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Alumni Spotlight: Alfonso and Daniel Vargas-Boggiano

The Vargas-Boggiano brothers, Alfonso and Daniel, Espiritu class of 2016 and 2018 respectively, competed in the Class 2A State Duals at Osceola High School in Kissimmee this weekend as members of the Jesuit High School Varsity Wrestling Team. Alfonso, a senior, competed in the 138 lb. division and Daniel, a sophomore in his first season as a Varsity wrestler, competed in the 113 lb. division. Jesuit took home the State Championship Trophy! The Tigers closed it out with a historic 71-6 win over Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday night. Jesuit won three duals over two days at State, including an epic victory Friday night when the Tigers knocked off two-time defending State Champion Lakeland Lake Gibson 29-27 in the Quarterfinal.

Espiritu Alumni Unite For A Cause Saturday: November 16, 2019

Five years ago, 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.
This year fellow Espiritu alumni have joined Elizabeth’s efforts to raise money for John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Lily Brames & Max Brames (Clearwater Central Catholic),Katelyn Chau & Grace Odmark (Academy of The Holy Names) and Mark Rumsey (Jesuit) are all Student Representatives on the Board for this year’s race. Students can sign up individually or join CCC, Jesuits, Academy, Tampa Catholic, or other schools’ teams.

Espiritu Alumni To Appear In Jesuit Masque Production This Weekend


The Jesuit Masque’s spring production of The Front Page will be held this weekend. The Front Page is a comedy classic from 1928, a hysterical, high-speed ensemble play created by former reporters Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur that raises the veil on the political machinations of the day and shines a hilarious light on the world of big-boss politicians and newspaper men.
Espiritu Alumni appearing in The Front Page this weekend:
Arianna Cortes (18)
Colin Creadon (19)
Georgia Head (18)
Matthew Justin (18)
Maeve Miller (18)
Matthew Peralta (19)
Friday: November 15 at 7:00 pm
Saturday: November 16 at 1:00 pm
Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 pm
Tickets: $10 general admission.

Alumni Spotlight: Angelia Carbonaro, Class Of 2018

Please join us in congratulating Espiritu alumnus Angelina Carbonaro who has been chosen to perform the lead character of Clara in the Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Straz Center.
Angelina will be performing on:
Friday: November 29, 7:00 pm
Sunday: December 1, 2:00 pm
About the Show: Now a glittering, star-studded Tampa holiday tradition, Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker includes principal dancers from powerhouse companies such as New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre alongside NGB’s award-winning young dancers. This family-friendly favorite takes audiences into Clara and Drosselmeyer’s fantastical world of dancing sweets, sword-fighting rodents and some of ballet’s most famous music.



Alumni Spotlight: Class Of 2018 Maeve Miller and Arianna Cortes


Two Espiritu Alumni Chosen To Represent Academy Of The Holy Names Abroad
In celebration of its 150th school year, St Mary’s Academy in Winnipeg, Manitoba, invited students from schools in the Holy Names network to attend “Come and See Mother Marie Rose” week. Last year, Academy freshmen and sophomores were asked to write an essay on why they would like to attend this gathering, and two of the four girls selected were Espiritu Santo alumni. Arianna Cortes and Maeve Miller were chosen to represent Academy of the Holy Names. These incredible students spent last week in Winnipeg and experienced the day-to-day life and culture of the St Mary’s community. They attended classes and participated in extracurricular activities including athletics, debate and service. What an amazing opportunity!

Alumni Spotlight: Mark Rumsey, Class of 2016

Mark Rumsey, Espiritu Santo Class of 2016 is featured in the far right hand side of photo above.
Please join us in congratulating Mark Rumsey who was just named one of Jesuit’s nine National Merit Semifinalists for 2019-20. Nine National Merit Semifinalists in one year is tied for the second-most in the school’s history. Over the past seven years, Jesuit has had more boys Semifinalists – 42 – than any high school in the Tampa Bay area, including a school-record 12 last school year.
The prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program, which is in its 65th year, announced this week approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide. Semifinalists are selected based on their scores on the PSAT, a standardized test administered their junior year. More than 1.5 million nationwide took the PSAT last year, and less than one-half of 1% of all seniors are being honored as Semifinalists.
In addition to having more boys National Merit Semifinalists than any school in the area, Jesuit also ranks 6th among the nearly 43 college prep Jesuit high schools in the nation in percentage of its seniors who attained National Merit Semifinalist status, 4.37%.
The nine Jesuit seniors will continue in the pursuit of some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. More than 90 percent of the Semifinalists will attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

Espiritu Alumni Wins Prestigious Financial Award: Madison Rooth, Class of 2015

Please join us in congratulating Espiritu Alumni Madison Rooth, who recently became the recipient of the Florida Institute of Technology’s most prestigious financial award.
Madison received a full, four-year scholarship which included all tuition and university fees, a room in Harris Village’s Farmer Hall and the regular university meal plan. Additionally, she will be given a stipend between her junior and senior years for enrichment through Florida Tech’s summer study abroad program at Oxford University.
Madison received this amazing honor for her exceptional academic achievements which ranked her among the top five percent of her graduating class at the Academy of Holy Names and outstanding personal character. We wish her continued success.

Alumni Spotlight Mark Rumsey, Class of 2016


Congratulations Espiritu alumni Mark Rumsey who was recognized this summer as one of Jesuit High School of Tampa’s top students in Class Achievement. During the Spring 2019 semester, Mark earned Six First Honors recognitions. Subjects included Spanish 4 Honors, Principles of Engineering Honors, AP English Language & Composition, AP Calculus AB, Christian Morality, and Physics Honors.
Class Achievement is an academic recognition program at Jesuit that awards First Honors and Second Honors to the top two students in each class section every semester.

Alumni Spotlight Emily Spaulding, Class of 2013


Congratulations to Espiritu Alumni Emily Spaulding who recently published an article
for Wellesley College. Emily highlighted her work at New York City’s Social Accountability International, a non-profit non-governmental organization advocating for human rights in the workplace. We wish her continued success.

Alumni Spotlight: Matthew Justin, Class of 2018


Congratulations to Espiritu Santo alumni Matthew Justin, class of 2018, who was recently awarded the St. Peter Claver service award for the Jesuit High School freshman class. We are extremely proud of his commitment, dedication and compassion for helping others in his community and look forwarded to watching him continue to excel in high school.