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.

Social Studies

“History…is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. But what experience and history teach is this — that peoples and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.”
— Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

The course of studies offered by the Social Studies Department covers material as required by the Southern Association of College and Secondary Schools and stems from the basic belief that human beings are, and are meant to be, social beings. This program strives to help students learn to live in social relationships and to function in American and world society, as Christian individuals. All courses aim to develop the ability to think critically and act appropriately.


  • To offer broad backgrounds of knowledge and skills in social studies
  • To impart to students the principles of good citizenship, which include the ability to analyze current political, economic and social conditions
  • To form appropriate Christian decisions and actions in line with historical factual knowledge
  • To develop a global perspective which will promote understandings and appreciation of other cultures and societies
  • To enable student to utilize acquired knowledge and skills to function as Christians contributing to our American Society as well as world societies

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