Volume 1, Issue 1
Spring 2018
We are thrilled to be communicating with you, our alumni, in our new, quarterly e-newsletter! The purpose is to keep you apprised of the happenings at your alma mater. Your engagement with Trinity leads to our success. Please also make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and our Alumni Facebook page for an even more in-depth look at Trinity.
Trinity News
Medical Internship Program
Trinity has implemented an internship program with Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill. Students spend four days (one per quarter) shadowing different departments within the hospital, and they receive a quarter credit at the conclusion of the program. This year’s pilot program includes seven seniors: Annie Flake, Lauren Gatesman, Sean Good, Noelle Konchar, Annie O'Neil, Amanda Snyder , and  Gretchen Sprague .
Generous Donation from the Kirchhoff Foundation
Trinity High School is the beneficiary of a half-million dollar gift from The Kirchhoff Family Foundation! The Foundation is made up of members of the immediate family-- Tommy '18, Sam '16, Brynley (grade 8), Ty (grade 5), and their mom, Staci--and is devoted to philanthropy and honoring the memory of their father, Tom, who passed away in 2015 from ALS. Read more about the gift, the family's foundation, and why they chose Trinity to benefit from their generosity  on page 3 of the January 19 edition of The Catholic Witness.
Remembering Frank "COBO" Cackovic
Trinity is mourning Frank "COBO" Cackovic, who passed away earlier this winter at the age of 81. COBO enriched the lives of generations of students over his 42 years as a Trinity teacher and coach. He was dedicated to sportsmanship, camaraderie, friendship, and the power of athletics in young people's lives. All who knew him knew that COBO was filled with the joy of and for the Lord. He was quick to encourage, was gentle and honest, and continually lit up the room by praising others. His legacy is one of love, laughter, and daily rejoicing. Trinity is blessed to have known, loved, and learned from COBO. The Catholic Witness honored his legacy in an article on page 13 of the March 16 issue. May God grant him eternal peace.
Trinity High School Mini-THON
Trinity is a proud participant in mini-THON, a 12-hour dance-a-thon. With a lot of hard work the Trinity THON committee organizes, plans, fundraises, and dances in order to donate to Four Diamonds to help battle childhood cancer. This year, the Trinity community raised our highest total yet-- $85,255.01! 420 students--92% of our student body--attended our mini-THON. Out of 260 mini-THONs across the state, Trinity has one of the five highest participation rates and one of the top 10 per capita donation rates! This only reinforces what an awesome community of students, faculty, and families we have here at Trinity!
Alumni in Focus
Trinity is proud to feature a few alumni through the years. The alumni chosen now and in the future are in an effort to show the diversity of paths Trinity students take, and the significant and varied ways that they uphold our mission, contribute to the community, and support their Alma Mater in big and small ways. Share your story with us!
Brittany Misitano '11
Brittany Misitano is in her final year at Widener University Commonwealth Law School with coursework focused in business law. Law school has afforded her many opportunities to engage with her community, including interning as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Anne E. Covey on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, and during the fall semester she was an intern in the Office of Cabinet Affairs at the White House. As an intern for President Donald J. Trump, Brittany's duties included facilitating United States Cabinet meetings by coordinating venues and providing logistical support; participating in speaker series events that featured Senior Administration officials; drafting policy and legal analysis memorandums on current affairs; and assisting in organizing events for United States Cabinet members and agency officials. Brittany was also able to tour the US Capitol and Supreme Court buildings and also to watch President Trump and the First Lady depart on Marine One on the South Lawn. She is pictured with President Trump (over the President's shoulder in the red dress).

Personally, Brittany values volunteering, and as a Penn State alumna ('15) she has volunteered with the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run for Special Olympics Pennsylvania for the last five years. In 2016, she and her family were honored to receive the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Community Hero Award.
Chris Spahr '97
Chris Spahr left Trinity with a passion for service and education that drove him to enroll in the Peace Corps and also continue earning degrees, even to this day. After earning a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State, Chris spent two years in Paraguay in the Peace Corps. This formative experience reinforced messages of a common humanity for Chris. He says of the experience, " No matter where we go in the world, we meet people with the same basic needs and wants as ourselves. Family, friendship, a roof over our heads, food on our table, and the opportunity to grow personally and educate our children. Ultimately, we are all one human family. Having the opportunity to live and work in a Paraguay for four years was an incredible privilege. Despite cultural differences, I was immediately embraced by my Paraguayan family and friends who became a very formative part of my life."

After returning to the United States, Chris pursed an M.S. in Geoenvironmental Studies from Shippensburg University, graduating in 2005, and is currently writing a Ph.D. dissertation on Urban and Regional Planning for the University of Wisconsin. He expects to graduate in 2019.
Chris is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Centennial Parkside Community Development Corporation in West Philadelphia. "Our mission is to preserve, promote, and revitalize our neighborhood through partnerships with businesses and institutions and programs that engage residents, increase opportunity, and grow a diverse, thriving community." Chris says he's "driven to pursue this work because I've learned about the historical failures of city planning that have left economically isolated and segregated communities throughout our cities. My passion comes from an opportunity to play a role in reversing this historical trend through advocating for communities that have suffered as a result."
Dave Foran '79
Dave Foran, local restaurant owner of Philadelphia Steaks of Hoagies, has been a supporter of Trinity High School since his graduation nearly 40 years ago. After graduating from Penn State in 1983, Dave teamed up with classmate and class president Joe Kowalczyk ’79 and opened a restaurant, Philadelphia Steaks and Hoagies, on the East Shore. After a few years of working together, Dave took the lead on opening a sister restaurant in Camp Hill in 1987. Though he recalls the struggle of establishing the location in the early years, and cites competition as his biggest challenge, the little restaurant in Saint John’s Place on the Carlisle Pike is thriving. Lunchtime regularly boasts a line out the door, and Dave has relationships with dozens of regular customers. These relationships with old and new customers and keeping up with old friends, including classmates like the Kindlers, Fords, and Fetterhoffs, who stop in, is his favorite part of the job.

The restaurant has been sort of a Trinity hotspot for years—popular with students and faculty alike—and for good reason. Not only are the steaks authentic Philly fare (an employee drives to Philadelphia daily to pick up the same rolls that the “famous” Philly steak restaurants—Geno’s and Pat’s—use), but Dave is a stalwart supporter of Trinity. He has hosted community give-back nights to support THON and Trinity's graduate mission trip to Jamaica and has discreetly donated to Trinity scholarships for students in need. From sponsoring the National Honor Society's annual fundraiser for over a decade, to donating food to KAIROS and THON, to bringing steaks to the office staff at Trinity “just because,” Dave’s devotion to his alma mater is quiet but constant, and his belief in the interconnectedness of business, community, and school is clear.
Upcoming Events

Shamrock Showcase Open House
Join us on April 8, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., for our Shamrock Showcase Open House! Meet teachers and coaches, see updates to the school, and learn more about the future for Trinity education.

Spring Benefit--Eat, Drink, and be Giving!
Trinity's 2018 Spring Social--Eat, Drink, and be Giving--will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Allenberry Resort! For more information or to purchase tickets, contact  Beth Zak in the Advancement Office. See our invitation--we'd love to see you there!

Sports Events
As you might remember, Trinity's robust athletics program has games and matches happening constantly! Check this calendar and stop by to see our baseball, lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, and track and field teams in action this spring. You're always welcome back at Trinity!

Baccalaureate & Graduation
A new class of Trinity Alumni will be joining our ranks come this May. Baccalaureate will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at Trinity High School, and graduation will be held on Friday, May 25, at 7:00 p.m., also at Trinity. Remember our seniors in prayer as they enjoy their Baccalaureate and Graduation ceremonies.
Recent Events

Spring Musical: Beauty and the Beast
The Saint Genesius Players of Trinity High School presented the musical Beauty and the Beast on March 2, 3, and 4. Directed by Caroline Oszustowicz Jarrett '04, the musical featured many of our talented students. Various alumni also contributed to the production, including Trinity Principal John Cominsky '85, who played the role of the Bookseller, Liz Vinarski '15, who served as Graduate Assistant Director, Brigid McDougall '04, who designed the cover artwork, and Katie Phelan '07, who designed the program.

The Saint Genesius Players teamed with Operation Paperback to provide books to deployed and wounded soldiers and their families. The players reasoned that, like Beast who finds solace in the ability of books to take readers away from difficult circumstances, soldiers and their families might find distraction and comfort in them, too. This project was of particular significance to Trinity, as Caroline Oszustowicz Jarrett's husband, Cpt. David Jarrett, is currently on a year-long deployment in the Middle East.
Recent Student Achievements

Trinity High School is proud of the seven seniors who earned impressive distinctions in the National Merit Scholarship Program based on their excellent PSAT scores. Cora DeFrancesco, Jared Novacich, Laura Weiss, and Elizabeth Witten, were named Finalists, making them four of just 15,000 students out of 1.6 million entrants. This achievement opens a number of scholarship opportunities to them, in addition to being a major honor! Three students earned the distinction of "Commended," including Andrew Bowman, Kenneth Kannampully, and C.J. Nash Congratulations to these students on this wonderful academic achievement! 
Trinity is honored to have six outstanding students, chosen from more than 2,500 entries, who have earned Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Students who won gold keys will be recognized at the Regional Awards Ceremony and will have their entries advance to the national level. Congratulations to: freshman Lucy Cooper-Silvis--Gold Key, Humor; junior Margaret Sobotta--Gold Key, Photography;   freshman Macklin Flake--Honorable Mention, Short Story; junior Franchetta Groves--Honorable Mention, Journalism; freshman Hanah Miller--Honorable Mention, Short Story; junior Olivia Wyland--Honorable Mention, Photography 
This fall, senior Tommy Kirchhoff ran the We Will Win 4 ALS campaign to raise funds for Project ALS . Kirchhoff and Cedar Cliff senior Bobby Whalen, both quarterbacks for their football teams, joined together to honor Kirchhoff's father and Whalen's "uncle", Tom Kirchhoff, who passed away from ALS in 2015. Together, the pair raised $107,899 for ALS research!
Junior Joseph "Wiz" McCormick was one of just eight winners of WGAL Channel 8's "8 Who Care" Community Service Award. Wiz performed more than 200 hours of community service this year alone, qualifying him for the award. As part of Wiz's award, PSECU donated $500 to the Peyton Walker Foundation. This foundation is near to Trinity's heart, as it honors Peyton Walker '12, who passed away from a genetic heart condition, and it identified a serious heart condition in Wiz. Wiz is also a winner of the President's Volunteer Service Award, sponsored by Prudential Financial.
Sophomores Jacob Kreiser  and  Michael Soule earned the rank of Eagle Scout through Troop 195 (Saint Joseph Parish). Together, they constructed a gazebo at the Saint Joseph rectory. Michael dug the foundation and laid the base, while Jacob built the gazebo kit.
The Varsity Quiz Bowl Team defeated Cumberland Valley in the finals of the Capital Area Quiz Bowl League Championship, winning the competition on January 22! The league includes 15 high schools from Central Pennsylvania, including Mechanicsburg, Carlisle, and Cumberland Valley. The team also finished in first place during the regular season with a 10-1 record. Congratulations to our young team-- senior Andrew Bowman, freshman Patrick Caffrey, sophomore Luke Capper, freshman Aaron Cartwright, sophomore Connor Coyle,  and  sophomore Michael Staiger-- on an outstanding season!
Athletic Highlights: Fall & Winter
Cross Country
Record: Boys 3-10; Girls 6-7
Coach Sam Turpin completed his last season as Cross Country coach this year after 19 years working with the Shamrocks. We are grateful to him for his many years of dedication to the Trinity runners!

Junior Will Bucher raced at the PIAA Class AA Cross Country Championship and finished 59th in the state, with a time of 17:27.
Seniors Hunter Becker and  Tommy Kirchhoff  earned Second Team Mid-Penn Capital Division All-Star Honors in football for the 2017 season. Hunter was named for his play on the offensive line, while Tommy was recognized at quarterback.

Coach Troy Jensen completed his last season coaching the Shamrocks, after three years of work coaching Trinity students. He leaves us to serve as a position coach at Alvernia University. Good luck to him in his future endeavors!
Record: 40-2
The Trinity Golf Team won the Mid Penn Capital Division Championship for the fourth year in a row. With a league record of 40-2, the team earned a place in the PIAA District 3 Championships. Senior Anthony DeFrank  took a silver medal at the Mid Penn Championships. DeFrank was also named a Mid Penn Conference Capital Division All-Star, along with junior Michael Brown, sophomore Jack Penwell,  and   freshman Olivia Maddux . Anthony DeFrank was also named to the All-Sentinel First Team, while  senior Katelyn Rudy  joined Brown, Penwell, and Maddux with Honorable Mention recognition.
Boys Soccer
Record: 11-7
The Mid Penn Conference's Capital Division named Trinity   senior Derek Drendall   and   junior Alex D'Amico   as First Team All-Stars in boys soccer, while  senior James Leandri  and   junior Jeff Miekley   took Second Team awards. Derek was also named to the All-Sentinel First Team, while senior Frankie Lafferty  was named Honorable Mention together with Leandri, D'Amico, and Miekley.
Girls Soccer
Seniors Sydney Demyan  and   Lauren Gatesman  earned First Team honors as Mid Penn Capital Division All-Stars. Junior Ana Dominguez  and   sophomore Grace Webster   were named to the Second Team. Demyan also took First Team All-Sentinel honors, while Gatesman and Dominguez joined   junior Molly Krzywicki  with Honorable Mention distinction. Demyan also earned an All-State Selection.
Girls Tennis
Record: 4-12
Though the Girls Tennis team didn't have any notable victories or individual player achievements, they made up for it by forming a close-knit team, playing with enthusiasm, and learning from every practice and match they played.
Record: 19-3
Trinity's Volleyball Team won the  Mid Penn Colonial Division ! Members of the team were recognized for their efforts in compiling a 19-3 record and winning the Division. The Mid Penn Conference Capital Division All-Stars included  senior Aidan Finegan   (Co-MVP), senior Noelle Chavey  (First Team),  junior Jensen Haas   (First Team), and  sophomore Katie Sajer   (Second Team).  Coach John Barrick   was also named "Co-Coach of the Year" for the Mid Penn Capital Division. Finegan, Chavey, and Haas also earned First Team All-Sentinel Honors, while Sajer received Honorable Mention. The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association (PCVA) selected Finegan, Chavey, and Haas as District 3 Class AA All-Stars, while Finegan and Chavey were named to the Class AA All-State Team by PCVA.
Boys Basketball
Record: 17-5
The Varsity Boys Basketball Team won the District 3 title for the fifth consecutive year! This win marks 17 total District 3 gold medal victories for the Shamrocks in Trinity basketball history, all helmed by Coach Larry Kostelac Jr. '76. Read more about the team's win in  PennLiveThe Sentinel, and  City of Basketball Love. The team made it to the State Final Four, where they lost in the PIAA State Eastern Final to the defending state champs, Neumann-Goretti.

Senior Sean Good, has earned a rare honor and a first in Trinity basketball history: 1,000 boards, 500 blocks, and 1,000 points in his Trinity High School basketball career. The Sentinel highlights this wonderful accomplishment. Sean has signed to play Division I basketball at Lafayette College next year.
Girls Basketball
Record: 17-2
The Varsity Girls Basketball Team won the District 3 title for the first time since 2010. Coach Kristi Britten '89 led the Shamrocks to their 14th District win for the program. Read about the team's victory on  PennLive and in  The Sentinel.
Swimming and Diving
Record: Boys 6-4; Girls 8-2
Senior Marget Shelly has received USA Scholastic All American status in swimming for the second consecutive year. She has also signed a letter of intent to swim at Penn State University as a scholarship athlete.

Junior Erica Kenski won the the silver medal at the Mid Penn AA Diving Championships with a personal best of 388.70.
Record: 8-9
Trinity's young wrestling program boasts several wrestlers who competed for District 3 Championships:  sophomore Patrick DeMark  won the District 3 gold medal and earned the spot of regional champion,  freshman Colton Zimmerman  finished third in his classification and went on to win 6th place at Regionals, junior Max McMurray  (Harrisburg Academy student, but wrestles on the Shamrock team) was 5th, and  senior Caleb Bentley  placed 7th. DeMark finished the season as PIAA State Runner-Up! Follow Trinity's Facebook and Twitter page for updates!
Hockey (club)
Record: 13-4-1
Junior Riley Johnson scored his 200th point over a span of three years for Trinity's club hockey team, The Shamrocks, who are part of Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (CPIHL). This is the first time that a player in CPIHL has scored 200 points in this time frame.

Coach A.J. Carr '02 completed his final year coaching the Shamrocks after 10 years of dedication. Thank you for your wisdom and guidance over the last decade, Coach Carr!
The Trinity Fund
Trinity High School is grateful for every gift from alumni. Gifts to the Trinity Fund provide more than an education; they prepare our students for tomorrow’s endeavors. Trinity High School is a place for students to excel and to succeed in an academic environment built upon Catholic traditions.

Every gift, regardless of size, is an investment in our mission, our students, and their teachers. We invite you to contact the   Advancement Office   to learn more about how you can be a part of the culture of giving at Trinity High School.

Click to see our recognition of our donors in our annual Report of Giving for 2016-2017.
Class Notes
Births & Anniversaries
  • Margaret "Peggy" Smith Bacon '80 celebrated the birth of her first grandchild, Genevieve Louise in October 2017.
  • Josh Steinour ‘00 and Katy (Moyer) Steinour ‘03 welcomed Josephine Claire Steinour in June 2017.
  • Larry Kostelac III '01 and Becki Kostelac welcomed their son Lawrence Kostelac IV in early March 2018.

Alumni Professional Achievements

In Memoriam
  • Brother Thomas Bondra '67
  • Patrick J. Holderbaum '68
  • Christine L. (Geisler) Keegan '69
  • Lester W. Ginanni Jr. '70
  • Valerie C. Ascani Biden '72
  • Stephanie Kathleen Frederick Wentzel '86
  • Joshua A. Armolt '98
  • Rahul Sebastian '02
  • Matthew T. Delisanti '03
  • Michael W. Holder '05
  • Frank "COBO" Cackovic
  • Daniel P. Speca--former Trinity Track Coach (Javelin Throw)
In early March, several members of the Class of 1969 met for a few days of golf and decided to play the "COBO Open" in honor of Frank Cackovic. As legend has it, COBO would golf with just four clubs, so the group played with the choice of three clubs and a putter for the round. P articipants pictured from left to right: Paul Dlugolecki, Tom McDonald, Bob Moritz, Lee Arcadipane, Rick Garrett, Tom Philpott, Dennis Fuhrman, Paul Fetterman, Mike Kelliher, Jack Wharton, and Hank Brown .
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Class Reunions
The Class of 2008 will celebrate their 10th reunion on Saturday, November 24, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., at Evergrain Brewery. Contact Jennifer Steiner or visit the class Facebook page.

The Class of 1998 will have their 20th reunion on Saturday, September 29, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Spring Gate Vineyard. Contact Nina Bickel with any questions.

The Class of 1988 plans to celebrate their 30th reunion the weekend of September 28 and 29th, Trinity's Homecoming Weekend. Details will be publicized in later editions of "Alumni Update: The Green and White." For now, save the date! Contact Jen (Scott) Brubaker at 717-395-5996 with questions.

The Class of 1973 has plans in the works for a 45th reunion. Contact Jim Robinson at 717- 574-0457 .

The Class of 1968 will celebrate their 50th reunion on Saturday, October 6, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Caddy Shack in Mechanicsburg. Contact Sue Eichelberger Rodrigo at 717-763-1447 to RSVP or with questions
Trinity Flashback
Do you recognize any of these faces?
Kairos, 2003-04
Prom, 1993-94
Usher Club, 1969-70
Chorus, 1984-85
Local Alumni Businesses
Norene Jefferson Koeppel '72--Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Realtor, serving East and West Shores of Central PA. Buying or selling, contact Norene Jefferson Koeppel at 717-579-3446 .
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Update your information with the Office of Alumni Relations! Contact Steve Aschenbrenner '95, Alumni Coordinator.