McQuaid Jesuit held its annual Hall of Fame dinner Saturday, September 16, 2017 in the John H. Ryan Jr. Gymnasium. A sold out crowd of 330 attended the event in which awards were given across several categories. The 2016-17 Teacher of the Year is Andrew Boone.
the McQuaid student body votes for a “Teacher of the Year,” recognizing a teacher they feel reflects the unique vision and character of the school by modeling for them the characteristics set forth in the profile of a McQuaid Jesuit graduate at graduation: openness to growth; intellectual competence; faith; care and love for students; and a commitment to justice. This year’s recipient, Andrew Boone, spent 19 years teaching, leading, directing, and inspiring hundreds of young men.
An English teacher, Andrew showed his students how to build a love for writing and an appreciation for literature, all while captivating them each day by his command of the classroom and his unique ability to bring life and energy to the subject. Many students have said without hesitation that Andrew was the best English teacher they had at McQuaid and even in college. So it comes as no surprise that this is the second time Andrew has received this award; he also was selected Teacher of the Year in 2011.
When not teaching English, he always was involved with student theatrical productions, directing or overseeing countless shows throughout the years. The complete “Man for Others,” Andrew led numerous Emmaus and Kairos retreats during his 19 years, guiding students as they took part in some of their most meaningful high school experiences.
The 2016-17 academic year was the last for Andrew, as he retired to South Carolina following graduation. Along with the “Teacher of the Year” recognition, he was named an Honorary Member of McQuaid Jesuit’s Class of 2017 at Commencement in June ― a fitting tribute to a deserving and much beloved McQuaid legend.
The school robotics team, the IgKNIGHTers, is pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with Xylem as sponsor of the Let’s Solve Water contest. The contest kickoff event will take place in the Leon Hogenkamp, S.J. Auditorium Saturday, September 23 at 9 a.m. All members of the school community are invited to attend along with the numerous local high school teams who will be competing for a prize.
This year’s water contest challenges local high school robotics teams to solve a water engineering problem. Past contests have included developing low energy/high efficiency pumps, designing and creating water filtration devices, and human powered water solutions. The contest focus is on continuing the ambitions of the Xylem Watermark program which aims to, “bring clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to schools and communities in emerging markets, and respond with water solutions when disaster strikes around the globe.” In total, four $1,000 prizes will be awarded to winning contest participants at the finals October 14.
The IgKNIGHTers are proud to be a part of creating a contest that not only supports local robotics teams, but educates students about real-world water sustainability issues facing many in the developing world. This contest is about developing interest in emerging STEM areas and cultivating a social awareness of some of the world’s most important sustainability issues.
Xylem is a leading water technology company committed to "solving water" by creating innovative and smart technology solutions to meet the world's water, wastewater and energy needs. In a world of ever-growing challenges, Xylem delivers innovative water technology solutions throughout the cycle of water.
On June 15, 140 eighth graders celebrated their completion of middle school with a ceremony held in the school gymnasium. Congratulations to Caleb Hwang who received a gold key for attaining the highest average in the class throughout middle school and Philip Minnehan who received a silver key for attaining the second highest average. Henry Smith and Jude Aman were selected to give reflections and they may be viewed below.
McQuaid Jesuit's newest faculty and staff members spent the last week of August in orientation preparing for the start of the 2017-18 academic year as well as learning about McQuaid and its Jesuit mission. From left to right: Joe Dugan, '08 (English), Patrick Flaherty (Campus Ministry), Mark Thomey, '89 (Receptionist), Patrick DePippo, '05 (English), Mark Bruce (Guidance), and Vanessa Bucukovski (Foreign Language).
Mr. Mark Bruce joins the Guidance and Counseling office as a Middle School Counselor. A Fairport native, Mr. Bruce earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master’s degree from SUNY Brockport. Mr. Bruce worked previously at Webster Schroeder High School and Leadership Academy for Young Men.
Mr. Patrick DePippo ’05 returns to his alma mater as an English teacher. After earning his Bachelor’s degree at St. Joseph’s University, Mr. DePippo served as a founding member of the faculty at Nativity Preparatory Academy in Rochester, where he returned after earning his Masters degree at Fordham. He has taught at Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City and at Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester.
Mr. Joseph Dugan ’08 also returns to his alma mater as an English teacher. Mr. Dugan earned his Bachelor’s degree at Washington and Jefferson College and his Master’s degree at SUNY Brockport. He is no stranger to our campus, serving as a coach in the hockey and baseball programs. Mr. Dugan also served as a long-term substitute in our English department at the end of last school year.
Mr. Patrick Flaherty will serve as Director of Service and Justice. Mr. Flaherty is a native of Maryland and is a graduate of Gonzaga College High School, the Jesuit high school of Washington, D.C. Prior to moving to Rochester, he served as Resource Coordinator for Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Flaherty earned his Bachelor’s degree at Mt. Saint Mary’s University.
Ms. Vanessa Mangovski has been hired as our new Spanish teacher. She is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan and Syracuse Universities. This is not the first time in the McQuaid Jesuit classroom for Ms. Mangovski, as she served as a student teacher here in 2013.
Mr. Mark Thomey ’89 has joined the school on a full-time basis as the new front door receptionist. Mark has served for many years as a proctor and substitute teacher and is a familiar face to many, especially those in the volleyball program where he is an assistant coach.
During Commencement, classmates Conor Dalton and Andrew Molinari gave reflections on their time at McQuaid Jesuit. Each was selected to speak by their classmates and the faculty.