St. Paul Catholic School

Alumni Spotlight

St. Paul Catholic School Alumni Spotlight

JON THEROS

Tell us what you have been up to since graduating from St. Paul…

I’m a sophomore at Grosse Pointe South High School and I have a GPA of 4.01.  I have all honors classes (math, American Literature, chemistry, etc.) and AP (Advance Placement) biology. I play travel hockey for the U16 Michigan Ice Hawks and we are currently the district champs and will be in the state playoffs soon.  If we will win states, we’ll qualify for nationals in Virginia in late March.

Last spring I was a member of South’s varsity golf team and was the only freshman from my team to qualify for the state tournament.  Our golf team earned all-academic honors.   I plan to play varsity boys golf for the rest of my high school career. I am a member of South's Varsity Club.  I'm the president of the John Paul Jones Society, Children of the American Revolution, a patriotic youth organization that is open to descendents of patriots of the American Revolution.  I'm an altar server at my church (Assumption Greek Orthodox Church) and participate in hunger missions such as Grosse Pointe’s Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for Cass Community Social Services in Detroit.

What foundation did St. Paul Catholic School provide to help in your success in high school? 

The teachers at St. Paul helped me develop good study skills and the ability to balance academics with my sports schedule.  One of St. Paul School’s mission is to promote “life-long learners”.  I think St. Paul did a great job preparing me for my honors classes.   A few of my teachers at South have mentioned that it’s nice to see a student like me who is interested and enjoys learning.

What is your favorite St. Paul memory?

Our 8th grade trip to Gettysburg.  It was a lot of fun and I learned a great deal about the civil war.

One of the key parts of the St. Paul mission statement is that our academics are “anchored in Catholic faith”.  How do you think you personally benefitted from a Catholic primary and middle school education?

My Catholic education helped me learn more about my Christian faith.  It was nice to attend primary and middle school with other kids who share my faith.  Now that I'm in high school, I’m not necessarily with students who share my beliefs but I know where I am in my faith journey.  I continue to strengthen my faith by attending church with my family and participating in youth group activities.

Tell us about your family…

My brother, Evan, is an 8th grader at St Paul School.  We transferred to St Paul from the Grosse Pointe Public Schools.  I started at St. Paul School in the 4th grade and my brother began in 2nd.  My parents wanted my brother and I to have a faith-based education and have been very happy with the education my brother and I have received. 

 

St. Paul Catholic School Alumni Spotlight

CLAIRE YOUNG

Grosse Pointe South Student Athlete

Claire is currently a sophomore at Grosse Pointe South High School.  She is active in her class student council, lettered in Swimming and Softball her freshman year, and is an All State swimmer. She has already taken several honors and AP courses and hopes to pursue something in the medical field in college.

 Claire has been active in the St Paul Youth Ministry.  She volunteered for the Chicago Youth in Action trip where she helped disadvantaged kids and attended the Detroit Rainbow Convention where youth learn and talk about their faith.

What foundation did St. Paul Catholic School provide to help in your success in high school?

My education at St Paul helped me get into honors classes at Grosse Pointe South and the amount of work taught me how to manage my classes.

What is one of your favorite memories or traditions during your time at St. Paul?

TAP is my favorite memory. I loved getting together with all of the junior high and mix with different students.

What extracurricular activities do you currently enjoy?

I enjoy swimming, softball, student council and Link Crew.

One of the key parts of the St. Paul mission statement is that our academics are "anchored in Catholic faith".  How do you think you personally benefited from a Catholic primary and middle school education?

Many students my age are doing bad things and I think my strong background of faith has helped me to make better choices.

Tell us about your family...

My brother Mitchell is currently a 2nd grader at St Paul.  My parents are Maureen and Andrew Young.  My dad sings in the contemporary choir and my mom helps out with the RCIA program. 

 

 

 

St. Paul Catholic School Alumni Spotlight

MARIA VANBERKUM

National Merit Semifinalist and Active Regina High School Student

What foundation did St. Paul School provide to help in your success in high school?

I was able to succeed in school and on these tests because of the firm foundation in all academic subjects that Regina High School and St. Paul Catholic School have provided for me. My years at St. Paul gave me firm roots in math, reading, and writing, the subjects needed for the PSAT and SAT. In particular St. Paul helped me with its strong reading program by giving me a solid background to succeed in all subjects using my reading skills.

 

What is one of your favorite memories or traditions during your time at St. Paul?

One of my favorite memories at St. Paul’s is our eighth grade and first grade partners throughout the years. I also loved the all school Christmas and Spring concerts, when the whole school was able to come together.


What extracurricular activities do you currently enjoy?

I currently enjoy many activities both in and out of Regina High School. I am the president of Teens INC, a pro-life group dedicated to promoting respect for all stages of life. I also run cross country and Track and Field and tutor students in and out of Regina. I am active in the Campus Ministry team, leading the Peer Ministry group and helping at Masses.

 

What are your plans for college?

Currently I am in the process of applying for colleges. I have many wonderful universities I will have to choose from. I would in particular love to attend either Columbia University in New York or Notre Dame. However, my plans for the future are all in God’s hands!

 

One of the key parts of the St. Paul mission statement is that our academics are "anchored in Catholic faith".  How do you think you personally benefited from a Catholic primary and middle school education?

I am so grateful that my parents have continually provided me with a Catholic education. I have learned so much from not only the excellent academics but also from all the people around me. It is a wonderful experience to be able to share your faith with everyone around you and explore your faith more with your classmates. The opportunity to bring the faith into the classroom also brings a whole new perspective to school, a uniquely human and beautiful one. The foundation of faith I have been able to build over thirteen years of Catholic education will help me to stay firm in my faith as I go off to college and in the years to come.

 

Tell us about your family….

I am the third oldest of seven children. My eldest brother Ben is currently in the Dominican novitiate after graduating from Stanford University in 2013. My next brother John is a sophomore at Notre Dame. Monica, 10th grade, is at Regina with me. My sisters Lucy (8th), Josie (6th) and Rosie (3rd) are all at St. Paul’s. My dad is a professor at Wayne State University and my mom stays home to take care of the busy household. We all have tons of fun together and share many special memories!

 

 

St. Paul Catholic School Alumni Spotlight

PETER O’SHEA

National Merit Semifinalist and Active U of D Student

 

What foundation did St. Paul Catholic School provide to help in your success in high school?

I was a student here at St. Paul for eleven years of my life, from three-year preschool all the way through eighth grade.  The one thing that certainly jumps out in my memory is the fact that I had to learn to be diligent with my work at an early age.  Throughout my years here, the tough curriculum that St. Paul has to offer continued to push me academically.  It really prepared me for the rigorous workload that hit me at U of D.

 

What is one of your favorite memories or traditions during your time at St. Paul?

The great community feel, whether it was in the classroom, on the playground, or on the field/court, is the one thing that I would say is special at St. Paul.  It was always a welcoming feeling walking through the doors, and friends that I made here have lasted all through high school.  Teachers encouraged us to come and talk to them if we were having troubles with work, and they made it very easy to do so. 

 

What extracurricular activities do you currently enjoy?

Another thing that St. Paul taught me is that there are many things that are as or more important than work in the classroom.  Extracurriculars, especially sports, help me to keep a clear mind and to perform to the best of my abilities.  Right now, I play Varsity Baseball, am in the Spanish and Business Clubs, am a member of the Christian Service Team, and also volunteer at the six o’clock youth mass at St. Paul.  I am also Assistant Coach for one of the St. Paul's 7th grade boys' basketball teams.

 

What are your plans for college?

 I have my college options essentially narrowed down to two schools, Fordham University and the University of Notre Dame. Both schools are great options and I know that either University will give me a great education and help to propel me into a good career.

 

One of the key parts of the St. Paul mission statement is that our academics are "anchored in Catholic faith".  How do you think you personally benefited from a Catholic primary and middle school education?

Knowing the benefits of having faith and God and education intertwined first-hand, I would recommend a Catholic education to anyone who asked for my opinion.  I think that it is important for kids to learn that grades and sports are not the most important part of their lives.  Family and God should always come first, and St. Paul taught me and my fellow classmates that from an early age.

 

Tell us about your family...

I am the oldest of five siblings, three boys and two girls.  My brother Patrick is a Junior at U of D.  Mary Grace is a freshman at Grosse Pointe South, while Frannie and Tommy both still attend St. Paul, in fifth and first grade, respectively.  We all enrolled at St. Paul during preschool and continued on all the way through.