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Xaverian www.olgchs.org • Spring 2010 Cornerstones Dear Friends, A publication of Our Lady of Good Counsel A Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School The second semester is flying by and before you know, it another school year will be 17301 Old Vic Boulevard history. This has been a particularly busy Olney, MD 20832 240.283.3200 • www.olgchs.org spring for me. In addition to the regular activities and events, I have had to focus on OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL filling two key positions – Principal and Advancement Director. I am happy to report that Arthur Raimo PRESIDENT I have selected two talented individuals to fill both spots. Jack Graham PRINCIPAL John Yore is Good Counsel’s new principal. Mr.Yore brings a wealth of academic and leadership experience that makes him uniquely qualified for the role. He holds BOARD OF DIRECTORS a Master’s degree in School Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins Brad Bolino, ’71; David Bottegal, P’04, P’06; John Carbonell, '88; Hank Deily, ‘72, University and has been an educator for 23 years. Mr.Yore was Principal most P’03, P’05, P’10 (Vice Chair); Robert recently at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, DE and previously served as Dickman, P’03, P‘07; Robert Hass, P’93, Principal at Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, MD. In addition to his P’95, P’97, P’98, P’01, P’05; Alice Hession (Chair); David Higgins ’75, P’04, P’06, expertise and experience, what impressed me most about him is his deep faith P’09; Dennis Kane ’83; Rev. Stephen and personal spirituality. He looks forward to being able to speak openly about Katsouros, ‘77; Frank Lanigan ‘68, P’94, both to the students and the community in general. P’98, P’00, P’03; Katherine Prangley Liola ‘97; Charles Morton ‘83; Rita O’Donnell P’02, P’05, P’09; Bro. Conal Owens, CFX; The Advancement Director’s position has been accepted by Ann Myers. Ms. Myers Steve Richter ‘75, P’04, P’09; Albert hails from Baltimore and is an experienced development professional. She earned (Skip) Shannon; Sr. Sharon Slear, SSND; a MSN in Administration from University of Maryland and a certificate in Fund Martin Stanislav ‘82; Patricia Thomas ‘93; Beverly Wharton-Lake P’06 Raising Management from Goucher College. She has held development positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the School of Engineering, the ADVANCEMENT OFFICE STAFF Maryland Science Center, the Bryn Mawr School and St. Paul’s School. She looks Stephanie Wilson forward to working at Good Counsel and is excited for the opportunity to become EDITOR, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND PR part of the community. Both John and Ann will begin their tenures on July 1. Lauren Costello DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI & PARENT RELATIONS Once again, the Grand Celebration was a great success. A dedicated group of Bill Mooney volunteers led by chairs Sharon Duffy and Anna Baumgartner did a fantastic job DIRECTOR OF ANNUAL FUND planning and staging this year’s event. Thanks to those of you who attended Debbie McKinney and/or supported this important activity. ADVANCEMENT MANAGER Jeanette McCarthy Finally, in this issue of The Counselor we focus on Xaverian Cornerstones – PRESIDENT’S ASSISTANT individuals who continue to make a difference through their work at Good Counsel and in the community at large. Hugh Boyle ’98, Suzy Miller ’96, Submit comments, contributions and Jack McAleer, Barry Trick and the faculty, parents and students who participated address updates to firstname.lastname@example.org. in the El Salvador trip represent different generations and aspects of the Good Counsel community. It is the contributions made by individuals like this year’s Cornerstones, and those of you who continue to support our school who make Front cover: Our Lady of Good Counsel High School the very special place that it is. Members of the first Good Counsel international service team during Sincerely, their trip to El Salvador in January. Arthur Raimo President GC’s First International Service Trip Paul Toigo ‘10 “I cannot recall a single moment where these students put any less than 100% into their mission. They grew as a team, as individuals and as Catholic leaders. The orphanage was the first to test these young adults as they quickly had to put aside thoughts of sadness and find a way to project love, fun and a sense of connection in the few hours we were there.” Cheryl A. Aylesworth, M.D., parent & chaperone IN THIS ISSUE Xaverian Cornerstones 2 Falcon 5K…A New Tradition Picking Up Speed 11 Grand Celebration is a Rockin’ Hit 18 www.olgchs.org On Campus 1 Xaverian Cornerstones El Salvador by Lauren Schwer On January 16, 2010, the first GC recently broke ground for a community center and needed man international service team power to pick-axe through a mountain. arrived at Dulles airport, filled with curiosity, anxiety, and Rather than explaining the games or the crafts at the daycare, expectation. Several students GC students believe Las Delicias is about communicating without bought Chipotle and 5 Guys at verbal language to the many children we met. A few students had 8:30am for fear they would not the chance to walk around with the village nurse, hold a have food for a week. The one-day old baby, and help with vaccinations. students clung to each other because of prior relationships, including cousins, prayer partners, teammates, childhood friends, and classmates. The relationships provided the support and courage necessary to embark on such a trip. Over the course of the week, the spirit and people of El Salvador motivated the students to reach outside GC to form a new community. This community included children at an orphanage, the housekeepers and drivers at the volunteer house, village women making tortillas, village men willing to dig in the hot sun alongside the students, and the many children in the villages that broke our hearts apart. Each of the three worksites can be explained by what the team did, but is defined in the hearts of the students by the stories they heard and the friendships they built. Rather than talking about sifting dirt, laying brick, or making concrete, the team remembers the work at Miguel’s house as images of a Salvadoran man and On top of the worksites and relationships, the team had the his commitment to providing opportunity to visit historical and cultural sites, including the for his family. A mudslide caused church where Monsignor Oscar Romero was assassinated, the by Hurricane Ida destroyed Cathedral in San Salvador, and University of Central America Miguel’s house in November (UCA). The spirit of Romero is inescapable in El Salvador and 2009. In addition to working truly became the foundation of our trip. The students embraced on his house, the students met his spirit of peace, justice, and solidarity and hope to bring that the village children and heard spirit back to the Good Counsel community. As a Jesuit at the Miguel’s story of his experience UCA predicted, our team came to El Salvador, fell in love, had in America. our hearts broken, and are now ruined for life. It appears the intention of the trip was a success. Rather than describing the immense labor required to move a mountain, dig a foundation, “Things [at home] seem so different now, even though I know and hike to get water, our team they are not. Coach Schwer said that we would be like the can only define Zaragosa by blind man from the Bible: things around us would stay the lunchtime soccer games, a Fanta same, but somehow we would change. I understood that break in the hot sun, and the then…but it’s different when you actually go through it.” amazing spirit of a 5 year-old named Oscar. The community —Written by Sarah Fitzgerald, student and service team member 2 XAVERIAN CORNERSTONES Our Lady of Good Counsel High School I cannot recall a single moment where these students put any less than 100 % into their mission. They grew as a team, as individuals, and as Catholic leaders. The orphanage was the first to test these young adults, as they quickly had to put aside thoughts of sadness and find a way to project love, fun and a sense of connection in the few hours we were there. Over the next several days they divided grueling work and touching moments with grace and dignity. They returned each night to reflect on the world, their current surroundings and their own strengths and weaknesses. Most nights we celebrated Mass and took the time to witness for each other our growth. This was emotionally draining for some, and was always enlightening and humbling. This trip began and ended with service director Lauren Schwer’s 24/7 commitment to El Salvador. From the first time my daughter, Samantha, said her name, to a final wave at Dulles — she was an ever present shining beacon of strength, with humility, child-like joy and military style crowd control. There was not a moment where she was not transformative in her approach, challenging us to look inward for strength, “To me, home felt like a sweltering day, sweating in an old and when we were tired, to look to our teammates [for t-shirt, my hair messy and tied in a bandanna, walking up a support]. I will forever hold a small piece of Lauren in my hill so steep you were basically leaning backwards, my hands heart as a reminder of the good fortune I have and to being held by two little girls who couldn’t stop smiling. Home challenge myself to be more like her in my daily life. felt like hearing roosters at two in the afternoon. Home felt like shaking the hand of one-armed Uncle Benny and him not Samantha is a senior and I will forever be grateful for many letting go for about ten minutes, while smiling the entire time. aspects of her OLGCHS education. The retreat process has Home felt like feeling like you could barely stand because you been a highlight, but El Salvador has been the one event that were so tired and covered in almost three inches of dirt and has transformed her and her peers into adults that I am cement. But as soon as you heard a little voice screaming proud to work with. “Vuelta me, vuelta me!”—you felt like you just woke up from —Cheryl A. Aylesworth, M.D., parent & chaperone a three hour nap.” —Written by Gianna Rico, student and service team member Suzie Miller ‘95 Harvard College graduate. Harvard her ACL during game play. ACL tears were many times a career- Medical School graduate. Stanford ending injury during the 90’s, but fortunately Kari made a University intern and resident. successful recovery. Observing her teammate’s surgery and Emergency Physician at INOVA rehab, Suzie discovered what she wanted to do with her life – Fairfax Hospital. Clinical become a doctor. Reflecting on her decision, Suzie said, “I knew professor at George Washington that’s what I wanted to do – I wanted to make people better. University.Volunteer emergency At the time I thought I would be an orthopedic surgeon, but doctor around the world. Good emergency medicine ended up being a better fit.” Counsel has many successful alums, but few have amassed such an After graduating from Good Counsel, Suzie attended Harvard impressive resume at the age of thirty-three as Suzie Miller ‘95. where she also played basketball. She then went on to Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at Stanford. Chasing While attending Good Counsel, Suzie was not only a standout her dream of becoming a doctor left little time for other activities, student but an exceptional volleyball and basketball player. but Suzie made sure she found a summer of travel between During an AAU game, fellow GC classmate Kari Gaskins ‘95 tore undergraduate and medical school. “I backpacked around Europe www.olgchs.org XAVERIAN CORNERSTONES 3 for three months, and in many ways that was the best education I As Suzie grew in her medical prowess and specialty in Emergency received about the world up until that point. I then got the travel Medicine, she sought more ambitious endeavors abroad. Her bug and wanted to see the world. I dreamed of traveling and Stanford mentor, Dr. Mahadevan, saw a need in India – to create experiencing new cultures.” an EMS response system. With the help of other classmates, they traveled to India to pilot a new program. After training Indian paramedics and instituting an EMS system, the population saw an immediate improvement in lives being saved. A non-profit organization in India has since adopted the program and is fully funding it to become the country’s official EMS system. Suzie plans to return to India this April as a clinical professor for George Washington University to teach emergency medicine in Calicut and Kolkata. Aside from volunteer opportunities made available to her through her school, Suzie pursued service trips on her own, including assisting as a doctor for Racing the Planet in Atacama, Chile and the Sahara Desert, Egypt; administering medical care in refugee camps in Lebanon; and providing emergency relief in Haiti after the recent earthquake. Each of these opportunities required a different skill set and approach. In the desert races, she was only allowed one backpack of medical supplies, food, and personal necessities, and had to be prepared for the possibility of snake and scorpion bite injuries. In Lebanon, Suzie served in both Christian and Muslim Palestinian Suzie serving as physician for Racing the Planet adventure race in Sahara Desert, Egypt refugee camps. The Christian camp had no regular doctor, only one nurse and a group of nuns from the Catholic Near East Undeterred by her daunting schedule in medical school, Suzie Welfare Foundation (CNEWA) to serve the refugees. The found a way to combine her two passions – medicine and travel. volunteers received donated medical supplies but were unfamiliar Harvard offered service learning opportunities abroad and Suzie with their use, so Suzie spent time educating them on how to use jumped at the chance to take part. First, she traveled to Costa these items. She also worked with the nurse and a translator to Rica where she conducted research comparing the health status review refugee medical records. Their records were in English, so of Costa Ricans to Nicaraguan immigrants. As one might imagine, they did not understand recommendations given by an already the impoverished immigrants were in poorer health. From this under-resourced medical system and were unclear about their experience, Suzie said, “I was impressed by the generosity of the own medical needs. Suzie answered patient questions and poor. Everyone gave me something, be it beans, a meal, even clarified information in medical charts, providing refugees with chickens. This came from people who have the least but were the attention and care that they previously lacked. the most generous.” When Harvard offered the opportunity to travel to San Juan Sacatapequez, Guatemala, Suzie signed up. This time she was working in a rural village catering to the needs of Mayans who spoke an obscure Mayan dialect and little Spanish. This, plus the fact that the Mayans were skeptical of treatment because of the discrimination they have faced in Guatemala, made the experience very challenging. Suzie was not accompanied by a doctor and was, therefore, performing many challenging medical procedures on her own. While there, she diagnosed illnesses, delivered babies, and even had to reattach a child’s thumb. Overcoming language and cultural barriers was a new reality Suzie faced while practicing medicine abroad: “It was a frustrating experience because the government provided them with good free education and healthcare, but they wouldn’t use it because they were afraid from past experiences with discrimination.” Volunteering at a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon 4 XAVERIAN CORNERSTONES Our Lady of Good Counsel High School When the earthquake hit in Haiti, Suzie joined the Community Experiencing this dramatic divergence in cultures, Suzie learned, Coalition for Haiti to offer medical relief. Her group was sent “As an American, the way we do things won’t always work in to Jacmel, a resort area near Port-au-Prince, but due to traveling other cultures. The challenge and goal is to discover how to difficulties and political logistics, it took a week to arrive and teach them the skills to do it their way.” begin treating victims. Once there, the hospital was deemed structurally unsafe, so they set up a tent to administer treatment Suzie plans to continue humanitarian relief abroad, and to be and perform surgeries. Because they did not have the resources better prepared to meet the challenges that arise out of disaster they needed, most surgeries only stabilized the patient, with the situations such as Haiti, she plans to take a course in medical expectation that a definitive surgery would be forthcoming at a disaster relief at Harvard this coming year. Suzie credits her later date. Suzie’s experience in Haiti was extremely intense and emotionally challenging. “My most unforgettable moment was when a Haitian translator was helping us with a child who had to have her hand amputated. She was in a great deal of pain when we unwrapped the wound and it was a difficult moment for all the doctors and nurses. The translator turned to us and said with a smile, ‘Don’t worry. It’s hard to kill a Haitian. We are tough.’ It amazed me that he was comforting us after all that he had experienced.” Suzie was also inspired by the Haitians’ positive attitude when she first arrived: “We found them singing, laughing, and living life again. It was their way of moving on. They are an incredible group of people – so warm and kind-hearted. I hope this event brings their country the support they need.” Suzie met many Haitian families while providing care after the earthquake Catholic upbringing for instilling in her a passion for helping Traveling to and serving people in so many different regions of others. And although the Emergency Medicine field, especially the world, Suzie has met her goal – to truly experience cultures. in developing countries, can be emotionally difficult, Suzie finds “Cultural barriers fall away when a doctor puts on his or her coat. that blogging helps her to cope with the stress and find a positive Patients, especially women, feel more comfortable opening up outlet. To learn more about her many adventures, check out to you and you learn so much more about their way of life.” Suzie’s blog: http://adventuresofdrsuzie.blogspot.com/ Hugh Boyle ‘98 If you asked young alums, “What is acquainted with SOME. Inspired by the opportunity to support the SOME Jr. Gala?”, you will get SOME, Hugh and a few graduates from other area Catholic a myriad of glowing remarks schools began brainstorming how to make the Jr. Gala a reality. describing one of the area’s After months of planning, the first SOME Jr. Gala was launched most popular fetes for DC’s in February of 2004, providing $30K in assistance for the young adults. The evening has organization and receiving a welcome audience in the DC area. become so well-known that the Remarking on their inaugural year, Hugh said, “We had a lot of Washingtonian magazine lists it energy and excitement for the event right from the beginning. on its annual calendar, but what And I think choosing to make it a Valentine’s Day celebration many may not know is that Good has made it a memorable event on everyone’s calendar from Counsel alumnus, Hugh Boyle ‘98, is one of the founders of this year to year.” charity event. During its brief seven year existence, the Jr. Gala has experienced In 2003, Hugh was approached by a friend and alumnae of a tremendous expansion in participation. The initial event was Georgetown Visitation who was interested in starting a “junior” held at the Capitol Hilton; now, to accommodate a guest list of version of the pre-existing SOME Gala, with the intent of targeting eight hundred, the venue has shifted to the Corcoran Gallery of young alumni from Catholic high schools who were well- Art. The Gala provides a great opportunity for alums not only to www.olgchs.org XAVERIAN CORNERSTONES 5 SOME Jr. Gala Planning Committee (L to R): Fr. John Adams, Pilar O’Brien (Gtown Vis), Hugh Boyle (GC), Connie Kemper (Gtown Vis), Charles Boyle (GC), Molly McNamara (Gtown Vis), Patrick Judge (Gonzaga) reunite and “party” with contemporaries from area high schools, is typically designated for a specific project, for which the but also to contribute to a familiar worthy cause. For the past few committee raises funds and oversees its implementation. In years the SOME Jr. Gala has raised approximately $100K annually recent years they have built a playground at the Anna Cooper for the organization. House and rehabbed dental facilities which provide services to the poor. Like many Good Counsel alumni, Hugh first became involved with SOME through his day of senior service at the organization. Hugh isn’t the only alum who has become involved in the Hugh explained, (“Serving) at SOME as a senior was really one of SOME Jr. Gala. Over the past several years many alumni have my first introductions to this type of service — of giving back to volunteered, including Charles Boyle ‘00, Margaret Lucey ‘01, the less fortunate. Good Counsel impressed upon me the Chris Faha ‘01, Jessica Baumgartner ‘02, Megan Wilby ‘97, and Catholic value of (serving) others and that stayed with me.” Dan Sanders ‘98. They have brought not only helping hands, but resources from their own professional experience to make the gala, and subsequent SOME projects, a success. Moreover, the gala is attended by approximately 80 Good Counsel alumni every year. Reflecting on Good Counsel’s strong support of the event, Hugh observed, “It’s a testament to the network you build going to Good Counsel – and the willingness of that network to get involved.” The goal of Good Counsel’s service program has always been to expose students to the needs of the poor and marginalized, and to teach them that service to others is not just a requirement for graduation, but a life-long practice. Through his long-term dedication to SOME, Hugh exemplifies the mission of GC’s service program and models the Xaverian values of zeal and compassion for others. SOME Jr. Gala at the Corcoran Gallery of Art Hugh has recently relocated to New York City and is VP of Hugh has continued his volunteer work, not only as a Jr. Gala Investor Relations at NorthCoast Asset Management, located in board member for seven years (two of which he acted as Greenwich, CT. Although he is living outside of the DC area, chairman), but also as a participant in SOME’s projects. Each he has remained involved with SOME and encourages anyone year, the Jr. Gala committee distributes meals at SOME and interested in volunteering to go to SOME’s website at prepares a Thanksgiving dinner for their sister organization, http://www.some.org. Click on “Volunteer” for a list of all the Anna Cooper House, which provides supportive-service opportunities, and select “Junior Gala” under the “Events” tab to affordable housing for the homeless and extremely low-income assist with the 8th Annual SOME Jr. Gala. single adults. Additionally, the income raised from the Jr. Gala 6 XAVERIAN CORNERSTONES Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Jack McAleer Now that it’s been a few years worked for 45 years, to fill in the back hill in order to create a since GC moved to the new practice field, or figuring out a way to light the football field long building in Olney, it is sometimes before anyone else in Montgomery County had a lighted field, difficult to remember its former Jack was involved in the project. He was a constant source of home in Wheaton. It was not all advice and assistance for a succession of plant managers and was that long ago that the building at never too busy to help in any capacity. 11601 Georgia Avenue was new and staffed by a faculty consisting For his tireless efforts, Jack was one of the first inductees into mainly of Xaverian Brothers. Thanks the Good Counsel Hall of Fame. He was also named an to the contributions of the brothers, “Honorary Xaverian Brother,” one of only a few men awarded Rose Mary & Jack McAleer tuition was quite low and as a result this distinction.Those who operate the school today owe Jack there was not much money for extra, and his contemporaries a tremendous debt of gratitude that but quite necessary projects to enhance the school. When some Good Counsel will never be able to repay. Jack is missed by extraordinary project was contemplated, the brothers called upon those who knew him, but his legacy still lives on at GC in the a group of Good Counsel dads who responded whenever there care and effort that goes into maintaining the facility, and in the was a need. Often, the first call made was to Jack McAleer. lives of his children and grandchildren who continue to support Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. Jack passed away last December but it is incumbent upon those of us who remain to never forget the tremendous contribution of time and expertise that he and the others of his generation made to the early days of Good Counsel. Jack and his wife Rosemary had ten children, seven of whom attended Good Counsel. In addition, ten of their thirty-one grandchildren have been, or are currently, Good Counsel students. The McAleers are a Good Counsel family through and through. Jack dedicated nearly 30 years of his life to Good Counsel. Much of that time was spent as a member of the Good Counsel Board of Directors where his practical approach to solving problems and his knowledge of facility issues were put to good use. It was, however, in tackling some major physical plant issues that Jack made his greatest contribution. Whether it was securing heavy Hickson McAleer – Bobby McAleer ‘78, Andy McAleer ‘74, Jack McAleer, equipment from A.J. Ellis Construction Company, where he Dan Hickson ‘73, Joe Hickson, Tommy McAleer ‘69 Barry Trick In the summer of 1969, Good him he had experience in both roles, Bro. Charles exclaimed, Counsel was fortunate enough “You’ve been sent by God!” Since this was the only school that to have Catholic University told him this, he decided to take the job. graduate student and Ohio native, Barry Trick, apply for a Little did we know that Mr.Trick would later become a forty-year teaching job. His interview was member of Good Counsel’s faculty and undoubtedly one of the unlike others he had been to for most respected amongst his colleagues and students. Throughout two reasons – it was the first day his career, Mr.Trick has served as teacher, administrator, and men walked on the moon, so before mentor to dozens of teachers and students. His work with young the interview with Bro. Charles Leslie, teachers has been especially appreciated by his colleagues time they tuned in to watch the historic event. Once the interview and again. He has truly modeled the Xaverian mission, dedicating was underway, Bro. Charles explained that they were in need of himself to his profession, humbly offering his talents to others. an English teacher and department chair, and when Barry told www.olgchs.org XAVERIAN CORNERSTONES 7 Upon hearing of his retirement, memories of Mr.Trick’s class and best wishes came flooding into the Alumni Office from dozens “You were simply the entire impetus for me to become an of alumni. Although all could not be printed, below is a sample English major at Virginia Tech in 1972. I now am an Oral Presentations Coach for companies like Northrop Grumman of the sentiments received from alumni and colleagues honoring and Accenture. Your class in Creative Writing gave me the Mr.Trick. Good Counsel has been blessed to have him as a part skills and confidence to know I can express myself fully.” of our community for so long, and he will certainly be missed. —Bill Kane ‘72 “Mr. Trick loved teaching English/Literature and his classrooms were witness to that each and every day through his actions. I will always remember the joys of Beowulf and Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales from Mr. Trick’s class.” —Charles Boyle ‘00 “What type of person is Barry Trick? In the thirty plus years I have known Barry, I have always been impressed with the core values he has consistently, if quietly, conveyed: His commitment to his Christian faith; his love of writing and literature; his ability to motivate students to value learning as an end in itself; his deep respect of and sensitivity to his colleagues; his role in reminding us of the ‘better angels of our nature’.” —Dick Burns, longtime GC faculty member “Barry Trick taught me AP English; I recall he asked us to consider works by Bob Dylan and Simon and Garfunkel as “About a month into my freshman year at Boston College, poetry, which really caught my attention. I ended up majoring my critical reading and writing instructor pulled me aside to in English because of GC’s English department faculty: Barry, ask where I went to school and who taught me how to write. Greg Turlik, Cissy Gallagher Glading, and Frank Ludwig. I am I’ve never forgotten that conversation, and the answer is as currently a president of a Jesuit high school in Manhattan, obvious to me today as it was 27 years ago. Mr. Trick has and Barry Trick’s style of administration—clear, thorough, enabled thousands of Good Counsel students to succeed in compassionate—has been a very positive influence. life. That is itself an extraordinary life's achievement.” Ad multos annos!” —Anthony A. Barrueta —Steve Katsouros, S.J. ‘77 (Loyola School NYC) “As an Assistant Principal and English Department “To me he is and he will always be, without doubt, the Chairman, Barry was the perfect mentor, exhibiting at all embodiment of the true spirit of Good Counsel: patience times kindness, patience and understanding. Many teachers, and wisdom, humility and humor, faith and passion.” particularly those in the English Department, stayed for so many years because of the guidance and leadership of this —Andy Collins ‘82, GC faculty member compassionate professional. To say he will be missed is an understatement.” “One of my favorite memories about Mr. Trick is that he would —Rich Seel, longtime GC faculty member go to great lengths to help a student save face and encourage them... even when they were wrong. For example, once he said ‘I think you probably meant Claudius when you said Hamlet. “It is from [Mr. Trick’s] class that I learned to love the European Because that's not true about Hamlet... but it is true about novel, and my reading interests were shaped by him.” Claudius, so that's probably what you meant.” —Dan Shannon ‘74 —Joe Murphy ‘88 “Barry Trick not only taught me how to be a good teacher; “My favorite memory of [Mr. Trick’s] AP/IB Literature class he, in his very quiet, unassuming manner taught our three was when he made us sing ‘Call me Irresponsible, Call me sons how to be good men.” Unreliable’ if we forgot our materials for class. He has such —Dennis Essig, longtime GC faculty member a great sense of humor!” —Kelly Tracy ‘09 8 XAVERIAN CORNERSTONES Our Lady of Good Counsel High School GC Students Stand Together in Faith at the 2010 March For Life By Bob Handler and Tony Tamberino n Friday, January 22, over four-hundred Good Counsel O students and twenty-five teachers attended the National March for Life, the largest group GC has ever sent to the March. Students and teachers loaded twelve buses at 5:30 a.m. and went directly to the Verizon Center to attend the annual Youth Rally and Mass. Wearing signature neon orange GC/Life hats, Good Counsel was a major presence at the mass filling five sections of the Verizon Center. GC students Angel Batto, Gabriela Mujica, Giuseppe Rebaudengo, Emily Cunningham and Molly Shawhan assisted in leading the Prayer of the Faithful during Mass. After the mass, students left the Verizon Center and proceeded to the National Mall to participate in the March with hundreds of thousands of people who came to make a statement for life. This year’s March was the largest of the annual marches which has occurred every year on the anniversary of Rowe v.Wade in 1972. Students heard testimony about polling evidence which indicates that their age group has become the most ProLife generation. The students then marched up Constitution Avenue past the Capitol Building to the Supreme Court and departed for home at approximately 4 p.m. Participants expressed the feeling that the day’s events were inspiring and enjoyable. Despite the long day, most of the underclassmen indicated their desire to repeat the March next year. Meanwhile, back on campus there was a full day of activities planned for those who did not join the March. After a brief morning prayer, students watched the award winning movie Bella which beautifully presents the dignity of each person from several perspectives. Following a discussion of the movie, students celebrated the Eucharist with Fr. Barry Gross and special guests Tony Melendez and the ToeJam Band. Tony and his band also performed a concert and presentation for the students, which without a doubt was the highlight of the day. Tony, born without arms, is an international entertainer who has performed for the Pope. A guitarist and singer, he shares his story of perseverance and faith in a way that is both entertaining and heartwarming. Students also enjoy the perspective of another presenter,Thomas Awiapo, an employee of Catholic Relief Services and a native of Ghana. Thomas gave a moving account about hunger as a young boy and challenged the students to become more aware of the issue of hunger and its effect around the world. Whether participating in the March, or celebrating Mass and reflecting on guest presentations, students were reminded of the precious gift of life. The day was truly a blessing and a success! www.olgchs.org ON CAMPUS 9 GC’s Theatre Program’s Spring Production of Into the Woods A Visually Stunning and Whimsical Jaunt for Theater-Goers Our Lady of Good Counsel High School presented six performances of Into the Woods, a musical based on a book by James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, on the weekends of March 6th and 13th. Over one hundred student-actors, designers, and crew members participated in this outstanding production which was performed on the historic main stage of the Olney Theatre. Featuring a mix of new and old fairytale characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of Beanstalk fame) and Rapunzel, the musical revised the familiar storybook characters as they traveled through a dark forest on a journey of growth and self-discovery. This lively, updated version of the Grimms Brothers’ famous tales, with strikingly colorful staging, provided delightful entertainment for the entire audience and thrilled both children and adults alike. The production was a resounding success, resulting in packed houses and standing ovations. Into the Woods is Good Counsel’s second of the 2009–2010 school year, and is the latest in a long tradition of theatre excellence which began in 1964. The play was produced by Rosemary Slocum and Gordon Anson, along with associate producer Vicki Sussman. It was presented under the direction of Hillary Rinke, head of GC’s visual arts program and Roger Riggle, who directs the dance company at Good Counsel. Musical direction was provided by Dr. Richard Slocum, the chair of the fine arts department and Maureen (Reenie) Codelka, who directs the musical vocal program at GC. 10 ON CAMPUS Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Great Turnout for 3rd Annual Falcon 5K Run! On April 24, Good Counsel hosted its 3rd 12 and Under – Boys: Shane McGovern, Ben Anders, Jacob annual Falcon 5K Run, raising approximately $5,000 for the Woods; Girls: Abby Green, Ryann Mattingly; Endowment benefiting financial aid for students. The race 19 and Under – Men: Nathan Brockett ‘12, Nathaniel Rogers is organized by the Alumni Office and the XBSS team - a student ‘12, Drew Smith ‘13; Women:Taylor Kozam, Linday Braviak ‘13, group dedicated to increasing the school’s awareness of the Alex Tyminski ‘11; Xaverian tradition and charism. XBSS students do an excellent 20-30 years old – Men: Jon Boller; Women: Meagan McCarthy job recruiting fellow classmates, family members, and GC faculty ‘02, Lauren Schwer, Nikki Lilly; and staff to attend. This year, 230 participants (including many 31-40 years old – Men: Steve Wardell ‘96, Jason Daigle ‘92; GC alums), plus dozens of volunteers, participated in the Women: Ellen DiLisi ‘92, Stephanie Fagan,Theresa Barnes ‘94; run/walk which began at Good Counsel, and extended 41-50 years old – Men: Michael Warfield, Julio Falcon ‘88, Jim throughout the paths of Hallowell neighborhood in Olney. Brown; Women:Toni Herbert-Kozam, Rebecca Neff, Kris Stuber; Children 12 & under also enjoyed the ½ mile Fun Run which 51+ – Men: David Howser,Tom Ebner, Jim Guidara; Women: took place on Kline Stadium track. Elizabeth Rogers, Susan Byrne, Naovarat Branagan This year’s Falcon 5K winners were as follows (organized Good Counsel would like to thank our sponsors and volunteers 1st - 3rd place): who helped to make this day a success, with a special thanks Overall Winners – Men: Michael Fitzgerald ‘12, Jack Riely ‘12, to Kevin Graves ‘02,Theresa Smith, Pete Johnson ‘76, Jeanette Allen Meringolo ‘12; Women: Katie Koneig ‘10, Carravita McCarthy, Carl Leverenz, Will Knotek, the XBSS members and Pape-Calabrese, Erin Britt ‘11; their parents! GC faculty members Lauren Schwer, XBSS members help Jonathan Daigle Maria Bailey and Denise Rowe sprint Frank Emig ‘68 with son-in-law Jon Boller, Laura Neugebauer, and Nikki Lilly get started in the Kids’ Race. for the finish line. Jason Daigle ‘92 Another Impressive Year for the Mother’s Club Home Tour! On Saturday, April 24, the Mothers’ Club staged yet another I also thought this year’s program was remarkable. The exquisite home tour. The new tradition — now in its third year directions were clear and I liked being able to scribble things of existence — has quickly become a not-to-be-missed event, in the note section.” and raises funds for the Endowment benefiting financial aid for students. The tour not only attracts members of the GC First time Home Tour patron, Lisa Fajnor, exclaimed, “All of the community, but the wider Olney area to see a procession of houses were unique. There was a great combination of styles five beautiful homes. Current parents Cindy and Randy Daly, and design. We saved the Dancel house for last and it was Connie and Bernie Dancel, Nancy and Scott Graeves, Sam and unbelievable! I will definitely be back.” Eamonn Reilly and Good Counsel friends Allison and Brian Willson generously offered their homes to the tour, which were Mothers’ Club member Mo Jester again chaired this extraordi- enjoyed by all participants. nary event which has quickly become a GC spring tradition. We would like to thank Mo and the Mothers’ Club volunteers After viewing the homes, current parent Debbie Stanislav for their hard work and we look forward to another fabulous remarked “The third time’s the charm. I cannot even pick a tour next year! favorite home as I loved different features from each home. www.olgchs.org ON CAMPUS 11 Grandparents’ Day Brett Bucche ri ’11 reunites with family at lunch. March 31st dawned a glorious sunny day as we welcomed over 300 grandparents to experience GC with their freshman and junior grandchildren. The morning started with Mass in Good Counsel’s chapel, followed by a breakfast buffet provided by Sage Catering, Good Counsel’s dining services. Students met with their grandparents and proceeded to first and second period classes where grandparents met teachers and experienced firsthand their grandchild’s daily studies. Many students also took their grandparents on tours of the school. After class, students and grandparents gathered in the Litton Gym for a “Magical Musical Tour”, presented by the Fine Arts Department. They were entertained by selections from the spring musical “Into the Woods,” and music by the Jazz Ensemble.The program was rounded out with two classical selections Siblings Mary ’11 and Lindsay ’13 Norcio visit by the Liturgical Choir and Women’s Chorus who sang Laudate Dominum and with their grandmother. Domine Deus. For lunch, students and grandparents dined together in the Alumni Hall and President Art Raimo and Principal Jack Graham spoke and fielded questions. As one grateful grandmother described, “Grandparents’ Day was an excellent, fun, and rewarding event. Yes, an education at Good Counsel is a very solid and sure road to salvation!” Class was dismissed at 12:30 p.m. ….. for the grandparents. Students returned to their afternoon studies to take a few more steps on that road to salvation. Classmates Sarah Ruppert ’11 and Katie Donovan ’11 meet each other’s grandparents. arents in action! ly gets the grandp Classmates Kim Tullis ‘11 and Jess Hentrel ‘11 share the Señor Essig quick afternoon with their grandfathers. 12 ON CAMPUS Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Maggie Mirkin ’11 enjoying art class with her Riley Griffin ’11 and her grandfather sample a GC lunch. Siblings Caitlin ’11 and Nicolas Diaz ’13 share a GC lunch. grandmother. Alessandro “Giuseppe” Rebaudengo ‘13 enjoys his Crystal Acuna ’11 and her grandmother enjoy their Wade Potter ’13 shares his latest assignment with grandmother’s company. day together. grandparent guests. Mark Metrey ’11 works with fellow classmates and his Kathleen Walsh ’13 and her grandfather learn from Cousins Andrew McAleer ’11 and Joseph McAleer ’13 grandparents on a physics lab. Ms. Stortzum in art class. catch up with their grandmother. Back to School... her grandparents. Lauren Ballenger ’11 quizzes www.olgchs.org ON CAMPUS 13 INDOOR TRACK and five girls’ events; and seven boys events and one girls’ event for the All-Time MocoRunning Leaderboard. This was truly an extraordinary indoor season marked To cap off the local honors, several athletes were by canceled practices and track meets due to the named to the Montgomery County All-Gazette First record snow outside, and record performances by Team: Kyle Graves—3200 Meters (new school record); the Falcon Track team inside! Teju Adewole—55m Hurdles; and Sean Sutton, Fola ATHLETIC SEASON WRAP-UP Shokunbi,Thomas Tallerico, and Cortlandt Harris— 4x400 Relay. National First Team Elite and State First Team Elite Honors: Seniors—Kyle Graves (1 Mile, 2 Mile, DMR); and Cortlandt Harris (500m, 400m, 200m, 4x400). Juniors—Teju Adewole (55M Hurdles); Fola Shokunbi (SMR, DMR, 4x400); Sean Sutton (200m, SMR, 4x400); and Thomas Tallerico (1000m, 800m, SMR, DMR, 4x400); Freshmen—Stephon Colbert (DMR); and Kendall Fuller (SMR) This was the most successful indoor track season ever under head coach Buddy Crutchfield, and perhaps for Good Counsel. Exceptional individual and relay performances by the athletes propelled the team to numerous National First Team Elite, State First Team Elite, and Montgomery County First Team honors. At the Private and Independent School Championships, the girls’ team took 2nd and the boys finished 3rd, just two points shy of 2nd. Putting it all together at the MidAtlantic Track Classic, the boys’ posted the top performances for the county for 2010, in ten events, and the girls’ for one event. By season’s end, the Congratulations to Coach Buddy, his staff and all the Falcons had athletes holding top rankings by the indoor track athletes on their incredible accomplish- MocoRunning Leaderboard in fifteen boys’ events ments for the season! SWIMMING Good Counsel Swimming and Diving had a great season. The girls won the National Catholic Swimming Championships at Villanova for the 13th consecutive time and the WMPSSDLs.They ended up placing 2nd at Metros behind strong performances from double event winner Sarah Haase. Sarah also broke the Metros record in the 200 IM. For the first time ever, GC diving scored three people in the top fifteen at Metros, giving GC a ten point lead after the first day of competition. The boys’ performance was also very encouraging this season. Led by our senior captains Matt Byrd and Michael Foley, the boys placed 4th at WMPSSDLs and 8th at Metros.The most exciting performance of the swimming season came from freshman Jack Conger who won both the 50 and 100 freestyle, in record fashion, at Metros. No one has ever made such an impact in high school swimming their first year. We are very excited to see what the next 3 years holds! 14 ATHLETICS Our Lady of Good Counsel High School BOYS BASKETBALL to call their own, the team had the privilege of cheering the football team on to their victory against DeMatha at the Naval The Good Counsel Varsity Boys’ Academy. The cheerleaders also cheered at both men’s and Basketball team had a strong season women’s basketball games, where their schedule consisted of finishing 3rd in the WCAC, with an at least 2 games per week along with scattered makeup games. overall record of 17-12.The Falcons The team said goodbye to seniors Amanda Feerrar, Caitlin Bavis began the exciting season by winning and Brittany Hawkins—all three have been on the squad since eight of their first ten games. Besides their freshman year. performing well in the always ultra competitive WCAC, the team had very HOCKEY strong performances in the Mid-Atlantic Invitational and the Stop DWI Holiday Classic in Binghamton, NY. The 2009-10 GC Varsity Ice Hockey Leading the team were seniors Ben Hazel (Princeton) and Rodney Program had its largest turnout this year Glasgow (VMI). Hazel and Glasgow averaged 16 and 14 points with over 45 skaters joining. The Varsity per game respectively, were both named to The Capital Classic team had a disappointing season from a preliminary game, and received several post season accolades. win-loss point of view.Their record of The highlights of the season for the Falcons were being ranked 0-10 hides the fact that five losses were as high as # 5 in the Washington Post, # 1 in The Gazette, and by three goals or less. The team was led winning their January 29th match-up with Bishop O’Connell and by Hobey Baker award winner Senior University of North Carolina recruit Kendall Marshall at American Captain AJ Mitchell who ended the University on Comcast Sportsnet television. season with 5 points. Junior Sean Gunn finished with 5 goals and 3 assists while Senior Michael Chen led all scoring with 5 goals GIRLS BASKETBALL and 8 assists. Michael was also selected First team Defense- All Gazette, and First team Defense- Mid Atlantic Prep Hockey The Good Counsel Women’s Basketball League. Goalies Connor Graeves and Zach De Graba each split team had a great year this year—going their time between teams. The Junior Varsity team needed a 18-10. During this campaign, the Lady second bench to sit all its players during games. The team was Falcons beat 8 teams that were ranked in led by Senior Captains Richard Danforth and Tommy Simpson the top 20 in the Washington area and 1 who each ended the season with 6 points and 17 points team ranked in the top 5 in the Baltimore respectively. With a record of only 3-13-1, visiting coaches area. The Falcons weathered a tough continually commented on how tenacious GC players were, schedule and had its share of injuries as despite being down score-wise. the season wore on. Through it though, the team learned a lot about itself and it will pay dividends as 9 WRESTLING players return next year to make another run at the WCAC championship. Seniors Kelsey Murphy, Rachel Forman, and The Good Counsel wrestling team Lauren Veirs have been part of a program that won 99 varsity had one of its most successful years games in their 4 years. Plenty of youth returns as the Falcons in recent history, highlighted by several have 6 varsity juniors led by WCAC 1st team all-league Gillian firsts in school history. Outstanding “Boo” Abshire. To join the juniors, one sophomore and two performances throughout the season freshmen will round out the returnees and provide Good Counsel from senior Joe Dassing as well as juniors a great opportunity for success next year. Congratulations to the Shane Arechiga and Stephen Snyder, Women’s Basketball team for a fine season. among others, led the team to an 18-9 overall record. All three wrestlers placed CHEERLEADING at the state tournament (Dassing 6th,Arechiga 2nd, and Snyder 1st) and qualified for the National Prep School Tournament at The squad began in the summer, and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Shane Arechiga (42-10 record) attended the United Cheerleading became the 2nd two-time National Prep School place winner Association camp at Towson University in since 1999 by taking 6th at the Prep Nationals. Shane is also the July. Summer practices began in August, first wrestler in school history to be a two-time finalist in the state and the squad worked intensely, training tournament, and the first wrestler to wrestle and place (7th) at many new members, planning and the prestigious Beast of the East Tournament. The highlight of the preparing for an early pep rally, painting year came when Stephen Snyder (40-10 record) won the State banners, and practicing for competitions. Championship at the 215lb. weight class in February. This marks The team was focused and willing to the first time in school history that a Good Counsel wrestler has work hard to have success at two competitions. As a result of won the state title. The team looks forward to next season as they their efforts two new 1st place trophies were added into GC’s only graduate two wrestlers. trophy cabinet. After many years of waiting for a Championship www.olgchs.org ATHLETICS 15 “It was a beautiful day in many, many ways.” Father/Student Day of Service On Saturday, April 17, thirty-five Good Counsel parents and students enjoyed a beautiful spring day downtown serving at the Leland House. The Leland House is one of the sister organizations to SOME (So that Others Might Eat) and is a home for families in transition. Under the instruction of one of SOME’s talented landscapers, parents and students worked together to refresh flower beds, weeding, mulching, and planting an array of spring flowers and shrubs. The Father/ Student Day of Service, organized by the Good Counsel Fathers’ Club, not only provides students with an opportunity for service hours, but is a great way to connect with their parents (many GC Moms signed-up for the day, too). Of the experience, parent Mark Samara remarked, “It was a beautiful day in many, many ways.” 16 SERVICE Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Annual Fund Update Help Us Reach Our Goal! “My scholarship allows me to continue my “One of my best experiences at Good Counsel was “The faculty are more than just teachers. Catholic education. I wake up every morning Junior Retreat. I can even talk about it with my They are people who truly care about where knowing I’ll go to school where my teachers uncle who graduated in 1979.” you go.We have the best teachers with the care for me and my education will prepare best intentions.” —Kristen ‘09 me for a better life.” AP/IB, Swimming, XBSS Leader, NHS —Paul ‘10 —Chris ‘11, St. Francis Xavier Scholarship Recipient, XBSS Leader, Football, Rugby, Speech and Debate, Member of LSA, Students for Life, Wind Ensemble Cardaci Scholarship Recipient and St. Mary’s Scholars Friends ach year, generous supporters make contributions to the E 1% Funds For Good Counsel. The chart (right) depicts Annual Fund Giving by constituent group, which is led by Good Grandparents Past Parents 5% 10% Counsel alumni and parents. Annual Unrestricted Giving, when combined with the over $350,000 in support from the Grand Celebration, underwrite approximately 8% of the annual operating budget for Good Counsel. Each contribution makes Alumni 40% an immediate and direct impact, including the $1,600 financial gap that exists between tuition charged and the actual cost of Parents 24% educating each student.Thank you to our generous supporters who have already made their gift! In a year where school systems are cutting budgets and Foundations 13% reducing staff, Good Counsel is forging forward, constantly enhancing educational programs for our students: Matching Gifts Faculty & Staff 1% 6% • The Board of Directors carefully monitors the budget and is continually focused on keeping the tuition as low as possible to provide a Good Counsel education within June 30th GOAL: $575,000 reach of all deserving students and their families. As of May 1, 2010: $457,166 • Maintaining competitive salaries and top-notch professional development continue to attract and retain the finest faculty and staff. Help Us Reach Our Goal! Currently, the Annual Fund has achieved 80% of the goal set • Enrollment is strong as we continue to draw the area’s forth by the Board of Directors. We are making our final push most talented students with state-of-the-art technology, before the end of the fiscal year (June 30) and we need your highly attractive Ryken, IB and AP curriculum, help to reach our goal of $575,000 in unrestricted funds. By comprehensive extra-curricular activities, competitive making your gift today, you will enable us to continue our athletics, and an expanding Fine Arts program. mission providing students with an exceptional Catholic education. Make your Annual Fund Gift via mail, or online • Students benefit from a robust retreat program, fostering by going to the GC homepage (www.olgchs.org) and clicking service-learning experiences with Habitat for Humanity, on “Support GC”. Questions? Contact Annual Fund Director SOME, trips to Camden, NJ and El Salvador (see pg. 2), Bill Mooney at email@example.com. among many others. www.olgchs.org DEVELOPMENT 17 Rockin’ at the Grand Celebration 2010 The 22nd Annual Grand Celebration had the attendees Rockin’ and a Rollin’ at the March 20th event. Attended by over 400 parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Good Counsel, the event raised over $350,000 in support of the school’s current programs. With the help of our Table Sponsors, Super Falcons, advertisers and donors, the auction had over 350 items ranging from a first class Hawaiian vacation, Florida Getaways, and a week at the shore, to a Billy Kilmer autographed jersey, hand painted chairs by GC students, an electric guitar, and even live karaoke by the President and Principal! The event was led by Rock Stars Sharon Duffy and Anna Baumgartner and their volunteer groupies including Betty Brown, Lisa Ferraro, Mary Ann Flannery, Kelly Hughes, Carleen Kelley, Liz Lanigan,Trish Netter, Kathy Peters, Denise Rowe and Nancy Van Winter. They had the help of numerous volunteers who worked during the weeks leading up to the event gathering and packaging items. Former parents, Judy and Kevin Kennedy, led the ensemble of evening volunteers, ensuring that the night was a success. After the silent and live auctions ended, fans stormed the dance floor to rock the night away! The “Funds for Our Falcon” this year raised over $35,000 and will be used to purchase a few items that will significantly enhance the GC campus and community. We will add comfortable seating in the Alumni Hallway, improve the athletic display case, add a music system and most importantly add directional signage to help identify offices, gyms, classrooms, dining hall and the book store along the gallery hallway. The raffle prize winners included David & Shelley Porter and Ken & Mary Ellen Warfield. Thank you to all of our guests, volunteers, and sponsors. We look forward to seeing you again next year! 18 DEVLOPMENT Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Virginia and Mike “Rocker” Riley. Anna Co-Chairs elebration w ith Grand C uffy. Art Raimo ron D er and Sha Baumgartn Friends gather with event sponsors Mike and Betsy Bell. GC paren ts take a moment for a pho to op. y Galey. Paz and Larr The Everharts, the Hinken’s, the Horsley’s, the Nardi’s Tim Larkin and and friends enjoy the evening events. John Cardinale perform an impromptu jam session! GC’s own American Idols, Jack Graham and Art Raimo, impressed the crowd with their singing. Volunteers keep rockin’ on! www.olgchs.org DEVELOPMENT 19 New Alumni Portal Stay Connected, Reunite, and Much More! If you have visited the Good Counsel website recently (www.olgchs.org), you may have noticed that the site is new & improved! Among our many new features, Good Counsel recently launched the Alumni Portal. What is the Alumni Portal and how can it help you? Read below to find out more about this exciting addition, and how you can log on and start utilizing its resources! What is the Alumni Portal? The Alumni Portal is a private, password-protected area available only to our alumni, dedicated to keeping you in touch with everything that is happening at GC, and connecting you with fellow classmates. It includes the following features: » ALUMNI DIRECTORY The Alumni Directory is located on the portal, allowing you to search for classmates’ contact information. The Directory cannot be accessed without a username and password, and your contact information can only be viewed by other alumni and site administrators. If you choose, your profile can be » customized to show only the information you would like published. Information will not be accessible or shared with outside groups. » ADVERTISE! Register TODAY! My “Plug” – Want to advertise your upcoming event or To log on to the Alumni Portal, go to the “Alumni” activity to fellow alumni? By posting a note on the My “Plug” tab on GC’s homepage. On the left-hand tool bar blog, you can get the word out about your band’s performance, you will find the log in box. Usernames and the release of your new book, the opening of a new restaurant passwords were emailed to all alumni in our email or store, a get-together you’re hosting….the list goes on! database. If you did not receive your username “You’re Hired!” – Alumni employers – Use this blog to post and password, email us and your log in information employment opportunities and internships you’d like to will be sent to you: firstname.lastname@example.org advertise to GC Alumni! Once logged on, it is recommended that you » CONNECT & REUNITE! write down your username, and then change Reunion Blog pages – Reconnect with alumni prior to your your password. Also, feel free to edit your profile reunion by going to your class blog. Post an update or photo, information so that you decide what information and reminisce about the old days at GC! is visible to other Alumni. For more registration Class Notes – Post photos, engagement, wedding, birth and profile instructional assistance, go to the announcements, and other exciting news about YOU for your “Using the Alumni Portal” page located under the classmates to enjoy! “Alumni” tab and view our Jing videos. Postings – Posts regarding alumni, athletics, and school news automatically display on your portal homepage to keep If you have any problems with your username and you up-to-date with all of the happenings at GC! password, please email the Advancement Office: email@example.com Customized Calendar – Select events of interest from alumni, fine arts, athletic or school event calendars to post to your portal homepage, ensuring you won’t miss a thing! View photo slide shows and videos of GC days now and then. 20 ALUMNI Our Lady of Good Counsel High School CLASS Notes Dave McClay, GC class of 1966, retired 1963 several years ago after a 30-year career Craig Weincek ‘63 is writing a novel repairing consumer electronics. Prior to online entitled Casco Viejo:The Second that, he served a tour in the Air Force as Season, and is set in the old section of an electronic technician. He has had a Panama City also known as Casco second, part-time career as a real estate Antiquo, where Weincek has an broker for the past 19 years, and provides apartment with his wife Betty and D.J. services for small groups and their rescued dog Lola.The Weinceks private parties. He splits his time between homes in North also have a house in Altos del Maria, Carolina and Florida. where Craig does most of his writing. Weincek is retired, was a professor 1994 of English and Communications at Frederick Community Mike Barbaro was recently promoted to Vice President and College, and for 25 years wrote movie reviews for a variety General Sales Manager of Clear Channel Outdoor,Tampa Bay of newspapers and appeared on local television for 13 years. Division. He currently resides in Belleair Beach, Florida with He also spent part of his career as the managing editor of his wife, Barbara, and sons Gavin who is 3 ½ years old, and The Express weekly newspaper and before that as a sports 1 year old Reece. editor for the Potomac Almanac. Currently, Weincek is a frequent contributor to The Visitor/El Visitante, the leading tourist newspaper in Panama. Weincek has had one novel published 1995 titled The Perfect Game, a baseball book about a pitcher who Darren Maynard ‘95 married Sasha Conroy on September 26, achieves “too much” success. 2009, at Apple Barn Farm in Hudson NY. A photo from their wedding was published in the May issue of Rachel Ray magazine. Pictured from left to right: Keith Maynard ‘93, 1966 Peter Korzenewski ‘92, Sasha Conroy, Darren Maynard ’95, Bob Clark was elected as Grand Knight for the Knights of Alison O’Connell Leary ‘95, Terrence Leary ‘95 and Dave Columbus Council at St. Michael’s of Poplar Springs in Mt. Airy, Alison ‘95. Maryland. Bob’s targets for his fund raising efforts are the Retirement Home for the Xaverian Brothers in Louisville, KY, the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, and Missions for Native Americans (Bob is 1/8 Cherokee). Pictured from left to right: Gary Bosco ‘65, Chaplain Fr. Ruane, 1st Lady I-Ming Clark, Grand Knight Bob Clark ‘66, Louis D’Angelo (Cardinal Hays, Bronx, NY ‘67). Missing: Lt. Col USA Ted Himmelberg ‘85, deployed to Afghanistan five days earlier. 1997 Tom Roth (class of ‘97) was recently engaged to Dana Rice. They are planning a May 2011 wedding. www.olgchs.org CLASS NOTES 21 CLASS Notes 1999 2002 James (Jimmy) Constantine ‘99 will be leaving his job as the This past summer, Matt Augustyn Managing Director of an international trade association in DC (GC ‘02) married Megan this summer to begin an MBA program at Duke’s Fuqua School Bears at the University of Notre of Business. After traveling quite a bit, 32 countries so far, he is Dame Basilica on July 31, 2009. ready to get down to business. With a Master’s in European Law They met as undergraduates at already under his belt, a Duke MBA will arm him with a whole the University of Notre Dame. new skill set to excel in the world of international finance. Photos from left to right: Catherine Augustyn ‘10, Monica Augustyn ‘06, Megan Bears, 2000 Matthew Augustyn ‘02 and Best Man, John McDonough ‘02. Megan (Fallon) Nelson ‘00, husband Matthew Nelson, and big sister Morgan 2004 welcomed new baby Madelyn Lee on Nicole Emanuele is producing an independent feature film February 2, 2010. called: Not Waving But Drowning! It’s a project with a small budget, and a lot of heart. Check out the website for a clip: www.therevolutionsummer.com. Stephanie Flaherty ‘00 married long-time boyfriend and fellow classmate Tony Richelsen ‘00 on October 2, 2009 at 2006 Resurrection Catholic Church in Burtonsville, MD. The Former GC star and four-time All-Met, Liz Kemp, was a large wedding party included many Good Counsel alumni, member of Florida’s surprising NCAA championship team. including (from left to right): Chris Heizmann ‘00, Kelly Flaherty The Championship was held in March in West Lafayette, IN, ‘09, Anthony Murphy ‘00, Chris Jackson ‘00, Matt Flaherty ‘03, where the Gators won their first title since the inaugural Desi Richelsen ‘94, Chris Canali ‘00, Daniel Flaherty ‘08, Erin championship in 1982, holding off Stanford by 2.5 points — Praskievicz ‘00, Emily Ross ‘97, Jennie Gill Rosier ‘00, and the second closest finish in the history of the meet. Kemp Carrie Brundage ‘00. swam in the 400 freestyle relay that placed third, cementing Florida’s narrow win over Stanford. 2007 Carolyn VanBrocklin, GC ‘07, is finishing her junior year at Elon University, NC, where she is a Journalism and Strategic Communications double major, and is the National Liaison for Elon’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). As the liaison, she applied for and was selected to host Regional Activity on Elon’s campus this year. Out of 25 chapters which applied, Elon was 1 out of 12 schools selected to host this event. Carolyn is also completing her second semester as an account executive for Elon’s Live Oak Communications, a student run, full service communications agency. Carolyn plays both flute and piccolo 2001 in Elon’s Marching and Pep bands, and is a participant in Elon’s Brian Seery ‘01 married his wife Alissa Catholic Campus Ministry, singing in the choir and participating in April 2008 and welcomed their first in the Alternate Spring Break Habitat for Humanity program. child, Gwyneth Cathlene, on January 18th, 2010. Gwyneth weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. and was 21 inches long. 22 CLASS NOTES Our Lady of Good Counsel High School 2008-2009 Former GC lax players,Tyler Nechanicky ‘09, Bryce Dabbs ‘08, and Patrick Durkin ‘09 represent Navy as they gather for a In Memoriam photo after playing together at the Academy in March. The game was a matchup between the J.V. team at the Naval In Memory of Bill Miles. In the 1980s, Bill taught in the Academy where Dabbs is a plebe, and the Prep School, where Foreign Language Department and later became an Nechanicky and Durkin currently attend. Assistant Principal. More recently, he served on the Board of Directors at Good Counsel. His work as chair of the Education Programs Committee was greatly appreciated. He was a good colleague and friend. May he rest in peace. Tony Da Silva, father of Dennis ‘64 and Steve ‘66 Barbara Switalski, mother of Nicholas ‘70 and David ‘72 Helen Hoggarth, mother of Robert ‘79 and Richard ‘81, and former GC employee Michael Kenney ‘88 Jamie Musumeci ‘90 Tyler Nechanicky, ‘09, Bryce Dabbs, ‘08, and Patrick Durkin ‘09 Caitlin Doyle ‘01 Steve Jobe, father of Christina ‘04 On August 15, 2009, Kevin Graves ‘02 married Alicia Nicole Daly Steve Row, father of Thomas ‘05 in Frederick, MD. Attendants from his wedding include (from Col. William G. Nechanicky, grandfather of Keith ‘98, left to right): Kristy Goodnough ‘98, Matthew Goodnough, Alicia Megan ‘00, Bruce ‘03 and Tyler ‘09. Graves,Terry Graves, Kevin Graves ‘02, Richard Graves, Michael Graves, Paul Graves ‘09 and Kyle Graves ‘10. Kyle works at GEICO as a Systems Technician and has been a coach for both Remembering Classmates Who Have Died – Cross Country and Track and Field for Good Counsel for almost 4 years. The couple resides in Frederick. WE NEED YOUR HELP Each year in November, Our Lady of Good Counsel celebrates a memorial Mass for our deceased alumni. In a moving ceremony at the end of the mass, relatives of the alumni are invited to enter their names in Good Counsel’s Book of Remem- brance. Alumni are remembered in a special way at all Masses in November and regularly at our daily Mass before school each day. We would like to be able to invite the relatives of all 235 alumni who our records show are deceased. Unfortunately, the records are incomplete and have no current mailing addresses or other contact information. Please log in to the alumni portal (www.olgchs.org, then click on “Alumni”) to see our updated list of the deceased. If you have the contact information of relatives WE WANT YOU TO BRAG! To share your good news, of alumni you know have passed away, please submit please send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org and additions/corrections on the website or contact Good we will include it in the next edition of The Counselor. Counsel’s Advancement Office at 240-283-3231 or If you would like to send a photo, please attach the photo email Advancement@OLGCHS.ORG. in its original size to your email. We look forward to hearing from you soon! www.olgchs.org CLASS NOTES 23 s Alums! all 1990’ 90’S SOCIAL Calling E-DO of the he R Join us for t hout the hail storm)! it (w Calendar – lumni Events g down hail est ed ition to the A lans , pourin in u s for our new ature had other p o missed us 0-1999 - Jo ut Mother N r anyone wh Alumni in classes 199 Frid ay, May 14, b to ho st it again fo hting!). to host it on we’re going of AC and lig al. We tried ethesda. 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NON-PROFIT U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 253 SILVER SPRING, MD A Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School Change Service Requested 17301 Old Vic Boulevard Olney, Maryland 20832 www.olgchs.org CALENDAR MAY 27 Baccalaureate Mass & Graduation at the Shrine, 10 am JUNE 4 Incoming Mother’s Luncheon AUGUST 23 First day of classes SEPTEMBER 24 Homecoming 16 28th Annual Steve Dean Golf Tournament OCTOBER 1-2 Renunion Weekend for classes ending in “0” and “5”
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