Sad Shame, Great Loss
The new school year has, most naturally, called to mind cherished memories of my time spent attending Stella Maris High School (Class of ‘81). I consider myself blessed to have had the very good fortune to walk SM’s hallowed hallways.
I treasure those memories and the friendships formed that are still going strong.
In 1994, I returned to SM and served as the Varsity Basketball coach until her closing. It was a very rewarding time as I was able to give something back to an excellent school that had given me so much. Furthermore, had the privilege of coaching the finest scholar-athletes and befriending some of the most grounded, sensible and self-sacrificing group of parents imaginable.
This past June I walked out of SM for the final time loaded up with donated Science equipment and inventory for my grammar school classes. I must admit that I cried while thinking “what a very sad shame and great loss.” How ironic that even with Stella Maris’ closing she continues her “giving” and gracious ways in furthering the educational endeavors of Catholic families of the beach.
MAUREEN HICKEY GIGLIELLO
SM ALUM AND CATHOLIC SCHOOL EDUCATOR