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Alumni Profiles2018-08-26T12:01:17+00:00

Alumni Profiles

Since 1911, thousands of young men have been blessed to call Saint Paul’s School home. In association with our Centennial Celebration of the arrival of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 1918, we have implemented a New Alumni Profile Feature.  Please take a look and check back monthly as we introduce  some of the many faces of  our brothers and members of the Pack which have been woven into the alumni fabric that has helped to make Saint Paul’s a good place to grow up for generations.

Class of 2003

Michael Sciortino – August 2018

Family: Married to Amanda Villarrubia Sciortino (SSA ‘03). Children are Will (age 6, future Wolf Class of 2030), Anna (age 3), and baby #3 coming in September

Occupation: Owner of Sciortino Financial, LLC – Tax & Wealth Management

What is your favorite memory at Saint Paul’s?

It’s tough to single out one memory over the years as the favorite, but I will say that Luminaries hold a special place in my heart. As a student, I helped prepare for the event on Student Council. Now, as a parent, I take my wife and kids to Luminaries each year to sing Christmas carols, connect with old friends and teachers, and reflect in the chapel about what Christmas is all about.

What do you value most about your Saint Paul’s education & experience?

I didn’t realize it while I was a student, but the Lasallian foundation that was laid for us over 5 years on campus truly is intentional. The teachings of St. John Baptiste De La Salle and their application in the classroom and on the field bond us with a worldwide network of other Lasallian schools. St. Paul’s is absolutely unique and special, but it is inspiring to see that our school is only a small piece of something so much bigger started by St. John Baptiste De La Salle.

What advice would you give to current students or young alumni?

Get involved. As a student, try as many new things as you can to broaden your horizons. As a young alum, stay connected with the school and participate in some of the activities presented to alumni. Life seems to move faster every day, so don’t let the speed of life allow you to lose touch with your brothers.

Why do you continue to support the Saint Paul’s mission?

St. Paul’s had such an impactful role in the formative years of my life that I want to pay it forward to allow others to experience the value of a St. Paul’s education. There truly is joy in giving back!

Why would you encourage young men to consider attending Saint Paul’s?

St. Paul’s is more than just academics or athletics. It is the culture. It’s the brotherhood built over time with your classmates. It’s the teachers who go above and beyond to give you the best learning experience, academically and spiritually. It’s the comfort that you get each time you hear the words “I will continue…” before a class or practice or game begins.

Is there anything you would do differently with your Saint Paul’s experience if given the opportunity to go back in time?

Probably take a moment now and again to sit back and appreciate the blessings in my life. I was a very driven student, always looking ahead to next goal. While this mindset served me well, I’ve since learned that you need to take life one day at a time. Today is a gift – that’s why they call it the present.

Who was your favorite or most impactful teacher?

I had so many great teachers in my five years at SPS, but the most impactful, without a doubt, was Brother Bill Parsons. Brother Bill taught me English and Writing my junior and senior years, and he pushed me outside my comfort zone. He was stern, but he genuinely cared about his students. He saw potential in me before I saw it in myself. His classes were certainly not the most fun, but I understood why he did what he did when I got to college and realized that his classes were more challenging than some of my college classes. Thank you, Brother Bill.

Class of 1960

Paul Cashio – April 2018

Family: Married to Susana Soto Cashio. Children are Albert, Arthur, and Amber

Occupation: Owner of Cashio Cycles

What is your favorite memory at Saint Paul’s?

Long ago, there was a Grotto behind the tennis court. It was inspirational as a gathering place for prayer and I have many fond memories there.

What do you value most about your Saint Paul’s education & experience?

I went to Saint Paul’s from 1952 to 1060 when it was a boarding school. Although I  was a day student, our teachers were mostly brothers with one coach. As a whole, there were all impressive and gave guidance and structure. 

What advice would you give to current students or young alumni?

Go to class with a clear mind and absorb all the knowledge you can. A wise man told me one day – there are one hundred pennies in a dollar. Translated – that means every detail is important. Think of other things like sports after class. 

Why do you continue to support the Saint Paul’s mission?

I have not met a finer group of people than those at St. Paul’s. My alumni brothers are all outstanding men and set an example to the younger students. I continue to organize the “Gray Wolves”; a group open to all! We have events and dinners for the camaraderie and social fun with spouses welcome.

Why would you encourage young men to consider attending Saint Paul’s?

I consider St. Paul’s one of the finest schools for the education and experience. I know over 100 alumni from all class years and in my opinion, each one in his field of employment and family life are the best. The St. Paul’s experience will be with you all of your life. Amen! 

What would you describe as your greatest takeaway from Saint Paul’s?

I have to say respect for others, organization and patience to accomplish any task, the confidence to tackle life, and reverence for Jesus who is with us on a daily basis. 

Is there anything you would do differently with your Saint Paul’s experience if given the opportunity to go back in time?

I would have studied harder and concentrated on my education. As a young man, I had many interests which distracted me. It’s a gift when you are young to know what will be important in later life. Learn as much as you can young men. You will find it useful as an adult.

Class of 1983

Mark Bitterwolf – March 2018

Education: Finance degree from LSU in 1987; MBA from Tulane University in 1987

Family: Married to Ann Ruiz in 2001. Children are Thomas, Class of 2021 and Daniel, Class of 2022

Occupation: Owner of Uniforms by Bayou

 

Do you have any other family members currently attending or who have attended Saint Paul’s?

My two sons are currently at St. Paul’s and are third generation students. Thomas is a freshman and Daniel is a pre-freshman. My nephew, Jack Grace, is in 10th grade, and my nephews Hunter ’11 and Grant Ward ’14 are alumni as well as my father, Gordon, who graduated in 1954.

Who was your favorite or most impactful teacher?

I had so many dedicated and devoted teachers that it’s difficult to name just one, but I still remember Mr. John Morvant’s Louisiana History class. Brother Tim Coldwell’s World History class and Brother Alfred’s Physics class. These three teachers really impressed me, and I still remember lessons learned from all of them.

What advice would you give to current students or young alumni?

Work hard, really hard. Give it your best and take advantage of the opportunity you are blessed with as a St. Paul’s student. Be aware and recognize the people in your life. Brothers, faculty, and parents that make sacrifices for you to be a student or alumnus of St. Paul’s.

Why do you continue to support the Saint Paul’s mission?

I believe in the Lasallian mission and the 5 core Principles, and it’s also a way for me to say “Thank You”.

Why would you encourage young men to consider attending Saint Paul’s?

When asked this question, I always respond how truly blessed we are to have St. Paul’s here in St. Tammany Parish with dedicated Lasallian Brothers and faculty. I love the strong academics. Many people comment about how St. Paul’s is so competitive in athletics, but it’s equally competitive academically. The presence of the Lasallian Brothers on campus and learning about the Lasallian Five Core Principles, especially faith in the presence of God, would be reason enough for me to encourage young men to attend, but I must say the campus is very impressive too.

What would you describe as your greatest takeaway from Saint Paul’s?

The friends and having the common bond of all Lasallian school alumni.

Is there anything you would do differently with your Saint Paul’s experience if given the opportunity to go back in time?

I was heavily involved in our family business while a student at St. Paul’s, but I would’ve love being more involved with extracurricular activities if I would’ve had the time.

 

Class of 1993

Craig Paretti – February 2018

Education: BSBA in Marketing from Drake University in 1997  

Family: Married to Melissa Marth Paretti and celebrating 20 years in 2018. Mary SSA ’21, CJ SPS ’21 and Trent SPS ‘22

Occupation: President of The Paretti Family of Dealerships Jaguar – Land Rover – Mazda in Metairie and Baton Rouge

 

What do you value most about your Saint Paul’s education and experience?

Brotherhood. It is something that can’t be explained and must be experienced. I still have so many strong relationships with my fellow classmates as well as teachers.

Do you have any other family members currently attending or who have attended Saint Paul’s?

I have two sons presently attending Saint Paul’s. Trent ’22 is a pre-freshmen, and CJ ’21 is a freshmen. My nephew, Larry is a member of the Class of 2018

Who was your favorite or most impactful teacher?

This question is almost unfair to answer as I don’t have enough fingers to count. If I must pick, then Trevor Watkins. He pushed me to always excel and to enjoy successes. I truly enjoy seeing so many of my teachers dedicating themselves to Saint Paul’s. I hope they know how much I appreciate their guidance and friendship over the years. Let this be my moment to thank them all from the bottom of my heart. Our students are very lucky.

What advice would you give to current students or young alumni?

Make the most of your time at Saint Paul’s. Force yourself to try that new group or sport. Facing your fears is what makes you a better man. You will be surprised to meet so many more friends and brothers. 

Why do you continue to support the Saint the Saint Paul’s mission?

I look at my life path and owe so much to Saint Paul’s. Saint Paul’s helped me pursue an education quite far from home and definitely outside of my comfort zone. I’ll never forget beginning my 18 hour drive to college with sweaty palms and a huge knot in my stomach but then as I hit I-55 North, there was a strange sense of calm. The confidence and determination learned at Saint Paul’s to succeed guided me.  I thank God every day for that choice as I would have never met my wife and had 3 beautiful children.

In what ways do you continue to be involved with Saint Paul’s at this phase of your life?

Jazz & Roll has always been a favorite. We have sponsored the event for many years but 2017 was our last. We are moving our support to facility improvements and look forward to seeing an updated Benilde Hall.

Why would you encourage young men to consider attending Saint Paul’s?

A Saint Paul’s man walks and talks differently. You can see a sense of compassion and faith  in his eyes matched with knowledge and confidence.