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.

College Counseling Corner


The College Counseling Corner is designed to assist students and parents navigate the college selection process. This site has information specific to McGill-Toolen High School and general information helpful to any student making college decisions. The World Wide Web is a constantly changing and new resources become available daily. The college selection process is just that; a process. This site can be extremely helpful, but it does not hold all the answers. Students and parents must talk with their McGill-Toolen counselor, friends and college personnel before a final decision is made. Good hunting!

Guidance Website

Counseling Team - website

Bro. Lee Barker, S.C. - Counselor
B.S. - Spring Hill College
Masters - Loyola, New Orleans, La.
Years in Catholic Education - 55
Email: barkerl@mcgill-toolen.org

Ken Bleicher - Junior Counselor
B.S. - University of South Alabama (Psychology)
Masters - University of South Alabama (Community Counseling)
Years in Catholic Education - 7
Email: bleichk@mcgill-toolen.org

Robin Brown - Sophomore Counselor
B.S. - University of South Alabama, Elementary Education
Masters - University of South Alabama, School Counseling
Years in Catholic Education - 21
Email: brownr@mcgill-toolen.org

Ellen Falzini - Senior Counselor
B.S.- University of South Alabama (Special Education)
Masters - University of South Alabama (Special Education/Learning Disabled)
Masters - University of South Alabama (School Counseling)
Years in Catholic Education - 33
Email: falzine@mcgill-toolen.org

Cathy Seward - Freshman Counselor
B.S. University of South Alabama
Director of Admissions
Director of Summer School
Moderator of Friends of Exceptional Children/ Ambassadors

Years in Catholic Education - 17
Email: sewardc@mcill-toolen.org