Notable Knights in a twice per month profile that highlights an SSPP graduate
and his/her achievements since graduation
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Notable Knight – John Henninger
John and wife Mariana with dogs Bia and Luna
John on the basketball team @ SSPP
John Henninger brings the best of Buffalo food to NYC as owner of a chicken wing company, Dan and John’s Wings. “Never in a million years” was John’s response to being asked if he ever envisioned himself as owner of a chicken wing company while a student at Saints Peter and Paul. Although John left after 7th grade, his time as a student as SSPP, has had a profound impact on his life. His description of the school in three words would impress, although not surprise, anyone who knows our beloved school well, “faith, community, and strength.” There is a tie between Mrs. Jan Vogel and Mrs. Sandy Whistle for John’s favorite teachers. He credits them both with teaching him kindness and acceptance at an early age. John would offer to all current students this piece of advice, “family and friends are more important than screen time and television. Go outside, explore nature and pray whenever you can, God hears you. One day you’ll look back and understand there was a plan for you!” And while John certainly did not expect to own a chicken wing company as part of God’s plan for him, it sounds to have worked out wonderfully.
Notable Knight – Fraser McIntyre
SSPP Class of 1998
As a student at SSPP, Fraser McIntyre enjoyed participating in school plays, little did he know he would eventually be featured on the world stage as part of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Fraser set a goal for himself after many years refereeing men’s hockey across the country, he wanted to referee the Olympics. His goal was achieved this past winter when as travelled to Pyeongchang, South Korea as a Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey Linesman.
As a student as SSPP, Fraser’s favorite teacher was Sister Pat. He admired her ability to engage all of her students. He also loved her commitment to the school as a volleyball coach and her enthusiasm for playing sports at school picnics.
Fraser resides in Amherst with his wife and two children. He works at Stalka Insurance Agency down the street from SSPP, but his true passions include spending time with family and time spent on the ice!
Donna Quagliana Purkey – SSPP Class of 1989
Donna Quagliana Purkey is a Navy wife (for more than ten years) and mother of two young children. She is also an author, educator, and motivational speaker. She wrote Miss You to Pieces in an effort to share her family’s unique and fun puzzle project idea and to provide comfort and encouragement to her readers whose parents are deployed. She has traveled to 42 of the 50 states, as well as to Mexico, Spain, France, England, Morocco, and Gibraltar. She lives in southeastern VA with her family.
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Matthew Foster – SSPP Class of 2012
SSPP alum, Matthew Foster is entering his junior year at Elon University where he majors in engineering and minors in physics and starts as the tight end on the football team.
This past summer Matt stayed on campus to build an Optical Coherence Tomography Laser System which will be used for imaging and possibly treating skin and breast cancer.
Matt explained, “The benefits of this type of imaging is that you are able to see much smaller areas in much higher detail: 10 to 100 times better than an MRI scan.” In the future, Matt will be working to attach a therapeutic laser to the system for the minimal invasive treatment of cancerous cells.
For his inspiring work in the classroom and on the field, Matt has been nominated for an Academic All American Award.