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2017 Alumna of the Year: Kit Carrière Stumm
Kit Stumm has been involved on the Rosary Alumnae Association Board, including serving as President, and served on the Mothers' Club for 21 years. She has generously volunteered her time and resources through the family businesses of Pinkberry and Felipe's.
Graduation Year: 1972
Entered ASH: Kindergarten
Family members who have attended ASH:
Grandmother: Anne Macheca (1906)
Mother: Anne Carrière (attended Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York - 91st Street)
Daughters: Courtney Stumm (2001), Celie Stumm Howard (2004), Sibyl Stumm (2006)
Granddaughter: Hayes Howard (2035)
What does it mean to you to be recognized as the Rosary Alumnae of the Year?
Being honored with this award is truly humbling and quite a surprise. I've always felt like Sacred Heart was my family, and receiving this award feels like a parent telling you "job well done"! Sacred Heart has always been my home, and I have been happy to help in any way I was able.
What does Sacred Heart mean to you?
So much. There is a closeness among your Sacred Heart friends that truly lasts a lifetime. Visiting several Sacred Heart schools around the country, even the world, you always feel at home and welcomed. Our youngest daughter was a senior at Sacred Heart the year of Hurricane Katrina. She and I ended up in Houston, and the welcome we got at Duchesne was so comforting at such a trying time.
My mission in life was to raise happy and successful children, and Sacred Heart was so much a part of that. My husband and I have three daughters who graduated from Sacred Heart, and the school has a really big part in the successful adults they've turned out to be. Watching them gain confidence from an all-girls setting is really important.
One of the most valuable lessons you learn at Sacred Heart is the importance of giving back. Even in Middle School ("the Preps"), I remember riding the streetcar on a Saturday to the parish of St. Vincent de Sales to volunteer. Our daughters traveled to Nicaragua with Amigos for Christ. They initiated a Best Buddies chapter at Sacred Heart. The list goes on.
What is your favorite Sacred Heart memory?
This may not be my favorite memory, but it is my most memorable. In high school, a few of my friends decided it would be a great idea to climb the bell tower before we graduated. I reluctantly agreed, but being afraid of heights, I was afraid to go down once I got to the top. I told them that they better call the Fire Department to help me down. Fearing that we would surely be suspended if we called them, my friends coaxed me down safely!