9:00 A.M., the live stream will start on
Offered over the summer exclusively for
St. Mary's students, this workshop
enables students to improve their scores
on both the new SAT and the ACT. We
accomplish this through detailed study
of the tests, practicing the tests, and
personalized feedback. Based on
research and numerous years of
experience, Mr. Brehm will guide
students through these notoriously
difficult tests, review all of the
shortcuts, and also examine individuals'
strengths and weaknesses. This is a
great course for elevating low scores or
for pushing high scores to get even
The workshop will be offered from June
26-July 14, 2017. Tuition is $220 and
includes the cost of the books. This
offering will depend on enrollment.
Please submit your application to the
main office before Friday, May 26.
any questions, please contact Mr. Brehm
at email@example.com or
(209)957-3340 x. 261.
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
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.
You can sign up in the Athletics Office at any
time but the sooner the better so we can make
our shirt order. If you have any questions, you
can contact me, Sarah Buhr, the Green
Machine Moderator, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Neehah Young, a standout player for the
Rams women's basketball team was awarded
the Scholastic Athletic Achievement
Award by the Jesters Club of Stockton
recognizing her remarkable academic
performance while still being an
13 students and 3 adults recently went
on St. Mary's 2nd Mission Trip to New
Orleans, Louisiana during Easter Break,
April 17-22, led by Mr. Kevin Costello.
The first trip, to Mission, Texas was
led by Mrs. Margo Kozna in 2016.
In an area still recovering from the
devastation of Hurrican Katrina 12 years
ago, they painted the home of a local
pastor who had a horrifying experience
during Katrina and whose message of
faith in the Lord and perseverance moved
everyone to tears.
Say's Director of Campus Ministry, Kevin
Costello: "I could not have been more
proud of our students for their positive
attitude, work ethic, exemplary behavior
and expression of faith throughout the
trip. It is an experience that will
carry with all of us throughout our
Below are some testimonials of students
that participated in the Mission Trip:
"The Mission Trip to New Orleans was
even better than I expected it to be. I
never thought I would learn so much and
become deeply attached to the culture of
the city as I did. The welcoming
attitude and thankfulness of the people
we met made the hard work and sacrifice
worth it, and I would strongly recommend
this trip to anyone who is considering
going." -Maddie Orlando
"Going to New Orleans for this year's
Mission Trip was one of the best
decisions I could have ever made. Seeing
the people we helped being so grateful
and hopeful and witnessing their
connection to God gave me a whole new
perspective. I was able to form close
relationships with people I had a share
experience with, as well as grow closer
to God. I truly feel blessed to have had
this opportunity, and I am so grateful
to everyone involved who made such a
huge impact on me." -Brooklynn Quinn
The Mission Trip to New Orleans this
year was absolutely amazing. Even though
many of these people live in poor
conditions, they care for one another
and have an immense faith in the Lord.
By simply painting a house, a bunch of
high schoolers were able to have an
impact on the New Orleans community and
spread Christ's message of service."
St. Mary’s Theatre 2016-2017 “Rammy” Awards were
given during the 10th annual Theatre Dinner held at
the Stockton Golf and Country Club, along with the
announcement that next years productions would be
Romeo and Juiliet in the fall and Guys and Dolls in
SM Theatre 2016-2017 “Rammy” Awards
Most Promising Male Newcomer: David Stoner
Most Promising Female Newcomer: Hallie Sullivan
Best Cameo Actor The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Cy
Ustach as Death
Best Cameo Actress The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
Hallie Sullivan as Claire
Best Cameo Actor The Wiz: Timothy McGuire as
Yellow Brick Road
Best Cameo Actress The Wiz: Janell Parnell as
Best Shift Crew The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
Best Support Crew The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
Rebecca Atienza for Makeup Team/ Dresser
Best Shift Crew The Wiz: Trey Novara
Best Support Crew The Wiz: Lauren McEnerney for
Best Ensemble The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
Sophia De Ocampo
Best Male Ensemble The Wiz: Spencer Loewen
Best Female Ensemble The Wiz: Uche Nwabuzoh
Best Character Actor: David Stoner as Winged
Monkey in The Wiz
Best Character Actress: Abrefi Adubofour as
Yvonne in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Chan as
Scarecrow in The Wiz
Best Supporting Actress: Adelaide Hicks as
Glinda in The Wiz
Best Lead Crew The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Suzi
Scelzi as Shift Head
Best Lead Crew The Wiz: Julia Lara as Deck
Best Lead Actor: Benji Albala as Quasimodo in
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Best Lead Actress: Victoria Vicuña as Esmeralda
in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Gypsy Robe Award: Cassie Robinson
Director’s Award: Adelaide Hicks
St. Genesius Outstanding Crew Award: Michael
Navinder Singh and Sharon Dong
who received Special Recognition Awards
at the 2017 Congressional Art
The award ceremony took
place May 6th.
Record Pinnacle Awards
Honors Top Students
The Stockton Record honors seniors in our community
who have demonstrated academic ability and service
to school and community with the annual Pinnacle
Awards. St. Mary's Lindsay Essoyan, with a
4.71 gpa was chosen as a Pinnacle Award Recipient.
Lindsay, in addtion to the full load of AP classes
was also a multi-year member of the St. Mary's
women's volleyball team and is involved in
many clubs at St. Mary's
In addition to Lindsay, the following students were
given the award of "Distinguished Student":
Congratulations to all of these wonderful students!
St. Mary's Community gathered in front
of the beautiful statue of Mary, the
patroness of our school, to honor her
with a centuries old Catholic tradition
of May Crowning. Fr. Matthew Issac led
the students, faculty and staff in
prayer, a beautiful rendition of Hail
Mary was sung during the crowning with
the blessed wreath followed by a decade
of the rosary reflecting on the life of
Powder Puff Game
Powder Puff Game
The 2017 Powder Puff game between the Senior and
Junior classes was a hard fought contest between two
equally strong opponents. After a pitched battle,
the Juniors eked out a 19-18 win over the Seniors to
claim this years title.
Choirs Get Forum Music Festival Awards
Congratulations to our Prima Voce Choir,
Band and Concert Choir, directed by Mr.
David Tanner, for all receiving a Silver
Rating at the Forum Music Festival in
Southern California yesterday . They now
rank in the top 20% of the overall high
schools in the country.
Honors for Women's Basketball Players
St. Mary's stellar
phenom Aquira DeCosta
was chosen for the USA
Basketball squad that
will compete in the 2017
U18 3 X 3 World
this summer in China.
Last year Aquira competed in the U-17
team for the United States, playing in
Europe and bringing home a championship
for our country.
Aquira has also been named a
All-American by MaxPreps
DeCosta,averaged 18 points and 12.5
rebounds for the Sac-Joaquin Section
Division I champions.
Young, the steadying hand on the team, has been named the Sac-Joaquin Section Player
of the Year by NorCalPreps. Young put up 15.5 points
and 5.9 boards per game, making a team-high 64
3-pointers. She has also been named First Team for
Northern California by Yahoo Sports.
Hosmer and Williams on US Olympic Development
Matthew Hosmer and Hailey Williams, both Rams water
polo players, have been selected for the USA
Water Polo Olympic Development National Team
Selection Camp at the end of the national
championship tournament. Hosmer and Williams both
recently competed for the Central Zone boys and
girls teams at the Olympic Development National
Championships in Livermore.
Both Hosmer and Williams are former USA Cadet
National Team members.
First Annual Best of
the Record All Star Preps
The following student-athletes have been
named to the Best of the Record AII-Star
Preps team for the 2016-17 school year.
By achieving this, they have earned an
invitation 10 the Best of the Record AII-Star
Preps awards banquet June 15th at the
Stockton Arena. The banquet will feature
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr
as the celebrity speaker
Aponte - Football
- Water Polo
Ketcherside - Tennis
Dunniway - Football
David Ford -
Norgaard - Football
Hampton - Football
Williams - Water Polo
Hosmer - Water Polo
- Cross Country
2017-2018 Student Body Officers
Neenah Young Athlete of the Week
Young is a major headache for opposing
teams to defend. The St. Mary’s junior
is the height of many high school
centers, at 5-foot-10, but uses long
strides t o run the floor like a point
guard. Most importantly, Young can bury
3-pointers with ease, and often in
Young displayed that stroke by hitting
four-of-five 3-point tries, in a 73-57
win over Sacramento McClatchy in the
Sac-Joaquin Section Division I
championship Saturday at Spanos Center.
She added eight rebounds and five blocks
in that game, two days after scoring a
team-high 16 points (along with Naje
Murray) in a rout of Lincoln in the
She’s got tremendous experience, as
Young was part of the Rams’ CIF State
Open Division champion in 2014-15. The
then-freshman Young hit two 3-pointers
in the championship game against
SantaAna-Mater Dei. She took a starting
role last season and earned All-Area
honors with The Record.
Young is The Record’s Female Athlete of
the Week for Feb. 27-March 4. Age: 16
Birthplace: San Jose Position:
Guard/forward Years playing basketball:
6 Height: 5-foot-11 Class: Junior
Favorite basketball player: Kevin Durant
Best basketball player you’ve competed
against in high school: Katie Lou
Samuelson (Santa Ana-Mater Dei graduate,
current UConn starter) Describe coach
Tom Gonsalves: “Coach Tom is intense,
but it is only to push us to be our
best. He has a lot of passion for the
game and this team.” How has it been
playing with your sister Nicole? “It’s
been great. We both know how to motivate
each other on the court.” Perfect
pregame meal: Pasta What’s your ritual
or superstition: “I have one special
headband that I wear every game.”
Funniest teammate and why? “Jada (Moss)
because I can always count on her to
make me laugh.”
Students Participate in Rotary Read
St. Mary's students participated in the
2017 Rotary Read-In on February 23,
2017, St. Mary's read and donated a book
to Kindergarten-3rd grade classes at
SUSD's King Elementary School. St.
Mary's participation in this
community-wide event is a long-standing
A big thank you to our Rotary Read-In Superstars:
Ariana Arceo, Angelo Bingham, Hunter Cordova, Emily
Enstrom, Sean Gildea, Feliz Gomez-dePerio, Dean
Heath, Delenn Johnson, Gian Lombardi, Ellon Madill,
Janell Parnell, Rose Rodgers, Laura Schletewitz,
Felicity Smith, Caleb Sylvia, Maddy Zevallos.
St. Mary's Broadcasting
Covers Sac-Joaquin Playoff Games at UOP
SMRamsTV was selected by the CIF Sac Joaquin
Section and the NFHS Network to broadcast all
12 section championship basketball games live on
March 3-4 from the Spanos Center at UOP. This
tremendous honor for our program. The students who
work on these games were paid and will be
receiving experience they can list on their resume.
In addition, the SM broadcasting program is receiving
an honorarium for its efforts.
Tre Jenkins III Athlete
of the Week
The Record has chosen Tre Jenkins III as its
Athlete of the Week. The paper wrote: "Tre
Jenkins III does athletically, as a receiver,
safety and kick returner on the St. Mary’s
football team, and a versatile forward on the
basketball team, 3-point shooting is not usually
one of them.
Entering Friday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division I
quarterfinal against Folsom, Jenkins had made just
two 3s this season. Usually when the unselfish
Jenkins had a look beyond the arc, he’d drive or
pass the ball to a teammate. But down 53-50, Jenkins
drilled a trey at the buzzer as a packed Morelli Gym
St. Mary’s won in the second OT on Bryce Johnson’s
layup via Carson Simi’s steal and assist.
“I’m not known for my 3s,” Jenkins told The Record,
“but I’ve been practicing every morning so I think
that helped.” Jenkins finished with a team and
career-high 20 points, plus nine rebounds, and in a
Wednesday rout of Stagg, Jenkins had a double-double
with 16 points and 10 boards.
Jenkins is The Record’s Male Athlete of the Week for
Football or basketball? “I love football more
because it was the f rst sport that I fell in love
with. I also loved playing ‘tackle the dummy.’’’
You’d made two 3s in your varsity career before the
big one against Folsom. What was going through you
mind on that play? “I wanted to try to get it to one
of our many shooters, but once Simi gave me the
ball, I knew that I was going to take the shot. I
didn’t want our team to go home early and I was
confi dent it was going in.”
Describe coach Ken Green: “A coach that understands
his players. He knows their strengths and weaknesses
and knows how to fire up a team while also keeping
Favorite NBA player: “Russell Westbrook because he
goes to the rim with authority.”
Perfect pregame meal: Honey ham sandwiches with Sun
Pregame ritual: “Listening to the same playlist
before every game.”
Funniest teammate and why? “Tommy (Rigdon) because
of his comments in any situation.”
Dedication of Statue of St. Francis De Sales
On January 26, 2017, Fr.
John Fallon, O.S.F.S.,
the President Emeritus
of St. Mary's High
School dedicated the
statue of St. Francis De
Sales that now graces
the courtyard of the
school. Fr. Fallon
prayed that the statue
would serve as a
reminder to all of the
spirituality of St.
Francis, known as the
"saint of the ordinary"
and follow his example
in their daily life.
The sculptor and artist
who designed and made
the statue, Mr. Tony
Ramirez, SM Class of
1969 was also present to
celebrate the event,
joining the Oblates of
St. Francis De Sales who
have served the school
for 46 years.
Making Valentine's Cookies
Nicole from Three Little Birds Cakes visited the C &
D period cooking classes and taught the students how
to make homemade Valentine's Day cookies. Thank
you Nicole for sharing your talent with us.
Ted Ravago Wins Ameri-Asian Lions
Club Speaking Contest
Congratulations to Junior Ted Ravago who won the Amer-Asian
Lion's Club Speaking Contest on Tuesday Night. Ted will
advance to the next level of competition to represent Saint
Mary's High School.
Milk Honors SM Football Season on Milk Carton
Crystal Dairy has honored the achievement of the 2016 SM
Rams Football Team for being the D1 section champions by
imprinting their milk cartons recognizing the championship.
Drumline Celebrates Catholic Schools Week
The SM Drum Line, led by Mr. David
Tanner, celebrated Catholic Schools week by giving a
performance at Annunciation School on February 3rd to help
cap off a week of recognizing the value of our Catholic
Half of the junior class
attended a retreat on January 31 at St. Michael's
parish in Stockton. The day began with Mass led by
Father Mathew Isaac, O.S.F.S.. Following Mass,
Director of Campus Ministry Mr. Kevin Costello and a
team of senior Campus Ministry Team students led the
juniors in a series of activities and talks centered
on the theme "Celebrating Our Diversity." The
rest of the juniors will attend their retreat on
Men's Varsity Soccer
Shows Spirit of St. Francis De Sales
The Rams' Men's Varsity
Soccer Team donated over 600 pairs of socks to the
Stockton Shelter for the Homeless. CEO Adam Cheshire
accepted the donation on behalf or the residents. He
thanked St. Mary's on Facebook, stating "that it is
so wonderful to see so many young people interested
in helping the homeless, and in a way that shows
such compassion for the challenges of homelessness.
Thank you, Saint Mary's High School - Stockton."
Catholic Schools Week Mass
Members of St Mary's Campus Ministry Team with Mr. Kevin
Costello and Ms. Laura Howze represented the school at the
annual Catholic School Week Mass.
Student Athletes Sign
Eight SM Student
Athletes Signed their national letters of intent at
St. Mary's on February 1, 2017 with a large crowd of
supporters cheering them on. They are
Football, U of Oregon
Dewey Cotton, Football, CSU Sacramento
To's Heck, Football,
Southern Oregon University
Parker Jory, Water
Polo, Cal Lutheran
Soccer, University of Jamestown
Football, Washington University
Football, Tabor College
SM Sports History Made:
Newest Sport Begins
St. Mary's history was made with the first practice
for the newest sport held at the Waterloo Gun
and Bocci Club. Led by Coach David Tanner along with
assistant coaches Greg Bahr and Dean Heath, more
than 20 SM Student Athletes began practice for the
Trap Shooting season in the CYSSA.
This organization is a
Scholarly group, and values academics as well as
shooting. In fact, in the last 8 years, more than a
dozen shooters from the CYSSA program were sent to
4-year universities (ASU, Purdue, Lindenwood
University) on full or partial shooting
scholarships. The program has also produced several
junior Olympians, as well as 2 shooters at these
last Olympics in Rio.
The St. Mary's Model UN Club, moderated by Mr. Bart
Dykezul is joining 47 other high schools
representing 55 nations for a two-day Model UN
conference at Santa Teresa High School in San Jose.
Science Camp Volunteers
St. Mary's students volunteered at the annual San Joaquin County
Science Camp in Santa Cruz. They assisted as camp counselors
during the week, leading nature hikes, dorm monitors and helping
instruct the students about natural sciences.
A Visit From Notre Dame and LA Lakers Star Tommy Hawkins
The Notre Dame Club of San
Joaquin brought former Notre Dame and LA Laker's
basketball star Tommy Hawkins to Stockton
on Friday, January 20th.
Hawkins came to town to meet with Allison Silva's
('04) fourth grade class. Mr. Hawkins stopped by St.
Mary's to talk with some students about his own
civil rights story, the value of education and Notre
Dame's Fr. Ted Hesburgh.
Mr. Hawkins is a great
motivational speaker and has a remarkable
personal history which he was kind enough to share
with St. Mary's students. He has a unique
perspective on civil rights due to his life
a prominent athlete at Notre Dame in
the late 50's and then as a pro player and public
figure in Los Angeles in the early 60's.
A 6'5" forward, Mr.
Hawkins played at the University of Notre Dame,
where he became the school's first African-American
basketball star. He was then selected by the
Minneapolis (later Los Angeles) Lakers in the first
round of the 1959 NBA draft, and he had a productive
ten-year career in the league, playing for the
Lakers as well as the Cincinnati Royals as he
registered 6,672 career points and 4,607 career
Mr. Hawkins later worked
in radio and television broadcasting in Los Angeles
and served as vice president of communications for
the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.
Clothing Drive a Success
The generosity of St. Mary's Students, Faculty and Staff
provided a large quantity of new and gently used clothing
for the poor during the annual CROP Clothing Drive. It will be
given to St. Mary's Interfaith Dining Hall to distribute to the
homeless and needy of our area.
Alisha Miller Gets Honor
Congratulations to Alisha
Miller who has been selected as a 2016/2017 Cocal-cola
semi-final scholarship recipient.
Only 1914 were chosen from
nearly 86,000 applicants this year because of their
outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and
dedication to their community.
Record Article Features Naje Murray
STOCKTON - She still performs special pregame
handshakes with her teammates, wears her black Nike
headband and spends every practice, game and moment
she can with St. Mary's girls basketball.
But senior guard Naje Murray has been hurting -
recently, more emotionally so than physically - for
six months. Murray tore the ACL in her right knee in
an AAU game in July at Oregon State, and is in the
latter stages of recovery and rehabilitation.
While Murray plans on receiving and wearing her
brace, and resuming to full-contact practice this
week, she had to sit idly as the Rams competed in
their annual MLK Showcase on Monday. Murray was a
special addition to the pregame starting lineup
She even forced a smile.
And make no mistake, Murray said, she's made the
feigned smile an art form during her recovery.
Murray learned it from former Rams forward Angel
Johnson, who missed St. Mary's state championship
game in March 2015 while academically ineligible.
"She said, 'Just keep faking a smile, which I've
been doing,'" said Murray, donning a long-sleeved,
green St. Mary's warmup shirt after the Rams' win on
Monday. "There's nothing anyone can say or do ...
there's nothing that can fill the void."
Murray has more than just the Rams' impending
playoff run to consider. She's signed with San Diego
State women's basketball, and has a scholarship and
potential four-year college career awaiting her.
Murray is still awaiting medical clearance to play.
Her love of hoops and her competitive motor are
making her wait feel like an eternity. Those closest
to Murray, whether it be her mother Natalia Murray,
father Doug Murray, her friends or even Rams coach
Tom Gonsalves, are trying to respect the medical
"I'm taking doctor's orders," Gonsalves said. "It is
important that she's healed."
While Murray hasn't played with St. Mary's since
last March, she has played since she tore her ACL.
The trainer at Oregon State believed it was a
hamstring pull, and so Murray played AAU ball again
soon after in Nashville, Tennessee. When she
returned to California for Cal Stars (AAU) practice,
and the pain lingered, she underwent an MRI which
uncovered the devastating news.
"I was driving to a friend's house" when her mom
called her to tell her the prognosis, Murray said.
"I pulled over on the side of the road sobbing
Once Murray made the news public on social media,
word spread quickly. That night, Jacki Gemelos, a
McDonald's All-American with St. Mary's in 2006
who's torn her ACL five times, called Murray for
"That was a very motivating call to have someone of
that stature and experience ... call her and give
her a little boost," Doug Murray said. "That was
Murray, Delta College football's defensive
coordinator, has seen a slew of ACL tears and knee
injuries in his career. So he's learned to stay
grounded as he watches an athlete - this one happens
to be his child - recover.
"We want to support her enthusiasm and excitement as
it relates to expediting the rehab process, so that
she stays on it, stays open-minded and on-track," he
said. "...;Ultimately, it will be a medical
Naje Murray began her physical therapy the day after
surgery, and early on, did two physical therapy
sessions per day.
"Which no one does. I had to," said Murray, who
averaged 13 points per game as a junior. "I did
aquatic therapy for awhile. My days are long."
Murray currently does one physical therapy session
daily, and goes through non-contact drills in
"The minute I hurt myself, I realized that I have to
become fearless. I have to be able to play again,
and I have to play like myself again. I have so many
more years left of basketball," she said.
For four months, Murray's inner circle told her to
call it a high school career and recover before
"A lot of my close friends and family were telling
me just sit this year out. Be a leader from the
sideline. Over time, they saw how much it was taking
a toll on me," she said. "My teammates, they saw...;
a lot of tears and heartache that come with sitting
for so long."
Murray crouched at half court and surveyed those
teammates before Monday's game, and sat near the
coaching staff on the bench thereafter. While Murray
is reserved in her temporary role, she occasionally
bites her nails like teenage LeBron did.
Murray's future in basketball is uncertain. But
Murray, who turned 18 on Jan. 7, refuses to be
"I'm just different. I don't have any fear," Murray
said. "I trust that it was supposed to happen, and I
did it the way I was supposed to do it."
Rampage Club Donates
The Rampage Art Club, made clay ornaments during
December and donated them along with a Christmas
tree to the InnerCity Action Center in Stockton. The
club also held a Candy-Gram Sale with the $250
proceeds also going to the center.
InnerCity Action helps others through difficult
times such as homelessness, poverty, addiction, and
other life controlling issues.
Gets National Honor
The 2016 Cauldron Yearbook "Living the Legacy"
received a First Class ranking from the National
Scholastic Press Association. In addition, the 2016
Cauldron yearbook was honored with a Mark of
Distinction for Writing and Editing as well as a
Mark of Distinction for Photography.
CROP Soup Sales = Sleeping Bags For
Club's "Soup Sales" that ask for a $1
donation from students, faculty and
staff are part of the Christian
outreach on behalf of the St. Mary's
High School community. The funds
generated are used to assist the
homeless and the poor of our community,
This Christmas the CROP club, was able
to purchase and deliver 80 sleeping bags
rated to 5 degrees and deliver them to
St. Mary's Interfaith for the homeless
in the Stockton area. CROP thanks Big 5
Sporting Goods and their manager
Sean, (mother, Dorothy Blain '72)
who was kind enough to provide a
discount to assist in the purchase.
Pictured are CROP moderator Margo Kozina
and her grandson, Andrew, delivering the
Marks Featured in Lodi News Sentinel
David Witte/Lodi News
Sydney Marks used to be a softball kid. But by the
time she hit high school, she was ready to hang up
What she found instead was volleyball, and by her
sophomore year at St. Mary’s in Stockton, she knew
she belonged on the court.
Sydney was chosen for the 33rd annual Optimist
All-Star Volleyball Game at Rio Americano High,
where she helped the Division I South Team to a
25-22, 25-19, 25-22 victory on Saturday.
“It was really fun,” said Marks, the only player
outside the Sacramento metro area selected to the
game. “My team had a good time playing together, and
we ended up winning in three games. They were pretty
The students at Annunciation and Presentation
received a special Christmas treat as Kevin Costello
and the members of the St. Mary's Campus Ministry
team presented the play "Gloria" that tells the
story of the one angel who, though not fitting in as
a singer, not being able to quite accomplish all of
the angelic tasks expected, was nevertheless given
the honor of announcing the birth of Jesus.
Annual CHiPs$Kids Game
Both sides came ready to play and battle they did in
a nip an tuck contest that ended up with a one point
win for the Golden Bears of the CHP over the Rams of
St. Mary's, 48-47.
Rams were led into the game by Fr. Matthew Issac,
whose on court prowess saw him battle for the ball,
rebounding and getting assists. Mrs. Kathy Smith
used her authority as principle to make the CHP back
away, while Ms. Katherine Esau was hot on the
The Cheer and Drill Teams generously came to cheer
the sides on and perform at half-time, something
that was truly appreciated by the crowd.
In the end, the goal of getting more toys for the
CHiPs4Kids Toy Drive was met as the generosity of
the SM community filled up two CHP Patrol units.
This in addition to a truck load of toys that was
delivered to Stockton CHP from the Senate-Cabinet
Toy Drive and given after the Blue Mass.
Thank you to all of the coaches, parent volunteers,
the remarkable SM announcers and gym staff, bur most
of all to Mrs. Barbara Harada who worked so very
hard to get players, coordinate volunteers and
helped to publicize the game. Thanks also goes to
all of the Faculty who inspired students to attend
the game in their own way.
in The Record
You can drool over the Rams' speed and record-breaking
offensive statistics all you'd like.
But the biggest (quite literally) reason why St. Mary's
football is on the brink of a state championship is 1,925
pounds of pure brawn.
That near ton is the combined weight of the Rams' eight
starting linemen, offensive and defensive, but sheer size
isn't the key. St. Mary's has gargantuan players, sure, like
6-foot-4, 315-pound senior Popo Aumavae. But the more
modest-sized Rams, like 5-8, 215-pound Jordan Stinhilver,
pack as much venom as anyone.
Stinhilver, a rabid fan of Oakland Raiders defensive end
Khalil Mack, has a team-high 12 sacks.
"'Stiny' is like a badger," said Rams coach Tony Franks, a
former offensive lineman at St. Mary's High and UC Davis.
"He's just a fierce, low-to-the-ground, hard-playing,
coming-after-you, son of a gun."
St. Mary's and its ferocious lines face San Diego-Cathedral
Catholic in the CIF State Division 1-AA championship at 8
p.m. Friday at Sacramento State.
Stinhilver and fellow senior Keller Salmon - the 6-3,
250-pound menace who teammates lovingly call "Killer" - hold
down the end positions. On the interior are Aumavae, the
Sac-Joaquin Section's Lineman of the Year, and junior
Anthony Rosales Jr. (5-11, 225).
Rosales has a knack for the big play, like a first-half
fumble recovery in St. Mary's section finals win over
St. Mary's Jake Dunniway was chosen as Player of the Year by
the National Football Foundation's All-Sac-Joaquin Section
team, while Popo Aumavae is Lineman of the Year.
First-team offensive honors went to lineman Cole Norgaard,
receiver Dewey Cotton and running back Dusty Frampton.
First-team defensive honr was given to is cornerback Keaton
Jenkins Twins Featured in The
Stockton. Drew Jenkins and Aaron "Tre"
Jenkins III, junior defensive backs on
the St. Mary's football team, were born
at Dameron Hospital in central Stockton.
The fraternal twins are the son of Aaron
Jenkins Jr., a standout at Edison and a
running back at the University of
Washington from 1985-1988.
Their grandfather, Aaron Jenkins Sr., also an Edison
alum, received a basketball scholarship to Iowa
Now, the 16-year-olds are pivotal parts of the Rams'
defense, as St. Mary's faces San Diego-Cathedral
Catholic in the CIF State Division 1-AA championship
game at 8 p.m. Friday at Sacramento State.
"They're from a great sports family, a great
Stockton athletic family, and to be involved with
that lineage is quite an honor," said Rams coach
Dusty Frampton Featured in The
STOCKTON - Dusty Frampton speaks softly, and his
touchdown celebrations are nonexistent. Frampton, a
backbone for the St. Mary's offense, doesn't need to
He shows his competitive fury through his relentless
Frampton and St. Mary's entertain Oakley-Freedom in
the CIF NorCal Division 1-AA bowl game at 7:30 p.m.
today at Sanguinetti Field. The junior tailback is
one of the biggest reasons why the Rams (13-1) are
"He's another very tough hombre," St. Mary's coach
Tony Franks said.
Frampton used every drop of strength and endurance
in his 5-foot-11, 214-pound frame, in taking 30
carries for a career-high 283 yards and three
touchdowns last Saturday. As a result, St. Mary's
manhandled Folsom 56-25 in the Sac-Joaquin Section
Division I championship for the third title in
"When I woke up the next morning, I was probably the
most sore I've ever been," Frampton said.
Frampton doesn't let fatigue bother him, but he
couldn't help but notice the turf burns and stiff
But he's handled it fine. After all, whether he knew
it or not, Frampton forged himself into an gritty
running back through his upbringing.
DeCosta Named Athlete of Week
Aquira DeCosta wasted no time showing why she's
ESPN's top-rated prospect for the Class of 2018.
DeCosta, a 6-foot-2 junior forward for the St.
Mary's girls basketball team, was named the MVP of
the Cardinal Newman Classic on Saturday in Santa
Rosa. The Rams won the tournament by beating
Menlo-Atherton, Chico-Pleasant Valley and Cardinal
Newman in succession, and all by double digits.
DeCosta put up a combined 57 points and 42 rebounds
over the three days, including a 20-and-20 game
against Menlo-Atherton. The two-time, first-team
All-Area pick has taken a more pivotal role this
year as guards Mi'Cole Cayton (Cal) and Kat Tudor
(Oregon State) graduated and Sierra Smith
transferred to Richmond-Salesian. Her final six
college programs that she's considering are UCLA,
Tennessee, Washington, Baylor, Louisville and
So DeCosta, who's averaging 19 points and 14
rebounds early on, is The Record's Female Athlete of
the Week for Nov. 28-Dec. 3.
Jake Dunniway Featured in Record
STOCKTON - Technically, Jake Dunniway's football career
could be on borrowed time.
Dunniway, a senior and the starting quarterback for St.
Mary's, has yet to field a scholarship offer from a college
program despite throwing for nearly 3,500 yards with 42
touchdowns for one of Northern California's most dangerous
His and his fellow seniors' home finale is this week, as St.
Mary's entertains Oakley-Freedom in the CIF Northern
California Division 1-AA bowl game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at
St. Mary's has seen its share of talented quarterbacks in
the past 15 seasons under coach Tony Franks.
While Dunniway hasn't been sought after like Willie Tuitama
- who quarterbacked the 2004 Rams to the program's first
section title before starring at Arizona - Franks believes
Dunniway is in that upper echelon.
That's why Franks, a former college assistant and recruiter
himself with UC Davis, believes programs everywhere are
"Huge, huge, huge mistake. I find it hard to believe. I
really do," Franks said after the Rams' Monday practice.
"We've had a lot of quarterbacks who have come through this
program ...; Jake is right up there with those guys, in
terms of his skill level, his command of the game, his
knowledge, his intelligence."
Sure enough, Dunniway succeeded Noah Righetti - The Record's
All-Area Player of the Year in 2014 - and flourished
Dunniway was slowly but steadily brought along. Early on
last season, St. Mary's focused more on a horizontal passing
game - viable with the speed of guys like Dewey Cotton. It
took the pressure off of Dunniway as he grew comfortable as
a varsity starter.
Julian Sepulveda Goes to
FBI Teen Academy
Sepulveda, SM Class of 2018, recently experienced
the FBI Teen Academy. Julian was not able to take a
camera or his phone into the FBI building so he
didn't get many pictures. He had a really great time
there and learned a lot. 33 kids were chosen out of
the hundreds that applied from the 36 counties that
the FBI Sacramento Headquarters covers.
The students had a full day of classroom and
interactive experiences learning about the various
departments and jobs at the FBI. They learned about
terrorism, active shooter situations and current
civil rights matters. They participated in
controlled evidence response scenarios and bomb
technology scenarios. Julian was very excited
because he was able to drive a bomb retrieval drone.
They also talked to them a lot about Internet
safety. The level of security at the FBI
Headquarters was very high.
Julian is ultimately not sure if he wants to make a
career with the FBI but really appreciated the
experience and learned so much. They did emphasize
the fact that they have jobs for all college majors,
not just the obvious ones.
The Wiz Cast Announced
The Wiz Cast In Order of Appearance
The Wiz Escorts
Lord High Underling
Brown, Tim McGuire, Logan Ramos-Fortes,
CROP Canned Food Drive A Success Due to Student Generosity
annual CROP Canned Food Drive was an overwhelming success with
two van loads of food collected. The canned goods were given to
Catholic Charities who will distribute them to the poor of our
Once again, students, faculty and staff of the St. Mary's High
School Community showed a depth of generosity for others that
follows within the school's motto: "Be who you are and be that
St. Francis De Sales Club
Brightens Stockton Shelter for the Homeless
Members of St. Mary's St. Francis de
Sales Club gave up most of their Veteran's Day
holiday to paint and decorate the walls with murals
so that the children who are at the center will have
a bright and comfortable place to spend their time.
Congratulations to all of the St. Mary's
students who participated in this
Congratulations and gratitude also, to
Mrs. Jean Aguilar for her hard work and
dedication to these young artists.
MIXED MEDIA CATEGORY
1ST PLACE - Kaelani Nawatami 2ND PLACE - Mackenzie Absher 3RD PLACE - Madeline Palmer
CERAMIC/3D CATEGORY 1ST PLACE - Elisabetha Johnson
PHOTOGRAPHY CATEGORY 1ST PLACE - Gabrielle Rodriguez 2ND PLACE - Lauren McEnerney 3RD PLACE - Madeline Martinez
HONORABLE MENTIONS MIranda Walker Julian Samonte
PERFORMANCE AT THE EVENT BY SINGER/COMPOSER - Calli Grace
BEST OF SHOW Elisabetha Johnson
St. Mary's Welcomes Exchange Students
Jiayu (Lillian) Li and Yushan
Saint Mary's welcomes our international
exchange students. Their presence and
participation in the St. Mary's
community enriches us and helps to build
friendships around the world.
The students are:
Dominik Soos - Hungary
Luiza Johannpeter - Brazil
Jiayu (Lillian) Li - Shanghai China
Yushan (Fiona) Chen - Fijian China
Popo Aumuavae Named Athlete of the Week
Aumavae has been named Record player of
the week. they wrote:
Amuavae epitomized a do- minating night for the St.
Mary’s football team’s offensive and defensive
Aumavae, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound senior, was
unmerciful in a 69-13 win over rival Lincoln on
Friday, as were his teammates. The reigning
first-team All-Area pick Aumavae had two sacks, and
was part of a run blocking scheme that led to a
three-touchdown night for tailback Dusty Frampton.
Aumavae has been a juggernaut on both sides of the
ball for the Rams, and is The Record’s Male Athlete
of the Week for Oct. 31-Nov. 5."
Featured in Record Article
The CROP Club and its garden were
featured in The Record on Sunday,
November 6, 2016 as unsung heroes. The
club, moderated by Mrs. Margo Kozina,
provides fresh produce each week to
Catholic Charities to distribute to the
Twenty Six St. Mary's students entered in the
"Express Yourself" High School Student Art Show 2016
this year that runs from Tue Nov 1st 9:00am - Mon
Dec 5th 5:00pm at the County Administration
Building 44 N San Joaquin St. Stockton.
Homecoming King Christopher Chan, Queen Grace Lin-Cereghino
2016 Homecoming Court: Timothy McGuire, Grace Lin-Cereghino,
Kayvan Ghavami, Lindsay Essoyan, Collin Dougherty, Julia Duncan,
Christopher Chan, Julia Delucchi, Celesté Constancio, and
Seniors Feed the Poor
Kozina's senior religion classes have been
volunteering to feed and clothe the needy at St.
Mary's Interfaith Dining room. These visits have
been productive for all involved.
Great job students. What a great way to
live the Gospel.
Kid's Taking A Stand
Lexey Seligman Class of 2017 and Mason Merin Class
of 2019 helped with the "Kids Taking A Stand"
program that helped countless people in our
community and raising awareness for breast cancer
.They are pictured with Mrs. Jackson.
Multi-Cultural Club Wins
On October 8, 2016, the Multicultural
Club participated in the annual High
School Friendship Games hosted by
Kilusan Pilipino of UOP. Students from
various local high schools participated
in friendly competition of picnic, relay
games, and dance. Students also
received a presentation promoting higher
education from a UOP college
St. Mary's Multicultural Club was awarded the "SPUF"
award for displaying the most spirit, pride, unity,
and friendship among all of the participants..
Popo Aumavae to Play in Polynesian Bowl
Aumavae has been selected to play in the The
Polynesian Football Hall of Fame "Polynesian Bowl" a
high school all-star football game that feature's
the world’s elite players of Polynesian heritage and
other ancestries. The Polynesian Bowl will be played
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 6:00 pm HST at Aloha
Stadium in O’ahu, Hawai’i as part of the Polynesian
Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend.
Marks Named The Record Female Athlete of the Week
Thomas Lawrence • The
Sydney Marks is a matchup nightmare for the St.
Mary's volleyball team's opposition.
Marks is a 6-foot senior who plays middle blocker,
but has the accuracy, power and timing of an outside
hitter. She's the Rams' most dangerous blocker and
attacker, and proved so last week in a pair of
Tri-City Athletic League wins at Morelli Gym.
Marks posted a match-high 20 kills with 11 digs in a
four-game win over Lodi on Oct. 5, and was dominant
with 12 kills and four blocks in a sweep of rival
Lincoln on Thursday.
That's why Marks, a returning second-team All-Area
pick for The Record, is our Female Athlete of the
Week for Oct. 3-8.
National Merit Scholarship
St. Mary's students were designated as Commended
Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Their high selection index places all four of them
them in the top 50,000 of over 1.6 million students
who entered the 2017 National Merit Program
Scholarship by taking the 2015 preliminary
SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
These students are among approximately 34,000
Commended students nationwide who have shown
exceptional academic promise.
Congratulations to Adriana Duncan, Grace Lin-Cereghino,
Timothy McGuire, and Anais Tsai.
Grace Lin-Cereghino Nominated for
SM would like to congratulate Grace Lin-Cereghino,
Class of 2017. Grace has been nominated
for the NCEA Youth Valor, Vision, and
Virtues Award Program for her
involvement and contributions to our
CROP program. Grace is a true example of
our Salesien motto... "Be who you are
and be that well"- St. Francis de Sales
Profiles in Courage: Brooklyn
Record: St. Mary’s junior Brooklyn
Silva, center front, stands with
teammates Sydney Marks, left, Marisa
Flores, Lindsay Essoyan, coach Jayne
McHugh, teammates Paris Sprague and
Lucianna Salazar. Silva is battling, and
seems to be beating, an incredibly rare
form of pancreatic cancer. She’s gotten
help from her friends, teammates and
coach Jayne McHugh, who herself is a
breast cancer survivor. CLIFFORD OTO/THE
St. Mary's has it's own role-models for courage in
fighting cancer. Brooklyn Silva has fought a rare
form of cancer with grace and fortitude, supported
not only by her family, but her teammates and her
coach, Jane McHugh, a cancer survivor herself.
A front page article explores Brooklyn's profile in
Cooking Class Gets Alumni
Visiting Chef Lauren O'Leary, Class of 2007 who
received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary's
College of Moraga. joined the SM Culinary class to
speak about her experiences as a private chef and
sommelier. In addition, Ms. O'Leary gave a
demonstration on how to prepare Mediterranean humus
to the students.
Madrid, '17, Helps
Little Free Libraries
Eric Madrid has successfully completed his 3rd
Annual Feed The Need To Read BookDrive and has
donated the collection to Little Free Libraries in
Here are the stats:
In 2014, Eric collected 1,056 books
In 2015: 1,212 books
This year, along with community partner Ben Mackie
Fitness, he knocked it out of the park collecting a
whopping 1,630 books from May through July!
Congratulations to Mr. Paul Scheet and the St.
Mary's Broadcasting 1 class for being recognized by
the NFHS Sports Network as an Elite School for the
2016-2017 school year. Elite schools are considered
the best of the best when it comes to producing,
broadcasting, promoting and covering their school’s
activities. St. Mary’s program was distinguished as
a leader among the 1,500+ schools across the nation
involved in the School Broadcast Program.
Mary's Theatre received the following
Nominations for "My Sister Eileen"
Costume Design for a Play (Annette Mackay)
Set Design for a Play (Brian Johnson)
Actor for a Play (Joe Spooner)
Nominations for "Hello Dolly"
Supporting Actor for a Musical (Joe Spooner)
Choreography (Evelyn Barney and John Thiel)
Musical Direction (Josh Landin)
Direction of a Musical (Kevin Costello)
Overall Production of a Musical
SMHS Theatre has now received 90 nominations over the past 7 years!
Charles Washington Award
Several St. Mary's Student Atheletes were honored by the Charles
Washington Award Committee. They are
Baseball: Jarron Silva
Accomplishments: Member of 2015 Area Code Games, All-Area Player of
College plans: Playing baseball at UCLA
Where I hope to be in fi ve years: Anywhere playing baseball still
Favorite athlete: Derek Jeter
Favorite book: “Beyond Belief”
Favorite movie: “Step Brothers”
Favorite quote: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the
Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you
hope and a future.’” – Jeremiah 22:11
Favorite musical artist: Thomas Rhett
Favorite hobby: Fishing
Diving: Carson Guendert
College plans: Attending Cornell University to dive and pursue a
civil engineering degree
Where I hope to be in five years: Working or interning in New York
as an engineer
Favorite athlete: Greg Louganis
Favorite book: “The Catcher in the Rye”
Favorite movie: “Good Will Hunting”
Favorite quote: “The opposite of a correct statement is a false
statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another
profound truth.” – Niels Bohr
Favorite musical artist: The Whale Watchers
Favorite hobby: Skywalking
Diving: Alisha Miller
Accomplishments: Qualifi ed for AAU Nationals for Junior Olympic
diving, competed in CIF State diving fi nals
College plans: Dive for NCAA Division I program, major in biomedical
engineering, minor as American Sign Language interpreter
Where I hope to be in five years: Completing bachelor’s degree and
moving on to grad school, working as biomedical engineer at
hospital or genetic research company
Favorite athlete: Jordan Spieth
Favorite book: “The Giver”
Favorite movie: “Forrest Gump”
Favorite quote: “I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know
who holds the future.” – Tim Tebow
Favorite musical artist: Zac Brown Band
Favorite hobby: Golfi ng
Water Polo: Madasonne Butler
Accomplishments: USA Women’s Cadet National Team, All-America
Honorable Mention, TCAL MVP
College plans: Cal State Northridge to play water polo and major in
Where I see myself in five years: Hopefully in Buffalo, NY, teaching
or interpreting for the deaf
Favorite athlete: Jim Kelly
Favorite book: “No Limits” by Michael Phelps
Favorite movie: “Lion King”
Favorite quote: “Work like an underdog, play like a champion.”
Favorite musical artist: Carrie Underwood
Favorite hobby: Learning about the sign language culture
Bronze Medal for Aquira DeCosta
Stockton's Aquira DeCosta capped a record-setting performance at the
FIBA Under-17 World Championships with a bronze medal beating China
65-50. The team kept China from scoring in the last 3:34 of the game
to cap off an excellent run. The U-17 Team USA record is 29-1.
DeCosta set the team mark with 71 rebounds in the tournament for USA
Basketball, which beat China 65-50 on Saturday in the third-place
game in Zaragoza, Spain.
She set the USA under-17 mark with 71 rebounds, including a squad
record 17 in a 104-45 win against South Korea on June 22.
Aquira DeCosta broiught down six
rebouinds, had two blocks and six
rebounds along with 4 points to help
Team USA beat France 59-45 in the
quarterfinal round of the FIBA U-17
Team USA had a down day in the
semi-finals, losing to Australia 73-60.
Team USA beat Brazil in Round of 16 play
79-62. The first quarter ended with
Brazil ahead 20-18 but the intrepid
women of Team USA owned the rest of the
game to take the win. Aquira De Costa
had only 4 points in 21 1/2 minutes of
play but brought down 8 rebounds to help
the American team win.
In Zaragoza, Span, Italy led at half time but Team
USA came back strong with Aquire DeCosta scoring 10
of her 12 points in the 4th quarter to lead the USA
Team to a 59-55 win. Aquira also contributed 12
rebounds to the win
Aquira Decosta came
Through for USA in 72-63 Win Over Czech
Republic With the USA leading 59-56
in the fourth period, Aquira DeCosta scored on an
offensive rebound and then stole the ball, getting
an assist by passing it to a teammate for an easy
score to give the USA some breathing room, 63-56 at
5:17. Aquira finished with 16 rebounds.
The 2016 USA Basketball Women's U17
World Championship Team (1-0) took
advantage of its five-inch-average
height advantage to overpower South
Korea (0-1) 104-45 in its first game of
the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship on
Wednesday night in Zaragoza, Spain. En
route to its overwhelming victory, the
Americans set four USA women's U17
Aquira DeCosta finished with 12 points, set a
U.S. women's U17 record with 17 rebounds, during the
Aquira DeCosta led Team USA with 19
points and 13 rebounds to a 58-46 win
on Saturday evening at El Hogar gym in
The first quarter saw the USA trail 11-6
before the team put together a 9-1 run
to close the quarter with a 15-12 lead.
In the first 10 minutes, In the second
quarter DeCosta came alive for the USA,
scoring eight points in the period to
help the USA improve upon its lead.
Quoted in USAB.com, Aquira said: “I’m
excited. We played well. It was our
first game. We can get better, but I’m
really excited to play with this team
and to see what could happen.”
In international play at Zaragosa,
Spain, against Australia, Team USA was
down 59-40 2:33 into the third quarter,
but they fought back and took their
first lead of the second half when
Aquira DeCosta was fouled on an attempt
after an offensive rebound and made both
free throws to put the USA up by one,
68-67, with 15.2 seconds remaining in
the game, leading to a 70-67 win.
Aquira DeCosta Featured in Sports Illustrated
Aquira DeCosta was fetured in the Faces In The Crowd
section of Sports Illustrated for her record setting
performance in the FIBA U-17 World Championship game
between Team USA and Team Koriea where she snached
17 rebounds and 12 points in a US win.
Students Share Salesian Spirituality
Michael Reyes, Alisha Miller, Grace Lin-Cereghino,
Tim McGuire, and their moderator Mrs.
Sharion Piasecki participated in the
2016 Salesian Leadership Camp. They were
joined by other representatives from
Salesian High Schools from across the
country in Michigan. Thecamp provided a
week of faith building, sharing ideas
and new friendships.
The students will share share their new
experiences with the St. Mary's student
body. In true Salesian fashion they live
out our school motto: Be who you are,
and be that well" - St. Francis de Sales
Soyini Adams Advocates Health Issue Through Slam Poetry
Soyini Adam, a member of With Our Words, an 11-year-old slam-poetry
group is involved with a competition to raise awareness of Diabetes
Type 2 particularly with the level of sugar in soda and other
process food that can lead to the disease.
SM Students in 4-H Competition
Christian Borges and Gianna Lagorio participated in the 4H Clubs at
the 2016 AgFest, Junior Show & Auction at the San Joaquin County
The event includes the showmanship class and breeder class along
with the market competition
The Lodi News Sentinel reported as follows: "Christian Borges, 17, a
senior at St. Mary’s, showed his pig Bear. He said he took his pig
home when it weighed about 40 pounds. Over the next few months he
fed it and took care of it, which included daily walks to build
muscle, and frequent baths to keep the hog clean.
“You want it to be long and lean in the belly, and more muscular in
the rest, with big hams. The judge likes them stocky and stout,”
The top placers in each category get prime spots when they go to
market at Saturday’s auction.
After spending so much time caring for the pigs, it can be difficult
to part ways.
“Last year was harder,” Burges said. “It’s almost like having a dog.
People think pigs are dirty, but they are really caring. They are
loving animals — they like to lick you and cuddle with you. They
like to play around.”
Gianna Lagorio, 17, said raising her pig has taught her valuable
“It teaches life skills and responsibility for something other than
yourself,” she said. “It’s almost like she’s my daughter — if I
don’t feed her, no one will.”
Europe Trip Takes Off
St. Mary's students accompanied by faculty chaperones have taken off
for a 2 week trip to Europe where they will visit England, France,
Switzerland and Italy. Bon Voyage and God bless.
Matt Hosmer Helps Team USA Get 2nd In
International Play Championship
Matt Hosmer, who is on the USA Water Polo cadet
team, scored 3 goals in the US 8-7 win over
Dubrovnik in international competition in Hungary,
which was then followed by wins over
Szeged 10-5, and Szolnoki 13-9 to reach the
tournament final. In the title match, team USA lost
12-5 to Team Hungary to take second place in the
water polo tournament in Budapest, Hungary.