Alumni Notes

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Updated April 18, 2013

As a senior at High Point University, Matthew Brodeur '09 and his business partner Ben Thus receive $250,000 from a Texas private invester after completing a business plan for a class and taking it a step further by pitching their hotel app prototype to investors. Learn more.

Samantha Rich '12 was named to the Skyline Conference Women's Lacrosse Honor Roll for Player of the Week. She is the first player at SUNY-Purchase to receive this honor. She was also named as one of two Athletes of the Week at SUNY-Purchase.

Alumni Cade Jones-Pearson '12, Thomas Garrity '12, Antone Harden '08, Cedric Kuakumensah '12, Anthony Harden '10, and Eric Sherman '10 were present to lend support to the Annual 3-on-3 Charity Basketball Tournament benefiting St. Andrew's selected annual charity Mobile Loaves and Fishes (MLF) Rhode Island.



The 2013 Sports Illustrated NCAA tournament preview issue features four regional covers with one of them showcasing St. Andrew's alumni Michael Carter-Williams '11who attends Syracuse University. Additional accolades include becoming a finalist for 2013 Bob Cousy Award, given to college basketball’s top point guard and named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the final five candidates in consideration for the award. Also being named All-Big East second team and co-recipient of the Big East Most Improved Player Award.

Congratulations to St. Andrew's former basketball players Tyler Sabino '12, Kalusha Ndoumbe Ngollo '12, Ndubisi Ezeigwe '09, Aboubacar Casse '11, Michael Carter-Williams '11, and Thomas Garrick '12 make it to the championship round in their respective categories and divisions.

  • Tyler Sabino-D2 NCAA Championship - Indiana University at Pennyslvania
  • Kalusha Ndoumbe Ngollo-D2 NCAA Championship-Franklin Pierce University
  • Ndubisi Ezeigwe-D2 NCAA Championship-Franklin Pierce University
  • Aboubacar Casse-NJCAA D1 Championship-North Platte Community College
  • Michael Carter-Williams-D1 NCAA Championships-Syracuse University
  • Nyheem Sanders-D3 NCAA Championships-Rhode Island College
  • Thomas Garrick-D3 ECAC Championships-Johnson & Wales

Rakim Sanders '07 showed a strong performance on his road to the NBA during the Portsmouth Invitational. He was listed in the number one slot by Bleacher Report in its Tournament Breakout Stars column. He earned a spot on the All-Tournament team after averaging 19.3 points per game. He placed ninth in rebounding with 8.7 caroms per contest and averaged one assist and one steal per game as well. Sanders shot 60 percent from the floor in the three-game event (24 of 40). A few days later, Sanders was named to the All-Jesuit team (Sanders attends Jesuit college Fairfield University), one of 10 players who played at one of the 28 Jesuit colleges spread across the United States that play basketball on all three levels of the NCAA and also in NAIA. Sanders was one of only two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference student-athletes on the team.

A round of applause to our alumni who participated on their college basketball teams and fared well in various tournaments this past season.
• Michael Accaoui '09
- Stonehill College NCAA D2 Final Four participant.
• Rakim Sanders '07 - Fairfield University CollegeInsider.com tournament Semifinals. Sanders has been invited to the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational which is an NBA Pre-Draft Camp.
• Michael Carter-Williams '11 - Syracuse University, NCAA D1 Elite Eight.
• Michael Culpo '08 - Long Island University, NCAA D1 Tournament.

Congratulations to Benjamin White '08 for being named to the Fall 2011 dean's list at Wheaton College, where he is a senior majoring in psychology.

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Christopher J. Brown '88, recently assumed duties as commanding officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew, homeported in Portsmouth, VA. He joined the Coast Guard in February 1990.

Our deepest condolences to Curtis Richelieu '70, whose wife Jackie passed away in November 2011. We were saddened to hear of this news, and our thoughts go out to Curtis and his family.

Rakim Sanders '07, who now plays basketball as a senior at Fairfield University, is profiled in the Greenwich Times showcasing his success story despite adversities along the way. Click here to read more.

Sgt. Misker (Gizaw) Derseh '96, is currently stationed in Afghanistan – this is his first deployment to Afghanistan. He is married to Ana Depina Derseh '94, and have an 18-month-old son named Kaden. Ana is currently stateside in California while Misker is deployed. They would love to hear from former classmates and friends! Ana can be reached at yellowlab2me@yahoo.com and Misker at misker.derseh@afg.usmc.mil or Sgt. Misker Derseh, H&S Co, 3DCEB, Unit 41770, FPO AE 09372-1770.

Michael Burke '07 graduated from Eckerd College in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, a minor in Theater, and extensive studies in the human development field. Michael now works for Peregrine Property Management as an Assistant Property Manager. He primarily works in commercial and residential real estate focusing on client relations and the property management/operation of multiple properties.

Bethany Casale '02 is currently working at Rhode Runners and is also attending New England Tech, studying in the surgical assistance program. Congratulations are also due, she is engaged to be married in the spring! Best of Luck Bethany!

Seven years after their original climb with Mr. Martin as St. Andrew's seniors, Susannah Schantz '05 and Michael Gore '05 recently re-climbed Mt. Monadnock. They shared that this time around, it was an exciting and emotional climb to the top, where they enjoyed the views and reminisced about that first climb and their years at St. Andrew's. Susie is currently a second grade teacher in Washington, D.C. and they both look forward to visiting the campus soon.

Former University of Vermont Men's basketball student-athlete Joseph Accaoui '07 will continue his basketball career overseas as he has signed to play with Club Sagesse in Beirut, Lebanon. Club Sagesse is one of the most successful Lebanese basketball clubs with eight Lebanese League Championships and three Asian Basketball Club Championships.

Congratulations to Jen and Michael Oelbaum ’93 on the birth of their daughter Sarah Caroline, born Thursday, July 21, 2011 weighing 5 lbs. 2 oz.

Kimberly Johnson '07 graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education in May 2011. While at Mount Holyoke, Kimmie was the Chair of Diversity and Inclusion in the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and was awarded the Unsung Hero award twice in soccer where she was a member of Women's Soccer Team. On a final note, Kim has accepted a teaching position in Bundang, South Korea (near a few St. Andrew's students) where she will be teaching Pre-K and Elementary classes.

Congratulations to Ashley Taber Szala ’02and Andrew Szala ’02on the birth of their 8 lb. 9 oz. son, Evan Greg Szala on June 23, 2011.

Emmie Favazza '08 married Todd Spindler on Saturday, July 16, 2011.

Johnny Wells '06 graduated from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in Accounting with a minor in Sociology in May of 2010. Recently he graduated from Bryant University's Graduate school of Business with a Masters of Professional Accountancy in May of 2011. Johnny now works at one of the Big Four accounting firms - PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP) in Boston, Massachusetts working in their Personal Financial Services group within their tax department.

Blaire C. Telford ’07 graduated Cum Laude from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Blaire received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Christian Ministries concentrating in Youth and a double minor in Biblical/Theological Studies and Communications. Last summer she completed an intership at Walnut Hills church in Connecticut. She is currently completing a summer internship at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts and has been accepted into a two-year internship of student ministries at Chapel Hill church at Gig Harbor, in the state of Washington.

Brian Hanuschak '08 was featured in the Providence Journal as a follow-up on his basketball career after graduating from St. Andrew's. Hanuschak was a member of the St. Andrew's basketball team that won the 2007 NEPSAC Class B championship and later went on to play for the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. He continued his level of performance by averaging 11.5 points and 8.7 rebounds and was named to the NCAA Division II East Regional all-regional team. Brian says he will be back on the St. Andrew's campus when he assists with the summer basketball camps. We look forward to seeing him soon!

Current basketball players Joseph Accaoui ’07 and Garrett Kissel ’07 from University of Vermont, Youri Dascy ’10 from Brandeis University, Michael Accaoui ’09 from Stonehill College, and Michael Culpo ’08 from Long Island University all returned to campus to participate in the Annual Hoops for Charity 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament. To learn more about the event, click here.

Luany Gotay ’10 came to campus for a visit. She is a Criminal Justice major at Mitchell College, where she made the Fall 2010 Dean’s List. Congratulations Luany!

Congratulations to Bill Houle ’95 and his wife Dina, on the birth of their first child, a son named Tyler.

Michael Verardo '03 was stationed in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne division when he suffered severe injuries after stepping on a mine. Michael's circumstances was featured in two Providence Journal news stories. St. Andrew's community rallied together and contributed cards and various items put together in a heartfelt package that was delivered to him in Texas for his birthday. While attending St. Andrew's, Michael wrote a poem for the school's literary magazine about his determination to succeed. Click here to read the articles and also his poem.

Leelah Ballah ’08, went on a mission trip to Liberia during her winter break from her 2010-2011 school year at Providence College. While there, she helped at a church and Sunday School. Leelah also shared that she hopes to live in Liberia one day.

In May 2010, Ethan Bourque ’06 graduated from Roger Williams with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in History. He was also inducted into Roger Williams University’s chapter of the International Honor Society in History, Phi Alpha Theta. Students are invited to Phi Alpha Theta if they have completed twelve credit hours in History and/or American Studies, have a 3.3 GPA in all History/American Studies courses, a 3.0 GPA in all non-History/American Studies courses, and a ranking in the top 35% of their class. Congratulations Ethan!

Dale Capellanio ’96 graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Design in June 2010.

We were saddened to learn that James Crowell ’81 passed away on August 25, 2010. Our condolences to Jamie’s family.

Jeff Foss ’01, currently working as an EMT, visited the School and teacher John O’Shea in December of 2009. He shared that he is the subject of “Longshot”, a feature film documentary currently in production, about his quest to make the National Football League.

Priscilla Kooris '06 graduated from Salve Regina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. She was a dean's list student, volunteered for Special Olympics and served on the college transition forum.

Alena Haltzman ’08 was named to the spring’s dean list at Champlain College where she is majoring in Applied Psychology.

Our condolences and sympathy go out to the family of Donald McIntosh ’54, who passed away on January 17, 2010.

Congratulations to Matthew Naughton ‘04, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Western New England College.

Congratulations to Joshua Odugbela ’99 and Venus Wolo ’02 on the birth of Malachi, who was born in February 2010.

We were saddened to learn that Galen Pierce, Jr. ’45 passed away on December 17, 2009. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Galen’s wife Joan and family.

Susannah Schantz ’05 graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Syracuse University in May 2009, and is now teaching 1st grade in Washington, D.C.

Brett and Jay Schomer ’93 welcomed a daughter on January 28, 2010 in Bozeman, Montana. Congratulations!

SeungSang Seo ’98 got married in April 2010. Congratulations SeungSang!

Joe Siegling ’88 wrote in to say that things are going well in Chapel Hill, NC. He teaches Spanish at East Chapel Hill High School. He is in touch with many of his classmates, and looks forward to seeing more alumni join the facebook group. Joe can be reached at: siegling22@gmail.com

Adam Taub ’91 is employed at MacDill Airforce Base in Florida.

Loren Wood ’89 shared that he is still traveling, and recent trips have taken him to Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland, where he visited many museums, monuments and historic sites, as well as to Maui, for some rest and relaxation.

Please let us know if you have addresses for our missing alumni listed in the link below.
Names of Missing Alumni

  Pamela Durant Farmer
Assistant Director
  of Development
  for Alumni Relations
  Ph: 401.246.1230 Ext. 3128


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