Alumni News

 


Welcome Alumni!

If you are a St. Clare graduate, we would love to hear from you! Just send the following information to rcline@stclarepdx.org and we will update our records:
Name (including maiden name, if applicable)
Current address and telephone number 
Email address (very important as most communications will come via this format) 
Year you graduated any other updates you wish to share!

We love to show off our wonderful school, especially to our honored Alumni. Call us at 503-244-7600 to schedule a visit.

Facebook is a great way for you to keep up with the latest happenings of your alma mater!  We call ourselves the small school with the BIG heart...and when you read about all the great things that still happen here right on SW Freeman Street...you'll know why

 


Distinguished Graduate Award

Established five years ago, the Distinguished Graduate Award was conceived as a way to honor alumni that have had a significant positive impact on both the St. Clare Parish, and greater community.  It recognizes an individual's accomplishments in 1) outstanding service to the community and/or parish; 2) career achievement; and 3) living and teaching gospel values.

 

 The St. Clare School Advisory Council is pleased to announce…

  Christina Reilly, Class of 1990

           

 

Christina Reilly, St. Clare School Distinguished Graduate for 2018

 As one parent described her, “Christina [Reilly] has been a pillar of the school, and you would be challenged to find anyone in our community who hasn’t been blessed by her friendship and kindness.  She has contributed to the lives of so many, whether it be through her tireless work, her many volunteer roles, or her generous spirit.  Even if you don’t know Christina personally, her “behind the scenes” support of our Small School with the Big Heart has likely touched your life in some way.  You may have seen her around….working in BASC, helping with Vacation Bible School, or at the preschool (where her children - Thomas, Joseph, and Lucas - all went, and daughter Clare still attends).  Maybe you saw her name on the list of Pastoral Council members, or perhaps you met her when she taught First Reconciliation classes to your second grader.  Maybe you returned her ready smile and said “thanks!” when you picked your little ones up from Children’s Liturgy of the Word after Mass, or maybe you will when she teaches our upcoming First Communion sessions.

Christina’s roots and her life of stewardship run deep.  Her father, Tom Rothschild (married to Filomena), has been a parishioner since 1965, and even her grandmother, Delores Rothschild, was a very active parishioner here.

  

Christina started kindergarten at St. Clare in 1984 and attended through 5th grade, heading to Jackson Middle School for several years when St. Clare did not offer middle school.  She graduated from Jesuit High School, and went on to Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina.  In 1997 while a freshman at Meredith, some of her good friends introduced her to Jeff Reilly (who would later become her husband).  Jeff was attending nearby North Carolina State College. Christina has some fond memories of heading to Myrtle Beach with their group of friends, and just “hanging out” in the dorms.  Well, the formula worked, and Jeff and Christina got married at St. Clare Church on May 24, 2003, with Fr. Pat Evard, who had also baptized Christina, officiating. 

They will celebrate 15 years of marriage in May.  Jeff and Christina make their home very close to St. Clare, which makes getting to church and school a bit easier with their four children: Thomas in 5th grade, Joseph in 3rd grade, Lucas in 2nd grade, and Clare, who will enter kindergarten next Fall.

Christina feels St. Clare is her second home. “It’s a place where I solidified my relationship with God, a place where I made deep friendships that have stood the test of time, a place where the community steps up to support one another, and a place where the Holy Spirit is clearly present.” Gratitude is the word that comes to mind when you hear her talk about her parents, who clearly shaped how she lives her life and raises her own family: “I am thankful my parents sacrificed to send us here….and I’m so glad my children are able to be part of this amazing community!”

We are so grateful for you, Christina!  You have made a big difference in our community. Thank you for being a model example of a St. Clare School Distinguished Graduate.  Congratulations!

 

 

  Stephen Hunt, Class of 1985


Stephen Hunt, St. Clare School Distinguished Graduate for 2017

Stephen Hunt (St. Clare Class of '85) is one of those people EVERYBODY knows and loves.  An all-around nice guy, with a smile and a quick laugh for everyone he meets, Stephen lives out his faith daily in service to his family, friends, and the community of St. Clare.  Over the years, he has been actively involved in coaching children's sports, serving on the School Advisory Council, and graciously offering his assistance on virtually every facilities project that comes the school's way.  As a co-owner of Hunt Painting, Stephen has devoted tireless hours to the preservation of our 'small school with the BIG heart'!  To every question that begins with "Stephen, could you possibly help us out with........?"  the answer is yes.  He exemplifies the gospel values we strive to instill in our students, and our community is better because of his leadership, integrity, loyalty, and commitment to faith, family, and friends.

Stephen and his wife Deme attend St. Clare Church, and their children attend St. Clare School. He was honored as our Distinguished Graduate of the year on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

Congratulations Stephen!  Our community is blessed by you!

Stephen Hunt as a young boy


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Monahan's last class of 5th grade students makes their college decisions...Congrats!

(Excerpted from a letter to the class of 2013 and their families)

 
"It is the spring of your senior year and the season brings with it college decisions and steps for your next educational adventure.  I want to commend you on your high school journey thus far, and as the May 1 deadline nears, congratulate you on the decision that you and your families have made for the fall of 2017.  These colleges and universities are about to know what I know, and fondly remember,...that you are a group of funny, bright, warm and welcoming people.  Individuals who create community wherever you are...and wherever you go.  

You made a difference here at St. Clare.  I know that your high school journey has been full of successes due to your hard work.  I am confident you have persevered...and will continue to grow.

My best to you as you commit to your next adventure and embrace the future with hope.

Congratulations on a job well done! If you would like to share your school spirit, let us know where you are headed by liking us and sending us a comment on Facebook!

Warmly,

Debbi Monahan
Your favorite 5th Grade teacher:)
Principal St. Clare School

P.S.  Remember this vase from back in the day?  It is in my office and still brings me much joy.  Thank you!" 

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Alums receive the sacrament of Confirmation with Archbishop Sample

Congrats to these faithful alums - our St. Clare community 2016 Confirmandi!

We know you are doing well in high school and we are thankful for you and for your growing walk of faith!

May God continue to bless you and your families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congrats to these graduates from the St. Clare Class of 2012 for their high school accomplishments!  

From L to R, Nolan McCarthy, Lauren Covell and Matt Hickman...hardworking members of the Jesuit High School National Honor Society, graduating class of 2016.

Alums, thanks for sending in the photo!  We always love to hear from you!  If you have a photo to share...please send it our way so we can include it in the alumni news!

 

St. Clare Alum to perform with Portland State University's Chamber Choir and the Oregon Symphony!

We remember when 2011 alum Jereme Wilkie entertained us at the annual Christmas program as a fresh faced and talented 8th grader. (pictured right)

  Now...he is all grown up and you can enjoy his operatic talents as he sings Handel's Messiah with the Portland State University Chamber Choir in a spectacular concert presented by the Oregon Symphony.  If you would like a special Advent treat...you can catch Jereme and his fellow choir members

Sunday, December 6th, at 2:00pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway, Portland

Here are the concert details:  "After 250 years, Handel’s exuberant oratorio remains unrivaled in its ability to elevate audiences to exhilarating heights. This is Handel's masterpiece, and soon, you will get the opportunity to join us in experiencing it. All will stand for the final piece, arguably most recognizable choral piece in the world, the Hallelujah Chorus. Don't miss out!"  Way to go Jereme!

Jereme Wilkie, St. Clare School Alum
   


 

 


St. Clare Alums Inducted into National Honor Society


We are always proud of our graduates and love to share news about their continuing success!  Hats off to members of the class of 2012!  Anselm L., Ryan L., Nolan M., Lauren C., and Matt H. were just inducted into the National Honor Society at Jesuit High School, Portland, OR.  Membership in NHS is based on based on four pillars:  character , scholarship , leadership , and service. 

 

Contact us:

If you are a St. Clare graduate, we would love to hear from you! Just send the following information to crees@stclarepdx.org and we will update our records:
Name (including maiden name, if applicable)
Current address and telephone number 
Email address (very important as most communications will come via this format) 
Year you graduated any other updates you wish to share!

 

Check out our new Facebook page here . This is the place to come to "share" updates with friends, both old and new. Please remember to "like" us and "share" the page with other Alumni.

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2015 Alumni and Alumni Parents Dinner Brings Friends Together!

Over forty St. Clare friends gathered at Ernesto's Italian Restaurant on Saturday, April 18th to reminisce and reconnect.  Distinguished guests included St. Clare's very first secretary, Eleanor L. and her two daughters.  Former and present pastors and priests associated with St. Clare parish, Fr. Richard J., Fr. Jim G., and Father Stephen, S. and the 2014 Distinguished Graduate Mr. Bob M.  The Class of '66 won the most enthusiastic award with the the most alumni attendees...and the parents of the class of 2011 also brought forth a strong contingent...taking time to reconnect before their children, now high school seniors, graduate and head off to college in the Fall.  We were also fortunate to share St. Clare stories with a three-generation St. Clare School family!  

 

It was a blessed evening, the highlight of which, was the presentation of the 2015 Distinguished Graduate.  This year's recipient, Janet P. from the class of 1963.

 

St. Clare Alums recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation 

 for their outstanding scholastic achievements!  

Danny Bugingo

We’re so proud of St. Clare Alum Danny Bugingo!  He has been named a Semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, sponsored by the National Merit Scholarshiop Corporation (NMSC).   Danny had this to share about his educational start at St. Clare School.

"St. Clare sparked a curiosity and passion for learning that will follow me for the rest of my life.  

I hope others continue to experience this same transformative education for years to come." 

 

Drew Cannon

Drew Cannon, a St. Clare classmate of Danny’s, is also a National Merit Semifinalist.   He, along with Danny Bugingo, is competing for a National Merit Scholarship.  To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.  About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar ® title.

 

Approximately 7,600 National Merit Scholarships will be awarded for a total worth of about $33 million.  NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

 

Proud St. Clare Alumni Parent Mary Kay Hoenstein had this to say about Drew and her daughter Lindsay, who both were recognized by NMSC.

 

“St. Clare School gave my children the skills to succeed not only in high school and beyond, but in life.  The St. Clare community provides support and structure for the students AND their parents.  Academics are stressed at St. Clare but they also teach to the whole child, with CYO athletics, spiritual guidance, art and music programs, community service, after school programs and more.  I am so appreciative of the opportunities my two children had at St. Clare School.”

 

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in Oregon is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

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St. Clare Alums gather to Reconnect  and Pray!St. Clare Alumni gather after our 3rd Annual Alumni Appreciation Mass to reconnect with Friends

St. Clare celebrated our third annual Alumni Appreciation Mass during Catholic Schools Week 2015.  Several alumni took time out of their busy weekday morning to come and pray with our 2015 school family.  We are grateful!  Their legacy as a student, and now as parents, grandparents, and leaders in our community, speaks to the welcoming spirit of St. Clare School.  Three generations of alumni were in attendance and former classmates and former school families (they are alums too!) got to reconnect with friends at the coffee reception that followed Mass.  The ole’ school cafeteria never looked so good! 

Our Alumni Mass was also a wonderful day to celebrate the growth of our first graders as they planned for and took a leadership role at Mass for the very first time.  Singing and reading in front of a full church of people (almost 300!), our talented First Graders were poised, proclaimed the Word with great interpretation, sang beautifully and began the St. Clare School practice of public speaking at an early age.  Pretty awesome for 6 year olds!   We are so proud of them and look forward to their continued growth and leadership as “effective communicators”, one of the school wide learning objectives St. Clare School is known for.

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Congratulations Robert Molin, '32 - Distinguished Graduate of 2014!


Please join us in congratulating Robert Molin of the St. Clare School Class of 1932, the recipient of our Distinguished Graduate Award for 2014.  Mr. Molin was recently honored at our Alumni Dinner held at the school on May 3, 2014. Here is an excerpt from the award presentation speech, delivered at the event by Kevin Tyree, School Advisory Council Chair:

[Mr. Molin] graduated 82 years ago, one of two boys and four girls in the class of 1932.  A true patriot, he was married to his wife Georgia for only one month before the attack on Pearl Harbor happened, and he decided to join the Navy.  There, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Captain, assisting the war effort by delivering fuel to various islands in the Pacific.

During his working years, he served as president of the Retail Trade Bureau, as well as past-president of the ARC during a critical time of change focusing on better treatment for the developmentally disabled.   He was actively involved in all things at St. Clare: he was president of the PTA, and served as the first Pastoral Care Council president.  He was a Eucharistic minister and lector, and was active in setting up and preparing parish dinners.   Until a couple of years ago, his Lemon Meringue pies were a fixture at numerous funeral repasts.

Mr. Molin attends a monthly prayer group at Loyola, attends Mass at St. Clare as often as possible, and when he cannot make it in person – he says it to himself at home.  He also reads the bible every day and says the Rosary at noon.  He continues living the gospel by being present to all others he meets.  One of his children suggested the following Gospel quote, which sums up his positive outlook and way of living:

“I choose to walk in forgiveness towards everybody all the time.  I forgive others as Christ has forgiven me, I am not offended nor do I take up another’s offense.  Because I obey the Lord and choose to set my will to forgive, I have great peace and joy in my life.”

Thank you, Mr. Molin, for being a part of our community and blessing us in so many ways.  

Graduate News:

Congratulations to Class of 2015 high school senior Caroline Cassinelli, who was recently recognized as a National Merit Society Commended Student!  Caroline shared the following with us about her years at St. Clare School:

"St. Clare taught me the value of education.  It taught me the importance of hard work and dedication, but also of community and support.  I credit my time at St. Clare for helping me to become the person that I am today; I learned so much from my teachers and peers in my nine years there, and, most importantly, it fostered my love of learning."

Congratulations to 2014 high school graduate candidate Lindsay Cannon, who was recognized as a National Merit Society Finalist at her recent graduation from St. Mary's High School.  Lindsay will attend Washington State University in the Fall.  Lindsay recently shared some words about her early years at St. Clare School:

"St. Clare taught me not only how to succeed academically, but also how to balance a busy schedule of athletics,community service, academics, family time and friendships."  

Way to go, Lindsay!

 

2013 Outstanding Graduates:

Congratulations to our outstanding Alumni Achievers! 2013 High School Seniors John Cline and Karen Myers, St. Clare Class of 2009. John and Karen were honored at Jesuit High School and St. Mary's Academy as valedictorians of their graduating class. Both John and Karen were also recognized as National Merit Scholars, a distinction conferred upon only .5% of 1.5 million high school seniors each year. John will be attending the University of Southern California, and Karen will be attending Washington University in St.Louis.

Here are a few words they shared about their early years at St. Clare: 

“Teachers at St. Clare helped me discover a passion for learning that has stayed with me through my years at Jesuit. It is a unique place where students are challenged to do their very best at whatever they choose to do.”
 John Cline, St. Clare Class of 2009 and Valedictorian, Jesuit High School Class of 2013

 

“St. Clare helped me develop a good work ethic that I have carried with me throughout high school. I now look forward to utilizing these skills as I continue at Washington University at St. Louis.” 
Karen Myers, St. Clare Class of 2009 and Valedictorian, St. Mary’s High School Class of 2013

We congratulate and salute you, Lindsay, John, and Karen - and wish you the best of luck in your college careers!