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Alumna Volunteers at Bolivian Mission
Mary Funk, attended SMS in 2006 and 2007. She then went on to Brookwood for middle school, and Mount de Sales Academy for high school, graduating in 2015. Mary then attended Catholic University studying Psychological and Brain Sciences. She arrived in Bolivia in August, 2019 and will be serving for one year as a Salesian Lay Missioner at the Hogar Sagrado Corazón, home to 115 girls in Montero, Bolivia. Her role as a volunteer is to accompany the girls, by helping them with homework, chores, and fostering friendships with them. Another responsibility of hers is to fundraise for Christmas. Through the generous support of others, they hope to provide Christmas presents for the girls at the Hogar. For those interested in helping, donations may be made through their GoFundMe page, link below. Additional information may be found at https://www.salesianlaymissioners.org/
Below are the links to a youtube video and the GoFundMe page.
Class of 1944 AnnMarie Emmet
Ms. Emmet has volunteered and given back to society throughout her life. “It was important to me to do what I could to help create the Endowment Fund; to enable more students to receive a St. Martin’s education.” Ms. Emmet currently volunteers with the National Parks Service with their Honor Flight Network. This organization flies military veterans from 140 cities to Washington, D.C. to visit the Memorials of the wars they served. Ms. Emmet went to college in the D.C. area and has been an active parishioner at St. Stephen’s in Northwest for the past fifty years.
Class of 1956 Lawrence French
Mr. French fondly remembers his days at St. Martin’s. “It was good for me; it was an important part of the social fabric of my life at the time.” He recalls back then that it was a country school run by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. His mother was a Diamond, from the family after whom Diamond Avenue was named. They owned a large dairy farm where the National Institute of Standards and Technology now resides. Mr. French went on to a teaching career at Virginia Tech. “St. Martin’s was an important part of my life growing up and I want to continue to support the school and the opportunities it offers its students.”
Class of 1966 Karen Gillis
Ms. Gillis was always struck by how much Msgr. Paul Meyer cared for the students at St. Martin’s. “Each year at graduation, he gave the same sermon and it has stayed with me all these years. He urged us ‘not to be the jellyfish that floats with the current, but to be the salmon, who swims upstream.’ I have always tried to make a difference and help others wherever I can.” Ms. Gillis earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science prior to working in the biotechnology industry. She continues to be active in St. Martin’s parish, while fondly remembering the wonderful years growing up in this community.
Class of 1993 Dr. Natalie Branagan
Dr. Branagan chooses to donate to St. Martin’s because she is very grateful for the nurturing and supportive teachers that she had while here. “Mrs. Moss, my physical education teacher, was one of those teachers. She helped me to develop my confidence in athletics during her PE classes.” Dr. Branagan went on to play field hockey and lacrosse at Good Counsel High School. In college, she was on Princeton’s crew team and won gold medals in national championship races. “The successes I experienced in athletics gave me the confidence to undertake challenging work in other directions such as a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology and graduating from medical school. I feel very grateful to Mrs. Moss and the support she provided as well as to the other teachers of St. Martin’s.” She hopes that other children can have the opportunity to experience the same supportive environment that she had while attending school.
Class of 1961 Regina Moses-Carelli
The St. Martin’s School community mourns the loss of Regina Moses-Carelli, who passed away in August, 2019. Regina attended yearly reunions and kept in contact with many in her class for over 58 years.
Class of 2006 Pam Young
Graduated in May, 2019 with her Master’s Degree in Drama Therapy from Kansas State University and is getting married in 2020.
Class of 1996 Jason Smoker
Graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School; Carnegie Mellon University, BS; University of Maryland, MS, PhD. Daughter, Charlotte recently started Pre-K at St. Martin's School.
Class of 1945 Hon. James A. Belson
Building upon the foundation from St. Martin’s, Jim made his way to Gonzaga in D.C. for high school. Jim was an exceptional student, in the top tier of a talented class. Later as an alumnus, Jim led a group of devoted class leaders in establishing what is now one of Gonzaga’s largest endowed scholarships. He went on to attend Georgetown University and was elected to the Student Council and became President of the Debate Society. He then entered Georgetown University Law Center, where he became one of the editors of the Law Journal, receiving the Kaufman Medal for his outstanding contributions. Upon graduation, he was chosen to be clerk for the esteemed judge, Honorable E. Barrett Prettyman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court, for whom the Federal Courthouse is now named. Just prior to the start of his clerkship, law professor and distinguished trial lawyer Edward Bennett Williams handpicked Jim to assist him in a very high profile case defending notorious Mafioso boss Frank Costello. They won the case. At the conclusion of his clerkship, Jim served his country as a member of the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army (JAG). Just prior to his three year assignment in Germany, he married Rosemary Greenslade. Through the years, they had four children together. They eventually settled in D.C. where Jim joined the law firm of Hogan and Hartson as a trial attorney, later becoming a partner. He distinguished himself as Chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the D.C. Bar Association. Both Chief Justice Earl Warren and Attorney General Robert Kennedy praised his work on bail reform. At age 36, Jim was named by President Lyndon Johnson to be a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan appointed Judge Belson to the D.C. Court of Appeals, on which he served full time until 1991 and in Senior Status until 2017. His forty-nine year career on the bench would include numerous judiciary committee chairs, Law Faculty positions, high profile cases, noteworthy rulings and opinions. Jim has served on Our Lady of Victory Parish Council, as Director of the John Carroll Society, on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, and as President of the Sovereign Order of Malta. Through the Order of Malta’s Project Share, Jim made thirteen trips to Cuba bringing millions of dollars’ worth of food and medical supplies to the Cuban people. In 1991, in recognition of his service to the Church, Judge Belson was awarded the Papal Medal, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. Jim Belson’s devotion to intellectual growth, faith, and commitment to justice helped set the course of many St. Martin’s graduates and serves as an example of remarkable service to our community and our world.
Class of 2017 Fred Stamper
A member of Scout Troop 1397 from Damascus, earned the Eagle Scout rank from the Boys Scouts of America this spring. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program. Fred is currently attending Clarksburg High School.
Class of 2016 Layla Abudayeh
As a freshman and sophomore at Our Lady of Good Counsel high school, Layla took advantage of their Campus Ministry’s spiritual formation and service opportunities. In her Junior year, she was given the opportunity to become a member of the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools (XBSS), which is an organization of student leaders who participate in works of service and stewardship in the tradition of the Xaverian Brothers. In March, Layla attended a retreat with the XBSS teams from each school. Through the retreat, they learned what it means to be an XBSS leader and how they can make the values of the Brothers present in their school communities. She plans to spend her senior year continuing to apply the lessons she learned at St. Martin’s by taking advantage of leadership and spiritual growth opportunities.
SMS Continues to Make Impact on Local Doctor
Dr. Maria DelGiorno’s path to success began at St. Martin’s School. Dr. DelGiorno later went on to public school. Faced with new challenges, she “knew what was right, what was moral” from the lessons she learned at St. Martin’s. She added, “The moral teachings of Catholic education serve you for the rest of your life.” Dr. DelGiorno has been a pediatrician at Pediatrics & Adolescent Care, P.A. in Gaithersburg for close to twenty years. Several St. Martin’s families go to her practice, which is not far from school. “I am always happy to see the children in their uniforms walk in the door,” she says. Dr. DelGiorno was married at St. Martin’s and was a frequent volunteer at our soup kitchen, the Lord’s Table.
Class of 1984 Kenneth Barrett, Jr.
Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel and Hampton University.
Class of 1998 Andrew Milford
Graduated from Seneca Valley High School and the Virginia Military Institute.
Congratulations to the Class of 2015!
Dulce Maria Diaz Alvarenga-Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. Will attend Loyola University in Maryland in the fall, majoring in History and minoring in Latin America Studies.
Therese De Leon-Graduated from Clarksburg High School. Will attend the University of Maryland, College Park in the fall, admitted to the Public Health Science program.
Julia Herrera-Graduated from Watkins Mill High School. Will attend the University of Maryland, College Park in the fall, majoring in Computer Science.
Brandon Louis-Graduated from St. John’s Catholic Prep in Buckeystown, Maryland. Was a four-sport athlete & recipient of The Arc Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Will attend Widener University in Pennsylvania in the fall, majoring in Business Administration. Will compete in Intercollegiate Football.
Janet Martins-Graduated from the Academy of the Holy Cross. Will attend the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the fall.
George Roach-Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. Will attend the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park in the fall, admitted to the College Park Scholars program.
Grace Schuler-Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. Will attend Drexel University in Philadelphia in the fall, majoring in Hospitality Management.
Class of 1994 Daniel Zimmerman (Dan)
Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel in 1998 and Montgomery College Technical School. He has been owner of Zimmerman Automotive for the past eleven years. It is located at 7638 Airpark Rd. in Gaithersburg. Give him a call at the shop 301-330-0299.
Class of 2005 Fiona Redmond
Graduated with a Master in Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. She also completed the Leadership Montgomery Emerging Leaders program.
Class of 2017 Grace DiMartini
Currently in 10th grade at Quince Orchard High School. She is an outside hitter on the JV Volleyball Team and taking many challenging classes including AP Government, Studio Art and Honors Chemistry. Grace says, “I love high school and feel like SMS gave me a strong foundation that set me up for success. I hope some of my teachers and classmates can catch a QO Cougars Volleyball game this season!”
Congratulations to the Class of 2014!
Peter Antonetti-Graduated from Gaithersburg High School. Competed in the 3200, 1600 and 800 meter outdoor track events for the State Will attend University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the fall majoring in biology Will compete in Intercollegiate Cross Country/Track and Field
Kaley Bell-Graduated from Georgetown Visitation Will attend Fordham University in the fall majoring in Pre-Law and English Received Dean’s Merit Scholarship, Commitment to Catholic Education Award, and Fordham Joques Scholarship Will compete in Intercollegiate Cross Country/Track and Field
Matthew Cain-Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel National Merit Finalist Received Bonaventure Scully Award In Recognition of the Senior with the Highest Academic Rank in the Class Will attend University of Dayton majoring in Actuarial Science in the fall
Madelaine Dunton-Graduated from the Academy of the Holy Cross Will attend University of Tampa in the fall
Matthew McVeigh-Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel National Honor Society Member Received the Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools Citizenship Award Will attend the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park majoring in Finance in the fall
Jesceline Monegro-Graduated from Watkins Mill High School Will attend William Patterson University in the fall
Jessica Nguyen-Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel Will attend Rutgers University in the fall
John Patrick Nora-Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel Will attend Montgomery College in the fall
Helton Rodriguez-Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel Will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall Awarded a Notre Dame Scholarship, Club Scholarship, Provost Scholarship, and accepted into the AnBryce Scholars Initiative
Laura Ventura-Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel Will attend University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the fall Received UMBC Excellence Award Scholarship and Athletic Scholarship to compete in Intercollegiate Soccer
Andrew Zsebedics-Graduated from Sickles High School in Tampa, Florida Member of National Honor Society, French Honor Society, and Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society Will attend St. John Vianney College Seminary majoring in Philosophy in the fall
Class of 2014 Helton Rodriquez
Since losing his mom to cancer at age 10, Helton has lived with much uncertainty. Early on, what remained constant was Helton’s desire to continue to stay at St. Martin’s. He decided to live with his Uncle Eddie during the school year through eighth grade, but many school families offered rides, dinners, and vacations. At the end of eighth grade, again Helton had to navigate uncertainty. He could no longer live with his uncle. Again, the St. Martin’s school community stepped in, in extraordinary ways. He lived on and off with various school families until the Abudayeh’s offered a permanent stay. Vivian Abudayeh, an SMS alumna, told her husband about Helton and they agreed they wanted to help. At the same time, Helton had to make decisions on where to attend high school. After his first visit, he knew Our Lady of Good Counsel High School was the place for him.
During high school, Helton has taken advantage of many opportunities offered to him. He has been active in Campus Ministry, Theatre Club, Booster Club, and others. Helton graduated this past May. After receiving offers for scholarships and financial aid from several prominent universities, Helton decided to attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall. He plans to study medicine and become a cardiologist. He was also accepted into the AnBryce Scholars Initiative, a mentor program for first generation students attending college and who demonstrate great promise in the face of challenging socioeconomic circumstances.
Class of 2009 Calli Feudale
Calli attended St. Martin’s from kindergarten through eighth grade. While in high school at St. John’s Catholic Prep, Calli discovered her passion for working with people with disabilities. From there Calli attended Frederick Community College. While going to school, she worked with an occupational therapist in Frederick, leading group recreational therapy sessions for boys on the autism spectrum, facilitating social outings, ﬁtness activities, and more. After receiving her associate’s degree, she transferred to Frostburg State University majoring in recreation and parks with a concentration in therapeutic recreation. Continuing school was made ﬁnancially possible by receiving several awards including the Robert A. Knorr Scholarship. Calli put her FSU experience into practice at Glenelg Country School where she has worked since 2016. In January, Calli will take on new responsibilities as the Associate Director of the Summer Program at Glenelg. They oﬀer programs for pre-kindergarten through age 17. Calli hopes to start an adaptive sports program.
Class of 2007 Will Antonetti
Will Antonetti went to Gonzaga College High School in D.C. and then went on to the University of Maryland, ﬁrst studying economics, and then switching to English and Secondary Education. Antonetti always wanted to teach. Antonetti was accepted to the LaLanne Program at the University of Dayton. This is a service program that oﬀers to low income families, usually in urban or rural areas, the gift of an excellent Catholic education. These teachers make a two-year commitment to teach at an under-resourced Catholic school and live together in a faith-based community as they pursue their professional development. While also studying for his Master’s Degree in Education in the summers, he taught during the school years at a Catholic high school in Cleveland, Ohio. Antonetti has since returned to the area to teach Literature for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade at Mary of Nazareth in Darnestown, Maryland.
Class of 2007 Will Redmond
Redmond went to Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland, he then went onto attend Georgetown University majoring in Government and History. For Redmond, commitment to teach at Catholic schools, with three family members having taught at SMS, was always a consideration. Redmond was accepted to the Alliance for Catholic Education at Notre Dame. He studied for his Master’s in Education in the summers and taught during the school years at a Catholic high school in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since graduating, Redmond has returned home to teach History at his alma mater, Our Lady of Good Counsel high school
Class of 2014 Patrick McMillin
Patrick McMillin, from Troop 927, earned his Eagle Scout rank from the Boys Scouts of America. Patrick’s service project involved cleaning and replacing fallen headstones (52 total) at the historic Monocacy Cemetery in Beallsville, MD.
Nettie Mancini - Faculty
We remember Nettie Mancini as a much-loved teacher who taught at St. Martin's for decades. She served as an educator until age 79 at Catholic schools in the Washington, D.C. area. She passed away this past September. She loved teaching and the children loved her. She called them her little angels. We were blessed by the many gifts that she shared with our school community.
Class of 2015 Grace Schuler
Grace Schuler earned her Gold Award from the Girl Scouts of America. This prestigious award is earned by young women who have demonstrated commitment to improving their communities and advocating for lasting change through dedicating a minimum of 80 hours to a specific community service project.
Grace’s project, Speak Out!, is a free public speaking program she has developed and implemented in three Catholic middle schools in Maryland including St. Martin’s. To date, Grace has devoted nearly 300 hours to the program, and three of her St. Martin’s students over the past two years have gone on to win speech scholarships from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School.
Class of 2013 Daniel Collazo
Daniel Collazo earned the Eagle Scout rank from the Boys Scouts of America. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. One of the requirements in the process is to plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to a religious institution, school, or community. Daniel’s project was the construction and installation of four wooden park benches in Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg. The benches were installed around the disc golf course area of the park.
Class of 2003 Josh Cain
Josh and his wife Katie, our Math teacher at St. Martin’s, are the proud parents of Haley, a beautiful baby girl, named Haley.
Congratulation to the Class of 2013!
Mariela Cabanillas-Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Will attend George Washington University in the fall
Nathalie Chavez-Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Will attend Salisbury University in the fall Received Salisbury University Presidential Scholarship
Daniel Collazo-Graduated from Watkins Mill High School Will attend Montgomery College in the fall majoring in business/ finance Neil Coronado Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School OLGC Valedictorian and Recipient of Excellence in the Study of Math National Merit Scholarship Finalist and Top Maryland Merit Scholar Will attend University of Maryland in the fall majoring in computer science Received UMD President’s Scholarship and accepted into Honors College Program
Katie Forman-Graduated in Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Will attend Dartmouth College playing for the girl’s lacrosse team
Ciara Griffith-Graduated from Watkins Mill High School Will attend Towson University in the fall majoring in biology
Gabriela Jimenez-Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Will attend Elon University in the fall Ioanna Mantzouratos Graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Will attend George Washington University in the fall
Andrew McMichael-Graduated from Poolesville High School Will attend American University in the fall majoring in biology/ pre-medicine
Lorraine McNamara-Graduated from Connelly School of the Holy Child High School Will train fulltime for International and National Ice Dancing competition
Chosun Monteblanco-Graduated from Richard Montgomery High School Will attend Montgomery College in the fall
Ariel Ortiz-Graduated from Watkins Mill High School Will attend McDaniel College in the fall Received McDaniel Academic Scholarship
Elijah Yator-Graduated from St. John’s College High School Will attend University of Maryland Baltimore County in their Honors Engineering Program in the fall
Class of 2013 Neil Coronado
National Merit Semifinalist
Neil Coronado, a senior attending Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, qualified for recognition as a National Merit Semifinalist. Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% percent of the state’s senior students.
Neil has had a success filled high school career. He is a straight A student, earning the highest grade point average in both his freshman and sophomore years. By the end of his senior year, Neil will have completed eleven AP classes and has received recognition as an AP Scholar with Distinction. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Speech and Debate Team, Math Team, It’s Academic Team, and Student Ambassador. Neil has completed 150 hours of volunteer service as a counselor at Good Counsel’s Robotic Camp. Last summer, he served as an intern at NIST, working on a project dealing with Wireless Networks of Manufacturing Robotics.
Class of 2013 Elijah Yator
Recipient of Bro. Albert Mosser Scholarship
Elijah Yator is currently a senior at St. John’s College High School. On May 12, Elijah became the first recipient of the St. John’s Bro. Albert Mosser Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1998 by a group of dedicated alumni to carry out Bro. Albert Mosser’s simple wish: “Make sure St. John’s is always there to help students.” In the spring of his junior year, Elijah was selected as a Peer Minister. He maintains an excellent grade point average and is taking four Advanced Placement courses and is in Honors English. In addition to his academic success, Yator is a starter on the varsity wrestling team and a member of the Cadet Corps, Latin Club, and Mediterranean Club. He is also a member of the Prayer and Meditation Club and a leader in his parish Youth Group.
Class of 2013 Katie Forman
D1 Lacrosse Player
Katie Forman, currently a senior at Our Lady of Good Counsel, committed to play lacrosse at Dartmouth during National Letter of Intent Signing Day on November 9, 2016.
Class of 1992 Gabriel Petruccelli, MD, FAAOS
Gabriel Petruccelli graduated salutatorian from The Heights School in Potomac, Maryland, where he played basketball and soccer. He then attended The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., receiving his BS in Exercise Science. He continued his education with a post-baccalaureate program, receiving a Certificate in Physiology at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, and subsequently received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. Relocating to New York City, Dr. Petruccelli completed his surgical internship and orthopaedic residency at St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center/Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.
His interest in sports medicine and shoulder surgery brought him to San Diego, California, where he completed his fellowship at San Diego Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine. There he worked closely with Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres. He also assisted the team physician for the San Diego State Aztecs, most notably their soccer (men's and women's) and football teams. His practice, Greater Washington Orthopaedic Group, has four offices in suburban Maryland.
Robert F. Bride ’67, would like to reconnect with anyone from his 1967 graduating class. He has been in California for many years, but travels to Maryland to visit family whenever possible. He hopes everyone's well. Please contact Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Kathleen (Layden) Smith ’96, reports that after graduating from Penn State taught middle school math in Catholic Schools for 12 years before taking a district administration position focused on educational data and technology. Along with her husband Theo, they have two amazing children, Hugh and Roselyn. Megan has expressed fond memories of her time at St. Martin's, both as a student and later working in the Aftercare program during high school. Mrs. Uschi Ehrhardt, Mrs. Regina Garfield, and Mrs. Rita Carlisi made particularly meaningful impacts on her life, and will be forever grateful to them.
Grace Schuler '15, a freshman at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, returned this spring, bringing her forensic knowledge and experience as the moderator of a new public speaking club. Grace is part of the Speech and Debate Club at Good Counsel, and she wanted to share what she had learned. She had received an incoming freshman, Speech and Debate Scholarship from Good Counsel, and hoped that the new club could help St. Martin’s students wishing to apply for similar scholarships in the future. Twenty-five 7th and 8th graders signed up for the free club, called Speak Out! There were five meetings and the final one was a speech competition. Good Counsel Speech Club moderator Chuck Ehrman and club members Sara Robb and Kennedy Buck served as judges. The students’ final presentation before the judges came after many weeks of fine tuning their speeches. Trophies were awarded to first, second, and third place, but all students received valuable experience. Next year Grace plans to offer the club at two other Catholic elementary schools. Grace recently received her school’s Freshman Service Award for the hours she invested in this club. Grace also runs track, sings in the chorus, and has made Honor Roll her first two semesters.
Lorraine McNamara '13, a junior honor student at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, and her partner, Quinn Carpenter, began competing in National and International Ice Dancing in 2005. In 2016, they repeated as U.S. junior champions and claimed the gold medal at the World Junior Championships. Their training includes two to six hours per day on the ice as well as additional ballet, ballroom dancing, and other off-ice classes. Since forming their partnership, they have collected national medals at both the juvenile and intermediate levels as well as bronze medals at the 2012 and 2013 U.S. National Championships at the junior level. During the 2013-14 season, Lorraine and Quinn won the bronze at the Junior Grand Prix Final and silver at the 2014 U.S. National Championships. Lorraine and Quinn captured the gold medal (junior level) at the 2015 U.S. National Championships and the silver medal at the 2015 World Junior Championships. Lorraine’s dedication to the sport reflects discipline and courage, while her ongoing success in academics reveals a cultivated love of learning and desire for excellence. She reflects well the values of her family and of Saint Martin's. Visit their website at: mcnamara-carpenter.ice-dance.com.
Matthew Cain '14, just completed his sophomore year at Our Lady of Good Counsel and received the Academic Achievement Award for having the highest grade point average (GPA) in his class. Matthew was recently accepted into the International Baccalaureate Program. He also participates in the school’s Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, and Wind Ensemble. Matthew, along with all the other St. Martin’s students from his graduating class at Good Counsel, participate in the St. Mary’s Scholars Program.
Mariela Cabanillas '13, is a rising senior at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney and recently received the Margaret Simpson Aragon ’92 Memorial Scholarship. Mariela was recommended for the scholarship by her Junior English teacher for excellence in English and for “putting others before herself.” Mariela is in the International Baccalaureate Program at school. She has also participated in the school choir for three years and is in her tenth year of studying the piano. Mariela’s younger sister attends St. Martin’s.
Rachael Vallone '09, graduated from Northwest HS with a 4.35 GPA. She received an academic scholarship to Salisbury University and will be attending in the fall. She is pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy/Exercise Science and will continue to play Lacrosse.
Sara Manfredi '09, graduated with honors from Damascus High School. She will be attending Salibury University in the fall pursuing a degree in nursing.
Ferdinand Mukhar '01, graduated from University of Maryland in 2010 with his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering. He then worked at Pepco for several years while continuing his education at George Washington University in pursuit of his Masters in Power Systems Engineering. During his time of work and study he found that God was calling him to a different vocation. After some prayer and discernment he applied for seminary in 2013 and was accepted to the Archdiocese of Washington as a Pre-Theologian. He currently is studying at St. John Paul II Seminary in NE DC, across the street from the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception on the CUA campus, where he is taking most of his classes. If God wills it, he will be a priest in 6 years. He owes a great deal to his vocation and faith to St. Martins School and Parish. It was here where he encountered God and His loving mercy through the teachers, staff, priests and youth group. He asks that you please keep him in your prayers as he keeps the school and parish in his own.