Alumni quick update, March 2014

Catch up on Brophy alumni this month

  • Barrett Ames ’08 is a Robotics Engineer, working on the NASA Johnson Space Center’s Valkyrie DRC Robot project.

  • Jeff Lockhart ’09 was awarded the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship to pursue graduate study at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Gender Studies. The Gates is Cambridge’s most prestigious international scholarship (similar to Oxford’s Rhodes), and focuses on a commitment to improving the lives of others. Read more here.

  • Danny Wilson ’10 wrote a personal reflection for Harvard’s The Crimson.

  • Cristian Avila ’08 was invited to attend State of the Union address.
    More details here.

  • Adam Wentzel ’95 is now an American Sign Language/English interpreter in the L.A. Metro Area and will this spring be awarded a Master’s Degree in Linguistics at C.S.U. Northridge. After graduating with a dual Bachelor’s of Arts degree (Deaf Studies/Interpreting and Linguistics), he joined the esteemed staff of interpreters at CSUN and began presenting on second-language learning and advocating for the rights of all people to learn language. He is particularly thankful to Mr. Brennan for the four years of AP Latin classes he took while attending Brophy which he says fostered a curiosity for language that has culminated in a rewarding career with a positive social impact.

  • Mitch Hosier ’11 played with his band Black Thoughts at Club Red in Tempe on March 1st.

  • Former Student Body President, Paris Dennard ’00, serves as the Events Director at The McCain Institute. Photo Gallery

  • Jake Steffens ’12 interviewed for Santa Clara online blog about baseball. Read about it here!

  • Tim Kempton ’13 named Patriot League’s Rookie of the Year!

  • Mayasich Cup, named for Brophy alumnus Robby Mayasich ’10, was awarded to the triumphant Brophy Lacrosse team this month against Chaparral. Photos & Blog page

  • Brophy Varsity Soccer won the 2014 State Championship under Coach Noah Lewkowitz ’98, his first year as Head Coach.


    In Memoriam

    • Jeannette Ann Cox – Mother of Lisa Cox (XCP 84-86) and grandmother to Andrea Singh, Isabella Singh and Josh Cox ’08.

    • Seamus Raphael O’Bryan ’99

    • Arne Running – Brother of Cliff Running ’58, Steven Running ’64 and Michael Running ’60, and uncle of Steven Running ’87.

    • Anthony Iarocci, Sr. – Grandfather of Andrew Iarocci ’06 and TJ Iarocci ’96

    • William Whitcher ’61

    • Father John HanleyObituary
      A complete list can be found on the alumni homepage here>

1998 alumnus Patrick Crowley appearing on Shark Tank on March 21st

shark-tankBrophy alumnus Patrick Crowley ’98 will be appearing on the TV show, Shark Tank on Friday March 21st.

Water conservation has been the focus of his lifes’ work. After graduating Brophy, Patrick received a Masters’ Degree in Hydrology from the University of Arizona, where he was awarded a fellowship from Arizona Project Wet. Patrick then went to work for the Arizona Department of Water Resources in the Judicial Branch as a Hydrologist, working on the resolution of the Colorado River water allocations in Northern Arizona. In 2011, Patrick was inspired to explore the potential of insect protein as a solution to the over consumption of freshwater in our industrialized agriculture sector, eventually starting “Chapul”, selling nutritional bars made from cricket flour. He is on a mission to introduce the idea of eating insect protein to the American public. A comparable amount of cricket protein takes 90% less water to produce than protein from cattle.

Visit his website for more information and watch him next week on Shark Tank!

Brophy appoints Head Soccer coach

1998 lewkowitzBrophy Principal Bob Ryan announced this morning that Noah Lewkowitz ’98 has accepted the position of Head Varsity Soccer Coach. Noah’s soccer pedigree is distinguished. While a student at Brophy, Noah was a four year Varsity Letterman and member of Brophy’s 1995 State Championship Team. After Brophy, Noah attended Duke University where he was a four year varsity Letterman and member of Duke’s 2000 ACC Championship team. For the last eight years, Noah has been an assistant coach on our varsity team. Noah not only brings a wealth of soccer expertise but as an alum and current teacher, Noah has a deep understanding of Brophy’s mission and values. In an email to the faculty and staff today Mr. Ryan said, “I look forward to the leadership Noah will provide as he looks to build on the successes and momentum Brophy Soccer has enjoyed under Marc Kelly for the last twelve years.”

Pat Crowley ’98 starts a food revolution

1998 Crowley, Pat

…beginning with water sustainability right here in the U.S.

Water is my passion, and I have dedicated myself to the mission of ensuring that future generations will have a sustainable source of fresh water. I have worked as a water resource planner in several states in the Western US, and have learned firsthand just how unsustainable our water use is. As our growing population increases the demand for water, we are increasing our reliance on a diminishing supply of available water.

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I also work as a whitewater rafting guide on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. For thousands of years, this river has been revered as the life blood to many civilizations, but sadly, this magnificent river no longer even flows to the ocean, but is dried up by field after field of high water-use crops, in the middle of the desert. At Chapul, we think the solution is to learn from our ancestors, the native cultures of the American West and Mexico, and to begin incorporating healthy, environmentally sustainable insect protein into our diets here in North America and Europe.

The majority of our freshwater resources here in the Western U.S. go to agriculture, with the majority of that used for livestock production. Insects, however, are incredibly efficient at converting nitrogen plant matter into a very healthy source of protein for humans, while emitting very few greenhouse gases and not requiring nearly as much land resources. They are currently eaten in 60% of countries around the globe, and the only reason we do not here in the U.S. is purely psychological – similar to sushi was before the 1970’s.

I started Chapul with the help of friends and family to leap over this psychological hurdle of eating insects in the United States. If we shift even a fraction of our protein consumption to environmentally friendly, healthy, and delicious insects, we will have a significantly smaller water footprint. . .and maybe the flow of the mighty Colorado River will return to the Sea once again.

So enjoy your Chapul Cricket Bars, and know that you are contributing to the water supply of tomorrow.

-Pat Crowley, Brophy 1998

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AZRep: “In the Shadow of Greatness” tells the story of service after 9/11

The following is an Opinion piece submitted to The Arizona Republic by Brophy alumnus Travis Bode ’98.

In 1998, Tom Brokaw honored our grandparents who defended American interests in the deep snow of Europe and turbulent waters of the Pacific. He called them the “Greatest Generation.”

I am devoted to the same principles as the greatest generation. After graduating from Brophy College Preparatory in 1998, I went to the Naval Academy, inspired in part by U.S. Sen. John McCain (Naval Academy Class of 1958), who I had the good fortune of meeting several times.

I knew I might be called to duty, but such a reality was abstract at age 18. But on a September morning 11 years ago, while we walked to class as seniors, our homeland was attacked and it was our time to serve. Just like our grandparents, I had no idea where or for how long.

In a September 2011 interview with Stephen Colbert, Brokaw recounted a comment made to Gen. David Petraeus: “This could be the ‘next greatest generation.’ … I think the people who have been serving in military uniform, who volunteered, raised their hands … have that potential for greatness. They have come back (from war), gone to school, are in jobs, running for state legislature, Congress and the Senate.”

I am a member of a class of 965 people — out of more than 1 million overall — who voluntarily served after 9/11. This generation of Americans responded to a changed world order and were the patriots of our nation’s longest war.

Convinced of the importance of the 9/11 generation’s role, my Naval Academy Class of 2002 wrote a book. Former presidential adviser David Gergen said the book “is written for citizens and others of all stripes. These accounts … fill you with hope that this rising generation, forged in tragedy and war … will help all Americans, both in and out of uniform, unite to rise to the occasion once more.”

“In the Shadow of Greatness” is a collection of vignettes providing tales of leadership and courage from Baghdad; Kandahar, Afghanistan; and beyond. Through the eyes of Navy and Marine junior officers, the reader is placed on the front lines — conducting counterinsurgency, blasting off aircraft carriers, attending Afghan council meetings and providing humanitarian support around the world.

Policy debates on the fruits and accomplishments of war and the losses and setbacks are well above my pay grade. Likewise, the future military deployments and commitments are unclear as the election nears, but to my classmates, that is less important. We will answer the call of service no matter the political party or policies of our president.

This book honors those who served in uniform after 9/11 and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. All proceeds from book sales through Sept. 15 benefit several veterans groups.

Lt. Commander Travis Bode is a naval intelligence officer and contributor to the book, “In the Shadow of Greatness.”

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Chapel weddings and baptisms, June 2012

Martin Sims ’01 married Jamie Reardon (XCP ’01) on June 2, 2012. Father Olivier presided.

Matthew Smith ’06 wed wife Jennifer on June 9, 2012. Father Olivier presided.

David French ’98 and wife Kirsten Frances Alber French (XCP ’00) baptized son James Patrick on June 2nd.

Christopher Sheedy ’87 and wife Cari Hargis Sheedy (XCP ’02) baptized son Max James on June 28th. Msgr Richard Moyer presided.

Chapel baptisms in March

|| JP Jarczyk ’99 and wife Stephanie baptized son Gregory Edward on March 4th

|| Brett O’Brien ’90 and wife Carrie (XCP ’93) baptized daughter Margaret Rose on March 4th

|| Rhett Costello ’98 and wife Rachel baptized son Charles Thomas on March 11th

|| Nicholas Ulrich ’02 and wife Kirstina (XCP ’02) baptized son Nicholas Joseph on March 31st