June 2021 End of Year Newsletter
We would like to first and foremost thank all of our faculty and staff for being a constant for our students always, but especially in this out-of-ordinary year!

Thank you for going above your call of duty.
Thank you for sticking by your students throughout this tumultuous year and greeting each one with a smile every morning.
Thank you for creating an environment of safety and regularity in their days.
Thank you for going above and beyond to communicate with families at all hours.
Thank you for your empathy, patience, and perseverance.

We are truly lucky to have the best faculty and staff here at St. Paul!
As an alum, a past parent, current parent, grandparent, or friend of St. Paul, we thank you for being a part of our vision "to be a truly great Catholic high school" and please know we pray for each one of you, your family, your friends and your community!

Here is some St. Paul news you can use - delivered to you once a month during the school year. Enjoy reading about all the great things happening at St. Paul!
Faith Feature
After years of preparation and prayer, two men are ready to be ordained on June 26. One being our very own Matthew Collins from the class of 2012.

Read this great article on his faith journey and his upcoming ordination!

Article - Catholic Transcript and photo by Aaron Joseph
Class of 2021 - Congratulations!
The Class of 2021's commencement ceremony was held last week, June 8th, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. We are so proud of the determination, perserverance and strength this class had to get through this tough year.

You can visit https://vimeopro.com/user127419720/catholic-high-school-commencement-ceremony/video/559473519 to view the commencement ceremony that was live streamed for those that could not make it that evening.
Class of 2021 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Emma Schatz has been named Valedictorian of the Class of 2021. Emma has chosen to attend Loyola University, Chicago in August where she will major in theoretical physics and applied mathematics. 

She is the daughter of Leah and Mark Schatz of Burlington.

Her advice to students, “it’s simple, try everything! Don't let an opportunity pass you by because you think you’re unqualified or you won’t succeed. Don’t be afraid to challenge and push yourself to the limits. Try your best and I promise you, something incredible will come out of it.”

Read more below with an article by the Bristol Press.

Sophia Gerst was named Salutatorian of the Class of 2021. She is the daughter of Liliana and Richard Gerst of Bristol.

When asked what advice she would give to a St. Paul student, she said “as you continue your journey through high school do not wait for things to come to you. Good things come to those who work hard. Do the things you love while you can and live in the moment.”

Sophia will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY in the fall and will major in biomedical engineering on a pre-med track.

Read more below with an article by the Bristol Press.

We are so proud of these ladies and their hard work and determination!
Two Military Appointments in the Class of 2021

Later this month, Bristol resident Jonathan Passander will go on to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and Southington resident Joshua Silva will head to the US Naval Academy Annapolis.

“I wanted to pursue a rigorous college education while also serving our country as an Army officer, improving my leadership qualities, and strengthening my core values,” Passander said. “This path of discipline and struggle will form the best version of myself, pushing me past my limits. I am determined to take this commitment seriously to provide the next generation of soldiers with quality leadership and represent the military and country as best as I can. I find myself fascinated with the amount of opportunities available through the Academy and beyond,” Passander continued. Lastly, I want to provide a good foundation for myself in fields like engineering and robotics to apply to my Army discipline, further studies, and future career afterwards.”

Silva also shared his thoughts on why he chose the path he did.

“My brother, who recently graduated from the Air Force Academy, recommended a book called ‘Brother’s Forever’ by Tom Sileo and Col. Tom Manion,” Silva said. “The book is about the life of two best friends who graduated from Annapolis, their service, and their eventual sacrifice. Then what ultimately inspired me to apply to the Naval Academy was a quote that read ‘If not me, then who?"

Read more in an article from Republican American.

We are so proud of these gentlemen and wish them the best!!!
Make a Gift to the St. Paul Annual Falcon Fund
As you can see (above and below), our students have persevered in these times to make this past year a GREAT ONE! Given the great academic, faith-based, athletic, fine art and many other things happening here on campus, we couldn't be happier.

Please consider making a gift to the Annual Falcon Fund, enabling St. Paul to enhance programs in areas of fine arts, science, athletics, computers, and technology to name a few. Because tuition alone does not cover all education costs, the gap between tuition and the cost to educate a student is filled by tax-deductible, unrestricted gifts to our Annual Falcon Fund.

This 2020-2021 Annual Falcon Fund campaign will end June 30, 2021.
Congratulations to the boys & girls golf teams on their respective 3rd place finishes at their state championship tournaments.

Erin Downes earned all state golf honors and qualified for the State Open on the girls side and Matt Downes and Brandon Frye earned all state honors on the boys side while Matt also qualified and represented St. Paul in the State Open.

Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Lacrosse programs who both played for earned number seeds in the WCLC Championship, the girls finished runner up and the boys defeated Watertown to win the league title.

Both teams qualified for the Class S state tournament. The girls defeated Somers in the opening round before falling to the #4 seed Tolland and the boys advanced to the semi finals (a program first) before losing to the eventual state champion St. Joseph.

All state honors for lacrosse included Greta Panke on the girls side and on the boys side Brycen Kennedy, Christian Decker, Connor Matthews, and Eric Suzio were recognized as members of the All State team with Ryan Bogdanski selected as a member of the second All State team.

Track and Field 

Congratulations to our all state qualifiers for their efforts at the Class S Championship.  Wyatt Bryne in the 100 Meters, Tyler Turner in the 200 Meter and Long Jump, Owen Wood in the Pole Vault and Allie Barton in the 100 Meter Hurdles. Tyler Turner placed 3rd in the Long Jump which earned him a spot in the State Open.


Congratulations to the Baseball team who earned the number 1 seed in the Class S Tournament and advanced all the way to the state championship. The game did not go as Falcon Nation had hoped but nonetheless it was a great season. Ryan Daniels (also selected to the Junior All Star Game) and Mario Izzo earned All State honors while Owen Davis was selected for the Senior All Star Game. 


Congratulations to Gillian Smith who was selected to the Class S All State Team and who was also selected to play in the Junior All Star Game.
Performing Arts
On Thursday, May 27 St. Paul Performing Arts presented BROADWAY, Standing Room Only, an original musical theatre revue, which will be featuring twenty outstanding performers and an assortment of Broadway’s most memorable moments, past and present. This special premiere was for performers and family members only in our auditorium.

BUT...If you enjoy the bright lights and shining stars of the Broadway stage then you’re in luck. You can enjoy the performances right here on YouTube.

With shows like Les Misérables, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Beautiful, The Wizard of Oz, Wicked and Dear Evan Hansen you’ll be entertained with an amazing cast that will bring Broadway right into your homes.

Performers include: Lila Alderete, Alecia Barbieri, Lucas Courtemanche, Daniel Kozman, Anna Kronen, Madeline Kurnik, Julia Lawson, Madison Howe, Bryndle Kroll, Olivia Lanteri, Julia Lawson, Sami Millerick, Calista Oria, Abigail Patterson, Bella Peterson, Kendall Raymond, Christian Roach, Kirsten Ward, Brianna Wood, and Nina Zwolinski. Stage crew: Joseph DiBiaso and Madalyn McAuliffe.
Advancement Events
The 14th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament in memory of Sharon Mielcarz, will be held on Monday, June 28, 2021 at Chipannee Golf Club in Bristol with Webster Bank as our Presenting Sponsor!

Thanks so much to the following Sponsors that have already committed to the 2021 Tournament.

Presenting Sponsor: Webster Bank
Alumni Reception Sponsor: Steven J. Suzio Memorial Golf Tournament
Lunch Sponsor: John Riemer, Class of 1971
Hole in One Sponsor: County Line Nissan, Middlebury

Visit www.spchs.com/alumnigolf/ to see a complete list of generous donors!
  • Seeking donations for Raffle and Silent Auction Prizes. This is a easy way to support the tournament in a big way! If you have something special you'd like to donate, please email Shelley Mendoza at smendoza@spchs.com. We are looking for things like Golf related items, Restaurant or Store Gift Cards, Bottles of Wine or Spirits of any kind, tickets to Sporting events or Concerts, or a beautiful themed basket of any kind.

Questions? Please contact Shelley at smendoza@spchs.com.
Summer Programs
St. Paul Catholic High School would like to invite students entering 4th-9th grade this Fall to join one or more of the summer programs we are offering.

St. Paul brings current students and local community students together for learning, fun and skill building. Open to all! Ask a friend too!

Please visit https://spchs.com/summerprograms/ for more details and to sign up.
St. Paul Data Analytics Team

Alecia Barbieri '21, Lila Alderete '23, and Mrs. Clarke were invited to join Mr. Anthony Salcito, VP of Education at Microsoft in a presentation to air in June at the International Society for Technology in Education, ISTE, conference.

They discussed their winning entry of ABBY, the Autistic Bio-Band for Youth. ABBY is a bio-band designed to be worn by young individuals with Autism or other like conditions. It uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to read the individual's biometrics and provide feedback and/or alerts when registering changes in biometrics outside the calibrated levels. This is intended to allow the individual greater autonomy and improved communication.
National Honor Society
On June 10, the Bristol Boys & Girls Club presented the St. Paul chapter of the National Honor Society a plaque to recognize our NHS students for mentoring the children at Cambridge Park in Bristol, which our students did remotely during this past school year.

In attendance to accept this plaque were Colin Ivers '21 (NHS Vice President), Emma Schatz '21 (NHS Secretary) and NHS Advisor Dr. Gnoza.
St. Paul Student Publishes Book
St. Paul's very own Anna Beresford '24 is a musician, writer and artist and she loves performing music. She self taught herself to play six instruments flute, piano, ukulele, violin, viola and guitar.

Her latest endeavor though, publishing her very own book!

In addition to her love of music and writing, she loves to volunteer at food pantries during her summer break. She also holds the title of "Miss Hartford County USA"!

In her spare time she loves skateboarding, singing, playing tennis, modeling, horseback riding, and drawing. Her love of animals will hopefully bring her a job at an animal shelter in the future.

Anna, we are all so proud of you taking this step and getting your book published! We look forward to your next novel which she tells us is a mystery novel! Keep a look out!

TEAM FALCON FORCE from St Paul Catholic High School in Bristol CT was awarded first place in the State of Connecticut for the eCYBERMISSION Challenge. The team was comprised of four freshmen: Team Manager and Lead Analyst Brianna Wood, Communications Analyst Angela Ragani, Engineering Specialist Nicholas Lowell, and Artistic Specialist Matteus Abastillas.

As the first-place State winner and Regional finalists, each member of TEAM FALCON FORCE was awarded $2,000 in US savings bonds and an award certificate from the competition. The team’s winning submission included over 100-pages detailing their prototype ABLES, Artificial Blue Light Efficient Sensor.

They designed, engineered, coded, and constructed ABLES, based on the identified problem in their community of increased artificial blue-light exposure among school-aged children. Read more details here....
Our Online Spirit Wear Store is OPEN featuring a number of NEW ITEMS! From Sweatshirts, T-Shirts, and Sweatpants, to Pajama pants and water bottles and tumblers!

Place your order right online for pick-up in our main office. Sorry, we are not offering shipping at this time.
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