Alumni Testimonial: Vincent Patturelli 

My favorite thing about St. Mary's was the sense of community. Our grade was like family and we've retained and fostered these friendships, even when we were separated for middle school, high school and college. We were so closely bonded together as a class and with our teachers and faculty and that sense of family will never leave us. Every time I see those friends or drive by the buildings, it's like coming home after a long break.


St. Mary's gave me a great foundation to build my education on. At a young age they taught me the lessons and skills necessary to succeed, not only in middle school and high school, but also in college. The biggest strength St. Mary's gave me was the ability to communicate well through writing. When I started Austin Prep, I had many reports and essays to write. While other students were struggling, I thrived because St. Mary's had reinforced our writing and communication skills so well.


At St. Mary's, I got a fantastic education; not just in books but in life. I was given the tools to succeed academically, but also as a good person and a good friend to my peers. We valued respect and compassion for others and it really helped reinforce the good values I learned at home. The friendships I made at St. Mary's will last forever because we learned how to make friends, but also how to be a good friend to others.


What would you tell people considering sending their child to St Marys School?


If parents are considering St. Mary’s School, I would say St. Mary’s School was the best part of my educational career and that the skills and bonds you make there will never leave you.  St. Mary’s School gives you the skills to succeed in school and life as a respectful, upright and well-rounded person.


St Mary's School prepared me well for my future because through everything school and life have thrown at me, I have been able to overcome the challenges. Through the amazing people I met there, I've been able to overcome every major obstacle in my life by relying on my friends and asking my mentors for advice. Through al the academic challenges, I've realized that the skills I learned at St. Mary's, and fine-tuned at Austin Prep, will carry me forward to reach new heights in my academic career.


Vincent Patturelli,