Volume VI | January 2021
Alumni News
Rebecca Quinn Bernatos ‘95
Lexington Catholic School Psychologist

I‌ ‌am‌ ‌the‌ ‌school‌ ‌psychologist‌ ‌here‌ ‌at‌ ‌LCHS‌ ‌and‌ ‌feel‌ ‌so‌ ‌blessed‌ ‌to‌ ‌have‌ ‌the‌ ‌opportunity‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌involved‌ ‌with‌ ‌our‌ ‌community‌ ‌and‌ ‌students.‌ ‌LCHS‌ ‌is‌ ‌very‌ ‌close‌ ‌to‌ ‌my‌ ‌heart.‌ ‌My‌ ‌experience‌ ‌has spanned‌ ‌preschool‌ ‌through‌ ‌high school-aged‌ ‌children,‌ ‌in‌ ‌several‌ ‌different‌ ‌school‌ ‌districts.‌ ‌Throughout‌ this‌ ‌experience,‌ ‌I‌ ‌found‌ ‌a‌ ‌calling‌ ‌for‌ ‌working‌ ‌with‌ ‌children‌ ‌during‌ ‌adolescence,‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌many‌ ‌emotional and‌ ‌behavioral‌ ‌trials‌ ‌it‌ ‌brings.‌ ‌Being‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌combine‌ ‌that‌ ‌calling‌ ‌and‌ ‌coming‌ ‌home‌ ‌to‌ ‌LCHS‌ ‌(Class‌ ‌of‌ ‌’95)‌ is‌ ‌truly‌ ‌a‌ ‌blessing.‌ ‌For‌ ‌the‌ ‌first‌ ‌time‌ ‌in‌ ‌my‌ ‌career,‌ ‌I‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌weave‌ ‌together‌ ‌my‌ ‌professional‌ training‌ ‌and‌ ‌my‌ ‌faith.‌ ‌ ‌
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As‌ ‌our‌ ‌school‌ ‌psychologist,‌ ‌I‌ ‌work‌ ‌closely‌ ‌with‌ ‌parents,‌ ‌our‌ ‌school‌ ‌counseling‌ ‌staff,‌ ‌the‌ High Marks Center,‌ ‌teachers,‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌administration‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌meet‌ ‌the‌ ‌needs‌ ‌of‌ ‌our‌ ‌students.‌ ‌Along‌ ‌with‌ ‌my‌ colleagues,‌ ‌I‌ ‌work‌ ‌to‌ ‌identify‌ ‌students‌ ‌who‌ ‌are‌ ‌struggling‌ ‌academically,‌ ‌emotionally,‌ ‌behaviorally,‌ ‌and‌ ‌in‌ their‌ ‌personal‌ ‌lives.‌ ‌ ‌Part‌ ‌of‌ ‌my‌ ‌role‌ ‌is‌ ‌counseling‌ ‌individual‌ ‌students,‌ ‌and‌ helping‌ ‌support‌ ‌them‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌healthy‌ ‌and‌ ‌happy‌ ‌in‌ ‌our‌ ‌school‌ ‌environment.‌ ‌Psychoeducational‌ ‌assessments,‌ ‌small‌ ‌group‌ ‌meetings,‌ ‌classroom‌ ‌education,‌ ‌faculty‌ ‌training,‌ ‌collaborating‌ ‌with‌ ‌the administration,‌ ‌and‌ ‌parent‌ ‌education‌ ‌are‌ ‌different‌ ‌ways‌ ‌I‌ ‌try‌ ‌to‌ ‌impact‌ ‌our‌ ‌community.‌ ‌Many‌ ‌times,‌ ‌this involves‌ ‌helping‌ ‌parents‌ ‌navigate‌ ‌the‌ ‌mental‌ ‌health‌ ‌support‌ ‌available,‌ ‌making‌ ‌referrals‌‌, and‌ ‌working‌ closely‌ ‌with‌ ‌private‌ ‌practitioners‌ ‌to‌ ‌accommodate‌ ‌and‌ ‌assist‌ ‌students. ‌I‌ ‌have‌ ‌a‌ ‌strong‌ passion‌ ‌for‌ ‌mental‌ ‌health‌ ‌advocacy‌ ‌and‌ ‌ending‌ ‌the‌ ‌stigma‌ ‌surrounding‌ ‌it.‌

As‌ ‌I‌ ‌stated‌ ‌earlier‌, ‌LCHS‌ ‌is‌ ‌very‌ ‌close‌ ‌to‌ ‌my‌ ‌heart.‌ ‌Both‌ ‌my‌ ‌parents‌ ‌are‌ ‌LCHS‌ ‌graduates,‌ ‌as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌
many‌ ‌of‌ ‌my‌ ‌siblings,‌ ‌cousins,‌ ‌and‌ ‌extended‌ ‌family‌ ‌members!‌ ‌I‌ ‌am‌ ‌the‌ ‌oldest‌ ‌of‌ ‌twenty‌ ‌grandchildren‌ ‌on‌ my‌ ‌maternal‌ ‌side‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌family,‌ ‌and‌ ‌in‌ ‌fact,‌ ‌my‌ ‌youngest‌ ‌cousin‌, Josh Taylor '22 (pictured above with me), ‌is‌ ‌currently‌ ‌a‌ ‌student‌ ‌here‌ ‌at‌ ‌LCHS.‌ ‌To‌ ‌say this‌ ‌school‌ ‌and‌ ‌community‌ ‌positively‌ ‌impacted‌ ‌my‌ ‌life‌ ‌is‌ ‌an‌ ‌understatement.‌ ‌It‌ ‌is‌ ‌truly‌ ‌weaved‌ throughout‌ ‌my‌ ‌upbringing‌ ‌and‌ ‌now‌ ‌into‌ ‌my‌ ‌adult‌ ‌life.‌ ‌ ‌

If‌ ‌at‌ ‌any‌ ‌time‌ ‌I‌ ‌can‌ ‌help‌ ‌support‌ ‌any‌ ‌of‌ ‌your‌ ‌children‌ ‌or‌ ‌your‌ ‌family,‌ ‌please‌ ‌contact‌ ‌me‌ ‌at‌ ‌
rbernotas@lexingtoncatholic.com‌.‌ ‌It‌ ‌is‌ ‌truly‌ ‌an‌ ‌honor‌ ‌to‌ ‌serve‌ ‌this‌ ‌community.‌ ‌ ‌
Where Are They Now
Drew Nichols ’05 and his wife, Julie Nichols, welcomed their first child, Piper James Nichols, on July 26, 2020. The happy family lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Drew is the District Manager of North American Channel Sales for Lexmark International. He is leading a team of territory sales managers who cover the US and Canada. His team works closely with Amazon, Costco, Office Depot, Staples, Sam’s Club, and others to drive Lexmark demand and grow market share.  
Nicole Woodard ’15 is a third grade teacher at Saints Peter and Paul Regional Catholic School. She also coaches the Lexington Catholic Middle School cheerleading team.  
Carly Cambron ’10 received her Master of Education degree from Lipscomb University in 2019. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee and is an art teacher at Clovercroft Elementary School.  
Gabriela Duffey ’14 is a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati for her doctorate in Physical Therapy. She was awarded a graduate assistant position for her physical therapy program and helps with their social media and admissions. Gabriela is enjoying exploring Cincinnati and will be finishing her studies in May 2022.
John Sparks '17 is engaged to Lexi Cox. John and Lexi will graduate from the Bellarmine University Honors Program in the spring with degrees in Secondary Education and English.
Ben Hume ’07 was named to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference's 30th Anniversary football team A three-time First Team All-SCAC tackle, Hume, as a senior, helped lead Centre to its best season in years as the 2011 Colonels went 9-2, led the SCAC in scoring offense, and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs - the only appearance for the program in the SCAC era. That season, Hume was recognized as an All-American by the AFCA, Associated Press and D3football.com.
School News
Senior Knight
Senior Knights for Cheerleaders, Dancers, Girls Basketball, and Boys Basketball were held on Friday, January 8, and Saturday, January 9. 

Knight Spotlight
Colonel USAF (RET) William (Bill) L. Roche ’40 lives in Colorado Springs and is fully retired after 33 years with the United States Air Force and ten years as a contractor/consultant with the Central Intelligence Agency. During World War II, Colonel Roche served as a waist gunner on B-17 Flying Fortresses. He was shot down twice over targets in Chemnitz and Berlin and was listed as MIA for 2 ½ months. Bill is a UK graduate and has his MA from Columbia University. His major assignments were with intelligence organizations and he served three tours as Defense and Air Attaché in Moscow, Prague, and Belgrade where he was Military Advisor to Ambassador Lawrence Eagleburger, who later became Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan. He served as Deputy Chief of the US Military Liaison Mission in East Germany. In 1958, Colonel Roche established the Russian Language Program for the new AF Academy and taught there for 8 years beginning with the first graduating class in 1959. Amongst his military awards, he has received the French Legion of Honor by the President of France, the Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Medal with cluster, the Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the European Campaign Medal with three Battle Stars, the Air Force Commendation Medal and in 2008 was inducted into the Defense Attaché Hall of Fame. 
He was married in 1951 to Geraldine Ferguson who passed away in 1992. Bill has 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.  
Have a wonderful evening of wine tasting and fun with your fellow alums and the Lexington Catholic Community with this Virtual Wine Tasting Event.
You must be 21 or over to participate in this event.

Last Day to Order is January 25.
Only a limited number of kits will be sold, and kits are selling quickly!
Reunions
Now is the time to start working on your class reunion for Fall 2021! Please contact Pam Schneider for your class lists so you can begin updating contact information. 
We are looking for silent auction items for our event. If you or your business would like to donate a gift card or item to help make our silent auction a success, we would greatly appreciate it!

All items will be listed and bid on through mobile bidding and donors' names will be included on all items. If you have any questions or would like to donate, please contact Pam Schneider.

We hope you plan to attend. Details coming soon.
Raffle Ticket Early Bird Drawing February 6!
Support Lexington Catholic student activities and athletics by purchasing a Champions Raffle Ticket. The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000. Chances are only $20 each. Thank you for supporting our Knights!
uKnight Fund

The uKnight Fund is the school’s top fundraising priority. Each year, we invite all members of the Lexington Catholic community to make a tax-deductible gift that supports the current operation of the school during the fiscal year that gift is received.

Gifts immediately support our community by providing substantial funding for Academic Excellence, Faculty Support, and Financial Aid. Gifts from parents, alumni, Board of Trustees, parents of alumni, grandparents, faculty, staff, and friends help make this possible.

Help Lexington Catholic reach its goal of 100% Alumni participation with your gift to the uKnight Fund today!
Dear Alumni,

These are challenging times for all of us. As a small business owner, my business partners and I have felt the effects of the Global Pandemic and I know that as parents, grandparents, teachers, caregivers, and business owners, you, too, know the impact that COVID19 has had on everyday life.

We know that times have been tough, but there is still reason to smile. As an alumna, I am proud to see the ways that Lexington Catholic has continued to excel in academics, athletics, and community service despite the unexpected challenges of the past months. Lexington Catholic High School students, administration, and families have worked hard to create procedures and protocols that allow our school to operate in a safe and healthy environment.

It is for these reasons and many others that I would like to ask you to consider a donation to the Lexington Catholic uKnight Fund. The mission of serving others is what makes the Lexington Catholic High School Community unique. Please join me in keeping this mission alive. Donations to the uKnight Fund will have a direct impact by supporting our Spiritual Life Department, High Marks Program, and Tuition Assistance for over 250 students.

In times like this, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community.

With great appreciation,
Darlene Silvestri ‘73
Building a Better Future
The Capital Campaign for Lexington Catholic
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Join our growing list of supporters.
Donors to date can be found here.
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Please send any information, updates, and exciting celebrations to Pam Schneider.

Pam Schneider
Director of Community and Alumni Engagement
859.277.7183 Ext 306