Spencer Gayles
McGill-Toolen Class of 2011

Spencer Gayles is the epitome of a well-rounded student. He excels in the academic arena with an all Honors and AP curriculum. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has a 3.63 GPA. He received full scholarships to LSU and Springhill College and received the Spirit of Auburn Foundation Scholarship. He has chosen to attend LSU where he will march in the Tiger Marching Band.

Spencer is also dedicated to serving the community and living his Catholic faith. He is an active member of the Servants of the Poor, Pro-Life Club and Campus Ministry. He volunteers much of his time to community service. He was recently awarded the Development Office “Jacket Jubilation Meritorious Award” for his countless hours of service which are often done behind-the-scenes for no other reward or recognition other than helping and serving others. He is also a Student Ambassador and is a favorite on the McT Road Shows at his alma mater, St. Ignatius. He is the perfect student to speak on the topic of extracurricular involvement since he is involved in so much at McT!

But the thing Spencer is most passionate about is his music. He plays the violin, the guitar, and saxophone. He is a member of the McT Marching Band, Jazz Band and Symphoic Band. He attributes his self-motivation and persistence to his being a self-taught musician. “Regardless of whether it is learning an instrument or climbing the corporate ladder, it is ultimately up to one’s self to decide whether or not success is plausible.” Spencer feels he learned the importance of teamwork and self –discipline through being a part of the McT marching band. He says, “You have to have a lot of trust in your teammates when you have eighty band members walking backwards and anticipating being in the correct spot at the correct time”. He is also a member of the Chamber Singers, utilizing his musical talents in even another medium.

Spencer is a student who can “do it all and do it well”. His dedication to academics, service to others and his music will take him far in life.

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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