Crusader Connection September 2010

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ONNECTIONA publication dedicated to the Marian/Mater Dei Catholic High School Community

Vol. 4 No. 1









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Message from the President The Annual Report Teacher Feature, Anamarie Anthony Student Honors Visual and Performing Arts Night Pay It Forward Honorees Graduation and College Acceptances Class of 2010 - Student Recognition Winter Sports Spring Sports Womens Softball Championship Future Scientists of the Science Academy Alumni in the Spotlight, Mary Searcy Bixby Alumni News Admissions Process/Admissions Calendar


Dear Students, Parents, Alumni and Friends,

1615 Mater Dei Drive Chula Vista, CA 91913 ph: 619.423.2121 w



Rev. Peter McGuine (Chair) Rev. Peter Escalante Sr. Maria Paz Uribe Mr. Steven Boudreau, Esq. Ms. Linda Bugelli Mr. Gordon Day 74 Mr. Tom Finch 82 Mr. Wade McKnight Mr. Rene Olivo Mr. Edward Spriggs Mr. Thomas Clayton Beecher, Ex-Officio Mr. George Milke, Ex-Officio

The Crusader Connection is published two times per year by Mater Dei Catholic High School. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of this publication. Please accept our apologies for any errors or omissions and report them to John Rey at (619) 621-5705 or Director of Publications: John Rey Graphic Design/Photography: Nicole Limoges Printer: Kings Printing A special thank you to those who took the extra time to write/proof the articles.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of our Marian/Mater Dei Catholic High School community. From its humble beginning with less than 100 students in classrooms on the grounds of St. Charles Parish in 1960, we have evolved into a school of nearly 700 students on our new, state-of-the-art, campus in Otay Ranch. There is much to celebrate for Crusaders from all decades and previous generations. And to mark the occasion, there will be numerous events throughout the year. We hope you will find the time to join us as we remember our success, embrace our traditions and set our sights on the goals and challenges of the next 50 years. With all the plans that are underway to celebrate our milestone, we cant forget the anticipation of students and parents, teachers and coaches giving way to the excitement of the first days of school! Its fascinating to see families coming to Mater Dei Catholic for the first time or returning after only a few months of summer. The opening days of each school year are filled with more hope than at almost any other time in our lives, but the key to taking advantage of our hopes, is always the plan that we make to achieve them. Without a plan of action our hopes are never destined to be fulfilled. Each new school year brings an opportunity to begin again, to be given a fresh start, to reinvent ourselves and challenge our previous limitations. The campus even looks different each year. There are always subtle changes to help us establish a new beginning with fresh paint and landscaping, new desks and equipment, and of course new students, teachers and courses. All these changes are ways of setting the tone for those critical first steps, but the most important dimension is always that initial hope for something better that is carried through the doors as our students enter campus for their orientation. The first days of school are always ablaze with confidence. Crusader students are taking pride in their campus and in their ability to achieve their potential in the academic, athletic and spiritual challenges they will meet throughout the year. We are all aware that it wont be easy. There is plenty of hard work to challenge us in the days, weeks and months that lie ahead. However, the spirit of our school during these opening days overwhelms all who open themselves up to the possibilities that a new school year provides. There is nothing to hold us back except the limits that we set on ourselves. With Gods help, we will learn to expand our limitations and experience the world in the fullest sense by using our gifts and talents as Our Lord meant them to be used. As parents, alumni and friends of Mater Dei Catholic, it is critical that you share in the mission of our existence. The purpose of Catholic education is to provide an academic setting where the teachings of Jesus are discussed, understood and acted upon. Our reason for being is to care for our students in a Christian atmosphere and encourage them to do the same when they are presented with opportunities to care for others. To Love as Jesus taught us, is the greatest commandment and therein lies our greatest challenge. We invite all of you to help us celebrate our 50 years of service to the community and also, to join with us on our journey throughout this new school year. Mary mother of God, Lead us to your Son Jesus Yours in Christ,

Thomas Clayton Beecher, President 3


The Annual Report 2009-2010

2009-2010ValleyCrest Landscaping Maintenance Jeffrey & Lorrilee Weller Wells Fargo Foundation - Educational Matching Gift Program

Dr. Estelle L. Kassebaum Scholarship Fund Statement of ActivityScholarship Fund Balance:as of 7/1/2009


Donations:from 7/1/2009 6/30/2010

$ 47,708

Interest Earned: Distributions:

$ 5,740 ($10,000)


Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego ALSAM Foundation Sam and Aline Skaggs Susie S. Balukoff Claudia S. Luttrell Don L. Skaggs Mark S. Skaggs


(Scholarships for Johanna Rhein, Robert Silva-Martinez, Alvin Almazan, and Marie Elaine Guilas )

HERITAGE SOCIETYSteven & Sue Boudreau Chula Vista Public Library K. T. Charitable Organization Inc. LaRiviere Scholarship Fund Walter & Maxine Otte Maria 81 & John Roberts St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Stephen & Mary Birch Foundation, Inc. The Hugh and Hazel Darling Foundation donations of $5,000 +


Award Designers/Scriber Manuel Banales Thomas Beecher Corpus Christi Catholic Parish Rev. Peter M. Escalante Peter & Mary Ellen Ferrantelli Frontera International, Inc. William & Elizabeth Gerken James & Katherine Gillcrist Carlos & Marisol Gomez David Kassebaum Ramon & Anna Madrigal Ignacio & Sheila Martinez Patricia McGregor Barbara 73 & Wade McKnight McMahon Steel Company Inc George 72 & Jeanine Milke II 73 Rene & Matilde Olivo Edward Spriggs Sylvia Torrez

donations of $1,000 - $ 4,999

donations of $400 - $999 Fidel & Imelda Almazan Harold & Monica Andreoli Mike & Kathryn Austin Jorge & Laura Arredondo Jody Balestrieri Noel & Catherine Bishop Lucila & Juan Briz Rev. Robert Brocato 69 Rebecca & Kevin Brown Joseph & Gloria Brunner Linda Bugelli Diane & David Canedo Ramiro & Maria-Amelia Cardenas Michael & Wendy Carey Margaret & Salvatore Chiappe Beatriz Choi Karen Chudy 68 Pedro & Idalia Dabdoub Cesareo & Jacqueline Fernandez Thomas & Andrea Finch Guillermo Giandoni 68 (RET) Miguel & Maria Granados Ernesto & Elena Guilas Higher Values for Youth Jon & Denise Highum Honda Dealers of San Diego County Jorge A. Huinquez Kings Printing Philip Lebherz Robert & Cheryl Long Victor & Theresa Lopez Marian Catholic Class of 1989 Marie S. Mendes George & Virginia Milke Mills School Wear Darren & Dolores Newell Francisco 79 & Lorena Palacio Teresa Pappas 73 Francisco & Diana Paredes

Scholarship Fund Balance:as of 6/30/2010


Mario & Elsa Quintero John & Mary Rhein Adalberto & Gloria Robles Gilberto & Eneeth Robles David & Sandra Rodriguez Alfredo & Maria Ruiz Mike & Boushra Salem Viola Sanchez 81 Steve & Kim Schattinger Jorge & Maria Septien Gustavo & Araceli Slovinsky Gregory & Dorothy Smyth Romualdo & Carmelita Uy Ramon & Adriana Vazquez Jalil & Gloria Wehber Dulce Yarza


ABC Charter Services, LLC Cesar & Lorena Acosta Eugene & Margarita Adam Maria Aguilar 80 Yvette Albee 89 Jerry & Merlinda Allen Walter & Jolene Andersen Cresencia & Alberto Angeles Anamaria & Jim Anthony Carl Arellano 77 Amy Balelo CRUSADER CONNECTION

donations of $100 - $399



donations up to $99 Dawn Adams Robert & Meredith Alcock Michael 76 & Christine Alvarado Veronica 72 & Jeffrey Andreoli Mary Andrews 70 Bay Cities Chiropractic Joelle Biedenbach Tim & Barbara Biers

Memorial Gifts

The following names represent gifts made in memory of someone to our general scholarship fund. Memorial scholarship gifts can be made in any amount and are a great way to honor a family member or friend. The names of all of our memorial scholarship gifts will be displayed in our Annual Report each year.

Juana & Horacio Aquilar Michael Islas Jerry Judge Dr. Estelle L. Kassebaum Fr. Earl LaRiviere Thomas W. Otte John Pappas Katherine RubanoMATER DEI CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

The Annual Report 2009-20105

Michael & Anita Barletta Ivan & Blanca Barrera Joseph & Faith Baynes Eduardo & Marisela Becerra Stephen & Teresa Beck Christopher & Calle Behr Patricia Bensan John & Mary Searcy 65 Bixby Arturo & Carmen Blancas Steven & Rosemary Brodbeck David Bushey Oscar & Elena Cabrera Richard & Mary Cain California Candids Grad. Photography Rev. Msgr. Steven Callahan Helen Callow Arthur Calvert Sr Pablo & Heriberta Carcano Patric