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Alumni Appreciation Night added to Red and Gold Week

Scecina seniors Michael Ruiz (left) and Bailey Hope were crowned Red and Gold King and Queen. 

By Beth Murphy

Scecina hosted another great Red and Gold basketball game, including a popular new twist: Besides the traditional appearance of the Red and Gold Court, and the naming of the king and queen, Scecina also held its first Alumni Appreciation Night on Jan. 9.

Several alumni took the pre-game tour of the school, led by Scecina cheerleaders. The alumni, including many who hadn’t returned in years, viewed the new Father Scecina bust in the rotunda, the Scecina Story on the main floor halls, and the renovated cafeteria on the first floor. Scecina President Joe Therber welcomed the alumni, updating them on school progress. The night was organized by Rose Timpe, Scecina’s Donor and Alumni Coordinator.

Unfortunately, that night, the Crusaders were on the losing end of their basketball game, 67-49, against the Cardinal Ritter Raiders.

Scecina hosted more than 50 alumni, along with their families, during the first Alumni Appreciation Night during Red and Gold Week. This group of alumni took a tour, led by Scecina cheerleaders, of the school's latest renovations.

“For our first Alumni Appreciation Night, we had a very successful evening!” said Timpe. “Over 100 alumni and friends attended the game to cheer on the Crusaders, and they received complimentary popcorn and a drink, and free admission. It is my hope that our alumni feel connected to the school and that they always have a reason to come back and visit Scecina, even if they no longer have any children, grandchildren, or relatives that attend.

“I really love hosting events that are fun and bring together our alumni,” she said. “Many alumni complimented on how great the school looks and the progress we have made with renovations. I am excited for our next event.”

If you would like to be involved in planning next year’s Alumni Appreciation Night, please contact Timpe at

During halftime, seniors Bailey Hope and Michael Ruiz were named Red and Gold king and queen, with last year’s winners Sabrina Georges ’15 and DaKwon Brooks ’15 returning to perform the crowning duties.

Other members of the court were: freshmen Julia Donlan and Victor Franco; sophomores Monica Higgins and Kerrington Shorter; juniors Natalie Donlan and River Passwater; and seniors Bridget Delaney, Caroline Friedly, Audrey Vantwoud, Isaiah Bryant, Elliot Connor, Wyatt Howell, and Curtis Yaggi.

Instead of the traditional Red and Gold Dance after the game, the Scecina Student Council hosted a 3-on-3 tournament, which drew 13 boys team and four girls team, as well as a large group of spectators.

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