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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

Francesca Marsalisi, Alumni Class of 2014

Espiritu had a very special visitor recently. Francesca Marsalisi stopped by to reminisce and let us know about her future plans to attend the University of Central Florida where she will be studying Biology following her graduation this year from Clearwater Central Catholic. She is pictured above receiving one of our new Espiritu Santo Alumni t-shirts.

Mrs. Penn Reunites With Alumni

University Of North Florida
Mrs. Penn recently surprised former alumni with a wonderful night out when she visited them at the University of North Florida. The group had a spectacular dinner at Maggiano’s Restaurant and caught up on the latest happenings in their lives.
Alumni Pictured: Jonathan Ishman (2013), Nina Ferguson (2013), Stephanie Fries (2012)

Emily Spaulding: ESCS Alumni, Class Of 2013

Please join us in congratulating Emily Spaulding who will be interning this summer at Harvard Law School. Emily graduated last year from Clearwater Central Catholic and is currently a freshman at Wellesley College. She will be working at the Legal Services Center where legal assistance is given to low and moderate income Bostonians. We are extremely proud of her accomplishment and wish her continued success.

Nate Nammour: ESCS Alumni, Class Of 2010 To Compete In 2020 Olympic Games

Nate Nammour has had a hand in setting six Belmont University track and field records in just two years running for the Bruins. Now the sprinter can add a national record to his résumé.
Shortly after signing an agreement with the Lebanese Olympic Committee that will allow him to compete internationally for Lebanon, Nammour broke the country’s record in the 400-meter run this past Friday.
Nammour, who is from Tampa, Fla., but whose father Elias was born in Lebanon, holds dual citizenship in the small nation in Western Asia as well as in the United States. He will begin competition for Lebanon later this year and train with the goal of representing the country at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“I am so humbled and grateful to the Lebanese Olympic Committee for giving me this opportunity,” said Nammour, a Belmont junior. “Lebanon is my second home, it’s my father’s homeland and we have many family members who still reside there. I’ll do all I can to make the Lebanese people proud as I continue my running career.”
In just his second track meet following the finalization of the international agreement, Nammour ran a time of 47.85 seconds in the 400 at last week’s Governors Invitational hosted by Austin Peay State University. The finish not only earned him first in the race and gave him the best time in the Ohio Valley Conference this season, but it marked the first time a Lebanese national athlete has broken the 48-second barrier in the event.
The previous national record was 48.08, a time run by Mohamad Siraj Tamim in 2013.
“We heard about Nathan a few months ago and we did not hesitate to contact him,” said Ali Hazer, manager of the Lebanese National Track and Field Team. “We were so excited to sign an athlete like him for Lebanon. We believe that this is just the beginning for him. He has the talent to run 45 in the future. We are very proud of him and look forward to seeing him in the Lebanese jersey.”
Nammour’s best time in the 400 is actually 47.07, though that came during the 2017 outdoor season before his signing with Lebanon and was therefore ineligible for the national record.
That mark is one of four individual Belmont records owned by Nammour. He has also run Belmont’s top indoor time in the 400 as well as the quickest time for both the indoor and outdoor 200 meters. The sprinter was also part of record 4×400-meter relay teams on the indoor and outdoor tracks.
Nammour is expected to make his Lebanese national debut in June at the Mediterranean games in Tarragona, Spain, following the conclusion of Belmont’s spring outdoor season.
“All my success that I’ve had at Belmont, everything that comes from that will carry over for Lebanon when I start running internationally this summer,” Nammour said. “I’ve still got a lot to improve on to get to NCAA regionals and nationals and it still hasn’t really hit me yet.”

Kariana Sanchez: ESCS Alumni, Class Of 2009

If you are traveling to North Carolina later this summer please stop by and watch Espiritu alumni Kariana Sanchez perform in two upcoming plays My Way (Friday, July 13 – Wednesday, July 18) and In the Heights (Tuesday, July 31 – Sunday, August 5) atLees McRae College. Kariana graduated in 2009 from ESCS, and attended Countryside High School. She then went on to study at FSU where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Theater in 2017.  She is currently living in New York and going to auditions while pursuing her dream of acting.

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