Alumni Spotlight

May 29, 2024 - This spring, our first group of SCM High School alumni are completing their undergraduate careers. Read below to learn what some of them have been up to at college and what they have planned for the future. Congratulations to the class of 2024!
Jacob Blackman '21
 
This May, Jacob graduated summa cum laude from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a minor in Core Texts and Ideas.

WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU?
 
I traveled to Rome immediately after graduation as part of a study abroad program focused on the role of the Catholic Church in the modern world. I will attend St. Mary’s University in the fall, pursuing a master's degree in theology.

HOW DID SCM HIGH SCHOOL PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEXT STEPS?
 
The dual credit collaboration between SCM High School and University of Thomas allowed me to study Latin and Greek for my high school language credits. These courses laid the foundation for my interest in studying the Catholic Church from a scholarly perspective. Further, our single high school trip was to Rome and Greece! This trip left a lasting impact on me and directly contributed to my interest in studying religion. Overall, the high school allowed for deep study of the subjects that I am most passionate about.

WHAT WORDS OF WISDOM WOULD YOU LIKE TO PASS ON TO OUR CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS?
 
SCM High School allows students to pursue studies that will support them in discovering their life’s work. Take advantage of the opportunities available to you! 
 
 
 
Sophia Devereux '20
 
Sophia graduated magna cum laude from Rice University this May with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. 
 
WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU?
 
This summer, I will be working as a stage management intern for Des Moines Metro Opera, which produces four operas in repertory per summer season. In August, I will move to Philadelphia for a year-long production management apprenticeship at Walnut Street Theatre, the oldest operating theatre company in the country! 
 
HOW DID SCM HIGH SCHOOL PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEXT STEPS?
 
SCM High School laid a solid foundation for my future endeavors by instilling in me a strong sense of identity. As I embarked on my college journey, uncertain of my academic and career path, I found solace in the clarity I gained at SCM about the kind of person I aimed to be as a student, roommate, daughter, and friend. This self-awareness, coupled with the academic readiness SCM provided, helped me navigate the challenges of university life with confidence. At Rice, I made a home for myself, satisfied my curiosity, and worked hard. The preparedness that SCM gave me—diligence, confidence, adaptability, and knowledge—allowed me to feel a true sense of belonging in university. I felt confident expressing myself in class, addressing professors, challenging status quos, and handling projects without needing much direction. I knew my place and my worth! SCM will forever hold a special place in my heart, and four years after graduating from St. Catherine's, I would not change a thing about my high school experience. 

WHAT WORDS OF WISDOM WOULD YOU LIKE TO PASS ON TO OUR CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS?
 
As you approach your high school graduation, do not hold yourself to what you think you want to do with your life. Be open to all sorts of twists and turns, because you will surprise yourself time and time again! Maybe even try a new hobby or two—I ended up briefly joining Rice's women's rugby team, traveling to Cuba, and getting weirdly into opera all because I said "yes" to as many things as possible. You never know what you will fall in love with!
 
 
 
Sarah Lopez '21
 
This June, Sarah will graduate with honors from Nottingham Trent University with a Bachelor's of Art in Design for Film and Television. 
 
WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU?
 
I am moving to London to start applying for art department positions, hopefully at a project at Pinewood Studios. 
 
HOW DID SCM HIGH SCHOOL PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEXT STEPS?
 
I think St. Catherine’s aided in the development of my independence, without which I would not have had the confidence to move to a new country to pursue a passion that St Catherine’s also guided me to find.
 
 
 
Ruth Scherschel '20
 
Ruth graduated cum laude in May from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies. She also graduated as a member of Delta Phi Alpha, the National German Honor Society.

 

WHAT'S NEXT FOR YOU?
 
This summer I am working in New Hampshire at a construction job. I am excited to learn a new trade and be able to spend time with the family I have living in the area! After the summer, I plan to spend a year or two doing seasonal work at national parks in the west, and then eventually make my way into the producing and directing side of the film industry.

 

HOW DID SCM HIGH SCHOOL PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEXT STEPS?
 
In addition to preparing me well academically for college, SCM High School (along with my entire Montessori experience) gave me practical skills and an interest in the environment. Without my SCM background, my confidence in my ability to explore new places on my own and my desire to look for ways to care for the earth would not be the same. 

 

WHAT WORDS OF WISDOM WOULD YOU LIKE TO PASS ON TO OUR CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS?
 
My biggest advice for the current high school student would be to try everything and not be afraid to take the time to do it! I tried out classes in almost every other subject before I settled on my major, and I'm still grateful for everything I learned about the world and myself in those courses.