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Alex Thompson and Jared Washko '08 met as classmates at SHG and later joined the Springfield Fire Department in 2015. Alex and Jared attended the same training academy and graduated  in the same class in 2016. Alex works at Engine 12, serving Springfield's west side.  Jared works at Engine 10, serving Springfield's north side of town. Alex and his fiancee, Cori, will be married in October. Jared and his wife, Sami, were married in July of 2016. Alex and Jared are currently the youngest members of the Springfield Fire Department.

Siblings Clare '07 and John Zimmerman '08 graduate with J.D. and M.D. Click here for more on the Zimmerman's success story:

Sisters Mary Louise (Lynch) Santacaterina (Pictured at right, Class of 1982) , Karen (Lynch) Parkhill (1983), and Susan (Lynch) DeAngelis (1987) have written and published a children’s bedtime story, “The Sugarplum Tree,” based on their family’s bedtime routine. The book was written under the pen name “Katherine James” and was published by LilyLu & TT2 Publishing, a publishing company started by the three sisters. The book is currently available online or in speciality stores across the U.S. and Canada. Mary Louise (Lynch) Santacaterina resides in Weston, CT, Karen (Lynch) Parkhill resides in Dallas, TX, and Susan (Lynch) DeAngelis resides in Naples, FL. Mary Louise recently visited SHG's entrepreneurship class to share her experiences with starting up her publishing company, and the marketing of her book. 

The Class of 2015 was fortunate enough to participate in our annual alumni speaker series, 'Tell Me Your Story.' Each year, a panel of accomplished alumni share their journeys after Sacred Heart-Griffin to the current senior class. The speaker series is meant to inspire and excite the students about what their futures hold.  Our panel this year was Courtney (Klemm) Westlake '02, photographer, wife, mother, the writer behind the Blessed By Brenna blog, and a published children's book author; 
Judge John "Mo" Madonia '90, former private practice lawyer, and current Associate Judge for the Seventh Judicial Circuit, who spent two years at the all boys Griffin High School before it consolidated in to Sacred Heart-Griffin; 
and G. Abu Saba '97, who met his now wife while at SHG, a graduate of the University of Illinois-Springfield, and current franchise owner of Jersey Mike's Subs-Springfield.

Anne Aiello is the daughter of Joseph and Mary Aiello, and a Class of 2011 graduate. Anne currently attends Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL., where she studies biochemistry and German. Anne recently received a research grant to study abroad in Germany through an internship program called RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering).

From, "'This will bring together all my major courses,' Aiello says. 'This internship will also give me a chance to do research in a completely new environment. I will gain new skills and opportunities that are completely different than what I have seen here at Illinois College.' Aiello is also looking forward to her first trip out of the country and to experience everything Germany has to offer. 'I have studied the German culture for years and I've always had a desire to experience it first hand, so I am eager to be right in the middle of it,' Aiello says. 'There is so much history and tradition in Germany, not to mention having a chance to be a part of the German tradition that is science.'"

Nicholas Moscardelli, a graduate of the Class of 2012, and now a current student at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Il., was recently chosen as a recipient of a research grant for the Musk Deer population. The Musk Deer are located in Asia and used in the perfume industry and also traditional Chinese medication. Moscardelli is working on a synthetic discovery of a replacement for the use of the muscone oil. “Sacred Heart-Griffin did an outstanding job with preparing me for college and this summer research opportunity.

The supportive faculty and staff always put the students first and want what is best for them. The academics helped get me ready for college courses and all the work that goes into having a successful college career. SHG taught me to pursue my goals and to always strive for better.”

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