I was a graduate of CMHS, an actually very poor student who came from North Lima and was granted a four year scholarship to attend mooney on academics- I was only an average student, excelling in writing and english but not at an AP level. I went to Mooney due to the kindness and private generosity of a local business who believed in me and the Mooney Tradition. Until this point, I had gone to public school- lived in a 50's, older, plain cement block house- and probably the only kid in my class to drive a beater to school (the looks I got parking next to all of those BMWs, Cadillacs etc).The most intimidating part of attending that school in that particular area was the drive to & from the school- leaving the parking lot daily..you took the risk though straying off main roads they stated to us our tenth grade year (avoid areas like Auburndale, Rush, the "dale" avenues). They had the building setup where there was a fence all around the student parking lot that was closed after the first bell rang and opened a few minutes before the last bell rang. The main doors? You weren't able to pass into the main building until you went into the main lobby first.The teachers there are overworked and underpaid, but do everything in their power to ensure all the students are safe. Our senior year? A "Service Class" was offered, students broke up into smaller groups, ride together and volunteered at places like- Mill Creek Learning Centre & Pre-School, Paul C Bunn, The School for Autism, Nursing Homes, Fish Samaritan House,-- most programs that were based within the city limits. I was able to see and meet people from all ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds, from neighborhoods all over the city and suburbs etc. I didn't care about their athletics, football, baseball etc- but it was the teachers, the neighborhood and the service that made me realize that I wanted to make a difference in someones life (even if it was just one person). After Mooney I was inspired to continue to volunteer at the various places within the city (on my own), and now a student at YSU I still continue to assist in Animal Rescues within Youngstown, and other social welfare programs, as well as sit on some of their boards now. I pray that Bishop did this for the welfare of the service and stewardship that he cited in his speech, I hope that he was not pushed by Sammarone and his cronies, I hope that there is a bigger, brighter picture to his grand idea. I wish them all the luck in the world, no one said that things would be easy- especially the right things. I support all the Catholic Schools as much as possible because I believe in their mission. CMHS showed me a lot about myself, my character and I was glad to have been given to an opportunity to attend the school- on my fathers mechanic income we would have never been able to afford the tuition alone. I commend you CMHS, as well as UHS and the others who continued to fight and stay in the city.
June 11, 2013 at 8:27 a.m.