Andre Drummond Interview
ANDRE DRUMMOND '11 INTERVIEW: See the high school version of the current Detroit Piston and Team USA center talk about his STM experience.
Karl Helmstetter, ’01 and John Protzko, ‘02
Karl Helmstetter and John Protzko stopped in to see Mr. Paul Tar and the rest of the gang at St. Thomas More School. Both have devoted their careers to education; Karl is a Math and Science teacher in the Charlottesville, VA school system and John is a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Reggie Gaunichaux, '13
While at St. Thomas More: Reggie’s five years as a St. Thomas More student culminated with him being the class valedictorian. During his years here, he was a regular member of the quarterly Academic Honor Roll/Dean’s List and Chancellors Club and was a member of the National Honor Society. As a senior he served as a Resident Assistant. He also participated on the Chancellor football, basketball, lacrosse and track teams.
After St. Thomas More: In the fall, Reggie will be attending Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He will be studying nursing and is particularly excited about the nursing program at Drexel. This summer Reggie worked as a Counselor for the St. Thomas More Summer Academic Camp.
One thing taken away from his St. Thomas More experience: Discipline
Fondest St. Thomas More memory: The football team coming back from a 32-0 halftime deficit to beat Westminster 42-38.
Charles Parker, '04
Charles Parker, ’04 graduated from Millersville University in Pennsylvania in 2008 where he earned a degree in Communications with an option of Broadcasting. He also earned a Minor in Athletic Coaching. During his tenure at Millersville, Charles started all four years where he piled on the accolades. Charles won Freshman of the Year in his inaugural season, was All-Conference each year he was at Millersville and was Player of the Year during his Junior and Senior campaigns. Charles was named to the Division 2 All-American Team both his Junior and Senior seasons as well. Charles ended up just shy of the 2,000 Career Point mark with 1,949 points. He was also 2nd All-Time School Steals leader and 4th All-Time in Assists. If that weren’t enough, he also led the Marauders to one Conference Title and 3 NCAA Division 2 National Tournament appearances, twice making it to the sweet sixteen. An interesting note to point out: Reggie Bates, ’04 transferred from Howard University and the former STM teammates played side by side for Charles’ last two seasons.
During Parker’s first year out of college, he went on to play for the Los Angeles Defenders in the NBA’s Developmental League (D-League) where he started 15 games on the season. Charles is now an Assistant Coach for the Millersville Marauder Basketball team and will be traveling to Europe this summer to tryout for various teams in an attempt to continue his successful basketball career.
Pearce Ekel, '07
Pearce Ekel, 07, has returned to STM to work as a camp counselor four times since he graduated. He also studied at the University of San Francisco with major in Philosophy, minor in History, and completed a "Great Books Program" called the St. Ignatius Institute. After graduating from the USF, Pearce joined STM's Summer Academic Camp 2011 as an English Teacher.
Pearce is currently working on his Master's Degree in Education at the University of San Francisco, which he will attain in 2012. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing and plans to resume training in judo. Upon completion of his Master's Degree, Pearce plans to teach either middle school or high school History in San Francisco. He hopes to continue teaching at STM's Summer Academic Camp and ultimately would like to return to the shores of Gardner Lake as a full time teacher, preferably in the History department.
Good luck achieving your dreams, Pearce!
Dr. Francis McVeigh, '71
Dr. Fran McVeigh '71 is currently working as a Senior Clinical Consultant for the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, where he oversees tele-TBI initiatives, eye-related research, and the ‘hospital of the future' research. He served as an Army Colonel for over 30 years and established the TBI Eye-Clinic at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Fran also served as President of the Armed Forces Optometric Society and as White House Optometry Consultant, provided care to US Cabinet members and White House staff.
It's not surprising given his drive and accomplishments, Fran was Valedictorian of his T-More class. He's proud of the fact he is still married to his high school girlfriend after 33 happy years, and is the father of two.
Dennis Faulk, '69
After 27 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Dennis Faulk '69 of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, retired as a Public Information Officer. Following his retirement, Dennis embarked upon a new career. He has developed a shopping complex which contains 10,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles, plus a furniture retail store, and a general store specializing in local items. He is also the proprietor of the Red Poppy, a fresh cut flower shop. His businesses are located on a 120 year- old dairy farm which encompasses 14 acres. Dennis has noted he would love to hear from friends from 1969. Check out his website at www.thepointbarn.com.
Mazen Iskandar, '83
Mazen Iskandar '83 made it a special point to visit the STM campus while traveling through Connecticut on his way to Boston. He was amazed by the changes to campus since his graduation 25 years ago, marveling at Our Lady's Chapel and the dining hall.
Mazen arrived on campus from his native Lebanon in 1981. He formed some lifelong friendships here and it still very good friends with Nick Saifan '84. Following his graduation from STM, he attended UMASS and went on to success in various entrepreneurial endeavors. He is currently a franchise owner of Edible Arrangements in Alexandria, Virginia.
While on campus, Mazen was thrilled to be able to catch up with former teacher Jere Quinn. The two spent a great deal of time reminiscing about the early ‘80's at STM. Mazen shared some funny stories and truly enjoyed his visit. We look forward to his return!
E.J. Gentile, '94
E.J. Gentile '94 is currently an Emmy Award winning producer for the YES Network, headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. YES is the Yankees Entertainment and Sports cable network which features NY Yankees games, New Jersey Nets game, collegiate sports and classic footage. The channel is available in Connecticut and New York, as well as parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
E.J. gained entry into the exciting world of television sports through what he describes as "the lowest possible position to start at." His foray into TV sports at YES involved the somewhat mundane but necessary job of logging overnight satellite feeds. This STM and Quinnipiac grad had higher ambitions, and through good old-fashioned tenacity and hard work, he rose through the ranks. While his degree in Broadcast Journalism certainly opened doors, it was his persistence and ambition that led him to his current role as a producer. Regarding his humble beginnings, E.J. admits "it's a shakedown process. It's almost like a fraternity initiation." He was able to jockey himself into the Features department by being available "all the time." In the world of 24-hour entertainment, this meant working as a production assistant, doing virtually all that was asked of him, and keeping odd hours. Often, he would spend an entire day at the network. "TV is not for everyone," E.J. says.
He's carved a niche out for himself at YES, where he does a tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work on aired footage for Yankee pre and post game shows and other programs. He sets the stages for remote broadcasts, conducts key interviews, and makes sure all variables are in place for a successful production. His hard work and ambition have paid off, as E.J. was presented with two Emmys in the spring of 2008 by the New York Chapter of the Academy of Television.