]Applications for the Summer Work program
are available outside the Scholarship
office and in the Athletic office.
Applications are available until April
Completed applications are due to the
scholarship office no later than April
Questions please call Jennifer Giannini
957-3340, Ext. 121
Detailed analysis of your writing
Textbooks and numerous practice tests
Tips on handling every question type
Personalized assessments and feedback
Through review of common vocabulary
·• Better handling of
the trickiest math
·• Shortcuts to save
time and points
·• Tricks for
avoiding common SAT & ACT traps
·• And more
Importantly: IMPROVED SCORES!!
Daily from 8 am to
Three week ACT/SAT
workshop is $325
To register, use the
link or contact Mr. Harrison Brehm
or (209) 957-3340 ext 261
Prayers for Fr. Fallon
The St. Mary's community is
asked to continue praying
for Fr. Fallon who is
struggling with health
issues and is in hospice
care. Fr. Fallon has
served our school for over
40 years with selfless
commitment to the success of
our students and St. Mary's
Congratulations to the newly elected
Student Body Officers:
Anyone that is victimized can go into
any San Joaquin County McDonald's. The
staff is trained to provide immediate
contact with the appropriate authorities
and to provide a safe space. San Joaquin
County Regional Transit has a policy
that anyone who is a victim of Human
Trafficking may go to any bus, inform
the driver who will immediately alert
the police and if there is a delay will
go off route in order to bring the
victim to safety.
e-transcripts are here! St. Mary's High School is
making the college application process easier.
you getting ready to start the college application
process? St. Mary's has teamed with Parchment to
make the process easier for families
of the required documents you will need when
applying to college is an official high school
transcript, a student's academic record. St. Mary's
High School has a new, online service where you can
request an official high school transcript and send
it to the college of your choice with just a few
Parchment sends your transcript securely, accurately
and confidentially to any college or university.
The best part is you can request your transcript
anytime from anywhere. Just click the "order
transcript" link on the SM website to visit
follow these 3 easy steps to get started:
Register for a free account at parchment.com/register
Request your transcript
Track your transcript
fee for eTranscripts is $5. When registering with
Parchment you will be prompted to put in your
payment of choice information.
Sending the transcript electronically is easier,
safe and saves money! Because it's online, it is
processed much faster; your high school can send it
instantly, and the college or university receives it
immediately. You no longer have to wonder if your
transcript was sent by St. Mary's, or received by
the college or university to which your child is
applying. Now you can track it all online at your
account on Parchment.com. That's peace of mind!
University of California campuses do not want a
transcript until final grades are complete in June.
CSU campuses and private and/or out of state
colleges will vary. Please check with each campus
and check all emails sent by the universities.
Students applying via the Common Application will
automatically have the initial and midyear
transcripts submitted by their counselor. In June,
ALL seniors must request a final transcript to be
sent to the college they will be attending.
St. Mary's Brother James Ram Center has a variety of school supplies at
a reasonable price. Your purchase at our student
store directly supports our school.
Students and parents are advised to read and study the
requirements for initial eligibility formulated
in the Guide for the Collegebound Student
Athlete. Access to this guide is available
on the NCAA website at
year the master (SMHS) calendar includes the
dates of the ACT and SAT. These college
admissions tests are not offered on the SM
campus. We promote the dates as a courtesy
to our students for planning purposes.
Students are required to register for these
tests through an online portal. At that
time, test takers may choose a location that
serves as a national testing site.
Prep is offering St. Mary's High School free
access to their Online Prep Courses for the
PSAT, SAT and ACT. Information on how to
register is provided on each counselor's faculty
you need further assistance with any of these
programs, please contact Kaplan at 1-800-KAPTEST
or contact our Kaplan representative, Katherine
Plommer via email at
Do You Have A Vocation?
Is God calling you to be a
priest, a brother or a
member of a religious community?
Have you felt a need to serve
God's people, to minister to
their needs and help them find
out about the love of God?
The program is designed
to encourage and
active involvement in
leadership and giving
back to the community.
Students will be
required to complete 10
hours of Community
Service during their
freshman year, and
continue with annual
service hours throughout
their 4 years at St.
Mary’s. Sixty hours of
service must be
completed to participate
in graduation. All sixty
hours must be completed
by the end of the Fall
Semester, of the senior
year. Requirements per
year are as follows:
Juniors-20 hours; and,
As students turn 18 years old, the law views them
differently with respect to both rights and
responsibilities. This publication offers an
overview of how your world changes when you become a
order the guide free of charge, send an email to
Please specify the number of guides desired and
include a complete mailing address (p.o. boxes are
not acceptable). There is no charge for the guide or
for shipping, nor is there a limit on how many can
St. Mary's High School
The St. Mary's High School handbook contains
information of academics, athletics, clubs,
organizations, Honor Code and academic
requirements, regulations and expectations
regarding use of technology and media,
disciplinary and dress code matters, along with
valuable information related to the school
are working to create a positive game environment
for our student athletes and our student spectators.
We would love to see students from every grade level
involved in the campus life at St. Mary's and this
is one of the best ways that we can offer such an
experience. Here's what every member of The Machine
Free admission to all home, non-CIF games
for ALL sports, all year.
Choice of one of three, limited edition
Green Machine t-shirts in green, white, or black
that can be worn to school on Fridays and, of
course, to games.
Be eligible to take advantage of give-a
ways like free food, free t-shirts, free
play-off tickets, even some free play tickets
and much more.
Priority seating in our student section -
the whole Ram Fam is welcome there!
Getting the most out of your high school
experience and creating life-long memories.
You can stay updated on everything Green Machine
by following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Vine
We post game updates and pictures to showcase
the Rams and their fans.
*These links are not
not officially sponsored nor under
the control of St. Mary’s High School. The links are
provided solely as a convenience to the user. The
inclusion of this link is not a
recommendation of nor an endorsement of the views expressed within
them. The views and opinions are solely those of the
authors of the content contained therein. St. Mary’s is not responsible for the accuracy or
content of information contained in the site.
The cost for the Green Machine is $30 but it
will save you lots of money over the course of
the year. The more you get involved, the more
you save. If you attend only 4 football
games and 2 volleyball games in the fall you
will already have participated in more than $30
in SMHS activities.
Refer a Student
Current students, parents, alumni, and friends play an
important role in our student enrollment. We encourage
you to e-mail or call us directly to recommend a
prospective student to St Mary's High School. Once we
receive the information from you, we will send the
prospective student all of the appropriate admission
Several private universities require the PROFILE form. The
PROFILE application form can be completed online at
www.collegeboard.com. GPA verifications will be sent
automatically for all seniors.
Parents wishing to receive periodic announcements and updates
from the Scholarship Counselors may join a group email through
our school website at the scholarship page.
St. Mary's students have many opportunities to volunteer to help
the community, the world and themselves. Some possible
strong leadership and
support to enhance the work
of the local agencies in
their efforts to reduce
poverty, support families,
and empower communities.
Saint Mary’s Interfaith
Serving the needs of
Stockton's poor and homeless
by providing food, medical
care and clothing.
Red Rhino Orphanage Project
The Red Rhino Orphanage
Project’s mission is to
house and educate some of
the most desperate and
unfortunate children in
Kenya, enabling them to
become contributing members
of society and leaders of
the next generation
Your Local Catholic Parish
present themselves from
youth ministry to liturgy.
Mary's outstanding basketball star, Aquira
DeCosta has been named First Team All American and
First Team All California by USA Today High School
Sports. Aquira has committed to Baylor where she
will be a business major. She has also been named a
McDonald's All American and a Naismith player of the
Four Sign Letters of Intent
Mary's Student Athletes signed their national
letters of intent on April 11th with family and
friends celebrating this milestone in their lives.
Maddie Berry, VMI (Water Polo)
Mia Garcia, UOP (Water Polo)
Hannah Ketcherside, UOP (Tennis)
Karl Winter, Pepperdine (Cross Country)
Choirs Shine at Forum
St. Mary's Music Director, Mr. David Tanner and his
Concert Choir, Prima Voce and Symphonic Band all
received "Silver Ratings" at the Forum Music
Festival In Anaheim.
Marvin Ramos, Gabriella Azevedo, Abigail De Ocampo,
and the entire flute section also received awards
for superior musicianship.
Justin Lee Earns Eagle Scout Rank
Lee, Class of 2021
earned his Eagle Scout
Rank on April 8, 2018.
Justin completed and
installed 7 redwood
signs throughout St.
Anne Church in Byron.
Justin is a member of
Boy Scout Troop 514 in
"Be who you are and
be that well." - St. Francis de Sales
Aquira DeCosta Gets Max Preps Honor
DeCosta was selected as a MaxPreps 2nd
team All-Amercian Team The site
described Aquira as follows: DeCosta's
marvelous athleticism and intensity on
the glass helped keep St. Mary's in the
national rankings for almost the entire
season. Her 18.3 points, 13.1 rebounds
and 2.9 steals a game are a testimony to
Interestingly Aquira has already been
named a Naismith Player of the Year
Award Finalist and a McDonald's
Mission: Camden New Jersey
annual Mission Trip left bright and early Easter
Monday! The group
is working with DeSales
Service Works, serving the poor in Camden, New
Jersey and returning late Saturday night.
Students: Emily Delgado, Maddie
Berry, Gabe Gonzalez, Feliz Gomez-de Perio Adults:
Kevin Costello, Lynee Monckton. Please keep them in
The first mission trip was to Mission Texas, led by
Margo Kozina, who has been instrumental in promoting
social juistice at St. Mary.s. That year, the
students and adults refurbished a home for a
poor family that had been destroyed by weather.
The second trip was to New Orleans where St. Mary's
students again helped refurbish homes for the poor.
Ben Heffernan Named Male Athlete Of The Week
Ben Heffernan was named The Records Male Athlete of
the Wekk. The article is as follows:
scores in bunches for Rams
Lacrosse player Ben Heffernan took a few minutes
away from lacrosse practice on Wednesday to talk
about lacrosse, while wearing a shirt that simply
read “lacrosse.” It’s safe to say he’s a fan of the
“It incorporates all sports. It’s a fast-paced,
high-intensity and high-contact game,” Heffernan
said. “I love it. I can’t get enough of it.”
a senior for the Rams, has been doing his part this
season, especially on the offensive end. In St.
Mary’s 16-6 win over Bella Vista last week,
Heffernan scored seven times. Heffernan has been
playing lacrosse for eight years, and he gravitated
toward it after trying a number of other sports.
Hockey wasn’t as accessible in the area, and
basketball and baseball just didn’t have the
physicality that lacrosse offered.
Nearly a decade into his career in the sport,
Heffernan is a captain on head coach Mike Mulvihill
Jr.’s Rams squad. Mulvihill Jr. said Heffernan is a
natural leader, and possesses both a great lacrosse
mind and an unselfish attitude. “He’s not a guy who
needs to get his goals,” Mulvihill Jr. said. “He’s
happy getting assists, making a play or being a
decoy. Whatever he needs to do.”
Heffernan may not need the goals, but he’s had no
problems racking them up this season. Heffernan
credits midfielders Dominic Schenone and JT Macedo
for finding him on the outside . “We lost a lot of
crucial players from last year,” Heffernan said.
“I’m just trying to fill their shoes the best I can
and put some numbers up on the board.”
St. Mary’s heads to San Diego next week, and
Heffernan said the goal is to take care of business
down south as the Rams move towards the playoffs.
Asked for his personal goals as he closes in on his
senior year, Heffernan said he has hopes of
continuing his playing career. “I’d like to play in
college. I’m not too sure where I’m going yet, but
I’m optimistic,” Heffernan said. “Walking on
anywhere would be a dream of mine.”
Think Pink Donates Blankets
Our SM "Think Pink Club" distributed their hand made
blankets to the patients of The Sister Mary Pia
Cancer Center at St. Joseph's Hospital. May these
blankets add comfort to the patients and a reminder
that our entire SM community has them in our
thoughts and prayers as they stay strong during
their difficult journey.
The Record published its list of Fall
Sport Nominees for the 2018 All Prep Award. Fourteen St.
Mary's student-athletes were chosen.
Max Barth and Tre Jenkins Honored by
Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame
Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame is
honoring Tre Jenkins with the Soloman
Award as the Outstanding Defensive Back
and Max Barth with the McKay Award as
the Outstanding Offensive Lineman at the
annual Jack O'Keefe Benefit Dinner,
named after former Stockton Police Chief
Jack O'Keefe a tireless supporter of
The Jack O’Keefe Benefit Dinner, along
with the Stockton Hall of Fame Awards
Banquet are the only two sponsored
activities of the Hall of Fame for the
purpose of raising funds to help support
the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame’s
Scholarship Program. The Scholarship
Program provides over $25,500 per year
to outstanding seniors of the over
twenty public, private and charter high
schools in the Stockton and surrounding
areas to assist them in furthering their
Logan Baer Gets Honor
California Junior Hockey Association (NORCAL),
honors the memory of Jordan Kocian each
year by presenting the Jordan Kocian
Award to a final year player who
exemplifies desire, determination, dedica- tion, leadership and inspiration
in their approach to playing hockey and
living. The award, which is for
accomplishments outside hockey as well
as inside hockey, is for older players
who have been role models to their peers
and given their time back to the game
and exemplified the spirit of Jordan Kocian. The award was presented this
season at the Norcal High School
Championships held in Vacaville, CA and
includes $1000 scholarship. The winner
of the award this season is High School
Varsity player Logan Baer. Logan, the
captain of the Stockton
Colts Varsity Team, is the first
Stockton player to receive the award.
Logan lives in Lodi and attends St.
Mary's. Logan has donated countless
hours over the last 4 years to coaching
mini-Mites, Squirts, and the Try Hockey for Free program which
introduces the game to new players.
to attend a 4 year university in the
Fall for a degree in
Guys and Dolls Reboot
Members of the very successful Guys and Dolls
musical that was put on by St. Mary's Theatre this
spring, did a reboot of "Luck be a Lady Tonight" for
the public on the Miracle Mile. They then continued
to sing as they walked along Pacific Avenue to the
delight of passerby.
Campus Ministry Team Attends LA Congress
The St. Mary's Campus Ministry Team attended the Los
Angeles Religious Education Conference in Anaheim
where they participated in Youth Day.
Bishop Myron Cotta's installation ceremony began
with the traditional knock at the door and the
presentation of keys by the pastor of the Cathedral
of the Annunciation that was followed by a
Celebration of Evening Prayer . Bishop Cotta was
installed on March 15, 2018 with the ceremony taking
place at St. Stanislaus Church in Modesto.
Bishop Cotta is a native of Dos Palos and grew up on
a dairy farm and attended local schools before
entering St. John's Seminary in Camarillo for the
Diocese of Fresno. After ordination he was pastor in
Gustine and later became the apostolic administrator
of the diocese, later being named an auxiliary in
Sacramento, receiving his ordination as bishop in
Bishop Cotta, 64, served in the Sacramento Diocese
and was instrumental in overseeing prison and jail
ministry there. Bishop Cotta speaks English,
Portuguese and Spanish. He is the 6th bishop of the
Diocese of Stockton.
The Papal Nuncio to the United States Archbishop
Christophe Pierre, Cardinal Roger Mahoney and
Joseph Cordileone of San Francisco were in
Calli Grace Recognized
Grace, aka Calli Ortega, Class of 2020 was
recognized by Stanford Health for her dedication and
support with her music and volunteering with the
patients and families at Stanford Children's Health.
DeCosta Named Athelete of the Week
St. Mary's star player, Aquira DeCosta was named The
Record's Player of the Week. The article stated the
"The St. Mary’s girls basketball team wrapped up its
11th straight Sac-Joaquin Section championship
over the past weekend. It was also Aquira DeCosta’s
fourth section title with the Rams, but it doesn’t
sound like she wants her senior send-off to end
DeCosta, the Baylor commit, McDonald’s All-American
and finalist for national player of the year, had 22
points, five blocks and 14 rebounds in Saturday’s
title game, which came after Acosta put up a line of
30 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks in the
“The last three or four games, she’s been
ridiculous,” said St. Mary’s coach Tom Gonsalves.
“She’s played at such a high level.”
DeCosta, who credits her father - a former college
basketball player himself - for introducing her to
the game, has spearheaded the Rams’ senior trio
along with Neenah Young and Ariel Johnson on the way
to a 26-2 overall record. The numbers have certainly
been there, too, but the 6-foot-2 star said she’s
been focused on winning more than anything. “Every
game, I’m trying to come out with the win,” DeCosta
said. “No matter what it takes for me to do that.”
Starting Friday, DeCosta and the Rams will find
themselves exactly where they planned on being since
this season’s start; in the CIF State open division,
with a shot at a state title. No. 2 St. Mary’s will
host No. 7 Cardinal Newman at 7 p.m., and DeCosta
said every day’s worth of practice this week is
aimed at preparing the Rams for thei Santa Rosa
opponents. “We’re just trying to get better at what
we do,” De Costa said. “Hopefully we’ll do
everything we can to get the win.”
Gonsalves praised DeCosta not only for her
athleticism and basketball IQ, but for her knack for
stepping things up when needed. He’s said before
that he believes she’s the best player in the
country, and part of that lies in her ability to
take her game to another level. On Friday, Gonsalves
said he’s hoping for more of the same from DeCosta.
“We’re looking for her to dominate,” Gonsalves said.
“If shedoes that, we’re in good shape.”
Randy Laforteza, Caleb Sylvia and Sam You pictured
competing on behalf of the St. Mary's STEM Club in
the San Joaquin Regional Science Olympiad in the
Helicopters and Towers Competition
Cheer Competes in Nationals
The Varsity Cheer Squad competed in the USA Spirit
National Competition in Anaheim and represented St.
Mary's on the national stage.
DeCosta named to Naismith 1st Team, Jordan Classic
Aquira DeCosta was selected to the Naismith Trophy All American
first team today. She is also one of five finalists for the
Naismith Trophy Player of the Year award. The
6-1 Baylor signee
is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the 2018 class by ProspectsNation.com
DeCosta has led the Rams to a winning season and success in the
post season and was a key piece for the Cal Stars EYBL, one of
the top club teams in the country. She has played
internationally as a member of the United States Basketball
in tournament play in Europe and in China.
Another Honor for Aquira
as she was selected to play at the Michael Jordan
Brand Classic at the Barclays Center in NYC. Aquira
DeCosta Height: 6-2 Weight: Position: Wing St.
Mary's H.S Stockton CA College: Baylor
DeCosta can do it all. She is an explosive 4 who
attacks the rim and looks to draw the contact,
making her an offensive force and a hard player to
defend. Her athleticism, height, and quickness makes
her a versatile defender. Relentless on the glass,
DeCosta is physical and tough to contain in the key.
Next year, Aquire DeCosta will be playing for the
When he was two-and-a-half years old, Bryce Johnson
was playing basketball at home on a mini hoop. By
age three, he was playing organized ball with the
YMCA. And at 17, he’s helping the St. Mary’s High
squad make a run in the Division II playoffs.
Johnson, a 6-foot-7 junior for the Rams, posted two
double-doubles in the first two rounds of the
Sac-Joaquin section playoffs last week, putting up
25 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Stagg and a
22-12 stat line as the Rams beat Burbank. In the
regular season, Johnson led St. Mary’s in five
Yet, Rams head coach Ken Green said, the forward is
a kind of reluctant star in many respects. “He
really affects the game, and he leads our team in
scoring, assists and steals,” Green said. “But he’s
really unselfish, and he sometimes yields a little
bit to his teammates. His nature isn’t to bring a
lot of attention to himself.”
Green said Johnson’s guard-like skills at his size
make him stand out. He can take the ball out, and he
can grab a defensive rebound and lead the fast
break. “He’s really adept at finding teammates in
transition,” Green said. “He’s a real weapon for us,
not only in the half court but the full court as
Statistically, Johnson has improved across the board
from his numbers as a sophomore
at the varsity level last season.
When asked, though, Johnson said this season really
hasn’t been about padding the stat line. “Whatever
the team needs,” Johnson said, “whether that be
scoring or buying in on defense. Just things like
For Green, Johnson’s shining moment this season came
on Jan. 4 against the recently top-ranked Salesian,
where he had 24 points and 11 rebounds. The Rams
lost 68-60 to the Pride, but it was a game where
Johnson really showed what he was capable of, Green
Johnson, meanwhile, points to the Santa Cruz
tournament just before the new year, where the Rams
came back in two straight games to win. It showed
St. Mary’s the importance of valuing every
possession, something that’s helped Johnson and the
Rams make it to this point.
“It’s about focused in practice and getting after
it,” Johnson said. “We’re having fun but we know
when to get serious. It’s going to take consistency
and focus. “When the game comes, it’s everyone doing
the part they need to do to get the W.”
Students from St. Mary's were joined by members of
administration, faculty and staff to participate in
the annual Rotary Read-In that reads to students from
Preschool-3rd Grade This community event brings
together college organizations, high school
volunteers, business groups, church groups, and
many community leaders and citizens to brighten the
day for the children and inspire them to discover
the wonders of reading books. Each of the
participants purchase an age appropriate book and,
after reading it, donate the book to the school
Five St. Mary's student-athletes made it official by
signing national letters of intent. All five had
GPA's of 3.5 and four of the group have GPA's over
4.0. All are going to Division I universities.
San Jose State
San Jose State
Barth San Jose State and Dusty Frampton Cal Poly
The Empowering Young Women Club visited
Presentation and Annunciation schools to
provide information and to answer
questions for the young women that
Team Visits St. Mary's
Saint Mary's Campus Ministry has been
honored to have members of the NET
Ministries Team (National Evangelical
Team) come to provide a retreat to
Juniors in two sessions. The first was
held on campus Tuesday, February 6th and
the second session will be held on
Thursday February 8th.
NET Ministries challenges young
Catholics to love Christ and embrace the
life of the Church. Every August, 175
young Catholics aged 18-28 leave behind
their jobs, school, family, and friends
to devote nine months to serving with
the National Evangelization Teams (NET).
Divided into 16 teams, they travel across the U.S.
for nine months to share the Gospel with young
people and their families. Since 1981, NET teams
have led over 32,000 retreats and ministered to more
than 1.9 million young Catholics.
NET Ministries fulfills its mission by:
Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ through a
personal witness of faith
Inviting young people to live for Christ
Forming young people in Christian character
through the study and practice of their faith
Equipping youth workers and young adults with
the ministry skills needed for evangelization
NET Ministries is under the ecclesiastical vigilance
of the Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. NET
is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the
state of Minnesota funded through individual
donations, program fees and grants and is governed
by a national board of directors.
Catholic Schools Week
St. Mary's Student Council attending Catholic School
Mass at St. Annes.
Fr. Matt Issac takes on rock climbing challenge
presented by U.S. Army
The student body took time out to thank and honor
the faculty and staff at St. Mary's for the
exceptional people that they are, teaching,
mentoring, and assisting students. A "Are You
Smarter Than Your Student" game was played between
students and faculty.
The highlight of the event was
Art Zannini being specially honored by the St. Mary's
and by the
California Highway Patrol,
both recognizing Mr. Zannini for his selfless dedication
to St. Mary's and the community.
Riley James Performs on Fox40
Riley Jane also known to as Riley Richmond, Class of
2019, for her amazing performance on Fox 40 on
February 1, 2018.
Riley will also perform at Cast Iron Trading Company
Students Take Top Prizes in Rotary Speech Contest
Rodriguez, Sarah Chui, and Mitch Arburua took First,
Second, and Third Place respectively in the Stockton
Rotary Club's Student Speaker Contest held on
January 23, 2018.
Gabrielle Rodriquez will move on to the next level
of competition with her speech on "Making a
Ceballos and Mahnke Perform in
San Joaquin Honor Choir
job well done to freshman, Stella Mahnke and junior,
Isabelle Ceballos, on their selection and
participation in the San Joaquin County Honor Choir!
Ministry Performs "Gloria, the Christmas Angel"
15 students from the Campus Ministry Team spent 3
hours after final exams performing "Gloria the
Christmas Angel" for children at St. Luke's and St.
George Schools. The students practiced for a week
during finals and sacrificed a great deal of their
time during that very busy week. Children and staff
at both schools were VERY impressed! Students
participating were: Carina Barney, Maddie Berry,
Julia Cardona, Isabelle Ceballos, David Cornish,
John Costello, David Dal Porto, Spencer Loewen,
Ellon Madill, A.J. Manandic, Emery McKee, CiCi
Montesinos, David Okekenta, Miriam Okekenta, and
Young: Athlete of the Week
St. Mary's Princeton-bound Nina Young has been named
the Athlete of the Week by The Record, sponsored by
Chase Chevrolet. The accompanying article stated the
St. Mary’s girls basketball head coach Tom Gonsalves
described senior forward Neenah Young as an
intelligent individual with a true competitive drive
on the court.
It goes without saying, then, that Young’s hobbies
outside of basketball would fit the bill. “Can it be
another sport? Then volleyball,” Young said. “And
then reading, if that works.”
Young, along with fellow seniors Aquira Decosta and
Ariel Johnson, have led the Rams to a 17-2 mark so
far on the season, including back-to-back wins in
St. Mary’s MLK Showcase of the weekend. In the
tournament, Young had games of 21 points and 18
points, respectively as the Rams beat the top-ranked
team in Nevada followed by a win over Los Angeles-Ribet
Young, a Princeton commit, has been playing
basketball since the fifth grade, when Johnson’s
father was her first coach. The part of the game she
loved the most, Young said, was the opportunity to
compete against the best players on the court. Now,
as a Ram, she’ getting to do just that.
“She’s very competitive,” Gonsalves said. “She’s
such a good shooter and a real solid rebounder.
She’s got so much to offer, and she’s a really good
athlete. She will be battle tested for Princeton.”
It seems that even with what’s ahead, Young hasn’t
looked past her senior season. She said the team’s
holiday road trips to Arizona and Washington DC
helped St. Mary’s see what needs to be improved as
it searches for a state title. As for Young, she
said she’ll do whatever’s necessary to help the Rams
get there. “I’ve been trying to do the little
things, rebounding, improving my shooting,” Young
said. “Anything that can help my team.
Aquira De Costa: All
Aquira De Costa, star forward for the St. Mary's
women's basketball Team has been named to the
McDonald's All-Ameircan West Squad for 2018. Aquira
has played internationally in Europe and last summer
in China, helping Team USA win the gold. A Baylor
University commit, Aquira is to be congratulated for
her success. She joins SM Alumni European
Basketballs's Jackie Gemelos, WBNA Star Chelsea Gray
and Afure Jemerigbe as Ram McDonald All Ameicans.
All Section Team
Dusty Frampton, Tre Jenkins and Max Barth received
First Team Honors in the Max Preps All Section Team.
The accompanying descriptions were as follows:
Dusty Frampton: A likely Stockton Record two-time
first-team pick, Frampton set scores of school
rushing records, and he went for 1,647 yards and 24
touchdowns this season.
Tre Jenkins: A standout over two seasons, Jenkins
had 90 tackles and played big on special teams and
at receiver when needed for a team that played for
another section title.
Max Barth: A rock in the trenches, Barth helped lead
the way for the Rams, who returned to the section
Division I finals.
Hosmer Featured on Channel 10 Unlimited Sports
St. Mary's Matt Hosmer has played internationally
and is a key to the success of the men's water polo
team. ABC10 featured him as the Unlimited Sports
Standout January 11, 2018. The article below
accompanied the honor.
"He's one of the best water polo players in the
state and his talents have taken him all around the
world. Matthew Hosmer, a junior attacker for St.
Mary's High School in Stockton, is making waves in
the sport he hopes can take him to the Olympics.
"When I was in about fourth grade I was watching the
Olympics with my dad and I figured to myself I like
this sport a lot and I should try it out," Hosmer
A passion for water sports runs in Hosmer's family. His
mother, Christy, was a swimmer and his father, Todd,
played for the U.S. National Water Polo Team during
the 1996 Olympics. The University of Pacific Hall of
Fame inductee was a big influence on Matthew's love
of the sport.
"I also played other sports," Hosmer said. "I played
baseball [for 12 years] but I felt that water polo
was in my heart and I liked it more."
Rams varsity water polo coach, Jeff Hoornaert, has
been working with Hosmer since he was 12 years old
as a member of his club team.
"He's a great kid. He's a great athlete, he works
his butt off," Hoornaert said. "He has all the
talent in the word but he works just as hard."
Hosmer is taking the steps toward achieving his
Olympic dream as a member of the Team USA Men's
Youth National Team. He has competed at the highest
levels available for him but he remains humble as a
member of the Rams varsity squad.
"He's a great leader," Hoornaert said. "All the kids
on the team work well with him, they look up to him,
and he does a great job of leading by example."
"Being a part of St. Mary's is a dream come true,"
Hosmer said. "I'm always a team player, I'm not just
in it for the stats, I'm just in it to win the game.
That's all I'm working for."
The Rams season ended with a 12-7 loss to Davis in
the semifinals of the Division I Sac-Joaquin Section
playoffs. Hosmer finished his season leading the
state in goals this season with 161 and finished
second in points with 200.
"I'm in awe every time I watch him play," Hoornaert said.
"He has an uncanny ability to score, he's incredibly
fast and has the ability to completely take over a
game. He's pretty phenomenal to watch."
After high school Hosmer would
like to continue his water polo career at Cal, UCLA
or stay local by attending Pacific. While he hasn't
decided on a major, he is interested in studying
business management or sports management.
Gipson and Todd Beatty on US U-17 Football Team
Jared Gipson and Todd Beatty, Class of 2019, played in the
International Bowl at the AT&T stadium in Arlington Texas the
home of the Dallas Cowboys on January 19, 2018 as members of
the U.S. National U-17 Football Team against British Columbia.
CROP Garden Clean Up
One of St. Mary's unsung heroes, Juan
Torres volunteered, along with Mrs. Kozina's
grandson, Andrew, a 5th grader at Annunciation,
to clean up the CROP garden and get it ready for
planting so that the weekly produce deliveries to
Catholic Charities can continue uninterrupted.
CROP Donates Sleeping Bags
Thanks to the generosity of
students, faculty and staff
in participating in
soup sales and cookie sales
by the Christian Relief
Outreach Project (CROP)
enought money was collected
that, with the kind help of
the Stockton Big 5 Sporting
Goods manager Shawn, 120
sleeping bags were purchased
for the homeless and
delivered to St. Mary's
Coordinates Sock Drive
Ketcherside, coordinated the
10th Annual White Gold Drive
for St. Mary's Dining Room.
Hannah, her family and
friends who donated more
than 3,000 pairs of socks
for the poor and needy.
Senate Cabinet Toy Drive
The Senate-Cabinet Toy
Drive that was conducted
as part of St. Mary's
Blue Mass for law
was a huge success once
again attesting to the
generosity of St. Mary's
students, faculty, staff
Toys were provided to
the California Highway
Patrol, Stockton Fire
Police Department and
the San Joaquin County
Sheriff's Office (which
also received a donation
of money for their
chosen charity the
One of our seniors, Chandler Sanguinetti, collected
a large number of new socks, undergarments and other
essentials for the St. Mary's Dining Room clothing
drive. These donations will help the poor and the
homeless to be better clothed. "Be who you are and
be that well".
The Annual Chips4Kids CHP-Faculty game
took place at Morrelli Gymnasium on November 27th. The
action was fast paced and the crowd enjoyed Myree
Bowden''s spinning backward dunks and Fr. Mathew Issac's
athleticism as the Rams eked out a narrow victory
against the CHP Golden Bears. The real winners? The
needy of our community who will benefit from the toys
that were donated. Please remember to be generous during
the Senate Cabinet Toy Drive as well since that will
benefit even more children in our area.
Annual Blue Mass
The Blue Mass, which has a long history
in the Catholic Church,
reminds us to be thankful to those who
serve our community as first responders.
During this Thanksgiving season, St.
Mary's invited local law
enforcement, fire fighters and emergency
personnel to this special Mass on
Tuesday, November 21 at 9:00 a.m.
recognizes the dedication and
self-sacrifice these officers make for
our public health and safety.
Our students were present in
celebrating these officers
whose profession is so noble and
enduring, and pray for those
who have given their lives in the line
As a reminder of the courage that first
responders show, Msgr. Ryan discussed
his experience of having to wear a
bullet proof vest for a ride along which
experience truly made him understand how
each day the women and men that protect
us face danger.
Heath Named Athlete of the Week
The Record named
Harrison Heath as it's
athlete of the week.
Harrison is a senior and
a linebacker for the
Rams and is the teams
second leading tackler,
to name a few. According
to The Record "The most
perhaps, comes from head
coach Tony Franks. “He’s
tougher than a bent
nail,” Franks said.
Harrison has 71 tackles and a team-leading three
interceptions on the year, "For Franks, it’s no
secret as to why. The coach said Heath is the type
of athlete to sit in the front row at every meeting.
He’s an intense competitor, Franks said, and a
natural choice to serve as a leader on the Rams.
“He’s got great passion for the game, and he
understands how to play the position,” said Franks
of Heath’s skillset as a linebacker. “He gets where
he’s supposed to, and he gets there in a little bit
of a bad mood.”
According to The Record: " Heath said that on a
relatively young St. Mary’s team, he’s tried his
best to lead by example. But he’s not quite ready to
hand things off to the lower classmen yet, with
championship looming. “It’s going to take just about
everything we’ve got,” Heath said. “We have to keep
doing what we’re doing. And we have to treat this
like every other week.”
With that said, Heath is nearing the end of his high
school career. Asked for a defining moment in his
career, Heath didn’t have one to nail down. “I
couldn’t tell you the scores of every football game
that I’ve played,” Heath said. “But I could tell you
the songs we sang on the bus rides home, or the
shenanigans we do out here at practice. “It’s the
little things I’m going to miss the most.”
CROP Canned Food
The generosity of St.
faculty, staff and
administration was shown
again as the CROP Canned
Food Drive brought in
3,000 lbs of food for
the poor. The food is
given to Catholic
distribution to the
needy of our community.
"Be who you are, and be
This year, in hopes of
spreading some Thanksgiving cheer, our
St. Mary's Clubs along with our staff
and faculty worked together to provide
over 20 Thanksgiving Baskets to help
local families within our own school and
St. George's community. Items such as
stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, green
beans and corn, and pumpkin pie mix were
included to help make someone's
Thanksgiving a little sweeter.
Green Named Athlete of
From the Record
"When it comes to volleyball, Anya Green is a hit.
The sophomore middle blocker from St. Mary’s has
used her size, strength and stunning accuracy to
help the Rams move deeper into the regional
postseason, and along the way she has put up a
hitting percentage which other only dream of.
Green is hitting .425 this season. That’s a really
good number, but pales in comparison to her freshman
season when she competed at the junior varsity
“On the freshman team she hit .625, and a good
middle should be at about .350,” St. Mary’s coach
Jayne McHugh said. “It’s pretty amazing.”
She’s been one of the most reliable players on a
talented St. Mary’s team which is continuing its
trek through the postseason.
The Rams (26-11) beat Patterson and Rocklin 3-1 last
week in the first two rounds of the Sac-Joaquin
Section Division II playoffs, and on Tuesday lost an
upset bid against No. 1 Ponderosa 3-2. By making it
to the semifinals, the St Mary’s advances in the
NorCal Regionals and will play on Tuesday against an
opponent to be determined.
Green, 15, started playing volleyball in the sixth
grade, and is a member of the Rage Volleyball Club
based in Ripon.
“My Mom played volleyball and said she liked it, so
I decided to try it,” Green said. “I really liked
it. The thing is to keep working hard and to get
better. It helps because I have such great
St. Mary's Student
Athletes Commit on
National Signing Day
Following the advice of St. Francis de Sales to Be
Who You Are And Be That Well, twelve St. Mary's
student athletes signed their National Letters of
Intent on November 8, 2017. They are:
Kiana Parrish - Cal State Fullerton (Softball)
Christian Almanza - University of Utah
Emily Delgado - Stanislaus State (Cross Country)
Natasha Mich - Stanislaus State (Volleyball)
Carley Morfey - San Jose State (Softball)
Hailey Williams - UC Davis (Water Polo)
Miranda Padilla - UOP (Swimming)
Abigail Parises - University of
Ariel Johnson - University of Florida
Aquira De Costa - Baylor University (Basketball)
Neenah Young - Princeton University (Basketball)
Tyler Lozano - USC (Baseball)
Alexandra Preston Fresno State (Softball)
Congratulations and may God bless you.!
Social Justice: More Than A
St. Mary's Social Justice classes, taught by Mrs.
Kozina, have gone to St. Mary's Dining Room three
times this fall to serve, stay and listen to and
show compassion to the poor and homeless.
SM Student Garner Awards at Art
Congratulations to the following ART 3-4 and AP
Studio Art Students of Mrs. Aguilar who won awards
at the Art Expressions of San Joaquin's High School
Student Art Show.
1st Place: Lily Johnston
2nd Place: Madison Cornish
3rd Place: Ellon Madill
1st Plac: Ellon Madill
Hon. Mention: Feliz de Perio
1st Place Lily Johnston...
Faull Collects for Charity
who organized her 5th Annual “Birthday
for a Cause” charity drive. Kathryn
gathered 3 car loads worth of clothing,
hygiene items, shoes & food donations
from friends and family for Saint Mary's
Be Who You Are, And Be That Well.
Senate Cabinet Pumpkin Carving
Mary's was honored to have six highly talented members
of the Prima Voce and Regular choir chosen for the San
Joaqin County Honor choir. They are:
Congratulations to these talented students or their
acceptance into the San Joaquin County Honor Choir! St.
Mary's is so proud of them as they represent SM at the
Honors Concert January 13th.
King Tre Jenkins III
Queen Mia Garcia
Princess Kalani Cox
Prince James Herrera
Princess Ellon Madill
Prince Jonathan Herrera
Princess Cicely Montesinos
Prince Max Kirby
Princess Emily Nauman
Prince Nick Rossi
Princess Marissa Patrick
Prince Nathane Zarzuela
Ketcherside Named Prep Athlete of the
Hannah Ketcherside, St. Mary's star women's tennis
player was named the Record's Prep Athlete of the
Week on October 11, 2017. The Record wrote:
"Ketcherside, a senior tennis player at Saint Mary's
High, has gone 7-0 in TCAL play and 12-3 overall
with three matches left in the regular season. With
Ketcherside as a captain, the Rams have an
undefeated 13-0 regular season mark, as well as 7-0
in TCAL play.
Tennis is nothing new to Ketcherside, who adopted
the sport at 5 years old and played in her first
tournament when she was eight. She played other
sports, Ketcherside said, but made a choice in
middle school to focus on tennis.
"I like the individuality of it," Ketcherside said.
"It's just you out there. If you're down, you have
to fight and come back."
Think Pink Club Raiser Fund for Cancer Awareness
The Think Pink Club raised $523 for breast cancer
research in a Lucky Draw at the girls volleyball
game versus Lincoln on Thursday night October 5.
Theyalso sold pink awareness bracelets for the cause
at the football game vs. West.
CROP Cares Year-Round
Every Wednesday, year round, the produce of the CROP
garden is harvested and brought to Catholic
Charities for their food distribution to the poor.
The Club also holds soup sales, bake sales, canned
good drives, clothing drives and runs a peanut
butter drive during the year. The proceeds are used
to purchase sleeping bags for the homeless, provide
food stuffs for the poor and clothing to the needy.
The dedication and hard work of the members of the
club help to improve the lives of those in our
community and shows that St. Mary's students take to
heart St. Francis de Sales saying "Be who you are
and be that well."
Winter Featured In Record Article
STOCKTON by Scott Linesburgh — Karl Winter has been
a consistent winner since he began to run cross
country. And along the way, he’s fallen in love with
The St. Mary’s High senior admits he didn’t always
feel that way. But in the past few years his passion
for running has grown.
“There’s always a joy at the end of the race,
especially if you win, but it’s more that I get
something lifelong out of this,” Winter said. “This
is something I want to do my entire life.”
Winter said he is hoping for a return trip to the
state meet this season, and he already has racked up
several victories. St. Mary’s coach Felicia Rowley
said Winter’s talent was clear when he first came
out for the team. The passion for running, however,
arrived a little later.
“My freshman year I joined cross country because
that’s what my family has always done,” Winter said.
“When I first started to run, I just liked to win. I
really didn’t like to run. But I’ve grown over the
four years of high school to enjoy the activity, not
Rowley said Winter showed his dedication during his
junior season when he overcame a foot injury to
finish third in the Tri-City Athletic League meet
and qualify for the state meet.
“He said to me he wanted to come back this year to
win TCAL, and that’s what he intends to do,” Rowley
said. “And another goal he’s striving for is to get
back to state and get into the top 25, which he
Winter’s highlights this season is a victory in the
Lodi Flame Invitational, where he bested 212 other
runners. Winter has four additional wins, including
the TCAL events on Sept. 13 and 27.
“There are kids who are naturals, and he’s a
natural,” Rowley said. “But to be a good runner it
takes a lot of commitment and a lot of hard work.
And he has that commitment.”
Winter also is a member of the St. Mary’s track
team, competing primarily in long-distance events.
He plans to continue competing after high school.
“I’m in contact with a lot of college coaches, but I
have not made a decision,” Winter said. “I’m hoping
to be able to do it at the Division I level.”
SM Has Heart
student body and staff collected donations during
football games and school dances for Cristo Rey
Jesuit College Prep that suffered damage during
Hurricane Henry in Houston. A check for $2,500 is
being sent to help the school recover.
Congratulations Jonathan Herrera & Chris Marquez
who scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino
PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region
to Drew Cockerham and Karl Winter for being named as
a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit
Commended Students are being recognized for the
exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their
outstanding performance on the qualifying test used
for program entry.
The class of 2021 took part in their first election at St.
Mary's. These officers and class representatives will help
govern their class and assist with Student Body matters.
St. Mary's Theatre Elly
students from St. Mary's High School attended the
35th annual Elly Awards ceremony at Cosumnes Oaks
High School in Elk Grove, sponsored by the
Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA).
St. Mary;s was in
competition with high schools in a ten county
region. The two productions from 2016-2017 were
nominated for a total of 5 Ellys (St. Mary's has
received 95 nominations in the past 9 years). St.
Mary's won one Elly this year.
Annette Mackay, for
Best Costume Design for a play for The Hunchback of
Notre Dame. Congratulations to Annette for her win,
and for giving St. Mary's Theatre its 24th Elly!
Our other nominees
for The Hunchback of Notre Dame were Rich Matheson
(Best Sound for a Play) and Craig Vincent (Best
Lighting for a Play). Hunchback was also nominated
for Best Overall Production of a Play.
Abrefi Adubofour was
the only student nominated for the Elly Award
for her role in The Wiz, for Best Supporting Actress
for a Musical.
Fabian Cebalos, Jr. Refurbishes
Statue of Blessed Mother
Thank you so much to
Fabian Ceballos Jr.,
Class of 2020 for
sharing his time and
talent with St. Mary's
High School on restoring
our beloved Mother Mary
Statue that stands in
front of our Mary, Queen
of the Angels Chapel.
Hana Oshima Selected to
Participate in HOBY
Hana Oshima was selected to participate
in HOBY this past summer.
Founded in 1958, HOBY's mission is to
inspire and develop our global community
of youth and volunteers to a life
dedicated to leadership, service and
HOBY programs are conducted annually
throughout the United States, serving
local and international high school
students. HOBY programs provide students
selected by their schools to participate
in unique leadership training,
service-learning and motivation-building
experiences. The HOBY is open to high
Congratulations Hana and thank you for
representing St. Mary's so well.
Rams TV Gets Award
For the second year in a row, SM Rams
TV, mentored by Mr. Paul Scheet, has
been chosen as an Elite School by the
NFHS for the quality and content of
Sadie Fisher Plays at Music
Fisher, a freshman at St. Mary's High School was a
Level 6 young pianist invited to play at a
statewide convention of music teachers this summer.
She was chosen based on their certificate of merit
exam scores and had the opportunity to play on a
Steinway grand piano during the 107th Music Teachers
Association of California annual convention June
30-July 4 in Santa Clara
International Students Arrive
students have begun arriving for the 2017-2018academic
year. We will have 11 international students at St.
Mary's this year: two from Brazil, one from Hungary, one
from Australia and seven from China. Welcome to the St.
Mary's High School community.
Cheer and Dance Receive
Awards at USA Camp
This summer the St.
Mary's spirit leaders attended an elite Cheer and
Dance camp at the Hyatt regency in Santa Clara.
The cheer program
was headed by our very own alumni Conner Huber who
now runs the cheer programs and camps for the United
Spirit Association. Conner was coached by our very
own Margo Kozina who was the varsity cheer coach
when he was in high school. The cheer team was very
lucky to have Conner at the camp and Margo was very
proud to see one of her former cheerleaders
Our cheer team won
two Spirit sticks, the most improved award through
camp and had two girls Heather Riggle and Brianna
Stahl win the All Star award which earned them the
opportunity to perform in London over the New Year's
Our dance team won
two Spirit sticks and the unity award which is voted
on by other schools at the camp. We had three girls
Gabrielle Stephens, Lindsey Wyatt, and incoming
freshman Brooke Eastwood win the All Star award and
are invited to go to London during New Years and
perform as well. We also took a master class from
Tony G who has choreographed for all the Bring it on
Trap Team Gets State
Championship-Top Ranking Nationally
After winning the State Championship, members of the
trap team participated in the Youth Shooting Sports
US Open in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the course of 2
days, they shot 200 targets. Their team score was
911/1000, good enough for 4th place in the nation!
The students were
Clay Campbell, David Cornish, Isabella Dentoni,
Leonard Jaramillo Giianna Lagorio.
Gets Gold, Hooneart Leads Team in Junior Olympics
Hosmer competing on behalf of the Big
Valley Waterpolo Academy, directed by
St. Mary's own aquatics director, Jeff
Hoorneart in the Junior Olympics, the
largest water polo tournament in the
Teams from around the
world won gold as the U-18 team
dominated the tourney.
Incoming Freshman William Bensch and Skyler May in
Golf Teen World Championship'
Freshman William Bensch and Skyler May competed in
the U.S. Kids Golf Teen World Championship from July
27-29 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Skyler Mary tied
at 15th place out of 40 contestants after the 3
round match shooting shooting 84, 75 and 86
respectively and William Bensch tied at 76th out of
136 contestants shooting 84, 82 and 78 respectively
at the three day international tournament played at
Pinehurst Golf Course.
According to the Record they met at Annunciation
school in kindergarten and have been friends since.
They do play golf together, but also competitively
and both have been playing golf since the age of 5.
Prior to this Bensch and May took part in the U.S.
Kids Invitational regional competition this June in
Stockton. Bensch was eighth in the boys 13-14
division and May was ninth in the girls 12-14. The
event featured golfers from California, Hawaii,
Nevada, Florida and the Philippines
Gets Gold Medal In
Competition, Named MVP
was tournament MVP in the U18 World Cup
playing for the
2017 USA Women's 3x3 U18 World Cup Team
in Chengdu, China.
defeatedHungary and Japan to start the
FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup with a record of
2-0. Aquira was the leading scorer in
game vs Japan. USA then dominated both
Australia and Switzerland winning both
games on July 1st. The US completed play
with statement wins against France and
the Czech Republic to capture teh gold
Aquirra's Interview with USA Today
High School Sports:
Q: How did you get
involved in 3×3 and being part of Team
DeCosta: My coaches
and I were discussing 3X3 Basketball at a point in
time so I was very interested in trying it out and
seeing how it goes. When I found out that USA
Basketball had a 3X3 team for U18, I was immediately
wanting to be a part of it. And when they picked me
I was very excited to see how it goes.
Q. How is 3X3 basketball different?
basketball in general is very fast-paced and more
dependent on defense over regular five-on-five
basketball. I’m more focused on defending my
defender one-on-one and trying to score and beat
people off the dribble and look for the open shot.
Q: Does playing 3X3 help you when
you return to the more traditional five-on-five
DeCosta: It most
definitely helps me when I return to regular
five-on-five basketball because I’ll be quicker both
offensively and defensively. Also, my communication
is improving because of 3X3 basketball so I should
be able to become more of a leader on the court.
Costello led five St. Mary's students, members of Campus
Ministry to a week long camp in Michigan run by the Oblates of
St. Francis de Sales. The week featured time for retreat,
spiritual growth, discernment and offered important information
on how to best serve the St. Mary's High School Community.