Randy Krueger earned a perfect score of 36 on his ACT while attending Edgewood High School during the 2015/2016 school year. Randy is a class of 2011 graduate of St. Francis Xavier School. He earned High Honors and received an Academic Excellence Award all four years at Edgewood. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and is a semi-finalist for a National Merit Scholarship.
The Urban League of Greater Madison has selected Bryelle Coleman as a recipient of their annual Outstanding Young Person Award. Outstanding Young Person awards are a central part of the Urban League’s commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. Each year they look to honor Dane County Youth who excel in academics, extra-curricular activities and community service. Bryelle was nominated by the faculty and staff of Middleton High School for their belief that she is an outstanding student, deserving of this award. Bryelle was recognized and presented with her award on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the Urban League’s 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Recognition Breakfast at Edgewood High School.
“I have many fond memories of my time at St. Francis. Some that stand out are four-square at recess, Catholic Schools Week, middle school dances, and most importantly the close friendships I formed with my classmates. Though the transition from little St. Francis Xavier to Middleton High School was a big one, I never felt uncomfortable or unprepared at the high school. In fact, the foundation I received at St. Francis allowed me to take a variety of honors and advanced placement courses and maintain a 4.0 GPA throughout my high school years.
St. Francis not only prepared me for Middleton High School, but the lessons I learned there, both academically and otherwise, have helped me achieve my dream of attending UW Madison. St. Francis has helped develop me into an organized, faithful person, and the religious education I received has shown me that being a kind, caring person in the most important lesson I could learn.”
Emily is a class of 2010 St. Francis Xavier graduate, who attended UW Madison. She served as a Peer Catechist in our high school Confirmation program, was named a National Merit Finalist and is also a talented and accomplished dancer.
Grace Douglas graduated from St. Francis Xavier in 2012. She currently attends UW–Madison, where is plays Soccer for the Badgers. In addition to her outstanding achievements in athletics, she earned a GPA of 3.94 in High School. There is no doubt that Grace has put in a lot of hard work to achieve her goals, but she also attributes much of her success to her family and experiences gained at St. Francis Xavier.
“There are a multitude of factors that have contributed to my good fortune. I’d like to recognize the role St. Francis Xavier School played in helping me develop a strong academic foundation.I take numerous Honors and AP classes in part because of the skills and work ethic I developed at St. Francis. Right now, I love my physics and math classes and felt well-prepared. I plan to study engineering at UW-Madison and I hope to pursue a career as a field agent in the FBI or CIA. I also credit the St. Francis community for helping shape my character. In addition to being a hard-worker, I feel that I am a good friend to others and genuinely care about their well-being. As a Defender on the soccer field, I can see the field fully and it’s my job to help direct the other players to the proper positions. Because of this I am always talking to my teammates, and encouraging them to play their best. I feel I can help my friends off the field in the same way. Some of my best coaches over the years, including those I had at St. Francis, gave me that same “gift” and I’m stronger for it. In addition to some life-long friends I made at St. Francis, I think my most memorable experience was the 8th grade students vs. teachers volleyball game. It was a sentimental time and really highlighted the student-teacher bond and also the supportive and FUN community that makes St. Francis Xavier such a unique learning environment.”
Since graduating from St. Francis Xavier in 2011, Nicolette “Cole” Jordee has continued to shine at Middleton High School. She participates in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She is a four-time letter winner and her performance on the basketball court has helped to lead the Cardinals to two Big Eight Conference titles. In addition to being a tremendous athlete, Cole maintains a GPA of 3.993, is a member of the National Honors Society, Captain’s Table and spends time volunteering as a youth basketball coach. Cole plans to attend the University of Arizona next fall on an academic scholarship, where she will study pre-medicine and play either club volleyball or basketball. This former St. Francis Xavier Class President reflects on her time at St. Francis Xavier: “I feel that going to a school made up of kids from preschool to eighth grade was really special. It allowed me to have many older students to look up to when I was younger, and then I was able to be that role model for many kids as I went through middle school. Having the opportunity to interact with children of all different ages helped me gain various skills such as leadership and understanding.”
Peter Guerin (a 2006 graduate of St. Francis Xavier) graduated from UW Madison with a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering in just 4 and a half years. He was on the UW Rowing and the UW Ultimate Frisbee teams and completed undergraduate research in the Shusta Lab identifying antibodies to transport molecules/ pharmaceuticals across the blood brain barrier. In graduate school he was a Teaching Assistant in bio-instrumentation and bio-mechanics.
Today, Peter works for a startup company called Marvel Medtech, with fellow Parish Member, Ray Harter, where he is working to develop an advanced MRI-compatible robotic system in conjuncture with real-time MR imaging techniques to enable more effective breast biopsy protocols and breast cancer treatment.
Joshua Utter (a 2005 graduate of St. Francis Xavier) went on to Edgewood High School, before attending Loras College. Josh has had highly successful high school and college experiences and has dedicated much of his young life to the service of others.
"While I was a student at Loras College in Dubuque, IA, I served as an Americorps volunteer at the Dubuque Multicultural Family Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters. After graduation, I packed my bags and moved to Sierra Leone, West Africa to work as a Peace Corps volunteer. I taught English to high school students in a rural town, while also aiding in other projects around the school and community. Upon my return to the United States, I spent a year as a Servant Leadership Team (SaLT) missionary at Camp Gray in Reedsburg, WI. As a member of this team, I helped facilitate environmental stewardship, leadership, and confirmation retreats for the youth of the Madison Diocese. Currently, I'm spending the 2015-2016 school as a Jesuit donné (a year of discernment with the Jesuits) at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE. At Prep, I assist in the Spanish classroom, coach cross country, and work with campus ministry.
As I sort through the 9 years of memories and experiences that St. Francis Xavier School has given me, I find it difficult to name one specific experience as the one that has left the biggest impact. Advent programs, school masses, washing dishes after lunch, and a trip to Camp Gray all stick out to me as very memorable and formative moments. But if I need it to narrow it down to one that truly sticks out, I have to acknowledge the Adopted Grandparent program. As I wrote my letters to and received letters from Bob Bollig, I came to realize that everyone has a story to tell. Our correspondence helped me discover that the St. Francis Xavier School community extends beyond the classroom. It taught me new ways to communicate and to appreciate the thought and care one puts into a letter. It fostered a friendship that motivated me to move out of my comfort zone and get to know those different from myself. I am so grateful that St. Francis Xavier School provided me with that experience."
St. Francis Xavier Class of 2012
In the spring of 2016, St. Francis Xavier took part in what we hope will become a time honored tradition.
A “Senior Walk”, where graduating High School Seniors returned to their elementary schools donning their cap and gown took place in May and we were thrilled to welcome several of our alumni back to St. Francis Xavier. Our current elementary and middle school students had the opportunity to hear from the grads about their high school careers, plans for the future and advice on how to make the most of your high school years.They made a big impression on our students and we couldn't be more proud of them!
The class in total, had 21 students when they graduated 8th grade at St. Francis Xavier. All 21 graduated high school and are now attending various colleges across the United States. 52% of the class finished their high school careers with honors and at least three are collegiate athletes.
They are certainly an impressive group, and their success speaks highly of the preparation at St. Francis Xavier, academically, socially and spiritually.
Lorraine Guerin (class of 2007) received bachelor degrees in Latin and Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics from UW-Madison in 2016. During her years of undergraduate studies at Madison, she performed research on nonlinear vibrations with application to hypersonic aircraft and also received a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. While attending UW-Madison, Lorraine also enjoyed playing on the women's ultimate Frisbee team.
Currently, Lorraine is attending graduate school at Stanford University on a full scholarship, where she will receive her master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering in March of 2018.