High School Sweethearts 10 Years Later
Name: Jenny (Braun) McNulty
Year of SMHS Graduation: 2004
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Radiation Therapy
Current Position: Radiation Therapist; Benesse Oncology Center, Major Hospital, Shelbyville, IN
Name: Pat McNulty
Year of SMHS Graduation: 2005
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management
Current Position: Estimator; Ermco, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
By: George T. Newhart '60
Jenny credits Scecina Memorial High School for not only providing an excellent education, but instilling in her an appreciation of discipline, respect and compassion for others, and allowing her to further develop her Catholic faith. Jenny calls on these qualities in her very important work as a radiation therapist in the Benesse Cancer Center at Major Hospital in Shelbyville, Indiana. She fully appreciates the value of science and technology, dedication and commitment to patient care, and strong religious support to help her succeed in her career in cancer care.
Jenny had many memorable and life-changing experiences at Scecina, not the least of which was meeting and later marrying her husband, Pat. Jenny had met other friends at Scecina in the classroom, as well as making many friends while playing sports. On the subject of sports, Jenny achieved All-City recognition, set school records, and qualified for two Semi-State events in Cross Country. Jenny continued her participation in Cross Country at IUPUI, and still runs today for exercise and enjoyment.
Jenny attributes the desire to serve others to her experiences at Scecina, in faith and values development. Jenny says, “My career in healthcare now reflects the values I was shown at Scecina.” She believes that Scecina’s atmosphere provides students with countless opportunities to serve others. Jenny lists her participation in such programs as Student Ambassadors, “Promise to Keep” and the Blood Drive as very specific activities that illustrate the importance and fulfillment of service to others.
Pat echoes the importance of the Scecina culture in his Catholic faith and values. Pat comments, “At Scecina, I gained a knowledge and confidence in my Catholic faith. But more importantly, the Scecina culture compelled me to put my faith into practice through personal sacrifice and stewardship.”
Jenny believes that the life lessons learned at Scecina were instrumental in getting her through her college courses. The strong study habits served her well for the academic requirements, and the discipline and work ethic enabled her perform well in college-level sports. In addition to these academic and sports capabilities, Jenny applied the time management skills she developed at Scecina in meeting the exhausting schedule of a college student-athlete.
Relative to advantages that Scecina offers over other schools, Jenny points to the balance between faith and school activities. In her opinion, Scecina is a “community” comprised of faculty, administrators and staff members who are dedicated to the success of every student, not only as educated, but generous, compassionate and people of faith. In this regard, Pat says,” As an alumnus of Scecina, I am now able to observe the support system that serves the students. It is truly incredible how many talents and resources actively support every Scecina student.”
Jenny also believes that the smaller school and class size is a distinct advantage for Scecina. For her, this smaller size allowed participation in any activity she chose, and fostered greater involvement and generated the spirit of teamwork.
Both Jenny and Pat feel the importance of keeping close ties with Scecina. Jenny wants to ensure that future Crusaders have the feeling of community that she experienced. She feels it is essential to feel welcomed into this community spirit. Pat also has this willingness to stay in touch with the school, adding that he feels a responsibility to share his time and talents with Scecina and the students.
In her role as a radiation therapist, Jenny is a member of a team that is responsible for planning and implementing a radiation treatment program for cancer patients. Working in such an environment, Jenny is involved with the latest medical procedures, treatments and equipment technology.
Pat is responsible for securing new business opportunities at Ermco, which is an electrical communications and systems contractor. As a project manager he evaluates potential projects, analyzes and develops electrical systems designs, and fosters relationships with major clients.
As a concluding and special note, Jenny and Pat welcomed their first “future Crusader”, Luke, in January of 2014.
George T. Newhart, CPA, is a graduate of the Class of 1960 and member of the Scecina Board of Directors.
Posted on Wed, January 14, 2015
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