St. John Alumni News

It’s that time of year when we hear about what our graduates have been up to.  There are numerous accomplishments to report.  We are proud of you all. Parents and grads–please send us your news.  We love to share with the broader community.  News can be sent to

Alex David ’08 recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at San Francisco State University.

Melissa Dean ’08 experienced a stellar experience as a college swimmer at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.  As a 4-year varsity swimmer for PLU, Melissa holds 5 PLU records, earned 7 NW Conference honors, and helped her team finished first in the NW Conference the past two years.  Melissa graduated last spring with a degree in accounting and begin working at KPMG last fall.

Ryan Thomas ’08 recently graduated from the Naval Academy with a  Bachelor of Science in Cyber Operations, a brand new program for the academy and an area of expertise in high demand at the Department of Defense. Ryan will begin his career as a Commissioned Officer in Submarine Warfare after some additional training in South Carolina and Connecticut.

Serena Bernthal-Jones ’09
is majoring in Economics at Carleton College and spent a semester in Africa studying Community Health.

Hannah Ward ’09 is busy this summer shooting her final project and capstone film, “Phi.” Hannah is a student at Columbia College Chicago pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Art and Science. The film features a female protagonist that is complex and different than most women’s roles in mainstream media. Follow Hannah’s progress on her Facebook page here. 

2016 High School Graduation News
We have been able to track down the latest on many of our St. John graduates who are finishing high school this year.  Please let us know if you have additional news about graduates at our area public high schools by sending updates to

Bishop Blanchet Graduates ’12
Dean Chrisafis University of Colorado Boulder
Truly Dorland University of the Pacific
Jon Flanagan Gap Year
Andrew Fletcher Western Washington University
Alex French University of Colorado Boulder
Sam Gardner Washington State University
Hailey Hartwich WA State Honors, America University
Claire Manley Gonzaga University
Laura Marty St. Thomas Aquinas Award, Ed Thenell Student Athlete Award, WA State Honors, Duke University
Carissa Osborne WA State Honors, University of Washington
Isabella Perucca Seattle University
Jaime Petre Central Washington University
Jack Robel University of Washington
Max Stoeck Central Washington University
Alex Storgaard University of Washington Bothell
Braden Thole St. John’s University Queens Campus
Kaitlyn Wade San Diego State
Philip Ward Montana State
Sandra Zink Western Washington University

Holy Names Graduates ’12
Sophie Brusniak  AP Scholar, WA State Honors, President’s Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Tech
Meredith Coffroth AP Scholar, WA State Honors, President’s Award, University of Washington
Nicole Cullen Salutatorian, AP Scholar, WA State Honors–Gold, President’s Award, Loyola Chicago
Grace Frary President’s Award for Outstanding Educational Excellence, Boise State
Nona Larson AP Scholar, WA State Honors, President’s Award, University of Washington
Eleanor Strigen University of Washington
Elizabeth Watt University of San Francisco

O’Dea Graduates ’12
Will Dean and Siever Walker will both attend Montana State University, Nick Sadigh will attend Western Washington University.

Seattle Prep Graduates ’12
Jessica Carey will be attending Marquette University, Elizabeth James will attend the University of Washington, and Ian Melder has chosen to attend Gonzaga University.