Ken Gianella receives the 2016 Alumni of the Year award at the Mike Awards luncheon from President Paul Wilt held at the LeMont restaurant on Sunday, August 7th.
The 2nd Annual Mike Creighton Resource Luncheon was held at the Lemont in August to honor this year's 4 recipients.
Ken Gianella making Opening Remarks at the Luncheon
Remember the Statue behind the High School?
The Statue of the Blessed Virgin that stood in the high school courtyard and then on the front lawn of the grade school has been moved again, It now resides on the lawn in front of the church on Grandview Avenue. Kudos go out to Greg Falvo, Tony Naccarelli Construction, and John Deogardi of Rome Monuments
for miraculously making this happen last January.
Passerbys viewing it probably aren't aware of their many travels.
70 year old Catholic school to close
By Mary Neiderberger
St. Mary of the Mount High School, a 70 year old institution on Grandview Avenue,
Mt Washington, closed its doors forever Friday because of declining enrollment.
And the students, who had to stay at the school to get their final grades, lingered for more than an hour in the empty halls and classrooms. They couldn’t face the last goodbye.
Books were packed away, blinds were taken from the window, lockers were emptied and even the crucifixes were stripped from the walls.
“I’ve been here since first grade and I feel like this school is a part of me. I feel like part of me is closing,” said Chas Parker, a junior who added that, although he was transferring for his senior year, he still feels he is going to graduate from St. Mary’s because it’s the ony school he ever attended.
Junior Mary Beth Erkel agreed .” My dad went to school here and so did all my brothers. I’ve been here since first grade, and now I have to leave for my last year. I cried so hard when I found out the school was going to close,” she said. “There never will be a Class of ’83, but we have a ring. It’s a collector’s item.”
Cindy Scalo, a junior, has been at St. Mary’s since the third grade, and”took it for granted that the school would always be here for us to come back to. But now there won’t be anything. Even the view ( from high above the Golden Triangle) we took for granted. We never appreciated it. “But yesterday, we all stood out in the back and looked at it because we knew it would be the last time we saw it from here.”
Cindy and here sister, Darla, a sophomore plan to attend Canevin High School in East Carnegie – as do most of the 115 students forced to move. The 39 members of the Class of ’82 graduated last week.
The underclass expressed apprehension about transferring because the school population at Canevin is almost 4 times that of St. Mary’s. They are afraid they’ll get lost in the crowd.
Mary Lewis, a junior knows what its like to attend a large school. “I switched from St. Mary’s to South Hills High School last fall because I wanted to see what it was like. I switched back before the year was over because I missed the closeness here.” We are all really clase agreed junior Terri Hannigan. “Most of us have been together since gradr school. We always thought the school would be there.”
Sister Electa Schmidt, who taught business education at St. Mary’s for eight years tried to comfort the students with an impromptu farewell speech. “ I don’t have to tel you to be good.I know you will. You’re the kind of kids who are going to do well. You’re going to make everyone proud of you. I just hope you’ll remember good old St. Mary’s” as she tearfully embraced several sibling students who promised to come and visit her at her new assignment in New York City.
Sister Genevieve, an English teacher at St Mary’s for 19 years, also tried to soothe the students, But instead ended up in tears herself. She described her feelings as “sad with a capital S.” I saw this Building go up in 1956 ,and now I’m seeing it empty. It’s just too emotional. One thing I can say is that I never taught a nicer group of people”