Mrs. Marstall’s art<br />

students.<br />

Senior Envoys assisted parent Bill Powers,<br />

18-year Extravaganza volunteer, by inputting<br />

winning bids into the event’s banking system.<br />

Back row, pictured-left-to-right: Austin Cordill,<br />

Kelcey Castinado, Caroline Cherry; front<br />

Row: Mary Fortino, Tyler Heying, Abby Hill<br />

and Erin Keating.<br />

Lord, we thank you for a wonderful night of fellowship<br />

and support for <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>, for<br />

The excitement and passion of the color red;<br />

The friendship and imagination of the color yellow;<br />

The calmness, harmony and unity of the color blue;<br />

The spirituality and transformation of the color purple;<br />

The energy, enthusiasm and vibrancy of the color orange;<br />

The generosity and youthfulness of the color green.<br />

11


AlUMNI FeAtUre<br />

12<br />

Country singer Matt Gary’s dreams<br />

and reality have merged<br />

Matt’s career as a recording artist is taking off with the recent release of his new single<br />

“Beautiful Life.”<br />

Long summer days spent at the<br />

Lake of the Ozarks as a child and<br />

later during his high school years<br />

often found Matt Gary, class of 2001,<br />

daydreaming about the future. A<br />

career in music as a recording artist<br />

pervaded much of his reverie.<br />

Fast-forward ten years and the young<br />

singer is on-track and living his dream<br />

in Nashville, Tennessee.<br />

“Music has always been a passion<br />

of mine,” said Matt. “Even at a young<br />

age I knew I wanted to be a recording<br />

artist.<br />

“My original plan was to move to<br />

Nashville right out of high school, but<br />

I was instructed by my parents that it<br />

would be a better decision to first get<br />

an education and then pursue a music<br />

career.”<br />

So Matt made a deal with Mike<br />

and Darlene Gary that if he went to<br />

college to secure Plan B, they would<br />

support his dream of Plan A. Matt<br />

now readily admits that following his<br />

parents’ advice was the best path.<br />

The young performer was born in<br />

Plantation, Florida, and moved to<br />

Kansas -- from where his parents were<br />

originally -- when Matt was 15 months<br />

old. He and his older brother, Michael<br />

Gary, ‘98, attended Trailridge Middle<br />

<strong>School</strong> in Shawnee before becoming<br />

<strong>Saint</strong>s. The boys were good athletes<br />

and played on winning <strong>Saint</strong>s soccer<br />

teams during each of their four years<br />

at STA.<br />

Coach Craig Ewing, longtime <strong>Saint</strong>s<br />

soccer coach, fondly recalls the Garys<br />

as ‘a great example of a great STA<br />

soccer family.’ “Michael was part of<br />

the 1994 first National Championship<br />

team,” explained Coach Ewing, “and<br />

Matthew was one of our top players<br />

on one of the most memorable<br />

seasons in STA soccer history. His<br />

senior year (in fall 2000 when Matt<br />

was named first-team All League<br />

and first-team All Sun Country as a<br />

defender) was our school’s first year<br />

of its flirtation with Class 6A. We<br />

were the smallest 6A school by quite<br />

a bit and entered the playoffs with six<br />

losses. The team won regionals, then<br />

the State semi-finals, a game in which<br />

Matthew shined. But we lost to Blue<br />

Valley North in the championship<br />

game after four overtimes.”<br />

Matt participated in choir and<br />

soccer all four years at STA which<br />

meant showing up early in the<br />

morning for choir practice and staying<br />

late in the afternoon during the fall<br />

soccer season. There were times when<br />

the two activities crossed paths, but<br />

Matt said Coach Ewing and music<br />

director Dennis Hord “helped make it<br />

work.”<br />

After graduating from STA, Matt<br />

attended the University of Tampa<br />

and earned a B.S. in Computer<br />

Information Systems and a B.A. in<br />

Digital Art with a concentration in<br />

3-D Animation. Upon completion of<br />

college (i.e. sticking with Plan A), it<br />

was finally time for Matt to chase his<br />

dream of becoming an entertainer.<br />

So he packed his bags and moved to<br />

Nashville.<br />

It was in 2009 when Matt grabbed<br />

the attention of country radio’s


industry executives and began to<br />

develop a fan base across the country.<br />

He was identified as one of CMA’s<br />

(Country Music Association) “Who<br />

New to Watch,” and received the<br />

“DISCovery Award” from Music<br />

Row’s acclaimed critic Robert K.<br />

Oremann. While Matt said he “grew<br />

up playing piano” and recently has<br />

taken up the guitar, for the most<br />

part he concentrates on singing and<br />

entertaining and leaves the music<br />

accompaniment to the “incredible<br />

musicians in Nashville.” Inspired and<br />

influenced by Kenny Chesney and<br />

Keith Urban, Matt describes his style<br />

as “contemporary country.”<br />

For the past year, a cross country<br />

tour and visits to over 130 radio<br />

stations have provided entry into<br />

the country radio scene and a way to<br />

promote his new single, “Beautiful<br />

Life,” currently being featured on<br />

radio stations. He has also<br />

performed on stage with<br />

well-known artists such as<br />

Dolly Parton, David Nail,<br />

Tracy Lawrence, Jarrod<br />

Neiman and Eric Church.<br />

He recently performed<br />

the National Anthem for<br />

the NASCAR Sprint Cup<br />

Series here in Kansas City.<br />

The young <strong>Saint</strong>s’ alum<br />

firmly believes that in order<br />

to follow one’s dream, you<br />

first have to believe in yourself and be<br />

proud of your accomplishments no<br />

matter how small the steps may seem.<br />

Matt would advise young people to<br />

enjoy high school and also take their<br />

education seriously. He says, “Take<br />

time to meet new people and develop<br />

your interests because you definitely<br />

don’t want to look back and say<br />

‘what if.’”<br />

Matt as a high school senior with his parents<br />

Mike and Darlene Gary<br />

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AlUMNI FeAtUre<br />

In spite of a hectic schedule and<br />

living far from home, Matt still<br />

connects with friends from STA.<br />

He recently attended the Class of<br />

2001 ten-year reunion, and said that<br />

although classmates have scattered in<br />

many directions, “Our friendships will<br />

be lifelong.”<br />

Go to www.MattGary.com for information about his recordings and listen to Matt sing!<br />

Baton Twirler Draws Applause from <strong>Saint</strong>s and Opponents<br />

Freshman Savannah Miller is an<br />

exciting addition to the <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong><br />

<strong>Aquinas</strong> marching band and color<br />

guard as well as the Spirits dance<br />

team. So exciting that at a couple<br />

half-time performances, the opposing<br />

side’s fans stood and applauded along<br />

with the <strong>Saint</strong>s - she’s that good.<br />

The young twirler doesn’t miss<br />

a beat with her outstanding baton<br />

twirling and dance skills and the<br />

crowds enthusiastically cheer her<br />

performances. During the summer<br />

of 2011, Savannah traveled to two<br />

national competitions and won the<br />

United States Twirling Association<br />

Grand National Championship Titles<br />

in the Solo Performer and Twobaton<br />

Performer categories in Little<br />

Rock, Arkansas. She was also chosen<br />

Most Inspiring Performer. Then<br />

Savannah traveled to the National<br />

Baton Twirling Association Nationals<br />

competition at the University of Notre<br />

Savannah Miller (above, surrounded by members of The Brigade marching band and The<br />

Sapphires color guard) exudes excitement every time she performs.<br />

Dame in South Bend, Indiana, where<br />

she captured top titles of Junior Miss<br />

Majorette of America, Junior Grand<br />

National Twirling Champion and<br />

Two-baton, Rhythmic and Threebaton<br />

Champion.<br />

And now the icing on the cake,<br />

Savannah has earned a spot on the<br />

USA National Twirling Team that will<br />

compete at the World Championships<br />

in Switzerland in April 2012!<br />

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A DAy IN the lIFe oF A SAINt<br />

14<br />

The Day We Became So Cool<br />

Reporter Bonyan<br />

Lee (far right, holding<br />

microphone) from<br />

television station<br />

KCTV 5 visited <strong>Saint</strong><br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> on<br />

Friday, October 21, as<br />

part of the Wendy’s<br />

Cool <strong>School</strong> program<br />

that highlights nonathletic<br />

activities. From 6 - 8 a.m. off-and-on between news stories<br />

and commercials, Lee interviewed representatives of the student<br />

council, debate, forensics, performing arts, and participants<br />

of class retreats, STAPLES liturgy planning and mission trips.<br />

Father Andrew Strobl, STA Chaplain, and seniors Ryan Pottier,<br />

Courtney Bollig and Max Wilbur spoke to the reporter about the<br />

many ways students practice their faith at <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong>.<br />

Approximately 700 students came to the early morning pep<br />

assembly -- sleepy at first, but ready to cheer.<br />

Faculty Profile -- Joanne Mayfield<br />

In August the <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong><br />

community welcomed new faculty member<br />

Joanne Mayfield to the school’s theology<br />

department. As the mother of three alumni,<br />

Emily, ‘04, Allison, ‘08, and Steven, ‘10, and<br />

someone who served as a substitute math<br />

teacher last year, Joanne was already a familiar<br />

face to students and staff. She also has seven<br />

nieces and nephews who are graduates and two nephews who are<br />

current students!<br />

Joanne, the eighth of 12 children born to Steve and Lorraine<br />

Kolich, attended St. John the Baptist elementary school and<br />

Bishop Ward <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> in Kansas City, Kansas. She received a<br />

B.A. in Education from Benedictine College and M.A. in <strong>School</strong><br />

Administration from Baker University.<br />

Joanne is a former junior high math teacher at St. John<br />

the Baptist and Cathedral of St. Peter schools and former<br />

administrator at Holy Trinity Catholic <strong>School</strong> in Lenexa.<br />

She enjoys teaching at <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> and says it has<br />

given her added insight into the school’s success. According to<br />

Joanne, “As part of the STA parent community, I was always<br />

impressed with the reverence and faith expressed at school<br />

liturgies. Now as a staff member, I see first-hand that the strength<br />

of this school is how everyone is welcomed into the family, quickly<br />

accepted into the Communion of <strong>Saint</strong>s. With the perspective of<br />

having worked in the Archdiocesan school system my entire career,<br />

the ‘faith into action’ model at STA clearly develops our students<br />

into responsive and responsible mature young Catholic adults.”<br />

9/11 Hero visits <strong>Saint</strong><br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong><br />

<strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> on 10th<br />

anniversary of the disaster<br />

<strong>Saint</strong>s teacher and campus<br />

ministry coordinator Sean<br />

Reilly invited fellow New<br />

Yorker John Paul DeVito to<br />

speak to several theology classes<br />

on September 7 in honor of the<br />

disaster’s 10th anniversary.<br />

DeVito was seated at his desk<br />

on the 87th floor of the World Trade Center I<br />

on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, at 8:50 a.m. The<br />

chief operating officer of the May Davis Group,<br />

a small investment bank, had no idea that<br />

Boeing 767 had just slammed into the building<br />

just above him. But he knew he was in danger<br />

and called his wife to tell her he loved her.<br />

What followed in the aftermath was an<br />

amazing story of courage, heroism and spiritual<br />

awakening that DeVito is willing to share but<br />

forewarns that he is not a public speaker. The<br />

chapel setting was a perfect backdrop for the<br />

humble man who spoke directly from the heart,<br />

in describing his account of September 11, 2001,<br />

and its lifelong impact on him.<br />

He said immediately after the ordeal, “If you<br />

had seen what it was like in that stairway, you’d<br />

be proud. There was no gender, no race, no<br />

religion. It was everyone, unequivocally, helping<br />

each other.”<br />

DeVito led thirteen May Davis employees<br />

and an auditor from the Securities & Exchange<br />

Commission to the stairwell and together they<br />

experienced a 50-minute harrowing escape to<br />

safety.<br />

His message to the <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong><br />

students was one of hope, redemption and<br />

forgiveness. The four major television Kansas<br />

City affiliates covered the event and all of them<br />

featured the speaker and his message on the<br />

early and late night news.<br />

Immediately after speaking to the <strong>Saint</strong><br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> groups, DeVito boarded<br />

a plane for New York where he marked the<br />

anniversary by attending Mass with his family.


Fall Musical AIDA a popular<br />

production<br />

Pictured above left to right, Mary Fortino, Katelyn Stewart,<br />

Catherine Kluempers, Jordan Barr, Carol Trickey, Taylor Sweeney.<br />

In November, the <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

Performing Arts Department presented the musical<br />

Aida, a contemporary musical version of a timeless<br />

classical tale of love and devotion between two people<br />

of different nations. The score is a crowd-pleaser that<br />

embraces multi-cultural casting and exuberant dancing,<br />

staging and singing. Each performance produced an<br />

enormous outpouring of praise about the caliber of<br />

the show. STA Music director, Joe Heidesch, said that<br />

the cast “came together” early in the rehearsal stage<br />

which allowed them to focus on minor adjustments to<br />

perfect details of the production. Following last year’s<br />

critically acclaimed West Side Story that garnered eight<br />

Blue Star Award nominations, Heidesch and STA<br />

drama teacher, Kim Harrison, wanted to match last<br />

year’s accomplishments. Judging by the full theater and<br />

audience response, they succeeded!<br />

You’re a Good Man,<br />

Charlie Brown<br />

The <strong>Saint</strong>s’ Thespian Troupe<br />

6339 presented the musical, You’re<br />

a Good Man, Charlie Brown by Clark<br />

Gesner on three days in December.<br />

Senior, Max Wilber, directed this<br />

first ever “student-directed” musical<br />

at <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong>. The<br />

show was staged in the “Black Box<br />

Theater” located in the drama room.<br />

A nominal fee was charged with<br />

proceeds helping fund a student trip<br />

to the Kansas Thespian conference<br />

in January.<br />

Above, Spencer<br />

Gochis played the<br />

role of Snoopy in<br />

the show, “You’re a<br />

Good Man, Charlie<br />

Brown”.<br />

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PerForMINg ArtS<br />

Poetry Cafe stimulates<br />

appreciation of language<br />

The imaginative, expressive language of poetry is alive and<br />

well at <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong>. Twice a year, in October and<br />

April, students are invited to share their favorite poem with<br />

others who enjoy the linguistic art form.<br />

With poems in hand, Poetry Cafe participants<br />

spontaneously read aloud a favorite verse they consider<br />

worthy of sharing with the group. While they are encouraged<br />

to read original work, some students choose a book from<br />

the library and select a poem that strikes an emotional<br />

chord. Shel Silverstein, author of “A Light in the Attic” and<br />

“Where the Sidewalk Ends,” is a frequent choice.<br />

According to English teacher and published poet Boyd<br />

Bauman who leads the group, “It’s hard to tell if there are<br />

any budding poets at this point.” He adds, “Teenage poetry<br />

tends to be a bit of a ‘lengthy confessional.’ It’s an outlet for<br />

some who get to share some personal things and feel safe<br />

and accepted.”<br />

English teacher Paula McCarthy established Poetry Cafe<br />

five years ago in celebration of Teen Read Week in October<br />

and National Poetry Month in April. Coffee, hot chocolate<br />

and pastries add to the ambiance, but it’s strictly self-serve<br />

and informal, in keeping with the simple but successful<br />

tribute to one of the oldest expressions of the English<br />

language.<br />

English teacher Boyd Bauman (2nd row, 3rd from left) accesses laptop<br />

resources while leading the Poetry Cafe.<br />

The <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> Christmas Concert, held this year on December<br />

7, always delights the audience with the students amazing vocal and music<br />

talent! Pictured above, Marie Gavin displays her mastery of the violin.<br />

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StUDeNt hIghlIghtS<br />

16<br />

Can they do it? Yes they CAN!<br />

Last year, in fall 2010, the <strong>Saint</strong><br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> community<br />

contributed 60,878 cans to Catholic<br />

Charities of Northeast Kansas in<br />

our annual Canned Food Drive, the<br />

largest single-source donation in the<br />

food pantry’s 45-year history. That’s<br />

an average of 60 cans per student!<br />

This year’s drive started on<br />

Halloween. But long before that -- as<br />

in last summer -- the students were<br />

busy planning, collecting and raising<br />

money for the event. The annual food<br />

Catherine Bernard - Oxford Middle, daughter<br />

of Richard and Juliann Bernard<br />

Kyle Bollig - Prince of Peace, son of Jeffrey and<br />

Laurie Bollig<br />

Matthew Brown - Lakewood Middle, son of<br />

Rob and Marybeth Brown<br />

Anna Christian - Cure of Ars, daughter of Jeff<br />

Christian<br />

Gretchen Cummings - Holy Trinity, daughter<br />

of Bob and Lisa Cummings<br />

Tamara Gruenewald - Antioch Middle,<br />

daughter of Terry and Victoria Gruenewald<br />

Nate Hornung - Ascension, son of Brian and<br />

M. Diana Hornung<br />

Abby Joerger - Holy Trinity, daughter of Bob<br />

and Amy Joerger<br />

Brent Keffer - Ascension, son of Dennis and<br />

Renee Keffer<br />

Mallie Koehler - Cure of Ars, daughter of Paul<br />

and Renee Koehler<br />

Madeline McCormick - Ascension, daughter of<br />

Jeff and Susan McCormick<br />

drive, called “CANdy Land” in 2011,<br />

is sponsored by Student Council.<br />

Chuck Hammons, co-moderator for<br />

STUCO, said, “There is tremendous<br />

ownership by the students, and each<br />

year the competing classes attempt<br />

to carry on the proud tradition in a<br />

bigger way.”<br />

By Day #2 of the week-long drive,<br />

last year’s collection-count had almost<br />

been met. Catholic Charities Food<br />

Pantry was contacted so that the<br />

agency would be prepared for the<br />

enormous amount of donations they<br />

were about to receive. And receive<br />

they did.<br />

It turned out that it was the most<br />

successful Canned Food Drive in<br />

<strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> history and<br />

another record-breaker for Catholic<br />

Charities with a grand total for<br />

one week of . . . 113,936 cans! The<br />

contributions were so significant<br />

that boxes and crates and a couple<br />

of trucks were parked outside while<br />

STUCO reps tallied the final count.<br />

ONE project to help those in-need,<br />

ONE student council, and ONE<br />

incredible student body and group of<br />

parents resulted in an amazing feat.<br />

Way to go, <strong>Saint</strong>s!<br />

Congratulations to the following Freshman Scholarship<br />

Winners, based on 2011 Placement Exam test scores!<br />

Matthew McCrave - Holy Cross, son of Marcia<br />

Wassenberg<br />

Jackson McElroy - Prince of Peace, son of<br />

Laura McElroy<br />

Karley Monaghan - Holy Spirit, daughter of Pat<br />

and Carrie Monaghan<br />

Tom Pyle - Holy Trinity, son of Ken and Mary<br />

Pyle<br />

Matthew Reynolds - Prince of Peace, son of<br />

Eric and Nancy Reynolds<br />

Jack Ryan - Holy Spirit, son of Martin and<br />

Debra Ryan<br />

Rachel Spenner - Holy Trinity, daughter of<br />

Dan and Anne Spenner<br />

Drake Stobie - Ascension, son of Peter and Lisa<br />

Stobie<br />

Ben Trickey - Cure of Ars, son of Benjamin<br />

and Mary Trickey<br />

Ryan Wheeler - Holy Cross, son of Charles<br />

and Karen Wheeler<br />

Faith Winchel - Queen of the Holy Rosary<br />

Wea, daughter of Todd and Tracy Winchel<br />

Memorial<br />

Scholarships<br />

If you are interested in<br />

establishing a Named Endowed<br />

Memorial Scholarship at<br />

<strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong>, in your name or to<br />

honor a loved one either living or<br />

deceased, please contact<br />

Michon Quick, Director of<br />

Alumni & Constituent Relations,<br />

at mquick@stasaints.net or<br />

913-319-2437.


Joe and Katie Blaise Geist, both<br />

members of the Class of 2003,<br />

started dating their senior year at<br />

<strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong>. Though she<br />

majored in Elementary Education<br />

at the University of Kansas and<br />

he studied English at Kansas State<br />

University, Katie and Joey dated each<br />

other all through college and were<br />

married on June 27, 2009. After<br />

graduation, both became teachers<br />

in the Blue Valley school district. It<br />

was then that the couple decided to<br />

pursue their shared dream of teaching<br />

abroad.<br />

www.stasaints.net<br />

AlUMNI FeAtUre<br />

Husband-and-wife team experiences<br />

life in Brazil Hours of research, filling out<br />

applications and even attending an<br />

overseas job-fair at the University of<br />

Northern Iowa enabled them to turn<br />

their dream into reality. Katie and<br />

Joe currently teach in an American<br />

school in Rio de Janeiro designed for<br />

American businesses that station their<br />

employees in foreign countries. Katie<br />

said there are similar schools in almost<br />

every major city across the world.<br />

Katie and Joey emphasize how<br />

amazing it has been to see a different<br />

part of the world and encourage<br />

anyone with a desire to work outside<br />

the U.S. to take advantage of the<br />

many available options. The best part<br />

of the Geists’ Brazilian experience<br />

so far has been getting to know and<br />

appreciate the culture. They describe<br />

the native people as “very warm and<br />

friendly as well as family-centered.”<br />

Another favorite aspect for the young<br />

couple is the beach.<br />

Especially for someone<br />

contemplating a ‘sabbatical’ in<br />

another country, Katie and Joey<br />

point out the importance of being<br />

independent. “There’s no getting<br />

around the fact that you have to be<br />

able to function on your own. It’s<br />

really important to be open-minded<br />

because you’re going to run into a lot<br />

of things in a foreign country that are<br />

different. If you aren’t willing to try<br />

new things or see things in a different<br />

light, you’re in for a long stay!”<br />

But each admits that Skype and<br />

email make the distance between<br />

them and home seem less. Being away<br />

from family and friends has been the<br />

biggest challenge of being so far from<br />

home.<br />

“We have been fortunate enough<br />

to live close to our immediate and<br />

extended families for most of our<br />

lives, so being away has been very<br />

difficult,” Katie said. “We have missed<br />

doing simple things with friends and<br />

family such as watching a KU/KSU<br />

game, going to dinner or attending a<br />

sibling’s sporting event.”<br />

<strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> is a tradition<br />

for both the Blaise and Geist families.<br />

Katie has two alumni siblings: Amy<br />

Blaise, ’05, and Mark Blaise, ’09.<br />

Joey has two alumni siblings: Abby<br />

Geist, ’06, and Steve Geist, ’10, as<br />

well as three siblings who are current<br />

students: Mike Geist, ’12, Grace<br />

Geist, ’14 and Dan Geist, ‘15. Both<br />

sets of alumni parents – Joe and Kate<br />

Geist and Bill and Elaine Blaise –<br />

are still actively involved with STA.<br />

According to Katie, “Our parents<br />

have enjoyed the experience, friends<br />

and feeling of <strong>Aquinas</strong> as much as we<br />

have.”<br />

Owning a home in Overland Park<br />

ensures that when it’s time to leave<br />

their cosmopolitan lifestyle in Rio,<br />

Katie and Joey will return to the Land<br />

of Oz. They speculate that in ten<br />

years they will likely be parents, living<br />

in Kansas City and still teaching.<br />

In some ways they credit their <strong>Saint</strong><br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> education with<br />

acquiring coping skills and support.<br />

“<strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> is where we<br />

both built our strong foundations and<br />

faith,” Katie explained. “Without the<br />

relationships we made at <strong>Aquinas</strong>, we<br />

never would have had the strength to<br />

go on this crazy adventure!”<br />

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The 26th Mirocke Golf Classic was<br />

held at the Milburn Country Club<br />

on Monday, June 6, 2011. Due to<br />

the December 2010 fire at Milburn,<br />

participants were introduced to a new<br />

check-in configuration by the pool,<br />

and the 19th hole was held in an airconditioned<br />

party tent. The event was<br />

chaired by Jean and Burry Hinman<br />

and Barb and John O’Donnell.<br />

Proceeds benefit the Guardian Angel<br />

Fund at <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong>.<br />

Knocking off the perennial first place teams, 2011 Champions<br />

were George Jansen, Kevin Rooney, Bill Blaise and Steve<br />

Furman. Hoo-eeh!!<br />

The winning (and only) all-women’s team was Sandy Furman,<br />

Barb O’Donnell, Jean Hinman and Michon Quick.<br />

Two Guys and a Grill coowned<br />

by STA parents Troy<br />

& Cindi Tedder provided<br />

lunch to golfers and<br />

volunteers before tee-off.<br />

Always out to<br />

support the cause and<br />

honor Coach Mirocke<br />

were 1990 graduates<br />

Mike Skahan,<br />

John Michaels, Jon<br />

Bichelmeyer, and<br />

Jake Zillner.<br />

Class of 2007 foursome<br />

Andrew Geha and<br />

Max Weitkamp along<br />

with Pat White and<br />

Price Duncan enjoyed<br />

a good game of golf and<br />

great round of fun.<br />

Back in the saddle<br />

at the 26th annual<br />

tournament were Ken<br />

Berra and Frank Mader.<br />

Diana and Mark Ebeling,<br />

tournament Beverage chairs,<br />

were MVP’s of the day when<br />

record-high heat required high<br />

volumes of H2O and other<br />

refreshments provided by<br />

Anheuser-Busch.<br />

Keeping things<br />

under control<br />

at the Halfway<br />

House were Snacks<br />

chair Gretchen<br />

Johnson and her<br />

assistants, Lucas<br />

Johnson, Tami<br />

Jeter, Landon<br />

Johnson, and<br />

Maureen Carroll.


Tom Quick, Chairman<br />

Bill Blaise<br />

Fr. Frank Burger<br />

Bit Clark<br />

Board of Trustees<br />

Gary Davis<br />

Bob Frankovic<br />

Linda Hanson<br />

Terry Miller<br />

2010-2011 ANNUAl rePort<br />

2010-2011<br />

Stewardship Report<br />

A report on the finances and donors of<br />

<strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> for the 2010-2011 <strong>School</strong> Year.<br />

www.stasaints.net<br />

Fr. Bill Porter<br />

Mark Radetic<br />

Bill White<br />

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2010-2011 ANNUAl rePort<br />

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Financial Statement<br />

July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011<br />

Revenue<br />

1. Tuition and Fees ............................7,716,961<br />

2. Support from Parishes .....................662,630<br />

3. Support from Archdiocese ................35,400<br />

4. Athletic Income ..................................47,764<br />

5. Activities Income ................................89,343<br />

6. Advancement Income ......................369,642<br />

7. Interest Income ...................................58,056<br />

8. Misc. Income .....................................438,396<br />

Total Revenue .......................... 9,418,192<br />

Expenses<br />

1. Salaries/Benefits .............................6,428,425<br />

2. Administration/Operations ............327,832<br />

3. Instructional ......................................294,865<br />

4. Activities ............................................122,324<br />

5. Athletic ..............................................239,091<br />

6. Textbooks ............................................59,757<br />

7. Graduation ..........................................34,008<br />

8. Plant/Maintenance ...........................373,977<br />

9. Utilities ...............................................318,660<br />

10. Debt Reduction ................................82,828<br />

11. Loan Payments ...............................192,000<br />

12. Financial Assistance .......................820,317<br />

Total Expenses ........................ 9,418,192


Honor Roll of Donors<br />

2010-2011 ANNUAl rePort<br />

The following is a list of cash gifts received during the 2010-2011 fiscal year, July 1 – June 30. Thank you for your<br />

commitment to Catholic education! We appreciate your generous support.<br />

We apologize for inadvertent errors and omissions. Please contact the Advancement Office at 913-319-2425 with corrections.<br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong><br />

Lamar & Rita Hunt<br />

Kevin & Cathay Perz<br />

Douglas Pringle / K T<br />

Wiedemann Foundation Inc.<br />

Gold<br />

Keith & Bit Clark<br />

John & Flora Debacker<br />

Bob & Loree Faherty<br />

Dave & Jan Goebel<br />

Linda & Bruce Hanson /<br />

Enterprise Bank & Trust<br />

William & Norma Kryger<br />

William & Polly Mullin<br />

Sandra Price<br />

Michael & Cynthia Sabatini<br />

John & Connie Tompkins<br />

John & Judy Warren / Warren<br />

Supply Company<br />

Tom & Mickey Nachbar Zarda<br />

Blue<br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> & Paula Biggins<br />

Clay Blair / Clay Blair Family<br />

Foundation<br />

KC & Lori Brown<br />

Mike & Maureen Bukaty<br />

Carole Edstrom<br />

Bob & Judy Frankovic<br />

Dan & Teri Geller<br />

Rebecca Heidlage<br />

Dennis & Renee Keffer<br />

Patrick & Mollie Kelly<br />

John & Jacqueline Krim<br />

Mark LeVota<br />

Darlene Mansfield<br />

John & Barb O’Donnell<br />

/ O’Donnell and Sons<br />

Construction Company<br />

Anthony & Constance<br />

Skevington<br />

Benefactor<br />

Anonymous<br />

Robert & Peggy Adamany<br />

Robert & Kathy Fitzpatrick<br />

/ BarrelHouse<br />

James & Dawn Bellerive<br />

Jay Breidenthal / Security Bank<br />

David & Patricia<br />

Buchanan<br />

John & Karyn Campbell<br />

Kevin Christian / K. D. Christian<br />

Construction Co., Inc.<br />

Steve & Shannon Clifford<br />

Gregory & Susan Cornelius<br />

John & Julie Cosentino<br />

Deluxe Corporation<br />

Foundation<br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> & Eileen Drape<br />

Jim & Carol Elder<br />

Amancio & Celeste Genilo<br />

Michael & Kathleeen Gremillion<br />

/ GEHA<br />

Larry & Michele Gress<br />

Craig & Tracy Herter<br />

Dan & JoAnn Kanatzar / Tequila<br />

Harry’s Inc.<br />

Brian & Meya Kindred<br />

Barry & Jill Koster<br />

Alex & Julie MacGillivray<br />

Tim & Alesia McAnany<br />

Anne McDonald<br />

John & Maria McKernan<br />

Brian & Leann Miller<br />

Terry & Terri Miller<br />

John & Debbie Monterubio<br />

Stephen & Carol Pascuzzi<br />

William & Catherine Powers<br />

Tom & Michon Quick<br />

Mark & Mary Radetic<br />

Troy & Nancy Reazin<br />

Jeff & Nancy Robinson<br />

Mark & Susan Roos<br />

Jim & Mary Ryan<br />

Jeff & Susan Scherzer / Scherzer<br />

& Associates<br />

Daniel & Petra Shinn<br />

Ward & Kelly Staudenmyer<br />

John & Cindy Thesing<br />

Bob & Ann Timmons<br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> & Peggy Waggoner<br />

Richard & Renee Washburn<br />

Tom & Shelly Williams<br />

/ Williams Law, LLC<br />

Mark & Cathy Witaczack<br />

Gary & Julie Zancanelli<br />

President<br />

Craig & Maureen Adford<br />

Hugh & Jane Benson<br />

Mark & Beth Bland<br />

Jeffrey & Laurie Bollig<br />

Joe & Ev Boutte<br />

Bob & Lisa Bregant<br />

Mark & Patty Brewer<br />

Sarah Burgess<br />

Rick & Alison Clark<br />

Chris & Denise Colliatie<br />

Joel & Shirley Collier<br />

Bernie & Martha Concannon<br />

Gary & Jackie Davis<br />

Dan & Ann Ernst<br />

Bill & Peggy Ford<br />

Steve & Sandy Furman /<br />

Tompkins, Furman &<br />

Associates, Inc.<br />

David & Linda Gentile<br />

Michael & Kathleen<br />

Gremillion<br />

Dan & Karen Harrison<br />

Dan & Denise Keating<br />

Michael Klein / Klein<br />

Orthodontics<br />

Charlie Lamont<br />

Tim & Anita Link<br />

William & Josephine McNally<br />

Lowell & Karen Miller<br />

Robert Miller / Robert Miller<br />

Insurance Agency<br />

Robert & Karen Morrie<br />

Richard & Joni Nachbar /<br />

Richard Nachbar Plumbing,<br />

Inc.<br />

Lorry Nelson & Brenda<br />

Nelson<br />

Jerry & Cyndy Novacek<br />

Kevin & Kim Reichmuth<br />

Ralph Reid / Sprint Foundation<br />

Jerry & Mary Ann Robison<br />

Mark & Karen Sneed<br />

State Street Foundation<br />

Mark & Ginni Steele<br />

John & Debbie Van Blaricum<br />

Gerard & Diana VanHoet<br />

www.stasaints.net<br />

Eric & Renee Weissend<br />

Dave & Dianne Wilderson<br />

Patron<br />

Abbott Laboratories Fund<br />

Robert & Sharyn Baldacci<br />

Dean Barber / Barber Financial<br />

Group<br />

William & Terry Biggins<br />

Bob & Lisa Clement<br />

Kevin & Candy Connealy<br />

Ross & Janice Conner<br />

John & Cathy Downey<br />

Mike & Mary Lee Fox<br />

Mark & Gina Gilroy<br />

R.J. Grindinger<br />

Brian & Diana Hornung<br />

Greg & Mary Bridget Kratofil<br />

Craig & Paula Moss<br />

Greg & Melissa Nachbar<br />

Robert Novellano<br />

Doug & Lisa Purtle<br />

Martin & Debra Ryan<br />

Martin & Denise Schermoly<br />

Andrew & Marie Schmidt<br />

Mike & Julie Skahan<br />

Michael & Peggy <strong>Thomas</strong><br />

James & Robin Wooten<br />

<strong>Saint</strong><br />

Mike & Denise Armentrout<br />

Arthur J. Gallagher<br />

Foundation<br />

Richard & Juliann Bernard<br />

Bryan & Lou Ann Biggs<br />

Bill & Elaine Blaise<br />

Robert & Linda Boring<br />

Toby & Tracy Boschert<br />

Stacy Bowen<br />

Joyce Beam Bradshaw<br />

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Kirk & Kelly Bride<br />

Mark Buckingham / Performance<br />

Rehab LLC<br />

Sylvester & Terri Byrd<br />

Pat Cahill / Service Master<br />

Catastrophe<br />

Pat & Molly Cahill<br />

Robert & Julie Carmichael<br />

Dan & Maureen Carroll<br />

Brian & Pamela Clemons<br />

Marty Cole / Country Club Bank<br />

Robert & Lisa Coplen<br />

Jay & Mary Desch<br />

Sean & Julie Doherty<br />

Karl & Nancy Donahue<br />

Bill & Jo Anne Dondlinger<br />

Michael & Dorothy Eagan<br />

John & Teresa Ekedahl<br />

John & Deborah Feehan<br />

Bob & Kathy Fitzpatrick<br />

Mark & Kathy Franzen<br />

Jeff & Pam Frederes<br />

David & Elizabeth Galbreath<br />

Joseph & Vicki Gardner<br />

Lisa Gonzales Clement, DDS<br />

Scott & Susan Hagenkord<br />

Matt & Beth Hartung<br />

Ferrell & Colleen Heeter<br />

Tony & Terri Heit<br />

Paul & Barbara Heschmeyer<br />

Rodney & Anne Heying<br />

Brock & Kelly Hill<br />

Burry & Jean Hinman<br />

Stephen & Linda Hopfinger<br />

Charles & Janet Huber<br />

Pete & Sherri Jackson<br />

George & Emily Jansen<br />

Bob & Heidi Kopp / JCI<br />

Industries<br />

Geoff & Jennifer Johnson<br />

John & Kathy Kane<br />

Dan & Denise Keating / Beat the<br />

Bookstore - KU<br />

Kevin & Kathy Killilea<br />

Bob & Heidi Kopp<br />

Robert & Becky Krattli<br />

Michael & Jo Kuckelman<br />

Kris & Jami Kuckelman<br />

Brad & Chris Kuhlmann<br />

Paul & Lisa Lacy<br />

Mike & Angela Leikam<br />

Tim Lillis<br />

Mary Lillis<br />

William & Ann Logan<br />

Stephen & Barbara Loughman<br />

Frank & Joann Mader<br />

Mike & Beth Magerl / Trabon<br />

Printing<br />

Greg & Pam Maher<br />

Mark & Mary Pat McKinzie /<br />

Wallace, Saunders, Austin,<br />

Brown & Enochs<br />

Paul & Maura Martin<br />

Albert Mauro / Kansas City<br />

Enhance Your Gift with Your Employer’s<br />

Match<br />

You may be able to double or even triple your charitable gift to <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong><br />

<strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> through your company’s matching gift program!<br />

To determine your eligibility, check with your employer to see if your gift to a<br />

Catholic school can be matched. You may also visit www.matchinggifts.com to check<br />

if a specific company will match your charitable gift.<br />

If your company offers such a program, all you need to do is obtain a matchinggift<br />

form at your workplace and submit it to the <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong> Office of Advancement. We’ll do the rest for you! Contact the Office of<br />

Advancement at 913-319-2425 with questions or for more information.<br />

Southern Industries, Inc.<br />

Joe & Carol Mayerle<br />

John & Nancy McCarthy<br />

Jim & Rebecca Merwald<br />

Mike & Shelli Mirocke / Mirocke<br />

Sales Corporation<br />

Tony & Chris Mirocke<br />

Pat & Jackie Murphy<br />

Mike & Liz Novosel<br />

Randy & Janet Olberding<br />

Michael & Kimberly Owens<br />

Andrew & Marty Pavlovich<br />

Eric & Susanna Peck<br />

Ed & Mary Pyle<br />

Quest Diagnostics<br />

John & Susan Saxer<br />

Dale & Joanne Schaefer<br />

Albert & Jeanetta Schendel<br />

Jeff Schugart<br />

David & Mianne Sell<br />

Mark & Michelle Stangohr /<br />

RMS Technology Solutions<br />

Tom & Lisa Stec<br />

Mark & Kim Stukel<br />

Mike & Julie Sullivan<br />

Lon & Becky Swanson<br />

John & Sara Sweeney<br />

Steve & Karen Talken<br />

Troy & Cindi Tedder<br />

Mike & Peggy <strong>Thomas</strong> / <strong>Thomas</strong><br />

Service Corporation<br />

Susan Thomeczek<br />

Sean & Julie Thompson<br />

Greg & Julie Towsley<br />

Dennis & Julie Treacy<br />

John & Bobbie Turek<br />

Scott & Dana Vena<br />

Dale & Tamera Vestal<br />

Brett & Cheryl Vickers<br />

David & Lisa Vogt<br />

Elizabeth Vrabac<br />

Brian & Amy Wagner<br />

Dave & Stacy Watson<br />

Mark & Laura Weese<br />

Matthew & Joann Weger<br />

Maria Weitkamp<br />

Glenn & Terri Werth<br />

John & Ann Whigham<br />

Ronda Zillner & Greg Zillner<br />

Gary & Kellie Zych<br />

Contributor<br />

Chip & Monica Ahern<br />

John & Teresa Ahrens<br />

Brent & Becky Akright<br />

Jim & Denise Alfonsin<br />

Tim & Lisa Andrews<br />

Christopher & Dana Arth<br />

Larry & Susan Backs<br />

Bryan & Lou Ann Biggs / Metcalf<br />

Bank<br />

Ken & Cathy Berra<br />

Tim & Rebecca Bock<br />

Joe & Lisa Bourquin<br />

Laura Brancato / Brancato’s<br />

Catering<br />

Rob & Mary Beth Brown<br />

Leo Brown<br />

Phil & Joan Cansler / Cansler<br />

Enterprises, Inc.<br />

Patrick & Nancy Carolan<br />

Mike & Maureen Carroll<br />

Ken & Deborah Castinado<br />

Tony Chiaverini<br />

Mike & Jeanine Cindrich<br />

Marty & Diane Clement<br />

Jim & Laura Cline<br />

Fred & Betsy Collins<br />

Robert & Sheila Commodore<br />

Brendan & Casey Curran<br />

Gary & Jackie Davis / All About<br />

Travel<br />

Tim & Michelle Dehaemers<br />

William & Emily Denning<br />

John & Cathy Downey / Broski<br />

Fence Co. LLC<br />

Terry & Rebecca Droge<br />

Brian & Lora Dunn<br />

Patrick & Cindy Dwyer<br />

Steve & Mary Eisenbarth<br />

Craig Ewing<br />

Jim & Anne Fields<br />

Tresia Franklin / Hallmark<br />

Corporate Foundation<br />

Charles & Lisa Friedman<br />

Philip & Jill Frisch<br />

Gene & Cathy Fritz / F & L<br />

Enterprises<br />

Tony & Martha Frook<br />

Mike & Michelle Gammill<br />

Ron & Colleen Gardner<br />

Mark & Glenda Gast<br />

John & Clare Geiger / United<br />

Bank of Kansas<br />

Richard & Cynthia Gier<br />

Mark Gonzales / Capital City<br />

Bank<br />

John & Mary Sue Goza<br />

Ed Hall<br />

Joseph & Pam Hamblin<br />

Ed & Anna Heilman


Gary & Molly Hilderhof<br />

David & Christine Hoffman<br />

Joan Horan / DST Systems, Inc.<br />

Rick & Beth Jenkins<br />

Chris & Mary Kelly<br />

Eric & Lauren Klimt<br />

Kirk & Jeannette Kowalewski<br />

Emmett & Paula Logan<br />

Gerardo & Jennifer Lopez<br />

Shane Lutz<br />

John & Melanie Mahon<br />

Scott & Melinda Marquess<br />

Dan Matney<br />

Jim & Michelle Maxwell<br />

Brian McCarthy<br />

Pete & Cheryl McDonald<br />

Alan & Lynne Mestdagh<br />

Tom & Karen Miller<br />

Kevin & Kerry Moore<br />

Ken & Lynne Moran<br />

Michael & Stephanie<br />

Mravunac<br />

Paul Nachbar<br />

Brian & Janet Peacock<br />

Mary Perez<br />

Kevin & Barbara Petracek<br />

Robert & Beth Pigott<br />

Ken & Mary Pyle<br />

Pat Regan<br />

Sean & Teresa Reilly<br />

Tom & Ro Rheinberger<br />

Dale & Catherine Romme<br />

Steve & Pat Ruvolo<br />

John & Cathy Rysavy<br />

Brian & Leigh Schenck<br />

Joe & Joanne Schroer<br />

Myron & Chris Schwery /<br />

Bernina Sewing Centers<br />

Clark & Gina Sehon<br />

Jim & Kelly Sherman<br />

Michael & Kay Shirley<br />

Dave & Jane Shriver<br />

Brian & Denise Sieben<br />

Mike & Denise Slaven<br />

David & Linda Slovikoski<br />

John & Kim Speckin<br />

Daniel & Stacey Taylor<br />

Phil & Terri Thelen<br />

Kevin & Denise Thimmesch<br />

Bryan & Susan Thrasher<br />

Toyota Motor Sales, C/O<br />

Community Relations<br />

Sean & Kelly Tyrrell<br />

Tom & Cindy VanPelt<br />

Joe & Patti Voda<br />

Scott & Anabella Wasserman<br />

Doug & Liz Watts<br />

Rick & Coleen Weller<br />

Steve & Terrie Whealon<br />

George & Michelle Wilber<br />

Cindy Winkler<br />

Tony & Jennifer Winslow<br />

Kurt & Marie Woltering<br />

Richard & Mary Woody<br />

Friend<br />

Dennis & Patricia Ballweg<br />

Boyd & Lisa Bauman<br />

Ben & Kathy Bellinder<br />

Brian & Lynda Bentler<br />

Jim & Susan Bishop / Bishop<br />

Farms<br />

Mike & Lisa Boddicker<br />

Andrew & Michelle Bolin<br />

Kenneth & Peg Bono<br />

Dan & Patti Brewer<br />

Mike Brun<br />

Roger & Barb Bruns<br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> & Nancy Bunker<br />

Jerry & Melody Calovich<br />

Brian & Chris Calovich<br />

Ed & Ann Campbell<br />

Steve Carey<br />

James Carter<br />

Bob & Pat Clune<br />

Dennis & Jacquie Coffin<br />

Cesar & Luz Conde<br />

Brian & Susan Cordill<br />

Ray & Jan Cullings<br />

Michael & Laura Curran<br />

Michael & Heather Delaney<br />

Tom & Sheila DeMars<br />

Paul & Debbie Dent<br />

Jeff & Anita Driscoll<br />

Steve & Karen Duethman<br />

Terry & Ann Ecklund / Ecklund<br />

Consulting Services<br />

Dan & Michelle Ellefson<br />

Jim & Sharon Etzkorn<br />

Annette Mirocke Evans<br />

Phil & Betty Farnan<br />

Ralph & Iris Flournoy<br />

John & Suzan Gampper<br />

James & Pamela Gardner<br />

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<strong>Thomas</strong> & Karen Gartland<br />

Neil & Carol Lynn Genilo<br />

Michael & Jane Gochis<br />

Sara Gordon<br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> & Monica Greer<br />

Matt Hallauer<br />

Jim & Kathleen Halling<br />

Mike & Theresa Haney<br />

Rick Hetzel<br />

Greg & Mary Ann Hilgers<br />

Kathy Hill<br />

Joel & Gretchen Johnson<br />

Wes & Patty Jordan<br />

Paul & Jessica Kirk<br />

Ron & Stephanie Koch<br />

Kevin & Lynn Kruse<br />

Jim & Sally Kutney<br />

Joe & Kathy Leary<br />

Dean & Pam Lickteig<br />

Jim & Rosemary Maher<br />

Marvin & Jeannette Marstall<br />

Glen & Marianne Mayer<br />

Mike & Marlene McCabe<br />

Richard & Cindy McOsker<br />

John & Katie McQueeney<br />

Martin & Joan Meyers<br />

Richard & Susan Michalski<br />

Bill & Lori Milliard<br />

Pat & Linda Mirocke<br />

Michael & Julie Morrand<br />

Tim and Susan Mulcahy<br />

Blake Mulvany<br />

Ginnie Nash<br />

Patrick & Elizabeth Nelson<br />

Nelson & Marcia Newcomer<br />

Roy & Judy Nickum<br />

Vince & Linda Nowak<br />

Chris Orel<br />

Ricky Paradise<br />

Mark & Debbie Pfeifer<br />

Art & Gail Prieb<br />

Brian & Diane Pyle<br />

Chris & Cathryn Radiel<br />

Susan Rinella<br />

Dave & Liz Samples<br />

Edward & Dorene Schneider<br />

Robert & Liz Schneider<br />

Patrick & Susan Seib<br />

Gary & Kathy Shirley<br />

Randy & Margaret Smith<br />

Gregory Spalding<br />

Paul & Dorothy Speckin<br />

Chris & Karen Sturges<br />

Josef & Amy Sudduth<br />

Barb Summerson<br />

Christian & Mary Swett<br />

Michael & Kathleen Teahan<br />

James & Kim Thorup<br />

Frank & Mary Cay Tokic<br />

Daniel & Christy Towle<br />

Dale & Mary Urban<br />

Francis & Linda<br />

VanNieuwenhuyse<br />

Mike & Monica Walberg<br />

Jean Walker<br />

www.stasaints.net<br />

Amy Wallace<br />

Arthur & Ann Walsh<br />

Larry & Joan Ward<br />

Jim & Sue Waters<br />

Brent & Doretta Watson<br />

Bill Weiler<br />

Mike & Kim Wernel<br />

Dwight & Toni Williams<br />

Jeff & Mary Ann Zande<br />

Young Alumni<br />

Monica Ahrens<br />

Andy Akright<br />

Ignacio & Marybeth Angles<br />

John Bender<br />

Chris & Amanda Berger<br />

Evelyn Berry<br />

Richard & Ann Blanner<br />

Gregory & Linda Breck<br />

Joseph & Kathryn Carmosino<br />

Nathan & Lia Cless<br />

Paul & Tracey Colonna<br />

Mark & Kathleen<br />

Concannon<br />

Grace DelNero<br />

Greg & Donna Desmarteau<br />

Kathleen Detra<br />

Allison Dreiling<br />

Steve DuBois<br />

Kurt & Sylvia Gruenbacher<br />

Lisa Halsey<br />

Chuck & Amy Hammons<br />

Tim & Cathy Hare<br />

Julieana Hendricks<br />

Tim Herre<br />

Dan & Susie Hutchins<br />

Brad & Kerri Jennings<br />

Mary Pat Johnston<br />

Kelly & Debbie Kephart<br />

Gene & Janice Kieffaber<br />

Mike & Elizabeth Kozor<br />

Mike & Vickie Lewer<br />

Leonard & Terri McKee<br />

Merck Company Foundation<br />

Gary & Angela Metzger<br />

Kim Meyers<br />

Joseph & Tammy Modica<br />

Dennis & Jan Morin<br />

David & Cathleen Ogle<br />

Dennis & Linda O’Grady<br />

Sean & Carolyn Olis<br />

Christopher & Sui Sum<br />

Olson<br />

John & Susan Paule<br />

Albert Roos<br />

Mark & Heather Schoneman<br />

John & Irene Sheerin<br />

Joann Shikles<br />

George Steinberger<br />

Walt & Kaye Thompson<br />

Charles & Karen Wheeler<br />

Christopher & Joyce Winger<br />

Ryan Wiseman<br />

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Alumni Donors<br />

“Thank you” to our 2010-2011 donors who are alumni of St. Joseph’s, <strong>Aquinas</strong> and <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong><br />

<strong>School</strong>s. This report reflects gifts received July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010.<br />

ALUMNI 1950<br />

Joan Maurer Shikles<br />

ALUMNI 1952<br />

Joseph Boutte<br />

Tom Zarda<br />

ALUMNI 1953<br />

Mickey Nachbar Zarda<br />

ALUMNI 1955<br />

Joseph Gardner<br />

John Sanders<br />

ALUMNI 1956<br />

Connie Barry Kidd<br />

ALUMNI 1960<br />

Evelyn Berry<br />

Ann Hayes Blanner<br />

Joyce Beam Bradshaw<br />

Kathleen Glennon Detra<br />

Janice Scheier Kieffaber<br />

Paul Kirk<br />

Mary Fernandez Perez<br />

Albert Roos<br />

Francis VanNieuwenhuyse<br />

ALUMNI 1964<br />

Patrick Lynch<br />

ALUMNI 1965<br />

Gregory Breck<br />

ALUMNI 1970<br />

Phil Cansler<br />

Joan LaCombe Cansler<br />

Tony Chiaverini<br />

Michael Cindrich<br />

Gene Fritz<br />

Kathy Wagner Shirley<br />

ALUMNI 1972<br />

Annette Mirocke Evans<br />

Rebecca Lang Merwald<br />

ALUMNI 1973<br />

James Carter<br />

David Shriver<br />

ALUMNI 1974<br />

Robert McAnany<br />

Alan Mestdagh<br />

ALUMNI 1975<br />

Susan Nicks Bishop<br />

Lynne Boutte Mestdagh<br />

Anthony Mirocke<br />

Mark Roos<br />

Susan Downey Roos<br />

ALUMNI 1976<br />

Patrick Mirocke<br />

Gerard VanHoet<br />

ALUMNI 1977<br />

Joe Bourquin<br />

Stephen Carey<br />

Dan Keating<br />

Phil Thelen<br />

ALUMNI 1978<br />

Lisa Regan Bourquin<br />

Sean Doherty<br />

Kathy Speckin Hill<br />

Mary Pat Sasenick Johnston<br />

Terri Vohland Thelen<br />

ALUMNI 1979<br />

Teresa Spero Heit<br />

Karen Garies Miller<br />

Melissa Brown Nachbar<br />

Jane Dillbeck Shriver<br />

Dale Urban<br />

Tamera Venneman Vestal<br />

ALUMNI 1980<br />

Gregory Nachbar<br />

Mary Lavery Urban<br />

ALUMNI 1981<br />

Ed Campbell<br />

Ann Marciniak Campbell<br />

Denise Miller Keating<br />

Joni Regan Nachbar<br />

Richard Nachbar<br />

Nancy Pflumm Robinson<br />

ALUMNI 1982<br />

Stacy Bowen<br />

Lisa Feuerborn Coplen<br />

David Watson<br />

ALUMNI 1983<br />

Michael Magerl<br />

Karen Zarda Sneed<br />

ALUMNI 1984<br />

Joan Zarda Davila<br />

Kelly Sullivan Hill<br />

John Speckin<br />

ALUMNI 1985<br />

Mike Mirocke<br />

Mike Magerl<br />

Dan Matney<br />

Pat Regan<br />

ALUMNI 1986<br />

Paul Nachbar<br />

Monica Cisper Walberg<br />

ALUMNI 1987<br />

Michael Walberg<br />

ALUMNI 1989<br />

Jim Maxwell<br />

ALUMNI 1990<br />

Jon Bichelmayer<br />

John Michaels<br />

Mike Skahan<br />

Jake Zillner<br />

ALUMNI 1994<br />

Brian Dunn<br />

ALUMNI 1995<br />

Ricky Paradise<br />

ALUMNI 1996<br />

Colleen Bolin Hochberg<br />

ALUMNI 1997<br />

Michael Brun<br />

ALUMNI 1998<br />

John McQueeney<br />

ALUMNI 1999<br />

Ryan Wiseman<br />

ALUMNI 2000<br />

Allison Dreiling<br />

Timothy Herre<br />

Mark LeVota<br />

Elizabeth Kisthardt Samples<br />

ALUMNI 2003<br />

Andrew Akright<br />

Elizabeth Ford Kozor<br />

Carolyn White Olis<br />

ALUMNI 2004<br />

Monica Ahrens<br />

Lia Frankovic Cless<br />

Grace DelNero<br />

ALUMNI 2009<br />

James Bono<br />

A LEGACY OF SUCCESS<br />

It’s Never to Late to Give!<br />

There is still time to be a participant in the 2011-12<br />

<strong>Saint</strong>s Annual Fund. If you would like to make a<br />

contribution, please go online to:<br />

www.stasaints.net/<strong>Saint</strong>sAnnualFund


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Faculty & Staff<br />

Members of the <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> Faculty and Staff who provided monetary contributions in 2010-2011:<br />

Anonymous<br />

John & Teresa Ahrens<br />

Tim & Lisa Andrews<br />

Boyd & Lisa Bauman<br />

Chris & Amanda Berger<br />

Tim & Rebecca Bock<br />

Bob & Lisa Bregant<br />

Leo Brown<br />

Roger & Barb Bruns<br />

Sarah Burgess<br />

Nat Burstein<br />

Ken & Deborah Castinado<br />

Jim & Laura Cline<br />

Fred & Betsy Collins<br />

Brendan & Casey Curran<br />

Greg & Donna Desmarteau<br />

Terry & Rebecca Droge<br />

Steve DuBois<br />

Dan & Michelle Ellefson<br />

Jim & Sharon Etzkorn<br />

Craig Ewing<br />

Phil & Betty Farnan<br />

Ralph & Iris Flournoy<br />

Bill & Peggy Ford<br />

Matching Gift<br />

Companies<br />

Abbott Laboratories Fund<br />

Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation<br />

Deluxe Corporation Foundation<br />

DST Systems, Inc.<br />

Hallmark Corporate Foundation<br />

Intermec Foundation<br />

Kansas City Southern Industries, Inc.<br />

Merck Company Foundation<br />

Quest Diagnostics<br />

Sprint Foundation<br />

State Street Foundation<br />

Toyota Motor Sales, C/O Community Relations<br />

Bob & Judy Frankovic<br />

Mark & Kathy Franzen<br />

Matt Hallauer<br />

Jim & Kathleen Halling<br />

Chuck & Amy Hammons<br />

Rebecca Heidlage<br />

Julieana Hendricks<br />

Rick Hetzel<br />

Greg & Mary Ann Hilgers<br />

Brad & Kerri Jennings<br />

Wes & Patty Jordan<br />

Kelly & Debbie Kephart<br />

Ron & Stephanie Koch<br />

Greg & Mary Bridget Kratofil<br />

Charlie Lamont<br />

Tim Lillis<br />

Marvin & Jeannette Marstall<br />

Joseph & Tammy Modica<br />

Craig & Paula Moss<br />

Roy & Judy Nickum<br />

Jerry & Cyndy Novacek<br />

David & Cathleen Ogle<br />

Christopher & Sui Sum Olson<br />

Chris Orel<br />

Kenny & Serena Price<br />

Brian & Diane Pyle<br />

Tom & Michon Quick<br />

Chris & Cathryn Radiel<br />

Sean & Teresa Reilly<br />

Brian & Leigh Schenck<br />

Albert & Jeanetta Schendel<br />

Mark & Heather Schoneman<br />

Vicki Schroeder<br />

Dave & Jane Shriver<br />

Randy & Margaret Smith<br />

Chris & Karen Sturges<br />

Josef & Amy Sudduth<br />

Mike & Julie Sullivan<br />

Barb Summerson<br />

Walt & Kaye Thompson<br />

Bryan & Susan Thrasher<br />

John & Connie Tompkins<br />

Elizabeth Vrabac<br />

Jim & Sue Waters<br />

Bill Weiler<br />

Cindy Winkler<br />

Jeff & Mary Ann Zande<br />

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Mirocke Golf Classic 2011 Donors<br />

The following includes cash, in-kind and item donations for the 2011 Mirocke Golf Classic.<br />

We apologize for inadvertent errors and omissions. Please contact the Advancement Office at 913-319-2425 with corrections.<br />

Anonymous<br />

All About Travel<br />

/ Gary & Jackie Davis<br />

Anheuser Busch, InBev<br />

/ Tom & Mary Gorczyca<br />

Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation<br />

/ Bob & Lisa Clement<br />

BarrelHouse<br />

/ Bob & Kathy Fitzpatrick<br />

Beat the Bookstore - KU<br />

/ Dan & Denise Keating<br />

Bernina Sewing Centers<br />

/ Myron & Chris Schwery<br />

Ken & Cathy Berra<br />

Jon, ‘90, & Stacy Bichelmeyer<br />

Jeff & Laurie Bollig<br />

Joe, ‘77, &<br />

Lisa Regan Bourquin, ‘78<br />

Brancato’s Catering<br />

/ Laura Brancato<br />

Broski Fence Co. LLC<br />

/ John & Cathy Downey<br />

KC & Lori Brown<br />

Michael, ‘97, & Carrie Brun<br />

Cansler Enterprises, Inc.<br />

/ Phil , ‘70, & Joan LaCombe<br />

Cansler, ‘70<br />

Capital City Bank<br />

/ Mark Gonzales<br />

Tony Chiaverini, ‘70<br />

Michael, ‘70, & Jeanine Cindrich<br />

Martin & Diane Clement<br />

Coca-Cola Bottling Company of<br />

Mid-America<br />

Country Club Bank / Marty Cole<br />

Cretcher Heartland Incorporated<br />

/ Tom & Michon Quick, and<br />

Bob & Judy Frankovic<br />

Dean Barber<br />

/ Barber Financial Group<br />

Brian, ‘94, & Lora Dunn<br />

Enterprise Bank & Trust<br />

/ Linda & Bruce Hanson<br />

Annette Mirocke Evans, ‘72<br />

F & L Enterprises<br />

/ Gene ,’70, & Cathy Fritz<br />

Jim & Anne Fields<br />

Bill & Peggy Ford<br />

Philip & Jill Frisch<br />

GEHA / Michael & Kathleen<br />

Gremillion<br />

Lisa Gonzales Clement, DDS<br />

John & Mary Sue Goza<br />

Rebecca Heidlage<br />

Burry & Jean Hinman<br />

JCI Industries / Bob & Heidi<br />

Kopp<br />

K. D. Christian Construction Co.,<br />

Inc. / Kevin Christian<br />

Klein Orthodontics<br />

/ Michael Klein<br />

Jeff & Joy Konnesky<br />

Kirk & Jeannette Kowalewski<br />

John & Jacqueline Krim<br />

Frank & Joann Mader<br />

Michael, ‘85, & Beth Magerl<br />

Dan Matney, ‘85<br />

Tim & Alesia Dusselier<br />

McAnany, ‘89<br />

John & Maria McKernan<br />

Metcalf Bank<br />

/ Bryan & LouAnn Biggs<br />

John & Kristy Meyers<br />

John, ‘90, & Marla Michaels<br />

Patrick, ‘76, & Linda Mirocke<br />

Mirocke Sales Corporation<br />

/ Mike, ‘85, & Shelli Mirocke<br />

Tony, ‘75, & Chris Mirocke<br />

Gregory, ‘80, & Melissa Brown<br />

Nachbar, ‘79<br />

Paul Nachbar, ‘86<br />

Richard Nachbar Plumbing /<br />

Richard, ‘81, & Joni Regan<br />

Nachbar, ‘81<br />

O’Donnell and Sons<br />

Construction Company<br />

/ John & Barb O’Donnell<br />

Performance Rehab LLC<br />

/ Mark Buckingham<br />

Kevin & Barbara Petracek<br />

Mike & Lisa Raunig<br />

Pat & Becki Regan, ‘85<br />

Jerry & Mary Ann Robison<br />

Michael & Cynthia Sabatini<br />

Scherzer & Associates<br />

/ Jeff & Susan Scherzer<br />

Security Bank / Jay Breidenthal<br />

Service Master Catastrophe<br />

/ Pat & Molly Cahill<br />

Mike, 90, & Julie Skahan<br />

Anthony & Constance<br />

Skevington<br />

Tompkins, Furman & Associates,<br />

Inc. / Steve & Sandy Furman<br />

Two Guys and a Grill, Inc.<br />

/ Troy & Cindi Tedder<br />

United Bank of Kansas<br />

/ John & Clare Geiger<br />

Wallace, Saunders, Austin, Brown<br />

& Enochs / Mark & Mary Pat<br />

McKinzie<br />

Mark & Laura Weese<br />

Tony & Jennifer Winslow<br />

Gary & Julie Zancanelli<br />

Jake Zillner, ‘90


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Extravaganza 2010 Donors<br />

The following includes cash, in-kind and item donations for Extravaganza 2010.<br />

We apologize for inadvertent errors and omissions. Please contact the Advancement Office at 913-319-2425 with corrections.<br />

968 Park Hotel<br />

Robert and Peggy Adamany<br />

Ron and Marie Adrian<br />

Chip and Monica Ahern<br />

John and Teresa Ahrens<br />

Teresa Ahrens<br />

Diana Zarda Albert<br />

Bob Aley<br />

James and Denise Alfonsin<br />

James Allen<br />

Jerry and Debbie Amaro<br />

Lisa Andrews<br />

Tim and Lisa Andrews<br />

Anheuser Busch, InBev<br />

/ Tom & Mary Gorczyca<br />

Christopher and Dana Arth<br />

Mark and Dorian Assenmacher<br />

Jeff and Lisa Austin<br />

Larry and Susan Backs<br />

Shelly Barmby<br />

Sam Barnacle<br />

John and Carol Bartolac<br />

Jeffrey and Julie Bartz<br />

Boyd and Lisa Bauman<br />

Tom and Debra Beachner<br />

Luke and Jennifer Bell<br />

James and Dawn Bellerive<br />

Brian and Lynda Bentler<br />

Kirk and Julie Berggren<br />

Kit and Barb Bergman<br />

Ryan Best<br />

Michael and Liz Bever<br />

Bill and Terry Biggins<br />

William and Elaine Blaise<br />

Mark and Beth Bland<br />

Jon and Teresa Blongewicz<br />

Rebecca Bock<br />

Andrew and Michelle Bolin<br />

Jeff and Laurie Bollig<br />

Kenneth and Peg Bono<br />

Robert and Linda Boring<br />

Toby and Tracy Boschert<br />

James and Mimi Bourquin<br />

Chris and Teresa Boutte<br />

Nick Boyles<br />

Bob and Lisa Bregant<br />

Todd and Marion Brekke<br />

Dan and Patti Brewer<br />

Leo Brown<br />

Robert and Erin Brown<br />

Jim and Tami Bryant<br />

John and Connie Budd<br />

Mike and Maureen Bukaty<br />

Matt and Marie Burger<br />

Sarah Burgess<br />

Brad and Gwen Busher<br />

Sylvester and Terri Byrd<br />

Jerry and Melody Calovich<br />

John and Karyn Campbell<br />

Timothy and Renee Carey<br />

Dan and Maureen Carroll<br />

Jim and Ann Casey<br />

John Cassell<br />

Deb Castinado<br />

Ken and Deb Castinado<br />

Arthur and Carol Chartrand<br />

Paul and Marian Cherry<br />

Keith and Bit Clark<br />

Rick and Alison Clark<br />

Brian and Pamela Clemons<br />

Steve and Shannon Clifford<br />

Laura Cline<br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> and Julie Coatney<br />

Coca-Cola Bottling Company of<br />

Mid America<br />

Richard and Carolyn Cofer<br />

Dennis and Jacquie Coffin<br />

Chris and Denise Colliatie<br />

Betsy Collins<br />

Ross and Janice Conner<br />

David and Marsha Connor<br />

Brian and Susan Cordill<br />

Bob and Carol Cowdrey<br />

Robby Cowdrey<br />

Bill and Sarah Crooks<br />

Ray and Jan Cullings<br />

Tyler and Annette Cundith<br />

Steve and Lisa Cunningham<br />

James and Kim Dare<br />

Gary and Jackie Davis<br />

Ronald and Catherine Davis<br />

Lauren DeBaun<br />

David and Joyce Didde<br />

Susan Dillingham<br />

Deborah Dilloway<br />

Phyllis Distler<br />

Jack and Nancy Donahue<br />

Bill and JoAnne Dondlinger<br />

Sandi Dondlinger<br />

John and Cathy Downey<br />

Sue Drilling<br />

Terry Droge<br />

Steve and Karen Duethman<br />

Jeff and Mary Duffendack<br />

Eileen Dugan<br />

Tom and Carmen Duvall<br />

Patrick and Cindy Dwyer<br />

Michael and Dorothy Eagan<br />

Mark and Diana Ebeling<br />

Timothy and Deedra Eccles<br />

Bill and Shanthi Eckert<br />

Mark and Cathy Edmondson<br />

Jim and Carol Elder<br />

Daniel and Michelle Ellefson<br />

Dan and Ann Ernst<br />

Craig Ewing<br />

Phil Farnam<br />

John and Deb Feehan<br />

Robert and Elisa Fernholz<br />

Iris Flournoy<br />

Gary and Nancy Foltz<br />

Dr Bill Ford<br />

Chuck and Angela Ford<br />

Mike and Mary Lee Fox<br />

Bob and Judy Frankovic<br />

Judy Frankovic<br />

Mark and Kathy Franzen<br />

Jeff and Pam Frederes<br />

Charles Friedman<br />

Tony and Martha Frook<br />

David and Lisa Galbreath<br />

John and Suzan Gampper<br />

Ron and Colleen Gardner<br />

Dan and Teri Geller<br />

Neil and Carol Lynn Genilo<br />

Mark and Gina Gilroy<br />

David and Janet Goebel<br />

Bob and Kathy Golubski<br />

Larry and Kathy Goode<br />

David and Marianne Grant<br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> and Staci Greco<br />

Michael and Kathleen Gremillion<br />

Michele and Larry Gress<br />

Scott and Laurie Haas<br />

Scott and Susan Hagenkord<br />

Matt Hallauer<br />

Jim and Kathleen Halling<br />

Joseph and Pam Hamblin<br />

Roger and Mary Beth Hamisch<br />

Mike and Patty Hammer<br />

Chuck Hammons<br />

www.stasaints.net<br />

Matt and Susan Harding<br />

Timothy and Cathy Hare<br />

Matt and Beth Hartung<br />

Joe and Colleen Heeter<br />

Tony and Terri Heit<br />

Patrick and Karen Henderson<br />

Julieana Hendricks<br />

Todd and Chris Henning<br />

Craig and Tracy Herter<br />

Rick Hetzel<br />

Kerry and Lynda Higgins<br />

Gary and Molly Hilderhof<br />

Mary Ann Hilgers<br />

Kyle Hill<br />

Brock and Kelly Hill<br />

Charles and Mary Pat<br />

Himmelberg<br />

Mike and Kim Hinck<br />

William and Renee Hintz<br />

David and Christine Hoffman<br />

Carolyn Holton<br />

Stephen and Linda Hopfinger<br />

Brian and Diana Hornung<br />

Tom and Karen Hult<br />

Cathryn Hund Radiel<br />

Lamar and Rita Hunt<br />

Pete and Sherri Jackson<br />

George and Emily Jansen<br />

Kevin and Laura Jeffries<br />

Rick and Beth Jenkins<br />

Joel and Gretchen Johnson<br />

Keith and Molly Johnson<br />

Geoff and Jennifer Johnson<br />

Eric Johnston<br />

Patty Jordan<br />

John and Kathy Kane<br />

Dennis and Renee Keffer<br />

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Chris and Mary Kelly<br />

Daniel and Denise Ketelle<br />

Paul and Cindy Khoury<br />

Kevin and Kathy Killilea<br />

John and Janet Koch<br />

Len and Tina Kollars<br />

Barry and Jill Koster<br />

Kirk and Jeannette Kowalewski<br />

Greg and Mary Bridget Kratofil<br />

Paul and Joan Krebs<br />

John and Jackie Krim<br />

Kevin and Lynn Kruse<br />

Michael and Jo Kuckelman<br />

Marsha Kurelac<br />

Paul and Lisa Lacy<br />

Collins Landers / Landers Visions<br />

Mike and Angela Leikam<br />

Kathryn Lemons<br />

Tim Lillis<br />

Keith and Kathy Lisbon<br />

William and Ann Logan<br />

Emmett and Paula Logan<br />

Pat and Maria Looney<br />

Gerardo and Jennifer Lopez<br />

Stephen and Barb Loughman<br />

John and Mary Luther<br />

Shane Lutz<br />

Lea Anne Mallot<br />

Scott and Melinda Marquess<br />

Jeannette Marstall<br />

Paul and Maura Martin<br />

Jerrica Martinez<br />

Kenneth and Julie Marx<br />

Jim and Michelle Maxwell<br />

Tom and Julie Mayfield<br />

Paula McCarthy<br />

Pete and Cheryl McDonald<br />

Bob and Polly McNellis<br />

Richard and Cindy McOsker<br />

Gary and Annette Mellard<br />

John and Marla Michaels<br />

Terry and Terri Miller<br />

Lowell and Karen Miller<br />

Brian and Leann Miller<br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> and Karen Miller<br />

Michael and Tracy Mistler<br />

Steve and Peggy Moran<br />

Marcia Moroney<br />

Robert and Karen Morrie<br />

Craig and Paula Moss<br />

Michael and Stephanie Mravunac<br />

Lynn Mueller<br />

Sheila Mueller<br />

Bill and Polly Mullin<br />

Bob and Luisa Mulvaney<br />

Pat and Jackie Murphy<br />

Gregory and Melissa Nachbar<br />

Richard and Joni Nachbar<br />

Timothy and Elaine Navickas<br />

Lorry Nelson<br />

Jeff and Jill Ney<br />

Rick and Karen Oddo<br />

Dennis and Linda O’Grady<br />

Sui Sum Olson<br />

Joe Orrick<br />

Michael and Kimberly Owens<br />

Lorne Parks<br />

Dale and Sabrina Pauley<br />

Andrew and Marty Pavlovich<br />

Brian and Janet Peacock<br />

Natalie Pearson<br />

Eric and Susanna Peck<br />

Kevin and Cathay Perz<br />

Tom and Ann Petersen<br />

Kevin and Barbara Petracek<br />

Jean Pflumm<br />

Mark and Debbie Poelzl<br />

Pamela Popp<br />

Linda Porter<br />

William and Catherine Powers<br />

Kenny and Serena Price<br />

Kent and Lori Price<br />

Doug and Lisa Purtle<br />

Diane Pyle<br />

Ed and Mary Pyle<br />

Michon Quick<br />

Tom and Michon Quick<br />

Mark and Mary Radetic<br />

Christopher Radiel<br />

Troy and Nancy Reazin<br />

Jon and Lisa Reboulet<br />

Kevin and Kim Reichmuth<br />

Sean Reilly<br />

Sean and Teresa Reilly<br />

Jim and Megan Riggs<br />

Jerry and Mary Ann Robison<br />

Todd and Dawn Ropson<br />

Ken and Janet Rosberg<br />

Karen Ruder<br />

Martin and Debra Ryan<br />

Michael and Cynthia Sabatini<br />

Brian Schenck<br />

Albert Schendel<br />

Albert and Jeanetta Schendel<br />

Jeffrey and Susan Scherzer<br />

Nick and Susan Schilling<br />

Eric and Martha Schmidt<br />

Kurt and Donna Schmidt<br />

Andrew and Marie Schmidt<br />

Noel and Sara Schnake<br />

Robert and Liz Schneider<br />

Heather Schoneman<br />

Vicki Schroeder<br />

Joseph and Joanne Schroer<br />

Joseph and Danette Searle<br />

David and Mianne Sell<br />

Abbot Barnabas Senecal<br />

Jim and Kelly Setter<br />

Michelle Shaffer<br />

Michael and Kay Shirley<br />

Jeffrey and Leigh Shoulta<br />

David Shriver<br />

Brian and Denise Sieben<br />

Mark and Karen Sneed<br />

Michael and Leslie Sobek<br />

David and Mary Speckin<br />

Daniel and Lisa Stalp<br />

Ward and Kelly Staudenmyer<br />

Mark and Ginni Steele<br />

David and Rosemary Storm<br />

Fr. Andrew Strobl<br />

Mark and Kim Stukel<br />

Amy Sudduth<br />

Barb Summerson<br />

Lon and Becky Swanson<br />

Christian and Mary Swett<br />

Michael Swett<br />

Daniel and Stacey Taylor<br />

Paul and Pamela Taylor<br />

Troy and Cindi Tedder<br />

Kevin and Denise Thimmesch<br />

John and Deborah <strong>Thomas</strong><br />

Michael and Peggy <strong>Thomas</strong><br />

Mike <strong>Thomas</strong><br />

Kaye Thompson<br />

Sean and Julie Thompson<br />

Brian and Deanna Thorne<br />

Bryan and Susan Thrasher<br />

Mark and Patricia Tranckino<br />

Dale and Mary Urban<br />

John and Debbie Van Blaricum<br />

Gerard and Diana VanHoet<br />

Tom and Cindy VanPelt<br />

Scott and Dana Vena<br />

Dale and Tamera Vestal<br />

Brett and Cheryl Vickers<br />

Lindie Victor<br />

Joseph and Patricia Voda<br />

Elizabeth Vrabac<br />

Tom and Peggy Waggoner<br />

Arthur and Ann Walsh<br />

Richard and Renee Washburn<br />

Donald and Colleen Watson<br />

Douglas and Liz Watts<br />

Matthew and JoAnn Weger<br />

Kurt and Cheryl Weigel<br />

Steve and Terrie Whealon<br />

Charles and Karen Wheeler<br />

John and Ann Whigham<br />

Dennis and Kathy White<br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> and Angela Wichlinski<br />

Walter and Colleen Wiedeman<br />

Dave and Dianne Wilderson<br />

Patrick and Mary Jo Williams<br />

Tom and Shelly Williams<br />

Bret and Christy Wilson<br />

Greg Wilson<br />

Cynthia Winkler<br />

Suzanne Wolff<br />

Kurt and Marie Woltering<br />

Marc and Mary Ann Woodward<br />

Richard and Mary Woody<br />

Jim and Robin Wooten<br />

Christopher and Stephanie<br />

Wright<br />

Justin Wrigley<br />

Jeffrey and Colette Wunderlich<br />

Michael and Jane Wynne<br />

Keith and Ann Marie Younger<br />

John and Cynthia Zabroske<br />

Gary and Julie Zancanelli<br />

Tom & Mickey Zarda<br />

Bob and Alicia Zarse<br />

Fr. Mitchel Zimmerman<br />

Gary and Kellie Zych


Flournoy - Lee<br />

Andy Flournoy, ‘04, & Caitlin “Katie” Lee, ‘04,<br />

were married at St. Agnes Catholic Church on April<br />

24, 2010, with Fr. Jerry Arano-Ponce officiating.<br />

The couple celebrated their one-year anniversary on<br />

Easter Sunday.<br />

Andy graduated from Kansas State University<br />

in 2009 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering<br />

and works for Logic, Inc. in Olathe, Kansas. Katie<br />

graduated from Villanova in 2008 with a degree<br />

in Biology and works for the Stowers Institute for<br />

Medical Research in Kansas City, Missouri. Andy<br />

and Katie currently reside in Prairie Village and are<br />

members of St. Ann’s Catholic Church where they<br />

volunteer as youth leaders.<br />

Pictured left to right: John Kolich, ‘04, Austin Nigro, ‘04, Stasia Hermes, ’04, Pat Carter, ’96,<br />

Elizabeth Elliott (Dallas), Jimmy Carter, ‘03, Stephanie Frost, ‘01, Bobby Carter, ‘04, Hillary<br />

Carter, ‘04, Lauren Frost, ‘98, Tim Carter, ’94, Emily Rembert (Dallas), Michael Carter, ‘98,<br />

Erin Maloney (Wichita), Ryan Trader, ‘04, Brittany Jeter, ‘04, Tom Broxterman, ‘04, Caroline<br />

Colgrove (St. Louis), Meg Stockton (Wichita), John Doyle, ‘04, Denny Alfonsin, ’04.<br />

SAINtS MArryINg SAINtS<br />

Pictured from top to bottom: Allison Matthews, ‘04, Maggie Lee Affolter,<br />

‘00, Whitney Sizmore ‘04, Flavia Godoy, Cassie Sereda, Mollie Lee, ‘04, and<br />

Katie Flournoy, ‘04; and (top to bottom): Steve Anderson, Spencer Brown,<br />

Mark Mourlam, Tony Kern, ‘04, Paul Flournoy, ‘05, Yusshy Mendoza, and<br />

Andy Flournoy, ‘04.<br />

Frost - Carter<br />

Hillary Frost, ’04, and Robert<br />

“Bobby” Carter, ’04, were married<br />

on October 15, 2010, at the<br />

Cathedral of St. Peter in Kansas<br />

City, Kansas – with Father Keith<br />

Lunsford, Father Michael Hawken,<br />

Father Ric Halvorson and Father<br />

Harry Schneider concelebrating.<br />

Both Hillary and Bobby are<br />

graduates of the <strong>School</strong> of<br />

Journalism strategic communication<br />

program at the University of<br />

Kansas. Hillary is an Account<br />

Manager for Barkley Advertising in<br />

Kansas City, Missouri, and Bobby is<br />

an Account Executive for Perceptive<br />

Software in Shawnee, Kansas. The<br />

couple resides in Prairie Village<br />

with their dog Louie.<br />

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1946<br />

Sister Marie Neff, BVM, was<br />

recalled to the Mount Carmel<br />

Motherhouse in Dubuque, Iowa, on<br />

October 15, 2011, to be of assistance<br />

to the staff. She has been a Catholic<br />

<strong>School</strong>s teacher for the Diocese of<br />

Kansas City/St. Joseph (Missouri) for<br />

54 years. Sister Marie has served at St.<br />

John Francis Regis grade school for<br />

the last 39 years, as teacher, principal,<br />

and most recently substitute teacher.<br />

1947<br />

John Schmiedeler was inducted<br />

into the 2011 Benedictine University<br />

Ravens Athletic Hall of Fame on<br />

October 29, 2011, in Atchison,<br />

Kansas. John was a sharp-shooter<br />

for the Ravens basketball team<br />

(1948-52), and after completing<br />

his master’s degree in education at<br />

DePaul University in Chicago, he<br />

coached high school, college (St. Mary<br />

of the Plains, Dodge City, KS), and<br />

international men’s basketball (Israel).<br />

Following his basketball coaching<br />

career, John was superintendent of<br />

schools for the Diocese of Kansas<br />

City-St. Joseph for 17 years while<br />

also volunteering for the National<br />

Association of Intercollegiate<br />

Athletics. The NAIA honored<br />

John in 1993 with the Frank<br />

Cramer Award, recognizing him for<br />

longtime dedication to the NAIA<br />

basketball tournament. John and his<br />

wife, Rosemary, have seven grown<br />

daughters and live in Westwood,<br />

Kansas.<br />

Three generations of Royalty<br />

Kelly Sullivan Hill,<br />

class of 1984, her daughter<br />

Abby Hill (current STA<br />

senior), and Kelly’s mother<br />

Lucia Sullivan, a graduate<br />

of Lillis <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> in<br />

Kansas City, Missouri,<br />

became three generations<br />

of homecoming queens<br />

when Abby was crowned<br />

2011 Homecoming Queen<br />

at <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong><br />

<strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> in September. Kelly was crowned Homecoming Queen 28<br />

years ago for the Blue Streaks of <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> in Shawnee.<br />

1998<br />

Michael Gary earned his B.S. in<br />

Business Management from Drake<br />

University in Des Moines, Iowa, and<br />

then moved to Los Angeles to earn<br />

a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion<br />

Design from the Fashion Institute<br />

of Design and Merchandising. He<br />

is married to STA alumna Jacque<br />

Gangel, ‘98, who earned her Nursing<br />

degree from Rockhurst University in<br />

Kansas City, Missouri. The couple<br />

resides in the Kansas City area with<br />

their children, Mara - age 5, and<br />

Michael - age 3. Michael is employed<br />

as the Brand Manager and Head<br />

Designer for PING Apparel.<br />

2000<br />

Elizabeth “Liz” Kisthardt Samples<br />

and her husband Dave are proud<br />

to announce the arrival of their son<br />

Brian Walter, born on September 15,<br />

2011. Besides her new vocation as a<br />

mom, Liz is an attorney for the United<br />

States Department of Education<br />

Office for Civil Rights in Kansas<br />

City, Missouri.The family resides in<br />

Shawnee, Kansas.<br />

2002<br />

Emily Bock Pickerill spent 15<br />

months in Morocco as a Fulbright<br />

grant recipient conducting research<br />

and studying Arabic from 2009-2010.<br />

Her research entitled, Informal and<br />

entrepreneurial strategies among<br />

sub-Saharan migrants in Morocco,<br />

was presented, in French, at the<br />

international colloquium on Transit<br />

Migration in Nice, France. The<br />

research piece was published in the<br />

September 2011 issue of the Journal<br />

of North African Studies. Emily is the<br />

daughter of Rebecca and Tim Bock of<br />

Overland Park, Kansas.


David Poell, class of 2003,<br />

received the “President’s<br />

Commendation” award from<br />

the Chicago Transit Authority<br />

(CTA) for a heroic act on<br />

a metro bus last October.<br />

The driver of the bus began<br />

feeling light-headed, breathing<br />

impaired and began to pass<br />

out. David assisted by calling<br />

the CTA Control Center and<br />

911 for help, while the driver<br />

brought the passenger-filled bus to a safe stop.<br />

David earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan<br />

Law <strong>School</strong> in Ann Arbor in May 2010, where he graduated Magna Cum<br />

Laude. While at Michigan, he served as Executive Editor on the editorial<br />

board of the Michigan Law Review. David received his Bachelor of Arts<br />

degree in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Notre<br />

Dame in May 2007. He currently practices law with O’Hagan Spencer in<br />

Chicago, Illinois.<br />

2003<br />

Ryan<br />

Tinker is a<br />

co-founder of<br />

True Hero Ties,<br />

an internet<br />

company<br />

based on a<br />

simple concept<br />

and purpose:<br />

donate 50% of<br />

every purchase<br />

to a U.S. veteran’s organization.<br />

The company currently only sells<br />

two men’s ties, but is planning on<br />

expanding products in the future.<br />

With every purchase, customers are<br />

supporting our nation’s great heroes<br />

who protect our freedom. Since its<br />

November 2011 launch, True Hero<br />

Ties has already donated $3,000 to<br />

partner veterans organizations.<br />

2004<br />

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ClASS NoteS<br />

Caitlin O’Connor recently<br />

returned from Ukraine after two<br />

years of volunteer work with the<br />

Peace Corps. Caitlin worked in Youth<br />

Development, creating new programs<br />

for encouraging healthy lifestyles for<br />

children and teens. Caitlin graduated<br />

in 2008 from John Carroll University<br />

in Cleveland, Ohio. Caitlyn is the<br />

daughter of Elaine and William<br />

O’Connor of Kansas City, Missouri.<br />

Emily Mayfield graduated from<br />

Kansas State University in 2008 with<br />

an Elementary Education Degree.<br />

Following graduation, Emily moved to<br />

New York and danced professionally<br />

for two years. She is currently teaching<br />

3rd Grade in the Blue Valley <strong>School</strong><br />

District.<br />

Carter Holton, class<br />

of 2006, and son of<br />

George and Carolyn<br />

Regan Holton, ’73, of<br />

Overland Park, Kansas,<br />

appeared on television’s<br />

Food Network<br />

Challenge on July 3,<br />

2011. The challenge was<br />

to create a cake of a Star<br />

Wars’ character tied<br />

into the opening of the<br />

Starspeeder 1000 ride<br />

in Hollywood Studios at<br />

Disneyworld. In spite of<br />

being too young to recall<br />

the Star Wars craze (first one released in 1977) and thus less familiar with<br />

the creatures, habitats and people, Carter delved into the theme and chose<br />

the character C3PO and an elaborate setting of the planet Tatoone. Carter<br />

won the Challenge including prize money and a trip to Disneyworld to<br />

recreate his winning cake at the ride opening. The young baker graduated<br />

as valedictorian in 2008 with an Associate degree in Baking and Pastry<br />

from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He is<br />

currently the pastry chef at Le Fou Frog restaurant and The River Club<br />

in Kansas City. He also teaches Baking and Pastry at the Art Institutes<br />

International of Kansas City.<br />

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2005<br />

Carri Prewitt took her vows of<br />

First Profession with the Dominican<br />

Nuns on December 8, 2011, at the<br />

Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary<br />

in Summit, New Jersey. Carrie has<br />

chosen Sister Mary Magdalene as her<br />

religious name. Carri is the daughter<br />

of Kathleen and Tom Prewitt of<br />

Overland Park, Kansas.<br />

2007<br />

Jordan Herbert received the 2011<br />

national Sigma Nu Man of the Year<br />

Award for his work with the Nu<br />

chapter at Kansas State University.<br />

Jordan held several offices while active<br />

in the chapter, and also currently<br />

serves on the Alumni Advisory Board.<br />

Upon receiving the honor, in addition<br />

to thanking his fraternity brothers,<br />

local alumni and the Sigma Nu<br />

national organization, Jordan thanked<br />

his family for their support. Jordan is<br />

the son of Carol and Jerry Herbert of<br />

Lenexa, Kansas.<br />

2008<br />

Drew Clement was named<br />

Academic All-American for the 2010-<br />

2011 school year. Drew plays soccer for<br />

Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas.<br />

Drew is the son of Lisa and Bob<br />

Clement of Shawnee, Kansas.<br />

2010<br />

Katelyn Brungardt, a junior at<br />

St. Louis University, was among<br />

eight scholars honored at the 2011<br />

International Business Awards<br />

on October 6 in the John Cook<br />

<strong>School</strong> of Business. Katelyn was<br />

awarded the Anheuser-Busch Global<br />

Scholarship. Her picture appeared<br />

in the SLU newsletter with other<br />

scholarship recipients and corporate<br />

representatives, members of the<br />

Boeing Institute of International<br />

Business and SLU faculty. Katelyn<br />

is the daughter of Tracy and Craig<br />

Herter of Shawnee, Kansas.<br />

Drake Dunsmore, class of 2007,<br />

and senior at Northwestern University<br />

in Evanston, Illinois, has been named<br />

the inaugural winner of the Kwalick-<br />

Clark Award as Big Ten Tight End of<br />

the Year and is a consensus first-team<br />

All-Big Ten selection for the 2011<br />

football season.<br />

At the conclusion of the regular<br />

season, Drake was averaging a careerbest<br />

42.4 receiving yards per game<br />

(tops among all Big Ten tight ends)<br />

and also NU’s second-leading receiver with 43 catches for 509 yards.<br />

Dunsmore, a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award given to the nation’s<br />

top tight end, caught six TD passes this year, including four in a recordsetting<br />

performance at Indiana on October 29. In that game, Dunsmore<br />

became Northwestern’s career leader for receiving yards by a tight end and<br />

currently stands at 1,554.*<br />

The Big Ten Tight End of the Year Award, one of 17 individual trophies<br />

handed out for the first time this season, is named for former Big Ten greats<br />

Ted Kwalick (Penn State) and Dallas Clark (Iowa).<br />

*Statistics listed above for Drake<br />

Dunsmore are through the regular<br />

season and, due to press-time, do not<br />

include the Wildcats’ appearance vs.<br />

Texas A&M in the Mieneke Car Care<br />

Bowl of Texas in Houston, Texas, on<br />

December 31, 2011.<br />

Steven Mayfield is currently a<br />

sophomore at the University of Kansas<br />

where he serves as student manager of<br />

the Jayhawks Men’s Basketball team.<br />

2011<br />

Jake Weller graduated from the U.S.<br />

Marine Corps boot camp at the San<br />

Diego Marine Corp Recruit Depot.<br />

Jake qualified as an Expert Marksman,<br />

the highest level possible, and was one<br />

of only five men in his platoon to be<br />

granted a meritorious promotion to<br />

Private First Class. Jake is now at the<br />

<strong>School</strong> of Infantry for his next phase<br />

of training. Jake is the son of Coleen<br />

and Rick Weller of Overland Park,<br />

Kansas.<br />

Courtesy of Athletic Communications,<br />

Northwestern University, photographer<br />

Stephen J. Carrera.<br />

Kyle Whigham, a freshman at<br />

Drake University in Des Moines,<br />

Iowa, and member of the KC Ranger<br />

club soccer team, participated in the<br />

Under 18 Nationals this past summer.<br />

Kyle was selected to the Team of<br />

11, representing the top 11 under-<br />

18-year-olds in the nation after the<br />

tournament.


Allison Mayfield, class of 2008, moved into sixth all-time on Kansas volleyball’s career kills, something not even<br />

she could have dreamed of when she first arrived on the Lawrence campus as a freshman in 2008. Through hard<br />

work and the help of her coaches, Mayfield has etched her name multiple times in the KU record books and along<br />

the way pushed herself to not only be a statistical leader on the team, but a vocal one as well.<br />

Mayfield joined the Jayhawk volleyball team in 2008 after a very<br />

successful four-year athletic career at <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>,<br />

which was capped off by back-to-back state titles in volleyball. Mayfield<br />

earned an all-state first team accolades in both 2006 and 2007 and was<br />

named the 2007 Kansas City Star Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year after<br />

claiming her fourth state championship in the high jump.<br />

Mayfield, who ranks second in the Big XII with 4.15 kills per set this<br />

season, is finishing her collegiate career strong. Mayfield took home the<br />

MVP award in three of the Jayhawks’ four pre-conference tournaments<br />

this year and led the team with 19 kills in its victory over then-No. 6<br />

Minnesota, the highest-ranked opponent KU has beaten in program<br />

history. She is also on pace to post the second-most kills in KU history<br />

for a single season. Looking back on her career, Mayfield has created a lot<br />

of great memories, but she never would have believed it if someone had<br />

told her in 2008 that she would establish herself as a regular in the Kansas<br />

record books.<br />

Allison will graduate in May 2012 from KU with a degree is Exercise<br />

Science.<br />

Fourth Annual<br />

Mass of Remembrance<br />

Wednesday evening, February 8, 2012<br />

7:00 p.m.<br />

in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception<br />

at <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

We will honor students, alumni, parents, siblings, grandparents, faculty, staff and other loved ones of our community<br />

who have passed away, especially during the past year. The Mass of Remembrance is truly a beautiful way to celebrate a<br />

deceased loved one’s life.<br />

Those attending will be invited to light a candle for their deceased loved one and also enter his/her name into the<br />

permanent <strong>Saint</strong>s’ Book of Remembrance.<br />

The <strong>Saint</strong>s Book of Remembrance will be kept at <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> for regular submissions. You<br />

may submit information for the book at www.stasaints.net/remembrance or contact the Office of Advancement at<br />

913-319-2425.<br />

Please let us know if you plan to attend the 2012 Mass of Remembrance so that we may amply plan for the evening. A<br />

short reception will immediately follow Mass in the Library.<br />

RSVP: www.stasaints.net/remembrance<br />

Please also let us know throughout the year when members of our community pass away.<br />

Thank you!<br />

www.stasaints.net<br />

ClASS NoteS<br />

Courtesy of ESPN news - Kyle West, Big XII<br />

campus correspondent<br />

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IN MeMorIAM<br />

34<br />

In Memoriam<br />

Catherine “Cay” Bayer, age 59, of Overland<br />

Park, Kansas, passed away Sunday, November 20, 2011<br />

at St. Luke’s South Hospital. She is the mother of Catie<br />

Bayer (Chris) Eichman, ‘97, and is survived by her<br />

husband Donald F. Bayer, daughter Catie, son-in-law<br />

Chris and a granddaughter.<br />

Derek Adam Burchett, ’07, age 23, of Blue Springs,<br />

Missouri, died Sunday, August 28, 2011, following a<br />

motorcycle accident in Miami County, Missouri. He<br />

is survived by his mother Cerise Dugan Burchett, his<br />

father, Scott Burchett, step-mother Tammy Burchett,<br />

sisters Krystal Burchett and Emily Burchett, and stepsiblings<br />

Liz Mitchell and Ray Mitchell.<br />

Peggy Russell Coder, age 78, of Independence,<br />

Kansas, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2011. She is the<br />

mother of faculty member Paula McCarthy.<br />

William E. Delich, age 83, passed away Friday,<br />

November 25, 2011. He is the father of Emily Delich<br />

(Robert) Mirich, ’93, and alumni-parent Mary (Robert)<br />

Rixey. He is the grandfather of Allison Rixey, ‘07,<br />

Caroline Rixey, ’09, Amanda Rixey, ’10, Catilin Rixey,<br />

’11, and Andrew Mirich – current freshman.<br />

Patrick E. Doherty, age 84, of Lenexa, Kansas, died<br />

Saturday, August 27, 2011. He is survived by his wife<br />

of 60 years, Luella Befort Doherty, their eight alumni<br />

children: James M. (Susan) Doherty, ’72, Patrick M.<br />

(Teresa) Doherty, ’73, Maureen A. (Mark) Huppe, ’74,<br />

Daniel E. (Mirian) Doherty, ’75, Timothy M. Doherty,<br />

’77, Sheila A. (Gavin) Barmby, ’77, Sean M. (Julie)<br />

Doherty, ’78, and Colleen A. (William) Kolich, ’82,<br />

son-in-law Steve Mauton, 34 grandchildren – many of<br />

whom are STA alumni and current students – and 11<br />

great-grand children.<br />

Ariel Stephenson Frame, ‘55, age 74, of Liberty, MO,<br />

passed away Friday, July 29, 2011. She is the sister of<br />

Faith Stephenson, ‘53, Gwen Stephenson Echard, ‘55,<br />

and Owen Stephenson.<br />

Please contact Cindy Winkler in the STA Advancement Office at<br />

913-319-2425 or cwinkler@stasaints.net if you would like to recognize a<br />

deceased loved one or submit a records-update.<br />

Albert Kaegel, age 80, of St. Louis, Missouri, passed away<br />

Wednesday, August 17, 2011. He is the step-father of faculty<br />

member Rebecca Bock, and grandfather of Emily Bock<br />

Pickerill, ’02, Andrew Bock, ’04, Matthew Bock, ’08, and<br />

current freshman Stephen Bock.<br />

Richard M. Kempster, age 87, of Overland Park, Kansas,<br />

passed away Friday, August 26, 2011. He is the father of<br />

faculty member Jeannette Marstall, and the grandfather of<br />

Anna “Christie” Marstall Porter, ’98.<br />

Manfred Olson, age 98, of Coos Bay, Oregon, passed away<br />

Monday, August 22, 2011. He is the father-in-law of faculty<br />

member Sui Sum Olson.<br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> George (Tom) Ondick, ’89, age 40, of Lenexa,<br />

Kansas, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2011. He<br />

is survived by his parents Doug and Bonnie Ondick of<br />

Shawnee, Kansas.<br />

Deacon Richard Sarver, ’55, age 74 of Palm Desert,<br />

California, passed away Thursday, September 15, 2011. He is<br />

the husband of Sylvia Gallegos Sarver, ’58, and was ordained<br />

to the deaconate on November 20, 1982, for the Archdiocese<br />

of Seattle. Sylvia and Richard have four children: Michelle A.<br />

Hein, Michael A. Sarver, Marcia A. Watkins and Martin A.<br />

Sarver, and three grandchildren: Lacey Hein, Ryan Sarver and<br />

Matthew Sarver.<br />

Memorial information is published for<br />

deceased alumni, deceased parents/children/<br />

siblings of alumni, deceased faculty/staff,<br />

and deceased parents/siblings/children of<br />

faculty/staff. Please notify the <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong><br />

<strong>Aquinas</strong> Advancement Office by contacting<br />

Cindy Winkler at (913) 319-2425 / cwinkler@<br />

stasaints.net.


Class of<br />

1946 65-Year<br />

Reunion<br />

September 14, 2011<br />

First Watch – Shawnee,<br />

Kansas<br />

Unable to attend<br />

were Mary Anne Baier,<br />

Frances Wagner Million,<br />

Eleanor Boucher<br />

Gargotta and Richard<br />

Smith.<br />

Two classmates are<br />

deceased: Emma Merl<br />

Crust, and Mary Theresa<br />

LeCluyse Gravagno.<br />

Class of 1956<br />

55-Year Reunion<br />

October 23-24, 2011<br />

<strong>Saint</strong>s Pub & Patio – Overland<br />

Park, Kansas, and Hereford<br />

House – Shawnee, Kansas<br />

Pictured left-to-right, front row: Margie<br />

VanNieuwenhuyse Miller, Joyce Huff Soetaert,<br />

Jane Buckley Samyn, Connie Barry Kidd,<br />

Karen Hartigan Burdolski, and Jim Barry.<br />

Pictured left-to-right, back row: John Rosner,<br />

Jim Fanning, Jim Watson, Larry Shaw, and<br />

Joe Bergman.<br />

www.stasaints.net<br />

reUNIoNS<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Nadine VanHercke Flint, Pat Rieke Lynch, Ed Buckman, ‘45 – husband of Rosemarie,<br />

Rosemarie Heimburger Buckman, James Kearn and his wife Margaret, Ruth Hagedorn Setter and her<br />

husband Dave, Al “Gus” Chown, Frank Goode, Sister Marie Delphin Neff B.V. M. and her guest Sister<br />

Therese B.V. M.<br />

Pictured left-to-right, front row: Albert Samyn, Jane<br />

Buckley Samyn, Jim Fanning, Tony Soetaert, Joyce<br />

Huff Soetaert, Margie VanNieuwenhuyse Miller,<br />

and Jim Watson.<br />

Pictured left-to-right, back row: Joe Bergman,<br />

Mary Jo VanKeirsbilck Bergman, ‘58, Fred Kidd,<br />

Connie Barry Kidd, Jim Barry, Darlene Hofer<br />

Barry, ‘58, Trudy McGrath Rosner, ‘58, John<br />

Rosner, Judy and Larry Shaw, and Joe and Karen<br />

Hardigan Burdolski.<br />

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Class of 1961 50-Year<br />

Reunion<br />

October 1, 2011<br />

St. Joseph Church – Shawnee, and Mission Hills<br />

Country Club<br />

St. Joseph <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> Class of 1961 celebrated<br />

their 50-year Reunion on Saturday, October 1,<br />

2011, beginning with 41 classmates and their<br />

guests gathering for Mass at St. Joseph Church in<br />

Shawnee, Kansas. About 20 classmates were unable<br />

to attend, and an additional ten are deceased.<br />

The celebration continued at Mission Hills<br />

Country Club with socializing and a buffet dinner.<br />

Guests enjoyed the DVD of photos and newspaper<br />

clippings, and a representative from Project Talent<br />

(Washington D.C.) greeted the Blue Streaks in<br />

attendance. Each classmate was presented with a<br />

“Gold Medal Club” certificate from <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong><br />

<strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> in recognition of 50 years<br />

since graduation.<br />

1961 Classmates: Mark your calendar for a Class<br />

Picnic -- next summer, Saturday, June 23, 2012, 1<br />

p.m., at the home of Sandy Jakubik Massock, Lake<br />

Waukomis, Missouri. More information will follow.<br />

Class of 1971<br />

40-Year Reunion<br />

October 22, 2011<br />

Lucky Brewgrille – Mission, Kansas<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Margaret Mullen, Janice<br />

Hagedorn Hoytal, and John Patrick.<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Joan Knipper Carter,<br />

Connie Wurtenberger Zienkewicz, and Steve<br />

Shikles.<br />

Pictured left-to-right:<br />

Henry Lust, Michael<br />

Vielhauer and Francis<br />

Roos.<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Ruth Ann<br />

Huginan Hartung and Darryl<br />

Hartung.<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Reunion<br />

organizer Stephen Sullivan, and<br />

his twin brother Larry Sullivan.<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Diane Rieke Ellsworth, Janice Hagedorn Hoytal, John Patrick, Janet<br />

Wichman Hoefler, Margaret Mullen, A.J. Lang, Tom Pope, and Lyle Hoefler.<br />

Below pictured left-to-right: Rose<br />

Dobbelaere Dusselier, Cathy Garrett<br />

Brandes, Barb Kievlan Fowler,’70,<br />

Donna Hambelton Sawyer, Jolene Riley<br />

Miller, and Carol Franz Gerety.<br />

reUNIoNS<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Terry and Dolores<br />

DeMeese Breck.<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Karen Hoelting Starnes,<br />

Sandy Jakubik Massock, Carolyn Soetaert<br />

Rop and Mary Ellen Nastali Alea.<br />

Above pictured<br />

left-to-right: Barb<br />

Knoebber Soetaert,<br />

Margaret Mullen,<br />

Joan Knipper<br />

Carter, and Diane<br />

Rieke Ellsworth.


eUNIoNS<br />

Class of 1976<br />

35-Year Reunion<br />

October 28, 2011<br />

Johnny’s Tavern – Shawnee, Kansas<br />

Above pictured left-to-right: Mary Bichelmeyer Lucas<br />

and Mitch Compton (reunion organizer).<br />

Right pictured left-to-right: Shannon Tyler Luka, Julie<br />

Garrett, Brenda Carbajo Conrad, Susie Miller Meyers,<br />

Francie Holland Baska, Mary Bichelmeyer Lucas, Lisa<br />

Pflumm Zarda, and Kathy Weiderkehr Lamas.<br />

Class of 1996<br />

15-Year Reunion<br />

September 23, 2011<br />

Homecoming Tailgate – STA, and<br />

<strong>Saint</strong>s Pub & Patio – Overland Park,<br />

Kansas<br />

Above pictured left-to-right: Michelle Gossman Hardgree, Erin<br />

Bradley Peters, Stacy John Kramer, Matt Mereghetti, Lori<br />

Anselmo, Jennifer Owens Governal, Franny Goode, Frank<br />

Governal and Annie Kloster North.<br />

Below pictured left-to-right: Annie Kloster North, Christine<br />

Culp Lemmon, Colleen Bolin Hochberg, Lori Anselmo and<br />

Erin Bradley Peters.<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Susie Miller Meyers and Lisa Pflumm Zarda.<br />

www.stasaints.net<br />

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Class of 2001<br />

10-Year Reunion<br />

October 22-23, 2011<br />

Church of the Ascension, Tanner’s<br />

Bar & Grill, and Quivira Park –<br />

Overland Park, Kansas<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Brian Wolf, Billy<br />

Buser, and Matthew Gary.<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Lisa Manns, Amy<br />

Logan, and Drew Henderson.<br />

Class of 2006 5-Year<br />

Reunion<br />

November 26, 2011<br />

Kelly’s Westport Inn<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Alison<br />

Darby Boddicker and Mandy<br />

Stanley Menghini.<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Erin Fauss, Erin Prendergast,<br />

Sarah Kuhlmann, and Christy Millweard.<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Pat O’Donnell,<br />

Erica Cekovsky Super, and Steele<br />

Schottenheimer.<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Peter Clevinger, Luke<br />

Gorczyca, Andrew Patterson, and Phil Gastl.<br />

reUNIoNS<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Whitney Smith Gaughan, Eric Gaughan,<br />

Molly Zeller Farwell, and Kellie Pyle Strube.<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Sarah Cook McCreary, Randi Lenning,<br />

Emily Murphy Comfort, Ashley Crawford Stockmann, Kali<br />

Yount Clune, Emily Wiedeman Creal and Angie Gangel<br />

Sharpe.<br />

Pictured left-to-right: Denina<br />

Lewis and Courtney Kopp.


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QSP returns over 40% to the school, and all proceeds are designated for<br />

student activities at <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> <strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong>. Thank you for your<br />

participation and support!<br />

<strong>Saint</strong>s Trivia Challenge!<br />

Saturday, February 4, 2012<br />

6:30 p.m. - Setup<br />

7:00 p.m. - Trivia Challenge<br />

In the Auxiliary Gym (enter from the Commons)<br />

$15 per person/$150 per table*<br />

(Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.)<br />

Bring your own beverages and an appetizer to<br />

share.<br />

Prizes for best theme decorated team table, trivia<br />

winner and runner-up teams!<br />

*Individuals and groups welcome; individuals will be assigned to a table by the<br />

Trivia Challenge committee.<br />

Register ONLINE at www.stasaints.net before Tuesday, February 1.<br />

Space is limited to the first 40 teams!<br />

Contact Teresa Ahrens at tahrens@stasaints.net or 913-319-2475 if you have<br />

any questions or would like to volunteer.<br />

www.stasaints.net/trivianight<br />

Are you getting the<br />

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<strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> sends out short emails to highlight students,<br />

alumni and teachers. If you are not getting the emails, there are two ways to<br />

get on our list:<br />

Go to stasaints.net and click on Alumni Update. Log in and put in your<br />

correct email address.<br />

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ClASS reUNIoNS<br />

Planning a<br />

Reunion in 2012?<br />

We Can Help!!<br />

Class years ending in “2” and<br />

“7” ~ this is your year for a<br />

reunion!<br />

Please contact Michon<br />

Quick, Director of Alumni &<br />

Constituent Relations at mquick@<br />

stasaints.net or 913-319-2437. The<br />

first two steps are:<br />

• Pick a date and location!<br />

• Start locating “lost” alumni<br />

addresses!<br />

Check us out on Facebook<br />

“<strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> Alumni -<br />

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If you would like to create a<br />

link from the official <strong>Saint</strong><br />

<strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong> page to your<br />

individual class reunion site,<br />

contact Bryan Thrasher at<br />

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Address Updates<br />

Alumni and Parents, please<br />

update your or your child’s<br />

mailing address to stay current<br />

and connected with the <strong>Saint</strong>s!<br />

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11411 Pflumm Road<br />

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Alumni:<br />

Please update<br />

your mailing address at<br />

www.stasaints.net<br />

Announcing:<br />

<strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong><br />

<strong>Aquinas</strong><br />

<strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong><br />

1988 2012<br />

YEARS<br />

Hall-of-Fame<br />

Awards<br />

Non-Profit Organization<br />

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PERMIT NO. 22<br />

In celebration of <strong>Saint</strong> <strong>Thomas</strong> <strong>Aquinas</strong><br />

<strong>High</strong> <strong>School</strong> and its 25th Year, nominations are<br />

currently being accepted for the first class of the<br />

<strong>Saint</strong>s Hall-of-Fame.<br />

Go to www.stasaints.net/HallofFame for<br />

more information, program guidelines and<br />

the nomination process and submission form<br />

(PDF).<br />

Alumni, parents and friends are invited to<br />

nominate deserving candidates. Please submit<br />

your nomination no later than April 1, 2012,<br />

for the inaugural awards-event in February<br />

2013.

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