STEUBENVILLE - The 58 graduating seniors of Catholic Central High School heard three key points of advice Sunday from a 1981 graduate of the school during commencement exercises at Finnegan Field House at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
The colors of the afternoon were blue and gold as the seniors, parents and family members celebrated their graduation and listened to Dr. Lisa Kaye Metcalf Cannada suggest advice for their future years.
"The importance of goal setting at every phase of your life. My path to here was not straight and narrow, but more the long, sometimes lonely road less travelled, but worth it as I found my passion. Finding your passion is key. It is also pleasure to be here because I am with my family," Cannada told the graduates and their families.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE – Dr. Lisa Kaye Metcalf Cannada urged the 2012 graduates of her alma mater Sunday afternoon to set goals for their future lives and to find their passions in life. The Catholic Central commencement exercises were held at the Finnegan Field House at Franciscan University of Steubenville. -- Dave Gossett
"I really could not envision the big picture but learned early about applying one of the Golden Rules of treating everyone the same. The roots for this began first at St. Anthony School, then at Catholic Central. I learned the importance of religion, believing in God and taking time to worship. No matter how bad things may seem, being surrounded by the love of God has made a difference in my life," Cannada said.
Cannada currently serves as an Orthopedic Traumatologist at St. Louis University Hospital and St. John's Mercy medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, and she is an associate professor at St. Louis University.
Following her graduation from Catholic Central High School, Cannada received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Ohio University in 1985, a Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Arizona in 1987 and her Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University Maryland School of Medicine.
"I reached my goal of becoming an orthopaedic surgeon. I began in orthopaedic residency being the oldest resident. It was not easy and there were no work week restrictions which exist for medical residents today. I was missing the best years of my life while being in school and then having 100 hour workweeks as a resident. My friends had kids, real jobs and were laying down roots where they chose. After medical school, we had to move for my residency, fellowship and not one, but two jobs to get me where I am today," explained Cannada.
Cannada is also the founder and mentor of "Women in Trauma" which was developed for women pursuing careers in Orthopedic Trauma, and it has grown to over 70 participants which has become a benchmark for other mentoring groups.
"As you are graduating this year, there are several challenges, which exist, which I did not have. Social media is a significant challenge and it is a reality you must deal with and appreciate of its influence. Just looking at Facebook, when did you ever see a less than perfect picture. Did you ever hear of someone getting fired on Facebook? No, you only hear about good news. One may look at around you today and on Facebook tonight and think others are better, faster, and cuter and having lots more fun. Do not let that persona that is created by social media define you," Cannada said.
"In 2012, there are many more opportunities and doors that are open than what existed 31 years ago. There is no glass ceiling. Go for it, work hard, and always see the big picture and remember to set goals, find your passion and the importance of family," Cannada said in conclusion.
According to Assistant Principal Dolores Michnowicz, 98 percent of the school's graduates will attend college in the fall.
"Of the 58 graduates 26 percent have a grade point average of 4.0 or above this year. And 22 percent of our graduates received the President's Education Award which requires a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above and obtain an ACT Reading score of 28 or ACT Math score of 26 or an SAT score of 620 in either area," explained Michnowicz.
"The class of 2012 also has 34 students receiving the Ohio Award of Merit. And 43 percent of the class are members of the National Honor Society," Michnowicz said.
She also noted 22 percent of the class were recognized for Honor Curriculum during the graduation ceremonies.
"Twenty-eight percent of our graduates will be attending local colleges. And 34 percent of our graduating seniors will continue their education at at Catholic university," Michnowicz added.
"And I am proud to say our graduates earned $1,506,810 in college scholarship money," Michnowicz stated.