Alumni News Notes

OS alumna Diane Lee valedictorian at SCA

St. Cecilia Academy Valedictorian Diane Lee (OS '12) possesses a rare combination of talents – she’s a superlative scholar, an accomplished athlete, and a gifted leader of the highest character and virtue, according to SCA Principal Sister Anne Catherine, O.P.

"She is someone who inspires others to achieve goodness through her own balanced example of faith, self-discipline, humility, and genuine kindness.
This well-rounded young lady, who has distinguished herself throughout her school career for an admirable work ethic, has also contributed a great deal to our community outside the classroom."

While at SCA, Diane has been a class officer, a member of Student Ambassador Board, and President of the National Honor Society. As an athlete, she has been the star player on the basketball team, reaching the impressive 1000 point threshold as a junior. She was captain of the volleyball team for two years and an accomplished triple-jumper on track and field. Mr. Francis Horn, SCA teacher, has described Diane as “an old-fashioned humble athlete, one who never talks about herself, but diverts the attention away from her exploits” in order to be a true team player.

"Just ask the younger girls on the basketball team and they will tell you how she willingly gives of her time to tutor them in various subjects," Sister said. 
"She is a good friend who genuinely relishes the accomplishments of other people, and with a spirit of humility she knows that all of her gifts find their source in God."

Diane was accepted at many colleges, including Georgetown University, Washington and Lee University, and Rice University, but had decided to attend the University of Notre Dame where she plans to begin her studies in pre-medicine.

The tradition of winning continues

Billy Alexander,’77, can now claim association with two undefeated Overbrook basketball teams. Back in the 1970s, Billy and his third and fourth-grade basketball team went undefeated for a perfect season. Fast-forward to 2014-2015, when Billy coached (along with Chuck Yezbak) the Overbrook fifth- and sixth-grade girls' basketball team, which also went undefeated. The team featured third generation OS student Helen Alexander, ’17.

The boys in the picture are, back row, from left, Billy Alexander, Mike Anderson, Alec Estes; front row, Steve Anderson, Scotty Wallace, Mike Varallo. The team was coached by then OS PE Director Knox McKarrin.

Last season’s undefeated fifth- and sixth-grade girls basketball team included, from left, top row, Coach Alexander, Mariah Clark, Isabella Campbell, Helen Alexander and Coach Yezbak; front row, Eloise McSurdy, Jessica Sowney and Cecilia Yezbak.





Howard George, ’52, married his high school sweetheart Carolyn Kaye Duff and has four children, 10 grandchildren and five great-grand children. He went into the trucking business after Vanderbilt/Middle Tennessee and sold it to the employees, remaining chairman. He and his wife travel often and spend winters in Naples, Fla. “I have fond memories of Overbrook and credit the sisters for a good beginning,” Mr. George said.

Chase Cole, ’66, is the chair of the Belcourt Capital Campaign, chair-elect of the Nashville Wine Auction Board, and chair-elect, society of International Business Fellows.

After obtaining his bachelor and MBA degrees, Lee “Bill” Stewart Jr, ’66, was commissioned as an officer in the Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Captain. He was recruited into the FBI, where he was employed for nearly 30 years as a Special Agent. While in the Bureau, he lived on both seaboards, and travelled the world. After retiring from the FBI, he joined Deloitte, where he was promoted to the position of senior manager by the time he retired again seven years later. He is currently a business consultant for an EDiscovery firm in downtown Nashville. And, as of October 1, 2015, he was voted in as chairman of the Mid-Tennessee chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents.

Joe Manuszak, ’74, lives in Camps Bay, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. Joe is the COO for Pizza Hut for the Western Cape of Africa.

Leslie Wallace Congdon, ’94, and her husband Emil celebrated the grand opening and five year anniversary of Emil Erwin, a luxury leather goods brand, on Nov. 6, 2015. The retail shop and production studio are located in the up and coming Buchanan Arts district, between Germantown and the Saint Cecilia Motherhouse. Everything is designed and made in Nashville by the Congdons who live in Nashville with their four children, Porter 7, Virginia 5, Boone 3, and Wallace 1.


Chelsea Carter Mattingly, '97, and her husband Phil Mattingly had their first baby on July 25, 2015. He is named Thomas Jeffrey Mattingly, but will be called T.J. They live in Washington, DC, where Chelsea works in business development for Zignal Labs, a technology company based in San Francisco. Phil is the National Political Correspondent for Bloomberg TV.



Ann Ripley Oliver, who attended Overbrook and is the current Overbrook art teacher, and her husband welcomed a baby boy at 8:04 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. His name is Jeremy Anthony Oliver Jr. after his dad and he will be called J.J.

Maria Augustine Clinkenbeard, ’98, gave birth on May 5, 2015 to daughter Lisa Elizabeth “Eliza” Clinkenbeard.

Meaghan Connolly Cotiguala, ’03, married Jim Cotiguala, a firefighter, on May 30, 2015. The couple married in Chicago at Jim’s childhood parish church.



Thomas P. Wall IV, ’04, graduated from law school in May and passed the bar exam this year. His brother Richard Wall, who also attended Overbrook, is a second year law student at Belmont University. Both brothers attended Overbrook from kindergarten through the sixth grade.

Marissa Bulso,’06, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Notre Dame on May 18. She majored in theology and minored in Italian and Medieval Studies. She was inducted in to the honor society Phi Beta Kappa and Gamma Kappa Alpha, the National Italian Honor Society. Her honors thesis is titled The Mystery of Suffering: As revealed by the mystery of God’s love and mercy in Julian of Norwich and Saint Faustina Kowalska.

Lindsey Reisz, ’07, graduated from the University of South Carolina cum laude in May 2015 with a Marine Science degree. She is currently working as the program coordinator for Reef Relief, a non-profit organization located in Key West, Fla., that focuses on preserving and protecting the coral reef ecosystem.

Samantha Gafford, ’12,
is a senior at Father Ryan and has continued swimming competitively. She broke a 17- year record in the 100 backstroke while swimming for Father Ryan. After breaking the Father Ryan swim record that was held for 17 years, she then her own recorded in finals. Two records in one day. She is presently deciding which college to attend and has hopes of rowing or swimming in college.


Aine McGinn, ’12, is a senior at St. Cecilia Academy and recently earned honorable mention honor roll recognition by USRowing in the 2015-2016 Scholastic Honor Roll.

Holly McClure, '13, is a junior at St. Cecilia Academy. She was named to TSSAA Division IIA All-District and All-Region Soccer Teams.

SCA Junior Elizabeth Kimbrough, '13, took third place overall at the National Speech and Debate Association National Qualifying Tournament in Clarksville, qualifying her for the 2016 National Speech and Debate Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah this June.

Three Overbrook class of 2010 graduates, Emma Hall and Brooke and Blair Ely, are the recipients of this year’s “Rising Star Youth Fundraising Volunteers” for the Nashville chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professional’s National Philanthropy Day. They are being recognized for their philanthropic work with a dental mission they founded during their time at St. Cecilia called “Be Happy Haiti.”

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