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New faces at Scecina as new school year approaches

Dear Crusader community,

As the time for that first day of school draws closer, our work is taking shape here to make it another great year at Scecina Memorial High School. We have much good news to share:

1. We’re delighted that the City of Indianapolis is installing new sidewalks in front of and in close proximity to Scecina.

2. We’re seeing the cafeteria improve day by day. The renovated space will be a very welcoming and uplifting place for our students and community to gather. You can view "before" and "in progress" photos on our website on the Cafeteria Renovation page.

3. We have a fully staffed faculty and prepared to meet the needs of our students and parents.

We have several new faculty members and administrators joining the veterans. This week, I’d like to introduce you to three new school leaders:

Maria Siap

Maria Siap, Director of Campus Ministry

Maria brings a wide range of university campus ministry experience to Scecina along with her graduate degree in marriage and family counseling and her counseling experience with school-age youth.

Maria is a practicing Catholic who wants to sustain and enhance the faith life of the school while we explore new campus ministry opportunities for serving our students, staff, and broader community. She is a very humble and nice young lady who appreciates the mission of Scecina and the good that we do in our students’ lives and in the Church overall.

Maria has a B.S. degree in psychology with a minor in theology from Loyola University and a master’s in marriage and family therapy from Christian Theological Seminary. Maria and her young family are members of Saint Joan of Arc Parish.

Mark Paras

Mark Paras, Dean of Students

Mark comes to us with longtime experience in the Marion County Superior Courts, where he spent 19 years with the Probation Department and another 10 years with the Court Administrator’s Office as Facilities Manager.

Mark has always had a passion for being involved in education, especially Catholic education, and was intrigued by the opportunity to become Scecina’s dean of students. For 10 years he’s been a committed volunteer with the Athletics Department at Bishop Chatard High School. He’s a graduate of Marian College and IUPUI, with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.

Mark’s family has deep ties to education. His wife of 28 years, Lola, has been a teacher and currently is a teacher’s aide at St. Luke, which is also the parish they attend. Mark and Lola have two daughters: Lauren, 24, is a second-year teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Indianapolis; Morgan, 20, is a junior at Valparaiso University where she’s an education major.

Jeremy Corn

Jeremy Corn, Director of Guidance

Jeremy Corn is not new to Scecina, but he is taking the reins of the guidance department as director after serving as our college and career counselor. He has a B.S. in Psychological Science, Sociology and History from Ball State University, and a master’s degree in school counseling from Butler University. He’s also a National Certified Counselor. Jeremy says, “I am looking forward to working in new capacities with Scecina stakeholders and students. I am also excited that I get to continue to learn about some new angles of school counseling--coordinating testing is one example that comes to mind. I also am looking forward to joining some school counseling committees around the Indianapolis area in the near future."

Jeremy has been married since 2004 to Emily. Their children, Aidan and Zoe, are in elementary school, and they recently purchased a new home. They attend Emmaus Lutheran Church.

Welcome, Maria, Mark and Jeremy. Thank you for your willingness to provide guidance, wisdom and knowledge to our students.

May God grant us many blessings as we begin anew at Scecina.

Joe Therber


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