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Alumni and Friends Newsletter

September 2021


Hello alumni and friends,

After a busy summer, the new school year is well underway. My favorite part of fall is welcoming new students, families, and staff to the Bernardian Community. Welcome aboard!

We look forward to an exciting year filled with many new programs and opportunities for our students. Check it out!

If you have a story to share, please let us know.

As always, stay in touch and be well
,

Linda Anderson
Principal
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WHAT'S NEW...

Meet the Class of 2025


                            
The 101st school year kicked off September 7 with 65 freshmen attending New Student Orientation. This is the largest freshman class to enter St. Bernard's High School in over a decade. Financial aid was awarded to 55% of the class. Kudos to the admissions team!

Members of the Class of 2025 hail from 18 cities and towns throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. They represented 20 middle schools: 60% parochial, 32% public, and 8% private/charter schools. This class is one of the most diverse with 28% students of color.

Outside of the classroom, 90% want to play a sport while in high school, 50% are interested in community service, and 46% look forward to participating in the arts. The following faith traditions are represented by our freshman class: Catholic 54%, Protestant 30%, Greek Orthodox 3%, Muslim 1%, and Other 12%. 

Please join us in welcoming our newest Bernardians!


 
Principal Anderson Honored
 

                                            

Congratulations to Principal Linda Anderson on being named one of Worcester Business Journal's 40 Under Forty. She joins an impressive group of talented young professionals who are making a positive impact on their community.

St. Bernard's has flourished in the two years since she became principal: enrollment has increased by 76%, the All In Campaign raised $2.6 million, the visual and fine arts program has returned, and academic offerings have expanded to include four new curriculum tracks, a junior internship program, a freshman seminar, as well as a variety of electives and AP classes.

Thank you, Principal Anderson, for leading St. Bernard's into the future!

Click here to learn more about the WBJ 40 Under Forty Class of 2021. 


 


Fall Open House Invitation

Do you know of any students who may be interested in attending St. Bernard's High School? Reach out to family members, friends and neighbors, and invite them to attend our Fall Open House. 

Date: Thursday, October 28th
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Click here to register for this event.

Questions? contact Admissions.

 

                                (L to R: R. Wilson '22 and D. Gorham '23)           


Junior Internship Program


                
The Class of 2022 participated in the inaugural Junior Internship Program this past spring. Students spent one week outside of school, working side by side with alumni and friends of St. Bernard's High School. They assisted elementary school students, observed dental procedures, filmed community events, created advertising materials, reviewed market research surveys, developed nutrition plans, and much more.
 
                              
                    (Breana Buckley P'23 and Lindsey LebLanc '22)

Upon returning to school, the students were immersed in professional workshops led by Internship Coordinator Jacob Milton, Internship Advisors Elizabeth Raymond and Heather Tullio, and St. Bernard's Fitness and Nutrition Coach Ama Baker. Topics included:
  • Team Building
  • How to Write a Resume and Cover Letter
  • Public Speaking
  • Interview Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Wellness and Nutrition
They also attended seminars presented by STB alumni: Financial Planning with Spencer Lyons '12 and Psychology 101 with Dr. Sarah Lahti Fournier '96. The program culminated in a Capstone Presentation that was given to peers, faculty advisors, family members and internship hosts.

The program was a huge success. According to internship host Nancy Pierce '81, Principal of St. Leo School, "the internship program is a wonderful way to allow students hands-on-experience to direct their future endeavors." Jim Bennett of Next Generation Elite LLC/Total Athletic Performance said "I love everything about STB and this program. Getting the kids into the real world is exactly what is needed. St. Bernard's is preparing these young men and women for life."

Thank you to the following alumni and friends who participated in the program:
  • Lori Beaudoin '88, All Star Party Rental
  • Jim Bennett, Next Generation Elite
  • Nathan Bilotta '93, Lincoln Financial Advisors
  • Breana Buckley, Making Opportunity Count-WIC
  • Dr. William Coakley '94, Coakley Family Dental
  • Mayor Stephen DiNatale '75, Fitchburg City Hall
  • Barbara Mahoney, Leominster Credit Union
  • Nicholas Pelletier '05, Pelletier Properties
  • Irvin Perez, Walden Pond
  • Nancy Pierce '81, St. Leo School
  • Jarrod Roberts, FATV
  • Jeff Thibodeau '97, Lunenburg Police Dept.
  • Ryan Walsh, STB Athletics
  • Deb Wright, St. Bernard's Elementary School
  • John Zarrella '78, Research Results, Inc.
 
                         (L to R: Fabian Sosa '22, and Sgt. Jeff Thibodeau '97)


If you are interested in learning more about hosting a student intern next spring, please contact Elizabeth Raymond
 
STUDENT LIFE UPDATES

Summer Camps at St. Bernard's


STB Summer Athletics Camp Series

Over 100 elementary and middle school students from all over Central Massachusetts participated in the St. Bernard's Summer Athletics Camp Series. Each camp focused on teaching the fundamentals of the game while helping to prepare players for their upcoming seasons. The following sports were offered: Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, and Girls Soccer.

Thank you to St. Bernard's coaches Paul Constantino, Keith Boissoneau, Ama Baker, Steve LeBlanc, Keith Woods, and all the St. Bernard's High School student athletes who volunteered their time to make the camp series a success.


Coach Keith Woods and members of the Girls Soccer Camp.

Encore! Summer Theatre at STB

Twenty students entering third through eighth grade attended Encore! Summer Theatre at STB. Students participated in theatre games and performance workshops with the week culminating in a production of Charlotte's Web.

The camp was directed by Caroline Raymond who earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College. Caroline studied at Berklee College of Music, The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and with Broadway veteran Dana Moore.

Assistant Director was St. Bernard's High School senior Sabrina Bezerra. Sabrina has an impressive theatre resume having performed in various productions at Theatre at the Mount, The Hanover Theatre, The Performing Arts Center, and The Wheelock Family Theatre.

The stage crew consisted of Patrick Ginnity '23, Lindsey LeBlanc '22, and Jonathan Raymond '22.



The cast of Charlotte's Web. 
STAFF and FACULTY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Please welcome the following new staff members...
 

Daniel Monahan, Associate Principal
Mr. Monahan joins St. Bernard's with over 20 years of experience in school administration. Prior to joining us, he served as the Director of College Counseling at St. Andrew's Sewanee School in Tennessee and Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. Mr. Monahan was the Dean of Admission and Enrollment at Stonehill College and Dean of Admission and Financial Assistance at Daniel Webster College. He has had previous roles in admission at Saint Anselm College and Rivier University.

Mr. Monahan played Division 1 football at the College of the Holy Cross where he earned his BA in History. He also holds an MS in Management in Nonprofit Leadership from New England College and a Graduate Certificate in College Counseling from the University of California, San Diego. He and his wife, Christine, have two children, Pat and Jimmy, and two dogs, Penny and Maddie.

Jeff Sabacinski, Humanities Teacher
Mr. Sabacinski earned a BA in History from Assumption University and an MA in Secondary Education from Worcester State University. Before coming to St. Bernard's he was a Social Studies teacher at Holy Name Central Catholic High School in Worcester. He enjoys the sense of community that comes with working at a Catholic school. He is looking forward to teaching a wide range of humanities classes at St. Bernard's including British Literature, World History, Psychology, and Philosophy.

Jessica Gregorczyk, Science Teacher
Mrs. Gregorczyk earned a BS from Worcester State University. Prior to joining the faculty at St. Bernard's, she taught science at St. Peter-Marian High School and Notre Dame Academy in Worcester. She believes in the benefit of a private, Catholic education. That belief, coupled with the great sense of community, made for an easy decision to accept a position at St. Bernard's. In her free time, Mrs. Gregorcyzk enjoys cooking, baking, reading, horseback riding, and swimming. She and her husband, Steve, have a daughter named Lily, and two dogs, Merle and Mabel.

Keith Woods, Varsity Girls Soccer Coach
Coach Woods brings a wealth of coaching and playing experience to St. Bernard's Athletics. Prior to joining our coaching staff, he was the Varsity Girls Soccer Coach for Lexington High School, Winchester High School, and the Men's Soccer Coach at Mass Bay Community College. He coached for over 10 years at the club level. As a player, he was a Division 1 midfielder/forward for the Trintoc Soccer Club in Trinidad and Tobago, a member of the St. Croix US Virgin Islands Men's National Team, and a 3-time National Champion with The Rovers Soccer Club. 

Andrea McGahan, Girls Volleyball Coach
Coach McGahan started playing volleyball at a young age in the Czech Republic and continued her playing career at the high school and college levels. She continues to play in club and adult leagues to this day.

Coach McGahan is heavily involved in the AAU club circuit, coaching 13U and 14U programs at SLAM Volleyball Club. She has also been an assistant coach for the Fitchburg State University Girls Volleyball Team for the past 3 years. Her passion and love for the game is an absolute perfect fit for our female athletes. We look forward to seeing the volleyball program grow under her leadership. 


 

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
The Class of 2021

The Class of 2021


"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt

This month the alumni spotlight shines brightly on the Class of 2021, the first class to graduate
from the new, independent St. Bernard's High School. These 41 Bernardians are destined for success and we are proud of their achievements over the last four years. We celebrate their many accomplishments, one of which is earning over $2 million in merit-based college scholarships. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. 

 

Chelsea Adonteng-Providence College

Cameron Arakelian-Quinsigamond Community College

Jacob Banchs-Westfield State University

Hannah Bergeron-Arcadia University Pennsylvania

Hadleigh Bigelow-Saint Anselm College

Wyatt Bingham-University of New Hampshire

Margaret Constantino-Providence College

Kyle Crawford-Wentworth Institute of Technology

Lindsey Daw-University of New Hampshire

Kylie Dean-Dean Electric and Dean Builders 

Abaigeal Doheny-Regis College

Jamie Erickson-Assumption University

Connor Fougere-Mount Wachusett Community College

Andrew Gardiner-Providence College

Brandon Gibbons-Assumption University

Daniel Hanlon-College of the Holy Cross

Peter Jeon-Fisher College

Fanette Karngong-University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

Jeremy Keis-Regis University Colorado

Abigail Langton-Sacred Heart University

Samantha LeBlanc-Worcester Polytechnic Institute

William Linjie Lin-Boston University 

Leo Ziyi Liu-University of California San Diego

Lou Chi Lu-University of California Santa Cruz

Kaleb Lugo-Southern New Hampshire University

Nico Mancini-Ohio State University

Georgette Mensah-Hayes-Boston College

Abigail Morris-New England College 

Jonathan Pinard-Merrimack University

Vaughn Randle-Bentley University

Patricia Rasmussen-Worcester State University

Jakob Roy-Plymouth State University

Connor Smith-Worcester State University

Matt Smith-Saint Anselm College

Alexandra Snioch-Syracuse University

Matt Sullivan-Anna Maria College

Adam Tache-Richard J Louf Construction, Maintenance and Remodeling Company

Rebecca Thibaudeau-Worcester State University

Tyler Thibodeau-Westfield State University

Jillian Vettese-Nazareth College 

Rhiannon Young-Endicott College
           

            
          (L to R: V. Randle, J. Pinard, A. Morris and G. Mensah-Hayes)
 A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA

   
Mr. Charles Audet '36 is St. Bernard's oldest living alumni. Please join us in wishing him a very happy 103rd  birthday!
Happy Birthday, Mr. Audet!


 
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UPCOMING EVENTS


Athletics Annual Golf Tournament
September 27, 2021
Two Shotguns: 7:30 AM and 1:00 PM
Northern Spy Golf Course
Entry Fee: $130 per golfer

Bernardian Foundation 5K
Date: Sunday, October 10th
Location: St. Bernard's Activity Center
260 Summer St. Fitchburg, MA
Start Times: Walkers 10:30 AM, Runners 11:00 AM
Adult Entry Fee: $25, Day of Race $30
Student Entry Fee: $10
Join us for the After Party at Slattery's Restaurant.

Fall Open House
Thursday, October 28th
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Registration begins October 1st.

For more information and to register for these events please visit: https://stbernarndshighschool.org
 

Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner
May 6, 2022
The Colonial Hotel
Gardner, MA
 

Keep In Touch

To update your information in the alumni database please visit: https://stbernardshighschool.org.
 



To share thoughts, ideas or topics for the newsletter, please email: newsletter@stbernardscchs.org

     

ALUMNI EVENTS
BY CLASS YEAR

Class of 1981
40-year Reunion
November 27, 2021
Apple Hill Farm and Country Club


Let us know when you are celebrating your reunion!

 

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