Tuesday Newsday – April 2021

March 31, 2021 - 4:29 pm
April 2021
As an alum, a past parent, current parent, grandparent, or friend of St. Paul, we thank you for being a part of our vision “to be a truly great Catholic high school”.
Here is some St. Paul news you can use – delivered to you once a month during the school year. Enjoy reading about all the great things happening at St. Paul!
St. Paul administration has taken steps in these times to continue with the school’s mission of educating young minds, hearts, and spirits.
Even in this pandemic, it is still the goal of the administration, faculty, staff, students, and parents to live our five core values each and every day.
Faith, Character, Community, Excellence, and Service.
We thank you for being a part of our journey and please know we pray for each one of you, your family, your friends and your community! #bethelight #spchsfalcons
Faith Feature
On Thursday, March 25, Seniors and Juniors attended a Vocation Panel presentation organized by Fr. Glen at St. Gregory the Great Church. We are very grateful to: Bishop Juan Miguel Betancourt, SEMV; Fr. Anthony Federico; Sr. Mariette Moan, ASCJ; Deacon John Thorpe and Deacon Joseph MacNeill for sharing their inspiring vocation journeys with us. See link below to read about the presentation.
Last Year’s Class of 2020 Summa Scholars – Where are they now?
We caught up with some of our Class of 2020 Summa Scholars and they shared what they have been up to over the last year! Wow, have they been busy! Stay tuned as we highlight other Class of 2020 Summa Scholars as well as announce this year’s Summa Scholars in the coming weeks!
What college are you attending?
“Canisius College and studying Marketing Communications and Digital Media Arts.”
How was your first year of college despite the pandemic?
“I have been able to make a lot of friends on campus through different clubs and activities. A bunch of classes are hybrid, but I’m just thankful I am able to be somewhat in person for my classes.”
What’s your favorite college class?
“I would say Living Religions in Buffalo since it is geared toward the city where my college is located and I thought that was pretty neat.”
What is one thing St. Paul prepared you for?
“St. Paul definitely taught me the community service skills I would need in the future. It has prepared me to continue growing and developing these skills in college through different clubs and local organizations.”
What is one thing you miss about St. Paul?
“I miss seeing all my teachers and friends, especially Mr. Wallace.”
Who was the teacher you honored last year with the Summa Scholar award?
“Señora Jalbert/Mrs. Noemi Jalbert”
What college are you attending?
“Boston College, majoring in Management.”
How was your first year of college despite the pandemic?
“Despite the pandemic, my first year of college has been very formative. I have met many new people virtually and in-person, allowing me to apply the core values that were cultivated within me at St. Paul.”
What’s your favorite college class?
“A literature course I am taking now which has encompassed a study of ancient and modern texts, poetry, and films.”
What is one thing St. Paul prepared you for?
“St. Paul prepared me for studying Spanish at a higher level, nearing fluency – St. Paul Spanish classes have given me an excellent basis to begin expanding proficiency of the language in college.”
What is one thing you miss about St. Paul?
“One thing I miss about St. Paul is the people, especially connections with teachers. All the teachers I took courses with at St. Paul hold a special place in my high school formation, as well as the administrators and staff with whom I would converse daily.”
Who was the teacher you honored last year with the Summa Scholar award?
“I honored Sister Marie Benedict with the Summa Scholar award for her impactful lessons in morality and theology in my freshman and senior years at St. Paul.”
What college are you attending?
Bentley University studying global management, information design and corporate communication.
How was your first year of college despite the pandemic?
“Despite everything, my first year of college has been great. I love my roommate and made great friends.
Currently, I am working on after-school care programs for youth in low-income areas that create a positive environment for them to study and make friends.”
What’s your favorite college class?
“My favorite class is International Relations. ​The course teaches analytical tools and theories of IR, so that one can better understand and analyze important issues in global politics and the world economy.”
What is one thing St. Paul prepared you for?
“St. Paul prepared me to ask for help from professors in college. St. Paul teachers are always willing to help their students, and professors in college want to help their students too!
St. Paul also prepared me for writing essays! Shout out to Mrs. McGuire for making sure MLA was drilled into our brains and Mr. P for teaching us Chicago.
Also, I use random facts from AP European History and West Civilization all the time studying global perspectives. Thanks Dr. Gnoza!”
What is one thing you miss about St. Paul?
“I miss almost everything about high school! I miss cross country and drama, and I miss seeing my friends all day every day.”
Who was the teacher you honored last year with the Summa Scholar award?
“I honored Mrs. Greger. My friends and I were always excited to go to her class. After a long day it would be like, ‘Ok, at least we have English next.’
In person and remote, Mrs. Greger completely deserves this award. She created such a positive learning environment for my best friends and I and we will remember her class fondly forever.”
What college are you attending? Do you have a major?
“I am attending Providence College as a biology major! I hope to follow the PA track to become a physician assistant.”
How was your first year of college despite the pandemic?
“My first year ended up being amazing! I’ll admit that the first few weeks of college, it was definitely hard to meet people because of masks and social distancing, but I now have a
lot of great friends from my dorm building and classes. I have enjoyed my classes, was able to join some clubs and intramural sports, and I have participated in a lot of school
What’s your favorite college class?
“My favorite college class this year is Biology. I had a really great professor first semester who made the class fun and exciting. He always kept the class engaged by creating
made up, otherworldly scenarios for us to apply our biology knowledge to.”
What is one thing St. Paul prepared you for?
“My time at St. Paul prepared me for many aspects of college life. I feel that, because of
SPCHS, I have a great sense of community and service. I am able to get to know new
people, work with my peers, and contribute to my campus community. I also feel very
comfortable with time management skills and individual study habits, all thanks to the
teachers at St. Paul.”
What is one thing you miss about St. Paul?
“What I miss most about St. Paul is definitely the close knit community, especially in my
clubs and sports. It was always a very family-like atmosphere, where every student and
teacher was open and welcoming. I also miss the annual SPCHS events like
Homecoming Hallway Decorating and Walkathon (especially Mrs. Kendrick’s Walkathon
song!). I also really miss staying after school for physics with Mr. Wallace, where the
UCONN class would order pizza and work together to figure out our homework
Who was the teacher you honored last year with the Summa Scholar award?
“I honored Mr. Wallace! He taught my Honors Pre Calculus, Honors Calculus, and UCONN
Physics classes.”
Summa Scholar students commit exceptional time and energy to the pursuit of outstanding academic achievement and earn spots in the top 5% of their graduating class, based on their cumulative grade point average (GPA) from freshman year to the close of the first semester of their senior year.
The Class of 2021 Summa Scholars will be announced within the next few weeks during our Academic Awards Evening.
Bristol Sports Hall of Fame Scholar Athletes
Congratulations to our student athletes and the athletes from all three city high schools!
They were recognized by the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame, virtually, on April 18th for their academic & athletic achievements.
We are all so grateful for your efforts, dedication & leadership in our school communities.
* denotes seniors
Academic News
TECHY was a full-day conference sponsored by Yale University held virtually yesterday to demystify the world of tech through talks, workshops, social events, and mentoring sessions. http://techy.yhack.org/
The following students from the St. Paul Data Analytics Team applied and were accepted to Yale’s Tech Education Conference: Ryder Raymond ‘22, Lila Aldrete ‘23, Matteus Abastillas ‘24, Nicholas Lowell ‘24, and Brianna Wood ‘24. Mrs. Clarke serves as the club’s advisor.
Panel Presentations consisted of Women in Tech and Trailblazers in Tech. Workshops included: Introduction to Programming, The Basics of Python, Fundamentals of Design, Quantum Computing, Demystified, App Development, Expanding Your Network, Introduction to Serverless Applications and Machine Learning 101.
All attending Data Team members thought the conference was very worthwhile and they took away a great deal from the day.
Class of 2021 Acceptances
We are so proud of the students in the Class of 2021! The following are Colleges and Universities they have been accepted to as of today (4/27/21)! More to come!
Marist College, Miami University, University of Nebraska, University of South Florida, Johnson & Wales University, West Virginia University,  University of New England, U.S. Naval Academy Annapolis, Endicott College, Sacred Heart University, University of New Haven, Keene State College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, University of Rhode Island, Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), Stonehill College, Western New England University, Anna Maria College Fairfield University, Fordham University, High Point University, Providence College, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), University of Mary Washington, University of New Hampshire, University of Rhode Island, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Clarkson University, Bay Path University, Dean College, Howard University, Quinnipiac University, St. Joseph University (PA), University of Hartford, University of St. Joseph, University of Rhode Island, United States Military Academy – West Point, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Russell Sage College, WPI, Lasell University, Savannah College of Art & Design, Thomas Jefferson University, Castleton University, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, Marymount Manhattan College, Pace University, Liberty University, University of Nebraska Omaha, College of the Holy Cross, University of South Florida, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Oklahoma City University, Le Moyne College, Curry College, American International College, Florida Tech, SUNY Buffalo, Mississippi State University, University of New Haven, Coastal Carolina University, Western New England University, Western New England University, Merrimack College, US Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut College, American University, The New School, Hartwick, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of California San Diego, Emmanuel College, Seton Hall University, Georgia Tech, College of Charleston, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, East Carolina University, Clemson University, Elms College, Norwich University, Bridgewater University, Suffolk University, Purdue University, University of Illinois, University of Texas, Rochester Institute of Technology, Gonzaga University, Penn State University, SUNY Polytech Institute, Virginia Tech, Manhattan College, Rivier University, Siena College, Trinity College
Performing Arts – Spring Production
St. Paul Performing Arts is proud to present this original virtual musical theatre revue, created by director Mark Mazzarella which features 20 outstanding performers and assortment of Broadway’s most memorable moments, past and present. And at the helm of the musical numbers is Dan Satter, this year’s musical director and our dance numbers choreographed by Mark Simpson.
St. Paul Performing Arts will be showcasing the bright lights and shining stars of the Broadway stage in a musical celebration featuring dozens of classic hits like Matilda, Les Misérables, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Beautiful, The Wizard of Oz, Wicked, and Dear Evan Hansen are just a few of the titles from which we reminisce our return to the theatre.
More information about the May online release date will be provided soon.
Keep a look out!
Performers will include: Lila Alderete, Alecia Barbieri, Lucas Courtemanche, Daniel Kozman, Anna Kronen, Madeline Kurnik, Julia Lawson, Madison Howe, Bryndle Kroll, Olivia Lanteri, Julia Lawson, Sami Millerick, Calista Oria, Abigail Patterson, Bella Peterson, Kendall Raymond, Christian Roach, Kirsten Ward, Brianna Wood, and Nina Zwolinski. Stage crew: Joseph DiBiaso and Madalyn McAuliffe.
Advancement Events
Forever Falcons “Virtual” Gala: The Forever Falcons Gala is our largest fundraiser of the year, and when the November 2020 Gala was postponed, we weren’t sure what the future held, but, as St. Paul has done many times throughout this last year, we adapt and move forward.
We hope you will join us Friday, May 7, 2021, for the Forever Falcons Gala 2020…finally event. You can join the party from the comfort of home as we broadcast the program online starting at 7:00pm. There will be an auction, raffles, entertainment and so much more! Party boxes are available for the ultimate experience!
The auction will open for registered guests before May 7th where you will then be able review the many awesome items we have available for you to bid on.
For reservations, sponsorship opportunities, and more event details visit www.spchs.com/foreverfalcons or email Shelley Mendoza at smendoza@spchs.com
The 14th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament in memory of Sharon Mielcarz, will be held on Monday, June 28, 2021 at Chipannee Golf Club in Bristol with Webster Bank as our Presenting Sponsor!
Registration is now open for this fun event held every year that brings alumni, parents, and friends of St. Paul together to celebrate our amazing community.
Congratulations to the following winter season student athletes for earning All-State Honors for their efforts this season.
  • CHSCA All State Class S Cheerleading: Devin Meurer and Mia Mastrogiovanni
  • CHSCA All State Boys Swimming: Mikel Palaj – All State in 3 separate events: 200 Medley Relay, 100 Butterfly and 500 Freestyle
  • CHSCA All State Division 3 Boys’ Basketball: Will Barton
  • Honorable Mention for Game Time All State Boys Basketball Team: Tommy Lorenzetti
Also, we’d like to congratulate Owen Wood for qualifying for States in the Pole Vault at the 1st Track & Field meet of the year and to Tyler Turner for winning the Long Jump & also qualifying for States
St. Paul’s Ryan Daniels is on a tear. He is batting .588 with 6 HRs and 17 RBIs
Photo: Pete Paguaga/Hearst Connecticut Media
The Falcons will play Litchfield High School at Dunkin Donuts Park May 4th at 6:35.
The Senior Class and the Romans House sponsored Mission Club’s monthly initiative to provide brain games and fun activities for residents of Masonicare at Ashler Village in Wallingford, Ingraham Manor of Bristol and Jerome Home at Arbor Rose in New Britain.
Elder care facilities and their residents were hit especially hard by the pandemic and these organizations appreciated all we were able to donate and to help make the resident’s lives brighter.
Serena Hansen ’21 was instrumental in organizing donations to be sent to Masonicare residents and many other students were dedicated to collecting, sorting, and organizing the donations which were brought to Ingraham Manor and Jerome Home too!

TOP: R to L – Mallory Sefcik, Rose Wolfgang, Anna Beresford and Lucas Courtemanche

BOTTOM: R to L – Sister Marie Benedict Elliott,F.S.E, Lucas Courtmanche, Erin Downes, Anna Beresford and Matt Downes

Make a Gift to the St. Paul Annual Falcon Fund
As you can see, our students have persevered in these times to make this year a GREAT ONE! Given the great academic, faith-based, athletic, fine art and many other things happening here on campus, we couldn’t be happier.
Please consider making a gift to the Annual Falcon Fund, enabling St. Paul to enhance programs in areas of fine arts, science, athletics, computers, and technology to name a few. Because tuition alone does not cover all education costs, the gap between tuition and the cost to educate a student is filled by tax-deductible, unrestricted gifts to our Annual Falcon Fund. This 2020-2021 Annual Falcon Fund campaign will end June 30, 2021.
Our Online Spirit Wear Store is OPEN featuring a number of NEW ITEMS! From Sweatshirts, T-Shirts, and Sweatpants, to Pajama pants and water bottles and tumblers!
Place your order right online for curbside
pick-up. Sorry, we can’t accept walk-in orders and we do not offer shipping at this time.
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