Alumni Spotlight

John Reilly

John Reilly graduated from Catholic Central High School in 2013. In the summer of 2016, John founded the CCHS Box Out Bullying 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. All proceeds of the Box Out Bullying Tournament go directly to the Crusader Anti-Bullying Fund. This past summer, more than $5,000 was raised for this cause. John graduated from Georgetown University cum laude in May 2017, where he majored in Political Science and minored in Economics and History. At Georgetown, John rowed on the varsity lightweight crew team his freshman year, was elected to student government, and mentored high school students from Washington, D.C. schools. Since high school, he has been interested in American government and public policy. John has interned in the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill, worked for an international law firm, and started a competitive basketball league in upstate New York, the One Dream Basketball League. John is an avid runner and completed his first marathon last summer. In a recent interview, John told us here at Catholic High that CCHS prepared him for college and life after high school by providing him a well-rounded education. In his case, he learned to become a better writer, speaker, and thinker because of his effort and the opportunities CCHS provided. We also asked John some questions about his life and his experience at Catholic Central.

We first asked John why he even chose to attend our school.  He said that he had looked at several schools before Catholic Central, but none seemed like the right fit. When he came to visit CCHS, he saw something he did not see at the other places: a strong sense of community. The school was described to him as being like a family, something that really stuck with him throughout his time here. He was also enticed by the promise of good athletic programs and good educational opportunities. During his time here, John was the captain of the football team, captain of the basketball team, and captain of the track and field team. He was also in Future Business Leaders of America and served on student council. All of these experiences helped him prepare for life after high school.We asked John why he excelled here. He told us that it was due to the guidance of some excellent teachers and coaches. Basketball coaches Mike McGraw, Frank Lombardi, and Chuck Mack had a strong influence on John. On the first day of varsity tryouts, Coach McGraw told John, “When you work hard, it's not that you WON’T fail, but that you CAN'T fail.” That piece of advice really stuck with John, even after he graduated from CCHS. We also asked him what he would tell an incoming freshman. His response was to get involved in many things to see what they might have a passion for and to work really hard in pursuing that passion. That advice fits as well here today as it did in 2013. Finally, we asked what he would tell an outgoing senior.  He said, “Enjoy every moment. Just enjoy it.”

We promise you will enjoy Catholic Central High School. And don’t forget, as John always says-

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