Bob Kanaby – Class of 1956
Bob has the distinction of being part of the first graduating class from St. Anthony High School. Bob earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Jersey City State College. Bob also served as teacher/coach, vice-principal and principal at various schools in New Jersey before becoming executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Bob received the Award of Honor from the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association, its highest award, and was inducted into the charter class of the NJSIAA Hall of Fame.
Alice Schmidt De Fazio – Class of 1975
Alice participated in four year of girl’s varsity basketball at SAHS, and was the first girl in SAHS history to score 1,000 points. Alice graduated from Montclair State College in 1980 with a BA in English; while at Montclair State, Alice participated in the first ever Women’s Basketball Final Four in 1978. Alice was an elementary school teacher at Sacred Heart in Jersey City for 13 years and in 1994 joined the New Jersey City University (Jersey City State College), where she currently serves as the Director of Athletics. Alice is a member of three Halls of Fame – Montclair State University, Hudson County, and Jersey City.
Michael Calamito – Class of 1981
Mike was very active during his years at St. Anthony, playing basketball, baseball and served as President of the school board. Mike graduated from Seton Hall University in 1985 with a BS in Management in Industrial Relations. While in college, Mike participated in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and received his commission as an Officer in the United States Army Reserve. Mike has served in various positions including a tour in Iraq where he received the Bronze Star. Mike works at Fidelity Investments where he is a Vice President in the Risk Oversight Division.
Cameesha Gordon – Class of 1999
SAHS Class of 1999 graduate and valedictorian Cameesha Gordon enjoyed success in several areas while in high school. She balanced perfect marks every marking period for all four years, along with playing softball, and working part time with then investment firm, Merrill Lynch. Cameesha worked in Merrill Lynch’s very coveted co – op position at that time, which was only given to four high school students in Jersey City. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and landed an executive role as Manager of Capital Projects at Macy’s East. She is currently the Finance Supervisor at Salvatore Ferragamo (an Italian luxury goods company), and she dedicates her time in the fitness/health industry as a Certified Life Coach, Personal Trainer, and fitness athlete. In 2011, Cameesha landed a two-page spread in Krave Fit Magazine, with NFL pro James Ihedigbo on the cover, highlighting her success in the fitness industry.
Tyshawn Taylor – Class of 2008
Tyshawn played for renowned high-school coach Bob Hurley, during the 2007-08 season, in which the basketball team went 32-0 and was awarded the high school basketball mythical national championship by USA Today, but was also on the honor roll every year in high school. Taylor appeared in the 2009 film The Street Stops Here, a documentary about Hurley and St. Anthony Basketball Team.
Tyshawn played in the FIBA U19 World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand, in the summer of 2009, leading the team with a 10.8 scoring average and 35 assists.
Tyshawn went on to play for the University of Kansas in the Big 12 of the NCAA and currently has his sights set on the NBA.
Michelle Hong – Class of 2012
Michelle Hong came to the US five years ago barely speaking a word of English. Leaving her family behind in Vietnam, she committed herself to not only becoming proficient in, but also mastering, the English language in honor of her beloved grandmother who passed away shortly after her arrival here in the states.
Michelle has achieved Distinguished Honors all four years of high school and was the class of Valedictorian for the graduating class of 2012. She has been involved in the National Honor Society, Cooking Club, and Softball. An avid reader, Michelle donates her free time teaching children literacy at the Jersey City Public Library.
She will attend Rider University on a Presidential Scholarship totaling $84,000. She plans to study Business Finance. Her other college acceptances include Fordham University, Drexel University, Penn State (University Park) and UConn.
David Michael Brown – Class of 2012
A transfer student from Dickinson High School in his sophomore year, David Michael Brown took St. Anthony High School by storm clocking in over 600 community service hours within 3 years. David has held many leadership positions in the school community. He is currently President of both Student Government and the National Honor Society and previously held the position of Junior Class President. He has also served as a Student Representative for the Middle States Association and Principal Search Committees.
For the past two years, David has been the Boys Varsity Basketball Manager under the guidance of Coach Bob Hurley, whose team went on to become the 2011 National Champs and consecutive 2011 and 2012 State Champions.
David is also involved in the Choir, Campus Ministry, and various mentoring programs and works as a junior counselor at the Jersey City Boys and Girls Club. During the summer of his junior year, he participated in the People to People Leadership Conference at John Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.
This fall David will be attending Rider University where he plans to major in English and Political Science with a minor in Public Relations. David’s other college acceptances include American University, Penn State (University Park), Morehouse College and Howard University. He has earned a total of $200,000 in scholarships.
Marcus Conde – Class of 2012
Likely to make a lasting impression on you, Marcus Conde is known within the school community for his easy-going attitude, sincerity and big heart, hallmarks that no doubt define him as an individual and pay homage to those in his life who have led by example.
A member of the National Honor Society, Marcus has made First Honors throughout all 4 years of high school, participated in such activities as the Underground Reading Club and Chess Club, and volunteered as an after-school tutor at Jersey City PS #6.
However, it is his identity as a baseball player that motivates him to give back to his community. Marcus currently is the starting 3rd baseman on Saint Anthony’s baseball team. It is his role, nonetheless, to share his love of America’s favorite pastime where his roots began. He donates his time as a Coaching Assistant at Union City Park; this is where he himself played and learned the sport as a child.