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Several StMM alumni were part of the Cardinal Gibbons production of Lend me a Tenor, the Tony-nominated play by Ken Ludwig.  Of the eight cast-members, three were StMM graduates, including Brandon Dini (lead role of Max), Brooke Eichenlaub and Cameron Hahn.  All three were part of the StMM class of 2010 and will graduate from Gibbons this spring.

In addition to the cast members, Julia Wray was an assistant director and Alex O'Neill, Jessalyn King and Natalia Morales were part of the crew.

Neel Prabhu, Christian Boletchek and Ryan Mulder make up the Sounds of Jazz Trio.

Christian Boletchek, StMM Class of 2012 and Green Hope High School Class of 2016, is part of the Sounds of Jazz Trio.  Christian and two friends have performed in a few local restaurants, and have raised some money for the GHHS band.  See the rest of the story here.

Joana Mora , StMM Class of 2009, is the Valedictorian of the 2013 Class of St. Thomas More Academy, a catholic traditional college preparatory school in North Raleigh.  Joana is currently finalizing her senior thesis.  Last August Joana created the course "Introduction to Scientific Research" and obtained approval from the Dean of Studies to register and be the first student to take the class.  Her research has the goal of finding what is slowing plant growth in an upper field plot used in the Practical Agriculture class at the school's campus.  Joana has conducted a series of chemistry tests to determine the source of the problem.  She is currently analyzing the data and writing the research report.   Joana will be attending Hamilton College in New York.

Caroline Markoch, StMM class of 2009, is a dancer at Holly Springs School of Dance.  She was part of a group of 40 dancers that participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.  See the full story here.

Julia Wray, StMM class of 2012 and CGHS class of 2016 stars in the first-ever Christmas show at Cardinal Gibbons High School.  The Gibbons Drama Dept will present Jacob Marley's Christmas this holiday season.  Click here for the full Fine Arts schedule.

Three St. Mary Magdalene alumni from our class of 2009 signed letters of intent to play their sport in college.  Kai Wombacher will swim for Brown University, Colin McKendry will play lacrosse at Providence College and Evan Nations will play baseball for Charleston Southern.   All three young men are part of the Cardinal Gibbons class of 2013.  See the full story here.

Each year, the top 10% of the graduating class at Cardinal Gibbons High School are awarded the Bishop Michael Burbidge Award.  Congratulations to these StMM alumni who were at the top of the 2012 graduating class:  Christianna Carter, Taylor Fiorini, Brice Matthews, Patrick O'Neill, Hunter Smith and Christina Wangen.


Zan Pope, StMM Class of 2008 and CGHS Class of 2012, was recently recognized in Blessings, the newsletter of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh.
  "Zan Pope, who just graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School, chose Catholic Parish Outreach (CPO) as his senior project.  'I came up with the idea to grow plants for the less fortunate so they could grow food for themselves to help them get by,' said Zan.  He started growing tomato, pepper, bean and other plants from seedlings in early winter.  Through this generous, civic-minded young man, 88 families served by Catholic Charities' food pantry were given plants to take home and plant in their own gardens.  'I had a great experience and hope that this project will grow to be bigger and continue for many years,' Zan said of his work for CPO.
  "Zan will pursue a major in Agriculture Business beginning his Freshman year at North Carolina Statue University this fall.  Raising and donating plants to CPO exemplifies Zan's greater dream:  'Long term hopefully, I can help with a project that educates people on how to grow their own food and store for future use so that they don't have to rely on others.'"


Jeff Williams, StMM Class of 2009 and CGHS Class of 2013, was mentioned in a column in the Cary News.  During a recent lacross game against Apex High School, Jeff and an Apex player showed 'maturity' and 'perspective' in a situation that could have gone the wrong way.  We are always proud of our students, but are especially proud of those that demonstrate good sportsmanship in addition to athletic prowess.  See full story here.


Cardinal Gibbons student artists received 39 Gold and Silver Key Awards for their artwork at the recent 2012 Eastern/Central N.C. Scholastic Art Awards Program. In addition, 18 students received Honorable Mention for their work.  Four students from the StMM Class of 2008 and the CGHS Class of 2012 won either Silver Keys or Honorable Mentions for their artwork.  Those students are:  Mahaleigh King, Steven Phillips, Andrea McKinley and Jackie GirardSee full story here.


Colin McKendry, StMM Class of 2009 and CGHS Class of 2013  has verbally committed to Providence to play lacrosse. An All-Conference selection as a sophomore, McKendry won 75% of his faceoffs in 2011 and has led his team in groundballs the past two years.  See full story here.


Matt Milner is in the news again, as he recently spoke to some students at Annunciation Catholic School in Havelock.  Matt was invited to speak by Susan Parks, principal at Annunciation.  Susan taught here at StMM for many years until she was promoted to principal at Annunciation.  See full story here.

Matt Milner, StMM Class of 2005, Cardinal Gibbons Class of 2009, was named to the First Team Academic All-District 3 First Team for his academic and football performance at East Carolina University.  A physics major, Matt earned the initial academic all-district award of his career with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.  See full story here.


Three StMM graduates, all members of the Cardinal Gibbons Class of 2012, were highlighted in the News and Observer's High School Winter Previews.  In boys indoor track, Steven Phillips was noted for finishing third in the 3A/2A/1A 3,200 meters in the winter and recently won the NCHSAA 4A cross country championship.  In wrestling, Patrick O'Neill took 3A third place at 125 pounds and finished 35-5.  Also in wrestling, Matt Williams finished 28-5 and reached 3A semifinals at 130 pounds.  All three were active in sports while they were at St. Mary Magdalene.

Jordan Kokoska is a freshman at Apex High School.  He was the only freshman on their cross-country team that had been a runner in middle school.  In late October, Jordan placed first for Apex in the Tri-Nine High School Conference Meet and placed 11th overall with a personal best time of 16:56 in the 5K race.  The under-17-minute time earned him the designation of NC Elite runner.