THE MAGAZINE FOR THE NARDIN ACADEMY COMMUNITY Spring/Summer 2023 Homecoming | Mental Health Spotlight | Leadership Announcements | Nardin Notes The Arts | Alumnae & Faculty Spotlights | | Nardin Notes today Artwork by Vikram Ghosh Grade 5

2 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Contents Spring/Summer 2023 NARDIN TODAY: THE MAGAZINE FOR THE NARDIN ACADEMY COMMUNITY FEATURES 4 Message From: Interim President 5 Outer Cover: Students Illustrate Nardin Spirit 6 In Focus: Nardin students in action 8 Class Acts: News from in and out of the classroom 14 Faculty Spotlight 18 Welcome: Members of the Nardin Team 20 Living Our Nardin Values 24 Gator Bites: News from the athletics department 26 Creative Input: News from the art departments 32 Nardin Notes: Updates from our alumni community 14FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

3 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 FORTUNE GALA ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT 31 28 The Nardin Academy Upper School Class of 2023 celebrated its graduation on May 12, 2023 at Rockwell Hall at SUNY Buffalo State University. See Nardin’s social media channels for more photos.

4 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Visit for the latest news and updates. You can also follow us on: president's desk It is with humility and excitement that I have accepted the role of Interim President of Nardin Academy. I was honored to be selected by our Board of Trustees and my promise to all of you is that I will give this job my full attention and commitment. I am pleased to be back in a place so close to my heart and able to be a part of its renewal and movement forward. As I returned to the halls of Nardin, it seemed as though I had never left. It is thrilling to work again with our talented community of faculty, staff, and of course, our students. Their hard work keeps Nardin a hallmark institution in Western New York. You will see firsthand the incredible work that has been done these past few months. The creativity and spirit that shows in Nardin Today is a testament to the legacy that endures at our Academy. Here, all are welcome and invited to share their gifts with all and we are able to show our appreciation for one another. Our founders, the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, laid the groundwork for us and it is our charge to continue to live the values and example of justice for all which they instilled in the school. I am proud to be a member of this community and I am here to serve our students, families, alumni, faculty, and staff. Browse our magazine and see that the future is bright for Nardin Academy and I am honored and excited to be on this journey with all of you. Thank you, Rebecca Reeder Interim President MISSION STATEMENT Inspiring hearts and minds to do amazing things in the world through faith, character, academic excellence, and service. NARDIN TODAY Art Director Elaine Berowski Editors Maggie Barnett ‘01 Misty L. Harris ‘96 Cover Photo Vikram Ghosh, Grade 5 Contributing Photographers Maggie Barnett ‘01 Joe Cassio Misty L. Harris ‘96 Geoff Schneider Tom Wolf Colleen Zimmerman Special Thanks for Proofreading Heather Jason Catharine Miles-Kania ‘92 Nardin Today is published twice annually by the Marketing and Communications department. Nondiscrimination Policy: Nardin Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

5 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Cover ON THE We challenged our students to show us what Nardin school spirit meant to them in one drawing or photo. We were overwhelmed by submissions across the Academy and blown away at the creativity and the artistry of our students. While it was extremely difficult to pick just one, we want to congratulate Vikram Ghosh from the 5th grade for his wonderful portrayal of what it means to be a Nardin Gator and growing together! Thank you to all of the students who participated. See below for some of the submissions, and check Nardin social media to see more!

6 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 in focus 1 The members of the Diversity, Equity, and Opportunity Committee and Nardin students held an event called Rooted in Love, to benefit a Black-owned non-profit organization that provides essentials to those in need. 2 Montessori students tapped a Black Walnut Tree with 5 Loaves Farm to process and make syrup. 3 During Catholic School Spirit Week, Nardin students collected art supplies to donate to patients at The John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, thanks to the idea from Ellie Feine, a third grade student. 4 Lower School students performed at the beloved Christmas Concert directed by Mr. Mazur and Miss Hanna. 5 Our Montessori Elementary families took an overnight trip to the YMCA Camp Kenan for an unforgettable experience. 6 Congratulations to our 8th grade graduating Class of 2023! 7 Upper School juniors celebrated during their Ring Day ceremony. 8 Upper School Students visited the Burchfield Penney Art Museum to view the exhibit on display by celebrated local artist LEROI. 9 The Upper School sophomore class showed off their team spirit during the annual Dodgeball Tournament to benefit the Red Cross. 10 Nardin Academy celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans to this country during our annual assembly presented by the Black Student Union. 1 5 3 4 2

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8 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Each year, when Nardin’s Upper School students return from Christmas Break, they come back to a week of experiential learning in our WNY community and beyond. This is a time for our students to participate in internships, academic intensives, cultural experiences, and service. This year's experiences ranged from the arts in New York City, exploring Puerto Rico, repurposing furniture to help create a home for refugees in Buffalo, an eco-adventure in Baja California Sur, and receiving hands-on training in marketing and communications at Nardin Academy. There was truly something for everyone. These invaluable experiences help our students ignite their curiosity, find their inner passion, and inspire their potential while at the same time create lasting memories. n class acts Beyond the Classroom Students visit the Today Show Plaza during their Experience the Arts, NYC Winter Experience Students visit the CMC during their We’re Talking Proud: Buffalo History Winter Experience Students reestablish the Earnest Bean Cafe during their Cafe Nardin Winter Experience

9 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 class acts In the beginning of the academic year Nardin’s Upper School held its annual Hack-a-Thon event. Students received valuable information from presenters from Buffalo State College, M&T Bank, and Secure Enterprise Engineering. They also learned about coding and even tackled various cyber security challenges during a cyber security competition. While Hack-a-Thon was taking place in the Upper School, the Middle School students participated in Tech Wars. Groups used web technology to solve everyday concerns such as homework, anxiety, climate issues, and even revamping Nardin’s website! The final projects were presented to a panel of judges who then awarded the top teams. Thank you to Mrs. Pam Healy, Upper School Computer Science teacher and Mrs. Rebecca Braungart for coordinating this event and sparking the imaginations of our students. n Tech Stars Across the Academy

10 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Research has shown that sharing meals can greatly boost our well-being. It benefits not only our physical health but also our social and emotional wellness. Sharing a meal is the perfect opportunity for children to practice their communication skills, boost self-esteem, and strengthen relationships. For nearly two decades, Montessori Elementary students have prepared meals for their classmates and their teachers to share together. This cooking and dining experience has been a cherished activity. It is the ultimate culmination of their practical life skills they have been honing for over five years. In the fall of 2022 (after a two-year program hiatus due to Covid-19) the program returned, with a twist. In keeping with the mission of One Nardin, the community lunch program expanded to include the students, faculty, and staff of both traditional and Montessori programs. In an effort for Montessori Elementary students to get to know their traditional counterparts, they invited the students and teachers to join them for lunch on a beautiful fall Friday. The Montessori Elementary students started off by handwriting invitations to their fellow third graders, and various faculty and staff members across the academy, inviting them to lunch and providing the menu, time, date, and location. They also created individual name cards for their guests. The students decided on the dishes to create, then used their math and comprehension skills to map out the ingredients and quantity needed to prepare a meal for 30 people! On the day of the luncheon, the Montessori Elementary students learn how to properly set the table with linens and real cutlery. With wagon in tow, Miss Collins and Mrs. Dulak then took the students on a walk to the Lexington Co-Op. Prior to shopping, they discuss the importance of whole foods, how to select ripe fruits and vegetables, and how to weigh and scoop bulk items. They even get the class guinea pig, a favorite treat, dried bay leaves! The students shop for their fresh items and are eager to give their member number at check-out. On their walk back to campus, the students and their teachers discuss how they have helped the environment and community by walking instead of driving, and by shopping locally. class acts Cooking Up Community Montessori Students Learn More than Life Skills Sarah Collins, Interim Assistant Principal

11 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 class acts Upon returning to the beautiful West Ferry campus, the students are briefed on kitchen cleanliness, safety, and assigned their station with a recipe card and their fresh ingredients. The menu usually includes a fruit or vegetable salad, a main course (tacos, grilled cheese, pasta, and sauce), and chocolate chip cookies or cake for dessert. Students practice how to efficiently cut, chop and dice, and are introduced to using appliances and equipment like the oven, stove, skillets, griddles, hand mixers, spatulas, measuring cups (dry and wet), cheese graters, cutting boards, and knives. After the children completed the portion of their meal, they worked with their partner to prepare a public presentation. This presentation includes the dish, ingredients, and types of equipment used by each group. The students rehearse individually and as a group before the guests arrive. Once the honored attendees arrive, the Montessori students show their new friends to their table and each present their portion of the meal with newfound confidence and knowledge. Before the meal begins, the community sings grace and then each table has an opportunity to enjoy the buffet style lunch. Individual tables are accompanied with over a dozen conversation starters which were a big hit. Laughter could be heard as students and adults answered questions such as “what is one item you would take to an island?” or “what special skill or talent do you have?” All attendees learned something new that day about their tablemates. At the end of Community Lunch the children return to the Cleveland Avenue campus, with the experience of feeling empowered in their new skills and capabilities, along with the satisfaction of meeting their classmates-to-be. The students, faculty and staff are establishing new friendships, echoing the sentiment that we are truly One Nardin, no matter the pedagogy. n

12 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 This past winter, our Montessori & Lower School students were treated to a book reading by husband and wife illustrator/author duo, Kayley and John Rocco of Rhode Island. The children enjoyed listening to their book, “How to Send a Hug,” a celebration of the handwritten letter. The audience roared in excitement when they learned John Rocco, a Caldecott Winner and the illustrator of the Percy Jackson series, was the author of one of their favorite books, “Wolf, Wolf.” n How Do You Send A Hug? class acts

13 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Upper School Congratulations to Nardin Academy’s Upper School for a wonderful performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. A lot of hard work went into the production of this musical. For many members of the cast, it was their final curtain call as they graduated this past spring. We are so proud of our talented students, faculty and staff for their dedication to our arts program. Thank you to everyone who attended. n Musical class acts

14 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 faculty spotlights What drew you to be a teacher at Nardin? The reputation of Nardin Academy as a school of excellence and finding out that Dance has been part of Nardin’s curriculum for a long time, which aligns with my philosophy. Dance and movement can be an intricate part of physical development and the overall wellness, throughout the student’s life at school. Dance goes far beyond the dance steps, it is the vehicle that cultivates an opportunity to build life skills, perseverance, endurance, confidence, flexibility, cooperation, creativity, and community. The Daughters of the Heart of Mary valued dance well before it was mainstreamed into schools. Can you tell me about the experience with a student that left an impact on you? There have been quite a few etched in my heart, narrowing it down to one seems unfair as so many have impacted me during my time at Nardin. What excites you about going to work every day? Dancing every day! Students! My colleagues! Teaching and working with ALL grade levels! Sharing my love of dance with the students. Dancing is pure joy, I want the students to feel that joy through movement. Working with my colleagues, collaborating, encouraging and supporting each other’s work, so that students can be successful. If you had to sum up Nardin in one word, which word would you choose? Passionate! What is the best part of your job? I have the opportunity to watch the students grow up; we grow together. Most importantly, I have the freedom to create dances and an environment where students can be expressive. Creating dances for Performing Arts Night, the Christmas Show and the Elementary play, collaborating with the music department. These performances are an invitation for our entire school community to come together as one, giving all of us a sense of belonging. The intergenerational dance program, where senior citizens join our dance classes for a series of 4-6 weeks dancing with our fourth graders in our school building. The “Pep Squad” with a one-day workshop, turning into a 30-member group of first through fourth graders, performing for all school divisions events (fifth graders and up assist). The after-school program of dance for Montessori through eighth grade, with assistants from Upper School, who were once part of the program are our role models, it has grown into a continuous structure of mentorship. Dance is my passion and I am so grateful I can share it with students on a daily basis. What do you like to do when you are not working? Spending time with my daughter and family. Teaching dance in the community. I also enjoy jet skiing, walking, and being outdoors. n Cindy Hanna Lower and Middle School

15 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 faculty spotlights Tell us what you do at Nardin and how many years have you been at Nardin? This is my first year teaching English in the Upper School at Nardin. What drew you to be a teacher at Nardin? Growing up in urban and under-resourced school districts, I had some very passionate and influential teachers who made a difference in the lives of their students daily. It was very obvious how their work extended outside of the academic subject matter, and I wanted to be part of that kind of important work – helping young people realize potential and possibility via their knowledge, talents, and as a part of particular communities of practice. What is your favorite aspect about working at Nardin? The people! My colleagues and my students are some of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. I have only been here for 8 months and I feel like I have known them for years. Can you tell me about an experience with a student that left an impact on you? I’ve had several instances this year where some ignored or undiscovered part of a student is awakened via a classroom discussion or a particular text that we are reading; when that student approaches me after class to express gratitude for introducing that text or topic because it is helping her navigate something in her own life, I feel re-energized about the enduring power of literacy and authentic discussion. What most excites you about going to work every day? My students. They always make me feel at home in my classroom. I feel excited to unpack difficult literature together. I come to work to learn alongside them, and that approach makes everyday interesting! What do you like to do when you are not working? I grew up in dance studios, and my seven-year old daughter is currently very involved in dance and the performing arts. We spend a lot of time in her studio rehearsals and at dance competitions. I love it! I also have an almost two-year-old son who loves to read with his mama. You can find me baking sugar cookies and wedding cakes when I can find spare time. My baking instagram page is @sugarmousesweets. n Dr. Tina Waterhouse Upper School

16 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 faculty spotlights Tell us what you do at Nardin and how many years have you been at Nardin? I teach Social Studies in the Upper School. Right now, I teach all of our freshmen for World History 9 and World History 9 Honors. I have been teaching for 16 years, and I have been here at Nardin for the past five years. I’m also a Nardin Parent - my youngest son, Carter, currently attends our daycare and will be starting in our Montessori Early Childhood Program in the fall. What inspired you to be a teacher? I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher. There was always something magical for me about the moment when a student learns something new - when that internal lightbulb “clicks on”. Getting to help students grow and explore new ideas is a privilege I have always valued. What is your favorite aspect about working at Nardin? My favorite thing about working here at Nardin is that our classrooms are spaces where we can make best practices happen every day. As experts in our fields, our teachers know what excellent teaching and learning looks like, and we can execute that without teaching to a specific test structure. If you had to sum up Nardin in one word, which word would you choose? Nardin is family. Our students have rich opportunities for bonding as a school and as a graduating class - from House Competitions and Unity Time to Spirit Weeks and Advisories. Our faculty support each other and work cohesively to achieve the best outcomes for our students. Even between the various levels of the Academy, we come together to support our mutual work of helping our students achieve amazing things. What is the best part of your job? The best part of my job is forming supportive relationships with our students and getting a front row seat to their successes. As a freshman teacher and advisor, it’s truly a joy to get to know our newest Gators, and to guide them through the beginning of their time with us at the Upper School. As they journey through to Senior Year, it is very special to see all of the ways they’ve grown, and to celebrate with them as they graduate to their next adventures. What do you like to do when you are not working? Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband, Brian, and my two sons Logan (6) and Carter (3). I also like to travel, read, and see as much live theater as I can. n Stephanie O’Donnell Upper School

17 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 faculty spotlights Tell us what you do at Nardin and how many years have you been at Nardin? I am one of the Lead Teachers in Montessori Elementary. This is my fifteenth year teaching and my 1st year here at Nardin Academy. What inspired you to become a teacher? From the time I was six-years old, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I enjoyed playing “school” with my stuffed animals, teaching them alphabet sounds and simple addition. As I got older, I had a strong desire to make a difference in the lives of children. What most excites you about going to work every day? When I think about going to work every day, I look forward to connecting with our team. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful group of women who pride themselves on educating children using the philosophies of Montessori and are passionate about guiding children through their educational journey. If you had to sum up Nardin in one word, which word would you choose? Engaging. What is the best part of your job? The best part of my job is getting to work with children. I enjoy every aspect, guiding them through lessons, both in life skills, music, and academics. It is wonderful to watch their journey from the first day to their last. What do you like to do when you are not working? When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my family, singing and cooking. n Emily Yang Montessori Elementary

18 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Nicole’s interest in school psychology sparked during her undergraduate studies at SUNY New Paltz where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She continued her studies and earned a Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Psychology from Alfred University. During her graduate training she worked as a clinician in the University’s community mental health clinic administering psycho-educational assessments to college students and providing counseling to children, adolescents, and families. After graduation, she gained experience as a school psychologist in school districts in Orange County and Oswego County, NY. As a school psychologist, her primary responsibilities are to provide academic, behavioral and social-emotional support for all students. Nicole is able to conduct psycho-educational evaluations, facilitate individual, group, and as needed school-based counseling; develop behavior support plans; serve as a member of the Student Support Teams, and collaborate with school personnel, parents, and outside organizations to best assist all students. Her teaching philosophy is that every child can succeed given the right tools, strategies, and support from family and teachers. n Tamalyn Brown-Penders Mental Health Counselor Tamalyn Brown-Penders is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Horizon Health Services in Batavia. Tamalyn is a Batavia native who received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Bonaventure and her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Tamalyn has worked with Horizon Health Services since her internship in 2018, and has experiences within a wide variety of roles including as an intern, intern supervisor, and counselor at the organization. Now as a Senior Counselor, Tamalyn has a passion for working with adolescents, diverse populations, and her home community of Genesee County. Tamalyn utilizes a person-centered approach and positive psychology to build rapport with those seeking counseling. Tamalyn specializes in adolescent and young adult counseling, and self esteem work. Tamalyn has also enjoyed her role on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Council at Horizon. This enables her to attend trainings, run activities for her clinic, represent Horizon in the community at events and be the LGBT Liaison at Horizon’s Batavia Clinic. n NEW FACES Nicole Clark Mental Health Counselor Nardin’s Focus on Student Support Services Now, more than ever, Nardin understands the impact a student’s mental health has on their education. Nardin has heard the call to action to better support our students’ social emotional wellbeing. In responding to this call, we have brought on additional mental health providers to give our students individualized and group counseling support they need during the school day.

19 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Why did you choose Nardin Academy? KB: Nardin shows a real commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the work being done is phenomenal. Kendra Brim, Nardin’s former Director of DEO, laid a strong foundation. As a champion for creating environments of belonging, there is no better place to be than Nardin. Tell us about your previous Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion experience. KB: I always tell people I was born into this work, being a Black woman in America there are things and situations based in inequality that have always existed. To fight for everyone to be seen, belong, and heard is part of my DNA. In a more official capacity I have over 20 years experience doing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging work with organizations such as Buffalo Niagara Partnership, AAA of Western and Central NY, and Delaware North. Are there any organizations in WNY that you like to collaborate or volunteer with? KB: I am a mentor at EforAll, which is an organization that helps individuals of underrepresented communities start their business. Tell us a little bit about yourself. KB: I have been married for over 25 years to a retired Buffalo firefighter and I am a proud mom to a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago. In my spare time I am an avid Bills fan and an enthusiastic theatergoer. n Karen started at Nardin this past October. Karen is a certified Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Practitioner who is committed to creating environments of belonging for everyone. Karen’s super power is always choosing kindness, even when others do not. Karen is a passionate and experienced influencer with a unique background in DEIB, Human Resources and Learning, and Development. She has received the Leader of the Year award at Delaware North Hamburg Gaming and is a published author on the experiences of women of color in academia. She has held key roles at Buffalo Niagara Partnership, AAA Western and Central NY, and Delaware North Hamburg Gaming. Karen holds a Master of Science degree from Buffalo State College, bachelor and associate degrees from Medaille College, and D&I certification from the University of South Florida. She is also certified in Learning Consultancy and Change Management from Association for Talent Development. Karen’s role as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Opportunity (DEO) is to oversee the integrated, collaborative implementation of models for and educate the Nardin community about the principles of valuing diversity, respecting individual differences, understanding biases, creating common language, while shaping culturally responsive habits of mind for all Nardin Stakeholders. She works with Nardin team members ensuring Academy-wide engagement to ensure equity in curricula, support admission efforts, continue equity and inclusion training for all faculty, staff, and students, advise on cultural competencies in hiring, as well as advise administration and faculty on policy issues of discrimination, discipline and restorative justice. QA& Karen Brown Director of Diversity, Equity & Opportunity Nardin Academy is thrilled to announce Karen R. Brown as our new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Opportunity.

20 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Aaron Swenson is from the West Side of Buffalo, NY. He attended Catholic Academy and then Canisius High School and graduated from Buffalo State College with a bachelors in History and NYS certification to teach. He then moved to Santa Monica, California where he spent the next nine years teaching history and religion at St. Timothy Catholic School. When Aaron made the decision to move back to Buffalo with his family, he was excited for the opportunity to teach at Nardin. To him, it provides the opportunity to give back to his community. Plus, many of Aaron’s family members, including his mother and aunts attended Nardin and that proud tradition continues with him. In the beginning of the academic year, Aaron was promoted to Campus Minister for grades K-8. In his new role as campus minister K-8, Aaron wants to combine elements of service learning and experiential religion to create a meaningful connection with faith, service, and retreats. He will be taking students into the community on service trips to help institutions and people in Buffalo and the surrounding areas. Providing students opportunities to give back to their community is so important and having time to reflect during retreat on those moments is very meaningful. Aaron is married and has two daughters. He enjoys Star Wars, reading, working out, is a diehard Bills fan, and spending time with his family. n living our mission Meet Aaron Swenson Middle School teacher and the new Lower and Middle School Campus Minister

21 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 The Most Rev. Michael W. Fisher, Bishop of Buffalo, celebrated mass on March 2, 2023 for the entire Nardin community. In the selected Gospel, Bishop Fisher reflected on Jesus telling his disciples to “ask and you shall receive.” We were encouraged by Bishop Fisher to take time during the season of Lent to pray and to share our lives with God. We thank Bishop Fisher for his presence that day and pray that he continues his great leadership as shepherd of the Diocese of Buffalo. living our mission The Bishop Visits Nardin

22 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Unsung Heroes Celebrating the Backbone of the Nardin Academy Community Mary DiBenedetto Front Receptionist This is Mary DiBenedetto’s sixth year at Nardin Academy. She began in the daycare and moved to reception in 2019. Not only does Ms. DiBenedetto work in reception, but also works with the Business Office and Nardinware. Ms. Dibenedetto mentions her favorite part of Nardin: “Interacting with students, faculty, staff, and the families from each school in the Academy. And I get to see lots of smiling faces!” Daniel Kociszewski Facilities Staff Member A Buffalo native, Mr. Kociszewski works tirelessly to ensure the Academy runs properly. He tends to the numerous facilities and responsibilities of the building, along with communicating additional needs to outside contractors. Having worked five years at Nardin, his favorite part of the job is “the nice, respectful teachers and students.” Upon their return from Christmas break, Nardin’s Upper School students participate in Winter Experience, a week of experiential learning in our Western New York community and beyond. The students who took part in the Marketing and Communications Internship were given the opportunity to create content for Nardin Today. They were given a week to come together and brainstorm, choose a topic, write the content, and include accompanying images. The students (all seniors) were very enthusiastic about this project and we are happy to include their work in this issue of Nardin Today. They chose to highlight the staff members who sometimes don’t get the outward recognition they deserve. They came up with the concept of “Unsung Heroes,” and interviewed a variety of staff members across the Academy.

23 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Catarina Cercone ‘23 Camille Colpoys ‘23 Rachel Hanley ‘23 Written by: Special mentions to these additional unsung heroes: Darwin Jones, Jessica Darnley, Natalie Jankowski, Edwin Jones, Damien Keller, Dominic Locklear, Michael McCarthy, William Shepherd, Reginald Voss, Sharon Bailey, Kirsten Federiconi, Julie Levin ‘80, Kanjana Roddonpai, Kurt Rubeck, Lynne Tribunella, Francisco Orozco, Zachery Kociszewski, Michael Creasey, Diana Schiesser, Karen McCarthy, Colleen Enright, and all of our dedicated staff! n

24 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 gator bites Winter Sports Recap 2022-2023 JV Basketball The JV basketball team had a tremendous season, once again, capturing a total of 14 wins! Key team wins included victories against Mount St. Mary’s, East Aurora, and North Tonawanda. Varsity Basketball The varsity basketball team, playing under a new coaching staff and system, earned eight wins and a spot in the playoffs. The team was defeated by Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart in the quarterfinals. Rachel Hanley ‘23 was named to the Monsignor Martin Honorable Mention team. Squash The squash team finished the season with four wins. They competed against Nichols School, Buffalo Seminary, Canisius High School, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, City Honors, and The Gow School. They also traveled to Mercersburg for a tournament and competed for three days in the U.S. High School Squash Championships in Philadelphia, PA. Hockey The Monsignor Martin Association hockey team is made up of players from all schools in our league. Elena Desiderio ‘23, Erin Prendergast ‘23, and Addison Cherry ‘26 represented Nardin on the team. The Monsignor Martin team won the Private School & Federation Championship. Bowling The JV bowling team had a lot of newcomers and consistently improved their scores throughout the year. They had six wins on the season including great team efforts against Cardinal O’Hara, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, and Mount St Mary’s. The Varsity bowling team recorded nine wins which led to a 2nd place finish in the league and in the All Catholic Championships. Karah Klosterman ‘23 earned 2nd team All Catholic honors while Brooke Eggers ‘23 had the highest league average and earned 1st team All Catholic. Indoor Track The Indoor track team competed in nine meets throughout the winter season. Steph Derkovitz ‘24 traveled to Staten Island and finished 2nd at the Catholic State Championships and advanced to the Federation meet, again in Staten Island, where she finished 21st out of 33 athletes. Cheerleading In its first season of competitive cheer, the team learned new skills and worked hard on their routines. They learned the importance of teamwork, communication, and trust in one another.

25 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Congratulations to our students who will be playing at the collegiate level!

26 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 From 18 months to 18 years, Nardin’s art programs create opportunities for invention, experimentation, and expression through various mediums of art, theater, writing, and dance. We hope to continue to foster passion and explore imagination for all of our students. creative input Middle School Play “High School Musical” Montessori Toddler Art Show Montessori Ballet Performance Amanda Zhang, Kindergarten Drawings by Grade 2 Middle School Musical Props Drawings by Grade 1

27 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Eszter Magyari ‘24 Bee Aradio ‘23 Exploring Studio Art Interior Design Club Margaret Nguyen ‘25, Rare Patterns Clay Creations Montessori Toddler Art Show Sama Bisrat ‘26 Marina Rosa ‘23 Drawings by Grade 6 Digital Design

28 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Q: What activities were you involved in at Nardin that led you to this career? PM: I was fortunate enough to be involved with the school plays since Middle School. I would be remiss not to give Mr. Mazur a shoutout for casting me in the 8th grade rendition of Grease. In Upper School, I continued to dance in the play all four years. I would never pass up an opportunity to take Jennifer Kiener’s dance classes as an elective. SS: During my freshman and sophomore years at Nardin, I participated in the school musical which always held the reputation of being stellar. The talent both at Nardin and the other schools that our musicals drew in was so incredible to be around. alumni spotlight Paige McRae and Soultana Schiavi met during their freshman year at Nardin where they were both involved in school musicals. Outside of school, they danced at competing dance studios and often found themselves rivals in local dance competitions. Ten years later, they are sharing the stage as part of the legendary precision dance company, the Radio City Rockettes. Paige McRae ‘13, E’09 Soultana Schiavi ‘13 NYC Rockettes QA&

29 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 alumni spotlight Q: What is it like being a Radio City Rockette? SS: It is difficult to put into words how incredible being a Rockette truly is. Being surrounded by so many talented, dynamic, and wise women has taught me not only how to be a better Rockette and a stronger dancer, but about being an independent, confident, and wellrounded woman. It’s not so dissimilar to being a student at Nardin, a place where womanhood and success are encouraged and championed by everyone around you. Not to mention, the thrill of performing at Radio City Music Hall for thousands upon thousands of people every day is the thrill of a lifetime! Q: What is your favorite thing about being a Rockette? PM: It is the relationships with the dancers around me. The ways in which I can learn from each one of them is unrivaled and I am so grateful for the memories made and relationships fostered throughout the season. Also, how remarkable there is an overlap between the network of fierce women I graduated from Nardin with and the line of insanely talented women with whom I now dance. I never cease to be amazed by the ways in which we Nardin alums find, support, and continue to grow alongside one another. Q: Did anything in your experience at Nardin help prepare you for becoming a Rockette? PM: Women supporting women and discipline are the two characteristics Nardin instilled in me that I believe has helped me to achieve anything I have set my mind to over the last decade, including the Rockettes. SS: The experience of being surrounded by so many different women all working towards a goal is something I encountered both at Nardin and as a Rockette. There is a lot to be learned from women with different backgrounds, experiences, and outlooks that can both consciously and unconsciously shape your life for the better. Q: What advice would you give to current Nardin students? PM: Relationships matter. Appreciating your loved ones matters. Only you can achieve your wildest dreams, but you cannot strive to achieve them without a rock-solid support system. SS: I think the best lessons I have learned have been through rejection. Rejection is a natural part of life and is present in every industry and should not be a deterrent to your dreams and aspirations. If you really want something and you have confidence that you can get it, be persistent through the no’s and put all your effort into working towards a yes. To read more of Paige’s and Soultana’s story check out Nardin’s social media channels. n More than 800 dancers audition over the course of 3 days to become a Radio City Rockette. Both Paige and Soultana were accepted into the summer training program where dancers learn the precision dance style, choreography from the show and perform in a showcase at the end of the week-long training. Soultana was invited to join the Rockettes in August 2019 and Paige became a Rockette in August 2022. The Rockettes rehearse 6 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 6 weeks leading up to the show and do around 100 performances per cast throughout the season.

30 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Alumnae Luncheon Alumnae Holiday Luncheon and Awards Ceremony This past December, Nardin held its annual Alumnae Holiday Luncheon and Awards Ceremony at the Garrett Club. This time honored tradition is a wonderful day for alumnae and friends to reconnect during the holiday season. This year, Nardin presented the family of Kristen Coughlin ‘90 with the Alumnae Hall of Fame Award posthumously, which recognizes an alumna who has distinguished herself through outstanding accomplishments in her field of work, her impact on the world at large and her inspiration as a role model for young women. The Distinguished Alumnae Award, an award that is bestowed to an alumna who has demonstrated outstanding service and contributes to the advancement of the Academy, went to Katie Gibas Gibbons ‘05. Congratulations on this achievement and thank you for your commitment to uplifting the Mission of Nardin Academy. n

31 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 Fortune Gala What A Night! We were overwhelmed with gratitude by the support from our Nardin community throughout the entire Fortune Gala season. This annual gala is our signature fundraising event for the Nardin Fund, which supports the unique programming that defines our Academy, and what sets us apart from other schools across Western New York. Since 1991, Fortune has raised over 5 million dollars, supporting efforts critical to sustaining the curriculum and activities making our students’ experience memorable, equitable, and impactful. Our Nardin Community is truly blessed and our students' experiences are possible because of those who came before us. At Nardin, we truly stand on the shoulders of tremendous families who answered this call. And, whether it was in buying a ticket to attend, participating in our silent and live auctions, or supporting Fund the Future, our Nardin community embraced this tradition of giving and showed their immense generosity of spirit for the Academy and the Nardin Fund. We wish to extend continued appreciation to all of our sponsors. Thank you to Laurie Riester Collins '02 and John Collins, Kerry and Vincent Doyle, and Therese Fuerst for hosting the event. Thank you to our entire Fortune Committee and the team at Nardin for all of their work. It was through the commitment and generosity of so many, united in the betterment of Nardin, that this evening will be remembered. The 32nd Annual Fortune Gala was a success thanks to you! n

32 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 nardin notes 1970s Patty Jackson-Doctor ‘74 enjoyed time with her classmates at Big Ditch Brewing Company for their annual Christmas lunch. From left to right: Patty Jackson-Doctor '74, Cathleen Flanigen Ackerman ‘74, Maureen Mahaney Schwab ‘74, JoAnn Wypijewski ’74, Lida Frauenheim Petrella ‘74, Rosemary Scaduto Zimmer ‘74, Jean Kalec Hayden ‘74, Lisa Laspisa McMorrow ‘74. Deborah Meadows ‘74 writes, “I am an Emerita faculty member with California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. I live with my husband in Los Angeles’ Arts District/Little Tokyo. I have published over a dozen books of poetry.” JoAnn Wypijewski ‘74 most recently helped publish Zapatista Stories for Dreaming An-Other World, a new English edition of stories by Subcomandante Marcos, translated by the Lightning Collective (PM Press). She writes in the foreword: “We are so unused to thinking about reason and emotion, flesh and spirit, science and art, struggle and living, as complementary aspects of conceptualizing a politics of humanity, for humanity. This collection says, look again.” Her own essay collection, What We Don’t Talk About: Sex and the Mess of Life, is now in paperback (Verso). Tiernan Shea ‘75 writes, “I am enjoying retirement on Kiawah Island, South Carolina where I just celebrated my 39th wedding anniversary with my husband Doug Boyle. I keep myself busy with bridge, golf and riding my bike. I am looking forward to the 50th reunion of the class of 1975 in two years.” 1980s Maureen Murrett ‘80 was highlighted recently as an exceptional staff member by Ann Arbor Public Schools. Maureen was hired to coach girls’ swim & dive at Skyline High School when it opened in 2008. She became the head coach of the boys’ team in 2016. Since then, she has coached three state championship teams - 24 individual state champions, 6 relay champions, and 58 All-America performances. Every team in her tenure has been named to the Academic AllState and Academic All-America Teams. Maureen was chosen by her peers as the MISCA (Michigan Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association) Coach of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018, and 2022. The Michigan High School Coaches Association named her Coach of the Year in 2013, 2018, and 2022. Maureen was also inducted into the Nardin Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. Kelly M. Carrigg ‘85 is currently living in CollevilleSur-Mer, France. She works for the American Battlefield Monuments Commission which has 26 military cemeteries and 32 monuments in 17 countries around the world. Currently, she is an Assistant Superintendent at the Normandy American Cemetery. Pictured is her favorite photo taken at Lorraine American Cemetery in September 2020. Patricia Cracchiolo ‘86 writes, “My mother, Barbara Cracchiolo, passed away January 21, 2023. She was an involved Nardin parent who would always go to volleyball and softball games. She chaperoned our Junior Prom, helped with the auction, and loved Nardin. My mother is an excellent example of how to help others, make things happen, and reach for your dreams. In memoriam, support of the Nardin Alumni Scholarship Fund would be appreciated.” Maureen Murrett ‘80 From left to right: Patty Jackson-Doctor ‘74, Cathleen Flanigen Ackerman ‘74, Maureen Mahaney Schwab ‘74, JoAnn Wypijewski ’74, Lida Frauenheim Petrella ‘74, Rosemary Scaduto Zimmer ‘74, Jean Kalec Hayden ‘74, Lisa Laspisa McMorrow ‘74. Kelly M. Carrigg ‘85

33 nardin notes Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 1990s Erin Tresch Anthony '97 writes, “I am excited to announce that my husband and I have finally fully opened our winery in Niagara County after the ups and downs of Covid. Anthony Manor Winery and Farm is located in Sanborn, New York right along the Niagara Wine Trail. Would love to see any alumni faces!” 2000s Meredith MacVittie ‘00 writes, “My husband, Oliver Will, and I welcomed our daughter, Thomasin Rosemary MacVittie, on November 15, 2022, in Warren, PA. We are now at home in suburban Philadelphia along with our three cats.” Mary Attea ‘01 has been nominated for the 2023 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards as Best Chef: New York State. Mary is the Executive Chef at The Musket Room, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood. Winners will be celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 5, 2023, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Jenna Adymy Kufuor ‘01 writes, “I have moved back to Buffalo after being gone for the last 21 years in NYC. During that time I was a NYC teacher. Now I am living in the Southtowns and working as a literacy coach in Orchard Park. I got married in 2018. Happy to be back in my hometown!” Christina Cornejo '02 writes, “My husband, Rick Redmin, and I were married on July 31, 2021. We welcomed our daughters, Anna and Leah, on July 5, 2022. I am currently working as a professor of mathematics and statistics at SUNY Erie State University of New York.” Julie Fumanti Jones ‘02 writes, “I married William E. Jones on October 22, 2022 at OLV Basilica. We had the pleasure of several Nardin graduates in attendance. My bridal party included Maid of Honor and twin sister, Jessica Fumanti Heffernan ‘02, as well as Sarah Flak ‘05. Guests included Erin Comerford Collichio ‘95, Mary Catherine Comerford Brandquist ‘00, Jennifer Mozingo Marconi ‘02, Ashley Martin Persico ‘02, Sarah Flak ‘05, Judith Flak Mahoney ‘60, Michelle Mahoney Merkley E'82 ‘86, Margret Muraca Dorn ‘02, Lauren Lewis ‘02, Kelly Kunert Simmons ‘02, Emily Mazur ‘99, Tamara Dawli ‘02, Laurie Riester Collins ‘02 and Jessica Fumanti Heffernan ‘02. We are so blessed. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2023!” Caitlin Worrell ‘03 writes, “My husband Adam and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter Margot Allison Worrell on October 24, 2022 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto.” Allie Urbanski ‘04 and her wife Sarah welcomed their first child, Ophelia Mae on April 13th. She entered the world at 8lbs 1oz, 20.25 inches and is happy, healthy, and anxiously awaiting the Buffalo Bills season this fall! Julie Fumanti '02 bridal party: Maid of Honor and twin sister, Jessica Fumanti Heffernan '02, as well as Sarah Flak '05. Guests (left to right): Erin Comerford Collichio '95, Mary Catherine Comerford Brandquist '00, Jennifer Mozingo Marconi '02, Ashley Martin Persico '02, Sarah Flak '05, Judith Flak Mahoney '60, Michelle Mahoney Merkley E'82 '86, Margret Muraca Dorn '02, Lauren Lewis '02, Kelly Kunert Simmons '02, Emily Mazur '99, Tamara Dawli '02. Back row: Laurie Riester Collins '02 and Jessica Fumanti Heffernan '02 Leah and Anna (Cornejo) Redmin Margot Allison Worrell Thomasin Rosemary MacVittie Ophelia Mae Urbanski

34 Nardin Today Spring/Summer 2023 nardin notes Kristin Cameron ‘05, E‘01 was re-elected to her fourth term as Village Trustee in East Aurora this March. She is a Network Design and Modeling Analyst at Rich Products, where she has been since graduating with a Master of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management from MIT in 2021. Katie Gibas Gibbons ‘05 is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at the Service Collaborative of Western New York and she recently joined the Explore Buffalo Board of Directors. Whitney Rog ‘05 and her husband, Justin Lucas, welcomed Ezra Loyola Rog-Lucas on March 24, 2023. Ezra joins her brother, Ari, and sister, Ziva, to make a family of five. Kendra Brim ‘07 is a contributing author to the book The Six-Figure Athlete: Convert Your Skills Into Cash: Stories & Strategies of High Performers which was released October 2022. Margot Knab ‘09, E‘05 has been promoted to the rank of Senior Associate Attorney by Colligan Law LLP. Her practice relates primarily to corporate and business law and this is her fourth year with Colligan Law. She earned her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Upon graduation, she was one of three students to receive its inaugural Certificate in Corporate & Regulatory Compliance. She also holds a bachelor’s in Legal Studies with minors in Political Science and Sociology from the University at Buffalo. Margot serves on the board of Buffalo Go Green Inc. She is also a committee member with Buffalo Startup Week, the Canisius College Women’s Business Center, and the Buffalo Peacemakers annual Business and Community Leaders Fundraiser. 2010s Anna Hourihan ‘10 writes, “I got married September 17th, 2022! I wanted to share a photo of all the Nardin girls who attended! Isabella Ogiony ‘18, Ellen (Truty) O’Brien ‘10, Lauren (Heitzhous) Fiust-Klink ‘10, Bridget Hart ‘10, Mia (Manzella) Gonos ‘10, Marissa (Romano) Bunce ‘10, Caroline (Hourihan) Soulier ‘07, Abigail (Best) Kenney ‘07, Kathleen Hourihan ‘04, Laura (Avino) Feldman ‘10, Mary Beth Frizzell ‘10, Molly (Munschauer) Eberhard ‘10, Erin O’Brien ‘10, Leah Hourihan ‘10, and Casey Frantz ‘10.” Lauren Heitzhaus Fiust-Klink ‘10 writes, “Following her passion and desire to make an impact for those living with neurologic diagnoses in WNY, Lauren (Heitzhaus) Fiust-Klink, PT, DPT founded Mobilize Physical Therapy, PLLC.” Lauren (Heitzhaus) Fiust-Klink ‘10 Anna Hourihan ‘10 got married September 22, 2022. Nardin girls who attended L to R: (top row): Isabella Ogiony ‘18, Ellen (Truty) O’Brien ‘10, Lauren (Heitzhous) Fiust-Klink ‘10, Bridget Hart ‘10, Mia (Manzella) Gonos ‘10, Marissa (Romano) Bunce ‘10, Caroline (Hourihan) Soulier ‘07, Abigail (Best) Kenney ‘07, Kathleen Hourihan ‘04. From L to R ( bottom row): Laura (Avino) Feldman ‘10, Mary Beth Frizzell ‘10, Molly (Munschauer) Eberhard ‘10, Erin O’Brien ‘10, Leah Hourihan ‘10, Casey Frantz ‘10 Ziva and Ari welcome Ezra Loyola Rog-Lucas Margot Knab ‘09, E‘05