Merry Christmas! What a blessing to be able to celebrate the birth of Christ and the renewal of hope He brings to our lives. I love the secular side of Christmas-the decorations, the music, the festivities, the cookies (definitely the cookies!)---and the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the big day. But each Sunday in Advent, during Mass, I really appreciate the opportunity to quiet my mind and reflect on the coming of Christ and what that means to me and to the world. And I try-sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much-to carry that feeling of reflection and quiet into the week that follows.
I hope you are able to find time for peace and silence during this last week before Christmas.
I wish all of you and your families a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2019!
MSS Class of 1969
Catching up with Alyssa Imes (MSS 2010)
Alyssa Imes started sculpting in the third grade. That was the early start of a love affair with art that blossomed into a successful career in sculpting. Alyssa graduated from Catoctin High School, where she participated for two years in a concentrated art program at Governor Thomas Johnson High School. Furthering her education she then graduated from Shepherd University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture. Soon after graduation, Alyssa started working at Ice Lab Ice Sculptures in Baltimore and began her career as a professional artist.
Alyssa loves her job, and noted that one of the best parts of it is to help clients "make their vision come true." She has made ice sculptures in an array of different subjects including corporate logos, wedding designs, and even national monuments that have been displayed in Washington DC.
of her favorite sculptures was for her cousin's wedding, featuring a fanciful and elegant "W" representing the family name. While sculpting in ice is a new medium for Alyssa, it is one in which she clearly excels.
Alyssa has great memories of her time at Mother Seton, especially of her teachers. She notes that all of the educators and staff put "so much of their soul" into their work. They were kind "day in and day out". Although each year was different, the dedication of her teachers was a constant. She remembers Mrs. Myers doing creative and cool art projects with her students, and continues to have a real appreciation for her teachers' abilities to "cultivate amazing people."
Alyssa is certainly one of those amazing people who has embraced her creativity and taken it to the next level in her professional career as an artist!
Alyssa is the daughter of Laura (Rosensteel) (MSS 1984) and Jeff Imes.
|'Angels Above' Alumni Golf Tournament
This year's 'Angels Above' Alumni Golf Tournament was another big success! Thank you to the Little Family who host this tournament each year to support the scholarship created in honor of their parents, Jack and Shirley Little. This year the family presented a check to MSS for $19,000 which brings their grand total over $138,000!
(L-R) Sister Brenda,
Marylou Little (MSS 1976),
Scott Little (MSS 1979), Kim Bolin (Pam's daughter),
Tony Little (MSS 1978),
Pam (Little) Bolin (MSS 1977), and Mason (Pam's grandson).
|Paul Nield '08
Congratulations to Maryland State Trooper
Paul Neild (MSS 2008)
who was recently honored as the Greenbelt American Legion Post 136 Police Officer of the Year. Paul was selected for his hard work and great results so far in 2018, including nearly 900 traffic stops which resulted in 38 DUI arrests and 12 criminal investigations that led to 27 criminal arrests, among other accomplishments.
Thank you, Paul , for making Maryland a safer place to live and drive!
|Young Alums Stand Out in High School
Elizabeth Buchheister and Ellis McCormick, both MSS Class of 2015, who were inducted into the National Honor Society in November. Elizabeth attends Commonwealth Charter Academy and Ellis is a senior at Linganore High.
Catoctin High school inducted five MSS graduates into the National Honor Society this fall. Congratulations to
Hannah Hartness (MSS Class of 2015)
Quinn Alley (MSS Class of 2016)
|Caroline Mullineaux '15
Caroline Mullineaux (MSS 2015) recently signed to play lacrosse for Seton Hill College in Greencastle, PA, which she will be attending next Fall. Caroline, a senior, has been an outstanding and honored (Coaches' Award recipient) player during her time at St. Maria Goretti.
|Hannah Hartness '15
Hannah Hartness (MSS 2015) for maintaining a 3.8 GPA for her classes at Frederick Community College (FCC) and Frederick County Career & Technology Center.
In addition to Catoctin's National Honor Society, Hannah was also inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.
|Catoctin High School Honor Roll
Many of our alums appeared on Catoctin High School's First Term Honor Roll
Grade 9, First Honors: Keola Evans, Mia Ferraro, Jacob Hartness, Raphaela Smaldone
Grade 9, Second Honors: Brendan Ott, Logan Perez
Grade 10, First Honors: Natalie Bosche, Grace Kovalcik
Grade 10, Second Honors: Emily Dewees, Garrett Malachowski, Sean Mazaleski, Aedan Myles, Carson Sickeri
Grade 11, First Honors: Daniel McCarthy, Evan Ott
Grade 11, Second Honors: Quinn Alley, Jonathan Glass, Jeremy Hochschild,
Grade 12, First Honors: Isabella Alley, Jack Malachowski
Grade 12, Second Honors: Haleigh Bowling, Adrianna Bussey, Madelyn Clever (MSS 2016 and graduating a year early), Christina Kong, Tara O'Donnell, Alex Wivell, Issiah Wivell
What an impressive listing! Congratulations to all of you!
|Tommy Laudani '14
Tommy Laudani, MSS Class of 2014, who died on November 15th. Tommy was a graduate of Delone High School in 2018, where he ran track and cross country, and was currently attending Frederick Community College. In October of this year, MSS honored Tommy with the Seton Values Youth Award, awarded to him for, among his many contributions, his unflagging assistance with the annual MSS Carnival. Tommy is survived by his brother Bobby (MSS 2013) and his parents, Robert and Rosemary Laudani.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.