Four Pillars Serve as Lifelong Foundation: The Mangene Family Feels Blessed to be Part of the Saint Joe’s Community
When exploring high school options, Jack and Maggie Mangene saw a unique opportunity at Saint Joe’s to get a personalized education and grow their faith. Fortunately, both have received financial aid, which helped make their education at Saint Joe’s possible.
Jack and Maggie’s parents, Scott and Dani, are grateful for the opportunities that Saint Joe’s affords, such as smaller class sizes, service opportunities, and faith development. The added value makes every dollar they’re spending on Saint Joe’s worth it.
“People are willing to pay for things that are important to them,” Dani says. “My children value the resources that our family devotes to their education. They are hard-working and appreciate all that Saint Joe’s can offer them.”
The education Jack and Maggie are receiving is a natural extension of their faith-based upbringing and has helped them build a strong foundation for life after high school.
“Our family believes that faith is the cornerstone of a healthy life,” Dani says, noting that Saint Joseph’s allows any child to attend, regardless of their faith, while still promoting a healthy Catholic faith.
The four pillars (faith, scholarship, leadership, and service) have also been critical to Jack and Maggie’s development.
“I believe that the four pillars, which are introduced to students on day one, will help my children to succeed in life,” Dani says. “The pillars have taught my children to learn from failure and treat it as an opportunity for growth.”
Dani isn’t shy when it comes to sharing her appreciation of Saint Joe’s and is quick to recommend it to other families.
She encourages parents to take a tour, ask lots of questions, and, most importantly, to let their child(ren) chose which school is best for them.
“Our family is so pleased with Saint Joe’s,” she says. “I can’t say enough about how this school has blessed us.”
Q&A with Jack and Maggie Mangene
Q: What is your favorite thing about attending Saint Joe’s?
Maggie: I can play multiple sports and receive an education designed for me.Jack: How friendly and open the teachers are.
Q: What does receiving a Catholic education mean to you?
Maggie: The theology teachers are very open to any questions.
Jack: The opportunity to speak freely about my faith.
Q: What activities do you participate in?
Maggie: volleyball, basketball, a cappella, musical, and service club
Jack: baseball, basketball, golf, a cappella, musical, and music club
Q: What are your future aspirations?
Maggie: I would like to attend trade school. I also hope to play softball in college, and, as of right now, I would like to stay in the State College area long term.
Jack: I’d like to attend a four-year university to earn a degree in physical therapy and play golf while there.
Q: What advice do you have for future Saint Joe’s students?
Maggie: Keep an open mind.
Jack: Take advantage of the opportunities given to you.