David '96, and his wife, Kathleen (O'Donnell) Ray '96, with their three children, who attend Our Lady of Lourdes.
Name: David Ray
Year of Scecina Graduation: 1996
College/University: Ball State University in 2000, Ivy Tech in 2005
Degree: Bachelor of General Studies (BSU), Associate’s in Applied Sciences (Ivy Tech)
Current Position: Project Manager at Miller-Eads Company and Indianapolis City-County Councillor-Elect, District 19
By Rose Timpe
Sometimes you are not quite sure what you want to do with your life. This is the struggle David Ray faced while a student at Scecina Memorial High School. However, David was attending a school that would challenge him and help steer him in the right direction, and ultimately change his life. “Scecina is a small, tight-knit community where everyone knows you and cares about you and your family,” says David. With the help of his guidance counselors during his senior year, he applied to Ball State University, was accepted and decided to pursue this new direction.
Now, David has a fulfilling career as a project manager for Miller-Eads Company, and he’s a newly elected City-County Councilman for District 19. Not only does David love his position as a project manager working on electrical installations throughout Central Indiana, but he also is more than excited to be a voice for the Eastside of Indianapolis.
One of the most memorable experiences for David was playing sports all four years at Scecina. “I built relationships with coaches and classmates, which still exist today, in teaching me lifelong lessons and I now teach these lessons to my own children and their peers,” he said. David is a coach and the boys Athletic Director at Our Lady of Lourdes.
A life-changing moment was his decision to become Catholic at the age of 19, after he had graduated from Scecina. “When I entered Scecina as a freshman, I was not a Catholic and did not attend church. The interactions and experiences I had with faculty, peers, and friends at Scecina impacted my decision to enter the Church and become Catholic.”
David stresses how important it is to him that his children attend Church and attend a Catholic grade school, and eventually, become Crusaders. “My faith grew over my four years at Scecina, and those experiences helped me make the decision to become Catholic. When I was in college, I enjoyed the opportunity to return to Scecina and participate in senior retreats that helped other students grow in their faith as well. It’s important to keep in touch with Scecina by supporting the Eastside and all Eastside Catholic schools and churches.”
Probably the best part of his Scecina education, for David, was meeting his wife, Kathleen (O’Donnell) Ray, also a 1996 graduate, during their freshman year of high school, and later reconnected at Ball State University.
David exemplifies the four values Scecina represents: vocation, servant leadership, stewardship and excellence. His dedication to his Catholic faith, his family, and his community will be beneficial for the Eastside community for years to come. “As a newly elected City-County Councillor [to be sworn in January 2016], I am excited to start helping and continue the progress on the Eastside!”
Posted on Fri, December 18, 2015
by Rose Timpe filed under