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909, 2023

Alicia ’24 & Andrea Hartmann ’26 | Sisters Thrive in School Community Through Mutual Encouragement

By |September 9th, 2023|Categories: Current Students, Spotlights|

Student Spotlight written by '24 Hudson Stipp:  Alicia and Andrea Hartmann are sisters attending St. Vincent de Paul College Prep.  Alicia, a junior at St. Vincent de Paul, has participated in many activities at the school and has achieved academic success all throughout her time.  Her sister, Andrea, a freshman, has already participated in five sports throughout her freshman and sophomore year to this point. Those sports are varsity [...]

2004, 2023

Tyler Chelew ‘25 | Leadership by Example

By |April 20th, 2023|Categories: Current Students, Spotlights|

Student Spotlight written by '24 Hudson Stipp:  Tyler Chelew is a sophomore at St. Vincent de Paul College Prep. In his two years of being a student at SVdP, Tyler has participated in football, basketball, and baseball. He is also a part of our school’s Associated Student Body. Despite all of the extracurricular participation, Chelew has still managed to maintain straight A’s in our College Prep curriculum, achieving a [...]

504, 2022

Sena Mughannam ‘23 | “She lifts people up…”

By |April 5th, 2022|Categories: Current Students, Spotlights|

Sena Mughannam is the setter — one of the most important positions in volleyball — for the St. Vincent de Paul High School.  The setter is the player responsible for providing a well-positioned and timed ball to the hitters, but is also aware of their surroundings at all times. It is their decisions and effort that, to a large extent, will determine the success of the team.   The Head Varsity [...]

103, 2022

Jenna Grosser ’22 | “Taking the Initiative”

By |March 1st, 2022|Categories: Current Students, Spotlights|

Moving on to high school is a challenging transition.  Most eighth grade students will attend the school in their district or dutifully follow their friends to another.  For some, proactively selecting a high school to attend can be a life-changing decision.  Francis Teixeira, parent of Jenna Grosser of San Rafael, reflected on her experience four years ago.  “More than 90% of my daughters’ graduating eighth grade class continued on to [...]

111, 2021

Sebastian & Rafael ’24 | “Our Choice”

By |November 1st, 2021|Categories: Current Students, Spotlights|

For cousins Rafael Perez Rios and Sebastian Andrade, it was not a direct path to St. Vincent de Paul High School.  They both attended Rincon Valley Middle School Matanzas Charter in Santa Rosa and then matriculated to Montgomery High School.   After an uninspiring freshman year impacted Covid-19 Manuel Andrade, Sebastian’s father and Rafael’s uncle, turned to Principal Patrick W. Daly of St. Vincent de Paul High School.  After many heartfelt [...]

610, 2021

Wambui Munene ’22 | “Integrity and Responsibility…”

By |October 6th, 2021|Categories: Current Students, Spotlights|

Arriving on a new campus without long-standing friendships is a situation most students will never experience, until possibly leaving home to attend college.  With a freshman class of students from over 25 public, private and Catholic schools, for many admitted students at St. Vincent de Paul High School they are the only representative from their middle school.  In the fall of 2018, Wambui Munene of Marin Christian Academy in Novato [...]

1803, 2021

Patty Marty ’21 | “All at once, so many opportunities…”

By |March 18th, 2021|Categories: Current Students, Spotlights|

Patty transferred from Petaluma High School and chose to attend St. Vincent de Paul High School because she “wanted to be in a more academic environment surrounded by motivated students.”  In just two years at St. Vincent’s, she was the Varsity Cheer Team Captain, participated in campus ministry and was elected Student Body Vice President while working at two jobs off campus.  She is a member of the National Honor [...]

1003, 2021

Jade Schottstaedt ’21 | “Raising the flag, and the bar…”

By |March 10th, 2021|Categories: Current Students, Spotlights|

For 13 years, Jade Schottstaedt has attended the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Schools in Petaluma.  Like her two older brothers, she chose to attend SVHS because she “knew they had great teachers”.  Now, she cites that the faculty as the main reason why she was “able to acclimate to high school so quickly”.  AMBITIOUS ACADEMICS + LEADERSHIP At St. Vincent de Paul High School she was able to take [...]

804, 2020

Tom Bonfigli | Legendary Coach, Impactful Teacher

By |April 8th, 2020|Categories: Spotlights, Staff|

St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma is proud to announce Tom Bonfigli as the Varsity Head Coach for Men’s Basketball.  Coach Bonfigli is the most accomplished basketball coach in the North Bay. In 38 seasons, his teams have earned 17 league championships, 2 NCS championships, 2 NorCal championships and accumulated a remarkable 816 wins.  While those wins place Coach Bonfigli 8th all-time in the state of California, what [...]

104, 2020

Kai Hall ’23 | Building his future at St. Vincent’s

By |April 1st, 2020|Categories: Current Students, Spotlights|

Kai chose St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma.  He offers his advice to those considering where they will attend high school. Kai is a resident of Santa Rosa and attended Wright Charter School.  Along with his twin sister, he shared that “We chose St. Vincent’s for the small school atmosphere.  The faculty and students are great.” He continued, “The 100-year tradition of excellence along with the improving athletics [...]

2603, 2020

Ken Blake | Taking Debate to the Next Level

By |March 26th, 2020|Categories: Spotlights, Staff|

In high school, debate teams build the reasoning and argumentation skills needed to be effective in the real world.  Persuasion, argumentation or trial are useful methods that our society utilizes to resolve conflict.  Enter Kenneth Blake from the Kings County District Attorney’s office; more commonly known as Brooklyn, New York.  Mr. Blake takes the reins of the most decorated debate team in the North Bay, consistently ranked in the Top [...]

1903, 2020

Ed Evans | Fastest Game on Two Feet – Lacrosse

By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Spotlights, Staff|

Lacrosse is commonly called “the fastest game on two feet”.  You can see the skills, tactics and strategies of more familiar sports such as football, basketball, hockey and soccer.  Ed Evans started playing lacrosse in 1966 and was coached by the legendary Coach Cuozzo --- the high school lacrosse coach with the most wins and highest winning percentage.  Subsequently, Ed was recruited to play lacrosse for the United States Military [...]

112, 2019

Adam Gokcebay ‘19 heads to George Washington University

By |December 1st, 2019|Categories: Recent Graduates, Spotlights|

Adam attended Twin Hills Charter Middle School in Sebastopol and chose to attend St. Vincent de Paul High School because of “the small school atmosphere.”  Following in the footsteps of his sister Nicole, alumna from the Class of 2010 and member of the nationally-ranked debate team, he knew the school was academically challenging.  The students were spirited, motivated and many went on to competitive colleges and successful careers.    St. [...]

2210, 2019

Hunter Johnson ’19 off to Sarah Lawrence College

By |October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Recent Graduates, Spotlights|

Good luck to Hunter Johnson '19 at Sarah Lawrence College and her performance aspirations in New York. During her time at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma, she was an accomplished student, a vocalist in the jazz band, the Vice President of Teens Against Discrimination while focusing on her true passion; theater.  During the school day, she was able to engage with a unique range of relevant [...]

210, 2019

Abby Chamberlain ‘19 selects Chico State University

By |October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Recent Graduates, Spotlights|

Abby attended Petaluma Junior High and chose to attend St. Vincent de Paul High School because “it is unique in that you can be involved in so many different activities.”  During her four years at St. Vincent’s she played Varsity Softball and Soccer where she was co-captain and All-League in both programs.  In addition to Varsity Cheer, she was the founder and President of the “Young Writers’ Club” --not surprisingly, [...]

1909, 2019

Good Luck to Tilman Phleger ‘19 at Yale University

By |September 19th, 2019|Categories: Recent Graduates, Spotlights|

Tilman Phleger excelled during his four years at St. Vincent de Paul High School. He was the captain of the eSports team, won the coaches award on the swim team, earned the spirit award on the cheer squad and was the president of Teens Against Discrimination. A truly exceptional student, he begins his journey in a combined program for Computer Science and Psychology, a great fit for his interests [...]




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