Second Generation Spartans

Second Generation spartans
Class of 2019 Alumni Parents

Most parents, if asked about their greatest joys in life, would answer that the happiness and success of their children hold a truly sacred place in their hearts. With youngsters growing up faster than ever in this digital age, parents must seize every opportunity to provide their children access to the knowledge and self-awareness that will serve them well once they become adults.

It is gratifying that so many Immaculata graduates chose their alma mater as the place where they entrust their children for their high school education. Each year at graduation all alumni parents accompany their children to the steps of the altar when diplomas were distributed. The emotion and pride are overwhelming. In addition, a legacy breakfast is held each spring to honor those alumni who make the commitment to the Immaculate Conception K-12 school system for their children.

That tradition continues as the ranks of multi-generational Spartan families grow, with additional graduates electing to send their own children to the place where they themselves learned vital lessons about life, friendship, and community. According to Christina Clevett Mallory '87, "It was always a part of our plan to provide an opportunity for our kids to grow in the family atmosphere that Immaculata represents, and to experience the pride and traditional of being a Spartan. We couldn't be happier with our decision."

Kathy (Jorgensen) '87 and John Kosinski '82 agree. "My husband and I are first generation Spartans and we knew we wanted to send our children to Immaculata, because it is about family. It allows them to grow in their faith and teaches our children morals and responsibility. It is a school that shows our children that helping people and caring about our fellow human beings are important and the right things to do."

All five of Larry (and Maureen) Dwyer '82's children have been through the K-12 Immaculate Conception Parish school system. "We are strong supporters of Catholic Education. As an alum and area residents, it was a perfect fit. We have been pleased with the decision to send our children to IHS; all have been blessed by being taught by the IHM Sisters and dedicated lay staff, have taken advantage of the sports and activities at the school, while making great friendships and practicing their faith on a daily basis."

Sums up Colleen (Collins) '83 and Rich '84 Hendrzak, parents of one graduate and three current students, "Our high school selves never thought we would send our kids to Immaculata, but now we wouldn't have it any other way!"