“SPS: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed”

To the editor:

As National Catholic Schools Week begins, I again feel compelled to write in support of St. Paul School (SPS), operating in Salem since 1904. A retired public-school educator, SPS Class of 1962 graduate, and proud member of our St. Paul School Family, I am delighted this faith-based experience remains available for the more than 100 students, pre-school through grade 6.

As SPS Principal David Pancurak noted in a recent Salem News article, the theme for this year’s celebration is “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” And as Mr. Pancurak noted, “We put students as our top priority. They’re in the center of the educational experience.”

St. Paul’s focus on “Educating the Mind, Body, and Spirit” is most evident–and inspiring. To quote Mark Webb, President in 2018 of the St. Paul School Foundation, which contributed over $144,000 from 7/1/17-6/30/18 to SPS, “Needless to say, 115 years of producing young people who have excelled at the highest levels academically, athletically, professionally, and civically throughout their higher education and careers is a remarkable achievement.”

But a few examples of recent SPS alumni success, contained in the Foundation Newsletter of December 2018, illustrate this:

*SHS Class of 2018 graduates (SPS 2012) Georgia McLachlan and Kate Yuhanick both earned GPAs of 4.1 or higher, scored at least 31 on the ACT, and received scholarships of $6,000 from the SHS Alumni Association.

*SHS 2018 grads Zachary Bezon, Logan Brine, Paige Butcher, and Gustav Schuster all earned GPAs of 4.0-4.09 and received SHS Alumni Association scholarships of $5,300.

*Gabriel Fitch (SHS ’18, SPS ’12) earned a GPA of 3.9-3.99 and a $4,800 SHS Alumni Scholarship.

*Jackson Corbisello (SPS ’13) was named a 2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.

*Max Righetti (SPS 2010) kicked off for the University of Mount Union in its Division III NCAA Football National Championship.

I hope current St. Paul students will enjoy the planned activities of National Catholic Schools Week and, like their Panther predecessors, learn, serve, lead, and succeed.

Finally, I commend St. Paul pastor Father Bob Edwards, SPS Principal Pancurak, the talented teachers, and devoted staff on the results of their efforts, expertise, and love for these children. Thank you all for giving today’s students what past members of our SPS Family received: a first-rate education, character development, and the Catholic religion. For all of these, we remain grateful to St. Paul School in Salem.

Joe Rottenborn, Ed.D.,