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Over 23,000 strong, Molloy alumni live and work throughout the world. Stanners are bound together by the common experience of a quality Catholic education rooted in the Marist tradition. We work to keep alumni well-connected to foster lifelong friendships and create professional opportunities. Stanners are also known to give back, and their generosity has helped to "pay it forward" for countless students and their families. We are proud to serve our Stanner family!
  
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Fund For Molloy Will Help Students Affected By COVID-19

TYOver the past 10 years, and throughout our history, Molloy has been equal to meeting many challenges thanks to the generosity of our community. Your support has continually strengthened our mission to provide a quality Catholic Marist education to amazing young men and women. Literally thousands of Molloy students and families have benefited from your support.

While the full impact of COVID-19 is still unknown, we do know it has created significant hardships. Molloy is fully committed to helping meet our students’ needs during this challenging time.

To date, over $535,000 has been dedicated in support of:

  • Needs Assistance Grants
  • Continued acquisition of and updates to remote learning technologies

Every dollar you give today and moving forward to The Fund For Molloy will directly impact Molloy’s ability to help students and their families affected by COVID-19. Please consider joining this critical effort by clicking the button below. Should you have any questions, please reach out to Alumni Development Director Craig Katinas ’93 at ckatinas@molloyhs.org any time.

On behalf of everyone at Archbishop Molloy High School, THANK YOU for your generosity.

Of course, we invite you to reach out to the team at the Stanner Alumni Center any time with your questions, ideas, and Molloy memories. Once again, THANK YOU for your support, love, and leadership. God Bless All Stanners.

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Read Historic New Issue of The Stanner

StanCovThe staff at The Stanner newspaper invites you to download their first-ever digital-only issue (no physical copies will be printed due to distance learning). In this issue you will read news reports on the pandemic, personal reflections from our student-journalists, school news, tips for self-care, and more. The Stanner also pays tribute to two beloved educators whom we lost in April: Mr. Mike Harrison and Br. Robert Andrews. The Stanner staff thanks the Molloy community for your support and hopes you will enjoy reading this historic issue. Click the button below or the thumbnail to the right to download The Stanner, or visit www.molloyhs.org/stannernewspaper/ for our staff list and select archives.
 
 
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Alumni Spotlight: Tristan Bhiro '16

TBIn early March, Molloy welcomed Tristan Bhiro ’16 as a guest speaker in several Computer Science classes. Tristan is a senior at Pace University where he is majoring in Information Technology with a minor in Computer Science. His studies have focused entirely on Cybersecurity. “I’ve always enjoyed building things and solving problems. Computer Science is essentially studying the ways in which you can efficiently solve complex problems with code, and Cybersecurity is a field where this critical thinking is applied to building solutions that protect an organization’s data/our personal data,” explained Tristan....Read More


Remembering PFC Louis Willett '63 This Memorial Day

PFC Willett 2020Each year, the Class of 1963 remembers their classmate, the late PFC Louis Willett ’63, with a floral arrangement that is placed near his sketch in the Stanner Hall of Fame. PFC Willett was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.” He was mortally wounded on February 15, 1967 in Kontum Province, Vietnam, while protecting his platoonmates from heavy enemy fire, saving their lives in the process. PFC Willett is the only Stanner to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Due to the temporary closure of Molloy’s campus, the Class of 1963 was unable to send their floral arrangement as planned. Capt. Larry Seible ’63, representing his class, instead sent his well wishes and expressed that PFC Willett has not been forgotten. However, Mr. Jeff Gallagher ’88, was able to continue the tradition in a different way. Each year, Mr. Gallagher reads PFC Willett’s Medal of Honor citation with his history class prior to Memorial Day. This year, Mr. Gallagher volunteered to briefly visit Molloy and place a smaller arrangement of flowers near PFC Willett’s sketch. Thank you, Mr. Gallagher, for helping to continue this tradition.

We invite you to click the button below to read PFC Willett’s full Medal of Honor citation. Together, let us remain ever mindful of PFC Willett’s legacy and sacrifice. We also remember all who have served, Stanners and friends, who selflessly gave their lives in protection of our country.

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Molloy Peer Groups Featured on CBS News

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On April 30th, Guidance Counselor Ms. Kerry Henning and her Peer Group students were featured in a report on CBS2 Evening News. Ms. Henning spoke with reporter Hazel Sanchez about students’ mental health and the role that Molloy’s Peer Groups play during distance learning. “Hazel was very impressed with our program. The seniors were thrilled to be interviewed for TV and to proudly represent Molloy and our Peer Group program,” said Ms. Henning. “They spoke about how important having the support of Peer Groups has been during this difficult time. They discussed the benefits of having a safe and confidential outlet that allows them to discuss their lives and their feelings, and to know that they have the support of their peers and counselors.” Click the button below or the thumbnail above to watch the report.

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Stanners & Friends Enjoy Virtual Yoga w/ Jennifer Kelleher '04

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On Sunday, April 19th, alumna Jennifer Kelleher ’04 led Molloy’s first ever Virtual Yoga & Meditation on Zoom! Jen welcomed over 35 participants into her virtual yoga studio for approximately 80 minutes. Alumni, faculty, family members, and friends were among those who joined in from the comfort of their own homes.

“It was such a pleasure to lead this special edition virtual gentle yoga and meditation event! I had so much fun connecting with the Molloy community and loved how the turnout included such a broad range of classes,” said Jen. “Yoga and meditation have been completely life-changing for me, leading me to huge self-discoveries, transformations, and personal growth. I am honored to be doing this work and bringing these tools and teachings that have helped me so much to my beloved communities.”

Participant Jessica McEntee ’05 thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “Jen has a super calming presence, and she naturally exudes that during her yoga and meditation sessions. It was wonderful to have a diverse group of alumni and friends join her class. I think Jen’s inclusive and inviting way of teaching made everyone feel comfortable and certainly a little more centered and relaxed, which is extra helpful especially at this time.”

Jen can be booked for both individual and group sessions. She invites you to follow her Facebook or Instagram!

 

  

MHRemembering Mr. Mike Harrison

Archbishop Molloy High School is deeply saddened to share the passing of Mr. Mike Harrison on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Mr. Harrison was a beloved teacher at Molloy for 33 years.
 
Mr. Harrison began his teaching career at St. Luke’s Elementary School in Whitestone in 1982 and joined Molloy’s social studies department in 1987. During his career he taught many courses including Global Studies, AP European History, AP Psychology, Business Law, Economics, and International Law. He taught with great passion while relating history to current events that affect students’ lives today. “If the students see you’re into it, and you love it, they will too,” he once said.
 
 

BA2014Remembering Br. Bob Andrews, FMS

It is with sadness that we share the passing of Br. Bob Andrews, FMS on April 7, 2020. Br. Bob joined the Molloy faculty in 1975 and served Molloy for over 40 years. He taught social studies and religion while also enjoying a nearly 50 year coaching career between his time at St. Helen’s and Molloy. He was a passionate Track & Field and Cross Country coach who helped countless Stanners tap into their full potential. He retired from teaching in June 2015, but remained on Molloy’s coaching staff in retirement.

During Br. Bob’s tenure, Stanner teams won a NY State Cross Country Championship and 17 New York City Catholic Indoor and Outdoor Titles, as well as over 75 Brooklyn/Queens Catholic Sectional Championships. Under Br. Bob’s tutelage, Molloy athletes won 3 Catholic Individual Cross Country Races and 11 New York State individual titles.

Br. Bob attended St. Peter’s High School for Boys and ran for Coach John Tobin. He was Cross Country Captain at Marist College where he graduated with a degree in History in 1969. Br. Bob completed his Master’s Degree in Religious Studies at Webster College.

Br. Bob is a member of the CHSAA Hall of Fame, the Armory Hall of Fame, the US Track & Field Hall of Fame, and resides on Molloy’s Track & Field Wall of Honor. The Marist Brothers have announced that due to current restrictions on public gatherings, a Memorial Mass for Br. Bob will be held at a later date. For now, we ask that you please keep Br. Bob, the Marist Brothers, and all who know and love him in your prayers.

We invite you to send your remembrances and photos of Br. Bob Andrews to alumni@molloyhs.org.


 

Alumni Reunite On "Zoom"

1964ZFred (Ric) Lorenz ’64 recently organized several Zoom virtual reunions with his classmates. Pictured above is their second virtual reunion. Left to right top to bottom are: Mike Daly ‘64, John DiGirolamo ‘64, Greg Spano ’64, Fred, Peter Farrell ‘64, Bill Nash ’64, Barry Mastellone ‘64, Rich Brew ‘64, and Ken Evers ’64. Fred, a professor at the University of Washington, uses Zoom frequently to conduct his classes and was happy to initiate the reunions. Zoom also proved to be the perfect venue for Barry to perform his song “Non scholae sed vitae” too! The Class of 1964 is planning more reunions on Zoom. Please contact alumni@molloyhs.org if you would like to join in! 
 
1987ZMartin (Marty) Manuud ’87 have participated in numerous Zoom virtual reunions throughout March and April. “While quarantined, many members of the Class of 1987 have taken the opportunity to reconnect via social media. Stanners who haven’t seen or talked to each other in decades have had a chance to reminisce, catch-up and share some laughs while reflecting on our days at the corner of Main and Manton,” said Marty. Patrick Kelly ’87 took things a step further by conceiving of a weekly Zoom conference call for the Class of 1987 every Saturday at 7:00pm EST. Ray DiStephan ’87 plays host for the calls. “Our calls have gone as long as three to four hours. We’ve had as many as 25-30 classmates join,” said Marty. Patrick also extends an open invitation to his classmates to join the new “Stanner Class of ‘87” group that was recently created on Facebook. In case you’re wondering who has hopped on the ’87 calls, here’s a list of regular contributors: Kevin Bopp, Chris Collumb, Kevin Coyle, Ray DiStephan, Paolo Dizon, John Feeney, Neil Fenton, Mike Fichera, Andre Forte, Patrick Kelly, Jim LaVerda, Marty Manuud, Pat Manzi, Kevin McBride, John McGuinness, Matt McLaughlin, Dave McNamara, Michael Moravec, Kevin O’Gorman, John Olson, Brian Rohan, Nolasco “Nick” Stevens, Kurt Steege, Sal Ursida, and Joe Winheim.
 
1977ZSeveral members of the Class of 1977 recently enjoyed a Zoom reunion. Pictured: Rob Pasqual ’77, John Doyle ’77, Art Frasca ’77, Anthony Tantillo ‘77, Frank Dorsa ’77, Joseph Arrigo ’77, and Bob Kennelly ’77. Not pictured but on the call: Peter Hillenbrand ’77.
 
 
 
 

 

Remembering Br. Leo & Revisiting The "Smile Museum"

SMILEFor 55 years, SMILE has been one of Molloy’s most influential guidance programs. Founded by Br. Leo Richard, FMS, sometime around 1965, SMILE, also known as Something More in Life’s Experience, welcomes students into a safe environment where they can talk with, listen to, and counsel each other with confidence and without judgment. Students in the SMILE program are part of a family – a family that shares a strong bond and spans generations.

May 13, 2020 will mark 25 years since the passing of Br. Leo. Alumni will remember him as “the man with the booming voice,” or the Marist Brother who seemingly randomly picked them out in the hallway one day and changed their life, or the biggest (and loudest) Red Sox fan in New York City. All will remember him as a dedicated counselor and caring friend.

To celebrate the life and legacy of Br. Leo, we thought it would be a good time to look back on the SMILE 50th Anniversary celebration held on March 21, 2015. On that Saturday, hundreds of SMILE alumni, including many former counselors, attended the event to reconnect, reminisce, and celebrate this amazing program. After the event, a “SMILE Museum” was created on Molloy’s website, which features archival articles, photos, videos, and cartoons that help paint a picture of what SMILE means to so many people. We invite you to click the button below to visit the SMILE Museum and look back on the history of this unique program.

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Connect With Your Molloy Family

During this difficult time it is important that we all show kindness and compassion for one another. We can all do something, whether it be buying groceries for a neighbor in need or simply reaching out to loved ones to say hello. Such moments can lift our spirits and give us hope.

The team at the Stanner Alumni Center continues to reach out to and connect with our Molloy family each day. We have been thinking of you all and have been inspired by so many Stanner stories over the past few weeks. Let us remain connected as a community and lift each other’s spirits by sharing personal updates, Molloy memories, or whatever moves you to write to us. We also invite you to reach out if you have any questions or if you just want to have a friendly conversation. Please contact our team using the information below. We look forward to hearing from you. Together we can be #StannerStrong and #AloneTogether. The Stanner Alumni Center is here to serve you, our amazing Molloy family. Thank you for inspiring us to carry the Molloy mission forward every day. Non scholae sed vitae.


Molloy Donates Lab Goggles To NewYork-Presbyterian

OGogglesn March 31st, Molloy’s administration, faculty, and alumni teamed up to help local healthcare providers. Allie Riccardi ’08, who works at NewYork–Presbyterian Weill Cornell, contacted her former science teacher, Mr. Mark Verdi, to express her team’s critical need for face shields to treat COVID-19 patients. Mr. Verdi put in a call to Principal Dr. Darius Penikas to suggest donating Molloy’s supply of lab goggles. After consulting with our registered nurse, Ms. Maria Gallagher, the donation was quickly approved! Next, Mr. Jim Sheldon ’88 and Br. Roy George ’62 collected all the goggles from Molloy’s labs (pictured left). Mr. Sheldon later dropped the goggles off at the home of Allie’s fiancé, Charlie Gotard ’08 (pictured center), while Allie was enjoying a well-deserved rest. Charlie once played for Coach Sheldon back when Molloy had a hockey team in the 2000s. Thank you Mr. Verdi, Mr. Sheldon, Br. Roy, Ms. Gallagher, Dr. Penikas, Allie and Charlie for making this donation possible! (Pictured left: Jim Sheldon '88 and Br. Roy '62; right top, Charlie Gotard '08; right bottom, staff at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell with Molloy goggles)
 

ST12Gourmet Meals & Fine Wines With Stephanie Toma '12

For Stephanie Toma ’12, the world of food and beverage has virtually been her lifelong passion. “When I moved in with my grandmother around age eight, she started teaching me to cook. From age ten I began hosting ‘dinner parties’ for family, and I decided I wanted to be a chef,” said Stephanie. A few years later, during her time at Molloy, Stephanie’s love of cooking and baking for friends continued. She would contribute homemade dishes to International Day and help feed the Stanner Players at meetings. “They were willing subjects for some of my not so successful recipe attempts,” joked Stephanie....Read More

 


Women at Work Panel (3/11/20)

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On March 11th, before the start of distance learning, Molloy’s GERLL Club (Girls Empowerment for Real Life Leadership) hosted a very special Women at Work panel event after school. The panel featured alumnae and friends of Molloy representing fields including healthcare, law, development/non-profit, education, visual arts/design, and communications. The discussion focused on the experiences of each panelist within their industry, while each shared unique insights and professional advice....Click Here for Full Story


Janelle Boyd '09 Visits Molloy (2/13/20)

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In February, Molloy welcomed former softball star turned global women’s advocate Janelle Boyd ’09 as a guest speaker. Janelle offered a riveting and enthusiastic presentation about how she started out as a talented teen lacking confidence and ultimately became a leader on the field of play and on the world stage. Janelle Boyd is a Cornell University grad and a Youth Ambassador for Voices of African Mothers, a non-profit organization recognized and supported by the United Nations. Janelle has addressed the UN body several times on the progression of women and girls globally....Click Here for Full Story


Stanner Alumni Center Hosts Benefactor Luncheon (2/29/20)

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On February 29th, Molloy welcomed over 100 generous donors and scholarship recipients for the 2020 Benefactor Luncheon. The event was hosted by President Richard Karsten ‘81 and the Stanner Alumni Center. Students had the opportunity to interact with many individuals and families who have selflessly given the gift of education to countless Stanners.

The event program began with a prayer led by Vice Provincial Br. Dan O’Riordan ’85. Principal Dr. Darius Penikas followed with an update on many of Molloy’s recent curriculum innovations, including strides in AP Computer Science and the addition of the Amazon Future Engineer Program, Virtual Enterprise International, and more. Alumni Development Director Craig Katinas ’93 also shared words of thanks to our community, who continues to support our mission to nurture good citizens and the leaders of tomorrow.....Click Here for Full Story


Sold Out Wine Tasting Explores Pacific Northwest Wines

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On February 6th, Molloy hosted 70 alumni, parents, and friends for its latest Wine Tasting! Mr. Jim Sheehan ’75, Molloy’s in-house wine expert, led an enthusiastic crowd through a tasting of six carefull selected wines from the Pacific Northwest United States. Wines featured included: Chateau Ste Michel (Pinot Gris, Vintage 2017), A to Z Oregon Chardonnay (2018), The Four Graces (Willamette Valley, 2017 Pinot Noir), Colene Clemens Vineyards Dopp Creek (Pinot Noir 2017), Columbia Crest (Cabernet Sauvignon 2016), Substance Washington State (Cabernet Sauvignon 2017). Participants learned techniques to evaluate each wine based on taste, aroma, color, finish, and much more. A few lucky winners walked away with a few prize bottles at the end of the night after answering some tough trivia questions. Good thing they were paying attention!

In case you missed the event, Jim shared a bit about what makes Pacific Northwest wines so interesting to him: “Although the wines of the Pacific Northwest United States don’t carry the immediate cache of those from California, there are many splendid wines from Oregon and Washington State, many of which are more affordable than their California cousins. The climate and terroir of a number of appelations in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, share strikingly close characteristics with those of Burgundy, the region which sports the most dynamic and expressive Pinot Noirs in the world. And in Washington, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and a diversity of red blends lead the way with quite a few stunning, unexpectedly expressive stars.”

We would like to extend a special thank you to Ms. Heather Green-Wresch (Director of Admissions) for organizing this year’s event, and to our Parents Guild for their volunteer efforts during setup and breakdown. If you have any questions about the Molloy Wine Tasting or the wines featured please contact alumni@molloyhs.org

 

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Karla Hernandez '12 Shares Peace Corps Story
 

KHMolloy’s G.E.R.L.L. Club (Girls Empowerment for Real Life Leadership) recently welcomed Karla Hernandez ’12 as a guest speaker to share her amazing story. Over two years ago, Karla decided to join the Peace Corps. Before she departed for her assignment, Karla went through 11 weeks of training which included cross-cultural immersion, language classes, and informational classes about working with youth and people with HIV. After training, Karla was sent to Lesotho, a small, landlocked country within the border of South Africa. There she worked as a teacher for an organization called Good Shephard Center for Teenage Mothers (run by the Good Shephard Sisters). Karla worked with a group of teenage mothers daily and taught life skills, computer skills, financial literacy, physical education (she accompanied her students on daily runs), nutrition, professional development, and more. “In Lesotho, teenage mothers only have one school in the country where they are allowed to go, and that’s where I worked,” explained Karla....Click Here for Full Story

 

Now Open: "City/Game: Basketball in New York"
 

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Pictured above L-R: Entry of City/Game: Basketball in New York Exhibit at the Museum of the city of New York; Tweet posted by Kenny Anderson ’89 while viewing his game-worn Molloy jersey at the exhibit.

 

The Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) has opened City/Game: Basketball in New York. The exhibit “intertwines New York’s vibrant history of street and playground basketball with the narratives of the players, coaches, and moments that have made the city’s high school, college, and professional game the stuff of legend.” Molloy is represented with items including vintage photos of the late Jack Curran, a ball signed by Lou Carnesecca ’43 and one of his championship teams, and a game-worn high school jersey sported by Kenny Anderson ‘89. The exhibit will run through January 3, 2021. The MCNY is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street in Manhattan and is open daily from 10am-6pm. Click the following links for more info or watch the trailer below: Press Release | Museum Website | Exhibit Website

 

 


 

Class of 1977 Gathers at Molloy (January 2020)

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by John Doyle ‘77 ----- In January, about 30 Stanners from the Class of 1977 continued a tradition, which they started about 10 years ago, namely celebrating friendship, nurturing the Marist bond, and continuing to realize the school motto – Not For School, But For Life. However, this year we broke with tradition by breaking bread at Molloy instead of Dee’s Restaurant (Forest Hills). As nostalgic as it was, some were skeptical about the change, yet it turned out to be a priceless and unforgettable evening. We literally sat in the same faculty cafeteria where decades of amazing faculty and administrators probably sat and spoke about the troubled Class of 1977.....Read More


 
Capital Projects Update
 
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In concluding our Beehive series highlighting The Fund For Molloy, we place our focus on Capital Projects. As the needs of modern students and educators continue to evolve rapidly, Molloy must always be prepared to identify and address areas of need throughout its six-acre campus. Since 2010, Molloy has modernized numerous spaces including: William J. Murphy Library, Cafeteria, Chapel, Jack Curran Gymnasium (restoration), Manton Street Entrance and Lobby, Strength and Conditioning Center, the Captain Anthony Marsloe Gymnasium (restoration), and the Main Street Path & Memorial Garden. Several areas have been completely transformed into vibrant new facilities, including: Video Broadcast Studio (previously office and storage), Dance Studio (previously storage), Computer Science Lab (previously a classroom), and the IT Center (previously the senior lounge)....Click Here For Full Story
 

Badges Alumni Network Honors Mr. Diorio During Reception
 

BadgesOn Friday, January 31st, Molloy hosted its annual Alumni Night sponsored by our Badges Network. Over 100 alumni, faculty, family members and friends attended an evening reception and cheered on our boys varsity basketball team as they faced off against St. Francis Prep in the game of the night.

 

Before the game, Mr. Ed Shannon ’84, a Badges Committee founding member, kicked off a presentation recognizing the evening’s honoree: Mr. John Diorio. “In his 59 years of service at Molloy, we estimate John taught over 17,000 Stanners,” said Mr. Shannon. “John mentored and inspired many students to go into a life of public service. He often had guest speakers that would connect with students and give them insight into a profession that they may have never considered. Some in this room may very well be in a field of work due to the influence of Mr. Diorio.” (Thank you to the NYPD Ceremonial Unit for presenting our colors.)....Click Here For Full Story

 

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Marist Presidents and Principals Meet in Queens
 
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On February 11th, President Richard Karsten ’81 and Principal Dr. Darius Penikas attended a meeting of all the presidents and principals of Marist schools in the United States. The meeting was held at the Marist Brothers Provincial Office in Forest Hills, NY. During the meeting,  Mr. Karsten and Dr. Penikas shared a report which included news about Molloy’s recent capital projects, new additions to the school’s curriculum, and an update on how the initiatives outlined in Molloy’s Strategic Plan are being put into action.
 

 
Molloy Hosts Safety Awareness Event w/ Special Guests
 
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Photos by Jackson Seeley ’22. Pictured above L-R: Alumni Development Director Craig Katinas ’93, PO Naglieri, Lt. Rosalyn Blackwell of NYPD Crime Prevention Division, self-defense advocate and national speaker Kelly Herron, Julie Morrill and Rebecca Tolkoff of Train Your Roar, John Honerkamp of The Ron Collective, and Jessica McEntee ’05.

 

Archbishop Molloy High School would like to thank John Honerkamp of The Run Collective and self-defense advocate Kelly Herron, Lt. Rosalyn Blackwell of the NYPD Crime Prevention Division, and Julie Morrill and Rebecca Tolkoff of self-defense group Train Your Roar for their participation in Molloy’s recent Safety Awareness Event on January 24th. The event was held during Runner Safety Awareness Week. Jessica McEntee ’05 began the program with a few opening remarks. “The issue of public safety is one that affects people from all walks of life in our city, but unfortunately particularly resonates with our Molloy family,” said Jessica. “We lost a member of our community, Karina Vetrano in 2016, when, while out on an ordinary run, she fell victim to a senseless act. The truth is that most people don’t believe they will become a victim, until they are one. With the support of Karina’s family, we continue to work to honor her legacy.” ....Click Here For Full Story

 

 

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