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THANK YOU for making St. Mary Cathedral School’s

Career/Vocation’s Day a Success!

We would like to say THANK YOU to all the speakers who came in to present to our students on Career/Vocation’s Day. We appreciate your partnership in the school’s mission of: “Nurturing lifelong discipleship in the Lord, promoting academic excellence and cultivating God-given talents” as we prepare our St. Mary students for life after high school. You are much appreciated!!

Mrs. Nancy Stempky – Chief of Finance & Accounting, Mackinac Island State Park Commission

Deputy James Myler – Otsego County Sheriff’s Dept.

Mrs. Marge Long – Retired Art Teacher/Art Youth Programming,                                                                 GACA – Gaylord Area Council for the Arts

 Mr. Derek Smith & Mr. Murlin Green – Linesman, Great Lakes Energy

Mr. Bryan Hollenbaugh – Broadcaster-President & General Manager, Eagle 101.5 Radio

Father Nicholas Cooper – Parochial Vicar/Priest, Diocese of Gaylord –                                                              St. Mary Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Cathedral

Mrs. Sheryl Coyne – MI Works Workforce Development Chair - President & General Manager,            Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc.

Mr. James Camiller – Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Mr. Bryan Mastenbrook – Wildlife Biologist – Dept. of Natural Resources

Mrs. Heather Korte – Parenthood, Korte Family

Mr. Bill Wahl – North Region Associate Region Engineer for Operations – Civil Engineer,                Michigan Dept. of Transportation (MDOT)                

Mr. Raymond Kihn – Surveyor, Michigan Dept. of Transportation (MDOT) 

Mrs. Jody Blust, RN – Employee Health / Staff Development Specialist,                                                         Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial            

    Mr. Jason Cherry, BSN, RN – Surgical Nurse, Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial

Dr. Steven Wisniewski, MD – Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial

Mr. Dave Murrell – Builder/Owner, Murrell Construction

Mr. Charles Foreman – Private Equity Firm Consultant, TVV Capital (Teacher/Principal/Real Estate Insurance/USCG Captain/law school

Also, thank you to Mrs. Chris Dobrzelewski, Mrs. Helen Cook, Ms. Amy Moon and all the staff who helped make this day run smoothly!

Pics and quotes to come

“The nurses and doctors had excellent presentations, very informative and interactive! 

Many of them had excellent advice and helpful things to work on that will be useful in the future!”

– Sophomore student



A Big THANK YOU to Mrs. Betsy Speer for writing a grant to bring Thunder Bay Theatre to our St. Mary students!! It was a big hit! Thunder Bay's staff presented many topics to our students including audience etiquette/manners, self-care, navigating relationships, bullying, proactive behavior and healthy ways to cope with feelings and stress, all in an age appropriate and fun manner! Thank you Mrs. Speer for bringing this opportunity to St. Mary Cathedral School!! Check out the resource page for teens here!



Here you will find a listing of scholarships and resources.  Please contact Tracy O'Connell if you have any questions at or 989.732.5801 ext. 223. 


* Senior Parent Reminder: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid: opened October 1st. All students should submit an application. There are thousands of state and private scholarships that are accessible only if you fill out the form. More on FAFSA...

Other Resources

How to Know if Early Decision Works for You...

Debunking myths surrounding career and technical education:

The Common Application and Tips:


ACT Newsletters:
 Class of 2019 Newsletter

 Class of 2020 Newsletter 

 Class of 2021 Newsletter

 Class of 2022 eBook 


School Day ACT: Wed. February 20th, 2019

ACT dates:

ACT registration:

SAT dates and registration:


If you have any questions about college and career readiness, please contact Tracy O'Connell, School Counselor at 732.5801 or

Help with College Applications ... Tuesday Lunches with Mrs. O'Connell or set up a time that works for you.


Above all: PRAY!

RISE: The Otsego Substance Free Youth Coalition is looking for parents to join their efforts of creating a substance free community for youth. This initiative is sponsored by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, the Northern Michigan Regional Entity and Be The Solution - Drug Free Northern Michigan. 

There will be rotating meeting locations monthly between GHS, JLHS, and SMH as a way of making it a bit easier for members to join. Meetings will be held the first Monday of every month. Please contact Tracy O'Connell if you are interested or have any questions.