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John Carroll Catholic High School Newsletter
VOL XXV ISSUE II JohnCarrollHigh.com
Thank you to those who have generously donated to the 2008-2009 Annual Giving Campaign.
Building a better tomorrow
John Carroll High School
cordially invites you to its
John Carroll High School
Annual 300 Club
Dinner, Dance, and Auction
Inside this Issue...
“An Evening in Tropical Paradise”
300 Club Invitation... Cover
Letter from the President...2
Meet the Advisory Board...3
Updates from the Office of IA...4
Alumni In Action...6
Recognize Someone Special...8
JCHS Sports Update...10-11
Alumni Udpate Form...12
Friday, February 6, 2009
The Pelican Yacht Club
1120 Seaway Drive, Fort
The spectacular evening will feature
Dinner, Dancing, Silent Auction,
Live Auction, 50/50,
and a $5,000 or Tuition give a way.
A donation of $200 admits two.
Purchasing a ticket enters you in a drawing for
1st prize - $5,000 or tuition
2nd prize - $1,000
3rd prize - $100
Seating is limited and will be designated
to those who RSVP with payment first.
You need not be present to win.
Kindly Rsvp before January 23, 2009.
Letter from the President
Dear Alumni and Friends of John Carroll,
As we look forward to Christmas, we give thanks to the
Lord for all of the blessings that we have received as a school community
during the past year! Hopefully we all take the time during the season of
Advent to prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of Christ and for his
continuing presence in our hearts and our minds. May the joy of the
Christmas season be yours and may the New Year be a truly happy
Congratulations to the John
one for you and your family. On behalf of our entire faculty and staff,
Carroll High School “Blue and Gold”
I thank you for all that you do in support of John Carroll High School.
recipients Danny Irizarry, Anna Scotto,
Samantha Parrish, Katie Ritter, Kelly
Trowbridge, Mark Daigle, Olivia Piazza
and Sara Matulonis
Matulonis.. These outstanding
seniors were selected for their academic
excellence, service to others, and
displaying the qualities of a Christian
It is with great pride that I report on the latest school news! On November 13th Jane
Plummer, and Frances Bigay and the John Carroll Anchor Club were recognized as recipients
at the National Philanthropy Day awards ceremony. They were recipients of the prestigious
national awards of Outstanding Youth and Youth Group in Philanthropy, respectively. The
competition is held throughout the U.S. and is presented by the Association of Fundraising
Thanks to Martha Cross, our art instructor, the John Carroll art students had the
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with the Cleveland Clinic on a special research and art project.
Only three other schools in Florida participated in producing artwork from student research that was
conducted through the eXpressions program in Ohio. A professional video team from the Cleveland
Clinic flew to JCHS, filmed the students, and watched as they interpreted medical research in artwork
that will be entered in a competition for judging by a panel of professionals from Cleveland’s art and
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program recently announced its AP Scholar
Award Winners and Scholars with Honors from 2008. Congratulations to the six JCHS students who
have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams ((Brittani
Blazak, Brynn Carlson, Mark Daigle, Lindsay Falkenberg, Danny Irizarry, and John Mauldin
Mauldin)) and the
three students who earned the distinction of AP Scholar with Honors ((Michael
Michael Cicalese, Kyle Collins,
and Lucie Enns).
Enns). The Advanced Placement Program provides motivated and academically
prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still
The Cleveland Clinic
in high sch
ool, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful
videographer explained to John Carroll
performance on the AP Exams.
High School student Dean Helseth how
the video interview process would occur.
These recent accomplishments are a true testament to the exceptional students
Dean was asked how JCHS students
and John Carroll High School and its diversity. We are proud of their philanthropic work,
incorporated scientific research and
studies in the arts, and success in academics. May God continue to bless you, our students,
visual art into the eXpressions project.
faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Rev. Thomas E. Barrett,
Contratulations to the John Carroll High School National Philanthropy
Day winners: Frances Bigay
Bigay, Mrs. Rebecca Dempsey
Dempsey, and Jane Plummer
were recipients of the prestigious National Awards of Outstanding Youth and
Youth in Philanthropy, respectively.
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Meet the Advisory Board
Stef has been a resident of St. Lucie County since 1982 and is a
graduate of North Carolina State University with a BS in Civil Engineering. He
and his wife of 20 years, Tammy, have a son Wade, who is a junior at JCHS.
Stef is a Professional Engineer registered in Florida and is the Senior Vice
President of Culpepper & Terpening, Inc, a local Civil Engineering firm.
He is a member of Governor Bush’s Committee for a Sustainable
Treasure Coast, the FAU Treasure Coast Campus Advisory Board, First Peoples
Bank, Ft. Pierce Advisory Board, past President of SLC Chamber of Commerce,
past Chairman of SLC Planning & Zoning Board, and past President of the
Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society.
Bill is a Senior Project Manager for Culpepper & Terpening Engineers,
Inc. He and his wife Betty Ann have one child, Brittani, a 2008 graduate of JCHS.
Brittani is a freshman at the Ohio State University majoring in Biological Engineering.
The Blazak family has lived in St. Lucie County for 25 years and is active in
community events, enjoy their friends, and the wonderful environment that our
Robbin has been married for 25 years to Richard and has two sons Rick
Jr., a freshman at Auburn University, and Robert who is a junior at JCHS. After
graduating from John Carroll is 1978, Robbin graduated from the University of
Dayton with a BFA in Commercial Design. She is presently the Office Manager at
Lynch, Johnson & Long, LLC and President of Four R
Marine, Inc. Robbin is also a member of the Treasure
Coast Manatee Foundation, Inc. and past member of
the St. Lucie County Cultural Affairs Council – Board
Member of Art in Public Places.
Matt received a BS in accounting from Kings College and was
employed as a CPA in Delaware for six
years before moving to Florida in 1977. He
has worked in the citrus industry for 27
years, and is currently employed by Oslo
Citrus Growers in Vero Beach.
His wife of 21 years, Ginny, is
Business Banking Officer with National
City Bank. Daughter, Lindsey, a 2007 JCHS
graduate and salutatorian, is a sophomore
pre-med student at the University of Notre
Dame. The McAlarnens enjoy supporting
the Habitat Project at JCHS and Youth on
a Mission summer work-camps for high
(Standing) Stef Matthes, Bill Blazak, Matt McAlarnen, Dave Hankle, Rev.
school and college-age students as well as
Thomas E. Barrett, Ben Hopper, (sitting) Robbin Lynch, Marie Privuznak,
other community and church activities.
Marie graduated from Jersey City State
Teachers College with a degree in education and
is certified in both New Jersey and Florida in the
following areas: Elementary Education, Early
Childhood, Administration, Supervision, Curriculum,
& Exceptional Student Education (K-12). She has
worked for the Diocese of Palm Beach for almost
Beverly Jones, (not pictured) Keith Ingram, Maureen Leu, David Recor, 35 years and spent 28 years at St. Joseph School
Jeff Shultz, and Jennifer Trefelner.
in Stuart, the last 18 years as Principal. For the
past 7 years, Marie has worked as the Assistant
Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese.
Dave and his wife Diane live in Vero Beach with his youngest of three
She has served as a member of the John Carroll Advisory Board
daughters, Katherine, a sophomore at JCHS. He has two other daughters,
since 1994 as a parent, feeder school principal, and now as a Diocesan
Jennifer and Emily. Dave grew up in Pennsylvania, has a business degree from Penn
State University, and earned a Masters degree from Drexel University. He worked
in banking for 35 years, the last 22 years as Senior Vice President at Harbor Federal
Savings Bank in Ft. Pierce. Dave retired from banking in 2007 to return to school.
He is currently completing his last year in a masters of theology degree program
Beverly is a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, a Team
at St. Vincent De Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach. Upon completion he looks
Leader for the Altar Guild, Secretary for the St. Mary Ann’s Guild, volunteer
forward to being ordained a deacon in the Diocese of Palm Beach to serve at St.
for the PGA Historical Center, a Board Member of the Backus Museum, and
Helen parish in Vero Beach.
a member of the Royal Palms of St. Lucie. She is a native of New Jersey,
attended Business School, was a court stenographer for several years, was a
Secretary at Fort Monmouth, NJ, and is now a full time homemaker.
Maureen graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Radiology in 1985.
Her youngest daughter, Brittany, attends JCHS, and her husband
She married Brad in 1989 and moved to the Northeast for several years before
Thom is the St. Lucie County President for Seacoast National Bank. She has
settling in Vero Beach in 1993. Their daughter Katherine is a sophomore at JCHS,
two older children, Ericka and Gregory. Beverly also volunteers for the school
and son Max is a 7th grader at St. Helen Catholic Grade School. Maureen works
auction and dinner dance, golf tournament, and other activities.
full time for Vero Radiology Associates as a patient service coordinator/Assistant
She volunteers with the American Cancer Society, Youth on a Mission,
Homeless Shelter, and the Special Olympics, is a Eucharist Minister, and on the St.
Helen’s Harvest Festival Board.
Keith and his wife of 23 years, Linda, have four children: Kyle, Eric, Brian
and Jenna. The three boys are JCHS graduates, and Jenna is a sophomore. Dr.
Ingram is a private practice physician of Anesthesiology and Pain Management.
He has been a Treasure Coast resident since 1989. He is also an assisitant coach
for the JCHS track team.
Jeff Shultz, a 1977 graduate of John Carroll, attended Valdosta State
College, and is the Vice President Sales Manager at Bill Shultz Chevrolet in
Fort Pierce. Jeff, his wife Renee, and daughter Morgan, a 2002 graduate,
enjoy boating, helping with JCHS reunion events, and assisting local
non-profit agencies. Jeff has been an instrumental part of John Carroll’s
history, serving as the Golf Tournament Chairman for years and was the first
recipient of the JCHS Distinguished Alumni Award.
David is originally from Virginia but moved to Ft. Pierce in 2005. He has a BS degree from James Madison University and a Masters in Public Administration
from George Mason University. He has been a local government official for 20 years in Virginia, South Carolina, and Florida. Dave is currently City Manager for the
City of Ft. Pierce. He and his wife Maria have four daughters, Ashley is a 2008 JCHS graduate, Laura is a senior at JCHS, and Erin and Shannon who currently attend
St. Anastasia. David and his family are members of St. Anastasia Catholic Church and enjoy offshore fishing and diving.
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Updates from the...
Office of Institutional Advancement
JENNIFER (MELVILLE) TREFELNER (1999)
Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement
Help to Create a Legacy at John Carroll High School
The 2008-2009 John Carroll High School Annual Giving Campaign is
at its halfway point. Thank you to the generous donors who have already
helped make the campaign a success!
“John Carroll President’s Club” ($5,000): Anonymous Donor
“Golden Rams Club” ($1,000 donors): Mike and Miriam Burns, Mr. and
Mrs. Jim Carr, Terence Channon, Thomas and Carol Corr, Bill and Darlene
Heim, Dr. Joseph R. Holahan, Holy Cross Church, Jalbert Charitable Trust,
Bob and Karen Manning, the Schoonover Family, and Thomas A. Scott
“Blue and Gold Club” ($500 donors): Anonymous Donor, Patrick and
Melody Bly, the Johnson Family, James E. McDonnell, Hal and Claire
Melville, Gordon and Deborah Poux, and Agustin and Carla Sanz
“Boosters Club” ($250 donors): Anonymous Donor, John Brennan, Dr.
Barbara Ash Bush, Bobby Gibbons, Joseph and Ann Guettler, Erin K. Grall,
David and Diane Hankle, Rudolf J. Hehn, Patrick and Kay Leary, Paul and
Karen Miret, Tom and Jackie Richmond, and Dr. and Mrs. James Strawn.
Thank you also to the numerous “Friends of John Carroll” ($100
donors) and all the supportive donors who have given additional gifts.
These generous benefactors have helped to shape the future of our
We kindly ask you to keep John Carroll High School in mind as the
year progresses. For further information on perks for each category,
payment options, or tax-deductible information, please contact the
Office of Institutional Advancement at (772) 464-5200 or visit our
Special Events Update...
John Carroll High School/ St. Anastasia Tree, Wreath, and
The annual event was held December 4th-7th and
was a huge success! The trees, wreaths, and swags
were sold out by Saturday mid-day!
300 Club Dinner, Dance, and Auction
Thank you to Barbara Allen, Bobbie Ritter, and
Suzanne Davis for serving as Chairpeople this year! The
event will be held on Friday, February 6th and will be
nothing short of spectacular. Purchasing a ticket for
$200 admits two people and automatically enters your
name in a drawing for $5,000 or free tuition! Please
RSVP today as seating is limited.
Join us for a 3.1 mile run or walk on Saturday,
March 21st! We will also have a children’s “fun run,”
tee shirts, goodie bags, hot breakfast buffet, and much
Golfers do not want to miss this annual event on
Saturday, April 25th! The tournament has sold out early
for the past few years, so please stay posted for the
As always, I encourage you to visit our website often. It is updated daily
with the latest school news, sports information, newsletters, press releases, and
more. If you have not signed up to receive our bi-monthly constant contact email
service, please complete the form at the back of the newsletter.
Thank you for your continued support and kindness.
Jennifer M. Treflener (1999)
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Everyone enjoyed the Homecoming 2008 events! This year for the first time we established a Homecoming Committee
with members including teachers, parents, students, and administration. Thank you to teacher and Student Government Sponsor,
Stromak,, for coordinating the school events. Numerous other activities were held during the week of fun and festivities!
Homecoming is a time to celebrate the school’s history and for the students to enjoy a week of entertainment.
SPIRIT WEEK Students started getting into the homecoming spirit on Monday and were allowed a week
to dress out of dress code. The “dress up” days included Sports Day, Nerd Day, Neon Day, Decade Day, and Ram
Pride Day. Each day we had almost 100% participation from the student body.
DECK THE HALLS
This traditional event was held on Thursday afternoon. Students and sponsors
stayed for hours after school decorating a designated area. The hallways and cafeteria looked great!
The Anchor Club’s Annual Italian Dinner was also held on Thursday in the
JCHS cafeteria and was a huge success, grossing over $2,000. The money will be used to support Anchor Club service
projects throughout the year. Mr. Ron Baliton, a parent of a JCHS freshman, won the 50/50 raffle for $105 and
graciously donated it all back to the Anchor Club.
A packed gymnasium enjoyed games, skits, cheerleading performances, drumline music,
Frazer introduction of the football team and
singing of the alma mater, a performance of the fight song by Evan Frazer,
homecoming court, and recognition of all the seniors who participated in the fall sports and their parents. The SGA
organized games with six different teams including one from each grade level, a parent/alumni team, and a faculty
team. Congratulations to the Seniors for winning the spirit stick!
alumni fOOTBALL GAME
This year, the alumni enjoyed playing their own football game on
campus prior to the high school game. Thank you to alumni Ryan Sapp (2000) and Joey Roberts (1993) who were the
captains of the teams. We look forward to continuing this event and including more alumni players next year.
Alumni and their families enjoyed visiting with one another while dining on an outstanding
buffet dinner. They were also treated to numerous gifts, children’s toys, drinks, and dessert.
It was the largest gathering of alumni at the homecoming football game in years!
HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME
John Carroll’s team fought hard until the end, overcoming a 10 point deficit. All players were pushed to
the limit and played their hearts out in the 20-17 game loss.
Congratulations to the Freshman Homecoming Court: Danielle
Costello, Anthony Bompartito, Kendall Brennan, Santiago Abondano, Palmer Osteen
Osteen, and Ryan Morgan.
Congratulations to the Sophomore Homecoming Court: Kelci Guettler, Blake Dodson, Kristyn McClure, Sean
Humphreys, Olivia Montejo,
Montejo and Nick Decrescenzo.
Decrescenzo Congratulations to the Junior Homecoming Court: Aubree
Parker, Wade Matthes, Alanna Sanz, Mateo Abondano, Hayley Wonka
Wonka, and Stephen MacKenzie-Smith.
Congratulations to the Senior Homecoming Court: Daniela Brao, Vincent Palmeri, Rachel Dallaire, Jeremy Taylor,
Taylor Eubank, Tyler Brennan, Jayne Johnson, Brenden Platts, Kirsten Kvies, Neal Chianese, Madison Roberts
Lee This year’s homecoming queen and king were
and Brenden Platts.
The students enjoyed getting dressed up, going out to dinner, and dancing at the party! The
gym was decorated with this year’s theme “Lights
Lights & Sounds
Sounds.” The faculty helped chaperone, and snacks and drinks
ALUMNI HOMECOMING CELEBRATION PARTY
The alumni were not left out on Saturday night! They enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and each
other’s company at Cobb’s Landing. Thank you to the 70’s Reunion Committee for organizing the event!
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Alumni in Action
Mary (Cairns) McAvoy’s youngest daughter, Tracey, married Justin Morabito on August 2, 2008, at Church of the Holy
Spirit in Webster, NY. Justin proposed to Tracey on the boardwalk at Melbourne Beach and almost dropped the ring in the sand
as they watched the sunrise on her birthday. Included as members of the wedding party were her sisters, Kelly Salamone and
Mary Beth McAvoy; niece, Taylor Salamone; cousins, Kathy and Jeannie McAvoy; Justin’s daughter, Kieran and nephew Nicholas
Salamone. The couple resides in Webster, NY, and is sure to be frequent visitors to Palm Bay. Friends are welcome to contact
Mary at [email protected]
Susan (Hodges) Ferrer has been married to her husband, Orlando Ferrer, for 28 years. They met at the University of
Florida where Susan majored in Early Childhood Education. Susan has owned and operated Naples Preschool Academy for
five years where 106 happy toddlers attend. Orlando retired from the oil industry after 22 years, as an Industrial and Systems
Engineer, and the couple has since moved to Naples. They have a son, Orlando (18) who is a freshmen at Johns Hopkins
University in Baltimore, and a member of the men’s tennis team. Susan and Orlando like to travel and recently celebrated
Susan’s 50th birthday at the French Open in Paris. Susan says hi to all her friends from JCHS. Friends can email her at
Terry (Potenza) Fesler has started a new carreer with Treasure Coast Hospice, after working 24 wonderful years at
Jackson Drugs. She and her husband John will celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary on April 13, 2009. Their son Gregory is
11 years old and is in the 6th grade at St. Anastasia. Friends wishing to contact Terry can email her at [email protected]
Nick Rains and Erin (Glaser) Rains (1999) were married on March 9th, 2008 in New Orleans.
Alumni in the wedding included Hyman Rains (2000), Audrey (Watkins) Wilmott (1999), and Brian
Hoag (1998). They both recently graduated from the University of South Florida where Nick
received a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and Erin received a B.A. in Criminology. They have recently
moved back to the area and are planning to open an independent insurance agency in Vero Beach
with Nick’s brother Hyman in mid-January. Friends can contact Nick and Erin at
[email protected] and [email protected]
Alumni in College...
Send us your college or university news, and we will submit it to your
local newspaper to be published. We want to know what honor societies you
are in, if you qualify for a scholarship, if you are playing any sports, and
all accomplishments you have received!
Please email Juliana Taylor (‘02) your news at [email protected]
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Warren Raymond Knowles,
61, died November 15, 2008, at the St.
Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie,
Florida. He was a 1965 alumni. Warren
was born in Levittown, New York, and
had been a resident of Port St. Lucie for
over 35 years. He attended Indian River
Community College and was a graduate
of the University of Florida. He
served in the U.S. Air Force during the
Vietnam War. He was a member of St.
Bernadette Catholic Church and was a Vice President with
Seacoast National Bank in Stuart where he was employed
for more than 27 years. Survivors include his wife of 25
years, Kathy; a son Michael; daughters Diana, Christy and
Nicci; his mother Frances and three grandchildren, Colby,
Maddie, and Clayton. He was preceded in death by his
father, Warren Sr. and a brother, Raymond.
Donna Dickson, 46, died October 1, 2008.
was a 1979 alumni. She was born in Fort Pierce and was a
home health care nurse. She was a member of the First
Baptist Church of Jefferson, Ga., and was a member of the
Jubalheirs. Survivors include her husband, Richard; and
half-brother, Paul Finger. She was preceded in death by
her parents, Paul and Mary Compton Finger.
Matthew “Matt” Croghan, died October 14,
2008, in Tallahassee, Florida. Matt was born in Queens,
NY, in 1961. He was a graduate of Washburn University of
Topeka and obtained his Masters in Public Administration
in 1986 from Florida State. In 1993, he gained his second
Masters in Civil Engineering. He pursued his love of public
service through his work with the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services, where he received
numerous awards for excellence in safety awareness. Matt
had a great love for outdoor activities with his family,
especially kayaking, fishing, and going to the beach. Matt
loved history and taking his family to historical sites on
their family vacations. Matt will be missed by his wife of
19 years, Carol; a daughter, Madeline; a son, Sammy; his
father and mother, Dr. Charles and Rosemary Croghan; his
brother Luke and his wife Linda; his aunt Norma Clark; and
his cousin Norman-Peter Sproch.
Epistimi “Eppy” Peperides Kiger, 56, died
November 8, 2008, at the VNA Hospice House in Vero
Beach. Eppy was born on March 3, 1952, in Detroit, MI.
and moved to Vero Beach 13 years ago from Orlando,
Fl. She was a graduate of the University of Florida, Class
of ‘78 receiving a degree in Graphic Art. Mrs. Kiger had
most recently been a Law Librarian at the St. Lucie County
Courthouse. She was a parishoner of Holy Cross Catholic
Church in Vero Beach. Survivors include her husband of
25 years, Russell T. Kiger; son Russell T. Kiger, Jr., currently
attending the University of Miami; daughter Gabrielle
Kiger, currently attending Seton Hall University; her mother
Dillie Peperides; sister and brother-in-law Angela and
Mark Grones; and mother and father-in-law Betsey and
Bob Lurie. She was preceded in death by her father Ernie
Sister Rose Germaine Guettler, formerly known
as Germaine Guettler, died on October 24, 2008, at the
Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 96
years of age and in the 80th year of her religious profession
in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Rose Germaine was born in Cologne,
Minnesota, to Edward and Elizabeth (Ritten) Guettler. Sister
graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Michigan,
and received a Bachelor of Science degree in English from
Barry College (University) and a Master of Education degree
from the University of Florida.
She spent 75 years ministering in education in
Detroit, Michigan; Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm
Beach, Tallahassee, Miami Beach, Miami Shores, Ft. Pierce,
Miami, and Vero Beach. She was principal of Blessed
Sacrament School in Tallahassee from 1952 to 1958, and
St. Helen School in Vero Beach from 1973 to 1980. Sister
was Congregation School Supervisor for seven years, and
Supervisor for the Archdiocese of Miami for three years.
She was a Reading Consultant at St. Anastasia School in
Ft. Pierce for two years, and a Special Reading teacher for
15 years at Trinity Catholic in Tallahassee. Sister became a
resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2004.
Sister Rose Germaine is survived by two sisters,
Dolores Jacquin and Marie Hoeffner, both of Ft. Pierce; and
71 nieces and nephews. Two nieces are Adrian Dominican
Sisters, Sister Dorothy Guettler and Sister Rose Bernadette
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Nominations are now being accepted for the
John Carroll High School
alumni, volunteer, business partner, &
coach of the year
Last year’s Alumni of the Year, Joey Miller and
Volunteer of the Year, Betty Neill are shown here being
congratulated with their spouses.
These adults may be nominated for their dedication to John Carroll High School, the
betterment of the community, a positive attitude, strong work ethic, Christian values, and
generosity with his or her time. Please complete the form below or email
[email protected] with your nomination today. Nominations are due by April 30th
Nominee’s Category (Alumni, Volunteer, Business Partner, or Athletic Coach of the Year):
Please explain why you feel that the person you are nominating is an excellent candidate for an award:
Reunion Information Updates
Any alumni interested in attending a 40-year-reunion,
please contact the Liberta Scotto at 772-465-1724 or email her at
Save the date! Reunion events for the Class of 1979 will
be June 12-14, 2009, in Fort Pierce. For more information please
contact Dorothy O’Guin at [email protected] and 772-4922002 or Sondra Quatraro at [email protected] and 772971-8341.
‘89 The Class of 1989 will be having its 20-year reunion the weekend of July 17-19, 2009. There
will be a social at Cobb’s Landing on Friday evening, July 17th. On Saturday, there will be an alumni and
family lunch, as well as a golf outing for the avid golfers in the group. On Saturday evening there will
be a semiformal dinner and dance at Gator Trace Country Club from 6:30-11:30PM. The dinner will be
buffet style, and there will be a DJ and a cash bar. On Sunday there will be a brunch at John Carroll
High school, followed by a tour of the school. Be on the lookout for a mailing with specific details,
event cost, and registration instructions.
We would like to thank those of you who have already contacted us to find out how you can
help! For those of you who are wondering how you can still help, please spread the word, encourage
your classmates to attend, send us electronic copies of pictures from our high school years, and most
importantly help us track down lost alumni. Justina Anuezewski has so graciously taken on the task
of verifying contact infomration and finding lost alumni. So far she has confirmed contact info for 65
alumni, out of our graduation class of 138. If you have not confirmed your information or would like
to help us out, please contact Justina Anuszewski at [email protected] If you can’t make it to the
reunion and would still like to make a monetary contribution, please contact Ershela Sims at
[email protected] or Kristen (Bancroft) Mills at [email protected] regarding sponsorship. All sponsors
will be recognized in the Class of ‘89 reunion newsletter that attendees will receive in their welcome
packets. See you in July!
‘99 Plans are underway for
the Class of 1999’s 10-year
reunion! Tentative weekends
for the festivities are July 1012th or July 17-19th. If you are
interested in helping plan the
events or attending the reunion,
please contact Brooke (Fyler)
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Alumni Baby Announcements
Karen (Summerhays) Kennedy
and her husband Rod are proud to
announce the birth of their son Max,
born on June 14th. He joins his sister
Katie who is a third grader at St.
John Tsopanarias, Jr
Jr. would like
to announce the birth of his daughter
Sarah Elizabeth, born on September 28th
at 12:06pm. She
weighed 8 pounds
7oz and was 20 inches
long. “Both mommy
and baby are doing
great, and we have
been enjoying every
minute with her!”
Karen (Stromak) and Tony Vercillo welcomed
Emma Ruth into their family on July 9, 2008.
Karen is a teacher at JCHS and Tony is a
commercial property appraiser at Calloway
and Price. Emma joins the family with her big
brother AnthonyFriends please email them at
[email protected] or [email protected]
Dawne (Noelke) and John D’Albora
want to announce the birth of their first child,
Isabel Catherine. She was born on March 21,
2008, at Indian River Medical Center in Vero
Beach. She weighed 6 pounds, 1.5 ounces
and was 19 inches long.
J.P. Rankin and his wife Amber are proud to annouce the
birth of their son, Pittman. He was born on November 7, 2008, and
was 7 pounds 6 ounces and 20 inches long. “We are thrilled to have
a son, and Sadie is in love with her ‘little tiny itty-bitty’ baby brother.
We feel so blessed to be a family of four now.”
Nicole (Knapp) and John Weber had their
second child, a baby girl named Iris Ann, on
February 22, 2008. She was born at home
and weighed 6 pounds 15 oz.
Anna (Ciufo) Haynes and her husband Craig are happy
to announce the birth of their first child, Aidan Matthew. He
graced them three weeks early and was born on September 18,
2008. He weighed 4 pounds 15 ounces and was 18 inches long.
“He is a blessing and a joy to have.”
The family resides in Port St. Lucie
where Anna is an elementary
teacher, and Craig works for the
City of Port St. Lucie.
Ben and Nancy (Blakeslee) Hopper are proud to
annouce the birth of Andrew Charles. He was born on
September 24, 2008. He
weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces
and was 21 1/4 inches long.
Jessica (Blake) Rooney and her husband Jason are proud
to announce the birth of their third son, Sawyer Michael. He
was born on November 9, 2008, at 7:57 a.m. He was 5 pounds
14 ounces and 19 inches long.
Joanna (Guettler) Marazzi
and her husband Tommy are proud
to announce the birth of their second
child, Clayton Edward. He was born
on September 10, 2008, and weighed
6 pounds, 1 ounce.
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John Carroll Sports Update
Girls’ Varsity Soccer
State Championship Runners-Up
Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Girls’ varsity is coached this year by Kate (Cross) Rotinto (‘97)
(‘97). She is working on the
team’s chemistry and having a solid season as a new coach. Junior varsity also has new coaching staff this
year, with head coach, James Taylor (‘05) and Assistant Coach, Juliana Taylor (‘02).
(‘02) This is the brother/sister
duo’s first year coaching and they have enjoyed getting to know the girls and are having a great season.
The boys’ varsity team is coached by Brian Siringo as head coach and Mike Howard, Pat Howard
(‘08), and Keith Ustinowich (‘07) as assistant coaches. The boys are enjoying winning more games already
this year than the past three years! The junior varsity team is coached by head coach Jim Clark and the
assistant coach and team chaplain is Joe Colarossi.
Colarossi Jim Clark said, “Things look good, and we are looking
forward to a great year.”
Last year’s varsity team went 24-6 with a runner-up finish in the State
Championship 3A Tournament in Sarasota, Florida. JCHS lost five seniors from
last year’s team but expects to be very competitive this year. Shane McCain will head a talented pitching
staff, along with Dom LaPorte and Rick Teasley
Teasley. David Hall and Trae Goodwyn are two other returnees who
should bolster the team with strong talent for the upcoming year.
Junior varsity looks forward to a fine season this year with a new pool of talent in our freshman
class. Mike Cobb will be returning to the baseball coaching ranks after a brief absence.
Coaches: Varsity - Head Coach, Mike Easom,
Easom returning for his 3rd season; Assistant Coach, Charlie
(‘91) returning for his 5th season; Assistant Coach, Andy Wells (‘00)
(‘00), returning for his 3rd season.
Junior Varsity - Head Coach, Mike Cobb,
Cobb returning for his 11th season; Assistant Coach, Tommy Neiman,
Sample returning for his 2nd season.
returning for his 3rd season; Assistant Coach, Justin Sample,
Cross Country & Track
The Cross Country teams at
John Carroll had an outstanding 2008 season. The hard work and dedication of the athletes along with the
outstanding support from the parents helped make this a successful year.
The boys’ team accomplished the ultimate by qualifying for the “ Big Dance” or the State Finals in the 1A
division. The team had a season best average time and placed 22nd in the event. The team also won the runnerup trophy in the District 1A finals and took 6th place in the Regional championship meet. Danny Irizarry won
individual honors at the St Lucie County Championships (5th) and the District 1A Championships (15th). Along
Danny, the team also graduates Chancey Kelly,
Kelly Mark Daigle,
Daigle and Michael Nettina;
Nettina their contributions to the
success of the program will not be forgotten.
The girls’ team also had a very successful season by placing 4th in the District championship and 9th
in the Regional Championship meet. Along the season the team also took the runner-up trophy a the Shark
Invitational and the JV team won first place at the Cobra JV Championship meet. Katherine Dove and Katherine
Hankle took individual awards at both the St. Lucie Championships and the District 1A championships. The team
has an excellent group of athletes and returns all seven varsity runners to next season’s team. Samantha Parrish
is our lone graduate, and we wish her well for the future.
The track and field team this year will be coached by Derek Gibson (‘89), Frank Irizarry, and Jim Elam
Junior Varsity Volleyball
Congratulations to the freshman team which won the Freshman Treasure
Lake Conference tournament and improved greatly over the season. The JV team had a very successful
season winning the Nova J.V. Tournament and finishing strong in the Treasure Lake Conference. The varsity
team finished with a record of 17-8, were district champs, finished third in the Treasure Lake Conference, and
advanced to the regional semi-finals. They beat long time rivals Melbourne Central Catholic in three of the
four meetings this year, finished second in the silver division at the Cardinal Gibbons Tournament, and won the
Copper division at the Disney Classic. With a whole new team on the floor this year they were able to carry on
John Carroll tradition and beat most teams on the Treasure Coast. Also as impressive, the team won 1st place
in the grade point average classification for class 3A, with a team GPA average of 3.682.
Coaches: Nancy Hopper (‘81), Head Coach; Kevin Pastore,
Pastore, Asst. Coach; Dawn Jones (‘02)
Coach; Merritt Henderson (‘06)
(‘06), J.V. Coach; Mike Cobb,
Cobb Freshman Coach.
Head coach Maria Flynn said the cheerleading squad had a
great turnout this year and have enjoyed cheering for football and basketball games.
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John Carroll Sports Update
The varsity was coached this season by Chris Rock as head coach, Derek
Gibson, Andrew Bracken (‘04), George Petticrew, Chris Dent
Dent, and Ray Williams as assistant coaches.
Their games were close this year, and the boys were much more competitive in their play.
Junior varsity head coach Kevin Wald, assistant coaches Ricky Dent, Chris Ciccarelli (‘07), Scott
(‘07), and Dave Perry and their team had a great season and their future looks very bright.
For the first time in school history, the boys’ swim team, coached
by Bill Francoeur,
Francoeur, was District Champions. Barry Weimer,
Weimer, 9th grade, was a State Qualifier in one event
and finished with his personal best time at the state competition. The girls’ team was coached by Scott
McMillen,, and his daughter Meleah, was a State Qualifier in two events, finishing 10th in 100 free and
15th in 100 breaststroke at state. Meleah was also named “Swimmer of the Year”, for Scripps.
Head coach Bruce Hopper and the JCHS girls’ golf team finished 5-4 this year for the best
record in school history. With only one senior graduating, all players will return next year. “The girls had
a lot of fun and played very well this year,” said Bruce.
The boys’ golf team and head coach Brian Siringo were St. Lucie County Champions! The team
finished 22-5 with Joey Storck qualifying for Regionals.
The 2009 JCHS softball team will be head coached by Bob Rahal with
Chrissy Jaholkowsi (‘03) and Edwin Camello as assistant coaches. Last year’s team finished as District
9-3A Champions. The coaches say the outlook for ‘09 is very good. They have 6 starters returning from
last year as well as four outstanding freshmen.
Head coach Charlie Brown (‘91) says the future looks bright with four girls
returning for next year. “They all tried hard, and they were a blast to coach,” said Brown. On the boys’
team, Mitch Malinowski qualified for the State bowling tournament and was the only male bowler
from St. Lucie County to qualify. “We will return with three starting freshmen including Pete DeRosa
who bowled a 300 game this year, Mitch Malinowski
Malinowski,, and Peter Jensen.
Jensen. “These three bowlers are all
capable of scores in the 200’s each game. I look forward for the chance to return next year and coach
both the girls’ and the boys’ bowling teams,” said Brown.
This year, the varsity boys’ basketball team will be coached by Rick
Slone as head coach with Jim Elam and Ray Williams as assistant coaches. The junior varsity team will
be coached by Bud Roberts.
Roberts. The girls’varsity team will be coached by Ed Parker, and the Junior Varsity
team will be coached by Amber Parker.
This will be the first year JCHS has offered lacrosse as a sport. The girls’
team will be coached by Lisa Conway
Conway.. Lisa is looking forward to working with all the girls and making
it an enjoyable season. She has been coaching girls’ lacrosse in South Florida for 8 years, first with
Martin County Varsity Club team and for the last four years with Martin County Pioneer Lacrosse.
Joanna Taylor (‘78) and Debbie Waters will both be returning for their sixth
year to coach the Rams’ tennis teams. Joanna will be coaching the boys, while Debbie will work with
the girls. Both teams look forward to a great season in the Spring.
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