Alumni Newsletters

Each month we email a newsletter to our alumni. They will also be posted here. If you are not getting the email it could be because we do not have your email address. If so, please email us at advancement@xavierhighschool.org. 
 
 
 
 
 

Falcon Giving Day Raises Almost $38,000

Thank you to all who participated and donated to empower the Xavier High Falcons on Dec. 3, Falcon Giving Day. On that day 135 people donated almost $38,000. Your gifts of support lift each and every young man enrolled here. No matter what a student studies, or what sport or club he enjoys, your gifts make it happen every day. Thank you for being a part of this extraordinary community of alumni and family. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a joyful New Year.

 

 Liz Whitty, Mercy '75, Director of Advancement

 

Message From Our Alumni President

Merry Christmas. I hope you find joy during the holidays spending time with friends and family. I hope to clear my head, wind down, and focus on the simple things that meant the most during the year. We have a busy few months coming up beginning with the return of the Kohs Tournament Dec. 27-28 (more on that below). Please join the tradition if you can. Speaking of tradition, your Xavier Alumni Association is bringing back traditions so be on the lookout. We will need your help recasting the Career Fair and Houli Day as Xavier institutions. You are already invited to be a part of these events, and we look forward to seeing you!
 

Brian Farrell '86, Alumni Association President 

 

Artie Kohs Classic: 2 Nights Of Hoop 

After a one-year absence due to COVID, the Artie Kohs Classic is back with games on Monday, Dec. 27, and Tuesday, Dec. 28. The tournament started in 2004 to help generate funds for the Arthur M. Kohs Endowed Fund, which provides financial assistance to a current junior or senior student-athlete who otherwise might be unable to benefit from a Xavier education. You can donate HERE. The tournament is presented by The Spirit of CJ Foundation
 
Masks are required at Xavier athletic events on campus. The schedule:
Dec. 27: Waterford-Glastonbury, 5:30 p.m.; Valley Regional-Xavier, 7:15 p.m.
Dec. 28: Consolation game, 5:30 p.m.; championship game, 7:15 p.m.
 

$25,000 Cash Raffle Coming Soon

Our cash raffle is coming back and is $5,000 richer. Ticket sales for the 25K Cash Raffle will start Jan. 10, 2022. The tickets are $100 each, only 800 will be sold, and it is one winner takes all. The drawing will be at 11 a.m. on April 1 at Xavier. You do not need to be present to win, but you must be at least 18 years old to purchase a ticket. All tax liabilities are borne solely by the purchaser. Tickets can be purchased by mailing a check to Xavier High School, 181 Randolph Road, Middletown CT 06457. Do not mail cash. You'll also be able to purchase tickets online at xavierhighschool.org starting Jan. 10. For more information, contact the Advancement office at 860-346-7735. Good luck and stay tuned for more announcements as we get closer.

Around The Campus

The following Xavier students made the Southern Region High School Festival: Damian Bianchi (French horn), Nick Casserino (trumpet), and Liam Sheeley in voice (tenor). The event is scheduled for Jan. 14-15 at Maloney High School in Meriden. It is run by the Connecticut Music Educators Association.
 
Andy Wyzykowski, Director of the Physical Plant, was the recipient of the Theodore James Ryken Award, given to an adult member of the community and voted on by the faculty and staff. It honors someone’s excellence and commitment to the Xaverian mission. The award was given Dec. 3 at the Mass for the Feast of St. Francis Xavier. “This year’s winner is a man who is seen and rarely heard,” Headmaster Dave Eustis said when announcing the winner. “He is someone who essentially keeps this school running on a daily basis. When it is cold he makes you warm. When something breaks he fixes it. In over 20 years serving the Xavier community nobody has ever heard him complain a single time. He cares about Xavier as much as anyone."
 
Brother John Sullivan, C.F.X., was honored on Dec. 3 for his 60 years as a Xaverian Brother. "Brother John has remained steadfast in his commitment to his vocation as a Xaverian Brother," Principal Brendan Donohue said. "Today we are grateful for his expertise in the History and Latin classrooms, his care of the beautiful flowers and plants around our campus, his work in the school store and on the yearbook, his commitment to our retreat programs and mission trips, his sense of humor, and his love of Boston sports. A number of years ago on this day, he received the Ryken Award. It was said of him that day that he can always be seen with a camera because he never wants the focus to be on himself, but on others. Today Brother, we turn the focus on you for just these few moments and thank you for all you do for our school."
 
Xavier placed eight athletes, all seniors, on the Connecticut High School Coaches Association All-State teams. Cross country: Eamon Burke, Brody Santagata; Soccer: Brady Stevenson, Dylan Misenti, Ryan Gerry; Football: DJ Wright, Joe Barbagallo, Max Wojtusik
 
Each December the National Honor Society leads a drive to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The goal was $3,000, and this year that was surpassed. 
 

Alumni Updates

Tom Daugherty '81 is the KPMG Hartford office Managing Partner. He is featured in a Hartford Business Journal story that in part discusses new benefits, such as paid time off to care for a family member with serious health issues, 12 weeks of paid parental leave, and two company-wide breaks each year. The HBJ story says Daugherty oversees about 180 employees in the Hartford office located in the Gold Building. You can find the story HERE. 
 
After Will Levis '18 had his dominating performance in Kentucky's 52-21 win over in-state rival Louisville, he was awarded the Howard Schnellenberger Award as the Most Valuable Player of the Governor’s Cup game. He was 14-of-18 for 149 yards passing and rushed 14 times for 113 yards and four touchdowns. Nothing like bragging rights in the state.  Next up: the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1. No. 22 Kentucky (9-3) plays No. 15 Iowa (10-3) at 1 p.m. on ABC. 
 
Matt Zampini '12, an associate producer at ESPN, won his first Emmy award as part of the team that works on SportsCenter. 
 

Remembering Our Brothers

This account is taken from the Xaverian Menology, a book of deceased members of the Xaverian Brothers. This month we look at Brother James Kelly, C.F.X., who died in December 2011.
 
Bro. James M. Kelly. Born: Worcester, Mass., June 30, 1947. Died: Baltimore, Md., Dec 3, 2011: "At sunrise on the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, after 'fighting the good fight,' as he said in his last letter to the Mount St. Joseph Community, Brother James Kelly was called home to God surrounded by his sister, Pat, his Brothers, and his friend and Mount St. Joseph Principal, Barry Fitzpatrick. Brother James died in his 64th year and his 46th year in religion." Bro. Kelly was the head of three Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools, Xavier in Middletown, St. Xavier in Louisville and Mount St. Joseph in Baltimore. Brother Kelly left Xavier in 1991 after nine years as principal.  
 

In Memoriam

Mark Hetzel, Class of 1974: For his obituary, please click HERE.

 

Derek Lee LaPlante, Class of 2014: For his obituary, please click HERE.

 

If you are looking for scores, schedules, rosters and news on our sports teams, please go to our athletic website, xavierfalcons.com.
 
If you are looking for general information and news on the school, go to xavierhighschool.org.
 
Alumni newsletters are archived on our website, xavierhighschool.org, under the Alumni & Giving section.
 
If you know of an alumni who is not getting the newsletter, please have them email advancement@xavierhighschool.org with their name, address, email address & phone number. You also can email jotterbein@xavierhighschool.org with alumni news.

 

 

Falcon Giving Day Is Friday

Meet FALCON X, pictured above, the new mascot for FALCON GIVING DAY, which is Friday (Dec. 3), the Feast of St. Francis Xavier.
 
For all alumni, their family and friends, the FALCON GIVING DAY 2021 appeal will hit all of Xavier's social media outlets on Friday for a one-day fundraiser. This is our first major online one-day fundraiser to empower Xavier through connectedness with alumni and their relations. On Dec. 3, please give a gift of any size to build our percentage of alumni giving, and please share the appeal with your classmates, family and friends to empower our school and our students.
 
Many members of the Xavier High School community have recorded messages that you will hear throughout that day. Please open your messages on Friday to hear our speakers, give a gift, and to make your own giving page that can be shared with family and friends. 
 
Thank you in advance for all the support you show this school and the students.
 
If you have any questions please contact Director of Advancement Liz Whitty at 860-346-7735, ext. 732, or email ewhitty@xavierhighschool.org
 

Alumni President's Message

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and took the opportunity to spend time with family and contemplate your answer to the question, “What am I grateful for?”
 
For me, family and health and a disposition that helps me find the positive in the buzz around me.
 
For Xavier students who have received scholarships that help provide a Xavier education, I share some of their words of thanks:
 
“Words cannot express how appreciative I am. This past year hasn’t been easy on my family, and I can’t express what Xavier provides in and out of the classroom.”
 
“I am thankful for this scholarship, because without it, I would not get the education that Xavier offers.
 
“I have developed as a person in a way I never could have, without the scholarship that let me go to Xavier.”
 
If you can provide support for future Xavier students, please give them something to be thankful for during Xavier’s Falcon Giving Day on Friday.
 
One final note: The Holiday Season can be both a wonderful and difficult time. When it is difficult to find a reason to be thankful, it is when you most need the support of community.  If you have a concern about a member of our community, or struggle to find thankfulness yourself, reach out, you will be grateful you did!

Brian Farrell '86, Alumni Association President 

 

 

Around The Campus

The National Honor Society hosted a bake sale in November to support the National Alliance on Mental Health, a non-profit based in West Hartford, which raises awareness for the importance of mental health and educates and supports those impacted by mental illness. The sale brought in $262.50.
 
Jackson Heslin '25 won two medals at the U-15 Pan American Games in Mexico in October. Heslin, who wrestled at 114 pounds, won gold in freestyle and silver in Greco Roman. He finished the trip to Oaxtepec, Mexico, with a record of 7-1 against wrestlers from Peru, Brazil, Columbia, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
 
Mercy and Xavier students took to the stage the weekend of Nov. 19-20 with fabulous performances of "God's Favorite." It was yet another thing that could not happen last year because of COVID.
 

Cross Country Champions Yet Again

When Xavier won the Class L title in cross country on Nov. 1, it marked 40 State and New England titles in the sport since the first state title in 1970: 21 Class championships, 13 State Open titles and six New England championships. The Falcons finished second at the State Open on Nov. 5 and seventh at the New England Open Nov. 13.
 
The soccer team went to the CIAC Class LL semifinals before losing on penalty kicks to Cheshire. Xavier had beaten Cheshire three times this season, each by a goal, including the SCC Tournament championship game. The Falcons finished 19-1-2. Mercy and Sacred Heart shared the Class M title after a scoreless tie that went two overtimes; a CIAC championship game does not get decided by penalty kicks. 
 
The Xavier football team beat Glastonbury in its final game of the season, 42-11, to finish a 6-4 season. Senior Drew Kron threw four touchdown passes. He's headed to UConn next fall on a baseball scholarship.
 

Alumni Updates

Pier Bos, the Class of 2019 salutatorian, is in his junior year at the U.S. Military Academy. He spent the fall semester in the Service Academy Exchange Program, which allows cadets at the service academies to apply to go to another academy for a semester during their second-class (junior) year and experience life there. He attended the Coast Guard Academy this fall. "It has been very rewarding," Bos said. "It is very useful to see how the Coast Guard operates and how it fits into the overall U.S. military mission." Next semester he will return to West Point until he graduates and commissions in 2023.
 
Brian J. Farrell, III (Xavier 2018) and Grace O’ Brien (Mercy 2018) were engaged on Oct. 7. Farrell's father Brian '86 is president of the Xavier alumni association. 
 
Tim Boyle '13 made his first NFL start on Nov. 20. Boyle started for the Detroit Lions in a 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns. He became the first Xavier graduate to start an NFL game at quarterback.
 
Kentucky quarterback Will Levis '18 had a dominating performance in a 52-21 win over Louisville on Saturday. Levis rushed for four touchdowns as he gained 113 yards on the ground. He was 14-for-18 for 149 yards passing yards. One of his TD runs was from 29 yards. Levis was in his first year at Kentucky after transferring from Penn State. Sports Illustrated projects Kentucky (9-3) will play in the Citrus Bowl vs. Ohio State on New Year's Day. 
 

Upcoming Events

The 18th Arthur M. Kohs Christmas Tournament, Dec. 27-28: The yearly event is back after last year’s tournament was canceled because of COVID. The schedule:
      Monday, Dec. 27: Waterford-Glastonbury, 5:30 p.m.; Valley Regional-Xavier, 7:15 p.m.
      Tuesday, Dec. 28: Consolation game, 5:30 p.m.; championship game, 7:15 p.m.
 

Class of 1972 Reunion

The Class of 1972 is planning to hold its 50th reunion in the September/October time frame in 2022. Dates and details to follow. 
 

Remembering Our Brothers

These accounts are taken from the Xaverian Menology, a book of deceased members of the Xaverian Brothers. This month we look at some Brothers from Xavier High School who died in the month of November:
 
Bro. Robert Sullivan, C.F.X., first Principal at Xavier, Dec. 14, 1927-Nov. 9, 2013: "A talented, brilliant, eminently sociable man, Brother Robert was ever willing to do whatever was asked of him, to go wherever he was sent, never seeking position or plaudits but the betterment of others."
 
Bro. D. Stephen O'Donnell, May 12, 1932-Nov. 22, 1999: "His final assignment was at Xavier teaching English and working in the business office. Although his final illness of eight months caused him to eventually be confined to a wheelchair, he never lost his sense of humor or enthusiasm." 
 
Bro. Celestine (William M. Killigrew), Oct. 6, 1939-Nov. 28, 1964: "Brother Celestine died as the result of an automobile accident on the New England Thruway the day after Thanksgiving as he was returning with other members of the Xavier High community from the holiday vacation at home. He was only 25 ... all who knew him loved him."  
 

In Memoriam

In each monthly newsletter we will remember those in the Xavier community that have passed away that month and others that have come to our attention. We remember these alumni:
 
William J. "Bill" Divine Jr., Class of 1968: For his obituary, please click HERE.
 
Ronald A. Raffele, Class of 1970: For his obituary, please click HERE.
 
Robin J. Slavinski, Class of 1978: For his obituary, please click HERE.
 
Gary G. Termine, Class of 1982: For his obituary, please click HERE.
 
The full alumni memorial list can be found HERE on the Xavier website. If you are aware of any deceased alumni, faculty or staff member that we may have missed, please let us know. Thank you for helping us honor those we have lost.
 
We also remember these members of the Xavier community:
 
Sheila Guerin, wife of John Guerin, former director of communications at Xavier; and mother of Carl Guerin '91 and Ken Guerin '93. For her obituary, please click HERE.
 
William (Bill) C. Donahue Jr., father of William '83, Chris '85, Stephen '89, and David Donahue '90; and grandfather of Connor Donahue '10: For his obituary, please click HERE. 
 
Gertrude Ann (Trudy) Rumberger: Mother of Xavier graduates Tim '82, James '83, and John Rumberger '89, and grandmother of Patrick Rumberger '22. For her obituary, please click HERE. 
 
John L. Forneris: Father-in-law of Jim Coughlin '84 and grandfather of Liam Coughlin '16 and Emmett Coughlin '13. For his obituary, please click HERE.
 
Raquel Forte: Mother of Bryson Hester '24. For her obituary, please click HERE.
 

In Search Of ...

In each month's newsletter we will list some alumni for whom we do not have contact information. If you know how to reach them, please have them email advancement@xavierhighschool.org one or more of the following: phone number, email, address. Thank you. his month's names: Anthony Vinci '69, Gregory Vernon '77, James Ullom, '85, Ken Twombly  '70, Louis Tuccitto '90, David Tringali '77, Richard Triblets '92, Kevin Tosta '89, William Tewksbury '79
 
 
If you are looking for scores, schedules, rosters and news on our sports teams, please go to our athletic website, xavierfalcons.com. If you are looking for general information and news on the school, go to xavierhighschool.org.
 
Alumni newsletters are archived on our website, xavierhighschool.org, under the Alumni & Giving section. If you know of an alumni who is not getting the newsletter, please have them email advancement@xavierhighschool.org with their name, address, email address & phone number. You also can email jotterbein@xavierhighschool.org with alumni news.
 
 
 

Walk-A-Thon Far Exceeds Goal Of $100,000

The Mercy-Xavier Walk-A-Thon on Oct. 22 was a huge success.

Both schools far exceeded their goals of raising at least $100,000, with Xavier coming in at $120,058. 

The money goes to the Xavier Annual Fund, which supports all clubs and activities, academic programs, athletic programs, and the arts.

For 25 years the Mercy/Xavier Walk-A-Thon was a spirited and competitive student fundraiser. This year the tradition was renewed. The campaign kicked off Oct. 1, and culminated with walks around the track by each class on Oct. 22.

“It was just a great day here at Xavier,” Headmaster Dave Eustis said. “After 23 years it was great to be back with Mercy in this event. A huge thanks goes out to all the donors, whether they are alums, parents, students, staff, faculty, people who just want to support Xavier and Mercy. We look forward to next year.”

It was a walk-a-thon and a game-a-thon and an eat-a-thon all rolled into one. Xavier and Mercy students were having a blast, whether they were walking on the track, playing games on the football field, taking advantage of the inflatables out front or taking their best shot at dunking someone in the dunk tank. Not to mention plenty of food vendors.

“Mercy High School was thrilled to welcome Xavier High School back to the Walk-a-Thon this year,” Mercy President Alissa DeJonge ‘95 said. “It is a wonderful event that showcases the collaboration and camaraderie between the two schools. We are blessed to have the support of both communities in making the fundraiser such a success.”

Two schools. One family.

Around The Campus

Helping babies and parents: Recently the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center had a campaign to collect books for parents of babies in the NICU. Enter Aedan Frazer, Xavier Class of 2023, who was an avid reader growing up, and his mother Milena, a NICU nurse at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Aedan led a book drive at Xavier in late September, during which about 430 books were brought in by students, faculty and staff. Aedan also had collected a few hundred outside of Xavier. “It was a good opportunity to help,” Aedan said. Said Milena: "Wow. Aedan and I are overwhelmed with appreciation and we are so proud to be a part of the amazing Xavier family." 

National Honor Society Induction: On Thursday night, Oct. 7, 87 students were inducted into the National Honor Society. Along with current students previously inducted the total of NHS students is 188 this year. 

Kunzelman An Eagle Scout: In mid-October Kyle Kunzelman ’24 officially became an Eagle Scout. His project at the1960 Reservoir in Wethersfield  involved clearing the land, mulching the area and putting out two picnic tables at the recreation area.

Upcoming Events

Homecoming Football Reception & Game, Nov. 6: Please join us for Homecoming 2021 on Nov. 6. The game is at 6 p.m. at Larry McHugh Field vs. Notre Dame-West Haven. There is a reception in the Xavier Dining Hall at 4 p.m., with some COVID restrictions. The number of guests in the room will be limited but there are plenty of spots available. Masks must be worn when not eating or drinking. There will be hors d'oeuvres plus beer and wine, making it an adult-only occasion. Please RSVP to 860-346-7735, Ext. 737, or to advancement@xavierhighschool.org.

Thanksgiving Family Mass, Sunday, Nov. 28: Join us at Xavier for a 10 a.m. Mass as we give thanks for who we are and all we have been given. Families of all faith traditions are welcome. Please RSVP to Suzanne Berry at 860-346-7735, Ext. 727, or to advancement@xavierhighschool.org. 

The 18th Arthur M. Kohs Christmas Tournament, Dec. 27-28: The yearly event is back after last year’s tournament was canceled because of COVID. The schedule -- Monday, Dec. 27: Waterford-Glastonbury, 5:30 p.m.; Valley Regional-Xavier, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28: Consolation game, 5:30 p.m.; championship game, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, will be used as a snow date if necessary. 

Alumni Updates

Jim Cannata '85 works in Marketing in Charlotte, N.C. After Xavier he majored in Art at Jacksonville University in Florida. Upon graduation he landed in Atlanta and worked for a few ad agencies before moving to Charlotte in 2009. Back in 1974, after Xavier beat Mercy, raising more money in the Walk-A-Thon, Cannata and classmates Mark Catania and Jim Connolly rigged up Cannata's 1974 Chrysler with a cardboard Falcon head, tail and articulating wings.  They drove over to Mercy to gloat.

Scott McGuinness '05 recently walked the stage for commencement exercises at the University of Rochester. He earned a PhD in counseling and counselor education in 2020. Ceremonies were delayed for close to a year and a half by COVID. He is an assistant professor at the school and the son of Bob McGuinness ’73.

Ben Chase '06 will have his first book of poetry, "Here To See It,"  published this summer. Chase said it has been a goal of his for about 15 years. He has a Masters of Fine Art and is the English Department chair at Christian Heritage School in Trumbull and a Seton Hall adjunct in American Literature.   

Greg Marino ’10 works for iCapital Network in a finance merger and acquisition function. Marino also worked at Cantor Fitzgerald for a while. That organization lost 658 employees in the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City, one of those lives being Peter Gelinas ’86. “Cantor always was a somber place on 9/11, and all the lives lost was always hard to wrap your head around,” Marino said. “I have a lot of friends who have a deep connection to Cantor and it'll be one of those things that sticks with me forever.” Recently, on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, he went to the site and paid his respects.

Calvin Platt '14 is a Senior Account Sales Executive with the 2021 NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks had not won the title in 50 years. They were the 1971 NBA champs, led that year by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. 

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From The Archives

Soccer then ... The newspaper clipping has the date – 9/28/63 – written in the left corner. The headline: Xavier Wins First Soccer Contest, 5-1. Since this was the first year of the school, there were only freshmen on the team. The Falcons beat the Valley Regional junior varsity team. The coach was Artie Kohs. Seb Emanuele had three goals for Xavier, and Gerry Kosicki and Mike DeBaise had one each. 

And soccer now ... Xavier just completed an unbeaten season at 14-0-2 and is the top seed in the SCC playoffs, which start Saturday. The Falcons are ranked No. 1 in the CSCA large school poll and are the top-rated team by the CIAC in Class LL. 

SCC Champs Yet Again!

Different year, same results: For the sixth straight year and the 14th time overall, the Xavier varsity runners brought home the SCC title on Oct. 20. In the day's championship race, Eamon Burke '22 led the way with an individual title in a blazing 15:35.20 to pace the team to a 21-point victory over Daniel Hand. Burke's time was a personal best. Fittingly, in a season in which he continues to make his presence felt, he was named the SCC Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Brody Santagata '22 also had a big race, finishing in 16:19 for fourth place. Other top finishers for Xavier, which placed six runners in the top 18 on its way to scoring 52 points, were Josh Lesniak (14th, 16:50); Jacob Kirejczyk (16th, 17:02); Alex Ushchak (17th, 17:05); and Sam Simko (18th, 17:08). Next up: the Class L Championship on Saturday.

In Memoriam

In each monthly newsletter we will remember those in the Xavier community that have passed away that month and others that have come to our attention. We remember:
 
Stephen Ivers, Class of 1968: For the obituary, please click HERE.
 
Edward H. Mann, Class of 1970: For the obituary, please click HERE.
 
Neil Emanuel Cannata, Class of 1985: For the obituary please click HERE.
 
Jason Addison Schroder, Class of 1986: For the obituary please click HERE.
 
Walter J. Cihocki III, Class of 1998: For his obituary, please click HERE.
 
The full alumni memorial list can be found HERE on the Xavier website. If you are aware of any deceased alumni, faculty or staff member that we may have missed, please let us know. Thank you for helping us honor those we have lost.
 

Lost And Not Yet Found

In each month's newsletter we will list some alumni for whom we do not have contact information. If you know how to reach them, please have them email advancement@xavierhighschool.org one or more of the following: phone number, email, address. Thank you. This month's names: Todd Whalley '89, David Weston '92, Kyle Wells '91, Art Weber '67, Paul Warenda '79, Bryan Wanat '87, Andrew Walker  '77, Michael Vuolo '71, David Volpe '87.
 
Alumni newsletters are archived on our website, xavierhighschool.org, under the Alumni & Giving section. If you know of an alumni who is not getting the newsletter, please have them email advancement@xavierhighschool.org with their name, address, email address & phone number. You also can email jotterbein@xavierhighschool.org with alumni news or news tips.

 

 

 

 

Another Successful Alumni Golf Event

The 39th Xavier Alumni Golf Classic, which was played in memory of Joe "Stick" Krywinski '70 and in honor of all the Xaverian Brothers, raised about $120,000 for financial aid. This is the fourth year that former Xavier teacher and coach Rich Feitel and Associate Director of Advancement Greg Jaskot '00 have teamed up to put on a great event at Portland Golf Course. Each year the net proceeds have grown substantially, thanks to Feitel, Jaskot, their committee members, the generous sponsors and golfers, and all the alumni and others who support the event. A thank you also to PGC, owned by John Kelley Jr., Class of 1980.  
 
Krywinski died last December, and his extended family came out in force to support the event, some playing in the tournament, others volunteering their time that day. Feitel was especially close with Stick, speaking at his funeral: "Whether you called him Joe, Joey or Stick, he was one of a kind, a person you just liked being around. He was always concerned about other people much more than he was about himself … was always there when you needed a favor and expected nothing in return.”
 
Headmaster Dave Eustis spoke at the golf event, thanking all involved and reminding us how much the Brothers have meant to the school since it opened nearly 60 years ago. This year's tournament, with a field of 152, was played on Sept. 10.
 

The Mercy-Xavier Walk-A-Thon Is Back!

The Mercy-Xavier Walk-A-Thon is back on the calendar after a long hiatus. For 25 years, starting in 1974, the walk-a-thon was a competitive schoolwide fundraising event that helped both schools. This year at Xavier, instead of the Ad Drive, we renew this tradition. The goal at Xavier is to raise at least $100,000. The money supports all of Xavier's clubs and activities, academic programs, athletic events, and the arts. The 2021 campaign culminates with a walk on the Xavier track, activities, food trucks, music and much more. If you are interested in a sponsorship, please contact Associate Director of Advancement Greg Jaskot at gjaskot@xavierhighschool.org. You can also visit https://tinyurl.com/4z8nt68y to support Xavier for this year’s Walk-A-Thon.

 

Message From Alumni Association President

Your Alumni Association kicked off the year with our first meeting  that included three new Board members. We are proud to welcome Mike Edelson '08, Sal Nesci '14 and Troy DeLeon '16 to the Board and look forward to their contribution to our membership, with a focus on developing the Young Alumni Committee. Our first Xavier Motorcycle Ride provided great weather, excellent roads, and great company, ending in everyone arriving safely for a warm cup of coffee at Perkatory, a Xavier/Mercy-owned business. We have exciting programing this year to support fellow alumni and current students. Consider yourself invited to be a part of this year’s socials, Speaker Series, Career and College Fairs, and much more.  We hope this year provides opportunities to get our membership together.

-- Brian Farrell '86, Alumni Association President, alumni@xavierhighschool.org

 

Open House On Oct. 17

Xavier is having an Open House from 1-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17. If you know of any families that might be interested, please pass on the word. Registration is at xavierhighschool.org. 

 

Around The Campus

  • The Opening Of School Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. Michael Cote, Bishop of the Norwich Diocese, was on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Bishop Cote reminded the students that the start of the new school year is a time to come with “expectant faith. We come with open minds and hearts to learn and grow. We are an ordinary people chosen by God to do extraordinary things. Because of God’s grace all things are possible for us.”
  • Aidan Higgins ’22 has been named a National Merit semifinalist. Each year, approximately 1.5 million students entered the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the PSAT in their junior year. Of those students, approximately 16,000 were recognized nationally as semifinalists for their outstanding performance. Higgins is now eligible to become a finalist.
  • Seven named Commended Students: Andrei Abarientos, Adam Chasse, Stephen King, Matt O’Connor, Mario Pugliese, Will Schneider, and Liam Sheeley, each a member of the Class of 2022, have been named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • Xavier opened the  school day on Friday, Sept. 10, by remembering all who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Included among those was Peter Gelinas '86. It was the 20th anniversary of that horrible day.
  • The Grandparents Mass was celebrated on Sunday, Sept. 12 in the gymnasium with many families attending. The family Mass is one of the most popular events on the calendar.
  • The Xavier cross country team's opening meet on Friday, Sept. 10, was extra special as the Falcons kicked off the 2021 season with their 50th consecutive victory, a streak that started on Oct. 19, 2015. That streak hit 56 as the Falcons headed into Saturday's SCC Divisional Championships.
  • The Xavier soccer team is unbeaten at 5-0-1 after knocking off Fairfield Prep 3-1 on Tuesday. Prep entered the game 7-0 and ranked first in the GameTimeCT boys soccer poll. Xavier was ranked sixth. The Falcons play Friday night at 7 on the road against Shelton.
  • The Xavier football team was ranked No. 8 in the GameTimeCT preseason high school football poll and won its first two games by a combined score of 87-31. The Falcons are now 2-1 with a big game Saturday night at home at 7 p.m. vs. St. Joseph.

 

Upcoming Alumni Events

Nov. 6: Homecoming Football Game vs. Notre Dame-West Haven, 6 p.m. There is a reception in the Dining Hall at 4 p.m., but due to COVID that part of the event is restricted to the first 100 who reply with an RSVP to a recent invitation by email. Masks are required at the reception. Hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer are served, which makes it an adult-only event.  

Nov. 28: The next Mass for the extended community is the Thanksgiving Family Mass. RSVP's will be requested. Watch for an invitation by email.

Dec. 2: SFX and Heritage Society Reception, Griswold Inn, by invitation only. Watch for an invitation by email.

 

Class of 1976 Reunion Postponed

The Class of 1976 Reunion has been postponed until summer 2022.

 

Alumni News 

Preston Zdrojeski '17 graduated from the Connecticut State Police Academy in ceremonies held at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford in late August. Preston is a member of Troop C in Tolland. His father Rob also is a State Trooper and pinned the badge on his son at the graduation ceremonies.

 

Corey Fagan '07 is a civil engineer for the U.S. Coast Guard. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

 

Connor Dwyer ’19 is a junior at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business. He is the Director of Analytics for the Fordham baseball team and in March was chosen to be part of the first analytics and player development department in Independent Professional Baseball. He spent the summer working in Florence, KY, for the Florence Y’alls.  

 

In Memoriam

In each monthly newsletter we will remember those in the Xavier community that have passed away that month and others that have come to our attention. We remember:

 

Stephen G. Cobb, Class of 1967: For the obituary please click HERE.

Robert Tringali, Class of 1974: For the obituary please click HERE. 

John D. McKeown, Class of 1978: For the obituary please click HERE.

Richard Michael Shafrick, Class of 1980: For the obituary please click HERE.

 

Lost And Not Yet Found

In each month's newsletter we will list some alumni for whom we do not have contact information. If you know how to reach them, please have them email advancement@xavierhighschool.org one or more of the following: phone number, email, address. Thank you. This month's names: Sean Zisk '81, Richard Zipoli '68, Ryan Ziolkowski '91, Joseph Zinkiewicz '82, Michael Zinkiewicz '80, Richard Zawisa '83, Anthony Zasciurinkas '82, Jason Wyer '90, Brendan Wood '78.

 

Alumni newsletters are archived on our website, xavierhighschool.org, under the Alumni & Giving section. If you know of an alumni who is not getting the newsletter, please have them email advancement@xavierhighschool.org with their name, address, email address and phone number. You also can email jotterbein@xavierhighschool.org with any alumni news or news tips.

Xavier has two websites, xavierhighschool.org, for general school news and content, and xavierfalcons.com for sports content, from schedules and results to team rosters and news.

 

 

A Message From Our Alumni President

I hope you enjoyed a safe and happy few months as the beginning of the school year closes the summer of 2021. Your alumni committee remained active and sponsored an alumni social on July 18, and as a true mark of success, we had nearly all decades of Xavier alumni represented, and everyone stayed until the end of the event.

We have a great year ahead and I hope you will take an active part. As we commit to bringing alumni together this year, we will sponsor social events and reach as many interests as possible. To that end, on Sunday, Sept. 19, we will have a motorcycle tour beginning and ending at Perkatory Coffee Roasters in Middletown (alumni-owned business). We will meet at 7:30 a.m. for a 50-mile ride, arriving back for coffee at around 9 a.m. You are welcome to ride or join us for coffee. We are open to your ideas and energy, and you are always welcome to let us know your thoughts at alumni@xavierhighschool.org.

-- Brian Farrell '86, Alumni Association President

 

Our Simplicity Prayer

The Xaverian value for this school year will be “simplicity,” and Brother Philip Revell, C.F.X., has written a prayer to be utilized throughout the 2021-2022 academic year:  

“Loving God, look upon us with kindness and draw our hearts to you, that we may treasure your love and goodness above all else. In simplicity of heart and mind keep us in the way of your beloved Son who taught us to seek your Kingdom above all created things. Fill us with the generosity that sees the face of Jesus in all whom we meet. Give us a spirit of generosity to respond to the needs of the poor and afflicted and help us to live simply so that all people may share in the bounty of your creation. Amen.”

Thirty-Eight Years Later ...

Two 1983 grads recently caught up with each other: Paul Kostacopoulos and Michael Lombardo. Kostacopoulos is the head baseball coach at the U.S. Naval Academy and Lombardo is a 1987 Naval Academy graduate. Kostacopoulos will begin his 17th season as the Navy coach in 2022; he is the program’s second-winningest head coach with 481 victories. In 30-plus years as a head coach at the college level he has a record of 985-652-7 (.601). Lombardo's son, who is in high school, was playing in a travel baseball tournament and had games at Navy. Lombardo is an Assistant Vice President at Valkyrie Enterprises, in the Washington, D.C., area.

 

Around The Campus

More than 100 incoming seniors attended the The 50th Xavier Leadership Institute (XLI). The banners they built to welcome the freshman class hang in the gym. Last week, our freshmen came here for the annual Falcon Blast in which seniors participated. This week orientation for sophomores was Monday, for juniors on Tuesday. Tomorrow (Sept. 1) freshmen and seniors are here. First day of classes for everyone is Thursday (Sept. 2).

Xavier senior Drew Kron represented high school students and student-athletes by speaking at a recent joint press conference between the CIAC, the state's high school sports governing body; and the Connecticut Department of Health. The press conference was to promote vaccinations for all high school students and was attended by many dignitaries who also spoke, including Gov. Ned Lamont and Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz. Part of Kron's message: "To all my fellow student-athletes out there who have not been activated yet, I encourage you to sign up and stay in the game." Kron, 17, who plays football and baseball at Xavier, has already accepted a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Connecticut.

Gabe Chavez '23 has made the U-17 Peru National Soccer Team. Chavez played at Oakwood in Glastonbury and then for an NYCFC program. NYCFC is New York City Football Club, a pro team in MLS (Major League Soccer), which has various youth programs and academies. From there he caught the eye of the soccer federation in Peru and made their U-17 National Team.

After one year of “retirement,” Ms. Jayne Vitale is back. She will be teaching  art classes in a part-time roll and moderating the art club. She retired after the 2019-2020 school year after 34 years at Xavier but has returned, a benefit to the school and its students. She impacted a lot of lives in those 34 years. Wrote one person on Facebook after we had written a story in 2020 on her retirement: “Hands down, one of the best souls I have ever encountered!” Always present and always involved in all things Xavier. She has shaped many young men over the years and each of us is better for having her as a teacher and mentor.”

Calendar

Sept. 10: Alumni Golf Classic, Portland Golf Course. ... First football game, vs. Norwich Free Academy, 7 p.m., Larry McHugh Field, Xavier.

Sept. 12: Grandparent's Mass, 10 a.m., reception, 11 a.m., at Xavier (all are welcome; please RSVP to Suzanne Berry at 860-346-7735, Ext. 737, or to advancement@xavierhighschool.org.

 

In Memoriam

In each monthly newsletter we will remember those in the Xavier community that have passed away that month and others that have come to our attention. We remember:
 
Gary F. Satagaj, Class of 1968: For the obituary, please click HERE.
 
Joseph Patrick Tierney, Class of 1968: For the obituary, please click HERE.
 
Richard Pont, father of Joseph Pont '80: For the obituary, please click HERE.
 
Jonathan Cartelli, son of John Cartelli '86: For the obituary, click HERE. 
 
The full alumni memorial list can be found HERE on the Xavier website. If you are aware of any deceased alumni, faculty or staff member that we may have missed, please let us know. Thank you for helping us honor those we have lost.
 
 

A Few Reminders

We have a general school website (xavierhighschool.org) and an athletic website (xavierfalcons.com).
 
If you have any alumni news you'd like to share please email Jeff Otterbein '72, associate director of communications, at jotterbein@xavierhighschool.org.
 
Past newsletters will be archived at xavierhighschool.org. Click on the Alumni & Giving tab and then Alumni Newsletters. If you receive the newsletter, feel free to share it with a classmate who might not be getting it. Encourage him to send his email and contact information to us. Thank you.
 
 

Remembering Brother Houlihan

 
Brother J. Robert Houlihan, C.F.X., who passed away July 18, was just short of his 90th birthday and had been a Xaverian Brother for nearly 72 years.
 
"They broke the mold with him," wrote one person on a post on the Xavier Facebook page announcing Brother Houlihan's death. "A great man and inspiration."
 
His funeral service was held July 22 in Danvers, Mass., on the campus of St. John's Prep. He grew up nearby in Peabody, Mass. Students from Xavier and St. John's served as pallbearers.
 

This is from a eulogy by Brother Robert J. Green, C.F.X., who was at Xavier from 1979-1985 and is the Director of Xaverian House in Danvers, Mass., where many Xaverian Brothers now reside. "Living with Bob Houlihan was as you'd imagine it to be: not particularly quiet and monastic, but welcoming, and marked by energy and laughter and disagreements and discussions. Houli was never unkind nor a man of few words, and he would have us believe his opinions were most often correct. He loved being with the Brothers, and relished times at home on Orchard Street and at other North Shore sites with family members, neighbors and friends."

Click HERE for Brother Houlihan's obituary.

Walk-A-Thon & Other Campus Happenings

 
The Mercy-Xavier Walk-A-Thon is back. For 25 years, we walked together. This October, we renew the tradition. We will join forces on Oct. 22 and raise money for each school. There will be much more on this in subsequent newsletters and communications.
 
The 39th annual Alumni Golf Classic is Friday, Sept. 10, at Portland Golf Course. It is sold out. All the money raised goes to financial aid. If you'd like to contribute or help sponsor the event, please reach out to Associate Director of Advancement Greg Jaskot '00 at gjaskot@xavierhighschool.org
 
The Grandparent's Mass is at Xavier on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. There is an 11 a.m. reception in the Dining Hall, and school tours will be led by students after the Mass. All are welcome as a way to celebrate Mass and the beginning of a new school year with the Xavier community. Please RSVP to Suzanne Berry at 860-346-7735, Ext. 737, or advancement@xavierhighschool.org.
 
Xavier is finishing up its camp season: We've had soccer, rowing, baseball, football, strength and conditioning, and robotics. Xavier had another successful year in robotics in 2020-21. For competition matches, three of our teams placed in the top five. The FullMetal Peregrines won the Control Award for their algorithms and software design. And Aidan Muldoon ('22) of the FullMetal Kestrels was one of two Dean's List Finalists from Connecticut. ... Here's another indication that summer is slipping past us. Just the other day it seemed as if Tim Boyle '13 was out on Larry McHugh Field throwing. Now he's in camp with the Detroit Lions as NFL teams gather in preparation for the season. 
 

Upgraded Furniture, Thanks To Class Of '21

Each year senior class representatives reach a consensus on a senior gift idea that will help students for years to come. A letter is then sent to all seniors and their parents. Since this was the Class of 2021, the request was for each student to contribute $20.21.

This year the money went toward new furniture to replace the existing furniture that needed upgrading. Due to the generosity of the senior class and the students' parents, there are 17 new chairs in the front foyer and outside the Dining Hall to serve students as a place to study and socialize before and after school. The furniture has power outlets and USB ports.

In Memoriam

In each monthly newsletter we will remember those in the Xavier community that have passed away that month and others that have come to our attention. We remember:
 
Gary Montanile, Class of 1973: Please see his obituary HERE.
 
Mark Murphy, Class of 1974. Please see his obituary HERE.
 
Robert Gardner Beaumont, Class of 2005: Please see his obituary HERE.
 
The full alumni memorial list can be found HERE on the Xavier website. If you are aware of any deceased alumni, faculty or staff member that we may have missed, please let us know. Thank you for helping us honor those we have lost.