Alumnae News & Events
St. Francis’ proud 80-year history lives on through our legacy families. Alumna Alicia Wong Iniguez ‘96 and daughter Maya Iniguez ‘23 get dressed up for the student welcome back car parade on campus today! #TroubieForLife #80YearLegacy #FaithExcellenceLeadershipService
This past week, an SF social media post sparked an outpouring of anger, pain and sadness about the way students of color have experienced and continue to experience our campus community. In reading these comments, the many emails, and hearing the stories shared on our first Zoom call, I know that so many of you are suffering — and not just recently — but for a very long time. And to hear that your experiences at SF have contributed to that pain is deeply painful and shameful.
As a Catholic community, we believe our faith in Christ must guide us to healing and reconciliation. Racism is a sin that divides the human family. It has hurt our St. Francis Catholic High School community.
#AlumnaNews Thank you Maj. Theresa Simard ‘03 for your dedication and your service! Theresa is flight surgeon with the 11th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade in Fort Carson, Colorado.
“Medical workers and other experts have been on the frontlines fighting the coronavirus pandemic since the infection surged in the United States in early March….
On April 4, the same day she received her orders, Simard was given 24 hours to pack and deploy with the 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support)”
Yesterday we had a chance to hear from some of our incredible #TroubieHeroes on the frontlines of the COVID-19 epidemic. We were impressed by the candor and insights of our esteemed panelists: alumna MaryAnn Dakkak ’00 at Family Medicine-Obstetrics at Boston University Medical Center, and Director of Women’s Health at Manet Community Health Centers; Addie Wallace ’15 RN at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania; and Anna Ryan ’89 RN at Sutter Medical Center Sacramento in the Emergency Department. These #TroubieHeroes shared their experiences battling this virus, and answered questions from our alumnae community.
If you missed our webinar, you can view a recording of it here
We recently heard from Colleen Findley, class of 1971, who shared the following.
What a great foundation St. Francis has given me. The faith, encouragement and love from the staff has served me well, reaching into every aspect of my life. The achievements I’m most happy with are my daughter, son, granddaughter and great-grandson. The achievement I’m most proud of is the presentation of my Jeweled Egg to the President and First Lady in the White House.
Laura married her high school sweetheart Dylan in Seattle on July 20, 2019. Laura was a very involved Student during her time at SFHS. Laura was an Ambassador and participated in the Anime & Italian Clubs, as well as SF Players, and Tech Club. She also performed, and or worked on the following theatre productions:
We recently heard from alumna Carly Reed, Class of 2014. Here is little of what she is up to.
While attending University of Notre Dame, Olivia Godby ‘12, co-created the band, Night Hikes, with her creative partner Matthew Farrell. Recently, in September 2019, Olivia and Night Hikes performed in Sacramento for all-ages. We are very proud, and excited to follow along in their success.
The following excerpt is from their biography:
Alumna Isabella “Izzy” Chelini ‘15 graduated May 2019 with a degree in exercise science from Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks. She played soccer all four years. Last year the 2018 team went to sweet sixteen for the first time in the history of the school. She plans on pursuing nursing. Help us celebrate your Troubie grad by emailing photos with name, school, accomplishments and degree to email@example.com. #WomenWhoChangetheWorld
Coming soon to a theater near you: SFHS Alumna, Greta Gerwig ‘02, brings Little Women to life on the big screen as only she can do! Another well directed and cast film, Gerwig has Saoirse Ronan playing the heroine Jo March; Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, and Eliza Scanlen playing the sisters; Laura Dern is Marmee, and Meryl Streep plays their forbidding, rich Aunt March. Timothée Chalamet (another Lady Bird carryover) plays heartthrob Laurie, the literal boy next door who develops an intense friendship with Jo.
After almost a decade of performing around the world, SF Players alumna Olivia Nice (‘10) is returning to California to perform the lead in the musical ONCE, playing at the 42nd St Moon Gateway Theater from June 12-June 30th, 2019. She has been playing this role around the nation for over a year now, picking up a BroadwayWorld nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Musical and a win for Best Female Performance of the Year from Ashland, OR Sneak Preview Magazine.
St. Francis High School would like to include legacy families from all the Sacramento all-girls Catholic schools.
If a member of your family attended Loretto, Bishop Armstrong, Bishop Manogue, or Mercy and you have a current student at St. Francis, please update MaryAnne Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young alums from St. Francis, Jesuit and Loretto from the classes of 2007-2015 kicked-off the holiday season with Jingle Mingle at Barwest on December 21, 2018.
Amy works on the Corporate Communications Team as head of HR Communications for all of NBCUniversal. She was formerly a publicist at TECHTV, FUSE, and NBC News.
The 2nd annual “Spirit of San Damiano Award” will be presented at the 2019 Revelry Gala & Auction on March 9, 2019. Marion Kaeser Slakey ’48 has been selected as a recipient of this year’s award.
The Class of 2008 celebrated their 10 year reunion on December 22, 2018 with lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory followed by a Holiday Cruise aboard the Hornblower Cruise on the Sacramento River.
The Class of 83 celebrated their 35th reunion on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Luna Lounge in Carmichael.
On September 26th the Class of 1953 gathered for Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Parish. After Mass they met for lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Downtown Sacramento.
The Class of 1993, our Pebbles and Bam Bam, celebrated their 25th Reunion and their Sisterhood with a full weekend of events. These are photos from their Saturday, October 6th celebration.
The Class of 1988, our Chip & Dales, celebrated their 30th Reunion at Hook and Ladder in Sacramento.
Jessica Crouch’04 is on Broadway! Good luck and congratulations to Jessica Crouch’04 who is in previews for “Pretty Woman the Musical” on Broadway! The show officially opens on August 16th. Dreams do come true!
The class of 1968 is celebrated their Golden 50th Reunion in 2018. They attended the 2018 Graduation Ceremony and processed in before the class of 2018. They also gathered at Piatti’s in Sacramento on June 2nd and a Picnic with Christian Brothers on June 3rd at St. Francis Catholic High School.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Alumna Allison Child ’13 will begin her first season on the St. Francis volleyball staff in 2018, serving as the head coach of the freshman team.
“Being back at St. Francis is such a blessing and I am excited to be here to serve the community that gave me so much,” said Child. “I loved being a part of this volleyball program as a player, and I can’t wait to experience it as a coach, alongside an amazing and supportive staff. Overall, it’s truly an amazing opportunity to be back in the SF gym and I am looking forward to this season!”
Alumna Katie Garnett ‘12 had her first flight as a Flight Attendant for American Airlines on Saturday, June 23rd. Her day included the Chicago-Sacramento route which was boarded by members of the returning Chicago Service Trip. Katie, who went on the New Orleans Service Trip as a Troubie, recently graduated from Sacramento State and relocated to her base New York City and being a flight attendant is her absolute dream job.
Alumna Ashley Kyalwazi ’14, who was the Student Body President her senior year, continues to be a shining example and representative of St. Francis High School. She recently stopped by the campus in between her graduation from the University of Notre Dame and enrollment in Harvard Medical School this fall.
“I had a great time as an undergraduate at Notre Dame,” said Kyalwazi. “Over the course of four years, I was blessed to meet amazing people from professors to my peers. I will miss my time at ND, but I am looking forward to beginning my medical school journey.”
What’s new with our 2014 Troubies? Just four short years ago they were accepting their diplomas from St. Francis High School on stage at Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium. Now they are graduating from colleges across the nation. Send us your graduation news to Dawn Winston ‘91 at email@example.com
MacKenzie Campbell ’14 graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations with minors in English and Communications. She worked at Hudl (a sports software company) as an intern her senior year of college and she used her lacrosse knowledge from playing four years at St. Francis to help develop their lacrosse marketing. After graduation she transitioned to a full-time role at Hudl as a Project Manager for the Marketing Technology team. #TroubieForLife
Meredith Ray ‘14 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara University in Communication and Spanish. She is headed to Seattle in August for a full time job with the Seattle Seahawks in their Digital Media department. #TroubieForLife
Wow! That is an exciting industry to work in and we will follow up with Meredith in the fall for an update on her new career with the Seahawks.
We are so proud of all our Troubies and want to share your news too! Send in an update
Congratulations to Athena! She has been selected as the 2018 Valedictorian for Santa Clara University! Next she will be headed to Vietnam where she will serve as a Teaching Assistant as part of her Fullbright Scholar program #AlumnaNews
Alumna Sarah Lewicki ‘09 and Rebekah Fenton(Lucien) ‘08 discovered they are both working at the Seattle Children’s Hospital; Sarah a nurse in the PICU, and Rebekah is a pediatrics resident! Way to Go Troubies!
Do you work with your Troubadour Sisters? We would love to feature you – send a photo into our Alumna Director, Dawn Winston ‘91, at firstname.lastname@example.org. #TroubieforLife
Kayla Morrow ‘15 is currently studying Strategic Communication with a double emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising at Northern Arizona University. This summer she will be attending Regionals and Nationals with her Flagstaff baton team where she will compete in solo and team events. The medals she is wearing are from placing in her solo routines at a competition in April. She has been twirling since she was 7 and her teacher was Danielle Muller ’00. Kayla’s sister, current Troubie Olivia ‘20 is also a twirling student of Mrs. Muller.
Congratulations Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis ‘85. Eleni moved one step closer to Lieutenant Governor of California in the Tuesday June 5th primary election.
We are proud of all of our Troubies! Share your Troubie news at email@example.com
Alumnae Spotlight Eleni Kounalakis ’85
Troubie. Businesswoman. Activist. Diplomat. Mother. What's Next, Lieutenant Governor of California?
Congratulations to alumna Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis ’85 on her election to Lieutenant Governor of California! If you missed the article on Eleni in the Spring 2018 issue, read it here:
We know Troubadours are women who change the world; we had a chance to catch up with Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis ’85 to hear where her post-St. Francis journey has taken her and what lessons from her alma mater she has taken on the journey.
Always a woman who wanted to experience the world, Eleni spent her sophomore year at a boarding school in Lugano, Switzerland before embarking on her Troubadour education. While transferring schools mid-way through high school can seem intimidating, Eleni found her St. Francis home to be warm and welcoming and affectionately remembers the many friends she made while a student here. Troubies who remember her debate performance as Walter Mondale*, alongside Claire Chatfield as Geraldine Ferraro, will not be surprised that Eleni is currently campaigning to be the next Lieutenant Governor of California.
“A part of running for office is reviewing your old files. I pleasantly found a report I had written in high school about the 1984 election. There was no question the work we were doing at St. Francis was very relevant,” Eleni reminisces. Her social studies teacher, Trisha (Garretson) Uhrhammer, had connections at the Capitol through her graduate work in history and government. She was also involved with the League of Women Voters and encouraged her students to be informed and active in government. She made a big impact on Eleni.
Jessica Kensky ‘99 and her husband Patrick Downes were among those injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Jessica is a double amputee and her husband lost his left leg. Their life now includes a black labrador service dog named Rescue. Jessica and Patrick have authored a children’s book about an 11-year-old girl named Jessica adjusting life with prostheses, wheelchairs and crutches with her service dog by her side.
St. Francis Alumna Kaitlyn Cozens ’13 is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan. She was a four-year letter winner with the Water Polo program and graduated from the School of Kinesiology with a degree in sports management in April, 2017. She was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and received the U-M Academic Achievement Award twice. She finished her career with 51 games played with 11 goals, 11 assists, 22 points and 13 steals and was a member of two CWPA Championship teams and two NCAA appearances.
Alumna Stephanie Buck ‘05 wrote a lovely article for Vanity Fair about Greta Gerwig ‘02, Lady Bird and our Red Carpet Party 2018 on Sunday. It’s really great to hear the community near and far abuzz for Greta, Lady Bird and Sacramento!
Exciting Morning at SFHS! Theatre Arts Director, Mrs. Cheryl Watson and Alumna Arts Faculty Mrs. Kiera Mickiewicz Anderson ‘99 are talking with Fox40 News about Greta Gerwig ‘02, Lady Bird, and the Golden Globe Wins! Check out the story here: http://fox40.com/2018/01/09/st-francis-reacts-to-greta-gerwigs-lady-bird-golden-globe-win/
Greta Gerwig graduated from St. Francis Catholic High School in 2002. While at SF, Greta was part of the Dance program, Chamber Choir and numerous theatre productions. She played in SF’s shows “Into the Woods,” “The Boy Friend,” “Pippin,” and “The Apple Tree,” as well as Lenaea Festival showings with SF for “Antigone,” “Final Dress Rehearsal” and “Ladies of the Tower,” for which she was a Lenaea medalist.
Katie Sweeney, class of 2009, spent her college years at Seattle University studying philosophy and classical vocal performance. She supported the choirs as the Soprano II section leader, honed her skills as a musical arranger directing SU’s first a cappella group, and played bass and guitar in extracurricular bands. In 2011, Katie and a few choir buddies formed a band, jokingly named it The Ramblin’ Years, rehearsed twice, and unexpectedly won the campus Battle of the Bands.
Leah is a reporter and weekend weather anchor at KERO, the local ABC affiliate, in Bakersfield, California. She graduated early from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and immediately started at 23ABC. In college, she won many prestigious journalism scholarships and awards, including two Sacramento Press Club scholarships, the Outstanding Senior Award in her graduating class and a National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) scholarship to attend their workshop.
SFHS Theatre Alumna Jessica Crouch ‘04 has been cast in the Broadway bound Pretty Woman: The Musical! Jessie was very active member of the SF Theatre Program. She performed in musicals, plays and was a member to the SF Players all four years of high school. Jessie received an Elly Award for her final performance as Winifred in Once Upon a Mattress! After high school she graduated in musical theatre from NYU Tisch and has been working non stop since in regional theatres and national tours.
After graduating from SFHS Natasha Soto-Albors ‘02 made the journey east to study at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since receiving her B.F.A. in Drama, Natasha has built a career as an actor, screenwriter, and film producer. She is the founder and CEO of Night Spark Pictures, an NYC production company dedicated to diverse and dynamic storytelling.
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – Alumna Lauren LaRocco ‘14 finished 13th in the 10,000 meters with a time of 33:41.08 at the USATF Championships on Thursday at Sacramento State.
“My goal was to start really conservative,” said LaRocco. “I did not know how I would feel coming down from altitude. I really tried to run my own race and slowly pick off girls. I think I did a pretty good job of it and I was close to one of them at the end.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis senior basketball player Julia Razo will continue her basketball career at Dominican University in San Rafael.
“I am really grateful for it and I was not expecting it,” said Razo. “I am really excited for a new beginning. It has always been a goal to play in college so I am glad I got it.”
Congrats to alumna Maggie Lloyd ‘08 who completed her second Boston Marathon. She was a St. Francis Booster Club scholarship winner, two-time state championship qualifier, Nike Team Nationals open race qualifier and AP Scholar and Bank of America award winner for science and math. She competed for MIT in college.
Frances Wang ‘10 has dreamed of being a journalist since she
was kid after being interviewed by Walt Gray.
She’s always been the most talkative of her peers, so her former teachers and classmates aren’t surprised she became a reporter.
After graduating from St. Francis High School, she went on to become a Trojan at the University of Southern California. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors. During her time there, she also earned a second Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
St. Francis Alumnae Kaitlyn Cousins ’13 (Michigan) and Maggie Oys ’16 (Santa Clara) played in the 2017 Wolverine Invitational this past weekend in Ann Arbor. The tournament also included Pacific and Brinnley Barthels ’15. Oys scored twice against Michigan in the finale of the event.
Alumnae News: Alumna Madison Carnahan ’16 participated in the University of Kentucky’s 24-Hour dance marathon raising money for pediatric oncology research at the University of Kentucky’s children’s hospital and Markey Cancer center.
She competed for 24 hours straight for Kappa Alpha Theta’s team and was among the top 40 fundraisers out of 954 dancers.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Coaches can be role models for their players in many ways. Alumna Beth Balbierz ‘11 is not only a former player at St. Francis but Division I starter at Cal Poly and now she is passing on her program and basketball knowledge to the players on the Junior Varsity team.
“It is fun but different,” said Balbierz. “There is more anxiety on this side of the ball as I have learned. The girls are really smart players so it is easy to coach them. They catch on quickly.”
Greta Gerwig ‘02 appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, January 12th. Greta spoke about her new movie “20th Century Women” in which she co-stars with Annette Bening. Greta also shared her experience growing up in Sacramento without a TV and how she made up a theme song to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis alumnae Lauren LaRocco ‘14 and Peyton Bilo ‘15 had successful returns to Sacramento at the NCAA West Regional on Friday morning.
“It was really fun because there were people lining the course everywhere,” said Portland junior Lauren LaRocco. “I was really surprised by the turnout and I felt like I had a lot of support running in my hometown.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former Troubadour cross country standouts Peyton Bilo ‘15, Lauren LaRocco ‘14 and Miranda Myers ’15 each helped their teams to wins at the their respective conference championships over the last two days.
Cal Poly sophomore Bilo won the Big West title with a time 21:04, winning by 17 seconds over UCSB junior Jenna Hinkle, and helping the Mustangs to their second straight title in Kahuku, Hawaii. They were ranked No. 36 in the latest rankings.
Chloe Mitchell ‘16 was named to the A-10 Rookie of the Week October 2016 at Fordham University. In her first collegiate meet against Marist, Mitchell kicked off her Fordham career by winning the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:36.07, and followed that with a third place finish in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:14.90. She was also a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay, which posted a time of 3:38.30. Read more here.
SOUTH DAKOTA – Rising senior Jessica Gianulias organized the donation of St. Francis volleyballs while on a service trip this summer in South Dakota.
Gianulias traveled with seven current and former classmates with the Global-7 non-profit organization service trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. They worked with girls between 6-10 years old part of the Oglala Lakota Indian Tribe.
OMAHA, Neb. – Alumna Kate Mills ‘07 finished eighth in the 400 IM (4:46.58) at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb., on June 16. Mills swam at Harvard and is a 2011 graduate with a degree in Art History and Spanish. She is the school record holder in the 200 Butterfly and ranks in the top five in the 200 IM and 400 IM. She is qualified to swim the 200 IM on Tuesday and is appearing in her third Olympic Trials.
GOLD RIVER, Calif. – Former Troubadour Madeleine Verspieren ’12 was drawn to the big boat setup at orientation and decided to try out a new sport. Four years later, she helped the Zags record their best NCAA finish in school history and will leave with two degrees and a feeling of accomplishment from her time on the water.
Alumna Lauren LaRocco ’14, a sophomore at the University of Portland, qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Championships, finishing sixth at the NCAA West Regional on Friday in 34:25.40 in the 10,000 meters.
Alumna Cheryl Murbach ’14 was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team, one of three from the Gonzaga women’s rowing team to tie for league-high honors. She is a sophomore Human Physiology major with a 3.79 GPA. The Zags won the West Coast Conference title and will compete in the NCAA Championships.
Santa Clara’s Camille Dyer ’12 was awarded the Jim Shea Award at the annual Red and White Celebration at Malley Center on the Santa Clara campus on May 22.
The award recognizes one male or female student-athlete who has courageously led his or her team through selfless actions and been a leader in the campus community. Jim Shea was the first Santa Clara student-athlete whose life was cut short while serving in the Vietnam War.
GULF SHORES, Ala. – Alumna Zoe Nightingale ’11 helped the top-ranked USC Trojans win the inaugural NCAA Beach Volleyball Championship with a 3-0 win over No. 2 Florida State. The Women of Troy completed the year on an incredible 30-match winning streak.
Former Troubie Clare Perez ’15 was a nominee for Best Newcomer at the Sacramento State’s Green and Golden Globes Award banquet. Perez is contributing the second varsity boat for the Hornets. Check out the video (got to 1:10 mark).
Lyndsay Carpenter (So. · Defender · Sacramento, Calif.) ‘14 earned Mountain East Conference second team honors for Wheeling Jesuit this season. She caused 13 turnovers, winning 11 draw controls, picking up 36 ground balls, and scoring four goals. In seven different games, Carpenter finished with three or more groundballs.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – When the 2016 St. Francis basketball team qualified for the state championship game on Saturday, there was a group text started between 12 players. The achievement brought back memories and feelings for the only people in St. Francis school history who can relate: the 1993 state championship team.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis Alumnae Sole Montemayor ’01 and Maren (Martinelli) Christie ’00 are both assistants on the basketball staff and played for Head Coach Vic Pitton during their days on campus. They have played a big role in helping the current team reach the CIF Division I Championship game on Thursday.
DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis hosted the Aggie Shootout Saturday but it felt like a St. Francis water polo alumnae gathering with the large number of Troubadours students, alumna and parents in attendance. The Cal Head Coach even called it “National St. Francis Day” at the pool.
Five alumnae were representing three different schools at the Aggie Shootout including Brinnley Barthels ‘14 (Pacific), Lauren Charter ‘15 (UC-Berkeley), Marisa Kolokotronis ‘13 (Brown), Kat Menz ‘12 (UC-Berkeley) and Brooke Vowell ‘12 (UC-Berkeley).
MIDN 1/C Megan Musilli ‘12 has been selected for a Rhodes Scholarship and will study medical anthropology at Oxford University in 2016. Megan is a mathematics major and is training to become a Navy physician. You can read more about Megan on the U.S. Naval Academy Blog and on the Sacramento Bee Website.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Fran (Jaksich) Dowell, a 1971 graduate of St. Francis, was inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas on September 28. Her election was in her first year of eligibility and was in the category of “Director”. Fran is a former recipient of the prestigious SFHS Lifetime Achievement Award for her career in Senior Softball.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It was ironic that Homecoming activities have surrounded the St. Francis campus this week as two of the school’s alumnae returned home to play collegiate volleyball Thursday night less than a mile away at the Hornets Nest on the Sacramento State campus.
For Dana Vestman (Elk Grove) and Loni Kreun (Davis) of the Montana State volleyball team and the St. Francis Class of 2013, everything was familiar on Thursday as they drove down Elvas Avenue on the way to the their game, providing directions to their van drivers.
On Saturday, October 3, 2015 we kicked off our 75th Anniversary Celebration with the Feast of St. Francis Day community event.
Alumnae from nearly 60 of our graduating classes were represented, the class of 1974 had the most members in attendance with a total of 12!
Alumnae enjoyed the afternoon surrounded by former faculty, classmates and their families. They enjoyed BBQ, live music from Clean Slate and a Beer Garden.
DAVIS, Calif. – The UC Davis women’s soccer team posted a 2-1 victory over Sacramento State on Monday in the annual Causeway Cup matchup between the programs in a match that featured three former St. Francis Troubadours and a fourth waiting for her opportunity.
“It felt really good,” said Aggie junior Andi Damian ’13 of the win. “It is good to keep that going for us.”
The game featured Damian, senior Hayley Hughes ’12 and Sacramento State junior Jennifer Lum ’12. Freshman Allie Carmickle ’15 is a reserve goalkeeper for the Aggies.
The St. Francis volleyball program has 18 alumnae on collegiate rosters this fall across all NCAA Divisions. Pepperdine standout Gabi Palmeri leads a talented group of players taking the court this season after starring for Head Coach Alynn Wright and St. Francis.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The St. Francis volleyball program has 18 alumnae on collegiate rosters this fall across all NCAA Divisions. Pepperdine standout Gabi Palmeri leads a talented group of players taking the court this season after starring for Head Coach Alynn Wright and St. Francis.
Several programs have become popular destinations for the Troubies especially in California.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – NCAA Soccer teams across the country start their 2015 seasons this week and there are 12 Troubadour alumnae soccer players on rosters this season: Catie Brown ’15 (SMU), Terra Carden ’14 (Pacific), Allie Carmickle ’15 (UC Davis), Katie Clark ’12 (U.S. Coast Guard Academy), Izzi Chelini ’15 (Cal Lutheran), Andrea Damian ’13 (UC Davis), Emily Egan ’14 (Georgia Southern), Anna Gregg ’15 (Colorado College), Haley Hughes ’12 (UC Davis), Madison Kimball ’15 (Loyola Chicago), Jennifer Lum ’12 (Sacramento State) and Addie Wallace ’15 (Villanova).
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly sophomore Beth Balbierz will play in the Big West Tournament starting Friday in Anaheim.
She has been a key contributor for the Mustangs this season, playing in all 29 games and making one start in the season finale this past weekend. She is coming off the best game of her college career last weekend.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Jolise Limcaco ’11 recently graduated from Menlo College with a degree in Accounting and already has an offer to work at Frank Rimerman + Co. LLP after she graduates due to her exceptional job as an intern. She was a member of the Student Athletes Leadership Committee (SALC) the past two years and worked for the athletic department in her free time.
Moncton, CANADA – St. Francis alumna Ariana Calderon made the Mexican national team for the upcoming Women’s World Cup in Canada but a recent injury will keep her on the sideline.
“Due to my injury, I will not be playing in the World Cup this year,” said Calderon on Instagram Thursday night. “I gave it everything I had, but it was not in God’s plan. Thank you to those who reached out and (have) given me strength during this time. I wish my teammates the best of luck. I can’t wait to get back in the Mexico jersey.”
LINCOLN, Neb. – MacKenzie Campbell ’14 recently accepted a paid internship with the University of Nebraska Huskers Marketing department. She was selected for one of seven positions out of more than 100 applicants and was one of only two freshmen and the only freshman girl. She will be coordinating the marketing for the Huskers nationally-ranked volleyball team, nationally-ranked women’s gymnastics and men’s gymnastics teams this fall. She also will be working events for the football and game day on the field.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Cherie Murbach ’14, Heather Handy ‘14 and Madeleine Vespieren ‘12 competed for Gonzaga in the NCAA Rowing Championships held on Lake Natoma this past weekend.
Murbach, who competed in water polo and track at St. Francis, Handy (golf) and Vespieren (tennis) were on the Second Varsity 8 for the Zags and helped the team to a 17th-place overall finish. It was the second NCAA appearance in school history after the team won the West Coast Conference title.
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Led by St. Francis Alumna Briana Mao, the University of Virginia women’s golf won their first ever ACC title in record fashion, setting the 54-hole ACC tournament record of 27-under par Tuesday. They beat their closest competitor, Duke University (the No. 5-ranked team in the Nation and the defending National Champion), by 26 strokes. This is the first time a non-Carolina school has won the ACC title.
Courtney, class of 2001, was very active in SF’s Drama and Dance departments throughout all four years of high school. Almost 15 years later, she is still a working actor, having appeared on Broadway, in numerous regional theatre productions, and traveled the world with the Walt Disney Company as a singer for their luxury cruise line. It was on the ship that she met her partner Pete, a technician from Australia. Now married, the couple lives in New South Wales, where Pete serves as a technical director for the iconic Sydney Opera House and Courtney continues to pursue theatre.
Congrats to recent Alumna Eileen Walsh ‘14, as she had her first simulation lab clinical experience last week on February 19 at Marquette University and received the great news that she has been chosen as a dorm Resident Assistant for next year! We are very proud of your hard work and for pursuing your dreams!
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – UCLA senior middle blocker Zoe Nightingale told college coaches she wanted to play for and win a national championship. She did just that in her freshmen year and now she wants to perform an encore to bookend her career.
Nightingale, a 2011 graduate of St. Francis, helped the Bruins win the title in her freshman season, earning a selection to the NCAA All-Tournament team in the process.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Former Troubadour volleyball player Kasey Clark went back to serve like she has done a thousand times. But something was different. When she turned around, she was mobbed by her teammates.
“I went back to serve and all my teammates started running up to me,” said Clark, who is a senior at Lawrence Tech in Southfield, Mich. “I had no idea what was going on.”
PORTLAND, Ore. – Ali Koumelis did not have any chance to settle into collegiate life at Portland, earning a spot in the Pilots rotation right away in her freshman season in their 6-2 system.
“I have not run a 6-2 in a while but it works for our team,” said Koumelis, a 2014 graduate of St. Francis. “I get to work on fewer things like I don’t have to work on blocking. So I can focus more on defense so I get more practice time doing that.”
St. Francis alumnae are succeeding at the collegiate level across the country. Here is collection of news and notes from the last week about the former Troubies. Submissions can be sent in to Assistant AD Steve Shaff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis alumnae are succeeding at the collegiate level across the country. Here is collection of news and notes from the last two weeks about the former Troubies. Submissions can be sent in to Assistant AD Steve Shaff at email@example.com.
DAVIS, Calif. – Allie Wegener started her sophomore season at UC Davis this month and the former St. Francis volleyball standout is enjoying every moment of her collegiate career at the local school.
Wegener is starting for the Aggies and ranks second on the team in kills and digs per set in the first nine games this season for first-year Head Coach Dan Conners.
EUGENE, Ore. – Troubadour alumna Lauren LaRocco had a successful collegiate debut on Saturday. LaRocco finished 12th overall in 20:44 as the first freshmen in the race to cross the line, helping the Portland team to a second place finish at the Dellinger Invite held on Pre’s Trail in Eugene.
Portland accumulated 46 points during the six kilometer race which put them ahead of No. 2 Oregon (68), Oregon State (120), and Portland State (131). Sixth-ranked Michigan State won the meet.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The drive down Elvas Avenue to St. Francis High School was very familiar but this time they kept driving by their former school en route to the gym at Sacramento State.
“On the bus I was really excited,” said UCSB freshman Megan Sullivan about driving by the school. “I was (telling everyone) that was my high school and pointing out where we go to eat all the time after school. No one really cared but Noa and I were really excited and took videos and everything.”
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Former UC Davis women’s soccer coach Maryclaire Robinson has been named the interim head coach for the St. Francis soccer program for the 2015 season, Athletic Director Mark McGreevy announced.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – St. Francis alumna Erica Jahn does not suit up for Sacramento Republic FC but she has played a big role in their inaugural season. In her first season as an account executive, Jahn has helped the team post attendance records all season.
VARESE, Italy – St. Francis Alumna Agatha Nowinski won Gold and Silver medals at the Women’s World Rowing Under 23 Championships.
Nowinksi was the stroke on the United States women’s eight that won the Gold medal Sunday with a time of 6:07.88 to beat silver medalist Great Britain (6:11.76). They had advanced to the A final by winning their heat on Thursday.
Santana “Tina” Mandella, graduate of Bishop Armstrong class of 1958, was finally reunited with her class ring after she thought it was lost for a lifetime. In 1971, she loaned the ring to her teenage daughter who had begged to wear it. Shortly thereafter, Tina’s daughter sadly reported that she had lost the ring and all involved thought they would never see it again. Life went on and Tina’s daughter grew up and had a daughter. Occasionally, Tina thought of the ring over the years, but with Bishop Armstrong closing in 1964 there was no chance of replacing the ring.
It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of St. Francis High School Alumna Sandra Geary Cook ’54 who passed away January 30, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Sandra, and her loving husband John, have contributed to the community at St. Francis in ways that go far beyond the generosity of their gifts. John and Sandra were recipients of the President’s Pax et Bonum Award in 2009 for their contributions to the mission of St. Francis and modeling the characteristics of Peace and Goodness – the motto of the school and our Patron, St.