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Marcellin and Jean- Baptiste Montagne

An event occurred that for Marcellin was a conclusive sign to move ahead with his dream of founding a congregation of brothers. The young priest was called to the house of a carpenter in Les Palais, a hamlet just beyond Le Bessat. A seventeen year old boy, Jean-Baptiste Montagne, lay dying. The lad was entirely ignorant of matters of faith. Marcellin instructed him, heard his confession, and prepared him for death. He then left to visit another sick person in the area. When he returned to the Montagne household, the young priest learned that Jean-Baptiste had died.

Marcellin’s encounter with this adolescent boy transformed him. Jean Baptiste’s lack of knowledge about Jesus confirmed his belief that God was calling him to found a congregation of brothers to evangelize the young, particularly those most neglected. Walking back to the parish house in La Valla, Marcellin decided to put his plan into action: he would ask Jean-Marie Granjon to become the first member of his community of teaching brothers.

— Br. Sean D. Sammon, FMS
“The Heart That Knew No Bounds”

Read about Stanners currently making headlines!

Br. Kevin Handibode 

Dennis O’Grady ’07 

Dennis O’Grady ’07 

Tom Konchalski ’64 

Kenny Anderson ’89 

Danny Corridan ’15 

Jon Cermeli ’98 

Fiona McCaul ’18 

Megan Finnerty ’14 

Varsity Softball 

Girls Varsity Basketball 

Mr. Diorio & Ms. Gannon 

The Stanner Newspaper 

Since 1892, the gifts of grateful alumni, proud parents, and like-minded friends have allowed Archbishop Molloy High School to become a premier college preparatory school rooted in faith and taught in the humble Marist traditions. Gifts made through the Fund For Molloy provide opportunities for the Stanner family to support and advance our mission and connect the generosity of our alumni, parents, and friends with areas of need around Molloy.

From scholarships to student research; campus beautification to student life activities; faculty support to capital projects, your support provides the resources necessary to ensure that our present is secure and our future remains bright. Without you, the traditions, purpose, values, and outstanding academics and athletics we provide would not exist. We are truly thankful for your commitment to our mission.

Click Here for past event photo galleries, or view our most recent event galleries below:

Walk/Run for Karina 

St. Ann’s Breakfast 

Golf: North Hills 

Golf: Plandome 

Golf: North Hempstead 

Graduation ’18 

Athletic Awards ’18

Spring Musical

Networking Event ’18

Seniors Vs. Faculty Game ’18 

International Fair ’18 

Spirit Week ’18

Basketball Reunion ’18

Get connected with Molloy’s professional alumni networks! Follow us on LinkedIn.com or contact us at (718) 441-9210 for more information.

The Stanner Alumni Center works with alumni to host events, spread news and promote Stanner businesses. If you have a personal or professional accomplishment to your credit, or any Molloy or alumni news that you would like us to include in The Beehive, please share it! We hope you will keep us updated on your latest Stanner stories. Email alumni@molloyhs.org.

The Beehive – 10/5/18

The Stanner Alumni Reunion is less than a month away! Alumni from class years ending in 3 and 8 are invited to join us here at Molloy on Saturday, November 3rd for the Stanner Alumni Reunion! This is a great opportunity to reconnect with classmates and your favorite teachers, and to walk the halls of Stanner High once again. (Pictured: Postcard invitation out now)

BASIC INFORMATION:

  • 4:30PM – Check In Begins
  • 5:00PM – Mass of Remembrance (Ralph DeChiaro Theater)
  • 6:15PM – Cocktails, Dinner, Dancing, Class Photos, & More!
  • Valet parking available, but spots limited. Public transit or car service encouraged.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you would like to serve as a class officer, tasked with finding and recruiting classmates, please let us know!

CONTACT: Matt Rizzotti ’04 | mrizzotti@molloyhs.org | 718.943.3186

Visit Molloy’s Open House On October 14th

Archbishop Molloy High School’s annual fall Open House is set for Sunday, October 14th from 11:00AM to 4:00PM. Open House is a great opportunity for elementary grade students and their families to visit Molloy, tour our campus, and learn all about our tradition of excellence. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet students, administrators, teachers and coaches, receive information about Molloy’s competitive curriculum, enjoy musical and dance performances by talented club and band members, and to see firsthand why Molloy has built a reputation as an in-demand learning environment. A reminder to all alumni who attend Open House: please stop by room 124 and say hello to the staff at the Stanner Alumni Center!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Alumni and parent volunteers are needed to serve in several different roles throughout Open House, including greeting and directing prospective students and their families, speaking with visitors about their own Molloy experiences, and more. Please contact our admissions department (email above) to express interest.


Stanner Life – Commemorative Edition – Out Now!

The Commemorative Edition of Stanner Life magazine is out now! We’ve received great feedback from our community so far in regards to this expanded 84 page collector’s edition. Our alumni and families have been reading about the history of St. Ann’s Academy and Molloy, the evolution of the modern learning environment, the growth of our theater program, our amazing Class of 2018, and much more. We’ve also received many emails from alumni who have enjoyed reflecting on teachers like Mr. Diorio, Ms. Gannon, the Marist Brothers, and so many others. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and memories with us!

If you live out of state or abroad, the magazine may still be on its way. If you have not received the magazine and would like to receive a copy, please reach out to Alumni Communications Director Joe Sommo ’03 at jsommo@molloyhs.org. Please note that only one copy was mailed to each household. Also, look for a digital version of the magazine on our website soon (we’ll share the link in a future Beehive).


Week of Reflection Concludes With Freshman Field Day

During the week of September 24th, each of Molloy’s classes celebrated a Mass of the Holy Spirit. It is a tradition for our seniors, juniors, sophomores, and freshmen to celebrate their own Mass every September as a way to come together in faith and reinforce a sense of community at the beginning of the school year. The Class of 2022 also enjoyed another great Molloy tradition after their Mass on September 28th: Freshman Field Day. For decades, Freshman Field Day has served as an icebreaker for our youngest Stanners. The athletic and academic events held throughout the afternoon are designed to encourage camaraderie and help the freshmen get to know their classmates even better. Though each homeroom competes against each other for points, the competition becomes blurred during the main event: the high jump. As each participant attempts to jump higher and higher over the bar, the cheers and chants from their classmates grow louder and more supportive. On this day, as the final boy and girl attempted to break Freshman Field Day high jump records, the entire freshman class was on its feet and cheering them on. Sound familiar? Odds are your class did the same way back when.

Check out our Freshman Field Day gallery below via Instagram. Click the arrows left or right on the image to view more photos. Be sure to click through and follow us on Instagram @molloyhs!


National Merit Scholarship Program Recognizes Two Stanners

PRESS RELEASE — Briarwood, NY — Principal Darius Penikas and the administration of Archbishop Molloy High School announced this week that Sydney Bryant ’19 and Stephanie Szpylka ’19 have been named as Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from Molloy and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, has been presented by Principal Penikas to these scholastically talented seniors. (Pictured L-R: Stephanie, Principal Penikas, and Sydney)

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2019 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 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.”


Senior Becomes Youngest Employee at Media Company

Stevenson Chittmuri ’19 recently became the youngest employee at DealRoom, a prominent merger integration strategy company. Stevenson will be providing video editing services. After seeing Stevenson’s past work, much of which was created in his computer science classes and the STEAM Club at Molloy, DealRoom was so impressed that they decided to make an exception to their hiring policy and offered the 17 year old a freelance position. “Stevenson started video editing outside of the classroom, and last year, in AP Computer Science Principles, he expanded his employability skills by adding programming, collaboration, and organization,” explained Ms. Edit Boral, Stevenson’s computer science teacher.

“I’ve been editing video since 2014,” said Stevenson. “My style includes minimalism, modernism, and fun animations.” Stevenson went on to say he plans to study HTML, website coding, and the Adobe Creative Suite in order to further develop his skillset. In college, he hopes to study computer science, film, and anything else that incorporates video editing.


Students Learn About Extracurricular Clubs at Activities Fair

Photos by Andie Ratilla ’20, Johnny Gaston ’20, and Daniel Ramirez ’20

On October 2nd, hundreds of students attended Molloy’s annual Activities Fair after school in the Jack Curran Gym. The fair gives students an opportunity to promote their favorite clubs in order to grow their membership. Molloy currently features over 60 extracurricular clubs, including old favorites like SMILE, Lit Mag, The Stanner, Yearbook, Chorus, and Student Activities Committee (SAC), as well as new additions such as Knitting & Crafts Club, Baking Club, Health & Fitness Club, Girls Who Code, STEAM, and the Video Broadcast Club.


Xavier Invitational & NYC Mayor’s Cup Cross Country Results

by Charles Stravalle ‘20 | Pictured L-R: Girls Varsity Cross Country, Freshman Boys Team

It was a pretty good outing for the Stanners at the Xavier Invitational Cross Country Meet at Van Cortlandt Park on September 22nd. The freshmen, who placed seventh with 210 points, saw their best runner, Jeremiah Dorsey ‘22, suffer an ankle injury during the race, but he was still able to place in the top 15 with a time of 9:38. Over on the junior varsity side, the Stanners finished in third place with 125 points with stellar performances by their senior, Christopher Tracy ‘19, and junior, Charles Stravalle ‘20. Tracy placed second in the race with a personal record of 14:51 in the 4,000 meter race, and Stravalle placed fifth with a personal record of 14:55. They propelled Molloy to a third place finish. On the varsity side, Molloy placed fourth with 92 points thanks to outstanding performances by their two senior twins, James and John Loeffel ‘19. James posted a time of 13 minutes flat and won the race, and his brother John hit a time of 13:18 and came in fourth place. They lifted the varsity Stanners to a fourth place finish.

The Stanners had a better weekend at Van Cortlandt Park during the NYC Mayor’s Cup Cross Country Championship (September 29th). To start, the varsity girls placed as the top CHSAA team at the event. The freshmen placed third out of seven teams with 88 points. The team saw another strong performance by Jeremiah Dorsey ‘22, who placed second in the race with a time of 9:52. The junior varsity boys also had a strong outing, placing fourth out of twenty-one teams with 135 points. Sophomore Seamus Girdusky ’21 placed twelfth with a time of 15:27, and junior Michael Hubert ’20 and sophomore Mitchell Satin placing in the top thirty. The varsity boys also did well placing sixth out of sixteen teams with a score of 178 points. Senior Demir Degirmenci ‘19 finished in seventeenth place with a time of 13:57, and seniors Chris Marina ’19 and Kennedy Kirk ‘19 placed in the top forty, which helped propel the Stanners to a sixth overall finish in the championship race.

Congratulations to Bob Dittus ’81 and Mary Ellen Dittus, who are set to be honored by Queen of the Rosary Catholic Academy during the school’s Third Annual Benefit Dinner. The Dittus Family has strong ties to the Q of R school community, as Bob and his children Robert Dittus ’15 and Sharon Dittus ’10 all attended the school, while Sharon now teaches at Q of R. Bob and Mary Ellen also sponsor the St. Marcellin Champagnat Award, which is awarded to graduating Q of R eighth graders who are planning to attend Archbishop Molloy High School. The Benefit Dinner will take place on Wednesday, October 24th at 6:00PM at Giando on the Water (400 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211). More details and ticket information can be found via the following link: Event and Ticket Information – Honoring The Dittus Family


Congratulations to Armen Torossian and Christina Vergara, both Class of 2004, who were married on August 18, 2018. It’s great to see another happy Stanner couple! (Photos courtesy of Armen and Christina)


Joe Pisano ’84 shares the following: “I recently retired from AT&T after a 30 year career as a software engineer. Retirement is the best time, because you can fully enjoy it, and you truly never know how long you will have. I plan on getting more involved in my singing groups. With my choir, Monmouth Civic Chorus, I performed Mahler’s 8th Symphony at Carnegie Hall, and we recently returned from a tour of the Baltic States and St. Petersburg, Russia. What a great trip! I’m currently the treasurer and bass section leader of the group, so that keeps me quite busy! Shout out to my fellow classmates!” (Joe is pictured far right in first photo; third from right in next photo. Pictures courtesy of Joe Pisano ’84. )


Stephen Hernandez ’58 recently said of his time at St. Ann’s Academy, “It was a tremendous experience that I have always been so grateful for.” He sends his best to the Class of 1958 and all of the faculty and staff at Molloy. Stephen is the President of Antilles Carpet in Coral Springs, Florida (antillescarpet.com).


The Stanner Alumni Center would like to extend a special note of thanks to a group of alumni who routinely shoot hoops in the Captain Marsloe and Jack Curran Gymnasiums on select evenings. These enthusiastic alumni worked together with Mr. Chris Dougherty ‘91 to raise $500 in support of the St. Marcellin Champagnat Society, a service society whose student volunteers engage in service projects across the United States and abroad. Gifts to SMCS help students participate in these inspiring service journeys. Since its founding in 2004, SMCS has traveled domestically to Esopus, Arizona, South Dakota and New Orleans, as well as internationally to Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Peru, Lourdes, and L’Hermitage in St. Chamond, France (where St. Marcellin Champagnat himself trained the first Marist Brothers).

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Romualdas Penikas, father of Molloy’s Principal, Darius Penikas. A wake will be held today, Friday, October 5th from 4:00-8:00PM at Leo F. Kearns Funeral Home (61-40 Woodhaven Blvd, Rego Park, NY 11374). A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, October 6th at 11:30AM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (275 N. 8th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211). Please keep the Penikas family in your prayers.

We are saddened to share the passing of Douglas Johnson ’73, brother of John Johnson ’78 and Russell Johnson ’83. In the words of his brother John, Douglas was “a proud Stanner who at one time held the freshman record for the indoor quarter mile.” Please keep Douglas and his family in your prayers.

We are saddened to share the passing of Kenneth A. Weinum, father of Kenneth Weinum ’63 and Thomas Weinum ’68. Kenneth was a retired accountant for Western Union in Upper Saddle River, NJ. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II, and he was also a faithful parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Monroe. Please keep Kenneth and the Weinum family in your prayers.

Please join us in prayer for the repose of the soul Robert Striedl ’63.

We are saddened to share the passing of Vincent M. O’Reilly in June, 2018, at the age of 70. Vince, a Howard Beach resident, graduated from Molloy in 1964. After serving in the military, he graduated Marist College in 1974 and went on to become an executive in Human Resources at ITT Corporation. He passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Please keep Vincent and his family in your prayers. (A young Vincent is pictured front row center)

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