Alumni Testimonial: Matt Petrulavage
What did you like best about St. Mary's School?
Looking back, what meant most to me was two-fold: small class size and dedicated teachers.  Every single grade provided true personal attention along with educators that cared about each student's role in the group.  Every child was treated fairly and we all grew together in our educational development.
Why was St. Mary's School important in your academic career?
At the core of education is the idea that with each passing year, a student must be prepared enough for the following year, then the following year, etc.  Not only did St. Mary's grant me the skills to progress through each grade there fluidly, but it also made me well-equipped to handle all of the academic challenges that I faced beyond my time there, up to and including my college education.
Why is St. Mary's School important to you and your family?
I graduated from St. Mary's almost 20 years ago, and my family and I are still very much involved with the school and parish.  I know many people who, unfortunately, do not have much, if any, recollection of their elementary school days, let alone still having an active connection with it.  It is a true testament to the importance and endurance of any school if former students remain involved beyond their time enrolled, and I can say with conviction that the education I received and the faith that was instilled in me has meant an incredible amount to both myself and my family who supported me.
What would you tell people considering sending their child to St. Mary's School?
Deciding on where to send your child to school can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for any parent because you care about their education and their well-being.  With St. Mary's School and it's proven history that I am proudly a part of, you can have no doubts about it being a genuine community of study, care, and faith.
St. Mary's School prepared me well for my future because... 
it built the foundation for the proud person I am today.  After St. Mary's, I successfully progressed through middle school, high school, and four years of college.  I have been blessed to be able to pursue my passions, travel, volunteer for great causes, and befriend people from all different areas of the world.  I currently have my very own business and am excited to pursue many more fulfilling ambitions in the years ahead.  I am truly grateful for who I am today and where I am going, and all of this is possible because of where it all started - St. Mary's School in Winchester! 


Matthew Petrulavage
Owner | Plus One Productions - DJ Petro Entertainment
Music Producer & Live Event DJ/MC