Aquinas Landmark is published by the Office of Advancement for distribution to Aquinas Alumni & Friends. Staff David Eustis PRESIDENT Ted Mancini ’88, P’26 PRINCIPAL Joseph B. Knapp EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT Meredith Kallfelz ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT, ENROLLMENT & COMMUNICATIONS Contributing Staff Bridgette Acker P’29 ENROLLMENT & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR Lisa Clicquennoi ’84, P’13 DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR Kelly Conlan P’21 & ’26 AQUINAS FUND & VOLUNTEER MANAGER Jay Polston ’90 ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT, MAJOR GIFTS & PLANNED GIVING Janine Wagner ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT, ADVANCEMENT OFFICE MANAGER Photos by: Katie Carangelo P’25 & ‘27 Mandra Mayo P’25 Al Mosher P’10 & ‘12 The Aquinas Institute of Rochester In the Basilian Tradition In Partnership with Nazareth Elementary School and the Sisters of Saint Joseph MISSION STATEMENT The Aquinas Institute of Rochester is a Catholic, private, college preparatory, co-educational school educating in the tradition of the Basilian Fathers. Our mission is to teach all students goodness, discipline, and knowledge, supported through gospel values, within a comprehensive curricular and co-curricular program that will prepare them to be responsible and caring citizens. CONTENTS ON THE COVER From students to teachers, there are 12 Aquinas alumni who are current AQ faculty members. Read more about why they chose their profession and the teachers who inspired them on page 6. WINTER 2024 A MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI, PARENTS & FRIENDS In This Issue . . . FOCUS ON FAITH Service As a Way of Life PAGES 4-5 HIDDEN HEROES Preserving Our History PAGE 6 DONOR IMPACT REPORT PAGE 34 3 President’s Letter FOCUS ON FAITH 4 Service As a Way of Life SPOTLIGHT ON 6 From Student to Teacher HIDDEN HEROES 9 Preserving Our History WHAT’S NEWS 10 Class Profile 11 Back to School 11 Enrollment Events 11 Sue Smith Retires 12 Aquinas Earns Gold on AP® School Honor Roll 12 Fall Athletic Teams Win Big 12 Principal Mancini ’88 Earns Catholic School Administrators Award 13 Esports Enters Year Two at Aquinas ALUMNI EVENTS 14 Alumni Meet for Lunch 15 Shootout for Soldiers 16 Reunion Weekend 2023 18 2023 Founders’ Classic ALUMNI NEWS 20 Young Alumni Educators 22 2023 Hall of Fame Inductions 26 2023 Commencement Speaker: Father John Huber, CSB ’81 27 2023 Distinguished Alumnus, Michael J. Piehler ‘64 28 Pickett ’17 is Living NBA Dream 30 Alumni Notes 31 Li’l Irish 32 In Remembrance 33 Gifts In Memory & In Honor Of 36 Donor Impact Report