Steve Studnicky '00
I grew up in Point Breeze and went to Carlow from 1989 – 2000, which spanned Montessori with Sr. Marilyn to 8th Grade in the upper school. My whole family attended including my sisters and cousins. The last person to graduate was my sister, Josie Cost, in 2013. We’ve been involved with the school for quite a while in one form or another. God bless my Mom for putting up with us!
I went to Central Catholic for high school and then Bucknell University for college. I currently work at an investment bank in New York City. I got married in 2016 to a girl named Alex Ellis who I met at Bucknell. Interestingly, I still carry a lot of what I learned at Carlow in daily life. My desk is pretty clean and organized (thanks Sr. Marilyn), and I always check my “FANBOYS” (thanks Mrs. Vudy) before sending emails/memos/etc. These are little examples, but suffice it to say Carlow was a great place for me to build values as a youngster and the lessons I learned there are applicable in everyday life.
I am still close with a handful of guys who went to Carlow and we see each other when I am back in town. The friendships that I made there were great and I particularly remember the school being pretty good at basketball and soccer. I am not sure if it’s still in the gym, but I am listed somewhere on a banner from a JV Basketball Championship in 1998(?). Our team was pretty stacked. Timmy Ward at point guard was the best player in league and we had some good athletes around him – Dave Scarborough at the 2, Andy Armstrong at the 3, I played the 4, and John Burgess was our big man down low. Off the bench Mike Fishman and Max Quinlin were a year younger than us, but both were good hoopers. We got along great, and it was so much fun going undefeated.
The school is a great place, and I hope the students still tear up the “green” playing kickball, dodgeball, rundown, etc. after lunch.
Sam Casale '14
It is difficult to choose a favorite memory considering I have had several amazing and meaningful experiences during my 10 years at Carlow (I was there from Pre-Kindergarten to 8th grade). However, one memory that particularly stands out was my eighth grade graduation because it was a moment that was filled with such a unique and exciting blend of emotions. Despite everyone initially acting as if they were so excited to leave Carlow behind, it was quickly apparent that saying goodbye to such an important place in all of our lives would be no simple task. The ceremony served as a small yet powerful reminder of how well this school prepared myself along with the rest of my grade for the future, and I am incredibly thankful for having such an opportunity to attend this academic institution.
I am currently preparing to enroll at the University of Chicago, with a double major in Computer Science and Cinema Studies. I am a senior at Sewickley Academy and I am often involved with school functions relating to music and theater. I am a captain for the Track and Field team as well as a varsity-level runner and jumper. Outside of school, I enjoy playing music with my band and I also enjoy painting. I often find that my extracurricular activities and hobbies help aid me in my studies because they provide me with both a creative outlet as well as a form of releasing stress.
Class of 2012 News!
Campus School alum Bobby Kiernan: A success both on and off the basketball court!
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Class of 2013 News!
Jahnik Kurukulasuriya was selected to make a presentation during the Next Generation High School Summit at the White House this week (November 10, 2015).
Read more: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/9413966-74/cancer-kurukulasuriya-allderdice#ixzz3rCVmaSsv
Class of 2011 News!
Ryan Petnuch graduated from Central Catholic High School in May 2015. He is currently attending Elon University in North Carolina. Ryan is still passionate about bow hunting and plans on coming home this fall to hunt!
Josh Wasko graduated from Central Catholic High School and is now a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh Main Campus studying computer science. This summer he developed an app with a friend from Central Catholic HS to provide access to distribution sites for past-prime produce from local grocery stores to people in need of groceries. This was part of a MacArthur Foundation grant secured by his CCHS computer teacher to link people with food insecurity to this source of food. He and other teenagers collected food from TraderJoe's each Sunday morning all summer and distributed the food to community residents in need. Josh also achieved Eagle Scout rank, completing a 7-year journey he began while at The Campus School.
On May 27, 2015 The Campus School celebrated its newest graduating class. As part of the graduation ceremony, we were thrilled to welcome back a recent Campus School alumnea to share her journey with our graduates.
Below is the inspiring speech Nicole Marie Conrad gave to our 8th grade graduates. Nicole is a 2011 Campus School graduate as well as the 2015 valedictorian of Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 with a major in dance. She will be attending Georgetown University this fall and studying liberal arts.
Nicole Marie Conrad '11
Good evening. My name is Nicole Conrad and I am a proud member of the Campus School of Carlow University Class of 2011. This year, I will be graduating as the valedictorian of Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, where I am currently a dance major.
Four years ago, I sat where you all are right now, slightly nervous and incredibly excited. After three years of building friendships at the Campus School, I was going to be the new kid again. I was one of the few members of my Carlow class going to a public school, and the only one going to CAPA. I felt like I would have to start over, in a new school, with new people, facing new challenges. I couldn’t imagine no longer walking up to the third floor of Tiernan Hall in my school uniform, which my mother faithfully ordered from Land’s End every year despite my assurances that it didn’t really matter where I got my polos. Looking back on my time in high school, now that it is coming to a close, I realize that I had nothing to worry about. Carlow prepared me for all of the trials and successes of high school life, as you will come to discover for yourselves.
The most obvious example of Carlow’s exceptional preparation is their rigorous academic programs, which translate to academic success in high school. Like most high school freshman, I worried about my first big essay for days. To make matters worse, my English teacher was a family friend, so she wouldn’t hold back in critiquing my work. Thanks to Ms. Vudy, however, I knew how to write a perfect paper. While some of my classmates were still figuring out how to write without using the first person, I felt confident in my writing ability, owing to the many, many drafts I had agonized over during my time in middle school. I know that this seems trivial, but academic confidence will make your schoolwork much easier and much less stressful. You’ll be grateful that you worked as hard as you all have.
Less obvious, but just as important, are the ways that the Campus School helps students grow socially and personally, processes that become much more individualized during high school. Because Carlow is a small private school, students receive individualized care and attention from every teacher and form close-knit groups as they travel together from grade to grade. When I came to Carlow in sixth grade, I was shy. I had spent my entire life with the same group of friends, and now I was thrown into an environment where many of my classmates had been together since preschool, as I’m sure many of you have been. Needless to say, I was scared. How could I, a shy little girl with glasses, enter the family that my peers had spent years building? I soon learned that this fear was completely misguided. Carlow was one of the most welcoming and accepting places I had ever encountered. Because of this environment, I was able to develop my own sense of identity. There are countless television shows and movies dedicated to how hard it is to be yourself in high school, but it becomes so much easier when you’ve had a supportive community like Carlow to help you find yourself before you even begin freshman year. I have spent the past four years at one of the most accepting and open high schools in the city, and even then, it was much easier for me to make friends and be myself knowing that I had spent the three years before preparing for that moment.
High school is a time for exploration. It is the first true taste of freedom that most of us have, and it’s important to take full advantage of that. At this point, you’re no longer children, but you don’t have the responsibilities that come with full-fledged adulthood. Try new activities. Join clubs you’ve never even heard of before. Be different. I danced competitively for 16 years, having started dance classes at the tender age of one. When I came to Carlow, dance was all I knew. At twenty hours of practice a week, it was practically a part-time job. The teachers here pushed me outside of my comfort zone, despite my initial resistance. Ms. Lazar made me yearbook editor, even though I insisted that I had absolutely no artistic talent. Ms. Sproul positioned me as a cantor in our eighth grade commencement mass, despite my parents’ jokes. I’m sure all of you have some sort of similar experience. At the time, I was skeptical, but without wing pushed, I would never have been so involved in high school extracurriculars. I am a member of the environmental club, president of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, and a member of the mock trial team. Surprised by the amount I enjoyed the service requirement in eighth grade, I spent my time volunteering and even started a free homework help program at the library. High school has so much to offer, and Carlow teachers really make sure that you are all prepared to take full advantage.
I didn’t realize it at first, but being a Catholic institution means so much more than taking a few religion classes per week. When I began my college search, I was drawn to Catholic and Jesuit universities, even though I wasn’t actively seeking them out. After talking to my dad, I realized that it was because they shared the values that had been instilled in me during my time at Carlow. Catholic institutions are founded on the ideas of being well-rounded and living for others, qualities embodied by the Campus School. Unsurprisingly, I will be studying liberal arts at Georgetown University in the fall, where I hope to continue my development as a scholar and as a person. Nothing I have done in the past four years would be possible without the Campus School, and I am extremely grateful. I know that all of you are uncertain and excited and confused about the future, but if there is one thing I know, it is that the Campus School has prepared you for anything life has to offer. Congratulations.