The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi elects undergraduate and graduate students who have accomplished excellent scholarship in any academic field. On May 10th, 2019 Saint Mark’s alumni Nicolo Bautista ’16 and Andy Riegner ‘16 were both inducted to the Alpha of Delaware Chapter.
Today Saint Mark’s celebrated our seniors’ last day of class with Mass and a luncheon. Mass was celebrated by Saint Mark’s alumnus Fr. Glenn Evers ‘01. May is the month when Catholics focus on Mary, the Blessed Mother, so we had a May crowning to our Mary statue as a way to remember Mary's unique place in salvation history. Fr. Evers also blessed the seniors as it was their last Mass with the school community and welcomed them as fellow alumni.
Following Mass, the seniors attended a luncheon outside on the field and were provided food and time to sign yearbooks and gather graduation materials. The weather was sunny, games were played, and all had a great time!
Saint Mark’s alumna Madelyn Baker ‘15 was one of four players named to the All-Landmark Conference team. Baker, a current senior at Elizabethtown, plays lacrosse with career accomplishments including finishing top ten in a number of school statistics and setting a new record for goals.
On Monday, May 6, 2019 Saint Mark’s Blue-Gold made their donation of $5,000 to the DFRC at their monthly meeting. Each year money is raised through the Fashion Show and Blue-Gold week at Saint Mark’s and donated to add to a total of over $500,000 raised for the DFRC since 1983.
After a career working as a Hollywood stuntman and stand-up comedian, Saint Mark’s alumnus Brian O’Connell ’74 has recently turned to inspirational speaking. O’Connell can be found giving inspirational talks to youth groups, schools, colleges, hospitals, and churches about making choices that impact others. He also speaks at grief support groups. His personal tragedy of losing his son led him to this path as well as becoming an author. His book Dads Cry Too, Living the New Norm is the story of his experiences.
O’Connell continues to work in movies and television as an actor and stunt professional, as well as under the stage name of Jay Boc to perform his clean stand-up comedy routine around the country for corporations and private events.
Saint Mark’s senior Will Kinna ’19 will be playing the lead role of Romeo in the Arden Shakespeare Gild's production of Romeo & Juliet this summer. The tragedy written by William Shakespeare about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families is being directed by Katie Donovan. Kinna has been an active member of theatre at Saint Mark’s with Romeo & Juliet being his second community theatre experience. He will be attending Towson University for acting next year.
Saint Mark’s congratulates him on this achievement!
Performance dates for Romeo & Juliet are June 14, 15 19, 20, 21, and 22 at 8:00 PM & Sunday, June 16 at 6:00 PM.
On April 24, 2019 Saint Mark’s teacher Colin McGuigan received the Outstanding PhD Scholarship Award in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton. The award was in recognition of research to be published in June in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science.
Saint Mark’s alumnus Leon Syfrit ’86 is an award winning photographer whose current work Blowout, an ongoing series of photographs of blown out automobile tires as visual metaphors that illustrate the experience we share as human beings paired with an anonymous story of personal transformation is being exhibited at a gallery in Las Vegas. Leon’s work focuses on reclaiming, repurposing, and reinventing found objects. Leon enjoys alternative photographic processes and works at restoring and preserving vintage photographs and negatives. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in several permanent collections including The Philadelphia History Museum, The Free Library of Pennsylvania, and Dark Room Gallery in Vermont.
Saint Mark’s, a college preparatory Catholic high school, inspires young men and women to create a better world, one more pleasing to God and more helpful to others, by modeling faith, excellence, humility and integrity.