Class Notes

 

 

Welcome to our Class Notes page. You will find updates on your classmates including reunion information below.  Please provide alumni news and information to the Alumni & Development Office (209) 957-3340 extension 180 or by e-mail.

 

 

 

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Class Representatives

 

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 19611964  • 1967 •  19681969

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In Memoriam • Reunions Reunion Handbook  • Alumni News

 

Stories of Well Known Graduates

Richard Montague '48 • Dennis Troute '64 • Carol Corrigan '66 •  Von Hayes '76 • Ed Sprague '85

 

Lost Alumni

The alumni office needs your help locating addresses for lost but not forgotten alumni. Please check the lists to see if you know of any lost sheep.


Visit the Alumni site for the list.  If you know the address for someone on the list, please send us an email

 

Class Representatives

Are you interested in assisting with promoting alumni and fundraising events to your classmates, identifying and cultivating prospective donors, and assisting with reunions? The Development Office is seeking those who will work with the members of their class in strengthening the strong bonds with St. Mary's High School. Join the following alumni members who have volunteered their time.

 

 

1952 Coraleta Feary Rogers

 

1955 Jim & Susan Bertrand

 

1956 Joan Costa Bottini

 

1957 Phil & Kathy Asborno

Dianne Gini

Robert Raspo

Janet Jones Tucker

 

1958 Carole Kiefer

 

1960 Nola Moccafiche

 

1961 Loretta Lechich

 

1964 Bonnie Cannon Phelps

 

1969 Suzan Flott Bolski

 

1970 Jean McGurk

 

1971 Deby Caporusso

 

1972 Bill Stewart

 

1973 Judy Flores Gabbard

Linda Halvorson Haley

 

1975 Ellen Scriven

 

1978 Margo McGillvray Castaneda

 

1979 Shelly Mulvihill Moreira

 

 

1980 Dena Huiras Hernandez

 

1988 Greg Weaver

 

1989 Danielle Peirano Bo

 

1990 Lisa Basso Rossi

 

1994 Natalie Mussi

 

1996 Robert Anderson

 

1997 Corinne Copello

 

1999 Brooke Bryant

Emily Roberts

 

2000 Nathan Mussi

Liz Vernengo

 

2001 Jessica Romo Wylie

 

2002 Alexis Mussi

 

2003 Susan Ryan

Michael K. Fujinaka

 

2004 Jillian Wong

Ashley Hullen

 

2005 Kasey Malcoun

Meghan Sullivan

 

2007 Sarah Sullivan

 

 


If you are interested in representing your class, please contact the Development Office.

Alumni, We Need You!

 

Class Notes

     

 

Please note: Class Notes will be maintained for 1 year following the last update

 

1948

 

 

Rose Leonardini continues to work at St. Mary's in the alumni office.  (12/17)

 

 

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1951

 

Ramona Valverde Lozano was inducted into the Stockton Athletic Mexican Hall of Fame (5/18)

 

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1961

 

Dennis Donald Geiger is a principal with Geiger & Keen LLP whose practice is primarily in areas of business and estate planning. Mr. Geiger has been in practice since 1969 and joined the firm when it was known as Cavalero, Dietrich & Bray. In 1999, Mr. Geiger received the San Joaquin County Bar Association Law Day Award. Mr. Geiger attended  the University of San Francisco, Boalt Hall School of Law, and the University of California-Berkeley. Mr. Geiger has conducted educational seminars, served as a Judge Pro Tem, as well as a court appointed Arbitrator.

 

Mr. Geiger has long been involved in community activities and has been named Stocktonian of the Year and recently received the Stockton Skyline Award recognizing his contribution to Downtown Stockton and his years as the initial and founding chair of the Downtown Stockton Alliance.

 

Mr. Geiger and his wife, Michaela, have two children and he enjoys spending time in the Ebbett's Pass area in the Sierras. Mr. Geiger is a recipient of the 2017 Bishops Award (10/17)

 

Doug Wilhoit is the CEO of the Chamber of Stockton where he has served since 1999. A former member of the Board of Supervisors, the State Youthful Offender Board and a police officer for the City of Stockton, Mr. Wilhoit continues the day to day operations of the Chamber of Commerce. (5/18)

 

 

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1964

 

Kathleen Lagorio Janssen,  is President of Ace Tomato Company and five other companies. Kathy is known for her generous spirit, as she devotes numerous hours to many charitable organizations. She began her career as an elementary school teacher and spent 17 years as an educator in Stockton Unified School District. During that time, she served as the President of the Stockton Teachers Association. Ms. Janssen is the chairperson of the Founders Committee for St. Mary's High School's Capital Development. She earned her BA degree in Education from the Benerd School of Education in 1968. She has served as a Regent for Pacific since 1994, during the last five years she has been the Chair of the Finance Committee of the Board. Mrs. Janssen was named "Stocktonian of the Year" for 2004.  Mrs. Janssen and her husband Dean were inducted into the University of the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. Kathleen received the Bishops Award in 2017  (12/17)

 

Jean Serra works under the artist name of Linda Serrao,  installed two bronze sculptures by Levi’s Stadium in celebration of Super Bowl 50. The sculptures were commissioned by the City of Santa Clara and the installation is entitled “Anything’s Possible.” It depicts a star Quarterback passing the football to a young Fan, the dream of every football enthusiast. The motto of Santa Clara is “The Center of What’s Possible” thus tying the theme of the City to the celebration of the 50th Super Bowl. The outdoor sculptures will remain permanently as a reminder of the Really Big Game and an icon for future ones.(11/17)

 

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1967

 

Joanne Uomini, M.D. Currently works for the El Cerrito City Hall Gallery Space after having retired from active practice at Kaiser Permanent in 2009. She paints in acrylic, oil and water color, with many of her works displayed in a number of exhibits. Dr. Uomini attended  University of California, San Diego. University of California, Berkeley and Stanford medical school. She is married to Dr. Mark Roberts 1984, three sons. (11/17)

 

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1968

 

Catherine Allair/Rettagliata has retired as the Mental Health Commissioner of Contra Costa County (12/17).

 

Dave Saunders is the director of the Red Rhino Orphanage Project in Kenya. The project is a home to some of the street kids of Nairobi, and other orphaned children in similar circumstances. The property on which the home will be built contains both room and provision for the children to grow physically, emotionally and spiritually.  (4/18)

 

Thomas Starc, M.D., MPH, class of 1968 has been rated as one of New York Magazines Best Doctors. He is a clinical cardiologist with an interest in general cardiology. He is the medical director of the Children's Cardiovascular Health Center at  NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital which specializes in the care of children with high cholesterol and high triglycerides. His research interests include the care of children and adolescents with elevated cholesterol secondary to familial hypercholesterolemia and the management of HIV induced cardiomyopathy.

 

He is a professor at the Columbia School of Medicine. He has authored numerous studies dealing with immunodeficiency issues and children. Dr. Starc graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University in 1976 and has been in practice for 41 years. (2/18)

 

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1969

 

Peter Morelli received the 2017 Bishops Award. Peter has retired as President of St. Mary's. He has been  a football official in the National Football League  since 1997. Mr. Morelli began as a field judge (later a back judge when the league swapped position names in 1998) and was promoted to referee with the start of the 2003 NFL season. He wears uniform number 135. Pete Morelli was assigned Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 as a field judge.(12/17)

 

Tony Ramirez sculpted a statue of St. Francis de Sales which was installed on November 21, 2016 at the location of the old Senior Lawn. Tony is the owner of Ram Studios in Stockton and has been described as a multiple media artist. His work can be found in sculptors, paintings, stained glass windows, tiles, wood work, metal work, repurposing, restoration among many, many other artistic mediums. His work has appeared in Star Trek movies and locally for Haggin Museaum, Morris Chapel and Old St. Mary's Church.(12/17)

 

Mario Starc, M.SW, PhD. is a Private Practice, Psychotherapy and Consultation with offices in Berkeley and Tracy, CA (1993 - present). He also is a Consultant for St. Mary's High School and on the Board of Directors for the school. Mario received his Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Social Work from The Sanville Institute, Berkeley, CA, his Master of Social Work from California State University Sacramento and his Bachelor's Degree, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley, California. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and children. Mario is the author of "Ethical Concern in a Small Town" published in Clinical Practice. He helps out at St. Theresa's Parish with the Children's Liturgy of the Word and is a part of the Pillar Society for Tracy Community Memorial Hospital. (8/17)

 

 

 

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1970

 

Karen Gherardi (McGurk) has retired as the Vice Principal at St. Mary's High School. She and her husband Luigi, have been named to the SM Hall of Fame. Their two sons, David (a deputy sheriff in San Joaquin County)  and Daniel an attorney are both graduates of St. Mary's (5/18)

 

Maria (Kozina) Merritt has retired as a supervisor at the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, D.C. She resides in Hagerstown, Maryland. (5/18)

 

George Lozano was inducted into he Mexican-American Sports Hall of Fame (5/18)

 

Steve Malcoun, LLM is a partner at Mayall Hurley in Stockton. He specializes in commercial transactions, taxation and estate planning. He lives in Stockton with his wife Diane (Development Director for St. Mary's) and his two children Kasey '05 and Austin '07. Steve has been appointed to the County Aviation Advisory Committee (CAAC) serves to provide for citizen input in the policy areas of developing aviation and aviation-related (including the Airport Industrial Park - Airpark 599 project) planning objectives along with the implementation of these objectives in the best interest of the County of San Joaquin. (5/18)

 

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1971

 

John Kozina is an engineer for SBC in charge of communication infrastructure in commercial and new residential development. He lives in Stockton with his wife, Denese. They have  3 children Matt, Lindsay and Tim who are all graduates of St. Mary's. (11/17)

 

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1972

 

Mike Fitzgerald is an award winning columnist with The Record in Stockton. (1/18)

 

Greg Jacobs has retired after a multi-decade career with Southern Pacific/Union Pacific. (11/17)

 

Vladimir "Mirko" Kozina is senior partner at Mayall Hurley, P.C. A graduate of UOP's McGeorge School of Law and Santa Clara University, he is a charter fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and has been named a Super Lawyer multiple times. He has been involved with the CHP's E-15 program for 35 years, is a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and is the founding Grand Knight of the Presentation Council of the Knights of Columbus. In addition to assisting with photography, graphic design and providing legal advice to the school, he  is  the webmaster for the St. Mary's High School website. His wife Margo is a religion teacher and cheer coach at St. Mary's. They have five children, Mirko (who practices law with his father), Paul (a DDA for San Joaquin County, soon to be Air Force JAG), Mary Beth (a self-employed cosmetologist), Joey (a teacher at Presentation school) and Christine (a paralegal at Mayall Hurley) who are all graduates of St. Mary's and three grandchildren Andrew, Joseph and Amelia, who are future Rams. (5/18)

 

David Lozano is being inducted intor the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame. He was previously inducted into the Mexican-American Sports Hall of Fame (7/18)

 

George Manaserro is a partner in Wiley and Manaserro and focuses on probate and estate planning. (11/17) 

 

Br. Steve Vasoli, FSC, is the Dean of Studies and Genre Literature Teacher at Centro de Formación Integral La Salle in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.  His tour of duty has included numerous ministries, including Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco, CA, La Salle High School in Pasadena, CA, Saint Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, CA, and San Miguel High School in Tucson, Arizona.  He also served for several years in schools and formation ministry in Guatemala, as well as formation ministry in the District of San Francisco.

 

While serving in Guatemala with the formation of young men considering the Brother’s life, he took them, on immersion experiences for and with people in need.  Later in a similar role in the USA, Brother Steven not only brought the Postulants into immersion experiences, but volunteered as a tutor for inner city youth and assisted immigrants in establishing their lives in a new country.  He is the founding Director of the community at San Miguel High School in Tucson, AZ. (6/18)

 

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1973

 

Karen (Poletti) Jordan, afer retiring from a career as a certified court reporter, is living in Oregon and has received a degree frm the Cascade Culinary Institute (5/18)

 

1974

 

David Bertocchini teaches criminal justice at St. Mary's. He retired from his position of being a lieutenant with the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office Investigative Division. He was previously with the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department where he distinguished himself as a detective, including solving the I-5 serial killer case. (4/18)

 

Joseph Kozina, M.D. is a  cardiologist in Sacramento. He is an adjunct professor of medicine at UC San Diego Medical School. In addition Dr. Kozina is a Fellow, American College of Cardiology and a Fellow, American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery Dr. Kozina is co-inventor of a laser catherization process holding a patent on the Coronary Laser Irradiation Microcatheter; founded P.A.D.L., an organization that promotes the use of portable defibrillation devices by police, fire and public transportation, has been principle researcher in over 435 clinical trials and has been featured in many national and local broadcasts and articles regarding cardiac issues. (2/18)

 

Rev. Earl Smith was featured in the Modesto Bee. Reprising an interview, the paper wrote; "Focusing on similarities to build unity is a lesson he learned as a youth in his native Stockton, Smith said by phone Thursday. “I grew up in a time in the ’60s when there were riots at my junior high school,” he said. “I was kicked out of school over the differences I had with the white kids.”

 

He was a troublemaker, according to a PBS biography of Smith – stealing cars and money and selling drugs at that junior high age. In 1975, he was shot six times and left for dead during a botched drug deal.

 

The faith and love of Smith’s father helped pull his son through. Words Smith’s father said to him – “You are a rebel, but you are God’s rebel, and he is going to use you to his glory” – have motivated him ever since.

 

He ended up going to St. Mary’s, a Catholic high school in Stockton, where he learned “to let some things go,” Smith said.

 

After being ordained, the Rev. Smith – in 1983, at the age of 27 – became the youngest Protestant chaplain ever hired by the California Department of Corrections. He started work at San Quentin. Over 23 years there, he ministered to such criminals as Charles Manson and Robert Alton Harris, the first person executed in California since 1976.

 

In his 2015 book, “Death Row Chaplain,” Smith wrote: “Looking back, I realize now that a career in prison ministry probably appealed to me because I wasn’t much different from the inmates. In many ways, I was very much like the men and women whom society has cast aside for their crimes and mistakes.”

 

Smith is chief executive officer of Project IMPACT (Incarcerated Men Putting Away Childish Things) and CARE (Concerned About Recovery Education), in addition to his work with the Warriors and Niners". (11/17)


 

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1975

 

Denise Lozano Prato was inducted into the Mexican-American Sports hall of Fame (5/18)

 

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1977

 

Frank Kozina, lives in Stockton with his wife Sheila. He is Project Manager for Beeler Industries and is a 4th Degree Knight is active in the Annunciation Council of the Knights of Columbus. They have 3 children, Michael '06 (salutatorian), Dorothy '12 (valedictorian) and Ellen, is attending UC Sanat Cruz after having graduated as a distinguished student from St. Mary's.  (11/17)

 

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1978

 

Ruben Rodriquez attained the rank of commander in the Navy, piloting P3-Orion multi-engine patrol and anti-submarine aircraft. Upon retiring he began a career as a  litigation field adjuster for State Farm. (8/18)

 

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1979

 

Laurence Held was inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame. After a successful college career, Laurence played professionally in Europe. He is the Business Development Officer at United Business Bank. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of the Pacific. (11/17)

 

Ronnie Lozano was inducted into the Mexican-American Sports Hall of Fame (5/18)

 

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1980

 

Ralph Cesena, Jr. was appointed Deputy Director and CIO at the California Department of Managed Health Care. He and his wife Christine recently celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary.

Currently son Alexander is completing his BA in Sports Pedagogy (Sac State). Daughter Allegra earned a BA in English (CSU Channel Islands). Son Xavier is completing his BA in Accounting (Humboldt State. Step-daughter Hannah Marshall earned a BA in Nursing (Fresno State). (2/18)

 

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1981

 

Lynee Lozano Monckton was inducted into the Mexican-American Sports Hall of Fame (5/18)

 

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1983

 

Greg Gall is the Clean and Safe Manager for the Downtown Stockton Alliance. Greg’s family have lived and worked in Stockton since the early days of Stockton. His grandfather opened a clothing store on East Main Street in the 1800s. Greg attended San Joaquin Delta College. After graduating from Butte College Police Academy, he worked as a Deputy Sheriff until 1991. Later he joined the Stockton Police Department and worked there as a Police Officer until September of 2015.Greg has worked in south Stockton and the downtown core throughout the majority of his career. He was assigned to the Downtown Stockton Bicycle Patrol Unit since 2005.As the Clean & Safe Manager, Greg will oversee DSA’s maintenance and hospitality teams.(10/17)

 

Joseph Lozano was inducted into the Mexican-American Sports Hall of Fame (5/18)

 

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1984

 

Krissey Hymes  was featured in a column by Mike Fitzgerald '72 in The Record reporting on her 30-day pilgrimage hike along the Camino de Santiago, a medieval Christian pilgrimage trail that runs from points in Spain and Portugal to a cathedral in Spain where tradition holds the remains of St. James are buried. She accompanied her friend Laura Maciel. Quoted by Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Maciel explained the purpose of their pilgrimage: “Late last year my mother was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. I will walk for her.”

 

It is a 350-mile trek out of Lisbon, north across Portugal with a stop at Fatima to light a candle, across the Spanish border and then to the cathederal

 

 

1985

 

Stephen Lozano was inducted into the Mexican-American Sports Hall of Fame

 

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1986

 

Trevor Alt wrote: I practiced law in California for 10 years and then I became a firefighter for the city of Reno for 12 years.  I’m married to a Washoe County Patrol Deputy and we have four children. (4/18)

 

Steve Cano is the Vice President in charge of Customer Relations for Apple. He was the feature speaker for the 2017 Awards Night at St. Mary's. (11/17)

 

Michael Mulvihill is a Superior Court Judge in San Joaquin County and is the Varsity Lacrosse head coach at St. Mary's. (4/18)  

 

 

 

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1987

 

Terrence J. Coleman  Class of1987 has been a partner with Pillsbury & Coleman, LLP (formerly, Pillsbury & Levinson), since 1999, specializing in the representation of policyholders in insurance bad faith and insurance coverage matters. He has served as president of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and is a past president of the St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco. He is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel and has been named a Northern California "Super Lawyer" multiple times. He graduated from USF School of Law in 1994 after receiving his B.A. from the UC Berkeley in 1991. He is married to Lucille and has three children, Garrett, Bridget and Brendon (7/18)

 

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1990

 

Arica Alonzo was inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame recognized for her softball achievements. (12/17)

 

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1993

 

Kerri Smith  who writes under the names of Kerri Majors and Kerri Maher, has published her first novel, The Kennedy Debutante which was released on October 2, 2018. She is also the author of This Is Not A Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World (Writer’s Digest Books), and the Founder of YARN, both under the name Kerri Majors. She maintains a website as kerrymaher.com Kerry lives in Weston, Massachusetts with her family. (10/18)

 

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1995

 

Wilbert Mar is a jeweler at Gary Long jewelers at Lincoln Center in Stockton. (9/17)

 

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1996

 

Hector "Lucky" Diaz  and the Family Jam Band have also been brand partners with TARGET, GAP, Whole Foods, LEGO, USO, and many more.  They have been featured in Apartment Therapy, Los Angeles Living Magazine, Daily News, E! TV, Washington Post, New York Times, Style Network and more. 

 

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band also includes an evolving guest rotation of the most talented musicians around including their base band: Musical Director Wes Switzer on bass, Multi-Michael Klooster (Smashmouth superstar), Deacon Marrquin, and guests instrumentalist Michael Farkas (of WIYOS fame), Kurtis Keber (*bonus bass)  Gee Rabe on accordion, and many more!

 

Lucky and his band's latest work is POCHO! released in 2018.(4/18)

 

Blake Eagal is a mortgage consultant for First  Horizon Home Loans.  Blake is also on the coaching staff of St. Mary's High School football team. Blake volunteers his time in coaching the Junior Rams. Blake received his undergraduate degree from Utah State University (12/17)

 

Gianna Piccardo Ripa was appointed as one of the new Deans at SMHS beginning 2017-2018. The process of re-inventing her life brought her to India in 2006, where she studied intensively with long-time Krishnamachayra students A.G. & Indra Mohan, founders of Svastha Yoga Therapy & Ayurveda. (3/18)

 

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1997

 

Vladimir (Mirko) Kozina, M.S. J.D., is an associate with the law offices of Mayall Hurley. Mirko has also been an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific. After graduating summa cum laude with a B.S. in molecular biology from UC San Diego, where he was one of the authors of a study on the LysE superfamily published in the Journal of Microbiology, Mirko was a researcher at the Scripps Institute and undertook graduate studies in Biology at UC San Diego and UOP where he received his Masters in Microbiolgoy. He has been given the honor of being a member of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi. He lives in Stockton with his wife Carrie, son Joseph and daughter Amelia. (6/18)

 

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1998

 

Phil Agdeppa a California Highway Patrol Flight Officer/Paramedic  has been awarded the highest honor that can be given to a law enforcement officer in the state of California, the Governor's Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor. The award is given to those who. through their actions have shown their extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty. Officer Agdeppa was presented the award by the Governor and the  Attorney General of California.

 

Phil was among 4 officers presented with the Medal of Valor from the California State Fire Fighters Association. Phil and his fellow air officers were responsible for saving 41 people from death during the Napa fires, plunging their helicopter in hurricane force winds repeatedly into and among the flames to rescue people without a thought for their own safety. Due to their extraordinary courage, self-sacrifice and commitment to helping others, Phil and his fellow officers exemplified the finest qualities of heroes, putting love of others above love of self. (10/18)


 

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2000

 

Steve Smith is the  Northern California Sales Representative at Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery and lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

 

2001

 

Ted Driscoll is a major in the United States Marines. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is currently assigned to recruiting after having spent most of the last decade in overseas assignments, with active combat roles in Iraq and being the Golf company commander, Battalion Landing Team 2/1, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) that provided a versatile sea-based, expeditionary force that could be tailored to a variety of missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (5/18)

 

Paul Kozina, is a Deputy District Attorney with the San Joaquin County District Attorneys Office. He was an associate at Mayall Hurley in Stockton where he practiced law with his father Vladimir F. Kozina. '72 and brother Vladimir J. Kozina '97 and with Quinn Emmanuel, an international litigation firm, before deciding to become a prosecutor. He is married to Topher Orzech.

 

He recently completed three marathon races at Disneyland on behalf of St. Jude's.  He was able to see his mother, Margo Kozina, religion teacher at St. Mary's, complete the half marathon and fulfill one of  the items on her bucket list. (4/18)

 

Kari Locaso is a detective with the Lodi Police Department. Kari received an associate's degree from Delta College and attended California State University, Stanislaus. She also worked  at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton. In 2014 she was named Officer of the Year. (9/17)

 

Orville Thomas  is the Director of Governmental Affairs at the California Alliance for Jobs. (11/17)

 

Mitch Walding made his major league debut on May 18, 2108 with the Philadelphia Phillies.(5/18)

 

 

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2002

 

Silver Castillo is a stay at home mom and has been happily married for 13 years. She writes: " Ikeep myself busy by taking care of my family and home. I thank God for all that I have." (4/18)

 

Lindsay Kozina Lopez is a licensed therapist and is married Julian Lopez in Sacramento on April 23, 2017. They are their home in Lodi. (4/18)

 

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2003

 

Dennis Crutchfield was featured in the Food and Wine Festival broadcast publication as the Chef at the famous Craft restaurant in Los Angeles.

 

According to the publication, after graduating from St. Marys " he enrolled in San Joaquin Delta College's culinary program, and subsequently began working as a cook at a local Italian restaurant. With his focus and attention to detail, Denis rose to the position of kitchen manager, then transitioned to a front-of-house role before turning his attention back to the kitchen.

 

Following a stint working the line at Alder Market, Denis drove from Stockton to Los Angeles to stage at Craft where he was immediately transfixed by the restaurant's commitment to excellence and respect for the ingredient. He relocated to LA to accept a position as a line cook, quickly moving through the various stations in the kitchen as he sharpened his technical acumen and cultivated his culinary philosophy to show finesse and restraint on the plate. Within two years, Denis was promoted to the role of sous chef alongside mentor Andrew (Drew) Gavalla.


Now, as chef de cuisine, Denis deepens his influence on the menu, composing dishes that showcase the beauty and simplicity of in-season ingredients, while incorporating his affinity for slow cooking."  (6/18)

 

 

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2004

 

Lynse Haley is a first grade teacher at Annunciation School in Stockton (5/18)

 

Mary Beth Kozina lives in Stockton with her son Andrew. She received her B.A. degree from CSU Stanislaus in 2010. She is a self-employed cosmetologist at Salon Avanti in Stockton where she lives with her son Andrew. (2/18)

 

Nicole Lubell Eichorn  is a registered nurse at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford Oregon. Nicole went to New York University for undergraduate studies, where she returned after graudation for a short time as the assistant volleyball coach before going to Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing. (7/18)

 

Allison Silva, PhD, Class of 2004 was the speaker at the 2017 Senior Awards at St. Marys'. She has been  eatured in The Record for arranging a trip to Notre Dame for her 4th grade class at Taylor Leadership Academy to inspire them to excel in school and get their college education. As an adjunct to the trip, Delta Airlines featured Allison and her class in one of their commercials. (2/18)

 

Brianna Southern,  an apprentice at her family's Southern Exposure in Stockton was featured in the The Record for her charity drive Backpacks for Blowouts campaign. Her goal is to collect 200 toiletries-filled backpacks to donate to the Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services. In exchange for a donation of a backpack, new toiletries or gently used clothing, people will receive a free hair blowout. (7/18)

 

 

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2005

 

Mary Enriquez is a staff sergeant and a bioenvironmental technician in the 325th Aerospace Medicine Squadron in the Air Force, currently stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. 325th Aerospace Medicine Squadron (7/18)

 

Kasey Malcoun is working with the FBI in California (7/18)

 

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2006

 

Connor Huber is camp director for USA Spirit and is a high school cheer coach at Downey High School in Downey California. Connor was the owner of AMP, a highly successful cheer and dance studio in Southern  California prior to being bought out by USA. (3/18)

 

Ty Kelly is playing in the major league with the New York Mets. He played previously for the Philadelphia Phillies. (5/18)

 

Kyle Jensen  played in Major League Baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball. He is currently a free agent (6/18)

 

Jackie Gemlos  was signed by the WNBA Las Vegas Aces. The Aces are formerly the San Antonio Stars who were approved to move to Las Vegas by the WNBA Board of Directors in Oct 2017. The Aces will be owned by MGM Resorts International and will play their games at the 12,000-seat indoor arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort (4/18)

 

Michael Kahler is a helicopter pilot for the US Navy. (3/18)

 

Joey Kozina has received his Masters in Education. He is a science teacher at Presentation School . (3/18)

 

Michael Kozina, PhD married Amy Calgano at The Church of the Nativity in Menlo Park on April 29, 2017. He is an assistant professor at Stanford University. They will reside in the area while Amy completes here doctoral work (7/18)

 

 

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2007

 

Jeff Hoornaert,  is the Aquatics Director at St. Mary's and coaches the women's and mend's water polo teams. He is also head coach for Big Valley Water Polo (3/18)

 

Christian Low, D.D.S. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree at the College of Idaho, majoring in biology, Dr. Low graduated from the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. He completed a residency program in advanced general dentistry at the Union City Dental Care Clinic for one year.  Dr. Low practices in Lodi at Low Family Dentistry. (6/18)

 

Pete Murdaca, wedding to his wife Tyler Ring Murdaca in Her Life magazine.(2/18)

 

Allison Zeiher Weglan wedding to  her husband Keith Weglin was featured in the current Wedding Edition of San Joaquin Magazine as one of the most inspiring local weddings. (2/18)

 

 

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2009

 

Jordan M. Carl, D.M.D. attended San Diego State University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Biology.  He attended the College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. In addition to his coursework, Dr. Carl participated in various continuing education courses, including a trip to Columbia where he trained in the placement and restoration of dental implants. After graduating in 2018, Jordan joined with his father in practice in Lodi. Jordan and his fiancé, Samantha, will be married in September of 2018 (7/18)

 

 

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2010

   

Chelsea Gray a guard for the Los Angeles Sparks, played to the west in the WBNA All Star game for 2018. They beat the east 119-112.  Chesea had 5 points, 2 asists and 5 rebouinds during her 18 minutes of play. This is the second time that Chelsea has been selected for this prestigious award. Chelsea is known for her excellent ability as a play maker and generous team mate. She leads the WNBA with a 50.9 field goal percentage, and scores an average of 15.8 points per game. (7/18)

 

Christine Kozina graduated from CSU Stanislaus and is a  paralegal and notary. She works at Mayall Hurley in Stockton and is assisting on multiple litigation matters including  two major federal cases, one of which is heading to the US Supreme Court. (5/18)

 

Aubrey Miller  graduated from Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa. (5/18)

 

Sarah Norcup is in the Air Force stationed temporarily in Lithuania but will return to her base in Naples, Italy. She is an IT specialist. Her classmates, Christine Kozina and Suzanne Azpetia will be visiting her in September. (5/18)

 

Steven Patterson  plays for the MLB minors team in Travis City Beach Bums (1/18)

 

 

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2011

 

Johnna Feneck is married  David Gherardi, Class of 2009 and is a teacher at Annunciation School. (11/17)

 

Ali Gibson played for the Puerto Rico national team and competing in the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. They won the Bronze medal. (7/18)

Melissa Gillet currently works for the Arnold Law Firm as a Legal Assistant. She was raised in Stockton, California, and attended St. Mary's High School, where she played volleyball, basketball, and softball. She graduated from San Joaquin Delta College with honorable mentions, receiving a Certificate in Law Enforcement and four Associate Degrees: Social & Behavioral Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Teacher Education, and Law Enforcement Associate in Science.

Ms. Gillet is also a full-time student at California State University, Sacramento, where she was accepted into their Criminal Justice Program. Her goal is achieving a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice before attending law school. She has held the intention of becoming a lawyer since high school and is grateful to have the opportunity to gain relevant experience with the Arnold Law Firm. (7/17)

 

Mark Rainwater, D.D.S. graduated from UOP's Dugoni School of Dentistry. He received his undergraduate degree from Franciscan University. Mark and his wife Olivia will be living in Cleveland, Ohio where Mark plans on practicing dentistry.

 

Antonio Roccucci  the Rams football player who was cajoled by Kevin Costello into trying out as an actor in St. Mary's stage productions, has been chosen to play the character of Charlie in the STARZ series "Vida". Antonio is currently starring in "Anthony and Cleopatra" and had a television role in "Romance is a Mess" After graduating from St. Mary's he went on to study English at University of the Pacific and not revisit the arts. After 3 years, he realized that the stage was where he belonged. He left university and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time.(4/18)

 

Mitch Walding has been called up to the majors by the Philadelphia Phillies. Walding will get a shot in the major leagues after hitting .271 with seven home runs and 21 RBI through 48 games at Triple-A (5/18)

 

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2012

 

Gio Brusa plays for the San Jose Giants. He made team history by  being one of the 2 Giants to achieve Bi-Cycle in the same game. Quoted on-line, Gio stated: "I didn't really realize what had been going on. "We were just all excited as a team that we were playing well, and this is just kind of the fruit of being in the moment and playing together well as a team."

 

"... Brusa put his name in the record book first on his 4-for-6 night. Entering the day with just four hits on the season, the Lodi California native belted a two-run homer to left field in the top of the first inning to cap a four-run frame for his team. In the second, Brusa drove home a pair with a single to left as the Giants tallied five runs in that inning.

 

Brusa led off the fourth with a double to center, but entered his final at -bat of the night still missing the last component after a ground out that ended the fifth and a pop-out that capped the sixth, With nobody out and two on in his last trip to the plate, the University of the Pacific product ripped a triple to right that plated two, giving him six RBIs for the evening. He attributed the big day to something bigger than baseball.

 

"Honestly, I'm going to have to say my faith," Brusa said, "Today I had a great devotional, and it was all about the verse, 'Today is the day the lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it: It's very easy to look at the big scheme of things, but it just kind of really planted me in today and grounded me to focus and enjoy each and every pitch, each up, each down, each twist and turn," (4/18)

 

Mark Fitzgerald is a graduate of the University of Arizona and lives in Scottsdale. He serves as an aid to a former United States Ambassador and recently began working for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce where he advises on trade and commerce issues. (10/18)

 

Dorothy Kozina has graduated from UC Irvine. Sher received her  Masters in Education at UC Davis and is teaching in Elk Grove. She is engaged to be marrried. (9/18) 

 

Reagan Porteous is a police officer with the Lodi Police Department. After receiving her undergraduate degree at CSU Monterey Bay, where she excelled on the women's soccer  team, Reagan attended the San Joaquin Delta College Police Academy where she was named top overall cadet and top female athlete. (12/17)

 

Megan Torre is a  Women's Water Polo Assistant Coach at Wagner College. She began her career as an assistant coach at the Big Valley Water Polo Academy in 2012 before becoming the head coach at the Canberra Water Polo Academy, which is the only program in Canberra, Australia that provides athletes with the opportunity to train year-round.

 

In Canberra, Torre directed the Talent Development Squad for both the 16U and 18U girls teams, leading each to appearances in the 2016 Pan Pacific Water Polo Youth Festival in Auckland, New Zealand. On the 18U squad,  Torre will pursue a Masters of Business Administration. (5/18)

 

 

 

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2013

 

Isabella Thompson played volleyball at Santa Barbara City College for two years and has committed to Auburn University. During her time at SBCC Isabella achieved accolades: Player of the week, team captain, two-time All-WSC North performer, guided SBCC to two WSC North titles and helped the team go 48-8 over two seasons 2015, 2016. Total 101 kills and 70 blocks in 2016, while her solo blocks ranked No.2 in the Western State Conference. She also played beach/sand volleyball while at SBCC (1/18)

 

Sierra Zeiter was featured in an article entitled :From the Vine: Sierra Zeiter an up-and-coming assistant winemaker at Oak Farm Vineyards in the Record.

 

Sierra graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo but had worked from Estate Crush in Lodi, during her freshman year of college. She also worked harvests at DAOU Vineyards and J. Lohr Winery, both in Paso Robles, while at Cal Poly, along with working a harvest during high school at the Van Ruiten Winery.

 

Sierra has helped write protocols and implement procedures, taking what Oak Farm has done in the past and adding her ample technical, practical and artistic acumen. Zeiter has provided input to nearly every aspect of Oak Farm’s winemaking process from handling the chess game of logistics to lab work, barrel selection and yeast selection. The wine earned double-gold at the American Fine Wine Competition, an invitation-only judging. She has gotten high praise from Dan Panella, co-owner of the winery who said “She’s this hard-working millennial who has her stuff. She’s a unicorn.” (A compliment because  it means she is a professional  who, just like the mythical animal, are highly desirable but difficult to find or obtain.) (7/18)

 

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2014

 

Gianna Gotterba, a volleyball player at West Virginia University. Gianna was named a "Big 12 Champion for Life" and she named Luigi Gherardi as a teacher who influenced her and contributed greatly to her development in high school. (10/17)

Jack Kirby is the team co-captain of the Cal Lutheran men's water polo team. (9/18)

 

Matt Tudor attends San Jose State University and is a Business Marketing Major. He is an active member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. I was recently accepted into the internship I applied for at Rockwell Collins in Iowa for the 2017 summer session. (11/17)

 

Gabe Vincent  is an affiliate player for the Sacramento Kings playing for the new Stockton Kings G League team. Gabe played for UC Santa Barbara where he averaged 12.4 points per game, 3.3 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 29.1 minutes.

 

“This is a perfect situation for me,” Vincent said. “Knowing that I need to develop as a player and grow, and to be in Stockton, close to home. It’s picture perfect.”

 

Gabe's former and current SM Coach, Ken Green told The Record: “It will be special to watch Gabriel play here. He really flourished at St. Mary’s. He’s the kind of person Stockton should be very proud of. He’s worked hard. He didn’t luck into this thing. Gabriel gave of himself to the team and school,” Green said. “He treated everyone the way he would want to be treated."

 

Speaking of his experience at St. Mary's Gave stated “When I went to St. Mary’s, everyone was so welcoming. The coaches, the team, the other students were all great.” (11/18)

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2015

 

Dwight Jackson, Class Class 2015 has been nominated for the AFCA Good Works Team for the second straight year. Dwight leads the leads the  University of Puget Sound football program through several community initiatives in the Tacoma, Washington area. (7/18)

 

2016

 

Anthony Galindo was a member of the San Joaquin Delta College Men's Baseball Championship team that won a historic CCCAA (California Community College Athletic Association ) State Championship for San Joaquin Delta College. (5/18)

 

Joshua Landin is a teacher at St. Mary's High School. He has worked at Zion Academy of Music and has been a voice teacher in the Stockton/Lodi area since 2011. He is also the head of the Musical Theatre department at a music school in another city and regularly music-directs and conducts shows at many theaters in the area including St. Mary's High School, Stockton Civic Theatre, Showbiz Theatre Company, and Missouri Street Theatre Company in Fairfield. (6/18)

 

Sydney Spurgeon   is attending Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana adn is enrolled  in the elite, Professional-Intensive Program.  Sydney travelled to Kenya to the Red Rhino Orphanage Project to prepare a photo chronicle of the project that was founded by Greg '79 and Susan Traverso and co-founder Dave Saunders '68 who currently leads the project in Kenya. (6/18)

Nick Swanson was a member of the San Joaquin Delta College Men's Baseball Championship team that won a historic CCCAA (California Community College Athletic Association ) State Championship for San Joaquin Delta College. (5/18)

Kat Tudor  was on Team USA in the FISU America Games, a multi-sport event  held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 20·29, 2018. Team USA brought home the Gold.

 

Kat is a All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and started all 34 games during the 2017-2018 season, averaging 29.9 minutes per contest, 12.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. She also made 89 3-pointers on the year, the second-highest total by an Oregon State sophomore and finished her sophomore year with 138 career triples, good for seventh in Oregon State history (7/18)

 

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2018

 

Benji Abala was accepted to The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Benji also received The Fr. Xavier Harris Outstanding Dramatist Award. This award has been given out to an SM Theatre Student since 1960, in honor of our former SM Principal, Fr. Xavier Harris. It is presented each year to an actor or actress of outstanding ability. (6/18)

 

Erykah Byias will be attending Prairie View A & M University in Texas and will be majoring in Speech Pathology. (6/18)

 

Christian Almanzawas recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association with the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove award as the top defensive first basemen in the country.  

 

Christian was also recognized by the ABCA as the top first baseman in Region 8 of the All-Region Team.  That team consists of players from California, Nevada and Hawaii.  Christian is currently continuing his academics and baseball career at the University of Utah.(11/18)

 

James Herrera will be in the San Jose State Humanities Honors Program majoring in Business Management and Administration. (6/18)

 

Jonathan Herrera was recognized as a Cal Poly Scholar with a significant merit scholarship. He will be majoring Architectural Engineering. (6/18)

 

Hailey Williams was featured in The Record for being named one of top water polo players in the country by being selected as First-Team All-American by Speedo/National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, making a list that includes the top 102 players in the country. She is the only Rams player to make the Speedo/NISCA All-America list.  Williams also made the Kai Cal-High All-America first Team.

 

Quoted in The Record Hailey said “I actually hated it when I started. I would pretend to be sick so I didn’t have to go in the water.” Now: "“For me, it’s the people I’m around. I love the sport, and I want to be comfortable with a good, supportive group.  I wanted to feel at home, feel like I was having fun.” (7/18)

 

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Reunions

 

Class reunions bring together not only fellow alum, but the memories of your time here at Saint Mary's.

 

Remember what it means to "keep forever bright our trust in the Green and White."

 

Class of 1998  20 Year Reunion

 

The St. Mary's High School Class of 1998 will be celebrating its 20 Year Reunion Friday, Nov. 23rd, 2018 at the AVE on the Mile 2333 Pacific Ave. Stockton, Ca. 95204 from 6:30pm-10pm

 

Contact for more information:  Anne Stauffer, astauffer@gmail.com  or Lauren Casey Toledo, laurentoledo80@gmail.com

 

Class of 2008 10 Year Reunion

 

The Class of 2008 will celebrate its 10th Reunion on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 at Saint Mary's High School. Social 5pm, Dinner by Angelina's 6pm

 

Visit us on Facebook at St. Mary's Class of '08. Tickets available on EVENTBRITE.com  Any questions e mail at SMHSRamsReunion@gmail.com

 

Class of 1978 Reunion Photo. The reunion was held over two days with a mixer at the AVE and then a gathering in Woodbridge to cap off th events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class of 1983 Celebrates its 35th Reunion at Woodbridge Feed and Fuel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring back the memories of you times at St. Mary's.

 

Enjoy hared experiences, the many adventures of life that have come and a chance to re-connect with your fellow classmates.

 

A Ram Reunion, now that is something.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE  CONTACT: Stefani Delucchi  AT 209-957-3340 ext. 195 or by  e-mail at the following address: sdelucchi@saintmaryshighschool.org for more information.

 

AFTER EVENT: Send reunion highlights, pictures, and any updated alumni addresses to SMHS Development Office @ P.O. Box 7247 – Stockton, CA 95267 or you can email Stefani Delucchi

 

 

Reunite with your fellow alumni at your class reunion.

Contact the Alumni & Development Office for more information.

(209) 957-3340 Extension 180

 

Help Support St. Mary's

 

Calling all Rams to unite  and go all in for the Green & White on August 24, 2018.

 

 On behalf of St. Mary's faculty and Staff we thank you for your generous support of the 24 hour Day of

 Giving Event last year. Your donation helped to purchase:

 

• 65" Smart TV's , with the Apple TV component across campus

• Supplemental Supplies for Religion Classes

• Professional development workshops, curriculum enhancement, and

  continuing education for our teachers

• Wiring upgrades for our Science and Math classrooms

• And much. much more!

 

 This year our faculty identified the need for better security on campus with their number one priority to help

  keep students and teachers safe

 

2018 Day of Giving on August 24, 2018 will fund  new fencing, interior door locks in all classrooms, and un upgrade security cameras.

 

Thank you Pacific Home Care Services for your generous support by matching the first $24,000 of donations.

 

 

Go to GreenandWhitc.orgl24 to donate or contact Greg Traverso. Director of Advancement at (209) 957 3340 extension 180 or gtraverso@saintmaryshighschool.org

 

GreenandWhite.org/24

 

Help support St. Mary's High School with its ongoing mission of providing quality Catholic Education.

 

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Let us hear from you. Your fellow alumni are interested in reading about what you are doing.

 

 

 

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Class Representatives

 

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