Please RSVP to Donna Grahl, Director of Annual Giving and Alunni Relations, at or 636-239-7871 ext. 131. This will allow us to better determine how many trucks we need to secure.
An Invitation to All Borgia Alums
Mark your calendars for this year's Homecoming celebration! This year's theme is “ A Knight in Time,” where we plan to celebrate our alumni as part of our rich history.

As part of this celebration, we would like to invite all alumni to participate in our parade this year on Friday, September 28 beginning at 1 p.m. Wouldn't it be so fun to have several trucks, filled with Borgia alums (all dressed in their alumni shirts)?!

Katherine (Post) Graham, Class of 1939, will be honored at our school and act as Grand Marshall for the Homecoming Parade as one of our oldest living alumni.

Borgia Cheer is hosting an Alumni Night on Friday,
September, 28 in conjunction with Homecoming. You can choose to ride along in the Homecoming Parade, attend the football game, and/or purchase a Borgia Cheer Alumni t-shirt (sample left).

Questions: Please contact Sandi Gildlehaus at

Another School Year Begins
A New School Year is Underway

The 2018-2019 school year began on Thursday, August 16. This year Borgia will be "home" to 550 students, specifically:
  • 116 Freshmen
  • 135 Sophomores
  • 148 Juniors
  • 151 Seniors

Our students come from 510 different families
  • 120 mothers are alumni
  • 119 fathers are alumni
  • 39 students have both parents as alums

In addition, we have 29 members of our faculty and staff that are also alums!!

That, among many other things, is a testament to how special this school is!
Homecoming September 28 - 30
Friday, September 28

8:05 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Float Building/Trailer Decorating

9:15 a.m.
Homecoming Mass
All are welcome!

10:15 a.m.
Homecoming Assembly

1 p.m.
Homecoming Parade

7 p.m.
Home Football Game vs. St. Dominic

Saturday, September 29
7:30 p.m.
Homecoming Dance

Sunday, September 30

1 p.m.
Powderpuff Football Game

Welcome to the
Borgia Family
This year we welcome 4 new members of the Borgia Family. These wonderful new additions will work as part of our Administration, Faculty, and Kitchen Staff.

Todd Dempsey - Vice Principal
(pictured above, second from right)
Todd comes to us after teaching and coaching soccer in the Meramec Valley R-3 School District for the past 17 years. Originally from Edwardsville, IL, he graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1992 and went on to receive his BA in Fine Arts from Blackburn College in 1996. He began teaching at Grandview High School in Hillsboro, MO., in 1998 where he taught Art for grades 7-12, served as an assistant football and basketball coach, and sponsored numerous student organizations. In 2001, he moved to Pacific High School to teach Art in grades 9-12 and coach boys and girls soccer. He received his MA in Secondary Administration from Missouri Baptist University in 2012. He and his wife Kelli have been married for 19 years and have a 13 year old daughter, Cameron.

Kaitlyn Noelker - Science Teacher (pictured above, second from left)
Kaitlyn, a 2011 graduate of Borgia, is our new Physics, Earth, and Space Science teacher. Before joining our faculty, she was a substitute teacher for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Kirkwood School District. She holds a bachelor's degree in Chemisty from UMKC and is finishing her teacher certification through Central Methodist University. In her spare time she enjoys reading and playing board games with friends and family.

Janet Hagedorn - Cafeteria Staff (pictured above, single photo)
Janet came to Washington in 1984 and has been teaching in area Catholic schools (St. Clare/Immaculate Conception) and the Washington School District ever since. She retired from teaching this past spring. Her husband, Brian, (Sparky) is a 1984 graduate of Borgia as is her daughter, Clara in 2015.

Brooke Weidmayer - Cafeteria Staff (pictured above, far left)
Brooke was born and raised in Holland, MI. Her husband, She and her husband, Kyle have been married for 15 years. He works for Parker-Hannifin which is what brought them to Washington 4 years ago. Their family also includes a daughter, Abby, who is a fourth grader at Immanuel Lutheran. In her free time, she coaches volleyball at Immanuel. She also likes to walk, ride bikes and play cards and board games.
Upcoming Reunions
It seems like yesterday we were teens,
so young and hopeful and full of dreams.
It’s hard to believe it, how much time has passed,
so let’s reconnect and have a blast!

60 Year Class Reunion
Wednesday, September 26
KC Hall - Lower Level
For information, contact
Carol (Buhr) Parmentier

50 Year Class Reunion
Saturday, September 15
Farmers Market
For information, contact
Tom Tobben

40 Year Class Reunion
Saturday, September 29
Hummingbird Club      
For information, contact
Jamie (Peters) Getsee
25 Year Class Reunion
Friday, September 28
Homecoming Football Game
Saturday, October 27
Lake Creek Winery
For information, contact
Brandy (Rott) Foss

20 Year Class Reunion
Saturday, October 20
SFBRHS Wingbermuehle Activity Center
For information, contact
Wendy Wildberger

10 Year Class Reunion
Saturday, September 15
Homecoming Football Game
For information, contact
Julie (Vossbrink) Hazel

5 Year Class Reunion
Friday, September 28
Homecoming Football Game
Saturday, September 29
Balducci's Winery
For information, contact
Robbie Vossbrink
Rev Kev Corner

“So, how was your summer?”

I am on the first tee on the Old Course at St. Andrews, the birthplace, the sacred ground of golf. The starter has given us instructions for the round and when my caddy asks me about my game, I nervously tell him that I am the rank amateur in my group. I notice him roll his eyes a bit, as if to say, “This is going to be a long day.” I tee up my ball (with a BORGIA GOLF logo on it) and then go into my pre-shot ritual. I put my feet together, step out with my left foot and turn it at a bit of an angle. I step back with my right foot, placing my teed golf ball towards the front of my stance. I slightly bend my knees to give my legs a bit of flexibility. I grip my driver with an overlapping grip, and tense my arms, flexing my elbows inward toward each other. I position my ball above the arrow on my driver. I then relax my tenseness slightly as I think about slowly drawing my club back as if a string was attached to it, pulling it toward the clubhouse. (Only this particular clubhouse is the R&A, the Royal and Ancient, an old gray unsympathetic building. It looks like it is telling me: "you don’t belong here, sir.") I am careful not to over-swing, avoiding yanking the ball away. I am thinking about a million things, but I know I have to just let my mind go blank. Golf is a very Zen activity. But it is hard not to be self-conscious when you are imagining that the entire town of St. Andrews is watching you as you hit. “Please don’t miss, please don’t miss, please don’t miss. Oh, God, just let me get off of this tee with a decent drive.” It is then that it hits me like a ton of bricks. This is not a dream. I am not in a trance. This is really happening.

My trip to Scotland this summer was truly a trip of a lifetime. My classmates and I had been to St. Andrews before, but we were unable to get on the Old Course. This time, setting it up a year in advance and working with a tour agency, we not only got on, we got on… in prime time. And even though I am extremely self-conscious about my golf, I was determined to give the Old Course a go. But I cannot lie, it was absolutely terrifying. It was as though Old Tom Morris (Google him) was going to judge my pathetic swing. Life suddenly shoved me out of my comfort zone.

The theme I am sharing with our students this year is this: Discomfort is the price of admission for a meaningful life. Our culture wants us to wander through life with a minimum of pain, with a minimum of upset, with a minimum of discomfort. But think about it. All of the supreme moments of your life, all of your best memories, all of the things that make life worth living, call us to leave our comfort zones, our havens of safety, and take a risk. We do our students no favors by coddling them, packaging them in bubble-wrap. The best things in life are not free and easy, they come with a price, sometimes a very steep price: Discomfort. I could have made a fool of myself on the first tee (actually I waited until the 18 th hole to do that), but when I hit the ball and saw it fly (fairly) well, I knew that I faced a deep fear and created a beautiful, lifelong memory. 

Escape your comfort zone, you will not regret it.
Magazine Drive
 A new school year means the kickoff of our annual magazine fundraiser. With this drive, SFBRHS receives 48% of any renewed or new subscription through Great American Opportunities.
   We invite you to check out what Great American Opportunities has to offer in the way of magazines and other gift items, and consider renewing your existing magazine or digital subscriptions. Simply click the button below, enter the SFBHRS account # 2684322 and click on " Shop Now".

Please call our office at 636-239-7871 ext. 122.
We Remember George Wingbermuehle

If you are an alum, parent, grandparent of any other member of the Borgia Family, chances are you know and love George Wingbermuehle. For 30 years, from 1971 to 1981 and again from 1995 to his retirement in 2015, George was an integral part of this school. He absolutely bled blue and gold.

As Fr. Kevin said, "George Wingbermuehle was a visionary, he was not afraid of the future, he was not afraid of where we would eventually journey.  George led Borgia into the 21 st  century and beyond.  Some of us went kicking and screaming, but we got there ultimately.  I vividly remembering him tell me: wouldn’t it be cool to have a tablet and walk around the classroom teaching with it as what you were doing was projected on the wall.  It seemed crazy at the time, and to be totally honest, there are times when the technology was a bit sketch –as the kids say-, but that vision is now an everyday reality in the classrooms of SFBRHS.  George saw a need for extra space for activities.  Our kids are not getting home at a decent hour because they have to wait till late for practices.  Can we really build a whole new space?  George knew we could.  Voila, The Wingbermuehle Activity Center, or as we call it, to George’s infinite chagrin, the WAC.  For George, this was not a vanity project, not at all. It was a necessary part of making our school a place where students could come from places like Hermann and Warrenton and Wildwood, participate in activities and still enjoy their family life.  He did this because that is what families do."

He added, " The French philosopher Rousseau once said that one someone dies all they hold in their hands is what they have given away in their lives.  I believe that George’s hands were full when he passed. The word that came up time and time again on Facebook as people shared their thoughts about George was that he was a mentor. A good mentor should push you when you need it by encouraging and motivating you. Don't be afraid of their honesty. I hope it is comforting for you Elaine, Joe and Ryan, for George’s brothers and sister, to know that there are generations of teachers, administrators, counselors, coaches and the like who learned the ways of education from George, a way where the bar is exceedingly high."

George died on July 9 this past summer. He is dearly missed by all who knew him.
Athletic and Activities Schedule
Welcome to another exciting year of Borgia Athletics and Activities. Together, let’s always, and in all ways, celebrate the efforts of our students, players, coaches, and teachers as they strive to make Borgia #1 in class, style, sportsmanship and competitiveness. Go Knights!!

Click logo at right to see a comprehensive athletic and activities schedule.
Now you can watch Borgia home football and soccer games live!
Recently married? New baby or job?
Let us know what's going on in your life so we can share
it with your classmates in this newsletter!
Send information and photos to

Football State Championship 25th Anniversary Celebration
Borgia Football would like to honor the 1993 State Championship Knights on Friday, October 19 when we will be playing host to Sullivan at 7 p.m. Please come meet this year's squad before the game in the locker room at 5:30 p.m. During half-time, you will be introduced to the fans and celebrated for your tremendous accomplishment. After the game, join the entire Borgia family at the Knights of Columbus Hall for food and fellowship. Please RSVP to Coach Gildehaus at
Alumni Prayers
In thanksgiving for the sacrifices and contributions offered by those before us on our behalf, we at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School offer our afternoon prayer for different members of our alumni each day.
Classes in the 2000's

Help us find our "lost" alumni! We live in a world of motion. Because of moves, marriages, and other changes, Borgia has lost track of some of our alumni over the years.

View the list of lost alumni (by clicking the logo above) and if your name is on the list, please update your information; or if you know an alum on the list, please let them know we are looking for them!
Summer Mega Raffle Winners
Each year St. Francis Borgia Regional High School gives away $25,000 in prizes through our annual Borgia Mega Raffle. There are two $1,000 drawings each month, and an additional $1,000 drawing on October 10 to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis Borgia. In addition, the student who sells the winning ticket receive free lunches for a week.
June Winners
June 1
Brian Ley '01
sold by Elizabeth Simily
June 15
Kurt Gildehaus'85
sold by Abbey Gildehaus
July Winners
July 1
Hayley Heidt

July 15
Buzz Kliethermes '62
August Winners
August 1
Jan Brokaw
sold by Ainsley Virtudazo
August 15
Mildred Sullivan
sold by Morgan Hammer

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