Alumni News

Mustangs on the Road

(Left) James Hawk '82 and Patty Schmiedel '84 (Right) Andrea Baker '84 and Joe Ryan '89

Immaculate High School went on the road to visit with alumni and our first stop was held this past Thursday, November 16 in New York City. Over 20 alumni joined us for an evening of networking and fun while meeting our President and other members of the administration. It was another great day to be a Mustang! Thank you to parents of alumni for hosting this event. If you would like to host, sponsor or help to coordinate a regional alumni reception in your city or town, please contact Denise Suarez '87, Director of Alumni Relations at dsuarez@immaculatehs.org or (203) 744-1510 x158. We hope to have additional events this school year in Boston, Washington D.C. and Naples, FL!

Join Us for the Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

Before you spend the rest of the day eating and resting on the couch, start your Thanksgiving day off by running (5K) or walking (1.5 miles) in the 8th Annual Donald J. Hassiak Memorial Turkey Trot at 8:30 am in Tarrywile Park. All proceeds go to support a scholarship fund for IHS students, which honors Donald J. Hassiak '87, a 16-year veteran of the Danbury Police Department. Hassiak was killed by a drunk driver in a tragic hit and run car accident when reporting for duty on June 3, 2010. The Turkey Trot has grown into a school and community favorite. Each year it is great to see alumni, current students and staff along with many wonderful residents of the Greater Danbury Area come together to remember an Immaculate alumnus who did so much for the community. Online registration closed on 11/17, but walk-ins are welcome ($30 pp). Please register in person by 8am.

Immaculate High School Honors All Veterans at Tribute and Hill of Honor

Honoring veterans for their sacrifice and service has always been a tradition at Immaculate High School. This year the school held a special tribute and created a Veterans Hill of Honor to show its appreciation for its alumni, staff and family members, and members of the general community, who have served to protect and defend us.

Immaculate High School planned and prepared for the heartfelt tribute for weeks. The concert band and choir performed the Stars & Stripes Forever and National Anthem to perfection, as did the A Cappella Club - Immacupella - with their rendition of God Bless America. The band also performed an original service music medley. Commemorating veterans related to the Immaculate Family, the school lined its hillside with over 100 American flags adorned with a yellow ribbon each with the name of a veteran. All net proceeds from flag sales will go towards our special Veterans Luncheon and the Adopt-A-Platoon project run by IHS senior Noah Schmidt.

Mary Maloney, IHS President, welcomed everyone and introduced the speakers after a prayer by IHS Deacon Jeff Font, Chaplain. The longest serving Mayor of the City of Danbury, the Honorable Mark D. Boughton, a former U.S. Army Reserve Sergeant, offered his sincere thanks for the service of Immaculate's veterans, and asked students to make important connections. "When you think of a veteran, think about how the greatest gift to give to our country is the gift of their own lives for our freedom, peace and rights," he said.

IHS alumnus and keynote speaker Thomas J. Saadi '88, Acting Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, told the students that we would not have any day free or democratic without our veterans. "Sometimes we forget to support veterans, servicepeople and their families, but we must not forget that it is not the veterans who start the war, but they were the ones that fought and sacrificed so much," Mr. Saadi said. "At Immaculate, I learned respect, responsibility and reverence, and I brought those principals with me during my time defending our country — our school fosters service to community, country, each other and God," Mr. Saadi told the students.

For a truly personal touch, several IHS students then read reflections from alumni veterans and active military members about how their service impacted their lives and how they appreciate the support they receive from the community. The students were Eliana Assaf '19, Patrick Cropsey '18, Angella Kousidis '19, Audrey Sedensky '18, Wesley Scriven '18 and Ronan Doherty '18.

Thank you to all who were able to attend our Veterans Tribute. We look forward to continuing to recognize and honor those who serve our country.