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Alumni Spotlight: Elizabeth Dolan: Reaching New Heights



Alumnus Elizabeth Dolan, Class of 2013, coupled her love of running and her passion for helping families stricken with pediatric cancer by founding Cross Out Cancer 5k Race. Cross Out Cancer is a 100% Student Run charity comprised of cross country runners from 11 high schools around Tampa Bay. To date, they have raised $250,000 dollars, since the inaugural race in 2015, for John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. All monies raised go into a restricted fun to aid families in their financial need during their child’s treatment. Cross Out Cancer is powered by teens stepping up to make a difference in their community.

Alumni Spotlight: Matt Ruel, Top Golfer On Gonzaga Team


Matt Ruel, Espiritu Class of 2012, leads the Gonzaga golf team in Ka’Anapali collegiate golf classic in Lahaina Hawaii this weekend.
Ruel tied for 24th place over all. He shot a 208 (5 under par for the tournament) He was the top golfer for Gonzaga University and his team finished tied for 13th place in the tournament. We are extremely happy and wish him continued success.

Alumni Spotlight: Three Espiritu Alumni Among First Place Team At Districts

Espiritu alumni on the Clearwater Central Catholic girl’s cross-country team took first place at districts recently. Lily Brames (Class of 2016 ), Isabel Gaffney (Class of 2017) and Skyler Carlson (Class of 2018).

Alumni Spotlight: Anna Williams, Class of 2016

Espiritu Alumni, Anna Williams, is an ambassador for the Side-Out Foundation. Anna is currently raising money to help support patients with stage 4 breast cancer, the most advanced form of the disease and the least funded area of research. Anna follows in the footsteps of Jane Wickett, another Espiritu alumni and daughter of Coach Mikki Wickett, who successfully launched the Think Pink Rally event for ESCS last year and earned a scholarship from her efforts. So far, Anna has raised donations from the Espiritu Think Pink volleyball spirit game a couple weeks ago and a pink dress-down day last week at CCC, where she is currently in her junior year. Espiritu will host a pink dress-down day next month for the same cause, so please stay tuned. If you wish to learn more about Anna and the Side-Out Foundation, please click here.

Alumni Spotlight: CCC Homecoming Court

The Espiritu Class of 2015, rocked the Clearwater Central Catholic High School Senior Homecoming Court this past weekend. Espiritu Alums – Sloane Vosen (daughter of our own Mrs. Vosen), Molly Simmons, John Dunphy, Rory Hicks and Reese Brannock were elected to the Senior Court. Molly Simmons won the title of CCC’s 2018 Homecoming Queen. Congratulations to all.

Alumni Spotlight: ESCS Alumni Qualify For State Championships

Congratulations to Academy of the Holy Names Thespians for earning a superior rating at Districts this past weekend. They will now be moving on to the state tournament in March.
Among the winning team are many familiar Espiritu faces. Alumni Morgan Tata (Class of 2015 and president of the thespian troupe), Robin Sailor Zander (Class of 2015) and Ariana Cortes (Class of 2018). We wish the girls continued success.

Alumni Spotlight: Joey Burns, Espiritu Class of 2017

Please join us in congratulating Joey Burns who was recently highlighted in a Tampa Bay Times article for his phenomenal swimming record. Please take a moment to read the complete article below. We are extremely proud of his hard work and discipline. We wish him continued success.

Alumni Spotlight: Megan Amtb, Espiritu Class of 2011

Congratulations to Megan Amtb who was recognized as a company All Star by Arthur Murray International. She is considered one of the associations finest dancers. The award criteria included her teaching skills, exceptional customer service and high standards of excellence. The organization will be flying her to Las Vegas where she will compete at the International All Star Finals hosted at the Bellagio. Good luck Megan.

Alumni Spotlight: Riley Miller Becomes Eagle Scout


Please join us in congratulating Riley Miller. Riley is an ESCS graduate of the class of 2017 who now attends Tampa Catholic High School. He started his scouting adventure in first grade as a Tiger Cub in Pack 487 at Espiritu Santo Catholic Church. After earning his Arrow of Light in 2014, he became a Boy Scout. Riley has continued his scouting adventures at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. During the past five years of scouting, Riley has attended seven summer camps completed many merit badges and enjoyed two high adventure camps. Last summer, he completed his Eagle Scout project at St. Paul Catholic Church where he erected a statue of St. Padre Pio. With the help of many of his school and scouting friends, Riley had to dig a three-foot hole, fill it with concrete, and then build a pedestal using bricks that would hold and secure the statue. Once the statue was secure, he had to stucco the base, paint and landscape the pedestal and the area surrounding it. The entire process took several weeks. Upon completion, St. Paul had a dedication ceremony attended by many family, friends, and parishioners. If you are ever in the Carrollwood area, you should stop by to see it. It is quite beautiful! On Tuesday, August 7th, after a nine-year journey in Scouting, Riley culminated his experience with his Eagle Scout Board of Review. After passing that final step, Riley has earned the distinct title of Eagle Scout.

Clare Gaffney: Espíritu Alumni 2015

Espiritu alumni Clare Gaffney who now attends Clearwater Central Catholic High School recently visited our students in health class. Clare shared the news of her upcoming mission trip this summer. In June, she will be traveling to Sociedad Amigos de los Niños in Honduras to empower teen girls there by teaching them about hygiene, self-esteem and how to be strong women. Clare has collected and will distribute toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, hairbrushes, hair ties, notebooks, beads, shampoo and conditioner to the students she will be serving there. Below are some exciting highlights from her presentation:
  • I am doing this project because I have a desire to empower young women, and there is even more of a need in developing, poor countries like Honduras
  • So many girls don’t love themselves, feel the love of others, and the love that God has for them
  • It is my wish that every girl feels beautiful and worthy and that is why I am going down to Honduras to empower the teen girls there.
  • When girls and women are empowered in developing countries they help their community tremendously
  • By empowering women, poverty rates drop and women can start businesses
  • When women are told and feel empowered, beautiful, and able to do their jobs they can do so much good for their community
  • By focusing on the girls ages 11-14, I am able to inspire them to be a positive influence in their communities as they mature into women
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