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 Academy.
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
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 American
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 Standout
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 said.
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
"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
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 on US U-17 Football Team
Jared Gipson, Class of 2019, will be playing in the
International Bowl at the AT&T stadium in Arlington Texas the
home of the Dallas Cowboys on January 19, 2018 as a member of
the U.S. National U-17 Football Team against British Columbia.
DeCosta Gets National Nomination
Having proven herself in local, state, national and
DeCosta has been nominated for the 2018 McDonald's
All American Team. Final sections will be announced
on January 16th.
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, Fr. Mathew Issac's
athleticism and the remarkable outside shooting of Ms.
Kim Gillespie 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.
Heath Named Athlete of
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 concise description, 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 Saturday’s
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 level.
“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
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
Rivals and Friends
St. Mary's and Lincoln are traditional
rivals, but they are still friends.
Kathy Smith, SM Principal and Adam
Lichter, Athletic Driector presented a
boquiet of red roses and a balloon
shaped as the nubmer 9 to the parents of
Cameron Allison, Jr., Lincoln football
player #9 who was killed in a tragic
accident earlier this season to let them
know that the St. Mary's community
shares their loss and keeps the in
Cousins and friends are also football
rivals, but off the field its back to
being just that, friends and relatives.
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 (Baseball)
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 Tennessee(Softball)
Ariel Johnson - University of Florida (Basketball)
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
Place: Madison Cornish
Place: Ellon Madill
Plac: Ellon Madill
Mention: Feliz de Perio
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.
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
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.
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 sport.
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
“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 just winning.”
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 can.”
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
St. Mary's 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 to 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 Scholarship Program.
Commended Students are being recognized for the exceptional
academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance
on the qualifying test used for program entry.
St. Mary's Theatre Elly Awards
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.
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.
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
Elly Nominations Announced
Elly nominations were announced in Sacramentoby the Sacramento
Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA).
Congratulations on our 5 St. Mary's Theatre nominations! Winners
will be announced on September 10 at 7:00 pm at Cosumnes Oaks
High School in Elk Grove
4 Nominations for The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
Annette Mackay for Best Costume Design for an Education Play...
Craig Vincent for Best Lighting Design for an Education Play
Rich Matheson for Best Sound Design for an Education Play Best
Overall Production of an Education Play
1 nomination for The Wiz:
Abrefi Adubofour for Best Supporting Actress for an Education
St. Mary's has now received 95 nominations since we joined the
Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance 9 years ago!
International Students Arrive
International 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 excelling.
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
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 movies!
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
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.
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
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 generosity of the Cortopassi family made it possible for St.
Mary's to co nstruct a preier, top level pool center that, since
its completion in 2007 has not only served St. Mary's but the
surrounding community and has been the venue fo inter-collegiate
and state water polo tournaments and games as well as the
Stockton City League swimming championships.
Basso Family Tennis Complex
Due to generous donation by the Basso Family, the tennis complex
at St. Mary's has been completely rebuilt with the courts
St. Mary's venerable chapel
remodeling began in the summer of 2011 thanks to the generosity of
the school's alumni and friends.
The remodeling has been completed
and the chapel of Our Lady of the Angels again serves as the
focus of the campus.
Chase Family Fitness Center
The Chase Family Fitness Center has
been completed due to the generosity of the Chase family. This new building takes the place of the
St. Bonaventure structure and provides a center
for fitness training for the students with trainers, classroom
and locker facilities.
Progress To Date
The Chapel has been remodeled and
was re-dedicated in the 2012. The Cortopassi Aquatics Center is open The new upgrade of the
football field is complete as are the tennis courts. The Lagorio
Administration, Library and Technology building is open. The
groundbreaking ceremony took place on August 28, 2005 and
construction was completed in September, 2006. The building was
dedicated in February 11, 2007. The Chase Family Athletic
Fitness Center is in full operation, dedicated in 2014.
The "Generations of Educational
Excellence" project that will re-build and re-vitalize the Saint
Mary's campus Three new portables were installed in the north
side of the campus to provide additional classroom space and to
house the Development Office.
Prior to the official start of the project, the Sprague family donated a new field house used by baseball, wrestling and
cheer, the baseball field, through the significant efforts of
Coach Pete Pijl, became a "Field of Dreams" and the
Thompson family had generously donated funds to create the
Thompson Sports Complex.
In the annual faculty
service day, the staff,
administration and faculty
of St. Mary' spread out
across Stockton serving the
poor at St. Mary's Dining
Hall, TLC, Gospel
Mission, Shelter for the
Homeless, and the Emergency
Food Bank to show that they
are, as Fr. Matthew Issac
stated at the Mass that
began the day, the face of
Mrs. Cheryl Best 11-2-17
is with great sadness that St. Mary's
announces that Mrs. Cheryl Best passed
away on November 2, 2017. For many years
Mrs. Best introduced computing to St.
Mary's students. She was responsible for
bringing in outside resources including
speakers and presenters to enhance
student understanding of computers and
programs, including a vice president
from Microsoft. May eternal light shine
upon her and my she rest in peace.
A message from Fr.
"Today the St. Mary's
School Community comes
together in prayer with
the Best Family in
remembering Cheryl. Her
years of faithful
service at SM are a
testimony to her
dedication and concern
for her vocation as a
teacher and mentor of
our students. WE thank
the Lord for Cheryl's
years at SM. May she
Rest In Peace ."
Cheryl Best was a
beloved teacher at St.
Marys from 1984-2014.
In Mary's Grace We Pray.
Sister Marie Molini, O.P.
June 11, 1928-Oct. 13, 2017
St. Mary’s is holding a special open
house for all students and families
interested in attending St. Mary’s High
School. This is a great opportunity to
learn about admissions and financial
aid, take a campus tour, talk to our
academic and athletic departments and
watch performances by our band and cheer
teams. Visit our campus and learn what
it’s all about! 5648 N. El Dorado Street
in Stockton email@example.com
(209) 957-3340, Ext 190
Sister Marie Molini,
formerly Sister M.
Benet, a Dominican
Sister of San Rafael for
69 years, died
peacefully at San
Joaquin Hospice House in
Stockton on October 13,
Marie was born in
Stockton, the third
child of Charles Martin
Molini and Catherine
Barosso Molini. After a
visit from the pastor,
Father William McGough,
Mrs. Molini enrolled all
of her children at St.
Agnes School. Marie went
on to Saint Mary's High
School. During her
senior year, when
several sisters were
ill, the principal asked
Marie to go to St. Agnes
and fill in. The
Marie's vocation to
religious life as a
Dominican Sister and to
the ministry of
She entered the convent
and began her life as
Sister M. Benet. She
taught for many years in
California: at St.
Anne's in Lodi, St.
Dominics and St. Rose in
San Francisco, at
Dominican Convent Lower
School in San Rafael, at
Annunciation School in
Stockton, at Siena High
School in Napa, and at
her alma mater, Saint
Mary's High School in
Her proudest achievement
as an educator was in
1978 when she was a
presenter at the
about Saint Mary's High
Involvement Program, a
model for high school
student service that was
visionary for its time.
In 1996, Sister Marie
became the caregiver for
her mother and a
ten-acre walnut ranch.
She became an
and shared her harvest
with friends and other
religious. She continued
to minister at Saint
Mary's High School until
2016, assisting students
seeking financial aid
for college or high
and with the alumni
New Faculty and Administration
Hooneart Interviewed by CBS Sports
Jeff Hooneart, St. Mary's Aquatics
Director and Head Coach of the Big
Valley Water Polo Academy was the
subject of an interview on July 19, 2017
by CBS Sports in preparation for the
2017 Junior Olympics Tournament in
Irvine, California. The U-18 Team won
the Gold at the event.
Tipton, Teacher, Coach, Mentor Retires
The history classroom and the football
field will be a bit empty with the
retirement of St. Mary's long-time
teacher, coach and mentor, Mr. Dave
Mr.Tipton, who played for the NFL and
was both an assistant coach at Stanford
and adjunct professor of history, came
to St. Mary's after leaving Stanford and
took on the role that made him one of
the most beloved members of the St.
Mary's High School community.
As a teacher he was excellent, both
knowledgeable and entertaining. As a
coach he made the Rams defense one of
the best, if not the best in California.
As a mentor, he helped not only
student-athletes but all students who
sought his advice and counsel.
St. Mary''s thanks Mr. Dave Tipton and
wishes him a long, happy and relaxing
Mr. Brusa Takes Charge
Mr. Jim Brusa is St. Mary's new
President. He comes to the position with
years of experience at St. Mary's
beginning as Development Director and
later as the Athletic Director for the
school. He is a firm believer in the
preeminence of a strong academic
program, the benefit of athletics but
more importantly Salesian spirituality
that permeates the everyday life of the
school community and is an integral part
of its life, be it in the classroom, in
performing arts, in athletics or in the
many outreach activities of students,
faculty and staff that serve the poor
and disadvantaged in Stockton and San
New Athletic Director
Principal Kathy Smith
announced that Adam
Lichter has been named
the new Athletic
Director for St. Mary's
Mr. Lichter has served
as parish administrator
at St. Bernadette's
Parish. Previously, he
was the vice principal
of Brookside Christian
High School where he
also was an academic
counselor and director
of the international
student program. Mr.
Lichter has taught
Special Education in
Stockton Unified and has
coaching experience in
both varsity basketball
Mr. Lichter has aspired to
be a part of St. Mary's
for a long time. In a
statement from the
athletic department, Mr
Lichter said, "I am
finally a Ram. I strive
for excellence, and I
consider St. Mary's to
be the best high school
in San Joaquin County."
Mr. Lichter received his
BS in Business
Administration with a
minor in Sports
Management. He and his
(Weymouth) '05, have
five children, Ava, Kaia,
Gemma, Moses and Tytus.
The St. Mary's Campus will be closed to
the general public to permit the
California Highway Patrol to conduct an
Explorer Competition on the weekend of
January 21st and 22nd. Please note the
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.
Anyone that is
victimized can go into
any San Joaquin County
McDonald's. The staff is
trained to provide
immediate contact with
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.
Honoring a Good Man
On October 27, 2017, after the Football
team Mass, Mr. Dave Luchetti, '63 was
escorted by the team captains to the
Chase Family Athletic Center to be
honored as the special guest for the
placement and re-dedication of the cross
that had been first brought to St.
Mary's with the Franciscans and for many
years has been a fixture in the Oblate's
residence. As Fr. Matthew Issac, O.S.F.S.
stated in his comments: the cross, no
placed in the training room of the Chase
Family Athletic Center stands as a
reminder not only of the great sacrifice
the Jesus made for each of us, but that
God is always with us.
Mr. Luchetti, who, despite having
provided a significant portion of the
materials and funding for the center,
has shunned recognition. He did, however
humbly accept the honor of being the
special guest at the ceremony
re-dedicating the cross.
Safe Home Pledge
We need your help. An
issue of vital
confronts our families
today is teen drinking
and drug use. High
school years are a time
of new challenges as
well as new adjustments.
In a society where the
allure of drug and
alcohol use may be quite
compelling, we, as
parents must help
prepare our children to
meet those challenges
and to make those right
decisions. Looking at
our own values and
behaviors is a primary
What can you do? As
parents you can follow
these guidelines when
you host a party or hear
Set your ground
rules with your teen
before the party.
Establish rules for
your home and/or
property. It will
not be a site at
will be available,
served to young
people (those under
legal age of 21).
Always be home when
young people are
visiting your home.
any and all
gatherings of young
people in your home.
parents to call or
Notify the police
when planning a
neighbors of the
attendance and set
starting and ending
What is your
parents, set the
following rules for
yourself when your
son or daughter is
attending a party.
Be sure you know
where your teenager
Contact the parents
of the party-giver.
Set times teens are
expected to return
Encourage your child
to call if they need
a ride home.
Click here to take the SAFE
online. We ask you to
read the following
pledge. If you agree to
participate, your name
will appear in the
Tele'Ram. Thank you.
In Mary's grace,
Mario & Rosa
Phil & Julie
Kevin & Mila
Rob & Monica
Mr. & Mrs
Leo & Sylvia
Jim & Athena
eTranscripts are here!
St. Mary's High School
is making the college
Are you getting ready to
start the college
application process? St.
Mary's has teamed with
Parchment to make the
process easier for
One of the required
documents you will need
when applying to college
is an official high
school transcript, a
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 clicks.
Parchment sends your
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 Parchment.com.
Just follow these 3 easy
steps to get started:
1. Register for a free
account at parchment.com/register
2. Request your
3. Track your
The fee for eTranscripts
is $5. When registering
with Parchment you will
be prompted to put in
your payment of choice
Sending the transcript
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
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
applying via the Common
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
If you have questions
about e-transcripts you
can contact the
counselor or Registrar.
Due to the generosity of alumni and
friends of St. Mary's during the 24 Hour
Day of Giving, Mr. Swanson's classroom
no sports a 65" Smart TV enhancing
technology use in the classroom.
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our
Lady of Fatima
13, 2017 marks the 100th
anniversary of the first appearance of
Our Lady of Fatima to three poor shepard
children Lucia de Jesus Santos and her
cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto from
the village of Aljustrel, Portugal in
the parish of Fatima.. Our Lady's
message sought for people to pray for
the conversion of the world and asked
that the world be consecrated to her
Immaculate Heart. This was part of the
"secret" message given to the children.
Pope John Paul II, for his part, asked
for the envelope containing the third
part of the “secret” following the
assassination attempt on 13 May 1981.
As is well known, after reading the
message, Pope John Paul II immediately
acted to consecrate the world to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary and he himself
composed a prayer for what he called an
“Act of Entrustment”, which was to be
celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Mary
Major on 7 June 1981, the Solemnity of
“Mother of all individuals and peoples,
you know all their sufferings and hopes.
In your motherly heart you feel all the
struggles between good and evil, between
light and darkness, that convulse the
world: accept the plea which we make in
the Holy Spirit directly to your heart,
and embrace with the love of the Mother
and Handmaid of the Lord those who most
await this embrace, and also those whose
act of entrustment you too await in a
particular way. Take under your motherly
protection the whole human family, which
with affectionate love we entrust to
you, O Mother. May there dawn for
everyone the time of peace and freedom,
the time of truth, of justice and of
In order to respond more fully to the
requests of “Our Lady”, the Holy Father
desired to make more explicit during the
Holy Year of the Redemption the Act of
Entrustment of 7 May 1981, which had
been repeated in Fatima on 13 May 1982.
On 25 March 1984 in Saint Peter's
Square, while recalling the fiat uttered
by Mary at the Annunciation, the Holy
Father, in spiritual union with the
Bishops of the world, who had been
“convoked” beforehand, entrusted all men
and women and all peoples to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary, in terms which
recalled the heartfelt words spoken in
“O Mother of all men and women, and of
all peoples, you who know all their
sufferings and their hopes, you who have
a mother's awareness of all the
struggles between good and evil, between
light and darkness, which afflict the
modern world, accept the cry which we,
moved by the Holy Spirit, address
directly to your Heart. Embrace with the
love of the Mother and Handmaid of the
Lord, this human world of ours, which we
entrust and consecrate to you, for we
are full of concern for the earthly and
eternal destiny of individuals and
In a special way we entrust and
consecrate to you those individuals and
nations which particularly need to be
thus entrusted and consecrated.
‘We have recourse to your protection,
holy Mother of God!' Despise not our
petitions in our necessities”.
The Pope then continued more forcefully
and with more specific references, as
though commenting on the Message of
Fatima in its sorrowful fulfillment:
“Behold, as we stand before you, Mother
of Christ, before your Immaculate Heart,
we desire, together with the whole
Church, to unite ourselves with the
consecration which, for love of us, your
Son made of himself to the Father: ‘For
their sake', he said, ‘I consecrate
myself that they also may be consecrated
in the truth' (Jn 17:19). We wish to
unite ourselves with our Redeemer in
this his consecration for the world and
for the human race, which, in his divine
Heart, has the power to obtain pardon
and to secure reparation.
The power of this consecration lasts for
all time and embraces all individuals,
peoples and nations. It overcomes every
evil that the spirit of darkness is able
to awaken, and has in fact awakened in
our times, in the heart of man and in
How deeply we feel the need for the
consecration of humanity and the
world—our modern world—in union with
Christ himself! For the redeeming work
of Christ must be shared in by the world
through the Church.
The present Year of the Redemption shows
this: the special Jubilee of the whole
Above all creatures, may you be blessed,
you, the Handmaid of the Lord, who in
the fullest way obeyed the divine call!
Hail to you, who are wholly united to
the redeeming consecration of your Son!
Mother of the Church! Enlighten the
People of God along the paths of faith,
hope, and love! Enlighten especially the
peoples whose consecration and
entrustment by us you are awaiting. Help
us to live in the truth of the
consecration of Christ for the entire
human family of the modern world.
In entrusting to you, O Mother, the
world, all individuals and peoples, we
also entrust to you this very
consecration of the world, placing it in
your motherly Heart.
Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the
menace of evil, which so easily takes
root in the hearts of the people of
today, and whose immeasurable effects
already weigh down upon our modern world
and seem to block the paths towards the
From famine and war,
From nuclear war,
from every kind of
war, deliver us.
From sins against
the life of man from
its very beginning,
From hatred and from
the demeaning of the
dignity of the
children of God,
From every kind of
injustice in the
life of society,
both national and
From readiness to
trample on the
commandments of God,
From attempts to
stifle in human
hearts the very
truth of God,
From the loss of
awareness of good
and evil, deliver
From sins against
the Holy Spirit,
deliver us, deliver
Accept, O Mother of
Christ, this cry
laden with the
sufferings of all
beings, laden with
the sufferings of
Help us with the power of the Holy
Spirit to conquer all sin: individual
sin and the ‘sin of the world', sin in
all its manifestations.
Let there be revealed, once more, in the
history of the world the infinite saving
power of the Redemption: the power of
merciful Love! May it put a stop to
evil! May it transform consciences! May
your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the
light of Hope!”.
In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the
first appearance of Our Lady in Fatima,
St. Mary's has placed her statue in Our
Lady Queen of Angels Chapel. The St.
Mary's community is invited and urged to
take the time to pray a rosary for the
intentions our Blessed Mother gave to
the three shepherd children in 1917.
tradition of offering
Masses for others,
particularly the dead,
originates in the very
on tombs in Roman
catacombs of the second
century evidence this
practice. The Church's
reasoning was well
explained by Pope Leo
XIII in his encyclical
"Mirae caritatis" (1902)
connection between the
communion of saints with
the Mass: "The grace of
mutual love among the
living, strengthened and
increased by the
sacrament of the
especially by virtue of
the Sacrifice [of the
Mass], to all who belong
to the communion of
saints. For the
communion of saints is
simply ... the mutual
sharing of help,
atonement, prayers and
benefits among the
faithful, those already
in the heavenly
consigned to the
purifying fire, and
those still making their
pilgrim way here on
earth. These all form
one city, whose head is
Christ, and whose vital
principle is love. Faith
teaches that although
the august Sacrifice can
be offered to God alone,
it can nevertheless be
celebrated in honor of
the saints now reigning
in Heaven with God, who
has crowned them, to
intercession for us, and
also, according to
apostolic tradition, to
wash away the stains of
those brethren who died
in the Lord but without
yet being wholly
If you would like to
request that Mass be
offered for a particular
intention, a request
form can be found at
The dates for the
Shadow-A-Ram program for
the school year
2017-2018 are as
Director of Admissions
and Communications at
209 957-3340 ext. 187
for more information.
Students trying out for a Fall Sport
need to have a physical performed after
July 1, 2017.
Forms are available on the SM
completed physical forms must be brought
to the Athletic office to receive a Try
Out card. Students will not be able to
try out for any sport without a Try Out
card. Please do not give the forms
directly to the coach.
Questions about Fall Sports?? Contact
Cross Country (boys & girls) - Felicia
Football (boys): Varsity - Tony Franks:
Sophs - Ted Howze: TdHow@hotmail.com
Frosh - Tim Gildea: firstname.lastname@example.org
Golf (girls) - Betty Anne Urbick:
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
community. Use the hotspot link on the graphic
to access the handbook in pdf format.
The Journey to the 150th
St. Mary's has completed its 140th
year as a leading provider of
Catholic education. Our
challenge today is to keep Catholic
education affordable and accessible
to our families. I think you would
all agree that in order to be
spiritually, creatively, socially
and physically. we must be
financially responsible and fiscally
have therefore established the
Father Fallon Endowment so that
current and future generations of
students and their families can
enjoy the benefits of a Catholic
education at St. Mary’s.
The Father Fallon Endowment is a
permanent source of income invested
for growth and stability by the St.
Mary’s High School Foundation. A
maximum of 4.5% of the principal
will be used for tuition assistance
The Saint Mary's High
School annual appeal
invites your support for
Saint Mary's High School
on an annual basis. We
have persevered over the
years to keep tuition
affordable despite the
reality associated with
the growing costs of a
donation to the annual
appeal goes towards
tuition assistance to
help our students who
financially and who work
hard to achieve academic
excellence and grow in
our faith filled
gift will enable
students to graduate
from St. Mary’s and join
the 99% of our students
who pursue a higher
education. In addition
to the Father Fallon
Endowment, our annual
appeal allows for the
option to give to
immediate need tuition
3) Or call us if you would
like us to take your
credit card information
over the phone and
answer any questions.
209-957-3340 ext. 180
St. Mary's Endowment Fund
You've been a part of our past. We
invite you to continue to be part of
our future. This is a historic
endeavor and we welcome everyone to
Your kind donation in any amount is
very much appreciated.
Please contact Greg
Traverso, Director of
or call 209-957-3340
ext. 180 for any
questions about the
Father Fallon Endowment
or other ways to give.
Mary's has started a volunteer community
of friends, families and alumni that
help with special events and projects.
Please join us! Contact Stefani Delucchi
at (209) 957-3340, ext 195 or
Broadcasting is proud to announce that
smramstv.com is the internet website
that is affiliated with the new St.
Mary's Broadcasting I class.
smramstv.com broadcasts various sporting
events and a magazine show twice a month
entitled St. Mary's Today.
Subscriptions are available to
smramstv.com, just go to the website for
information on how to join this network.
A third of your subscription fee goes
back to St. Mary's Athletics.
Broadcasting students are producing
commercials that air during our sports
broadcasts. Prices are $20 for a
single game appearance, $80 for
appearances on eight different events,
and $500 for an appearance on all sports
events and also ads on all editions of
St. Mary's Today.
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,
In conjunction with our
much of the school to
home communication will
be via e-mail. Therefore
it is imperative that
parents keep an accurate
e-mail address in
Volunteers are needed in several areas for
many school events. Come join our St. Mary's community.
It's a great way to meet new people while helping us make St. Mary's
such a unique place.
Attending our school events is a great way
to support our students and build community.
Please click on the volunteer form (Click
Here) and let us know if you are
interested in helping with Athletics, Crab Feed, Dances,
Development, Fundraising, Speech or Theater.
We invite you to explore ways that you
can join the St. Mary's family or strengthen
your connections to SMHS. There are many
more upcoming events on the horizon, so
please watch your email. You can also get
more information on this website
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