Archives for February 2015

Head of Campus Suzanne Gorman, February Thoughts


The SuzanneGormanWyvern Varsity Quick Recall team capped off a perfect 11-0 season in the Louisville Non-Public Schools League with a win in the league tournament. They then notched second place in the Governor’s Cup District Tournament and will be advancing on to the Regional Tournament. Quick Recall Team members include Jack Baize ’17, Sam Borden ’16, Savannah Cornett ’15, Madison Ebel ’16, Sam Edwards-Kuhn ’16, Nina Erbes ’15, Rose Gilbert ’16, Michelle Jones ’15, Zoe Koss ’16, Lucy Lv ’16, and Tinsley Nugent ’15.

The following students placed in the top five in Governor’s Cup Written Assessment testing and will also advance to the Regional.

Mathematics 4th Michelle Jones ’15 5th Lucy Lv ’16
Science 4th Sam Borden ’16 5th Michelle Jones ’15
Social Studies 4th Sam Edwards-Kuhn ’16 5th Nina Erbes ’15
Language Arts 4th Nina Erbes ’15 5th Rose Gilbert ’16
Arts & Humanities 4th Rose Gilbert ’16 5th Sam Edwards-Kuhn ’16
Composition 4th Jillian Morrison ’17 5th Willa Tinsley ’18

  • Alexis Nelson ’18 is ranked 2nd among all female high school basketball players in the state in scoring and 8th in rebounding. She currently owns the St. Francis single-game scoring record (which she and James Risley ’17 have traded back and forth this season) at 45 points.
  • Jillian Morrison ’17, Kendall Johnson ’15, and Jordan Lyons ’15 were accepted into the University of UofLChoir_2Louisville’s Honor Choir and performed with the choir last month. (See picture at right.)
  • Jonathan Simpson ’16 performed last month with the Kentucky All-State Jazz Band; he was our first student ever to apply and be accepted to the All-State Jazz Band.
  • Aliya March ’16 notched the top 20 finish ever for a St. Francis bowler in regional competition, coming in 13th at the recent tournament!
  • Emmaly Saliga ’16 and Allyson Majors ’15 won second and third places, respectively, in the Poetry division of the annual Literary LEO writing competition. This is a general adult competition, not one geared toward students, so their wins are particularly impressive. Emmaly’s poem is entitled “Everyone” and can be found here; Allyson’s is called “Being Picked Up by an Absent Father” and is here.

Each semester, students earning all As and Bs in their classes are recognized on the Honor Roll. Congratulations to the following students!

9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade
Olivia Bajandas
Eva Borders
Tanner Dehler
Sam Erbes
Clay Foye
Chris Jayes
Shelly Lancaster
Natalie McClain
Charlie Owen
Christina Saliga
Nicholas Scarfe
Thomas Simpson
Theo Taylor
Willa Tinsley
Maris Woldin
Will Yelton
Talia Blue
Emma Boland
Madeline Case
Nizar Kamar
Shelby Luby
Chris McDearman
Jillian Morrison
Elise Pfeiffer
Ella Rennekamp
James Risley
Matthew Siciliano
Eilieh Stokes
Andrew Thurstone
Carter Wooton
Clara Muniz
Marina Segara
Paige Von Feldt
Jisha Abraham
Truman Baize
Sam Borden
David Borders
Charley Drew-Wolak
Madison Ebel
Sam Edwards-Kuhn
Nan Elpers
Olivia Ford
Rose Gilbert
Emily Hogan
Graciella Kamar
Zoe Koss
Jesse Lanier
Lucy Lv
Gaby Melendez
Paige Pence
Cat Runner
Emmaly Saliga
Jonny Simpson
Alissa Vance
Ben Weaver
Ben Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Lucia Burton
Savannah Cornett
Chris Edelen
Anna Finkelstein
Ellie Gagnon
Ray Harbin
Michelle Jones
Jordan Lyons
Allyson Majors
Tinsley Nugent
Grace Riely
Lily Tierney


Preschool Director Renee Hennessy, Thoughts

ReneeHennessyIn January, things have been a bit chilly at the Preschool.  Our classes have been exploring all things relating to winter.  Some activities for the 2s and 3s have included making snow from shaving cream and baking soda, and learning about what happens when ice and snow melt.

The 4s classes conducted an interesting science experiment called “blubber mittens.”  First they put some ice cubes in a bowl of water and felt the water with their fingers. Then they put some blubber (Crisco) inside a plastic bag.  Next, the children added a clean plastic bag inside the blubber bag.  Each friend took a turn putting their hand inside the clean bag; it looked like they were wearing a blubber mitten. Then they took turns dipping their mitten-clad hands into the ice water and learned that the water didn’t feel cold at all!  This helped everyone learn how blubber helps animals like polar bears, seals, walruses, and whales swim in that icy water without getting cold.




Athletic Director Tony Butler

Both the bowling teams ended their seasons after competing in the Regional Tournament at Dixie Bowl. Both teams were young this year and will return much of their roster next season. The girls’ team will be led by Aliya March and Kinsey Emerson, while Ryan Petiprin and Truman Baize will return to lead the boys’ team.

Boys’ Basketball
The varsity boys had a productive January. They picked up two more wins through the month, defeating KSD and Christian Fellowship at home. James Risley has led the team in scoring through the month. His 41-point performance against KSD is the school record for boys. The team has continued to grow under the tutelage of Head Coach Richard Butcher. Four games remain on their schedule before they move on to the District Tournament, scheduled to start February 23rd.

The 6th grade boys went 11-4 over the month of January. This team has a three-headed monster that really leads the team in Isaac Davis, Lake Mackin, and Michael Patterson.

The 5th grade boys’ basketball team had a very solid January, going 8-4 over the month. They have been led through the season by Stevaun Butler and Ian Von Feldt.

The 4th grade boys just about finished up their season in January. Their 22 games are the most they’ve played in a season. The team was led by Tyler King and Nate Zimmerman.

The 2/3 boys’ team had a tough January, dropping three games during the month. Two of the three losses were by two points.

The K/2 basketball team began in January and though they have yet to win their first game, they improve with each passing week. This group of boys and girls play their games in the St. Matthews League on Saturdays and Sundays and they are coached by Tim Patrick and Nicole Butcher.

Girls’ Basketball
The varsity girls also played well during the month of January. They picked up two wins and the season was looking promising until freshman star Alexis Nelson went down in a close loss to Brown. Before she was injured, she had set a school record, scoring 45 points. She also set the state record for number of free throws in a single game, going 25-42 from the line. The girls have three games remaining on their schedule for the season.

The 7/8 girls’ team ended their season after suffering two losses in the OSL tournament against Anchorage and KCD. The girls improved by leaps and bounds this year with each game, winning five games. They played great all year and should hold their heads high, as they were all committed to the team. Maggie McGraw won the hot-shot competition and Meredith Fleming took home second place in the free-throw shooting contest held at OSL.

The 5/6 girls’ team had a fabulous January and Coach Shannon Ragland did a great job with the team over the season.

The 3/4 girls’ team played a tough schedule with a lot of inexperienced players, but their effort increased throughout the month of January. Coach Rebekah Runyon praised the girls for their play following each game.

The Wyvern swim team has competed at a high level in the pools. Both teams are preparing for the Regional meet that will offer everyone the opportunity to advance to the state meet later this spring.


Imagine! 2015

What a night! A HUGE thank you to sponsors, artists, supporters & guests!

This year’s Imagine! was a great success and together we supported both Imagine15-038
St. Francis’s Scholarship Fund and our local artists –
and had a great party, too. (Check out pics here.)

Thank you again to all our sponsors and especially to our presenting sponsors Brown-Forman and Buffalo Construction.

Thank you for your support!

Imagine! 2015 Sponsors:

The Kidz Club

Commonwealth Bank & Trust Co.
Lancaster Built Homes
The Miller Family Foundation
OB/GYN Associates
of Southern Indiana
Safe Harbour Barns
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Jones, Nale & Mattingly PLC
The Oliver Group
Sterling G. Thompson Co.
Yum! Brands, Inc.

Additional Support
C&H Audio Visual
Millennium Events
MPI Printing
Wiltshire Pantry,
Susan Hershberg ‘81

Alumni News


  • Sarah Kelty (née Glenn) G’99, ’03 recalls very fond memories of her days at St. Francis School. So fond that she went on to become a teacher herself. Sarah is currently teaching in Jefferson County Public Schools. She teaches special education for elementary-aged children. She received a master’s degree from Indiana University Southeast in elementary education, and a dual certification for regular education and special education, from Bellarmine University.
  • Stewart Pugsley ’06 has done a lot in the rather short time since graduating from SFS. Post-St. Francis, she went on to Fordham University in New York City. After graduation, she went on to work at an Outdoor Science school in the San Bernardino Mountains of California, teaching 5th and 6th grade science. After this endeavor, Stewart returned to New York City, where she was a nanny for two years. She then spent a month walking across Spain from the Pyrenees to the ocean on the Camino de Santiago. After this adventure, Stewart moved to Boston to attend North Bennet Street School, where she studied carpentry and woodworking, and she also started her master’s degree at Lesley University for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Most recently, Stewart got engaged to Peter Collins, an actor, and moved to Chicago, where she is working at custom furniture company Pinetree Furniture. Stewart also started a blog about women in the trades called A Hard Hat Life.
  • Mara Bartlett photoMara Bartlett-Ansejo ‘07 is one well rounded alumna. During the Fall, Winter, and Springs Mara lives in New Orleans with her Partner, Justin. She escapes swampy Louisiana for the summer months and heads to Alaska. While in Alaska, Mara works at an Artist Retreat Center/Wilderness Retreat ( doing various things like housekeeping, keeping general order on the property, and beer brewing! The Retreat Center is completely off the grid, meaning they get most of their power from solar energy and a diesel generator, and the water comes right out of the creek. Mara describes this as a life changing experience. Mara also keeps herself busy as a talented photographer (visit her website!; she recently had a photo featured in National Geographic (see featured photo to the left)! While in New Orleans, Mara works at a non-profit called T.R.E.E. (Teaching Responsible Earth Education, as an Earth Educator, there, they stay busy doing a wideTropicuba range of things, for example, taking groups of students into the forest and teaching them about Earth science and systems. (
  • Kazia Cumbler ’95, her husband, John and 5 and a half year old daughter, Rae,  welcomed a  baby girl, Sonny Clare, to the family on January 19th. Rae stays busy with school, Sonny Clare is busy being a growing baby, John is a film composer, and Kazia runs a mothers group called ‘Mama Needs a Drink’ ( The group is based out of Santa Monica, CA and brings speakers in to the community to talk about “mama health and wellness” as well as baby enrichment health and wellness.
  • Laura Masterson ’05 married Andy Whalen in January in San Francisco. The couple is expecting a baby girl this summer. Laura is currently working as the marketing manager for software startup Typesafe in San Francisco. Congratulations, Laura and Andy!
  • Orlando Grimany Calas ’06 , who welcomed a baby girl to his family in October, is now welcoming a new Clifton restaurant, Tropicuba! Check out more about Tropicuba here.
  • As part of the Kentucky to the World series, alumnus Sander (“Sandy”) Florman ’85  will be lecturing on “Life Saving Organ Transplants- Ethics, Politics & Technology” at the Henry Clay building on
    March 12th. Sandy is an international leader in organ transplants and makes us proud to call hiSander Flormanm one of our own! Click here for official event details!




New Wyverns

Benny Alvarez baby Wyvern

  • Congratulations to Myra Holloway ’93 and her husband, Chad, on the birth of their baby girl, Dahlia Lorraine Holloway, born January 3rd.
  • Elizabeth Zimmerman ‘96 and her husband Wake Norris welcomed Heloise Grace Zimmerman Norris to the family on December 18th.
  • Congratulations to Kazia Cumbler  ’95, her husband, John and 5 and a half year old daughter, Rae, who welcomed Sonny Clare, to the family on January 19th.
  • Benedict “Ben” Ignatius Alvarez (pictured right) was born February 7th to Danny Alvarez ‘93 and Marie Therese Keating




In Memoriam

  • Nick Spaulding G’06 passed away in December. He was a valued member of the St. Francis community — a fierce competitor on the soccer field and a gentle soul off the field. He was a graduate of Trinity High School and Transylvania University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Nick was taken from us far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
  • Andrew Schiller ’88 passed away on January 21, 2015. Andrew was a casino host with Horseshoe Casino and a former volunteer firefighter with Harrods Creek Fire Department. The St. Francis community mourns this loss and sends Andrew’s family and friends well wishes.

Wyverns in NYC
On December 14th, more than 40 Wyverns gathered at Von Bar in the East Village in New York City. This annual “Wyverns in New York” event is in its ninth year and was hosted by Kareem Bunton ’91, Devin Emke G’84,’88, Rob Kemp G’85,’89, Adam Sachs G’84,’88, Bill Schreiber G’84,’88, and Charley Miller ’96. A wide range of alumni turned out, from the Class of 1984 to the most recent Class of 2014, in addition to school attendees College Counselor Kit Llewellyn, Head of School Alexandra Thurstone G’80, ’84, and Director of Advancement Siofra Rucker G’84. We are glad that the strong sense of SFS community permeates its way to the Big Apple and are happy the event exists to reconnect alumni and to continue the Wyvern network in the big city. Thank you to all who took time out of their Sundays to come; we look forward to next year!

Keep in touch! Want to visit? We love to reintroduce alumni to the school.
If you have any ideas that you think would appeal to alumni and/or if you are interested in checking out what we have going on, email Alumni Coordinator Callie Gray at

Merit Scholarship Winners

Merit Winners for 2015-16 school year

9th Grade
Overall Winner: Elizabeth Johnson, Louisville Collegiate School
Humanities Runner-Up: Lucy Biberman, St. Francis School
Math/Science Runner-Up: Grace Bagga, Louisville Collegiate School
Patrick Spencer, Highland Middle School
Gabriel Mutchnick, Louisville Collegiate School
Chloe Church, St. Francis School

6th Grade
Overall Winner: Lily Gilbert, St. Francis School
Humanities Runner-Up: Natalie Koch, Sacred Heart Model School
Math/Science Runner-Up: Andrei Gustavson, Swarthmore Rutledge School, PA
Nicolette Bert, St. Francis School
Ayda Marshall, St. Francis School
George Baldridge, Holy Spirit School


Imagine! 2015 Photo Gallery

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2/6/2015 Weekly Photo Gallery

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School Notes

KMEA pics

From left: Sophie Johnson, Grace Malone, and Abby Waggener

  • Congratulations to Abby Waggener, Grace Malone, and Sophie Johnson.  The three girls were accepted into KMEA’s All-State Choir, where they attended two days of rehearsals with some of the finest directors in the country.  They performed at the Kentucky Center for the Arts to a packed house and represented St. Francis beautifully.  Way to shine, girls!
  • St. Francis alumnus Dr. Sander Florman, who leads one of the most prominent transplant institutes in the world at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, will speak at the Henry Clay on Thursday, March 12th. More information here.
  • Camp HiHo Day for St. Francis has been booked! This year’s Camp HiHo Day will be Thursday, May 28th. Mark your calendars now! The cost for the day is $75/camper with $10 extra for those who need to ride the bus. Registration will open the week before Spring Break.
  • Speaking of camp, Derby Camp planning is in the works. Walter Denham says this year it will be a fantastic combo of Lazer Blaze, Bluegrass Indoor Karting, Kings Island and a movie. Dates are May 1st-3rd. Registration opens the week before Spring Break. Cost breakdowns are: $440 for entire weekend (Friday through Sunday), $215 for Friday only, and $250 for Saturday through Sunday.

Lunchroom Volunteers

Monday 2/23
Denise Waggener
Pam Smith
Karen Smith
Tuesday 2/24
Dace Maki
Dena Wilson
Kathy Kuhn
Wednesday 2/25
Tammy Carey
Denise Ragland
Caroline Boardman
Thursday 2/26
Karen WIlliams
Star Sohi
Lorrie Esterle
Friday 2/27
April Sargent
Weasie Gaines
Shannon Stocker


Imagine! 2015 Post-Event Sale

2015_Imagine_Logo-copyWebRegret not purchasing something at Imagine? Is a certain painting still haunting you? Just remembered that Valentine’s Day is in a week? Couldn’t make the event, but still want to shop? Well, we’ve got you covered!

All remaining art and jewelry is available online at the minimum bid, no auction, simply buy now. This sale runs through Friday, February 13th at 4:00 p.m. Support local artists and support the St. Francis Scholarship Fund. Shop here!