"I Love St. Alban's because..."
We are shaping our students 
to become leaders!
Sarah Trolinger
St. Alban's  - Class of 1996

Sarah Trolinger graduated from St. Alban's in 1997 and she continued to be a leader in her middle and high schools.  She graduated from Texas A&M University (Class of 2007) and was invited to join the management program at Nordstrom in Austin.  However, the Rio Grande Valley called her home a year ago and since that time, we have been blessed to see her emerge as a leader in our own community as the newest staff member at the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce. 
"Since St. Alban's students are there by choice instead of through districts like public school, the diversity of the school helped shape my leadership skills. My classmates were from all over the valley and from various backgrounds but the common thread was striving for excellence in education, extracurricular activities and spirituality.  

As a student at St. Alban's, not only was the curriculum and academics exemplary , the environment was conducive to leadership because a sense of ownership was instilled in me.  I was proud of my church and school, and I realized early on that I was very well prepared for my public school transition.  I realized even more how blessed I was to have been given that opportunity.  My teachers and peers in middle and high school knew I came from a  private school, and this encouraged me to excel in as many ways as possible to show them the value of a St. Alban's education.  

I remained friends with all of my St. Alban's classmates throughout my public school years and even to this day. "


 - Sarah Trolinger

Here is an article from the Valley Morning Star:

Sarah Trolinger, a Harlingen native and former marketing director of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, has joined the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce as its governmental affairs and events manager.


"We are so lucky to have Sarah on board," said Pam Priour, Chamber president and CEO. "Her energy and professionalism are such assets to our organization. I know she will excel in her new position and keep the business community better informed of legislative issues and how they affect our members."


Part of Trolinger's duties will be to showcase the Chamber's community initiatives and leadership programs as she works with area business leaders.


"My education and background have equipped me with the tools needed to serve as a business advocate," said Trolinger, former executive director of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. "And the fact that I get to do this in my hometown makes it even more fulfilling. I grew up here and have strong roots in Harlingen."


She brings to the job experience in social media, Web maintenance, event planning, advertising, branding and promotions, and has the knowledge to effectively plan and promote Chamber events, Priour said. She also knows what Chamber members need and develops interpersonal relationships quickly.


Priour said Trolinger's role is especially pivotal as the Chamber moves away from the older model of promoting the city for tourism and moves toward solidifying its new role as a governmental affairs advocate for area businesses. The goal is to help Chamber members stay current with issues relevant to establishing, maintaining and growing a business, she said, and to advocate for businesses in the city, state and federal arenas.


Trolinger will also coordinate programs such as Leadership Harlingen, Youth Leadership Harlingen and others.


Daniel Forman
St. Alban's - Class of 2001

Our sixth graders are already becoming leaders, with the help of an amazing program called Disciples to Apostles (D2A) that is directed by Daniel Forman, the Youth and Family Ministries Director at St. Alban's.  After Daniel graduated St. Alban's, he went on to be a leader at Coakley Middle School and Harlingen High School South.  Daniel graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 - during his four years there he was Director of the A.S.S.I.S.T. Freshman Leadership organization.


"The idea behind the D2A program is to develop, nurture and grow the 6th grade class by exposing them to how leadership and service shape our communities and our faith. We meet monthly and at those meetings we enjoy fellowship over food, play games and hear a lesson. I believe wholeheartedly in Robert K. Greenleaf's philosophy that 'the best servants are the best leaders and the best leaders are the best servants.' My goal in teaching this class is to expose students to certain topics that pertain to leadership and service and show them how truly intertwined they are. I want every kid to walk away from the D2A class knowing that they are expected to show and act like a servant-leader in middle school and well beyond. There is a reason why St. Alban's historically has great student leaders come through its ranks. We build character founded on Christ. We expect that and I want all of our kids to expect that from themselves."  - Daniel Forman


Jill Quisenberry

St. Alban's - Class of 2007


Jill Quisenberry began her leadership journey at St. Alban's where she graduated second in her class. and she has continued that into her public school years.  Jill is a senior at HHS, where she is currently ranked #8 in her class of almost 600.  She is president of National Honor Society and Vice President of the Senior Class.  She plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin where she has been accepted into the McCombs School of Business.


"I credit the person I am to St. Alban's Day School. My self confidence, my faith, and my leadership qualities have all stemmed from my years there.  I have always been a driven person, but the leadership capabilities all came from my role models growing up. My teachers taught me so much and I admire them to this day for being incredible leaders in and out of the classroom. St. Alban's made me the leader I strive to be today. "     - Jill Quisenberry


The VMS article below highlights all her leadership abilities:


Jill Quisenberry likes having her voice heard. That's why she's president of the Student Advisory Board for the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. Quisenberry, 18, and other board members from the district's four high schools and all the middle schools meet once a month with Superintendent Steve Flores and Arturo Cavazos, deputy superintendent for transformation and school support. At those meetings they address issues concerning the district.  She said the board is informed by email what will be discussed at each meeting. "We go through things in the school district, like grading policies, scheduling, technology, a lot of different things that really impact those students," said Quisenberry, a Harlingen High School senior who is ranked eighth in her class. 


Quisenberry said HHS Principal Imelda Munivez appointed her to the board, which then elected her as its president.  "I run the meetings and coordinate with the other officers and just handle the business we are discussing," Quisenberry said.


She's glad to be on the board, she said. She served once before when she was in the eighth grade at Gutierrez Middle School.  She said administrators really do take the board's suggestions seriously.  "They actually do implement some of our suggestions," she said. "Technology was a big part of our discussions. Now cell phones, computers and iPads for all purposes are at school."


However, serving on the Student Advisory Board is only one of many activities that keep Jill busy. She's also president of the National Honor Society and vice president of the senior class. After serving as a cheerleader for the past few years, she's currently a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.


Jill is also involved in the co-op program that allows her to attend classes half a day and work half a day. She's currently working at Wedgie Cookie Company where she enjoys interacting with customers. This is one of the reasons she's decided to major in business at the University of Texas at Austin. Her experience at Harlingen High School is another.


"I think the school has a lot of great staff members," she said. "Every teacher helped me grow as a student and as a whole person; especially the AP teachers that really understand the transition from high school to college."

Erik Jorn

St. Alban's - Class of 2007



Erik is ranked #3 in his graduating class of almost 600 at Harlingen High School. He has received many academic awards and was selected for both first team all-state and all-valley football.  Erik is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes captain as well as being a National Honor Society member.  He will be attending  the University of Texas at Austin in the Fall. 


"St. Alban's Episcopal Day School gave me the foundation to be a leader."  - Erik Jorn


Here is part of an article on Erik from the Valley Morning Star:


Harlingen High School seniors Omar Hunter and Erik Jorn have had a great season, not only on the football field but also in the classroom.


Hunter and Jorn were awarded positions on the 2012-2013 Academic All-State Football Team by the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA). They received a First Team placement, which represents the highest honor a student-athlete can earn. Student-athletes were awarded positions based on their academic performance and merit. To be considered for any of the teams, students were required to maintain a minimum of a 92 average throughout high school and be nominated by a coach. They will serve as the only football representatives for the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. 


With all of the additional organizations Hunter and Jorn belong to, both student-athletes attribute hard work and time management to being able to remain academically focused.

They hope that with their recent honor they can help spread the word about the importance of hard work and dedication to students and athletes around campus.


"We wanted to show other students that as long as they work hard it will pay off," Jorn said. "People notice when the effort is there and they will get better. Hard work will always pay off."




Jack Gianotti
St. Alban's student - Class of 2013

Jack Gianotti is enjoying being a 6th grader at St. Alban's Day School.  Not only does he get to help lead chapel, work safety patrol and partner up to lead a 1st grader in Reading Buddies, he gets to participate in the D2A program with Daniel Forman and his fellow classmates.  Jack has been at St. Alban's since he was 2 years old and the foundation he has gained here is preparing him to go into the next phase of his life - middle school.


"Being kind to people helps build your leadership skills.  D2A helps me become a leader because Daniel has great lessons, and the teachers have helped me learn by providing me with a better education. When I start middle school, I will be able to help the students who aren't caught up with the material, because of the education at St. Alban's."  - Jack Gianotti

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