Students, families, and alumni gathered at Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, Queens, on March 11th to celebrate the school’s 36th annual International Day. The long-running event is inspired by the wide range of ethnicities inherent in the students and families of Molloy and throughout New York City.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was in attendance for the festivities and presented President Richard Karsten and Principal Darius Penikas with a Proclamation acknowledging that International Day “gives the community the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the Borough of Queens, ‘The World’s Borough,’ which is home to residents from over 120 countries.” President Katz also congratulated Molloy on 125 years of excellence in education. “It is a privilege to celebrate the diversity of Queens with the Molloy community, which mirrors that of Queens. Molloy is and will continue to be an important foundation in our borough.”
The day’s program featured a series of performances presented by Molloy students. The school’s Indian, Spanish, Asian, and Dance clubs all provided culturally-themed music and dance routines, while the Dance Team and boys and girls Step Teams added American flare to the show.
The program continued as students and their families served homemade dishes representing many styles of cuisine. Hungry visitors could sample small bites of open faced Czech sandwiches, Greek koulourakia, smoked cheeses from Holland, Dominican fried sweet potatoes, Japanese sushi, and Italian meatballs, or indulge in larger entrees such as Latin American inspired empanadas, Spanish arroz con pollo, or French crepes. The Filipino food stall was arguably the most popular during the event. This is where alumnus Herbert Leona, Class of 2011, and his family carved and served up healthy portions of their whole coal fire cooked pig.
President Karsten applauded the enthusiasm shown by the school community in support of International Day. “It is wonderful to have our students and their families proudly participate and share their cultures and traditions. Clearly, Molloy is a place where everyone is welcome.”
Winter Open House to Welcome Accepted 8th Graders
Last week, eighth grade candidates were notified if they have been admitted to attend Molloy next fall as part of its Class of 2021. Candidates were also informed if they have earned a Named or Academic Scholarship or have qualified for honors level classes. “Over 2,000 applications were processed over the past several weeks. Of those, over 250 candidates have qualified for honors courses, while 115 scholarships have been awarded, totaling $1,218,000,” said
President Richard Karsten ’81. “I would like to thank our admissions director and coordinator, Leslie Poole-Petit, Ed.D, and Keith Hahn ’02, and all who will continue to assist in the admissions process as we bring the Class of 2021 together.” Accepted students received a confirmation packet in the mail as well as a congratulatory phone call from student volunteers who were excited to welcome our future Stanners. (Pictured top: President Richard Karsten ’81 prepares for the Phone-A-Thon with a student volunteer. Bottom: Student volunteers during a congratulatory Phone-A-Thon)
Molloy will host its Winter Open House for accepted eighth grade candidates on Tuesday, January 24thbeginning at 6:15pm. This will give the eighth graders and their families another unique look at life at Molloy and hopefully encourage them to become part of the Stanner Family. For more information on the Winter Open House, please contact email@example.com.
We would also like to thank Mike O’Dwyer ’12, who volunteered as an admissions intern over the past several weeks. Mike helped coordinate the student Phone-A-Thon and was an invaluable resource during the acceptance process. He will be missed as he returns to grad school, but we wish him much success!
The 2017 Stanner Games Were As Big As Ever!
Each January, Stanner Games invites schools and athletes near and far to participate in one of the biggest and most respected Track & Field meets in the nation. The 2017 edition of the Games, hosted once again at The Armory NYC, proved to be as successful as ever, as over 150 schools and over 4,000 athletes (over 200 from Molloy) competed in 3,494 individual events and 1,943 relays. One notable participant in the girls 300m was Sydney McLaughlin, a senior at Union Catholic High School (NJ). McLaughlin qualified to represent the United States in track and field at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the youngest athlete to do so since Carol Lewis and Denean Howard in 1980.
Stanner Games is a full-day affair, with the first events beginning at 9am and the last wrapping up before 7pm. It takes astute coordination and organization to pull it all off, and that’s where our coaches and over 65 alumni, faculty, and parent volunteers come in. Without their commitment and assistance, Stanner Games would not have the professional reputation it has established over many years. “This is the most athlete and coach-friendly meet in the country. That doesn’t happen without our tremendous alumni and friends,” said Coach AJ Power ‘84, one of the key organizers of the event. (Pictured: Stanner Games officials & volunteers)
A touching moment came early in the meet, as Molloy’s coaching staff announced a moment of silence to honor the memories of George Arcarola ’74, Karina Vetrano ’04, and Br. Patrick Lally, FMS. George, Karina, and Br. Pat all made a profound impact on the Molloy/Track & Field community in their own unique ways. They inspired us, motivated us, and brought us closer together. George, Karina, and Br. Pat will always remain in our hearts.
The Beehive would like to thank and congratulate Molloy’s entire coaching staff, our volunteers, and the over 200 Stanners who gave their all on the oval. You all represented Molloy with great passion and we couldn’t be more proud! (Photos below by Jermy Singh ’20 & Daniel Ramirez-Mendez ’20)
Marist Bicentennial Day is a Hit with #MillionMarists
We would like to thank everyone that joined in the Marist Bicentennial celebration on January 2nd by using #MillionMarists. January 2nd marks 200 years since the birth of the Marist Institute, when Jean-Marie Granjon and Jean-Baptiste Audras joined Marcellin Champagnat in La Valla as the first Marist Brothers. Thanks to your participation, and that of Marist Brothers and laity around the world, your photos and reflections shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #MillionMarists reached over 2.5 million people worldwide with over 5.5 million “Impressions” or views across all social media platforms. These numbers have far exceeded the original goal of reaching 1 million people worldwide. What a great show of love and support as we enter the third century of Marist life!
The Marist Brothers have been building up to this Bicentennial year since 2014, when they first announced “Montagne Year”, a recognition of the importance of the Marist Mission then and now. 2015-16 was “Fourvière Year”, which acknowledged the emergence of Marist laity on a global scale. Finally, 2016-17 is “La Valla Year”, a recollection of the humble beginnings of the Brothers while looking ahead to the next 100 years and beyond. The #MillionMarists social media campaign on January 2nd was just one of a number of events that will take place over the next several months. These include a Gala celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Esopus, La Valla Weekend at Esopus (3/24 to 3/26), a global day of service on March 29th, and a National Assembly Celebration (6/13 to 6/17) in Poughkeepsie. Follow Marist Brothers USA on Facebook to stay up to date on upcoming events.
Though January 2nd has come and gone, we encourage you to continue sharing your Marist pride (photos, reflections, stories, etc.) on social media using #MillionMarists. Also, please take a moment to view the video below, courtesy of the Marist Brothers, which has captured a portion of the posts that have been made to date. Representation for the United States can be seen from 2:58 through 3:10 in the video.
The January tuition invoices have been mailed to all parents’ STANNER e-mail accounts! Paper invoices will no longer be mailed home. Please check your e-mail today. The next payment due date is February 1st. If you need assistance accessing your STANNER e-mail, please contact IT@molloyhs.org. For questions regarding your invoice, please call the Finance Office at 718-441-2100 ext. 117. Thank you for your continued cooperation!
Spring 2017 NYSSMA Festival
The first deadline to register for participation in the 2017 New York State School Music Festival is February 10th. Forms for participation, on all levels ofaudition and adjudication for instrument or voice,have been sent electronically via email to the parents of students in Freshman/Sophomore chorus, Junior/Seniorchorus, Concert Band, and the fall/winter Music Theory classes. We urge parents to check their e mail for these forms and allinformation regarding the 2017 NYSSMA Festival. All students, currently studying any instrument or voice, who may not have access to the forms through e mail are urged to see Ms. Yang in the Music Room to obtain copies of the information and forms and to discuss their qualifications for Festival participation.
Passing of Brother Patrick Lally, FMS
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Brother Patrick Lally, FMS, on December 22nd. He was 81 years old.
Br. Pat (also known as Br. Patrick Maura) was born in Bronx, NY, in 1935. He lived in Galway, Ireland for a number of years during his childhood before entering the Marist Juniorate as a young man in 1952 in Esopus, NY. He became a postulant with the Marist Brothers in 1954 and entered the Marist Brothers Novitiate at Tyngsboro, MA in 1955. He professed his vows in 1956, followed by his final vows in 1961. He earned a Master’s degree in Spanish from Fordham University in 1963.
After completing his religious and academic studies at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, he began his ministry serving as a cook in Esopus in 1959. He began his teaching career at St. Helena High School in 1961 and served for many years as a teacher and coach at schools including Christ the King High School (1962–63), Instituto Mexico (1963-64), Marist High School in Bayonne, NJ (1965-66), and St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset (1982-95). He also served in Administration at St. Joseph Academy in Brownsville, TX (1977–82) and later as President of Guadalupe Middle School, also in Brownsville.
Br. Pat was an important part of life at Molloy for many years. He first made an impact at Stanner High during the 1960’s. He taught religion, math, and Spanish, moderated the Marist Mission League, and served as a popular track and field coach. Br. Pat, alongside a tight-knit coaching crew, contributed to a storied and particularly prosperous era for Stanner track and field that saw Molloy hoist many trophies and earn a string of consecutive championships.
Later in his tenure at Molloy, after returning from work at other schools, Br. Pat was appointed Plant Manager in 1995. In this role, Br. Pat oversaw all matters regarding buildings and grounds including general maintenance and repairs, campus beautification, event setup and breakdown, and many other important aspects of daily operations at the school. He served as Plant Manager until his retirement in 2013.
In 2015, Br. Pat celebrated his 60th anniversary as a Marist Brother during a Jubilee celebration at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, NY. In retirement, Br. Pat was still strong in faith and deeply connected to the Molloy community. He frequently visited the faculty and staff in Briarwood, each time greeting friends with the same smile and jovial personality he always had.
Brother Patrick was the son of William and Mary (Quirke) Lally. He is survived by his many cousins, many friends, as well as by his Marist Brothers of the Province of the United States. He is predeceased by his brother, Tom. He will be sorely missed. We ask the Molloy community to please keep Brother Patrick Lally in your thoughts and prayers. Services for Brother Patrick are as follows:
Fairchild & Sons Funeral Chapel
1570 Northern Blvd, Manhasset, NY 11030
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
3:00-5:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm
St. Mary’s RC Church
1300 Northern Blvd, Manhasset, NY 11030
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Burial will follow at Marist Brothers Cemetery in Esopus, NY
Five-star junior center Moses Brown talks recruiting
Five-star junior center Moses Brown continues to take his game to new heights as major programs across the country keep close tabs. The seven-footer at Queens (N.Y.) Archbishop Molloy who ranks No. 17 overall in the class of 2018 is rapidly removing the prospect tag and turning into a player. When Rivals.com watched Brown at the Gonzaga DC Classic last weekend he was changing the game as a scorer and as a shot blocker and Brown said he's embraced his size and being more aggressive.
Students Travel to Vermont for College Tour
12 students recently set out on an informative trip up to St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. They learned all about life at St. Michael’s by touring the campus and speaking with school representatives. They also met up with alumna Keyana Smith ’16,a scholarship recipient, who was kind enough to share her early impressions of the school. Keyana noted that her experience has been great during her first semester, and that she is doing well in her classes. She is doing particularly well in physics and English, and credits her teachers at Molloy, Mr. Chong and Mr. Sheehan, for preparing her for the challenge. “It was nice to see Keyana doing so well and to hear the positive effect our faculty had on her. That is important as our Stanners go out and take on the world,” said counselor Mr. Ted McGuinness ’81. Other alumni currently attending St. Michael’s include Kathleen Gribbons ’14, Alison Vergara ’15, and Robert Dittus ’16.
1st Quarter Honor Rolls 2016-2017
Congratulations to all students who made Honors, Honors with Distinction and the Principal's List this quarter! Keep up the hard work!
Molloy’s music students were recently treated to a special workshop led by guest speaker Ms.Nadia Banna, an expert on the educational process known as the Alexander Technique. Named after its creator, Australian actor Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955), Alexander Technique focuses on realigning one’s posture to relieve muscular and mental tension. This well-known exercise is used by individuals and performers in many different fields in order to improve overall performance. Musicians and stage performers are among the many professionals who recognize and use Alexander Technique. Ms. Banna was kind enough to explain and model the technique to the school band, who then tried it out for themselves while using their instruments. A follow-up visit focusing on the Stanner Players and Theater Arts & Improv is currently planned for later this year.
JV Softball Visits Boston Following B/Q Regular Season Title
At 11-0 in season and 25-7 overall, Molloy’s JV softball team is this year’s regular season Brooklyn/Queens Champion. As has been tradition for several years, Coach Lou Santos accompanied the champs on a trip to Boston, Massachusetts. “Our trip was wonderful. We enjoyed a Duck Tour, a batting practice tour at Fenway Park, and we met former Met and Yankee Chris Young, who signed autographs and took pictures with our players,” said Coach Santos. The team hung out at Fenway that night to watch Houston defeat Boston in a regular season matchup. The following day, Molloy played against Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, MA. Central Catholic is a fellow Marist school. “We had a great time playing against them,” said Santos. After the trip, Coach Santos applauded the parents who made traveled with the team. “Every player’s family attended. What a great showing of support and cooperation.” (Photo courtesy Lou Santos)
Girls Varsity Tennis: Finalist for the B/Q Championship
CONGRATULATIONS to the Girls Varsity Tennis team in becoming finalists for the B/Q Championship!
Stanners & Friends Lap Briarwood During Harvey 5K
On behalf of Mr. Frank Gambino ’74, all of our track & field coaches, the entire staff at Molloy, and the Harvey family, we would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Andrew Harvey Memorial 5K Fun Run on October 2nd. Over 115 alumni, students, and friends ran our annual 5K or One Mile races through the streets of Briarwood. The top three times in this year’s 5K were all claimed within just three seconds of each other. Tyler Bay ’11 finished third with a time of 17:03:0. Fred Murgida finished at 17:01:0. Our top finisher was recent Milrose Games champ Michael Reddy ’16 with an impressive time of 17:00:0 on the nose. Photos and results by time and by group for each race can be downloaded by clicking the links below. Once again, we thank everyone who attended the Fun Run, and we invite you to join us next year for what will be the 30th anniversary of this wonderful event.
Molloy’s New Approach to Safety & Security
In recent months, Molloy’s administration has attended several conferences and spoken with many industry experts concerning school safety. These discussions eventually led to a plan that would markedly improve security around Molloy’s six acre campus. After extensive summer renovations, that plan has been fully realized as of September, which is great news for all Stanners.
When arriving at Molloy, the first upgrade you will see are the new exterior doors on Manton and Main Streets. The original metal doors have been replaced with modern doors with more glass. Many of the other exterior doors were upgraded and now utilize electronic keys that track those who come and go, while visitors are directed to buzz in at the Manton Street entrance only.
Inside, the newly renovated first floor lobby and Manton Street entrance, funded by our 2015 Walkathon and The Fund For Molloy, is the central point of Molloy’s improved approach to safety and security. In terms of visual aesthetics, new wall tiling, flooring, ceiling panels, and lighting create a brighter, more welcoming space. Wood accents match the look of other recently renovated areas such as the library and cafeteria. There is also a clear theme throughout the space. “The concept of the design is to tell the story of our Catholic and Marist identity,” explained President Richard Karsten ‘81. “When entering the front doors, visitors will see a statue of Mary with our daily prayer above her in metal lettering. The marble Champagnat statue now rests in a new wall niche, while the school crest is inlaid in the center of the floor. A crucifix, as well as our motto ’Non scholae sed vitae’ are also prominently featured.”
The most vibrant addition to the space is a multi-paneled wall mural, created by Nigerian born, Brooklyn-based artist Olelekan Jeyifois. You can see his murals in many venues around NYC including at MoMA, Centere de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, the Guggenheim Bilbao, and now at Molloy (learn more athttp://vigilism.com/). The mural is comprised of stylized iconic images from Molloy’s history, including visuals of St. Marcellin Champagnat, Mary our Mother, the Marist Brothers, Esopus, coeducation, athletics, service, and our diverse Queens roots. “The mural is designed to depict the vibrant school life that Molloy has today and has had throughout the decades,” said Mr. Karsten. “I would like to thank Gino Fazio ’81, Anthony DiRusso ‘80, and Facilities Director Brian Yuska for their unwavering commitment to completing this project without disruption of student life.”
Perhaps the most important change to Molloy’s approach to safety and security is the addition of two new full-time Safety & Security Officers. Mr. Kevin Lavelle and Mr. Alex Colon, both retired NYPD officers, will manage a new welcome desk that has been incorporated into the lobby. From this vantage point they will have the ability to buzz in, greet, and direct all visitors as well as routinely monitor all security cameras around the building. They will make sure all perimeter doors are secure, and they will be visible at all school events, morning arrival, and daily dismissal. Mr. Lavelle and Mr. Colon both draw from impressive backgrounds in law enforcement. Mr. Colon is a 20 year veteran of the NYPD as a transit officer and has also worked in security in the North Babylon school district. Mr. Lavelle was stationed in the nearby 107th precinct for many years and previously acted as Molloy’s local police liaison. Molloy will be reimbursed for the majority of the labor costs associated with its new safety & security officers through a newly established city project – the NYC Non-Public School Reimbursement Program.
We would like to thank our students and their parents for supporting last year’s Walkathon, and our alumni community for your continued support of our annual fund, The Fund For Molloy. Your generosity makes it possible for Molloy to not only provide one of the best educational curriculums in New York City, but also to break ground on critical capital improvements around our campus such as these safety and security upgrades. View our photo gallery below, but we encourage you to attend events here at Molloy this fall to see all of these changes for yourself!
Molloy Adds AP Computer Science Principles Course
PRESS RELEASE – Briarwood, NY – Archbishop Molloy High School has introduced a new AP Computer Science Principles course this fall, following in the school’s own trend of celebrating technology throughout its curriculum. While an advanced placement course, it is structured to be inclusive as it is not reliant on a student’s prior knowledge of the source material. The course will review web design, programming, search engine optimization, and original computer-based artifact creation. Principal Darius Penikas is excited for the opportunities the course presents students. “We place a tremendous emphasis on technology here at Molloy, and this course will support that effort. Students who enroll in the course will create functional content such as programming their own apps. AP Computer Science Principles is remarkably applicable to the modern work environment because it quantifies the importance of computers and their impact on our world.”
Fall 2016 marks the first time AP Computer Science Principles is being offered by the College Board. Molloy jumped at the opportunity and accommodated the new course by extending the school’s day to day schedule and adding an expert in the field. Ms. Edit Boral, who will teach the course, is a 25 year veteran of Computer Science education and brings a vast knowledge base. Further support for the program comes by way of a grant awarded by Mobile CS Principles (MCSP), an organization supported by National Science Foundation grants and endorsed by the College Board. MCSP endeavors to “provide a broad and rigorous introduction to computer science based on App Inventor.”
“The addition of this course is our first step in an expanded computer science curriculum initiative,” said Mr. Penikas. Other efforts, including AP Computer Science A (Java Programming) and the after school STEAM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), will supplement Molloy’s mission to provide top tier computer science instruction as well as opportunities for real world applications. “We will always continue to look for ways to enhance the program. A 3D printer has been ordered, and full courses in web and app design are also planned,” said Mr. Penikas.
For the first time, we are providing you with the opportunity to place a personalized ad in our yearbook. These ads can be used to convey a special message to your graduate or simply add a personal touch to their yearbook. Please read a letter from our Principal here for more information.
Class of 2016 Among College Board’s AP Scholar Roster
Class of 2016 Among College Board’s AP Scholar Roster
The College Board announced earlier this week its AP Scholar Roster for 2016. These awards recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams. There are several levels of recognition. Students who score 3 or higher on three or more AP exams earn the title of AP Scholar. Students who score at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams are AP Scholars with Honor. The AP Scholar with Distinction is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Molloy’s total number of scholars in 2016 is 81 and its average score is 3.78. We would like to share the names of our recent graduates from the Class of 2016 and our current seniors from the Class of 2017 who qualified for these prestigious honors:
Class of 2016 AP Scholars – Vincent Antignani, Jada Bacchus, Sitorie Bachan, Victoria Brucas, Daryl Caffarone, Yves Chen, James Curran, Alexandria Dominguez, Garret Genco, Laura Geoghegan, Alexander Gliagias, Kelly Huang, Daniel Jimenez, Sarah Kowpak, Siobhan Loftus, Megan McLoughlin, Isabella Mercado, Alejandro Montoya, Christopher Ortega, Nicole Pagnotta, Victoria Perillo, Kleanthis Plakas, Alessandra Ricciardi, Katharine Sapienza, Raffaele Scarpitti, Amanda Tracey, Sylvie Williams, Stacy Zachariah.
Class of 2016 AP Scholars with Honors – Perry Chresomales, Andrew Chui, Christy Dey, Dylan Haynes, Jake Infante, Jane McNoble, Alexandra Petot, Claudia Raciborski, Sophie Robinson, Hailey Tom.
Class of 2016 AP Scholars with Distinction – Maria Aliberti, Shania Chua, Terence Coppinger, Jordan Fierek, Michael Gillooley, Maria Goetz, Jaila Guevarra, Maria Gulino, Stacy Kanellopoulos, Caroline Kelly, Lucia Lin, Oliver Mai, Peter Maisano, Rose Maisano, Jack Mangin, Alessandro Markovic, Harris Mohsin, Michael Najac, Emily Peckham, Austin Pizzella, Samantha Racan, Konstantina Raptis, Mikayla Roberts, Shibangi Saha, Harmanveer Singh, Laksumi Sivanandan, Petra Stiglmayer, Brendan Woods, Matthew Zwolak.
Class of 2017 AP Scholars: Paul Arango, Vivian Chen, Lilibeth Delassalas, Kyle Hoosein, Jillian Hubert, Francesca LaPinta, Stephanie Lechki, Freddy Murgida, Pooja Patel, Cassandra Renart, Calista Requijo, Annaliese Roller, Anne-Marie Romain, Kelly Santiago
The September/October Parent Newsletter
The September/October Parent Newsletter is available and can be viewed here.
St. John's Registration Information
St. John’s University
College Advantage Program
The St. John’s University College Advantage Program provides Archbishop Molloy students with an opportunity to earn college credit while they are enrolled in high school.
Students must register by Sunday, September 25th
Seniors: Minimum 3yr GPA of 80%
SAT Score (Math & Critical Reading) – 1000
Juniors: Minimum 2yr GPA of 85%
PSAT Score (Math & Critical Reading) - 1100
$325 per Course; Payment due Friday, October 21st
· Opportunity to earn from 3 to 22 credits before you begin college. The maximum number of courses you may register for is three per semester.
· If you enroll at St. John’s, you will receive a $2,000 per year College Advantage Program grant.
· Credits usually transfer to other colleges. Be sure to contact the school you plan on attending to ensure that they accept transfer credits from St. John’s.
AP Computer Science Principles Summer Assignment 2016
Dear Future AP Computer Science Principles Student:
Welcome to AP CSP! I am eagerly anticipating a great year of Computer Science Principles, College Board’s newest AP exam! In order to ensure the best start for everyone next year and to give us more time with the programming task, you will have to complete work this summer.
If youre child will be attending Molloy this fall, please see iPad distribution schedule here.
We already miss our seniors! The Class of 2016 earned over $100 million in college scholarships this year while gaining acceptance to many of the top schools in the US and abroad. Pictured are some of our seniors earlier this month sporting their university sweatshirts including Cornell, Villanova, Skidmore, Sophie Davis, Tufts, Amherst, Purdue, Notre Dame, Vassar, NYU, Williams, Barnard, US Naval Academy, St. Andrews (UK), and Edinburgh (UK). Congratulations again to the Class of 2016, but remember you'll soon be freshmen again, so keep working hard!
UPDATED: Study Review Classes for Regents Prep
Please see PDF of Social Studies, Science, and Math Review dates and times.
Congratulations to all student-athletes that were awarded MVP & Coach's Awards for the 2015-2016 school year. A special congratulations to Varsity soccer player Jesse Rodrigues and Varsity Golf “A” and Varsity swimmer Rebecca Markunas as both were named most outstanding senior athlete. Both also received the Jack Curran Award. All honors were announced at Molloy's annual Athletic Awards Night on Wednesday, May 25th.
Molloy Celebrates Student Research at Science Symposium
The Class of 2016 recently showcased their own scientific research at Molloy’s annual Science Symposium. Seniors presented diverse topics including Music and Memory by Dylan Haynes and Brendan Woods, To Trust or Not to Trust: How Hair Affects Perception by Samantha Racan and Julia Rakaj, Teenagers and Impressionability by Daniel Jimenez and Laksumi Sivanandan, Test Instruction Formats and Their Effects on Students by Julia Djurasevic and Kelly Huang, and more. Special recognition was also given to participants of the NYC Science and Engineering Fair. 16 seniors in all were recognized: Yves Chen, Julia Djurasevic, Jordan Fierek, Kelly Huang, Daniel Jimenez, Caroline Kelly, Peter Maisano, Rose Maisano, Isabella Mercado, Samantha Racan, Julia Rukaj, Ralph Scarpitti, Eleni Sgantzos, Laksumi Sivanandan, Shibangi Saha, and Harmanveer Singh.
The NYCSEF is the largest high school research competition in NYC and is sponsored by the Department of Education and CUNY. Each year, hundreds of students participate representing all five boroughs. Awards range from scholarships to paid trips to seminars and other scientific events across the country.
This has also been emailed to your parent Stanner email address.
Fall Soccer Tryouts- Important Information
For important information regarding Soccer Tryouts for 2016 please click here.
Spirit Week Round-up
Spirit Week 2016
Students and faculty had a great time during this year’s “Spirit Week”, which is a week full of games, contests, dress down days, and events that promote the celebration of school pride. Games like Kahoot, and The Amazing Stanner Race tested students’ knowledge and puzzle solving skills, while Minute To Win It and Stanner Games offered physical challenges for each grade level. A Lip Sync Battle after school filled the Jack Curran Gym with tunes ranging from Dream On by Aerosmith to (I’ve Had) The Team of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. Don’t worry, Drake, Cyndi Lauper, and Fergi were represented too. Molloy even held a Spelling Bee, which helped promote The Stanner Players and their spring performances of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The “Two Truths One Lie” contest tested students’ knowledge of Molloy history (some of it quirky), while guessing the number of jelly beans in the Candy Count jar was more of a perplexing conundrum. Dress down days throughout the week encouraged unity within each grade level.
It is important to note that Spirit Week also had an overarching theme or “Spirit Cause”, which saw students and faculty work together to raise money in the fight against homelessness. Similar to years past, establishing a theme for Spirit Week helps rally the Stanner family toward a common goal that does well for the community at large. While school pride is important, it is even more critical to remember that that spirit stems from a tradition of kindness and service to our neighbors. In all, it was a successful campaign and a fun-filled week that reminded students and faculty how special our school can be.
May/June Parent Newsletter
The May/June Parent Newsletter can be viewed here.
Molloy Presents: Music & Arts Festival
Archbishop Molloy High School hosted its 2016 Music & Arts Festival on Sunday, April 24th. The student-driven festival is a wonderful opportunity for our school to shine the spotlight on its best musical, theatrical, and artistic talent through inspiring live performances and diverse gallery displays. The day began with the New York State School Music Association Showcase, which featured solo vocal and keyboard performances by several Stanners who are enrolled in the distinguished program. Later, in the Ralph DeChiaro Theater, representatives of The Stanner Players and the Theater Arts and Improv Club performed whimsical skits including acts from Alice in Wonderland, which The Stanner Players mastered last fall. In addition, solo vocal acts were inspired by well known Broadway shows like Wicked and Aladdin, which speaks to the confidence and overall skill level of the featured performers.
Next, Molloy’s Guitar and String Ensembles, moderated by art teacher Mr. Glenn DaGrossa, “let the Led out” with renditions of Led Zeppelin, Kansas, and other Hall of Fame Classic Rock bands. “I was excited to hear the ensembles perform Kashmir, and even more excited when they pulled it off flawlessly,” said Communications Director Joe Sommo ’03. The Freshman/Sophomore and Junior/Senior Choruses rounded out the afternoon with a diverse musical set of popular music including Man in the Mirrorand Linus and Lucy. Art galleries featuring spring themed artwork, character studies, micrography, and self-portraits brought a different kind of vibrancy to the halls of Molloy, drawing crowds throughout the day. The work was truly remarkable, and the proof is in the pictures below.
Principal Darius Penikas was in the audience throughout the day and shared his observations with The Beehive. “I thought it was a great showcase for the outstanding talent here at Molloy. The moderators of the clubs and the music and art teachers do a great job with the students. In turn they really grow and improve, and then are able to put on great performances, whether they are pieces of art or musical and vocal renditions. I enjoyed listening to everything, and I was struck by the variety, talent, and skill of Molloy students.” Congratulations to all students who performed, and thank you to our faculty and staff who contributed to the program. The Molloy community is invited to attend next year’s Music & Art Festival! Check www.molloyhs.org for news about this and other events throughout the year.
Stanner Players Treat Molloy to Delightful Run of “Spelling Bee”
The Stanner Players production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee went off without a hitch earlier this April. From sound, lighting, make-up and costume crew to the talent on stage, each Player brought their own unique interpretation to the show. As a result, what transpired was three performances of Putnam County that were professional, uplifting, and simply a joy to watch.
Senior Nina Pesa ’16 (pictured), who has been singing her entire life, found a home with the Stanner Players last year when she joined the cast of Seussical the Musical. This year, Nina shined as Rona Lisa Peretti, former champion and returning moderator of the Putnam County Spelling Bee. Supporting Nina were many outstanding talents. Among them was junior David Kemp ’17, who has already established himself as a major up and coming vocal talent through his enrollment in the NYS Summer School of Arts and performances at numerous non-theater events around Molloy. David played several roles including an alternate speller and the father of contestant Olive. Fellow senior Matt Frenzel ’16, who follows in a long line of Frenzels at Molloy, played several roles of his own including an alternate speller and two different father roles. Matt has performed with The Stanner Players more than a handful of times, much like his brothers before him. This, however, would be his last Molloy show, which made the experience bittersweet. Paul Tibo ’17, who played Chip, first appeared with The Stanner Players last fall in Alice in Wonderland. This would be his first musical, and he was said to have relished the opportunity. Read more about the outstanding performers in the SHOW PROGRAM.
Ms. Shannon Winters ‘06, Director of The Stanner Players, explained a bit about how Putnam County made its way to Molloy. “This show holds a special place in my heart because it was my final college production, and the last I was part of as an actor. Choosing it for the high school level, however, was not automatic. My main concern was the show’s use of audience volunteers. The show requires quite a bit of improvisation, so while things can go very right, they can also go very wrong. But I decided that isn’t that the point of live theater? My decision was validated while watching the students work on the show for months.” Ms. Winters went on to thank and applaud the work of her cast, crew and all who played a role in supporting the show. She also left a note for her departing seniors. “I have known many of you since I started as director three years ago. I think together we built something truly spectacular, and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to you all.” (Pictured: Principal Mr. Darius Penikas participates as an audience volunteer)
College Admissions Officer Discussion Panel
On May 12th, Archbishop Molloy will host its first ever College Admissions Officer discussion panel. This event is open to all present and committed Molloy students and their parents and presents a unique opportunity to directly ask professionals in the field of college admissions about any and all aspects of the process. This evening will feature representatives from the C.U.N.Y. system, the S.U.N.Y system, a private Catholic university as well as a private Ivy League university. The format will be that of a discussion panel so the entire program will be responses to participant questions. As the college admission process becomes more involved and more competitive Archbishop Molloy is proud to provide our community with the ability to hear how different universities and university conduct their admissions process and what specific aspects of the application are most important to them. The evening will begin at 6:30 in the Curran Gym and will last until 8:00 PM. Questions about the evening can be directed to either Mr. Ted McGuiness (x 119) or Mr. Gus Esgro (x158). We hope to see you there!
Molloy Celebrates International Day
Molloy prides itself on strong values of faith, service, and excellence in academics and athletics. We also takes great pride in the diversity of our students, who collectively represent hundreds of different ethnicities among the thousands that make up New York City. In order to take advantage our central location in New York’s most diverse borough, faculty and staff founded International Day. Now 35 years running, International Day offers an opportunity for our students to celebrate their diverse cultural backgrounds through song, dance, and homemade ethnic foods.
From Europe to East Asia, South America to the Middle East, and Africa to the Caribbean, dozens of countries all across the globe were represented at this year’s International Day. The Irish Jig and Bollywood Fusion were among an eclectic performance program that also included Merengue, Salsa, and Bachata dances. Molloy’s Ebony Club, Step Team, and Dance Team each rounded out the performance portion of the day with dance routineshighlighting American culture as well as cultural diversity as a general theme. “Students were excited and extremely prideful to take part in these cultural performances,” said Principal Darius Penikas, who served on the International Day planning committee for the first time. “I was impressed by not only the amount of preparation that went into each movement and step, but their execution was wonderful. It was definitely a sight to see for everyone in attendance.” (Pictured: President Richard Karsten ’81 with Herbert Leona ’11 and family)
Later in the day, homemade ethnic dishes were prepared by students and their families and made for a quick taste of regions around the world. For those craving something savory, the Leona family, including Class of 2011 graduate Herbert Leona, served up healthy portions of their whole coal fire cooked pig. Homemade lasagna, Asian glass noodles and dumplings, empanadas, tortas, smoked cheeses from Holland, Dutch pancakes, and Irish soda bread were among the many offerings served up to the hungry crowd of 400 students, parents, faculty, and alumni.
“International Day is one of my favorite days on the Molloy calendar,” said PresidentRichard Karsten ’81. “It is important for our students to celebrate their own cultural diversity while at the same time learning about the ethnic backgrounds of friends and their families. It helps create an understanding that we are all part of one global family.” President Karsten also praised the participation of the school community at large, describing parents as “an important link to our students’ heritage who should always be celebrated.”
We invite your family and friends to view our student art displays and theater performances…and to hear our freshman/sophomore chorus, junior/senior chorus, guitar and string ensembles, stage band, and NYSSMA soloists. Refreshments, prepared by our Baking Club, will be served in the Festival Bistro. Student tickets are $5.00; adults $10. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Performances and exhibits begin at 12:45 p.m. and continue through 5 p.m. Enter through the cafeteria doors from our parking lot. Come, enjoy the day, and support the Arts at Molloy.
2015-2016 3rd Marking Period Honor Rolls
Congratulations to all students who made Honors, Honors w/ Distinction and the Principal's List! Keep up the great work!
Archbishop Molloy returns to the ranks of the elite behind a talented mix of youth and experience. The Stanners won the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens regular-season title, reached the diocesan championship game and earned an intersectional semifinals berth for the first time in 14 years.
Congratulations to Mike McCleary, All-Queens Coach of the Year
Meshing young stars with established veterans is not always an easy task for a coach, but McCleary made it look easy at times. He kept star freshman Cole Anthony grounded, nurtured sophomore Khalid Moore and leaned on senior Isaac Grant. It resulted in the Stanners’ best season in more than a decade. Molloy went 22-6 and reached the diocesan final and intersectional semifinals.
Congratulations toCole Anthony and Isaac Grant, of theAll-Queens First Team
Freshman, Cole Anthony, lived up to the hype of being the son of an NBA player, and was a leader despite his age. His late heroics orchestrated a number of tight Stanners wins. Anthony led Molloy with 16.9 points and 6.9 assists per game, while making his teammates better as well.
Isaac Grant’s nickname is “Breeze,” but he was more like “Beast” for his senior season. He was the rock for the Stanners on both sides of the ball. Grant was a dependable scorer and a furious defender. The 1,000-point scorer averaged 16.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
The Stanner Players present "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"
Archbishop Molloy High School’s Stanner Players are proud to present their Spring 2016 musical production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. Performance dates are Thursday April 14 at 2:30 PM, Friday April 15 and Saturday April 16 at 7 PM, and Sunday April 17 at 2 PM.
All performances will be held in the Ralph DiChiaro Theater at Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, NY. Tickets are $5 for Molloy Students with ID and children under 12 and $10 for adults. To reserve tickets, please do so here. Tickets will be available the day of the performance and can be paid for in cash at door. When you arrive the at the performance, please give your name and say that you have reserved tickets. Please note that reserved tickets may be sold if not picked up 10 minutes prior to show time.
Please also note, no tickets will be reserved for the performance on Thursday April 14. This is a special performance for Molloy students and faculty only, and tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis that day at the door.
Thank you for your continued support of the Stanner Players, and we’ll see you at the show!
The Tablet’s Girls’ HS All-Star Basketball Team
Congratulations to senior Kathryn Gibsonwho made it on the 2016 Brooklyn/Queens girls’ high school basketball all-star team. (Guard; 14 pts., 4 assists, 2 steals per game, high game of 26 pts.; will attend Molloy College, Rockville Centre, L.I.)
The Stanner Players present their spring show: an adaptation of the 2005 Tony nominated Broadway production The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The Stanner Players are excited to perform this musical comedy documenting the trials and tribulations of six kids competing against each other in the quirkiest spelling bee around – and they’re being judged by even stranger adults. Show times, how to reserve tickets, and other information is listed above. We invite all members of our community to come out and support our talented Stanner Players!
International Day 2016 - Please Join Us!
When: Sunday, April 10th | 10:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Archbishop Molloy High School
Who: All members of the Molloy community
We invite the Molloy community to participate in the return of International Day on Sunday, April 10th. International Day is an opportunity for our students to celebrate their diverse cultural backgrounds through song, dance, and homemade ethnic foods. Performances are scheduled to begin at 10:30am. Food will be served beginning at 11:45am. Tickets are sold at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children under age five are free. International Day is a wonderful family event as well as a great occasion to reconnect with your alma mater. We hope to see you!
If you'd like to bring in food for International Day, please print, fill out and have your child bring in this slip no later than April 6th.
Over the past 55 years there have been 26 Indoor All-American performances by Archbishop Molloy Track and Field athletes. Three of those performances occurred this past weekend as the Boy's Shuttle Hurdle Relay Team (left to right Liam Rock, Andres Echeandia, Oluwatomide Alao, Ikpechukwu Obayi) captured 4th place at the National Championships with a time of 30.59 setting a new school record. The Girl's Shuttle Hurdle Relay Team (left to Rt. Jenna Piller, Cristina Giannelli, Isabelle Poptean, Petra Stiglmayer) placed 6th with a time of 33.54 also setting a new school record. Sarah Kowpak (pictured center) placed 6th in the high jump with a leap of 5'6". The top 6 places in all events at the National Championships earn All-American honors. It was an exciting and historic day for the Stanner Track & Field program, the athletes, their parents, and for myself to have had the good fortune to coach these young men and women to attain the seemingly impossible.
Boys Swimming Update
The Molloy Boys Swimmers, Harry Ortoff, Ruben Ceri-Droz, and Brendan Woods were part of the CHSAA team that won the Federation State Swim champs up in Buffalo, NY this past weekend. Harry came in 8th in the 500 free, Ruben's time placed him 9th overall in the 100 breast stroke and Brendan swam well in the 200 I.M. There were over 400 swimmers at this meet and the boys swam well and made us proud.
Senior track and field teammates Kieran Rock (2:02), Andrew Garabito (1:55.7), Alex Goldberg (2:01), and Michael Reddy (1:55.7) made history on February 20th at the 108th annual Millrose Games by helping Molloy win the Catholic High School/Boys George T. Eastman CHSAA 4x800m Relay for the first time in over 30 years. With an amazing combined time of 7:55.57 the team established themselves as a legit force in the CHSAA and on a national scale. They will look to follow up this outstanding performance this coming weekend at the New York State Championship, followed by the National Championship the following weekend. Many prolific athletes have competed at Millrose Games in its history, including over 200 athletes that share the distinction of being both Millrose Games and Olympic Champions. Millrose Games continued its tradition of showcasing the potential future elites of track and field with this incredible win by our Stanners. Coach Frank Gambino ’74 was very pleased with the win. “We came close to winning a lot of meets this year, but to win a big one like this is a real shot in the arm,” he explained. “It definitely psyched us up for the outdoor season.” Coach Gambino also credited his fellow coaches for their work. “Kawan Lovelace ’94 provided excellent points in weightlifting and form, Br. Bob Andrews and myself worked hard on distance training, and Craig Katinas ’93 worked with these and other runners over the summer. It was a team effort all around.” | WATCH THE FULL 4X800M RACE
In other track and field news, Molloy record holder Kathleen Woods ’12 has penned an article for Women’s Running magazine. The article, titled What is VO2 Max And How Can It Help Your Training, is published online and can be accessed here: Kathleen Woods Women’s Running Article
Blood Drive- March 22nd
The Stanner Players Present: Senior Show 2016
Students Earn Scholarships to SJU at “Academic Bowl”
The Super Bowl wasn’t the only big game last week. A group of Molloy seniors were invited to participate in the St. John’s University College Advantage Academic Bowl on Saturday, February 6th. The event invited four local schools to participate in an academic trivia challenge. To qualify, each participant must be currently enrolled in the College Advantage Program at St. John’s. After a hard fought game, our Stanners finished in second place. This feat earned each Molloy team member a $1,500 annual scholarship to St. John’s University to be awarded beginning this fall. Our talented scholarship students include seniors Evan Georgio, Michael Esposito, Nicole Balina,Carlo Crivo, and Antonio Ortega. Congratulations to all students and to Mr. Ed Cameron for coordinating this opportunity.
Science Olympiad Results 2016 – February 6th Regional Event at Grover Cleveland High School
*Out of 40 schools, Archbishop Molloy took 11th place.
Individual achievements from Molloy students for the numerous events within Science Olympiad are shown below. Medals were given to the top 10 places in each event.
EventStudents Involved (Class Year)Place Taken out of 60 teams
Anatomy & Physiology Francesca LaPinta (’17) 7th place
Stephanie Lechki (’17)
Experimental Design Emily Peckham (’16) 4th place
Michael Gilooley (’16)
Fossils Stephanie Lechki (’17) 6th place
Matthew Mshar (’19)
Green Generation Stephanie Lechki (’17) 9th place
Enzo Persic (’17)
Optics Emily Peckham (’16) 6th place
Michael Gilooley (’16)
Robot Arm Andrew Christophorou (’17) 3rd place
Dylan Haynes (’16)
Wright Stuff Alexander Rezhets (’18) 6th place
We would like to thank professional flutist Angela Massey for recently taking time out of her busy schedule to serve as a guest lecturer at Molloy. Angela led our Stanners in song during a special workshop for members of the school band who were looking to brush up on their skills after school. Angela is a flutist with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and performs as a member of the Massey Duo with her husband, clarinetist Taylor Massey. She is an impressive and experienced talent who has performed all across the United States and Europe, and our students were thrilled to learn from her. The workshop featured basic concepts, theory, and various warm up and playing techniques. Special thanks to music teacher Ms. Ya Ting Yang for coordinating Angela’s visit!
Molloy Back on track against Holmdel
Its been a tough stretch for Archbishop Molloy (13-6) through the latter half of January with defeats to Christ the King and Sachem East that might have made it tough to get up for a long road trip down the shore to New Jersey.
The lack of confidence and lack of energy gae the Stanners a tough road through the first half on Sunday against the host, Holmdel, in the Coaches Choice USA Shore vs. NY/NJ Challenge, but junior guard Jenna Mastellone forged ahead as Molloy wore down the Hornets in a 63-39 victory.
Molloy’s track & field athletes and coaches hosted another spectacular Stanner Games at The Armory on January 16th. No less than 165 teams featuring over 5,000 athletes, from as nearby as Flushing and as far as Virginia, competed throughout the day. The diverse program included long distance races, sprints, high jump, long jump, triple jump, hurdles, pole vault, shot put, and much more. “We even finished the meet 10 minutes ahead of schedule,” Coach AJ Power ’84 proudly announced. Top performances included:
Andrew Garabito finished 5th in Boys 1000M at 2:36.40, #6 all time at Molloy.
Mike Reddy finished 3rd in Boys 600M at 1:23.45, #10 all time at Molloy.
Molloy Boys Shuttle Hurdle team finished 1st at 32.04.
Molloy Girls Shuttle Hurdle team finished 2nd at 35.17.
With so many athletes and events to coordinate, Molloy’s coaching staff can’t do it alone. Fortunately, a large number of alumni and faculty volunteers aided in making sure all athletes were prepared for their events, and that each event began as scheduled. Volunteers (some pictured above with President Richard Karsten ’81 and Principal Darius Penikas) represented at least six decades of Stanner graduates. “Their flexibility, efficiency, positive energy, and kindness toward all athletes are what set our meet apart and above all others,” said Power of the volunteers who lent their time. “Several coaches from other schools commented to me about our officials, saying bluntly that they contribute to this being their favorite meet of the year. On behalf of my colleagues I thank all the volunteers for giving back to our school, our team, and the sport we love.” President Karsten extended his appreciation. “Congratulations and thanks are due to all athletes and coaches on their outstanding work. Thanks to Joe Dombrowski, Br. Bob Andrews, AJ Power, Frank Gambino ’74, Jeff Gallagher ’88, John Kramer, Kawan Lovelace ’94, and all of our volunteers for your dedication to Stanner Games and our Track & Field program,” said Mr. Karsten. For an event of this scale to run so smoothly is a credit to all in our community.” | See Stanner “Games Results
Jan/Feb Parent Newsletter
The January-February Parent Newsletter is now available. You can view it here.
Stanners shining through early-season adversity
Winning though injuries has turned into a bizarre blessing for Archbishop Molloy
The Stanners lost five seniors, including four starters, to graduation from a team that fell in the Brooklyn/Queens and CHSAA “AA” state finals. The remaining roster has taken some hits as well.
Molloy students showed their Marist spirit this month by participating in our school’s annual Toy Drive, coordinated by Campus Ministry Director Mr.Mike Germano ’93.Mr. Germano announced that Stanners collected 1,026 new toys as well as $2,500 in monetary donations through a mission collection. These toys and donations will benefit children and families through Make a Difference Christmas, HeartShare, Catholic Charities, and at the local Briarwood Shelter.
Solidarity Sleep Out Offers Perspective
Stanners recently took part in Molloy’s latest Solidarity Sleep Out. This event encourages students to “sleep out” at Molloy for one night, thereby actively engaging them in a national movement to raise money to end youth homelessness. “The Solidarity Sleep Out is an opportunity for our students to stand in solidarity with 2 million young people who will experience homelessness this year,” said event moderator Mrs. Daniela Jelcic. “I was very pleased with the turnout and the level of participation, and I feel that the students gained important new perspectives about youth homelessness through this experience.” Students also raised $650 for Covenant House, one of the largest privately funded childcare agencies in the US.
Winter sports at Molloy are off to a great start overall! Here’s a look at the current records of our talented teams.
Boys Varsity Basketball: 2-0
Boys JV Basketball: 4-1
Boys Freshman Basketball: 2-3
Girls Varsity Basketball: 8-1
Girls JV Basketball: 5-2
Varsity Volleyball: 10-0
Girls Varsity Swimming: 6-0
Boys Varsity Swimming: 3-2
In Boys Varsity Swimming, senior Harry Ortof ’16 is a State Qualifier for the “500 Free” event. Track & Field results are covered in the story below. We would like to congratulate Harry and all of our athletes and coaches on their outstanding work so far. Here’s to more success in 2016!
Track & Field Athletes Impress at CHSAA Relay Carnival
Molloy’s Track & Field athletes have continued their great success this year as we transition from fall to the winter sports season. Senior Sarah Kowpak ‘16 (pictured above) is the returning New York State Champion in the high jump as well as the Molloy record holder. Sarah’s record is an unreal 5’9”, which she achieved earlier this year at the outdoor NYS Championships. She opened up her senior season with a win at the CHSAA Relay Carnival at Icahn Stadium on December 12th, jumping a solid 5’4″. On the heels of her outstanding high school career in both academics and athletics, Sarah recently signed to study and jump at Northeastern University. Family members joined Coach Kawan Lovelace ’94, Coach AJ Power ’84, Athletic Director Mike McCleary, and President Richard Karsten ’81 at the signing to show their support and congratulate Sarah on this outstanding achievement.
The Boys Varsity Shuttle Hurdle Relay Team, which includes seniorLiam Rock ’16, juniorOluwatomide Alao ’17, and sophomore Joshua Titus ’18, won their CHSAA Relay Carnival event in impressive fashion. The team set both a meet and a school record with a time of 24.18 and are aiming to qualify for Nationals at the upcoming Stanner Games in 2016. Senior Urbi Tucker ‘16 won the triple jump event with a jump of 33’9″. The boys Track & Field team also won the Distance Medley Relay event with a fantastic team time of 11:03.30. (Pictured: Oluwatomide, Liam, and Joshua)
Molloy’s Track & Field athletes now look ahead to Stanner Games, which will take place Saturday, January 16th, 2016 at The Armory in Manhattan. One of the largest meets of the year, Stanner Games invites hundreds of students representing over 170 high schools around the tri-state area. If you are interested in attending the meet, or would like info on future opportunities to volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is arguably one of the most hyped films in the history of modern cinema. Drawing on the success of six previous installments, including three prequels released between 1999 and 2005, the seventh film in the beloved Sci-Fi series was teased for months in 2015 with promises of inspiring Star Wars fans of old and captivating a new, younger audience. In anticipation of this monumental release, members of the Sci-Fi Club at Molloy planned a private screening at UA Midway Theater in Forest Hills on Friday, December 18th to ensure their participation in a surefire record-breaking opening weekend.
“At 218 people, this was the largest after school field trip in Molloy’s history,” said Mr. Glenn DaGrossa, an art teacher, co-moderator of the school’s Sci-Fi Club, and avid Star Wars fan. “Molloy’s Sci-Fi club usually plans for 25 to 40 activities throughout the year, but this was a home run. It’s been 10 years since the last Star Wars film was released, and while some students have gone back and watched the original films, there are many students who are completely new to the Star Wars universe. They all came together with great enthusiasm and were absolutely thrilled with the new movie.”
The outing also attracted a record number of faculty chaperones, as well as alumni representing several generations. “The diversity of the turnout demonstrates not only the bond we in the Star Wars community share, but the Molloy community as well,” said Mr. Chris Dougherty’91, co-moderator of the Sci-Fi Club, while reflecting on the screening. He went on to describe Star Wars as “a part of our culture as a society” and that the films “have the power to bring many different people together in celebration.” The Sci-Fi Club is currently planning a second field trip to see the movie as a group again in January, as well as a meeting to discuss the movie together in greater depth. “We educate our students based on the curriculum, but we also embrace opportunities to teach our culture,” said Mr. DaGrossa. “Exposing our students to the Star Wars saga is similar to reading books or plays in English or Drama. The films are fun, but there are many layers to them. It’s definitely an educational experience.”
Advent Reflection – “It Was a Night Like No Other Night” (Part 2)
Advent Reflection – “It Was a Night Like No Other Night” (Part 2)
by Br. Pat Hogan, FMS | Alumni Spiritual Director
The Birth of Jesus was quite ordinary and unexpected – as far as the births of Saviors, Kings, Redeemers, and Messiahs go. One would have expected much more fanfare, but a stable, a manger, and animals all over made it such a “poor” place to be born. No splendor, no glory, just a humble manger. Mary and Joseph, however, were rich. They had something more precious than material wealth. They had a strong faith in God and in His Word. There were some extraordinary things that would support their faith such as the virginal conception, the arrival of the shepherds, and the wise men from the east. Their faith sustained them during the dark time of their lives.
We all go through difficult periods, but right off the bat Mary was told of the pain she would have to carry (“…She keeps all these thing in her heart…”). The Jews at the time were expecting the exuberance of Handel’s Messiah; they called him “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords” and proclaimed that he shall reign forever and ever. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. How wonderful this Prince of Peace must have been. How wonderful Mary must have been. I wish we knew more about her. She stayed with Jesus until the bitter end. Motherhood and peace – isn’t this what Christmas is all about?
In recent times we have had to deal with a lot of stress and sadness. This season is supposed to be a time of joy, so let’s switch to a simple, happy, joyous account of the birth of Jesus. I just love its simple beauty. Please read the following prayer by John Shea. Remember, Christmas is about a baby.
Sharon’s Christmas Prayer by John Shea
She was five, sure of the facts, and recited them with slow solemnity, convinced every word was revelation. She said they were poor, they had only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to eat. And they went a long way from home without getting lost. The lady rode on a donkey, the man walked, and the baby was inside the lady. They had to stay in a stable with an ox and an ass, but Three Rich Men found them because a star lighted the roof. Shepherds came and you could pet the sheep, but not feed them. Then the baby was born.
And do you know who he was?
Her quarter eyes inflated to silver dollars. The baby was God. And she jumped in the air, whirled round, dove into the sofa and buried her head under the cushion, which is the only proper response to the Good News of the Incarnation.
I wish all alumni, families, and friends a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year ahead. Remember, this is a time when we should all work toward peace and reach out to the less fortunate in our world.
Calling all law enforcement, fire department personnel, and all in public service (active & retired)! On Friday, January 8th, Molloy will host a casual event for its Badges Alumni. The evening will include food and beverages as well as a Molloy’s Boys Varsity basketball team taking on rival Christ the King High School. The event will kick off at 6:30pm with a pregame reception. Tipoff in the Varsity game is scheduled for 7:30pm. Reserved seating for event guests will be available on the stage in the Jack Curran Gym. The reception will continue after the game as well. While this event is sponsored by our Badges Network, we would also like to invite ALL members of the Molloy community to attend! Please join us for our first event of the New Year to reconnect, socialize, and network with your fellow Stanners. (Pictured above: photos from our last Badges event, January 2015)
Archbishop Molloy High School is pleased to invite you to the Br. Ron Marcellin Scholarship Dinner on Sunday, January 17th, 2016. This dinner, which is hosted by our friends at Trinity Bar & Restaurant in Floral Park, pays tribute to the memory of Br. Ron Marcellin, one of the most caring and influential figures in Molloy’s history. Br. Ron’s faith, passion for education and music, and care of each individual student inspired many generations of Stanners. In fact, those who knew him continue to be inspired by him. The Br. Ronald Marcellin committee has hosted this event annually to raise money to help future Stanners in Br. Ron’s name. Funds raised by this event directly benefit students and families in need. We are humbled that the Br. Ron Marcellin Scholarship is currently awarded to two wonderful Freshmen, and we are excited that it will help two more outstanding young students next school year.
A 50/50 raffle and live auction will be among the festivities while dinner, beverages, and great company are also included. 50/50 raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the event or in advance by emailing email@example.com. Please spread the word to your classmates! We hope to have another full house on January 17th as we celebrate Br. Ron and introduce a whole new generation of Stanners to his wonderful legacy. (Pictured: Our last Br. Ron Scholarship Dinner, January 2015)
Advent Reflection – “It Was a Night Like No Other Night” (Part 1
Advent Reflection – “It Was a Night Like No Other Night” (Part 1)
by Bro. Pat Hogan, FMS | Alumni Spiritual Director
Mary was in her prayer room doing what she always did at this time of the day – and something very special happened there. Because of her strong faith and trust in God, her absolute obedience to the will to the Father, Mary was drawn into a very, very close relationship with Christ. Because of this perfect Mariel relationship with Jesus she is the perfect disciple. Her role in the church therefore is Mariel since she is our Mother. It is only logical that she would be our Ordinary Resource.
After Mary’s death it is Luke who reveals the events leading up to that most perfect night. Mary was visited by an angel and told, “Full of grace, you are a chosen one” (Every call is a gift). Mary was deeply troubled by the angel’s message. She was afraid to say the least. God’s response to her fear was simple. “Do not be afraid.” In His response God assured Mary that He would be there for her; that she would have all the strength she needed to fulfill the task ahead. Mary’s Response – Fiat – her unconditional love, her “Yes.”
So overjoyed at the prospect of this event, she broke out into her Magnificat. Elisabeth was her best friend and she couldn’t wait to share these events with her cousin. Such excitement was generated Mary had to shout it out from the roof tops. Elisabeth’s encounter with God generated that similar joy. So here we have two women having extraordinary encounters with God through the presence of an angel. What incredible strength and courage these two women had as they ventured out into the unknown. Once the angel left, the women were left with no angel – only themselves. They faced the same human uncertainties of daily life that we face every day. They turned to faith, for there were no more angels, no more visions, and no more apparitions. So as we have to do, Mary moved forward alone with only her faith in God to sustain her.
In this Mariel Church our call is similar to that of Mary, but not in quite so dramatic a fashion. “I chose you; you did not choose me.” (Mk.3; 13) Every call has its own fear and anxiety, but we must remember that our Mother and her Son are constantly reassuring us, “Do not be afraid! I will give you the necessary strength to fulfill yourmission.” (Pictured: Madonna statue located outside Molloy’s William J. Murphy Library)
So as we prepare for that night of nights we will have to walk in faith like Mary and Elisabeth. We will be alone like Mary, but our fear is greater than her fear. We need to believe that our call is from God and with that comes an inner peace and joy that enables us to bear everything that comes our way when we stand in front of injustice, violence, and the many other ills of our society. Today, more than ever before, we are called to be counter-cultural. We are Christians, however, so please make an effort to remember that the reason for the season is Jesus Christ and his birth. Don’t lose focus on the birth of Jesus…
Part two of Br. Pat’s Advent Reflection will be published in the next Beehive on 12/23. If you would like to contact Br. Pat directly you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December Parent Newsletter
The December Parent Newsletter can be viewed here.
Molloy’s Dual Drive for Coats and Food a Huge Success
The Stanner community did their part to keep the less fortunate warm and fed this Thanksgiving. Students, faculty, family members and alumni worked together to donate 313 coats for individuals in need and enough food to help two different pantries. Molloy also raised $2,400 during the dual drive for a mission collection. Thanks to everyone who made a donation, to our senior Spirit Leaders for collecting and sorting items, and to Mr. Bill Niklaus ‘80, Mr. Mike Germano, Ms. Liz Murdocca, Mr. Richard Karsten‘81, and Mr. Darius Penikas for their support of the dual drive. This is what the Marist spirit is all about!
2015-16 1st Marking Period Honor Roll
Congratulations to all students who made Honors, Honors w/ Distinction and the Principal's List! Keep up the great work!
Students, family members, alumni, and friends are invited to come out to Molloy next weekend and see The Stanner Players light up the stage with their whimsical interpretation of a modern classic: Alice in Wonderland. All performances will be held in the Ralph DeChiaro Theater.Tickets are $5 for MolloyStudents with ID and children under 12 and$10 for adults. To reserve tickets, please leave a voicemail at (347) 441-0015 or email email@example.com with your name, the date of the performance you wish to attend, and the number of tickets you are requesting. You can pick up your reserved tickets or purchase additional or unreserved tickets at the door (cash only please). Upon your arrival please share your name and the number of tickets you reserved at the door. Reserved tickets may be sold if not picked up 10 minutes prior to show time.Note:No tickets will be reserved for the performance on Thursday, November 19th. This is a special performance for Molloy students and faculty only, and tickets for this show will be sold on a first come, first served basis that day at the door.
Thanks to the enthusiasm and support of our students and their families, Molloy’s 22nd annual Walkathon was a huge success! Molloy students aimed to raise $150,000 for this year’s Walkathon. All money raised will fund a revamped front entrance on Manton and Main Streets as well as enhanced security features around the campus. “Our annual Walkathon is a great example of how our faculty, students, and parents come together to support capital projects at Molloy,” said Principal Darius Penikas. The I Am Green club collected trash along the Walkathon route to help beautify Briarwood, while other students participated in alternate activities during the day including Zumba, Ultimate Frisbee, and the World Trade Center Walk – the latter a tradition that began over ten years ago that pays homage to the late Br. Leo Richard. “We are very pleased with the participation of our students and their families in support of this year’s Walkathon goal,” said President Richard Karsten ’81. “The money raised for our Walkathon will directly improve the safety of every student at Molloy, which will help us to maintain our standing as a comfortable, safe, and premier learning institution.”
Thank you to all who supported our Walkathon. Special thanks to Ms. Elizabeth Murdocca, Director of Student Activities, who organized the many details of this event, and thank you to the local 107 police precinct for directing traffic and ensuring the safety of all Stanners and faculty.
Varsity Swimmers beat records
This weekend, Senior co-captain Annabelle Anich broke the 12 year old record in the 50 Free with a time of 24.76 against St. Joseph by the Sea. Freshman Bridget Montgomery broke the record in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:21.63, a full 8 seconds under the old record! Congratulations to them and the rest of the Varisty Girl's Swim Team!
2016 Scholarships for Academic Excellence
This fall, the State Education Department / The University of the State of New York/Albany announced its intent to award the 2016 Scholarships for Academic Excellence. These awards were formerly known as the New York State Regents Scholarships. Pending the appropriation of State funds during the 2016 session of the New York State Legislature, 8,000 Scholarships for Academic Excellence will be awarded to the top high school students graduating from New York State high schools in June 2016.
The State Education Department anticipates having 2,000 scholarships available valued at $1,500 and 6,000 scholarships available valued at $500. Once the monies are appropriated, they will be awarded yearly for four years when nominated students opt to attend college within New York State. Nominations of students at Archbishop Molloy High School have been determined, as outlined in the State Education Department guidelines, by the students’ academic standing within their grade level at the end of their junior year.
The seniors nominated for these awards are:
Cross Country Congratulations
Congratulations to the Varsity Girls Cross Country who became Brooklyn Queens Champions!
Jim Redmond Laura Annink, Vanessa Vilalva, Kaleigh Gilroy, Carolyn Crocker, Mikayla Roberts, Dorothy Waters, Elena Rossi, AJ Power
Congratulations Freshman Girls Cross Country who are now Brooklyn Queens & City Champions
AJ Power,Paige McDade, Kara Gallagher, Liz Manza,Vanessa Diaz, Katelyn Carcich, Erica
Pelligrini, Jim Redmond
SMILE 50th Anniversary – New Video!
In continuing our celebration of 50 years of SMILE in 2015, the Stanner Alumni Center recently completed production of a video presentation that features vintage photos as well as footage collected during our anniversary event back on March 21st. The piece is narrated with the words and memories shared that day by those who know SMILE best: program co-founders, peer counselors, and close friends of Brother Leo Richard. Also included in the piece are alumni testimonials, which showcase firsthand accounts of the impact the SMILE program has had on generations of Stanners – even many years after graduation. Watch the video below or visit www.molloyhs.org/smile to browse other content in our online “SMILE Museum”.
Around the School
John Mangan ’82 Speaks on Architecture
Molloy was privileged last week to welcome John Mangan ’82 back to his alma mater for a guest speaking opportunity after school. John is the President of Mangan Group Architects, a full-service architectural firm based in Takoma Park, Maryland. The firm specializes in remodels, additions, custom new construction, and small commercial projects. “There are certain popular majors that many students study in college, but architectural design is not often at the top of the list,” said John. “Part of the reason I wanted to speak to students at Molloy is to encourage them to think about this line of work, because we really do need more architects.” (Pictured L-R: John Mangan ’82, Admissions Director Leslie Poole-Petit, President Richard Karsten ’81, and art teacher Glen DaGrossa)
John discussed the logistical side of the business as well as the creative side. “Building size, zoning regulations, basic structural support, and emergency exits are all part of the planning phase,” explained John, who displayed examples of Computer Aided Design (CAD) modeling to show how concepts are created for and pitched to clients. During a Q&A session, John shared that young people shouldn’t be intimidated by the math and calculus often associated with architectural design. “There are many different specialized jobs within the industry. Think of it as a way to broaden your mind and think in the abstract.” John also stressed the importance of applying for internships as a way to get one’s foot in the door. John had one more treat in store for students: an Oculus Rift kit. The “Rift” is a virtual reality display that fits on a user’s head. Users look through a goggle-type contraption and enter a 3D world in which they feel immersed. Students and faculty took turns using the fascinating Rift.
“John’s presentation was wonderful,” said Admissions Director Ms. Leslie Poole-Petit, who helped coordinate the visit. “The students were engaged and learned a great deal about architecture and the changing landscape. It was clear that the presentation sparked many students’ interest in the field.”
Harvey 5K Draws Big Turnout
The Stanner Alumni Center would like to congratulate all alumni, students, family members and friends that participated in this year’s Andrew Harvey Memorial 5K Fun Run on October 4th. The Briarwood race route isn’t the easiest around – especially the treacherous hill that impedes so many runners – but overall our Stanner community enjoyed great success across the board. It was great to see all of you, and, as always, to spend time with the Harvey family. Please take a moment to browse our photo gallery on Facebook. Special congratulations to Frank Gambino ’74 and all of the track & field coaches who worked hard on hosting the race.
Over 70 Revel in Molloy Baseball Reunion
Molloy welcomed over 70 alumni and family members on Saturday, September 26th for our latest Baseball Reunion. It was a perfect weather day in Briarwood, as the morning kicked off with Molloy’s Varsity baseball team taking on (and eventually defeating) Mount Saint Michael Academy. As alumni cheered on the home team, a tailgate was hosted outside Stanner Field featuring burgers, hot dogs, beverages, and more. After the Varsity game wrapped up, alumni took to the field to play a scrimmage softball game of their own. It was odd years vs. even years, and though some had to shake off some rust, most players showed they haven’t lost too many steps since hanging up their cleats. “It was a really great day that welcomed a diverse group of alumni,” saidMatt Rizzotti ’04, Molloy’s Alumni Development Officer who coordinated the event. “We had alumni from many different classes who came together as if they have all known each other for years. Obviously some have known each other for a long time, but it’s easy for all the former players to bond. We all played on the same field, we all played for Coach Curran, and we all have stories to share.”
Matt represents one of Molloy’s three most recent pro baseball players who were in attendance at the event. The other two were Dennis O’Grady ’07, who spent time this past season with the San Diego Padres’ AAA affiliate in El Paso, and Mike Baxter ’02, who split time in 2015 between the Chicago Cubs and AAA Iowa. Dennis and Mike both graciously took some time to share insights and stories with alumni as well as some of the Varsity players who stuck around after their game. Other notables in attendance included members of Molloy’s 1987 and 2002 city championship teams, Stanner Hall of Famer Joe Russo ’62, current Varsity Head CoachBrad Lyons, and Assistant Coach Br. James Vagan. “The event was a great success,” said Matt. “This is something we would love to do every year, but it really depends on what our alumni want. Whether it’s every year, or every other year, their feedback would be greatly appreciated.” Have any thoughts on this year’s event or future baseball reunions? Contact us or find Molloy Baseball Alumni on Facebook.
Molloy Snaps Fordham Preps unbeaten streak
Archbishop Molloy had designs on avenging last year’s CHSAA Class AA title defeat when they traveled on Columbus Day to take on defending champions Fordham Prep. But the Stanners game plan wasn’t coming to fruition as they stared at a one-goal deficit on the scoreboard at halftime. The final 40 minutes proved however that Molloy made the necessary adjustments.
Molloy stormed out in the second half with goals from Jesse Rodrigues and gained the eventual winner in the 68th minute by Tim Deliyannis to earn a 2-1 victory over Fordham Prep at Murphy Field in the Bronx.
Read the full article here.
Molloy’s upcoming Open House is a little over two weeks away, and we’re still looking for alumni and parent volunteers to help out. On Sunday, October 18th, seventh and eighth graders and their families will be invited to tour Molloy’s six acre campus. Students, faculty, and volunteers will meet them every step of the way, showcasing amazing academic and athletic opportunities as well as the many talents Stanners learn and nurture through over 40 clubs and activities. It promises to be a busy and important day for Molloy. If you are interested in volunteering as a greeter, a tour guide, or in any other capacity during Open House, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freshman Mass of the Holy Spirit & Freshman Field Day
The Class of 2019 participated in their Freshman Field Day after their first Class Liturgy. Field Day games included soccer, basketball, egg and potato sack races, relay races, and the popular high jump. To view the photo gallery, visit our Facebook page!
AP Physics Class takes to the Front Yard
Mr. Nadeau’s AP physics students were recently given the task of calculating the height of the flagpole located on Molloy’s front lawn. “My students were given instruments for measuring distance and angles (for line-of-sight) and had to devise their own method for determining the height,” said Mr. Nadeau. “Most students found an angle for an imaginary line that extends from their eye to the top of the flagpole and measured a distance along the ground. They then used trigonometry to calculate the height.” The focus of the lab activity was to record proper measurements and to think about ways of reducing systemic error.
Current Molloy senior, Brendan T. Woods, has been named a Semifinalist in the 2016 National MeritScholarship Program’s 61st competition. He is among approximately 16,000 academically talented seniors who will go on to win 7,400 National Merit Scholarships offered next spring. These scholarships are worth more than $32 million in total. Semifinalists must fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist level. About 15,000 Semifinalists attain Finalist standing; half of those Finalists will win National Merit Scholarships to earn the Merit Scholar title. Ultimately, about 190 colleges and universities help fund 3,900 college-sponsored Merit Scholarships.
This school year’s Semifinalists competed against 1.5 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools when they entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 PSAT/NMSQTs for an initial screening of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than 1% of the national total of graduating students.
Eight current Molloy seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are recognized for exceptional academic promise and outstanding performance on the qualifying test for program entry. Of those who took the 2014 PSAT/NMSQTs, Commended Students are among the 50,000 highest scoring students. They place among the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards.
Molloy’s Commended Students are:
Yves Chen, Jaila T. Guevarra, Kristen Hoyt, Lucia Lin , Jack T. Mangin, Harris A. Mohsin, Laksumi Sivanandan,
and Hailey E. Tom
Current Molloy senior, Alexander Gliagias, has been selected as a National Hispanic Scholar. He scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT takers in our region. National Hispanic Recognition Scholars are recognized as more competitive candidates for application to top colleges and universities because of their outstanding educational achievements.
Congratulations to all!
Molloy Welcomes New Principal, Faculty, & Students as 2015-16 School Year Begins!
Molloy Welcomes New Principal, Faculty, and Students as 2015-16 School Year Begins!
The 2015-16 school year is underway! We’re ready for another exciting year in academics, athletics, faith and service here at Stanner High. As you know, there is never a dull moment in Briarwood, and we encourage our community to follow each story throughout the year in The Beehive. There has been a great deal of activity during our first two weeks, with freshmen getting adjusted to their new surroundings, seniors already preparing for college visits, and some teams already beginning their fall seasons. There are also a few new faces (and some familiar ones) joining our administration and faculty. In today’s issue, we would like to introduce our new colleagues to you.
In July, President Richard Karsten ’81 announced that Mr. Darius Penikas (pictured below) had been appointed as the new Principal of Archbishop Molloy High School. He succeeds Br. Thomas Schady, who was selected to serve as the Director of Marist Education alongside the new US Marist Provincial, Br. Patrick McNamara. Mr. Penikas brings a level of experience, skill, and enthusiasm that makes him a perfect fit for Molloy. A native of East Norwich, NY, and a resident of Queens for the past 16 years, Mr. Penikas holds several degrees: a BA in Economics and History from Binghamton University, a Master’s in teaching (social studies instruction / secondary education) also from Binghamton, a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from St. John’s University, and an Advanced School District Leader certificate from St. John’s. In addition, he is in pursuit of an Ed.D degree, also at St. John’s.
As a teacher, Mr. Penikas taught a wide variety of social studies courses for 12 years, including several forays into economics courses. “I particularly loved teaching AP American History and Economics,” said Mr. Penikas. He also enjoyed many years as an assistant and head coach at St. John’s Prep in Astoria, working with their JV and Varsity basketball and baseball teams. After his years as a teacher and coach, Mr. Penikas accepted the position of Assistant Principal for Curriculum Instruction and Student Activities at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip, which he enjoyed most recently before joining the Molloy family.
“Over the years I have learned firsthand how important education is at the high school level. These four years are a tremendously formative experience, and a great education now can pay huge dividends for the rest of your life,” said Mr. Penikas. “I have also come to realize that the way we deliver education will change dramatically over the next 20 years. There will of course be a strong focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), but I believe a greater emphasis will be placed on collaborative learning environments. We’re going to have to find different ways for students to feel comfortable channeling their creativity and problem solving together.”
Mr. Penikas elaborated on the idea of collaboration, noting that it is a big part of his approach in working with faculty and staff. “The importance of having great teachers cannot be overstated. The impact that they have, and the ideas they often bring to the table, can revolutionize many of our programs. I will do everything I can to support them.”
Asked about his opinion of Molloy as it currently stands as a top-tier college preparatory school, Mr. Penikas quickly answered, “Molloy is a great experience. The typical classroom provides rigorous and challenging coursework, and students leave with confidence and abilities that translate well to college. When students graduate from Molloy they are proficient in their academic skills, but they have also gained a broader view of the world, which in turn drives them to help others in the Marist way.” Mr. Penikas also noted Molloy’s 100% college acceptance rate and the over $90 million in college scholarships awarded to the Class of 2015 as examples of the impact Molloy has on its students. “Though the school has been successful in that regard, we have to continue to keep our finger on the pulse of what colleges are looking for,” he added.
Mr. Penikas has been quite busy so far getting to know teachers, students, and parents. “I look forward to getting into classrooms to learn from and work with students and teachers to help them achieve their goals. I also look forward to working with our parents. They are crucial collaborators in the education process, and working with them provides the best experience for students.” In addition, Mr. Penikas has also already met many alumni during his brief tenure at Molloy. “I’ve met a ton. They’re everywhere. They’re the leaders of every industry and organization you can think of. I’m excited to continue hearing their stories and exchanging ideas with them.”
Joining Molloy’s social studies department this year isCatherine (Catie) Massowd ’07. Catie holds a BA in history and a Master’s in secondary education with an extended certificate in special education from Adelphi University. She previously taught history at nearby Forest Hills High School. Now she will take on Global 1 and 2 for freshmen and sophomores here at her alma mater. “My approach in the classroom is student-centered inquiry based learning,” explained Catie. “My goal is to make students more responsible for learning the material rather than simply ‘spoon feeding’ the information. They have to really put in extra effort to learn and apply the class material.” Catie is very excited to return to Molloy to teach. “I enjoyed my experience at Molloy as a student, and I decided back then that I wanted to come back someday to provide the same experience to future students.” Her transition back to Molloy should be smooth, as she is already well versed in the Marist Mission and knows many of her new colleagues. She previously volunteered with Br. Pat Hogan and Chris Dougherty ’91 through the St. Marcellin Champagnat Society, and she also served as an assistant JV softball coach to Lou Santos. A former softball player at Molloy herself, Catie continues to love the sport and looks forward to serving as assistant coach to Maureen Rosenbaum and the Varsity team. “We have some great players returning from last year’s state championship team. I think it’s going to be a great year for us.”
John Kramer joins Molloy’s religion department full time in 2015-16 after subbing during parts of last year. The Queens native and Stanner parent has taught religion at the parish level for 20 years. Though he actually holds business degrees in accounting and finance, he has enjoyed switching career paths to education. He is currently working toward obtaining a Master’s of Theology degree. In addition to teaching, John has also served as a track and field coach (jumps) at Molloy for the past 12 years. A Holy Cross alum, he was initially encouraged to coach at Molloy by friend Joe Dombrowski. John has since built a strong relationship with Molloy, coached many outstanding athletes, and enjoyed a great deal of success. “I’m very proud of our jumping program over the past decade,” said John. “We’ve definitely been one of the most successful schools in the league. I am also very proud when our athletes set or break records. Sometimes they break each other’s records! It’s fun to be a part of.” On teaching at Molloy, John expressed his excitement. “It’s a great opportunity – one I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I will bring my passion for teaching into the classroom and hope that my students respond by being motivated and enthusiastic. It’s the same way I coach too.”
Two familiar faces have also returned this fall. Br. Ken Hogan rejoined the guidance department, lending a hand while Br. Eugene Birmingham is away on sabbatical. AndBr. Roy George ‘62, who last served as Principal of Molloy in 2008, has returned to teach. Anyone who knows Br. Roy is well aware of his passion for science, and it is with great joy that Br. Roy will teach several Chemistry classes this year. From 2009 to June 2015, Br. Roy had served as the Vice Provincial to Br. Ben Consigli ’80 on the Marist Brothers’ US Province administrative team based in Bayonne, NJ. In that role, Br. Roy supported Br. Ben in representing the Marist Brothers in the US Province and abroad, working to ensure the “life, animation and ministry of all Marist works.” Everyone at Molloy is happy to have Br. Ken and Br. Roy back in Briarwood.
Judging from the comments of our new administration, faculty, and coaches, it’s going to be another wonderful year at Molloy. Check out some photos from the first two weeks below:
iPad Distribution for the Class of 2019
iPads Distributed to the Class of 2019
Many alumni can recall September mornings gathered in the Jack Curran Gym; their first time together as a freshman class. Addressed on their first day by administrators and the Marist Brothers, freshmen learn about the traditions at their new school, the meaning of “Non scholae sed vitae”, and the standards of excellence all are expected to strive for. Alumni can also recall the next part of freshman orientation day, which for many decades included lining up to receive the year in textbooks, each one heavier than the last. While lugging around textbooks all year had its charm, it is one tradition that is close to extinction.
When Molloy rolled out its first ever one-to-one computing program in September 2014, there was great optimism for the success of this new education strategy. The decision to implement the program only into the Class of 2018’s curriculum to begin this new era helped facilitate a strong start, as administrators, faculty, and the school’s IT staff could more easily monitor students and their iPads. Day to day use, maintenance, and initial challenges were observed and logged, and a template for success was forged to handle a larger number of devices in subsequent years. Now, as Molloy gets set to welcome the Class of 2019 next week, the school is better prepared to seamlessly add a larger volume of iPads between both the freshman and sophomore classes this year. Molloy will see full one-to-one computing integration by the year 2017, when all class curriculums will feature iPads.
“The iPads are fantastic learning tools,” said IT Director CJ Mallia. “The textbook content, applications, and secure communication features allow our students to have all relevant information at their fingertips. We’re excited to see over 800 devices in use this year between freshmen, sophomores, and our faculty.” Molloy is on track to be among the largest schools to fully integrate one-to-one computing, which is in line with its consistent goal of being at the forefront of technological advances in education. “Being innovative certainly has its risks, because not all new technology becomes part of our lifeblood,” commented Mallia. “However, the iPad has been successfully adopted by numerous schools around the country, and the learning opportunities and technical support available set it apart from other devices. This is a great piece of technology that is here to stay.”
iPad distribution for incoming freshmen begins several weeks before the start of classes. Students visit Molloy for a two hour startup session. Basic instruction on the use, management, storage and care of the devices is provided by members of the school’s administration and IT staff. “The two hour sessions provide more than enough time to explain the ins and outs of the iPads,” said Mallia. “Most of the kids are already versed in the technology, but for those that aren’t it is an easy thing to pick up and start using right away. We really couldn’t ask for a better process.”
As Molloy’s second year of one-to-one computing takes shape, we will continue to cover the excitement of the program in The Beehive. Throughout the year, look for more information on specific apps utilized by students and teachers, as well as the safety components put in place ensure an outstanding learning environment for all students and teachers.
Looking Back at a Holocaust Survivor’s Visit to Molloy
Sometimes during the school year there are articles that we are (regrettably) unable to fit into The Beehive for one reason or another. One such article is a powerful story of survival, tolerance, and compassion for others that captivated a theater full of students and faculty members this past May. Holocaust survivor Celia Kenner visited Molloy to speak about her experiences during World War II and what she learned from the hardships she and her family faced. She was inspired to visit Molloy after connecting with social studies teacher Sabina Kobinski ’04, who participated in a professional development program earlier this year that coincided with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. (Pictured above: Celia Kenner, front row center, sits with Molloy students during her visit)
Celia was a happy child, not yet in her teens, living in Poland. She had many friends in her neighborhood, a loving family, and a wonderful childhood. The course of her childhood, however, quickly changed as war erupted. Her father was drafted into the Russian army in 1939, and Celia and her mother were forced to move into a ghetto. Nazi soldiers started raiding the ghettos periodically, putting Jews and others onto trucks to be transported to concentration camps. Celia was forced into hiding around the ghetto, many times without her family (children were considered too easily detectable for groups in hiding). Some members of Celia’s family were eventually found during a raid and taken away, never to be seen again. Amidst hiding, Celia was also singled out as a Jew by the neighborhood children she once considered her friends. She was detained and put on a truck, but a compassionate soldier took pity on her and allowed her to escape. Celia’s mother had avoided captivity to that point, and she soon arranged for another Polish family outside the ghetto to adopt Celia and watch over her. Celia began hiding with this new family, but circumstances forced her to move several more times throughout the duration of the war, including living in an orphanage and later in a family barn. It was in the barn that she was reunited with her biological mother years after their last meeting. Her mother was also hiding in the barn albeit in extremely poor health. Celia and her mother remained together in the barn from that point on, Celia providing as much care as she could. When the concentration camps were finally liberated and the ghettos were freed of oppression, Celia and her mother escaped to safety at last. Her father, who had been drafted years ago, also returned home to Poland. They would emigrate to the United States together in 1949. (Pictured: Celia reveals a photo of herself as a young child before World War II)
Celia endured a very difficult journey. She was separated from her family, forced into hiding, and made many difficult decisions that children should not have to make. After landing in Boston Harbor, she decided that she would put the war years behind her and consider this moment her rebirth. She repressed the memories for many years, but was encouraged by family members later in life to share her story in order to help others understand this unfortunate time period. Celia began giving talks at schools and other institutions, which included her story of survival as well as the lessons she learned. “Never single anyone out. I was singled out by my ‘friends’ because I was different and it nearly cost me my life. Many kids single out or make fun of their classmates in school, but consider how deeply that can affect another person.” Celia continued. “And think about the power one act of kindness can have on someone else’s life. The Polish family that took me in risked their lives to keep me safe and healthy. Just one act of kindness can have a profound impact.” At the conclusion of her presentation, Celia took photos with and fielded impromptu questions from students and faculty who stayed late to learn more about her amazing life. It was an inspiring afternoon, and Molloy would like to thank Ms. Kenner again for visiting and sharing her story. (Pictured: Celia Kenner poses with social studies teacher Sabina Kobinski ’04)
iPad Distribution Schedule for Incoming Freshman
Monday August 24th - 27st 10:00 AM at Alley Pond Park
Monday August 31st - Sept.- 3rd 10:00 AM at Alley Pond Park
(Alley Pond Park at Winchester Blvd and Union Tpke)
A bus for tryouts will be provided from Molloy on each day at 9:30 AM for Tennis Only
Monday August 24th (Junior Varsity) 12:00 PM (Varsity) 3:00pm
Practice continues each day until school begins
Please arrive at least a half an hour before for check in and warm-up
Tryouts are at Archbishop Molloy HS in the Capt. Marsloe Gymnasium
Monday August 24th (Varsity) 7:30 AM (Junior Varsity) 12:30 PM
Practice continues each day until school begins
Tryouts are at Alley Pond Park (Winchester Blvd and Union Tpke)
Monday August 24th (Junior Varsity) 8:00-10:30 AM (Varsity) 9:00 AM -11:30 AM
Practice continues each day until school begins
Tryouts are at Alley Pond Park (Winchester Blvd and Union Tpke)
Cross Country will be holding clinics during the week of August 31st - Sept. 4th
Details on times and location will be sent out over the summer
Please note that tryouts for all these teams are followed immediately by pre-season practice. It is expected that any student selected for the team attend all practices on subsequent days. If a student fails to attend all tryouts and/or days of practice he/she will be putting their participation on the team in jeopardy. The coach of each team will inform the students of the schedule for the remaining two weeks.
All Student-Athletes are required to have a white medical clearance card to tryout. These cards are provided when the physical form and parent permission form are turned into the school nurse. The nurse is available at Molloy on August 13th and 14th 9:00 AM-11:00 AM for students to pick up the cards for Fall Sports that start in August. Students may not play any sport without submitting the white card to their coach.
If there is a conflict with iPad distribution and a practice, the student must attend the iPad distribution session. All coaches have been notified about the dates and times of the distribution.
Around the School
Renovation of Student Lockers Part of Several Summer Improvements
There’s always something going on here at Molloy – even during the dog days of summer! This month, student lockers throughout the building are undergoing work to restore and revitalize their look and functionality. Each locker is being improved with a fresh coat of electrostatic paint (inside and out) as well as with refurbished hardware. The third floor lockers in particular will offer a new aesthetic as they have been painted a beautiful light shade of blue. Other lockers around the building will feature a color similar to the previous look, but the new paint is bit brighter with a glossier sheen. In addition to the lockers, several classrooms are seeing improvements with new electrical, acoustic drop ceiling tiles, and energy-efficient LED lights. Later this summer the roof above the Curran gym will be replaced, while the parking lot will receive lighting and paint upgrades, making it a brighter, safer lot. Much of the work around the building this summer has been made possible by the generosity of our students and their families in support of the 2014 Walkathon, as well as our alumni community through their continued charity to The Fund For Molloy. Everyone at Molloy is deeply appreciative of the care you show our school and students every day. Be sure to check The Beehive in September to see the finish products!
Molloy New Principal Announced
Dear Molloy Community,
In April, our new Marist Provincial Br. Pat McNamara announced the appointment of Br. Thomas Schady, FMS as Director of Marist Education. On behalf of the entire Molloy community, I want to thank Br. Thomas for his six years of dedicated service in support of the best ideals of Marist education at Molloy. During his term as Principal, his leadership and insight have improved on the quality of our academic curriculum, admissions process and student life. Additionally he was instrumental in launching our one-to-one computing program.
I am pleased to announce that Darius Penikas has accepted the position of the Principal of Archbishop Molloy High School. With a proven track record in Catholic education as a teacher, coach and administrator, Mr. Penikas will be a great asset to lead our exceptional faculty and to engage our community at large. Most recently he was the Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Instruction & Student Activities as well as the Summer Principal of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip. Earlier in his career Mr. Penikas was Dean, teacher and coach at St. John’s Preparatory High School and West Hempstead High School. He will take office on August 1st.
I want to thank the search advisory committee: Br. Eugene Birmingham, Bill Flemen, Sister Joan Gallagher, Mary Pat Gannon, Br. Roy George, Christopher Kaiser, Stephen Langowski, C.J. Mallia, Jim Sheehan, Br. Mike Sheerin and Dennis Vellucci. Their extensive efforts and insight ensured a thorough and professional search for this important post.
Please join me in welcoming Darius to our community and wishing him every success as Principal of Molloy.
Archbishop Molloy High School
Everyone at Molloy extends their sincerest thanks and best wishes to several members of our administration, faculty and staff who have moved on from Molloy as of June 2015. Earlier this year it was announced that Br. Thomas Schady, Molloy’s Principal since 2009, had been selected by the new US Marist Provincial, Br. Patrick McNamara, to serve as the new Director of Marist Education. “Working at Molloy has been a most rewarding experience. The message and mission of the Marist Brothers is alive and well here,” said Br. Thomas. “Molloy has the best students of any school I’ve been associated with. They are generous with their time, spirited, ambitious, and have a wonderful sense of humor. This comes from the guidance and direction of their teachers, coaches, counselors, and my fellow administrators.” Asked what his proudest accomplishments as Principal were, Br. Thomas was quick to answer. “The introduction of a one-to-one computing program was a key moment in Molloy’s history. I am also proud of the inclusion of the Director of Student Activities position, which has helped us to prioritize our students’ school spirit.” Looking ahead, Br. Thomas looks forward to remaining engaged with the Molloy community. “The new Provincial office will be based in Forest Hills at Our Lady of Mercy, so we will be in Molloy’s backyard. That said, I am looking forward to supporting my Marist administrative team and assisting their vision of new beginnings for the province. I plan to make myself available to Molloy as a resource to help however my expertise is most needed.” (Pictured: Br. Thomas Schady celebrates Spirit Week 2015 with freshmen students.)
Br. Bob Andrews, a social studies teacher and track coach at Molloy since 1975, retired from teaching this June. He will continue, however, to work as a coach – a passion he does not plan to give up for a long time. Elsewhere, Sr. Susan Dean also retired from teaching in June after having taught religion at Molloy for the past 9 years. “It has been a joy and privilege to minister at Molloy. I can honestly say I have experienced the Marist Charism uniquely expressed in each faculty member and student. This is a wonderful professional and educational environment to be in,” said Sr. Susan. Lastly, Mrs. Christine Loo, a college guidance counselor and SMILE counselor for the past 7 years, announced she will move on to work as the Director of College Counseling at The Stony Brook School. “I learned so much at Molloy. I was blessed to work with wonderful students and a dedicated faculty. The faculty’s care and desire to see each student learn and grow has definitely rubbed off on me. Thanks to my colleagues who were true examples of what it means to be a teacher in every sense of that word.” Thank you Br. Thomas, Br. Bob, Sr. Susan, and Mrs. Loo for your outstanding service to the Molloy community!
Year in Review: Girls Basketball
Archbishop Molloy caught the attention of New York City girls basketball last December by posting signature wins over two nationally ranked programs. McClure scored 19 points and 11 rebounds as the Stanners defeated three-time Class AA public school champions Ossining in an impressive 69-63 road win on December 17. Molloy captured beat eventual State Federation Class AA champions Long Island Lutheran, 55-45, at the Francis Lewis HoopsQueens Winter Showcase.
Molloy Proudly Announces Establishment of Brother Patrick Hogan Fund
Thanks to the generosity of Mr. & Mrs. Stephen and Linda Matteini, Archbishop Molloy High School is excited to announce the establishment of the Brother Patrick Hogan Fund. Br. Pat has been a teacher, coach, and counselor at Molloy for over 50 years. In addition, his work at and dedication to Esopus has led to the founding of several camps for disadvantaged and disabled persons. He has inspired generations of students, athletes and families, leaving an indelible positive influence on thousands of lives.
Steve Matteini, Class of 1971, ran track for four years at Molloy, but he was not coached by Br. Pat directly. “It was easy to get drawn to Br. Pat. He’s so approachable and easy to talk to. He basically became my guidance counselor and helped me deal with the things all teenagers deal with,” said Steve. After graduating from Molloy, Steve remained friends with Br. Pat. “I continued to ask him questions, seek his opinion, and let him know how much I appreciated him being there for me. You could say I picked his brain my entire life. He was always amenable. To have someone like that in your life is a very special thing, and I think that is the kind of influence he had on many, many people.”
The goals of the Brother Patrick Hogan Fund are:
Grant a four-year scholarship of $2,000 per year to one student in the incoming Freshman class. As the fund grows, it is our hope to see increased amounts awarded to deserving students. Qualifications for the scholarship include financial need, strong academic standing, and involvement in extracurricular activities.
Award a $1,000 grant will be awarded annually to a junior/senior or alumnus/na who has previously participated in service programs to remain connected and involved with future opportunities with the Saint Marcellin Champagnat Service Society.
Mr. & Mrs. Matteini have also announced a special gift match challenge in support of the Brother Patrick Hogan Fund. Gifts made to the fund through August 17th will be matched dollar for dollar by Mr. & Mrs. Matteini, meaning your gift of $1 becomes $2. Your gift of $25 becomes $50. Your gift of $250 becomes $500. The Matteini family will match up to $100,000! It is a wonderful gesture by the Matteini family and a great opportunity to allow this fund to immediately impact a student as early as the 2015-16 school year.
Class of 2015 Secures over $89 Million in College Scholarships
On Saturday, June 6th, Archbishop Molloy High School celebrated its 123rd commencement ceremony. The Class of 2015 proudly filled Colden Auditorium in front of family and friends, each graduate already feeling nostalgic about their four memorable years at Molloy. This class has accomplished truly remarkable things together, but perhaps none are more memorable than the over $89 million in college scholarships they were awarded. “Our students are enjoying the benefits of a more strategic focus on college prep,” said President Richard Karsten ’81. “We’ve increased personal outreach at the admissions and administrative level, we’ve met directly with school leadership, we’ve established strong alumni connections, and we’ve brought our kids to campuses all over the northeast. We’ve also brought college representatives and early admission days here to Molloy. These initiatives have given our students more opportunities to succeed, and the proof is in the remarkable $89 million in scholarships awarded this year.”
“Molloy has a way of giving special attention to those students who need it,” said Justin Esposito ’15, this year’s Salutatorian. “Mr. Klimas summed it up best for me at Freshman Camp. ‘Molloy takes care of the kids who need it most.’ This emphasis on caring allowed my brother, and students like him, to overcome challenges they faced during high school. For me, Molloy offered the promise of a new start…but I began high school shy and quiet. Later, I became involved with Esopus, and by leading groups there I became more confident. My experiences – our experiences – allowed us to open up.” Justin later stated the importance of being uncomfortable sometimes. “It’s how we develop and grow. This [being uncomfortable] is probably the most significant phase in a cycle that has been present in every major advancement in our lives. At each stage we leave familiar surroundings…but though the future may be scary, we can rest assured that we will be able to handle it because of the strong base Molloy has given each of us.”
Valedictorian Ewa Gerlak ’15 also addressed the crowd during the commencement ceremony. “Looking back, we can’t give all the credit to textbooks. Who we have become results from our teachers, family, friends, and our own conscious choices. Our teachers are a rare kind. They taught us with such fervor and dedication – as if they think we are the answer to the world’s problems. They have always supported us, and never criticized us for far-fetched ideas and opinions.” She continued, “As we start the next phase of our lives, we must remember to maintain perspective. We shouldn’t worry about the small things. If we stress over meaningless things, our lives will not be centered around what truly matters: doing what we love…We are future doctors, engineers, authors, teachers, counselors, athletes, and politicians. We have the ability and knowledge to accomplish our goals and not stop in the face of failure. My only wish for all of us is to do what we love.”
This year’s graduates are attending 103 different schools. These include St. John’s, Syracuse, Boston College, Fordham, Adelphi, Molloy College, Barnard, Notre Dame, Marist College, University of Portland, Northeastern, Penn State, St. Anselm, Loyola, Vassar, Villanova, Pace, Hunter, Baruch, Queens College, and many other outstanding schools. (Information courtesy of College Guidance Dept.)
A tradition since 2003, our newest alumni were invited back to the school as a group one more time on Monday, June 8th, as the Class of 2015 returned for their Graduation Breakfast. Our graduates received gifts, signed yearbooks, and said their goodbyes. Br. Pat Hogan addressed our graduates (remarks found in this week’s Reflection), while President Karsten invited them to stay in touch with Molloy and the Stanner Alumni Center, keeping the school up to date on all of their many successes. Remember, Class of 2015, you will always be a part of the Stanner family and always be welcome at Molloy.
Summer 2015 Reading List
Please take a look at the Recommended Summer Reading List for students entering 9th, 10th and 11th grade.
Have a great summer!
The Seniors and their families celebrated their last mass as a Class before graduation last night. The mass took place at St. Mary's Nativity Church in Flushing. Twelve students were selected to receive the Marcellin Champagnat Award for their exceptional involvement in at least 2 Molloy sponsored service programs for at least 2 years. Congratulations to Deanna Aliperti, Mary Angeline Bacani, Matthew Capp, Mary Serene Carino, Alexander Chowske, Tina Dantono, Gabrielle DiDonato, Justin Esposito, Carla Hanna, Frederic Jean-Joseph, Maria Kasper and Travis Reilly.
View photos from the evening on our Facebook page.
Junior Leadership Ceremony
In May, the Class of 2016 took their next step toward becoming Seniors during Molloy's Junior Leadership Ceremony. As Seniors, the Class of 2016 will need to lead by example by helping underclassmen, taking initiative around the school, and being active in the community. During the ceremony,Molloy also honored students who have been accepted into the National Honor Society.
To view the photo gallery, visit our Facebook page!
Molloy Varsity Softball are State Champs
Currents correspondent Jim Mancari reports from Hofstra University, where the Archbishop Molloy High School Girls Varsity Softball Team won the New York State Catholic Championship. Watch the coverage here!
Junior Prom- Class of 2016
To view photos from the Junior Prom, visit out Facebook page!
Out of the Box - Literary Magazine
Molloy's Literary Magazine Out of the Box is now availble.
Athletics Awards 2015
Last night we celebrated our student athletes who wonderfully represent our mission. Congratulations to the outstanding Molloy athletes and to the Seniors who have been awarded college athletic scholarships.
To view the photo gallery, visit our Facebook page.
REMINDER: Junior Leadership Ceremony
The Junior Leadership Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 29th in the Jack Curran Gymnasium at 8am. There will be light refreshments following in the Marsloe Gym.
Today In the William J. Murphy Library here at Molloy, Juniors & Seniors showcased a variety of science proposels and projects during the Annual Science Symposium. Students researched topics such as memorization skills, developmental disabilities, gender sterotypes, and computer programming among others. Special recognition was also given to participants of the NYC Science & Engineering Fair.
Over 60 Students Chosen as Leaders for Frosh Camp
Mr. Brian Klimas ’98, one of the main coordinators of Molloy’s annual Freshman Camp, announced that over 60 students have been selected to act as leaders for this summer’s camp. Molloy’s faculty turned in a record number of recommendations – over 1,000 recommendations for 537 different students. “It’s quite a ringing endorsement for our student body,” said Mr. Klimas. Freshman Camp takes place annually each July at the Marist Brothers Center at Esopus and welcomes incoming Molloy freshmen for a week of fun and reflection. The camp gives our newest Stanners an opportunity to make new friends, meet some of their teachers, and get acclimated to the Molloy community before the start of the school year. (Pictured: Freshman Camp 2014)
Future Service Dog Attends Archbishop Molloy HS
Most Stanners probably haven’t noticed, but twice a week for a little over year, a dog walks into Molloy and goes down into the basement, where it spends the day in the Track and Field Office.
Math teacher, Mr. Austin Power, and his daughter, junior Mary Grace Power, have been raising Cabral, a 16-month-old Lab-golden retriever mix, for an organization known as Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) to prepare her to become a service dog.
Molloy rallies to win division title over Terriers
Molloy’s leftfielder Jamie Durso had a chance to become the hero in a game Thursday that already had plenty of intriguing storylines.
The matchup featured the Stanners taking on St. Francis Prep in a hard-fought rivalry that has been established for several years. The fact that the winner would claim the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Division I regular season outright in a tiebreaker game added to the excitement.
The Molloy Golf Team was invited to help run a Grand Opening Tournament for Donald Trump at his new golf course Ferry Point. In this picture Mike Tamarro, Will Klein, team manager Kristen Niklaus are with former Giants Michael Strahan.
May/June Parent Newsletter
The May/June Parent Newsletter is now available. You can view it here.
Hannon, Molloy continue winning ways over Knights
Hannon, Molloy continue winning ways over Knights
Molloy’s Scott Hannon made a mental note on the pitches delivered in his first plate appearance when Holy Cross pitcher Nick Zestanakis struck him out in the top of the first inning.
Hannon was locked in for his next at bat. The Molloy pitcher delivered by driving an off-speed pitch over the high left field fence in the bottom of the fourth innning as the grand slam to help power Molloy’s 6-1 victory over visiting Holy Cross on Friday.
Please click here to read important information regarding graduation, graduation liturgy and diploma distribution.
Music & Arts Festival
This past weekend, Archbishop Molloy hosted its 3rd Annual Music & Arts Festival. The event featured performances by the Band, Guitar & String Ensemble, Freshman/Sophomore Chorus, Junior/Senior Chorus, the Improv Club as well as students who performed in the New York State School Music Assciation. Many students, families and even alumni attended. The school also transformed into an art gallery, as artwork showcasing many spring flowers and bright, eye-catching paintings lined the hallways. All of the art was created by our students. Visit our Facebook page to view photos from the day!
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Movie Screening: Permission
On May 7th, "Permission"- a short film, will be screened in the DeChiaro Theatre to students, faculty and Alumni. The movie is directed by alumni Patrick McCarthy and Thomas Ashton.
The screening will begin at 2:15pm. Admission, as well as popcorn, are free!
The 3rd Quarter Honor Rolls for the 2014-15school year are now available. Congratulations to all students who made the Honors, Honors with Distinction or the Principals List. We also wish to recognize the hard work and dedication of students who gave their best effort.
England 2015 Trip Photo Gallery
To view the England 2015 photo gallery go to our Facebook page here.
Longest Home Run Has Molloy Ties
The debate as to the longest home run ever hit in baseball history can go on for hours, since it’s virtually impossible to garner a fully accurate measurement – and even so, there have been a number of tape-measure home runs in more than a century’s worth of baseball.
Congratulationsto the Varsity girls who made the Tablet All-Star team:Aryn McClure, Kaitlyn Mahon, Emily Peckham, Emer Moloney. See full list of the Girls who made the team here.
Congratulationsto the Varsity boys who made the Tablet All-Star team:Isaac Grant, D’Ante Warren, Jason Camus. See full list of the Boys who made the team here.
Molloy Pipes & Drums Marches in St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Molloy Pipes & Drums Marches in St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Archbishop Molloy High School was fortunate to be represented during this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade up 5th Avenue as its Pipes & Drums Band marched the route from start to finish. At one point, the band turned to acknowledge a crowd of Stanner faithful assembled near FAO Schwartz at Central Park South, playing a few tribute notes before continuing up the parade route. Molloy was also represented by its recently formed Alumni Pipes & Drums Band, which made one of its first public appearances in Tuesday’s parade. We will have more information on the alumni band in the coming weeks, but for now please browse the photos below taken by Ed Shannon ’84 and former Pipes & Drums Band member Joanna Sawyer ’05.
Girls Varsity Basketball Team Advances to Catholic State Championship
Congratulations to Molloy's girls Varsity basketball team, who advanced to the New York State Catholic State Championship with a hard fought 46-45 win over St. Mary's. The championship game is scheduled to be played today, March 14th, at 7:00pm at Archbishop Molloy High School. Come out and support our Stanners!
Molloy Donates Laptops to ComUnidad Juan Diego
Molloy Donates Laptops to ComUnidad Juan Diego
Archbishop Molloy High School recently helped enrich the learning programs at ComUnidad Juan Diego, a community outreach organization for Latin American Immigrants in the Archdiocese of New York, with a donation of 10 laptop computers. ComUnidad offers educational support services, English lessons, financial education, social services support, and family education programs for Latin American immigrants and their families. Many of their students are also enrolled in Catholic grade schools and hope to benefit from the organization’s services through high school. Br. John Klein, a former faculty member and principal at Molloy who also once served as the first Provincial Superior of the Marist Brothers for the US Province, is currently working with the ComUnidad organization. “Molloy’s great generosity will enable both our young people and the ‘older’ students in our ESL program to have Internet access and the ability to work on a variety of educational programs,” said Br. John, who visited Molloy last week with colleague and friend Br. Santos Garcia.
The Brothers were greeted by President Richard Karsten ’81, Principal Br. Thomas Schady, IT Director CJ Mallia, and IT staff members Matt Morgado ’08 and Dan Charvet ’02, all of whom are pictured above. “This was a great opportunity for Molloy to extend charity to a Marist initiative outside the school,” said President Karsten. “The Marist family is global, and many of our students come from ESL families. We teach the importance of putting the needs of others before our own, and in turn I’m proud that our school has the ability to help an organization such as ComUnidad Juan Diego.”
Congrats to the Girls JV Basketball Team!
Congratulations to the Girls JV Basketball team who win the City Championship on March 3rd. They finished the season undefeated at 23-0.
NYSSMA 2015 Citywide Honors HS Music Festival
Five Molloy students have been selected and invited by NYSSMA to participate 2015 Citywide Honors High School Music Festival at Grand Street Campus High School in Brooklyn. The festival will take place on March 6th and 7th, concluding with a concert on Saturday, March 7th @ 2:30 pm which is open to the public. Our students will be participating in chorus, symphonic band, and Jazz ensemble.
The accepted students are: Andrea Muntean (voice), Sal DiPaola (trumpet), Frederic Jean-Joseph (saxophone) Connie Zhao (flute) and David Kemp (voice).
David Kemp has also been accepted to NYSSSA school of choral studies for the summer of 2015 via audition process.
Congratulations to these students!
Students Show School Pride as Molloy Celebrates Spirit Week
Students Show School Pride as Molloy Celebrates Spirit Week
It has been said that Archbishop Molloy High School has a unique “family atmosphere” that has benefited its community for generations. As a result, students and faculty at the Briarwood, Queens school are often proud to consider their school to be like a second home. In an effort to celebrate the great tradition of school pride at Molloy, administrators and faculty founded “Spirit Week”. The goal of Spirit Week is to spark even more student and faculty participation around the school by organizing contests, games, and academic and athletic events that champion creativity, teamwork, volunteerism, and charity.
Throughout the week, students submitted original artwork, presented their musical abilities in front of a packed theater during “Molloy Idol”, and dressed in Molloy gear from head to toe. An afternoon full of athletic events, billed as “Spirit Games”, included basketball, relay races, soccer, and a tug of war. Those students participating in the games showed great enthusiasm, while many others filled the stands to show their school spirit by cheering on their friends. “During Spirit Week you see everyone come together to celebrate our school,” said senior Janet Narain ‘15. “It’s a lot of fun because it really shows how much we all love Molloy.”
“Beyond just having fun, we wanted to raise consciousness among our students as to why Molloy is a special place,” said Brother Thomas Schady, the school’s Principal. “We believe we’re among the best schools in New York City, but with that belief comes a responsibility to lead and give back. In that sense we wanted to challenge our students to not only have fun, but to show their school spirit through charity and giving. That is at the heart of what makes Molloy special.” Students and faculty wore colored shirts that spread awareness for several causes including green for literacy, pink for breast cancer, orange for the prevention of animal cruelty, gray for Parkinson’s disease, and light blue for autism. The shirt designs also read “Be ______”, which prompted students to fill in the blank by writing their own positive word or idea. “The thought behind the shirts was two-fold. The cause colors encouraged students to think more about doing good for others, while the designs helped them internalize who they are and then express that by writing it on their shirts,” explained Brother Thomas. Students embraced the campaign, wearing phrases such as “Be Giving”, “Be Confident,” and “Be Yourself”.
“The service and giving opportunities that were offered during Spirit Week were a great way for the school to put its Marist Catholic spirit into action,” said Ms. Elizabeth Murdocca, who is the school’s Director of Student Activities. In addition to raising awareness for causes, the school also participated in the Jeans for Teens campaign, which saw over 1,200 pairs of jeans collected for homeless individuals in need in just five days. “I was pleasantly surprised by how our students responded to each activity,” said Richard Karsten, the school’s President. “They were excited and in full support of spreading awareness through their shirts as well as donating their clothing for people in need. That is what Spirit Week is all about.”
Marist Brothers Featured in New Diocesan Production
Marist Brothers Featured in New Diocesan Production
Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life
The Diocese of Brooklyn is celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life, an event declared by Pope Francis to be recognized throughout 2015. “During this special year we celebrate the gift of Consecrated Life to the Church worldwide,” said Br. Mike Sheerin, a former teacher at Molloy who currently serves as the Director of Marist Vocations. “In the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, there are 100 different communities of Brothers, Sisters and Priests serving the people in the diocese in a variety of ministries.” With more than 3,000 Catholic Marist Brothers around the world, their dedication to making Jesus known and loved through the education of young people is part of the celebration. Marist Brothers are educators, counselors, spiritual directors, social workers, youth leaders and missionaries. Every day they influence and transform the lives and situations of thousands of young people through education and spirituality, challenging young people to live their fullest potential in Christ. “Wake Up the World” is a special video series that celebrates all religious communities and their unique missions during this Year of Consecrated Life. Check out their most recent video below which features Molloy’s own Br. Pat Hogan and Br. Jim Norton ‘63 as well as Br. Mike Sheerin. The video is also being aired on NET, the TV channel of the diocese. More information can be found at the Marist Brothers new and improved website at www.maristbr.com, or if you are a male alum between the ages of 18 and 40 and would like to talk about our Marist Brother vocation for yourself, please contact Br. Mike Sheerin or Br. Dan O’Riordan ‘85 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boys Varsity Swimming
The Boy's Varsity swim team placed fifth out of 16 at the CHSAA city swimming championships this past weekend. All of the swimmers who qualified for the meet did their best times of the season. Notably- Junior, Ruben Cerri-Droz who finished 8th in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 Breaststroke. Junior Brendan Woods finished 8th in the 100 Back Stroke. Both Juniors, Ruben Cerri-Droz and Harry Ortof will be a part of the CHSAA State swim team and will be swimming at The State Championships held on Feb.27 & 28th at Ithaca College. Coach Dennis Wresch received the coach of the year for Division II.
Congratulations to the team and coaches and good luck to Ruben Cerri-Droz and Harry Ortof at the State Championships!
2nd Marking Period Honor Rolls
The 2nd Quarter Honor Rolls for the 2014-15school year are now available. Congratulations to all students who made the Honors, Honors with Distinction or the Principals List. We also wish to recognize the hard work and dedication of students who gave their best effort.
Molloy Hosts First Financial Workshop
Molloy Hosts First Financial Workshop
On January 14th, Stanners and parents attended a workshop at Molloy designed to provide information about long term financial goals and planning strategies. Many people progress through their lives and careers without giving enough consideration to their long term financial standing until it becomes an absolute necessity. However, it is perhaps more important than ever to map out your financial future well in advance of any potential surprises down the road. In 2014, Molloy assembled a group of alumni boasting over 80 years of experience in the finance industry. From insurance, to investments, to accounting and beyond, these professionals have worked with dozens of clients who were reluctant to discuss these difficult topics at one time, but now feel relieved having finally taken the plunge. Molloy was fortunate to have three of its finance panelists, James Delahanty ’81,Danny Moore ’95, and Paul Tuomey ’02, in attendance to lead the forum. They covered an array of topics including college saving tips (for students and parents), financial aid myths and facts, the benefits of life insurance, knowing your tax assets, and more. The panelists also spent time after the workshop had concluded with any alum or parent who had additional or more in depth questions. “I think the workshop was a great first step in this process,” said Danny Moore. “The audience participation was a clear indication that there are people in the Molloy community who have real questions about managing their financial situation, but sometimes don’t know where to turn for guidance. I believe that going forward these workshops will provide a great resource for the community.”
“I thought the event was great and I was pleased with the range of people that attended,” said Jim Delahanty, a Financial Services Representative with MetLife. “One thing about many financial topics is everything ‘depends.’ You can’t broad brush everyone because it’s not a one size fits all situation. Everyone’s circumstances and priorities are different, but this workshop at least gives our community a venue to get in front of Stanners to ask the tough questions. There’s more of a comfort zone. I hope in the future we can talk more about living wills, healthcare proxy, power of attorney, long-term care, and life insurance.” Please take a moment to browse some photos from the event below.
Girls Varsity Swim Wins it again!
The Girls Varsity Swim team won it's third consecutive GCHSAA A Championships on Sunday, February 1st. Molloy had a multitude of swimmers finish in the top 8, and placed first in the 200 Free Relay with a time of 1:44.84, which is only 2 seconds off of the current GCHSAA record. The relay consisted of Soph, Annabelle Anich, Frosh, Nicole Swiatowski, Junior, Rebbeca Markunas, and Soph, Nicole Falcao.
This is also the teams third consecutive year of going undefeated in both the dual meet season, and at A Championships.
Congratualtions to the team on another successful season!
To view the full results from the Championship meet click here.
Girls Varsity Basketball
The Girls Varsity team is keeping up the good work this season.
On January 23rd the girls beat St. Francis Prep 45-24.
Hear a little bit from the team and coaches in this Jim Mancari interview. Play here.
Athletes Shine at Stanner Games
Saturday, January 17th marked the milestone 20th anniversary of Stanner Games, a large track & field meet hosted annually at the legendary Armory in Manhattan. Hundreds of students representing over 170 high schools around the tri-state area and upstate New York come together to compete in their signature events. The all-day program captures the tenacity and competitive spirit of some of the best athletes around, and Stanners are among those turning heads. Jared Lovelace ’15 continued his dominance in the triple jump, posting a 50 foot 1.75 inch distance. He is leading the nation in this event, and was recently named December Athlete of the Month by USA Track & Field New York. Sarah Kowpak ’16 set a new school record with a 5 foot 7.25 inch height in the high jump. Molloy also saw its Girls Shuttle Hurdle team, consisting of Deanna Lucci, Grace Crockett, Isabelle Poptean, and Jenna Piller, post a 36.74 time in their race and finish in first place.
Stanner Games also welcomes dozens of alumni volunteers who enthusiastically return to lend a helping hand throughout the day. Whether they are former track stars or simply loyal to their alma mater, the volunteer efforts of our alumni is very important. There are a great number of events and athletes to account for, and our volunteers do an excellent job of supporting Molloy’s coaching staff and keeping the event running smoothly from start to finish. We applaud the efforts of our athletes, coaches, and volunteers at this year’s Stanner Games and thank them for all of their hard work.
Molloy typically hosts two Open Houses each school year. The first, which takes place in October, encourages prospective students to learn about Molloy and eventually include it among their top choices when applying for high school. Once these students are accepted to their schools of choice it comes time to decide which to attend in September. Molloy’s Winter Open House gives students who have already been accepted another opportunity to visit the school and learn more about the curriculum, family atmosphere, and school grounds while meeting more thoroughly with teachers, students, and other members of our community. It is an important night that highlights all the best features of Molloy not only for students, but for their families. “It’s great to see that our new approach to student recruitment has resulted in even more interest in Molloy,” said President Richard Karsten ’81. “We’ve seen the number of visitors at our Winter Open House double for three years in a row, with over 900 attending in January 2015.” Visitors were greeted with opening remarks by the school’s administration and were later given the opportunity to tour presentations around the campus covering the Marist spirit as well as a wide range of subjects, athletics, and after school activities. “This year for the first time we hosted a Scholarship Recipient Program before the Open House began. All academic and named scholarship recipients and their parents/guardians were invited and over fifty-three attended,” said Admissions Director Ms. Leslie Poole-Petit. “Throughout the night many visitors commented that the evening was very informative and filled with energy and enthusiasm for Molloy.”
Senior, Jared Lovelace is currently # 2 in the nation after spending some time as # 1 in the triple jump. We expect him to continue to compete for the top spot the rest of the season.
The Girls Varsity Basketball team is ranked # 1 in New York State and # 6 in the country. This is the highest ranking the girls have ever reach. They are currently 7-1. The Girls JV Basketball team is currently undefeated at 8-0 and champions of the Petrides Christmas Tournament. The Boys Varsity Basketball team is 5-4. The JV basketball team is 9-0. The Freshmen basketball team is 8-1.
The Bowling team won the Brooklyn/Queens Championship and will compete in the City Championship next week.
The Varsity Girls Swim Team is currently undefeated at 8-0.
The Boys Swim Team is currently 3-3. Two swimmers will be going to the NY State Championships so far. Ruben Cerri-Diaz swimming 100 Breast stroke and Harry Ortof (500 Free).
Keep up the great work!
Girls Varsity B-Ball Team Ranked 1st in State, 6th Nationally
Congratulations are in order for Molloy’s Girls Varsity Basketball team and coaching staff, who have caught the attention of competition and media on both the state and national levels. Our Stanners have achieved a #1 overall ranking in New York State along with 6th nationally according to the Max Preps/CBS Sports rankings. The only other New York team in the top 10, Long Island Lutheran, fell victim to Molloy in a 55-45 contest in late December. “Our Varsity girls being #1 in New York and #6 in the country is an incredible accomplishment that is shared by all of our players and coaches in the program,” said Athletic Director Mike McCleary. “This is the first time our girls team has reached #1 in NYS. They deserve congratulations and our support toward continued success.” Head Coach Scott Lagas also shared his excitement. “Our success is due to our athletes playing together. They put the success of the team before any individual accomplishment.”
Elsewhere in Molloy sports, the Boys JV basketball team is off to a great start under the direction of dedicated coach Chris Murphy ’87. “We all have great expectations for this group,” said McCleary, who is also head coach of the Boys Varsity team. McCleary believes the Varsity squad is working very hard and has some good wins to show for its efforts. “They need to continue with their efforts to improve daily to reach our goals for the season.”
On Tuesday, December 16th, the Junior-Senior Chorus performed for fellow Stanners, family and friends. The chorus sang many known Christmas Carols and a few that may have been new to us! There were also beautiful solo performances. Take a look at some photos from the show. If you have any great photos that you would like to add, please email them to email@example.com. (Go towww.molloyhs.com/imagery for photo qualifications)
The schedule Molloy played last season was rigorous by design. Scott Lagas gathered as many challenging non-league teams he could play on top of one of the region’s premier conference schedules in 2013-14, all with an eye on how much it will benefit his squad this winter.
And Wednesday was the proof.
Molloy traveled to Ossining and dealt the two-time defending Class AA public state champs a 69-63 defeat in a game that aired live on MSG Varsity. Aryn McClure posted 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks as the Stanners — who went 14-13 a year ago — improved to 4-0.
Tonight is the Christmas Concert with a performance from the Junior/Senior Chorus. The show begins at 7pm and tickets are sold at the door. TIckets are $7.00 and $5.00 for students with an ID.
Come get in the Christmas Spirit with some of your favorite Christmas Carols!
Molloy Raises Over 3,500 Food Items for Annual Hungerthon
In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, students and faculty at Archbishop Molloy High School were hard at work gathering assorted non-perishable food items in support of Molloy’s annual Hungerthon. The efforts of the school’s community paid off in a big way, with over 3,500 food items collected for donation to local food pantries. “We far exceeded our original goal of 1,600 items, which would have been about one per student and faculty member,” said Brother Thomas Schady, the school’s Principal. “Everyone responded wonderfully well, particularly the Class of 2016 as they brought in the most food. Special thanks are also in order for Ms. Liz Murdocca and our class spirit leaders for the remarkable job they did sharing their enthusiasm with the student body and coordinating the food collections.” The majority of the food items were donated to St. John’s Bread and Life, a local organization that addresses the daily fight against hunger and poverty in Queens and Brooklyn. A separate portion of the collection was donated to Our Lady of Mercy (OLM), a local parish church in Forest Hills. “The trucks that came to pick up the food were completely filled. Everyone really did a great job,” said Brother Thomas. President Richard Karsten, a parishioner at OLM and member of Molloy’s Class of 1981, had the pleasure of informing Rev. Monsignor. John McGuirl, pastor of OLM and member of Molloy’s Class of 1963, of the donation. “The young men and women at Molloy outdid themselves. We were literally overwhelmed by their response to hunger in our city,” remarked Msgr. McGuirl. “As a Stanner, I know that service always was a major characteristic of the Marist family founded by St. Marcellin Champagnat. These young Stanners have exhibited that same sense of care and concern for those less fortunate than themselves.” Thank you to all who made this year’s Hungerthon a great success.
Good News- Briarwood Subway Entrance Reopens!
Students, parents, and alumni who have traveled to Molloy via public transit in recent years have seen the heavy construction occurring in numerous areas around Queens Boulevard and Main Street. The construction is part of the Kew Gardens Interchange project, a multiple phase effort to widen sections of the Van Wyck Expressway and create various new on and off ramps. The construction has caused some inconvenience for the Briarwood community, including Molloy students, who have been directed to use an auxiliary subway entrance on the south side of Queens Boulevard rather than the underground tunnel leading to the northern side. This has necessitated using temporary narrow pedestrian pathways and crossing the street above ground. Thankfully, the MTA announced the reopening of the Briarwood station’s northern entrance this past weekend. Students and pedestrians will now be able to cross Queens Boulevard underground via the renovated pre-existing tunnel. It is a relief for many in the community, and students are happy to have the opportunity to shed a few extra minutes off of their morning commute. While this is good news, estimates for the remaining length of the project have placed completion at least two years away. Thank you to all in our community for your patience during this ongoing construction project.
Coding Event for Freshman
On Wednesday December 10th there will be a CODING EVENT.
If you aren't signed up yet, please go to the Library after school tomorrow. For more information, please email Ms. Longerano at firstname.lastname@example.org with Coding Event in the subject line.
Molloy Honors Veterans with Moving Ceremony
Molloy Honors Veterans with Moving Ceremony
“’All gave some, some gave all.’ We take a few moments today to honor alumni of all generations who have served or continue to serve in the armed forces,” said Richard Karsten ‘81, President of Archbishop Molloy High School. “In particular, we recognize the ultimate sacrifices of an elite group of alumni who gave their lives in service to this great nation.” On Friday, November 7th, Molloy honored its alumni US veterans with a moving ceremony. Many of the school’s alumni have represented various branches of the armed forces, with 13 known to have lost their lives in doing so. Their courage has not been forgotten, and it must continue to serve as an example of the importance of selflessness for present and future members of the school’s community.
The impetus for Molloy’s Veterans Day Memorial Event was the enthusiasm and passion of several of the school’s alumni veterans. At the forefront of the effort was former US Navy Captain Larry Seible ‘63(pictured), who believes the school must remember to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by its fallen heroes. “Veterans Day is a celebration to honor all America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good,” remarked Seible, who worked throughout the past year on this event at Molloy to honor the sacrifices made by his classmate, Private First Class Louis Willett ‘63. Willett was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor after his heroic actions on the battlefield in Vietnam came to light. On February 15th, 1967, under clear skies, Willett’s squad, Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, suddenly found itself taking heavy fire from a large enemy force. Despite incredible danger, Willett rose to draw the bulk of the enemy’s barrage, enabling the other members of his squad to slowly but safely withdraw. Willett was mortally wounded during this selfless act of courage. The Medal of Honor is the greatest respect bestowed upon those who serve, and Willett remains the only Molloy graduate to hold this distinction.
Molloy’s ceremony was well attended by alumni and veterans, students, school administration and faculty, as well as veterans who served side-by-side with Willett in Vietnam. Also in attendance were several members of the Willett family, including cousins Lorretta and Brian McCaffery and Louis’ beloved aunt and godmother, Sally Daly. Sally’s attendance was significant, as she was extremely close with Willett and, along with her husband, paid for his tuition to attend Molloy. The ceremony featured the reading of names of fallen Molloy heroes by Capt. Seible. As each name was read, a bell was rung in unison with the mounting of an American flag by a student. Later, Lt. Col. Tim Swan, a guest speaker who was Willett’s platoon leader, detailed the circumstances their squad faced the day Willett gave his life. Lt. Col. Ed Northrop, Willett’s squad leader, then followed up with stirring remarks about what it means to serve, challenging students in attendance to continue to learn more about the sacrifices made by US veterans. Both men also spoke with great pride about Willett. “47 years after Louis lost his life, the men of ‘C’ Company still remember him and all others that served with us as a ‘band of brothers,’” said Northrop. Several other classmates who provided remarks rounded out a program that encouraged much reflection and produced quite a few tears. (Pictured left-right: Willet’s childhood friend Al Peschler, Lt. Col. Ed Northrop, Lt. Col. Tim Swan, Sally Daly, Bea McCaffery, and Brian McCaffery)
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Lt. Col. Northrop and Lt. Col. Swan took pride in presenting Molloy with a flag flown over the US Capitol in Willett’s honor as well as with artifacts procured by Capt. Seible to honor Willett’s legacy at Molloy, including medals and ribbons marking achievements during his military career. In addition, Gallantry CDs donated by Dennis Pepe ’63were sponsored by an anonymous donor that helped provide $1,000 to a scholarship at Molloy in Louis Willet’s name. Molloy is proud to honor its veterans and is excited to display these artifacts. Molloy President Richard Karsten and Principal Brother Thomas Schady extend their sincerest thanks to the Willett family, Capt. Seible, Lt. Col. Swan, Lt. Col Northrop, and all alumni and friends who helped make this event possible.
Come out and support the Archbishop Molloy Basketball Teams in the Curran Gym!
Girls JV 2:15 PM
Varsity “B” 4:00 PM
Girls Varsity 5:45 PM
Boys Varsity 7:30 PM
Thanksgiving Liturgy- All Invited!
Where: Molloy | Jack Curran Gym
When: Wed, Nov 26th | 10:45 am
This year’s Thanksgiving Liturgy is on Wednesday, November 26th. The Liturgy will begin promptly at 10:45 am. Alumni are invited to attend as well so please plan to arrive shortly ahead of the start. Following the conclusion of the Liturgy, alumni will be invited to enjoy light refreshments in the newly modernized student cafeteria. Many favorites among Molloy’s faculty and staff will make themselves available in the cafeteria to welcome our alumni home, catch up, and take photos. We’re all very excited to continue this tradition with our alumni and look forward to your homecoming!
The 1st Quarter Honor Rolls for the 2014-15school year are now available. Congratulations to all students who made the Honors, Honors with Distinction or the Principals List. We also wish to recognize the hard work and dedication of students who gave their best effort.
Cancer No Match for Molloy Girls Soccer Coach
In life and in sports, everyone gets knocked down, but champions get back up.
During her 10 years as girls’ junior varsity soccer coach at Archbishop Molloy H.S., Briarwood, Judy Zink proved on the field that she is a champion, having reached the championship game in each of her seasons while taking home six Nassau/Suffolk GCHSAA Division ‘A’ titles.
However, the events of this past year cemented Zink’s legacy as a champion in the game of life.
On Saturday November 16th, the Freshman Boys Swim & Diving Team took part in the CHSAA Freshman Swimming & Diving CHampionships at Chaminade High School (The diving team also includes females). Archbishop Molloy's Natalie Ortof won the diving competition with a score of230 points. This set a new meet record, which was previoulsy 225 points set back in 1984. Thomas Woods placed second in the diving competition with a score of 179 points. Congratulations to both athletes and the rest of the team for a great performance this weekend!
The Stanner Players Present “The Matchmaker”
The Stanner Players Present “The Matchmaker”
·7:00PM Performances: November 20th, 21st & 22nd (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
·2:00PM Matinee: Sunday, November 23rd.
·Tickets: $5 for Molloy students and children under 12 | $10 for adults
The Stanner Players are making final preparations for their 2014 Fall debut, with “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder slated to open on Thursday, November 20th at 7:00PM. Opening night will be followed by three other performances on consecutive days, all happening in Molloy’s Ralph DeChiaro Theater. According to the Thornton Wilder Society, Matchmaker is a “farce about love and money” that brings several unlikely couples together to “find happiness in 19th century New York.” Second year Stanner Players Director Shannon Winters ’06 has selected an all-star cast of Molloy talent, and all are ready to put on a great show for our school community. Reservations can be made in advance at email@example.com or by leaving a voicemail at (347) 441-0015 with your name, the date of the show, and number of tickets needed. Come out and support the Stanner Players next weekend!
National Merit Scholarship Program / National Achievement Program
PRESS RELEASE – Students Recognized by National Merit Scholarship Program / National Achievement Program
Principal Br. Thomas Schady and the administration at Archbishop Molloy High School are proud to announce that students Justin Esposito and John Boyle have qualified as semi-finalists among the top 16,000 of all students in the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) for 2015. Justin and John are now preparing to compete for finalist status.
In addition, the following Stanners have been named Commended Students in the 2015 NMSP: Lillian Mangialino, Andreea Muntean, Valerie Rico,Joseph Schauer, and Lawrence Wu. Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSP. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
Also, Molloy’sTahina Felisca andBrianne Lindee were named 2015 National Achievement Program Outstanding Participants Referred to Colleges. Tahina and Brianne are among 1,300 outstanding students who scored in the top 3% of more than 160K African American students who sought consideration in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2013 PSAT and NMSP Qualifying Test. The National Achievement Scholarship Program was founded in 1964 to honor academically promising African American high school students. The scholarship competition is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which also conducts the NMSP open to all U.S. high school students.
-Joe Sommo '03
Boys Varsity Soccer End of Season
Last Thursday, Archbishop Molloy advanced to the CHSAA Class AA final for the third year in a row after winning the semi-final game against St. Francis Prep. In that game, neither team could find a goal after 80-minutes of gametime and two 10-minute sudden death overtimes. It was a hard fought game that ended when Gabriel Fleuranges of Molloy, scored the game-winning goal in penalty kicks to help Archbishop Molloy win 4-3 over St. Francis Prep Thursday in the CHSAA Class AA semifinals at Belson Stadium.
On Sunday, November 2nd, Molloy faced off against Fordham Prep in the CHSAA finals. The Stanners were looking to repeat their success from Thursday’s contest. After a hard fought game Molloy ultimately fell to Fordham Prep 4-0. Though they lost, Molloy will have another shot at Fordham Prep in this weekend’s State semifinal game on Saturday at Adelphi. It looks to be a competitive game and we hope the community will come out to support our Stanners.
To view pictures from the Molloy vs. Fordham game, visit MSG Varsity.
Walkathon is the only student-driven fundraiser of the year, every homeroom, along with faculty and staff, walks the 10K route each October in an effort to raise money for the benefit of their school. The Walk-A-Thon has changed a bit in recent years, now utilizing a new route that is safer and less intrusive to larger intersections and higher traffic areas in surrounding Briarwood. Upperclassmen can now also choose from several different activities in lieu of completing the Walk-A-Thon, including football, ultimate frisbee, Zumba, and the World Trade Center walk, and track runners heading out before their classmates to get a leg up on running the 10K route. The goal of the day, however, remains the same: raising money to improve Archbishop Molloy High School. This year the students raised nearly $160,000. Check out the photo gallery on our Facebook!
The Stanner Players Present "The Matchmaker"
Who: The Stanner Players
What: “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder
When: November 20th, 21st, and 22nd at 7 PM & November 23rd at 2 PM
Tickets are $5 for Molloy students with a student ID and children under 12, $10 for adults
Reservations can be made in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a voicemail at (347) 441-0015 with your name, the date of the show, and number of tickets needed.
Andrew Harvey 5K
Stanner Community Runs Molloy’s Andrew Harvey 5K
On Sunday, October 5th, the Stanner community took part in the 27th Annual Andrew Harvey Memorial 5K Fun Run at Molloy. This year’s race happened upon one of the best weather days it has seen in recent memory, and runners were eager to advantage and make their way through the familiar (famous) route. The 5K begins on the school’s track, loops around Molloy and the streets of Briarwood, challenges runners with a pesky hill known to many Molloy runners, and finally finishes up back on the track. A One Mile Race was also offered for runners who were eager for a different challenge, and later kids of all age groups took part in the Little One’s Dash. Coffee, juice, bagels, cake, and rolls were offered to all runners and guests following the conclusion of the day’s races, while the top three finishers in each age group and category were awarded medals for their outstanding performances. “I would like to thank Frank Gambino, Br. Bob Andrews, and all the volunteers, alumni, and family members that have helped make the Andrew Harvey Memorial 5K Fun Run one of Molloy’s proudest traditions,” said President Richard Karsten ’81. “It is never easy for any event to sustain 27 consecutive years of success, but the continued commitment of all involved with this annual run is truly inspiring. Congratulations to all.” Please refer to the links below for a list of winners and times. Thanks to all who made this year’s Andrew Harvey Memorial 5K Fun Run a great success!
Molloy will honor Stanners who have fallen in battle, as well as all Stanners who have served for the United States armed forces, during a special Veteran’s Day Memorial Event on Friday, November 7th. The event will take place at Molloy at 3:00pm and feature a ceremony followed by a reception with light refreshments. The ceremony will recognize the valor of many, in particular that of Private First Class Louis Willett ’63 (pictured), a fallen Vietnam War soldier that gave his life to save the other members of his platoon. PFC Willett was posthumously awarded with the Medal of Honor for his bravery, and remains the only Stanner to be awarded with this honor (Read more about PFC Louis Willett). We also encourage our alumni currently serving in any branch of the armed forces to attend the ceremony here at Molloy if their schedules permit. RSVP Online, or forward any questions or comments to email@example.com. Special thanks to members of the Class of 1963 for all of their hard work in planning this event.
Volunteer for the Open House!
In 2013, over two dozen alumni and parents volunteered their time and energy at Molloy’s Fall Open House. Their participation throughout the day supplemented the efforts of Molloy’s administration, faculty and staff to provide an outstanding and memorable experience for all guests – in particular prospective students and their parents. This year, we are excited to invite alumni and parents to volunteer once again at Molloy’s Open House on Sunday, October 19th. Our volunteers will be asked to work in a variety of capacities including as greeters, tour guides, hall roamers, or representatives of the Stanner Alumni Center. In each instance volunteers should be prepared to direct guests around the school as well as answer general questions. All volunteers will be prepped with some basic statistics and information on the locations of different presentations around the school.
Your involvement at Open House shows future students and their families that Molloy is a vibrant community that features many great ambassadors who are eager to represent their school. We are sincerely thankful to all those who will consider this request. For more information on volunteering at this year’s Open House, please contact Admissions Director Leslie Poole Petit at (718) 441-2100×155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Admissions Coordinator Keith Hahn ’02 at email@example.com.
In addition, if you are an alumnus who is planning to visit Molloy during Open House with your child as he or she considers attending Molloy, please stop by the Stanner Alumni Center’s table in the Jack Curran Gym or in room 124 and say hello. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you are planning to stop by.
Congratulations! National Merit Program Students
The National Achievement Scholarship Program was initiated in 1964 specifically to honor academically promising Black American high school students. The scholarship competition is conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which also conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program open to all U.S. high school students.
A Letter of Commendation, from Archbishop Molloy High School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, has been presented by Brother Thomas Schady to the following students named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Program:
Approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Also, Tahina Felisca and Brianne Lindee were designated 2015 National Achievement Program Outstanding Participants Referred to Colleges. They were among 1,300 Outstanding Participants who scored in the top 3 percent of more than 160,000 Black American students who requested consideration in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
The two Semi-Finalists are Justin Esposito and John Boyle. They are filling out applications as Semi-Finalists and will go into competition for Finalist standing.
Congratulations to all!
Freshman Liturgy & Field Day
The Class of 2018 celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit last week and spent the afternoon in a field day. They played all different games- from potato sack races to basketball knock out games. Check out some highlights on our facebook page!
High School Fairs
'Tis the season of High School Open Houses!
If you have a child in 7th or 8th grade and are ready to begin the search for the High School that is best for them, stop by one of the Catholic High School Fairs! Looking for a high school is a stressful but very exciting time for your child and even for parents. Take the time to learn what different schools have to offer!
There are many ways for Molloy students to volunteer throughout the school year. They can help out at the local shelter in Briarwood, tutor their peers, become a retreat counselor in Esopus, and much more.
About ten years ago, Brother Pat Hogan, F.M.S., and Chris Dougherty, both guidance counselors here at Molloy, founded the St. Marcellin Champagnat Society. The society provides students, and alumni to serve the needy, sick and disables at The Shrine of the Lourdes, France, the U.S. and other locations abroad.
This year, the SMCS joined the Mustard Seed Communities, a non-profit organization dedicated to "caring for the most vulnerable populations in society." Which includes children and adults with disabilities or those affected by AIDS/HIV, and teen mothers and their children in need.
This year, 29 SMCS members joined MSC in one of their four main hubs in Nicaragua.
To read the full story of their volunteering efforts please read The Tabletarticle!
Molloy's Class of 2014 Earns Over $40 Million in Competitive College Scholarships
On Sunday, June 8th, Molloy’s 122nd commencement ceremony for the Class of 2014 took place at the Colden Auditorium at Queens College. What seemed like a lifetime of memories, beginning when the Class of 2014 first entered Molloy four years ago, has already come and gone so fast. These new alumni will now look ahead to build on what they’ve learned at Molloy, to act out their Marist Charism, and to make an impact on the world in extraordinary ways. They are the leaders of tomorrow we so often refer to.
As the commencement ceremony began, Principal Br. Thomas Schady took the podium. “Graduates, we are here to celebrate your accomplishments, recognize your outstanding academic ability, to thank you for the almost infinite hours you have devoted to extracurricular and athletic activities, and to thank you for the man hours of committed and dedicated service that you offered those in need over the last four years. You have indeed become emblematic of the Molloy motto – Not for school but for life.” Br. Thomas continued, encouraging our graduates to live according to their own convictions, and not those dictated by popular culture. “Simple kindness, an engaging smile, a listening ear, are all inconsequential as the world judges, but when lived by you or me are powerful antidotes to the dominant culture that glorifies the individual – at the expensive of someone or something. Make up your mind that you do not wish to live this way…Generosity is the door to a real happiness that does not disappoint.”
Salutatorian Kristian Mosquito ’14 addressed his peers during the ceremony. “We could not have reached this point in our lives without the help of others. Our trials, our goals, and most importantly, our dreams, our metaphorical kites, took flight with left from faculty, family, and friends.” Kristian continued. “As we look to the future, one thing is certain: life doesn’t just blow breezes of blessings; it also offers squalls of sorrows. For the most part, we graduates personally know only some of the tearing twisters of life. Though we may have experienced our own failures, our own losses, even our own hurricanes, we should not expect that the worst is past nor should we intend to avoid stormy seas. Instead, let us endure wind, rain, and tempest. Let us face our fears armed with our life lessons and experiences. And let us stress perseverance in times of distress and adversity.”
Valedictorian Samantha Sattler ‘14 then took center stage. “Rather than hoping to leave [Molloy], many of us have spent our final days lingering, trying to stay Stanner a little bit longer.” Samantha then encouraged her classmates to not fear tomorrow. “We are part of a generation that is – unfortunately – associated with indifference and ignorance. Those judging on a micro, rather than a macro, level claim we are more concerned with ‘selfies’ than self-worth. But at Molloy we have ‘grown up’ with innovative, conscious, and compassionate people – people who defy that fallacious label. As the initiators and deliverers of tomorrow, we must not fear the future, but invent it. We must not avoid inconvenience, but brave it. We must not wish for luck, but make our own. We must not wait for dreams, but forge them.”
The Class of 2014 made their mark at Molloy and on their own futures, with 100% attending college and earning Regents diplomas. 90% of the Class of 2014 enrolled in college credit courses offered by Molloy over the past four years, and 80% won college scholarships from a wide range of prestigious universities across the country. These scholarships totaled approximately $40 million, which is truly an impressive feat and a credit to the hard work these young men and women put in at Molloy. Our Stanners earned acceptance into schools including Boston College, University of Chicago, Amherst College, Johns Hopkins University, Fordham University, Cornell, Geneseo, Villanova, Seton Hall, Muhlenberg, Marist College, Colgate University, NYU Polytechnic, Loyola Maryland, Pratt Institute, St. John’s University, and many more. This is an exceptional list, and Molloy’s faculty and staff could not be more proud of the Class of 2014 – in particular our college guidance counselors, who worked hard with each student one-on-one to find the right college fit for them.
In order to complete their journey through Molloy, the Class of 2014 returned to Manton Street one more time together on Monday, June 9th to enjoy their Graduation Breakfast. The newest batch of Stanner alumni shared this meal together, reminisced, signed yearbooks, smiled, wished each other well, thanked their teachers, and eventually departed. They were reminded before they left, however, that their first class reunion would take place in just five years time. Despite moving on to college, and preparing for the challenges ahead, they will always have Molloy to call home. They will always be welcomed back with open arms, and so we hope they will continue their celebrations and know that this day was not the last time they will all be together!
Freshman Parent Orientation
Freshman Parent Orientation will be on Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at 6:30pm. Please review the letter the was sent to parents this May regarding the Orientation. We hope to see you there!
For Tryout dates and times for Fall 2014 Sports (Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball) please see schedule here.
College Visits in Upstate New York This Spring
Molloy students recently embarked on a long journey through upstate New York in an effort to visit more college campuses and become even better informed about their options. Accompanied by several guidance counselors, the group found themselves first in Rochester. While there, our Stanners toured the SUNY Geneseo and St. John Fisher College campuses. According to guidance counselor Ted McGuinness ’81, the students were impressed with these schools, making the long trip already worth the drive. The next day, the group traveled about two hours southeast to SUNY Binghamton, where they met up with Deb DePinto ’11. Approaching the end of her junior year at Binghamton, Deb provided a tour of the campus and fielded questions from Stanners who are seriously considering the school. ”It’s always great to set up a meeting between students and our young alumni,” said Mr. McGuinness. “Their advice and experience can be a valuable resource to our students, particularly since they are still close in age and can relate to each other on many levels.”
Following the visit to Binghamton, the group traveled an hour south to the University of Scranton, where Kirsten McCabe ’11and David Polanco ’11 acted as tour guides for the final portion of the trip. In addition, Molloy students were fortunate to spend time with Dr. Patrick Tully (Pictured left), the Chair of Philosophy at Scranton and son of Molloy graduate Ed Tully ’63. “Dr. Tully is always very good to our Stanners at Scranton,” explained Mr. McGuinness. “He really looks out for them. This is just another example of how important the Molloy network is.” Junior Kayla Rayder ’15 shared her feelings about the experience, noting, “Going on this trip showed me the kind of college environment I want to be a part of. I could see myself at a few of those campuses.” Alexander Chowske ’15echoed Kayla’s sentiments. “These trips really help you find out what kind of college is right for you.” In all, it was another successful round of college campus visits for our students, and we would like to thank our counselors and chaperones Mr. Ted McGuinness, Mrs. Christine Loo, and Ms.Claudia Goncalves ’09 for creating these unique opportunities.
Stanners Receive Special Honors
Press Release — 13 Molloy students have been announced as recipients of the 2014 Scholarship for Academic Excellence Award. These are money awards which grant the winning student $500 to $1500 per year, awarded by the State Education Department of the University of the State of New York. These awards were formerly known as the NY State Regents Scholarships.
8,000 of these awards are distributed across NY State. 2,000 are represent a value of $1,500 and 6,000 represent a value of $500. Students are advised that the funds are for application towards costs at New York State colleges or universities. The scholarships are awarded tentatively, pending appropriation of State funds during the 2014 session of the New York State Legislature.
This year’s recipients among Molloy’s Class of 2014 are: Kristian Mosquito and Samantha Sattler at the $1,500 level, and Dhanesh Binda, Thomas Brinskelle, Tiffany Dial,Samantha Grech, Geogios Gulino, Edrean-Neil Kabigting, Felicia Mendoza, Daniel O’Reilly, Matthew Spataro, Louiza Molohides, and Tiffany Villacis at the $500 level. Congratulations to all of these talented scholarship recipients!
- Joe Sommo '03
Molloy earns CHSAA Intersectional win
Molloy, who previously lost to Sea 4-3 in 9 innings on Sunday in the battle for the top seed, rebounded on Wednesday. The No. 2 seed Stanners earned an 8-1 home win over St. Francis Prep to send the Terriers to the loser’s bracket of the tournament. Read the full MSG Varsity story here.
Class of 2014's Senior Prom Photo Gallery
Pitcher Anthony Catinella helps lead Molloy Varsity Baseball Team
Pitcher Anthony Catinella helps lead Archbishop Molloy baseball team into postseason as favorite to win CHSAA championship. The senior righthander, who stands 6-3 and has a 6-0 record, helped the Stanners to a 12-2 mark in the regular season. The playoff seeding round starts Thursday. Read the full Daily News article here.
Junior Prom Photo Gallery
The Class of 2015 had their Junior Prom this weekend. Here's a glimpse of their cruise around the city!
Anthony Catinella '14 Pitches No Hitter
A rare feat in all levels of play, four year Molloy athlete Anthony Catinella ’14pitched a no hitter against rival McClancy on Stanner Field. “It’s very difficult to pitch a no hitter in this league,” said Coach Brad Lyons. “It’s a once in a lifetime accomplishment for many players, and requires performing under a ton of pressure.” Anthony struck out 7 batters and walked 1 while needing just 84 pitches. “This was definitely the highlight of my career so far,” said Anthony. “One of my teammates told me early, I think in the third inning, that I was pitching a no hitter. It seems funny to say so early, but I really didn’t think about it when I was out there. It was just all adrenaline.” The 6’3″ hurler was picked up by teammate Anthony Baglino ’15, who smacked a 2 run double in the 5th inning of the 7 inning affair, accounting for the only runs scored in the game. “Anthony’s poise on the mound showed great leadership. He set the right tone for the season. I’m very proud of him.” The victory helped Molloy maintain its early first place standing this season, and built confidence as they look ahead to playing out the schedule. “This was great, but our goal is to win a city championship. I think we have a good shot,” said Anthony.
- Joe Sommo '03
The Tablet: Girls HS Hall of Fame Adds 11 New Members
The Girls Catholic High School Athletic Association (GCHSAA) hosted its 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony April 30 at Russo’s on the Bay, Howard Beach.
The hall recognizes athletes, coaches, administrators and officials who have had a major impact on the girls’ high school league.
This year, 11 new members were added to the 90 past inductees in the Hall of Fame including Archbishop Molloy High School senior, Jessica McEntee.
Jessica McEntee ran cross-country for four years, outdoor track for three years and starred on the girls’ varsity basketball team for four years at Archbishop Molloy H.S., Briarwood. Upon graduation, she held school records in the long jump, high jump and 4×400-meter relay, and in basketball, she is Molloy’s all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocks. She became one of only three players to compile 1,500 pts. and 1,000 rebounds in her college career at New York University, Manhattan, where she was also named the Division III Player of the Year in 2008. She became just the second person from Molloy inducted into the GCHSAA Hall of Fame.
Middle States Validation Team Visits Molloy
Middle States Validation Team Visits Molloy
Since 1990, Archbishop Molloy High School has worked with theMiddle States Commission on Higher Education in an effort to self-evaluate and reassess its long-term strategic objectives and practices. The MSCHE is “a voluntary, non-governmental membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation.” The evaluation process is essential in not only maintaining, but advancing our school’s strong academic and athletic programs in the Marist Tradition, and it takes the work of many people working together to come to fruition. In 2012, the most recent evaluation began with the appointment of history teacher Mr. Chris DeSarno as the school’s Internal Coordinator for Middle States. Since his appointment, Mr. DeSarno has worked with strategic planning teams consisting of Molloy administration and faculty, students, parents, alumni and school board members to pinpoint Molloy’s strengths and opportunities for improvement. The teams also established action plans consisting of organizational and student-based objectives to devote specific attention to leading up to the next evaluation in 2021. Molloy’s organizational objectives include improving the quality and utilization of its website, and reducing the school’s impact on the environment. Student performance objectives include increased knowledge of career preparation skills as well as raised standards of academic excellence. The completion of these objectives will be measured by various criteria, which will be at the discretion of the strategic planning teams and the Middle States Validation Team to assess.
Last week, Molloy was delighted to host the Middle States Validation Team here at school during a four day on-site evaluation. The team, which consists of administrators and faculty from other schools in the New York / New Jersey area, were focused on evaluating Molloy on twelve standards: Philosophy/Mission, Governance and Leadership, School Improvement and Planning, Finances, Facilities, School Climate and Organization, Health and Safety, Educational Program, Assessment and Evidence for Student Learning, Student Services, Student Life and Activities, and Information Resources and Technology. To accomplish this, the validation team met with Molloy’s strategic planning teams while observing all aspects of school life. The validation team visited classrooms during lessons, toured the campus, met privately and in group sessions with administrators, faculty, staff, parents, students, alumni, and Board members and gained a deeper sense of the level to which Molloy meets the twelve standards.
Upon conclusion of the visit, the validation team addressed administration and faculty, thanking them for a pleasant visit and commending them on their fine efforts and announcing that Molloy had received early recommendation for accreditation. “One observation made by the Middle States team stood out to me above all else,” said President Richard Karsten ’81. “They concluded, ‘the work you are doing here at Molloy is transforming lives.’ For me, this was a great reminder that every aspect of education should be focused on transforming the lives of young people. This is at the core of the Marist Mission.” This, of course, was not the end of the evaluation process, but simply a beginning as Molloy works to meet the outlined standards and complete its action plan objectives by 2021. Mr. DeSarno and everyone at Molloy will continue to work with the internal and external Middle States teams during that time to monitor the school’s progress and provide feedback along the way. “The Chair of the Middle States team, who is the Principal of a premier college preparatory high school in New Jersey, could not believe that we offer the high quality education Molloy is known for at just $7,960 a year,” noted President Karsten. “Looking ahead to 2021, I think we’re on the right track.” We would like to thank the Middle States Validation Team for aiding Molloy in this evaluation process, as well as all the faculty, parent, student, and alumni volunteers who have worked so hard on this initiative. (Pictured: Middle States Team Chair John Stanczak speaks to faculty, parents and other Middle States team members)
Junior Leadership Ceremony
The Class of 2015 learned about the importance of Leadership as their Junior year comes to a close and they soon will be the Senior Leaders of the school. The Ceremony was held in the Jack Curran Gymnasium and speeches were given by the school President, Mr. Richard Karsten, the Principal, Brother Thomas Schady and student representatives.
Stanners lined up for a good cause on April 1st as the Long Island Division of the New York Blood Bank made the Jack Curran Gymnasium its home for the day. Students and faculty made time in their busy schedules to stop in, provide important health history, and donate the gift of life. In total, 178 pints of blood were donated by 154 individuals. These donations will be used by the NY Blood Bank to serve people in the NY/Long Island area who need them most. Special thanks to Mrs. Kathy Forgione, RN, and the NY Blood Bank for their extensive efforts in making sure that all facilities and equipment were safe and clean, and that all donors were shown great care.
- Joe Sommo
International Day Recap
Archbishop Molloy High School has been proud to host its International Day event for over three decades. Since 1980, Molloy has invited students and their families, faculty, friends and neighbors to the school for an afternoon of delicious homemade cuisine prepared and served by students and their parents, authentic cultural performances, and showcases of various cultural artifacts.
At Molloy’s 34th Annual International Day on March 30th, the smell of delectable dishes from all over the world immediately greeted over 1,300 visitors – a new attendance record. Those just arriving were directed to the Capt. Anthony Marsloe Gym, where a variety of homemade dishes lined table after table. At the Filipino table, alumnus Herbert Leona ’11 worked all day long as he has for years, carving a fully roasted pig to please one of the longer lines of hungry visitors. Over at team Italian, trays of homemade baked pastas, chicken, andsausage occupied the largest area of the gym. The Indian dishes were delicious, but also the spiciest offerings of the day. The school’s Ebony Club showcased Jamaican, Haitian, Trinidadian, and African cuisine among others. There was also a large contingency of Greek, Asian, and Eastern European volunteers proudly offering dishes of their own. “The Irish club made a big comeback, and nearly all Latin American countries were represented in terms of food. It was great to see,” said Mr. Lou Santos, one of the lead organizers of the event. Beyond the entrees, a dessert spread occupied the school’s cafeteria. From cupcakes to kesio, streusel to Irish soda bread, the classic creations rounded out the day’s menu with a wide range of sweet and flavorful delights.
Once everyone had their fill of edible offerings, Molloy students took center stage in the Jack Curran Gym, where performances of cultural song and dance took shape. Those students participating represented the school’s Ebony, Asian, West Indian, Indian, Italian, Spanish, and Greek clubs as well as the Pipes & Drums band. Also performing were the school’s dance and step teams, which celebrated American culture and others not represented in other parts of the program. Dances included the Irish jig, Chinese lion dance, Bollywood Fusion,Merengue and Bachata among others.
Santos was inspired by the support of the community this year. “Everyone’s dedication to International Day is truly appreciated. We couldn’t host this event year in and year out without the commitment of our community.” Likewise, Ms. Sabina Kobinski ’04, a
teacher and International Day Committee member, was pleased with the success of this year’s event. “Every dish, movement, and musical note told a story. With so many cultures represented, there was so much to learn and to appreciate.”
“We proudly expressed our national pride through song and dance, as well as the delicious food that we shared together,” said President Richard Karsten ’81. “All of these things showcased the spirit of hospitality and family that is embedded in everything that we do at Molloy. Although our families originate from many places across the globe, we are connected as members of the Molloy community, and we are united as proud citizens of the borough of Queens.” (Photos by Laura Sawyer ’07)
Stanners are serious about science! At the preliminary round of New York City’s Science and Engineering Fair in March, several Stanners offered impressive presentations that prompted stimulating conversation among visitors and judges alike. Taking place at the City College of New York, and sponsored by the NYC Department of Education and CUNY, the fair is the city’s largest high school research competition, inviting hundreds of students to participate each year. The fair “provides a supportive, academic venue for students to present their research, network with other NYC high school students, and meet leading scientists and science professionals from around the metropolitan area…and offers a distinctive educational opportunity for students across the five boroughs.” The following students, all from the Class of 2014, presented projects at the fair:
Dhanesh Binda — Environmentally Sustainable Housing for Urban Expansion and Revitalization
Thomas Brinskelle — Effects of Electroculture and Magnetoculture on Radishes
Francisco Cid — Survey on Surveys
Candice Forrester — The Effect of the Shape of Different Chambers on Social Space Between Rugos 6 and Cantones Drosophila
Sebastian Geraci — Environmentally Sustainable Housing for Urban Expansion and Revitalization
Georgios Gulino — Environmentally Sustainable Housing for Urban Expansion and Revitalization
Edrean-Neil Kabigting — The Psychological Effect of Music on Drawing
Kristian Mosquito — Memory vs. Reading: The Effects of Reading Daily on Short-Term Memory
Jordi Sevilla — The Hero Project
Most successful was Edrean-Neil Kabigting, whose project qualified for the final round of the fair at the Museum of Natural History. Edrean ultimately placed 2nd in his division at the finals while also receiving the American Psychological Association Award for general excellence. “I’m very proud of our whole research team, especially Edrean,” said teacher Ms. Mary Mallia. “They competed against Stuyvesant, Townsend Harris, Bronx Science, Benjamin Cardozo, and many other top schools. It’s important for us to be at that level so that we can continue to offer these opportunities to our scientifically gifted students every year. This year’s fair was beneficial for our school, and it will also positively impact the students’ resumes and college applications.”
- Joe Sommo
Spirit Week Recap
Last week our Stanners celebrated Spirit Week, a week-long celebration of school spirit here on Manton Street! The theme of the week was Disney/Pixar as voted by the students. They competed in Disney Trivia, dressed up as Disney characters, and homerooms designed Disney/Molloy themed posters. The students competed in fun games and sports after school and each year rooted for their classmates. The faculty joined in as well with Faculty vs Student games such as Tug O War and a Basketball game!
Our annual Fast-A-Thon will take place on Wednesday April 9th. The Fast involves students giving up lunch for the day. They will be asking people to help sponsor them for this very worthwhile experience. Every year we raise at least $2000 for those who are less fortunate. If a student is interested in participating in the Fast-A-Thon, please see Mr. Germano.
Champagnat Society Service Trip to Nicaragua
Stanners recently volunteered on a service trip to Diriamba, Nicaragua as part of the St. Marcellin Champagnat Society program. While there, SMCS teamed up with the Mustard Seed Communities organization, spending time with local children in need and distributing donations. They also helped to build part of an extension for their local school. It was an eye-opening experience for our students and a reminder of how important service to others can be. See the photo gallery on our Facebookpage.
Next Monday starts the Annual School Spirit Week. Show your school spirit by joining in on the many activities and contests that will be held! Refer to the Spirit Week Calendar below to know the daily attire, activity, and contest being held each day.
Stanner Players Present: You Can't Take It With You
When: April 3rd at 7:00pm | April 4th at 7:00pm | April 5th at 7:00pm | April 6th at 2:00pm
Admission: $5 for Molloy students & children under 12 | $10 for adults
This Spring, the Stanner Players present You Can't Take It With You, written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. A Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner, the 3 Act comedy is set in 1930’s New York City. The Sycamore family can only be described as eccentric, building fireworks in the basement, taking ballet lessons in the living room, and housing a wide assortment of houseguests on a daily basis. One Sycamore in particular will fall in love with her boss’s son, but when she invites her future in-laws over to her parents’ house for dinner, chaos (and hilarity) ensues! Tickets can be reserved in advance by email@example.com or calling (347) 441-0015. When calling, please leave a voicemail with your name, the date of the show, and the number of tickets you are requesting. Come out and support our talented and hardworking Stanner Players this April!
Reminder! International Day is this Sunday! 3-30
Archbishop Molloy High School is proud to present its 34th Annual International Day on Sunday, March 30th. International Day is a celebration of the cultural diversity of our students, their families, and the Queens community at large through the sampling of homemade ethnic cuisine and entertainment including traditional music, dance, and more. These presentations help us to explore the heritage of our friends and neighbors as well as discover a deeper understanding of each other. It is a very special day here at Molloy, and all members of our community are invited to help us celebrate the diversity that makes up the cultural mosaic that is Queens. Admission is $10 per person and $5 for Molloy students as well as kids ages 10 and under. Kids under age 5 are free. Doors open at 1:30pm with final performances ending by 4:30pm.
The Tablet: Boys & Girls HS Basketball All-Stars 2014
This season three Archbishop Molloy basketball players made the All-Start 2014 list and one player made the Honorable Mention List.
Stanner Players Present: You Can't Take It With You
Stanner Players Present: You Can't Take It With You
When: April 3rd @ 7:00pm | April 4th @ 7:00pm | April 5th @ 7:00pm | April 6th @ 2:00pm
Admission: $5 for Molloy students & children under 12 | $10 for adults
This Spring, the Stanner Players present You Can't Take It With You, written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. A Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner, the 3 Act comedy is set in 1930’s New York City. The Sycamore family can only be described as eccentric, building fireworks in the basement, taking ballet lessons in the living room, and housing a wide assortment of houseguests on a daily basis. One Sycamore in particular will fall in love with her boss’s son, but when she invites her future in-laws over to her parents’ house for dinner, chaos (and hilarity) ensues! Tickets can be reserved in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (347) 441-0015. When calling, please leave a voicemail with your name, the date of the show, and the number of tickets you are requesting. Come out and support our talented and hardworking Stanner Players this April!
International Day is right around the corner!
Archbishop Molloy High School is proud to present its 34th Annual International Day on Sunday, March 30th. International Day is a celebration of the cultural diversity of our students, their families, and the Queens community at large through the sampling of homemade ethnic cuisine and entertainment including traditional music, dance, and more. These presentations help us to explore the heritage of our friends and neighbors as well as discover a deeper understanding of each other. It is a very special day here at Molloy, and all members of our community are invited to help us celebrate the diversity that makes up the cultural mosaic that is Queens. Admission is $10 per person and $5 for kids ages 10 and under. Kids under age 5 are free. Doors open at 1:30pm with final performances ending by 4:30pm.
NYC Wide Honors High School Music Festival
Senior, Alexandra Caruso, and junior, Frederic Jean-Joseph participated in the New York City Wide Honors High School Music Festival at Grand Street Campus High School on March 7th and 8th. It was a two day festival where students all over New York City join for a special concert on the Saturday afternoon, March 8th @ 2 p.m. Students are required to be above NYSSMA level 5 to participate. Alexandra performed with the chorus and Frederic played the alto saxophone with the jazz ensemble.
Middle States Visit
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an independent association that evaluates and validates schools that volunteer to undergo the accreditation process. This process involves a detailed review and examination of the school’s mission, values, academic achievement, facilities, and all aspects of the school community. The school identifies areas for development and improvement, and this self-study culminates in a four-day visit to the school by a team of educators drawn from schools in the Middle States Association . The team reviews the school’s operation objectively and offers commendations and recommendations to assist the school’s continual growth and future success.
Accreditation affirms the quality of education that a school provides and expresses confidence in a school’s performance. Through accreditation, the Committee on Secondary Schools verifies that the school meets the Middle States Association’s standards of excellence within the terms of the school’s own philosophy and objectives.
The chief purpose of the whole accreditation process is the improvement of education. Has the school achieved worthwhile outcomes set by its own staff and community? Through a comprehensive self-evaluation, the school seeks to confirm the effectiveness of the entire school operation by inviting professional feedback from impartial outside educators. The chief goal is to explore remedies for any shortcomings and to identify and nurture good practices.
Archbishop Molloy High School has been accredited by the Middle States Association for two decades, and this year, we are completing a two-year review process to renew our accreditation. We are grateful to the faculty, staff, students and parents who have served on committees that have explored the kind of school we are, and the kind of school we want to be. A Middle States accreditation team will visit Molloy from Monday, March 10th through Thursday, March 13th and will present their final report to the entire faculty on Thursday morning, March 13th. For this reason, students will be dismissed at 10:30 AM that day.
We thank the Middle States Commission on higher Education for helping us to define our goals and to discover ways to achieve them.
- Br. Thomas Schady, Principal
Student exchange update
Ten students from Mariste la Immaculada school in Barcelona will be hosted by the families of Molloy students and alumni this spring. Would you and your family like to be a part of this unique learning experience? A few more AMHS families are still needed to host the ten Marist school students from April 16 through April 26. Families with sophomores, juniors or seniors currently at Molloy or AMHS alumni families are eligible to host a student. For more information, please contact David Little at email@example.com. Families will be assigned to host a Barcelona student on a first come, first served basis.
The Lenten Season at Molloy
To begin the holy season of Lent, our Ash Wednesday prayer service took place on March 5th, at 8am in the Jack Curran Gym.
Lantern happens every Thursday at 2:10pm in the chapel. Each Lantern service in March and April will focus on Lenten themes. All are welcome!
We will have a school wide Reconciliation service here on Tuesday April 8th. 11 priests from neighboring parishes will be coming to hear confessions. Please encourage your child to attend.
Our annual Fast-A-Thon will take place on Wednesday April 9th. The Fast involves students giving up lunch for the day. They will be asking people to help sponsor them for this very worthwhile experience. Every year we raise at least $2000 for those who are less fortunate.
On Wed.April 16th, we will have our Holy Week Liturgy at 8am in the Jack Curran Gym.
Pax Christi will sponsor a Good Friday Stations of the Cross held in Manhattan going through Times Square. This is a wonderful and unique prayer experience. Please have your child come to Room 334 for more details.
New service opportunities will start at the end of April. Please encourage your child to look out for announcements for more details concerning these programs.
S.A.D.D. Awareness Week: March 3-7
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) raises a general awareness about the many decisions that young people are faced with and the consequences that go along with those decisions. The club's activities include promoting the Red Ribbon Campaign against drunk driving, producing awareness flyers to foster communication between students and their parents, and leading anti-smoking efforts throughout the school.
Next week the Molloy SADD club will be spreading awareness by selling bracelets and raffle tickets. See the attached flyer for bracelet and raffle ticket sales, ribbon distribution and dress down day info. Each bracelet or ticket that is purchase will enter you into the raffle to win a "get Out of Late Detention" ticket.
The Stanner Players Present: "Once Upon A Happily Ever After"
On Friday, February 28th (3pm) and Saturday March 1st (7pm), The Stanner Players will perform “Once Upon A Happily Ever After” – A Senior Showcase
Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults, and will only be sold at the door.
“Once Upon A Happily Ever After” is a cabaret starring seniors, both veteran members of the Stanner Players, and newcomers to the stage. All skits were written by and will be performed by the cast, and the stage crew is comprised of all senior members. The show will be a collaboration of song, dance, and scenes showing what fairy tale and Disney characters would be like in the “real world”.
We hope to see you there!
Varsity 'B' Hoops League Just as Competitive
When we think of the powerhouse high school basketball teams in the diocese, the discussion always starts with Christ the King R.H.S., Middle Village; Bishop Loughlin M.H.S., Fort Greene; and Archbishop Molloy H.S., Briarwood. Unfortunately for students in those schools who love playing basketball, there are only 12 to 15 spots available on the varsity team, and a student-athlete can no longer play on the junior varsity level as a junior or senior. But luckily for these players, there’s a local Varsity ‘B’ conference that gives these kids the chance to represent their school on the court.
Bishop Raymond Francis Chappetto celebrates Mass at Molloy
Molloy took time during homeroom announcements last week to pray for those who have devoted their lives to religious vocations, but also for members of the lay community who do God’s work in other important ways. In support of this celebration of vocations, His Excellency Raymond Francis Chappetto, the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, visited Molloy to celebrate Mass.
Due to weather conditions, Archbishop Molloy High School is closed Thursday, February 13th.
Girls Basketball Team to be Featured on MSG Varsity
MSG Varsity will broadcast the Nazareth Vs. Molloy Varsity basketball game on February 12th. The game will be streamed live on www.msgvarsity.com and will re-air on channel 614 (only on Optimum) 48 hours after completion. Be sure to tune in and cheer for Molloy!
CHSAA Intersectional Champs 2-9-14
Congratulations to the Track Teams!
CHSAA Intersectional Champs 2-9-14
Boys 5th place Girls 3rd Place
Qualifiers for the State Championships March 1st:
Mary Ellen Woods: School Record 600 meter run 1:38.72
Sarah Kowpak: High Jump
Niamani Morrison: Long Jump, Triple Jump and 55 meter High Hurdles
Due to weather conditions, Archbishop Molloy High School is closed Wednesday, February 5th.
Molloy Girls Swim team Champs
The Archbishop Molloy Girls Swim Team won its second consecutive crown in the GCHSAA Division A championship at Eisenhower Park on Long Island. Molloy competed so well that the swim squad set new school records.
On January 11th, Molloy saw another remarkable Stanner Games come and go, but not without some records being shattered. A nationally recognized track & field meet, Stanner Games pits the best high school competitors in the country against each other at New York’s historic Armory. Coach AJ Power ’84 reports, “2,459 individual events contested, 395 relays, 124 teams, a one hour technical delay on the infield and we still finished 20 minutes early!” This year, Mary Ellen Woods ‘15 set Molloy’s 600m record at 1:40.01, while Deana Lucci ’15, Grace Anne Crockett ’15, Shannon Pizzella ’14, and Niamani Morrison ’14 completed the shuttle hurdle relay in a stunning 36.86. These historic performances have set new benchmarks our future Stanners will surely aim to beat. Browse some photos from this year’s Stanner Games below. (Pictured above are Mary Ellen Woods ’15 (Left) and her sister Kathleen Woods ’12, who holds Molloy records for Indoor 1600m & SMR, and Outdoor 1600m, 2000m Steeplechase, 3200MR, 6400MR & DMR) | See More Stanner Games Results
In addition to Molloy’s impressive showing at Stanner Games, Coach Power proudly announced that Deanna, Niamani, Mary Ellen, and Kayla Rayder ’15 have qualified for the Sprint Medley Relay at the upcoming Millrose Games. Also qualifying was the team of Daniel Saczyk ’15, Branden Warders ’14, Ray Henry ’14 and Patrick Cashin ’14 for the Boys 3200 Meter Relay. According to Coach Power this is the first Molloy boys team to qualify since 1996. Results of the qualifiers can be viewed HERE. The Millrose Games take place on February 15th at the Armory.
-Joe Sommo '03 Alumni Communications Coordinator
Alumni Night- Jan 24th
Molloy will be hosting an alumni night on Friday, January 24th as our boys Varsity basketball squad takes on Holy Cross HS at 7:30pm in the Jack Curran Gymnasium. Our second event of the new year, alumni night will be sponsored by our enthusiastic Badges Alumni Network. We invite our Stanner badges as well as ALL alumni to attend and help cheer Molloy to victory. This is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with Molloy and with old friends, so please help us spread the word. Have a friend that you've been meaning to catch up with? Why not meet at Molloy for a laid back evening? More information will become available soon. Please mark January 24th on your calendars and come down to Molloy for another great night. Your $30 donation will include admission to the game as well as beer, wine, food and snacks.
All parents of current sophomores, juniors and seniors who are studying Spanish or have completed 3 years of Spanish are invited to the final informational meeting regarding a student exchange program being offered this spring and summer. Through the program, Molloy families will host a student from Spain from April 16 – April 27, 2014, and Molloy students will stay with a host family in Barcelona for 10 days at the end of June, extending through the first week of July. The final informational meeting will be held here at Molloy at 5:00pm on Thursday, January 16th in the teachers' cafeteria (near the Main Street entrance). Please consider attending the meeting to learn more about this great opportunity for your child and your family. If you are unable to attend, contact Mr. David Little at firstname.lastname@example.org or have your child see Mr. Little in room 325 by Friday, January 17th.
Alumni Return for Advent Liturgy
Several days before Christmas, students, faculty and alumni gathered for Molloy's annual Advent Liturgy as a way to prepare for the Christian holiday spiritually as one community. The Liturgy, celebrated by Fr. Frank Shannon '75, featured performances by members of Molloy's chorus as well as its Liturgy Committee. The committee's presentations took place shortly before the gospel and focused in part on the origin of St. Nicholas and Santa Claus. Director of Campus Ministry Mr. Mike Germano '93 was quoted in the December issue of The Stanner saying, "the Liturgy Committee always tries to add a new twist." Germano also spoke with reporter Katlin Stath '15 about why students should attend the school's Liturgies throughout the year. "It's important to celebrate the Eucharist around friends. Being around your friends at school makes it different from your everyday Mass." The same can be said for our alumni, who utilize their visit to not only pray with our students, but their friends and former classmates and faculty as well. This provides an enriching experience that we encourage all of our alumni to enjoy at some point, whether it be at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or at another Liturgy during the year. Following the conclusion of the celebration, alumni mingled and reconnected with their Molloy family. We would like to thank all of our alumni that made it to Molloy for the Liturgy, and hope that we will see you again soon here at the school in 2014!
-Joe Sommo '03, Alumni Communications Coordinator
Student exchange with a Marist school in Barcelona
All parents of current AMHS sophomores, juniors and seniors who study Spanish or have taken 3 years of Spanish at Molloy are invited to attend an informational meeting about a student exchange with a Marist school in Barcelona, Spain. The meeting will be held on Sunday, January 5th at 3:00 p.m. in the teachers’ cafeteria by the Main Street entrance. Students are invited to attend with their parents.
For the exchange, Molloy families will host a student from Spain from April 16 – April 27, 2014, and Molloy students will stay with a host family in Barcelona for 10 days at the end of June through the first week of July. Make sure to attend the meeting to obtain more information about the exchange.
Br. Thomas Schady and Molloy's College Guidance staff recently shared exciting news with the Molloy community. During a recent "instant decision" visit by counselors representing St. John's University, 125 Stanners were admitted to the nearby institution on the spot. These students were also offered over a combined $2,353,000 in merit scholarships as a result of their strong applications. St. John's University is one of several different colleges that offer instant decision opportunities to local high schools of distinction. Based on their strong, long-standing relationships with Molloy, these schools offer this opportunity to streamline the process for the large number of applicants they have come to expect from Stanners. When meeting with counselors, students provide their transcript, their college board scores, and a face to face interview. The application during instant decision is free, and while students are admitted instantly, the process remains non-committal. In the end it is a great opportunity for students to get a leg up on the college application process and have perhaps their strongest choice already under their belt. "These schools offer instant decision because they know the quality of Molloy's students," said college guidance counselor Mr. Ted McGuinness '81. "These schools are also competitive among themselves, and their determination helps them fill their enrollment faster and with stronger applicants, in turn benefiting our students."
- Joe Sommo '03, Alumni Communications Coordinator
Solidarity Sleep Out
During the Christmas season, and as we head deeper into the cold winter months, it is important to remember those less fortunate in our community. Through six degrees of separation, it would not be a surprise if many of us knew someone who has experienced homelessness. It is a very real issue here in New York City, and while we will certainly be thankful to be with our families and friends this Christmas, we must remember that others may not have that privilege. As Marists we are taught to put the needs of others before our own and help the weak through their times of difficulty. While we do what we can for these individuals, we also try to understand their plight. This is an important step in providing help to those who need it most. In this way, a group of interested students recently participated in a Solidarity Sleep Out designed to simulate what those who are homeless might face during winter. Students engaged in various learning activities and even slept at Molloy overnight with minimal distractions from phones or electronic games. While much of the sleep out occurred indoors due to safety precautions, students who slept in the gym still experienced the cold winds from the open windows. These winds, in addition to being without the luxuries they have grown so accustomed to in their everyday lives, helped our students to better understand the struggles that homeless individuals face daily. "The overall reaction from the students was positive," said Ms. Daniela Jelcic, moderator of the sleep out. "I think they all took something special away from the experience. Hopefully they will begin to see this real problem in a different way, and do their part to help those in need." Ms. Jelcic also expressed thanks to all the faculty volunteers who helped chaperone the sleep out.
- Joe Sommo '03, Alumni Communications Coordinator
Molloy's Annual Christmas Concert Series
On December 11th and 12th, Molloy welcomed parents, students and friends to the Jack Curran Gymnasium for the school's annual Christmas Concert series. During these performances, Molloy's talented singers and musicians are given their chance to shine in the spotlight after months of preparation. From basses to sopranos, violinists to trumpet players, drummers to flutists, each chorus and band member plays a vital role in providing stirring renditions of the classics. Songs featured during the concerts included Joy to the World, For Unto Us a Child is Given, Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Angels We Have Heard On High, O Holy Night, and many more."I was delighted with the concerts," said long-time chorus moderator Jim Sheehan '75. "The evening tapped into so much that's Molloy at its best: hard-working, enthusiastic, talented kids; a supportive, eager audience of students, parents and other members of the Stanner community; a spirit of hopefulness and cooperation--all resonating in joyous music."
- Joe Sommo '03, Alumni Communications Coordinator
Outstanding Stanner Athletes
Molloy is very proud of senior Niamani Morrison '14 after the talented student-athlete broke the school's all-time long jump record. Niamani jumped 18 feet 9.25 inches over the weekend at the CHSAA Relay Carnival, cementing her performance as one of the greatest in Stanner history. "Niamani's record is hopefully the first of several school records that may go this season," said Coach AJ Power '84. Congratulations to Niamani on this wonderful achievement! In addition, it was announced earlier this month that Varsity basketball star CJ Davis '14 has been nominated to play in the 2014 McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Game on April 2nd. The game, to be hosted in Chicago, features some of the best and most highly recruited high school players in the country. CJ has already committed to playing ball at Columbia University. We extend congratulations to CJ on earning this tremendous honor and support his continued success this season for our Stanners.
- Joe Sommo '03, Alumni Communications Coordinator
Christmas Concert Preview
Join us tonight at Archbishop Molloy High School for the Junior/Senior Chorus and String Ensemble at 7pm. Here's a sneak preview of our #Stanners! Watch a sneak preview video HERE!
School Open on Monday, December 9th.
There was an issue related to the website today in which the schedule for the coming week was incorrectly reported
School is OPEN as scheduled on Monday, December 9th.
Varsity girls basketball senior signs with Manhatten College
Varsity girls basketball senior, Nyasha Irizarry signs with Manhatten College.
Visit the Girls Basketball page here to read the full MSG Varsity article.
Thanksgiving Liturgy photo gallery
To view the Thanksgiving Liturgy photo gallery visit our facebook page here!
Mike McCleary set to start his first season
Mike McCleary set to start first season as Molloy boys basketball coach after replacing Jack Curran, who past away in March. To read the full New York Daily News article click here.
Marking Period 1 Honor Roll Lists
Congratulations to the students who made the first marking period Honor Roll. Keep up the great work!
Clickhere for the Principal's List and Honors with Distinction List
At the end of the 2012-2013 school year, the Archbishop Molloy National Honor Society collected flip flops, canvas shoes, and sneakers to send to children in the Philippines who walked to school barefoot. Many Molloy students donated footwear. Others donated money, which was used to purchase footwear. The Omagom Primary School in the Philippines sent a letter of heartfelt gratitude this September.
The National Honor Society is now raising money for the Philippines after the devasating typhoon that struck two weeks ago.
Thanksgiving Liturgy- Nov. 26th
Join us on Tuesday, November 26th for our annual Thanksgiving Liturgy. Pray with the Stanner community and give thanks for each other. Alumni and Parents: If you plan to attend, please arrive around 10:30am in anticipation of a 10:45am start time for Mass. If you have any questions please contact the Stanner Alumni Center at (718) 441-9210. We look forward to seeing you back at Molloy during Homecoming Week! For more information, click here.
Thanks to the enthusiastic support of our students and their families, our annual Walk-A-Thon surpassed our goal! Students from Molloy pledged over $160,000.00.
Thank you to those who helped make this Walk-a-thon such a great success. We owe a special word of thanks to Ms. Elizabeth Murdocca, who organized the many details of this event. The Walk-A-Thon holiday for students pledging over $80.00 will be Friday, March 14th, 2014.
Contributions to our Walk-A-Thon are tax deductable. Should anyone who contributed wish a letter verifying their financial contribution to this event please contact Ms. Colleen Rooney in the general office and we will be happy to provide this confirmation of your donation.
Principal Brother Thomas Schady announced that senior Samantha Sattler ’14 was named as a 2014 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Samantha is among 16,000 Semifinalists honored countrywide by the 59th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. She will be in competition for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships, worth approximately $35 million, that will be offered this coming spring. In addition, four other seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students scored among the top 50,000 out of 1.5 million students who took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last October. A certificate of Commendation has been awarded to the following students: George Gulino ’14, Kristian Mosquito ’14, Lucy Peng ’14, and Shannon Pizzella ’14. According to a spokesperson for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success. These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.” Visit the NMSC website for more information.
Andrew Harvey Fun Run 5K
It was a beautiful Sunday morning – the sky was mostly cloudy, and the air was filled with a hint of rainy mist and a cooling breeze. Of course, this was perfect weather for a 5K race! Thankfully over 150 runners and their families were at Molloy to either participate in the 26th Annual Andrew Harvey Memorial 5K Fun Run or to cheer their loved ones on. Also offered were the one mile race, the little one’s dash, and plenty of water, coffee, cake and rolls for our many hungry runners. While the Fun Run has been a school tradition dating as far back as the 1980s, it was not quite the same race in its early days. In 1998, Andrew Harvey, a popular student-athlete at Molloy, was killed in a tragic off-campus accident during his junior year. After experiencing this terrible loss, the Fun Run was renamed in honor of Andrew’s memory. Today, students, alumni, and their families take part in these races not only for themselves, but for Andrew, who at one time was a proud Stanner just like them.
Fall is always a very busy time for high school students. For upperclassmen, there is pressure not only to focus on current course work, but to also research a number of universities as they are simultaneously tasked with mapping out their futures. Choosing a university is not an easy decision by any means, and colleges try to stand out by taking the early initiative and sending representatives to a wide range of high schools. These visits can be beneficial for students who may not have the time to visit every school they want to research, or for students who are still unsure about where to begin. The College Guidance department at Molloy, headed by Mr. Ted McGuinness ’81 and Ms. Christine Loo, facilitate these visits by maintaining a good rapport with schools that Stanners have historically shown interest in. To see a listing of some schools that will be sending representatitves to Molloy this fall,read the full story in the Beehive.
Opening Year Class Liturgies
Classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016 celebrate liturgies with their classmates, giving them an opportunity to come together and pray for each other and a successful school year ahead. To view the photo galleries click here.
Class of 2017's First Day
First Day! Freshman students collected their textbooks and worked on opening their lockers for the first time as members of the Archbishop Molloy High School family. Congratulations on a successful first day to all of our newest Stanners.View the photo gallery here!
Please Join us for OPEN HOUSE!
This year Archbishop Molloy High School will have Open House on October 20th, 2013. Doors will open at 11am and it will end at 4pm. Prospective 7th and 8th graders and parents are invited to tour the school, see our school video, learn about the many extracurricular activite, speak to current students and faculty and much more! Click here for Admissions information.
Almost A Year Since Superstorm Sandy and The Work Continues
Archbishop Molloy High School is picking up where it left off in February – because the job is not finished and help is still needed. The St. Marcellin Champagnat Service Society (SMCS) spent a week earlier in August reaching out to the people of Roxbury and Far Rockaway. Every morning at 7:30am, 40 to 50 members of the SMCS gathered at Molloy, boarded two yellow school buses, and headed to the Rockaways. We picked up volunteers in Howard Beach and Broad Channel along the way. Before heading over the bridge, we were fortunate to be treated to bagels and coffee by Brother Dan O’Riordan ’85, and later our first lunch was donated by Sean Tubridy ’01, a Molloy graduate who owns the Bungalow Bar Restaurant in Rockaway. Other meals and supplies were provided from Molloy’s Storm Recovery Fund. By patronizing local restaurants, we were able to infuse some money into the Rockaway economy.
So what did we do? Well, if you recall, we shoveled sand, sand, and more sand down in Breezy Point back in February. So this August we focused on landscaping. We pulled weeds, weeds, and more weeds. Our first job was to help out St. Genevieve Church in Roxbury. Led by Mr. Chris Dougherty ’91 and myself, 50 volunteers wearing our blue shirts descended upon the playground there. We cleared the area of weeds and trash, and as soon as we had the play area cleared it was invaded by local kids. Their laughter sent us a message: this is why we are here, on our hands and knees, pulling grass and knocking down dead trees. When we walked away from the job we felt we had made their lives a little brighter because we cared. Not all the work was that easy. We moved on to Far Rockaway to clean out basements. This task was spearheaded by Ms. Lauren Kemmerer, Ms. Dyana Christieand Ms. Sabina Kobinski ’04. Together, with other volunteers, they cleaned tarpaulins and organized and cataloged donated materials. When they finished, we talked and realized that, in the process, we had helped a grassroots volunteer program, “Smallwater,” run by Michelle Cortez to be able to distribute months of donated materials more efficiently.
The rest of the week was filled with odd but important jobs. One of our groups helped to re-attach a porch; while another group helped a family get their house cleaned up. There is still so much more work to do, but our presence shouted out to everyone who saw us that this sea of blue shirts has not forgotten that they still need help.
At this year’s World Youth Day, Pope Francis challenged the young people in attendance to “make a difference” in the lives of others. As we gathered in Molloy’s student chapel on Friday night, we paused for our own personal reflections. We all recalled the many residents of the Rockaways who came to us one after another, without knowing who we were, to quietly say, “Thanks for coming.” After discussing these reflections together, it was clear to me that our students had met the call of our Pope.
On Sunday, June 9th, the Briarwood community celebrated the beautiful weather with a street festival on Manton Street. Archbishop Molloy High School students volunteered their time to help hand out beverages and organize some activities. View the photo gallery here.
The Stanner: Sweeps The Tablet's HS Press Awards
The Stanner Newspaper took home 14 prizes this year in The Tablet HS Press Awards. They took first place in: Best Front Page, Best Feature Story, Best Editorial, Best Op-Ed, and General Excellence.
Class of 2013 Graduation & Senior Breakfast
On June 1st, the Class of 2013 Commencment took place at the Colden Auditorium on Queens College Campus. The following Monday, the graduates had their senior breakfast where they signed yearbooks and took pictures. View the photo gallery here.
FREE Sports Physical- June 5th
A FREE Sports Physical is available to all student athletes on June 5th after school. Please pick up a form in the Nurse's Office (Rm 138) or print a copy here.
2012-2013 Athletic Awards Ceremony
On Tuesday, May 21st, the Molloy athletes gathered in the Jack Curran Gymnasium for the Annual Award Ceremony. Click here for the Athletic Award Recipients. Click here to view a photo gallery of the Awards Ceremony.
Molloy Remembers Br. Regis With Memorial Mass
The Marist community was extremely saddened by the passing of Brother Francis Regis this past December. Br. Regis was one of the most beloved Marist Brothers in the history of Archbishop Molloy High School. His kindness and remarkable spirit meant a great deal to so many at Molloy and beyond throughout his career. He influenced the lives of thousands of students as a guidance counselor, mentor, and friend, and in doing so he was able to do God's work, what he truly loved to do, for the majority of his life. On Thursday, May 9th, Students, faculty and alumni joined together in the Captain Marsloe Gym to remember Br. Regis during a special Memorial Mass. Speakers included individuals whose lives he impacted in a special way, including Jessica Pastore '04, Jerry Walsh '56, and Claudia Fernandes '12. Brother James Norton, a friend and colleague of Br. Regis for decades, presented a sincere and thoughtful eulogy, highlighting Br. Regis' most memorable qualities. "Regis was always the guy who stood out," said Br. James. "He was a comforting presence for me and others. He was wise, reassuring, and helped me have a better perspective on life. I knew he was close to God, and that he felt blessed for his vocation as a Marist Brother." Brother Dan O'Riordan '85, who was taught by Br. Regis and worked alongside him later in life as a Marist Brother, echoed comments made by others during the Mass. "If it weren't for Brother Regis, I wouldn't be here," said Br. Dan. "I was failing 6 out of 7 subjects at one time, but Regis put me back on track." A brief presentation was also shared, featuring vintage footage of Br. Regis during a SMILE event in the late 1980s. At the end of Mass, everyone was given two prayer cards containing Br. Regis' favorite prayer Let Go, And Let God; one to keep, and one to share with a friend. This is something Br. Regis practiced often, and it was a fitting tribute to his humble, yet profound legacy. - Joe Sommo '03 Click here to view a photo gallery of Br. Regis
Molloy Hosts First Music & Arts Festival
This April, Molloy added a new twist to its annual Spring Concert Series by rebranding it as the school’s First Annual Music & Arts Festival. On Sunday, April 21st, students and their families filled Molloy for a great afternoon of musical performances and art appreciation. Performances in the Jack Curran Gymnasium were provided by the school band, guitar and string ensembles, and the freshman/sophomore chorus and junior/senior chorus. In addition, a gallery of impressive art pieces created by Molloy students was set up in the William J. Murphy Library as well as other spots throughout the school. Molloy’s music and art programs cultivate very talented students, and they were very excited to have their work recognized in such a prominent way. “The combined resources of our art and music departments created a most positive atmosphere for a wonderful afternoon,” said Br. Thomas Schady, Molloy’s Principal. “The event was well received by some 400 guests, and we’re hoping to increase that number next year and in the years to come.” -Joe Sommo '03 (Photos courtesy of Ms. Laura Sawyer ’07)
Click here to view a photo gallery of the Event.
IMPORTANT: Graduation Information
05/02/2013 Click here for the Graduation Infomation letter from Principal Br. Thomas Schady.
IMPORTANT: A letter from the Assistant Principal: Junior and Senior Proms
05/01/2013 Parents: Click here to view a letter from Mr. Kenneth Auer, Assistant Principal for Students, regarding the Senior Prom.
Parents: Click here to view a letter from Mr. Kenneth Auer, Assistant Principal for Students, regarding the Junior Prom.
Music & Arts Fesitval
This April, Molloy added a new twist to its annual Spring Concert Series by rebranding it as the school's First Annual Music & Arts Festival. On Sunday, April 21st, students and their families filled Molloy for a great afternoon of musical performances and art appreciation. Performances in the Jack Curran Gymnasium were provided by the school band, guitar and string ensembles, and the freshman/sophomore chorus and junior/senior chorus. In addition, a gallery consisting of impressive art pieces created by Molloy students was set up in the William J. Murphy Library as well as other spots throughout the school. Molloy's music and art programs cultivate some truly talented students, and they were very excited to have their work recognized in such a prominent way. "The combined resources of our art and music departments created a most positive atmosphere for a wonderful afternoon," said Br. Thomas Schady, Molloy's Principal. "The event was well received by some 400 guests, and we're hoping to increase that number next year and in the years to come. -Joseph Sommo '03
Click here to view the photo gallery!
Click here to view a the Junior-Senior Chorus performing 'Jail House Rock'.
The Passing of Legendary Coach Jack Curran
04/26/2013 Click here to read the Tribute to Jack Curran
International Day 2013
It is always important to remember our roots. Some 8 million people make up the population of New York City, each boasting a unique culture that speaks to the true beauty of our city. NYC is a cultural mosaic, celebrating its diversity as part of its identity every day. At Molloy, the student population mirrors that of our city, with a burst of cultures making up our school community. Just as it is important for our city to celebrate the heritage of its citizens, so too is it important for Molloy to celebrate the cultural roots of its students and their families. Molloy recently hosted its 33rd Annual International Day, welcoming over 1,000 visitors to Manton Street for an afternoon of food, music and entertainment from across the globe. Students and their families contributed homemade dishes from their heritage, all of which was served by many volunteers. Midway through the afternoon, the a program in the Jack Curran Gym began, which featured music and dance performances by many of the cultural clubs here at Molloy including the Asian, Greek, French, Eastern European, Indian, Irish, Italian and Spanish clubs at Molloy. Performances by Molloy’s award winning step teams rounded out the afternoon’s program. “International Day is not a celebration of our differences, but of how our unique cultures work to bring us closer together as one community,” said President Richard Karsten. “International Day encourages us to support each other, further strengthening our bond and our mission as Marists.” We would like to thank everyone who volunteered at International Day, as well as Mr. Lou Santos and Ms. Sabina Kobinski ’04 for all the hard work they put in to planning the day. -Joseph Sommo '03 Click here to view photos from the event!
Important Information for Athletes & Students with Medical Conditions
04/22/2013 Click here for important information on physicals and medical history information from the Office of the School Nurse.
January/February 2013 Parent Newsletter
04/22/2013 Click here for the Jan/Feb 2013 Parent Newsletter
Dec. / Jan. Parent Newsletter
The December '08 / January '09 Parent Newsletter is now available for download.