Alumni Spotlight: Siobhan Kiernan
What happens to our Saint Stephen of Hungary students after they graduate?
We recently had the chance to catch up with Siobhan Kiernan, class of 2013. Siobhan enrolled at Saint Stephen of Hungary School in September of 2002, graduated in June of 2013, and is currently a freshman at the College of the Holy Cross.
On her Yearbook page, Siobhan said:
"I would like to thank my classmates and teachers, thanks to you, Saint Stephen of Hungary will be the home to many happy memories and achievements. Though I am sad to leave, I know that I am prepared and ready for whatever may lie ahead. I am proud to have been a Saint Stephen of Hungary student, and I will never forget the time I have spent here"
What lay ahead for Siobhan were High School acceptance letters from Dominican Academy, St. Vincent Ferrer, Notre Dame, Marymount and Loyola High School. Siobhan, with the help of a Friend of the School and former Foundation Board Member, Mary Claire Bonner, accepted the offer from Loyola High School.
Life at Loyola was academically challenging and fulfilling, but Siobhan took full advantage of the enrichment programs there. She continuing to play the trumpet, which she learned to play at Saint Stephen of Hungary, playing in both the orchestra and the jazz band through her freshman and sophomore years. She sang in the choir and participated in musical theatre. She participated in the debate club and the speech contest, which she captained in her senior year. Siobhan also participated in the Yearbook and Book club and she was the Girls Basketball team manager in her junior and senior years. However, she continued to work hard academically, and her achievements were evident on her Graduation day in June of 2017. Siobhan was awarded the "Thomas Jakelich Spirit Award" and the prestigious "Alumni Medal."
Siobhan is now a freshman at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her dream is to major in Mathematics and become a High School Geometry Teacher, and to teach at Loyola High School. She credits this dream and
her love of Math to two former teachers at Saint Stephen of Hungary School, Ms. Carol Usiak and
Ms. Kaicy MacLeod.
When asked to name the two best things about her experience at Saint Stephen of Hungary School, Siobhan said
1. "Best Education - it laid a foundation for my love of school and learning"
2. "It was such a caring place, it taught me to care for others"
We wish Siobhan continued great success for her future.