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    Joseph T. Troy, President/Principal May, 2013

    Carl Locatelli, Assistant Principal Volume 53, Number 7

    May Devotions to Our Lady

    On Sundays: O Mary, the Immaculate Conception, you are the New Eve. All that

    Adam and Eve longed for and tried to steal from God you give to us as the Mother of God. May we share in your holiness by our union with you.

    On Mondays: At your nativity, O Blessed Virgin, the way by which earth will be united

    to heaven is born. By the grace of your birth, we are led away from our slavery, and are blessed with holy joy.

    On Tuesdays: May we live every day, O Blessed Virgin Mary, the miracle of the Annun-

    ciation. United with you, may our life be a constant Yes to the presence of the Word made flesh. May we turn with our yearnings to the humanity of God.

    On Wednesdays: O Mother of God, may we experience through you all the graces of

    the Visitation: you bring Jesus close to us; we rejoice with new life; your Magnificat be-comes our hope.

    On Thursdays: O Blessed Mother, God chose you to offer his fatherly love more gener-

    ously to the world. You are the Mother of the Life by which we live Jesus. He leads us to you. Through your maternal mediation, all things are made new.

    On Fridays: Our Lady of Sorrows, your presence at the cross instills a grace that dis-

    places horror. Your faith contains a light greater than any darkness in my heart. Be with me in my Calvary. On Saturdays: O Blessed Lady assumed into heaven, give me the ability to await Gods future and to abandon myself to the Lords promises.

    Father Peter John Cameron, O.P.


    FIRST HONORS is awarded to a student who achieves an average of 95% with no failing grade.

    SECOND HONORS is awarded to a student who achieves an average of 90% with no failing grade.

    FRESHMAN Emily Auld

    Casey Bischoff

    Paulina Dore

    Reilly Golden

    Matthew Grieco

    Samantha Heavner

    Timothy A. OConnor

    Jacklyn L. Onody

    Jordan C. Rivera

    Carly M. Winchell

    Heba Yacoub

    Chelsea L. Yagel

    SOPHOMORE Maxx Annunziata

    Christian Conklin

    Griffin Favre

    Allison Fisher

    Samantha Giuliano

    Claire Hatala

    Jacqueline Hennelly

    Kelly Houlihan

    Kaitlyn Joong

    Kevin Leddy

    Madison McGrath

    Lauren Milano

    Jade Ortiz

    Elisabeth Pappalardo

    Emily Roff

    Rianna Scanlon

    Kiera Townsend

    Gabrielle Valdez

    Michael Waldron

    Caroline Zemsky

    JUNIOR Terence Amonica

    Marisa Blanco

    Jenna Braca

    Kristin Burns

    Megan Confrey

    Mikaela Connell

    Fiona Egan

    Alessandra Garcia

    Charles Giordano

    Annemarie Hahnenfeld

    Jessie Kay

    Megan Mearian

    Raymond Mosquea

    Maureen ODowd

    Courtney Olsen

    Matthew Raggi

    Brian Reardon

    Katie Solesky

    Megan Townsend

    Tracy Xiao


    Callie Bailey-Wickins

    Elizabeth Czerwinski

    Dylan Discenza

    Lauren Gruffi

    Thomas McConnell

    Michael Strack

    Jack Sullivan


    Michelle Barry

    Kyra Berkner

    Olivia Berkner

    Isabella Bono

    Megan Bragaglia

    Erin Ciborowski

    Erin Curley

    Kelly DeVizio

    Edward Faro

    Maria Fernandes

    Mary Gavin

    Julia Gillies

    Richard Michel

    Sin Ah Moon

    Emily A. Nealon

    Michael Padron

    Katherine A. Reilly

    Stephen R. Rodriguez

    Giordana Scaffidi

    Amanda M. Silvestri

    Jessica Stagnari

    Stephen R. Storms

    Ashley Tortorella

    Noah Trout

    JUNIOR Cara Amador

    James Arnowich

    Michael Aurellano

    Caroline Bartholomew

    Maliq Cham

    Laura Clinton

    Michelle Coppola

    Mary Czerwinski

    Heather Durkin

    Kristen Fahey

    Brianna Flores

    Liam Foxe

    Sabrina Francois

    Bridget Gallione

    Madison Kandoth

    Janine Kennelly

    Luke Kern

    Victor Leeber

    Felicia Long

    Cristina Magistro

    Dana McLaughlin

    Kaitlyn McNamara

    Daniel Miller

    Savannah Moore

    Ryan OGrady

    Christine ORiordan

    Grace Ostolazaga

    Jacqueline Parker

    Tabitha Salci

    Sania Solon


    Edward Amaba

    Ronald Arvanites

    Timothy Brenner

    Catherine Cain

    Victoria Cipollina

    Andrew Gallagher

    Kevin Hayes

    Sean Healey

    Daniela Herrera

    Kelly Kozar

    Ashley Lara

    Alexia Mazis

    Allison McNamara

    Christopher Munno

    Amber Pandya

    Anthony Parisi, Jr.

    Gianna Pisano

    Kirsten Rico

    Sean TenEyck

    Allyson Tierney

    Victoria Vieira

    Feda Yacoub

    SENIOR Jennifer Bases

    Monica Branca

    James Brooks

    Michael Catania

    Sara Chivelly

    Ashley Columbia

    Jessica Dominianni

    Shannon Donohue

    Salvatore Florio

    Robert Gelok

    Marissa Grieco

    Conor Houlihan

    Cassie Jacob

    Shannon Keown

    Brian McFadden

    Kerry Mulcahy

    John Nyemchek

    Casey OBrien

    Christine OKeeffe

    Mary OSullivan

    Christine Ottaviano

    Karn Pandya

    Hae Wan Park

    Meghan Reilly

    Giselle Rodriguez

    Stephanie Ruppen

    Jessica Silva

    Daniel Sullivan

    Daniel VanHise

    JUNIOR cont.

    Brianna Untener

    Patrick Ward

    Allison White

    Kiana White


    As I write this article, I think it is safe to say that Spring has finally arrived! During this time of year, we are blessed to witness the emergence of new life in all of creation and despite an allergic sneeze or two are grateful for the wonder and beauty that God be-stows upon us. Last month our sophomores traveled to Dominican Convent in Sparkill for their annual retreat. Through the Gospel story of the woman at the well our presenter, Mrs. Parisi, inspired and challenged our young men and women to open their hearts to Gods loving presence in their lives , recognize the gift they are and acknowledge the giftedness of their classmates. At the end of the day each received a special personal-ized prayer card as a remembrance of this experience. April also marked the beginning of our training for Eucharistic Ministers. This four session program is open to juniors who have felt the call to serve our Albertus Family in this ministry during their senior year. We presently have 19 candidates preparing and look forward to their induction at Mass on May 28th. This Mass will also be the time when our juniors rings are blessed. Msgr. Emmet Nevins an alum and Vicar of Rockland will celebrate the Mass. May is the month dedicated to Our Blessed Mother and all mothers. Our students, faculty and staff have all listed names of mothers, grandmothers, guardians and any women whose motherly witness has affected their lives into a special book which is kept in our chapel during this month. On Ascension Thursday, the book will be brought up during the offertory procession and on May 10th special prayers for all listed will be said in our chapel during lunch periods. On May 29th our seniors will hold their prom; exams will follow leading to their Baccalaureate Mass and gradua-

    tion. Let us hold them in our hearts and prayers in a special way during this time.

    - submitted by Sr. Nancy Richter, O.P.


    Mock Trial The Mock Trial team has just completed another successful season. After four regular season matches against teams throughout the county, they advanced to the Rockland County finals. They were defeated by Nyack High School in a very close match. The AMHS team is moderated by social studies teacher, Chris Power, and coached by alumnus and par-ent, Ken Zemsky. During a competition, the students argue either the defense or plaintiff's position in a virtual court case. The trials take place in Clarkstown Town Court and are adjudicated by local town attorneys or actual town judges. Members of the team are: Maxx Annunziata, Kristin Burns, Sal Florio, Dan Hanlon, Samantha Heavner, Shannon Keown, Kevin Leddy, Gabriel Lewis, Chris Ott, Giselle Rodriguez, Kiera Townsend, and Caroline Zemsky.


    After 43 years, Mr. Carl Locatelli is retiring from his position as Assistant

    Principal at Albertus Magnus High School.

    The AMHS community wishes Mr. Locatelli good wishes on his retirement!

    We will all miss him.


    ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL NIGHT OF FELLOWSHIP & FUN! The 17th Annual Falcon Parents Club Dinner & Auction was held on Saturday eve, April 20, 2013, and deemed another sterling success as over $73,000 was raised to help support the Lab Rehab Project. The commitment and support of over 300 parents, alumni and friends who attended the Creating a Legacy fundraising event will help us underwrite the reconstruction costs of a new Biology Classroom. This project will take place over the Summer Recess, 2013, so that AM students will arrive back on the AMHS Campus to another (Chemistry Lab was the first in 2010) state-of-the art science facility.

    Special kudos should go to all members of the Dinner Auction Committee for their incredible work and imagination in making the 2013 Edition so profitable. However special mention must be made of the volun-teer leadership to this groupThe Fab Five of Dinner Auction 13: Trish Bakker, Kim Gruffi, Mary Jane Michalak, Fiona Parahus and Grace Anthony Zemsky.

    The great energy that was so evident at this gala affair was also attributable to many sources including our Guest Auctioneer, former NY Giant great, O.J. Anderson; senior student, Ms. Stephanie Ruppen 13, who opened the formal dinner portion of the evening with a powerful rendition of our National Anthem and en-tertained the gathering with her beautiful singing voice, accompanied by Science teacher, Adam Yaun. More than 40 students from the Senior Class of 2013 gave of their considerable energy and talent to help the event go off so smoothly. They were ably led by our Senior Class Officers: Kimberly Roc, Jack Sullivan, Tom McConnell and Brian McFadden.

    The three main raffle prizes that were an important part of this evenings affair also played to great human interest storylines: Free Tuition Rafflewon by Mrs. Dana Denise, mother to a graduating Senior, AM Foot-ball Star, Nico Denise 13; a soon-to-be Junior, Joseph Denise 15; and an incoming Freshman, baby sister Beau Denise 17.

    The Super 50/50 Cash Raffle was won by Mrs. Rosemary Owen, grandmother to the Doohan Boys, Senior, Dan Doohan 13 and Sophomore, Robert Doohan 15. Mrs. Owen split the cash award of over $14, 300 with Albertusa fitting connection based on her many years of support for the Falcons! The Mazda 3 i SV Car Raffle ticket was held by Ms. Pat Ryan, our legendary Kitchen Director & Chef, who runs a cafeteria that feeds more than 500 people twice-a-day and does so with great warmth and aplomb. This non-stop cooking guru feeds both body & soul for the students and faculty of AM. The packed house at New York Country Club went crazy with thunderous applause when Pats name was announced as the Car Raffle winner!

    Even as the Auctions activities were deemed an Artistic Success, the fiscal support that will benefit the Lab Rehab project came from many helpersbut a chosen few stood out with their extraordinary gener-osity.

    Our major patrons include the Auction Sponsors who provided the largest gifts: Bakker Family (Trish & Eric); Lagana Family (Robert Lagana, AM School Board); Parahus Family (Fiona & Gary). The Table Sponsors were the next level of benefactors and included: A & T Healthcare; ClarkDietrich Building Systems; Falcon Spiked Shoe Club (John McNiff 75, President); Gruffi Family (Kim & Doug); Solomon Family (Lori & Ciro); Sullivan Family (Lisa 79 & Chris 79); Troy Family (Maura & Joe). Sincere gratitude to all the families who gave to this important fundraising & social happening to benefit our students of today and tomorrow! Go Falcons!

    St. Albert the Great, Patron Saint of Science, Pray for Us!


    BROADWAY COMES TO ALBERTUS If you love Broadway show tunes, then you are not going to want to miss our Spring Concert dedicated to the Broadway Musical! Come hear favorites from Phantom of the Opera, Newsies, Les Miserables, and much more! Join us on Thursday, May 16th at 7pm in the gym!

    MUSIC IN THE PARKS Veritas will be participating in their 4th annual Music In The Parks Competition at Hershey Park on Friday, May 17, 2013. Wish us luck!



    The Art Department will be holding a SPRING ART SHOWCASE

    Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17.

    NYSSMA NEWS: NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) advocates for and improves music education across New York State by promoting and producing appropriate activities and pro-grams for its membership and students in member school music programs. The following students par-ticipated in the 2013 NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival held at North Rockland High School on May 10-11, 2013. In addition, Veritas was adjudicated on a Level 5 piece.

    9th Grade: 11th Grade Addie Gerber Zachary Acosta Reilly Golden Marisa Blanco Kelly Nicholson Corey Jean-Charles Kelly Clinton 10th Grade: Laura Clinton Edward Amaba Fiona Egan Carmangelo Capasso Jamaal Fields-Green Angelica Castaldo Ally Garcia Casey Davies Brian Reardon Alexia Mazis Jade Solomon Allison McNamara Christian Torres Jade Ortiz Megan Townsend Andrew Pierre Matthew Zamot Gianna Pisano Emily Roff 12th Grade Kiera Townsend Katherine Bonikos Finn Titland Elizabeth Czerwinski Shannon Davies Stephanie Ruppen


  • Stephanie Ruppen Gives Student

    Address at St. Patrick's Cathedral

    Senior Stephanie Ruppen gave the student address at the

    annual Mass for High School Seniors on April 25th at

    St. Patrick's Cathedral. As she was returning to her seat,

    Cardinal Dolan called her back and told her that her

    speech was "better than my homily."



    Eight sophomores from Albertus Magnus High School have completed the 2012-2013

    Teen Leadership Rockland program. The program is a 4-H Youth Development Pro-

    gram of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County for high school sophomores,

    which seeks to develop students leadership skills.

    The Albertus Magnus High School students are Nicole Costello, Jacqueline Hennelly, Kaitlyn Joong, Lauren Milano, Elizabeth Pappalardo, Kiera Townsend, Michael Waldron and Caroline Zemsky.



    Kerry Mulcahy signed with East Stroudsburg to play Division II Lacrosse

    Kim Sano a sophomore batting average is .523 which is amazing. Lauren Cappello leads the league in walks and on base percentage.

    Jack Sullivan and Maeve Parahus selected Boys and Girls Basketball Players of Year. (1st time 2 from same school!!)

    Maeve Parahus named winter athlete of the Season.

    Joe Nyemchek leads the boys Lacrosse attack with 23 goals and Senior Dan Doohan anchors the teams defense. Mary OSullivan finished in 2nd place in the Shot Putt in the League Championships; Grace Ostolozaga qualified f...


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