Volume IIII | November 2020
Alumni News
We are thankful for our LCHS Alumni, community, and family! It is a time to reflect on our gifts and blessings. Here at Lexington Catholic, we are thankful for our alumni! You are the foundation our school is built on and we appreciate all your support in so many ways.  Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!  
A Message from Anna Mullis
New VP for Enrollment and Marketing

Hello, my name is Anna Mullis, and I am honored to serve as the new Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing at Lexington Catholic. My experience as Principal of Seton Catholic School, and administrator at Sts. Peter & Paul Regional Catholic School and Sayre School gives me unique insights that I hope will translate to expanding Lexington Catholic’s established footprint in our community.

Challenging times offer opportunity. I find it exciting that today’s world allows for us to try new things and present ourselves to prospective families, and the community, in ways that we would never have tried or considered in the past. There is something freeing and inspiring about those sorts of limitless possibilities.

As you might imagine, this enrollment season is like no other. For the first time, the High School Placement Test is being administered online at our partner schools as a part of their regular school day for our incoming 9th grade students. This allows not only for a safe testing setting, but for students to take the HSPT in their natural learning environment and for Lexington Catholic to deepen our ties with our partner schools. This strengthens our existing close bonds and further strengthens the bridge of understanding and collaboration.

I am excited to share with you a new initiative we are adding – the Liberal Arts Institute for Excellence. This is a new addition to the Exemplar Scholars program that has been successful in the Fine Arts and Math/Science/Technology offerings. The Liberal Arts Institute will seek students who desire a rigorous four-year academic curriculum to develop critical thinking skills mainly based in reading and writing with a specific concentration on how they see our society, and how they can make it a better place, with an emphasis on our Catholic faith. The Liberal Arts Scholars also will have the opportunity to engage with local professionals to help them on their journey. This will culminate with a Senior Project to showcase their skills.

The application window for the Liberal Arts Institute for Excellence, and all our Exemplar Scholars Programs, is October 6-December 11. Please contact me to learn more, amullis@lexingtoncatholic.com. No question is too big or too small.

Yours in Faith,
Anna Mullis
Alum Helping Fight COVID-19
Molly Dawson ’13 is an ICU nurse from Bowling Green and is now part of a historical plasma donation in Lexington.
After almost dying from COVID-19, Molly Dawson is donating convalescent plasma that can help patients currently being treated for coronavirus.

This summer, the virus hit her unit hard. In early June, Dawson started feeling the symptoms herself. "It felt like I was drowning. I took myself to the ER and started this journey I didn’t think I would be on."

Within 12 hours of being treated on her own floor, they decided she was getting worse, and needed to be airlifted to Nashville. Molly spent the next 17 days on a ventilator. “Plasma is one of the things that helped save my life”. Three months after recovering, Dawson is now making history.

“She’s the first person we are collecting convalescent plasma from, who received convalescent plasma as part of her therapy when she was hospitalized,” said Medical Director of the Kentucky Blood Center, Dr. Dennis Williams. Williams said this plasma is part of a therapy where they collect antibodies from patients who had COVID and have now recovered. “It’s a very powerful donation to be able to collect from one person to treat four others," said Dr. Williams. He said they are still studying the convalescent plasma transfusions, saying anyone who gets a transfusion is monitored closely after.

Molly’s dream as a nurse is to save lives any way she can. While she can’t work currently, she can help in other ways while she is recovering. 

Molly wants to encourage you to wear your mask and donate blood when you can.  
School News
STATE FINALS

Archery
The Lexington Catholic Archery Team qualified for the State Championship this past winter, as a top 50 team. Unfortunately, the State Archery Tournament was cancelled.

Bowling
Lexington Catholic bowler, Maggie Coleman, qualified for the KHSAA Bowling State Girls Singles Championship this past season. Maggie represented the bowling Knights well with a 6th place finish out of the 32 competitors.

Cheerleading
Lexington Catholic cheerleaders placed 2nd in the KHSAA Region Competition, advancing them to state. They competed in the Small Varsity Cheer Division and finished 11th.

Cross Country
The boys finished 6th as a team in the State Finals as the girls finished 12th. Joanna Bryant, 7th grader, finished 14th and was a Kentucky State medal winner and All-State.

Dive
Our dive team placed 4th in the girls' dive team scores, 4th in the boys' dive team scores and 1st in the combined dive team scores. Mackie Redford and Reid Noonan won All-American. We were the only team in Kentucky to have both a female and male earn All-American honors in 2020.

Golf (Boys)
Lexington Catholic’s 2020 boys' golf team finished 3rd in the 9th Regional tournament, with golfers
Charlie Spiller and Alex Asbridge qualifying to compete in the State Championship.
 
Soccer (Girls)
Lexington Catholic’s 2020 girls' soccer team finished as the State Runners-Up in the state tournament this year.
Alumni Celebrations
Bellarmine University Baseball All-Decade Team
Outfield - Griffin Neuer ‘14
A cornerstone player on some highly successful late-decade Knights' squads, Neuer arguably had the best season among position players on the winningest team in program history. As a senior in 2018, not only was Neuer a first-team All-GLVC selection, he earned a national Gold Glove from the ABCA. The native of Lexington, Kentucky, was also an All-GLVC honoree as a junior.

For his career, Neuer batted .301 with 23 homers, 40 doubles, 11 triples and 149 RBIs. He's tied for fourth all-time in triples, he's fifth in RBIs, sixth in runs scored (154), ninth in hits and ninth in homers. In a superb senior campaign, Neuer batted .324 with 12 homers, 10 doubles, five triples and 53 RBIs. The triples are tied for fourth all-time for a single season, the RBIs are tied for 10th and the homers are tied for 12th.

Neuer earned a GLVC Player of the Week acknowledgement as a senior and was an Academic All-GLVC selection.
Bellarmine University Women’s Soccer All-Decade Team
Mary Beth Gorham ‘13
Gorham exited Bellarmine as the most prolific offensive player in program history. The native of Nicholasville, Kentucky, is the program's all-time leader in points (103), goals (43) and game-winning goals (17) and is second in assists (17). She holds the single-season records for points (33), goals (13) and game-winning goals (seven), all established in 2015. Three of her years rank in the single-season top 6 for both points and goals.
Gorham was named a first-team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches as a junior. In that same season, the forward was recognized as the GLVC Offensive Player of the Year — the program's first and only player to win the award — after being cited as the GLVC Freshman of the Year in her debut campaign. Gorham was a four-time All-Midwest Region selection and a consensus pick by the United Soccer Coaches and D2CCA on three occasions. She was acknowledged as first-team All-GLVC all four years and was a three-time GLVC Offensive Player of the Week.
Gorham was a first-team United Soccer Coaches Academic All-American as a junior and was a second-team Capital One Academic All-American as a sophomore. She was also the GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's soccer as a junior. Gorham received the GLVC Council of Presidents Academic Excellence Award in addition to being an Academic All-GLVC mainstay.
Bellarmine University Women’s Track & Field All-Decade Team
Bridgette Mangold ‘14
Mangold was a member of the 2018 indoor 4x400 All-American relay team. The native of Lexington, Kentucky, garnered three All-Midwest Region accolades, including in the pole vault and heptathlon. Mangold captured the 2019 GLVC title in the outdoor heptathlon and piled up six All-GLVC acknowledgements in the pole vault.
Mangold owns program records in the indoor and outdoor pole vault, the heptathlon, the freshman pentathlon, the freshman outdoor pole vault and is a member of the standard-bearing outdoor 4x400 relay team. She was a GLVC Field Athlete of the Week in 2016.
Mangold received the GLVC Council of Presidents Academic Excellence Award and was career Academic All-GLVC.
Where Are They Now
Mary Little Buzard ’90 teaches full-time as an Intervention teacher at Maxwell Elementary for Fayette County Public Schools and has earned her national boards. Her husband, Chris, is a forensics detective in Lexington. They have 3 children, Luke - a junior at Henry Clay, Leah - a freshman at Henry Clay, and Elizabeth - a fifth grader at Maxwell.
Gary Davis ’69 is a retired Lexington, Kentucky police officer. He has a second career as a Kentucky state polygraph examiner at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. He also is enjoying his 7 grandchildren. 
Rob Lyon ’75 is an educator and coach. Rob and his wife, Kristine, and family, have enjoyed living around the U.S. for the past 28 years. They are currently back in Kentucky. Rob is working in the public schools and coaching cross country.
Judy Sellers McGee ’63 married Bill McGee ’62 and they both graduated from Murray State University. They have been married for 54 years. Bill owned and managed Winton Farm, raising and selling thoroughbred horses. After retiring, they now spend the winter months in Naples, Florida and their summers in Lexington. Their only grandchild, Kyra McGee, is a freshman at Lexington Catholic this year.
Amanda Melendez ’14 is living in Chicago, Illinois and is a civil engineer at Michael Baker International. She currently works on bridge and highway projects for an engineering consulting firm with tasks ranging from preparing quantity and cost estimate calculations to designing prestressed concrete beams for a simple span bridge, precast reinforced box culverts, working on the design of a retaining wall with global stability issues, assisting on the overall preparation of developing the structure plans, or any other task associated with the design of a transportation structure. 
John Noll ’92 and his wife, Christina Holman Noll ’92, are the Principal at Elkhorn Crossing School in Scott County and a Global Content Strategist for Lexmark International, respectively. They live in Lexington and have three children: Thomas, Henry, and Catherine. Christina's mom, Beverly Jenkins Holman ’66, and grandmother, Geraldine Clancy Jenkins ‘44, (St. Catherine’s) are both alums and still live in Lexington. 
Cathy Bush ’80, lives in Virginia, where she is the Playwright-in-Residence at the Barter Theatre. Cathy is one of 11 siblings with 8 of them graduating from Lexington Catholic - Colleen Bush Blackburn ’86, Megan Bush Schultheis ’85, Paul Bush ’85, Elizabeth Bush ’83, Cathy Bush ’80, Jim Bush ’79, Patricia Bush Owen ’78 and Mary Bush ’77.  Her mother, Peggy Bush, taught religion at Lexington Catholic beginning in 1978 and continued for about 20 years. You can catch up with Cathy at www.catherinebushplays.com or bushcatherine@hotmail.com
Knight Spotlight
Drew Lewis '98
Drew Lewis is currently the co-owner and Head of Content at Redbear Films, an award-winning production studio known for shows like the EMMY-nominated Con Man on SYFY and the hugely popular YouTube channel RETRO REPLAY. Drew focuses most of his waking hours in TV development, publishing, emerging media, creative and, of course, becoming a wizard. When Drew isn't pioneering exciting new ways to develop lasting conversations between stories, brands and consumers (whatever that means), he continues to slip bourbon in his coffee while working on clients such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Rally Health, Dodgers Baseball, Southern California Edison, Toshiba Laptops, Hilton Hotels, Jenny Craig, Callaway Golf, Southwest Airlines, Mattel, and Invisalign. Drew is currently in development on a new TV series called Ohana and launching Redbear publishing in the new year. A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he co-founded Fusioncorp Design — a digital design firm based in Kentucky and held leadership roles at global advertising agencies Wunderman and Spark44.
Alumni Pop Up Store
We now have alumni sportswear to offer! 
Please click on the link below to find LCHS Alumni items for purchase. These will make perfect gifts for yourself and fill Christmas and birthday wish lists too!

Access Code LCALUM20
Kendra Scott Party
Do you have someone on your Christmas list that would like to have Kendra Scott jewelry? If so, please shop December 7 and 8 online using the code and when you shop Mid-Knight Stakes (our largest fundraising event) will receive 20%. 
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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