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 President Therber can be contacted by email at or by  telephone at 317.352.3282

  • Looking back and moving forward during Homecoming Week

    Scecina students dressed in Spirit Wear on the Friday of Homecoming Week.


    Homecoming Week is a special time at Scecina. Alumni gather to remember their days at Scecina while current students enjoy a week of fun decorating the hallways, dressing up all week, voting for a court. Tonight, our students come together again for their Homecoming Dance, something Scecina students have done for years, but this year they'll celebrate in a renovated cafeteria (if you haven't had a chance to see the cafeteria in person, you can view photos at

    This Homecoming Week we honor Scecina's history in many ways, including a tribute during the game to the Class of 1991 on their 25th anniversary. These alumni were seniors in the fall of 1990 when Scecina won its first state football championship. We'll also honor the 1966 football team on its 50th anniversary. After the game, alumni will gather at the Irish Mutt.

    While we look back and reminisce, we also have some exciting plans for the future:

    1. We've begun installing the new computers for student use in the library. All 16 new devices will be in place soon after Labor Day.

    2. We've been listening to students, teachers, young alumni and our technology committee to hear what they would like to see in our redesigned library of the future.

    3. A new school year starts with the passing of the baton of our Parent Ambassador Team leadership. I thank Julanne Sausser for helping to form our current Parent Ambassador program and for chairing it over the past two years. Nick Petrone, a new member of the Scecina Board of Directors, soon will take over the leadership. Nick and his wife, Amy, have three children: Audrey '15; Dominic '17; and Sophia, an eighth-grader at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School.

    We hope you can join us at the homecoming football game. It's another great way to meet other parents and to connect with the Crusader Community.

    Go Crusaders!

    Joe Therber


  • New school year starts for 451 Scecina students

    Junior Jackie Kennedy gives a tour of the school to some of  Scecina's  international students. Scecina has nine international students thanks to an exchange program through Foreign Links Around the Globe, or FLAG.

    Welcome back!

    On behalf of the staff at Scecina Memorial High School, I want to welcome everyone to the new school year. We continue to show growth in enrollment and, with 451 students starting school this year, we are well on the way to our target enrollment of 475 students in the next few years.

    We welcomed the Class of 2019 with 128 freshmen, as well as 29 transfer students, and their families.

    Whether your family is new to Scecina, or you’ve been a member of the Crusader community for years, you’ll be pleased to find many upgrades to our school this year.

    • Students ate in the renovated cafeteria for the first time this week. The cafeteria is newly painted, brightly lit and decked with a new floor (and nine coats of wax!) You can see before and after photos at
    • Our Biomedical Science program -- a partnership with Project Lead The Way -- begins its third year at Scecina. The program is designed to prepare students to pursue postsecondary education and careers in the biomedical sciences.
    • The city of Indianapolis has upgraded and added sidewalks and curbs in front of and close to our school, making the area safer for students and staff as well as our neighbors and visitors.
    • There’s a new bike rack, a gift from the Class of 2015, by the East Gym entrance for staff, student and visitors.
    • We are in the process of replacing the computers in the library to improve access to research and activity resources as well as provide technology for state-required assessments.

    The fall is a busy time at school. Taking part in some of our many activities is the best way to get to know your students’ friends and other parents. We hope you can come to Back to School/Meet the Teachers Night at 7 p.m. Aug. 26; get out to cheer on one of our sports teams; attend homecoming at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 versus Park Tudor High School; and join in the fun at our annual fundraising event, Club 53: Live and Local, on Nov. 14.

    We know that, with our great students, staff and parents, we can make it a year to remember!

    Joe Therber


  • New faces at Scecina as new 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 are 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


  • Grateful for givers and golfers

    Scecina Memorial High School President Joe Therber with Delaney Rohlman, Class of 2016 and recipient of the Kenneth R. Leffler Scholarship. The Scecina Alumni Golf Classic benefits the Leffler Scholarship.

    Dear Crusader community,

    As the positive memories of last school year remain with us, one theme comes to mind: gratitude. We have much to be grateful for at Scecina: a diverse and gifted community of students; parents who invest time, talent, and treasure; capable and caring teachers and staff members, supportive pastors and school principals; generous alumni and friends who support our mission; the Archdiocese of Indianapolis’ commitment to provide a  Catholic education on the Eastside of Indianapolis; the message of the Gospel; the legacy of Father Thomas Scecina.

    To help our ministry grow, 1,377 generous Scecina alumni and friends committed $1,262,000 in support during the past year. At the annual Scecina Alumni Golf Classic at Ironwood Golf Club on July 17, a record number of golfers and sponsors funded the Kenneth R. Leffler Scholarship for a deserving child or grandchild of a Scecina alumnus. This year’s recipient, Delaney Rohlman, was on hand to welcome and thank the golfers. These investments enable Scecina to provide need-based grants, merit scholarships, high-quality academic classes and programs, challenging co-curricular activities, spiritual growth opportunities, and capital improvements that keep our campus facilities improving every year.

    The cafeteria renovation is progressing on schedule and according to budget.  I am eager for our students and staff to experience this new space in just a few short weeks. Click HERE to see the latest pictures of the renovation!

    Thank you for supporting this great school as we continue to honor the legacy of Father Thomas Scecina, a remarkable Catholic priest and patriot who has inspired countless students, alumni and friends to acts both great and small that serve our Church and our world.<

    God Bless,

    Joe Therber


  • Scecina community mourns loss of Father Noah Casey

    Father Noah Casey (right) at Scecina's Club 53 with Scecina board member Jerry Jones.

    Dear Crusader community,

    It is with sadness that I pass along the news of the recent death of Father Noah Casey. Father Noah, who recently served as Chaplain Coordinator for Scecina Memorial High School, ended his earthly journey on Friday afternoon.

    Having held numerous pastoral leadership roles locally and nationally, Father Noah had many strong connections with Scecina and the East Deanery of Indianapolis. Father Noah was an alumnus of Our Lady of Lourdes School, rector of SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, and pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette parishes. While we will miss him and his love of young people, liturgy, prayer, and humor, we are also deeply grateful for Father Noah's positive influence on our community.

    You can read Father Noah's obituary in The Criterion by clicking on

    Arrangements consist of:

    • Rite of Reception of the Body, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 5333 E. Washington St.
    • Visitation, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
    • Vigil Service and Words of Remembrance, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
    • Visitation (continued), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 16, SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St.
    • Funeral Mass, 1 p.m. Thursday, July 16, SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral

    Please pray for Father Noah and the souls of all the faithfully departed. Eternal rest give unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

    Sincerely yours,

    Joe Therber


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