Mary McElroy
McGill-Toolen Class of 2011

By Rachel Robertson, Class of 2012

As a small town girl living in Robertsdale, Mary McElroy has always dreamed of living in the big city, and now she finally has her chance. Accepted to Barnard College in New York City, Mary has certainly made McGill-Toolen proud. Her hard work and leadership are exemplified not only through a rigorous course load but through varsity soccer and multiple clubs as well. Lettering in a varsity sport her junior and senior year, Mary has learned what balancing a schedule really means. Her commute to school takes an hour, and her soccer practice and homework often grow overwhelming. She explains that taking on so many responsibilities has taught her how to discover what is important in life: school, soccer, family, and friends. Even with athletics and academics, she always makes time for a social life. She credits McT for her Catholic education that readies her to face any challenge that may arise in the future. Devoted not only to God but to school as well, Mary serves in the Ambassador Club, National Honor Society, Scholars Bowl, Hi-Q Team, and The McGillian newspaper, using her impressive intellect to give back to McGill. She eagerly accepted the challenge of five AP classes her senior year, ultimately graduating with a 4.17 weighted GPA and 32 on the ACT. Becoming a National Merit Commended Student and voted Ideal Graduate of McT, Mary became the desired student of every college; she received an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy, was accepted to the Honors Program at Boston College, and was accepted to Fordham University where she was offered the Deanís Honor Scholarship. Despite all of her options, Mary was most attracted to Barnard College, where she will attend this upcoming fall majoring in environmental biology.

English Program

Since education should make people more aware of their humanity as well as equip them for their role in society, the English Department offers a balance of literature and communication skills in its curriculum. Each course incorporates all the language arts skills - reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking - with literary selections that will increase students' understanding of and appreciation for their humanity and their heritage. Each course is taught with the following goals in mind:

  • To provide a program of vocabulary study designed to increase students’ daily use vocabulary;
  • To provide a program of instruction designed to enable students to write clear, effective multi-paragraph compositions;
  • To provide necessary instruction and opportunities for students to learn and apply oral communication skills;
  • To help students apply, according to their capabilities, critical standards of the independent appreciation of any literary work.

Composition is taught as a process, and each year students write expressive, informative, persuasive, and imaginative assignments. Each course also requires outside reading during the summer as well as the school year.

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