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 Deans 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.

Student Activities

The extracurricular program at McGill-Toolen is designed to develop talents and skills as well as qualities of scholarship, leadership, service and character.

The wide variety of offerings provide opportunities for every student to enrich and supplement his or her classroom education. At the same time the programs bring out the best in the students by challenging them to strive for excellence.

Nearly 60% of the students participate in organized athletics.
Over 75 percent of students participate in extracurricular activity.

Students compete in regional, state, and national workshops, athletic tournaments, and performing arts and scholastic competitions.

Senior Activities

Class of 2013- Important Dates, Times, and Dress Codes for Senior Events

Grandparents Mass and Reception Friday, March 15, 9:30 a.m., in the Gym Reception after Mass in the Library or Courtyard. (After the reception, seniors are dismissed for the day.) Parents are also invited. Seniors may sit with their grandparents. Seating will be in the chairs on the floor and on the right and left side lower bleachers; the juniors who normally sit there will be sitting elsewhere.

1. Senior Breakfast Sun., May 5, Holiday Inn Downtown, Mobile, 9:30-11:00 a.m. There is no charge for the breakfast; however, this event is for McT seniors only. No guests. Dress Code: Gentlemen - nice pants (NO JEANS OR SHORTS) & shirt - you do not have to wear a tie, but NO t-shirts, or caps/hats. Ladies- nice pants/Capris & blouse or a dress. NO inappropriate, revealing, or tight clothing. NO plunging necklines, NO exposed cleavage or midriffs, and NO bare backs.

2. Senior Picnic - Tues., May 7, during E period, 3rd & 4th lunch waves only. Seniors will report to E period class for 1st and second lunch waves, then to the front lawn of the McGill building when the 3rd wave bell rings. Drinks, cookies, and two slices of pizza per person will be provided. Dress Code: jeans and a t-shirt from the college which you will be attending; otherwise wear any McT t-shirt

3. Cap and gown Distribution - Tues., May 14, after the C exam, around 9:20 a.m. You must come to pick up your cap and gown even if you have no exam this day! Seniors are to go to the outside windows of the library on the track side. Caps and gowns will be handed out through these windows according to your last name.

4. Senior Awards - Wednesday, May 15- 8:15 a.m. in the gym. Attendance is required; please invite your parents. Dress Code: Ladies: Sunday dress or nice pants suit (long pants only) and dressy shoes. NO inappropriate, revealing, or tight clothing. NO plunging necklines, NO exposed cleavage or midriffs, NO sleeveless dresses or shirts without a cover-up. NO bare backs. Gentlemen: dress pants (NO JEANS) and shirt, A TIE, dress shoes. Be clean-shaven and have your hair trimmed. No one is to wear tennis shoes, Crocs, flip-flops, or open-toe Birkenstock-style shoes.

5. Graduation Mass- Wednesday, May 15, 5:30 p.m. in the gym. Line up at 5:00 p.m. Line up as you will for graduation (a list will be posted outside the Finance Office.) A reception in the Toolen Auditorium will follow Mass. Dress Code: same as the Senior Awards. In addition, wear your gown, but no cap.

6. Graduation practice -Friday, May 17- 9:00 a.m. at the Mitchell Center. Attendance is required. Be on time, and plan on the practice lasting about 2 hours. Dress Code: same as the out-of-uniform days during exams. Do not wear pajamas or sleep pants.

7. Graduation -Friday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. Line up at 6:30 p.m. Do not be late; allow for traffic and parking. Dress Code: same as the Senior Awards. Be sure to have your gown, cap, and tassel.

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