Alum Gives Speech at Hall of Fame Ceremony
Former New Orleans Saints safety and Gonzaga Prep alum Steve Gleason ('95) gave a speech during the 2012 New Orleans Saints Hall of fame inductees announcement. A wing in the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame room in the Super Dome is named after Gleason. Click HERE
to view the speech.
Prep Alums in Sunday's New York Times Op-Ed Pages
Prep alumni Timothy Egan`73 and Bill Hayes`79 each published pieces in last Sunday'
s New York Times'
"Sunday Review" section. Timothy Egan mused on the varying degrees of effectiveness demonstrated by US Presidents who have "imbibed" and those who have not. Bill Hayes discussed Plato as a model of the successful balance of educating the body as well as the mind.
Timothy Egan: "The Wrath of Grapes"
Bill Hayes: "Plato's Body, and Mine"
Newport High School in Bellevue, WA honored longtime baseball coach and Prep Alum Bob Albo '61 on March 24th, by dedicating its baseball field in his name. To read the article in The Seattle Times, click HERE
. Congratulations, Bob, and GO PUPS!!
Prep Alum & Dickens Scholar Honored by the Queen
Prep alum Dr. Paul Schlicke(`61) has been invited to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens at a reception given by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Dr. Schlicke, who has served as Chair of the Dickens Museum in London, is the author of Dickens & Popular Entertainment
and editor of The Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens.
Schlicke retired in 2010 from the University of Aberdeen. "Goes to show what an education at Prep can lead to," says Dr. Schlicke. Click to read the press release from the University of Aberdeen.
Alums in Government
Congratulations to Spokane's new mayor, David Condon`92 and newly appointed interim Police Chief Major Scott Stephens`79
. Thank you for your years of service to outgoing president of Spokane's City Council, Joe Shogan`66. Thank you for your continued service on the Spokane City Council to Amber Waldref`95. Congratulations to Matt Elsaesser`99 for his re-election as a City Commissioner in Helena, Montana and to Dennis Higgins`89 for his continued work on the Kent (Washington) City Council. In the Jesuit tradition, Prep alums are making a difference everyday in the world.
Alum Recognized for LPGA Goal Prep alum Annie Brophy`06 is reaching for the stars! The former Gonzaga Prep standout is in her second year on the Symetra Tour, with her sights set on on the LPGA. Click HERE to read the full article. Congratulations, Annie, and GO PUPS! Alum Inducted into Hall of Fame
Prep alum Jason Francis `97 has been inducted into the University of Montana's Sports Hall of Fame as a defensive tackle on the 2001 National Championship team. Way to go, Jason! Click HERE
to read the full article.
Young Son of Alum Authors Notre Dame Book
Jake Keyes, future Bullpup (Class of 2020) and son of Prep alums Mike `89 and Theresa `87 (LaLone) Keyes, who wrote a book about the University of Notre Dame's Fighting Irish, has been busy. Jake made the front page of the South Bend Tribune this last Friday after holding a book signing at Notre Dame before the football game!! Click HERE
to view the article online. You can also click HERE
to view the original segment shown on KREM2. Way to go, Jake!!
Prep Alum Receives Cambia Health Award
Congratulations to Prep Alumna Kathy Perko `79 for being a recipient of The Cambia Health Foundation's Sojourns Award! Click HERE
to read about Kathy and all she has accomplished. Way to go, Kathy!
Baseball Coach Inducted into Hall of Fame
(Spokane, WA) Gonzaga Preparatory School is pleased to announce that Brian Munhall, Varsity Baseball Coach, will be inducted to the Washington State American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame on November 3, 2012. Brian has been coaching baseball for years and at Gonzaga Prep for the past 4 years.
American Legion Baseball has a rich history in Washington State stretching back to 1928. Over those 85 years thousands of young men have competed in summer baseball and many of them learned skills that propelled them into becoming leaders in professional sports, business, education, government and the private sector. The fundamental goal of the American Legion Baseball program is to teach all involved about the importance of becoming good citizens and to develop life skills.
The ceremony and induction will take place in Seattle on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The first class to be inducted into the Washington State American Legion Baseball Hall includes: Earl Averill, Ron Santo, Fred Hutchinson, John Olerud, Mark Hendrickson, Bryan “Busher” Lewis, Spedo Southas, Mal Walton, Jim Clem, Lyle Overbay, Bud Black, Bob Coluccio, Curt Daniels, Steve Kline, Verne Hayertz, Ryne Sandberg, Brian Munhall, Mel Stottlemyre, Sr., Dave Heaverlo, Dave Elder, Mike Trout, and the Yakima Legion Team (1953 World Series Champs).
Alum Honored with NNSA Award
Prep alum Kirsten (Shafer) McNeil `99, Foreign Affairs Specialist, U.S. Export Enforcement Support, Office of Nonproliferation and International Security, has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Linton Brooks Medal for Dedication to Public Service for the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA). Click HERE
for the full article. Congratulations, Kirsten, on this amazing accomplishment!!
Alum to Pilot New Jet
Prep alum Mike Kingen `99 is the newest pilot for America's next generation jet, the F-35 Lightening II. Capt. Kingen is the 54th person in the world to pilot a F-35. Way to go, Mike! For the full article on Capt. Mike Kingen and the F-35, click HERE
Alum Recognized for Volunteer Services
Prep alum Emmett Arndt `64 and his wife Marylu were recognized for their volunteer work with the Christmas Bureau. Organized by Catholic Charities, Volunteers of America, and The Spokesman Review, and funded by donations, the Christmas Bureau brings holiday cheer to the less fortunate families in the community by distributing food vouchers, books, and toys. Way to go, Emmett and Marylu! Thank you for being a great example of what it means to be persons for others!
For the full article, click HERE
Alum Among Top Rushers
Prep alum Bishop Sankey `11 just finished the third best rushing season in Washington Husky Football HISTORY! The UW Sophomore Running Back finished 2012 with 1,439 rushing yards, trailing only #1: Corey Dillon (1,695 in '96) and #2: Chris Polk (1,488 in '11)! Way to go, Bishop!
`83 Alums in Wall Street Journal
G-Prep alums from the class of 1983 are featured in The Wall Street Journal. Brian Dennehy, Joe Tombari, Mike Konesky, Pat Schultheis, Sean Raftis, and Chis Ammann tell the story of their 23-year game of "Tag". Click HERE
to read this fun article!
Gleason Featured in USA Today
Prep alum Steve Gleason `95 is featured in the USA Today. With the Superbowl in New Orleans, Steve continues to be an inspiration to many, and build his movement against ALS. You can read the whole article HERE
No White Flags!!!
Alums Team Up to Coach Nationally Ranked TeamPrep alums Andy Johnson `03 and Michael Smalley `03 are the assistant coaches for Findlay College Prep in Henderson, Nevada. Last night, Findlay won its 53rd straight win to finish a 34-0 undefeated season (with 82 straight wins at home!!)! They are ranked as the #1 team in the USA Today High School Super Sports Boys Basketball Rankings. Way to go, Andy, Michael, and the Pilots!!! `83 Alums Featured on ESPN
The alums from the class of 1983 who have been participating in a 30 year game of Tag were featured on ESPN. Click HERE
to see the story of how these friends will stop at nothing to stay in touch...and not be 'it'!
Chase Youth AwardsChase Youth Awards 2013:
G-Prep Senior, Andrew Sauve was a nominee in the category of "The Arts" for his involvement in Band and for playing in the band at mass as well.
Prep Junior, Kathleen Sessions was a Chase Youth Award winner as part of a group award for the Spokane Guild School's High School Board - the board won the highest honor for a group, they received the "Judge's Choice" for the most outstanding of any of the groups nominated.
Sophomore, Katelyn Jentges was awarded the highest individual award for her involvement in the community. She was recognized with the "Judges Choice" for any individual nominated in any category.
Prep Junior, JJ Brown served as a co-MC and presenter at the event as she was selected to be the 2013 Chase Youth Commission's Vice Chair.
Congratulations to all for representing their school so well.
Alum Retires to Become an Artist
Prep alum Joe Adams `42 was featured in the King City, OR newspaper last week! Joe, after decades in the corporate world, retired so he could pursue is true passion - art. Way to go, Joe!! Click HERE
for full online article.
Prep's Spokane Scholars
At The Spokane Scholars Foundation 21st Annual Awards Banquet on Monday, April 22, 2013, all these Spokane Scholars were recognized. Additionally, two Prep scholars were also named scholarship recipients. They are: Fine Arts: Onew Angela Lee: $2000; and English: Sally Whalen: $2000. English - Sally Whalen
Fine Arts - Onew Angela Lee
Mathematics - Maxwell Graves
Science - Benjamin Wright
Social Studies - Hailey Schemmel
World Language - Miriam Weeks
Quoting The Spokesman, "since 1993, the Spokane Scholars Foundation has awarded $1 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 top students in Spokane County high schools. The all-volunteer organization is supported by individual and business donations."
Perfect Latin Score By Sophomore
Sophomore Phillip Thompson achieved a perfect score on the 2013 National Latin Exam. Only one half of one percent, .005, achieved this score. Worldwide 140,000 students participated from the United States, Australia, Canada, Guam, England, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Taiwan, Indonesia, China, Philippines, Turkey, Japan, Germany, Iran, Zimbabwe and the Neterlands. Only 792 students out of the 140,000 attained this distinction. Congratulations to Phillip and to his teacher Jennifer Judge`89!
Senior Pianist Places 2nd in State
Senior Angela Lee competed in the State Solo & Ensemble Competition, a WIAA competition, (April 27th). She was playing a Piano Solo, one of the most competitive events, and came in 2nd
place. That is 2nd
out of all piano solos in the state of Washington! Congratulations to Angela!
Alum & Administrator Rocks Bloomsday
Prep alum and Admissions Director, Corrina O'Brien Kelsey `06, had a great Bloomsday weekend! She finished 27th out of the 27,959 females that ran Bloomsday!! She also finished 29th out of the 17,864 people from Spokane, and 62nd out of the 36.930 people from Washington state! Way to go, Corrina!!
Achievements and Awards for 2012-2013
Achievements and Awards
Advanced Placement passing rate in 2012 was 75%
Philip Thompson received a perfect score on the National Latin Exam
Knowledge Bowl placed 1st in the GSL 4A Division and 3rd in the State Competition
Destination Imagination Team won 1st place at Regionals and the Renaissance Award for their Rube Goldberg and their musical. The team placed 2nd in State and earned the DaVinci Award for technical and mechanical aspects of their Rube Goldberg.
Debate Team placed 1st in GSL & in Eastern Washington
Maloney Foster & Robert Smoot were Co-Champions of Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Mitchell Kilyako placed 4th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Heather Rogers placed 5th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Yae-Rang Schumacher & Luis Perez placed 2nd in Policy Debate
Michael Waitt, Derek Meenach, and Skyler Chastek finished among the top five
Olivia Schimmels was awarded the 2013 Carl M. Hansen Scholarship sponsored by the Spokane Chapter of Washington Society of Professional Engineers
Sally Whalen earned 1st Place in the Nazareth Guild’s Celebration of Light essay contest
Ayrton Nelson accepted appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point
Maxwell Graves (Math)
Hailey Schemmel (Social Studies)
Miriam Weeks (Foreign Languages)
Benjamin Wright (Science)
Sally Whalen (English) 3rd place $2,000
Onew Angela Lee (Fine Arts) 3rd place $2,000
Jazz Choir - 1st place on Chamber Choir day and 3rd place on Jazz Choir day at the
Jazz Unlimited Festival in Pasco, WA
Jazz Choir - 1st place overall, Outstanding Department Award, Division 1 at the
Jazz Unlimited in Pasco, WA
Mitchell Davey, Jared Young, Marc Malek were selected for the Washington All State Choir
Mitchell Davey was awarded 2nd place in the Regional Tenor Solo Competition and earned Outstanding Musicianship Award at the Jazz Unlimited Festival in Pasco, WA
Angela Lee was awarded 2nd place for her piano solo in the WIAA State Solo & Ensemble Competition
Girls Cross Country 2nd place in GSL
Football 1st place in GSL
Girls Basketball 2nd place in GSL, 4th in State
Boys Basketball 2nd place in GSL
Boys Tennis District Champions & GSL Champions
Baseball District Champions & GSL Champions
Boys Soccer 3rd place in GSL
Trevor Cote & Bianna Nikdel: Fall NECA/IBEW Scholar-Athletes
Shannon Metzger & Mitchell Pratt: Winter NECA/IBEW Scholar-Athletes
Vanessa Santorsola & Ryley Sullivan: Spring NECA/IBEW Scholar- Athletes
Clare Cozza & Jacob Groh: GSL Scholar- Athletes
Jacob Groh, Maxwell Graves, and Sarina McKee: KXLY Shining Star Award
Ignatian Service Award Recipients
Each year the Food Drive collects 100,000 pounds of food, which is delivered to 200 needy families in addition to Second Harvest Food Bank, the Spokane and Colville Native American Tribes, Morning Star Baptist Church, local parishes (Mary Queen Parish, St. Francis Xavier Parish and St. Thomas More Parish), Women and Children’s Free Restaurant, Our Place, and Guse Summit View Apartments. These members of the Class of 2013 have served on the Food Drive Committee for three years:
During the summer of 2012, two of our students traveled to another country to serve. Onew Angela Lee went to Cambodia to teach English to small children at the Hosanna School in Phnom Phen. Miriam Weeks volunteered at Familias de Esperanza, an organization that rescues families of Maestria, Mexico; a community that is built on a dump. Miriam worked in a daycare and in the water distribution center.
In January 2013, eight members of St. Aloysius Parish and two Gonzaga Prep students, Luis Perez and Josue Torres, traveled to El Salvador as part of the parish’s Sister Relationship with the Christian Base Communities, located in the Bajo Lempa region.
Girl Scout Ambassadors
Campfire Wohelo Award
Julia Jean Brown
Alum Caddies for Tour Professional
Georgetown University's Head Women's Golf coach and Prep alum Katie Brophy `02 spent the weekend at TPC Potomac caddying for PGA Tour pro Andres Gonzalez Click HERE
to read the entire article.
Way to go, Katie!
Alum Chosen as 2013 Astronaut Trainee
Prep alum Anne McClain `97 was chosen as a candidate in NASA's 2013 Astronaut Candidate Class. Anne, Major, U.S. Army, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; the University of Bath and the University of Bristol, both in the United Kingdom. She is an OH-58 helicopter pilot, and a recent graduate of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River. Click here to read the article in the Spokesman Review
or to read the full article from nasa.gov
Congratulations, Anne!! Proof that our alums truly reach for the stars!!!
Prep alum completes the 500th vertical landing
Prep alum Capt. Michael Kingen `99, a U.S. Marine Corps test pilot, completes the 500th vertical landing for the F-35B Lightning II Aug. 3 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Kingen was in BF-1, the first short takeoff and vertical landing test aircraft. Prep alumni really take their dreams to new heights!
Alum Makes Military Commitment
On 9/11/13, Prep alum MIDSHIPMEN 2nd Class Enrique Ferrez `11, USNA signs his 2/7 - he will serve two years at the Academy and then five years in the Marines. In honor of those who served and perished, a new generation steps up. Thank you for your service, Riko! GO PUPS!!
Alum Carries on Local Family Tradition
Prep alum Gary Redding `83 is featured on the front page of the sports section in The Spokesman Review today. Gary was named Head Coach of the Spokane Braves hockey team - a team his father founded in 1972. Click HERE
to read the article. Congratulations, Gary!!
1963 Football Team Best Ever in Spokane
From the November 1st front page article in the Spokesman-Review, "Some of the stories have been told so many times over beers that the yardages tend to get a bit longer, the runs a bit more dramatic and the plays more outstanding.
But a half-century has done nothing to diminish what was arguably the best high school football team ever to take a field in Spokane." Click HERE to read the full article.
Gregory Moves to UWAll News
After taking Boise State to the Hawaii Bowl as interim Head Coach, alum Bob Gregory`82, has been named assistant head coach and linebackers coach at the University of Washington. CLICK HERE
to read the UW Press Release.