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.

Student Activities

Strange Colonial Tales

Mr. Kirk Powell is to be congratulated on another successful play performed by his Drama Club. He and the members of the Club appreciate the support of the Administration, Faculty and Staff.

The stage manager for the play was Amanda Cross. There were a few ghosts roaming the auditorium and some of the sound effects had the audience jumping out of their seats. The spirits and pranksters were Kaitlyn Mount and Shannon Donaldson.

Jennae, a mulatto slave, played by Christina McCarty, tells the story of "The Turning Skull" in the first act of the play, "Strange Colonial Tales" preseted by the Drama Club on April 14, 15 and 16th.

Senior, Joe Aquirre, took the role of Josiah James, a yeoman farmer. He had two stories to tell. Each was equally frightening. He told about the Dead Man's Grip and The Cheater. You can see the stake and the hammer in his hand as he relates the story of the Dear Man's Grip.


Senior, Thomas Martenstein, also known as, Lazy Lucas, played the part of an indentured servant. His powerful story was about the witch of Pungo.




William Stewart played the part of a Plantation Owner, Mr. Thomas Forright. He tells to sad story of a "Broken Heart" and the ghosts that visit.


The part of Priscilla Holman, a refined lady, was played by senior, Lydia Wimberly. Her story about the Little Shepard was very touching.

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