XAVERIAN ROCKS IN ROCKAWAY
Since Xaverian opened in 1957, Rockaway residents have been an integral part of the school’s student body, faculty, and leadership. What, then, is more natural than a gathering of the Xaverian Rockawayites on summer evening at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club?
Some 80 guests - alumni, current students, parents, faculty and former faculty - were among those who turned out to enjoy each other’s company and meet the new school administration. “The BHYC’s nautical setting was the perfect venue for Xaverian, whose mascot is the stately clipper ship and whose traditions are deeply ingrained in seafaring imagery,” noted newly appointed President Robert Alesi, himself a graduate of the Class of 1978. Alesi ................ outlined some of exciting changes in the school’s academic programs and introduced the school’s new leadership.
While guests enjoyed plentiful refreshments, they were entertained by the school’s jazz band and the highly accorded Pipers. Three generations of the Agoglia Family turned out: Ray senior, a former XHS faculty member; his sons James ’88 and Ray Jr. ’73, Ray Jr. wife Amanda (former President of the Xaverian Parents Circle) and their son their son Ray III ’05. Also present were parents, Jo-Jo and Wayne Barca, Michael and Lavin, Donald and Mary Ellen Olsen, Essam and Maria Said , the Castellano Family, Dolores and Mark Ferro. Area Alumni Marty Hoban ‘84, Jimmy Howard, Justin Kelly ‘79, Chris Long ‘93, John Martin ‘92, Terence Moriarty ‘93, Frank Picone ‘84, Tom Bennett ‘85, Billy Fitzgerald ‘93, Rob Rose ‘85, Jerry Sullivan ‘86, and Diane and Walter Ward 79, their son Seamus ’03, and Pat Featherston ‘72.
Local resident Michael Macintyre,
Class of 1994 and current trustee of the school, who is a senior vice president with HSBC, commented, “During a time of year when nearly everyone is away on vacation it was most impressive to see a crowded room of prospective students and parents learning more about the traditions and legacy of a Xaverian education.”