Spring Benefit 2016: Celebrating the Past, Present and Future

Alvin Clayton-Fernandes ‘79 and former teacher Tim King were inducted into the Hall of Honor. During their remarks, both men spoke about the profound impact that Archbishop Carroll has had on their lives. Whether in the classroom or on the playing field, their experiences were shaped by people who believed in them.

"It is rare that a person can look back on his or her life, and know the exact moment when their life changed. I am so fortunate because I know that exact moment," shared Mr. King, who was a 22 year old Georgetown law student when he began teaching at Carroll in 1990. “It was when I stepped into an Archbishop Carroll High School classroom. That day, my life changed.”  In accepting his enshrinement, Mr. King credited his Carroll mentors, including Fr. (now Bishop) George V. Murry, S.J. and Fr. John Mudd ’61, and past students, for encouraging, inspiring, and supporting him as a young teacher.

Mr. Clayton-Fernandes ’79 was overwhelmed with emotion when Mr. Heino Habeck – his former soccer coach and science teacher – arrived at this year’s Spring Benefit to congratulate him. He recognized his mother’s many sacrifices in sending him to Carroll and added, “ I don’t think there was any other school I could have gone to and had the support base that I had at Carroll.” While referencing Mr. Habeck, Mr. Chiplock and Mr. Frezzo, Mr. Clayton-Fernandes said “My dad died at a very early age and the male figures at Carroll were my family base… seeing all of them brings back so many memories. I am the person I am today because of my Catholic education.”

The evening also featured the presentation of the Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle Medal to Rev. Patrick Smith. Rev. Smith, a 1981 graduate of Mackin High School, serves as pastor at nearby St. Augustine Catholic Church. When accepting the O’Boyle Medal, he thanked administrators, staff and parishioners at St. Augustine for their tireless work in revitalizing the school and offered powerful words on the importance of faith. "It is critical that we see God's hand in what we do and never lose sight of that hand while we do it."

This year’s Spring Benefit and Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony drew a large number of current and former Carroll teachers, coaches and alumni spanning many years. We are so grateful to everyone who attended and to those whose contributions helped make the 24th Annual Spring Benefit and Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony a success!
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