Archbishop Murphy High School Alumni
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ALUM of the Month
November Alumni of the Month: Kaitlyn (Kelly) Perez and Andrew Perez (Class of '10)
Kaity and Andrew (both class of '10), found out that they passed the WA bar while on their honeymoon in September. The couple studied for two months before taking the test in July, all while planning their September nuptials. Andrew works at law firm, Perkins Coie, and Kaity is completing her LLM in Taxation at UW Law School while working at firm, Montgomery, Purdue, Blankinship, & Austin. They live in South Lake Union.
What has been your proudest moment since high school?
Kaity: My proudest moments have been graduating from WSU with honors and UW Law with honors.
Andrew: Having all of my family and friends around me celebrating getting married.
What do you love about your career?
Andrew: There are new challenges every day and I get to work with a wide variety of different people and companies.
Kaity: I love that the legal field is constantly changing, so no day is the same as the previous. There is always something new to learn, which makes it a challenging and rewarding career.
What experience has changed your life and helped you grow?
Kaity: Andrew's father passed away while we were attending law school together. It was a really difficult time for us, but taught us the importance of family and living each day to its fullest.
Andrew: My dad passed away from cancer in 2015. That taught me a lot about myself and the people around me and most importantly taught me to appreciate each day, spend as much time as you can with loved ones, and always be having fun.
What hobbies/activities do you enjoy outside of work?
Andrew: Golfing, snowboarding, cooking
Kaity: Outside of work, Andrew and I love to try new recipes together. I also love to read.
ASHLEY WELLINGTON-FAHEY, CLASS OF 2003
Since her time at AMHS, Ashley went to college in Oregon with the thought that she was going to become an elementary school teacher. However, her dream had always been to work in sports. She took a leap of faith and recently started her own company. It is an awesome concept and for this reason she is our July Alum of the Month.
"After a year of teaching I pursued an entry-level position with the Seattle Mariners. I was there for several years. Following my stint with the M's I made the move to San Francisco and worked for the Giants radio broadcast. I ended up pivoting out of sports for a few years and taking a promotion to join the early sales team at Pandora Internet Radio, where I learned a ton about online media and what it was like to be at a company during their startup days and into their IPO days. After several incredible years with Pandora, I took a few months off to pursue another passion of mine: travel. I ended up traveling by myself to countries like Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Japan and Australia. I highly recommend solo travel if given the opportunity; it’s a life changing experience.
When I finished my travels, I realized I missed the thrill and excitement of working for a startup. If there’s one thing that’s always been true—I’ve never been one to turn down an opportunity for personal growth. So, I tried my hand at ad tech and spent the last few years of my career testing out different paths, including a quick stint with an online recruiting marketplace called, Hired as well as running partnerships at a user generated content startup.
The truth is what I knew deep down was that I wanted to start my own company. After doing quite a bit of research and A LOT of motivational self-talk, I made the leap and started my own thing.
I’ve been a huge sports fan since I was 10 years old. Whenever you hear people talk about starting their own company, the recommendation typically given is to figure out a mission or vertical you’re passionate about and then figure out what problem exists within that mission. Then, decide how you might solve it. That’s when you know you’ve got a possible idea for a company on your hands.
So that’s what I did! I realized there’s a huge market of female sports fans, but most media outlets aren’t really focused on delivering content to women in a way that speaks to them or makes them feel top of mind. I’ve certainly felt that way as a female fan, and after doing a lot of research, I realized most women feel that way.
In January, my co-founder and I launched The Relish (go here to signup!), which is aimed at solving this problem. It’s a twice-weekly newsletter with the latest highlights in sports, mixed with a little bit of pop culture and eCommerce. We also write our own original content on Medium as well. Our goal is to be the brand for female fans.
I feel my time at AMHS shaped a good part of who I today and why I’ve been able to fast track my career in the manner that I have. A lot of what I’ve done requires the courage to take risks and A LOT of believing in yourself. It means deciding when something is or isn’t right for you and not being afraid to speak up and ask for what you want and deserve. It’s about looking beyond whatever your limitations might be, and deciding what you as an individual are able to contribute. Trust me, every single person has something great they can contribute- you just have to be willing to be patient with yourself to understand what that is and how you want to apply it.
Being a student at AMHS certainly played a pivotal role in that skill development for me. I always felt unconditionally supported by my teachers at AMHS and knew I had a group of teachers who believed in me, even when things were sometimes hard. I had teachers like Pat Jack who would come in early before zero period and work with me when I was struggling with math. Beth Mock was another pillar for me who also helped me with math (a subject that was rarely my best). She was also the kind of person I could talk to if I needed it.
I was on both the volleyball and softball teams and had a great support in my teammates and coaches. I’ll be the first to admit, I was by no means an all-star. I could warm a bench better than anyone and I couldn’t see the ball if my life depended on it, but my coaches focused on my strengths and also helped me work through the weaknesses… even if I never became great at them. That has played a huge role in how I’ve navigated my career.
AMHS for me, was the kind of place that believed in it’s students. That supported it’s students. That didn’t give up on it’s students. It was the kind of school that would pick you up if you were down and give you a safe place to be you."
Jessica Elekes ('09) graduated from the Seattle University School of Law on Saturday, May 14 in a ceremony at Key Arena in Seattle. She earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in the ceremony.
Jessica competed on the AMHS mock trial team for three years from 2007-2009, and was a varsity attorney in 2009. She led the Wildcats to a District Championship and a 12th place ranking at the State Meet.
Jessica also competed for three years on the Gonzaga Mock Trial team from 2010-2012.
In law school, Jessica capitalized on her mock trial experience, placing first in two Seattle University School of Law mock trial competitions with her partner, AMHS alum Lillian Kaide ('09).
Jessica plans to study for the bar exam, held in Tacoma in late July.
The AMHS Mock Trial Team was recently accepted into the global mock trial competition called Empire San Francisco. This is an amazing opportunity for the team, to help support their effort visit https://www.am-hs.org/page.cfm?p=986.
Ryan Loutsis, Class of 2011
Since graduating from Archbishop Murphy, I went on to study Paramedicine at Central Washington University and ran for their track and cross-country teams. I then worked for Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue as a resident firefighter working in structural and wildland fires. Since 2011, I have undergone three separate hip surgeries which have impacted my ability to continue running and serving as a firefighter. After these events I had taken time to listen to what I was truly being called to by God. This has led me towards a new path of spending a year of my life serving on the National Evangelization Team (NET).
NET is an organization that puts on retreats around the country for high school youth in need of personal and spiritual support. In the course of one year, NET will put on over 1,500 retreats, travel more than 300,000 miles, and help over 100,000 youth with this ministry. I am very honored to be selected as one of 75 men globally to be part of the 2016-2017 NET mission beginning August 18, 2016!
I chose NET because it is a perfect fit for me. I have always enjoyed serving others, and now since firefighting is no longer an option, NET fills that desire within me. My Catholic faith has played a big role in my life, especially since high school. I vividly remember the Kairos retreat during my senior year at Murphy put on by Mr. Schambari. I remember this was the first real encounter with adoration and how it impacted not only myself but my class as a whole. If I can do for just one high school kid what Mr. Schambari did for me, then this year of my life will be worth it. NET is more than spiritual growth; it is also about personal support. Many high school students are lost and may fall into drugs, alcohol, and self-hurt, among other harmful activities. These kids yearn for guidance from the Lord and other young Christians, and that is exactly what NET strives to provide.
The cost for NET to send one missionary for a year is $20,000 in order to provide food, travel, room and board, and health insurance for their team. Each missionary is asked to fundraise $6,000 to help offset that cost. I have begun fundraising towards this goal, but still need help to reach this amount. If you and your family feel called to join me in reaching my goal to be able to serve high schoolers on the NET team, you can donate at www.netusa.org/donate. Whether being able to financially dupport or not prayers are always a necessity and making this ministry work. From there, click “Support A Missionary” and choose either a one-time donation or a monthly pledge, then specify to join my mission by inputting my name. If you have more questions, please email me at email@example.com or browse the NET website at www.netusa.org.
Connor Mulvaney, Class of 2015
MSU students support childhood cancer research with April 12 St, Baldrick's event
More than three dozen Montana State University students and community members will raise funds for childhood cancer during a St. Baldrick’s Foundation head shaving event set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the MSU SUB Ballrooms.
During the event all “shavees” will have their heads shaved in the SUB Ballrooms. The event is free and open to the public. In addition, there will be music, food, and raffle items, including a bike donated by Walmart. All proceeds from the event go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
Various student organizations and local groups have joined as teams so they may collectively fund raise. Participants who sign up as a “shavee” reach out to friends and family for donations. Collectively the “shavees,” and mostly MSU students, have already raised more than $6,800 for childhood cancer research.
“This is the first year that this event has been offered on the MSU campus, and it is an extraordinary way to raise awareness for the very serious topic of childhood cancer,” said Connor Mulvaney, a freshman from Washington majoring in environmental studies and a student associate at the MSU Leadership Institute who is organizing the event. “We currently have 37 “shavees” signed up and would like to add to that number to reach our new fundraising goal of $12,000.”
“Connor’s efforts to inform his volunteers and “shavees” about childhood cancer embodies the MSU Leadership Institute mission of ‘inspiring MSU students to become leaders who serve as catalyst for positive change,’” said Carmen McSpadden, director of the MSU Leadership Institute.
Each year, 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer worldwide. Since its first event in 2000, St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised more than $178 million and supported 923 grants for childhood cancer research in 26 countries.
via Carmen McSpadden (406) 994-7667, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sky Muller, Class of 2008
We are so excited to have Sky Muller be our March Alumni of the Month especially because he will be our keynote speaker for our upcoming STAR breakfast on April 13th.
What has been your proudest moment since HS?
I’d have to say, my proudest moment since graduating from AMHS is getting promoted to Sports Director at KVAL News in Eugene, Oregon. After struggling for a year to find a sports reporting job out of college, I accepted a position in news. My belief was that if I could get my foot in the door somewhere in the television industry, I could work my way to where I wanted to be. This promotion to director of a sports department and weeknight sports anchor confirmed that belief.
What do you love about your career?
There are two aspects of my career I love the most. First is the unpredictability of each day. Second is storytelling. No two days of work are the same, and the minute I think I know where the day is headed, either a story breaks, an athletic event ends in upset, or a piece of equipment goes down in a critical moment. Those moments force me to be on my toes at all times. As for storytelling, one of the main reasons I got into broadcasting was because I have always believed that every person has a fascinating story yet to be told. Specifically in sports, I wanted to be the person who told viewers stories on athletes from all walks of life. From connecting an athlete in need of support with a viewer in a place to lend a hand, to showing hope to a struggling teen whose sports idol overcame similar obstacles, or simply shining a light on the unsung hero of a championship program; I believe stories have the power to create change.
What experiences have changed your life and/or helped you grow?
One experience that has shaped my life was covering Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California. As a solo reporter still learning the ropes, I was feeling anxious about being thrown into the mix of broadcasters who I grew up watching and idolizing. However, after seven days of jockeying for camera positions at press conferences, shouting questions from the crowd of hundreds, and performing countless live shots from outside the stadium, I returned to Oregon with a new sense of confidence. It’s an experience I will never forget.
Who and what is most important in your life?
Who: My family. They are the ones who have gotten me to this point, and they will continue to play a major factor in what I can become. Life is a series of tests, and my family’s support allows all of mine to be open book.
What: My Integrity. Working in an industry that is very competitive, people are willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead. I’ve always felt as long as I stay true to my virtues, and let my moral compass guide me, I will be able to look back on my professional career with no regrets.
Have you earned any special recognition and/or awards in your academic/sports/professional career?
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington State University
How did your AMHS experience affect your life after high school?
After a solid foundation of education leading up to high school, AMHS ultimately provided indestructible support walls that have crafted me into a college-educated young professional. From the education I received, to the friends who remain an integral part of my life, I feel the support of AMHS through every obstacle life throws my way.
Our January/February Alum of the Month was a no brainer. We are so proud of our Super Bowl Champion Shiloh Keo and really enjoyed watching him excel in the spotlight. Hard work, perseverance and dedication pay off!
To read more about Shiloh's SUPER journey check out these articles below:
Heidi Kuipers (Miklautsch) Class of 1996
Heidi is a member of our John Martens Endowment Leadership Team and is extremely passionate about awarding the scholarship to an outstanding AMHS junior this year. Heidi and John were close during their time at Holy Cross and she is excited to have his legacy live on.
Heidi is a Senior Director for Stella and Dot and has been with them for over 5 years. Stella and Dot is a boutique-style jewelry and accessories line that is available exclusively through Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists and online. Heidi has graciously agreed to donate all of the proceeds from this LINK to the John Martens Endowment. When shopping for Christmas gifts, consider a stylish gift that will make an impact!
Heidi lives in Issaquah with her husband of 11 years Joel and two kids, Aiden and Avery.
Thank you for all that you do Heidi!
Michael Elhardt (Class of 2011)
Michael was selected last March as a Princeton in Africa fellow and is currently four months into a year-long fellowship post in Ghana with a renewable energy company. After the year is up, he knows that he will continue traveling and working on international environmental issues. Thus far he has loved that his work has allowed him to travel and learn about different approaches to international development. His first work experience abroad happened the summer after his sophomore year of college when he lived in rural Rwanda for two months. The organization that he was with helped villagers start their own businesses by using resources from within their own communities, and it was amazing to see the innovation that came out of that process. The next summer he spent two and a half months in the Philippines interning for a solar energy company. For a few weeks he even worked in regions devastated by Typhoon Haiyan to train local doctors and nurses on how to use solar energy systems in their clinics. These were both amazing opportunities that radically changed how Michael thinks about issues like inequality, technology, and sustainable development.
Along with his travel experiences, the academic and extracurricular activities that he participated in with other students at Claremont McKenna College were the biggest influences on his personal growth. "I could write a book on all of the valuable experiences I had at CMC, but what it boils down to is that I was extremely lucky to be surrounded by such motivated and intelligent people during those four years."
Michael really valued his time at AMHS and has some special words for some of his biggest influencers:
"My education at AMHS laid a very important foundation for the development of my future interests. Although I had many important mentors in high school, there were a few faculty members in particular who made an impact on me. In Journalism and my English classes, Ms. Zellner pushed me to think critically about a lot of important social issues, from feminism to poverty. There’s no doubt that her teaching was an important part of my future interest in human rights.
Mr. Clapp will always remain one of my favorite teachers. It’s rare in high school or college to have a professor so enthusiastic about their subject. I am not particularly religious, but Mr. Clapp’s class on the history of the Catholic Church absolutely fascinated me. My interest in world history was sparked by that class and it has continued to grow.
Finally, Mrs. Alkire was certainly the most difficult teacher that I had at AMHS. From Honors Algebra Trigonometry to Calculus she was merciless. BUT she provided as much outside support as I needed to succeed. I had to change my study habits in order to survive her classes, and thanks to her I was prepared for the rigor of college level math and science courses."
Doug Sparacio- Class of 2004
Doug Sparacio recently graduated from the police academy and will be serving on the force in Everett, WA. He is excited to make a difference in a local community that he is happy to be a part of. He loves the camaraderie and sense of family in the law enforcement community. Prior to his enrollment in the academy, Doug served overseas in the Air Force. Being deployed and serving overseas made him realize how important life is and how the bonds of family and friendship are the most important things in life. Doug has a great group of friends from his AMHS days that were so supportive and wonderful to his family while he was away. The relationships that he made with them but also with the teachers and staff at AMHS mean the most. Doug is so grateful to his amazing support system, his family, who are most important to him, for all of their love and support. Through all of his experiences with the Armed Forces, Doug has learned that life itself is such a blessing and he refuses to take it for granted.
The AMHS community is happy to have Doug back in the area, and looks forward to seeing him out at Wildcat events!
John Martens (1978-2003)
John was born in Seattle on August 30, 1978. He attended Holy Cross High School (now Archbishop Murphy High School) and graduated in 1996 with honors.
John was known as a true gentleman and scholar. Many of the Holy Cross upperclassmen knew John because as a 9th grader he sat in on 11th grade math and science classes. While at Holy Cross, John played basketball, baseball, was a member of the inaugural golf team (coached by Jack Serwold), and served as ASB President.
In his short 25 years, John managed to touch lives across the world. He was a bright light and his family and friends are continuing his legacy through an endowment scholarship.
The John Martens Endowment Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship intended to provide tuition to a minimum of one student per year in memory of the late John Joseph Martens IV, Holy Cross Alumnus class of 1996. The recipient of the scholarship is determined by the John Martens Scholarship Committee in the spring of each year. For more information visit, http://www.am-hs.org/page.cfm?p=1216