Trivia Night Attracts Near 300 Table of Contents to First-Time Event Almost 300 alumni, alumni parents and current parents Saints Masses .............................................. 3 – 25 teams in all – participated in the Saint Thomas Extravaganza ............................................... 4 Aquinas High School First Annual Saints Trivia Challenge Fund-a-Need ............................................... 5 in the Commons on Saturday, January 30, 2010. Student News ............................................. 6 The event, which will be held annually to celebrate Saints Marrying Saints ................................ 7 Catholic Schools Week and the Feast of the school’s patron saint St. Thomas Aquinas, was spearheaded by Class of 2010 .............................................8-9 alumni/current parent Beth Hartung. The organizing Bob Aley Retirement .................................10 committee included Kelly Sherman, Anne Kaveski, Liz and Alumni Spotlight .......................................12 Brendan Mitchell, Jerry Drew, Stacy and Dave Watson, Ann Casey, Donna and Kurt Schmidt, Sean Reilly, Ed Meet Mike Thomas ....................................16 Pyle and Shannon Hopfinger. Father Andrew Strobl, Winter Sports Recap .................................17 Saint Thomas Aquinas Chaplain, celebrated Mass in the Chapel preceding the Challenge and Bit Clark and Karen Miller Family .............................................18 Kellerman helped with planning the liturgy. Class Notes ............................................... 20 Congratulations to the $1,000 first place table, the Ten In Memoriam ........................................... 23 Chocolatiers! Runner-up team Gilligan’s Island won $750, Memorial Program ................................... 24 and third place team, Kaleidoscope and best decorated table Ducks Unlimited each received $300 in prize money. Inspiring Messages .................................... 25 Mark your calendar for January 22, 2011, for the second Community Calendar ............................... 26 annual Saints Trivia Challenge. All are welcome at this Reunions .............................................. 26-27 lively, competitive but always-friendly event, and alumni Facebook ....................................Back Cover are especially encouraged to participate! Start putting your team together TODAY! The Saints Spirit magazine is a publication of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Advancement Office. We welcome your comments or questions. Call or write: Bryan Thrasher Director of Communications firstname.lastname@example.org Saint Thomas Aquinas High School The “Ten Chocolatiers” team was awarded the Trivia Challenge 11411 Pflumm Road Traveling Trophy by Dr. Bill Ford. Pictured above: Robert and Lisa Overland Park, Kansas 66215-4816 Ruisch, Eric and Heather Carter, David Vogt, Dr. Ford, Lynne and Ken 913.319.2425 Moran, Amy and Matt Dierks, Lisa Vogt. William Ford, Ed.D. Cover: During the month of May, the Saint Thomas President Aquinas community was invited to bring flowers to Teresa Ahrens adorn the statue of our Holy Mother outside the Director of Special Events Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. The lovely “May Altar” was a beautiful reminder of Mary’s Mary Bridget Kratofil important role as the Mother of God. Director of Media Relations Michon Quick For this the fairest blooms were plucked Director of Alumni & Constituent Relations And placed below her image there, To offer beauty as a gift Cindy Winkler And fragrance as a prayer. Advancement Office Manager (excerpt from the poem May Altar, first published in the Columbia Journal 1954) 2 SaintS MaSSeS Saints Masses at KU and K-State Each year approximately one-third of the Saint Thomas Alumni Office hosts an annual Mass and dinner at each Aquinas graduating class heads off to one of the two largest Catholic campus center to encourage students and their public universities in Kansas. In an effort to continue the families to visit the Center and also reconnect with other mission of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, the Saints Saints alumni at their university. 3rd Annual Saints Mass at KU 2nd Annual Saints Mass at K-State September 27, 2009 April 18, 2010 Right: Father Steve Beseau, ‘84, welcomed guests to the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center at the University of Kansas, where he is chaplain and director. Below: Gathering in the Social Hall following Mass are Suzanne Billam, ‘03, Andrew Billam, ‘07, Maureen Billam, grandbaby Billam, Tom Billam, Molly Peterson, Derek Peterson, ‘07, and Rick Peterson. Saintly Wildcats attended Mass at St. Isidore’s on the KSU campus and then enjoyed BBQ dinner at the KSU Alumni Center across the street. Pictured clockwise from center/left are: Holly Robben, ‘07, Rachel Robben, ‘09, Brittany Boddicker, ‘07, Alex Lopez, ‘07, Danny Linder, ’09, Brian Sullivan, ‘07, Robert Fields, ‘07; (back row, l-r) Kevin Goebel, ‘06, Colin Cummings, ‘06, Dalton Cummings, ‘08, Pat Reazin, ‘08; (middle row, l-r) P.J. Greer, ‘09, Carl Specht, ‘08, Kevin Ahrens, ‘08, Johnny Tompkins, ‘06; (front row, l-r) Christina Farmer, ‘09, Jimmy Wernel, ‘07 (visitor from KU). Not pictured: Derek Lopez, ‘08 Right: The Nigro family -- George, Katie, ‘02, Patty, and Angie, ‘08 -- enjoyed Mexican cuisine from Tequilla Harry’s. Bottom: Pictured left-to-right are Ryan Dennihan, ‘07, Austin Quick, ‘07, Mary Helen Dennihan, Dennis “Denny” Dennihan, Parents and friends of KSU Saints who attended the Saints Mass at and Jackie K-State in April 2010 are: ( left to right, back row) Jim Fields, Michon Dennihan,’05. Quick, Lisa Cummings, Lisa Boddicker, Nancy Reazin, Anne Fields, Susie Taylor, and (front row): Teresa Ahrens, Kelly Specht, Shelly Sullivan, Barry Sullivan. www.aquinascommunity.com 3 extravaganza Extravaganza 2009 – That’s Entertainment! was held on Saturday, November 14, netting $160,000 for student activities at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. The Commons and Gym were transformed into a Hollywood vision with white feather One of the most popular auction items among guests centerpieces, a 3-D Academy Award statue, gold screens and was the Faculty & Staff Gift for which many donated a twinkling lights. The 60th anniversary of ‘The Greatest Year favorite beverage with a story about his/her selection. The of Movies – 1939’ was also portrayed in the Student Baskets, collection was displayed beautifully and auctioned with an incorporating themes from Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Mr. accompanying wine refrigerator for $3,600. Smith Goes to Washington, Stagecoach, Gulliver’s Travels, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Goodbye Mr. Chips to name a few. Right: Dressed as Dorothy from the 1939 Oscar Right: Current/alumni winning film, Wizard of parents Keith & Bit Clark Oz, junior Annie Clark and parents Kathleen and a puppy named & Michael Gremillion “Oscar” fit nicely into the co-chaired Extravaganza evening’s Hollywood theme. 2009, the largest fundraising event for Below: Senior students Saint Thomas Aquinas Meggie Carroll, Erin High School. Bunker, Sean Tokic, Sarah Moore and Annie Sneed joined 60 other Senior Envoys to serve guests at the annual dinner and auction. Right: Emcee Mike Thompson from WDAF Fox and STA chaplain Fr. Andrew Strobl prepare to auction “Dinner with Father Andrew,” generously hosted by Maureen & Mike Bukaty. Over 460 live and silent auction items were donated for the event. Bottom Right: Extravaganza emcee Mike Thompson jams with John Michaels, ’90, and Buck Rogers band members at the dance following the dinner and auction. Along with John, several alumni participated in entertainment for the evening: Evan Maslak, ‘09, Austin Quick, ‘07, Paul Shinn, ‘06, and Jim Tharp, ‘91. Below: Alumni, parents and friends – including Beverage co-chairs Maureen & Dan Carroll and Bobbi Turek – were encouraged to visit the Extravaganza website prior to the event to peruse the Auction Preview. Live Auction chairs Robin & Jim Wooten and Kirk Kowalewski were instrumental in establishing ways for those not attending the event to participate, including an on-line only raffle for a 52” LCDHD TV and online guaranteed bidding for selected items. 4 Fund-a-need Fund-a-Need Raises Awareness and $75,000 The wheels on the “Dueling Buses” went ‘round and ‘round on March 6th to the BarrelHouse Piano Bar in Alumni parents John and Barb O’Donnell join Dorothy and Lawrence, Kansas. Michael Eagan in supporting the Guardian Angel Fund at A sign-up event Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. at Extravaganza 2009, the trip On November 14 at the 2009 Extravaganza, guests was enjoyed by Dueling Bus Co-Chairs Terri Thelen, left, (Class learned or were reminded that many families in our 120 happy travelers of ‘77 and Alumni Parent ‘04 and ‘08) and own community rely on the gifts of others to be able and hosted by Joyce Didde (‘08, ‘12) with Bob Fitzpatrick to provide their children with a Catholic education at alumni parents (Alumni Parent ‘01, ‘04 and ‘07), owner of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. and BarrelHouse BarrelHouse in Lawrence, Kansas. In a very moving presentation during the evening’s owners Kathy & Live Auction, current/alumni parent Michael Eagan Bob Fitzpatrick. Special thanks to Joyce & David Didde addressed the guests to explain the purpose and and Terri & Phil Thelen for organizing the trip. Bus emcees importance of the school’s Guardian Angel Fund. Mark Radetic and Troy Reazin kept the travelers entertained Speaking with sincerity and compassion, Michael to and from Lawrence. Denise & Dan Keating of Beat the explained that the Guardian Angel Fund is different Bookstore at KU donated beverage coozies for everyone, and from the school’s financial assistance program which other donations were provided by Jack Bondon of Berbiglia provides tuition remission for approximately 19.7% and Dueling Buses underwriters: Sara & David Baker, of our students totaling $627,300. The Guardian Terry & Bill Biggins, Tracy & Toby Boschert, Allison & Angel Fund assists those families who experience Rick Clark, Joyce & David Didde, Paula & Emmett Logan, unforeseen financial difficulties during the year such Nancy & Troy Reazin, and Terri & Phil Thelen. Dueling as job loss, death of a parent or an extreme medical Buses generated $6,000 for Extravaganza 2009, the proceeds situation. Last year alone, an additional $47,878 was benefitting the school’s student activities. requested by 24 families needing tuition assistance through the Guardian Angel Fund. Within minutes following Michael’s speech and with the help of the Nigro Brothers Auctioneers and master of ceremonies Mike Thompson, over $75,000 was raised to subsidize tuition for families in immediate need of assistance. Saint Thomas Aquinas does not conduct a Fund-a- Need project at Extravaganza in most years, but with the current economic climate and the need greater than ever, Dr. Ford was quoted as saying “THIS is who we are. THIS is what we do – we help people when they are in-need, just as Jesus would.” Over 200 parent and student volunteers helped to create Extravaganza 2009, including current/alumni parents Linda Boring, Nancy Reazin, Mary Woody, Mary Beth Mecca and Teresa Reilly. www.aquinascommunity.com 5 Student newS Saints on a Mission National Merit Scholarship Scholars The above seniors were honored by the National Merit Scholarship Program. They are: Stephanie Trouba (finalist), David Edklund, Amanda Robison, Stephen Brand; 2nd row, Matt Coombs (finalist), Hannah Zimmerman, Katie Heit and James Slaven. Top left: During spring break, a group of 17 seniors and three sponsors traveled to northwest Arizona east of Flagstaff in what they described as “the middle of nowhere.” The nearest civilization (Holbrook) was 75 miles away. Saint Thomas Aquinas juniors chosen for national choir and band Three Saint Thomas Aquinas juniors have been invited to participate in the Music Education National Convention (MENC) to be The group discovered upon arriving at their destination that there was held in Washington, D.C. no running water and very limited electricity. The accommodations were June 24-29. Trombone Saint Thomas Aquinas juniors a church where the girls slept and a “Hogan” which housed the boys. player Paul Radke will Paul Radke, left, Molly Porter and According to Phil Farnan, STA English teacher who accompanied the join 49 other musicians Anthony Fortino, will participate group, “the kids adjusted well and had great attitudes.” from across the country in the National Band and Choir to play with a jazz band. in Washington, D.C. this summer. Molly Porter and Anthony Fortino will sing with the 82-member National Choir and both groups will perform at the Kennedy Center. The talented music and voice students competed at the district and state levels to make it into this national competition. Details about the event are available online at www.mencevents.org/menceventshonorspage.htm. Correction In the Winter 2010 issue of Saints Spirit, Dominique The students roofed, painted, installed insulation, dry-wall, and helped Vestal, junior at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, was with plumbing (though the owners were only hopeful that one day inadvertently omitted from the list of cast members for there would be water). The hard-working group accomplished a great the 2009 Fall Musical. Dominique played the role of Miss deal in one week. The seniors were pleased with their work at the end Krumbholtz in the Saints production of How to Succeed in of the trip and will recall it as a truly memorable adventure. Business without Really Trying. 6 SaintS MarrYing SaintS Brandenburgh - Ellis Sara Brandenburgh, ‘03, and Russell Ellis, ‘97, were married on October 24, 2009, at Church of the Ascension in Overland Park, Kansas, with Father Gary Pennings as celebrant. Russ works at Proctor & Gamble and Sara is a nurse at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Sara and Russ live in Gardner, Kansas, and like movies and fine food, working in the yard, and hanging out with family and friends. They are also expecting a new addition to their family in August 2010! Pictured left to right are: Stacy Block, Nicole Weitkamp, ‘03, Julie Fishburn, Sara Brandenburgh Ellis, ‘03, Russell Ellis, ‘97, Steve Barry, Jason Fishburn, Lance Brandenburgh, ‘04, Jordan Brandenburgh, ‘09. Quick - Fields Ashley Quick, ‘03, and Patrick Fields, ‘04, were married on Saturday, August 1, 2009, at Visitation Catholic Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Monsignor Vince Krische, retired Chaplain of the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center at the University of Kansas, presided. Ashley graduated from the University of Kansas in 2007, with a degree in Early Childhood Special Education. She is currently the lead autism teacher at Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC) in Kansas City, Missouri. Patrick graduated from Marquette University in 2008. He works for Aflac and plans to attend law school. The couple resides near the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City with their dog, Jerry. Pictured left to right: Megan Mulryan, Molly McMeekin, Jessica Haney, ‘08, Kelsey Barr, Laura Davis, Michelle Walter, Casey Quick (flower girl), Ashley Quick Fields, ‘03, Patrick Fields, ‘04, Ryan McAllen (ring bearer), Robert Fields, ‘07, Denny Alfonsin, ‘04, Lance Brandenburgh, ‘04, Nathan Mann, ‘04, Drew Huppe, ‘04, and Tom Philipps, ‘04. Front row: A.J. Quick, class of 2014, Austin Quick, ‘07, and Andrew Quick, ‘08. Kristen Brand, ‘03, Kristin Fitzpatrick, ‘04, Jen Flaspohler, ‘03, Brittany Jeter, ‘04, Alisa Molle, ‘03, and Jerry Wohletz, ‘08, also participated in the Mass. www.aquinascommunity.com 7 ClaSS oF 2010 The Class of 2010 -- Where Are They Going? JCCC, cont’d Chris Miller Sumey Mohammadrabie Meg Muckey Allen County Community Joseph Nicely University of Denver College Boston College Shelby Renne Pittman Erin Henderson Nathan Russell Alexandria Spenner Ryan Smith University of Kansas Matthew Swan Andrew Adford Kellie White Michael Armentrout Parker Beck Alex Biddlecombe DePaul University Taylor Byrd Bowling Green State Kelsey Childers Geoffrey Calvert Arkansas State University University Shelby Cato Elizabeth DeKraai Megan Baska Amanda Nelson Kansas State University John (Jack) Charles Sean Latz Kevin John Watson Alyssa Adamany Natalie Cherry Lauren Atcheson Paul Cherry Travis Barmby Devin James Clement Alex Bolin Bridget Collins Audrey Boring Brian Patrick Connaughton University of Arkansas Valerie Castaneda Matthew Coombs Kyle Ahern Butler University Jacob Corrigan Sarah Coplen Emporia State University John Bertels Micaela Ritschl Kristin Davis Justin Crane Colleen Coffin Anna T Bono Beth DeMars Ali DeBoest Nicole Jara Renee L Flagler Justin Drake Andrew Delaorra Andrea Piezuch Kevin Klein Ellen Drummond Emily DeLong Sarah Moore Erin Ebeling Sharon Disidore David Ecklund James Dold Michael Finley Daine Dvorak University of Central Adam Fox Stephanie Edmondson Missouri University of Evansville Marie Gardner Hannah Enenbach Samantha Tyler Spencer Shain Steven Geist Jason Falen Auburn University Lauren Geller William Franke Margaret Clark Amelia (Molly) Glenn Matthew Gasparovich David Glenski Elizabeth Gohde Mitchell Golubski Joanie Greffet Jacob Hammer Phillip Grosdidier Coe College Indiana University at Cassie Hernandez Thomas Harrison Christina Miller Bloomington Madison Huber Christine Hoang Anna McCabe Ashley Krone Andrew Hovorka Avila University Heath Lilek Michael (Garrett) Jones Joe Hermsen Kelci Lucas Alec Joseph Alexis Lundy John Kindscher Juliana Malone Mary (Katie) Krim University of Colorado at Jonathan (Blake) Martin Sarah Kwapiszeski Boulder Kayla McMullen Alexandra Lanning Fernanda Quezada Iowa State University Anastacia Miller Lauren Lawton Elizabeth Ashley Jacob Miller Olivia Lisbon Laura Talken Kory Miller Josh Lodoly Benedictine College Gianna Misenhelter Madeline Luther Erin Bunker Harold Mitts Amanda MacLeod Michael Feuerborn Janelle Morgan Nicholas Malley Stephanie Fragale Colorado State University Ryan Mueller Brianna Maltby Mary Cate Halling Kate O’Connell Elisa Navickas Adrienne Mather Nicholas Loughman Kelsey Nygren Lindsey Mayfield Johnson County Community Ashley Marie Mattingly Kaitlin Oldenhuis Steven Mayfield College Johnathan McGown Michael Peabody Sarah McKernan Jesse Bouler Michael Miller Jamie Prendergast Stephen Nelson James Bryant Katelyn Nill Creighton University Molly Reilly Michael Newman Ann Budd Eddie Regan Carolyn Carmosino Kathryn Robertson Ryan James O’Connell Chelsey Campbell Michelle Tranckino Morgan Commodore Matthew James Ryan Kaelen O’Grady Seth M Canzoneri Stephanie Trouba Hallie Dusselier Kelly Service Christopher Patterson Catherine Cellitti Jordan Zarse Meagan Wilderson Emily Smith Kyle Patterson Samantha Hanson Shawn Patrick Hill Matthew Urban Katelyn Elizabeth Peter Lindsey Hopfinger Lexi J Vaughan Amanda Pigott Steven Hornung Carrie Waters Andrew Radiel Andrew S Hunt Matthew Wheeler Kerry P Redmond Jennifer Jirovec Michael Whitehead Amanda Rixey Bentley University Joney Wong Janelle Savage Colleen Michalski Alyssa Gonyea Hannah Zimmerman 8 ClaSS oF 2010 Univ of Kansas, cont’d Molly Schard Jonathan Seib Rose Shriver Annie Sneed Christian Sparrow Savannah College of Art and Univ of Missouri/Columbia United States Merchant Jacqueline Teahan University of Notre Dame Design Ladye Carew Marine Academy Kelly Thomas Katie Heit Alexa Osbourn Eleanor C Coatar Thomas Walker Justin Thornbrugh Cathryn Jenkins Sean Anthony Tokic Tricia Dierks Clayton Pauls Andrew Tyler Haley Dodd James Slaven Emily Wagner David Porter Edelman Brigid Walton Alexander Hanson Paige Watson Jacob Heckman Southeastern Louisiana Matthew Hinck University of Utah Bill Wilson University Zachary Horn James Boddicker Cara Winkley Annelise Brancato Jenna Lewis The Ohio State University Elizabeth Perry Libby Reichmuth Blakely Swanson Lauren Woody Krista Thomas Elizabeth Zack Vassar College Southern Methodist Natalie Phillips University Loyola Marymount Mark Redlingshafer University Marissa Morgan Oklahoma State University Valerie Whited University of Virginia University of Missouri, KC Stephen Brand Alexander Shinn Texas A&M University Tim Armstrong Marquette University Clarissa Shields Camial VanHoet University of Oklahoma Wichita State University Meggie Carroll University of Nebraska/Lincoln Thomas Kearns Texas Christian University Charles Sullivan Caroline Berko Alex Erker Andrew Hanson Frances Ronan University of Maryland, Mary Thesing William Jewell College Baltimore County Ottawa University Dan Woodward University of Nebraska/Omaha Kathryn Beaver Marty Bloyer Kevin Cahill Andrew Aley Colby Martin Darren Cloud Savannah Bourquin Rieke Erin Taylor Truman State University University of Michigan Pepperdine University Ted P Clemons Erin Jefferson Mitchell Higgins Megan Greving University of New Mexico US Army Amanda Robison Monica Dudley Adam Woods Pittsburg State University Middle Tennessee State Kelsey Sullivan University of Tulsa University Riley Ayer Newman University US Marines Trenton Miller Andrew William Ney Joshua B Prilliman James Dunham Maggie Turek Rockhurst University Nikki Fontana The Class of 2010 by the Elise Mitchell Melanie Siscos Numbers Missouri State University George Skevington 64 – Number of colleges being attended in the fall Ashley Washburn Northern Arizona University Beatriz Mae Boyles Bridget Petersen 25 – Number of states class of 2010 will populate 24 – State championships since freshman year 64 – State of Kansas scholars 8 – National Merit Scholarship Commended and Saint Louis University Finalists University of Nor. Colorado Leslie Mecca $10,300,000 – Scholarship money Missouri University of Quinn Mathias Brewer Erica Miller 278 – Graduating seniors Science and Technology Megan Lenhausen Elizabeth Ann Petersen Jack S. Savage Abby Willis www.aquinascommunity.com 9 BoB aleY retireMent After 45 years, long career in Catholic education ends for Bob Aley As he begins the task of packing up after high school and studied two his books, crosses, pictures, statues, years of Theology when he decided and other items that helped create that education was the vocation an image-filled and quiet, spiritual calling him. setting for student formation above Considering that his involvement the school’s media center, Bob Aley with Catholic education has spanned admits to being nostalgic about four and a half decades, he has made retiring. remarkably few school changes. His “I love the Saint Thomas Aquinas career began at Hayden High School community, the students, parents, in Topeka where he was a counselor teachers and staff, those here now and taught Theology. From there he and the many who have graduated moved to Salina and Sacred Heart and moved on and away, so it’s with High School for four years serving a tinge of sadness that I close this one as president, followed by Aquinas chapter of my life. But after 45 years, I High School in Shawnee where he Photo of Bob Aley taken when he was serving know it’s time,” he said, emphasizing was Principal before coming to Saint as principal of Aquinas High School. the word time. Thomas Aquinas to be a counselor. on John’s gospel message: “God is Last year was a rough one for Bob Working with students through love and whoever lives in love, lives health-wise when he suffered four the student formation program has in God and God lives in him.” And grand mal seizures, the first one while given him an opportunity to share then he adds, “In a nutshell, this talking with a student. The incident the simple message that “God loves scripture explains our existence.” But prompted a two-week hospital stay and each one of us, right here and now, he adds that this is a difficult thing to changes in medication. It also made just the way we are and without comprehend. him rethink putting his knowledge reservation.” He adds that as direct and experience to good use in other as the message is, it is a hard one to Cyndy Novacek has worked with ways he has not yet decided upon. believe; nonetheless, he is unrelenting Bob as an assistant for ten years in in delivering it to the young people Spiritual Formation. She said, “Bob Bob and his wife Teresa have been with whom he works. has impacted so many students’ lives it married 43 years -- they are the parents is unbelievable. He is always accepting of six children (two boys and four Through the years, students have of who the student is as a person. He girls) and 12 grandchildren. Bob often turned to him to understand doesn’t judge and he always shows quickly credits Teresa with providing themselves, their peers, parents and unconditional love to the students a secure, stable environment at home the world around them and Bob has who at the time feel worthless and while he attended the many activities responded with comforting words unlovable. He reflects God’s love back and events surrounding a Catholic and genuine concern. He is never to them. What a difference it can high school. All of Bob and Teresa’s condescending because he respects make. Many years after they graduate children are married and reside in the the individual and declares that they still come to see him or email Johnson County area except Joel who being critical and judgmental can him. Many times Bob has asked me lives in Chicago. They get together be harmful. He would rather bring to come read an email sent to him often and the house gets very noisy about positive change and spiritual from a former student telling Bob but the grandparents wouldn’t have awareness by encouraging students to how he helped turn their life around it any other way. Faith and family are listen to God through prayer and in and how grateful he or she is. It has Bob’s highest priority. Serving God’s some cases, networking with former been a privilege to work with Bob and people is at the top too. students and other adults who have be on the sidelines of the great and An only child, Bob grew up in overcome adversity and succeeded. powerful work this man has done for Topeka planning to be a priest. He When Bob initially meets with our students. He is truly a physical entered Conception Seminary in 1960 students he asks them to meditate 10 BoB aleY retireMent reflection of the Father’s love.” Fellow counselor Laura Cline believes that because Bob has always treated students with dignity, they know their emotions are safe with him. And this is why students from decades ago still remember his genuine, positive regard for them. Laura also The Aley Family at Shawnee Mission Park in spring 2009. describes Bob as 1st row: Resa Aley Thomas, ‘99 (holding son Jaxson), Addison Aley, Christian Scharpenburg, Dillon Scharpenburg, “non-judgmental and Aiden Aley, Carson Klover, Marcus Coleman, Tiffany Aley Coleman, ‘92 (holding Tyler); 2nd row: Matt Thomas, accepting. He works Dave Scharpenburg, Megan Scharpenburg, ‘93 (holding Ellie), Teresa and Bob Aley, Melanie Aley Klover, ’87 (holding Madalyn), Nate Klover, Mick Coleman; 3rd row: Alyssa Hirt Aley, ‘91, and Aaron Aley, ‘90, Amanda and Joel Aley, to empty himself out ‘97, and Andrew Aley, ‘10 so that God can use him. His spiritual studies, wisdom and deeply troubled and survived has a educational community. He said he life experiences are unmatched by huge impact on students who really leaves knowing the school is in good anyone I know.” need help,” Bob says. hands with Dr. Ford at the top making A retreat in the New Mexico desert wise decisions, “always with our The Aley family and the Saint 15 years ago had a life-changing effect Thomas Aquinas community were the mission underlying them.” on Bob – and he has shared the first test groups for Bob’s profound In retirement Bob will have more lessons learned from Father Richard new awareness of God’s love. He time to read, reflect and deepen his Rohr, O.F.M., an internationally speaks of his metanoia with reverence faith and he looks forward to this. known retreat director, author and conviction. And he has shared His grandson Andrew graduated in and lecturer ever since. One of the it often with seniors on one of the May, so together they will bid farewell exercises was to go out into the desert over 30 Kairos retreats with which he to Saint Thomas Aquinas. Bob plans for five hours of solid meditation has assisted since its establishment at to “live in the moment,” enjoy every and contemplation. He came away Saint Thomas Aquinas in 1998. minute and follow where God leads from the experience knowing that no matter how hard one tries, you According to Bob, “Kairos is really a him. can’t change another person. What piece of heaven in its loving, accepting you CAN control is yourself, your atmosphere. There have been some Companions on the journey attitude and how you REACT to life-changing transformations because This is what Yahweh asks of you, another person. All day every day, you of those four days.” to act justly, make choices in this regard. And Bob As he walks around the school love tenderly explains how incredibly empowering today, Bob Aley is pleased with what and walk humbly with your God. and spiritually enriching it is to make he sees – faith-filled students, teachers Micah 6:8 deliberate choices to take the “high and parents comprising a dynamic road.” Ben Schloegel, ’96, is grateful to Bob for his persistent message of hope Do you have a special Retirement Wish for Bob? (see accompanying story) and has Please send your well-wishes to: returned the favor of Bob’s help by Mr. Bob Aley, volunteering to talk with young people c/o Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, who have similar stories. “A positive 11411 Pflumm Road, Overland Park, KS 66215 outlook from someone who has been www.aquinascommunity.com 11 aluMni SPotligHt Professional Triathlete Attributes Success and Overcoming Obstacles to Counselor at STA Bob Aley, Aquinas High School principal from 1984-1988 and guidance counselor at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School from 1988-2010, retired this spring after 45 years in Catholic education. Ben Schloegel, ‘96, “Bob Aley is a cornerstone for didn’t really know his what the community of Saint cousin, Bob – fourteen Thomas Aquinas is and will years his senior – when always be built on. His ‘kids’ Ben ran into him at a don’t come to him on a winning health club in spring streak; he takes in the weak and 2001. Ben had gotten shelters them from the world. his life back together, He works with those who are at and gym workouts risk and brings them back from provided an ample the brink. They don’t get credit outlet during his 60/70- or award ceremonies for what to hour weeks of work and them is a major milestone. As going to school. adults, these become the strongest A few days earlier, leaders and the true foundation Ben had been sitting of what defines community on the side of the pool success. Take a kid that doesn’t watching a boy swim. “Sure Bob spends a few moments with Ben Schloegel, ’96. care, has lost hope – show them seems like there’s a rhythm to Read more about Bob and Ben’s friendship on page 10. a life worth living and save a what you’re doing,” he said. soul. Bob Aley has done it one- Ben’s curiosity was a lure into the Dangerous liaisons … hundred times over. Bob earned pool, and when his cousin asked Ben his spot in the long line of great The oldest child of Debby and Jake to join him for a swim, Ben thought to saints a long time ago, just by Schloegel, Ben Schloegel grew up in himself, “All I have to do is just swim signing up for such a task. They Leawood, Kansas, with his younger in his bubbles and keep up.” should be hanging his banner in sister, Ali, and two younger brothers, Ben’s cousin Bob Schloegel, a now- Peter and Charlie. He attended St. the gym.” 45-year-old Kansas City pediatrician, Elizabeth’s and Leawood Elementary - Ben Schloegel father of three and successful and Middle schools before entering triathlete, invited Ben to compete in a Saint Thomas Aquinas High School as semester of sophomore year, Ben local triathlon the next week. Unlike a freshman in 1992. Schloegel was expelled from Saint most ‘normal’ people would, Ben Thomas Aquinas for lack of academic Ben knew he wasn’t a great student, accepted the challenge and signed performance. but as he began his high school years, up for the race. He’d never swam, he wanted to work hard and do well. At a nearby public high school, Ben biked or ran competitively, much less Not long after 9th grade began, Ben continued making poor decisions attempt to put all three disciplines was elected Class President. He was yet stayed in touch with his buddies together in one outing. He bought a meeting lots of new friends and at STA. By this time, Ben was an bicycle the night before the event and playing soccer, including lifelong angry teenager with virtually no self had no idea how to switch gears, much buddies, Mark Roennigke, ‘96, and esteem. His friends at Saint Thomas less transition from the bike to the A.J. Delaney, ‘96. Then he took a turn Aquinas made it clear to Ben that they run-portion of the race. that would haunt him and his family would not condone his behavior nor Ben, then 23 years old, completed for years. participate with him in his chosen the race and instantly became social activities. Yet they stood by Ben began making unhealthy “hooked” on the sport of triathlon. Ben and continued their friendship. personal choices. Disregard for school But the story doesn’t end there. Nor By Christmas of his junior year, Ben soon followed. Despite being elected did it begin there. begged to return to STA. Ben’s mom sophomore Class President, Ben’s grades were plummeting. By second remembers then-president of the 12 aluMni SPotligHt school Blake Mulvany calling her Immediately following about a letter he’d received from Ben. graduation, Ben moved out “Mr. Mulvany said he wanted to give of his parents’ house and Ben the benefit of the doubt and that enrolled in culinary school at Saint Thomas Aquinas missed him.” Johnson County Community College. Nine months later, Ben continued to play soccer during he dropped out and moved to his junior and senior years, but didn’t California, where he worked have much success. “I had a good odd construction jobs for his ‘engine’ but lacked the footwork,” uncle. He was 19. he recalls. Ben had friends, but his lack of self confidence and mounting A very strong work strained relationships with his parents and siblings simply fueled his ethic… Schloegel brothers Pete, Ben and Charlie celebrate with negative behaviors. Ben had always been a hard their sis, Allie Schloegel Dunn, ‘98, on her wedding day. One very bright spot in Ben’s worker. At the age of 14, Ben’s Allie married Tim Dunn on February 6, 2010. life during high school was his dad, Jake, took him into the relationship with STA guidance PB&J Restaurants construction had pushed away his family and lost a counselor Bob Aley, who retired trailer at the Yia’s Yia’s site on 119th friend to suicide. He had been at the this spring after 45 years in Catholic & Roe. Ben was hired as a bus boy bottom of the barrel, including waking education for the Archdiocese of and over the next few years he moved up in a ditch in Western Kansas, Kansas City in Kansas. Ben and Mr. up the ranks to dish washer, then line having no idea how he got there. Aley met regularly, and Bob soon chef, and eventually into management Finally, at his own will, Ben attended became THE positive, adult influence for the locally-owned restaurant chain. his first 12-Step Program meeting. His that Ben needed. “Mr. Aley respected Paul Khoury, STA parent and addictions had consumed him. Not me for who I was, encouraged me to co-owner of PB&J Restaurants, Inc., long after, he committed to himself confront my own issues, and allowed fondly remembers Ben’s work ethic to turn his life around. Ben Schloegel me to see my strengths for myself.” and personality. “Everyone loved has been alcohol and drug-free since The next few years would be rocky, working with Ben Schloegel. He was Memorial Day 1998. to put it mildly. By the age of 18, always in a good mood.” Paul laughed, He’d just completed his first Ben spent a collective few nights in recalling when Ben would dress up triathlon in 2001 when his cousin, the hospital and in jail as a result of in a red bird suit while managing the Bob, invited Ben to join him on his habits. His relationships with his Red Robin restaurant. “The kids got Thursdays for regular bike, swim and family, including his little sister who the biggest kick out of him…and so run workouts. They met every week was also a student at Saint Thomas did we!” and Ben’s goal was just to keep up Aquinas, became strained because of When Ben returned from California with his older, newly-found friend. his explosive attitude and tendency to Kansas City in 2000, he went “The first three years were simply to to get into trouble. “We were doing directly to Paul to get his job back. learn all I could from Bob and hold on everything we could to try to help He enrolled in the Food & Beverage for dear, dear life. I can tell you exactly Ben. We just couldn’t reach him,” Management program at JCCC what that man’s rear profile looks like Debby recalls. and traveled between the various and what detergent his wife uses!” restaurant locations By the end of that summer, Ben in the Kansas City competed in his first Half Ironman area, trouble-shooting (1.2 mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1 mile and assisting in daily run) and signed up for two Ironman management duties. races the following year (2.4 mile The rest of the swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2 mile run). He won his age group in the first three story... of four Ironman races he competed By the age of 20, Ben in, and set course records at three of Schloegel had endured a them (Wisconsin and Florida, 2002, lifetime of challenges. He and Coure de’Alene, 2003). www.aquinascommunity.com 13 aluMni SPotligHt bikes in the yard – the stakes get much privileges. Even still, the guys at the higher than you can imagine.” firehouse don’t get what it’s like to Ben decided to become a train to race against Ironman pros. And professional triathlete in 2006. So the guys in the pro fields, when they when he’s not running a business or talk about how they had a bad night’s saving lives, he competes against the sleep or they picked up a little bug best athletes in the entire world. “I prior to the race, it’s tough not to roll spent my entire life doing the bare my eyes.” He quips, “Often times I’ve minimum and just getting by. As a been eating firehouse meatloaf or on a young adult, I wised up a bit and fire for three days straight, breathing in learned that it would serve me well to all sorts of toxic fumes. That’s what my lose my “edge” and not fight everyone race week might look like!” On faith and forgiveness: all the time. It was not until I found the sport of triathlon that I finally A caring voice of “Things and people are certainly capable of put myself out there: no fibbing, reason … change on the deepest level. We just need the no hiding and no excuses. Instead right guidance and insight into who and what Ben Schloegel attributes his ability we are and how it affects those around us.” to take control of his destiny to Bob Aley. ... Still working for PB&J Restaurants, “When I first met Bob, I denied Ben decided to become a firefighter in that I had any problems or addictions. order to have more time for training. But he pegged me. Over the next few He enrolled in the Johnson County years, Bob never lost faith in me. He Fire Academy, finishing a year-and-a- encouraged me and always told me half later in addition to earning his that despite my challenges, I AM a EMT license. In 2003, Ben landed his good person.” first job as a firefighter in Leawood, Bob Aley, Aquinas High School Kansas, and currently serves Kansas principal from 1984-1988 and City, Missouri’s east side at Station 41, guidance counselor at Saint Thomas Truck #8, “C” shift. When asked if he gets scared while On dedication: doing his job, Ben responds that “What are we committing to? What are we being afraid doesn’t do anyone any really getting ourselves into? Decide and train, good. “When we (the firefighters) race and act like you want to be a part of it, are working, we have a job to do. not just another person who wants to check The crew and the people that need off the distance. I am not talking about speed our services count on us to come either. No one cares how fast you go; they care about how you carry yourself to the finish and through. It isn’t like a sales job, that what you leave out there. They respect the if you don’t meet your deadline or person that overcomes the most, not conquers if the goods don’t ship on the right the others.” date, you may have an angry customer or, worse yet, lose your commission. of running away from who I am, I When a mother hands you her five- embrace who I am. Plus, I can fail month-old baby who isn’t breathing miserably in public and not totally On the heroes of September 11th: and looks scared out of her mind, embarrass myself!” “As much as we could learn about hate and when you are cutting family out of Reporter Holly Bennett from Inside ignorance, we could learn so much more a crumpled mess that used to be an Triathlon recently asked Ben how about true commitment, heroism, and selfless SUV, or when you roll up on a house dedication to others. Those who went in to he manages his various pursuits. save others regardless of their race, sex, creed or in the middle of the night that has He answered that his two worlds of color, they simply went in and charged against fire and heavy black smoke pouring fire-fighting and triathlon are very impossibility because at one of our darkest from every inch of the eaves with both different. “When I became a fireman hours as humans, the spirit of good shined cars parked in the driveway and kids’ I made the commitment to always give brightest in those two buildings. Do not forget 110 percent and never ask for special them or what they stood for.” 14 aluMni SPotligHt Aquinas High School from 1989- coach who lives in Wisconsin. “My 2010, recalls their relationship during trainer provides a weekly training plan Ben’s high school years. “Ben is such for me, I download my workout stats Ben said a few a lovable guy. When he was asked to for his review, and we talk regularly by words to the leave Saint Thomas Aquinas, it was a phone and email.” faculty about killer for me emotionally.” His dog, Sammy, a Lab/Sharpee Bob Aley and Explains Ben about Bob’s ability mix that he rescued from a neglectful their relationship to guide him, “Bob Aley’s realm was owner, is his best friend -- that is, at Bob’s in a world completely apart from the besides his mentor, Cousin Bob. He retirement party. classroom, and what he tested you on enjoys a good cup of coffee, sleep, was your spiritual life and ailments of crossword puzzles, and hanging out a personal nature. He would let you with his girlfriend. Ben also volunteers know you were loved and at the same for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. “If you absolute rule of “balance.” My father time show you, through your own don’t give back, you don’t deserve taught me to work harder than anyone investigation which he facilitated, how what you get.” else if I want to be the best at what you could be better and learn to love Ben has also started a new business I do, to do the job right and back it yourself a bit.” venture with three other coaches, with my word. My sister Ali has always Bob respects the real trust that called “Endurance Management understood the difference between he and Ben have always had for Group.” He and his partners plan to “right” and “wrong” just as clearly as each other. He admires Ben’s great enhance the multi-sport community black and white. There is definitely work ethic and his ability to “call a in Kansas City by attracting triathletes a line and she will not cross it. My spade a spade.” Out of the many, of all levels and experience, offering brother Peter reminds me to let go many relationships that Bob still has regular group training opportunities and be passionate about life and get with graduates, he thinks that Ben and also sponsor-discounts for everything I can out of it. My youngest Schloegel’s life-turnaround has been participants. brother Charlie is the most loyal and the most miraculous and unbelievable dependable person I know. Those five Ben’s family remains a strong key traits make for great rules to live of all. “Ben puts everything he has foundation for him. His siblings are into what he does. I admire his good by. I do my best to honor this in each his best friends; his many cousins have of my family members in training, heart and that he would do anything formed an incredible support system. for another person in need.” competition and life. Despite their “tough love” by making Ben and Mr. Aley keep in touch and Ben accountable for his own actions, “My dad told us kids years ago, ‘If Bob occasionally asks him to visit one- his parents have always been there you don’t have your family, you’ve got on-one with students who may benefit for him. nothing.’ I have always held that near from Ben’s experiences. “I’m not to me, and I know that my family and “Without my family I would have folks like Bob Aley are THE reason I sure how it happened, but when Ben and be nothing. My parents taught me was welcomed back to Saint Thomas was able to turn my life around.” everything it takes to be a solid athlete Aquinas, it turned out to be a blessing and how to handle success and failure. for us all.” My mother has an unlimited source “To say that Bob Aley has played of energy and never lets me forget the a significant role in my life is an understatement,” says Ben. “It would be much fairer to say that Bob saved Ben Schloegel Triathlon Results my life. I was a kid that demanded a Ironman (IM) Overall/Professional Age-Group Results (Amateur) ton of attention. I pushed away every Results 8th – IM Kona World Championships single person who tried to help me. 2nd World’s Hardest Half IM 2008 (Hawaii) 2005 Bob was the one person that took the 10th IM Wisconsin 2008 1st – IM Arizona 2005 time to try and figure me out.” 11th IM CDA 2008 1st – IM CDA 2004 (course record) 15th Half IM Steelhead (Michigan) 2008 2nd – IM CDA 2003 It’s all about family … 2nd IM Silverman (Nevada) 2007 7th IM Kentucky 2007 1st – IM Florida 2002 (course record) 1st – IM Wisconsin 2002 (course record) On his days off from the fire house, 8th IM Wisconsin 2006 Ben Schloegel’s training regimen 3rd US National Half IM Champ. 2005 8th IM CDA 2005 includes cyberspace sessions with his 9th IM CDA 2003 www.aquinascommunity.com 15 our new FootBall CoaCH Meet Mike Thomas Math teacher, husband/dad/grandpa, and Saints head football coach! At the beginning of the Nina and Mike Thomas, season, the success of the center, with their Saints- 2009 football team was alumni children, in-laws questionable with the loss and grandchildren. Back row, from left: of 43 graduated seniors Andrew, ‘96, Sarah, and who left many spots open Emma Thomas; Judah, to first-time starters. But David, and Julia, ‘00, with each win and top Blackford; Mike and Nina rankings among area Thomas; Rachelle, ‘98, sports writers, the Saints Lilly, and Mike Martin. celebrated the victory with Front row, from left: Tyler high hopes for the next Thomas; Ashton and Isaac game. The season ended Blackford; Tommy, Mikey, with a 10-2 record and Anita, and Ethan Martin. a 49-7 loss to Gardner- Edgerton in the Kansas 5A sub-state finals. football my senior year. I also played all members of the community. Most football at Benedictine College where important is for each student to have a The leadership of Mike Thomas has I graduated with a B.S. in Math. I relationship with God. a whole lot to do with the program’s received my Master’s in Education Who was your mentor(s) or someone you success. The math teacher and from Baker University in 1996. I personally admired? assistant football coach was asked to married my high school sweetheart, be the interim head football coach My head basketball and assistant Nina LaGue, in 1976 and we have in late summer last year. Parents, football coach in high school – Walt three children: Andrew, ‘96, Rachelle players and assistant coaches were Tylicki, my head football coach in (Martin), ‘98, and Julia (Blackford), in agreement that Coach Thomas’s high school – Len Molman, and ‘00. We have 12 grandchildren with strong leadership, experience, especially my parents. another one on the way! intelligence and passion for the game How many years have you coached and Do you have any important lessons you’d composed a winning combination. In been a teacher? like to share? January, Mike was officially named the 2010 head football coach at Saint I have taught math for 32 years Two that stick with me: Thomas Aquinas High School. We and coached for 31 years, and started 1) No matter what situation I’m in, asked him the following: at Saint Thomas Aquinas in 1988, good or bad, I can learn something What is your background? the year the new school opened. I from the experience. have coached football, boys and girls 2) In every situation, look to God I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin basketball and volleyball. for help. When I’ve tried to do things in 1955 and also lived in Columbus, Ohio, though most of my life I’ve What is your coaching philosophy that on my own, it didn’t work very well. lived in Kansas – Fairway, Atchison, drives your football program? Always turn to God to help figure out Overland Park and Olathe. My I am concerned with the whole what to do! parents are Ramona and H. Edward, student athlete – spiritually, mentally What is the most rewarding part of (deceased), Thomas. I have an and physically. I want to help build being a coach? older sister, Luan, and five younger character in the athlete to prepare Watching the players succeed. brothers – Bill, Pat, Ted, Joe and him to be the best young man he can Looking at the expressions on the Paul. I graduated from Bishop Miege be. Our coaching staff’s number-one players’ faces after a big win, and in 1973 where I played four years of goal is to develop Godly men who hearing from former players about basketball and football. Our team are good people at the core, whether what a great memory they have of won the 1972 state championship in single or married, husbands, fathers – their time here at STA. 16 winter SPortS reCaP Winter Sports Two alumni involved with presenting Boys Basketball Team-of-the-Week Award Season Record: 6-14 On April 7, prior to League Record: 1-9 the “Pink Out” game EKL Second Team: Joe Downey with St. James to benefit Coaches: Sean Reilly (head), Rick Allison, Jim breast cancer research, Halling, Brian White, Jude Gerstner, Chip the Saints girls soccer Ahern (assistant) team was honored as the Metro Sports -- Girls Basketball Cable-Dahmer High Record: 23-2 School Team of the Week Award. John State: 2nd Michaels, ’90, presented League: 10-0 1st Place the award to Coach Regional/SubState finish – 1st Place Craig Ewing on behalf of All Sun Country: DaShawn Harden Cable Dahmer while Joe All Metro: DaShawn Harden (1st team) Novacek, ’94, provided All State: DaShawn Harden camera coverage. Coaches: Rick Hetzel (head), Bob Harbour, Bill Kolich, Jon Novacek, Justin Wrigley Top: John Michaels, ’90, and current Aquinas Boys Swimming parent, presented the League Record: 3-2 award to the girls soccer League Finish: 5th Place team. State: 5th Left: Joe Novacek, School Record: Andrew Hovorka, Joe ’94, covered the award Hermsen, Ryan Kelly, Phil Grosdidier – 1:42.93 presentation for Metro Sports where he is a Coaches: Rick Jenkins (head), Nick Erker (assistant) producer and on-air personality. Wrestling Season: 3-3 League: 3rd Place Regional/Substate: 2nd Place Coaches: Lorne Parks (head), Clint Slyster, Tom Williams, Bob Golubski, Phillip Henes, Kirk Berggren (assistant) EKL First Team: Tommy Williams, Jake Walker, Eric Mason Fall Sports (correction) Once a Saint, always a Saint! The two alumni are invited to get in the picture! Girls Tennis STATE CHAMPIONS League: 2nd Place Regional: 1st Place State – 1st Place 5A Don’t forget to let us know 5A Singles State Champion -- Nicole Jara 5A Singles State Runner-up -- Natalie Looney 9th at State: Lauren Huddlestun/Adreanne Orlanes when you move!!! Log onto State Qualifiers: Katie Krim, Morgan Hicks Coaches: David Shriver, Amy Person www.aquinascommunity.com. www.aquinascommunity.com 17 Miller FaMilY Christina remains positive through painful ordeal and counts her blessings by Kevin Watson, ‘10 (reprinted from The Shield, April 2010) The power of positive thinking does Growth to adulthood is more to help the sick and oppressed hard on any teenager, but than one can imagine. Senior for Christina it involves Christina Miller knows this is true. extra difficulties. She has She lives each day thanking God for all had to undergo two cranial of her blessings, and makes a sincere expansion surgeries. The effort to bring happiness to those she last surgery took place right encounters. before spring break. The In her 18 years of life, she has had first occurred when she 32 surgeries, countless IV’s, and too was only four. During the many labs and blood work taken to surgery, doctors “shaved” count. Christina and her twin sister the inside of her skull bone Ana were both born prematurely at 26 to expand the space inside Christina getting haircut before surgery ½ weeks. Christina was also born with and allow more room for a condition called hydrocephalus. This her growing brain. meningitis infection. condition causes excess cerebrospinal “My brain was literally too big for fluid to collect on the brain because my skull,” joked Christina. After all that Christina has gone it doesn’t drain properly. One of her through, people are amazed to She spent 24 consecutive days in first surgeries was to put in a shunt find her so positive and upbeat. Children’s Mercy Hospital during that goes through her ventricles She considers her rough times and February and March 2010. She hid down through her neck and into her challenges as a blessing from God. severe headaches that she began abdomen where all the excess fluid She accepts God’s blessings and gains having in early January from her is then absorbed. She went almost strength. family and doctors. She has had 11 years without any major health enough experience from CT scans “I try to make the most of these problems. That healthy streak ended and headaches to know that nothing blessings, and make life better around freshman year. can be done until the pain is almost me by being positive, because me unbearable. Christina’s pain was first being negative doesn’t help anything discovered when she collapsed and at all,” Christina said. blacked out. Christina has drawn on the Saint While the rest of the Saint Thomas Thomas Aquinas community for Aquinas students were enjoying their strength, friendship and inspiration. extended snow day break from school, Cross country runners, especially, gave Christina spent the time hospitalized. Christina support. Only two weeks later, after the “Cross country taught me a lot medicine had failed to alleviate her about being happy during rough headaches, she had another surgery. A times,” she said. “I couldn’t go lumbarperitineal shunt was put in her through everything that I have if I back and wrapped around internally didn’t try to make the world around to the end of her ventriperitineal me better. I am too stubborn to simply shunt. The rest of this semester has end up wallowing in self pity.” been more of the same as Christina “She is the most energetic person I was sent home, allowed to return to know. She is always very positive, full Christina holding her twin Anastacia school, and made many return trips of energy and life at all times, even to the hospital for a staph form of when she was in the hospital,” said 18 Miller FaMilY senior Meagan Wilderson. She said a tremendous way! The Christina is always herself and admires students and faculty how Christina “was having brain were amazing!” surgery and was so much less dramatic than people getting their wisdom teeth pulled out.” Although Christina has no usable veins left in her arms or hands due The Miller family (2nd row, to scar tissue and constant blood Ana, Cathy, Christina, and 1st row, Elizabeth work, she does have a lifeline of and Caterina) moved out support at STA. Senior Morgan of their home during the Commodore felt driven to help her renovation. classmate and fellow cross country runner in some way. After tossing around fundraising ideas with English teacher Ms. Susan Dillingham and her mom Mrs. Sheila Commodore, Extreme Makeover: Saints and Streaks the three decided to host a bake Edition sale and a pizza day at Imo’s Pizza at 135th and Quivira. The restaurant St. Joseph alumnus Hank have pitched in to help with is owned by the Commodore family, Bednar, ‘80, owner of Bednar fundraisers, dinners, and physical and six of the thirteen employees are Interiors Remodeling and Design labor and constant prayers. current students or alumni of Saint in Shawnee, has spearheaded Cathy described Saint Thomas Thomas Aquinas. The Commodores a home renovation project for Aquinas president Dr. Ford as “a generously agreed to donate 20 the Miller family in conjunction guardian angel.” percent of the day’s sales to help offset with the “Rebuilding Together Shawnee.” Hank pushed to have Cathy’s goal is to host a the Miller’s medical bills. graduation party for Christina and the Miller home be one of those Mrs. Commodore said that scheduled to undergo a facelift Ana at their remodeled home. It’s Morgan and Ms. Dillingham were through this community effort. In been a long road for the Miller instrumental in getting approval and reality, the home is experiencing family to get to the twins’ high publicity for the fundraiser going on an “extreme makeover” with school graduation. It calls for a very short notice. Dillingham gives some areas being gutted down to celebration! most of the credit to Morgan for the studs. Most of the labor and Watch for renovation pictures getting things moving. She said that materials have been donated or of the Miller home in the next Christina, “one of our own,” needed provided at cost. issue of Saints Spirit! help and that she just helped out with whatever was needed. This was Single mother Cathy the first event of this kind that Imo’s Nielsen Miller, ‘79, and her has sponsored. Mrs. Commodore four daughters moved out said that she had been involved with of the house and into one other fundraisers “but nothing of down the street owned by this magnitude!” Approximately one Mr. and Mrs. Bob Green, thousand dollars was raised by the during the construction. Saints community during the Imo’s Cathy is in constant contact Pizza Day for the Miller family. “Dr. with Hank, her fellow St. Ford gives a great example to the Joseph alumnus, and has students,” said Mrs. Commodore. been overwhelmed with She said that in her experience the support of the Bednars with the Saint Thomas Aquinas and a legion of contractors, community, “whenever anyone needs and members of the St. Joseph and Saint Thomas The Miller home was gutted down to the studs in something, everyone just goes with it the kitchen. and tries to help and they did this in Aquinas communities who www.aquinascommunity.com 19 ClaSS noteS Class Notes 1976 Christopher Seago is in his last year of formation to become a permanent deacon in spring 2011 for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. In conjunction with St. Meinrad Seminary, the Archdiocese has been preparing the very first class of permanent deacons for the diocese. Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts David is currently teaching theater and Michael Skahan and his wife Julie of degree in Religious Studies from Benedictine drama and is head of the Performing Arts Shawnee, Kansas, welcomed their son Gavin College in 1980 and his Masters degree in Department at Parkview High School in Quinn Skahan on October 27, 2009, weighing Social Work from the University of Kansas in Springfield, Missouri, where he lives with his 8 lbs., and measuring 20 inches long. Says 1988. He works for the Department of Social wife, Brandy, and their two daughters. Brandy dad, “GQ can’t wait to run the ball for the and Rehabilitation Services for the State of teaches math in Ozark, Missouri. Saints as he has grown off-the-charts: 22 lbs. Kansas, licensing Community Mental Health at six months. I am feeding him anything and centers, Psychiatric Residential Treatment everything to bulk up for those STA two-a- facilities, Residential Care facilities, and days.” Julie has taught in the Shawnee Mission private psychiatric hospitals. Chris and his wife School District for 10 years and was a Kansas Julia live in Topeka, Kansas, with their two Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2008. Michael is daughters, Erica, 25, and Marissa, 17. a Vice President for iModules Software, Inc. 1977 1992 Evelyn “Berni” Malinowski and her husband Above is the cast and grand staircase from David Krudwig, pictured above right with Mike Jones live in Kansas City, Missouri, where the Parkview High School production of Annie, his brother Aaron Krudwig, ‘96, enlisted in Mike is regional sales manager for Field Turf, directed by David Krudwig, ‘92. To see other the US Marine Corps shortly after graduating an artificial turf manufacturer. They have two examples of David’s extraordinary theater from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. children, Mallory, 24, and Murphy, 21. set-designs, go to http://www.phstheatre.org/ He served in active duty from fall 1992 to late summer 1996. productions.html. 1980 Sr. Bridget Dickason, OSB, teaches religion at Bishop LeBlond High School in Atchison, Protecting our Planet Kansas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree Laura Elliott, ‘99, has been working in the environmental office for the US Antarctic in English and Secondary Education from Program (USAP) as a support contractor since early October 2009. The work involves Benedictine College in 1984, her Master of Arts environmental remediation, compliance, monitoring and education for all aspects of the degree in Theology from the University of San US program on the continent. The Antarctic Treaty (1961) and the Antarctic Conservation Francisco in 1998, and her Master of Education Act (1978) mandated protections for Antarctica’s pristine environment. The firm is there to Administration degree from Benedictine in assist the USAP and National Science Foundation’s grantees doing science on the continent 2002. Sr. Bridget enjoys fishing in her spare in complying with their environmental responsibilities. She feels lucky that her job requires time. a good deal of traveling and has enabled her to visit Byrd Surface Camp, the South Pole station, and many field camps in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Prior to this job, she worked as a 1981 hydrogeologist at an environmental consulting firm in Portland. Vicky Zimmerman Chalstrom and her husband John live in North Pole, Alaska, where Left: When the alumni office caught up she is personal-lines insurance supervisor for with Laura in February, she was traveling Rural Alaska Insurance Agency and John is a to New Zealand and Australia. She sent maintenance inspector for the Federal Aviation a photo taken at the South Pole on New Administration. They have two children, Year’s Day, adding, “Yes, there really is a Patrick, 21, and Kathryn, 19. pole there!” 1990 Below: Laura Elliott poses next to an Paula Krudwig received Antarctica landmark. her board certification as a registered nurse in 2005, and worked in ICU at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, for four years before moving to Truman Medical Center in Independence, Missouri, where she is currently a surgical nurse. 20 ClaSS noteS 1993 Nicki Werkowitch Merfen and her Serving his Country husband, Scott, live in Olathe, Kansas, with Aaron Krudwig, ‘96, graduated from Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, in their children, John, 6, Patrick, 3, Nicholas, 2, 2000, with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Natural and Applied Sciences in and Cate, 6 months. Nicki is a full-time mom, Wildlife Conservation and Management. He earned his master’s degree in Higher Education and Scott is an elementary principal for the Management and Student Affairs from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, in spring Shawnee Mission School District. 2003. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in September 2003. Amy Bannister DiGiacomo and her After completing his Military Occupational Specialty Training at Camp Pendleton, CA, husband, Carlo, of Kansas City, MO, Aaron was awarded an appointment to Marine Corps Officers Candidate School (OCS) on a welcomed a daughter Lucy Marzia on April contract for Navy Marine Flight Training. He was commissioned a Marine 2LT in December 4, 2009. Amy is the Public Relations and 2004, and received his Navy Marine flight training wings in July 2007. He received further Marketing Manager for Olathe Health System. training and certification in the Marine CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter – the largest helicopter in the western hemisphere. At the time he received his wings, Aaron was ranked 1995 academically in the top 10 percent of all current and former Navy Marine pilots. Dr. Brian Milligan and his wife, Cheri, live Aaron is currently a captain, aircraft commander and section leader based at Marine Corps in Rochester, MN with their children Adele Air Station, Miramar, CA. He is on his second deployment to the Middle East, first serving in Elizabeth, 2, Robert Allen, 7 months. Brian Iraq with additional duties as the Logistics Officer in 2008-2009. He has been in Afghanistan will complete his neurosurgical residency at the since January 2010 with additional duties as the Administration and Legal Officer for the Mayo Clinic in June 2011. squadron. Dr. Dan Wientzen graduated from Cpt. Aaron Krudwig has received two Strike/Flight Air Medals, NATO Medal, Afghanistan Creighton University in 2000 and earned his Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from Terrorism Service Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. Des Moines University in 2006. He and his wife Sara live in Decorah, Iowa, where Dan is a family physician for the Gundersen-Lutheran Health System. Dan enjoys soccer, poker and travel. 1996 Tom Rohr, his wife Melissa, and their child, Myles, live in St. Joseph, Missouri, where Tom is a wholesale parts specialist for Superior Chevrolet. John Euston and family welcomed Jeorgia Delphene Euston on June 17, 2009. 1997 Kara Furst Steele and her husband, Eric, Cpt. Aaron Krudwig, second from left, preparing with his crew for his first deployment as a welcomed their first child, Zoey Elizabeth Navy Marine pilot. The flag, carried on the mission, was presented to the family of a WWII Steele, on July 8, 2009. Marine pilot. The photo at right is an enhanced image of Cpt. Krudwig. 1998 Jennifer Walters Gardner earned her Melissa live in Fort Carson, Colorado, with John McGurk, an attorney at Polsinelli nursing degree from Fort Hays State University their three children, Reagan, 7, Grant, 5, and Shughart in Kansas City, was one of 23 in 2005. She and her husband, Tim, were Vincent, 1. candidates who competed in the Leukemia married on November 29, 2008. They reside in and Lymphoma Society – Kansas City Chapter’s 2010 “Man and Woman of the Lenexa, Kansas. 2001 Burton Harding has opened a law office Mindy Sieve is a dietician and Assistant Year” fundraising campaign. John said the in Girard, Kansas, 110 miles directly south Director of Patient Services for ARAMARK in competition was a lot of work but “the cause of Overland Park near Pittsburg, Kansas. He the Carondelet Health System. She earned her is such a good one, it was a privilege to be earned his J.D. and MBA degrees from the Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science involved with LLS.” University of Kansas in spring 2009. from Indiana University in 2005, and married Michael J. Scaletty, Captain for the her husband, Brian, in July 2007. Brian is a 2000 United States Army, was deployed to Iraq financial analyst with Payless Shoe Source. The Andrew and Lindsey Mackey Calovich in spring 2010. While in Iraq, he will serve couple lives in Shawnee, Kansas. welcomed their second child, Henry Andrew as the Operational Law and Military Justice Calovich, on April 16, 2010, weighing Attorney for the Third Brigade Combat Team 7 lbs., 1 oz. of the Fourth Infantry Division. He will be training and assisting Iraqi prosecutors in the prosecution of terrorists. He and his wife www.aquinascommunity.com 21 ClaSS noteS 2002 2004 Aaron Saule will graduate in Elizabeth Pyle Mortimer is a sales agent Hillary Frost May 2010 from for Reece and Nichols Residential Real Estate and Bobby Carter Lindenwood in Shawnee, Kansas. Her husband, Jeff, is a are tying the knot University, located district sales manager for Monsanto. They live on October 15, in St. Charles, MO, in Lenexa, Kansas, with their son, Drew, 1. 2010, in Kansas with a degree in City. They were Graphic Design 2003 engaged on November 27, and a minor in Philosophy. Aaron 2009. plans to attend graduate school at Lindenwood Megan Bickimer has been named “Child next fall, coaching the swim team and also Advocate of the Year” by The Sunflower completing his last year of eligibility for Water House, an organization in Shawnee, Kansas, Polo. that prevents child physical and sexual abuse Christina Saxer graduated from St. Louis and provides services for victims and their University’s John and Lucy Cook School of families. Business this spring with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Marketing. After working Jen with the LLS poster boy of the year, 2005 for two years at the Clubhouse on Baltimore Ethan Potter (the former Kansas City Club in downtown Eric Barnes is an IT Support Specialist for Kansas City) and also earning her wedding Jennifer Flaspohler is a realtor for Intouch Solutions, a Pharmaceutical Digital REMAX and was one of 23 candidates for the coordination certification, Christina has Marketing company in Overland Park, Kansas. started her own business, Celebrations of Love Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Kansas City Chapter’s 2010 “Man and Woman of the Max Mitchell is an Operation Specialist - Weddings and Events by Christine. Year” fundraising competition. This cause has Petty Officer third class for the United States Kelsey Jeter and Grace Kueser, friends been particularly close to Jen’s heart since her Navy. from high school both graduated in May cousin, Madeline Pyle, ’08, was diagnosed with 2010 from the University of Arkansas. Kelsey leukemia as a five-year-old kindergartner almost 2006 earned her degree in Dietetics and will be 15 years ago. Several members of Jen’s “team” Kelsey Gustafson graduated Summa Cum pursuing her masters at the KU Medical who helped her plan events and publicize her Laude from the College of St. Benedict in St. Center in Nutrition. Grace graduated in campaign efforts are Saint Thomas Aquinas Joseph, MN. She has been invited to join the Apparel Studies with a graduates. As Jen’s mom Debbie Flaspohler national Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Kelsey minor in Marketing and said, “This speaks volumes about the sense of will be spending the 2010-11 academic year will be working in the giving back that was instilled by STA and the teaching English in China. Design and Development parents of this group of young adults.” Department for private label handbags at Dillards in Little Rock, Arkansas. STA alumnus honored as nation’s top student leader Brent Blazek, ‘05, president of the Student Alumni Leadership Board at the University of Kansas for the 2009-2010 year, Caitlyn with the LLS poster girl of the year, was honored as the nation’s Hailey Johnson. Outstanding Student Leader Caitlyn Meyers received a B.A. in Mass at the national convention for Communications from Kansas State and student alumni programs in currently works for Major Brands, a premium Baltimore last August. The award beverage distributor in Missouri, as a was presented by the Council for promotions manager. She has been with the the Advancement and Support of company for just over two years. Last summer Education (CASE), a professional she became a first-time home buyer and organization that oversees resides in Prairie Village. Caitlyn participated advancement professionals at in the 2010 “Man and Woman of the Year” thousands of colleges, universities fundraising competition sponsored by the and independent schools and also guides student programs sponsored by alumni associations. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of As a member of the Student Alumni Leadership Board while an undergraduate at the her uncle, grandfather and other members of University of Kansas, Blazek has helped promote events and activities for the KU Alumni her family fighting cancer. Association and also served as an official student representative for the organization. Brent earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education this spring, and plans to begin graduate school in the fall, studying sports management at KU. 22 in MeMoriaM Alumna Honored with “Spirit of Creighton” Award Marley Doyle, ‘02, and one other student psychiatric illnesses, and she went on to found received the prestigious Spirit of Creighton and direct Magis psychiatry clinics for both Award at Creighton University’s commencement adults and child/adolescents. She also served as ceremonies on Saturday, May 15, 2010. vice president of the Student National Medical The Spirit of Creighton Award is given annually Association for one year, organizing numerous to the students who exemplify the best qualities service events in the Omaha area, including a of the University’s founders. Recipients are health fair and mentoring program. honored for their initiative, enterprise, academic In 2006, Doyle earned Creighton’s Aesculapian achievement and outstanding character traits. Award, given annually to one student from each Doyle, who served as 2010 medical class medical school class for guidance, compassion and president, has been described by faculty and selfless service to the class, the community and students alike as selfless, altruistic, compassionate, the University. This spring, she was inducted into empathetic, and a woman of incomparable the prestigious Gold Humanism Honor Society, integrity with a tremendous respect for others, a national honor society that recognizes senior regardless of their socio-economic status. At medical students, residents, physician-teachers Creighton, she became active in the Magis and others for demonstrated excellence in clinical Clinic, a health clinic established and run by care, leadership, compassion and dedication to Creighton medical students for the homeless and service. Doyle will pursue a psychiatry residency medically underserved. She came to realize that at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern many indigent people have primary or secondary University in Chicago. In Memoriam Robert Heidlage, age 72, of Claremore, Pamela Anne Soetaert Nelson, ‘64, age Henry J. “Hank” Soetaert, age 90, of Oklahoma, died on February 16, 2010. He is 63, of Atlanta, Georgia and Lake Lotawana, Paola, Kansas, passed away at the Sweet Life the brother of Dr. Rebecca Heidlage, Associate Missouri, passed away on February 28, 2010, in Shawnee on February 20, 2010. He is the Principal for Academic Affairs at Saint at Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care. father of alumni of Patrick Soetaert, ‘61, Thomas Aquinas High School. She is the sister of alumni Patrick Soetaert, Pamela Soetaert Nelson, ‘64, Michael Soetaert, ‘61, Michael Soetaert, ‘66, Thomas Soetaert, ‘66, Thomas Soetaert, ‘68, (Sharon Charlton ‘68 (Sharon Charlton Soetaert, ‘70), and Judy Soetaert, ‘70), and Judy Soetaert Geraghty, ‘69. David S. Lee, age 61, of Leawood, Kansas, Soetaert Geraghty, ‘69. passed away on February 17, 2010 after a valiant struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. He is Carol Dees Tutor, ‘79, age 48, of Chandler, survived by his wife, Sara Tobin Lee, and his Tony Nigro, age 85, of Kansas City, Kansas, Texas, passed away on December 3, 2009. A three children, Maggie Lee, ‘00, Katie Lee, ‘04, passed away on the Feast of St. Joseph, Friday, U.S. Navy veteran, Carol is survived by her and Mollie Lee, ‘04. March 19, 2010. He is the father of George husband, Boyd, and four children, Matthew, (Patty) Nigro, ‘68, Tony (Josephine) Nigro, Joseph, Scott and Cindy; her mother Alice ‘72, and David (Anita) Nigro, ‘75. He is the Jean Dees of Lenexa, Kansas, and her siblings, Mildred Nachbar LeCluyse, ‘45, age 82, of grandfather of Marisa (Nathan) Nigro Frymire, Clarence Dees, ‘75, of Lenexa, Kansas, Robert Lenexa, Kansas, passed away on January 26, ‘00, Katie Nigro, ‘02, Serena (Brandon) Nigro Dees, ‘77, of San Diego, California, Joseph 2010. She is the wife of Bill LeCluyse, ‘44, and Moyer, ‘02, Austin Nigro, ‘04, David Nigro, Dees, ‘80, of Olathe, Kansas, and sister Jean the mother of John LeCluyse, Geri LeCluyse ‘07, Angie Nigro, ‘08, and also Michael Ann Eastman, ‘85, of Overland Park, Kansas. John, ‘69, Patty LeCluyse Lutz, ‘72, Mary Beth (Allison) Nigro and John-Paul Nigro. He is LeCluyse Alston, ‘75, and Bill LeCluyse, Jr., the great- grandfather of Ava Joelle Frymire ‘78 (Kendra McMullen LeCluyse, ‘80). She is and Keegan Moyer, and the brother of Marie Albert C. VanLeBerg, age 88, of Shawnee, also the grandmother of Ellesha LeCluyse, ‘07, Cascio. Tony was preceded in death by his wife Kansas, passed away on March 23, 2010. and sister of Mickey Nachbar Zarda, ‘53 (Tom of 60 years, Lucy Nigro, in 2008. He is the father of alumni/current parent Zarda, ‘52). Joanne (Taylor) Preston, and grandfather of Ryan Preston, ‘05, Ben Preston, ‘07, and Sam Francis Oppold, age 91, of Iowa Falls, Iowa, Preston, class of 2014. Berniece Beatrice “B” Miller, age 77, of passed away on January 18, 2010. He is the Kansas City, Kansas, passed away on February father of alumni parent Mark (Kathi) Oppold 2, 2010. She is the mother of Steven Miller, and grandfather of Tricia Oppold Vogel, ‘94, Helen P. Waggoner, age 86, of Wichita, ‘73, Deb Miller Shackelford, ‘75, David Miller, Steven Oppold, ‘97, and Michael Oppold, ‘01. Kansas, passed away on February, 21, 2010. ‘77, Diane Miller Hydeman, ‘79, and Joseph Helen is the mother of parent Tom Waggoner Miller, ‘84. and grandmother of Kyle Waggoner, ‘07, and Margaret Waggoner, class of 2011. www.aquinascommunity.com 23 MeMorial PrograM Memorial Program Book of Remembrance Named Memorial Gifts The Book of Remembrance at Saint Thomas Aquinas gives From time to time, specific projects and permanent families the opportunity to permanently memorialize their items located at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School may deceased loved ones. be earmarked for Named Gift opportunities. For more information, please contact Michon Quick in the Office of Entries may be submitted online at Advancement at 913.319.2437. www.aquinascommunity.com/remembrance or in person by contacting the STA Office of Advancement at 913.319.2425. Named Endowed Memorial Scholarships A named memorial scholarship may be set up at Saint Thomas Memorial Mass Aquinas High School through the establishment of a named The Mass of Remembrance will be held annually in February endowment fund. around Valentine’s Day, to memorialize deceased loved ones from the preceding calendar year. All endowed funds are held by the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas for Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. Please contact the STA Office of Advancement at 913.319.2425 to report or update records for the deceased. The principal balance of each endowed memorial scholarship will be held in perpetuity and spent in accordance with guidelines set up by the donor and approved by the Saint Mass Intentions Throughout the Year Thomas Aquinas Board of Trustees. Names of the deceased that have been submitted for the Book of Remembrance before or at the annual Mass of Funds expended will equal interest proceeds as allocated by Remembrance will be included in the next academic year’s All- the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas. School Mass intentions. The minimum gift amount to establish an endowed memorial Saints Memorial Fund scholarship is $25,000. The principal may be added to at There are several ways to memorialize those dear to you. Gifts any time, increasing the annual proceeds-expenditure for may be contributed to Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in scholarships. memory of deceased persons, to honor living persons, or to commemorate anniversaries or other special events. All gifts An endowed fund may also be set up as a “pending-endowed” are tax-deductible as allowed by law. fund, with an initial gift of $5,000 and the pledge to fully endow the scholarship over a period of five years. Gifts in Lieu of Flowers It may be appropriate to remember a loved one by requesting For more information about setting up an endowed memorial that “in lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions scholarship, please contact Michon Quick in the Office of be made to Saint Thomas Aquinas High School.” Advancement at 913.319.2437. Memorial Plaque Gifts Saint Thomas At any time, a gift or series of gifts can be contributed to Saint Aquinas chaplain, Thomas Aquinas High School for the name of the deceased to Father Andrew be added to the Memorial Wall located in the hall outside the Strobl, celebrated Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Saint Thomas Aquinas Mass during the High School. second annual Mass of Remembrance on To have a memorial plaque made and installed, gifts in memory February 10, 2010. of a loved one should collectively total $250 or more. Contributions earmarked for named gifts and endowed memorial scholarships will also initiate the addition of a plaque to the Memorial Wall. 24 Inspiring Messages From a former parent current school and the fact that he Thank you again. never actually attended STA. Another who has moved from endorsement from a happy junior in Tom Millweard the area: high school! Chief Operating Officer You have one incredible school RAZOR Business Strategy Consultants After four years of NOT connecting and unfortunately, we sometimes Dallas, Texas with Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, our phone conversation today appreciate things even more when we happened to spontaneously spark my don’t have them…Such the case with memory as to just how wonderful STA STA. really is as a high school and I feel like I could go on and on as to the I need to share that with you. specifics, but I wanted you to take When our family lived in Kansas a moment to reflect on just how City, we absolutely loved Saint wonderful STA is as a high school. Thomas Aquinas, appreciated the From the administration and school and community, and were leadership to All-School Masses, school spirit, faculty, volunteers, Renewing your magazine quite blessed that our daughter was Extravaganza, first class standards, very subscriptions is now easier than ever so happy in high school (not an special Chaplain, sports programs, and also a great way to support the accomplishment we take for granted, students, faith, culture, quality of students at Saint Thomas Aquinas especially during the challenging high education, value of the education, High School! Anytime you see a school years). class T-Shirts, pep rallies, retreats, etc… magazine you would like to receive at When we decided to relocate to your home or when your subscription You have one great school! another state, our direction/criteria is about to lapse, simply go to www. for our son’s high school experience You should feel so proud to be qsp.com, and use school account was to find the “Aquinas” in our new affiliated with such a wonderful school #425007423. All profits from the community. We found a similar high that has such a lasting impression on sale support student extra-curricular school very near to our house, and many, many people for their entire activities, which are an integral part we are very happy at the school. Our life. I will never forget those four of each student’s development while son is currently a junior, doing very wonderful years and remain thankful here at Saint Thomas Aquinas. Order well in the academic program, playing for the impact STA has made on my or renew your favorite magazines and two varsity sports and very blessed family. help support the Saints! with a great group of friends that has contributed to a great high school experience for him (again, not an Memorial Gift Honors Wife of Santa accomplishment we take for granted). Marta Resident However, our family believes Saint Dr. Ed Hall, right, and his Thomas Aquinas is the gold standard grandson, James Meyer, STA for a high school experience. Our sophomore, presented Dr. daughter, a senior in college, still talks Bill Ford with a memorial gift about STA as the best years of her life. in honor of Judith Hall, Ed’s She has said on numerous occasions wife and James’s grandma. that she would repeat those four years Her name will be added to exactly the same if she could. Wow, the Memorial plaque in the what an endorsement from a very hall outside the Chapel of happy young woman! the Immaculate Conception. Our son still refers to Saint Thomas Dr. Hall lives at the Santa Aquinas as THE high school to Marta Retirement community and says with a wink, “I have a telescope on attend, despite his happiness at his the parking lot over here to keep an eye on James.” www.aquinascommunity.com 25 CoMMunitY Calendar St. Joseph Class of 1960 50th Reunion Community September 10-11, 2010 Friday Evening, September 10, 2010 Calendar See page 26-27 for more complete class-reunion information. Casual Get-Together June Beginning 5:30 p.m. 25-26.. Class of 1975 Reunion SAINTS Pub & Patio* July 9720 Quivira Rd Lenexa, KS 66215 23-25.. Class of 2000 Reunion Cash Bar/Open Menu 30-31 .. Class of 1990 Reunion *Note change in location from the Save-the-Date card! 31 ....... Class of 1980 Reunion August Saturday Evening, September 11, 2010 2 ........ Class of 2010 Yearbook Signing & Ice Cream Social Gold Medal Club Pinning & Dinner 13....... Freshman-Parent Gift Gathering for Extravaganza Milburn Country Club 14 ....... Sophomore-Parent Gift Gathering for Extravaganza 17 ....... First Day of School 7501 W. 69th Street Overland Park, KS 66204 20 ...... Junior-Parent Gift Gathering for Extravaganza 6:30 Cocktail Hour - 7:30 Dinner Buffet 21 ....... Senior-Parent Gift Gathering for Extravaganza $40 per person; Cash Bar 26 ...... All-School Mass of the Holy Spirit* Please send your check by August 31, 2010 to: 28 ...... Class of 1970 Reunion Joyce Beam-Bradshaw September 25910 W. 69th Terrace Shawnee, KS 66226 1 ........ Back-to-School Night 10....... Blue & Gold Kickoff Event 10-11 .. Class of 1960 Reunion For questions or to RSVP, contact a committe 16 ....... Grandparents Day Mass* member below! October 7 ........ Homecoming All-School Mass* Bring photos and memorabilia to share! 8 ........ Homecoming Tailgate & Ftball Game vs. Webb City 8 ........ All-Years Alumni Mixer after the Homecoming Game – Auxiliary Gym (new location) Class of 1960 “Lost Alumni” 8-9...... Class of 1955 Reunion Donna Alexandar Gary Atwell 8-9...... Class of 1985 Reunion Richard Cametti John Connaghan 31 ....... Open House Diane Dunning, Berry Russell Elliott November Ronnie Fisher Larry Green 1 ........ All Saints All-School Mass* Barbara Hunt Carol Johnson 13....... Extravaganza Thomas Kane George Madden 23 ...... Thanksgiving All-School Mass* Sandra Mathis Marilyn McIntosh 27....... Class of 2005 Reunion Joan Muszynski Larry Nusbaum John Paschel Rosalia Schege-Gehle December Kathy Senn Doris Wright 8 ........ Feast of the Immaculate Conception* Linda Leitner Ann Marie Lagoski 17 ....... First Day of Christmas Break If you know how to locate any of these alumni, January 2011 please contact: 4 ........ Second Semester Begins 8 ........ Placement Test, Class of 2015 Bob Garrett Joyce Beam-Bradshaw 22 ...... Saints Trivia Challenge in the Commons email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 28 ...... Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas Mass* 913-631-8269 wk 913-441-0016 hm February Mike Logan Ann Hayes-Blanner 9 ........ Memorial Mass, 7 p.m. in the Chapel 913-888-9306 hm email@example.com 913-631-8523 hm *All are welcome to attend All-School Masses at Saint Thomas Joan Rieke-Brady Aquinas! Please check the school website to confirm the date and firstname.lastname@example.org time. Most liturgies begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Gym. 913-307-4000 wk 26 ClaSS reunionS Class Reunions – Fives and Tens! 2010 is the year for classes ending Class of 1970 Class of 1990 in ZERO (0) or FIVE (5) to have your Saturday, August 28, 2010 Friday-Saturday, July 30-31, 2010 class reunion! At Tanner’s Bar & Grill in western At Barley’s Brewhaus Private Room in Plans are in the works for many of Shawnee. Shawnee on Friday evening; you. An invitation with final details Contact/Reservation Information: At Brio on the Plaza on Saturday evening. and reservation information will Dennis “DJ” Zarda at Contact/Reservation Information: be mailed prior to each event listed email@example.com, or Barb Kievlan Stephanie Maxedon Mavek, below. Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com or 214-597-1962. If you don’t find your class listed Facebook Search: St. Josephs HS below and would like to organize a get- Shawnee, KS Class of 1970 40th Reunion Class of 2000 together, we can help! Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Please contact Michon Quick, Class of 1975 July 23-25, 2010 Director of Alumni & Constituent Friday and Saturday, June 25-26, 2010 At the Back Room at the Levee on Friday Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or At Johnny’s Tavern in Shawnee on Friday evening; 913-319-2437 for more information. evening; At Saint Thomas Aquinas High School on At Lake Quivira Country Club on Saturday evening; Reunions in Progress: Saturday evening. At Shawnee Mission Park on Sunday. At Contact/Reservation Information: Reservations: by JULY 9, 2010, to Class of 1950 David Spieker, 913-962-5243 or email@example.com. Look for photos from the 60-Year firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kathy Regan Dorman, 913-706-0867 or Contact for information: Reunion event – held on May 22-23, 2010 Lindsey Mackey Calovich, – in the Fall/Winter issue of Saints Spirit! Kathy.Dorman@gmail.com. email@example.com or Facebook Search: St. Joseph Shawnee 913-710-0405, or Liz Kisthardt Samples, Class of ‘75 firstname.lastname@example.org or Class of 1955 913-219-1422. Friday - Saturday, October 8-9, 2010. Class of 1980 Homecoming Tailgate/Game/All-Years Mixer at Saint Thomas Aquinas on Friday Saturday, July 31, 2010 Class of 2005 evening; At Barley’s Brewhaus Private Room in November 26-27, 2010 (Thanksgiving Saturday plans to be determined. Shawnee. Weekend) in the Kansas City area; Contact/Reservation Information: Contact/Reservation Information: Dan More information to follow. Marianne Blake at 916-351-5945 or Pflumm at 913-631-6203 or Contact/Reservation Information: email@example.com, or Ted Horning at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Laura Cindrich Foote, cindrichL@hawks. TEDFH@aol.com. Julie Soetaert King at 913-631-9284 or rockhurst.edu. email@example.com. Class of 1960 Golden Anniversary! Class of 1985 Friday and Saturday, Friday - Saturday, October 8-9, 2010 September 10-11, 2010 Homecoming Game/All-Years Mixer at Saint Thomas Aquinas on Friday evening; A LEGACY OF SUCCESS see Page 26 for details Saturday plans to be determined. Contact/Reservation Information: Pat Regan, Regularly visit firstname.lastname@example.org or www.aquinascommunity.com 913-226-0110. Don’t forget to let us know for Class Reunion updates! when you move!!! Log onto www.aquinascommunity.com. www.aquinascommunity.com 27 Non-Profit Organization Saint Thomas Aquinas High School U.S. POSTAGE PAID 11411 Pflumm Road SHAWNEE MISSION, KANSAS PERMIT NO. 22 Overland Park, Kansas 66215-4816 Saints on Facebook For the Official page, search: “Saint Thomas Aquinas Alumni - Overland Park, KS” (organization) Individual class-years may want to set up individual Facebook Group pages to communicate with classmates. Let us know if you would like to create a link from the official Saint Thomas Aquinas page to your site! (Contact Bryan Thrasher at email@example.com) You may also want to check out the alumni community site at www.aquinascommunity.com.
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