ST. ANDREW GRADUATES, 2016
Class of 2016: Emily Szczepaniak, Matthew Smillie, Rei Iverson, Scott Sponholz, Hannah Fischer, Christian Palmer, Christine Kaiserski, Joshua Hoffman, Faith Eodice, Silas Clark, Kyra Andersen
Meet the St. Andrew School Graduates of 2016!
Class Motto: Ex nihilo, nihil fit.
(Nothing comes from nothing)
Kyra Andersen is the daughter of Dirk and Carol Andersen, and has attended St. Andrew since kindergarten.
Kyra graduates with honors. This year she completed Single Variable Calculus and Anthrozoology classes at Carroll College.
While at St. Andrew, Kyra acted in Missoula Children’s Theatre, played on the school soccer team and competed in Roman Catholic Challenge.
In her junior and senior years, she was a member of the Yearbook staff, and for three years was school sacristan. Kyra served as school secretary on Student Council in her senior year.
She loves art and owns her own photography business, winning a “Photography People’s Choice Award’
and “Junior Best in Show” in 4-H as well as placing in art competitions at St. Andrew.
Kyra volunteered at Head Start and Big Sky Care Center. She has ridden horses she says “since forever” and has competed in horse shows.
Kyra will major in Theology at Christendom College (VA) this fall. She plans to do international and local missionary work and to continue
to pursue her interests in art, photography and writing. It has always amused her that St. Andrew students spend half their lives dressed like a flight
attendant and get to wear togas to school.
Silas Cole Clark is the son of Todd and Ann Clark.
He began St. Andrew in second grade. Silas played on the school soccer team for ten years and helped to organize a St. Andrew Ultimate Frisbee team last year.
Silas’ talents in all things mechanical have been invaluable to the teachers and staff. Whenever there was something that needed fixing, he willingly volunteered,
and has served as the school sound and light technician for every mass, play and concert for much of his high school career. Silas competed in Roman Catholic Challenge
for three years. He is a senior altar server at the Cathedral and served the Stations of the Cross every Friday in Lent since he became a server in third grade.
While completing his studies at St. Andrew, Silas also began apprenticeship classes in plumbing; after high school he plans to continue training for an apprenticeship.
Faith Elizabeth Eodice is the daughter of Paul and Diane Eodice. She is another St Andrew “lifer,”
joining the class of 2016 in Kindergarten. Faith took an Introduction to Business class at Carroll College and also
joined Mrs. Buffington’s science seminar in senior year. She was Student Government President while in Eleventh Grade, on Yearbook staff in Eleventh grade,
and won first place in the art show in Ninth Grade. Outside of school, Faith dances ballet, plays the guitar,
sings in the St. Mary Church Choir, acts as a Eucharistic Minister at her parish, and served on the Catholic Youth Coalition board.
She also played volleyball for the Helena Homeschool Warriors team. Next year, Faith will attend Carroll College.
She was awarded a parish scholarship as well as the All Saints Scholarship, and will major in Education and Biochemistry,
hoping to become a high school teacher. Faith reminds everyone that we all have so much to look forward to,
so always keep a positive outlook on life.
Rei Elle Iverson is the daughter of Mary Bomar and Max Iverson.
She started attending St. Andrew in 3rd grade, in 2005 and she is graduating with honors.
Rei played volleyball with the Helena Homeschool Warriors team from ninth grade, winning the “hardest hitter” award in her junior year,
and “All Conference” in both Junior and Senior year. While at St. Andrew, Rei won first place for the Knights of Columbus essay contest on the Constitution.
She was treasurer for Student Council this year, and completed the Introduction to Business class at Carroll College in the Fall.
Rei also holds the unofficial record of NEVER missing a day of school since she began at St. Andrew! Rei will attend Carroll College in the Fall, majoring in nursing, and planning to become a nurse practitioner. To her fellow students, Rei reminds everyone to love life and remember that every moment is precious!
Hannah Therese Fischer is the daughter of Kelly and Matthew Fischer.
She first began attending St. Andrew in Kindergarten, and returned to the school in Eighth Grade.
Hannah graduates with honors this year, and completed Introduction to Anthrozoology and Introduction to Business classes at Carroll College.
Her essay on What the Constitution Means To Me won second place in the Knights of Columbus essay contest last year.
Hannah served as her grade representative on Student Council in Ninth, Eleventh, and Twelfth grades.
Hannah also participated in Grandstreet theatre classes, and had a role in “the Little Mermaid Junior” (2013),
and sang for eight years in the Cathedral St. Cecilia Choir. She paged for the 2015 House Legislature.
Hannah played Volleyball with the Homeschool Warriors from 2011-15, winning the Christian Character award in 2012 and 2015!
Hannah has been accepted to the University of Mary, (ND), where she will receive the Catholic Scholars Program Scholarship, and plans to study Psychology.
She hopes to eventually earn an MA in Psychology and become a therapist or counselor, and also work in animal-assisted therapy with dogs or horses.
Joshua Michael Hoffman is the son of Tom and Tammy Hoffman.
He has attended St. Andrew since Kindergarten. He played soccer for St Andrew in the Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh grades, and also played Arsenal soccer in Sophomore year.
Since Ninth Grade, he has also been the school’s audio-visual technician. In 2015, Josh paged for the Montana House of Representatives.
Josh also has a horticultural bend in him, working summers at Valley Farms. He also enjoys travelling with his family, and hunting and fishing.
He received several ROTC scholarships for next year, and will attend Montana State University, majoring in Business Management and Military Science.
Christine Marie Kaiserski is the daughter of Tom and Teresa Kaiserski.
She began attending St. Andrew in Ninth Grade and is graduating with Honors. She enjoys painting, sketching, skiing, and singing.
She took the Introduction to Business class at Carroll College, and a Sight Singing and Aural Skills class.
She has been in the St. Cecelia Choir, and then the Cathedral Choir, at St. Helena Cathedral for 10 years, and a Cantor at Mass for the last five years.
Christine has studied piano for ten years, and did Irish Dance for four years.
In the Fall, she will attend the University of Mary (ND), majoring in Radiologic Technology, in preparation for a job as a Radiology Technician.
Her advice to all is to not worry about the future, but rely on the grace you have for the present.
Christian James Palmer is the son of John and Kristen Palmer.
He joined his class in the Fifth Grade. He is graduating with honors and is this year’s class Valedictorian.
He was able to take a Differential Calculus class at Carroll College last year.
Christian was a member of Student Council in Eighth, Tenth, and Eleventh grades, and the President of the Student Council in Twelfth Grade.
He competed in Roman Catholic Challenge in middle school, co-captained the St. Andrew Ultimate Frisbee Team, swam for the Amberjax Swim Club (2014-15),
and is a member of the Helena Aikido Club. He is a senior Altar Server at the Cathedral, serving regularly at the 700 am Mass on Tuesdays.
Christian volunteered for Helena Food Share/Food Drive for four years, and at Knights of Columbus Fish Fry dinners and KNEH Relevant Radio Dinners.
Christian has been accepted to the United States Naval Academy where he will study engineering and plans to be in the Navy.
Matthew Xavier Smillie is the son of Mark and Donna Smillie.
He has been attending St. Andrew since kindergarten and graduates with honors this year.
In his senior year he completed a Single Variable Calculus class at Carroll College, and took courses at the Montana Code Academy.
Matt was Student Council Treasurer in Tenth and Eleventh Grade, on Yearbook staff since Ninth Grade (Editor in Eleventh and Twelfth), and played soccer for his Freshman
through Junior years. He was a member of Boy Scouts for the last seven years, earning the rank of Life Scout.
Matt is a senior altar server at St Helena Cathedral, and has served 700 am Mass faithfully every Wednesday during High School.
He also serves at the Extraordinary Form Mass at Sts. Cyril and Methodius.
In the Fall, Matt will attend Carroll College to major in Computer Science and Minor in Math. Matt’s advice to everyone is to work hard and persevere.
Scott Michael Sponholz is the son of Donn and Laurie Sponholz, and the last member of his family to graduate from St. Andrew.
Scott is graduating with honors from St. Andrew, and he began attending the school in second grade.
Scott completed a Calculus ACE class at Carroll last year, and also earned his EMT Certification from Helena College.
Scott was a class representative for student council in ninth grade, and the Vice President of Student Council this year.
He was played soccer since 2nd grade, and is a senior altar server at the Cathedral. He also helped organize several school food drives.
Scott is leaving for basic training with the National Guard this summer (in Fort Benning, GA), and will attend Carroll College in the fall,
where he will do ROTC and has been granted direct entry in the nursing program.
Emily Rose Szczepaniak is the daughter of Paul and Paulette Szczepaniak.
She has attended St. Andrew from Kindergarten, and will actually be our 100th graduate!
She is also the last of four Szczepaniak children to graduate from St. Andrew.
Last year, Emily won first place in the Catholic Citizen Essay competition with the Knights of Columbus.
She has played soccer since middle school, and sang in the youth choir at St Helena Cathedral.
She is going to attend the University of Mary (ND) next year where she will study Mass Communications.
She enjoys cooking and baking activities, arts and crafts, and school trips.
She urges everyone to always do the best you can in everything, but have fun too.
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